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Life Long Brisbane Rugby League supporter, first Redcliffe and now Broncos. also a mad cricket follower and casual everything else follower.

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I stopped reading after fullback. I can’t believe you didn’t include Darius Boyd!

Way-too-early Dally M team of the year predictions

What exactly is your point? Does all international competition have to follow the DTP law?

NRL intervention sets up international feast

Football is the largest sport in the world. And players play in leagues all over the world and don’t live in their own countries. Why would professional football player play in an African league instead of the Premier League. Why would a Tongan play in the Tonga amateur league instead of the NRL?

NRL intervention sets up international feast

As good as that is for my ego I don’t think the hours and hours getting the references and bibliography would be worth the 25 copies I’d sell. Let’s just stick to the Roar and if you are keen you just need a printer and a whopping big stapler!

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

I had a delay out of my control so I’m catching back up.

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

I think he’s still 5 premierships away from that mantle.

The 2019 premiers: the Roosters, Rabbitohs or Storm

This is a tough one. Brisbane is almost unique in its capacity to hold this event. It has a massive rugby league fan base, but only one team. The Broncos are not universally loved in Brisbane with over half the football fans in the city supporting some other team, often who their family supported before the Broncos arrived. So there was some ready made fan base for neutral fans. it also has the advantage of being a short hop from Sydney, the other large rugby league city, as well as being a shorter flight down from North QLD, the remaining rugby league stronghold. And there is the Gold and Sunshine Coasts as tourist attractions for the Southerners.

No other options tick all the boxes:
– North QLD – much lower population and the Cowboys have a much larger hold over the region, so other club supporters won’t be as numerous.
– Melbourne and Adelaide – smaller numbers of local rugby league fans
– Perth – would be a success I think but the timeslot is a problem
– Auckland – timeslot issue and I also doubt the appetite of the fans.
– Sydney – Sydney already get multiple games a weekend, so would they come out in greater numbers for this ‘event’?

Potential future venues for the NRL's Magic Round

I am probably completely wrong, but just quietly, the Knights are starting to get that roster to gel. With so many new players it was always going to take time. they look a different side with Ponga at the back. Pearce is taking control. The forwards are looking more solid. Their goal line defence is starting get more organised and difficult to break.

Maybe it all comes together?

The Sharks are my other smokie to challenge the Big Three.

But the problem for these teams is that may have to beat two of the three in consecutive weeks to get the chocolates. I can see a one-off victory, but to back up against another will be the challenge.

Oh and my Broncos are gone, but they might shape the fortunes of some other contenders as they can produce the odd great game.

The 2019 premiers: the Roosters, Rabbitohs or Storm

Yeah Noel Kelly wouldn’t last the season without an early shower and stint on the sidelines at some point.

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

Here are the nicknames I had in the draft:
Lockyer – “Locky”. Roy & HG nickname: “Silk”.
Lumsden – “Gumleaves”
Langlands – “Chang”
Lyon – “Killer”
Lullham – none
Lewis – “The King”, “The Emperor of Lang Park”
Langer – “Alfie”. Roy and HG nickname: “Deborah Kerr”
Lazarus – “The Brick with Eyes”
Lang – none
Larson – “Sven”. Roy and HG Nickname: “The Far Side”
Lindner – “Bustling”
Luke Lewis – “Lewy”
Lynch – “Thirsty”
Lyons – “Napper”
Lamb – “Baa Baa”
Luke and Lomax – none

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter L

Yeah you’re right, must have got cut in editing.

Off the top of my head we have Locky, none, Chang, Killer, none, the King or the Emperor of Lang Park, Alfie, the Brick with Eyes, none, Far Side, none, none, Thirsty.

I’m sure I’ve missed some though, I don’t have my draft in front of me.

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter L

Yes he probably deserved a mention, although I think Kearney was better.

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

A vote will be welcomed

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter L

I pretty much missed him beepee. Great pick up. Who would you replace?

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter L

Thanks Chris.

But much to Barry’s disgust if I was moving The King to lock it would be to have Lockyer at 6 and Langlands at fullback.

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter L

He was an erratic excitement machine.

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

As for the front row, I’d happily replace Klemmer with Kite or Kearns but Noel Kelly is the Team of the Century and was an absolute winner. He is up there with Artie Beetson, Duncan Hall and Glen Lazarus and the best front rower of all time.

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

SKD was the unluckiest omission, I mainly left him out because I find researching the older players like Bill Kelly more interesting. Kelly captained Balmain to an undefeated premiership in 1915 and was probably the best centre in the game at that point . World War One limited his representative opportunities and then he was injured in the war and had to retire.

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

You are the second to mention Peter Kelly. I should have given him a mention, although if I was swapping out Klemmer it would be for Kite

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

Keary off the bench with Kenny playing two wide and having Kennedy and Matt King in support sounds pretty damaging.

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

If you use that criteria then Ross Conlon makes the C team…

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

It was a tight call. Kite was very effective over a long career. I’d be happy to swap them out. Klemmer got the nod due to his achievements already when he is still pretty young in front row terms.

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

Fair call. A quality tough man but he didn’t play much rep footy. Deserves and honourable mention though.

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

Thanks Barry, yeas the backs are very light on, although Matt King was always a favourite. How effective would Johnny King be without Gasnier handing him all those tries on silver platters? He was dead set the Darius Boyd of his day, being hand a saloon passage by Greg Inglis.
By all reports Bill Kelly was very good, possibly the best of his day, but the back five doesn’t really scare anyone.
But the halves and forwards are an entirely different matter. The Kenny/Kimmorley combo would be very effective and having Kennedy running off them into holes looks good. Kosef and Kearney provide the offloads and second phase and the front row is just terrifying.
But do they have enough points in them?

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K

It’s a top pack of forwards. Hopefully Klemmer doesn’t try to go all “tough guy” while packing down next to Killer Kearney and Ned Kelly in the scrums. They’d just laugh at him. Seriously how many of our modern hookers and props would want to pack down against this front row?

Rugby League’s History: The all-time great alphabet teams – letter K