Monday, May 31, 2010

Titans Crash and Burn

The Gold Coast Titans have book-ended last weekends bye with losses. Tonight, despite scoring first crashed at home to the Roosters 30-16 in a disappointing loss. The Titans winger David Mead scored a hat-trick of tries, while Shaun Kenny-Dowell scored a double for the Chooks. It must be said, that the Roosters took their chance during a frenetic second half, while the Titans had enough chances to win two games, but were let down by poor execution and wrong choices. The amount of times the Gold Coast boys dropped the ball on early tackle counts while in attacking position was incredible. Mitchell Pearce stamped his claim for an Origin spot with a masterful return from injury, while Nate Myles just kept turning up and going for it.

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Essendon 15.9.99 Defeated Western Bulldogs 14.6.90

Friday night football started with an upset as the Bombers clearly outplayed the Bulldogs for 3 quarters. Essendon got a scare when in the final stanza the Bullies threw everything at them but time ran out leaving the Bombers 9 points ahead at the siren.

JT in the BAD Books

Jonathon Thurston, despite being robbed by some very poor officials on Saturday night, is the one with the case to answer, as his expletive-laden questioning of the match official was picked up and broadcast by the ABC. The NRL has decided that JT has a Detrimental Conduct Charge to answer to.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday NRL Results NRL2010

NRL2010 continued with it's current status today with a classic Rabbitohs v Panthers game, in which one team dominates one half, to hold off a fightback from the other in the second half. This time it was Souths that dominated the game early and went to the break leading 24-6, and then stunned the Mountain Men with a quick try after the break to lead 30-6. The Panthers then mounted a comeback of sorts to get back within 8 points at 30-22, until two late tries to the Bunnies got to the final score of 42-22

In the other game, the Melbourne Storm defeated the Bulldogs 23-12.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cowboys Ripped Off, by Missed Chances and Refs

The North Queensland and Manly teams kept up their current NRL form with ultimate winners Manly, holding out the Cowboys 24-20. Manly leapt away to a 24-6 lead and surely had the game in the bag, but the Cowboys led by a masterful game from JT, really came back strongly in the second half. Failing at the final hurdle by some absolutely dodgy refereeing decisions and lack of finesse with the final try scoring option, the Cowboys were the best team robbed tonight.

Broncos Win Out over Sharks

The Brisbane Broncos were 20-4 winners over the Cronulla Sharks on another wet Sydney Track. Unfortunately for Sharks fans, Tim Smith was the difference between the sides with some very poor choice of options. The Sharks created enough opportunities to win the game, with poor final options killing the side.

Dragons Do it Easy at Win

The St George Illawarra Dragons had an easy 30-0 over Parramatta in another rain-soaked Sydney encounter. While the scores indicate a thumping shut-out for the Dragons, the score was still just 8-0 at the 52nd minute mark.

Friday, May 28, 2010

AFL Preview Round 10

Preview Rd 10
I hope many of you took no notice of the previews last week. By late Friday night I had slashed my wrists due to another Magpie failure in the face of a real challenge and contemplated a 7 correct tipping scorecard for the weekend. Not too shabby I thought.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Blues Undone

Every year it seems to be the same.Game 1 of Origin produces the same headlines. "Blues Players vow to stay together", "Bellamy Under Pressure" and "NSW must Learn ORIGIN". Every year, at least for the last four, Qld have shown the way. Loyalty to players, committed to a task. A total state and team approach.

For what it's worth, NSW were lucky last night. Both teams benefited from some 50-50 refereeing decisions, so we won't start there. NSW scored three their tries from kicks, and didn't appear likely to breach the defence all night. For what it's worth, here is what I would do.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Qld 1, NSW -0

Qld won State of Origin ONE 28-24. The scoreline was flattering for the Blues as they scored two tries from 50-50 Video ref calls, including a final try awarded to Ben Creagh where he clearly knocked on, potentially twice, in "scoring" the try. The previous Blues try, awarded to Anthony Watmough, was also dodgy with the best camera angle to adjudicate the knock-on wasn't shown until after the tray was awarded.

This isn't to say that all the calls went NSW way. There was a period in the early part of the second half, in which QLD was afforded the benefit of the doubt with a number of line ball decisions concerning forward passes, and the like and the most obvious being the Sam Thiaday try, in which in usual NRL scenario, the loss of the football by Kurt Gidley would have been judged a two man strip.

Origin Dawns

Origin Dawns with rain pelting down in Sydney and every Queenslander heavy with anticipation. The day of Origin 1 is always a big day for Qlders and today is no different as we approach our fifth straight series win.

What will be different today, however is the instrumental loss that Cameron Smith is for the Qlders and the fact that NSW developed a BLUEPRINT on how to defeat the Maroon side in game three last year, with a defensive effort that thwarted the attacking brilliance of the maroons at every turn.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

NRL2010 Round 12 Lineups

The Line-ups for Round 12 of NRL 2010 shared from our friends at FoxSports.

Scott Back

Centre Beau Scott will this week return from injury in the Dragons’ highly anticipated return clash
against the Eels at WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah.Scott injured his knee in the Round 8 clash against the Sharks and is excited to be returning to the team and playing at the Dragons’ Sydney home.

Panthers Roll Bulldogs

The Penrith Panthers scored first and were never headed as they rolled the Canturbury Bulldogs 31-16. The Penrith Panthers have been somewhat of a surprise packet this season, sitting in second spot, while the Doggies have been a gross disappointment where they sit in 12th. Michael Gordon scored a hatrick of tries in the win.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Length of the Season

The length of the current season and player burnout has again come on the agenda. Heightened by players backing up after Origin, the very real concern is about player burnout. The other pressing issue is the fact that the game needs money and the interests of the clubs is about the twelve home games and the 26 round competition. Some have spoken of the 32 round season. I reckon we need to go the other way.

AFL Review Round 9

AFL Review Round 9
Geelong  12.14.86 Defeated Collingwood 6.14 50
The Magpies will need to go back to the drawing board, lick their feathers and work out what they need to do to be competitive against the Cats who showed why they will be hard to beat in the grand final again this year.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday League Results

Sunday footy results and they have again highlighted the shocking tipping form I am in. Today we saw the Warriors knock over the Rabbitohs in Auckland. In a tight game, the Warriors won 26-24. In the other game, the Canberra Raiders continued their amazing run of results over the St George Illawarra Dragons. They again have defeated the high-flying Dragons 22-14 in their match of the day at Wollongong.

Sharks Snuff out the Eels

The Cronulla Sharks have again made news with a solid 22-18 win over the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium last night. Snubbed by Origin selectors saw Trent Barret play a key role in the win for the Sharks.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


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AFL Preview Round 9

Preview Round 9
Well tipsters teams like St Kilda, Essendon, Melbourne, West Coast Eagles and at times North Melbourne continue to provide us with a challenge when we come to making that selection. Inconsistency in form makes the job that little bit harder but not as hard or as impossible when we have total form reversals from one week to the next.

The Continuing Saga of the Titans Stench

The Stench around the Titans refuses to go away. Their legal dramas are splashed around the media in ever increasing form, with the recent news of owed back taxes now adding to the mess. The Titans brand is taking a severe battering during this process and the integrity of the brand is certainly being questioned.

Tigers Race back into Contention

The Wests Tigers have raced back into some form with a comprehensive 23-6 win over the Newcastle Knights in Newcastle. The win was all the more meritorious considering the previous weeks thumping of the Tigers by the Souths Sydney Rabbitohs. From a spectator viewpoint, driving rain ruined the match as a spectacle.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lets Talk Origin

We have the Origin Buildup occurring on all the footy tv shows, we have origin parties being planned, and now is the time for the team here at to wade into the scene and add our two cents worth.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NRL Teams Round 11.

NRL Teams for Round 11 listed here shared by our friends at Foxsports.

Qld State of Origin Named

Today the Queensland Selectors named the side to take on NSW in the first State of Origin match on May 26. The side is:
1. Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm) 2. Darius Boyd (St George Illawarra Dragons) 3. Greg Inglis (Melbourne Storm) 4. Willie Tonga (North Queensland Cowboys) 5. Israel Folau (Brisbane Broncos) 6. Darren Lockyer (Brisbane Broncos) 7. Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys) 8. Matthew Scott (North Queensland Cowboys) 9. Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm) 10. Petero Civoniceva (Penrith Panthers) 11. Nate Myles (Sydney Roosters) 12. Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos) 13. Ashley Harrison (Gold Coast Titans) 14. Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm) 15. David Shillington (Canberra Raiders) 16. Neville Costigan (St George Illawarra Dragons) 17. David Taylor (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Parramatta Over the Eagles

The Parramatta Eels struck some sort of form tonight in defeating a disjointed Manly side 19-12, after the scores were locked at 12 apiece at half-time.

AFLReview Round 8

Collingwood 20.13.133 Defeated Fremantle 15.7.97
The Dockers are having a great start to the season but they are not yet in the same class as the Magpies who are notching some big scores and convincing victories particularly over the past 4 weeks.

NSW Side Named for Origin 1

The NSW Blues Side has been named for Origin 1. The Team is: 1. Kurt Gidley (c) 2. Brett Morris 3. Matt Cooper 4. Timana Tahu 5. Jaryd Hayne 6. Jamie Lyon 7. Brett Kimmorley 8. Michael Weyman 9. Michael Ennis 10. Josh Perry 11. Trent Waterhouse 12. Ben Creagh 13. Anthony Watmough 14. Luke Lewis 15. Brett White 16. Tom Learoyd-Lars 17. Jamal Idris.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday at the Footy

We spent the day with Curly at local Brisbane Junior Rugby League games. We started at Ten o'clock where the Premier League U13 Team Curly helps coaches, went down 18-8. We then followed up with another couple of games back at the club. In the meantime there were some NRL games played.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Super Saturday Results

Curly just told me he is one from five on this week's round of tips after the three Saturday Results. First up, he expected the Cowboys to continue with some of the form they displayed last weekend. He had an inkling Jonathon Thurston and so tipped the Cowboys. Not to be Curly.24-12 Warriors.

Danger Signs Ahead

With the recent developments in the Storm v NRL stoush, you must  wonder  where we are heading. The NRL and the Forensic Audit continues to dig up new dirt and none of it will be good. I also have a belief as to why NEWS LTD have been so compliant in relation to the penalties the NRL have metered. Read this whole story.

Storm Legal Fight

For what it is worth. The team here at believe in the right to procedural fairness and the fact that that right was not seen in the recent Melbourne Salary Cap drama re-enforces our belief that a legal challenge would win. We have always believed that the penalties far outweighed the crime, with all seasons lumped together without any relationship to the size of the breach. Only succesfull seasons were penalised with runners up titles in 2006-08 kept.

We also firmly believe, any attempts by NEWS LIMITED to sack/remove/displace this team is a massive abuse of power and MUST be seen as an attempt to pervert justice.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dragons and Broncos : Comfy Wins

The Brisbane Broncos continued their giant-killing run, defeating their Queensland neighbours the Gold Coast Titans 28-6, with Israel Folou's red-hot form continuing bagging a double. A Morris saluted the first try scorer punters again, with Bulldog Josh crossing the stripe to land the Bulldogs an early 6-0 lead. However, that is where it ended for the Dogs as the Dragons ground out a solid 19-6 win. The Dragons have become the masters of the grind, and tonight they showed how. A worrying sign was the inability, for the second match in a row, for Brett Morris to score.

AFL Preview Round 8

AFL Preview Round 8

Just the 6 correct last week tipsters but I changed a couple of tips in a newspaper competition and scored the 8 there. Talk about shooting up the ladder!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Dragons representative players Michael Weyman and Jason Nightingale will return this week for the Heritage Round clash against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

NRL2010 Round 10 Lineups

NRL ROUND 10 Teams Supplied by Fox Sports

AFL Review Round 7

AFL Round 7 review and results from our friends at

Dragons Stripped of Premiership Run

In an ultimate show of toughness, the Independent Dictator Commissioner, David "The Tough Guy" Gallop, has today announced the stripping of the Dragons magnificent 11 year Premiership, as well as a host of other titles involving all other clubs. Gallop announced, "To make the competition fairer and even, we retrospectively applied a salary cap to all other years of the major rugby league Premiership. The Dragons were seen to have cheated that cap through a systematic rorting of the residential rules, which we have now deemed to be illegal. The only years that we, at this stage, can clearly say that no cheating of the retrospective cap applied, was in 2003 and 2005. So as it stands at the moment, the Penrith Panthers and the Wests Tigers have been deemed to be the only valid Premiers in rugby league history"

Monday, May 10, 2010

NRL v AFL Expansion Theories

I was reflecting the other day about the difference in the theories behind the AFL and NRL expansion of the game.The AFL have expanded their game into a National one by taking the game into Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. They supported these franchises with concessions of varying degrees, especially the non-traditional AFL State. In 2010, each of the expansion States have won the AFL at times since. A truly National game with committed fans.

The NRL/ARL/Super League opened up with game with expansion into Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. No concessions were ever given, until the game closed down the Perth and Adelaide franchises. Leaving Melbourne as our only non-traditional State in the game and clearly not a National game. No concessions, but a team that put a great development network in place and developed some of the Superstars of the game.We then strip them of their Premierships and force them to play for no points in 2010.And we call ourselves the National Rugby League.

Whose governing body wins?

Cowboys 32 Roosters 14

You just never know what side is going to show up and play this season. Tonight we saw a HOT Cowboys outfit, take on an uninspired Roosters team. The Roosters at home playing a Cowboys team, that hasn't won away from home in 2010. A Roosters team that has threatened to explode at various times this season, against a Cowboys team that underachieved.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday Upset and an Almost

The Melbourne Storm have been almost invincible since their salary cap drama hit. Today they started like normal charging to scoring first today against the Broncos. The Broncos were primed for a big day to upset the Storm in their opening day celebration. In the other game, the Knights stuck it to the Titans. For full scores and reports, read the full report.

Whats in a Headline?

The Sunday Papers screamed out PLAYER STRIKE. When you read the actual article on Cameron Smith, the words STRIKE was taken out of context but used for sensation from a player still being smeared with the Melbourne Storm scandal. When will the players learn. The vast majority of the population grab their opinions from a HEADLINE or a 30 second sound or video bite. Don't give the media anything. They aim to mislead. SIMPLE.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Solid Stuff from Sea Eagles Dethrone Dragons

17,000 mad Manly supporters have seen their side pressure the league leading Dragons and turn them into a comedy and farce. The Eagles won easily 24-6.

Port Macquarie Loves City v Country

I love City v Country and so it seems, does Port Macquarie. A crowd of 10,000 witnessed a great game in which Country scored four second half tries to take the game 36-18, after the scores were locked at 12 all at half-time.

Aussie Reign Over World Champs

The only thing that dampened the opening of the New AAMI Stadium in Melbourne last night was the true Melbourne Weather. Seeing rugby league played at the best level and in a stadium best suited, allowed the Melbourne public the best viewing platform yet. What they witnessed was a gripping international game, dour at times, electrifying at others. They saw an Aussie side best utilise their opportunities to score a 12-8 victory.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Test Match Tonight

The Test Match tonight would appear to be a very tight encounter. The Aussies are favourites as usual, and the Kiwi's look like a young mix, but their enthusiasm and skill of their leader Benji Marshall will certainly give them the energy to mix it with the Aussies.

AFL Preview

AFL Preview Round 7

Thursday, May 6, 2010

GaryFreemans's Round 9 NRL Preview

Gary Freeman's R9 NRL preview

Fox Sports commentator Gary Greeman offers his thoughts and predictions for round nine of the NRL premiership as well as the Anzac Test and City-Country clashes.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Coops Out of NSW Country AGAIN

Matt Cooper has withdrawn from the NSW Country side to play City on Friday Night at Port Macquarie. Coops has raised the ire of many, when confirming that this was indeed the fifth year in a row that Coops has withdrawn from this side. Calls have been made for Cooper to be banned from NSW Origin selection, due to his noted indifference to NSW Country.

Player Revolt

Leading NRL players are finally getting jack of the situation they find themselves in with the current Administration of the game. They are sick of seeing great players forced to leave our game, due to offers far exceeding what is on offer in the NRL.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

NRL2010 Teams Round 9

NRL Teams for the Split Round 9 in NRL2010 shared by our friends at Fox Sports. Click here for all the info.


Dragons Coach Wayne Bennett has today named a 19-man squad to take on the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night, with Matt Prior returning from injury to fill the centre role left vacant by the injured Beau Scott.
Prior, who has played 36 games in the top grade, recently signed a three-year extension with the club and has filled a number of key positions for the Dragons this year, including front-row, second-row and centre.

No Change to Salary Cap

While the game sits and waits for the Goose with the Golden Egg (the new TV Rights Deal) the opportunity to do something with the salary cap was lost when our sixteen wise men met the tough guy Gallop and the annual sixteen wise men meeting.

Salary Cap on Notice

Well it has taken a while, but it would appear that the Salary Cap is finally on the agenda of the NRL. Today th 16 club CEO's meet to do a full review. Not expecting miracles, but hey it' a start.

- Posted by Curly

Sick of AFL Proponganda

It would appear that I am not the only one getting sick of the propaganda being spilled out of the AFL, through their potential signing of NRL players. Many AFL legends are stepping up their campaigns to cease this practice, saying that it causes discontent amongst the genuine AFL Playing ranks. This was a lesson it took Rugby Union a few years to learn, but it will come for the AFL management.

Monday, May 3, 2010

City-Country teams

The City-Country teams have been announced for their annual clash this Friday Night. The teams are:

Lachlan Coote, Anthony Minichiello, Beau Champion, Chris Lawrence, Michael Jennings, Kris Keating, Trent Hodkinson, Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah (c), Keith Galloway, Trent Waterhouse, Mark Minichiello, Luke O'Donnell, Tim Mannah, Tim Grant, Ryan Hoffman, Liam Reddy

Josh Dugan, Michael Robertson, Jamal Idris, Timana Tahu, Luke Burt, Greg Bird, Brett Kimmorley (c), Kade Snowden, Michael Ennis, Brett White, Ben Creagh, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Laffranchi, Todd Carney, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Willie Mason, Dean Young

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