Australia went into the pandemic with a clear suppression strategy, but the effective elimination of COVID-19 in several states and NZ has a growing number of economists advocating elimination.
But Australia’s largest state is also on track to get there, even if it wasn’t by design, as long as no local cases are reported in the next nine days.
The only state recording locally acquired cases at the moment is South Australia, and while the state isn’t out of the danger zone, cases remain in very small numbers.
Two states — Victoria and Tasmania — don’t have any active cases, while the ACT has only one. All three jurisdictions don’t receive overseas arrivals at the moment.
Current numbers are the lowest Australia has sustained since March, as the pandemic was taking off.
The nation has now managed a streak of 40 days with a seven day average below 20, and most recent cases are overseas arrivals in hotel quarantine.
Aggressive suppression can slip away at any time
That streak comes after a peak of more than 500 in early August.
Only two countries — Singapore and China — have reached a peak of that magnitude and then improved to keep the average below 20 for longer than Australia.
“When you look at Australia compared to the rest of the world, well frankly there is no comparison,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday.
“Australia is in a handful of countries that stand out not just for how we’ve suppressed the virus, but how we have mitigated the economic impact on Australia.
But that doesn’t mean Australia can rest on its laurels.
Israel got its infection numbers as low as 13 a day, but a damaging second wave saw the country average 1,700 cases a day within two months of that, and the country went on to peak at a 7 day average of 6,222 cases.
Ireland too had great success, but saw another flare-up and is still dealing with the consequences of a sizable wave.
It’s unlikely breaches can be completely eliminated
The biggest threat to Australia maintaining its grip on low or non-existent case numbers is now the hotel quarantine system.
With many Australians trying to come home in time for Christmas, and a worsening global situation, the number of cases being found in returned travellers has been slowly increasing since the end of August.
While stricter controls could be put in place, as is currently happening in South Australia, it’s unlikely the risk of quarantine breaches can be completely eliminated.
That means the more people passing through that system while cases overseas remain high, the higher the risk of the virus escaping quarantine.
While tracing schemes like QR code check-ins are being increasingly rolled out, many of our cities are primed for superspreader events, amid fading compliance with physical distancing guidelines and mask wearing.
Strictly star and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said that she’s in “agony” as she presses on with the show’s demanding training.
Jacqui, 57, is partnered with pro Anton du Beke, and despite looking like she was having fun on Saturday, faces the possibility of elimination this weekend.
Bookies have hedged their bets that Jacqui will be given the boot after she came bottom of the leaderboard with just 13 points.
Just ahead of them are Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer, while sitting pretty at the top are HRVY with Janette Manrara, and Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez in second.
But Jacqui’s not giving up easily, putting in the hours to give it her best shot – and hopefully avoid axing.
“There has been quite a lot of bouncing,” she told today’s Good Morning Britain, “My knees are suffering and my feet are in agony.
“I’m getting through the plasters like a rate of knots, but I’m really enjoying this dance.
“All I need to do – all I need to do – is give it some welly and hopefully make sure everyone enjoys it as much as I am.”
Saturday saw Jacqui and Anton receive some pretty brutal feedback from the judges, not least from resident hard-nut Craig Revel-Horwood.
“For me, it lacked musicality,” he said bluntly, “which made it end up a little bit lumpy. You need to double your energy, darling.
“It all got very House of Commons when you went over to get your cane and top hat. You can’t just give up and stop dancing while you get the prop – you need to dance your way there.
“Make sure you close your feet there when they’re meant to be closed, you could drive a semi trailer through them throughout that!”
“But I am looking forward to the bright side of things because when you consider Theresa May and her dancing, you’re 10 times better than that! So well done,” he added in a swipe at the former Prime Minister.
*Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One at 7:10pm on Saturday.
Sydney Roosters host
at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday October 9, 2020. Canberra Raiders are favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 7:50 pm. We preview the game and give you our tips and information on how you can watch the Sydney Roosters vs.
Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Isaac Liu 14. Lindsay Collins 15. Sitili Tupouniua 16. Mitchell Aubusson 17. Sonny Bill Williams 18. Nat Butcher 19. Daniel Fifita 20. Matt Ikuvalu 21. Lachlan Lam
Raiders team: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Tom Starling 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Hudson Young 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Sam Williams 19. Matthew Timoko 20. Kai O’Donnell 21. Michael Oldfield
Parramatta Eels host
South Sydney Rabbitohs
at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday October 10, 2020. South Sydney Rabbitohs are favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 7:50 pm. We preview the game and give you our tips and information on how you can watch the Parramatta Eels vs.
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. George Jennings 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Will Smith 15. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Ray Stone 18. Oregon Kaufusi 19. Brad Takairangi 20. Haze Dunster 21. Daniel Alvaro
Rabbitohs team: 1. Corey Allan 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Jed Cartwright 17. Keaon Koloamatangi 18. Steven Marsters 19. Hame Sele 20. Troy Dargan 21. Patrick Mago
Q: Let’s talk about some of your set-up tonight which was superb. Your use of Darcy Cameron in particular and Brodie Grundy, just talk us through what your processes were there. A: Well, Nic Naitanui was still an exceptional influence on the game. Five centre-bounce goals, largely through, you know, his efforts and the capacity to get the ball through the front. It’s one of the few parts of the game now that goes into even numbers and you can’t really get support. So we thought that we wanted to tag-team him a little bit. We thought Darcy was really good around the ground and we need to give ‘Brodes’ a chop-out. He’s been a warrior for so long, but I think maybe with a bit of support we can refine that extra 5-10 per cent through this period.
Q: They dominated early, West Coast, the start of the last quarter with Brodie Grundy off. But you held your nerve and obviously in the end it paid off. A: Yeah, look, I think both the guys, yeah, they shared their role, two of the 22 we felt contributed pretty well.
Q: Let’s talk about some of the heroes at the end. The [Brody] Mihocek snap, that’s about as good a goal as you can kick in a precious moment. A: Yes, and Jordy’s [De Goey’s] as well. They were low percentage goals, but we were able to finish and took advantage of that. We felt like we moved the ball pretty well for the majority of the night. We felt we got really good contest in front of the ball. That was an important part of getting the game on our terms.
Q: You almost had a score there to make it a two-point ball game. The ball bounced on the line and then came back. I’m not sure if you were thinking this is the 2018 grand final all over again up the wing, but it was a big moment for both teams. Fortunately this time for Collingwood you had players in the road. A: I know you’re a West Australian, so you can keep bringing that up if you like, but, you know, we’re in 2020 now. You know, we did enough to win the game. Obviously it was a very tight margin in the end. There’s still things there we can do better. That’s the coach coming out of me now. Look, we’ll enjoy this and, you know, I think you’ve got to enjoy your wins. We will do that, but we’ve got our sights set ongoing further.
Q: So how do you enjoy this tonight? You go back to Joondalup where you’ve been based. From all reports, pretty comfortable there. As comfortable as you can be away from home. A: Comfortable, that’s good. Everyone else was affronted. We enjoyed it, will go back, have a shower, try and get a bit cleaner than we are at the moment, then jump on the plane and head back.
Q: Just on ‘clean’, I wanted to ask about that headline in the West Australian during the week, the ‘Dirty Pies’ headline. It referred to the quarantine situation of the game. Was there any upset from the Magpies’ point of view with that? A: No. As I said, we focused on the things we can and got most of those – we got them right for the most part. You know, we’re looking forward to next week, mate.
Q: Just on the season, obviously there’s still more of the season to come for the Magpies now, but it’s been an extraordinary effort. Not just from Collingwood, from everyone in the competition and, indeed, the leaders of the competition. It has been quite something, hasn’t it, to get everyone to this point? A: Yeah, it has. I think it shows a lot of resilience. And everyone’s been doing it tough in some shape or form, right around the world, really, and right through Australia, Victorians in particular with the lockdown they’ve endured over the most part of the last three, four months. We feel like we’ve been very fortunate to continue working. We’ve lost some of our staff already and we’re going to have to make some hard decisions even further going forward. We really feel that. It’s a shout-out to all our staff, whether you are back in Victoria or the Sunshine Coast at the moment, but we wanted to finish this season whole and we still intend to do that together, whether it’s in body or in spirit.
Think the Tigers are in trouble? History suggests their week one loss was exactly what they needed.
Plus the epic final being compared to one of the greats and the simple key to success that isn’t so simple.
Catch up on the big storylines out of week one of the finals in Foxfooty.com.au’s Talking Points.
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Browny’s classic Lethal tale
EERIE PROOF TIGERS ARE DESTINED FOR A DYNASTY
Disregard the Tigers at your own peril.
Talent, system, finals experience, battle-hardened bodies – it’s all still there.
And if recent footy history dynasty is anything to go by, Richmond might now be better prepared, possibly more motivated, to take out the 2020 flag.
If the Tigers are to claim this year’s premiership, they’ll have to ‘do it the hard way’, after losing to the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Friday night.
It was their first qualifying final loss since they began their premiership push in 2017. So for his playing group under Damien Hardwick, they’ve officially hit unfamiliar territory, using up their one lifeline and booking a semi-final spot against St Kilda next weekend.
It would be easy to be downcast on the Tigers after Friday night’s loss, which featured on-field ill-discipline, ample goals conceded from clearances and a lack of intercept/rebound ability as the Lions broke down the Richmond system.
But rarely have clubs that have created a premiership dynasty – three flags in three or four years – faced no hurdles during finals.
In 2003, the Brisbane Lions lost their qualifying final to Collingwood by 15 points, forcing them into a semi-final against Adelaide. They won that game by 42 points then smashed the Swans by 44 in the prelim then smashed Collingwood by 50 points to claim their third straight premiership.
Hawthorn had a similar blip and rise during the 2015 finals. The Eagles made a statement to the competition with an emphatic 32-point qualifying final win in Perth, restricting the Hawks to just four goals in the first three quarters.
Three big Hawks wins followed: A 74-point semi-final mauling of Adelaide, a fine 27-pont interstate preliminary final victory over Fremantle and a dominant 46-point win over West Coast in the Grand Final to claim their third straight flag.
The similarities to the Tigers are eerie, according to four-time premiership Hawk Jordan Lewis.
“I think it was 2015 where we at Hawthorn went over to the west, lost and then had to go through it that hard way and play every single game until the Grand Final,” Lewis told Fox Footy.
“There’s just something about those teams that when everything is on the line and they understand that a loss has them out of the season, they just go to another level.”
Rayner & Mitch rattle Tigers
Since 2000, 15 of the 20 premiership teams claimed the flag after earning the week off and going straight through to a preliminary final.
But Richmond captain Trent Cotchin believes a semi-final appearance could actually work in his side’s favour.
“The reality is we need to perform well against the Saints, otherwise the rest doesn’t really matter,” Cotchin said. “But living in hub life, getting back into routine today (Sunday) and building into Friday night is probably a good opportunity.
“I know that our situation up here (in Queensland) in the sunshine is better than what it seems to be in Melbourne. But sitting around doing not a lot over a few days can also be a challenge as well, so we’re excited about Friday night against the Saints.”
Getting leading goalkicker Tom Lynch back from injury will help, too.
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Pies win absolute THRILLER
THE BEST FINALS WIN SINCE FOOTY’S MOST FAMOUS PRELIM
Dual premiership Kangaroo David King reckons Collingwood pulled off the best finals win by any team in 21 years. And he might have a case.
The odds were significantly stacked against the Magpies on Saturday night. Already without two of their best and most important players in Jeremy Howe and Steele Sidebottom, they entered the finals series as, seemingly, the clear eighth-ranked team.
Add in the off-field ‘dirty Pies’ headlines due to WA quarantine rules, the off-field issues throughout the season, the fact they were playing in front of a 30,000-strong Eagles home crowd and West Coast welcomed back a quartet of premiership players – everything was against them.
Yet the Pies – the AFL’s best backs-against-the-wall team – somehow pulled it off.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s First Crack, King dubbed it the best finals victory by any side since Carlton’s remarkable preliminary final win over Essendon in 1999.
“It’s the best individual finals victory since Carlton beat Essendon back in ’99, in my eyes,” King told First Crack.
“This guy (Nathan Buckley), he has found a way. And we don‘t give him the credit when they put a performance together – we go to Pendlebury, we go to De Goey and the stars. But he did this.”
What an incredible finish!
But was it really the best finals win, in terms of scale of upset, since the famous day Anthony Koutoufides went nuts and Fraser Brown broke Bomber hearts?
There’s a few competitors in the mix.
— Sydney’s qualifying final win over Port Adelaide in Adelaide in 2003
— Fremantle’s qualifying final win over Geelong in Geelong in 2013
— The Western Bulldogs’ shock elimination final win over West Coast in 2016
— Even last year, when the Pies were on the end of a surprise prelim loss to the Giants
And, in reality, it mightn’t even top some of Collingwood’s other efforts. The upset win over Port Adelaide in the 2002 qualifying final – when Paul Licuria famously carried the Buckley-less Pies on his back and racked up 40 disposals – was epic. Then there was the extra time semi-final win over West Coast in 2007 and the famous surprise mauling of Richmond in the 2018 preliminary final.
Pies captain Scott Pendlebury played in the latter two matches, as well as the 2010 premiership. But he reckons Saturday night’s one-point win over West Coast was one of his favourite football nights.
“It was up there for me in terms of finals that I’ve played in,” Pendlebury told ABC Grandstand on Sunday.
“Winning a Granny, 2018 prelim was up there – and then last night, I think just due to some of the circumstances that we’ve had to go through to even just get to the games.”
“To perform the way we did and keep fighting was very good.”
‘Call us whatever you want!’
FOOTY’S SIMPLEST STAT STILL THE MOST IMPORTANT
It’s been an issue all year; but funnily enough, the team that has struggled the most was the least impacted.
Goalkicking accuracy was always going to be crucial in the finals, especially with shorter quarters meaning misses are even more costly. But it was surprising just how much it mattered in week one.
Three of the four finals were won by the team which recorded fewer scoring shots.
3 out of 4 games were lost by teams who had more scoring shots and with all games being so close who would have thought kicking straight could make or break your season! #justsaying#goalkicking
Most notably, Collingwood went west and pinched its elimination final against West Coast by a point, kicking 12.4 to the Eagles’ 11.9 – somewhat ironic given how deadly accurate the Eagles have been for years.
But accuracy was also vital in Port Adelaide’s win over Geelong, despite the perception it was a somewhat comfortable win.
The Power kicked 9.4 while the Cats went a woeful 5.12, with Coleman medallist Tom Hawkins kicked 0.5 from six shots in an awful display.
If you’d said pre-game that Hawkins was going to take six marks inside 50, you’d have probably thought he was going to have a night out like he did in the home and away season against the Power. But it doesn’t matter how many times you clunk the footy if you don’t convert it afterwards.
Pressure gets to Hawkins?
Finally the Bulldogs might’ve got the job done against the Saints if they hadn’t kicked 9.10 to the victors’ 10.7, though that’s not as notable as the two games previously mentioned.
Indeed only Brisbane, which has battled inaccuracy all season and particularly in their last two games against Richmond, won while also winning the scoring shots, finishing 10.9 to beat the Tigers’ 8.6.
The thing with goalkicking accuracy is it’s somewhat random. You can create more dangerous shots by getting into better positions – and the Power helped limit Tom Hawkins by forcing him deep into the pockets – but there are no guarantees.
Over a large sample size, teams regress to the mean. That is, bad goalkicking teams will get better and good goalkicking teams will get worse.
St Kilda was a famously poor goalkicking team for a number of years, fixed it in 2020 and is now in the AFL’s last six. As mentioned, West Coast has been deadly inside 50 for ages, but when it counted on Saturday night they couldn’t get the job done.
All you can do in the finals is hope you don’t have a bad night.
DON’T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF WHEN TIPPING NEXT WEEK
The same thing happens every year. We get excited about the elimination final winners and fearful for the qualifying final losers.
It’s natural. We see one team win and one team lose, and that’s the most recent memory of them we have, and our brain goes “well, that’ll probably happen again”. We’re only human.
But for the most part, it’s wrong… with some recent exceptions.
Saints hold on for thriller
Under the current top eight format, the qualifying final losers are 32-8 in the semi-finals. That is to say, they win 80 per cent of the time.
That’s a massive win-rate, but it’s also somewhat inflated by the 2000s, which were a very straight forward decade when it came to September.
For whatever reason – the expansion of the AFL, teams doing more off-field work to study opponents, luck – the elimination final winners are starting to get better.
Since the pre-finals bye was introduced in 2016, the qualifying losers are 5-3, with the 2016 Bulldogs, 2018 Demons and 2019 Giants all upsetting top four finishers in their semi-finals. Throw in the 2015 Kangaroos and the record goes to 6-4.
It’s such a small sample size that it’s hard to tell whether this is a pure fluke or something meaningful – however it’s worth nothing that we’ve had as many teams make the preliminary finals from 5th-8th between 2015-19 as we did between 2000-14.
So, should you be tipping Richmond to lose to St Kilda, and Geelong to get beaten by Collingwood?
Hey, maybe. That’s up to you. We’re not your parents.
The final margin says they won by two converted tries, but the Canberra Raiders had to dig deep to overcome a 14-10 deficit at halftime, after Cronulla dominated the first half of the elimination final at Canberra Stadium.
And that deficit would certainly have been more than four points, had Raiders halfback George Williams not swooped on a Wade Graham pass and run almost 70 metres to score at the other end of the field.
It would prove a massive turning point in the game.
Cronulla had dominated possession and field position throughout, and led 14-6 after 28 minutes, after tries from winger Ronaldo Mulitalo and hooker Blayke Brailey.
“I think we made over two-hundred-and-something tackles in the first half and they had 70 per cent of the footy,” Canberra coach Ricky Stuart conceded post-match.
Cronulla laments missed opportunities
Cronulla coach John Morris could only lament the opportunity the Williams try gave the Raiders after his side had played superbly for the first 40 minutes, silencing the parochial and increased Canberra Stadium crowd of 9,602 fans in the process.
“We spoke about that period, that’s one of those moments you want to win before and after halftime, and not let them back in. I just felt we had total control of the game,” Morris said.
But with their tail up coming into the break, the Raiders blew the game open with three converted tries in 10 minutes early in the second half.
Raiders capitalised on errors
Five-eighth Jack Wighton caught the Sharks’ defence napping in the 46th minute, taking a quick tap behind a Graham’s back as the Cronulla skipper was trying to call for a captain’s challenge.
Williams then completed a double in the 56th minute, bursting through two Sharks defenders to score under the posts from a Wighton pass.
Suddenly the Raiders led 28-14 entering the final quarter of the game.
Graham pleaded his case with referee Grant Atkins after Wighton’s first try was allowed, but his coach was more worried about why Canberra were presented with the opportunity in the first place.
“I look at why they got the ball down there, and it was off our errors coming out of our end, which we didn’t do in the first half,” Morris said.
Grand final replay looms
The 12-point win pitches the Raiders straight into a replay of the 2019 grand final against the Sydney Roosters for the second week of the NRL Finals, the semi-final to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground next Friday night.
The Raiders properly launched their run home with a 24-20 win over the Roosters at the SCG back in mid-July, from which they held onto fifth spot for the next 10 weeks.
The elimination final fight-back, along with an eight-and-two record on the road in 2020 has Stuart convinced his team can keep challenging in this season’s finals series.
“I’m very confident in that squad. They’re a tough group,” he said.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs hit back after a fast start from the Newcastle Knights but a captain‘s challenge has revealed a bizarre coincidence.
The 2019 NRL Grand Final between the Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders was rocked by a six again controversy when, with less than 10 minutes going, referee Ben Cummins ruled six again, before correcting his call and making it last tackle.
Funnily enough, a year on, on what should have been Grand Final day if not for the coronavirus suspension, with Cummins the referee, the Knights were attacking the line and the stage was set.
Passing across the field, the Rabbitohs‘ Campbell Graham touched the ball into Newcastle’s Kalyn Ponga with the ball going to ground.
Cummins called six again, but when the ball was picked up by the Knights‘ five-eight Kurt Mann from an off-side position, the referee blew a penalty.
The Knights‘ Mitchell Pearce challenged the call immediately.
Fox League‘s Greg Alexander said: “I thought Campbell Graham knocked it on”.
When it was confirmed, he added: “That was the end of the section, didn‘t matter what happened after that.”
“I don‘t want to say it but another six again moment for Ben Cummins,” Warren Smith said.
“The Knights signalling six again and as did Ben Cummins who signalled six again and then surely on the advice of the touch judge second guessed himself and changed his mind.”
Alexander replied: “So he knew Campbell Graham touched it because he signalled six again.”
“Six again, at ANZ Stadium, and it‘s Ben Cummins,” Smith summed up.
But luckily the captain‘s challenge was able to clear it up, with a Knights scrum rather than a Rabbitohs penalty.
“That‘s why the captain’s challenge has been a good thing to come into the game,” Alexander said.
Smith added: “That would have been a travesty there if that had gone against Newcastle.”
The Fox League commentators weren‘t the only ones who saw the parallel.
AAP sports reporter Scott Bailey tweeted: “Ben Cummins called six again at the southern end of ANZ Stadium on the first Sunday in October and then changed his mind. That rings a bell for some reason …”
News Corp reporter Steve Zemek added: “Ben Cummins making a dud six again call at ANZ Stadium on the first Sunday in October. Like clockwork”.
The Knights weren’t able to score off the advantage however, with Souths going to the break leading 20-14 after scoring four unanswered tries in response to Newcastle’s opening onslaught.
St Kilda Saints host
at The Gabba on Saturday October 3, 2020. Western Bulldogs are favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 4:40 pm. We preview the game and give you our tips and information on how you can watch the St Kilda Saints vs.
When: Saturday October 3, 2020 at 4:40 pm
Where: The Gabba
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St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs Odds
St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs Preview
I’m not sure the AFL could have asked for a better lineup of games for week 1 of the AFL Finals.
This game between St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs is just another one of the incredible tough to tip games in the first week.
The Western Bulldogs have hit some good form recently and snuck into the finals, they’ll have plenty of confidence given they went all the way to win it in 2016 after finishing outside the top 4.
St Kilda played their best footy earlier in the year but have still been playing good footy recently so this game should be a real tight contest.
Kind of surprised the Bulldogs are favourites heading into this game given their lack of consistency this season. Backing the Saints to progress and beat the Dogs.