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Peter, I hope your daughter enjoys this game. How special for your whole family!

New faces and experienced hands as Aussie Ashes defence goes red ball

Hmmm good question – I was at North Sydney Oval for the last Test match, was that one shown on TV? I seem to remember some uproar that people weren’t able to watch the Ellyse Perry double hundred.

New faces and experienced hands as Aussie Ashes defence goes red ball

Larry my point about Keebra Park is that there is a school on the Gold Coast with plenty of rugby league talent. Why do the Titans keep moving away from their home base and recruiting Sydney players on big money who do nothing? It’s like Parramatta recruiting their players from Brisbane – it doesn’t make sense?

Brennan had to go, but the Titans' problems run deeper than the coach

Appreciate you reading the article!

Brennan had to go, but the Titans' problems run deeper than the coach

Dogs Boddy – it’s funny, someone made this very suggestion to me on the weekend.

Brennan had to go, but the Titans' problems run deeper than the coach

Superspud good comment re Hayne. Whilst that was a bit of a disaster, at least during that period Jarryd gave them some sense of identity?

Brennan had to go, but the Titans' problems run deeper than the coach

Good point nrlfan. Glad this period has given you something to cheer about!

State of Origin fatigue has officially set in

Mushi, as someone who writes a bit of freelance, usually the direction at this time of the year is to focus on Origin. So it’s often a decision being made at an editorial level rather than individuals wanting to write endless Origin contents for months.

State of Origin fatigue has officially set in

Really good point, Ollie – thanks for mentioning Manly. They have really surprised me this year and I’ve been really impressed as to how Des Hasler has been able to get the most out of his players. Where do you think they’ll finish?

State of Origin fatigue has officially set in

Thanks for continuing to click on my articles. You’re a legend!

What do you need to do to get sent off?

And we all know how much Phil Gould likes to zero in on something he doesn’t like and spend the next 15 minutes talking about it. 😀

What do you need to do to get sent off?

Matth, good point re Alyssa and her wicket keeping duties. I hadn’t considered that.

The Aussie women have had some practice matches over in the UK and in their most recent one-day game against the England Academy, it was Ellyse Villani who opened the batting with Alyssa.

So who knows what’s going to happen.

Who will open for the Aussie women in the Ashes?

Tom G, were you there on Friday night?

There is no way that North Sydney Oval’s capacity is 20,000 and if that is the capacity there were more than 10,500 people there. The ground was full. Another 2-3000 people would have made it uncomfortable.

The women’s toilets queues were at least 15 minutes long at half time – so long in fact that some people went to the pub outside the ground to go. Food ran out by half time. If the women’s game continues to grow at this rate then I genuinely don’t see how the fixture can continue to be played at NSO, especially given that it will next be played in NSW in 2021 when the fixture will have grown even more.

Has women's State of Origin outgrown North Sydney Oval?

Ash Barty is incredible – why don’t you write something for the home page?

Nice work Freddy, now bring on Game 3

Care to elaborate?

Hey Freddy, NSW only lost Game 1 by four points. Wholesale team changes weren't needed

Can confirm, I am and always will be a Parramatta fan.

Hey Freddy, NSW only lost Game 1 by four points. Wholesale team changes weren't needed

Well said!

Hey Freddy, NSW only lost Game 1 by four points. Wholesale team changes weren't needed

I don’t understand this praising a halfback for defence. Sure it’s a nice to have… but that’s not the role I need my halfback to play.

JT wasn’t the best defender – did anyone give a toss?

Hey Freddy, NSW only lost Game 1 by four points. Wholesale team changes weren't needed

But the thing about it is, even Trent Robinson can’t get the best out of him. The Latrell Mitchell we saw last week is the Latrell we see every week.

Hey Freddy, NSW only lost Game 1 by four points. Wholesale team changes weren't needed

The men’s State of Origin and the Grand Final are close to sell outs. This means that upwards of 70,000 people attend.

The women’s game is not in the same space yet. It was attended by 7,500 people. Why on earth would you play a game in front of 10,000 people at ANZ with a rubbish atmosphere, when you can play it at North Sydney and have it buzzing?

Re NRLW, all games were live streamed on NRL.com.

The 11 debutants set to light up State of Origin

TAZZ, I’m a massive fan of women’s sport and if you haven’t been able to see the coverage on women’s rugby league you haven’t been looking at NRL.com closely enough or following the various social media that spends countless hours talking about the developments in the women’s game.

Additionally, North Sydney Oval is a perfect venue for this game. Did you attend last year? The atmosphere was magic. ANZ Stadium is a terrible place to watch footy… I would be interested in your justification for suggesting the game be played there.

The 11 debutants set to light up State of Origin

I cannot believe Pearce’s name is still in the mix.

Pearce is a very good club halfback, why can’t we leave it at that?

How the NSW Blues can win Origin 2

Could you have Finucane start and RCG off the bench?

How the NSW Blues can win Origin 2

COUNT ME IN!

How the NSW Blues can win Origin 2

MF, what are your thoughts on AFLW expansion? Do you think it happened too quickly?

Sustainable growth key to success of the women's game