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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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And my Alphabet teams series was ripped off from a series in the cricket section

A forfeit, challengers and Bears premierships: How the rugby league grand final came to be

Feel free. A 10 part history of the NSWRL will take you a while 😁

A forfeit, challengers and Bears premierships: How the rugby league grand final came to be

Birder is opening … on Day 6 😢

'Most talked-about series in 15 years': My Ashes preview

Look up my profile. I did a 10 part series on the history of the BRL. Maybe your uncle got a mention

A forfeit, challengers and Bears premierships: How the rugby league grand final came to be

The pork knuckle is apparently a good feed, according to my son.

BREAKING: Starc survives, Head edges Khawaja as Australian Ashes XI revealed

All true. We were a Ben Hunt dropped ball away from the 2015 premiership, which might explain the Dragons current slump 😁

A forfeit, challengers and Bears premierships: How the rugby league grand final came to be

There were a few Queenslanders on the tour. The comp didn’t officially start until 1909 but the QRL was established in February 1908. They considered a 1908 comp to be too rushed. Instead There had been exhibition club matches and some rep fixtures. The first was in May 1908 when QLD played 4 matches the NZ All Golds, with Dally Messenger playing for both teams during the series. NZ Maori also toured QLD in June 1908. NSW played QLD in July. Toombul won the 1908 unofficial ‘premiership’

Queenslanders on that first Kangaroo tour we’re: Bill Heidke, Mick Bolewski, Arthur Ankezark, and Bill Hardcastle

A forfeit, challengers and Bears premierships: How the rugby league grand final came to be

No we are definitely catching up. After surviving the Y2K thing last year we are roaring into the 21st Century 😂

BREAKING: Starc survives, Head edges Khawaja as Australian Ashes XI revealed

But also every chance we could be two up by then if Starc is firing.

BREAKING: Starc survives, Head edges Khawaja as Australian Ashes XI revealed

Really? Looks sort of drizzly and overcast most days. Let’s hope you are right. Tell you what, looking out the window this morning at 10:20am, and I would be dead set set terrified to face Jimmy Anderson under these overhead conditions.

BREAKING: Starc survives, Head edges Khawaja as Australian Ashes XI revealed

My weather app looks even worse. I hope I don’t spend my Day 3 in the stands watching drizzle. I could do that at home for free. And the drinks are better at home.

BREAKING: Starc survives, Head edges Khawaja as Australian Ashes XI revealed

Good point

BREAKING: Starc survives, Head edges Khawaja as Australian Ashes XI revealed

Have to have concussion subs these days too and Khawaja could cover most spots as well as being experienced enough to not have it phase him

BREAKING: Starc survives, Head edges Khawaja as Australian Ashes XI revealed

The City Cup was a big deal and you can argue that this gives Glebe an actual title!

Competition Champions Teams Games Players Crowd Avg
City Cup 1912 South Sydney 8 7 115 6,529
City Cup 1913 Glebe 8 7 124 7,500
City Cup 1914 Eastern Suburbs 8 7 113 * 8,250
City Cup 1915 Eastern Suburbs 8 7 118 * 5,600
City Cup 1916 Eastern Suburbs 8 7 115 6,971
City Cup 1917 Balmain 8 7 114 * 7,000
City Cup 1918 Western Suburbs 8 7 109 9,000
City Cup 1919 Western Suburbs 8 7 113 6,143
City Cup 1920 North Sydney 9 8 127 * 6,286
City Cup 1921 South Sydney 9 39 186 * 3,509
City Cup 1922 North Sydney 9 39 176 * 6,594
City Cup 1923 Balmain 9 41 185 * 5,338
City Cup 1924 South Sydney 9 27 179 * 4,604
City Cup 1925 South Sydney 9 8 135 3,400
City Cup 1937 Newtown 9 39 185 * 5,722
City Cup 1942 Newtown 8 7 125 8,289
City Cup 1959 St George 10 9 79 7,879

A forfeit, challengers and Bears premierships: How the rugby league grand final came to be

the Dragons have a few years yet to match the Rabbitoh’s decades in the wilderness after 1971.

A forfeit, challengers and Bears premierships: How the rugby league grand final came to be

This used to happen quite regularly. Both the end of seasons and the start of the next were often affected. and we complain about players missing two or three games for Origin!

A forfeit, challengers and Bears premierships: How the rugby league grand final came to be

And then Brisbane lost all their records in the 1974 floods when Lang Park went 2 metres under. Such a shame.

A forfeit, challengers and Bears premierships: How the rugby league grand final came to be

I can;t remember whether it was in Sydney or Brisbane, but one year a premiership was actually called off after about three quarters of the year, as the front runners couldn’t be caught. Antoher year the premiership was called off early as the premier players caught a boat over to England for the Kangaroo Tour.

A forfeit, challengers and Bears premierships: How the rugby league grand final came to be

“He also scored a couple of souvenirs. As the teams were having a beer in the rooms together, Ponting gave Pratt his boots and signed a photo of Pratt being held high by Andrew Flintoff.”

That paints Ponting in a much better light, obviously after he got over his little tantrum. I’m glad you put that in as I didn’t know about it and he always struck me as a decent guy.

Ashes countdown: Tugga's tons, Smith's 239 and Beefy's brutality feature in part 3 of our 40 greatest moments

The rain could be a problem, but I guess there is always overprice beer in plastic cups

'Most talked-about series in 15 years': My Ashes preview

Given the chances of rain is currently showing at least 50% on each and every day, peaking at over 80% on Day 2, I just hope we get enough play. I have Day 3 tickets (70% chance of rain).

Your England team looks about right. I doubt they will play the spinner, although given they already have Stokes making up a 4 man pace attack, they might think they have enough seam bowling resources and still play Leach.

I think Australia will win the series, but only say 2-1. It could even be squared off. If the Gabba is rained out and it’s unlikely England will have to play in their other bogey state, Perth, they have a punchers chance. they just need to find enough runs.

'Most talked-about series in 15 years': My Ashes preview

Great article.

I wrote about this summer a couple of years ago on the Roar: https://www.theroar.com.au/2020/05/04/memories-of-backyard-cricket-in-the-summer-of-79/

I was 8 years old that summer, so just getting into the sweet spot when your sporting heroes are set in stone. For me it had been David Hookes in the WSC summer and then of course DK Lillee . Being a left hander I also began to idolise Allan Border.

I remember not watching all that much cricket though. My brother and I got the ABC cricket book that used to have the blank scorecards in the back and we played many “tests” that summer in the backyard, methodically keeping score in the ABC cricket books. I seem to remember there must have been a highlights package because I saw plenty of cricket as well.

Why 1979-80 remains my favourite summer of cricket

I agree, he’s a got a bit of personality about him. I agree that I fear Broad more than Anderson, because of those times when lightning strikes. But he is getting on.
And i love his batting. turned from a really good number 8 into a comedy routine.

Ashes Scout: Broad says it's 'worst prepared England side', Aussies goaded for 'horrendous chat'

I guess he knew he could always shut it down in the end if he had to, but had confidence in his bowlers to get the win. In the end, he had to pull the fail-safe lever and shut it down. Similar to a test match in England a couple of tours ago (I think) , when Clarke ended up having to use delaying tactics after setting up a target.

When the Gabba fortress was nearly breached

I don’t know much about Patel. What type of spinner is he and is he a big Turner of the ball?

'WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED?' Cricket world in disbelief as NZ spinner stuns India with TEN-wicket haul

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