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Well… I didn’t have high expectations for the game but somehow it went even worse than I’d anticipated 🙈 Ah well, to quote my dad: “What football game? It’s cricket season!”

It’s AFL Grand Final morning! I know not everyone cares about football, but it’s a big deal ‘round these parts nonetheless: we had the public holiday Grand Final Eve yesterday, lots of cafés and the like close early in advance of the game, and it’s a day for people to catch up with friends and family, often over a barbecue, like secular Christmas! It’s sometimes said that football is like a religion here in Victoria, which I think is over-egging it slightly, but surprisingly not that much. Following the ups and downs of the AFL season is like a social glue for the “believers”, and feeling alienated by everyone else’s obsession with football is a unifying experience for the “non-believers” 😂

Because of the pandemic, today will be the first time in three years that we’ve been allowed to catch up with loved ones to watch the game. My own team, the Sydney Swans, is even playing in the final although it’s very much the underdog (Geelong, the other team, has been truly ascendant in recent times) so we’ll see how that goes. I’m not optimistic tbh. But I’m looking forward to watching the game with family and hoping for a miracle!

Link: “Hawthorn racism review to allege that former coaches separated First Nations players from families and demanded a pregnancy termination

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-21/alastair-clarkson-and-chris-fagan-named-in-hawks-review/101452320

The sheer callousness of Hawthorn FC, as described in this article, has genuinely shocked me. Apparently Hawthorn’s senior coaching staff has been forcing their way into Aboriginal players’ relationships – forcibly ending them on the player’s behalf and denying the partner’s right to even speak to him, forcing players to hand over their phones to swap in new SIM cards, forcing players to move house to a coach’s spare room effective immediately, bullying players’ pregnant girlfriends into unwanted abortions (and in one case succeeded)… just absolute crazy shit. Like holy fuck, this is unfathomably evil.

Article is obviously very heavy – content warnings for racism, reproductive coercion, pregnancy loss, suicide attempts, and not just as passing references but in detail. Fuck Hawthorn.

OMG that prelim final was one of the most stressful games I’ve watched 🫣 One minute longer and I’m sure we’d have lost, Collingwood were all over us. But WE DIDN’T AND SWANS ARE IN THE GRAND FINAL, BABEY~ 🔴🦢🔴

Hope I don’t come across like a total asshole in this post but with the death of Shane Warne announced today, I can’t help but marvel at how The Eu­l­o­gy Song(external link) never ceases to be true. Before today, he was mostly mocked for his womanising and drug use and dodgy self-named charity and not-very-good cricket commentary. Now, he’s a “legend of the game” and the premier has offered a state funeral! Man, I have nothing against him personally (he was obviously an insanely talented cricketer, and it seems like he was a nice enough bloke to everyone not named Mitchell Starc…) but it does my head in how the media & public just shift gear from criticism to rapturous adulation and pretend not to notice the whiplash that induces 😛

Can I be real, it’s pretty disappointing that an entire Ashes game can be called off just because it rained for a couple of hours 😕 Women’s sport has come a long way in public recognition in the last few years, but it’s still really not taken as seriously, hey.

Link: “Is English cricket's class and race problem behind their dismal Ashes defeat?

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-20/is-english-crickets-class-problem-behind-their-ashes-defeat/100762798

Reminds me a bit of Usman Khawaja’s article(external link) about the hostility of Aus­tra­l­ian cricket to aspiring players from immigrant backgrounds. Apparently 30% of recreational cricket players in the UK are from South Asian backgrounds, but only 5% of their professional players are.

I also did not realise that cricket has only been available on pay TV in the UK since 2005, which naturally makes it a low-profile sport to many young people (there’s a tidbit provided about kids being asked to list 10 sports, and 60% of those kids not thinking to list cricket as one of them). Plus the article mentions it’s an expensive sport to get started in (bats, pads, helmets, etc.) so if low-income kids are going to get into a sport, it’s probably going to be something else.

It does feel like a stretch to suggest that this is “THE” reason England lost the Ashes, but it also seems likely that a lot of England’s best raw talent is not actually taking up cricket, or not making it through to the levels where selectors might spot them. If you’re not starting with all the best people, you’re not giving yourself the best chance.

a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.