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Women's Open Golf at Muirfield
at 21:15 7 Aug 2022

Dunno if anyone's been following this tournament, but heading into the final round Ashleigh Buhai (SA) had a five shot lead after playing impeccable golf on the breezy links

It's not unusual for leads like that to evaporate, especially for someone who's never won a major before, and that's what duly happened. She ended up tied on -10 with Korean In Gee Chun

After the FOURTH playoff hole and with the twilight descending, Buhai's just sunk her putt to win it. I'd never heard of her before this tournament, but really pleased she came out on top after her first three rounds and very nearly bottling it

Just like the women's football last weekend, great sport

Highlights on BBC2 at 11.45pm


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MORTON HOUSE / Jade Katy McManus' web of companies is cover for Matt Southall
at 20:25 7 Aug 2022

That's bloody awful

Any CCTV footage? If the police are involved, they should be aware of the recent ownership of the property, and might also be aware of any direct threats made
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T' 2022 cricket season
at 17:54 7 Aug 2022

Good win for Lancs in the sunshine, but looked like a slow wicket

Lancs only made 221, and that was thanks to a long steady partnership of 150+ with no real hitting out

Derby struggled with that, falling 40 short
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 17:34 7 Aug 2022

You're right of course, about leaders standing up on the field

Going back to my initial point, from what i've seen no-one's doing it at the minute. Hendo might feel inclined, or Ball, or whoever but perhaps they're waiting for EEL to make his voice heard, rather than looking to take that initiative away from a new captain
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 17:13 7 Aug 2022

I was pleased to see her...

She used to be on the panel for the BT Sport football show on Saturday afternoons (may still be)
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 13:25 7 Aug 2022

Whatever he was doing right at Solihull!

On another note, it's great to at least have something to chew the fat over on the field, rather than Pat's chippy
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 13:17 7 Aug 2022

I just wouldn't call a player "shite" for being asked to do something that you acknowledge isn't his role
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 12:57 7 Aug 2022

https://www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/rochdale/forum/281903/incoming/#17

Post at 8.51, 1 Feb, describes him wearing the captain's armband in a photo, so i can only go off what's been described. There's also plenty of info coming from the Solihull fans at the time about being gutted to lose him

Has he been "shite" for us? The simple fact is that like others, he's struggling to do what's being asked of him. I'd still "tout" him as captain in place of EEL, who i rate as a CB but needed time to settle back into the club
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 12:22 7 Aug 2022

He's being "touted as captain material" since he was lauded as captain at Solihull as they rose to challenge for promotion into the football league, a real driving force. That's the basis on which he was brought into the club, but simply isn't being utilised correctly. Look at Hendo, in his first couple of games. Anyone not understanding his history as a player and captain would wonder what the heck we'd signed...

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Charman
at 12:11 7 Aug 2022

"It [the way we started the game] reminded me of last season and i don't know why, it's a different group of players"

Hmm...

The penny has well and truly dropped with him about his career in management being at a crossroads. Not a lack of effort as such (i agree) but somehow the players just aren't getting stuck in. That leaves the system they're being asked to play, in which they're not comfortable and don't believe in. I'm not sure how he sold coming to Dale to those new players? Hendo said he'd had a great chat with RS on joining, but like many of the others is struggling to adapt to the reality

Sounds like Charman's out for a few matches. I won't comment on the injury but there's history from last season when he was on the bench
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Charman
at 11:39 7 Aug 2022

Thanks for the heads up with this - i'll give the interview a listen now. (I'd stopped listening to his interviews, just as i'd stopped listening to BBM's after a while and for similar reasons)

I'd read 442's comment about "he sounded frustrated about Charman" but assumed it was simply due to his being injured
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 22:06 6 Aug 2022

But my point was primarily about the captaincy, and how it affects (or fails to affect) our performances

I don't think its coincidental that handing it to EEL has seen us starting on the wrong foot, with Ball perhaps more affected than others
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 21:18 6 Aug 2022

The fluctuation in form of the team and Ball's injury are only very superficially correlated, with so many other factors involved including Campbell and Charman emerging from their shells. I think you know that
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 20:51 6 Aug 2022

His passing and awareness were fine when he first joined us, but as his confidence has dropped it makes him look slower than he is. He's a shadow of how he was at the start of the year, putting himself in the thick of the action and facing down the opposition enforcers
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 20:38 6 Aug 2022

The other thing that's notably absent is leadership on the pitch

It was, imo, a huge error to award the captaincy to EEL. I'll stick my neck out and say that if - as was suggested last season - Ball had been made captain, not only would we be seeing more drive through the team but his own performances would be growing to reflect the authority he showed when he first joined us

He looks lost at the minute. From being an admired leader at a winning team with a distinct role he's now been reduced to filling gaps

EEL isn't offering much by way of justifying the captaincy role, and then of course we have Hendo... could well be that EEL feels inhibited with him being his captain during his loan spell here. On the other hand, to change captain now would make RS look foolish

Not a happy situation all round, i'm afraid
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 18:28 6 Aug 2022

I'm not at all sure making a decision now / next week would leave an incoming manager time to reshape the squad before the end of the window. Whoever it'd be, they'd be in the same position as Robbie was when he joined us last summer, and unless they'd anticipated joining us (e.g. if they'd already been sounded out by the board) and had a list of recruits in mind, the only advantage would be their ability to motivate the current group of players

Two things: first, i think it's incredibly unlikely the board will have sounded out anyone else. Second, the way we're performing, David Brent would be just as useful as a motivator

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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 18:01 6 Aug 2022

Agree with that

If nothing changes, it's far too long till December to make a decision. Right now, the end of August seems a long way off. I'll be away for next week's game against Grimsby but if there's nothing turning around by the Crawley fixture that's when my previous loyalty to RS will be changing

To sum up, if he can't change it, we will
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Gillingham (a) Match Thread
at 16:19 6 Aug 2022

Another positive: Crawley concede against Orient so we're off the bottom

Edit: and now Tranmere - another great escape begins!
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Robbie out. (n/t)
at 16:05 6 Aug 2022

Only 141 days to go...
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Moggy R.I.P.
at 21:56 5 Aug 2022

Shocked

Was good friends with a girl who became one of his gang in the 70s, she later became a senior midwife at Birch Hill. At that point, all i'd done was seen him pull an axe out of his crombie when faced with about 50 menacing away fans on Willbutts Lane. They ran away, and she put me straight about him, and nothing but respect since

Many more stories to tell which i'm sure will come out over the next few days, but for now... RIP, and since we've got something very much in common (those who know me will know what i mean) i'm proud to have that connection


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