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A podcast featuring Josh, Brendan, The Apprentice & friends talking about sport from Australia and around the globe.

A podcast featuring Josh, Brendan, The Apprentice & friends talking about sport from Australia and around the globe.
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A podcast featuring Josh, Brendan, The Apprentice & friends talking about sport from Australia and around the globe.





Another footy season done and dusted. Two of the more memorable Grand Finals played out over the weekend. West Coast outwitted Collingwood but it took all 4 quarters. An absolute belter of an AFL Grand Final. The Eagles finally winning 11.13.79 - 11.8.74. In the NRL Grand Final the Sydney Roosters apparently played with 12 men but still completely outplayed the Melbourne Storm. It was a huge performance from the Roosters, eventually winning the game 21-6. In the NFL Big Zacko outlasted...


166 - Grand Final Previews, Rugby, NRL, AFL, NFL

Pies is back to preview the two big games this weekend. On Saturday it's the AFL Grand Final between West Coast and Collingwood. And on Sunday it's the NRL Grand Final between Sydney Roosters and Melbourne. It should be a massive weekend of sport. But first cab off the rank, and the only sport with an international flavour is Rugby. Our favourite guest Swainy is back to talk The Rugby Championship and the NRC. Swainy is calling a game on Sunday afternoon so catch that game during your Grand...


165 - NRL, NFL, AFL

No Pies this week so it's up to the comedy duo of Big Zacko and The Producer to carry the show this week. Nothing much has changed then... They discuss the NRL finals and are fully opposed on their selections for the Grand Final. We have a very special guest Coach Blake Campbell Defensive Co-Ordinator for the Revere Minutemen HS who comes in to help Zacko cover all the weeks NFL news. We discuss retiring at halftime, the greatness of the Rams and Jaguars, Miami's hot start, placekicking...


164 - NRL, AFL, NFL

Is Episode 164 the last ever? What could happen to force one member of the team to walk out? Can the other two members carry the show without him? Will he ever come back? All those questions and more will be answered in this explosive episode of Bats and Balls. The NRL threw up a few surprises forcing Pies to eat a big piece of humble pie and apologise, not for the last time, to the Panthers and Dragons. Can they keep the roll on going next weekend? And can anyone stop the Roosters and...


163 - NRL, NFL, AFL, Soccer, Motorsport, Supercoach

In the third and final NFL Preview show we're joined by Ben Sudderth III of BS3 Sports. Ben is a Cowboys fan but we won't hold that against him. Have a listen to Ben's thoughts here, and then check out his own show at Then we're on the phone with Big Zacko to round out the NFL Previews and give our own Super Bowl LIII picks. Keeping up with the NFL theme there's some debate in the studio over the #StewpitTweetOfTheWeek. To kick off the show we cover the...


162 - Masters, Rugby, NFL, NRL, AFL, Soccer

We're joined by a very special guest. All the way from the USA it's Zach Bahner of Auctionable Offense Podcast to talk all things NFL. Zach lives and breathes NFL and it's great to have him on to preview the NFL season. Our old mate Swainy is back and it's hard times for the Wallabies. Another crushing defeat at the hands of the All Blacks. Can we see a silver lining to this cloud? Colbee opens the show previewing the last Masters of Rugby League module at Minchinbury this weekend. Should...


161 - NRL, NFL, AFL, Rugby, Soccer, Supercoach

The NFL season is just around the corner and we're joined by our favourite Crazy Canadian Cookie for the first of our NFL preview shows. Changing it up a bit this year and giving our guests more rope during the NFL previews. Have a listen to Cookie and the next few guests to have some idea about the upcoming NFL season. The NRL and AFL Finals are just around the corner. We recap the last round and preview the final round in AFL and the penultimate round of NRL. Swainy is back to recap the...


160 - NRL, AFL

After putting the finishing touches on a very exciting project (stay tuned for more info) we thought it'd be a very short one. But there's just so much going on in the world of NRL and AFL. We don't have any answers to the mess that is the Panthers saga. And we have even less of a clue why the Dragons have fallen off a cliff. One thing we do know. The race for the wooden spoon has never been hotter! In the AFL there's a log jam at the bottom end of the top 8. Teams that aren't the Tigers,...


159 - Rugby, NRL, AFL, Supercoach

The Producer has outdone himself. Or at least turned back the clock to when we were organised! Show notes, scores, ladders. It's almost like we're a proper podcast again haha. Kicking off the show is Swainy recapping the Super Rugby Finals. The Crusaders won their 9th Super Rugby title. Confirming their status as the Real Madrid of provincial Rugby. Heaps going on in the NRL including the Rabbitohs looking real good. The Raiders blowing another lead and the Bulldogs holding onto the...


158 - NRL, AFL, Tour de France

NSFW. Due to popular demand, Pies is back in the studio. Things get a little heated as we discuss the latest round of NRL. Robust discussion covers the Parramatta dominance over Canterbury, how many people are in the ears of the refs, and whether we want to hear from the referees coach directly after the games. The Giants continue to Never Surrender as they surge into the AFL Top 8. The Eagles are flying high in the top 2, and the Swans continue to lose at home. This time to the Gold...


157 - World Cup Final, Tour de France, AFL, NRL

Pies is stuck at home but calls in to give Big Zacko someone to talk to on this episode while The Producer doodles. We recap the World Cup and the Final won by France over Croatia 4-2. Le Tour de France has gone over the cobblestones and the expected carnage came to fruition. Unfortunately Australias leading hope Richie Porte was the main casualty. The tour hots up this week in The Alps. Pies and The Producer discuss a few of the good AFL games this weekend. Including the West Coast...


156 - World Cup, NRL, Question Time, Masters of Rugby League, Tour de France, AFL

We're down to the business end of the World Cup. Recorded before the semi finals, but encountered technical difficulty in uploading. Have a listen to see how close the boys were to predicting the Final. And can we pick the winner of the whole thing with only 4 contenders? Also stay tuned for one of the best or worst Stat Attacks in history depending on where you stand. The NRL sucks. We put out some feelers on social media and received a few questions. Have a listen to what is burning up...


155 - World Cup, Tour de France, Masters of Rugby League, NRL, AFL, Basketball

In a cruel twist of fate, The Producer has a lot to say and no voice to say it. Pies and Big Zacko manage to get through the show with ease with The Producer merely pushing buttons. Colbee joins us to present Pies his Black Shorts and to preview the upcoming split Masters of Rugby League module at Mittagong and Merrylands. The World Cup is into the Quarter Finals. The draw appears a little lopsided, but it's the World Cup and we never know what will happen in the knockout phase. Can...


154 - Rugby, NRL, World Cup

Big Zacko and The Producer recorded Thursday night. First up is Swainy on Rugby. Followed by NRL and World Cup news. 0:00:00 - Rugby 0:32:00 - NRL 1:08:00 - World Cup Brought to you by and Part of the No Phony Podcast Network Twitter - @batsandballspod Brendan - @brendansmith05 Josh - @PiesJosh Zac - @BigZacko Swainy - @swainy7 Dressing Shed - @thedressingshed No Phony Network - @phonyno Email -...


153 - World Cup Preview, NRL, AFL, NBA

It's our first World Cup Finals and we've brought in the A-Team to preview the greatest tournament in the world - Russia 2018. Former referee and current junior coach Big Zacko is our soccer expert. Aussie Dane Erik has the best of both worlds with Denmark and Australia drawn in the group stage. Pies is a night owl and will probably watch every match. And The Producer has his own flair for the dramatic. We run through every group, suggest some outsiders who have a chance to get to the...


152 - Rugby, Concussion, NRL, AFL, NBA

Rugby off the top with our favourite guest Swainy. There's been heaps going on including the Waratahs exciting victory over the Reds in Super Rugby. Fiji have hit their straps in the World Sevens. And Ireland are in Australian for three tests vs the Wallabies. Most importantly Swainy has joined forces with the Queensland Brain Institute to help us understand concussions and how best to manage brain injuries in sport. If you live in SE Queensland and would like to help, Please find the...


151 - NRL, Origin, NBA Finals, AFL, Motorsport, Football

Craig Bobby White is back to spruik the Panthers and their claims as the best team in the NRL. Their demolition of the Dragons was highly impressive. State of Origin teams are in and NSW could be about to embark on their own dynasty. The NBA Finals are upon us. The greatest player of a generation, LeBron James has put the Cavs on his back and taken them back to the Finals. Facing the Cavs are perhaps the best team of a generation in the Golden State Warriors. The West Coast Eagles are...


150 - NRL, AFL, MLB

Just another milestone reached and we're here to raise the bats and kiss the emblem again. We welcome back Friend of the Show, Wests Tigers, Sydney Swans and LA Dodgers fan Dr Erik Nielsen. And we have our favourite international fan Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Dolphins fan Ben. We tackle some of the stories of the last few weeks in Major League Baseball including the Yankees and Red Sox, Houston Astros and the injury woes of the Dodgers. Speaking of injuries, Yadier Molina is singing a few...


149 - Rugby, Henson Park, Glebe Dirty Reds, NRL, AFL, EPL, Football

The Producer and Pies are back with another exciting episode. Relive the action from Pies' first appearance as ground announcer at the famous Henson Park. We chat to Swainy about all things Rugby including the Australian Super Rugby teams inability to beat their New Zealand rivals. And we lament the loss of Penrith Rugby and the Emu Burger from the Shute Shield. Recap all the action from the NRL. Are the Warriors and Dragons the real deal? Pies tipped a perfect round in the AFL including...


148 - NRL, AFL, NSW Cup, Ron Massey Cup, AFL, A-League, Supercoach

Pies and The Producer are back and you know what they say, you're only as good as your last two games. Wins for the Eels, Giants and Eagles have the boys in a good mood for this wrap of the weekend.Pies and The Producer are back and you know what they say, you're only as good as your last two games. Wins for the Eels, Giants and Eagles have the boys in a good mood for this wrap of the weekend. Joining us for a chat about the Glebe Dirty Reds, Ron Massey Cup and NSW Cup is Glebe President...