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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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Mick Ennis did very well to keep his melon intact after a long career of repeatedly getting up the nose of opposition players and supporters. Funnily enough Ennis comes across as a cheeky bugger with a bit of a sense of humour (e.g. mimicking the Viking clap in Canberra which had Raiders supporters frothing at the mouth) but I’m not sure I could say the same for Dylan Walker.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

Bummer. There I was hoping you and 40/20 could bring over a nice bottle of shiraz and we could talk about what a great bloke Dylan Walker is. The conversation might be over pretty quickly though.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

Tim and I are in the same boat on this one. Sorry but for mine if you continue to give a bit of lip out on the field and get under people’s skin you have to expect to cop one at some stage. Maybe Scott’s reaction was a bit excessive but I’m surprised it didn’t happen earlier. It must have had an impact as Walker has toned down his behaviour since.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

Well if you continually provoke players on the football field you are taking a risk in it happening don’t you think?

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

That would be me probably. I was only saying what every Raiders fan is thinking when we play Manly the way Walker gets in his opponents faces and dishes out a bit of verbal. Walker had one coming for years and he picked the wrong man in Curtis Scott that day. I’m sure there was a reason why Scott snotted Walker. Not sure that Walker has been as lippy since. But I’m not condoning Scott’s recent performance. Sounds like monumental dumbness to me taking on the cops. Guess we’ll know when all the evidence is presented.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

Wasn’t there one in Black Books on the ABC?

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

Thanks Nat and Papi – you can only prepare your house and garden and hope and pray it doesn’t come our way. The constant stress is wearing people out – but we battle on. In the past couple of weeks we have had hail the size of rocks which have destroyed literally thousands of cars, massive dust storms with howling winds, smoke and haze that has made being outside hazardous, and now the fires are in our own backyard. I can’t remember a summer like it. The league season can’t come quick enough!

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

I suspect they won’t tear up his contract Peter given all the machinations of offloading BJ to the Tigers, needing to replace him in the centres and upgrade contracts for J Bateman, Wighton, Cotric etc. The Raiders have been bitten in the past when releasing Carney, Dugan and Ferguson only to see them go elsewhere and succeed. It just doesn’t pay to do the right and honourable thing. I suspect Scott will stay and serve whatever suspension is handed down and Ricky will have to juggle the squad by playing Cotric at right centre and Oldfield on the wing. Wouldn’t want to be Scott walking into Ricky’s office this morning.

Who sank Todd Carney’s career?

BJ was a fantastic player for the Raiders. His performances in 2016 were off the charts when he had that brilliant combination with Jordan Rapana on the right edge. He continued to be one of the Raiders most damaging players in the next few seasons – and should have played right centre for NSW – but his cards appeared to have been marked due to the odd brain explosion and lack of discipline which often resulted in frustrating penalties. The old rocks and diamonds is what you got out of Joey. But in 2019 we saw a different Joey. He was a lot more disciplined and seemed to be buying in to the new defence oriented Raiders game plan. Then his season was cruelled by that neck injury which could have been career ending. But BJ put in the hard yards and got himself back in to the team just before the finals which was an amazing effort.

But not sure about this signing for the Tigers. He has spent little time preparing for the season by the look of it with a long lay off and his off season wedding. If he can get back to match fitness and his attitude is right he will be really damaging for the Tigers. And it will be interesting to see how he goes under Madge who is a real disciplinarian. Personally I’m really sad to see him go after what he brought to the Raiders. It was great watching him barge through 2 or 3 players to score or flick it out to Rapana. Won’t be the same without BJ and Jordy.

Tigers sign Joey Leilua to three-year deal

He certainly had the Raiders coaching and recruiting staff fooled.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

Certainly getting hazy tonight. After all the fires down the coast and then the Snowies and now the local Namatji national park is ablaze and threatening communities to our south. Just wish this horrible summer was over. Think I might have to head over to Ireland, Canada or NZ if this is what we have to put up with in the future with global warming

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

No they didn’t. The Raiders basically couldn’t afford to keep BJ on $600,000 or $700,000 a season and upgrade John Bateman, Cotric, Wighton etc. Seemed like a sensible decision when Curtis Scott arrived and convinced them he was the genuine article and they could see savings of $300,000 or so. Some blokes just can’t handle the pi$$ and Scott looks like yet another. Ricky and the club must be furious.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

This is really tough to take after all the talk by Scott that he chose to go to Canberra to stay out of the Sydney limelight. But like a moth to a flame he’s back there and found himself in trouble with the police. Not sure what to say apart from how disappointing this is after saying goodbye to a couple of legends in Jordan Rapana and BJ Leilua. Some of these young blokes obviously need a minder to keep them out of trouble. Ricky saw a lot to like with Curtis Scott but he’s been let down badly.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

Not sure BJ was a problem child – might have had a few brain explosions at times on the field but can’t recall him doing too much off it – apart from enjoying his tucker

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

Well that comment came back to bite me. This Curtis Scott dude looks like a great pick up. We sign him and let BJ go to the Tigers and 5 minutes later he’s being tasered by NSW police on about 10 charges. Brilliant start to the season. Will be interesting to see what Ricky and the club do with him.

Who sank Todd Carney’s career?

Fergo isn’t from Canberra but his behaviour here at times was pretty ordinary. Carney and Dugan yes. Two local boys who were big fish in a small pond. Two young immature boys with massive egos who thought they could get away with anything. Eventually the club had to make a stand and let them go – only to see them become rep players elsewhere. To give Ricky credit there has been no repeat of that sort of behaviour since he arrived. I can’t see why the club would offer Carney a spot in the 9s – they owe him nothing and he doesn’t deserve to wear green again.

Who sank Todd Carney’s career?

Can someone explain what these Kolpak deals are all about? I thought they were used designed to allow foreign players to play county cricket i.e. no restraint on their freedom to choose where they played. But how does that prevent them from playing for South Africa in the Southern Hemisphere summer? I’m sure there have been plenty of Aussie cricketers playing county cricket (e.g. Manus L and Peter Siddle more recently) who have come back and played for Australia after a stint of county cricket. Are the South African cricketers choosing not to return to play for their country or is the SA cricket board refusing to pick them?

Retirements leading South Africa into grim cricket era

Good to hear Tim – just wish this horrible summer was over. I’ll never complain about Canberra winters again. We have a block of land in Surfside – will be thinking long and hard about whether to build. As will a lot of people. Lots of big trees around us – but that’s why you want to be there.

Like Laurie Daley before him, will Jack Wighton now become a star?

I think you’ll find Jack is loyal to the men in green – his manager might be trying to extoll his virtues and bid his price up but Jack hasn’t given any indication that he wants to go elsewhere – he owed to the club and the supporters last year after sitting out the second half of 2018 – and this year is his chance to take them to a premiership

Like Laurie Daley before him, will Jack Wighton now become a star?

Toatlly agree with you Albo – if anything Jack is too passionate – if that can be called a fault. He’ll have a crack at doing something when nothing else is happening – he did it for the Blues last year and for the Raiders when they needed someone to spark their attack. Sometimes it comes off and sometime it doesn’t. He’s not your cool hand Luke type that sets up a play and watches it unfold like a Joey Johns or Cooper Cronk – he’s in there where the action is.

Like Laurie Daley before him, will Jack Wighton now become a star?

Just joking about you being on something Papi – its but a distant memory for me. Enjoy your banter.

Both BJ and Rapana copped some injuries in 2019 which slowed them up a lot compared with their fantastic partnership since 2016. It was pretty amazing that BJ even came back and played late in the season given the seriousness of his neck injury. Its testament to his determination that he played in the finals.

Jordy just didn’t seem to have the speed that he’s had in previous seasons. Maybe it was the succession of different injuries or maybe age catching up with him. I can understand why Ricky is looking to the future but it hurts to see blokes go who busted their guts for the Raiders and obviously had some great friendships with the rest of the team. They also gave the supporters a lot of great moments out at Bruce. Wish them all the best with whatever they end up doing.

The myth of the Parramatta Eels will be shot down in 2020

Are you on something Papi? If so I’m not sure I’d be game enough to try it!

Well George W better go well cause its looking likely that BJ Leilua is heading to the Tigers. Personally I’m not happy about it. I can understand the interest in Curtis Scott from the Storm but BJ Leilua is a special player who has that X factor that can win games. His flick pass back to John Bateman to seal the win against the Storm in the finals in Melbourne was priceless and I’m not sure too many players would have had the ice cool temerament to attempt it.

As a Raiders supporter losing both BJ Leilua and Jordan Rapana in the off season is leaving a very big hole in my stomach. Easily my favourite Raiders players to watch in the past five years. Rugby League can be a very cruel game. There is no room for sentimentality. Ricky has made some big calls and he’ll live or die by them.

The myth of the Parramatta Eels will be shot down in 2020

Not sure I followed all that PS – never mind – I’m sure it meant something

The myth of the Parramatta Eels will be shot down in 2020

I think the decision not to give G Williams much of a go on the Lions tour is more a reflection of how far Wayne Bennett has regressed as an international coach

The myth of the Parramatta Eels will be shot down in 2020

I really rate Douiehi – impressed me in the second half of last season when he filled in at full back for Souths – he has some talent and doesn’t lack courage. I think Bennett is making a big mistake if he lets him go. I can sort of understand Gagai and Johnstone being traded but would be doing everything to keep Douiehi.

The myth of the Parramatta Eels will be shot down in 2020