Posts Tagged "Stephen Kearney"

The recent sacking of Steve Kearney by the Parramatta Eels and the ensuing media interest had me cast my mind back to a similar incident that occurred during my own playing career. The incident stirred up emotions that had long been buried.

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At a press conference on Tuesday to promote the October 14 Test Match between Australia and New Zealand, Kiwi head coach Stephen Kearney was asked if Sonny Bill Williams should be allowed to play in the NRL competition next year, considering he may not be available for the World Cup in 2013.

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What’s the standard head count nowadays inside an NRL coaching staff? The last time I checked, it seemed there were more coaches than players.

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Last week, I wrote an article about how the NRL had sustained the fantastic momentum built up by the State of Origin series, even though there is traditionally a bit of a lull after the hyped interstate battle.

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A spirited Parramatta have handed outgoing coach Stephen Kearney the best farewell present he could have hoped for with an upset 16-10 NRL win over Melbourne at Parramatta Stadium.

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Stephen Kearney looked like a relieved man after he announced on Friday he will step down as head coach of the Parramatta Eels.

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In October 2009, the Parramatta Eels were at ANZ Stadium battling it out with the Melbourne Storm for the Telstra Premiership. The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks were long gone and already planning their 2010 season.

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As much as it was a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’, Stephen Kearney has received the axe at Parramatta. The announcement really puts into focus just how difficult it is to be a head coach in the NRL.

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Parramatta great Steve Edge has called for the Eels to appoint Ricky Stuart as coach after Stephen Kearney was reportedly axed on Thursday.

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Following this Saturday’s game against Melbourne, Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney will hand in the keys to the Blue and Gold mobile and take one last look at the Ray Price statue before leaving the NRL as nothing but a coaching fraud, charlatan and ….oh God, I just can’t do it!

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They share the bottom two spots on the National Rugby League table. It seems all is lost for the Penrith Panthers and Parramatta Eels in 2012. But it isn’t all doom and gloom for these proud clubs.

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Patience seems foreign in modern day sport. Everything is instant and the reality of a situation can be distorted in the week to week dissection of results.

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Who would be a rugby league coach? Pressure is your best friend, stress is your closest colleague, and unemployment is your next career move.

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There are certain lines that no-one wants to hear in life. “We Need to Talk”, “Put your hands on your head and step outside the vehicle,” and “Michael Bani has been called into the starting team”.

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Parramatta trailed Cronulla 20 to 6 at half time. Hardly any of the Eels players were able to look Stephen Kearney in the eye as he addressed them. They’d made 107 more tackles than their opponents and looked spent, disappointed and frustrated.  

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St George-Illawarra Dragons meet Parramatta Eels at WIN Jubilee oval tonight with the Dragons looking to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat and needing a confidence boost after last weekend’s golden-point loss to Souths. We’ll have live scores and a blog from 7.30pm AEST.

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The powers that be have tasked me with the job of improving Parra’s flagging fan-base, and without resorting to public flogging, stoning, hanging or hotsaucing.

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Stung by a poll on the official NRL website which saw his Parramatta Eels overwhelmingly tipped to lose to perennial easybeats the Bye, Stephen Kearney has revealed exclusively how the Eels will triumph this weekend.

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The misery continued for Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney as the Eels fell to Canberra on Sunday while Cronulla became the first team to beat Melbourne this season in a thrilling round 10 of the NRL.

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At the ten-match mark in their respective seasons, the NRL’s Parramatta Eels and Super Rugby’s Auckland based Blues found themselves in very similar positions.

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