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I was born in the St-George hospital on 1/5/55.

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I replied to this but I can’t see it and it won’t let me post it because it is a duplicate. It was a deceptive wobble and shuffle.

Remembering those who departed in 2020

Yes that was a deceptive wobble and shuffle because no defender turned and chased because they were completely fooled by it. They could only watch and hope Willoughby would stop him. He didn’t have the speed off the mark like Steve Morris.

Remembering those who departed in 2020

You might have seen Phil Gould, a Saints fan who travelled from Penrith to Carlton in his youth. You had to arrive early for a good seat at Kogarah as it didn’t hold many people. It wasn’t used much when they had match of the round at the SCG, Saints’ second home ground.

Remembering those who departed in 2020

It is a great game but it can be very dangerous. One day we, Allawah, were playing Kingsgrove De La Salle and I was cover defending when their centre, Paddy, was sandwiched by our centre and winger. Paddy broke his femur and he was screaming in pain as his head was laying on his lower leg. Fortunately there was a nurse in the crowd but it was a long wait for the ambulance to appear on Sunbeam Avenue.

Remembering those who departed in 2020

Tony Branson was playing 5/8 against Manly when he made a clean brake after throwing a dummy. He raced downfield towards the Manly fullback, Mark Willoughby, with no one near him. He then threw a dummy to no one but Willoughby fell for it and went for the invisible man as Branson went in under the posts.

Remembering those who departed in 2020

In 1965 all games were played on Saturday with a Match of the Day at the SCG often involving St.George. The other game’s progress scores were shown on the SCG scoreboard. The first Sunday game was in 1966 between Saints and Balmain. It was a success as the SCG was packed. After that Sundays became common. I could watch Controversy Corner with Rex Mossop, Noel Kelly, Ferris Ashton and Col Pearce and then walk down Carlton Parade and over the station to Kogarah Oval. My older sister became an Easts fan in 1966.

Remembering those who departed in 2020

Your brother is welcome to come in as long as he doesn’t bring a cat with him. They are pests that are causing mass extinctions of our small marsupials. Also many birds are ground feeders that evolved with no cats. Eastern Rosellas are only seen feeding with large flocks of sulphur crested cockatoos.

The case for offering COVID-19 vaccines to athletes

The 1964 grand final was my first game. I was 9 and arrived during the 2nd grade game won by St.George over Souths. I was amazed at the sight of a packed hill as I walked around to the Paddington corner where our seats were. Balmain were unlucky to lose that day, they had it won until some magic from Graeme Langlands saw John King score the game’s only try. Like Wests the year before they came so close.

The forgotten players: Balmain Tigers

Dick Huddart from England and Robin Gourlay from Ireland played in the 1966 grand final for St.George.

The forgotten players: Balmain Tigers

I remember Neville Hornery, playing for Wests against Easts, being sent off for kicking. It was in the early 60s when they broadcast the second half, in black and white. He only had to get back 3 yards so he decided to run over the tackled player as he was getting up and make it look like an accidental kick in the head. I can only remember one other player sent off for head kicking and that was Rod Reddy against Canterbury.

The forgotten players: Western Suburbs Magpies

Yes I think so. Her father took her, as a young girl, to the grand finals in the early sixties so she got a good understanding of the game and a desire to see Saints lose. It’s a pity Canterbury didn’t win in 1967 but they came up against Souths with a Souths fan as referee. I came across her in the old Deja News and the old discussion groups. She was also very good on Live and Sweaty with Andrew Denton.

The forgotten players: Western Suburbs Magpies

Debbie Spillane was a very good commentator who never let her Canterbury colours get in the way of her love of Rugby League. She was also on live and sweaty with Rex Mossop and Julian Clary, a great team. There was also an amusing disc jockey. I don’t remember the details but Peter Jackson was a classy player whose life sadly came to an early end. Artie Beetson was great commentator who had an amusing problem with David Riolo, calling him “Rioli”.

The forgotten players: Western Suburbs Magpies

Warren Boland and Artie Beetson were a good commentary team. One day Boland gave a talk and made a very good argument for the legalisation of cannabis. Of course he couldn’t counter the police argument ‘The law is the law’. It may have been what ended his career but he was a smart player.

The forgotten players: Western Suburbs Magpies

Early in 1959 Saints coach Ken Kearney told his first grade team to turn up early to watch third grade. Gasnier’s first run was a length of the field try after swerving and accelerating through a gap. When Gasnier played rugby union for the school they won the University Shield.

Remembering a couple of rugby league speed demons

Steve Morris and Steve Mortimer were very quick over 30 metres.

Remembering a couple of rugby league speed demons

It happened in 1978 when papers were selling well. I’m not offended, I was giving an example of an Adelaide reporter making up stories about Rugby League and reporting it as fact.

The 17th NRL team? There’s only one answer

I probably don’t listen to enough talk shows to comment.

The 17th NRL team? There’s only one answer

The local papers didn’t have results, no worries. The afternoon paper ran a story saying the game between Manly and Wests was abandoned due to the crowd invading the pitch. It was just Roy Masters’ fibrous against the Manly Silver-tails resulting in some on field brawling.

The 17th NRL team? There’s only one answer

Reg Gasnier played all but one year under the old unlimited tackle rules when backline play was based on winning scrums and using your strike weapons in the centre. Reg played left centre in attack and outside centre in defence. Graeme Langlands, a great fullback, played in the centre to make way for other fullbacks like Les Johns. Fullback has to be a good tackler whereas Gasnier was there for his attack.

Is centre rugby league's most under-appreciated position?

Yes, a draw is not a win and it should be worth half of the points for a win, so that teams would share the points. It is a system fault that should be corrected. If your team finished 9th beaten by a team scoring a golden point win would you still be a fan of the NRL sideshow?

Fool's gold: The NRL must change its competition points

You say we don’t give a team that has drawn at full-time the same points as a team that has won but we do and that is my objection to GP.

Fool's gold: The NRL must change its competition points

Those are the rules for all teams : Yes but a team that scores more points than their opponents at full-time deserves more than a team that doesn’t no matter what happens during the sideshow. What is wrong with rewarding winners? We have done it for a long time?

Fool's gold: The NRL must change its competition points

It’s not a new result : The point I was trying to make was that it should be a new result.

Fool's gold: The NRL must change its competition points

An Adelaide journalist creating a story denigrating RL and passing it off as the truth is an example of propaganda that you would not see in the Sydney papers on AF. Your inadequate coverage of AFL in the Sydney papers is not as bad as telling lies. No wonder it’s a non-issue with you.

The 17th NRL team? There’s only one answer

They don’t need huge mass media coverage they only need to provide a team and have the Perth RL competition as a future feeder for RL to grow. The media coverage isn’t as important as it was in 1978 when they could write false stories about a game to influence their readers.

The 17th NRL team? There’s only one answer