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Caroline Layt

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Up, Up Cronulla, sharks fan & former women's rugby/rugby league player: represented NSW in rugby league and Sydney in union. Now a journalism student at Macleay College. Totally useless info: related to Sharks halfback Chad Townsend - on my father's side (although I haven't met him as yet) and on my mother's side Harold Holt was my great-gran's cousin - no word of a lie. Dad was well known as a jockey - Keith Layt who once threatened to punch fellow hoop George Moore out in the jockeys room and mum is former fashion guru Sandra Layt. Me - just a slacker who loves my sport - playing it and now apparently writing about it. In a former life my PB in athletics was 50.80 seconds for the 400 metre sprint. If you wish to read more of my articles the link is: http://hatch.macleay.net/author/claytmymacleay-edu-au/

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Well written Mary K and thank you for the support. Tide is slowly turning for transgender and gender variant sports women. Hopefully one day it won’t be an issue and it won’t need to be discussed as the T in GLBTIQ will just be accepted in society in the same manner as everyone else.

Women's sport weekly wrap: Hannah Mouncey's ineligibility for the AFLW Draft

Well written Mary K and thank you for the support. Tide is slowly turning for transgender and gender variant sports women. Hopefully one day it won’t be an issue and it won’t need to be discussed as the T in GLBTIQ will just be accepted in society in the same manner as everyone else.

Women's sport weekly wrap: Hannah Mouncey's ineligibility for the AFLW Draft

Agreed Tom G. You finish 5th or 6th you should have a home semi as a reward and not a trip to a neutral venue.

'Claytons' home advantage highlights the NRL's many issues

Sorry Big Daddy but it was hard watch a referee (Klein) make decisions where everyone thought the decision was the opposite to what he awarded. It used to be the dropped ball propels backwards it’s a knock-back, apparently not anymore.

As for Manly, I’m no Manly fan, but I did feel sorry for Barrett and his team as they put the same effort in every week as all other teams.

'Claytons' home advantage highlights the NRL's many issues

Thanks Albo. I picked the first game last night and yeah I’d like to think on current form I’ll pick most of the winning teams this weekend.

Definitely the Knights v Sharks match is a danger game for the Sharks, especially considering the 1997 premiership winning Knights team will be there to cheer on the current crop of Knights first graders.

If the Eels were to lose tonight the Sharks will go hammer and tong at the Knights to secure 4th spot on Sunday. If the Eels win, I don’t think the Sharks will be all that worried about this weekend’s match TBH. My reasoning is if they finish in 5th or 6th which is the lowest they can finish now due to the Cowboys loss to the Broncos they will be playing sudden death anyway.

The Sharks at their best can beat anyone on their given day, but can they do it 3 matches in a row to win the premiership? Time will tell. One thing is I know the Storm would rather meet any other team come finals time.

Will be great to,see how it all unfolds in front of us over the next few weeks. Will be riveting football.

Storm to win the premiership as it stands at present, but anything can happen and there will be many a twist and turn between now and October 1 and grand final day.

Cheers
Caroline

The finals have come early for NRL fans - but what's going to happen in Round 26?

More than likely Fatman. I’m a Sharks fan and I could not begrudge them if this year is the Storm’s year. They’ve been far and away the most consistent and best performed team during 2017.

Other teams will have to have a faultless game plan and execute to the nth degree to come close to beating them. Looking forward to seeing the finals series play out after this weekend’s important round 26 clashes.

The finals have come early for NRL fans - but what's going to happen in Round 26?

Thank you Sean. I am transgender, I have a rich personal sporting history, I’m a journalism student and I write for the ROAR. Great article BTW. Thank you for sticking up for us.

When I first heard about Newman’s comments I felt sick to the stomach and it made me sad. I started writing myself and thinking about the impact his mocking words would have.

I thought about writing an article – an opinion piece for the ROAR as a transgender woman in response to his BS and then I thought it might not be well received.

You’ve given me the courage to write a follow up to your article and thanks for sticking up for us again. Your transgender friend and I are very pored of you for taking a stand.

Sam Newman – no laughing matter

And thanks concerned supporter I’m glad you liked my article otherwise.

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Where do the big girls play Fionn? … sevens only caters for a certain type of athlete… great it’s doing so well, but XVs needs to be a priority as well.

England, New Zealand, Canada and all the six nations are on-board, we need to be as well.

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

And why was their a loss of sponsorship concerned supporter? … because the ARU have their head in the sand of expanding the women’s game.

I think Buildcorp – a very large company – with a huge amount of sponsorship dollars is well-worth having on-board.

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Well said KMH you get it, thank you ???

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

No sour grapes Kevie… not after a job, studying journalism mate, I’m far too selfish to be a coach… but I know a female coach who was one of the three best rugby coaches I ever played Under at Sydney University. She captained Canada at the World Cup and is in their hall of fame… she should be now coaching at a higher level but no-one would give her a job.

That makes me sad.

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Well said Cato, couldn’t agree with you more and it’s so sad as we were World leaders during the 1990s

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Thank you dru… will do, I’m being well trained at Macleay and will keep asking the questions… weather off a duck’s back tee hee… thanks again

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

The egg and the chicken TWAS, I’ve posted elsewhere on this comments page

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Well written and well said Dani E

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Thanks Piru

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Give the women a profile. Look at the English model where those girls are a household name.

Look at our Jillaroos, to rating going gang-busters because the NRL are promoting them and their to ratings are off the chart… same with the women’s interstate game, marketed along state of origin lines, which is exactly what it will be next year for the first time.

The young girls have role models to follow. It’s not that hard along the lines of the chicken and the egg.

Set up infrastructure, media and the like, promote (the egg) and then you have large crowd numbers because people have already been invested and have a personal interest (the chicken).

We’ve seen it with our sevens squad and there hasn’t been enough exposure of these girls in my book, it when Comm games comes around next year, then you will see young girls trying to emulate their heroes like they did last year.

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Thanks KMH

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Mad mick I’m not going to get into a slanging match with you and I don’t know how big or strong you are… but if Victoria Latu ran at you being the great and powerful athlete she is, I’d be more worried for your safety than hers.

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

WEL, said Cookie, you get it. The NRL is miles ahead as well. Although players will interchange between those codes, as we used to do a decade ago and it still happens as we weren’t paid professionals.

The thing is the other two codes have progressed and rugby hasn’t. I’ve had a lot of support on my own fb page from past players of my era and some players who are presently playing.

If the other codes are going to be professional, then women won’t play rugby and you’ve lost half your viewership. You see the bigger picture, it’s ashame others can’t.

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Not a minority Jeff – 50 per cent of the population and believe me, many women do want to play rugby given the opportunity.

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

and the Shute Shield is going gangbusters at the moment Jock. TFF is always talking about how great last year’s Shute Shield grand final was.

Grassroots is strong by all accounts. We need more of the same at the top down (leadership at the ARU) now in regards to the ARU.

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Thanks Sheek ??

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay

Agreed surfside. The ARU needs to go beyond private school mentality. Yes we have 4 major winter codes competing, but they need to become more creative to untap western Sydney market… also Brisbane etc, ie to appeal to more blue collar people.

The state of women's XVs rugby is not okay