Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Not Sure about the Blues

Not sure exactly what the NSW selectors were thinking when they selected the Blues side for State of Origin Three. They seemed to have gone for a bit of an each-way bet, selecting some youth and energy, but stuck them with some duds from the past.

While you must applaud the selections of Michael Jennings, Michael Gordon, Kade Snowden and Tim Mannah, you surely must question why Trent Barrett was retained and promoted to captain??

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Round 17 NRL Lineups

Qld Welcome Back Petero

The Qld Selectors made one change for Game 3 of State of Origin for this year, as they chase their first clean sweep of the record-breaking run. The team is:
Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Willie Tonga, Israel Folau, Darren Lockyer (capt), Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Ashley Harrison. Interchange: Cooper Cronk, David Shillington, Neville Costigan, Dave Taylor.

Gasnier returns to the Red V

St George Illawarra have today announced that former captain Mark Gasnier will return to the Dragons on a four and half year contract, effective immediately until the end of the 2014 season.
The local junior left the Club at the end of the 2008 season to join French Rugby Union team Stade Francais on a two year contract when external third party commitments that were included in his previous Dragons contract were not met.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Bulldogs Back

The Bulldogs returned to the winning list with an 18-10 victory over the Canberra Raiders in a freezing night in Canberra. The Dogs scored all their points in the first twenty minutes with Josh Morris scoring first and Ben Barba sparking the dogs to lead 18-0. The Raiders bounced back, but ultimately kept running out of options when attacking the Dogs line, while the Dogs defence held strong. The need for the Dogs, if they are to play in end of season football, is to keep winning and tonight, while positive, did not engender too much hope for the remainder of the season.

NSW Blues Announced for Game 3

The following players have been selected to represent the NSW Blues against Queensland at ANZ Stadium on July 7.

1. Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)
2. Brett Morris (St George Illawarra Dragons)
3. Michael Jennings (Penrith Panthers)
4. Beau Scott (St George Illawarra Dragons)
5. Michael Gordon (Penrith Panthers)
6. Trent Barrett (Cronulla Sharks)
7. Mitchell Pearce (Sydney Roosters)
8. Jason King (Manly Sea Eagles)
9. Michael Ennis (Canterbury Bulldogs)
10. Kade Snowden (Cronulla Sharks)
11. Luke Lewis (Penrith Panthers)
12. Paul Gallen (Cronulla Sharks)
13. Greg Bird (Gold Coast Titans)

AFL Review 13

Hawthorn14.18.102 Defeated Essendon 13.8.86Both teams kicked 9 goals each in 3 quarters then kick 9 goals between them in the final quarter. If you didn’t watch the two Franklin goals in the last quarter you missed some freaky stuff.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Knights defeat Titans

The Gold Coast might be better off going back to Carrara and Captain Charger as they drew a paltry crowd of 13,000, who witnessed them going down to the Newcastle Knights by 24-16. There is something about the Titans at the moment with court cases and allegedly dodgy deals that is giving them a bit of a smell and their football team is playing accordingly. The Titans have a horrible record without captain Scott Prince and they really need him back to threaten. Kurt Gidley was the best for the Knights.

Warriors Steal the Game from the Roosters Grasp

The Sydney Roosters, like the Cowboys on Saturday Night, found a way to lose from an almost un-loseable situation. The Chooks led 18-8 with five minutes left, and two sensational tries and an amazing sideline conversion that saw the Warriors steal the game. Kevin Locke won the game for the Warriors with an never say die chase on a kick, and scored the try that leveled the game, and in the process wrapped himself around the goal post and was carted off on the medi-cab. The conversion in front gave the Warriors the 20-18 win.

A great crowd of over 20,000 in Christchurch.

Rabbits Over Storm

I really feel for the Storm. Playing for nothing, like play pretending for leadership camps, they are playing for nothing. Fine that the can talk about extending the game with a cavalier Globetrotters approach, but when it is necessary to dig in to win a game, the ability to roll up the sleeves and dig in, just isn't there.

And that was clear to see in Perth last night with the Rabbitohs holding in to win 16-14, after the scores were locked at 4all at halftime. For the Rabbitohs, Colin Best, playing for his future was amongst the best with Isaac Luke and Dave Taylor, while Billy Slater was his ever present dangerous self.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

If we Thought Friday Night was Good

If we thought that the Friday Night games were special this week with dominating performances from the Dragons and the Panthers, then Saturday night gave us the cliff-hangers. Firstly the Broncos held on to defeat an ordinary Eels outfit 10-6. The young Broncos team looked certain victors, but the Eels never gave up and Jaryd Hayne particularly remained dangerous for the Blue and Golds.

The Cowboys fixed their first half fades going to a 18-0 against the Sharks, but someone forget to tell them they still needed to play for the second half. The Sharks dragged themselves out of half-time and into unlikely victors courtesy of the poor defence and impatient attack, being shown by the Cowboys. In Golden Point the Sharks blew up over a penalty given to the Cowboys, that was inexplicably missed by Jonathon Thurston and then Trent Barret finally nailed his sixth attempt at a field goal to win the game 20-19.

Seriously though, the Cowboys are hopeless with schoolboy errors affecting their game. On tonights form they will be lucky to win another game this season.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Impressive Friday Night Footy Results

Friday Night football has seen two impressive results with the Dragons belting the Tigers 34-10 and the Panthers flogging the Manly Sea Eagle 40-22. The Dragons and the Panthers cement their spots at the top of the ladder with their impressive displays.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tahu Dilemma

The biggest dilemma facing Rugby League was the selection of Timana Tahu for the third State of Origin. But now, thanks to the Timana Brain Explosions from Monday Night Football, it doesn't exist. Slapped with a Grade Three Reckless High shot on Knight James McManus, Tahu faces a minimum of four weeks on the sideline, which rules him out of Origin Three.

Confusingly Tahu, who on his Video Statement claimed he wanted to move on, spoke today for the need for the game to resolve racism for ever. We fully agree and support this stance, and believe the world will be a much better place when this happens. The ignorance of people, unfortunately, is still out there and will take a lot more than a spirited footballer to change the world. Tahu has taken a stance, and good on him. What he now should concentrate on is that he is a role model purely by the football he plays. The "football" he played on Monday does not do him justice, and he will now have a lengthy time on the sidelines to determine exactly what role model he wants to be seen as.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Knights Steal in a Soaker

The Knights and Eels played out a gripping mistake-a-thon game of football tonight in Newcastle tonight. Heavy downpours prior to the game, made even the best players slip and slide and made the football the equivalent of a cake of soap. For periods of the game, the crowd would cheer a successful completion of a set of six.

The Things I Hate in the Game!!

Sitting here with Curly watching the Knights play the Eels on a rain-soaked night in Newcastle. I really do hate some things in the game today and I need to rant.

  • Hands on the Ball. Once a player being tackled, feels his opponents hand on the ball when getting up to play the ball, can now just let go/drop the ball, knowing he will get the penalty. The onus should be back on the ball carrier to keep control.
  • The Jaryd Hayne slap. This is the one where Hayne goes to first marker and slaps at the arm of the dummy half as he goes to play the ball. Lots of questions for mine, on standing straight at marker, or allowing the ball to clear the ruck. Penalise this ploy out of the game please.
  • High shots. Once a player feels any sort of contact around the head/neck all he has to do is stay down knowing the Video Ref will have a look at it and advise the ref of his findings. Tonight we saw Justin Horo drop the ball cold, and get collected after high after slowing down and falling. Staying down, ensured that Cory Patterson was placed on report for something that he really couldn't stop. That just shits me. Made a miraculous recovery to score late for the Eels.

Wasn't Belcher Sarcastic?

Watching the Sunday Fox game between the Dragons and the Sharks, I kept thinking to myself how sarcastic was Gary Belcher. Needless to say others mentioned it today as well, that they though "badge" had overstepped the mark in his role as an expert commentator with his comments relating in particular to Kade Snowden reported offence on Jamie Soward, with Belcher suggesting that since this was Origin time, Snowden would get off. Badge, you let yourself down my friend.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tigers 18-8 over Raiders at Leichhardt Oval.

The Wests Tigers have won 18-8 over the Raiders today at Leichhardt Oval on a wonderful advertisement for Sunday Football. The Tigers and Raiders played out an edge of seat game, with the Raiders leading 8-6 coming into the final ten minutes. The Tigers scored in the 75th minute through Beau Ryan and led 12-8, and looked to be sealing the game and did so through another try in the final two minutes to win the game 18-8.

Blues Culture?

Much has been said about returning Phil Gould to Origin. Much has been said about doing a clean-out and review of the NSW Origin System. They did that last year and all we have seen is the same old same old.

Dragons 22 Sharks 4

The Dragons produced an outstanding defensive effort to defeat the Sharks 22-4 in the local derby at Shark Park. The Sharks seemed to have all the possession in the first half and spent what seemed to be 70% of the time attacking the Dragons line, but the defence for the Dragons was amazing as they held the Sharks to a minimal four.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Contrasting Games for Saturday Night Footy

Saturday Night footy saw two very contrasting results. The Storm were absolutely systematic in flogging the Cowboys 58-12. I would dearly love to see the Cowboys win percentage with Jonathon Thurston in the side. Great players have a habit of making other players better. In JT's case, he seems to make the worse.

In the other game, it's rare to see a field goal in the modern game, and tonight we got three as Manly sentenced the Rabbits to their second consecutive loss 26-25. It was Bulldogs-Bound Trent Hodginson that saved the day for the Eagles. Trailing 25-24, with just four minutes left, Hodginson's field goal one minute later looked the be sending the game into Golden Point. However several misses by Rabbitohs, played out to a final attempt from the Manly half with half a minute left. He nailed the win for Manly.

NRL Double Header: Second is Sometimes Best

In front of over 42,000 fans, the NRL Double Header held at Suncorp Stadium was again an amazing success. For the fans that stayed after enduring the first game, the second game was the better one on the night, with bigger collisions, faster pace but still some dreadful handling. They also saw a game with a bit of drama and an inspired performance from Ben Barba, the Bulldogs interchange player.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Panthers win in Brisbane

In a rather dull and uninspiring game, the Penrith Panthers were just slightly better than the Brisbane Broncos 22-12 . The ball control from the Broncos was woefull and they basically handed the game to the visiting Panthers.

A howler of a poor decision by ref Gavin Badger, denying Brisbane  an early try to Jaral Yow Yey played on his mind the whole game based on the number of poor decisions made by him. That try was ultimately not the difference between the sides, Brisbane just dropped too much football, but robbed the Broncos of early momentum.

- Posted by Curly

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Where to Now for NSW

NSW are in a complete state of disarray at the moment. Here we track what went wrong in the second State of Origin at Suncorp.
  1. Stick with a coach that has lost the last two series
  2. Pick a squad of 21 players 
  3. Continue to forget a thing called loyalty.
  4. Continue to pick rookies and discard them after one game. Welcome to the club Jamel Idris
  5. Pick a team purely to win the next game with no eye for the future. 
  6. Continue to resurrect veterans(Kimmorly/Barret/Gallon) with no positive Origin resume
  7. Allow your assistant coach to make allegedly racist comments
  8. Allow your winger to place himself above his team. While it was an admirable personal stand from this person, it certainly divided the team, as evidence by the performance on Origin Night. A sure fire way to lose game three is pick the winger again, but in the times of political correctness, this is almost a certainty.
  9. Allow your assistant coach to stand down. This is the only member of your coaching team that has any Origin history.
  10. Lose 34-6 in the biggest game in NSW history.

Queensland 5 NSW ZIP

The State of Origin series was won tonight for the fifth year in a row by an amazing Queensland side, dismantling NSW 34-6 in a lopsided affair at Suncorp Stadium. The Queensland team started well, with Greg Inglis scoring the first try to all the amens of First Scorer omen betters. NSW were a shambles from Go to Whoa and it seems hard to comprehend how they will defeat this amazing Qld team.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

NRL Round 15 Lineups

Line Ups for this weekends games of NRL in Round 15.

Tough Decisions for Henjak

Ivan Henjak has some tough decisions to make about the WOW Brisbane Broncos team for Friday night’s match against Penrith.
The Broncos will face the Panthers as the first game (7pm kick-off) of the big double header, with the Titans and Bulldogs to follow at 8.45pm.

Dragons Name Extended Bench

Dragons Coach Wayne Bennett has named a seven man interchange bench for this Sunday’s local derby against the Sharks at Toyota Stadium with seven Dragons involved in tomorrow night’s State of Origin clash.
Queensland representative Neville Costigan has been named in the back row to play his 100th NRL game this week with the Dragons looking to make it back-to-back victories over the Sharks this season following their 38-0 victory in Round 8.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday Night Chook Lotto

The Melbourne Storm have tonight lost again at their new ground at AAMI Stadium, with the Sydney Roosters showing them how it is done with an emphatic 38-6 win. The win gives the Roosters some momentum as they stand on the cusp of the top eight.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Different Approaches.

We have certainly seen two vastly different approaches in the wake of the comments from Andrew Johns and the Timana Tahu scandal. We have seen that goose, Anthony Mundine open his mouth and call for an indigenous boycott of Origin. Then we see the conciliatory tones from none other than Phil Gould. What Johns said is indefensible, and possibly just for the second word. Anyone called that combined with an adjective describing the person has a right to take offense. Just ask anyone, called a Fat #@#^, or an Ugly ^%$#, or tall $#@^, or even White $@#%@.  The contradictory approaches can be read here. Phil Gould  Anthony Mundine

Sunday NRL Results

Sunday NRL Results. The Brisbane Broncos have today exploded with attacking football to defeat the high-flying Rabbitohs 50-22 in front of 30,000 delirious Suncorp fans. Ben T'eo had a blinder, as did Matt Gillett as the Broncos turned it on. The Young Broncos outfit are growing with confidence and have now snared five wins in a row. In the other Sunday game, the New Zealand Warriors, (The tipsters nightmare) fronted up today to defeat Newcastle in Newcastle 32-24

JT out, Cowboys Fire

Here at, we have long held the belief that having one of the best players in the world, Jonathon Thurston, in your side, is probably a thorn in the side and not the rose that others believe. In some ways, this was borne out last night as the Cowboys broke their recent poor performance with a 16-8 win over the Canberra Raiders

Blues in Absolute Disaray

The NSW Blues are in complete shambles coming into Origin 2, with the Timana Tahu walkout and the subsequent resignation of Assistant Coach Andrew Johns. The Queenslanders are looking and feeling cocky with all manner of remarks being made and published in the Sunday Mail today. The last thing QLD should be doing is taking their eye off the ball. The more reported comments are made in relation to NSW, the less likely they have clear focus on what they need to do.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

NRL mid-season report card - NRL Premiership - Fox Sports

NRL mid-season report card - NRL Premiership - Fox Sports

Tahu Walks

Timana Tahu has walked out of the NSW Blues Origin 2 side for "personal Reasons" He has been replaced by Joel Monaghan from the Canberra Raiders. NSW Assistant Coach has also reported today, that Tahu has left the team, based on comments that he had made. Tahu found the comments offensive and inappropriate. Just another blow that NSW didn't need.

Titans Down Manly

The Gold Coast love affair for their Titans appears close to an end, with a small crowd on hand to watch their Titans down the Manly Sea Eagles 28-14 in an, at times scrappy but, entertaining Friday Night Football game. The Titans drove away to a 12-0 lead, but it was the edge of the seat,error-a-thon in the first twenty minutes after half-time that showcased the game. The final twenty minutes saw both teams take their shots at winning the game, but it was the Titans who had that little extra in the tank.

Friday, June 11, 2010

AFL Preview Round 12

AFL Preview Round 12

Good morning tipsters. A much better result last week with 6 but looking at the fixture for this week you will find that of the 8 games 5 could go either way. Based on tipping form so far this season those are scary odds!  North by a point and an Adelaide form reversal all worked against us.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Initial Origin Thoughts

The sides have been picked and it is clear the direction the States have taken. Qld have done back-flips and included the code-jumping Israel Folou, while NSW have taken a gamble on including firebrands Trent Barrett and Paul Gallon.

We will take a look at the NSW team first, then analyse the QLD side.

NSW Team Finally Named

Captain Kurt Gidley has been pushed back to the bench, and veteran Trent Barret has been named Vice-Captain and Five-eight when the NSW selectors finally named their team for the second State of Origin. The team is:

Jarryd Hayne, Brett Morris, Beau Scott, Matt Cooper, Timana Tahu, Trent Barrett (vice-capt), Mitchell Pearce, Michael Weyman, Michael Ennis, Brett White, Ben Creagh, Trent Waterhouse, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Kurt Gidley (capt), Nathan Hindmarsh, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Luke O'Donell.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

NRL2010 Round 14 Lineups

Round 14 Lineups as shared by our great friends at Fox Sports.

Headbutts Now Legal

Tonight sees the NRL take a step towards the legalisation of head-butts with NSW Blues Fullback Jaryd Hayne found not guilty of of a Grade 1 Striking Charge, by deeming that the actual act of headbutting was not significant enough to cause injury. What an absolute joke, and it has certainly showed that the NRL judiciary now has absolutely no integrity, when an illegal act of headbutting, and beautifully captured by the television cameras, is deemed to be an acceptable part of this game. Bring back Jim Comans.

Qld Team Named: Folou Named.

The Qld selectors, stuck between a choice of two code-jumpers elected to go for the one in better form, by naming Israel Folou in the team for the Second State of Origin on June 16. The team is:

Queensland: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Willie Tonga, Israel Folau, Darren Lockyer (capt), Johnathan Thurston, Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith, Dave Shillington, Sam Thaiday, Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison. Interchange: Cooper Cronk, Ben Hannant, Neville Costigan, Dave Taylor. 18th man: Jharal Yow Yeh


Israel Folou was looking to have played his last State of Origin last week in the wake of him signing with the AFL. However, a week is a long time in footy, and today there is certainly an air of expectation that Folou will be selected in the Qld team announced today. Brent Tate's season ending injury and the prospect of code-hopper Lote Tuquiri being the only viable replacement forces the QRL to consider Folou's selection. His outstanding form for Brisbane, also just might have something to do with it.

Monday, June 7, 2010

North Queensland Flogged by Rabbitohs and Refs

The Souths Sydney Rabbitohs continued their impressive run of late with an emphatic 32-4 win over the North Queensland Cowboys. Of most interest to myself during the game was the behavior of the refs. It seems that they took the role to obtain a personal get-square for Jonathon Thurston's behavior last weekend, and subsequent clearance for the tribunal. They allowed him to be pummeled after the kick on numerous occasions and it seemed that many 50-50 calls certainly went against the Cowboys. But even with all that, Souths were simply impressive as their big pack, again run roughshod over the opposition and gave Chris Sandow and John Sutton the room to showcase their skills.

NSW does the OLE TBA trick: Well Almost

Not since the days where Queensland picked TBA has an Origin selection announcement aroused so much discussion and debate as the NSW selectors did tonight.  Tonight the Blues announced a 21 man squad to cover for possible suspensions and injuries as the clutch for miracles to derail the QLD juggernaut.

The squad announced is:

What a Weekend?

Sorry for the recent lack of updates, but we were in Townsville for Mick's wedding and as wedding go, it was a doozy. The only game we actually watched was the Dragons v Warriors on Sunday with a couple of cold hair of the dogs at Crowls place.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

How Far Ahead is the AFL?????

You really must wonder just how far ahead of the NRL the AFL is at the moment. You can sit back and argue the merits of their business decision to sign two big name NRL players untried in their sport, all you like, but the clear facts are these:

  1. They have signed these big name players on a absolute motza, rumoured to be $6million for four years in Israel Folou's 
  2. It has been made clear that a majority part of the big bucks is from a sales and marketing perspective, and NOT part of the salary cap.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Folou Farce

Big News today is the AFL defection of Israel Folou from the NRL and the Brisbane Broncos. Widely reported as a 6million dollar deal over 4 years, the wisdom of such a move from both parties needs questioning.

Round 13 NRL2010 Lineups

Round 13 NRL2010 Lineups as shared by the wonderful folks at Fox Sports.

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