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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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Well if Milford needs to be with his sick father he ain’t going anywhere – always was an excuse to just head back to Brissie for mine when he signed with the Broncos

The NRL all-star team of one-club stalwarts

It’s a shame that Mitch Marsh never secured the number 6 spot as he would have been the natural attacking option in the middle order – Wade and Head were also possibilities but their weaknesses found them out.
Maybe Ingliss or Carey to replace Paine in the next 18 months. To be fair to Paine his batting has been pretty good despite his keeping and captaincy not quite being up to scratch.
The more I think about it the selectors erred by not rotating the bowlers against India. They were cooked at the end of that series. And that cost us big time.

An attacking Josh Inglis could be Australia's Test answer to Rishabh Pant and Ben Stokes

Thanks Mike – never said that I thought the data was terribly convincing – and agree I doubt that these are unlikely to be rusted on supporters or members.

Most of them are probably casual responses to a question on who do you support in the NRL? And I guess its hardly surprising that large numbers of Sydney people say they support the Swans given the size of the Sydney population as with the Storm for people living in Melbourne and the Broncos for people living in Brisbane. In other words a lot of the numbers may simply be related to the size of the population.

But I guess it does suggest that these teams have had a pretty big impact in their respective regions. It would be easy for Melbourne people to simply say they have no interest in the Storm but 900,000 or so say they support them so that’s pretty impressive. They could be languishing down with other team that have 200,000 to 300,000 supporters if there was no interest.

I guess memberships is a better indicator and the Storm had 25,400 members in 2020 according to the NRL website – just shy of the Broncos with 27,460 in NRL’s heartland. South Sydney had 29,670 and Parra had 28,200 so the Storm are right up there.

Australia's postponed South African tour sets up brilliant domestic finale

I love that sign.

It must have come out at the same time as when the GST was introduced which makes it around mid 2000

Great
St George
Team

Brilliant

If they stuck it on eBay I’d buy it en though I’m not a Dragons fan – its a collectors item

Should be in the Dragons glass cabinets in the clubrooms sometime in the future

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

Maybe you could start a saying –

“Its like having a Millward round you neck”

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

Can you explain why on Earth they didn’t try and retain their best player? Its not as though he was after the megabucks that Hunt and Norman are on. And its not s though Cronulla broke the bank either. Something very weird going on there.

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

I’d love see Izzy try on a sermon on the mount with Bellyache in the room – could be some decent fireworks

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

Hang on – inflation was running at about 25% back in Gough’s day – maybe late 60s prices

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

Your best yet Duncan

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

He’s the walking dead

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

Don’t think I want to look at that stuff

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

Along with the porch light!

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

Really? For what reason? Quarantining etc? India seemed to manage it and we have dealt with COVID far better here. Seems to be a pretty short sighted reaction.

Australia's postponed South African tour sets up brilliant domestic finale

Agree John – I’m a Crows supporter so we did have some good fortune under Malcolm Blight in the AFL in the mid 90s. The Saints were a bit stiff in one of those Grand Finals and especially the GF against Collingwood which finished in a draw. The one against the Magpies could have gone either way. At least you have been agonisingly close a couple of times and had a very good team to support. Its those years when your team is hopelessly uncompetitive that are the most frustrating.

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

Been in Canberra since mid 1999 and still waiting to witness that elusive premiership. Coming up to 22 years now of patience. How more patient can you get? I guess Titans and Warriors supporters are still waiting. But the Dragons premiership in 2010 doesn’t seem that long ago in my reckoning. But I guess you want your team to be competitive and the Raiders have achieved that over the last 5 years.

Can understand Barry’s concerns though. Some very strange recruitment and non-retention decisions for mine.

Does anyone know what’s doing at the Dragons?

Whoah – a few Storm supporters might take issue with you there – 901,000 supporters according to Roy Morgan in June 2020 – second only to the Broncos

Australia's postponed South African tour sets up brilliant domestic finale

What about playing in Perth and Adelaide? Why can’t SA come here?

Australia's postponed South African tour sets up brilliant domestic finale

NRL is just around the corner Dougie – some of us supporters have little choice but to watch Foxtel given how the NRL allocates FTA games

I was going to give my Foxtel subscription a 3 month rest until I realised Ch 7 were dumb enough not to tender for the international T20 matches and didn’t broadcast all the BBL

I prefer the Fox commentary to Ch 7 anyway

Australia's postponed South African tour sets up brilliant domestic finale

Ian Dury was a classic back in the late 70s early 80s – didn’t mind a bit of the old how’s your father – his song lyrics are full of it – I had his first album New Boots and Panties and played it a lot – fantastic backing band as well – the Blockheads – real musicians who were more jazzy and funky – a lot different to the punk stuff around at the time – not that I didn’t mind that as well

Three things I learned reading 'The Storm Within', the Cameron Smith autobiography

Massive fan of the Allmans and Radio Birdman – wished I’d seen them both live – fantastic bands

Three things I learned reading 'The Storm Within', the Cameron Smith autobiography

Here is some of his best stuff – from the song Billericay Dickie off his first album

“Good evening, I’m from Essex
In case you couldn’t tell
My given name is Dickie
I come from Billericay
And I’m doing very well

Had a love affair with Nina
In the back of my cortina
A seasoned-up hyena
Could not have been more obscener

She took me to the cleaners
And other misdemeanours
But I got right up between her
Rum and her Ribena”

Reasons to be cheerful, Part 3

He was clever but apparently not the easiest bloke to get along with – there was a film about him if I recall – very interesting and complex man

Three things I learned reading 'The Storm Within', the Cameron Smith autobiography

Agree – John Bateman understandably received a lot of raps in his first year for the Raiders but in terms of consistency and creativity Elliot’s the man. Can hardly remember a bad or quiet game that he played – maybe one or two out of over 120. He has those little touches in setting up or finishing a play that some may not see. Smart as well as tough player.

The ultimate NRL All-Stars team lineup

“not as TV savvy”? You mean doesn’t perform for the cameras like some?

Elliot is certainly no frills and as hard as nails. Some of the blokes he’s crunched have been put on the injury list for a while. He’s also a bit of a performer behind the camera interviewing players after games which you can see on the Raiders website. Quite amusing but you need an interpreter to understand half of what he’s saying – but a bit easier to understand than John Bateman who may as well have been speaking Mandarin!

The ultimate NRL All-Stars team lineup

Another final for Manuka. There have been some great contests here this season. Hopefully this proves what a great venue this is for future seasons – if and when we return to normality.

Should be a great contest on Thursday. The Heat are on a roll and the Thunder have proven to be a very good side this season but need to regroup quickly

Scorchers to 'host' BBL final in Canberra

I could understand it with Starc – but not Cummins and Hazlewood

Australia confirm their two squads for tours of New Zealand and South Africa