Renshaw’s Courage Is Admirable

If you haven’t heard already, Matthew Renshaw, Australia’s opening batsman clearly suffered a horrific stomach bug which was shown when Renshaw spent two and a half hours off the field and needed to retire due to suffering from illness.

 

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Renshaw holding his stomach as he left the field. Photo Credit: Daily Telegraph

 

 

Even after suffering a stomach bug, Renshaw was able to put on the highest score for the Aussies in the first innings of 68 runs. He was able to assist and increase Australia’s total to 260 runs to put Australia back into a positive position.

Renshaw was then restricted in the second innings from coming onto the field due to the stomach bug being present after he displayed signs of sickness following being hit on the forearm. 

His strength and fighting spirit during this time for a twenty-year-old is admirable.

 

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Matt Renshaw with opening batsman partner David Warner. Photo Credit: Cricket Australia

 

Every Australian should be grateful he was included in the side and is playing through this horrific stomach bug. He went on to make 31 runs off 50 deliveries throughout the second innings.

I know all I want to do when I have a stomach bug is sit in bed all day, with water and a bowl next to my bed and sleep. Instead, Renshaw chooses to fight for his country and continues to display great form.

I hope Matt Renshaw gets rid of the bug soon to continue to portray his terrific form.

 

Feature Image Credit: AP

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A Game To Remember

How bloody good is cricket.

Australia has defeated New Zealand in the first One Day International (ODI) game by 68 runs!

Attending the SCG to witness Steve’s record-breaking knock, 164 runs, alongside his magnificent left- handed catch was one of the best days I can record to date. It was the perfect weather for a perfect game of cricket.

New Zealand were always a threat until Smithy joined the party scoring a record breaking 164 runs which is the highest ODI scored at the SCG and by an Australian skipper. Smithy definitely lead from the front after the Aussie’s were in trouble early losing four wickets for 92 runs.

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Photo Credit: Cricket Australia
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Photo Credit: Cricket Australia

This is a great sporting moment that I’ll pass on to my children and grandchildren, I will also brag about how I was at the ground to witness, this incredible knock from an incredible player! It was also awesome to see the crowd get behind Smithy giving him a standing ovation once he hit a century, 150 runs and once his wicket fell. I was a very proud Aussie.

Josh Hazlewood was also the man to watch with the ball after he bowled an incredible 3/49 !! The bowlers were definitely fired up and restricted New Zealand to 256 runs in total (resulting them in being 68 runs short of victory).

Credit to New Zealand’s captain Martin Guptill who was determined to make the run chase close by scoring 114 runs and fast bowler Trent Boult who bowled 2/50 keeping New Zealand in the game first innings.

Brilliant game. Brilliant Result. One that Aussie fans and players won’t forget for awhile.

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Photo Credit: Cricket Australia

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Five Talking Points from Australia’s First Test

Firstly, I want to say congratulations to South Africa for defeating the Australian’s on home soil at the iconic WACA ground in Perth. Being the first time Australia has lost the opening Test of the Summer since 1988, the South African’s have displayed all-round terrific performances to win the first Test match.

1. Rabada is a special talent

Everyone warned us about Kagiso Rabada coming in with his fierce bowling technique but boy I was not prepared for the display he gave during the first test. Throughout both innings no matter how many overs whether it was eight or nine he continued to look fresh every ball he bowled.

Bowling at speed Rabada was able to capitalise on the pitch and hit the crack with most deliveries. This was crucial as he also accomplished bowling a  5-fer finishing on figures of 5 for 92 in the second innings and test figures of 7-170.

The 21-year-old will be looking to continue his form and impress against Australia in the second test at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

 

 

2.       Australia can not blame DRS for losing

Although the DRS system caused controversy especially amongst the Australia fans after Steve Smith’s dismissal in the first innings and Shaun Marsh in his first innings, Australia can not blame the system for losing the first test.

Yes the decisions were very unlucky but again with the technology rules are rules and it comes down to umpires call (like most games).

I’m sure Australia will definitely be looking to change their batting technique especially when facing Rabada and Keshac Maharaj.

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Steve Smith questioning his dismissal after coming down the wicket. Photo Credit: cricket.com.au

 

 

3.       One of the greatest run outs of all time

Unlike most Australians, I dislike Dave Warner quite a lot but this does not mean I think he ever deserves to get out (nor do I want him to as I want Australia to win) but the run out by Temba Bavuma was absolutely incredible. It was one of the best run-outs I’ve ever seen, with a 0.267 reaction time and to throw the ball whilst his legs are flung up in the air the direct hit was definitely rewarded as he dismissed danger man Dave Warner.

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Temba Bavuma’s incredible run out. Photo Credit: cricket.com.au 

 

Lots of jokes were made about his dismissal on social media regarding Warner being able to watch the run-out on his OLED TV (due to being involved in their advertisements throughout the games).

 

 

 

4.       No Dale Steyn, No Worries

The discussion throughout the entire week was how much South Africa was in trouble without their star bowler Dale Steyn. His injury came to a huge shock to everyone but it was a blessing in disguise for South Africa as it put attention on Philander and Rabada who both played an exceptional role assisting the South Africans with defeating Australia.

Although Dale Steyn can storm in and bowl deliveries at 145+ km/h will definitely be missed by spectators and teammates but I don’t think South Africa have too much to worry about especially after the performance of Vernon Philander and Rabada fitting in quite well.

 

5.       Philander an all-rounder?

Vernon Philander has impressed me alongside his teammate Rabada this Test match especially after scoring 73 in his second innings to assist with South Africa’s total of 540.

He bowled 4 for 56 in the first innings and 1 for 55 in his second innings which is phenomenal bowling.

His huge contribution and effort with the ball and bat throughout both innings played a significant role in South Africa’s defeat.

 

 

Feature Image Photo Credit: cricket.com.au

Has Footy Finals Fever Hit You Yet?

As  a very passionate GWS fan I can definitely inform you that finals fever has officially arrived!

If you haven’t already heard you would know GWS Giants NEAFL side and GWS AFL side are both through to the finals this year.

Finals Fever has hit me hard especially after successfully securing tickets for the qualifying final between GWS and Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium. With my team being in the finals for the first time [EVER] is a huge contributing factor into why I am very excited for AFL finals this year. The thought of making the grand final in Melbourne seems absurd and a dream scenario. But in finals, anything is possible as each team has an equal opportunity of winning.

The GWS Giants will play their first ever finals game against rivals Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium on the 10th of September at 3:20pm. It is so exciting for the GWS boys to be part of the finals this year after their 5-year campaign playing in the AFL. Stevie J will be leading the side with his experience on the field and he will hope to get the boys straight through to the Prelim Finals. It is normal for the boys to be nervous but also excited as last time they played the Swans was at Spotless Stadium where they won by 42 points in round 12. Confidence and not cockiness is what the GWS boys pride themselves with.

 

 

Click Here for tickets to the qualifying match between GWS vs Swans (tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 31st of August).

The NEAFL GWS boys will also be playing in finals against Sydney University this Saturday the 3rd of September for a place in the grand final. They will be playing at Blacktown International Sportspark at 2:15pm and I encourage all GWS fans to head down there for a great physical game of footy. I will definitely be heading out there to support the boys and hopefully make it to the grand final this year. With the likes of Adam Kennedy, Tom Downie, Pat McKenna and Matt Flynn (who won mark of the year at NEAFL awards night) playing on Saturday you won’t be disappointed coming out to support them (unless they lose– but all fans will be in it together).

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Photo Cred: GWS Media

I encourage all AFL fans to get out to both games especially Blacktown this Saturday to support GWS in a great contest for a place in the NEAFL grand final!

#GoGWS #NeverSurrender

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Featured Image: Photo Credit– GWS Media

Tom Downie and Shannon Noll visit the children at Ronald McDonald House in Westmead

I had the privilege of visiting the Ronald McDonald house in Westmead with GWS ruckman Tom Downie and Australian Singer/ Songwriter Shannon Noll on Tuesday afternoon. The charity has a healthy and strong partnership with GWS Giants with Tom and Shannon inviting all the children to the game on Saturday afternoon (20th of August) to watch them live in action. Shannon will be performing on the Virgin Australia stage at half-time and Tom has been named to play in the NEAFL side Saturday afternoon.

Ronald McDonald is such a terrific charity and to see the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes, you begin to understand how important it is to keep donating to this incredible charity and maintain the beautiful homely environment for these families who are facing challenging times. The hard work put in by the workers and volunteers at the home is inspiring and definitely eye opening. It was an amazing experience and allowed me to gain more knowledge about what Ronald McDonald House is all about such as families visiting from all around the world and they can stay from one day up to a year.

Tom plays for GWS Giants and has done so for five years. His commitment and love for footy easily came across when he started playing and educating the children with the AFL basics such as how to handball and kick a footy. He spent quality time with all the children on the play equipment, as they showed him their favourite sections, the most common was definitely the slippery dip.

Shannon Noll shared many personal stories of being on the road and the life of a musician as well as many stories from Australian Idol, and the close connection he continues to maintain with Guy Sebastian.

I can’t thank Tom and Shannon enough for how cooperative they were with a student journalist like myself. They were very willing and happy to be filmed and interviewed throughout the visit.

The most memorable part of the day besides the incredible amount of smiles on everyones faces was definitely my experience interviewing Tom and Shannon. I was more worried if Tom was in the frame because he’s 201cm’s tall!!!  This is huge, 25 centimetres taller than me, thankfully he was (YAY).

I cannot be more thankful to Tom and Shannon for providing interviews about what makes these visits so amazing. To get the insight was intriguing and interesting especially for myself. Special mention also to Dan’s mum, Fiona for allowing me to interview her about why the visit’s are so special.

It was an unforgettable experience.

Also huge thanks to Leigh the GWS media manager for making it happen, Michelle from Ronald McDonald House, Craig and Sam (GWS media) who were there on the day.

I encourage everyone to get out to the game on Saturday 20th of August (NEAFL and first grade) as both games are expected to be extremely close. You also get the opportunity to see Shannon Noll perform live !!!

And the most important thing, make sure to be wearing your orange gear for #TrueColours and remember  #GoGiants !!!