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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.




266 - NRL, AFL, EPL, Motorsport, Masters of Rugby League

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...


265 - AFL

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...


264 - NRL

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 Part of the No Phony Podcast...


263 - NRL, AFL, Soccer, Motorsport, Cricket

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 Part of the No Phony Podcast Network Twitter -...


262 - NRL, AFL, EPL, Motorsport, Questions

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...


261 - NRL, AFL, Soccer, Cricket

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...


260 - NRL, AFL, F1, Other Sport

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...


259 - NRL, AFL, EPL, Motorsport, Golden Slipper, Cricket, Rugby

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...


258 - NRL, AFL, Soccer, Supercars, Horse Racing, NBA

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...


257 - NRL 2021 Season Preview

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 -...


256 - Cricket, EPL, Supercars, Questions

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 -...


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 -...