Monday, May 4
New rules for kids’ sport; Great White sharks go missing; Storm and Warriors ready to rumble; and it’s Star Wars day.
Star Wars merchandise mania:
Three million. That’s how many kids around Australia play weekend sport – and that’s approximately how many are climbing the walls right now desperate to get back out amongst it. At the National Cabinet meeting on Friday, the Prime Minister and state leaders agreed they would review restrictions this week with a view to getting kids back out and training again. But it will be a gradual transition. At first, they’re talking about moving to what is called ‘Level B’ restrictions: that means the training has to be outdoors, can involve no more than 10 people and there can be no contact. For league, union and AFL – that means no tackling, no scrums, no mauls. For netball and basketball, passing and shooting drills are fine, but no close contact between players. Cricket, golf, tennis , athletics and surfing: if Level B is agreed by our leaders this week, you should be good to go back to full training. There’s a link in today’s episode notes with a comprehensive list of all sports and their respective restrictions.
SPIN THE GLOBE
Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops … and today we’ve landed in South Africa – where shark experts are worried that the disappearance of great white sharks there might have something to do with the fish and chips we eat here in Australia.
For the first time in decades, the number of great white sharks swimming in waters off False Bay has dropped dramatically. There are concerns a new fishing practice is catching lots of gummy or school sharks – the smaller, bottom-dwelling variety of shark which is exported to Australia and sold as ‘flake’ – a common ingredient in our fish and chips. Gummy sharks are the principal food source of the great white predators – so with no food available, the great whites have disappeared. In Australia we eat about 400,000 tonnes of seafood a year, and 70 percent of it comes from overseas.
The NSW country town of Tamworth was bracing itself last night as the New Zealand Warriors arrived in anticipation of NRL teams returning to the training paddock today.
The Warriors have been sent to Australia’s country music capital to spend two weeks in team isolation, training for the relaunch of the league season which is expected to be at the end of this month. Hope those cuzzy bro’s like their country music. Further south, it looks likely the Melbourne Storm will cross the border into NSW and set up a training base in Albury or Mulwala to get around Victoria’s strict lockdown laws.
POP CULTURE CORNER
Use the fourth Luke …. The fourth is strong in this one … may the fourth be with you … Ah – I could go on all day – but suffice it to say, today is May The Fourth, known to Star Wars fans everywhere as Star Wars Day … May the Fourth, may the force be with you? Geddit? To mark the occasion, Disney+ has brought forward the streaming of the newest Star Wars film, The Rise Of Skywalker. But that’s not the only suggestion on the interwebs about how to mark the day. How about treating yourself to a Lego Baby Yoda? Or a Mandorian jigsaw puzzle, an Ewok coffee mug or an R2D2 toaster? Because who doesn’t want their toast prepared by a droid? There’s a link in today’s episode notes to the dizzying array of random merchandise that Star Wars has spawned.
- What sort of sharks have been noticeably absent from the coast of South Africa?
- Which rugby league team is setting up temporary base in Tamworth?
- What’s the name of the Star Wars movie that’s going to be streaming today, May The Fourth?
Today’s birthday shoutouts go to… Tilly from Echuca, Zoe from Kiama Downs, Xavier and Isadora from Melbourne, Makayla from Ashmont, Emmie from Abbotsford, Josephine from Narara, Rachel from Perth, Zahra from Cheltenham, Zachary from Maroubra, Olive from Canberra, McKenzie from Hunter’s Hill, Vivian from Brisbane, Benjamin from Paddington, Elaine from Cairns, Mia from Ballarat, Tyson from Booragul, William from Bellevue Hill, Ben from Dover, Reuben from Ashgrove, Vivian from Cannon Hill, Savannah from Miranda, Perry from East Malvern and Harrison from Sunshine.
And belated birthday shout outs to… Zoe from Newcastle, Jon from Coffs Harbour, Terry from Oatley, Charlie, Jasper and Zoe from Melbourne and Amelia, Briana and Sommer-Lee from Crookwell.
Happy birthday one and all.
- Great white sharks
- New Zealand Warriors
- The Rise Of Skywalker