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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.




211 - NRL Grand Final, Rugby World Cup, NFL, EPL, Bathurst 1000

The Roosters have gone back to back after one of the most gripping and controversial grand finals in recent memory. The refs, the tactics, the Churchill medal, the interviews. Everywhere you look there's controversy. And after it's all said and done. Sydney Roosters are still the premiers and Bats and Balls Championship belt holders. Swainy joins us via satellite to discuss the Rugby World Cup. Japan have done it again. Can they finish it off and make the quarter finals? The Wallabies are...


210 - NRL Grand Final, Rugby World Cup, AFL Grand Final, NFL, EPL, Formula 1

We kick off with an NRL Grand Final preview. Everyone's? second team the Canberra Raiders have made it all the way to the decider to take on the best team money can buy Sydney Roosters. We're joined via satellite by Swainy to catch up on all the latest in Rugby World Cup. Japan have once again rocked the Rugby World. Can they keep it up? The Wallabies suffered a loss at the hands of Wales. Can they bounce back? Richmond dominated GWS in the AFL Grand Final. After a tight first quarter,...


209 - NRL Finals, AFL Grand Final, Rugby World Cup, NFL, EPL, Motorsport, FIBA World Cup, Ashes

We chose the busiest time in the sporting calendar to take holidays. But we're back just in time for the biggest games. The Producer has been touring Las Vegas and Los Angeles and Pies has been fishing on Lake Macquarie. But we're back for the pointy end of the season. In the last month hell has frozen over as BS goes into bat for the NRL referees. While we were gone Parra beat Manly to get into 5th. Played their GF in the first week of the finals against the Broncos. And then went out...


208 - NFL Preview, FIBA World Cup, AFL Finals

Pies is joined via satellite by Big Zacko to discuss the upcoming NFL season and predict all the Division winners, as well as the Championship Games and Super Bowl winner. There's a couple of favourites selected. But stay tuned for Big Zacko's Hot Tip for a nice long shot selection. 0:04:00 - FIBA World Cup 0:08:00 - NFL Preview 0:10:00 - AFC East 0:18:00 - AFC North 0:28:00 - AFC South 0:43:00 - AFC West 0:50:00 - NFC East 1:01:00 - NFC North 1:04:00 - NFC South 1:10:00 - NFC...


207 - NRL, Ashes, FIBA World Cup

It's Father's Day so Pies gets his Dad on the phone to talk about the Panthers season fizzling out. Rod also stayed up to watch Ben Stokes carry England to victory in the third Ashes test. Then Pies has Lobby from League By The Fireplace on the phone to talk about the run to the NRL Finals. Lobby is a Raiders fan and with Canberra currently sitting in third he has reason to be excited. 0:00:00 - Penrith Panthers 0:18:30 - The Ashes 0:32:35 - Paul Gallen 0:35:30 - NRL with Lobby 1:12:15...


206 - NRL, Rugby, Darts, AFL, The Ashes, EPL, Politics with Dummies Australia

Big Mendy is driving around Western USA so Pies felt compelled to come back. And not only that, Big Zacko has returned following a successful soccer coaching season. Not only do we discuss NRL and AFL, But The Producer pre-recorded segments with Swainy on Rugby and Mendy on the Darts International in Melbourne. Plus it's the first episode of Politics With Dummies Australia. 0:00:00 - NRL 0:51:00 - Rugby 1:13:00 - Darts 1:36:00 - AFL 1:55:00 - The Ashes Cricket 2:18:00 - EPL 2:23:00...


205 - NRL, Rugby, AFL, Ashes, EPL

This week on Bats and Balls we bring in the reserve team AGAIN as the Captain Josh is away. Nathan and The Producer go through the latest round of the NRL. NRL Refs were again in the spotlight after a few crazy Sin Bins and an obstruction call. The Producer also gives a big Hell No to Gus looking after the refs after his claim he could fix them in 6 months during his lunch breaks. The Producer fixes them in 1 episode. In the AFL St Kilda kept the boys in the game with their bet. The Pride...


204 - NRL, AFL, Supercoach, Rugby, The Ashes, Motorsport, Nathan's Random Sports, Handball

This week on Bats and Balls we bring in the reserve team as the Captain Josh is away. Nathan and The Producer go through the latest round of the NRL. Head Trauma was the topic. Does the NRL even care after Sam Burgess is cleared of a nasty high tackle. The Producer gives his opinion on the Ivan Cleary Tunnel drama. In the AFL St Kilda let the boys down with their bet last week. The Pride of Queensland the Brisbane Lions are now in a 3 way tie at the top of the ladder and should lock in a...


203 - NRL, Rugby, AFL, The Ashes, Tour de France, Motorsport, Henson Park Beer Footy Food

Pies and The Producer in the studio recapping the latest round of NRL. Referees are in the spotlight and hell freezes over when BS goes into bat for the refs. Media outrage goes into overdrive after the Warriors apparently got hosed by the referees. The Rabbitohs got out of jail and the Manly bandwagon gathered a few more fans. Pies has plenty more space if you want to get on with him. Swainy joins us to recap the 2nd week of The Rugby Championship. Australia beat Argentina and South Africa...


202 - NRL, Rugby, AFL, What We Missed

Pies and The Producer in studio with Swainy via Satellite. First up is a catch up on the NRL. Who's in form, who has bottomed out. And what are eveyone's run to the finals like? What's the team that can emerge from the pack and cause a headache for the top 3 sides? Then we have our old mate Swainy back to discuss all that's been going on in the world of Rugby. The Crusaders were too good in the Super Rugby Final. South Africa and New Zealand were first up winners in the Rugby...


201 - NRL, AFL, Rugby, FIFA Women's World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Tour de France, Motorsport

Pies continues the tradition with the Tour de France preview show. We discuss the latest round of the NRL. The Bankwest Stadium is apparently an ice skating rink. The Raiders can't handle the heat. And the Sharks forgot how to play. In the AFL GWS might not have been hosed. The defending premiers are flying under the radar. And the Swans are coming, but might not get past the Kangaroos. The FIFA Women's World Cup and the Cricket World Cup are getting close to the semi finals. Pies and...


200 - Masters, Rugby, NRL, AFL, FIFA Women's World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Motorsport

Light up the sky with fireworks we've reached another milestone. 200 episodes! Who thought we'd get this far? Pies and BS are joined in studio by Colbee and via satellite by our old mates Big Zacko and Swainy to reminisce about the last 200 episodes and talk a little sport. It's been a really fun 200 shows and we thank everyone who has helped us out either by appearing on the show, interacting with us on social media or sending us emails to help improve the show. Most of all we thank our...


199 - NRL, AFL, FIFA Women's World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Rugby, Motorsport, NBA

Pies, The Producer and Mendy are back to dissect another week of wall to wall sport. We discuss the latest NRL news and the most puzzling of NSW Origin selections. The Eels beat up the Broncos at Bankwest Stadium, The Storm dismantled the hottest team in the NRL and the Sea Eagles are looking ominous. In the AFL the second of the bye rounds took place with one lucky tipster picking the round. Richmond once again got run down and gapped after leading at the first term. St Kilda came back...


198 - NRL, AFL, FIFA Women's World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Tennis, Rugby, Motorsport, NBA Finals

Pies and The Producer are back with an action packed episode. In NRL the Roosters have lost three in a row. Is this just an Origin slump or something more? The Knights are flying high and Mitchell Pearce is staking his claim for an Origin recall. And the Panthers have started winning. In AFL the Swans surprised most, but not The Producer with a drubbing of the Eagles on Saturday. Adelaide beat GWS in a cracker. And Carlton became the second team to win after dumping their coach. Patrick...


197 - NRL, AFL, FIFA Women's World Cup, Cricket World Cup

BS and Pies are joined in studio by very special guest and future soccer star Amelia to preview the FIFA Women's World Cup. We recap the split NRL round 12, AFL round 11 and tip this weeks games. Plus we finish with Rugby, NBA and more. 0:00:00 - NRL 0:39:00 - AFL 1:11:00 - State of Origin 1:27:00 - FIFA Women's World Cup 1:55:00 - Cricket World Cup 2:09:00 - Rugby, NBA Finals, Champions League


196 - NRL, AFL, Cricket World Cup, Motorsport

Pies and BS are back after a week off. No Mendy who is working on being mobile again. In the NRL the Broncos retained the belt and are on a winning streak. The Roosters are on a losing streak. And the Eels are in freefall. Albeit, still in the 8 for another week. In the AFL Freo and Brisbane played a cracking game on Sunday evening. The Giants thumped Melbourne and West Coast came from behind in Adelaide. We have a look at the Cricket World Cup in England. Tip you the Semis, Finals and...


195 - Rugby, NRL, AFL, Soccer, Motorsport, Randomness

The Producer and Mendy recap all the sports action from the weekend. Swainy calls in to discuss the latest Rugby news. Magic Round in the NRL created more questions than answers. In the AFL the Giants turned in a stinker and the Demons rose from the ashes to jag a win. Plus there's heaps more. Literally every other sport that happened, Mendy watched. 0:00:00 - Rugby with Swainy 0:33:00 - NRL Magic Round 1:45:00 - AFL 2:12:00 - Soccer 2:16:00 - Motorsport 2:20:00 - Random...


194 - NRL, AFL, Rugby, Soccer, Motorsport

Brendan is back to make it a twosome. And Pies couldn't be happier. It's NRL Magic Round all weekend long up at Suncorp Stadium. Can the surface handle 8 straight games? Can Brisvegas handle a city full of NRL fans? In the AFL and the Cats are still leading the way. While the Swans are running 18th. In Soccer and what an amazing win to Liverpool in the first Champions League Semi Final. This show was recorded before the heroics of Tottenham. But now it'll be an all England Final in...


193 - NRL, AFL, Soccer

Scheduling issues all week meant we almost didn't get a show out. But instead of leaving you hanging for a week. Pies took it upon himself to carry the load one out. The jury is still out as to whether it was a good move or not... NRL and the Panthers appear to be back to close to their best. A tight loss to Souths isn't terrible form. The Roosters and Storm got wins on Anzac Day. And the Knights outplayed Parramatta in Newcastle. In the AFL Geelong are alone on top of the ladder with a...


192 - NRL, AFL

Wedged between two long weekends and The Producer trekking all over the state we managed to record on Wednesday morning. Lots of NRL discussion including the transparency offered by the Graham Annesley NRL press conferences. The Producer isn't convinced about the refereeing but Pies is very hopeful moving forward. But let's not bury the lead. Parramatta returned home to the new Bankwest Stadium. BS was up the coast but Pies was flying the flag and soaking up the atmosphere of a huge win...