Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pre-Season Form

What do we make of the early pre-season form of the teams this year. In a nutshell, I don't think much can be taken at all.

Parramatta have struggled to win a trial, yet teams like the Warriors, Roosters and others have bounded out during the trials with hints of promise for the season ahead. I am not saying that the Warriors and Roosters are down for poor seasons, but in all likelihood they will improve, exactly how much will be the question.

From a recruitment and quality of team base, my fears are for the Dragons and Broncos who really havn't added to their squad and in real terms are minus in terms of squads they ran out last year. The Broncos look hell-bent on blooding new forwards, while the Dragons are expected to conjure up some greater attack to go with the discipline in defence they found last season.

The big improvers in our eyes are expected to be the Panthers, Tigers and the Rabbitohs. The Rabbitohs need some of the steel-like discipine to match thier enthusiasm, while the Tigers seem to have added to their roster well. However, I expect Matt Elliot to have a good season with his Panthers as he finally seems to have some quality in his squad, which appears to have a real Elliot touch to it.

So don't take anything from the trials team, as from March 12, is when it all counts.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Charity Shield 26 all Draw

The Rabbitohs and Dragons played out the latest installment of the Charity Shield and in the final minutes, a piece of Brett Morris magic secured a 26 all draw for the Dragons. Jamie Soward was left with a sideline conversion to win the game, and the attempt sailed just outside the sticks.

For a pre-season game, the standard was high and the wingers from both teams had crackers, while John Sutton and Jamie Soward showed the full repertoire of tricks. The Souths Forward pack of Asotasi, Taylor and Burgess while Isaac Luke played with a deal of spirit.

The Dragons showed fans more promise than many have predicted, and they will actually look forward to the season opener against the Eels.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pre Season: Best Time of Year

We say it every year, But we will again say it. Pre Season is the best time of the year for all supporters. It is that time of the year where we look ahead with anticipation. There are no losers at the moment, just winners waiting to happen. We can read all the previews, but know in our heart that 2010 just could be the year. We look at the betting markets and make our visions to what we will do with our winnings at season end. We analyse our off season signings, our coming and goings, and can't wait for our best 17 to take the field.Just weeks away and we are all winners

Saturday, February 13, 2010

NSW U16 Kooris 24 QLD U16 Murris

Despite a spirited comeback from the QLD boys, NSW Kooris were too strong over th QLD Murris 24 -14

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Under 16 indigeous curtain raiser

Half-time in the curtain raiser to the NRL All -Stars game and the NSW Koori Under 16s lead the QLD Murris 18-4. Qld appear to lack cohesion against the well-drilled NSW boys

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Shut Your Mouth Willie?

Its a good thing we have Willie Mason, otherwise the news around the NRL would be pretty quiet. David Gallop, the NRL CEO came out yesterday and told Willie to keep his mouth shut.

While that is probably some good advice, as Willie certainly doesn't seem to be learning any lessons from any mistakes that he has made. It is much easier to blame everyone else for your woes and continue on as is.

I still Mason to have a huge season with the Cowboys and Cowboys fans must be secretly happy with the potential of the forward pack they will be producing.

One thing, however, of concern for the NRL is the lack of personalities within our game. Mr Personality, himself, David Gallop also must recognise this. Losing Wendell Sailor will be huge in this aspect, and the comp needs colourful players urgently.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Eventful News Day

Yesterday was certainly a news day for the NRL with many exciting announcements made.

Firstly, Big Willie Mason has signed with the Cowboys. This is good news for the game and was tipped exclusively by and never wavered from for the last month. Willie will start afresh in NQ and whichever way he goes should have a top season. Strange how he polarises the fans, with the thought that 50% hope he has a great season and the other 50% believe he will show up to be a dog.

Lote Tuquiri is back in league, and following the exploits of Wendell, is tipped to have a great season. One of the reasons why Wendell was welcomed back so warmly was his larger than life personality, and his outward enthusiasms for the game and the team. Lote has neither of these characteristics and I personally believe his return does nothing for the game.

The NRL AllStars game has been rocked by injury with four Aussie Allstars out, including Englishmen Gareth Ellis. The Indigenous All Stars are also rocked by injury. I am not sure of the replacement program yet, but will advise once announced.

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