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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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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

Interesting insights Joe. The Storm always seem to have a pretty hefty annual turnover of players but still end up being the benchmark team in terms of performances. Bellamy and the rest of the coaching staff and senior players deserve credit for that. It just seemed surprising that so many wanted out after another minor premiership and you’d think there would be a mood to do better next season given the meek way in which they bowed out in the finals in 2019.
Will be interesting to see how Curtis Scott goes. He always seemed dangerous whenever the Raiders played the Storm. Appears to have had some personal issues and a temper given how he reacted to Dylan Walker but the fact that he landed a few on Walker only increases his value for mine.

Ladder yo-yo: Which teams will switch spots for the finals?

Fair enough steve – the bloke has tremendous talent and his only real weakness appears to be he loses concentration at times. The talent is there he just needs to use it. Has LM played much full back in the juniors? He’ll need to get through a lot of defensive work on top of finishing off plays. He’ll need to be really fit to handle the work load. To be honest I think he’s more suited to the centres where he can be creative but he could be a just as damaging and possibly more at full back. I think the whole rugby league world is fascinated to see how he goes with Souths.

Latrell the Rabbitoh

Yeah – from what I’ve seen he appears to be a running 5/8 type but he may have to play a different role with Jack Wighton having a similar – approach – have to say I’m pretty excited to see how he goes. Sezer was a tough little defender and a solid rather than a great creative half. His try assist stats were way down on what he should have been delivering. G Williams has pretty impressive stats in this department in SL. 61 tries in 179 ESL matches, 21 try assists in 34 matches last year. In comparison Sezer had 7 try assists in 2018 and in 2019 didn’t even make the table for those involved with 5 or more try assists.

Ladder yo-yo: Which teams will switch spots for the finals?

How is George Williams over rated Albo? Have you seen him play? This is one of the great mysteries that we will see unfold. Is George the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle that sees the Raiders get a long overdue premiership? Or does he fail to deliver. Another one of Ricky’s gambles that may or may not deliver.

Ladder yo-yo: Which teams will switch spots for the finals?

The Dogs are my smokies to make the 8.

Ladder yo-yo: Which teams will switch spots for the finals?

Something smells down at the Storm. How else can you explain all those players wanting to leave despite being minor premiers? They’ll be in the 8 but can’t seem them competing for a title.

Ladder yo-yo: Which teams will switch spots for the finals?

OK – how were the Raiders lucky last year? Every win they got was hard earned based on great defence.

Ladder yo-yo: Which teams will switch spots for the finals?

I’d have the Eels before the Tigers in the 8. I reckon the Tigers will finish close to bottom. I can only see the Storm, Raiders and Roosters as locks for the 8 – the other 5 spots are up for grabs.

Ladder yo-yo: Which teams will switch spots for the finals?

Not too fussed what you think Kafka. Going walkabout is a colloquial term used to describe losing concentration or focus – and I’m not fussed if its used to describe the attitude of Indigenous or Non-Indigenous players. I don’t think there is any doubt that Latrell is guilty of it at times. And I don’t need a boring lecture about political correctness thanks very much.

Latrell the Rabbitoh

Dare I say Latrell Mitchell tends go walkabout or doesn’t even turn up at times. All the talent in the world but his commitment is definitely in question. The full back position for any team needs to go to someone who puts in a 100% at all times in every game. Is Latrell that person? The bunnies will soon find out. If it was choice for me to go into the trenches with either Latrell or Teddy, RTS or CNK I’d say Latrell would come a long last.

Latrell the Rabbitoh

Lets face it Bennett’s coaching of the Lions on the recent Lions tour was disgraceful. Virtually phoned it in. He’s just living on his reputation at the moment and that is disintegrating before our eyes. I’m shocked that he wasn’t sacked straight after the tour or walked. England needs a coach that actually cares about their results.

Wigan chief wants home-grown England coach to replace Wayne Bennett

I thought the same Christo – I wanted Gillespie to get the job – but glad to be proven wrong with how well Langer has been going

Tim Paine silences noise with clinical summer

You’ve obviously forgotten about his form in Melbourne already when he changed the momentum of the match with his 79 when the rest of the batters were succumbing to the short ball barrage from Wagner.

And how is he over hyped and over rated. Critics and commentators – including Ronan – were scathing about his initial selection – but he’s repaid the selectors ten fold. I think his selection in 2017 was one of the most brilliant and refreshing decisions by the Australian selectors that I can recall.

Tim Paine silences noise with clinical summer