Hard to be calm in the face of Pommie taunts

THERE was a call for calm by Australian selectors, administrators and players after we lost the Ashes to England last month for the first time in 16 years.


How can you be calm when you lose to England?

Sure, the players might have been feeling a touch disappointed, but what about the fans.

The fans will now be subjected to untold sledging from the Poms until we win that blasted urn back.

Through untold rugby league and rugby union failures, Australian sports fans have always at least been able to say to Poms: "At least we're better than you at cricket."

Not any more.

Australia is now the butt of catching jokes.

Australia is now the butt of fielding jokes.

Australia is now the butt of batting jokes.

And the players and administrators expect us to be calm and continue supporting them and not call for mass sackings?

It's hard to be supportive when you have a 120kg, sweaty, drunk, pasty, ugly Pom harassing you at your local.

Emus ahead

CONGRATULATIONS to Casino's Todd Summers and Alstonville's Josh Murphy for being selected in the Northern NSW Under-21 Emu Colts representative team.

They continue a long line of Far North Coast players selected in the prestigious team.

The Emus will tour New Zealand later this summer.

Steve ... stumped

LENNOX Head captain Ben Peterson got one over The Northern Star's cricket writer Steve Spinks last Friday.

Spinks was calling all the captains of local LJ Hooker League teams to find out their losses and gains for the season for the paper last Saturday.

Peterson called Spinks back after a brief chat and said he forgot to tell the journalist that former NSW fast bowler Wayne Holdsworth would be playing for the seasiders this season.

According to Peterson, Holdsworth had moved to the village to work as a tiler.

Spinks swallowed the story hook, line and sinker and was busy dreaming up back-page headlines when the Lennox Head captain phoned back half-an-hour later to tell him the bad news.

It was just a joke.

Peterson 1, Spinks 0.

Dalli no Alley

TINTENBAR-EAST Ballina opening batsman and Kadina High School teacher Phil Dalli would have been interested to read in another publication last week that he was a former NSW opening fast bowler and that he would be returning to action this summer.

Unfortunately, the publication meant to say that former NSW opening bowler Phil Alley is returning to the 'Bar line-up after a short retirement.

Dalli played in last season's runner-up Tintenbar-East Ballina team and while he likes to think he's a handy part-time bowler, he never really hit the big time.

World not enough

FLAT Track Bully is still a fan of the World XI v Australia concept, even though the World team copped a hammering in the three one-day internationals.

Any team that has Jacques Kallis, Brian Lara and Rahul Dravid in their squad will always have FTB watching.

However, perhaps a better preparation and more consideration to fielding, especially in the one-day squad, needs to be considered.

The fielding standard of the World XI was woeful ? it was even worse than Australia's in the Ashes ? and it cost them between 20 and 30 runs per game.

As it was shown, no team, no matter how talented they are, can afford to give away that many runs.

Will he, won't he

WILL Shane Warne play in the NSW v Victoria Pura Cup match scheduled for Oakes Oval, Lismore, in January?

It would be massive for local cricket fans but Flat Track Bully doubts whether the great spinner will make himself available for the match, even though he won't be playing one-day cricket with the Australian team at the time.

Flat Track Bully would be interested to see what our readers think of the chances of Warne playing in Lismore.

? Steve Spinks and Paul Attewell

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