“I have a dream that one day, down in Parramatta, with its upset fans, with its board having their lips dripping with the words of corruption and disruption — one day right there in Minto little boys and girls will be running around in Gold Coast jerseys.
“I have a dream today!”
Come on, mate.
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the dreamer shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
“While the Eagles finals chances still look slim with games against the Bulldogs and Storm still to come they should have enough to get over the fragments that remain of the Parramatta Eels 2016 season.
“The Knights continue to put in the effort but this game could get ugly. Bulldogs comfortably.
“I’m taking the Wests Tigers whether or not Johnathan Thurston plays. The Tigers were impressive against the Eels despite losing halfback Luke Brooks at half time with the outstanding Mitchell Moses demonstrating his enormous potential.”
“The poor old Knights. They really are trying but unfortunately just can’t get over the line. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs won in a thriller against the Dragons, partly due to some Will Hopoate magic. Watch them make it two in a row this weekend.
“The Sharks are no longer on their undefeated streak so perhaps some of the pressure will be lifted this week. The Raiders continue to prove they are a force to be reckoned with as we head to the business end of the season. They could really cement their position in the top 4 with a win here and prove that they really are contenders.
“Finally, last week the Roosters showed their fans what they are truly capable of. This week they travel to the base of the mountains though where Penrith will be keen to get back on track after their loss to the Warriors last week. Panthers in a close one.”
Tips: Broncos, Eels, Bulldogs, Raiders, Storm (Powerplay), Titans, Cowboys, Panthers.
“Broncos to get back into the winners circle by beating the hapless Dragons down in Wollongong on Thursday night.
“The Eels will beat the Sea Eagles who while patting themselves on the back for the NRL equivalent of taking candy from a baby, are coming off a dreaded five day turnaround.
“The mixture of Konnie Hurrell playing his old side with a point to prove, and the Hayne Plane landing at Cbus Super Stadium will get the surging Titans the points against the Warriors.”
Former Australia, New South Wales and Parramatta winger Blake Ferguson is about to take a step towards his stated goal of playing for the Wallabies at the 2023 by joining ex-Wallabies coach Michael Cheika in Japanese club rugby.
In 2019 the Australian Rugby League Commission cobbled together a white paper of sorts, a plan to prop up under-performing Sydney NRL clubs with revenue that would apparently flow from broadcasters once the club had relocated to a new place where people watch telly.