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Brothers’ winger Don Alroe scoring a record eight tries in a match against Souths.
Didn’t we say 7 seemed a record the other day?

QRL finished its development of Lang Park (now Suncorp Stadium)

Still Lang Park to me. Ron McAuliffe is a name you hear over and over.

Bit dirty only two Souths players made the team there Matt, we won a few titles there.

History of Brisbane Rugby League: Expansion and consolidation, 1950 to 1958

It would be 17 teams though.

A team of the NRL's most disappointing players

Results from the previous season.

A team of the NRL's most disappointing players

Read below and what I said in the first place.

A team of the NRL's most disappointing players

I didn’t say P/R for NRL franchises, just tiers below that. Combine teams from NSW and QLD cups into two divisions.
These clubs already maintain themselves just fine.

A team of the NRL's most disappointing players

We need to two divisions below the NRL with the top div matching the number of teams in the NRL with promotion/relegation between the two div’s. We can use that then to bring in new teams from other areas slowly before entering the NRL.

That keeps all those legacy teams around and gives you a reserve grade. If you just make a reserve grade and ditch/diminish all the State Leagues you are left with nothing but plastic reserve teams with everybody out for themselves. Young players will learn pride in playing for a club if they are brought through an old club with History.

A team of the NRL's most disappointing players

I thought you were just going to list the entire Broncos team after the first few.

A team of the NRL's most disappointing players

Or Australia. Our Doctors diagnosed Crybabyitis not long afterwards.

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

His best days are still behind him.

Can SBW still be at his best despite his age?

Other than it seaming not swinging it would get have Bradman struggling

Even Ben Stokes couldn't handle this peach from Pakistan quick

I think we both know we will get the number one spot as well.

The top ten worst finals performances of the NRL era: Part 1

They are both marking time until Sam Walker comes into grade.

Trent Robinson reticent on Kyle Flanagan's return

What about “The Axe”. Getting out of his hospital bed with blood poisoning to play and origin game.

Does Deano’s 200 in India count?

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

The is always the exception to the rule. Totti was another example.

Can SBW still be at his best despite his age?

All my time watching sport the older you get after a certain age the larger the gaps between your really good performances. That certain age is the only factor at play, when is that age for each player? I think SBW reached that age at the Wolf Pack. We will see I guess, sounds like he might not even play.

Can SBW still be at his best despite his age?

Come on Barry, don’t let Pryde beat you.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 13

The Roosters and Storm still sit above all others, although things are not all super rosy with Flanagan being dropped. Robinson is clearly not happy so that should put to bed the notion that they are tapering for the finals.

Panthers and Eels sit just below them now, Canberra maybe as well. Good performances so far but the pressure of September is the unknown with these teams. Then out of the rest you can eliminate the four worst teams in the comp, the Dogs, Cows, Titans and the embarrassing Broncos.

The rest of the teams are battling it out to make up the numbers come finals time. Manly, Newcastle, Souths and the Sharks battling to take those last three finals spots. I am guessing the Sharks will miss out but I would not be surprised to see the Bunny’s drop out.

Who is a genuine contender and who is making up the numbers?

I really hope not.

Todd Payten eyes Cowboys coaching gig

I know you are trolling so good luck with that, but for others reading this I hope they are aware of the extreme privilege that a some section of the community enjoy.

Joseph Suaalii playing NRL before he turns 18 is literally a matter of life and death

😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

Joseph Suaalii playing NRL before he turns 18 is literally a matter of life and death

Rugby players are smarter, their parents and paid teachers have told them so for years, before they are gifted jobs and enter the old boys club where only the “smart” ones end up. Being arrogant and entitled clearly makes one brilliant as well.

Joseph Suaalii playing NRL before he turns 18 is literally a matter of life and death

Can Green go to the Warriors now.

Todd Payten eyes Cowboys coaching gig

That first Test was great.

How changes in the game of cricket make me wonder what the future holds

Changes to the game itself that have made the game worse for me firstly are the reduction of the “strike zone” in cricket. I use a baseball term on purpose as the limit on short balls and the areas where wides are called being brought in further and further means batsmen/women can easily focus on hitting in a certain area, knowing that most if not all balls are going to be there. This is clearly a big issue to me in one day cricket but you can see the effects in FC cricket as well. It makes it a lot easier to power hit.

Add in the bats being thicker and lighter, boundaries not only being smaller but the surface being perfectly maintained as well. I still say that if you waked out into the middle of the Gabba and hit the ball along the ground and then did the same at a local suburban ground of similar size it would much easier to reach the boundary at the Gabba.

Then we have the pitches which we all know have for a long time now have had little life in them. Credit where it is due in the last few years we have seen a bit of life in the strips again.

Then we also have the Kookaburra balls with just do nothing. Look at the difference in the Shield we used Dukes for half a season. The Dukes move around at right angles compared the the Kookaburra balls.

All this has made batting very easy compared to earlier times and yet the standing of batting is so low that most players still only have middling averages but the good ones are very high. Not only in one day cricket do we have players teeing off most of the game because they know where the ball is going to be bowled and it is not going to do much but even in Test cricket we are seeing it at times. We have lost that intimidation factor that made the game so gripping. Batsmen just battling to stay out there of even avoid getting hurt before maybe getting their eye in and making some runs.

The focus on T20 cricket will destroy the game in the end in my opinion. We have T20 cricket because One Dayers were too long and boring and now we are already talking about T20 cricket being boring or too long at times, what then? We can’t go to T10. The game has to have confidence in the game itself and stop trying to invent new versions. Inventing new versions just shows everyone the game itself does think much of our own game. WE already have two new versions trotted out in the last two years.

How changes in the game of cricket make me wonder what the future holds

The Broncs have never replaced Alfie. Kevie took us to the 2000 title with the same team full of legend forwards. Locky dragged us to the 2006 title inventing block/second man plays and relying on that same group of forwards to give him room. Even without Alf it took two all time great halves to lead the team around. Over time the great forwards retired and Locky tried his best but once he left that was that. 2015 I thought Hunt might have finally replaced Alf be alas that didn’t happen.

We have never replaced Alf. I cannot see us winning anything until we do find a new great half back, preferably a QLD one. Sam Walker was the next great hope but the bleeping Roosters pinched him so now we are back to maybe Deardon, who maybe turns into something but that is far from certain. Other than that, if there are no quality halfs coming through then we have to go all out and get one, Keary or Munster and the ones to go after for me.

First of course we need to fix all the internal issues and get a new coach.

Where to now for the struggling Brisbane Broncos?