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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Warriors Knock Over Storms Redemption Year


The New Zealand Warriors have done the unthinkable, and that is give their countrymen the opportunity to think about something other than the Rugby Union World Cup, as the dismantled the Storm's 2011 quest for redemption in the Preliminary Final 20-12 to advance to the NRL Grand Final next Sunday against Manly.

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

Bob Jones Wins Again

The Bob Jones Patriots Football team won Friday's NonConference game against the Spain Park Jaguars by a score of 28-13.

Happy Homecoming for Permian

Courtesy of www.odessapermian.com

SEPTEMBER 23rd- Permian had a happy Homecoming on Friday, defeating Lubbock Monterey 56-14.

MOJO dominated from the opening kickoff, as Jorrion Wilson scored on the third play of the game. The Plainsmen answered with a 74 yard drive to tie the game at 7-7. That was as close as Monterey would get, as the Panthers responded with a 67 yard kick return by Andrew Perez, and big passes up the seam from Kacey Ryan to Nestor Castellon. Wilson tacked on two more scores to stake MOJO to a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter. The defense rose up in a big way on the next Plainsman possession, as Jordan Leake batted a pass, then grabbed the ball out of the air and returned it to the Monterey 10 yard line.  Ryan scrambled into the endzone on the next play. After the defense forced another three-and-out, Ryan hit a streaking Andrew Perez on the far sideline for a 36 yard touchdown strike. Brett Becker's extra point gave Permian a 35-7 halftime lead.

Hawks Gutted! Pies Through

The Hawthorn Hawks were gutted last night, as the Collingwood Magpies stormed home in the final quarter to win a quality AFL Grand Final Qualifying final 68-65 after the Hawks had threatened to win the roller coaster game. The Magpies steadied themselves in the final quarter, while the Hawks struggled to maintain possession and marks.The Hawks had twenty scoring kicks to the Pies 18, but it was most critical in the final quarter, as first Buddy Franklin swopped and kicked a miracle ball for the Hawks to lead with just minutes left, only to see Luke Ball wheel out of a contest to slam the winning goal for Collingwood.

Manly through! Locky's Gone!


In a game that had some real turning points, Manly became the first team through to the NRL Grand Final with a 26-14 victory over the Brisbane Broncos. The game really started poorly for the Broncos, as the referees continued with some absolute poor decision making early, gifting Manly two of the softest penalties to give them an absolute leg-up down the park which ultimately led to their first try. Many Bronco supporters would be struggling still to see what those penalties were for, but Manly 6-0.

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.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Broncos in an Absolute Thriller....but at a Huge Cost


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!

Permian....JUST

Permian Panthers registered a win....but only just. They defeated Amarillo Tascosa 28-26 in their inter-regional showdown. One thing is becoming clearer is that Permian are not the powerhouse of just a few years back and we are in for a tough year.

Courtesy of odessapermian.com

Bob Jones Rout Grisson 63-0 in Homecoming Win



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.

Tiger Threat Extinguished

The Wests Tigers 2011 premiership aspirations were extinguished at the hands of the inconsistent New Zealand Warriors who scored in the dying minutes to win 22-20. The Tigers led 18-6 at half-time and looked well in control of a Warriors team that threatened little and had body language bordering victim-status. If the Warriors were a Facebook status, it would have been likely to have read " Oh woe is me, why can't you give the ball to me", as the Tigers dominated field position and possession. The Warriors were better than last week in the first half, but let themselves down with their defensive urgency, especially noted in Robbie Farrah try, where he just dived over from dummy-half, in a sea of half-interested Warriors.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Packers more than just a team | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

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


Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/09/14/2609257/packers-are-more-than-just-a-team.html#ixzz1Y17ydTbt


Packers more than just a team | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Bob Jones Take on Grissom

The Bob Jones Patriots, currently 3-0 take on the Grissom Tigers (1-2) this Friday night. The Patriots are ranked 15th in the State while the Tigers sit at 236, which promises a bit of a miss match in the Alabama 6A High School Footy matchup.

Permian Needing a Win

The Permian Panthers take on the Tascosa Rebels in a game that needs to be won for the Panthers to gain some confidence and momentum. The Tascosa Rebels are sitting on a 2-1 record while the Panthers are 1-2. That said, the Panthers are ranked above the Rebels and the team should see a win.

Finals Week 2 Teams Named

FRIDAY
WESTS TIGERS v NZ WARRIORS at Sydney Football Stadium, 7.45pm
TIGERS: Tim Moltzen, Beau Ryan, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Lote Tuqiri, Benji Marshall, Rob Lui, Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah (capt), Keith Galloway, Liam Fulton, Gareth Ellis, Chris Heighington. Interchange: Mitch Brown, Mark Flanagan, Matt Groat, Aaron Woods, Matt Utai, Ben Murdoch-Masila (two to be omitted).
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.
SATURDAY
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 Ministers Team Named

Nathan Hindmarsh has been named captain of the PM's XIII , who will play PNG in Lae on September 25. The team named is:

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

NRL Finals Week 1 Results

It all seemed so clear.....the top four sides won over the remainder of the top 8, and teams seven and eight were knocked out. So clear....yet apparently this was the first time it had ever happened in the McIntyre system.

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

Bob Jones Patriots Start on Fire

The Bob Jones Patriots from Madison Alabama, have started the season in contrasting style to our "other" High School Football team, the Permian Panthers. On Friday night they defeated the Florence Falcons 10-7, which kept their early season form positive after accounting for 52-7 against Hazel Green and 66-13 against West Creek.

Permian Panthers Started Season Slowly

Calls are out already for the head of coach Gary Gaines as the Panthers tumbled to another early season loss that takes their record to 1-2. They took on Broken Arrow from OlOklahoma and lost  big time going down 65-26 at Ratliffe Stadium. This comes on the back of their first win last week, over the Spanaway Bethel Braves from Washington 59-44. They dropped their season opener against 4A school 40-27.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

NRL Finals Week 1

Teams named for week one of the NRL finals (all times local):
FRIDAY
WESTS TIGERS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS at ANZ Stadium, 7.45pm
TIGERS: Tim Moltzen, Beau Ryan, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Lote Tuqiri, Benji Marshall, Robert Lui, Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah (capt), Keith Galloway, Liam Fulton, Gareth Ellis, Chris Heighington. Interchange: Mitch Brown, Mark Flanagan, Matt Groat, Aaron Woods, Matt Utai, Wade McKinnon, Andrew Fifita (three to be omitted).
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

NRL Round 26

Round 26 of the NRL saw the dreams and hopes of Souths and the Bulldogs fall away at the last hurdle, but also saw the Minor Premiers stutter on the way into the finals. We also saw stalwarts of the game, Andrew Ryan and Allan Tongue play out their careers, while Darren Lockyer was afforded a hero adulation in Brisbane.

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.

AFL Review Round 24

AFL Review Round 24
The tipping in the last week was a bit of a disaster, for me anyway, with just 4 correct. It’s hard to read much into the games with Carlton going down to the Saints allowing St Kilda to have a home final against Sydney next week, Collingwood being thrashed by Geelong and the result having no influence on next week’s games, The Eagles giving the Crows a good hiding and looking to take that form into the game against the Pies at the MCG. The Hawks rested about 9 players in their match against the Gold Coast and almost lost and then Sydney easily beat the Lions. The rest of the games had no bearing on the final 8 but there were some interesting results, particularly Power’s win against Melbourne which made sure that Port Adelaide did not win the wooden spoon. Seeing most experts

Friday, September 2, 2011

AFL Preview Round 24


Last week 5/8 = 133/179 (74.4%)
The real surprise last week was the win by Sydney and the resultant breaking of the greatest home ground winning streak of Geelong’s. It would have been nice to have bet the house on the Swans to win that one. Richmond’s win was a little surprising as well even though they had the form on the board because the Crows had also been playing okay and the game was at home for them. More kudos can be paid to the Tigers for that one. I expected the St Kilda versus North Melbourne game to be much closer and the result to go either way and certainly didn’t expect such a blow out in the margin. So the last couple of rounds have been rather ordinary with regard to the previews if tipsters have been following the mail.