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$5500 well spent if Kevvie guides his team to a series win. Apparently it was worth it for Trent Robinson, Michael Cheika etc

Yer a wizard, Kevvie: How Queensland made $5500 disappear

Agreed! He’s as humble in victory as he is in defeat. Not just a great ambassador for bowling but a great ambassador for Australian sport.

Jason Belmonte: Australia’s unknown sporting phenomenon

Thank you mate!

Jason Belmonte: Australia’s unknown sporting phenomenon

Matty Bowen is my all-time favourite player. He was unreal to watch!

On a mission: Matt Bowen and Matt Mitchell's Australian Story

Doesn’t mean they can stop the NRL. If there’s AFL players who have the speed and skill to be an outside back in league, go after them.

Now that we're thinking outside the square a little...

There’s more than enough players for 2 new teams if you think outside the square. The talent pool isn’t just what we have in our reserve grade comps. We can raid English super league and also look to poach rugby union players. Union seems to be a dying code in Aus and why not look at recruiting some of their young talent. And if you want to look at the far fetched ideas, league could look at converting young AFL players and develop them into league players.
As far as the moaning part goes, rugby league in Australia has such a negative culture at the moment. The league Media always gets criticized for being ‘crisis merchants’ but the NRL fanbase as a whole just can’t help but to express a negative attitude towards the game and actively go searching for something to complain about. It’s sad really.

Now that we're thinking outside the square a little...

I think that was the main reason why he got the top job. Political contacts meaning he’d bring the money.

Australian rugby league has gone into election mode

Agreed. The corresponding round last year had more injuries. Blaming the turf for the injuries which occurred is a lazy argument for those building the narrative that magic round was a fail.

Australian rugby league has gone into election mode

Cathar you’ve brilliantly hit the nail on the head, not with opinion, but with facts.

Australian rugby league has gone into election mode

West Indies are the smokies. On their day, they have a batting line up that can and probable will wallop any bowling attack. I also wouldn’t call them “weak’ either. Depite their current ranking, their young talent are only getting better and with Gayle at the top of the order, they could do anything.

The Cricket World Cup is wide open

Thanks for sharing… you should put your words into an article or a blog!

Women’s team salvaged cricket in Australia after sandpaper gate

Perry scored her 200 before the sandpaper gate but I get your point. It was a great moment for women’s sport. My piece isn’t really directed at “offended men” though, I don’t want it to become a social issue, it’s simply highlighting the men’s culture and the organizations culture on the eve of Smith and Warner’s return… as well as promoting the women’s game during a dark 12-month period for the sport.

Women’s team salvaged cricket in Australia after sandpaper gate

Hi Ethan, appreciate you defending my piece. I’d like to keep the discussion civil though… you’re right in the comparison simply being good culture vs bad culture, and how the bad culture can learn from the good culture. I also don’t believe the men’s team should in any way be immune to criticism. To say “promoting the women while criticising the men” is somehow a bad thing and “virtue signalling” is a bit misguided in my opinion, because for me, there’s nothing about the women’s national team to be critical of. As far as “virtue signalling” is concerned, it depends on your definition I guess. In my opinion, “virtue signalling” would be your author trying to make a case about social justice issues like the pay disparity between the men and women or lack of equality in media attention or whatever…. I’ll leave those articles to the social justice warriors because my article doesn’t focus on said issues that would be considered “virtue signalling”. It’s merely a comparison on team culture and how the men can learn from the women and that’s it. But in saying that, hawtdawg is entitled to his opinion. I don’t mind people disagreeing with me.

Women’s team salvaged cricket in Australia after sandpaper gate

Rob, I couldn’t agree more with your assessment. There’s just no sugarcoating whats happened and whats going on.

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

I did have a giggle at your comment and I apologise… didn’t mean to throw it back in your face. Lets be adults and have a civil conversation. So to answer your questions, I think any other coach would bring fresh ideas to the Cows. Griffin, Demetriou, Toovey, Barrett, Adam O’Brien… out of them I’d go with Jason Demetriou, he was the assistant when they won the comp, but has plenty of success in his own right in the lower levels and served an apprenticeship under Bennett. Adam O’Brien I haven’t heard much of but coming out of the Strom system with massive wraps could do a good job there.

As far as JT goes, well it’s hard to come back from a serious injury and although people say he played a year too long, well in 2018 he finished first for try assists, first for line-break assists, first in line-engagements, third in forced line dropouts… his defence dropped right off but he wasn’t the cause of the cowboys woes in 2018. Well past his best but most other halves could only dream of producing the numbers he produced last year. From the start of 2018 until now, in my couch coach opinion, the cows are out of form as a team and well as individual players. JT wasn’t the problem.

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

From my perspective, Green is in a different position to other coaches because of the roster he has. Scott, Cooper, McLean, Morgan, Kahu, O’Neill, Te Maire, Hess, Taumalolo, McGuire have all played Origin and Internationals. Clifford is one of the biggest young stars, dominated junior rep sides. Premiership players. Their roster is stacked and not performing whereas other coaches who may be struggling wouldn’t have anywhere near the roster the Cows have. Arthur, Stuart, Brown, Brennan, Pay for example.

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

Especially when you consider they had the likes of Viliame Kikau and Rhyse Martin, whos a NQ kid in their system

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

Are you talking to me or Ethan Z?

I’m a sports writer highlighting what I believe the issues are up north. I’m just a couch coach, it’s up to you and all readers to decide whether I’m right or wrong and participate in discussion with substance to your arguments. It’s nothing personal… anyways, I’ll let you lads keep having a go at each other.

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

True. The coach needs to take his part of the responsibility for the fundamental errors.

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

TMM had a few decent games at the back end of 2017 but I would agree with your assessment. Completely agree with your assessment o Morgan as well. Really smart kid with a high rugby league IQ. But he does need a bit of mongrel. Especially now he’s captain, some of his teammates could use a decent spray from what I’ve seen during games this season. He needs to stop playing Mr Nice guy and boss the team.

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

So many clubs would envy the talent pool of juniors and reserve grade players the Cowboys have got up there. 3 feeder clubs. But you’re right, questions have to be asked as to why their kids coming through aren’t primed to play first grade or given the opportunity to play first grade.

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

Nene is a NQ kid so I think that may have been part of their logic in signing him. Gideon Gela-Mosby is the head scratcher for me. Like I pointed out, he could be, or should I say SHOULD be the Cows version of Addo-Carr. He’s raw speed and brought the team to life in the last month of last season. Sure he’s had some on and off-field discipline issues, but where Bellamy succeeded in turning Addo-Carr from rascal into a complete professional athlete, Green has majorly failed.

Not sure behind the reasoning of Kahu, it’s a one season contract, he signed as Barba’s replacement to I assume play fullback, which didn’t last long. Strange when they have Hampton and Carlin Anderson. Probably an illogical signing.

And yes he was signed last April to a contract extension, while in the midst of a form slump so… that was interesting as well. He might not have been that lucky if the Dragons royally choked against the Dogs on that famous in 2017.

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

There’s no question he inherited a roster with JT in his prime, stacked with rep stars and primed to win a comp. The challenge for Green was to evolve his squad and structures to stay ahead of the pack, to stay fresh. It does look as if he hasn’t. I think opposition teams started to figure out the Cows late in 2016.

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

Lord Feldt. I bet they’re missing his spiralling kick-off’s, 60 metre drop outs and his finishing skills. Wouldn’t be the worst idea to give him a crack at fullback. He’s got all the skills

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys

When the Cowboys board meet their employees for their mid-season performance review, I highly doubt Green’s performance will be measured on Ricky Stuart’s win percentage lol

Paul Green must take responsibility for his woeful Cowboys