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Thursday, March 31, 2011

AFL Preview Round 2


Last week: 6 from 8 (take a point for the draw).Your correspondent did not quite have the guts to tip the draw last week in the Melbourne versus Sydney game but did hint that a tied score was extremely likely. There were quite a few close games in the first round with 3 other matches being won by less than a goal. The big surprise for AFL followers and certainly for the Western Bulldogs was their demolition by the Bombers, a result that put Essendon on top of the ladder. AFL officials will love the look of the ladder after round 1 – Essendon, Collingwood and Carlton sitting in positions 1 – 3. What sort of a crowd can we expect at the Collingwood versus Carlton game next week? I attended last season and was amongst 80,000 other fans at that game. Then of course we will have the Anzac Day game between Essendon and Collingwood which attracts a big crowd anyway but with the Bombers performing well the AFL might be looking at crowd records.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NRL 2011 Round 4 Teams

Telstra Premiership - National Rugby League 2011Round 4 :: April 1, 2, 3, 4 all times AEDT Fri/Sat; all times AEST Sun/MonDaylight Savings concludes 3:00am Sunday 3 April
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly-Warringah Sea EaglesFriday 1 April 2011, kickoff 7:30pm; Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium, GosfordReferees: Ashley Klein and Adam Devcich; Touch Judges: Russell Turner and Ricky MacFarlane; Video Referee: Sean Hampstead


Rabbitohs  1. Rhys Wesser 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Dylan Farrell 4. Greg Inglis 5. Fetuli Talanoa 6. John Sutton 7. Chris Sandow 8. Luke Stuart 9. Issac Luke 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Sam Burgess 12. David Taylor 13. David TyrrellInterchange: 14. Ben Ross 15. Shannan McPherson 16. Michael  Crocker 17. Chris McQueen 

Sea  Eagles 1. Brett Stewart 2. Michael Robertson 3. Jamie Lyon (c) 4. Will Hopoate 5. David Williams 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Jason King (c) 9. Matt Ballin 10. Brent Kite 11. Anthony Watmough 12. Joe Galuvao 13. Glenn StewartInterchange: 14. Terence Seuseu 15. Jamie Buhrer 16. George Rose 17. Vic Mauro 18. Tim Robinson

Brisbane Broncos v Penrith PanthersFriday 1 April 2011, kickoff 8:30pm; Suncorp Stadium
Referees: Jason Robinson and Chris James; Touch Judges: Daniel Eastwood and Gavin Morris; Video Referee: Steve Clark

Broncos1. Gerard Beale 2. Dale Copley 3. Jack Reed 4. Justin Hodges 5. Jharal Yow Yeh 6. Darren Lockyer 7. Peter Wallace 8. Ben Hannant 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Sam Thaiday 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker
Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Ben Te'o 16. Josh McGuire 17. Shane Tronc

 
Panthers 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Michael Gordon 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Tighe 5. David Simmons 6. Travis Burns 7. Kevin Kingston 8. Tim Grant 9. Masada Iosefa 10. Petero Civoniceva 11. Trent Waterhouse 12. Nigel Plum 13. Luke Lewis
Interchange: 14. Sam McKendry 15. Matthew Bell 16. Adrian Purtell 17. Timana Tahu 18. Nafe Seluni


Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast TitansSaturday 2 April 2011, kickoff 5:30pm; Canberra Stadium
Referees: Steve Lyons and Matt Cecchin; Touch Judges: Steve Carrall and Adam Reid; Video Referee: Paul Simpkins

Raiders 1. Josh Dugan 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joel Thompson 5. Daniel Vidot 6. Josh McCrone 7. Matt Orford 8. Dane Tilse 9. Travis Waddell 10. David Shillington (C) 11. Trevor Thurling 12. Bronson Harrison (C) 13. Shaun FensomInterchange: 14. Glen Buttriss 15. Josh Miller 16. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs 17. Brett White 18. Danny Galea 

Titans 1. William Zillman 2. Steve Michaels 3. Esi Tonga 4. Bodene Thompson 5. David Mead 6. Greg Bird 7. Scott Prince 8. Luke Bailey 9. Riley Brown 10. Matthew White 11. Anthony Laffranchi 12. Mark Minichiello 13. Ben RidgeInterchange: 14. Michael Henderson 15. Sam Tagaetese 16. Ryan James 17. Preston Campbell 18. Brad Meyers

Parramatta Eels v North Queensland CowboysSaturday 2 April 2011, kickoff 7:30pm; Parramatta StadiumReferees: Jared Maxwell and Phil Haines; Touch Judges: Luke Potter and Jason Walsh; Video Referee: Russell Smith

Eels:1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Luke Burt 3. Joel Reddy 4. Ryan Morgan 5. Etu Uaisele 6. Daniel Mortimer 7. Jeff Robson 8. Tim Mannah 9. Matt Keating 10. Shane Shackleton 11. Nathan Hindmarsh (C) 12. Taniela Lasalo 13. Ben Smith
Interchange: 14. Anthony Mitchell 15. Justin Horo 16. Mitchell Allgood 17. Carl Webb
 


Cowboys: 1. Matthew Bowen 2. Ashley Graham 3. Will Tupou 4, Willie Tonga 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Ray Thompson 7. Johnathan Thurston 8. Matthew Scott 9. Aaron Payne 10. James Tamou 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Glenn Hall 13. Dallas JohnsonInterchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Tariq Sims 17. Ashton Sims

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v WarriorsSunday 3 April 2011, kickoff Noon; Owen Delany Park, Taupo NZReferees: Gavin Badger and Brett Suttor; Touch Judges: David Abood and Gavin Reynolds; Video Referee: Bernard Sutton

Sharks 1. Nathan Gardner 2. Matthew Wright 3. Ben Pomeroy 4. Colin Best 5. John Williams 6. Albert Kelly 7. Wade Graham 8. Kade Snowden 9. John Morris 10. Luke Douglas 11. Jeremy Smith 12. Anthony Tupou 13. Paul GallenInterchange: 14. Josh Cordoba 15. Broderick Wright 16. Paul Aiton 17. Dean Collis 18. Johnny Mannah 20. Taulima Tautai 

Warriors  1. Glen Fisiiahi 2. Bill Tupou 3. Shaun Berrigan 4. Simon Mannering (c) 5. Krisnan Inu 6. Feleti Mateo 7. James Maloney 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Aaron Heremaia 10. Russell Packer 11. Lewis Brown 12. Ukuma Ta'ai 13. Micheal LuckInterchange: 14. Kevin Locke 15. Sam Rapira 16. Ben Matulino 17. Elijah Taylor 18. Alehana Mara

Newcastle Knights v St George Illawarra DragonsSunday 3 April 2011, kickoff 2:00pm; Ausgrid Stadium (formerly EnergyAustralia Stadium)
Referees: Ben Cummins and Tony De Las Heras; Touch Judges: Paul Holland and Gavin West; Video Referee: Phil Cooley

Knights 1. Wes Naiqama 2. James McManus 3. Junior Sa'u 4. Adam MacDougall 5. Akuila Uate 6. Kurt Gidley (C) 7. Jarrod Mullen 8. Antonio Kaufusi 9. Matt Hilder 10. Evarn Tuimavave 11. Zeb Taia 12. Chris Houston 13. Joel EdwardsInterchange: 14. Marvin Karawana 15. Cory Paterson 16. Richie Fa'aoso 17. Dan Tolar 

Dragons 1. Darius Boyd 2. Brett Morris 3. Mark Gasnier 4. Matt Cooper  5. Jason Nightingale 6. Jamie Soward 7. Ben Hornby (c) 8. Dan Hunt 9. Nathan Fien 10. David Gower 11. Beau Scott 12. Ben Creagh 13. Matt PriorInterchange: 14. Michael Greenfield 15. Jon Green 16. Trent Merrin 17. Kyle Stanley 19. Adam Cuthbertson

Sydney Roosters v Wests TigersSunday 3 April 2011, kickoff 3:00pm; Sydney Football StadiumReferees: Tony Archer and Alan Shortall; Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Grant Atkins; Video Referee: Tim Mander

Roosters 1. Anthony Minichiello 2. Justin Carney 3. Mitchell Aubusson 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Joseph 'BJ' Leilua 6. Todd Carney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jason Ryles 9. Jake Friend 10. Martin Kennedy 11. Braith Anasta 12. Frank-Paul Nuuausala 13. Nate Myles
Interchange: 14. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 15. Mose Masoe 16. Mark Riddell 17. Tom Symonds 18. Daniel Conn 

Tigers 1. Wade McKinnon 2. Mitch Brown 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Tim Moltzen 5. Matt Utai  6. Benji Marshall 7. Jacob Miller 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Robbie Farah © 10. Keith Galloway 11. Simon Dwyer 12. Alan Schirnack 13. Chris HeighingtonInterchange: 14. Geoff Daniela 15. Jason Schirnack 16. Aaron Woods 17. Todd Payten

Melbourne Storm v Canterbury-Bankstown BulldogsMonday 4 April 2011, kickoff 7:00pm; AAMI Park, MelbourneReferees: Shayne Hayne and Gerard Sutton; Touch Judges: Steve Chiddy and Luke Phillips; Video Referee: Chris Ward

Storm 1. Billy Slater 2. Justin O'Neill 3. Dane Nielsen 4. Beau Champion 5. Anthony Quinn 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Kevin Proctor 9. Cameron Smith 10. Bryan Norrie 11. Adam Blair 12. Todd Lowrie 13. Ryan HinchcliffeInterchange: 14. Adam Woolnough 15. Jaiman Lowe 16. Troy Thompson 17. Jesse Bromwich 

Bulldogs 1. Ben Barba 2. Steve Turner 3. Tim Lafai 4. Jamal Idris 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Kris Keating 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Ennis 10. Mickey Paea 11. Frank Pritchard 12. Andrew Ryan [C] 13. David StaggInterchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Jake Foster 16. Corey Payne 17. Dene Halatau 21. Chris Armit

Monday, March 28, 2011

AFL Review Week 1

AFL Round 1 Review
Carlton 14.20.104 Defeated Richmond 13.6.84
The game was in the balance after an ordinary 3rd quarter by the Blues but sanity prevailed and some great leadership by Judd in the final quarter saw Carlton scrape home. Football isn’t a game that can be analysed by statistics because at three quarter time Carlton had dominated the game up to that stage with possessions and inside 50’s was 50 to 28 in their favour and they were down by 14 points. Go figure. Players seemed pretty tired in the last quarter but not sure whether that was due to the new substitute rule or the fact that it was the first ‘real’ game of the season. The Blues will win against the new Gold Coast team next week and Richmond will find it even harder against the Saints but the Tiger fans would be happy with that effort against Carlton.

DARREN LOCKYER TO HANG UP THE BOOTS

Darren Lockyer has today announced that the 2011 season will be his final year in the National Rugby League.
Lockyer, who turned 34 last week, said he was pleased and comfortable with his decision to retire after 17 seasons of top-grade football.
He will leave the game holding nearly every record of note.
Lockyer, who became a father last year, said today he felt the time was right to move on to the next chapter of his life.

Bounce Back Monday NIght

The North Queensland Cowboys, considered absolutely no chance, have come up convincing and deserved winners over the mighty Melbourne Storm 34-6. The Cowboys were simply awesome with young Tariq Sims, Jonathon Thurston, Aaron Payne and Matty Bowen especially prominent.

The Storm were expected to continue their early season form and dismantle the Cowboys, who were disappointing in front of their home crowd last week against the Knights. They atoned for that dismal effort tonight, but it was a shame that it was in front of just 9500 fans at Dairy Farmers. The Storm came out of the game with a host in injuries, and the next few days may determine what side they will front up against the undefeated Bulldogs next week.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bulldogs and Manly :Sunday Wins

Sunday NRL Round 3 results. The Canterbury Bulldogs held on against a spirited Sydney Roosters, down to a 12 man outfit due to an interchange hiccup. The Bulldogs won 24-20, but the Chooks were forced to play with 12 men for the last ten minutes due to an interchange hiccup which coach Brian Smith took full responsibility for.

In the other game, the Sea Eagles defeated the Knights 26-12, with the Knights injury worries continuing.

Dragons Back

The St George Illawarra Dragons have marched back to form with a convincing 25-12 victory over the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland. The win was formulated by taking early advantage of the mistakes coming out of the Warriors with the Dragons marching to an 18-0 lead based around Warriors mistakes and the Dragons new-found ability to off-load.

The Dragons did just enough in the second half to hold on and a Jamie Soward field giving the game its final scoreline. Mark Gasnier showed some brilliance today, as did Matt Cooper but the game was built around a better foundation from the forwards. How good does Adam Cuthbertson look!!!

Saturday Night NRL: Week 3

Saturday night saw the resurgence of the Cronulla Sharks with a resounding 44-12 victory over the Penrith Panthers. The Panthers have started the season like a roller coaster, but unfortunately with more lows than highs, and the Sharks have started like they are climbing Everest.

The Other Saturday game saw the Tigers dismantle the Raiders 34-24, with the Raiders not fullfilling the promise from 2010

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friday Night Footy Round 3

Two of the game's biggest names, Justin Hodges and Greg Inglis stamped their superstardom all over Round 3 Friday Night Football.

Hodges scored the try that broke an 8all deadlock, just eight minutes before fulltime that gave the Brisbane Broncos a 14-8 victory over the Gold Coast Titans.The crowd of 20,000 must have been disapointing for the Titans, as they were looking for a sellout against their South East Qld rivals.

Greg Inglis starred as the Rabbitohs defeated the Eels 32-18.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

NRL 2011 Round 3 Teams

Rd 3 Teams

March 22, 2011
Round 3 :: March 25, 26, 27, 28 all times AEDT

Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Friday 25 March 2011, kickoff 7:30pm; ANZ Stadium
Referees: Steve Lyons and Matt Cecchin
Eels: 1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Luke Burt 3. Chris Walker 4. Ryan Morgan 5. Etu Uaisele 6. Daniel Mortimer 7. Jeff Robson 8. Tim Mannah 9. Casey McGuire 10. Shane Shackleton 11. Nathan Hindmarsh (C) 12. Taniela Lasalo 13. Ben Smith
Interchange: 14. Matt Keating 15. Justin Horo 16. Billy Rogers 17. Fui Fui Moi Moi
Rabbitohs: 1. Rhys Wesser 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Dylan Farrell 4. Greg Inglis 5. Fetuli Talanoa 6. John Sutton 7. Chris Sandow 8. Luke Stuart 9. Issac Luke 10. Roy Asotasi (c) 11. Eddy Pettybourne 12. David Taylor 13. Dave Tyrrell
Interchange: 14. Ben Ross 15. Shannon McPherson 16. Michael Crocker 17. Chris McQueen

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dragons Down in Local Derby

The Cronulla Sharks have shown the way to defeat the Dragons with a concerted defensive effort, bordering on illegal, to defeat the defending Premiers 16-10 at a rain-soaked Shark Park. The Cronulla forwards were simply sensational as they rattled the Dragons with a fast moving defence, aimed at the ball-runners of the Dragons. The Dragons forwards were unable to cope with the onslaught the Sharks and folded meekly. The Sharks led 10-0 at half-time and the game was as good as over when the Sharks stretched their lead to 16-0. It was a very disappointing effort from St George, but a highly commended effort from Cronulla

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday NRL Results Week 2.

Sunday NRL saw another two AWAY teams take the points with the Bulldogs taking out the Souths Sydney Rabbitohs 28-19, and the Manly Sea Eagles registering a 27-16 win over the Sydney Roosters.

Titans and Cowboys Woeful

Saturday night saw two woeful performances by Queensland teams, Gold Coast and North Queensland. The Cowboys in their first home game were thrashed by the Newcastle Knights 34-22. The Cowboys made the scoreline at least look competitive with a couple of late tries, but really was a very ordinary performance by a team with just far too many question marks.

The Titans, faced off against a determined Melbourne side, and just were never in the hunt, with Melbourne at one stage leading 34-0. The final score of 40-12 flattered the Coast, and they were suitably embarrassed by this performance. In the other Saturday night game, the Tigers disposed of the Warriors 20-12.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Week 2 Friday Night Upsets

What a difference a week makes with footy.Penrith bounced back from their dismal first round showing to defeat the form side Parramatta 20 points to 6.Penrith kicked off the scoring after just 7 minutes of play and led 10-0 at half-time. The Eels scored a consolation try in the 70th minute to give the game the final scoreline.After having all the praise for a strong week 1 effort, it appears that we still have the Parramatta of old.

Brisbane defied a Canberra hoodoo of massive proprtions to knock over the white hot Raiders 20-4. The Broncos led 6-4 after a tight first half, then consolidated with a strong second half showing.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NRL 2011 Round 2 Teams

Telstra Premiership - National Rugby LeagueRound 2 :: March 18, 19, 20, 21

Parramatta Eels v Penrith PanthersFriday 18 March 2011, kickoff 7:30pm; Parramatta StadiumReferees: Shayne Hayne and Gerard Sutton; Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Ricky MacFarlane; Video Referee: Paul Simpkins

Eels1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Luke Burt 3. Paul Whatuira 4. Ryan Morgan 5. Etu Uaisele  6. Daniel Mortimer 7. Jeff Robson 8. Tim Mannah 9. Casey McGuire 10. Mitchell Allgood 11. Nathan Hindmarsh 12. Taniela Lasalo 13. Justin Horo
Interchange: 14. Matt Keating 15. Shane Shackleton 16. Ben Smith 17. Fuifui Moimoi
 


Panthers1. Lachlan Coote 2. Michael Gordon 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Tighe 5. David Simmons 6. Travis Burns 7. Luke Walsh 8. Tim Grant 9. Kevin Kingston 10. Petero Civoniceva 11. Trent Waterhouse 12. Nigel Plum 13. Luke Lewis
Interchange: 14. Matthew Bell 15. Sam McKendry 16. Adrian Purtell 17. Sarafu Fatiaki

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday Night NRL: Week 1

Saturday Night NRL saw some interesting matchups with the Warriors home to the Eels, rivals Storm playing Manly while the Dragons started the premiership defence with a game against the Gold Coast

The Eels travelled to the Warriors and took the spoils 24-18. The Eels led 14-6 at half-time and maintained their impressive form during the second half to hold on. The Warriors finally turned the game on by scoring twice in ten minutes to bring the game to its final scoreline.

The Dragons were super impressive defeating the Titans 25-16. Two late tries to the Titans brought the scoreline closer, but the game was never in doubt as the Dragons flexed their first muscle for the season. Jamie Soward was the best player on the park.

In the other game, the Storm put aside their 2010 dramas with a commanding 18-6 win over Manly

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Night Footy Round 1

Week ONE and it's Friday Night Footy. Watched the Broncos take on the Cowboys at Suncorp. Everything is a bit strange at Suncorp at the moment with temporary amenities for the players after the January Floods. The Broncos have switched dugouts as well, and this may have been the reason for their subdued loss tonight to the Cowboys 16-14. The Cowboys led 16-10 at half-time, and the game was poised to highlight the skills of both sides. Instead the conditions meant that the spillt ball was the over-riding memory and while the Broncos stormed home to some degree, the Cowboys ran out the ultimate winners.

The other game appears a classic see-sawing fixture which saw the Roosters ultimately come from behind to defeat the Rabbitohs 40-29. The Chooks led 28-6, but like 2010, the Rabbitohs made a game of it to draw level at 28 all, then snatch a field goal to go 29-28. However, the Bondi boys were just too strong and ran out winners 40-29. Greg Inglis scored in his first game for the Rabbitohs.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

NRL 2011 Round 1 Teams

All the teams for the first round of the NRL 2011 Competition starting this weekend. All the Hopes and dreams face reality this weekend.

Telstra Premiership - National Rugby League
Round 1 :: March 11, 12, 13, 14
all times AEDT

Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Friday 11 March 2011, kickoff 7:30pm; Sydney Football Stadium
Referees: Tony Archer, Alan Shortall; Touch Judges: Paul Holland, Russell Turner; Video Ref: Paul Simpkins

Roosters: Anthony Minichiello, Sam Perrett, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Kane Linnett ,Bj Leilua, Braith Anasta, Mitchell  Pearce, Jason Ryles, Jake Friend, Martin Kennedy, Frank Nu-Uasala, Mitchell Aubusson, Nate Myles
Interchange: Jared Waerea-Hargeaves, Mose Masoe, Mark Riddell, Tom Symonds, Tinarau Arona
Rabbitohs: Rhys Wesser, Nathan Merritt, Dylan Farrell, Greg Inglis, Fetuli Talanoa, John Sutton, Chris Sandow, Luke Stuart, Issac Luke, Roy Asotasi (C), Sam Burgess, David Taylor, Ben Lowe
Interchange: Scott Geddes, Ben Ross, Eddy Pettybourne, Shannan McPherson, Dave Tyrrell

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rubbish we can do Without

Another media inspired tale about the new face of the game. Benji Marshall has apparently been charged with assault, after allegedly hitting an alleged drunken fool who was allegedly verbally abusing Marshall.

To be honest, I am sick to death of this sensationalism. Most of the public today would be thinking the alleged idiot deserved it. End of story.