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Completely agree. I love the idea of one day having a Central NSW team in the NRL.

The importance of the Indigenous All Stars

You’re right about the convicts being treated poorly, but they were treated poorly because they were convicts. Their sacrifices shouldn’t be forgotten though. Aboriginals were treated poorly due to the colour of their skin. Colonisation is inevitable, but everything post colonisation in my opinion could have been handled better. If you get the chance read a bit about Charlie Perkins and the 1965 Freedom Rides. Poor living conditions and discrimination was still happening well into the 70s and the impact of the effects post colonisation can still be felt today. I don’t have an issue with people singing the National Anthem, it doesn’t evoke emotion out of me, but if it’s an anthem that you or someone else is genuinely passionate about then I can respect that. Personally I’d prefer a new National Anthem, but I don’t think it’s the right time for a new one yet. Keep the current one and play it before test matches, State of Origin, the GF, etc. If people want to sing then they should be respected to do so and if people don’t want to sing it then they should be respected too.

The importance of the Indigenous All Stars

Thanks for the compliment. It was one of those stories where I had to think about should I share it or not, but I’m glad I did. I really appreciate that’s it been mostly positive reactions to it.

The importance of the Indigenous All Stars

Thanks for the compliment and I completely agree about getting a Maori perspective.

The importance of the Indigenous All Stars

I’ve been learning the language. I can speak a few words and phrases, but I am not really fluent in it. I write a bit of poetry in my spare time and I’ve been incorporating Wiradjuri words to them as I feel it’s a way for me to help bring awareness to the language. There are some really good apps and resources that are now accessible that make it easy to learn various dialects. I do think language can be very powerful and is an important thing to preserve. It really shows the diversity of Indigenous tribes.

I was fortunate in a way to be raised by great grandmother because she was able to teach me a lot about our connection to Wiradjuri. It’s interesting though because she never really spoke the language in our home, she would do Welcome to Country at different events, but I don’t remember her speaking it at home. I haven’t asked her about it but I think it has something to do with exemption certificates back in the day.

Some people probably don’t realise that there was a real attempt to destroy the culture, that’s why I do believe that the All Stars game is important because it’s a celebration of a very rich history and showcasing the uniqueness of Aboriginal Australia.

The importance of the Indigenous All Stars

Thanks for the compliment Paul!
I think he’s definitely in the top 5 halves of the decade with everything he has achieved. I feel he will at least be considered for the HoF in the future, whether or not he makes it I’m not sure.
Still a great NRL career and I’m excited to see what he can bring to Catalans.

Where does James Maloney rate among the NRL's greats?

Agree about Naden. I’m from the same home town as him so I might be a bit bias, but I think he will have a stand out year even if Penrith struggle.

Where to next for the Panthers and Raiders?

That’s what I’m curious about most is how they address the GF loss and if they have the motivation to get back there again. If they are in the mindset that they were robbed I feel it could have a negative effect on their season, but it’ll be interesting to see how they go.

Where to next for the Panthers and Raiders?

I was thinking the other day where Jimmy would rank in best players of the decade, when it comes to success and influence, I would have him in the top 10. I’m guessing it’s more that he is a pain to deal with day to day.

Where to next for the Panthers and Raiders?

They might have to try and replicate what the Raiders did, whether they’re capable of that I am not sure. Hopefully they go down swinging though. Win or lose it’s been a great season for you guys but it would be nice to see them go one week closer.

A change of plans as the NRL finals get exciting again

I agree with that. I’m glad we got at least one close game, and I enjoyed the Eels against the Broncos because I didn’t have high expectations for it. But the Roosters/Rabbitohs and Manly/Sharks games I was hoping would be a lot closer.

I think the Rabbitohs/Manly game should be close, but not too sure about Parra/Storm. Hopefully they are both really competitive games.

A change of plans as the NRL finals get exciting again

There’s also that stat where they lost I think five games because they failed to convert goals. They aren’t that far off from being a top four side. If they get a good run without injuries and are able to get their key players in form then I could see them going far into the finals.

NRL's battle of the beaches

I think they can win it on emotion and as you said on the back of enthusiasm from the kids. I don’t think they can go too deep into the finals, but I give them a chance in tonight’s game. Whatever the result, you guys have still had a really good year.

NRL's battle of the beaches

Hope you have a good night! It should be a great game and amazing atmosphere.

NRL's battle of the beaches

True. The loss of Thompson takes away so much from the Tigers attack and defence. By the time Farah got on the field the game was nearly out of their hands.

When the dream doesn’t come true

Sorry for the late reply. I see what you’re saying. I think if the Tigers did make the finals this year, it would have been such a big accomplishment that they might not be able to back it up the next week. Another year under Madge and I think he will have them ready.

When the dream doesn’t come true

Something I forget to mention is how with more awareness of the PDRL, it can be a great tool for creating awareness for the individual disabilities players have. Some diseases that you might not always hear about get a spotlight.

Agree with everything you said and thank you for the nice words.

The dream of playing rugby league is now a reality for everyone

Thanks! It’s definitely a big goal in my life even if it’s just one game. Good thing is my health is all pretty stable at the moment so now is probably the best time to look at getting involved.

The dream of playing rugby league is now a reality for everyone

That’s what really attracted me to it. When I first heard of the PDRL I didn’t know what to expect, but the more I’ve learned about it and the more I’ve seen, knowing the amount of effort that goes into it is a big thing for me. It’s still physical and competitive.

The dream of playing rugby league is now a reality for everyone

What’s your thoughts on Penrith trying to get Jared Waerea-Hardgreaves to the club? Don’t know how true it is, but there was speculation about it earlier in the year and it has resurfaced again.

Do Penrith have a potential problem?

I think it was Matthew Johns that was saying how with Nathan Cleary his career is almost the opposite to other younger halves. Other halves come in with that natural attack and creativity, but it takes time to develop that game management side. Nathan knows how to control a game well but lacks in other departments and that’s probably why he got compared to JT and Cronk because of his composure and control of a game. But yeah I hate when players get compared to the greats. I agree that he might not reach the level of a JT, but he doesn’t have to. I think next year will be good for him though. It’s his side to run and the combination with Jerome Luai should work well.

Do Penrith have a potential problem?

Thanks for the compliment.

Yeah, I’ve realised that it’s a bit of stretch calling him an elite coach. I do think he’s a great coach, but in comparison to the others mentioned I see that he’s not there yet.

And agree with your point about Des and the position he has left clubs in when he left.

Current success of the elite coaches

Thanks to everyone that has commented so far. It’s my first article I’ve written and without going into too much detail about my personal life, it’s a big thing for me. I wasn’t really expecting much of a response so I’m a little overwhelmed but I promise to get around to responding to each comment. But I honestly appreciate everyone’s opinion. Not everyone is going to agree with what I wrote, but it means a lot that everyone is going into detail and giving their thoughts.

Current success of the elite coaches