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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.




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...


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...


147 - NRL, AFL, Rugby, Motorsport, Supercoach

It's been a long time but the Parramatta Eels finally won a game. And that means we're back! Not only are we back, but our old mate Swainy is back to catch us up on all the latest Rugby news #SwainyRWC2019. Pies has been sailing one of the seven seas and survived to tell the tale. And The Producer has been rubbing shoulders with Commonwealth Games athletes. Big Zacko is still MIA, much like the Bulldogs. And after three weeks, we finally have a look at our Supercoach side to discover...


146 - NRL, AFL, Cricket

The Producer and Pies have had enough. They've decided not to record again until The Parramatta Eels win another game. Thankfully we have Big Zacko and The Boss ready to take over with their own renegade podcast. Topics up for discussion are NRL. What's the matter Parramatta? And how good are the Tigers and Warriors going? Round 2 of AFL is complete. Wrap up all the big games. And we tip the next few weeks of games. Then we finish off the Australian Cricket Team ball tampering debate....


145 - NRL, AFL, F1, Supercars, Supercoach, Beki Smith Commonwealth Games

If you're an athletics fan here for the Beki Smith chat about the Commonwealth Games, skip ahead to 1:27:00. We've tacked it on at the end of the show. There were plenty of woeful performances over the weekend. But because a bloke used some dirt attached to some tape to scuff up a cricket ball, we never heard about any of them. While the rest of Australia were outraged by the ball tampering issue, The Producer and Pies were watching the rest of the poor performances on the sporting...


144 - 2018 AFL Preview, NRL, Supercoach

Big Zacko was ousted from the Podcast Board even though he had more votes. Here's the 2018 AFL Preview Show. Complete with published author and Swans fan Dr Erik Nielsen. We discuss each team and give our Top 8, Premiership, Brownlow and Coleman predictions. No surprises, GWS are in the thick of it. Then we lament just how bad the Eels are. How they can't possibly turn it around inside a week. And how the rest of the NRL are performing. And we make some much needed changes to our...


143 - NRL, Masters of Rugby League, Supercars, Cricket, Supercoach

Big Zacko and Pies have cracked it after one game and couldn't be bothered turning up. Colbee fills the void and returns with a whole new set of names to mangle. If it wasn't bad enough for Sione Katoa to have a broken jaw, now he gets to hear Colbee talk about him all episode. Join us on this rollercoaster of pronunciation which includes such greats as Andrew McCullough and Viliame Kikau. Plus Brendan and Colbee discuss this season of Masters of Rugby League, Supercars, Test Cricket in...


142 - 2018 NRL Season Preview

What you get is what you see. Ain't nothing more to it. This show is a complete preview of all 16 NRL teams. Broken down into four shorter segments. Followed by our predictions for the Top 8, Premiers, Dally M medal winner and a few sneaky categories thrown in for good measure. Then right at the end we finalise our Round 1 NRL Supercoach team. 0:00:00 - Intro 0:04:00 - Dragons, Broncos, Knights, Sea Eagles 0:26:30 - Cowboys, Sharks, Tigers, Roosters 0:56:00 - Rabbitohs, Warriors,...


141 - Winter Olympics, NFL, NRL, Supercoach

It's the week before the big NRL Preview Show. Time to finalise the Bats and Balls Supercoach team. First up we talk random sports for a half hour. Winter Olympics Highlights and the NFL Off-season get a run. Then we discuss the latest NRL trials with mostly full strength line ups. Although Canterbury played a bunch of reserve graders and still wiped a nearly full strength Panthers side. And then settle in for an insight into how 3 Supercoaches with vastly different strategies try and...


140 - NFL Super Bowl LII recap, BBL Finals, NRL Supercoach

We're back to recap one of the best Super Bowls we've seen. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots to win their first Super Bowl. How did they do it? And where to now for the Patriots, Eagles and the rest of the NFL? The Big Bash League concluded on Sunday with Adelaide Strikers defeating Hobart Hurricanes. And we continue to select our Bats and Balls Cup NRL Supercoach team. This week is halfbacks and five-eighths. 0:00:00 - NFL Super Bowl LII 1:15:00 - BBL...


139 - Super Bowl LII, World Rugby Sevens, BBL Finals, NRL Supercoach

It's been a long time coming, but we finally wish Swainy a Happy New Year as we catch up with our favourite Rugby analyst. We've got all the news from the Sydney edition of the World Rugby Sevens. And we renew our push to get Swainy on the plane to Japan in 2019. The BBL Finals are upon us. And what better way to celebrate than have half the good players unavailable through International selection. We have a look at the Super Bowl LII match up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New...


138 - Cricket, NFL Playoffs, Supercoach

Bats and Balls was unAustralian and had no Pies for Australia Day. So Big Zacko was left to talk to the wall about the NFL Championship games. Nick Foles was great, and Tom Brady, when it counted was Tom Brady. Heaps of limited over cricket going on. BBL gets another run as the tournament finals approach. BS blows up about Big Show missing ODI selection (again) Supercoach is open. The boys have a quick look at the opening prices. With the possibility of a Bats and Balls composite team to...