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Episode 284 – No Accountability

284 – NRL Finals, AFL GF, EPL, NFL, Motorsport, Cricket

After substandard performances Pies and The Producer keep getting selected for the big games. It’s almost like they’re mates with the people running the podcast.

In the NRL Manly were far too good for a depleted Sydney Roosters. While in the other game Penrith held on against a brave Parramatta.

In the AFL it all boils down to this. Apart from a shaky end to the season for the Dogs, Melbourne and Western Bulldogs have been the benchmark all season. In a season of turmoil, moving house at short notice, lockdowns, quarantines and footy, these two teams deserve to be there on that twilight evening in September… in Perth.

Tottenham haven’t got a point since Pies refrained from cursing them with #PiesKnows. Even the whiff of contention is enough to turn Spurs to water.

F1 is back this week in Russia. While in cricket, former St Clair Hawk Hannah Darlington starred in her first ODI for Australia vs India. And Mitch Marsh has made another bid to be recalled to the Australian ODI mens team.

0:00:00 – NRL Finals
0:51:00 – AFL Grand Final
1:04:00 – EPL
1:19:00 – NFL
1:25:00 – Motorsport & Cricket

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Episode 283 – Finals Fever

283 – NRL Finals, AFL Finals, EPL, NFL, F1

The Producer is on the man shakes and Pies ran a half marathon. We’re pumped for another week of finals footy.

In the NRL all eyes were on the Panthers and Rabbitohs after a war of words between the coaches and it didn’t disappoint. Wayne won the battle. Can Ivan get his troops back up to win the war? The Roosters got out of jail against the Titans and the Eels did enough to see another week.

It had been staring us in the face the whole time. Forget ladder positions. Melbourne and Western Bulldogs had been the best sides in the AFL for most of the year. That they won their Prelims was no surprise. But the manner in which they did it showed just how powerful both teams are. It’ll be a fitting Grand Final in two weeks time.

Plus we rattle home with some EPL, NFL and Daniel Ricciardo’s first win for McLaren. The Shoey is alive and well in the papaya.

0:00:00 – NRL Finals
0:59:00 – AFL Finals
1:08:00 – EPL
1:14:00 – NFL
1:22:00 – F1

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Episode 282 – Protected Species

282 – NRL Finals, AFL Finals, EPL, Other Sport

Mendy joins Pies and The Producer this week.

The NRL season has finished for half the teams. Canterbury finished off a tough year with an inspired defeat of Wests Tigers. While the Corey Norman era is over at St George Illawarra. The Finals are finally upon us. Can anyone stop Melbourne? Are Penrith, Souths or Manly legitimate contenders? How remarkable is the Roosters finish given their injury toll?

In the AFL we’re down to the Prelim Finals. Melbourne have been the standard all year. Can they make the big one? Is Port good enough to make it? In an unpredictable season anything is possible.

Tottenham sit atop the Premier League table. Harry Kane is staying. And Pies has decided not to curse them with #PiesKnows this year.

NFL kicks off today. Join our tipping comp at ESPN Tipping. Links on our socials pages.

Max Verstappen continued his winning ways in Formula 1. Then Mendy chips in with the rest of world sport. Surfing, boxing, darts and athletics are all on the agenda to finish off the show,

0:00:00 – NRL Finals
0:39:00 – AFL Finals
0:53:00 – Soccer
1:06:00 – NFL
1:19:00 – F1
1:21:00 – Surfing
1:24:00 – Boxing
1:28:00 – Darts
1:35:00 – Athletics Diamond League

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Episode 281 – Rested

281 – NRL, AFL Finals, EPL, Motorsport

While half the NRL rests for the Finals. We’re pushing through to maintain our form for the big games.

Brendan and Josh are back to review all the big headlines from the NRL. Latrell’s reckless hit on Joey Manu. The Eels turnaround in form. And the battle for 8th.

In the AFL Port Adelaide and Melbourne will “host” Prelim Finals, GWS held on for the slimmest of victories over Sydney and will play the disappointing Geelong without Toby Greene. And Western Bulldogs beat Essendon in the wet to book a date with Brisbane.

Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Manchester United after punking the Red Devils fans with early media reports he was signing with City. Harry Kane is still available even though Tottenham are winning and sit atop the Premier League table.

The most exciting motorsport news was seeing the Bats and Balls WRX go around in Gran Turismo SPORT. As the Belgian F1 Grand Prix ended in farce.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:06:00 – AFL Finals
1:30:00 – Soccer
1:38:00 – Motorsport

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Episode 280 – Average NRL Fans

280 – NRL, AFL Finals, Soccer

Brendan, Erik and Josh on the Zoom call this week.

First up is the NRL and The Producer has a few more bees in bonnet. Are the Wests Tigers heading in the right direction? And the Eels are obviously in the big 6 still, right?

Plus we have a look through the NRL Fan Poll and discuss the average NRL Fan and how average their thoughts are!

The AFL Finals are upon us. Melbourne look primed to win the flag. But it looks a very open Finals. Will there be an upset in the first week? There could be four of them.

And the English Premier League has given us some fun results. Including Brighton Hove Albion being in a Champions League spot. Stop the competition!

0:00:00 – NRL
1:43:00 – AFL Finals
2:05:00 – Soccer

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Episode 247 – Mortal Enemies

Pies and the Producer are joined by a very special guest Astro. He’s taken NRL Twitter by storm this year. Alienating Broncos and Eels fans and joining in the conversation in a big way.

We recap the NRL Grand Final in which Melbourne were far too good for Penrith and the AFL Grand Final in which Geelong led early but Richmond came out on top, going away in the final quarter.

We also talk hoops and dive into the world of the USAFL, Australian Rules played in the USA. It was a growth sport in the US before COVID-19 hit. Hopefully Astro can get another kick shortly.

All that and more on a very special episode of Bats and Balls.

0:00:00 – NRL Grand Final
1:10:00 – AFL Grand Final
2:16:00 – Other Sport

Episode 246 – That 4th Weekend in October

Pies and The Producer in studio with a bumper, but yet streamlined show. We’ve been out of action for a couple of weeks after The Producer had a COVID-19 scare. In reality, he had one too many trips to Guzman y Gomez.

We catch up on the eliminated NRL teams. Where did it go wrong for the Eels, Raiders and Rabbitohs. And why do the Roosters continue to be such a shit club? Then we preview the NRL Grand Final and pick a winner between the Panthers and Storm.

The AFL has been barely watchable for one of the team. But it’s still going and we lament the departures of the eliminated teams and preview Geelong vs Richmond AFL Grand Final.

Swainy is back to review the two tests between the Wallabies and All Blacks in New Zealand. Australia secured a famous draw in Wellington and could well have won the game. And then the All Blacks did what the All Blacks do at Eden Park. Plus we take a look at the Shute Shield ahead of the Elimination Finals this week at Pittwater Park.

Erik is on the line to talk about the MLB Playoffs and the upcoming World Series between Texas’ own LA Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa quietly going about becoming Title Town USA.

Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander won the Bathurst 1000. BS was uncontrollable at Mendy’s barbecue Sunday afternoon. It’s been a long time coming but the Giz has finally scaled The Mountain. Scott McLaughlin won the driver’s championship and celebrated in style tearing up the victory lap in what could be a farewell to Australian racing as he takes up a drive in IndyCar next week.

And BS had a great day on the punt so we talk a little horse racing after Caulfield Cup and Everest Day. Pies is probably backing another 3yo in the Cox Plate.

0:00:00 – NRL Grand Final
0:32:50 – AFL Grand Final
0:43:00 – Rugby with Swainy
1:01:00 – MLB World Series
1:20:00 – Bathurst 1000
1:34:00 – Horse Racing

Episode 245 – Macho Man and The Fleshpuppets

The great man Macho Man, coach of the DWS Fleshpuppets is in studio for the first time. You might remember him from his innuendo laden Supercoach rants. But the Fleshpuppet is so much more. He’s also a mad Raiders fan. And he is hoping for a fairytale revenge for the 1991 Grand Final loss to Penrith.

Also joining us is Hunter. Wearing his 1991 Dah Dah Uniforms Retro jersey for good measure.

We recap the last round of the NRL before tipping the first week of NRL Finals.

We gaze into the crystal ball and tip the first week of AFL Finals. Can Brisbane recover from going out in straight sets last season? Can Port continue their golden run?

Macho Man’s 49ers gave Pies’ Giants a Football lesson in Week 3 of the NFL. And The Producer’s Rams nearly came from a mile back to snatch victory.

In the Premier League Hunter’s Everton have started the season on fire, Manchester City were blown off the park by Leicester City and there’s more penalty controversy.

NBA Finals tip off this week. Can LeBron James win a 4th title from 10 appearances? Or will the Miami Heat spoil the LA Lakers party?

0:00:00 – NRL
1:01:00 – Supercoach
1:03:00 – AFL
1:18:00 – NFL
1:22:00 – Premier League
1:33:00 – NBA Finals

Episode 242 – The Winner is Brisbane

Pies and The Producer are back and ready to tackle another week of sport. Pies was away all weekend so much like QLD in the AFL, BS has to the bulk of the heavy lifting this week. Pies recounts his experience at the Yak Hunters Kayak Fishing Series Round 3 at Woy Woy.

Then we’re into the NRL recap and tips. Penrith continue to fire. While the Parramatta bubble has well and truly burst. Can they even beat the Warriors without George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro?

Swainy is back as we near the pointy end of the Suiper Rugby AU competition. It’s been really competitive rugby from the Aussie sides and this week should be no different. Can the Western Force spring an upset and keep the Waratahs season alive? Plus there’s heaps going in the Shute Shield and the North vs South game from New Zealand should be a belter also.

The AFL Festival of Footy 2 is under way. There’s pretty much footy every day for another two weeks. How can anyone keep up? We’ll catch up on the games and look into our crystal balls and come up with a Grand Final. Which this year will be played at The Gabba.

Then we rattle home with F1 and Supercars, NBA and heaps more.

0:00:00 – Fishing
0:10:30 – NRL
0:50:00 – Supercoach
1:00:00 – Rugby
1:22:00 – AFL
1:58:00 – Motorsport
2:16:00 – NBA & More

Episode 210 – Yellow and Black

2019 AFL GF Tiger Army

We kick off with an NRL Grand Final preview. Everyone’s? second team the Canberra Raiders have made it all the way to the decider to take on the best team money can buy Sydney Roosters.

We’re joined via satellite by Swainy to catch up on all the latest in Rugby World Cup. Japan have once again rocked the Rugby World. Can they keep it up? The Wallabies suffered a loss at the hands of Wales. Can they bounce back?

Richmond dominated GWS in the AFL Grand Final. After a tight first quarter, Richmond tightened the screws and the Giants couldn’t go with them. Dustin Martin was the runaway Norm Smith medallist. But the biggest story had to be Marlion Pickett. On debut in a GF. What a story!

Plus we catch up with NFL, EPL and F1.

0:00:00 – NRL Grand Final
0:33:00 – Rugby World Cup
0:58:00 – AFL Grand Final
1:32:00 – NFL
1:38:00 – EPL
1:42:00 – Formula 1

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Episode 209 – Never Surrender

Holidays USA Lake Macquarie

We chose the busiest time in the sporting calendar to take holidays. But we’re back just in time for the biggest games. The Producer has been touring Las Vegas and Los Angeles and Pies has been fishing on Lake Macquarie. But we’re back for the pointy end of the season.

In the last month hell has frozen over as BS goes into bat for the NRL referees. While we were gone Parra beat Manly to get into 5th. Played their GF in the first week of the finals against the Broncos. And then went out without a whimper in Melbourne. The Storm, Roosters, Raiders and Rabbitohs are left standing, as it should be.

In the AFL Pies almost burst a valve watching the last quarter of the Preliminary Final between GWS and Collingwood. The Giants are into their first ever Grand Final and BS is on board with the local team too. Come down to the AFL GF live site at Cathy Freeman Park, Olympic Park this Saturday!

The Rugby World Cup has kicked off in Japan with some fairly predictable results.

The NFL is three weeks in. The Daniel Jones era has begun in New York. And the Rams are winning, but could look better.

Plus we catch up on some of the other sports we missed including EPL, F1, FIBA World Cup and The Ashes Cricket.

0:00:00 – NRL Finals
1:07:00 – AFL Finals
1:51:00 – Rugby World Cup
2:03:00 – NFL
2:21:00 – Soccer
2:26:00 – Formula 1
2:32:00 – FIBA World Cup
2:36:00 – Ashes

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Episode 208 – Ready Hut Hut Hut

Las Vegas Stadium

Pies is joined via satellite by Big Zacko to discuss the upcoming NFL season and predict all the Division winners, as well as the Championship Games and Super Bowl winner.

There’s a couple of favourites selected. But stay tuned for Big Zacko’s Hot Tip for a nice long shot selection.

0:04:00 – FIBA World Cup
0:08:00 – NFL Preview
0:10:00 – AFC East
0:18:00 – AFC North
0:28:00 – AFC South
0:43:00 – AFC West
0:50:00 – NFC East
1:01:00 – NFC North
1:04:00 – NFC South
1:10:00 – NFC West
1:18:00 – Championship Games and Super Bowl
1:26:00 – AFL Finals

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