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The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 24 July 2021 and the Professor’s Parlay

After a lean outing last week, the Professor and the Gelding are hoping to improve their win rating at Caulfield today where the track is currently rated a Soft 6 with the rail out 4 metres for the entire circuit. A word of warning that the track could be downgraded if there is rain during the meeting.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 1 Horse 8 – Cakewalk Baby (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 2 Horse 7 – King Magnus (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 4 Horse 6 – Miss Albania

Race 7 Horse 2 – The Big Easy

Professor’s Parlay

Race 4 Horse 6 – Miss Albania into South Sydney Rabbitohs to beat New Zealand Warriors (NRL) into Manly Sea-Eagles to beat Wests/Tigers (NRL).

You can see the latest episode of That’s Racing!! here.

The Professor and the panel of the Gelding, the Judge, Coutta, Dan Butterly, Sarah Radlow and Paul Dalligan will be talking sport on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube page, live from 12.00pm tomorrow. Special guest Declan Reeve from Draft Central to talk about Tuesday’s AFLW draft.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hot tips for Caulfield races on 10 July 2021 and the Professor’s Parlay

The Professor and the Gelding had a day to forget at Sandown on Wednesday but no point dwelling on the negatives and every reason to get back in the saddle today at Caulfield where the track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 2 Horse 3 – Pioneer River (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 6 Horse 9 – Uniquely (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 7 Horse 9 – Chief Altony

Race 8 Horse 10 – Malkovich

Professor’s Parlay

Race 8 Horse 10 – Malkovich into Sydney Roosters to beat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL) into Brisbane Lions to beat St Kilda (AFL).

You can see the latest episode of That’s Racing!! here.

The Professor and the panel of Coutta, the Judge, Paul Dalligan and Dan Butterly will be talking sport on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube page from 12.00pm AEST tomorrow.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hot tips for Caulfield races on 26 June 2021 and the Professor’s Parlay

Rain played a big part in last Saturday’s results and seems certain to act as a spoiler for punter’s trying to pick a winner today at Caulfield. Both the Professor and the Gelding caution punters to check the track rating and the pattern of racing during the day before placing their bets.

The track is currently rated a Soft 7 but will probably be downgraded during the meeting. The rail is out 12 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 1 Horse 2 – Jigsaw (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 3 Horse 6 – Dickin Medal (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 5 Horse 6 – I’m Thunderstruck

Race 8 Horse 11 – Corner Pocket

Professor’s Parlay

Race 5 Horse 6 – I’m Thunderstruck into Port Adelaide to beat Sydney Swans (AFL) into Greater Western Sydney to beat Hawthorn (AFL).

You can see the latest episode of That’s Racing!! here.

The Professor and the panel of the Gelding, the Judge, Paul Dalligan and Dan Butterly will be live on Sportzfan Radio’s YouTube page from 12.00pm AEST tomorrow. Special guest will be the the Sports Geek, Sean Callanan.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hotties for Flemington races on 19 June 2021 and the Professor’s Parlay

A much better day for the Professor and the Gelding on Queen’s Birthday Monday at Mornington and they are looking to continue that form today at Flemington where the track is rated a Soft 7 and the rail is out 11 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Race 6 Horse 6 – Marcolt (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 7 Horse 1 – Curran (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 5 Horse 9 – Kurabui

Race 9 Horse 1 – Red Can Man

Professor’s Parlay

Race 5 Horse 9 – Kurabui into Brisbane Lions to beat North Melbourne (AFL) into Canberra Raiders to beat St George Illawarra Dragons (NRL).

You can see the latest episode of That’s Racing!! here.

The Professor and the panel of the Gelding, Sarah Radlow, Coutta, the Judge, Dan Butterly and Paul Dalligan will be talking sport on the Sportzfan Radio You Tube page from 1.30pm tomorrow.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hot tips for Mornington races on 14 June 2021 and the Professor’s Parlay

It was the first occasion for quite some time that the Professor and the Gelding went four and out with their tipping but they have not lost confidence so they are up and about for today’s Mornington race meeting where the track is rated a Heavy 9 and the rail is in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Mornington

Professor’s tips

Race 1 Horse 5 – Runaway Train (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 4 Horse 8 – Passing Time (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 7 Horse 10 – Teramia

Race 8 Horse 7 – Vainly

Professor’s Parlay

Race 8 Horse 7 – Vainly into Melbourne to beat Collingwood (AFL) into St George Illawarra Dragons to beat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL).

You can see the latest episode of That’s Racing!! here.

Yesterday’s Sportzfan Radio edition is up on our You Tube page here.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Weekend musing – Fremantle Dockers demise, A-League finals fixturing & Alex Rance

Chris Barwin HillsThis time last year the Fremantle Football Club were the only undefeated team in the AFL, this year they are the only team not to win a game. What has happened? One of the reasons is personnel, they are an aging list and some of their key players are injured, but thefyffe main issue looks to be a change of game plan. It would seem they are trying to play more in the Hawthorn style, but unfortunately they don’t have the skill to execute that type of play. Their negative, lock down style of play got them to a Grand Final and save for a bout of stage fright and poor umpiring, they could easily have won that game, why change? I think they should revert to the style of football that made them successful. It may not be pretty, but it worked.

I have also got to have a say about the scheduling in the A-League. Melbourne City were scheduled to play after a five day break and while the best team on the night won the match, the fatigue factor Melb citycertainly influenced the margin. Then you had Brisbane who had played on the previous Friday playing on the Sunday. Why didn’t Brisbane play on the Friday and Melbourne on the Sunday which would have been the fairest outcome. To compound the issue, the grand finalists have also been mismatched by the schedule with Adelaide playing at home on an eight day break playing the Wanderers on a six day break. At least in the AFL each side gets a seven day break leading into the final match of the season. How do you take a competition seriously with scheduling like that for a marquee game? By the way, I don’t care who wins this final.

I know that a lot of other people have commented on Mick Malthouse’s comment that Alex Rance should have been let off by the AFL Match Review Panel on the basis of his good character, but IUnknown-2 could not let it pass without comment. What Rance did may have been out of character, however, he still did it and it was intentional. To excuse someone in that situation would be a total miscarriage of justice. Did it deserve 2 weeks? Maybe one would have been sufficient on the basis of impact/injury, but a suspension was definitely required. Good character may lead to a reduced sentence, but guilt is guilt.

Have a great weekend!

Southern Football League embraces netball

SLCFThe Southern Football League became the first metropolitan Football League to embrace Netball to the extent that it incorporated it into its name to become the Southern Football Netball League from the 2015 season onwards.

The dramatic rise in popularity after the League included a netball competition has seen the number of teams increase from seven in Unknown-8 the first year to fifty-one playing in six divisions in 2015.

On the same evening, the League also announced its community  partnership with beyondblue.

At the League’s season launch, the Victorian Premier, the Hon Daniel Andrews said “In particular I want to congratulate the League IMG_6585-200x300on its great work to grow a thriving netball comp, not as a sideline but an integral part of its being, alongside its important partnership with beyondblue raising awareness of mental health issues.”

“This League is a labour of love for so many – and there’s so much done behind the scenes, whether it’s the people who wash the kits to those who manage the books – these are the people who ensure the League has gone from strength to strength.”

“The strength and resilience of community sport and recreation is indispensable to the future of our state and our suburbs. I know this League has a great future and I wish all the clubs well as the 2015 season properly gets underway.”

 

AFL shorter season will never happen

meSeveral AFL captains have called for a shorter seventeen game competition on the basis of ‘less is more’.

That reduction will never happen for a number of reasons.

The supremos at the AFL, led by Gillon McLachlan would ever willingly agree to reducing the amount of time the sporting community is focussed on Aussie Rules, especially with the soccer and NRL juggernauts willing to step into any vacant space.

In addition, less playing time would hardly be the position to take into the coming broadcast negotiations. I don’t see the media barons agreeing with the team captains that less is more, unless it is for a significantly reduced fee. Let’s face it, with so many AFL clubs struggling financially and reliant on AFL assistance to keep running, the AFL needs as much money from its broadcast rights as possible. The cost of the broadcast rights is currently predicated on eighteen teams playing nine games each weekend over a 23 round regular season and a four week final series.

The final nail in the coffin of this discussion is the AFLPA’s recent call for increased payments for players.  I didn’t detect anything in the words of the AFL captains that indicated any intent for their salaries to be reduced on the basis that less is more. If the broadcast rights reduce, the players wages would also need to be tightened.

Only one question remains to be answered….did the AFL captains really think this concept through? I think not!

Soccer and basketball making inroads on Aussie footy at junior level

100_4274Tucked quietly away on page 19 of the Herald Sun today is a small story that could quite easily be overlooked but its ramifications should resonate very loudly in the halls of power at the AFL.

Eastern Lions Junior Football Club, a club in excess of forty years old, has had to resort to offering fee free football in order to attract young players. In addition, should a player sign up prior to the start of the season, they will be entered in a draw for an iPad or sports voucher.

The Club has needed to take these steps due to the ‘intense’ (their word not mine) competition from soccer and basketball.

Several weeks ago, this column looked at Western Bulldogs President, Peter Gordon’s plea for the AFL to spend more money on grass roots football. As the person leading an AFL working group on junior participation rates, he reasoned that this investment was necessary due to inroads being made by soccer at the junior level.

It would seem that the plight of the Eastern Lions, and no doubt other junior Clubs, bears out exactly what Mr Gordon was saying.

One wonders how long it will take the AFL to react…….hopefully not as long as the NBL!

Sportzfan Radio interviews Charles Thompson from Hamilton Wildcats AFC

wildcatsThe Professor and the Sportzfan Radio panel interview Charles Thompson from the Hamilton Wildcats AFC who gives his preview of the upcoming Canadian AFL season. He goes out on a limb and predicts Etobicoke Kangaroos, Broadview Hawks, Hamilton Wildcats and Toronto Dingos will make up the final four come the end of the season. We have put that prediction into the Sportzfan Radio vault and will review it with Charles later in the year to see how his predictions have turned out in reality. hamiltonwildcats