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Tim Buck 3

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

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There is plenty of NRL news in Sydney but it has always had VFL/AFL news papers and had a VFL game on TV since the 70’s. It’s nothing like looking for Sydney RL scores in Southern Australia newspapers.

The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

Cricket doesn’t have much to compete with, only Baseball. Rugby has League in NSW & Qld and Aussie Rules in the Southern States.

Is league's popularity harming rugby development?

Victor Trumper, the cricketer & the J.J.Giltinan, the entrepreneur whose shield is awarded to the Sydney minor premiers and premiers before the NRL. Dally Messenger was the great Rugby player that they needed to attract other players to defect.

Is league's popularity harming rugby development?

Victor Trumper & J.J.Giltinan wanted to start a professional game in competition with Rugby. A Kiwi living in Sydney told them about a game of Northern Union Rugby that he had seen while touring with the All Blacks some years before. VT and JJG got in touch with the NU and got a copy of the rules. Another game created by the English.

Is league's popularity harming rugby development?

There aren’t many countries that play both but I believe that Rugby is more a social or drinking game than entertainment. Most of the Shute Shield crowd would be the lower grade players and a few friends and relatives. League is more serious and in Sydney the Rugby community watch the Swans for their entertainment.

Is league's popularity harming rugby development?

Australian Football inherited their biggest problem from Cricket. They play their game on the world’s biggest cricket ground but most cricket grounds around the world aren’t even a proper ellipse. Some cricket grounds in England and NZ have short boundaries and AF needs a big ground.

Is league's popularity harming rugby development?

Scrums as a battle for possession were the most dangerous part of the games with terrible spinal injuries. Rucking someone’s head can be dangerous too.

Is league's popularity harming rugby development?

Bevan French was pushed in the back and was used by the Saint to stay in play. Should’ve gone into extra time. No wonder the game is going nowhere.

Graham gets fairytale in Super League grand final

The table, aka the ladder, is sorted by points, difference and lower percentage. It is relevant as the ordering of the final series. Giving teams two points for a bye is pointless.

Return of mid-year Origin, Magic Round and regional games all confirmed in NRL 2021 draw

The trip home from an SCG match of the round was a train ride on the Illawarra Line through St.George, Sutherland and Wollongong. St.George won the most club championships in those days of three grades, thanks to all the Illawarra players that lived at Frank Facer’s place.

Illawarra Steelers' greatest ever team

We should scrap byes, teams with the most SoO players have enough of an advantage. The season is too long and we should add two or four teams and play each other once. Giving teams two points for a bye is pointless as all teams get one. The table has a column of useless information.

Return of mid-year Origin, Magic Round and regional games all confirmed in NRL 2021 draw

Bath was graded with Brisbane Souths when only 16-years-old, and won a premiership with them in 1945. After moving to Sydney, Bath played in the Balmain premierships in 1946 and 1947. Bath returned to Australia to play for Saints in three grand final wins from 1957 to 1959. The old fox coached Saints to premierships in 1977 & 1979.

The Balmain Tigers' greatest ever team

Sydney University started in 1920, Annandale’s last year, and played until 1937 coming last 10 times. They made the final in 1926 losing to Souths.

The Balmain Tigers' greatest ever team

I wasn’t surprised to see them get beaten in the grand final. Souths were minor premiers on 36 points and Balmain were 2nd on 34 points well clear of Saints and Manly on 28 points. Souths won the major semi 14-13 but Balmain showed with a little improvement they were a good chance. Souths were unable to score a try and never looked like winning the grand final. Souths were favourites because many people were swayed by the 67 and 68 grand finals but those grand finals were won with Col Pearce, a Souths fan according to Alan Clarkson another Souths fan. Everyone at St.George knew Col Pearce was a Souths fan after the 1955 finals. Ken Kearney was replaced by Norm Tipping as coach in 1956 because of Kearney’s on field war with referee Pearce. You can’t win a fight against a biased referee.

The Balmain Tigers' greatest ever team

He was a cousin of my mother. Mum’s father owned the St.George Fibrous Plaster Works on Railway Parade, Kogarah and played for St.George when they were Wests 3rd grade before 1921. I always liked the Tigers who went close to winning the 1964 grand final, my first live game.

The Balmain Tigers' greatest ever team

It wasn’t about the result, it was about a Queensland player slamming an already concussed player’s head into the ground. Arrow should receive a lengthy suspension.

Jai Arrow: "I'm not a grubby player"

It is not that JAC is fictionally fast, like in the road runner cartoons, it is because the defenders had to stop and turn to chase the kick. JAC was accelerating past them which is why one of them obstructed him. The defender was obstructing to stop a try and being > 10 metres doesn’t make it legal.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

If a defender stops and turns around to run after a ball carrier or a kick chaser they are momentarily stationary. You seem to be having difficulty comprehending the physical reality of a player changing direction. The moving pictures you talk of are cartoons and are nothing like a game of rugby league played by real people.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

1. JAC was passing the defenders who were turning and starting from zero velocity.
2. It isn’t hard to catch and score if he is in the clear as he was. The defender thought it was a likely outcome and risked a penalty try to stop a try. The obstructer was rewarded and he certainly thought he was stopping a try.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

The kick and chase and the following obstruction was real. The Qld player obstructed for the purpose of stopping a try. That is an observation and no guessing involved. I would be very surprised if the obstructer denied that fact.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

It looked likely that a try would be scored to me. State of Origin has never been a big event to me. I like all St.George players whether they’re from NSW, Qld or the rest of the Rugby League world. JAC was going to score a try is all I can say.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

It was a penalty try no matter what level it occurred at. A try was about to be scored as the kick was well weighted and looked likely to be regathered. If the referees decide that a professional can’t be expected to catch a bouncing ball and place it on the ground then they would say no try as a try would be unlikely.
They would reward the obstructer with a sin bin. The obstructer is the match winner.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

The defenders were momentarily stationary as they turned to chase. They were moving forward and then turned around and obstructed the chaser and stopped a try being scored. The sin bin was not a proper punishment for the crime. Should’ve been a golden point game.

Should Josh Addo-Carr have been awarded a penalty try in controversial end to Origin 3?

The defenders were facing JAC as he did a kick and chase in the direction of the try line. The defenders were momentarily stationary as they turned to chase. JAC accelerates past the defenders, one obstructs JAC. They were not going to catch him if they let him go as a try was a highly likely outcome. They stopped a try being scored so it should’ve been a penalty try. This clearly shows that a sin bin at that time is an infringement risk worth taking as the cheetah becomes the hero who wins the game. As you say JAC was illegally hit and it was as he was about to score a try. Isn’t that the reason to give a penalty try?

Should Josh Addo-Carr have been awarded a penalty try in controversial end to Origin 3?

The three Qlders were stationary but turning around as JAC ran past them. A try would have been scored but for the unfair play of the defending team. No penalty try like that will ever be given if the refs assume the player can’t catch and ground a ball.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3