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NRL, AFL and cricket tragic who supports the Raiders, Crows and the Australian cricket team. I've been following sport for over 50 years.

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I’m sure they both JT and Billy have good football brains but Billy can communicate it better. I’d be snapping Billy up as an assistant coach. I’m pretty convinced that the Raiders are playing so much better because they have Michael Ennis and Andrew McFadden as assistant coaches.

Did Gus Gould play a hand in Latrell Mitchell's Origin 2 omission?

You are one crazy dude – but funny

Did Gus Gould play a hand in Latrell Mitchell's Origin 2 omission?

Have to agree with you Albo even though I’m a massive Jarrod Croker fan. You need a bigger body that loves to hit the ball up out of defence. BJ Leilua would have been a perfect fit this season as he was showing a lot more maturity in his play. He’s a big bullocking beast who would be perfectly suited to Origin. Such a shame that his neck injury has ruled him out.

Did Gus Gould play a hand in Latrell Mitchell's Origin 2 omission?

Gus would definitely have got into Fittler’s ear about Mitchell – he would also have recommended that Jack Wighton play in the centres as he’s been advocating for this for a couple of years even though Jack hadn’t played there since about 2015.

Did Gus Gould play a hand in Latrell Mitchell's Origin 2 omission?

Yep – Gus had the Broncos finishing top 4 about a month ago – how’s that prediction looking? Everyone else on the 100% Footy panel looked totally bewildered at the time. Gus also had the Sharks beating the Raiders and the Knights beating the Storm last weekend. Mind you he’s not alone in being a hopeless tipster. You just don’t go broadcasting it.

Did Gus Gould play a hand in Latrell Mitchell's Origin 2 omission?

Yeah poor old JT has been very poor as a special comments man – nowhere near the calibre of Billy Slater – which is surprising given he was such a great player. I can see Billy doing some coaching one day if he wanted to. I’d imagine Cameron Smith would be in a similar class to Billy when he retires. Both very good thinkers.

Did Gus Gould play a hand in Latrell Mitchell's Origin 2 omission?

Jeez I hope Stoinis comes back from injury – absolutely kills it in the remaining games before the finals and becomes one of the major reasons why Australia won the World Cup. I’m sure every one on this site will then quickly lay claim to how they always had faith in his ability.

I can recall Finch getting slammed on this site when he was out of form – now its Khawaja, Stoinis, S Marsh, Warner, NCN and Richardson – plus Carey is a hopeless keeper – and now all of a sudden M Marsh is a genius and saviour. If the selectors listened to everyone on here they’d be lucky to put a team of 5 on the park.

Mitch Marsh must replace Marcus Stoinis

I’m with you on that Harry. Josh Hodgson is very important for the Raiders but he has a tendency to make a dumb play in the red zone – like a kick on the 3rd or 4th tackle – or do something that no one is expecting. I think sometimes he tries to take on too much responsibility rather than letting the 6 or 7 run the final play. When the Raiders lost some of those close games in the past couple of seasons it was often Josh Hodgson that was the culprit. But they seem to be playing the percentages a bit better this season so someone may have had a word in his ear to simplify things.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 14

You might be right Scott – Sezer hasn’t done too much wrong – he was on the winning side against the Titans in the opening round but was part of a losing side against the Storm where not many played well after a 5 day break – then he got injured and Sticky stuck with Williams due to the fact that the side was travelling pretty well – and they’ve won the past two when Sezer returned. Obviously Sticky will need to make a choice if it becomes obvious that they will make the finals with a month or so to go. I see positives and negatives in both of them. The fact that Sezer can bust open a game with an individual bit of play may tip the scales in his favour.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 14

Sezer is a much better defender but Williams has improved his defence considerably compared with previous season. I can’t see Williams doing that intercept and running the length like Sezer did against the Tigers. The kicking games of Williams and Sezer are pretty decent – but I’d like to see both of them setting up more tries wit their passing games. I actually don’t mind Ricky giving each of them a run for a few weeks – puts them both on notice to perform. Williams has had some good games as has Sezer – if they put in a poor game they know there is a good chance they are gone the following week.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 14

There is no way Cody was dropped due to his stance on not singing the national anthem. He just didn’t do enough in Origin 1 to retain his place. I still rate him as a footballer and a proud Indigenous man who is not scared to show he has principles.

Mitchell axed, seven changes for NSW Blues Origin 2 team

Fergo only got the call up due to Cotric’s injury – surprised Dugan isn’t in there as well. The lack of props is baffling and don’t know enough about Saffiti to comment apart from I’m surprised

Mitchell axed, seven changes for NSW Blues Origin 2 team

Agree -Matterson has been excellent this season – I’d have him in the team before T Sims based on form

Mitchell axed, seven changes for NSW Blues Origin 2 team

Can’t argue with your logic EJ. I’m shocked that Mitchell has been dumped. He’s a potential match winner. And agree that its a risk to replace him with Jack but I think Fittler wants him in the team and he has played centre before. Its not as though this is unusual in terms of origin selections. They seem to play blokes pout of position a lot just to get them in the team. I wouldn’t have thought Tommy Turbo was a natural centre either. Its the composition of the forwards that has me baffled as much as the Mitchell dropping. How can you not have two props on the bench to give the other two a rest?

Mitchell axed, seven changes for NSW Blues Origin 2 team

You forgot about walking bare foot on the grassy meadow feeling the earth between your twinkle toes ….

Mitchell axed, seven changes for NSW Blues Origin 2 team

Mate have you been on the hooch again?

Mitchell axed, seven changes for NSW Blues Origin 2 team

Wighton played at centre for a season and a half with the Raiders in 2014 and 2015 after playing 2012 and 2013 on the wing and the first half of 2014 at 5/8 – Jack played full back in 2016 and 2017 and shifted to 5/8 in 2019. So he’s versatile. But must admit I was shocked to see Latrell Mitchell dropped after being crowned the greatest player in rugby league about a month ago. Not much chance of a redemption story there.

Not sure about Saifiti. I like Finucane, Tariq Sims and Wade Graham in the side but who gives the props a rest when you have two locks and two back rowers on the bench?

Mitchell axed, seven changes for NSW Blues Origin 2 team

Reecey Robinson was one of my favourites as well. He was like a little tinny with a small outboard motor that puttered around for a while and then suddenly roared into a monstrous jet boat when he broke into open space. Colin Best was brilliant to watch as well when he had the freak season in 2008 I think it was when Neil Henry coached them in their last year. Think he won the Dally M winger of the year. Some of those long distance tries he scored were amazing. He was never the same after that. And then there was Anthony Milford in hist two years for the Raiders. Don’t think he’s been anywhere near that form for the Broncos. And Blake Austin in his break out year of 2015. We’ve had some good uns even if we have’t racked up any premierships in the past 25 years.

Canberra: A footy love story

Good luck to you Adam – the missus and I have been meaning to check out Tassie – the good thing about Canberra is you can follow all sports – when I lived in Adelaide there was no NRL or union coverage – don’t think I could handle that now

Canberra: A footy love story

Good on ya Baz – enjoy it mate – if I’m there in Sydney for a concert in July I might come down and check it out – I’ve just knocked back a Monteith’s Black – terrific dark ale from NZ – brilliant for cold Canberra winters

Canberra: A footy love story

Its a great rivalry we have with the Sharks Bonza – always a great game. Plenty of respect between these two teams. Bateman and Whitehead look like top blokes.

Canberra: A footy love story

Harry – you are warming the cockles of my heart. I love the location of Bruce Stadium and do exactly what you say in your post where I park the car below Bruce Ridge (I live in O’Connor which is only about 1 kilometre away) and walk through the bush up to the stadium with hundreds of other Raiders supporters. I love the walk. It can be a bit quiet after a close loss on the trek back down the hill – but after win everyone is buzzing. I think it would be a mistake to relocate the stadium to the city. That natural bush setting is absolutely wonderful and unique among Australian stadiums. I reckon they could upgrade the place but moving to the city would involve traffic and parking issues and the loss of the unique character of the current stadium.

Canberra: A footy love story

I still love the feel of Newtown and Enmore – I used to live in Erskineville in the late 70s and it had such a great cosmopolitan mix of people from different ethnic backgrounds, bohemian alternative lifestylers and students. I didn’t even have car in those days. I didn’t need one. I walked everywhere or took the train to work. I just soaked up the buzz of the place. It still has much the same feel when I go there. Some people look down on the area but I love the feel of it. I never feel threatened there. I was there a couple of weeks ago to see a concert and had Italian food one night, Turkish the next and Israeli for breakfast. All within a few metres of each other. If I wasn’t living in Canberra for work I’d seriously consider living there. But the madness of the traffic is too much of a negative. I wasn’t into league back then but knew that Newtown had a team. Pity that they had to fold. I probably would have supported them in time if I’d lived there a bit longer.

Canberra: A footy love story

Good stuff Nat – I lived in Darwin for 4 years and loved it in the mid 90s – kept praying for a southerly during the build up in September/October that never came – then moved to Canberra – so moved from brutally hot and humid to brutally cold winters. You need a few dark ales and bottles of McLaren Vale shiraz to get through winters but it is doable. Lets face it nowhere is perfect but you make the best of where you are. I love the sense of community in smaller cities. I loved inner Sydney when I lived there in the last 70 and early 80s. I still like visiting the Newtown/Enmore area but the traffic does my head in when I visit Sydney for a concert or catch up with friends. Darwin was a bit small and remote so Canberra is about the right size for me. Can you imagine if they’d built the national capital in Jervis Bay. Every man and his dog would have wanted to live there. Probably a good thing that they didn’t as Jervis Bay was saved from development and is a great place to visit for a holiday. Actually last night at Bruce wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be – 9 degrees celsius and no wind at 7.30 pm- quite balmy really by Canberra standards. And I got to stand next to Freddy Fittler in my seat in Bay 53 and did the Viking clap – how good is that! Couldn’t believe he was sitting near my seat. Must have just wanted to join in with the crowd and do the clap. As soon as I saw him I blurted out “Brad Fittler”! We all stood up and got into the clap full bore. Top bloke Freddy. One of the people.

Canberra: A footy love story

Terrific read Matt – I’ve only been here since 99 but the place gets in your blood – I know its cold for about three months but its really only August that I hate – I’ve had enough of it by then. I grew up in Broken Hill and Adelaide so Aussie rules and cricket ruled the roost. But since being here rugby league has taken over me. I still follow the Crows but not with the same intensity as I follow the Raiders.

I guess its because its your home town and your mood follows how well the team is going. There is a lot to like about this team at the moment. Its filled with a motley mix of hardy Englishmen, crazily talented freaks like Rapana and BJ Leilua, blokes who have resurrected their careers like CNK, young talents like Simmonsson and Cotric, young firebrands like Horsburgh and Young, and old stagers like Sia, Sezer, Papalii and Croker that are steering the ship. And the exciting thing is they back each other. There is a camaraderie and belief in the squad that I haven’t seen before.

Canberra: A footy love story