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NRL Supercoach – The Producers

NRL Supercoach is just hours away from starting and by now your teams should be starting to come together. Like every year the team you had before Team List Tuesday looks very different now. Even though we had our first Team List Tuesday there are still some tough questions Supercoaches need to answer. Just a few are:

1. Do you play Tom Trbojevic or is he too expensive?

2. Will Ryan Papenhuyzen start the season?

3. Who are the best cheapies to start with?

4. What players could make you some money?

I will give my answers to the questions above, however only you the player can decide what is best for your team. You will see how my team changed below from the one I had selected prior to Team List Tuesday.

Now here is my team.

The Producers

HookersReed Mahoney ($594600) Coming back from injury for the Eels but has looked ready to go in the trials. For me the pick of the Hooker this season. Chris Randall ($245500) Due to injuries at the Knights Chris looks like he will get the starting Hooker role. Due to the lack of rookie hookers he maybe the best cheapie hooker.

Front RowPayne Hass ($595800) Best front row forward in the game and a Supercoach beast. Even if the Broncos do poorly, he will score well. Junior Paulo ($487600) Out replaced by Addin Fonua-Blake ($505000) Big strong forward from the Warriors who likes to play big minutes and get involved in game. Will captain the Warriors while Tohu Harris is out injured. Tepai Moeroa ($205100) Out replaced by Jamayne Taunoa-Brown ($274700).Starting for the Cowboys and fingers crossed makes some cash. Josh King ($255800) Starting Lock in Round 1 for the Storm by will be a bench player Round 2 onwards.

Second Row David Fifita ($745200) Out replaced by Jai Arrow ($457700). Moving to the edge for the Rabbits and may see a rise in minutes and points. Tevita Pangai ($569900) Out replaced by Eliesa Katoa ($353600) Mid-price player for the Warriors who will start in Tohu Harris position until he returns. Liam Martin ($428500) The loss of Kurt Capewell could open a starting spot for Liam at the Panthers. If he starts, he will be in my side. My bench is Heilum Luki ($351500) Good young forward who could be ready to take the next step. Could be very good value if he starts and plays big minutes. Beau Fermor ($379300) has got the starting 2nd Row spot for the Titans. Can often find a way to score tries. Kelma Tuilagi ($253900) won the 2nd Row starting spot for the Tigers and for the price a must have.

Halfback – Mitchell Moses ($511100) With Nathan Cleary out I think Mitchell is great value. The Eels start of the season is not too tough and when he is kicking goal he scores pretty well. Brad Schneider ($188700) has taken over as the half for the Raiders and is nearly a must have.

5/8Kurt Mann ($383300) Out replaced by Lachlan Illias ($205200) I decided to go with 2 cheap 5/8’s this season. It’s a risk. Talatau Amone ($284500) Another player that will depend on if he is named Round 1. He has looked pretty good in the trials but is at a tricky price.

Wing / CentresEuan Aitken ($486000) Has been playing in the 2nd Row for the Warriors. I’m still not locked in on him as there are so many good cheapies. Kotoni Staggs ($433100) Out replaced by Jesse Ramien ($552900) often beats the first tackle and scores very well. Jordan Pereira ($266500) Out replaced by Zac Lomax ($496800) great player who can score and set up tries. Goal kicker as well so bring on the points. Will Penisini ($255700) Great price for a good player. May have games with low scores but will have some good scores as well. Izack Tago ($287900) Good price for a player who looks like he likes work. Has looked good in the trials. Cody Ramsey ($268900) Looks like he has a wing spot for the Dragons. Not based price but if he scores a few tries his price will rise. Sean Russell ($285400) starting winger for the Eels at a good price.

Fullbacks – I went the easy and safe option with my fullbacks by selecting the common combo of  James Tadesco ($760100) and Ryan Papenhuyzen ($694700) Both these players are guns and nearly must haves.

That’s The Producers as they sit right now. I have currently $26000 in the bank.

Good luck with your Supercoach teams.

The Producer

Twitter – @TheProducer05

Episode 279 – Fortunate Scheduling

279 – NRL, AFL, Supercars, Soccer, Other Sport

Pies and The Producer back on the airwaves brought to you by the wonders of the NBN. After a couple of weeks of watching only the Olympics we’re back watching regular sport again.

In the NRL Brendan found some interesting rule interpretations and application of the laws of the game. While Josh was puzzled by how little Newcastle use Kalyn Ponga.

The AFL have a dream fixture with the Top 4 sides playing off for the Minor Premiership and jockeying for positions. The rest of the Top 8 is not locked in with GWS and Essendon needing to win to maintain their spots. The Giants will have to spoil the Eddie Betts farewell match. While the Bombers face the might of Collingwood. West Coast and Fremantle are waiting to pounce if either slips up.

Supercars have rejigged their season and released the last rounds. Bathurst has been pushed back to November with a Summer Gold Coast 500 if you can get into Queensland!

The English Premier League kicked off this weekend. Most of the big clubs started with wins. Manchester United and Chelsea looked really good. Liverpool are a lot stronger with actual centre backs available for selection. And Tottenham have massive Ewing Theory potential if Harry Kane does ship out for the reported 150 million price tag. Meanwhile Man City stumbled at the first hurdle. But it’s early days.

Finally we whip around the grounds for other sports. MLB had their first ever Field of Dreams game and it was spectacular. The NBA Summer League has unearthed a few fun rookies. NFL is into preseason and kicks off in 3 weeks. And India took a 1-0 lead over England in the test series.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:08:00 – AFL
1:29:00 – Motorsport
1:34:00 – EPL
1:47:00 – Other Sport, MLB, NBA, NFL, Cricket

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Episode 272 – Itchy Trigger Fingers

272 – NRL, AFL, NBA, Motorsport, Cricket, Euro Cup

On the back of recording the NRL Mid-year report and run to the finals show, the boys are back for the regular episode.

The show starts with Pies off riding his push bike so we have to get Colbee in to cover the NRL. The Eels get another big win against the Tigers and Colbee and the a Producer then discuss if the send off in the Brisbane & Canberra game was the correct call.

In NRL Supercoach Colbee is fighting being the first team member relegated. Last years Bats and Balls Cup winner the DWS Fleshpuppets is in a battle to make the finals. Every player gets 5 trades after Round 15 so it is go time.

Pies then stops in to cover the AFL and NBA. In the AFL the guys discuss if the Swans bubble has burst after a bad loss to the Hawks. Did GWS let one slip after a tied game against the last place Kangaroos. The Producer is happy as his Eagles got the win against the Tigers.

While in the NBA the team Pies tipped the show earlier in the year is doing well. Can the Suns go all they way?

Colbee then returns to talk a little motorsport. Supercars and F1 have races this weekend while Nascar and Indy Car had great races over the past weekend. Colbee and the Producer also cover some Cricket with the ICC Test Final being played this week between NZ and India.

Lastly we get Erik on the phone to talk about Euro 2020. Denmark had a tough 1st game, can they bounce back and get to the next stage?

0:00:00 – NRL
1:07:00 – AFL
1:26:00 – NBA
1:30:00 – Motorsport
1:33:00 – Cricket
1:37:00 – Euro 2020

Episode 270 – Inferior Rubber

270 – NRL, AFL, F1, Euro 2020, Cricket, NBA Playoffs

The boys are back after a week off and the Antacrtic Blast has hit Sydney just in time for Origin 1. Thankfully the NRL moved it to balmy Townsville which should give us an entertaining game.

In the NRL the Panther Cubs suffered defeat for the first time in 2021. More on the horizon? The Titans blew it against the Storm and the Eels got revenge for the 2001 GF. Now we’re all square.

In the AFL Melbourne keep rolling on, this time beating Brisbane at Giants Stadium. St Kilda continue to missfire in front of goal. And Richmond poured it on in the last quarter to finish all over the top of Essendon in Dreamtime at Optus.

In other sport the Azerbaijan GP gave us another great Formula 1 race. England keep on Englanding in cricket. The Suns disposed of the Lakers but we’re just waiting to hand Brooklyn the trophy.

And with EURO Cup 2020 kicking off this week, we predict the winners of each group and the winners overall.
Pies likes France to beat Croatia in the Final.
BS is backing Hungary with Sweden and North Macedonia as his smokies.
While Erik thinks Denmark are primed to make a deep run at it.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:05:00 – AFL
1:15:00 – Motorsport
1:20:00 – EURO 2020
1:28:00 – Cricket
1:32:00 – NBA Playoffs

Episode 268 – Tackle Lower

268 – NRL, AFL, Other Sport

The Producer has a bee in his bonnet. And it’s not because the NRL have had enough with high shots. For as long as this podcast has existed he’s been advocating for refereeing the rules and you stamp out foul play. Finally the NRL have listened. But it seems the NRL media in general are a bit slow on the uptake. A few too many hits to the head?

We wrap up all the NRL games and give our tips for next week. Plus throw in a little Supercoach.

In the AFL GWS Giants let one slip against Richmond while Melbourne look like the real deal. Plus the West Coast forward line are firing.

We rattle home with some short shorts on Motorsport and NBA.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:04:00 – AFL
1:27:00 – Short Shorts – Motorsport, NBA

Episodes 264 and 265

Voice of Treason / Sensational

There was so much to talk about this week, so we’ve split the show into two episodes.

264 – NRL

Pies is back from HIA and joins The Producer. This week we’ve changed up the format. Just 1 hour of NRL for this episode.

Balls to the wall Rugby League and nothing else.

The top 5 are starting to gap the rest of the field with the Dragons the only consistent chasers. But can Manly be the next best with the return of Turbo? The Bulldogs had a gutsy win and the Raiders are really struggling.

Let us know what you think of the split episodes.

0:00:00 – NRL

265 – AFL

We welcome back our old mate Craig aka Swansational to talk about the young gun Swans and the rest of the AFL landscape.

The Bulldogs and Demons are absolutely flying. Both teams are stacked and balanced. And look to be the popular pick for the Grand Final. Port Adelaide continue to impress. And what is going on at Collingwood? Plus there’s been some major injuries in the AFL this week.

Then we finish up with some Supercoach talk for those trying to navigate injuries to your teams. This week Pies has to deal with the loss of Dunkley, Neale and Martin. Perhaps a quick trip across the ditch will help Dusty when he returns from his enforced concussion stand down.

0:00:00 – AFL

Episode 263 – Hammer Time

263 – NRL, AFL, Soccer, Motorsport, Cricket

Pies is in high powered talks to get the Warriors back to New Zealand. So we welcome our only blogger and good mate Hammer into the studio.

The Producer and Hammer discuss the Dragons, Eels and the rest of the NRL in detail.

Before they take on the AFL, EPL, Motorsport and Cricket including the NDCA Player Awards.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:59:00 – AFL
1:07:00 – Soccer
1:12:00 – Motorsport
1:22:00 – Cricket

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Episode 262 – Winning Tactics

262 – NRL, AFL, EPL, Motorsport, Questions

Pies and The Producer back in the studio after BS went to the Easter Show and Pies jacked up a heap of threes at Basketball on Monday night.

In the NRL the Broncos continue to be embarrassed, the Panthers keep winning. The Dragons keep winning and The Producer goes on a fair ref rant regarding the Dragons winning tactics. Plus the Bulldogs finally scored some points. Just a shame the Storm scored heaps more.

The Swans kept up their winning ways, Port beat Richmond in a possible Grand Final Preview and the Giants won at the MCG over Collingwood.

Brighton are flirting with the drop zone but could be safe while the VAR continues to mystify football fans.

Plus we answer your questions from social media.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:55:00 – AFL
1:10:00 – EPL
1:16:00 – Motorsport
1:19:00 – Listener Questions

Episode 260 – More is More

260 – NRL, AFL, F1, Other Sport

Pies was away all weekend so we brought in Maybo to make it a three way with The Producer.

In the NRL the Panthers and Eels have started like they did in 2020. What can stop this Western Sydney NRL juggernaut? The Roosters are in an injury crisis and Manly are just terrible. Also the Broncos are above the Storm on the ladder. Should they be favourites this week?

In the AFL Western Bulldogs and West Coast Eagles played a great game. The Swans kids have started the season on fire. Brisbane were a little unlucky against Geelong and the Saints and Giants had heavy legs, Plus Pies finally has a good Supercoach team.

The F1 season revved up on the weekend with the Bahrain GP. Lewis Hamilton outlasting Max Verstappen for the win. Pies is watching Drive to Survive.

In other sport the Waratahs are getting thumped every week, Europe played 3 World Cup Qualifiers in the space of a week, the EPL is back this week and the Brooklyn Nets look unbeatable with the Lakers injuries.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:56:00 – AFL
1:23:00 – F1
1:30:00 – Rugby, Soccer, NBA

Episode 256 – Spin Doctored

256 – Cricket, EPL, Supercars, Questions

Pies and BS in the studio to discuss another week of sport.

India prepared a spinner’s paradise for the 3rd test which was over on Day 2. The Producer is not happy about it.

Brighton copped one of the howlers of the season and proceeded to miss 2 penalties in a shocking loss to West Brom.

SVG kicked off the Supercars season in style at Bathurst.

And we answer all your questions and have a chat about Supercoach NRL & AFL.

0:00:00 – Cricket
0:30:00 – EPL
0:37:00 – Supercars
0:42:00 – Other Sport and Questions

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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 244 Part 2 – Take The Week Off

Maybo is back in the studio as we cover our core sports in Part 2 of Episode 244.

First up and the Panthers continue to roll on. The Eels continue to limp to the Finals and the Storm and Raiders are resting everyone.

The DWS Fleshpuppets are into the Supercoach Grand Final and we have a couple of ripper voice mails from the great Supercoach.

Swainy comes on to recap a great Super Rugby AU Final between the Brumbies and Reds.

In the AFL Port Adelaide capped off their fine season by topping the ladder every Round. The Giants surrendered. And Richmond are looking ominous.

And in the EPL Crystal Palace shocked Manchester United, Liverpool won at Stamford Bridge and Brighton are playing exciting football.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:40:00 – Supercoach
1:03:00 – Rugby with Swainy
1:22:00 – AFL
1:38:00 – Soccer

Episode 243 – Last Gasp Rugby

We’re back for another week of sporting action and after the weekend of Rugby we had to give Swainy top billing. Melbourne Rebels clinched their first Super Rugby AU finals appearance with a last gasp try against the brave Western Force. That was followed by a ball tearer of a contest and another last ditch try in the New Zealand North vs South Game.

In the NRL Penrith extended their winning streak to 12 with victory over the Broncos. SBW returned to the Roosters and in Pies opinion, they can have him. The Producer thinks Kalyn Ponga is unfairly targeted. And the Eels are back in the winners circle.

The AFL Festival of Footy 2 keeps rolling on. We try and stay abreast of what’s happening. Geelong and Port Adelaide keep winning. And Melbourne have severely affected their finals hopes in the last week.

Motorsport and the Italian Grand Prix was a win for exciting racing with plenty of lead changes. Actual safety cars and strategy were back in vogue and it was Pierre Gasly winning his first F1 race. In the Supercars it was a similar situation where safety cars and tyre selection were vitally important.

Plus the NBA Playoffs are hotting up, and the EPL and NFL seasons are back next weekend.

0:00:00 – Rugby
0:35:00 – NRL
1:18:00 – Supercoach
1:24:00 – AFL
1:38:00 – Motorsport
1:53:00 – NBA, EPL, NFL

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 241 – Run To The NRL Finals

Bankwest Stadium Corner

We’re back after a long hiatus and have heaps of NRL to cover.

We recap the last round of NRL and tip this week’s games.

And then we have a look at each team’s run to the Finals. Can Penrith maintain their form? Can the Roosters stay in the Top 4? Is the Top 8 set?

Then we answer a few more pressing NRL questions.

We have a look at the Bats and Balls Cup Supercoach League with one round remaining, 10 teams can still win it.

Then we have a quick look at the AFL and tip this week’s games.

And we finish off with some Motorsport, A-League and NBA.

0:00:00 – NRL
2:06:00 – Supercoach
2:27:00 – AFL
2:59:00 – Supercars & F1
3:02:00 – A-League & NBA

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Episode 240 – Reed It And Weep

Maybo Reed it and Weep

Pies is back in the studio and we’re joined by Sydney’s favourite Broncos fan Maybo. The man behind the famous Reed it and Weep banner.

We talk all things NRL including the Roosters impending SBW signing. The difference between Wayne Bennett and Ricky Stuart. And where the Broncos go to from here.

Plus the AFL is about to embark on wall to wall games for the next three weeks. Who will emerge on top? Does Brodie Grundy need a rest?

Maybo isn’t only a mad Broncos fan. His heart also belongs to Anfield. Liverpool finished on 99 points and collected the Premier League trophy for the first time in decades. It’s time to celebrate. Can #PiesKnows go back to back? Can Pies game the system to prove Pies does indeed know?

Plus heaps more. F1 are in Great Britain, the NBA is coming back. And the MLB has returned to a lukewarm reception.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:11:00 – Supercoach
1:18:00 – AFL
1:51:00 – EPL & FA Cup Final
2:04:00 – Rugby
2:06:00 – Motorsport & Other Sport

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Episode 239 – Rev It Up

Giants Lions Round 7 2020

Mendy is back on the show which means heaps of variety from the sporting world. The Producer is in studio to bring you all the action.

It wouldn’t be a Mendy show without some darts talk and the boys deliver in bucket loads.

There’s also heaps for the rev heads this week. Moto GP, Formula 1 and Supercars.

Plus all the regulars, NRL, Rugby & AFL.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:57:00 – Supercoach
1:05:00 – Darts
1:14:00 – Moto GP
1:26:00 – Rugby
1:57:00 – AFL
2:06:00 – Soccer
2:09:00 – F1 & Supercars

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Episode 238 – St Clair Hunters

Scomo Footy Coronavirus

Our old mate Hunter is back from the UK to grace us with his presence. This podcast needed an injection of another footy team and Hunter’s Panthers could be just the trick to balance the show out.

On this week’s show we cover all the latest from the NRL including the Panthers blow out of Scomo’s beloved Cronulla Sharks.

Swainy is back to talk all things Super Rugby.

In the AFL are Port Adelaide the real deal? And could the Brisbane or GWS bubble burst?

Plus we talk English Premier League, Formula 1 and Supercars, NBA and the West Indies first test victory over England in the cricket.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:15:00 – Supercoach
1:20:00 – Rugby
1:42:00 – AFL
2:14:00 – Soccer
2:18:00 – Motorsport
2:20:00 – NBA and Cricket

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Episode 237 – Send Offs and Sin Bins

Eels Cowboys Round 8 2020

Colbee is filling in with The Producer for the sick Pies.

Pies is publishing this without listening to the show. Who knows what stitch ups the boys have lined up.

Apparently there’s NRL talk including send off and sin bins.

Also AFL, tips at the end of the show, Rugby, English Premier League, Formula 1 and more!

0:00:00 – NRL & Tipping
0:59:00 – Supercoach
1:04:00 – AFL
1:11:00 – Rugby
1:13:00 – Soccer
1:18:00 – F1
1:22:00 – Other Sports

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Episode 236 – Going Global

GWS Liverpool Horsburgh SherAndLil

We’ve got guests coming out the proverbial this week. Pies and The Producer discuss the latest round of NRL.

Then we welcome first time guests to the show Sher and Lil. They are Canadian Rugby League fans, season ticket holders at the Toronto Wolfpack and are spreading the word of Rugby League around North America.

Our old mate Swainy is back! Rugby is back! And we couldn’t be happier. Super Rugby AU kicks off this weekend with a QLD Reds vs NSW Waratahs blockbuster. Catch all of the action plus Super Rugby Aotearoa on Foxsports.

Pies made it to Giants Stadium for the GWS vs Collingwood game. The crowd was limited to the bars around the ground. But it’s better than nothing. And the Giants seem to have the measure of the Magpies. In other AFL news, West Coast still don’t want to be there. And Port Adelaide appear to have embraced getting out of Adelaide.

We’ve buried the lead but Liverpool won the English Premier League. It’s been a long time coming and not even the curse of #PiesKnows could stop the Reds. #PiesNo is no longer!

In other sport, Supercars were back in Sydney on the weekend. And the NBA somehow still think they’re good to go in Orlando.

0:00:00 – NRL, Tipping, Supercoach
0:46:00 – Toronto Wolfpack with Sher and Lil
1:36:00 – Rugby with Swainy
2:03:00 – AFL, Tipping, Supercoach
2:26:00 – Soccer
2:32:00 – NBA & Motorsport

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Episode 235 – Balls By The Fireplace II – A Million Marys

Brown DWZ Turbo Birthday

Pies and The Producer were getting a bit too cocky so we invited Lobby from League by the Fireplace under the false pretence that he could pour cold water on the Eels start to the 2020 season. But 14 point losses don’t come much better than that Roosters game. And the Raiders couldn’t beat Manly with their 2 best players injured. Anything could happen this week.

In other news, the Roosters are clearly the benchmark. Penrith continue their good form. And Mary has flummed his way onto a winning* formula.

In Supercoach the Lone Rangers keep winning, and Producers keep failing to produce. Can 16th beat 1st this week?

West Coast look like they don’t want to be there and GWS look as disjointed as a team that hasn’t trained together all year. But everyone is in the same boat and they need to turn it around quickly. At the other end of the ladder, Gold Coast might have had all the breaks. But they may have worked out the formula. Draft the next champion.

EPL is back, and other sports may or may not be back soon also.

0:00:00 – NRL & Tipping
1:54:00 – Supercoach
2:04:00 – AFL
2:24:00 – Soccer
2:33:00 – Other Sports

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Episode 234 – Supercoach Colbee


Pies is off sick so The Producer is joined in studio by the Supercoach himself Colbee. It looks like the Colbinators used an entire jar of vaseline on their knees this week as they pulverised Producers in Supercoach.

The boys catch up on all the latest NRL and AFL news. And Colbee has some information on the Eastern Creek Speedway track, a new Motorcross track near Luddenham and inside info on Camaros replacing Holden in the Supercars.

0:00:00 – NRL & Tipping
0:58:20 – Supercoach
1:09:00 – AFL & Tipping
1:18:00 – Motorsport & Other Sports

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Episode 233 – Out Of The Hands

Tuala Turbo Disney Goodell

The Producer and Pies in studio with Erik on the phone are back for another episode of Bats and Balls.

In the NRL the Roosters put the cleaners through the Broncos, the Knights and Panthers franked the form of their draw and the Eels may or may not have gotten away with one over Manly.

Refereeing gets a small once over, but on the whole they’ve been pretty good after two rounds back from the enforced layoff.

BS is up to 7th overall in ESPN FootyTips. Can the juggernaut roll on? Can anyone catch the Lone Rangers in Supercoach? First coach sacked, DWS Fleshpuppets or Mary?

The AFL balls up from Thursday night with a blockbuster at the MCG. Port Adelaide and Adelaide will have 2000 fans at the showdown. GWS will have 350 fans vs North Melbourne while QLD and VIC teams wait a few more weeks before their fans can attend games.

The NBA has a plan in place to bring back 22 teams to Disney World in Orlando Florida. Pies runs us through the scenarios in play there.

Roger Goodell made a video denouncing racism, apologising to NFL players who made peaceful protests and supporting their rights in the future.

And soccer is coming back in some European leagues while others have been cancelled.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:33:00 – AFL
1:59:00 – NBA, NFL, Soccer

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Episode 232 – What a Cracking Weekend


Pies, Erik and The Producer are back to recap the return of the NRL. The Eels and Sea Eagles look good and have very few injuries. The Raiders look like premiership favourites after a third straight win in Melbourne. And the Red V goes from bad to worse with a shutout against the Warriors.

Pies Supercoach team The Lone Rangers is flying topping the league this week with 1212 points.

While in the Tipping Comp, you might as well give up now as Brendan has tipped 22.5 of the 24 games to be equal first in the entire ESPN Footy Tips app! Can The Producer hang on for the next 17 rounds?

Plus we answer all of your questions from our social media. Thanks for the feedback and if you ask the questions, we’ll answer them.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:57:00 – Supercoach & Tipping
2:08:00 – Listener Questions & Other Sport

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Episode 231 – Asterisk or Gold Star?

VLandys Messiah

Pies is back in studio for the first time in months. Erik is still on the line via mobile telephone.

The NRL is back and the rest of the sporting world are looking on in wonder at the magnificent leader of men Peter V’Landys and what he has accomplished in such a short time. Alternatively, Australia is doing so well, anyone would have had Rugby League back by now.

Pies is locked in on Parramatta premiership glory, meanwhile The Producer is a little more reserved in his enthusiasm. Plus we answer all of your questions regarding coronavirus / Covid-19 return, the immortal Terry Lamb and home ground advantage.

In other sport the AFL are hot on the heels of NRL in their return to our TVs. Motorsports have modified schedules with Supercars on track for a return to action soon. And the NBA are looking at a Disney World Bubble.

0:00:00 – NRL Return
2:40:00 – Supercoach
2:48:00 – Other Sports

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Episode 224 – Lockdown

Bats and Balls Press Conference

The coronavirus has shut down all major sports. Pies and The Producer are in isolation. But thanks to the wonders of the NBN, we’re still pumping out shows.

We recap the first two weeks of the NRL. Celebrate the Eels being on top for at least the next two months and probably longer.

The AFL only managed to play one round in front of no fans before shutting down. Richmond and the Giants looked good. Port Adelaide lead on percentage going into hibernation.

We touch on the A-League, EPL and the NBL decision to award the title to Perth Wildcats.

And then we look ahead to the future. Covid-19 won’t stop us bringing out shows. So we’re going into history mode and reviewing years through a sporting lense. Stay tuned to our social media for updates. And if you have a favourite year you’d like reviewed, hit us up.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:02:00 – AFL
1:33:00 – Soccer
1:36:00 – Supercoach
1:49:00 – Other Sport
2:09:00 – The Future is The Past

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Episode 223 – Balls On The Line

Katy Moses Manly Latrell Albert Park

It’s the 2020 NRL Season Preview show. Pies and BS in studio to discuss each team in the NRL. How they line up for week 1. We pick our Top 8’s including a very controversial non-selection. Then tell you why Parramatta will win it all. And we discuss NRL Supercoach.

First up we recap the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. Australia smashed India in the Final. Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney were on fire and the Aussie bowlers strangled India out of it.

And we finish off with a bit of Motorsport. Formula 1 and Supercars descend upon Albert Park, Melbourne for Round 1 of the F1 season.

0:00:00 – Cricket
0:22:00 – NRL Season Preview
2:30:00 – Supercoach
2:38:00 – Motorsport

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It appears the NRL don’t care much for the great Thomas Keneally commercial. Controversial at the time, it’s now been scrubbed from YouTube. What has the world become? – Pies

Episode 204 – Challenge Accepted

Robbie Farah 300

This week on Bats and Balls we bring in the reserve team as the Captain Josh is away. Nathan and The Producer go through the latest round of the NRL. Head Trauma was the topic. Does the NRL even care after Sam Burgess is cleared of a nasty high tackle. The Producer gives his opinion on the Ivan Cleary Tunnel drama.

In the AFL St Kilda let the boys down with their bet last week. The Pride of Queensland the Brisbane Lions are now in a 3 way tie at the top of the ladder and should lock in a top 4 finish.

Rugby Championships finish this weekend in Perth with the Aussies against New Zealand. Shute Shield are into the Semi Finals and Nathan is backing Northen Suburbs for the win.

Australia takes a 1-0 lead in the Ashes with Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon dominating.

F1 has a great race at the Hungarian GP and the Moto GP was covered by Nathan.

Nathan’s Random Sports was back. Nathan covered the World Championships Basketball, Darts, UFC, Cycling plus more. The Producer went over week 1 of the EPL. Will Brighton survive this season?

Lastly we accepted the open challenge by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for a Handball challenge. The boys get off topic which leads to a new sports idea.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:44:00 – AFL
1:02:00 – Supercoach
1:09:00 – Rugby
1:13:00 – Ashes Cricket
1:22:00 – Motorsport F1, Moto GP, Rally Cars
1:34:00 – Nathan’s Random Sports
2:00:00 – Kevin Rudd Handball Challenge

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Episode 188 – Glory Beckons

Giants Bombers Round 1 2019

Swainy joins us first up to discuss Super Rugby and the fact that Foxsports have secured the rights to the World Cup. #SwainyRWC2019

In the NRL the Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels are the top 2. Who expected this?

Speaking of unexpected. The Aussie ODI side have now won 5 in a row and Aaron Finch has gone huge back to back.

The AFL season kicked off with a big win for the GWS Giants and a big loss for defending premiers West Coast Eagles.

0:00:00 – Rugby with Swainy
0:25:00 – NRL
1:38:00 – Cricket
1:49:00 – AFL
2:36:00 – Soccer

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Episode 187 – Play Ball


Erik signed on for 13 years in the off-season. Unfortunately for Erik he’s not getting $330m! He joins Pies for a season preview of the Major League Baseball Season. The NL looks very competitive this season. And there seems to be a few highly rated teams in the AL.

The NRL season kicked off on the weekend. We kept Big Zacko away from the show as everyone else on the mics had a win. Souths opened up with a win over arch rivals Sydney Roosters. Wests Tigers beat Manly at Leichhardt and the mighty Parramatta Eels beat Penrith at their home.

AFL balls up this weekend and we pick our Round 1 selections after previewing the season last week.

Australia moves to UAE for the ODI series with Pakistan and there’s moves afoot for numbers on Test shirts. Good or bad?

Motorsport in the form of Formula 1 and Supercars revved up in Melbourne. Plus heaps more sports in the last hour.

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0:00:00 – MLB Preview
0:43:00 – NRL
1:39:00 – AFL
1:50:00 – Cricket
2:03:00 – Rugby
2:07:00 – Soccer
2:15:00 – Supercars & Formula 1
2:27:00 – Other Sports

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Episode 185 – Old School

Kings Playoff

Old school show with The Producer and Pies in the studio. Not a lot of games on at the moment but plenty going on.

We’re gearing up for the Cricket World Cup. Aaron Finch is working hard to keep his spot. Can he turn it around in the remaining ODI vs India? With Warner and Smith waltzing straight back in, someone has to make way.

The NRL has been in the news a lot lately. But BS gushes over the latest Panthers Anthem. And we discuss a few of the trial games. Of course, this week, trials matter.

Brendan has been watching a bit of Super Rugby lately. It’s taken 4 years, but Swainy’s influence is wearing us down. That and the Rugby being played at the moment is very entertaining.

Manchester City have finally assumed their place at the top of the Premier League. Can Liverpool mount another challenge? And there’s been some major upsets in the Champions League. Little Man Utd are through to the last 8.

Supercars are back and it looks like the Ford Mustangs are going to be very hard to beat. They dominated the Adelaide 500 and this season already looks very tough for the Holdens. Plus we look forward to the F1 starting up again in a couple of weeks.

0:00:00 – Basketball
0:19:00 – Cricket
0:42:00 – NRL
1:01:00 – Supercoach
1:12:00 – Rugby
1:22:00 – Soccer
1:33:00 – Motorsport

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Episode 163 – Week Three of NFL Previews

Minchinbury Module

In the third and final NFL Preview show we’re joined by Ben Sudderth III of BS3 Sports. Ben is a Cowboys fan but we won’t hold that against him. Have a listen to Ben’s thoughts here, and then check out his own show at

Then we’re on the phone with Big Zacko to round out the NFL Previews and give our own Super Bowl LIII picks.

Keeping up with the NFL theme there’s some debate in the studio over the #StewpitTweetOfTheWeek.

To kick off the show we cover the final round of NRL, Mad Monday celebrations got a little out of hand for one club and we pick the winners of the NRL Finals.

At the end we rattle home with AFL Finals selections, Soccer, Motorsport and the NRL Supercoach winner in an absolute nailbiter.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:37:00 – NFL with Ben Sudderth III
1:20:00 – NFL with Big Zacko
2:04:00 – Stewpit Tweet of the Week
2:20:00 – AFL Finals
2:28:00 – EPL
2:33:00 – Supercars & Formula 1
2:40:00 – NRL Supercoach

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Episode 161 – Week One of NFL Previews

Rams Board

The NFL season is just around the corner and we’re joined by our favourite Crazy Canadian Cookie for the first of our NFL preview shows. Changing it up a bit this year and giving our guests more rope during the NFL previews. Have a listen to Cookie and the next few guests to have some idea about the upcoming NFL season.

The NRL and AFL Finals are just around the corner. We recap the last round and preview the final round in AFL and the penultimate round of NRL.

Swainy is back to recap the All Blacks second half demolition of the Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup game 1. It’s hard to see the tables turning at Fortress Eden Park in the next game.

Brighton & Hove Albion beat Manchester United in the English Premier League. The Producer can’t be more happy. Meanwhile Liverpool might actually have the team to challenge City at the top.

Plus we have our second Stewpit Tweet of the Week. It’s a massive show with something for everyone.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:38:00 – NFL with Ben Cook
1:49:00 – No Phony Stewpit Tweet of the Week
2:08:00 – AFL
2:20:00 – Rugby with Swainy
2:40:00 – Soccer
2:46:00 – Supercoach Finals

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Episode 159 – PPPPPP

Flags Up

The Producer has outdone himself. Or at least turned back the clock to when we were organised! Show notes, scores, ladders. It’s almost like we’re a proper podcast again haha.

Kicking off the show is Swainy recapping the Super Rugby Finals. The Crusaders won their 9th Super Rugby title. Confirming their status as the Real Madrid of provincial Rugby.

Heaps going on in the NRL including the Rabbitohs looking real good. The Raiders blowing another lead and the Bulldogs holding onto the championship belt for another week!

In the AFL on Friday and Saturday we had 5 games decided by less than a kick. Then on Sunday 3 games decided by 260 points.

Geraint Thomas won the Tour de France. Shane van Gisbergen won the Sydney night enduro at Eastern Creek in the Supercars. And Daniel Ricciardo is off to Renault.

And we finally look at our Supercoach side. We’ve limped into the bottom playoffs. But will struggle to place from here. Good luck to the top 8 teams in NRL and AFL. Don’t forget our NRL winner gets a great prize from the guys at The Dressing Shed.

0:00:00 – Rugby
0:28:00 – NRL
1:04:00 – AFL
1:32:00 – Tour de France
1:36:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 148 – Gameday Experience

2008 League TV Sideline Eye

Pies and The Producer are back and you know what they say, you’re only as good as your last two games. Wins for the Eels, Giants and Eagles have the boys in a good mood for this wrap of the weekend.

Joining us for a chat about the Glebe Dirty Reds, Ron Massey Cup and NSW Cup is Glebe President Darren Flynn. We preview the big celebration of NSWRL at Henson Park on Saturday. Kicking off proceedings is the Newtown vs North Sydney Frank Hyde Cup at 1pm. Followed by the main game Glebe-Burwood vs Hills District at 3pm.

Recap all the action from ANZAC Round in the NRL and AFL Round 6. And we tip the games coming up.

Plus Brendan has been watching the A-League Finals. Newcastle play Melbourne Victory in the Grand Final this weekend.

The Bats and Balls teams are hanging in there in Supercoach. We make more adjustments to both NRL and AFL Supercoach teams.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:25:00 – Glebe Dirty Reds, NSWRL
0:42:00 – AFL
1:01:00 – Other Sport
1:08:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 147 – Triumphant Return


It’s been a long time but the Parramatta Eels finally won a game. And that means we’re back!

Not only are we back, but our old mate Swainy is back to catch us up on all the latest Rugby news #SwainyRWC2019.

Pies has been sailing one of the seven seas and survived to tell the tale. And The Producer has been rubbing shoulders with Commonwealth Games athletes. Big Zacko is still MIA, much like the Bulldogs.

And after three weeks, we finally have a look at our Supercoach side to discover our AFL captain and vice captain have been out for two weeks.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:27:00 – AFL
0:44:00 – Rugby with Swainy
1:16:00 – F1, Supercars & Comm Games
1:32:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 145 – Outrageous

Episode 145

If you’re an athletics fan here for the Beki Smith chat about the Commonwealth Games, skip ahead to 1:27:00. We’ve tacked it on at the end of the show.

There were plenty of woeful performances over the weekend. But because a bloke used some dirt attached to some tape to scuff up a cricket ball, we never heard about any of them.

While the rest of Australia were outraged by the ball tampering issue, The Producer and Pies were watching the rest of the poor performances on the sporting field.

If the Parramatta Eels, Western Bulldogs, Ashley Klein, Bats and Balls NRL Supercoach side and many others thought they got off scot free, they should think again.

We’re here to add balance to the rest of the terrible weekends taken off the back pages by the Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and the Australian cricket team leadership group.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:26:00 – AFL
0:36:00 – F1 & Supercars
0:42:00 – NRL & AFL Supercoach
1:27:00 – Beki Smith Commonwealth Games

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Episode 144 – Dripping With Talent

AFL Preview

Big Zacko was ousted from the Podcast Board even though he had more votes.

Here’s the 2018 AFL Preview Show. Complete with published author and Swans fan Dr Erik Nielsen. We discuss each team and give our Top 8, Premiership, Brownlow and Coleman predictions. No surprises, GWS are in the thick of it.

Then we lament just how bad the Eels are. How they can’t possibly turn it around inside a week. And how the rest of the NRL are performing.

And we make some much needed changes to our Supercoach team ahead of the First Head 2 Head game against our arch nemesis BJ.

0:00:00 – AFL Preview
1:00:00 – NRL
1:40:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 143 – Easy For You To Say

Flame Thrower

Big Zacko and Pies have cracked it after one game and couldn’t be bothered turning up. Colbee fills the void and returns with a whole new set of names to mangle. If it wasn’t bad enough for Sione Katoa to have a broken jaw, now he gets to hear Colbee talk about him all episode. Join us on this rollercoaster of pronunciation which includes such greats as Andrew McCullough and Viliame Kikau.

Plus Brendan and Colbee discuss this season of Masters of Rugby League, Supercars, Test Cricket in South Africa and of course how bad Colbee is at Supercoach.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:42:00 – Masters
0:52:00 – Supercars & Cricket
1:07:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 142 – 2018 NRL Season Preview

NRL Preview

What you get is what you see. Ain’t nothing more to it. This show is a complete preview of all 16 NRL teams. Broken down into four shorter segments.

Followed by our predictions for the Top 8, Premiers, Dally M medal winner and a few sneaky categories thrown in for good measure.

Then right at the end we finalise our Round 1 NRL Supercoach team.

0:00:00 – Intro
0:04:00 – Dragons, Broncos, Knights, Sea Eagles
0:26:30 – Cowboys, Sharks, Tigers, Roosters
0:56:00 – Rabbitohs, Warriors, Bulldogs, Storm
1:31:00 – Panthers, Eels, Titans, Raiders
2:02:00 – Predictions
2:25:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 141 – Selection Committee

Selection Committee

It’s the week before the big NRL Preview Show. Time to finalise the Bats and Balls Supercoach team.

First up we talk random sports for a half hour. Winter Olympics Highlights and the NFL Off-season get a run.

Then we discuss the latest NRL trials with mostly full strength line ups. Although Canterbury played a bunch of reserve graders and still wiped a nearly full strength Panthers side.

And then settle in for an insight into how 3 Supercoaches with vastly different strategies try and build a composite team. The end result is almost as competitive as the selection process.

And noone watched AFLX.

0:00:00 – Winter Olympics and NFL Off-season
0:31:00 – NRL Pre-season
1:01:00 – NRL Supercoach

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Episode 140 – Trick Plays


We’re back to recap one of the best Super Bowls we’ve seen. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots to win their first Super Bowl. How did they do it? And where to now for the Patriots, Eagles and the rest of the NFL?

The Big Bash League concluded on Sunday with Adelaide Strikers defeating Hobart Hurricanes.

And we continue to select our Bats and Balls Cup NRL Supercoach team. This week is halfbacks and five-eighths.

0:00:00 – NFL Super Bowl LII
1:15:00 – BBL Final
1:44:00 – NRL Supercoach


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Episode 139 – Happy New Year


It’s been a long time coming, but we finally wish Swainy a Happy New Year as we catch up with our favourite Rugby analyst. We’ve got all the news from the Sydney edition of the World Rugby Sevens. And we renew our push to get Swainy on the plane to Japan in 2019. #SwainyRWC2019

The BBL Finals are upon us. And what better way to celebrate than have half the good players unavailable through International selection.

We have a look at the Super Bowl LII match up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Big Zacko and Pies make educated guesses as to who will win the game.

And we’ve decided that three heads are better than one. So for this years Bats and Balls Cup, we’ll be pooling our collective thoughts into one Supercoach behemoth. Surely nothing can stop us. Stay tuned for the NRL Supercoach code at the end of the show.

And the long awaited Big Zacko Moment makes a triumphant return 1:44:00.

0:00:00 – World Rugby Sevens
0:23:00 – BBL Finals ODIs
0:59:00 – NFL Super Bowl LII
1:44:00 – NRL Supercoach

Emma Tonegato’s try vs Spain as described by Swainy

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Episode 138 – Big Zacko Knows

Meat Pie

Bats and Balls was unAustralian and had no Pies for Australia Day. So Big Zacko was left to talk to the wall about the NFL Championship games. Nick Foles was great, and Tom Brady, when it counted was Tom Brady.

Heaps of limited over cricket going on. BBL gets another run as the tournament finals approach. BS blows up about Big Show missing ODI selection (again).

Supercoach is open. The boys have a quick look at the opening prices. With the possibility of a Bats and Balls composite team to take on in the Bats and Balls Cup.

0:00:00 – Cricket
0:33:00 – NFL Playoffs
1:20:00 – Supercoach


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Episode 120 – Black Shorts Zacko

Aus v Tha
Big Zacko was out shopping for black shorts and socks, so Pies is back in the driver’s seat for the first time in 2 months. Colbee calls in to talk about the upcoming Masters of Rugby League module at Newcastle. We get Swainy on to talk about the Shute Shield Grand Final and the heartbreaking loss for the Wallabies. Plus we preview the footy finals in NRL and AFL. All while Pies watches Australia v Thailand.

0:00:00 – Masters
0:12:00 – Rugby
0:42:00 – NRL
1:12:00 – AFL
1:23:00 – Football
1:28:00 – Formula 1
1:33:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 118 – Weigh In Stiffy

Pies is hiding his face after weighing in with a stiffy, so it’s just Brendan and Zacko again this week. Alternate facts are that Pies was out with flu like symptoms.

The boys cover all the games of NRL and AFL and the Finals repercussions.
Australia were chasing down Bangladesh in the 1st test. Plus the latest news from the NFL and the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix recap.
And the AFL Supercoach GF has been played, and the NRL Supercoach GF is set for next week.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:40:00 – AFL
1:00:00 – Test Cricket
1:04:00 – NFL
1:17:00 – Formula 1
1:22:00 – Supercoach

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117 – NRL, Rugby, AFL, Horse Racing, NFL, Supercoach

We miss the start by 7 lengths, but Big Zacko doesn’t panic and has us humming along just right in the final furlong for a famous victory. Or something like that.
Two weeks out from the NRL Finals and there’s still a couple of spots up for grabs. And all appears sewn up in the AFL, but is it?!
Swainy goes above and beyond by taking some time out between the main course and dessert to discuss everything going on in the world of Rugby including the Western Force, Shute Shield Final and the Bledisloe Cup.
Plus there’s discussion about the great mare Winx, Hartnell avoiding her and winning, in bizarre circumstances, Nick Kyrgios seems to have his head on right again, plus Big Zacko goes through some of the news from the NFL and we’re almost over Supercoach.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:44:00 – Rugby
1:01:00 – AFL
1:23:00 – Horse Racing
1:28:00 – NFL
1:39:00 – Supercoach

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116 – NRL, Masters, Rugby, AFL, Supercoach

No Pies no worries it seems. After Brendan almost got decapitated at work, he’s risen from his death bed to record with Big Zacko behind Pies’ back. This should be good….

0:00:00 – NRL
1:05:00 – Masters of Rugby League
1:19:00 – Rugby
1:24:00 – AFL
1:46:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 114 – Rants R Us

Quick show tonight but that just means our rant to minute ratio is up. Pies rants about the Daily Telegraph, Big Zacko rants about the footy in general and Brendan has more ref rants.
We cover the latest round of AFL and put in our tips for the coming round.
And Supercoach is hotting up with AFL finals starting and the last week of the NRL season.

0:00:00 – Daily Telegaph, NRL
0:47:00 – AFL
1:15:00 – Other Sport
1:19:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 113 – Zac’s Second Year Project

Seeing as Pies and Brendan haven’t been past 112 before, Big Zacko takes over and runs the show as part of his Second Year Project.
Robbo joins us in the studio and Seamus is on the phone to recap the Bats and Balls Cup Masters game. Pies rates the Waratahs food offerings in the latest segment of Masters Chef.
Robbo and Zac recap the Tour de France.
Plus all the results and tips from the NRL and AFL.
And among all the injuries and suspensions, we have to get ready for the Supercoach finals with very few trades left.

0:00:00 – Bats and Balls Cup
0:28:00 – Tour de France
0:47:00 – NRL
1:39:00 – AFL
2:00:00 – Other Sport
2:09:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 112 – Bats and Balls Cup Preview

It’s the show before the big Bats and Balls Masters of Rugby League Cup and Brendan drops a bombshell. We get Colbee and Seamus on the line to preview the Masters module.
Plus Swainy catches us up with everything going on in the world of Rugby.
Plus all your NRL, AFL and Tour de France news.
And Brendan and Pies had huge weekends in Supercoach.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:33:00 – Rugby
1:01:00 – Masters of Rugby League
1:35:00 – AFL
2:22:00 – Supercoach
3:04:00 – Tour de France

Wallabies Indigenous Jersey

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Episode 111 – The Producer and The Apprentice

It’s episode 111 and we’re podcasting on one leg. Pies is on location deep inside the Blues camp.
Brendan and Big Zacko are alone in the studio discussing everything going on in the world of sport. There’s plenty on the NRL and AFL including more ladder debate and finals predictions.
Plus Big Zacko recaps another crazy week in the Tour de France.
And Brendan once again lets us know just how good he is at Supercoach.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:52:00 – AFL
1:22:00 – Tour de France
1:34:00 – Supercoach


Last 1km of TdF Stage 4 (Cavendish crash, Sagan expelled)

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Episode 110 – The Game They Podcast About in Heaven

It’s Swainy and Rugby from the top of the show!
Followed by NRL talk and Big Zacko has done Pies’ homework from a few weeks ago.
Plus Tour de France, AFL, and Supercoach talk.

0:00:00 – Rugby
0:26:00 – NRL
1:46:00 – Tour de France
1:56:00 – AFL
2:16:00 – Supercoach


The try from the end of the world. France v All Blacks, Eden Park 1994.

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Episode 108 – A Touch of Class

Published author and historian Erik Nielsen raises the braininess of the pod this week. The lack of Big Zacko means Swainy goes uninterrupted discussing the troubles at the ARU and we devise a ploy to get him to the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Erik enlightens us to the Australian Society for Sports History Conference and the 19th annual Tom Brock Lecture featuring Raelene Castle.
Plus all your NRL, AFL and Supercoach news.
0:00:00 – NRL
0:44:00 – Rugby
1:13:00 – Masters
1:17:00 – AFL
2:18:00 – Sport History and Tom Brock Lecture
2:23:00 – Supercoach

19th annual Tom Brock lecture – Raelene Castle
Australian Society for Sports History
ASSH 2017 Conference

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Episode 107 – Apprentice Producer

Big Zacko is back to his best as we bring in NRL expert Craig to pump up his Panthers and the transition of Matt Moylan from fullback to five eighth and captain.
We get Swainy on the line to discuss the Wallabies win over Fiji, the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand and Swainy’s debut Super Rugby call #SwainyRWC2019.
Plus Big Zacko and Pies recap the NRL Masters event at St Marys over the weekend.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:01:00 – Rugby
1:24:00 – AFL
1:45:00 – Masters and Football
2:03:00 – Supercoach
Big Zacko Moment 1:43:00

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Episode 106 – Greater Than The Rest

We had grand plans for a few special guests, but instead, thanks to the Big Wet, we’ve got Big Zacko.
Pretty quick show this week. Just the NRL, AFL and Supercoach with a quick preview of the St Marys NRL Masters day on Saturday.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:46:00 – AFL
1:13:00 – NRL Masters
1:25:00 – Supercoach

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Episode 105 – Get Control of the Game

Pies and Big Zacko are backing up after backing up at the Cabramatta Masters of Rugby League Module. Colbee gets on the phone to wrap it up. Plus we recap the NRL and AFL rounds, give our tips for Origin 1 and the upcoming round of footy and talk a little Formula 1, Cycling and NBA Finals. Plus we’re in the chaos that is Supercoach bye rounds.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:46:00 – AFL
1:10:00 – Masters of Rugby League
1:46:30 – The Man Shake
1:52:00 – NBA Finals
2:01:30 – Monaco F1
2:04:40 – Giro d’Italia
2:10:30 – Supercoach

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Episode 104 – Attitude Adjustment

Swainy and Colbee on the phone to talk Rugby and Masters respectively. Plus Pies isn’t working tomorrow and decides to tie one on at the podcast. Things don’t get too out of hand, most of the best stuff happened in the ad breaks and the producer didn’t record them.
0:00:00 – NRL
1:08:00 – Masters of Rugby League
1:30:00 – Rugby
1:53:00 – AFL
2:24:00 – Supercoach
Big Zacko Moment – Late in the show

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Episode 103 – List Management

Brendan and Josh are left alone again and are now contemplating The Apprentice’s position in the team. Spoilers, he’s not sacked.
Brendan has plenty to say on the NRL plus we recap the latest AFL round and give our tips for next weekend. Plus F1 and Supercoach.
0:00:00 – NRL
1:15:00 – AFL
1:51:00 – Formula 1
2:03:00 – Supercoach
Big Zacko Moment – None this week


Kimi Raikkonen meets a young Ferrari fan after crashing out

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Episode 102 – An Act of Bastardry

Glebe Dirty Reds Vice President Mark Paixao joins us to recap the Glebe relaunch and preview the return to Rugby League of the Dirty Reds jersey at Leichhardt. We review the round of upsets in the AFL and in Rep Round. The A-League Grand Final was a cracker. Brendan tells us how good he is at Supercoach and Pies likes a long shot at Eurovision.
0:00:00 – Glebe Dirty Reds
0:20:00 – AFL
0:51:00 – V8 Supercars & Cricket
1:01:00 – Rep Round & NRL Round 10
1:34:00 – Supercoach
1:52:00 – A-League GF
1:58:00 – Eurovision

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Episode 101 – Anonymous

Robbo has joined us again plus we have Colbee on the line to discuss the last module of Masters of Rugby League at Quakers Hill. Including the first ever Masters Chef 8/10.
Shock horror! Brendan has something nice to say about the NRL referees.
We sprint through the AFL segment this week, but there’s still enough time to hear from Swansational.
Plus Big Zacko gives us the big news from the NFL Draft and all the latest from Supercoach.
0:00:00 – NRL
1:15:00 – Rugby
1:38:00 – Masters of Rugby League
2:09:00 – AFL
2:20:00 – NFL Draft
2:35:00 – Supercoach
No Big Zacko Moment Continue reading “Episode 101 – Anonymous”

Episode 99

It’s just the three of us again as we get back to what we do best. Talking nonsense for long periods. In amongst the dribble you’ll find NRL, AFL, NBA Playoffs, a debate over Russell Westbrook and James Harden for MVP, Brighton & Hove Albion promoted to the English Premier League, we touch on the NFL Draft, Star Wars Episode VIII and Supercoach.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:57:00 – AFL
1:34:00 – NBA Playoffs
1:50:00 – Brighton & Hove Albion Promoted
2:15:00 – NFL Draft
2:21:00 – Star Wars
2:30:00 – Supercoach
Big Zacko Moment – 1:31:00 Continue reading “Episode 99”

Episode 98

We’re joined by Darren Flynn from the first club in Rugby League, the Glebe Dirty Reds to discuss their return to the fold.
Swainy returns to discuss the latest developments in Super Rugby as well as Shute Shield and World Sevens.
Big Zacko is on location with scoops the size of a McDonalds soft serve,
Plus a bunch of other sport including Davis Cup, V8 Supercars and the abandoned Sydney Cup.
0:00:00 – Glebe Dirty Reds
0:22:00 – AFL
0:41:00 – Rugby with Swainy
1:27:00 – NRL
2:04:00 – Other Sport
2:21:00 – Supercoach
Big Zacko Moment – None this week Continue reading “Episode 98”

Episode 97

Sorry it’s late, computer problems. Forget everything we said about Mitchell Moses and Tony Romo.

Swainy joins us for an in depth discussion about the future of Super Rugby, SANZAR and competition. Plus we recap the NRL and AFL rounds and tip next weeks games. Plus get your AFL Supercoach teams right before the rookies rise up. And there’s some NRL Supercoach cows you need too. Note: This show was recorded before Tony Romo retired to the announcers box.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:50:00 – AFL
1:08:00 – Rugby with Swainy
1:36:00 – AFL Tips
1:48:00 – Masters of Rugby League
1:51:00 – Supercoach
2:18:00 – NFL Continue reading “Episode 97”

Episode 96


It’s just Pies and Brendan this week as Big Zacko is still reeling after the first week of the AFL. We keep it pretty simple seeing Pies had Masters training before the show. Topics for discussion are NRL scheduling, The New Zealand Warriors form, AFL Round 1 of boilovers, India finished off Australia in the 4th test, and Liam from One Direction had a baby!

0:00:00 – NRL
0:45:00 – AFL
1:00:00 – Cricket
1:17:00 – Supercoach Continue reading “Episode 96”

Episode 95


We’re joined by a very special guest, our favourite listener and AFL expert Swansational to preview the 2017 AFL Season (0:58) and give us some well needed tips on AFL Supercoach. And before he arrived we went through Round 3 of the NRL and tipped all the winners for Round 4, and previewed the first week of the Bats and Balls Cup in Supercoach.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:51:00 – NRL Supercoach
0:58:00 – AFL 2017 Season Preview
2:04:00 – AFL Supercoach Continue reading “Episode 95”

Episode 94


After two rounds of the NRL a few of us are ready to make some big statements. Outlandish or otherwise, it’s a fun show with a lot of NRL talk. Plus Masters, No Ma’am Basketball, Australia in India Test Cricket, NFL and Supercoach.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:50:00 – Masters of Rugby League
1:03:15 – Basketball
1:11:00 – Test Cricket
1:28:00 – NFL Free Agency
1:45:30 – Supercoach Continue reading “Episode 94”

Episode 93

Robbo, coach of Penrith Waratahs Masters of Rugby League joins us to recap the Selectors Cup and also talk NRL Round 1, Supercoach and Australia’s 2nd test in India.
0:00:00 – NRL
1:20:00 – Supercoach
1:48:00 – Masters of Rugby League
2:14:00 – Cricket
2:17:00 – Basketball
2:30:00 – V8 Supercars
2:31:00 – Cycling Continue reading “Episode 93”

2017 NRL Season Preview

By Brendan Smith

Brisbane Broncos

Ins – Moses Pangai (Townsville Blackhawks), David Mead (Titans), Tautau Moga (Cowboys), Benji Marshall (Dragons), Mitchell Dodds (Warrington), Korbin Sims (Knights)

Outs – Greg Eden (Castleford), Brett Greinke (Rabbitohs), Corey Parker (Retired), Jarrod Wallace (Titans), Jack Reed (Retired), Darren Nicholls (Panthers), Lachlan Maranta (Rugby)

Best 17 – Continue reading “2017 NRL Season Preview”

Episode 91


Big Zacko is back in the fold and our favourite correspondent Swainy is back from Brisbane with all the latest Rugby news. We talk about the NBA trade deadline and Panathinaikos win in the Greek Cup. Josh is in awe of a bloke eating pies on the bench during the FA Cup and Brighton & Hove Albion are still destined for the Premier League. Plus we cast an eye over Big Zacko’s current NRL Supercoach team. And Continue reading “Episode 91”

Episode 90


Big Zacko brushed us after a basketball “incident” on Monday night. With any luck he’ll be back next week. Pies was playing Fifa all weekend, so we’re lucky Brendan watched sport and can carry the show.

Facebook Live – 0:00:00

NRL All Stars – 0:34:00

Rugby 10s – 0:58:00

Winx, Pleas, Brighton & Hove Albion – 1:03:00

Supercoach – 1:14:00
Continue reading “Episode 90”

Episode 89

All three of us were back in the one location and it made for a fun show. There was an interactive Facebook Live session with some good questions asked. Then we recapped the NRL Auckland 9s, the Sydney Rugby 7s and the Atlanta Falcons capitulation at the hands of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Plus heaps more.

Facebook Live – 0:00:00

NRL, AFLW, Bathurst 12hr, Boxing, Rugby 7s – 0:31:00

Super Bowl LI – 1:11:00

NBA, A-League, Supercoach – 1:43:00

Big Zacko Moment – None this week Continue reading “Episode 89”

Episode 88


We took all of January off so it’s time to get back in the studio for another go round. Only problem is, we forgot to tell Big Zacko.
In this episode we recap most of the talking points from the start of 2017 including the last two tests between Australia and Pakistan, the Big Bash League including Mitchell Johnson’s BBL Semi Final and Final heroics. The Australian Open tennis wound back the clock with a couple of classic final match ups. Did they live up to the hype? Ben Barba is trying to pull a swifty over the NRL. And we get Swainy on to talk about Rugby Sevens and the upcoming season.
0:00:00 – Facebook LIVE Continue reading “Episode 88”

Episode 83

We recorded Episode 83 last night in the sauna that is the BS Studio. Thankfully we finished in just over 90 minutes. Continue reading “Episode 83”

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