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March 25th, 2009

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01:53 pm
So, a week ago I wrote this :
And in sporting news (cricket, of course), I wonder if Australia can make the World Cup final ? They're currently third in the Super Six stage, and need to beat England (by lots, hopefully!), and ideally have Pakistan beat New Zealand to make it through.

... hoping that someone would ask the obvious questions, like "Wait, aren't Australia in South Africa at the moment ?" and "What World Cup ?". I was, of course, talking about women's cricket. In case anyone was wondering, England won, beating NZ in the final - although you'd hardly know that unless you saw it on the SBS news.

There's a good article in The Independant from the UK's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, making the case for increased coverage and promotion of women's sports, and I agree.
(btw: avoid the comments section if you value your sanity and/or blood pressure !)
At least cricinfo.com did cover the WWC, although after a while I found it slightly irritating that the men's team is "Australia" and the women's team always called "Australia Women", as if taking part in the Women's World Cup wouldn't be enough of a clue that the team called "Australia" would consist of ... women.
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Date:March 25th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
Well, it sure wasn't going to be me asking those questions. As soon as there's mention of cricket, my disinterest filter usually cuts in immediately.

I'm not sure what anyone sees of interest in cricket, apart from all the stats and trying to calculate whether a certain run rate may result in victory. Fencing sounds 1000 times more interesting.
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Date:March 25th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
I'm just glad that they're finally covering the women's team. God knows the netball - which has the highest participation rate of any sport in Australia I believe - doesn't get a mention. Seriously, English soccer gets more coverage.
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Date:March 25th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
It was also covered live on ABC radio. The commentators where pratts, amusing each other with sexist comments and cackling into the mics for periods at a time, but it was covered.

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