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Each week Pies, The Producer, Mendy & Big Zacko discuss sports from Australia and around the world. Focussed on NRL and AFL in winter, cricket and NFL in summer. We also talk about motor racing, horse racing, basketball, baseball and anything else that comes up from week to week. Join our tipping, fantasy and supercoach comps to interact with the team.
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Jun 8, 2021

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

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May 26, 2021

Pies was placed on report last week for high contact. So while Pies is at the judiciary The Producer had to go to the bench again and Colbee joins the show.

The Producer and Colbee discuss the all the drama from Round 11. Players still have not learnt to tackle lower which saw 24 players on report, however how long is too long to penalise a player? Brad Arthur has selected Waqa Blake to start again and Colbee is not happy about it.

In AFL the GWS Giants had a great win agaist the West Coast Eagles in a tight game. The Lions got under Dusty's skin in their game and Colbee is happy with how his Bulldogs are going.

In Motorsport Max Verstappen won the Monaco GP in the F1, the Moto GP and Supercars return this weekend and Indy Cars saw former Supercar driver Scott McLaughlin has qualified well for the Indy 500.

The EPL season is now over and Man City are the Champions. This means #PiesKnows survives. Liverpool finished 3rd and Brighton 16th.


0:00:00 - NRL
1:06:00 - AFL
1:20:00 - Motorsport & EPL

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May 17, 2021

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

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May 14, 2021

Pies was off training to be in the Bunker for Magic Round so The Producer had to go to the bench and Hammer joins the show again.

 

The Producer and Hammer discuss the NRL at length. The Bunker was again in the news for the wrong reasons. Did Parramatta get lucky with the officials or should've some Roosters been sitting with them in the Sin Bin? 

 

Producer and Hammer then finish off with EPL and Motorsport.

 

Sorry no AFL this week!!!!

 

0:00:00 - NRL

1:20:00 - EPL & Motorsport

 

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Erik - @ErikNielsen2759

 

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May 6, 2021

Pies didn't handle the pressure of the double show last week and needed a rest so The Producer had to go to the bench and Colbee joins the show again.

The Producer and Colbee discuss the Top 5 and how they are breaking away from the pack. The Raiders are in the news for all the wrong reasons, could it be the return of The Curse of Ricky? Also Round 9 will see a crackdown by the NRL and it's referees on rules that have always been there.

Before they take on the AFL and the EPL. Brighton are one Fulham loss away from survival.

In Motorsport Lewis Hamilton keeps dominating, An Aussie wins the Moto GP, Indy Cars saw former Supercar driver Scott McLaughlin have 2 great races at his first appearance on the oval tracks and Supercars return this week from The Bend.

Colbee then finishes off with a bit of Masters. Is Colbee cleaning the whistle to come out of retirement?

0:00:00 - NRL
1:07:00 - AFL
1:19:00 - EPL
1:22:00 - Motorsport
1:34:00 - Masters

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Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
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Apr 29, 2021

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

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Apr 28, 2021

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

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Apr 21, 2021

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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Apr 14, 2021

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

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Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
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Apr 7, 2021

Pies has turned over a new leaf, Mrs Pies is angry, and The Producer is fired up.

In the NRL there's some really good teams, some teams who may or may not be fake good and then there's a few who are well off the pace. Is buying one more high priced player the answer?

In the AFL the Lions snatched one after the siren, the Swans continued their winning ways with a demolition of the reigning premiers Tigers. The Western Bulldogs look sensational. And the Giants are busted up after a tough loss to Melbourne.

Plus in other sport, Man City are cruising, Liverpool bounced back at The Emirates and Brighton squandered a lead at Old Trafford. Plus the Doncaster Mile is on this weekend and QLD host NSW in the Sheffield Shield.

0:00:00 - NRL
0:55:00 - AFL
1:17:00 - Soccer
1:21:00 - Doncaster, Sheffield Shield

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Mar 31, 2021

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

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Mar 25, 2021

Maybo joins The Producer in this episode after Pies failed his HIA test after poor tipping last week. NRL was mostly played in wet conditions and saw Parramatta get a big win against the Storm. Maybo's Broncos were handed another defeat. Head knocks and how Sin Bin should be used are still issues the game needs to fix.

Supercoach is back for the NRL. Round 1 of the season starts this week in the Bats and Balls Cup & Bats and Balls Mug competition. The Producer runs through the games and makes an executive decision on the two leagues. Can the DWS Fleshpuppets go back to back? I'm sure he will tell us.

The AFL Round 1 saw some upsets with Pies' GWS and Maybo's Lions both losing. The Producer's West Coast Eagles starting the year with a win. Are Richmond the team to beat AGAIN?!!!

In the EPL Brighton got a big win against Newcastle pushing them 6 points clear of the relegation zone. No EPL this week as the World Cup Qualifiers matches are being played.

Supercars were at Sandown and a broken and beaten up Shane Van Gisbergen wins all three races even with a broken collar bone. F1 is back starting the year with the Bahrain GP

In other sport the Queensland Reds are winning the Super Rugby AU and are up against the Waratahs this week. In Sheffield Shield Cricket the Blues look like a park cricket team after being rolled for 32.
Lastly after the rain in Sydney washed out the Golden Slipper it is being run this weekend. Golden Slipper tips;

Pies - Anamoe
Producer - Rocket Tiger
Maybo - Stay Inside

0:00:00 - NRL
0:30:00 - AFL
0:42:00 - Soccer
0:47:00 - Motorsport
0:52:00 - Other Sport (Golden Slipper, Rugby, Cricket)

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Mar 17, 2021

Pies is back alongside The Producer BS to recap the first week of the NRL season. The Roosters pumped Manly, Melbourne exploded on the season with a flurry against Souths and Penrith cruised against a gutsy North Queensland. And there were a couple of stinkers also.

The AFL bounces up this week. Pies has a couple of surprise finalists in his preview.

Manchester City are flying the EPL. While Brighton are staying just ahead of the relegation zone. But the hottest team in English football has been League One Burton Albion with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink back in charge.

In other sport Supercars go round at Sandown, Murray Walker passed away, the Golden Slipper jumps at Rosehill this weekend and the Brooklyn Nets are a beautiful team to watch in the NBA.

0:00:00 - NRL
0:45:00 - AFL Preview
1:06:00 - Soccer
1:13:00 - Motorsport
1:17:00 - Golden Slipper
1:21:00 - NBA

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Josh - @PiesJosh
Mendy - @BigMendy180
Maybo - @maybo83
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Lobby - @LobbyLBTF
League by the Fireplace - @leaguebythefire
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Mar 10, 2021

Pies has suffered a training setback and will miss the last hit out before the season starts. In his place is the super sub Maybo. The Producer is also on deck. With the help of a few friends of the podcast we cast an eye over every NRL team for season 2021.

Each team segment is time stamped in the show description so you can skip straight to your team if you like.

Thanks to Maybo, Hammer, Erik, and Lobby & Pedro from League by the Fireplace for having a chat about your teams.

0:15:00 - Brisbane Broncos
0:19:00 - Canterbury Bulldogs
0:21:00 - North Queensland Cowboys
0:24:00 - Manly Sea Eagles
0:28:00 - St George Illawarra Dragons
0:39:00 - Wests Tigers
0:43:00 - New Zealand Warriors
0:47:00 - Gold Coast Titans
0:51:00 - Cronulla Sharks
0:54:00 - Newcastle Knights
0:57:00 - South Sydney Rabbitohs
1:02:00 - Canberra Raiders
1:07:00 - Sydney Roosters
1:11:00 - Parramatta Eels
1:19:00 - Melbourne Storm
1:25:00 - Penrith Panthers
1:29:00 - Predictions

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Mar 4, 2021

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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Feb 17, 2021

Australia aren't touring South Africa but we do have India vs England and Bangladesh vs West Indies to talk about. Test cricket might be on the way back to relevance.

Tampa Bay Bucaneers dominated Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs couldn't keep the Bucs away from Mahomes and he was running for his life most of the game. On the other side of the ball, Brady was measured and protected the ball. And he also hit Gronk for two TDs.

In soccer Manchester City are almost home in the Premier League. While PSG put the cleaners through Barcelona.

Utah Jazz are on fire in the NBA. New York are a proper NBA team. And AD is out for a few weeks, leaving LeBron to carry the load for the Lakers.

0:00:00 - Cricket
0:28:00 - NFL
0:59:00 - Soccer
1:05:00 - NBA

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Feb 3, 2021

We've sat Mendy out for another 12 weeks for a bit of cap relief so it's just Pies and The Producer in the studio.

Australia have cancelled the tour of South Africa due to the threat of the coronairus. The Aussies were concerned about the South African strain of COVID-19 and have pulled the pin. A shame for world cricket, but as a result New Zealand are through to the World Championship Final. In the BBL Brisbane Heat are in form leading into the Challenger Final against Perth Scorchers. A single COVID-19 case in Perth meant the Scorchers will now host that game at Manuka with the victors facing the Sydney 6ers at the SCG.

The NFL is down to the big dance. The final showdown. That's right it's Super Bowl LV featuring the Tampa Bay Bucaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady vs Patrick Mahomes. The GOAT vs the best player in the NFL right now. We're looking forward to a great game.

In the EPL Manchester City are on top with games in hand. Mancheter United are on fire and Tettenham have saved #PiesKnows for the time being with defeat at the hands of Brighton.

The NBA has been great. The Brooklyn Nets are going out and just scoring more points than their opposition. Can it work in the playoffs? Plus there were some buzzer beaters this week.

Rugby League is back in the media and we discuss the big stories around the NRL. Israel Folau testing the waters with St George Illawarra Dragons who have become the NRL version of a wrestling heel. Roosters have received $350k in cap relief by keeping Boyd Cordner out of the game for 12 weeks. Raiders players DUI and Bryce Cartwright training the house down at the Eels.

And we finish off the show with a bunch of listener questions. Keep em coming!

0:00:00 - Cricket
0:23:00 - NFL
0:37:00 - Soccer
0:40:00 - NBA
0:45:30 - NRL
1:22:30 - Parramatta Eels
1:46:30 - Listener Questions

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Jan 20, 2021

We're back for another year of Bats and Balls Podcast.

Pies and BS in the studio a day after India pulled off one of the great run chases in test cricket history. We dissect the Australian failures and try to find a solution. While Pies is a little more positive about how India played against the odds and came out on top.

The NFL Playoffs are down to the Championship games. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs. Can Tom Brady keep the fairytale going for another week? Can the Bills go back to the Super Bowl for the first time in decades?

In the EPL Manchester City are poised as Liverpool, Tottenham and the rest of the league falter.

James Harden was finally traded to Brooklyn. We discuss the trade and how the NBA is going. As well as the NBL tip off last week.

Then we rattle home with some other sports. Some tennis players want more, others are just happy to be here. And others just can't stop complaining. BS has been watching the ABL.

And we answer some listener questions.

0:00:00: - Cricket
0:57:00 - NFL
1:06:00 - EPL
1:10:00 - NBA
1:18:00 - Other Sport & Listener Questions

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Jan 4, 2021

Thanks to Covid-19 2020 was a terrible year. Even though we were in the middle of a global pandemic, we managed to carry on with sports. Here's to a bigger brighter and more fun 2021.

Pies, The Producer and all our Bats and Balls Family will be back very soon.

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