Byron Bay businesses vow to boycott Netflix’s Byron Baes Instagrammer reality series

Byron Bay in northern New South Wales is defying conventional wisdom that says film and TV productions should be welcomed with open arms for the money and exposure they bring.

The Byron Shire Mayor is asking his council to oppose the production of Byron Baes, a reality TV series about “influencers” living in the seaside town.

A petition calling on business owners to refuse the use of their premises as a location has attracted thousands of signatures. 

Netflix declined to be interviewed, but in a press release it said the show would be a “docu-soap following a feed of hot Instagrammers living their best lives, being their best selves, creating the best drama content, #nofilter guaranteed”.

Byron Bay locals say the town deserves to be portrayed as more than just a haven for influencers.(

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A ‘Truman Show’ portrayal

Mayor Simon Richardson said the show was “offensive” to the community. 

“We’ve almost got a Truman Show-type portrayal of who we are where everything is quite idyllic and superficial, where out the back it’s an empty parking lot,” Cr Richardson said.

“We’ve got a community that is in real stress, we’ve got a community that has real life issues dealing with housing, work, affordability.

“While we are here trying to deal with this as best we can, to have this pamphlet of an idea of who we are without any input by us.

Cr Richardson called on the producers to make the series in another town that would welcome the exposure or, if they were determined to stay in Byron, to engage with the people and the stories in the town in a more meaningful way.

He said the council’s hands were tied, however, when it came to stopping the production from happening.

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He said NSW filming protocols required councils to facilitate filming in their areas unless there were exceptional circumstances, such as traffic management or crowd control issues.

Byron Bay International Film Festival director J’aimee Skippon-Volke said while the production could offer some work opportunities for people in the local film industry that drawcard was unlikely to get it over the line for most people in the community. 

“I think the very best thing that can come out of this production is the community coming together and really standing up for what they believe in and people having that reaffirmed to them about what Byron stands for,” she said.

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Cafe owner Ben Gordon declined Netflix’s offer of being a location for the production.(

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‘Byron deserves better’

Cafe owner Ben Gordon was one among a list of businesses – including fashion behemoth Spell and boutique hotel Rae’s – that said no to Netflix when location scouts came knocking.

Mr Gordon said Netflix did not offer a location fee, just the chance of greater exposure and marketing opportunities.

“All the business owners need to realise is it’s not good for your business,” he said. 

“They will tout that it’s going to be seen by millions of people and that it’s free marketing but it’s not good marketing and you don’t want to be involved with that.”

Mr Gordon said, although he benefited from people posting shots of his cafe on social media, the Netflix production “crossed the line”.

“This is a show that is targeted to 790 million Netflix subscribers in America about people who aren’t actually from Byron,” he said.

“It’s really low and Byron deserves better.”

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Cricket Australia vs New Zealand, third T20: Rain washed out game in Auckland before ODI series

All eyes will turn to creating a new one-day world record for Australia after rain prevented any more than 19 balls in the T20 decider against New Zealand in Auckland.

Play began after a 90-minute delay, but even as the Kiwis tried to bowl rain was falling, and after 2.5 overs, with two wides bowled, the players raced off.

With the three-match series locked at 1-1, Australia needed to win the decider to maintain a series winning streak which stretches back to 2017 and has included eight series or tournament wins.

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Australian vs New Zealand T20I series: Ellyse Perry ‘good’ to bowl despite not being used, says coach Matthew Matt

For just the fifth time in her 121-game T20I career, Perry did not bowl in what was her first international game since tearing her hamstring during last year’s T20 World Cup.

Instead, captain Meg Lanning employed six other bowlers with left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, off-spinner Ash Gardner, leg-spinner Georgia Wareham and quicks Tayla Vlaeminck, Megan Schutt and Nicola Carey to restrict New Zealand to 6-130.

But Australian coach Matthew Mott played down her unusual role.

“Nothing much to read into,” Mott told

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AFLW’s blistering last round sets up tantalising 2021 finals series, but inequalities remain

Since its inception, the length of the AFLW season has been one of the most controversial talking points of the fledgling competition.

After a blistering ninth round — and the longest season in AFLW history — the calls for an extended home-and-away campaign seem well and truly justified.

Several games were played at finals-like intensity and had a meaningful impact on the upcoming finals series.

This included the Lions falling two points short of Melbourne after Greta Bodey had a long-range chance to win the game for Brisbane after the siren.

Thankfully for the Lions, the extent of Collingwood’s loss to Adelaide means they have earned a week off and retain the right to host a preliminary final — Queensland’s ongoing COVID crisis pending.

Over at Arden Sreet, meanwhile, the Kangaroos secured the last remaining finals spot with a thrilling one-point, come-from-behind win over the Dockers.

As fate would have it, those teams will now meet again in a cut-throat qualifying final, with the Dees earning the right to host.

This match, however, will be without skipper Daisy Pearce, with scans confirming she has suffered damage to her medial collateral ligament and will — optimistically — miss at least one week.

Finally, while it was not the match of the round, the Crows produced one of their best games of the season to leapfrog three other teams and finish minor premiers.


Under the new three-week AFLW finals series this means should Adelaide make the grand final, the two-time premiers will earn the right to host it.

This sets up the tantalising prospect of another decider at Adelaide Oval, where a record-breaking crowd of 53,034 witnessed the Crows defeat the Blues in the AFLW’s most recent grand final in 2019.

Integrity of the fixture is still an issue

Perhaps most excitingly for the competition, it’s nearly impossible to separate the six teams which have qualified for finals.

It’s also clear — as Melbourne coach Mick Stinear said after his side’s victory over Brisbane — that “the best teams ended up making the finals”.

This is in part because the controversial conference system — which arguably saw lesser teams make finals in previous seasons — was replaced in 2021 by a traditional ladder.

The Magpies deservedly qualified for the finals after being one of the best teams in the competition during the home-and-away season.(

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This does not mean there are no remaining issues with competition fairness.

In 2020, when it came to negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), enough players rejected the deal that was initially offered in part because they wanted a longer season.

Most of the players who voted “no” argued for a season that would see each of the 14 teams play each other once.

While the improved CBA offer did not grant that wish, the players’ tenacity ensured a gradual increase in the number of games played per season. This included nine this season and 10 in 2022.


The quality of the final round of this AFLW season vindicated that persistence and next year it will mean an extra round for fans to enjoy.

And while no-one could begrudge the AFL the job of managing an AFLW season in the middle of a pandemic — especially given players are part-time and many work in their home states or have caring responsibilities — this year saw added issues with fixture integrity.

This included the situation where West Coast and Fremantle played each other twice (the only two teams to do so). Theoretically, this could have given an advantage to the Dockers in playing two derbies when the Eagles finished the season with just two wins.

Nonetheless, no-one could argue that Fremantle don’t deserve their spot in the finals. They will also be especially hungry this finals series after winning every game in the prematurely-ended 2020 season.

Lack of score review looms as possible finals disaster

There is one key issue threatening to explode on the eve of finals.

On Friday night, young Bulldog Nell Morris-Dalton appeared to kick a certain goal that was called touched. It prompted St Kilda forward Kate McCarthy — in special comments — to argue that the AFLW deserves the same score review system as the AFL men’s competition.

While the Bulldogs-Tigers game was effectively a “dead rubber”, a similar situation occurred in the match between the Crows and Pies when it was unclear whether Teah Charlton’s goal had in fact hit Ash Brazill’s leg on the way through. In this game, with margin critical to the finals make-up, a score review was sorely needed.


On this one, it was again McCarthy who said it best: “We’d hate to see finals decided by a decision like that, without being able to have a score review.”

“To value the competition, to make sure the correct decisions are being made, it’s something the AFL should bring in”.

While AFLW is still in its infancy, inequities like these are symbolic of the hierarchy in which dollars and resources are directed in the AFL men’s and women’s competitions.

If money is the issue, the AFL must simply find a way to redirect it and continue to fast-track AFLW after its best season yet.

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Coronavirus crisis: Bono, Penelope Cruz to star in animated series on vaccine importance Pandemica

Bono, Penelope Cruz and David Oyelowo will lend their voices in an animated series to raise awareness about the importance of global vaccine access.

The ONE Campaign announced Wednesday the new series called “Pandemica”, which will launch today.

The series was created to bring attention to global vaccine access in an effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

The seven-episode series will feature characters voiced by Kumail Nanjiani, Danai Gurira, Michael Sheen, Phoebe Robinson and Wanda Sykes.

The first episode will include Nanjiani, Robinson and Meg Donnelly.

“Pandemica’s animated world animates a simple truth — that where you live shouldn’t determine whether you get these life-saving shots,” said Bono, U2’s lead singer and co-founder of ONE, an organisation focused on global health and anti-poverty.

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The series is part of ONE’s ONE World Campaign, which calls for a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Even while many of us still wait our turn, we need to commit to making sure that billions of people around the world aren’t left at the back of the line,” he continued.

“It’s the right thing to do, obviously, but it’s also the only way out of this pandemic for all of us. If the vaccine isn’t everywhere, this pandemic isn’t going anywhere.”

Pandemica is a compelling illustration of the inequality around the world.

Cruz said she wants everyone who watches the animated series to “use their voice and take action” to ensure that no one gets left behind.

“Pandemica is a compelling illustration of the inequality around the world,” Cruz said.

All episodes will be available today at ONE’s website and the campaign’s YouTube channel.

The episodes will be released in several countries including the United States, Canada, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

“We’re all trapped in Pandemica, but only some can get out,” Oyelowo said about the series.

“This virus thrives on inequality, and right now billions of people around the world are seeing the promise of a vaccine, but not the opportunity to receive it. We must step up and do what it takes to end this pandemic for everyone, everywhere.”

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ITZY Talk Utilizing Hello82 Series While Touring’s On Hold, Preview Upcoming Album

While touring and face-to-face fan interaction remain mostly impossible for most artists, ITZY is getting creative with ways to connect with their international audience—and throwing it back to their childhoods.

The K-pop girl group recently launched their own series with Hell082, the viral K-pop content platform from KAI Media that caters to global fandom, as a new way to stay in touch with their overseas supporters. The IT’z Playtime series sees ITZY members Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong and Yuna linking up with young kids to play games and activities ranging from giving the superstars makeovers to battling them in interrogation interviews. The series is entirely in English, a big change for most K-pop content and impressive given the only member who spent time living in an English-speaking country has been Lia, after living in Canada in the past.

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The show also allows ITZY to continue positioning themselves as an increasingly international act with IT’z Playtime launching just after the group put out their first English-language EP, Not Shy, that featured four of their singles re-recorded in English.

Read on for ITZY discussing why it was important to put out a Hello82 series today as well as a preview of the other ways they’re staying close with fans throughout the pandemic including details on their upcoming album.

Jeff Benjamin: While you’re not able to tour or see fans, how important is a project like this with Hello82 to connect with overseas fans?

Ryujin: As you mentioned, we’re not able to tour, so this project gives us the opportunity to communicate more with our global fans all around the world; especially because there is no limit for online content. In that way, Hello82 contents are very important for us.

Lia: Since we can’t meet our fans directly and meet face-to-face, a project like this with Hello82 to connect with overseas fans is really meaningful.

Yeji: I think It was really important and a good chance to get closer to our fans; it was a great way to communicate with our fans internationally. We try hard to show our best to our fans.

Chaeryeong: We miss our fans so much. Hello82 is a great way to show new sides of us which can make our fans feel even closer to us. We hope we can chit-chat together face to face one day as soon as possible.

Yuna: I think the most important thing to ITZY is communication. We wanted to communicate with overseas fans through not only stages but also various content, and we are happy to get that chance through Hello82.

Jeff Benjamin: What can we look forward to with your new projects and albums?

Lia: When I listened to our new song for the first time, I was a little shocked. That means it’s going to be a fun surprise for our fans too.

Yuna: You can look forward to seeing us in a more mature light in the new album. We had so much fun learning new choreography and working with the styling team for the looks.

Chaeryeong: I can tell you that it’s going to be something very different from the past. To interact with our fans in new and fun ways, we are putting all our energy into this new project! I have a feeling our fans will like it!

Yeji: For our upcoming new project, we’re preparing to show a different style that we’ve never tried before. It’s kind of a challenge for us, so I’m kind of nervous but excited for our fans to see this new version of ITZY at the same time!

Ryujin: We always try to show a different look and new style of music for each comeback. This new album will also be one of them, so stay tuned!

Jeff Benjamin: What else is coming up for ITZY in 2021?

Yuna: The one thing I dearly hope for 2021 is to meet our fans face to face.

Yeji: One of our biggest goals is to meet our fans in person. Given the circumstances, it’s not something we can plan out and do, but I do hope to see our fans as soon as possible! Until that day, we will do our best to stay healthy and give our fans the best performances.

Lia: We’re planning a number of new projects in 2021, and I’m looking forward to completing each one with our fans! This year is going to be a special one!

Ryujin: Our fans can expect new types of content from ITZY. We will focus more on communicating with our fans via various platforms and fun content.

Chaeryeong: My biggest goal is to make our fans proud by showing our progress as a group! We always focus on being the best we can be and sharing positive energy to our fans.

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Cricket news: Australia vs India 2001 Test series, VVS Laxman, Test cricket, Rahul Dravid,

Three days before the second Test in Calcutta, 2001, – a Test for the ages – VVS Laxman aggravated his back. He shouldn’t have played. He got to “60 per cent” fitness when coach John Wright and newly appointed skipper Sourav Ganguly gave him the nod.

At 60 per cent fitness, Laxman, together with his good friend Rahul Dravid, would bat for the entire fourth day in stifling heat and humidity to register India’s highest individual score and break Australia’s hearts and resolve after Steve Waugh’s men had sent the home side into bat again with the series within their grasps.

Laxman and Dravid would walk off Eden Gardens into the pavilion and have a drip inserted to hydrate their weary and dehydrated bodies, before having dinner at Ganguly’s home and dining with his parents.

For Laxman and the person that kept wicket all day behind him, Adam Gilchrist, the fourth day of cricket wouldn’t just change the way they approach the game, but life.

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The Mash Report: Show axed by BBC after four series amid left-wing bias claims


he BBC has axed satirical show The Mash Report after four series following criticism over its perceived left-wing bias.

The news comedy show, hosted by comedian Nish Kumar and featuring Rachel Parris, became the focus of the “war on woke” after regularly featuring jokes about political issues such as Brexit, as well as the Conservative Party.

The BBC has now announced that the show will not return for a fifth series. Tim Davie, who became the BBC’s director general last year, previously said the corporation needs to undergo a “radical shift” to better represent the UK. He has also spoken of his desire to better implement impartiality across the BBC and reportedly wanted to “tackle perceived Left-wing bias” in comedy shows.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “We are very proud of The Mash Report but in order to make room for new comedy shows we sometimes have to make difficult decisions and it won’t be returning.

“We would like to thank all those involved in four brilliant series and hope to work with Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris and the team in the future.”

The show was trending on social media as fans and critics shared their views on the move.

Leave.EU mocked the demise of the Bafta-nominated show on Twitter.

They wrote: “Here’s a Kumar-style joke: “What’s funny about The Mash Report?”

”ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Now for the BBC to fire all the other unashamedly, lefty cretins, from its payroll and programming or face being defunded.”

Laurence Fox, who has criticised “wokeism” and recently announced his bid for London Mayor, wrote sarcastically: “Tell me it isn’t true!” He added: “Defund virtue signalling.”

But others urged Channel 4 to snap up the show, with one saying: “What a loss for the BBC.”

Former BBC presenter Andrew Neil has been a vocal critic of The Mash Report, describing it as “self-satisfied, self-adulatory, unchallenged Left-wing propaganda”.

Neil added: “When it comes to so-called comedy the BBC has long given up on balance, on radio and TV. Nobody seems to care. And I don’t want right-wing comedy, whatever that is. I’d just like comedy.”

“I’m entitled to express my opinion and they’re entitled to express their opinion about my opinion,” he said later.

“I think the guy that chucked the bread roll probably needs to be on an anger management course because I just think anytime as an adult, you’re flinging bread at someone, you’ve taken leave of your senses.”

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Gold Coast Suns vs Brisbane Lions Tips and Odds – AFL Community Series 2021

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The Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions will battle it out in the second of Monday nights AFL Community Series matches.

The Brisbane Lions go into the game as the red hot favourites and they look tough to beat on the back of another strong season last year.

The Gold Coast Suns made some ground in returning to a consistent side last season but were probably helped with the bubble in Queensland.

Our money is on the Brisbane Lions however as with any pre-season game be cautious.

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AAMI Community Series 2021: Cameron Rayner injury takes gloss off rebounding Brisbane Lions

Brisbane senior coach Chris Fagan said the suspected season-ending knee injury to young gun Cam Rayner could inspire the Lions to greater heights in 2021.

Rayner went crashing to the Metricon Stadium turf in the second quarter of Brisbane’s 28-point win over Gold Coast in the AAMI Community Series pre-season clash and the early diagnosis from Lions medical staff is that he will require a knee reconstruction.

The 2017 No.1 draft pick will have scans on Tuesday to assess the extent of the damage but Brisbane is fearing the worst after Rayner’s foot went the opposite direction to his leg and he writhed in pain on the ground.

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He was immediately assessed and was visibly upset before returning to the bench with his knee heavily iced.

The Lions trailed by 29 points late in the second term against a fierce Suns but Brisbane kicked the next 11 goals to cruise home with the Rayner injury putting a major dampener on the win given his eye-catching pre-season had him ready to launch to a new level in 2021.

Fagan said the club as a whole was “sad” about Rayner’s fate but his teammates could dedicate their campaign to the much-loved midfielder/forward who rises to the big occasions.

“They’ll be super disappointed for him, there’s no doubt about that but in another way, they’ll probably be inspired to rise to another level,’’ Fagan said.

“He is a good man, a very popular teammate. He’s the first guy when someone is a bit down…he’s the first one to them to pick them up and dust them off and encourage them so we’ll be doing plenty of that over the next few weeks.

“I know he’ll be trying to find a way to influence the group.

“It’s not great…I saw it happen, I thought that’s an ACL. That’s what our physios think, obviously we have to get scans and all that done but that’s the way it’s looking at this time which is a real pity.

“I reckon he was about to take off, Cam Rayner, as a player. He’s had such a good pre-season. So, it’s disappointing for him that this has happened.

“It will build his character though. I know he’ll still continue to lead around our footy club. He’ll try and find a way to make the most of this opportunity.’’

Fagan said the way Brisbane bounced back from a dismal first half was encouraging with the Swans awaiting the Lions in Round 1.

“It’s probably something that we haven’t really done as a team a great deal, the last four years. We talked about the opportunity to do that at halftime…we still wanted to try and win the second half because we were really poor in the first half and they were really good,’’ he said.

“They attacked the footy, they hunted in packs, their speed was up so it was good to have that conversation. I thought some of our leaders really stood up in that third quarter like (Dayne) Zorko, Lachie Neale, they all stepped it up and the game turned on its ear pretty quickly.

“By and large it was a really good hit out for your final practice game because we had to fight hard to win tonight. I’d rather have that preparation than have an easy win because we’ve got to play Sydney in two weeks time and they give you a real test every time you play them.’’

Fagan said first-year player Harry Sharp caught the eye along with forward/ruckman Tom Fullarton who kicked two goals. He was also happy with the work of star recruit Joe Daniher who booted three goals and pinch-hit in the ruck.

Gold Coast senior coach Stuart Dew said his side was blown off the park after halftime and declared that second-year sensation Matt Rowell was a certain starter for Round 1.

“He’s good to go (for round one).We were able to manage his minutes … he felt really good,’’ Dew said.

“By his own accord he thought he was a bit rusty, but he’s a hard marker on himself, last week. He’s always been on track for this position and it’s good to have him back.

“We dropped away, no doubt. First half, we controlled the ball and in the end we probably wasted opportunities.

In the third quarter there was a barrage. We let them in…it was polar opposites.”

The Lions kicked 11 unanswered goals from late in the second term to midway through the final term to blow the Suns off their home ground and claim an 18.9 (117) to 13.11 (89) win to warm-up for their Round 1 clash with Sydney.

The Gold Coast kicked six straight goals either side of quarter-time to lead by as much as 29 points after dominating Brisbane early.

The Suns had 75 more disposals at halftime and had 43 inside entries to Brisbane’s 14 with Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale kept to just seven touches by the main break.

But two goals to captain Dayne Zorko and majors to Joe Daniher, Charlie Cameron, Tom Fullarton, Harry Sharp and Mitch Robinson dramatically swung the momentum back in favour of Brisbane with the Suns managing just two behinds for the term.

Neale (25 disposals, eight clearances, 13 contested possessions), Jarrod Berry and Jarryd Lyons turned the match around in the midfield in the third term for Brisbane while Alex Sexton finished with six goals for the Suns.


BRISBANE LIONS 3.0 5.0 12.8 18.9 (117)

GOLD COAST SUNS 3.3 8.5 8.7 13.11 (89)


Brisbane: Cameron 4, Daniher 3, Bailey 2, Zorko 2, Fullarton 2, Hipwood, Sharp, Robinson, McCarthy, Berry

Gold Coast: Sexton 6, Day 3, King 2, Weller, Brodie


Brisbane: Neale, Lyons, Berry, Cameron, Bailey, Zorko

Gold Coast: Collins, Sexton, Weller, Markov, Powell, Day



The suspected knee reconstruction for Cam Rayner robs Brisbane of a dynamic player that can impact a game both in the middle and up forward. After a big pre-season, he was ready to take his game to another level. This is a significant blow because Rayner stands tall in the big moments. As impressive as Brisbane was during its third quarter blitz, the way the Suns demolished the Lions in the first half was a timely reminder for Brisbane that the deeds of 2019 and 2020 count for nothing in 2021. They are the hunted, not the hunters.


Nobody will kick sand in the face of the Suns in 2021 if they can put four quarters together. They were smashed by Brisbane last week but returned the favour for two terms before best-and-fairest winner Sam Collins left the match. Sam Day and Alex Sexton were a dynamic duo up front and midfield star Matt Rowell emerged unscathed. A burst out of the centre in the first term set-up a goal for Day while he was tackled heavily a number of times which tested out his rebuilt shoulder. Will Powell was also very classy with his ball use most of the night.



Rhys Mathieson and Ely Smith reserves match earlier in the day to get a full game under their belts. They were part of the senior squad in the practice match against the Suns last week and remain a chance to force their way into the first-choice 22 for Round 1, especially with Rayner out of the midfield mix. Tom Fullarton had some very nice touches and two goals in his eye-catching audition for Brisbane’s third tall forward option.


The Suns enjoyed a good win in the VFL and the quartet of Nick Holman, Brayden Fiorini, Sean Lemmens and Sam Flanders all putting their hands up for Round 1. The way the Suns backline crumbled in the second half with Sam Collins rested, will put the defenders under the microscope. Darcy MacPherson and Will Brodie probably sewed up their spots in the best 22 for Round 1.



It was ‘Joe Daniher Watch’ early after the new Lions recruit tore the Suns apart in the practice match last week with four goals. It was a much harder night for Daniher with the Gold Coast’s best defender Sam Collins matched-up with the 2017 All-Australian. Daniher dropped a mark early and a shot at goal sailed out of bounds before he kicked his first goal of the match after a strong mark late in the second term. Collins was rested in the second half and Daniher made the most of it when he out-muscled Caleb Graham for his second major. A third goal was part of Brisbane’s rampage in the third term.


Speedster Oleg Markov had 10 touches by quarter-time and 15 by halftime to continue his good pre-season since switching from Richmond. Even a “Falcon” from Markov helped the Suns kicked a goal when he headbutted the Sherrin in the first term. Will Powell looks ready to take a step up.



Cam Rayner’s knee injury will give Brisbane powerbrokers a sleepless night. Meanwhile, Daniel McStay and Darcy Gardiner both missed the derby with knee injuries. Dogged defender Gardiner has already been ruled out of Round 1 by Chris Fagan but is in the frame for a return in Round 2. McStay hurt his knee at training during the week. There were initial fears that McStay’s injury could be quite serious, but the best-case scenario is that the athletic swingman is out for three weeks which would see him miss the season opener and be knocking on the door for a possible return in Round 2.


Excitement machine Izak Rankine hurt his ankle at training last week and was rested more as a precaution. He is expected to be fit for Round 1 given he was running around at Metricon Stadium on Monday afternoon. New recruit Rory Atkins did not play against Brisbane as the ex-Crow works his way back from a foot injury. He resumed training last week and is unlikely to be considered for Round 2 given his lack of match practice. Sam Collins was rested in the second half.

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