Sunday, September 25, 2011
It was a quality performance by the Warriors, who just two weeks ago suffered a humiliating loss to the Brisbane Broncos and were on the verge of being eliminated, then steadied and steeled themselves and eliminated two of the title favourites in the Tigers and the Storm. Can they produce a third week in a row is a big question being asked, but seeing how most people hate Manly, I would be hopeful that they can.
Is it a dream to suggest that New Zealand can win the RWC and the NRL Premiership?
Saturday, September 24, 2011
At 6-0, the Broncos bombed a try with Dale Copley headbutting the ball out of Jack Reed's hands as he soared high to take a kick. Reed was in and Copley bombed it....this error compounded just minutes later when Copley again, knocked on just ten metres out from the Broncos try-line, to which Manly scored easily. Manly 12-0.
From here, it would take a colossal effort for Brisbane to get back into the game, and they fought valiantly, but Manly were never seriously threatened as try-saving tackles were made by Jamie Lyons, and others but ultimately Brisbane missed Lockyer, and Sam Thiaday never really stepped into the role. He gave away some silly penalties and simply was off the pace all night....
Manly should be without Steve Matai and Tony Williams, who were both placed on report, but will have Glen Stewart back for the decider.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Will Davis third ACL. Will this spell the end of his career?
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The Brisbane Broncos snuck home in Golden Point on a wobbly old Darren Lockyer field to eliminate the defending Premiers St George Illawarra 13-12. The Broncos were outstanding tonight and absolutely dominated in attack, field position and time with the ball. Yet somehow, the men with the Red V, kept turning up to stop the attack in their tracks. The Dragons didn't foray into the attacking zone in to many attempts, but when they did, the Broncos fans held their breath. Another motza crowd of over 48,000 in Brisbane, saw yet another classic Brisbane victory.
The only downside, is the damage inflcited on Darren Lockyer's left side of his face after it felt the full force of Gerard Beale's knee in a fantastic marking effort from the young full-back. It remains to be seen exactly what damage has been done, but from that event, Lockyer was gingerly touching the cheek and his right side face didn't look great either. Bravely, he stayed on and fittingly kicked the winning field goal. It just remains to be seen, whether we see him again!
Courtesy of odessapermian.com
MADISON, Alabama – Bob Jones quarterback Jeffery Moss paced the Patriots in the first half by throwing for three touchdowns and plunging in for a 1-yard scoring run. Moss passed for 157 yards on 11 of 15 completions in the first two quarters. The Patriots amassed 329 yards of a total 433 yards in the first half. Bob Jones held the Tigers to six straight three-and-outs before Grissom gained its initial first down midway through the second quarter. Nick Beavers scored on a 1-yard run with 10:58 remaining in the first quarter. After a short Grissom punt, the Patriots drove 40-yards as Jay Rodgers scored on an 11-run with 7:37 in the first quarter. Kevin Wright followed with a 22-yard run to finish a 25-yard drive. Moss threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Nick Richardson with 10 seconds remaining. Moss threw his final touchdown pass of the first half with a 6-yard strike to Jemel Harper. Moss ran in from the 1 with 1:16 remaining as the Patriots led 49-0 at the half. Running back Jay Rogers opened the second-half scoring for Bob Jones on a 36-yard run with 7:11 left in the third quarter. Will Ragland closed the scoring for Bob Jones with an 88-yard interception return with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter. Grissom gained 223 total yards, led by running back Greg Williams's 100 rushing yards on 15 carries. Tiger quarterback Hayden Henderson finished 13 of 25 passing for 91 yards. The Patriots have outscored their opponents this season 191-27. Bob Jones improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in 6A, Region 8. Grissom fell to 1-3, 1-2. The Huntsville Times, September 16, 2011.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Vince Lombardi. Bart Starr. Don Hutson. Paul Hornung. Reggie White. Jim Taylor. Ray Nitschke. Aaron Rodgers. Greg Jennings. Clay Matthews.
The Carolina Panthers don’t have to worry about the first seven of those names, but the last three are about to cause all sorts of problems when the reigning Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers come to Charlotte for the first time since 2005
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WESTS TIGERS v NZ WARRIORS at Sydney Football Stadium, 7.45pm
WARRIORS: Kevin Locke, Bill Tupou, Lewis Brown, Krisnan Inu, Manu Vatuvei, James Maloney, Shaun Johnson, Sam Rapira, Aaron Heremaia, Jacob Lillyman, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (capt), Micheal Luck. Interchange: Lance Hohaia, Russell Packer, Ben Matulino, Ukuma Ta'ai, Elijah Taylor (one to be omitted).
Referees: Shayne Hayne, Jared Maxwell.
BRISBANE BRONCOS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS at Suncorp Stadium, 6.45pm
BRONCOS: Gerard Beale, Dale Copley, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges, Jharal Yow Yew, Darren Lockyer (capt), Peter Wallace, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Ben Hannant, Alex Glenn, Ben Te'o, Corey Parker. Interchange: Matt Gillett, Ben Hunt, Scott Anderson, David Hala.
DRAGONS: Darius Boyd, Brett Morris, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby (capt), Dan Hunt, Nathan Fien, Michael Weyman, Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Dean Young. Interchange: Jon Green, Matt Prior, Adam Cuthbertson, Trent Merrin, Mitch Rein (one to be omitted).
Referees: Matt Cecchin, Tony Archer.
Prime Minister's XIII: Matt Bowen, Blake Ferguson, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, Nathan Merritt, Greg Bird, Mitchell Pearce, David Shillington, Jake Friend, Tim Mannah, Michael Crocker, Nathan Hindmarsh (capt), Nate Myles, Chris McQueen, Kade Snowden, Luke Douglas, Ben Barba, Preston Campbel
Monday, September 12, 2011
Friday night saw a sensational second half performance from the Tigers as they came back from a 12-6 halftime deficit to defeat the reigning Premiers, St George Illawarra 21-12. Saturday night saw dominat performances from Brisbane and Manly as they defeated New Zealand and North Queensland respectively. Brisbane were simply too good winning 40 to 10, while the Cowboys led 8-0 at half-time only to be blown away in the second half to go down 42-8.
Sunday saw a gallant Knights never give in, but the Storm were simply methodical as they squeezed the life out of the Knights 18-8. The clash was absorbing.
The finals series comes alive next week with some enticing matchups. The Wests Tigers play New Zealand on Friday night in a game that could be anything. I hope the Warriors take a different approach and looked to entertain this week....as it will be the clash of the entertainers.
The other game sees the final installment in the Darren Lockyer and Wayne Bennett story, when the Broncos take on the Dragons. We will see the last NRL game by Lockyer if Brisbane go down, and if the Dragons lose, its the last hurrah for Bennett as a Dragon.
Manly and Melbourne sit back and relax and await the winners.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
WESTS TIGERS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS at ANZ Stadium, 7.45pm
DRAGONS: Darius Boyd, Brett Morris, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby (capt), Dan Hunt, Dean Young, Michael Weyman, Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Matt Prior. Interchange: Jon Green, Nathan Fien, Adam Cuthbertson, Trent Merrin, Mitch Rein (one to be omitted).
Referees: Tony Archer, Matt Cecchin.
Friday Night sees the defending Premiers in one of their horror matchups, against the ad-lib Tigers led by Benji Marshall. The bonus for the Dragons is that they are at full strength and injury free. Whoever wins, it must be said, that most fans hope that the other team stays alive, but due to the vagaries of the McIntyre system, this cannot be guaranteed. Tip for the Dragons to break the Tigers winning streak, but this will be close and the Dragons needs to be on their game.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Friday Night saw the Dragons return to form on the eve of the finals with an at times, emphatic victory over the Panthers 32-12, while the Knights put paid to the Rabbitohs for 2011 40-24. The coaching career of one of the games good guys Johny Lang, drew to a close with that loss.