Australian Ball Tampering and my 2 cents

Hi all

Unless you have been living under a rock you would have heard about the the Australian cricket team and the ball tampering fiasco that occurred during the 3rd test in South Africa. Pre meditated cheated in what is suppose to be a gentlemen’s game is a disgrace but I think the bigger disgrace is how the Australian media has acted.

Cricket Australia has a duty to protect the integrity of the sport in this country but they are a major part of the problem, the have allowed a toxic culture to grow with the game. They have pushed a win at all costs mentality because winning is great for business but when the team has decided to dig deep into that at all costs part they have not stood behind there team, they have thrown them to the wolves. What should be an in house issue has become a media circus. If you compare Cricket Australia to Cricket South Africa who no matter what happens always back there players publicly and probably go to far on occasion with not accepting ICC findings on bans and challenging them. Cricket Australia has done the opposite and said to the public Smith, Warner and Bancroft are on there own and CA is distancing themselves from the players to save the almighty dollar.

In regards to the bans applied by CA they are way to harsh, if you look at them in the context of past incidences of ball tampering in international cricket.  Consider the below

In 2016, footage emerged of Faf du Plessis using a mint to help shine the ball after South Africa’s crushing win over Australia in Hobart.

The ICC charged him with ball tampering. Du Plessis maintained his innocence and even appealed, but the South African skipper had three demerit points on his record.

 

He already had a history of ball tampering. In 2013 Du Plessis was caught rubbing the ball on the zipper of his pants pocket, and umpires awarded a five run penalty against the Proteas.

Smith has been suspended from competition for a year by Cricket Australia.

Du Plessis later pleaded guilty to ball tampering and was fined 50 percent of his match fee.

In 2014, South African paceman Vernon Philander was captured by cameras scratching the ball in a test in Sri Lanka. He was fined 75 percent of his match fee.

And in 2010, stand-in Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi was caught trying to bite and chew the seam of the ball in Perth. He was found guilty of ball tampering and banned from two Twenty20 International matches.

Source : https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/03/29/17/26/steve-smith-dave-warner-cameron-bancroft-cricket-australia-punishments-exceed-recent-penalties

On top of there lost CA salaries for the next 12 months Warner and Smith with lose over 2 million dollars each in IPL contracts this year alone.

On top of the 12 month bans there is no guarantee they will even return to state cricket let alone international cricket in 12 months time. The lost sponsors will not be back, the follow on effects to this will last 2-5 years if not there lifetime. They will forever be labelled cheats and they will have to deal with that

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Vote and share you thoughts in the comments below but I think CA went way over the top based on past ball tamperers. The Australians did that bad of a job the umpires did not even change the ball. The ICC were not even going to suspend Bancroft for 1 game.

Happy Easter

Hi all

Its that time of year where everyone over indulges in chocolate after the Easter Bunny has been to visit, and many of us get 4 much needed days of work. For me the days are more needed than normal as I am feeling a little under the weather with abit of a head cold so 4 days to kick back and relax sound amazing.

At this point we are almost a whole day into the Easter long weekend and I have already been called into work due to a server breakdown which needed to be fixed prior to staff hitting work at 2am tomorrow morning so getting the call now and fixing it today was much better than getting the call in the middle of the night but all the same I would have been much happier if the call had not come at all. From there because we were out and about we all went to visit my dad for Easter the girls were rapt, they got some Easter presents and my dad got to see the girls everyone is happy and one family visit ticked off for the weekend.

I am not sure about you but many of these great breaks from work always seem to come with the obligatory family visits. How do you all feel about these, do you look forward to them, do you feel forced to do them, whilst at them are you just thinking about what you can do with your time once they are finally over. Or are these times with your family still like when you were a child and you look forward to them days or weeks out, the time spent is great and full of fun and enjoyment. I hope you are in the second category its a good place to be, for me my girls love these times so its a little from column A and a little from column B because if they are happy I am happy.

Hopefully in the 3 days remaining there is some time for R&R but I do doubt it, I want to get some work on the backyard done, there are still more family visits to take place and I have a whole heap of apps I would love to sit down and start creating. I mean the sooner they get up on the Play Store the sooner they start making some money.

It would also be great to catch up with Kieran and Damo and throw some darts or shoot some hoops or just have some kind of random fun but we will see how we go about fitting that in, hey maybe they could come and help me with the backyard and get that done a bit faster, I’ll have to figure out the plan for the rest of the weekend and touch base with them to see what there up to.

Anyway I hope you all have a great fun, happy and relaxing Easter

Cheers Matt

My Gaming setup

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everyone I thought I would talk about my gaming setup that I brought late last year from IT warehouse which is a good place to get anything you want to build your own PC or one that is already built and upgrade it or any other Peripherals such as keyboards, mouse headsets and mouse pads.

Here is everything that is in my gaming setup that I use

My pc

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64-bit

CPU
Intel Core i7 7700 @ 3.60GHz
Kaby Lake 14nm Technology

RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1200MHz (17-17-17-39)

Motherboard
Micro-Star International Co. Ltd. B250M BAZOOKA (MS-7A70) (U3E1)

Graphics
ER320HQ (1920×1080@60Hz)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (MSI)

Storage
238GB INTEL SSDPEKKW256G7 (Unknown)
931GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-22MFCA0 (SATA)

Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUD0N

Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio

My mouse pad
Razer Firefly Chroma RGB Hard Gaming Mouse pad

my mouse
MSI Interceptor DS B1 gaming mouse

My keyboard
MSI Interceptor DS4200

My Monitor
Acer 31.5” Monitor ER320HQ

I’m looking to upgrade my ram later down the track to 32 gigs to make a bit quicker then what it already is and also upgrade my keyboard to a full RGB changing one.
If you have any ideas of what I could change on it to make it better I would like to hear them if possible and I might take the ideas and use them.

if you would like to get you own pc please visit anyt of the following websites
www.itwarehouse.com.au
www.pccasegear.com
www.mwave.com.au
www.cplonline.com.au

Thanks reading and I hope to keep in contact with all you by posting.

Android App 2 – Justice League Slots

Hi All

I want to share with you my new app, I wanted to an app with a theme that I enjoy and as a result I used the Justice League as that theme. Now I am a huge Flash fan so it was great to be able to use that character in an app. I did resist the  urge to make him the jackpot though and instead went with a Justice League leader in Batman which I am sure Kieran will be very happy about.

The game feature the logo’s of some of DC’s greatest superhero’s Batman, Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Green Lantern and Red Tornado. Now I have taken a screen video in a little bit of a slow motion capture to ensure you get a good look a the logo’s.

Justice League Slots Game - Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Red Tornado

At the current time the game is not available on the Play Store but if you want to give it ago you can download it here

 

Let me know what you think of Justice League Slots – please don’t be to hard on the adds that’s how we are paying for this site.

Cheers

Matt

My WrestleMania 34 predictions

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Everyone with only two weeks to the biggest event in the WWE WrestleMania 34 I thought will talk the matches and my predictions

Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns:
This match has been coming for a long time with Lesnar beating Goldberg last year and Roman winning the Elimation Chamber to get a chance at the title. (my winner Brock Lesnar)

WWE Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
This match is probably one of the biggest matches on the card since the announcement of both of them coming from New Japan and them being probably two of the best current wrestler in the company. (My winner Shinsuke Nakamura)

Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H
With Ronda signing with the WWE recently and not have a match until WrestleMania and with Stephanie and Triple H training nearly everyday this is going to be a good match. (My Winner Stephanie McMahon & Triple H)

SmackDown Women’s Championship — Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka
With Asuka winning the Royal Rumble and with the last-minute winner stipulation that the winner can pick the champion and Asuka and trying to continue her undefeated streak. (My Winner Asuka)

Raw Women’s Championship — Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax
With Asuka choosing to switch and go to Smackdown Alexa Bliss Needed an opponent so she chose her best friend Nia. (My Winner Nia Jax)

Intercontinental Championship — The Miz (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor
With Seth and Finn having Matches to see who would verses The Miz and them ending in draws it turned into a Triple Threat Match. (My Winner Seth Rollins)

United States Championship — Randy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal
with Randy Orton winning the title at Fastlane and it was his only Title he hasn’t held in his 16 years in WWE and Bobby and Jinder wanting it they chose to make it a triple threat match. (My Winner Bobby Roode)

Raw Tag Team Championship — The Bar (c) vs. Braun Strowman & TBD
with Braun winning a tag team battle royal to see who the bar will face at WrestleMania and he didn’t have a tag Partner he will need to have one on the night of WrestleMania. (My Winner the Bar)

Cruiserweight Championship — Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali
with a tournament for the championship happening the final of the tournament will be at WrestleMania probably on the Preshow. (My Winner Cedric Alexander)

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
with this being the fifth year of the Battle Royal and the only wrestlers announced to be in the match so far are Matt Hardy, The Revival, Mojo Rawley, Baron Corbin and Tye Dillinger with more to announce closer to WrestleMania. (My Winner Baron Corbin)
WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal
with this being the first ever Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania and the Entrants thus far: Becky Lynch, Naomi, Natalya, Riott Squad(Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan) with more to announce closer to WrestleMania. (My Winner Naomi)

Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn attacking Shane one week and Daniel the next week after Daniel had Fired them this match is happening and Kevin and Sami will get their jobs back if they win (My Winner Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon)

WrestleMania 34 Projections

The Undertaker vs. John Cena
It looked like WrestleMania 33 was Taker’s retirement but after having a much-needed Hip surgery he is looking healthier and with Cena calling him out on Raw it looks like the match is getting closer to happing. (My Winner The Undertaker)

SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The Usos (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers
It would be silly to have Usos-New Day at Fastlane and either not have a title change or not continue the top feud of the entire 2017-18 season into WrestleMania. It is clear that the Bludgeon Brothers are getting involved in this feud. Hopefully, it’s as the third team in what could be an epic triple threat match as opposed to against Usos with New Day again stranded.

So hopefully I have got some of these right or all of them if you think you have a better idea at who will each match please let me know in the comments below

Mates Madness’s First App – Match 3 world edition

Hi all

As you may have seen from my about me post one of my goals is to become an online entrepreneur to enable me to set my own hours and spend more quality time with my family. As part of this  I have been investing a considerable amount of time into app development for both Android and IOS. I have looked into coding an decided that

its going to take way to long for me to get to the standard needed to be able to code my own app so I need to come up with another way. I have looked at paying a coder but that takes money and whole heap of trust neither of which I have heaps of at the moment.

Based on all of these conditions I decided I needed to start small drag and drop type stuff or preexisting templates and I found the latter two days ago with Appsgeyser  so I have decided to give them a shot. They have all the bones there for about 70 different types of apps and you just need to set your colour scheme, upload your own images and create your own google play console account (there is a $25 sign up cost for this).

Appsgeyser so far is super user friendly that hardest thing is finding pictures that fit the size requirements, that being said they do provide you links to sites that offer free images. For there templates they do take 50% of the advertising space in your app which is alot but looking at it glass half full prior to having an app through them you have none and they have less so I guess its a win win.

This afternoon I threw an app together really quickly in about 30mins but once I get the hang of it and have the right size pictures it could easily be done in 10-15mins. Now these apps are basic so dont expect anything fancy but have a look at my first effort which is a match 3 app (Match 3 world edition) so far it is only available on Android.

http://app.appsgeyser.com/6817817/Match%203%20World%20Edition

link to the app in the play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wMatch3WorldEdition_6817817

Now as the apps are basic I dont expect to make full time income from this app but think big picture what if I had 50 or 100 of these apps all making 5-10 dollars a day after being live in the play store for a few months the thought has merits and I will keep you up to date with how I go from an income point of view and the other apps I create using Appsgeyser

Hopefully the overall quality of the apps improves with the more I make because I know this one is far from the greatest thing in the market place but I also know that it is far from the worst

hopefully you download the app Match 3 world edition as I would love some feedback on it and dont forget to share this post on your socials

Cheers

Matt

My MCG Tour Experience

Hi Everyone with the AFL season just started back and the MCG being the home of the AFL I thought I will talk about my MCG tour I did at the end of 2017

I went over to Melbourne for a family holiday and I thought it would be a good idea to do a tour of the MCG as I have been there a few times to watch football but never seen what its like to see other parts of the ground. When we started the tour, we walked down to the oval and got to stand on the boundary of where they play football and cricket. So you will see me here standing on the boundary line, I wasn’t able to go any farther because they were having a cricket match played there later in the week.

After that we walked back up the stairs to continue the tour and we stop and look at where the Australian Cricket team and the Victorian bushrangers sit when there is a match on you will notice there is 7 seats next to me and that is the opposition team seating area I didn’t realise it was this close and it was very interesting at how close they sat near each other.

After we finished with the seats where the cricketers sit we were told that the screens that show the event that is in progress are the largest screens in the southern hemisphere which was a nice fact to know if you look at the bottom left of the picture below you will notice a door which is a standard size door so you will understand how big the screens are.

After the screen talk I was able to take a picture of the cricket pitch they were using for the up coming cricket match that was getting played later in the week with AFL being played on the field they cant just use a pitch and try to have it ready for AFL after the cricket season it would take to long for the grass to grow back and it wouldn’t be good for the AFL players. So they use drop in pitches which are left at the Back of Punt road, they have a total of 10 drop in cricket pitches so they don’t just use the same pitch all the time.

After I took the photo of the cricket pitch we walked down stairs to see were they do the post-match interviews for the coach’s after an AFL match I was astound of how big the room was when you see it on TV it looks almost twice the size, and I was surprised with how long the desk was that the coach’s sit at it looks a lot smaller on TV.

I was happy with how the tour was if you would like to do the tour and have your own experience you can visit http://www.mcg.org.au/things-to-do/mcg-tour. My next tour I would like to do is the Adelaide oval and I hopefully get to do that by the end of the year.

Thanks for reading if you have any tour experience from any sporting oval in the world comment below and I would to hear you experiences of how it was.

My Garage Transformation

Since moving into a new house 6 months ago our garage has just been storage and far from well organised storage, I am talking we have just thrown stuff in there to deal with it later. Now we don’t plan to park the car in there so it hasn’t really been a major deal and neither the front yard or back yard have been done so there is still plenty of work to be done here. Check my garage in the video below

My garage a complete mess in serious need or a massive clean up. In the 6 months living in our new house stuff has just been thrown in here left anywhere and everywhere you can barely get through check out all of the stuff from the Mates Madness team at Http://matesmadness.com

Now as you can see you can only just get from one end to the other, there is stuff everywhere some of if can simply go into the bin. So last weekend I set out about changing that, on my old house I had the dart board up and I would have some mates come around occasionally and we would throw some darts and its time for that to happen again as well.

So I went down to the local hardware store who coincidentally were having a huge sale and picked up so simple to put together shelving – no drilling, screw drivers or allen keys required.  From there I made a plan clear a space in the corner to build and place the first set of 4 storage units, the first one took me a bout 40 minutes while I was figuring out how they went together (yes I know I could have read the instruction but honestly who does that). After I had the first set of shelves up I filled them to create space to build and place the second set. All of the heavy stuff such as spare tiles from the house build down the bottom to give the shelves more stability.

Second one up right next to the first one and large things like left over floating floor across the top of both third and fourth set of shelves up to create a U shape to segregate off the storage section of the garage. Then I tech screwed in some MDF to the back to the set of shelves facing into the garage placed the dart board on that. Setup a foldup table grabbed a camp chair and for now we are done. We still have some items in the garage which still need to find permanent homes or sold on Gum Tree such as the cot a change table and a few other things that our daughters no longer require. Once they are gone and I feel that space to add to the man cave feel I will give you all an update but for now check out the finished product.

If you have checked out my previous video about my garage being a mess check it out so this make sense, I went down to the local hardware store got some shelving on a super special and turned my mess of a garage into great simple storage, a small office for me and a mini man cave. great result I reckon for under $200 Check out what the whole Mates Madness team has to offer at http://matesmadness.com

Since the video was taken my 6yr old a I painted the MDF backing Woodland Grey as per the featured image for the post, this was left over paint used to paint our old zinc fence.

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Don’t forget to comment like and share this post if you enjoyed it

Cheers

Matt

About Damo

As the famous rapper Jay-Z once said:  Let me Introduce Myself…..

My name is Damo and I’m a 37 year old single father to a not so little any more 9 year old son. After 12 years of working in Men’s Fashion i switched careers and I’m currently in my 5th year of working in the Fresh Produce industry with the last two being as an Assistant Buyer for an Independent grocery chain

My Interests include sports (Basketball Fiend), Watching 80’s Martial Arts Movies (Bloodsport is my all time fav), causing chaos with my son (Nerf War Veteran) and my new love of spending time along the river .

In the last year I have been through a lot from battling and beating depression, to a messy separation, I’ve lost over 50kgs, to finally finding myself after years of being in a toxic relationship.

My Goals are to finally get shared custody of my son and starting our new life together and getting back to what I started with my best mate Matt years ago which is building our brand and creating an empire for our kids to take over

With what I have been through lately I can most definitely relate to a lot of single dads out there. So leave me a comment below and tell me your story, who knows we maybe able to help each other.

Remember Mates you are not alone

Until next time

Damo

My Adelaide 500 Experience

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Everyone with the Australian GP this weekend and the first time the supercars will be going for Championship points. I thought I will talk about my experience at the Adelaide 500. It was the 20th anniversary of the event and was only my second ever time going to the event. I bought a four-day pass so I would get a better chance at seeing drivers or other categories that would happen over the weekend.

On the Thursday I thought I would spend most of my time just walking around seeing if I could get some photos with drivers or cars that were on display I first found the 20 years of cars display which it was showing 20 cars that have raced around on the circuit you can see some of the cars down below cars that have raced around the circuit some of the cars even won one or a couple of races on the circuit


After I look at the 20 years of cars display I walk and got a pit paddock pass which means ii could get into the pit paddock to look in the garages of all the teams that are racing I thought this would be my best chance of getting photos of some drivers. I was only able to get a couple of drivers on the Thursday which were Rick Kelly, Andre heimgartner, Nick Percat and David Reynolds. And the pictures of me with them are below

So, after that I went and took a look at where I was seating and the Porsche Carrera cup was about to come on, I was very happy for that because that is one of my favourite support categories I thought this would be a good chance of getting a picture of where I was sitting and how close I could see the cars on track.

My Friday was a little bit different because I already bought my pit paddock pass I thought I would go straight to the pit paddock and see if I could get anymore photos of drivers of media personality I saw Roland Dane which is the team Principle for the Triple 888 race engineering team which holds the Red Bull Holden Racing team and Autobarn Lowndes racing. So, I thought this would be a good chance at getting a photo with and he was so nice that he said yeah.

I walked down farther in the pit paddock and saw Garry Rogers I asked him if I could get a photo and he said yeah it was his first photo of the new supercars season so I was very happy that I asked him for the photo.

After that I continued more up the pit paddock and Erebus Motorsport had displayed the Peter Brock trophy because they won the Bathurst 1000 the previous season and I took a photo of that because I had never seen the trophy up close the reason it was there is because Peter Brock was a man of the people and they wanted all the fans of the sport that are going to the events this year to see the trophy which they are taking to every event for the fans to see it up close.

why I was taking a photo of the trophy I saw Matt white which is a tv presenter for Channel ten which was broadcasting the event and I asked if I could grab a quick photo and he said yes. I was very happy with that being my third photo of the day and I had only been there for an hour.

When I was walking back down the pit paddock I saw Craig Lowndes and I got my phone ready to get my photo with him and I did he was very happy to meet me because I was wearing his team shirt and it was his first photo of the day from one of his fans.

After I finished taking my photo with him I saw Jamie Whincup and I just asked him if I could get a quick photo and he said sure thing.

I just walked down the pit paddock again to see if I could get any more photos with drivers I wasn’t able to because some were in the garage looking at how the cars were for practise and then I saw Greg Murphy which is an ex-driver but now a pit presenter for fox sports I asked if I could get his photo and he said sure.

Whem I was walking to go to my seat I saw Scott McLaughlin then I saw Dick Johnson and then Fabian Coulthard. Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard drive in the DJR team Pensike team with Dick Johnson being the team Principle

After I got back to my seat I just watch the support categories for the rest of the day.

On the Saturday I thought I could go see if I could try and get some more photos with some drivers and I was luckily to meet Michael Caruso and then I saw Chaz Mostert and I got a photo which each of them.

When I was just walk back down to my seat I thought I would look at the red bull team merchandise tent which is next to the Autobarn Lowndes racing team tent and I saw Shane van Gisbergen

There was not much else I did on Saturday I just watch all the support Categories and the first race of the new Supercars season, which was won by Shane van Gisbergen.

 

The final day of the Adelaide 500 was good aswell I got there early to see some other things I hadn’t in the previous day when I got there the were just opening the tent where the Hot rods were for the driver parade and I got a photo of all of them I was happy looking at these cars because you don’t see them on the road anymore.

Thanks for reading this post also if you have any experiences of Motorsport event please write them in the comment so I can see what other peoples experiences