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CRICKET'S FORCEFILEDS

The advent of more powerful bats - and batters - has seen a dramatic increase in the number of sixes now struck in cricket matches arounds the world.

And while the big hitting is entertaining, there's a downside to all those balls being sent into orbit. Small suburban fields like Manly Oval are not big enough to contain the red (or white) ball regularly flying onto Sydney Road or Raglan Street during games.

It has forced the club, in conjunction with the council, to extend safety netting at both ends of the ground to safeguard pedestrians and motorists. The black nylon netting will double in height to 8m, eliminating some of the risk.

By our calculations, 76 sixes have been hit at Manly Oval in 12 first grade games this season. That's a lot of ducking and weaving.

TURBO's MIND AND BODY

Tommy Trbojevic's hamstring will heal but some of those closest to him are concerned about how much this latest injury setback will play with his head.

There is no rush for Tom Trbojevic to return for Manly with the club out of NRL finals contention.

There is no rush for Tom Trbojevic to return for Manly with the club out of NRL finals contention.

The Sea Eagles fullback looked a shattered unit as he fronted the media on Monday to explain his right hamstring had gone after a mishap in the bathroom and he'd be missing at least a month of football. He felt the need to apologise to Manly fans for missing more games, while also attempting to explain that a sprint race with a punter in the Corso on Saturday night was not to blame for his injury. Many of those same fans were hysterically calling on him to retire at the ripe old age of 24, convinced he is cursed by dodgy hammies after his fourth tear.

Leading sports psychologist Alan Mantle said the mental work Trbojevic puts in over the next month will be as important as the physical rehab. "He's in the best medical hands in rugby league but mentally it's going to be taxing after a fourth time," he said.

"He's only a shot duck if his resilience to fight back is not there. The only time you fail is when you say 'enough is enough, I'm giving up'. I'm sure he has no intention of giving up."

ZUCKERBERG'S OWN GOAL

Facebook's scattergun approach to shutting down accounts caught many local sporting associations in the crossfire. Take the Manly-Warringah Football Association: it and many of its 17 mem ber clubs were victims of the Facebook blackout. It caters for about 19,000 amateur players, with February a crucial time to get word out about registrations and training.

"We spent months working out a pre-season social media plan and we've been shut out even though we are clearly not a news content site." MWFA CEO Dave Mason said. "This fight is actually hurting grassroots organisations more than the media heavyweights."

Mason knows people in high places so expect a speedy resolution.

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