Western Australia

Vale Harrison 'Harry' Reginald Gorringe

Vale Harrison 'Harry' Reginald Gorringe

27/06/2017, Western Australia, Cricket, Western Australia Cricket Association, Article # 22978981
The Super Rugby Saga: NERVOUS WORDS FOR REBELS

The Super Rugby Saga: NERVOUS WORDS FOR REBELS

23/06/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 22928293

According to rugby folklore, it was back in 1823 that young William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it.
And just like that enterprising young Rugby School student, the eastern states media is now picking up your columnist’s Super Rugby prophecies and running with them.
Regular readers will recall that last week, your columnist was the lone voice in highlighting the subtle clue that Bill Pulver threw out about how the Super Rugby saga might be resolved when the ARU chief executive told Fairfax Media: “I am in multiple discussions at the moment, which I am not at liberty to discuss.”
We went further by disclosing that the discussions Bill was not at liberty to discuss in public were with the private owner of the Melbourne Rebels, businessman Andrew Cox, to buy back the Rebels licence.
And while Sydney’s influential Daily Telegraph has advocated from the very outset of this sordid saga that the Force, and not the Rebels, were in line for the Super Rugby axe, it seems they too are now seeing a different picture emerging.
Consider this published yesterday in The Daily Telegraph’s Payto & Panda column under the headline which screamed: NERVOUS WORDS FOR REBELS
“MELBOURNE types weren’t focused on the part of Pulver’s media interview this week where he said he’d resign.
They were more nervous about this line regarding cutting a Super Rugby team: “I am in multiple discussions at the moment which I am not at liberty to discuss.”

It has poured fuel on rumours that the ARU are still in talks with Rebels owner Andrew Cox. Cox, you’ll recall, declared last month he wouldn’t sell the club.”

To paraphrase former Kiwi commentator Murray Mexted, what we are seeing here is another shift in the psychic energy of this game.

For those of you who missed last week’s instalment, your columnist also suggested that Cox might be motivated to conclude those discussions with the ARU ahead of the arbitration hearing set for the week starting July 31 to avoid losing negotiating leverage when – as is hoped and expected in equal measure – the ARU-Force alliance agreement is shown to safeguard the Force’s participation in Super Rugby until 2020.

The clock is ticking. Stay tuned.

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Marsh Heads For Yorkshire Stint

Marsh Heads For Yorkshire Stint

23/06/2017, Western Australia, Cricket, Western Australia Cricket Association, Article # 22967160
Round 11 Review

Round 11 Review

20/06/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 22882202

Round 11 saw Neddies move to the top of the premier grade table, with the RugbyWA Cup still on the shelf. But if you thought that left any room for complacency, think again.
That’s because at this time of year, the hardest game to win is always the next one. No matter who the opposition happens to be. It’s the time of the season when the depth of each premier grade club is tested and nothing can be taken for granted.
It was another brilliant day down at The Foreshore on Saturday when the premier grade took to the field after wins in reserve grade, thirds, fourths and women’s (and Scotland) and a loss in colts.
By halftime Neddies had raced to a 26-6 lead after tries to Tane Manga, a penalty try credited to big lock Aidan Laxton and a pair to the competition’s biggest winger, Zac Makavilitogia. While the second spell yielded a further four tries to Neihana Christian, star back Kauri Cudd and fellow former colts David Bailey and Alasdair Henderson, the highlight was undoubtedly the return to the premier grade front row of Damo “the Italian Thor” Pacecca for the first time in about four years.
Kauri managed to slot all but one of the eight conversions for a final scoreline of 54-20. The bonus point – coupled with an upset win by Uni across the river at Tompkins Park – was enough for Neddies to nudge Paly aside on percentage at the top of the ladder. Things are getting very congested at the top…
Round 12 looms as one of those banana skin games as Neddies heads to Allen Park to take on Soaks, who held Neddies to a draw in the first round. It will be a test for the true club rugby followers, with the game clashing with the first test between the All Blacks and the British, Irish and Pacific Island Lions.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!

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Warriors Head For Wheatbelt Pre-Season Camp

Warriors Head For Wheatbelt Pre-Season Camp

20/06/2017, Western Australia, Cricket, Western Australia Cricket Association, Article # 22881950
The Super Rugby Saga: Why the Rebels Owner Won’t Roll the Dice

The Super Rugby Saga: Why the Rebels Owner Won’t Roll the Dice

19/06/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 22867192

So here we are, 72 days into a process of culling an Australian Super Rugby team which was meant to take less than 72 hours.
What’s more, there’s still about six weeks or so before the ARU and RugbyWA are scheduled to start their arbitration hearing on July 31. That arbitration hearing will of course focus on whether the alliance agreement between the ARU and RugbyWA safeguards the Western Force in the Super Rugby competition until 2020.
But through the haze of bluff, bluster and outright propaganda, your columnist sees the signs of a resolution ahead of the 31 July arbitration hearing.
It was probably lost on most, but amid all the noise ahead of tomorrow’s ARU extraordinary general meeting, embattled ARU chief executive Bill Pulver gave a subtle clue to how the Australian Super Rugby saga might be resolved.
Mr Pulver told Fairfax Media: “I am in multiple discussions at the moment, which I am not at liberty to discuss.”
Take it from me, what Bill is not at liberty to discuss in public is that the ARU remains in active discussions with the private owner of the Melbourne Rebels, businessman Andrew Cox, to buy back the Rebels licence.
And despite the public denials, Cox has every reason to conclude those discussions with the ARU before 31 July.
Why? Because being the shrewd businessman he is, Cox realises he will lose all his leverage in his discussions with the ARU if the July 31 arbitration hearing ends up supporting the view taken by pre-eminent West Australian silk Malcolm McCusker that the Force are legally bullet proof – courtesy of the ARU alliance agreement. Will Cox roll the dice and let that arbitration hearing takes its course? Yeah, nah.
As we have stressed many times in this column, Cox – despite his poker face and the support of a parochial eastern states media – is a seller all right.
As Chrissie Hynde sang in the Pretenders hit Hymn To Her, Some things change, some stay the same. What stays the same here is that Cox, as owner of the Rebels, continues to lose money, sponsorship and crowd support – not to mention his coach. And there are no obvious signs of a turnaround for Cox on or off the field.
As was the case from day one, the solution to the Australian Super Rugby Saga comes down to dollars and cents. My tip is that Bill Pulver will be at liberty to confirm that before 31 July.

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WA Squads Named For Junior Indoors

WA Squads Named For Junior Indoors

19/06/2017, Western Australia, Cricket, Western Australia Cricket Association, Article # 22866935
Agar & Cartwright Earn Test Call-ups

Agar & Cartwright Earn Test Call-ups

16/06/2017, Western Australia, Cricket, Western Australia Cricket Association, Article # 22845524
Ticketing Info Confirmed For Final WACA Ashes Test

Ticketing Info Confirmed For Final WACA Ashes Test

16/06/2017, Western Australia, Cricket, Western Australia Cricket Association, Article # 22844838
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