Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NRL Round 26 Line-Ups

Broncos vs Raiders
Friday September 03, Suncorp Stadium. Match start: 07:35pm
Referee: Jared Maxwell, Gerard Sutton 

Win Costs Panthers

The Penrith Panthers scored an amazing win over the Bulldogs 24-18 on Monday Night Footy. The win however will come at a cost as Panthers captain, Petro Civoniceva was given his marching orders for a swinging arm. The game was incredible, as so many have been in 2010, with the Doggies marching out to a strong 18 nil lead, and the game looked over as the Doggies were committed to giving Luke Patten and Brett Kimmorley the send-off they deserved. However close to Full-time, the Doggies were back in a fight and the scores were locked 18all. A Kimmorley attempt at field goal, was charged down and the Panthers Micheal Gordon streaked away for the winning try. I guess, in so many ways, it summed up the Doggies season, and now the Panthers face the end of theirs with the probably suspension of their captain. However, he does have a clean record, and that may see him escape.

Monday, August 30, 2010

AFL Review Rd 22

AFL Review Rd 22
Fremantle 13.15.93 Defeated Carlton 13.9.87
The Blues led at the end of the 1st quarter but Freo outran them over the next 3. The players the Dockers rested the week before all played big parts in the victory. Very close finish and the Fremantle win means they host the Hawks at home and Carlton plays away in Sydney. Of all the teams left in the bottom 4 Hawthorn would be the least preferred for Freo to play. When I first arrived in Tassie I had never seen so many personalised number plates supporting the Dockers until  I realised they had a whole series of normal plates starting with FD! Pav and Mundy played well for the Dockers and they really appreciated the return of Sandilands who dominated the ruck and clearances.

Roosters Crow: Tigers Roar

On a weekend where the Titans missed their chance to take a Top 2 Spot, the Tigers and the Roosters took theirs.It is now highly unlikely that the Tigers will miss a Top 2 spot after their 26-14 win over the Melbourne Storm. They sit on 34 points with a good points differential over the Titans, and with both teams playing each other next Friday Night, it would seem inconceivable that the Titans can sneak into second.

The Roosters consolidated their place in the Top 8 with an intriguing win over Manly. The Sea Eagles jumped away to an early 14-0 lead just before half-time. Then the amazing happened, with the Chooks clicking into gear and charging away to an emphatic 30-14 victory. The Sea Eagles can now amazingly drop out of the eight, next week, if the results don't go there way. In saying that, this will be highly unlikely.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


News Courtesy of Odessapermian.com
Permian began the 2010 seaon on the wrong side of the ledger with a 6-0 loss to Smithson Valley.  Defensively the Panthers looked like a team that could play deep into the postseason. Unfortunately, the MOJO offense did not. Promising drives were stalled by untimely penalties and blown assignments. Credit a blitzing Smithson Valley defense for making plays as well. A scoreless game was finally broke open in the third quarter when Ranger's runningback Lawrence Mattison broke free for a 20 yard touchdown run. The extra point was no good, but it would be all the points Smithson Valley would need.

Minor Premiership for Dragons: Finals Bound Raiders

At a mates 40th last night and missed much of the footy, but was stoked to hear the results.The Dragons sealed the Minor Premiership with their hard fought 22-18 victory over the Newcastle Knights. The Dragons led 22-0, and a spirited Knights comeback, spurred on by the last chance saloon, gave the Dragons a scare as the Knights clawed back to 26-18.

The Cowboys delivered their end of season gift to the Brisbane Broncos, by throwing in the white towel against a white-hot Raiders 48-4. The win puts the Raiders in eighth spot and with a positive +4 on their points for and against, are looking at a near certain top 8 spot. The Broncos now need to beat the Raiders by 30 points, for the Broncos to sneak into the finals. In the other game, the Sharks upset the Gold Coast Titans 30-16. The loss won't harm the Titans, as a legitimate force for the finals, as it should galvanise them.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Box Seat

Tonight the Cowboys travel to the Nations Capital, home of the hung parliament, to play the Canberra Raiders in a huge game for the last spot of the top 8. If the Raiders win, they take the box seat for eighth spot, by jumping Souths, and Brisbane. If they lose, it sets up a huge last round of fixture. Currently they look like this.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Eels Flattened by Souths

The Parramatta Eels missed their Golden Opportunity... and I guess so did Souths, in making 2010 their year. Both teams will miss the finals for 2010, yet promised so much. The final chance for Parra, was snuffed out by a committed Souths Sydney side, hell-bent on denying the Parramatta side another shot at the fairytale. At the end of the day, a 24-16 win to Souths, four tries to three, doesn't seem comprehensive, yet Souths led 24-6 with ten minutes left and the game was over. Parra came home strong, but really had no chance to win.

Warriors Seal Finals Spot: Broncos Rudderless without Locky

The New Zealand Warriors sealed themselves a finals berth, and have them headed for a Top 4 Spot with a smashing of Brisbane 36-4. The Brisbane Broncos are a rudderless mess without Darren Lockyer, and the shame is that one of their best over the last couple of years, Cory Parker, has an absolute shocking stat of just ONE win as stand-in captain. The fact that Brisbane are this poor without their captain, is a tragedy for this club and they must find the answer, as Locky, honestly, cannot keep playing until he is 40. The Warriors hit hard in defence early, while the Brisbane forward pack was just SOFT, especially Shane Tronc who just happens to be the biggest slug of a front rower, slow and sideways. Speaking of over-rated Peter Wallace is in crap form for Brisbane, and they must find a better half-back solution...just maybe Andrew McCullough.... Its all on the line next weekend for Brisbane.

AFL Preview Round 22

AFL Preview Round 22

Well here we are dear tipsters. The end of another season. This is it. The final preview. It has been a difficult season and most competition winners are well down on their final totals from previous seasons. Although this is not a good time to remind you – I told you so. Those middle range teams played with such inconsistent form from one week to another that it was almost impossible to pick good scores of 6 and above. Even looking at the experts who tip in the newspapers it was only a week ago that the majority broke 100 points. I blame myself for the previews that were sometimes written under duress and with not enough ‘inside’ information to enable you to tip with confidence. Last night I was aboard the Spirit of Tasmania on a secret mission to confirm the difference between those of us on the mainland compared to Tasmanians

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Snowys Super Coach Season Over

Snowy was skiting at the beginning of the season about his prowess as a Fantasy League Coach. He joined up the Fox Fantasy League and the Courier Mail NRL Super Coach. Supercoach was where he placed his energies. He finished the season in 4th and played off against slsav drivers who dusted him by a 100 points, 1088 to 988. Left to live another day, he showed up against superducks in the first semi-final. Coming into Monday Night footy, Snowy is behind but has his ace up his sleeve, his Captain Todd Carney is left to score points, against none from the Ducks.Carney had a shocker, and with him went Snowys shot at Public League 295575. The Ducks and SnowysBloodyChooks drew 857 apiece, and courtesy of the Ducks finishing third in the regular season progressed to the Preliminary Finals.In a nutshell Snowy finished 32,000 in a competition of over 121,000 and should be relatively proud of his efforts. 2011 will again see him front up for the SuperCoach tag, do we have any takers?

NRL Round 25 Lineups

Warriors vs Broncos
Friday August 27, Mt Smart Stadium. Match start: 06:05pm
Referee: Tony De Las Heras, Jared Maxwell

Monday, August 23, 2010

Titans Down Chooks

The Sydney Roosters went down tonight 23-14 to the Gold Coast Titans in an entertaining Monday Night Football game. Greg Bird returned from injury without incident, while Scott Prince put his noted stamp on proceedings. For the Chooks, Anthony Minichello scored his 100th career try in a positive spin on the night. The Chooks tried hard, and they showed enough that they will be thereabouts at season end.

AFL Review Round 21

Geelong 18.13.121 Defeated Carlton 12.7.79The Blues tried hard all game but whenever the Cats applied a bit more pressure they were able to keep ahead. Carlton weren’t shamed they were just in a lower class. 7 goals is a reasonable margin. Ablett was kept possessionless in the first quarter but showed he is a true champ by kicking 4 goals and getting a few touches particularly in the second half. The Pods is in trouble even if he apologised to Gibbs for nearly making him a paraplegic. Careless and will cost, might get away with 2 weeks.

Dragons Demolished

Watching the Dragons yesterday, with Curly, Grover, Popey and the Little Round Keg, and with the Dragons leading 4-0, I thought to myself just how good the Dragons defence had been. They were keeping the attacking brilliance of the Raiders to Zilch. Then it happened, the gates opened and the Raiders exploded. Within ten minutes the game was over and the Dragons were playing for pride.

The positive note was that the Dragons actually put some points on when playing under pressure. This should give them some confidence coming into the finals. Did the Raiders expose the way to dismantle the Dragons defence?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

NRL Round 24 Round Up

A tough weekend for us as we all faced differing pressures to catch up with each game being played this weekend. At the end of Sunday, we saw some upsets and results that gave hope to others. Saturday Night saw the Storm beat the Sharks 24-4, Bulldogs come back against the Cowboys 22-20 and the Sea Eagles defeat the Warriors 19-16. Sunday saw the Raider maintain their amazing 10 year streak defeating the Dragons 32-16, while the Tigers held on to defeat the late blooming Eels 20-18.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Rabbitohs Gone: Broncos in Trouble

It was interesting listening to Sam Burgess state on Wednesday night's NRL on FOX, that the playing group of the Rabbitohs didn't feel under pressure. Friday Night, the certainly played like it as they were hammered 54-18 from the Penrith Panthers who led 40-0 at half-time. It was an incredible return to form for the Panthers.

The Brisbane Broncos clearly missed Darren Lockyer as they threw away a 12-6 lead to go down 44-18 to the nuisance side Newcastle Knights. Poor coaching from Ivan Henjak as he took off Andrew McCulloch, who was carving Newcastle up. During his absence from the field, the Knights had everything go their way as they attacked with gay abandon, while ill-discipline hit the Broncos. Darren Lockyer is now a certainly to take the field next week, FIT or NOT, as the Broncos season hangs by a thread.

Friday, August 20, 2010

AFL Preview Round 21

AFL Preview Round 21
Here we are tipsters, the second last round of the AFL season. The top 4 are pretty well set assuming there is a Bulldogs win this weekend. It’s a bit late I know but the preview gave you 8 winners last week and even the margins were in the ball park! Marvellous effort. While I was on teh train on teh way to the MCG last Friday night I suddenly realised that I had not put my tips in for the weekend with the 3 comps I am in. I also used to occasionally put $10 on my card selections with Sportsbet but didn’t do that either.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sanity Prevails

I hate things like Biting and spitting charges. They show the "underside" of the game. They are usually committed by the "grub" elements of the game, and when intentional, deserve the full weight of our law and condemnation.

However, things get mixed up in a game. Under today's gang and grapple tackle mentality, forearms around the head in the wrestle, are becoming increasingly common. In these situations, players may be tackle by upwards of four players, with a forearm in the mouth region. The attacking player potentionally feels restricted and constrained and unable to breathe.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NRL Round 24 Lineups

Coming into Round 24 of NRL2010, and the finals race is on, while we make up the numbers for others. Please find the line-ups for Round 24 here.

Knights vs Broncos       
Friday August 20, EnergyAustralia Stadium. Match start: 07:35pm
Referee: Gavin Badger, Ben Cummins

Refs Paralysed leading to Poor Decisions

Much has been said about the standard of the refereeing. In a word, it is atrocious. And the Video Refereeing is even worse. And I think the problem lies clearly in the technology and the way the refs are taking suggestions. Once upon a time, the ref was considered the sole judge of the game. The touchies provided suggestions, but the refs used to have the kahunas to say " Nah mate, I saw it, my decision stands". Nowadays it is so different. Once a touchie or a video ref, says anything they become SOLE JUDGE. Regardless of how poor that decision is!!!. Why is this? If the ref sees it one way and calls play on, while an incompetent touch judges utters forward, why call it back. Have the guts to support your original call boys, you are paid to do this. We talk about all the help the refs now have, I would call it handcuffs......

Monday, August 16, 2010

OH When the Saints !!! Come Marching in !!!

The Dragons flexed their defensive muscle, yet again, and showed some attacking spark as they dominated the Manly Sea Eagles 32-10. Considering the Dragons played without their halfback and captain, Ben Hornby, the win was even more meritorious. The game was marred again by refereeing controversy with the Dragons and the Eagles benefiting with dodgy try calls. The match marked the return to footy for Nathan Fien, and he responded with some great individual attacking worth, albeit a bit soft at times in defence.

Morris Twins : What Happened?

I used to supplement my income on the Morris Twins and the SportsTab bet of first try scorer. Ahhhhhhhhhhh ...that was the good old days. It has been five  weeks by my reckoning since one saluted the punters. Lift your game boys....You could almost bet that the day I don't back them, will be the day they again reward the loyal punters. Josh and Brett...time to look after ole Snowy

AFL Review Round 20

AFL Review Round 20
Collingwood 24.18.162 Defeated Essendon 10.4.64
The Magpie machine continued to steamroll mediocre opposition and even though the margin was 98 points inaccurate Collingwood kicking in the last quarter saved the Bombers from an even greater margin. Happy! Cloke had 5.1 up to the end of the 3rd quarter and 5.5 at the end of the game. The 4 misses were set shots well within his capability. So the Collingwood goal kicking accuracy remains a problem for them heading into September. Swan played well as usual but Pendlebury and Blair were better. Jobe Watson had 28 possessions for the Bombers but only 2 of these were kicks?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Knight Dusted, Panthers look the Same.

The Newcastle Knights officially crashed out of the 2010 Final Race with their loss today at Mt Smart Stadium. They lost to the Warriors 22-10 after looking the better side during the first half, despite being behind on the scoreboard. 2011 promises more the Newcastle Boys.

The Penrith Panthers continued their recent poor form, going down to the Wests Tigers 43-18 in front of a huge Campbelltown Crowd. The Panthers were in it, especially scoring first in the second half to bring the score back to 18-12. But the Tigers composed and ran away with it in the end. In the other game, Souths were denied TWO points going down 18-16 in a game that Souths Fans will certainly blow up about.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Doldrums Continue for the Dogs and Cowboys

The doldrums of Season 2010 continued for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs with both teams registering another loss on their dismal records. The Cowboys showed some spirited fight in the second half, yet still went down easily to the Gold Coast Titans 37-18. The Titans have struck some form at the business end of the season, and even though they have not been mentioned as serious contenders, they are. The Cowboys Scott Bolton was accused of biting in a game that was at times bitter.

In the other game, the Raiders maintained their slim finals hope alive with a 28-14 over the Bulldogs. The Dogs and the Cowboys have been most disappointing all season and their fans can only hope for a better 2011.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Finals Fight Intensifies

The Finals fight intensified after and enthralling round of Friday Night Footy. The Parramatta Eels kept their slim hopes alive with an entertaining 30-14 victory over the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. This win does set the cat amongst the pigeons and keeps the Eels alive and now the Broncos are walking the tightrope. In the other Friday Night game the Cronulla Sharks upset the high-flying Sydney Roosters 18-12.

AFL Preview Round 20

AFL Preview Round 20
Well tipsters here we are at round 20 already. Where has the season gone? Just the 3 rounds to go and we are into finals and like last year the top 4 contains the same teams and that was something many of us predicted. Currently the AFL is looking at some possible rule changes with the most bizarre being the one about the ball hitting the post and going through and still be called a goal or a behind! Sacrilege!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

NRL Lineups Rounds 23

Broncos vs Eels
Friday August 13, Suncorp Stadium. Match start: 07:35pm
Referee: Tony Archer, Alan Shortall

Melbourne Storm release Greg Inglis, star agrees to join Brisbane Broncos

Greg Inglis Greg Inglis ... trading the south for the north. Colleen Petch

Melbourne Storm release Greg Inglis, star agrees to join Brisbane Broncos

By Wayne Heming August 10, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Raiders Stay Alive

The Canberra Raiders have stayed alive with a magnificent come from behind victory over the Penrith Panthers. The Panthers led 26-12 at half-time and appeared to have the game well in hand, but an inspired performance from the Raiders have kept their season alive. The Raiders won 30 points to 26 and the urgency and resolve was typified by the team holding up Luke Lewis in the Panthers final throw of the dice.

AFL Review Round 19

Carlton 23.11.149 Defeated Essendon 9.19.73A 10 goal last quarter by the Blues and 2 missed goals….by the goal umpires and it looks like Carlton play finals and the Bombers are back to hopeless. The reaction from the lads at Carlton was expected after their own coach labelled them soft….ish.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dragons Knock Over Roosters: The form team of the comp

After a week of media, proclaiming the Roosters as the next best thing to ever lace on a boot in attacking footy, and the Dragons the closest thing to being choked by a belt chasing a sexual high, the game on Sunday at the SCG matched all the media and fan hype and delivered in so many ways. The Dragons came from behind to win 19-12 and the best thing for Dragons fans is that they kept the attacking benchmark to just 12 points while scoring 19 themselves. Some controversial decisions, but the victors were the better side and reconfirmed their premiership favourites tag.

In the other game the Newcastle Knights blew away the Bulldogs 30-6, keeping the Knights slim hopes alive and delivering the last rites to the Doggies for 2010.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday Night Footy Scores

Three games have been played on Saturday Night Footy in Round 21 of the NRL. Manly started the ball rolling with a demolition of their bogey side, the Melbourne Storm 26-6. The Storm were disappointing while Manly did enough to get the points. The recent promising form from the Cronulla Sharks was lost as they were walloped 37-10 at Toyota Park by the New Zealand Warriors. The Last game was a golden point thriller with the Souths Sydney Rabbitohs fighting back to defeat the Wests Tigers by 34-30.

Friday Night 34's

It was a case of two Friday Night games and two 34's. 34 points scored by the winning sides as the Titans overcame a 12-0 deficit to the Eels to win 34-12, while the Broncos and Cowboys entertained in a high scoring win to the Broncos 34-26. For the Cowboys it was a better effort, but they look to have lost Jonathon Thurston for the remainder of the season with a foot/ankle injury.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Foxsports NRL Lineups Round 22

Cowboys vs Broncos
Friday August 06, Dairy Farmers Stadium. Match start: 07:35pm
Referee: Ben Cummins, Gerard Sutton

News from the Red V

Front Row Forward Michael Weyman will this week return from a four week suspension to take on the Roosters at the SCG on Sunday.
Weyman has not played since being charged in the match against the Tigers in Round 16 but is looking forward to getting back out on the field.
“It’s been tough watching from the sidelines but I did the wrong thing and have served my time,” Weyman said. “I’ve been training hard and all I want to do now is get back out on the field and help the guys as best as I can.”

Monday, August 2, 2010

Topsy Turvey Season Continues

Geez, it has been hard this season to get a grip on form, and Monday Night football was no exception. We had Manly, on the hunt for a finals berth and the potential for a Top 4 berth, playing the Newcastle Knights, who were seemingly headed into oblivion for 2010. At the end of the 80 minutes, we saw the Knights comfortable winners 32-14, to sit just four points out of the eight, while Manly stay in sixth place (on for and against) on 24 points. The Sea Eagles cannot afford another slip-up, if they want to feature in the end of season stuff in 2010, and while the Knights require a minor miracle, stranger things have happened.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Gasnier and Gloom for the Dragons

Tuesday the 29th June, the Dragons announced the return of Mark Gasnier to absolute mixed reactions amongst Dragons fans.At the time, the Dragons were leading the competition and seemingly doing it easy. They had a team that worked hard for themselves, and in the Wayne Bennett mould, were all playing above their respective ability.

Step in Gasnier, and loe and behold, the wobbles are back.

Broncos SQUEEZE Dragons Out

In a worrying trend since the return of Mark Gasnier, the Dragons have again failed to threaten the scorers for much of the game, going down to the Brisbane Broncos 10 points to 6. The Dragons and Broncos played out a pretty finals intense game, which was very disappointing for Dragons Fans as they again endure the famous chokers tag becoming synonymous with their club.

In the other Sunday game, the Gold Coast Titans continued their recent promising form beating the Warriors 28-20, while the Storm dismantled the Raiders 36-12

Tigers Seal Fourth

The Wests Tigers are still winning ugly, with their 24-22 victory over the Sharks sealing, for this stage of the comp, fourth spot.It was an inconsistent performance from the Tigers and riddled with penaltes. They will need to resolve this to get the giving away of penalties out their system, if they want to seriously challenge for the comp.Another thing they will need to resolve, will the goal kicking as Benji Marshall continues his current poor run of form chasing the sticks, as the five tries to four win should have been more comprehensive, with Marshal slotting just one, and his replacement Chris Laurence snaring the other.

Wallabies Mauled

We know there are millions of people around the world, who actually love Rugby Union. WE DON"T, in fact we cal it Yawninion. Last night we again tried to "get into" the Wallabies v All-Blacks. We couldn't. Penalty goals, inconsistent and unknown penalties, tries from chargedowns, and a Wallabies side that had no chance of matching the might of the ALL-BLACKS. Final result: All-Blacks 49, Australia 28.

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