Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Night Footy Results

Friday night saw two games with the Knights travelling to Brisbane while the Bulldogs and the Eels played out yet another one of their Sydney derbies.The Brisbane Broncos led at halftime 22-12 but forget to stay in the game after half-time and went down to a more committed Knights Team 30-22. The Eels led all the way to defeat the injury ravaged Dogs 26-10.

AFL Preview Round 6

AFL Preview Round 6

After another round of scoring 4 my heart’s just not in it this week tipsters. Yes, I know you all scored 4’s, or, at best a 5, but it’s debilitating. As punishment I decided to give the dog a haircut and a shampoo. So drenched through and with badly mauled hands I am in the right frame of mind to put some serious deliberation into this week’s games.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Please find the NRL teams for Round 8 courtesy of Fox Sports

Working in Sydney

Heading to Sydney this week for work, so updates may be a bit adhoc. Staying in Eels territory.

- Posted by Curly

AFL Review Round 5

The AFL review from Round 5, shared from the people who make Footy Tipping Software .
Western Bulldogs 18.13.121 Defeated Adelaide 10.12.72

The match was fairly tight in the first half and the Bulldogs led by just 3 goals at the big break. After half time the Bullies came out in the third and kicked 5 goals to one set up a match winning break. Giansiracusa with 35 touches was a dominant player for the Western Bulldogs and he was ably assisted by Ryan Griffen, a really classy player, who controlled the midfield.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Gold Coast Titans Seal Win at Brookvale

The Gold Coast Titans are the real deal. Tonight they defeated a Manly side that led them 22-12 in the second half, and came back to win 24-22. The same Manly side the enjoyed 65% possession during the first half, and just couldn't put the Titans away.

Storm Exhibition

Matty Elliot canvassed the idea of the Storm becoming like the Harlem Globetrotters, playing without fear of failure and without any constraints of pressure. While the idea certainly does appeal, it highlights yet again, the sheer lunacy of the idea that we now have to make up motivation for the players of the Storm.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Warriors no Match for Wounded Storm

As if making a point, the Melbourne Storm tonight, playing for nothing but pride, whipped the New Zealand Warriors by 40-6 at Melbourne's Edihad Stadium. You had to feel sorry for the Warriors, but tonight was all STORM, as their players stood tall and played some outstanding football in front of a great crowd of over 23,000.



Dragons Continue Anzac Tradition

The Dragons and Roosters played out an extremely tight and torrid first half of footy today in their annual Anzac Day Clash. The Dragons faced the uncharacteristic position in which they were behind on the scoreboard at half-time 6-4 in front of a bumper crowd of over 36,000 at the Sydney Footy Stadium.

Raiders Let another One Slip

The Canberra Raiders again have given up a twenty point lead and lost, this time against Souths Sydney going down 26-24. The Raiders led 24-6 at half-time and were playing confident attacking football, highlighted by a great try to Josh Dugan. The first ten minutes of the second half was also all the Raiders and they should have put the Rabbitohs away. Instead we saw a marvelous fightback from the pride of the league, which started with a try from a one-on-one strip from Nathan Merrit while a flying Dave Taylor scored a great try in the corner. The Rabbitohs stole the lead with ten left on the clock and held on.

The Sunday Papers Says it All

The Sunday Mail says it all in regards to the mess that Rugby League is in. Articles on many things including the pressure now on Gallop from all areas of the game, players being given deadlines for offers and options, players being wooed by other codes and other countries, and the vultures circling the Melbourne Storm. The players offering paycuts, but MR Tough Guy Gallop, seemingly hell-bent on destroying the club.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Super Saturday Results

Super Saturday and we spent a great night tonight down at Bacchus Brewery, amongst friends, discussing the salary cap issues amongst other great beer fueled things. In the meantime, a game we were itching to watch in the Panthers v Tigers played out its ultimate conclusion with a Panthers win 26-18 in the battle of the cats. More bewildering is the win by Cronulla over the Knights 26-6. We will report more tomorrow.

Board Sanctions Gallops Tough Man Stance

The NRL Board had a phone link-up today and have released a Media Statement supporting the tough man David Gallop, and his imposed sanctions that will effectively kill off rugby league in Melbourne and any chance of creating any "super" TV deal that they keep harping on.


Craig Bellamy held a media Statement at just after 2pm today, that was filled with passion and showed enormous courage and commitment from the players. His over-riding statement was one that WE AIN'T GOING TO SURRENDER.

Fans Fighting Back

In what can only be described as a pleasing action, Storm fans are starting to fight back against overwhelming claims of cheating and rorting. Quite rightly, these fans express hatred for the managers and executives who perputrated this fraud, but believe they are needed to support the club and the players through this stressful time.

WOW-Broncos are Brave

Bruno Cullen has come out in today's Courier Mail, supported by his NQ and Gold Coast couterparts, declaring they are squeaky clean. The first brave CEOs to do so.

- Posted by Curly

Friday, April 23, 2010


After a couple of days of dramas, we return to thefooty field with two quality NRL games being played tonight. We also flicked channels and watched the QLD Reds Rugby Union side take on the Stormers to see if they are in fact the real deal for this years Super 15 Title.

Question the Storm Values

The Courier Mail published the values that the Storm had disclosed for their playing roster for 2010. Most of the values represent correct values in this veteran league fans eye. So if Melbourne were paying above the odds, then that is just a poor judgment from the leadership within the club. Read the published values here, and check out our opinion.

Storm Still Dominating

Day 2 of the Storm Salary Cap Drama and it shows no sign of abating. In fact questions and innuendo dominate. Funnily enough the finger of blame place on Brian Waldren, has seen him become a casualty from the Melbourne Rebels, but funnily enough the finger of blame placed on him is being scattergunned right around the NRL. The silence coming from other CEO's is deafening. Questions ?

The approach of other CEO's seems to be one of silence and hope. Maybe they have their fingers crossed that they will miss any step-up by the NRL of any intended Cap Audits. If the perception that all clubs cheat the cap, is actually true, we would have a lot of nervous CEO's at the moment. Is this the reason why the silence is deafening from other CEO's shouting down the "cheating tactics" of the Storm.

The Storm Dust Settling: Feelings from a Fan

The 22nd April will go down as a sad day for Rugby League with the news and subsequent punishment of the Melbourne Storm and their systematic rorting of the salary cap. Writing exclusively for, Curly has listened to all the experts and here shares his thoughts and feelings from a fan. His over-riding comment is simply, "You can't erase the Tattoos"

AFL Preview

Even the weekly AFL review is not immune to the smell of the Storm Salary Cap Drama. Read the Weekly AFL Review shared from the ultimate Footy Tipping Software.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

VIDEO: League Central Salary Cap Special

VIDEO: League Central Salary Cap Special

Check out the explosive claims from Phil Rothfield on Salary Cap cheating from ALL CLUBS.


A report is now surfacing from Phil Rothfield in which an amnesty of sorts be extended to bring all clubs cheating the salary cap to bring it out in the open and own up. There are many that believe that all clubs cheat the salary cap in some way shape or form. If what Phil states is correct, the calls to scrap the cap will be deafening. It also provokes more questions.

The Day Rugby League Died in Melbourne

The name Brian Waldren will forever be tarnished as the man that killed off Rugby League in Melbourne. The Australian Rugby Union was hoping that this would have been due to the Melbourne Rebels in the Super 15 competition, but it won't be. He has been named as the principal player behind the 1.7 million dollar salary cap rort, that has left the Melbourne Storm as a lifeless wreck in the National Rugby League.

Salary Cap: One Hell of a Stink for the Storm

The NRL have just announced the stripping of the 2007 and 2009 Premierships from the Melbourne Storm, after wholesale rorting of the salary cap, to the tune of a reported 1.7 million dollars over four years after intensive investigation by the Salary Cap Auditors.

This is the largest single rort of the Salary Cap, eclipsing the 2002 Bulldogs scenario. On top of the stripping of their two premierships, the club has been stripped of their three minor premierships obtained from 2006-2008 and have been stripped of their points obtained from Season 2010 to date. On top of this, they WILL NOT accumulate any points for 2010, although they will continue to play and wins and losses recorded.

Referees Situations GET WORSE

Leaked to the media before being known to NRL Coaches and Officials is plans for this weekend's round of games to be basically controlled by ONE senior referee with a junior referee in a greatly reduced role in six of the eight games.

Gary Belcher's Review of NRL Round 7

Fox Sport Expert, Gary Belcher previews Round 7 of the NRL. Check it out here and see if you agree with Gary. Comments are welcome.

Props Pentathlon: NRL on Fox-Newcastle

This weeks edition of NRL on Fox Props Pentathlon features Evarn Tuimavave, with comedic relief from Cooper Vuna.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


News from the RED V Members Newsletter.

The St George Illawarra Dragons will play the Sydney Roosters this Sunday at the Sydney Football Stadium in the ninth traditional ANZAC Day clash.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Calls for Finch to Resign

As outlined in a previous article, Robert Finch has had numerous calls for his sackings today, as his referees plummet from poor to ridiculous over the weekend.

NRL Teams Round 7 NRL2010

NRL2010 Round 7  Teams courtesy of our friends at Fox Sports. Check out all the teams here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Rivalry Returns

The Rivalry between the Melbourne Storm and the Manly Sea Eagles, swooped to another level tonight as the Sydneysiders, resigned the Storm to a second consecutive loss in NRL2010 with a tight 18-16 victory after leading 18-6 at half-time

AFL Review Round 4

West Coast 15.11.101 Defeated Essendon 11.12.78
About 38,000 supporters got to see one good quarter of football by West Coast, the second, in which they kicked 6 goals to the Bombers’ 4 points. That was where the game was won and lost. The spectators and viewers were also treated to a good exhibition of raw talent with Natanui for the Eagles showing his style and Cox finding a bit of form at last with 30 hit outs and 19 possessions. LeCras kicked 4 goals for West Coast and Kennedy 3.

In Support of Gus

Code's so-called leaders found wanting. You got that right GUS. Gus let everyone know about his true feelings towards the referees of the Parramatta v Souths game. You got that right GUS. Gus in a showdown with the leaders of our games, I am backing you GUS.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Eels Back?

Despite leading 8-2 at half-time, the Souths Sydney Rabbitohs have handed the Eels their first win in yonks, going down 22-8. In a pleasing return to form for the Parramatta side, they brushed aside a lack-lustre second half from the Rabbitohs to bring the Eels back into form.

Broncos Win Big Over Sharks

The Brisbane Broncos returned to the winners circle with a comprehesive 44-16 victory over an outclassed Sharks outift at Suncorp Stadium.

Panthers Thump Warriors

The Penrith Panthers are stamping themselves as genuine contenders with a cross Tasman 40-12 thumping of the New Zealand Warriors today.

There is a Smell Around the Coast

Allegations of wrong doing continue to surround the Gold Coast Titans, with salary cap rort allegations refusing to lie down.There is a real smell around the Gold Coast, with the National Soccer Team on the brink of collapse and the League team certainly not smelling of roses at the moment.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Reds in Union

Tonight we did the unthinkable and watched the Queensland Reds take on the Bulls. The Bulls are the leading team in the Super 15, while the Reds are having a season to remember, sitting on the cusp of the top 4.

Roosters Nail Raiders

The Sydney Roosters nailed the Canberra Raiders tonight to finish off Saturday NRL2010. The Roosters inspired by Todd Carney who scored a double to dominate the 36-6 victory.

Knights Get the Staggers, but get Home over the Cowboys

The Newcastle Knights led 30-6 at half-time, got the staggers and allowed the Cowboys to get back within two converted tries , BUT held on to defeat the injury-ravaged Cowboys 36-18.

Friday Night Splits

Round 6 of the NRL and to date haven't come out of Friday sitting on 100%. Round 6 was to prove similar as the Dragons defeated the Titans as predicted, but the Tigers rolled over against a fired up Bulldogs outfit.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Laurie Daley's round six preview

Laurie Daley's round six preview

Fox Sports commentator Laurie Daley offers his thoughts and predictions for round six of the NRL premiership.

AFL Preview Round 4

Here it is the weekly AFL Preview brought to you from our friends at Highly entertaining and full of information. Just who will win this week??

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bennett on Priddis

What made you sign Luke Priddis at the Broncos all those years ago?
I knew he could really play from his time at the Raiders and he had a wonderful work ethic.

Some Positives for Brisbane

Five players have returned to boost the WOW Brisbane Broncos team to take on the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium this Sunday, including Test back Israel Folau

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

News from the Red V: Round 6

Dragons & Titans to wear Blue Arm bands in support of Autism Spectrum Disorder

April is World Autism awareness month and the Dragons and Titans are combining forces this Friday night in their top of the table clash at Skilled Park to specifically raise awareness and funds for the respective Autism Spectrum Disorder foundations of Dragons hooker Luke Priddis and Titans five-eight Mat Rogers.


Luke Priddis will play his 300th game against the Gold Coast Titans this Friday night at Skilled Park becoming just the 14th player in the history of first grade and the first hooker to achieve such a milestone.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NRL2010 Teams Round 6

Click here to see all the selected teams for Round 6 of the NRL2010. Who has been selected for your side?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Eels Lose Out: Season Slipping Away

Oh how the mighty have fallen. The Parramatta Eels, one of the clear Premiership Favourites coming into the season, sit as a shell of their former Grand Final playing selves, as they crash to another defeat. This time to the wonderful Monday Night team, the Canberra Raiders who defeated the Eels 24-14 in a rare victory away from home.

Is Henry too Soft?

Luke O'Donnell is one of those players that used to frustrate me when I was playing. A proven tough performer but prone to stupidity and losing his cool. Simple penalties and the like used to cost more games than they won. I almost choked on my Corn Flakes reading coach Neil Henry's comments on Luke in the Monday papers.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday NRL2010 Round 5

Another classic case of inconsistent form for the NRL2010 with the Sunday Round 5 results out and about. The Manly Sea Eagles knocked the stuffing out of a resurgent Sharks with a comprehensive 40-12 victory after they led 30-6 at half-time. In the Main Game on Sunday the Penrith Panthers finally played 80 minutes of football with a very effective win over the Sydney Roosters 28-6 at Penrith.

AFL Round 3 Results

AFL Review Round 3

St Kilda 10.9.69 Defeated Collingwood 4.17.41

This was a brutal encounter physically with some questionable strong arm stuff starting even before the siren blew to officially commence proceedings. Collingwood was handed a goal pre-game and after some push and shove after that the umpires thought they might as well even it all with a goal to the Saints. Crazy stuff. For the Pies it made no difference what they threw at the Saints they were up to it.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hands on the Ball

Every season we find that something that annoys the shit out of us. This year, it is the incessant calls from the match officials for "Hands on the ball". What does it take for the NRL2010 players to learn to keep their hands off the ball? Are that they slow to learn?

Saturday Night Form?

You can't get a form line through this comp, can ya. Saturday night proved that again with the Doggies spiraling out of the game with the Warriors, the Tigers holding on against a JT injured Cowboys and at least  the Rabbitohs showed some form with their demolition of the Knights

Obstruction is Ugly Again

It had been a while, but obstruction is ugly again. Last night we saw a ridiculous decision to disallow a St George -Illawarra try when a well executed move was ruled to have obstructed Sam Thiaday.

The fact that Thiaday was blissfully jogging across field, then planted both feet and made a simple miss on the flying Brett Morris. It was described by both Phil Gould and Wally Lewis as a woeful decision, meaning the decision transcended state boundries.

Let us all hope that this is the last time we talk this season about poor decisions around obstructions.

- Posted by Curly

Friday, April 9, 2010

Not so Black Friday

Queensland teams the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans competed with varying degrees of success tonight for Friday Night Football.

Black Friday for Qld Teams

A Courier Mail Headline screamed out BLACK FRIDAY FOR QUEENSLAND. It was in relation to no Qld Teams being involved in Friday Night footy in an upcoming round. Apart from annoying me, as not everyone in QLD supports Qld NRL teams, it made me think about tonight also being Black Friday for QLD Teams

AFL Preview Round 3

AFL Preview Round 3

Last week 4 /8 Total 11 from 16
No doubt everybody is blaming the previewer for a tipping debacle last week but let me set the record straight. Bad tipping last week was 2 correct, mediocre tipping was 3, average tipping was 4,

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Props Pentathlon : Frank Puletua

It is time for one of our favourite times of the Week, the Props Pentathlon on NRL on FOX on a Wednesday Night. View it here

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

NRL2010 Round 5 Teams

Here are all the team lists for Round 5 of NRL2010.

Steve Price to Retire

On the day one QLD legend attempts to defy father time, another recognizes reality. Steve Price, the absolute legend, today announced that NRL2010 will be his last season, after making his debut way back in 1994.

- Posted by Curly

Lockyer to play on

As alluded earlier, Darren Lockyer has confirmed his intention to remain available for representitive selection this season, in a press conference today.

- Posted by Curly

Lockyer Leaves it to the Selectors

In a bewildering move, Darren Lockyer has chosen NOT to retire from Representative Rugby League, instead electing to lead both Australia and Queensland in 2010, IF CHOSEN.

AFL Review Round 2

AFL Review Round 2

Brisbane 16.11.107 Defeated Carlton  12.16.88

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Curse of the First Try

The Canturbury Bankstown Bulldogs crashed back to earth tonight, being comprehensively beaten by the Souths Sydney tonight, despite scoring the first try. Souths won 38-16.

Souths were served well accross the park, but the forwards gained the momentum which allowed the Souths halves in Sandow and Sutton to play great games. Souths controlled the danger players from the Bulldogs and just never gave the likes of Morris, Idris, Ennis and Kimmorley any room to move. One of the best players on the park was Bulldog prop Ben Hannant.

- Posted by Curly

Monday Night Thrillers Start Early: Panthers win

Snowy has written in the previous post about the first half of the Knights v Panthers clash. Well the second half, with the Panthers at over $8 to win, staged a fightback that actually won them the game 34-30. Down 24-6 at halftime, to win was an amazing effort, especially considering the hostility of the Newcastle home crowd

MOnday Arvo Football: Panthers v Knights

The Newcastle Knights hosted the Penrith Panthers and with a 24-6 halftime score, everything is going the way of the Knights. The Panthers have been ill-disciplined and disappointing, giving up easy metres to Knights coming out of their turf, with simple penalties.

On top of that, the Panthers have had three forward passes ruled coming out of their own turf. All up they are giving the Knights too much ball to get back in the game.

Broncos Last

It is a sight that you don't see very often, but currently the Broncos sit in last place in the NRL and only a minor miracle will see anything different at the competition of Round 4.

This really does show just how much the Broncos have fallen off the pace in NRL2010, and only intensifies the fact that the club is very likely to miss the finals this year, their first since 1991.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Form and Consistency 2010 Style

Season 2010 has become the new benchmark for teams and inconsistency. Today we saw two classic examples with the New Zealand v Manly game and the Raiders -Tigers match-up.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cowboys Strike Form over Queensland Rival

Despite giving up the first try, the North Queensland Cowboys showed some purple patches of form in defeating their Queensland Rivals, the Gold Coast Titans. The Cowboys unearthed some exciting new talent in Ray Thompson, while Willie Tonga scored a hatrick of tries. Willie Mason also sported his best game for the club, especially in defence.

Sharks Back on Winning Podium

The Cronulla Sharks have finally broken their 13 game losing streak with a defiant 11-0 victory over an incredibly poor Parramatta Eels. The win was fought out on a wet and windy Saturday Night at Shark Park and was a perfect way for new recruit to re-commence his NRL career, with the Sharks.

Lockyer Left with no Option: Dragons return to Old Ways

After the Broncos submission to a Todd Carney inspired Roosters outfit, it is clear to many that, Darren Lockyer's only option is to retire from Representative Football, with potentially a sendoff with the Anzac Test. It is inconceivable that Lockyer could devote time to his infant side, and still be missing as much as he would be with representative duties.

The Dragons returned to some of their old ways,

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday Footy Scores

We saw two good games of footy played on Good Friday. Firstly we saw the unbeaten Storm maintain their record over the Dragons with a 17-4 victory off the back of some Billy Slater, Brett Finch and Cooper Cronk Brilliance. Then we saw the Sydney Roosters overcome a disappointing Brisbane Broncos 25-6 at the Sydney Footy Stadium

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Laurie Daley's Round 4 Review

Fox Sports commentator Laurie Daley offers his thoughts and predictions for round four of the NRL premiership


Results last week 7 / 8
Well Tipsters, not a bad start to the season with thousands getting 8 from 8 and millions getting 7 from 8. Those tipsters who scored 4 or less last week I suggest you ask for your money back now. This competition is not for you! Not sure whether the tipsters who got 8 were Collingwood supporters or Fremantle supporters these two games being the so – called “upsets” of the round. As predicted the local WA newspapers almost have the Dorks as the premiership favourites and even Jacko (Jackovic  from the Eagles) is getting on the bandwagon saying that Fremantle might finish as high as 6th . I wonder what the papers will say next week after Freo plays the Bombers at Etihad?

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