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Sport keeps me sane: motor and moto racing, cricket, golf, rugby, hockey, tennis, basketball, BUT Rugby league is my number ONE☝️ I enjoy reading the articles but I am definitely not up to the high standard here. I won’t be writing articles. I’ll just keep reading and maybe write a comment now an then.

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Mittadore! I like the sound of that lol
I thought Darwinites mad when, during the dry, they rugged up in woolly jumpers, beanies and scarves and lit fires in their fireplaces (true story!) when the temperature dropped to a wintery 26*C in the shade!!

The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

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The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

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The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

I don’t envy you the QLD sun. Think of us our here in the NSW highlands where our home ground is often very wet and muddy with the wind howling around straight from the snow fields.
Biting cold, the sun rarely showing its face, rain, sleet and flurries of snow. I love it really but I’m praying to the footy gods that next season we see our Mitta Lions have some success before we get relegated or amalgamated. That would be a travesty.

The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

Yes it is a part of time every rugby league season for me. I grew up with extended family involvement in our local competition. Many wonderful memories just mucking around at training and going to all the games, because brothers were playing and Dad was a touchy. Cold, rugged up. sitting on those portable chairs or in the car when raining, meat tray tickets, canteen chewing gum, sausage and steak Sangas, the smell of wood smoke, the sounds, the smells, something in the air… it’s a bit of tradition of ours to go watch the youngens play at the home ground. Long live local footy.

The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

Oh I know that feeling only too well. How and why did that happen? Can we put all the blame on the recruitment team when players on big money fail to perform as expected? The exorbitant price, the drain on the salary cap can be crippling. It’s more complex than that I realise but the simple message is ‘buyer beware’
A three or five year contract for underachievers can lead to the doldrums very quickly. No sane club wants to trade or has any interest in these players at all. The price is way too high
for rival clubs to even consider taking these players on. Say goodbye to the future as a top 8 side’ for a few years at the very least. All sorts of strife can follow. The blame game takes on a life of its own. Gus Gould gets involved, coaches ‘resign’, the team is a mess, and the club, in desperation, recruits from the bargain basement and hopes for the best. The tribes get very restless and start making noises about protests and banners, the board needs a clean up or clean out and there are rumours and innuendo, the journos have a field day and the tribes start bickering and fighting amongst themselves. All is NOT well. This is called the downward spiral. Yep reiterate: Buyer BEWARE.

The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

😂 Pity me! I’m a Dragon lady. Should I list the most despicable enemy tribes for you in order of most despised?Or do you already know? 😂

The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

🤢 😢 😔 😛 It appears that way to me also. Recruitment is crucial, as is the ongoing smart management of rosters. A great coaching/training team can make it all come together. I do believe the supporter hate of rival teams is predominantly tribal. It’s the nature of the our club system. The perceptions we supporters may have of our ‘enemies’, whom we might accuse of salary cap cheating, making dirty players, down and dirty coaches, paper bags, sombreros, fiddling the books and dirtbag big-noters, dog acts from ‘grubs’ and so on, is largely the result of tribal warfare. It brings to mind a scene from an infamous Monty Python film where the enemies go into battle armed to the teeth with inflammatory insults, derogatory comments, facial expressions to sicken the dastardly enemy, rude actions, hateful mouth sounds and the slinging of blasphemies instead of of boulders. I’ve forgotten the title…
It’s just all down to being rude and altogether disagreeable combatants. The teams that retreat back into oblivion after ANOTHER failed battle, can tend to despise those despicable teams and vow to cut the heads off their tall poppies next time (or the time after that, one day, or someday) because they obviously need taking down a peg or two ( it’s a national sport)
The victorious tend not be phased by any of these derogatory tactics. They may snigger, smile with fake looks of pity or just laugh in the face of the losers because they are not worthy of making the effort to insult! Tribal law is different for every team. They may have enemies in common but the reasoning behind the slanderous verbal lashing of their particular enemies goes deep and can often be traced back to some real or perceived put-down, some sin from the past. Yep… I’m fairly sure my tribe are hated by other tribes for our unforgiven sins of the past or the present.
My own particular tribe is united in our disgust and distrust of a number of rival tribes from near and far. It’s as it should be. Like Monty Python we maybe shouldn’t take it all too seriously. We love to hate our enemies and we can always tell you why. We are NOT jealous! We just don’t like ‘em.

The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

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The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

Right on the money, literally and figuratively!
It’s a pity corporal punishment has been outlawed. We will have to settle for a good talking to, and… a few detentions could be in order. Suspension for the very naughty children and expulsion is always on the cards. I hope they had their listening ears on.
I’m most concerned about Mr Norman. He was awarded that great big scholarship but sadly he has not performed as expected. You hit the nail in n the head there…he needs an attitude adjustment because it takes more than coffee dates, weird hairstyles and gym workouts to make the grade. Suspension is the next step. He would have been expelled already but no other institution wants him at this stage.
Ahh well… the new headmaster might have his number and could sort him right out so it may be a case of another year ANOTHER chance. He is a nice kid from most accounts we don’t want to be TOO hard on him.
Thank you for your entertaining article regarding your assessment of these students. Remediation is required toot sweet lol Great Sunday morning reading: A+

A hard chat with each NRL team’s most frustrating player

Great team. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Brad MacKay was a Dragon, a Western Red, a Steeler and a SGI Dragon. All must claim him because that’s as it should be. Bradley Clyde being crook gave MacKay a chance to prove himself in the Australian side and prove himself he did, scoring three tries. Brad or Brad? Both top shelf, but Clyde was in a league of his own. QLD grow them prodigiously (to my frustration).
Rod Wishart was one of the best wingers in Australia in his time, and in any time really, playing for NSW and Australia and holding point scoring records for many years. I watched him play SOO in Sydney to my great joy. Paul MacGregor was a brilliant centre and captain, also capped many times for NSW and Australia. John Simons reminds me of Soward in many ways. He was awesome to watch and very strong going forward, also having a good defensive game. Neil Piccinelli was a force to be reckoned with and Rodwell had some mad skills.
I watched all these men play in Wollongong and listened to Grandstand radio to hear my Steelers games called expertly, allowing me to ‘see’ the game as it happened, never missing a game while I was out in the middle of nowhere for many years. On coming back to civilisation I preferred listening to the Grandstand call while watching the game.My family thought me crazy. When out bush, it was very exciting to be able to actually watch my team play when ABC TV, via a massive dish, when they broadcast the Saturday afternoon games. I wish they still did.
Loved the Steelers with a passion and love the Dragons in the same way. This is one merger that will stand the test of time. We are as one now and that is the way it will stay. I’ve fought for it with my pointer finger, on social media groups, whenever I felt the need. I rarely have to fight these days. There are still problems that need to be sorted but –
LONG LIVE SAINT GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS! Dragons in the past, the present and Dragons in the future.

Illawarra Steelers' greatest ever team

Haha Good point 😂

How the worst Queensland side ever won the 2020 State of Origin series

Thank you for reminding of this talented, excitement-machine of a player. I hope it happens the way you described. He deserves his lap of honour and I’m sure a really good highlights reel would be welcomed by rugby league fans one and all.
A really great article. 👍 👍 👍

Celebrating and commiserating the career of Aku Uate

Thurston, Cronk and Lockyer were the bane of my existence for way too many years. There were many more of course, but those three?! Unbelievable!

How the worst Queensland side ever won the 2020 State of Origin series

Took the words right out of my brain!
Gus can be a maniac of a commentator at times ( most of the time) but he knew how to coach. No denying that. He understands the pride that is on the line in SOO. It’s a thought yes indeed.
Ps we are going to have to stop ruminating over the travesty sometime very soon lol

How the worst Queensland side ever won the 2020 State of Origin series

I must admit Super-league has not been of great interest to me, other than recognising some of the greats who have come to our shores and had wonderful careers. It’s also where NRL players often choose to go to play for their last few years before retiring and where some coaches go to hone their skills and rack up some experience.
Your article was an eye-opener and gave me pause for thought. I want to see our game expand. It is the best game in the sporting world in my opinion – more beautiful than than that other ‘beautiful game’. I had no idea of the decline you wrote about. It saddens me to think that it is in the doldrums. If the game is lost there, it will surely effect the rugby league here and definitely in nations who have fledgling interests and local competitions. Expansion is first on the agenda according to our new CEO. Changes to the Australian game have been made to develop it as a fast-paced, more exciting fixture. As an old schooler I haven’t been so keen to see the game changing quite so dramatically, but I’m starting to see the benefits. A whole new type of footballer is required or so it seems to me. In general they perform to a higher standard under these new rules if they have increased levels of aerobic fitness and speed to burn, with a somewhat leaner frame with less muscle bulk with more long, lithe, sinewed muscles overall. I don’t know the correct terms but it’s what I’m seeing on the field. Our game as it stands now would possibly be more suited to the Super league style of game. I could be wrong. I often am, but I do watch many games. I certainly want your competition to be competitive with the NRL. More touring as in years gone by would be a boon for yours and ours. We need France and we need Canada and any other nation we can seduce into forming fledgling rugby league competitions. I would hope our elite players would be so proud to play for their country and cherish any opportunity to do so, but I’m not so sure these days. Increasing the season to go touring may not be a priority for some.
COVID-19 could put paid to any kind of expansion too. I do believe that where there is a will there is a way. Our great NRL season in this torrid and awful time has been a revelation – an exercise in creative, lateral problem solving. It can be done.
I will take a greater interest in your competition in future and I hope the problems being experienced can be overcome with the getting together of like-minded people who love the game and will work together to restore some of the past pride and tribalism in the supporters, with some creative, lateral problem solving of your own. Thank you for your article and best of luck to you and Super league. Long may it continue and carry forward, going from strength to strength.

Here's how to save rugby league in England

I agree with all the reasoning of the author. BUT: I blame those flamin’ Queenslanders and their hecking coach the most! When will Old Boney Legs retire for goodness sake? As a New South Welsh person I’m always waiting for some brilliant player or their coach to retire but it’s useless. There is always another brilliant player to take their place and OBL?…I’ll have fallen off my perch, popped my clogs, gone toes up, before he calls time. So damned annoying. When their GOAT coach retires and Fittler’s had a bit more experience coaching in SOO, we might be in with another chance.
Ps I think Young Lomax and Cam MacInnes will be in the next series win for the Blues.

How the worst Queensland side ever won the 2020 State of Origin series

I’ve stirred the hornets nest! Princess Trent? I’m cracking up picturing him in a tutu now, and a tiara. 😂 😛
This footballer certainly has his detractors and admirers and never the Twain shall meet. I hope he does well with the Bulldogs, and he can wear a tiara whenever the mood takes him 😛

St George Illawarra's greatest NRL team

Rightio then Dan! I’ll leave it at that Dear. The subject is really not worth any more “discussion” Chill out. 😂

St George Illawarra's greatest NRL team

I’m thinking back to all those games I watched him play. He did have a few shockers and even got a slap round the chops once from an inexperienced coach. But I wouldn’t describe his career with the Dragons as inconsistent. I humbly disagree with your assessment, but respect your right to express it.

St George Illawarra's greatest NRL team

😂 Conspiracy theories abound. The end of the world is nigh! No…SOO didn’t die when the maroons dominated for 10 years. It won’t cark it because the blues won their home game. The series decider should be a ripper. NSW might have it ‘on paper’ but QLD have their pride on the line at Suncorp.
Beware the wounded cane toads.

State of Origin 2 player ratings: NSW Blues

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How NSW can keep the Origin three-peat dream alive tonight

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How NSW can keep the Origin three-peat dream alive tonight

😂 Maloney? Stewing beef ‘n bones – requires hours of slow cooking to make it palatable. Queenslanders would have some trouble digesting Maloney off cuts.

How NSW can keep the Origin three-peat dream alive tonight

Brilliant reply! 😂

How NSW can keep the Origin three-peat dream alive tonight