Thursday, September 23, 2021

(1)Males and females are different after all

An angry backlash has erupted after an all-boys netball team won a state title in Queensland by beating sides made up of female players in the decider.

The Queensland Suns Under-17 team was comprised entirely of boys and won the Under-18s championship in Brisbane this week, beating regional female teams en route to the trophy.

The Courier Mail reports after the Suns beat the Bond University Bull Sharks 46-12 in the final, some members of the crowd directed abuse towards the boys, with many believing it was unfair they were allowed to compete.

Suns coach Tammy Holcroft told the publication: “The abuse ranged from comments made courtside deliberately within earshot of the Suns contingent, to adults making vulgar comments directly behind the team bench.

“It’s disappointing that the frustration was directed at the players.

“At the very core of this, our boys just want to play and they copped the brunt of these comments and behaviours and were made to feel unwelcomed and unsupported.”

NRL commentator and radio host Andrew Voss said it was “bulls***” the boys team, which was undefeated throughout the tournament and boasted an average winning margin of 29 goals, was allowed to compete against the girls.

“How is that common sense?” Voss said on his SEN breakfast show. “You’re surely not going to endorse that as the way of the future, at Under-18s level.

“They say they want to be inclusive, not exclusive. That’s bulls***. It’s a farce.”

NRL legend Cameron Smith said former Melbourne Storm teammate Matt Geyer’s daughter played against the Suns team this week, and Smith’s wife went along to watch a game.

“She just said Matt’s daughter’s team were a gun side and they had no chance. The males were just too fast, too physical, it was just a disadvantage to the girls,” Smith said on SEN.

“It’s crazy. How do you put one male team in against all the other females and expect the girls to compete? Particularly at that age when they’re still developing. It’s not fair.

“That’s a weird one to enter a male team in the netball competition.”

In a Facebook post after the final, the Bull Sharks wrote: “Congratulations on an outstanding tournament to our 18U Women. Undefeated by other women’s teams for the week and runners up in the State Titles.”

The comments on a separate Facebook post promoting the final questioned why an all-boys team was competing against a girls side.

“Netball QLD in their wisdom thought it would be fair to include a young men’s state team against regional young women’s team and allow them to contest the State Title,” Jodie Muir wrote.

Renee Miles replied: “Netball QLD seems to be as intelligent as the QRL,” with a face palm emoji.

Netball Queensland posted about the success of the state titles on Facebook, but the comments underneath were extremely critical.


(2)Males and females are different after all

Following the debut of MMA fighter Alana McLaughlin, an Australian advocate has called for transgender athletes to be banned from competing in professional women’s sports.

McLaughlin, the second openly transgender woman to compete in MMA in the United States, won her debut on Friday night via submission at the Combate Global prelims.

The 38-year-old used a rear-naked choke against Celine Provost to end the match three minutes, 32 seconds into the second round.

Provost landed multiple punches in the first round, but McLaughlin ultimately came out on top.

As she was declared the victor, McLaughlin wore a shirt with the phrase, “End Trans Genocide.”

Her debut comes as multiple states argue bills aimed at restricting transgender athletes from participating in youth, high school and college sports.

Speaking on 2GB’s Ben Fordham Live, Save Women’s Sport Australasia co-founder Katherine Deves said including transgender athletes in professional sport was “an attack on women and girls”. “Humans cannot change sex,” she claimed.

“Sex matters for sport. Sport does not care about your feelings or your identity.

“This is male violence against women. It is sanctioned, and celebrated, and monetised.

“It’s an attack on everything that women have fought for, for equality of access to sports competitions.

“How far do we have to fall as a society before the authorities stop pandering to the woke and start protecting women and girls?

“We don’t want to have mediocre males playing against the most elite women in the world.

“Women’s sports is not a dumping ground for men who can’t hack it in male competition.”

According to Sport Australia, there is no evidence of athletes transitioning from a man into a women in order to gain a competitive advantage.

McLaughlin, who began her gender transition after leaving the U.S. Army Special Forces in 2010, said she hopes to be a pioneer for transgender athletes in combat sports.

“I want to pick up the mantle that Fallon put down,” McLaughlin told Outsports before the fight, referring to Fallon Fox, who in 2012 became the first transgender woman to fight in MMA.

“Right now, I’m following in Fallon’s footsteps. I’m just another step along the way and it’s my great hope that there are more to follow behind me.”

McLaughlin began training a year ago and was cleared to fight by the Florida State Boxing Commission after having her hormone levels tested, according to ESPN.

She said it was a “nightmare” finding an opponent.

“I‘m getting a lot of variations of the same nasty messages calling me a cheater,” McLaughlin wrote on Instagram on Saturday.

“She almost finished me more than once, and on scorecards she definitely won that first round.

“This is the only post I‘ll make about this. Transphobes are just making my block hand stronger.”


Pauline Hanson's message supporting tradies who refuse mandatory Covid vaccines

Senator Pauline Hanson has come out in support of construction workers protesting in Melbourne with a controversial social media post.

The One Nation leader posted an image with the phrase 'Building Lives Matter' to her Twitter and Facebook accounts on Wednesday night.

The image was accompanied by a caption stating: '@OneNationAus stands with construction workers fighting for freedom of choice!'

Mark Latham, NSW One Nation upper house MP also shared the same image to his own public Twitter account.

Melbourne has been rocked by three straight days of protests which started over mandatory vaccinations for constructions workers and ballooned into wider unrest.

Senator Hanson is the founder of the right-wing populist party and has previously been criticised for her references to the Black Lives Matter movement against racially motivated violence and police brutality.

Many of her followers shared her support for the Melbourne protestors and praised her 'building lives matter' slogan.

'You're always there for the average bloke ... love your work champion,' one wrote.

'Good on you Pauline, it's just a shame so many people miss your point,' wrote another on Facebook.

'I don't always agree with everything you say, but you are a true patriot Pauline. You have a genuine love for this country and its people,' said another supporter.

But some social media users objected to Senator Hanson's support for the protesters.

It is also not the first time Senator Hanson has spoken out against mandatory vaccinations.

She has been reprimanded by health officials for making false claims about vaccinations and saying people should have the right to choose to catch the virus and deal with the consequences.

She has also made claims the government have been using lockdowns as a 'bullying tactic' to push residents into getting the vaccine.

Liberal senator Amanda Stoker was also criticised for her response to the protests.

She condemned the violence, but said the demonstrations reflected the effect of lockdown and a heavy-handed police approach.

The violent rallies began on Monday at the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) headquarters where construction workers gathered to protest mandatory vaccines and other government-imposed Covid regulations.

CFMEU boss John Setka said the majority of Monday's protesters were non-union members, and blamed neo-Nazis and 'right wing infiltrators' for the violence.

Ms Hanson also referred to the Black Lives Matter movement in June 2020.

During global demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ms Hanson attempted to put forward an 'all lives matter' motion in the Senate.

Her motion was denied formality by an overwhelming majority and did not proceed to a vote, with one senator walking out in protest.


Furious former Victorian premier UNLEASHES at 'appalling' Dan Andrews for construction lockdown which prompted violent protest and is leaving thousands of tradies out of work

A former Victorian Premier has slammed Dan Andrews for his 'appalling' management of the state's lockdown which he says has led to the violent riots that have swept through the city.

Jeff Kennett spoke on Wednesday night after previously referring to the current premier and his government as a 'cancer' on Victoria.

Mr Kennett said the continual lockdowns were destroying the livelihoods of hard working Australians and slammed Mr Andrews' handling of the protests.

'The way they've managed it has been appalling,' he told A Current Affair.

'This doesn't only effect those in high-rise buildings, it effects tradies out on the street. Plumbers, electricians, small builders who are doing family homes.

'It's just been an across the board lockdown without any management.'

His comments come as Melbourne will wake up to a new world record of being the city with the most days locked down, having been under stay-at-home-orders for 235 days since the pandemic began - ahead of Buenos Aires, Dublin and London.

Mr Kennett, who was premier between 1992 and 1999, said the state has been 'going backwards for two years' under Mr Andrews.

'It's not the premier's fault we have the virus, it's certainly his and his government's fault for the way they've managed this crisis and led us to where we are today,' the former Hawthorn Football Club president said.

The 73-year-old said the government should be looking for broader advice on how to handle the pandemic, rather than solely focusing on health impacts.

'You can't exist on medical advice alone. Talk to single parents who are home schooling month after month. Children with no experience of the discipline of going to school, the disadvantage to their education and social education,' he said.

'I understand we need medical advice but you've also got to take into consideration the impact on children and businesses and the economy as a whole.'

Mr Kennett, who has been publicly critical of Mr Andrews throughout his tenure as premier, called for an overhaul in the government's planning that could see future riots avoided.

The former premier also condemned some of the protesters, saying there was a difference between demonstrating and violence.

Meanwhile, Melbourne will claim the unwanted record of city locked down longest in the world as it enters its 235th day of heavy restrictions since the pandemic began on Thursday.

Melbourne jumps ahead of Argentinian capital Buenos Aires for the record, slightly ahead of Dublin in Ireland and England's London as the cities with the most days spent at home.

'We've been in lockdown this year more than we've been out,' Peta Credlin said on Wednesday.

'Kids basically haven't been at school for two years. Tomorrow we are the world's most locked-down city. That's a terrible title for the once 'world's most livable city' to wear.'

Melbourne suffered through a 112-day lockdown last year and has endured six in total to claim the record.

Police arrested more 215 people at Wednesday's protest. Tap handles, golf balls and batteries were thrown at police, according to Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther.

Two police sustained head injuries after being pelted with bottles. They estimate between 300 and 400 people attended the protests.

The riots hit a new low on Wednesday after defiling and desecrating the sacred Shrine of Remembrance war memorial.

The group of tradies, anti-vaxxers and violent thugs stood on the steps of the memorial chanting 'lest we forget' and believing police wouldn't engage with them while standing on the hallowed military ground.

Instead police fired rubber bullets and pepper balls and threw stinger grenades as they were pelted by rocks, with scenes turning violent and ugly again.

Protests are expected throughout the rest of the week.




1 comment:

Paul said...

"CFMEU boss John Setka said the majority of Monday's protesters were non-union members, and blamed neo-Nazis and 'right wing infiltrators' for the violence."

Sometimes the jokes write themselves.