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A podcast featuring Josh, Brendan and friends talking about sport from Australia and around the globe. We focus on the NRL rugby league, AFL Australian rules, cricket, A-League football, horse racing, NBA basketball, NFL American football, MLB baseball and other sports that take our fancy.

A podcast featuring Josh, Brendan and friends talking about sport from Australia and around the globe. We focus on the NRL rugby league, AFL Australian rules, cricket, A-League football, horse racing, NBA basketball, NFL American football, MLB baseball and other sports that take our fancy.




A podcast featuring Josh, Brendan and friends talking about sport from Australia and around the globe. We focus on the NRL rugby league, AFL Australian rules, cricket, A-League football, horse racing, NBA basketball, NFL American football, MLB baseball and other sports that take our fancy.




255 - Cricket, NFL, Soccer, NBA

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...


254 - Cricket, NFL Super Bowl LV, EPL, NBA, NRL

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...


253 - Cricket, NFL, Soccer, Basketball

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...


2021 Return

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.


252 - 2020 Wrap, 2021 Predictions, Cricket, NFL, EPL, Rugby, AFL Draft, NRL Rules, NBA, F1

It's the last show of the year and we've got a Christmas cracker to finish with a bang. In the early bits we talk about Cricket, NFL and Premier League. Swainy joins us via NBN from his new digs at Channel 9. We recap a rebuilding year for the Wallabies. Lament what might have been after those early rounds of the Super Rugby and look toward a brighter future for Australian Rugby. Shaun McMeeken joins us for the first time. Shaun is a Carlton Blues fan, which makes two in a month. We talk...


251 - Darts, Surfing, Motorsport, Olympics, Cricket, NFL, Soccer

Mendy joins Pies and The Producer in studio. We haven't talked darts in a while so it's back. Who are the best going around at the moment? Is there a dearth of talent at the top? Plus Mendy has been keeping up to date with the surfing from Hawaii and is poised to tackle the Dakar Rally. The Olympic Games have included Break Dancing to the schedule for Paris 2028. And Pies is not happy. The Wallabies had another draw with Argentina. In the cricket, Australia and India split the 6 limited...


250 - Cricket, NFL, EPL, NBA, Motorsport

Pies and The Producer are in studio to talk about the week in sport. In Cricket, Australia won the first two ODI vs India putting on huge scores that the Indians couldn't run down. Then in the third game in Canberra, India passed 300 and Australia fell just short. Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell have been in some pretty hot form with the bat, and for India Hardik Pandya is in career best ODI form. In the WBBL Sydney Thunder came from third to claim the title after restricting Brisbane Heat...


249 - Rugby, State of Origin, NFL, EPL, Cricket, Lawn Bowls, Travel

Pies and The Producer in studio this week with a couple of calls via mobile telephone. Swainy kicks off the show with Rugby. Swainy was the caller for the epic Argentina win over the All Blacks. Plus we recap the Wallabies draw with the Pumas. And we look ahead to an exciting last two weeks of the Tri Nations. Then we recap a disappointing State of Origin series for NSW. Freddy Fittler was clearly outcoached by Wayne Bennett. But does it run deeper than that? Is Cleary the half to lead...


248 - State of Origin, NFL, EPL, Horse Racing, Rugby, AFL, Cricket

After a double Grand Final weekend, there's always a let down. And no amount of rep Rugby League can get us out of it. In any case Pies and The Producer are back with a special call in from Swainy to discuss game 1 of the State of Origin, recap the Melbourne Cup and the rest of the Spring Carnival and the last two Bledisloe Cup games. Plus heaps more including the AFL Trade Period, the upcoming cricket season, NFL and EPL. 0:00:00 - State of Origin 0:41:00 - NFL 0:46:00 - EPL 0:50:00 -...


247 - NRL GF, AFL GF, USAFL, Other Sport

Pies and the Producer are joined by a very special guest Astro. He's taken NRL Twitter by storm this year. Alienating Broncos and Eels fans and joining in the conversation in a big way. We recap the NRL Grand Final in which Melbourne were far too good for Penrith and the AFL Grand Final in which Geelong led early but Richmond came out on top, going away in the final quarter. We also talk hoops and dive into the world of the USAFL, Australian Rules played in the USA. It was a growth sport...


246 - NRL GF, AFL GF, Rugby, MLB WS, Bathurst 1000, Horse Racing

Pies and The Producer in studio with a bumper, but yet streamlined show. We've been out of action for a couple of weeks after The Producer had a COVID-19 scare. In reality, he had one too many trips to Guzman y Gomez. We catch up on the eliminated NRL teams. Where did it go wrong for the Eels, Raiders and Rabbitohs. And why do the Roosters continue to be such a shit club? Then we preview the NRL Grand Final and pick a winner between the Panthers and Storm. The AFL has been barely watchable...


245 - NRL Finals, AFL Finals, NFL, EPL, NBA Finals

The great man Macho Man, coach of the DWS Fleshpuppets is in studio for the first time. You might remember him from his innuendo laden Supercoach rants. But the Fleshpuppet is so much more. He's also a mad Raiders fan. And he is hoping for a fairytale revenge for the 1991 Grand Final loss to Penrith. Also joining us is Hunter. Wearing his 1991 Dah Dah Uniforms Retro jersey for good measure. We recap the last round of the NRL before tipping the first week of NRL Finals. We gaze into the...


244 Part 2 - NRL, Supercoach, Rugby, AFL, EPL

Maybo is back in the studio as we cover our core sports in Part 2 of Episode 244. First up and the Panthers continue to roll on. The Eels continue to limp to the Finals and the Storm and Raiders are resting everyone. The DWS Fleshpuppets are into the Supercoach Grand Final and we have a couple of ripper voice mails from the great Supercoach. Swainy comes on to recap a great Super Rugby AU Final between the Brumbies and Reds. In the AFL Port Adelaide capped off their fine season by...


244 Part 1 - MLB, Cricket, NFL, NBA, Tour de France, Horse Racing, Motorsport, More

It's a four man weave this week as The Producer and Pies are joined by Erik and Mendy to discuss all the sports that are in addition to our core range. Major League Baseball is close to the playoff stage. Erik breaks down the structure of the playoffs and where the series will be played. We've got California Bubbles and Texas Bubbles. And a surprise host of the World Series. Australia concluded the T20 & ODI tour of England winning the ODI series 2-1 after going down 1-2 in the T20...


243 - Rugby, NRL, AFL, F1, Supercars, NBA

We're back for another week of sporting action and after the weekend of Rugby we had to give Swainy top billing. Melbourne Rebels clinched their first Super Rugby AU finals appearance with a last gasp try against the brave Western Force. That was followed by a ball tearer of a contest and another last ditch try in the New Zealand North vs South Game. In the NRL Penrith extended their winning streak to 12 with victory over the Broncos. SBW returned to the Roosters and in Pies opinion, they...


242 - Fishing, NRL, Rugby, AFL, Motorsport, Extras

Pies and The Producer are back and ready to tackle another week of sport. Pies was away all weekend so much like QLD in the AFL, BS has to the bulk of the heavy lifting this week. Pies recounts his experience at the Yak Hunters Kayak Fishing Series Round 3 at Woy Woy. Then we're into the NRL recap and tips. Penrith continue to fire. While the Parramatta bubble has well and truly burst. Can they even beat the Warriors without George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro? Swainy is back as we near the...


241 - NRL, AFL, Other Sports

We're back after a long hiatus and have heaps of NRL to cover. We recap the last round of NRL and tip this week's games. And then we have a look at each team's run to the Finals. Can Penrith maintain their form? Can the Roosters stay in the Top 4? Is the Top 8 set? Then we answer a few more pressing NRL questions. We have a look at the Bats and Balls Cup Supercoach League with one round remaining, 10 teams can still win it. Then we have a quick look at the AFL and tip this week's...


240 - NRL, AFL, Soccer, Rugby, Motorsport, NBA, MLB

Pies is back in the studio and we're joined by Sydney's favourite Broncos fan Maybo. The man behind the famous Reed it and Weep banner. We talk all things NRL including the Roosters impending SBW signing. The difference between Wayne Bennett and Ricky Stuart. And where the Broncos go to from here. Plus the AFL is about to embark on wall to wall games for the next three weeks. Who will emerge on top? Does Brodie Grundy need a rest? Maybo isn't only a mad Broncos fan. His heart also belongs...


239 - NRL, Darts, Moto GP, Rugby, AFL, EPL, F1, Supercars

Mendy is back on the show which means heaps of variety from the sporting world. The Producer is in studio to bring you all the action. It wouldn't be a Mendy show without some darts talk and the boys deliver in bucket loads. There's also heaps for the rev heads this week. Moto GP, Formula 1 and Supercars. Plus all the regulars, NRL, Rugby & AFL. 0:00:00 - NRL 0:57:00 - Supercoach 1:05:00 - Darts 1:14:00 - Moto GP 1:26:00 - Rugby 1:57:00 - AFL 2:06:00 - Soccer 2:09:00 - F1 &...


238 - NRL, Rugby, AFL, EPL, Motorsport, NBA, Cricket

Our old mate Hunter is back from the UK to grace us with his presence. This podcast needed an injection of another footy team and Hunter's Panthers could be just the trick to balance the show out. On this week's show we cover all the latest from the NRL including the Panthers blow out of Scomo's beloved Cronulla Sharks. Swainy is back to talk all things Super Rugby. In the AFL are Port Adelaide the real deal? And could the Brisbane or GWS bubble burst? Plus we talk English Premier...