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DP Schaefer

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away' [Henry David Thoreau]. I'm a bit of a sports addict, love competition.

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I keep wondering why Sterlo isn’t on more.

Rudd’s media bias petition updated to include Gus' commentary

👍 Nice story

Spiritual Panthers unite Penrith team

Yeah, I see that. Well thought out. 👍

An opportunity awaits the NRL

I’d like a World Cup system of groups as well as conference style, break up the year and add interest along with the element of chance.

An opportunity awaits the NRL

I don’t mind that idea, always open to alternative views. I’d be interested to know the thought behind the particular groups you ended up with. Rivalry? Common interests? Seems to be a bit of geography there.

An opportunity awaits the NRL

It’s all possible Hairy, my concern would be the broadcaster attitude towards a bottom tier group. Thus I suggest a different split, and it’s only for the first half of the year. It would actually enhance days like ANZAC day, as we now have both the Dragon v Rooster match and Storm v Warriors is gaining momentum as a second. So you’d have a special event each group. You could also up the broadcaster $$ with Fox having one group, Nine the other.

An opportunity awaits the NRL

Absolutely a try. Why the debate? Nothing like JAC’s drop on Friday.

Try or drop? Controversial call hands Souths critical score

easy draw with two games against the Dragons .. gee, thanks Tim. Enjoy that while it lasts ‘coz we are coming back!!

An opportunity awaits the NRL

I did say almost everybody.. 😂 👍

An opportunity awaits the NRL

True, but if they could have filled the gap without moving Mann from 5/8 where he was one of the best each week I think they would have done better.

Surely Mitchell Pearce wants to finish his career as a Knight

Fair words. The split along Sydney/other lines is as much about local dynamics. With the big expansion coming fairly recently, almost everybody – even those in cities, have a Sydney team along with their city. A ‘conference’ split along those lines to start make the most of existing loyalties. ALso, if you had a return to suburban grounds for the local matches, I think (IMO) you’d get better crowds and atmosphere. While I appreciate the argument of have/have not and teams that are the better involved in matches – my concern is for clubs (Sydney) that are up against it in this regard. An evolutionary ‘strongest survive’ approach will (again IMO) be damaging to the sport in certain areas. My opinion of the broadcaster influence isn’t economically sound so I’ll defer to your knowledge there. Cheers

An opportunity awaits the NRL

20 teams would be a decent number, and 19 weeks a decent comp time. Home and away swapping annually would work, good idea. I do think – having seen this year – that the players need a break so I’d still look for a rep round to give a breather or some enforced spells mid year. Your format would be good at 20 teams, what I’ve suggested above would work while we are building to that number. Then when there – they could use your format or mine with the interest of a ‘world cup group’ format for some left field interest then into finals. I’m with you on some simplicity, I just see some complicated and dodgy shenanigans fixing draws each year while the comp numbers grow with expansion.

An opportunity awaits the NRL

Right with you the top 8. Start the finals with 6, top two get their week off and the other 4 start play-offs – knockout from the start. With expansion, I know Brisbane is targeted, I’d just prefer Central Coast first, or expand Manly up there. That is a great breeding ground. I’d also like to see a team from NSW Country in the final complete comp of 20 or so teams.

An opportunity awaits the NRL

There’s a guy called Corey Norman who might be available.

The Knights' top targets should they offload Mitchell Pearce

Nice review Scott, and it’s just as well this game is the Friday. Whoever wins will need more time to recover methinks than the Saturday game.

Raiders and Storm to be decided by epic battle of the forwards

I’ll go along with that. Ricki will use this to fire them up. Lookout Storm…

Raiders and Storm to be decided by epic battle of the forwards

I could be wrong, but I tied in Newcastle’s wane with Mann’s movement out of 5/8

Surely Mitchell Pearce wants to finish his career as a Knight

Ahh BB, another good read. There you are, on the rocking chair on the back porch, puffing on the pipe, some rum flavoured tobacco blend scenting the air.. contemplating the world while cooking up another slant on the RL story. Where does it all come from?? I enjoy your contributions 👍

Will there ever be another Aussie dual code international?

Often when the heart and head battle over a tip I’m better off going with the head. If the head wins, it feels superior so that’s okay, if I get it wrong the heart is still so happy it doesn’t matter if I fluffed a tip. The heart wants a Raider v Rabbit Grand final, the head says it can’t tip against Storm or Panthers. Dilemma solved by appeasing one each. I tipped Rabbits for the GF at the start of the year so I’m sticking there (sorry Albo, but your boys hardly need my extra cheering) and Storm to win the other (even thought that’s the likeliest ‘upset’). They will be great games anyway, good luck to all. 👍

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

Good call, but I’d throw the Morris clan up there as well.

NRL DNA: Famous father and son duos

A Queenslander I’m guessing 👍

Roosters flew in to Bermuda Triangle against Souths and never re-emerged

Precisely, Imagine Manly, chooks and Souths stand alone and Dogs and Balmain culled??

Super League revisited: The final what ifs

I think the two in a row had it’s role to play, hence I was boring everyone by telling them to watch J-Moz in the finals, hungry and the most skilled non-GF holder. And I wasn’t far wrong, he scored 2 in the loss to Penrith, set up Teddy with a great run and kick, could have assisted the winner if his winger was there and almost scored himself near the death. He couldn’t do much more. So I don’t know what it was, maybe a bit of everything, but we all should be applauding because even though they went down, they were within a try, kick, couple of minutes or a ball bounce of winning and moving on. Great fighters to the end and shouldn’t be ashamed.

Roosters flew in to Bermuda Triangle against Souths and never re-emerged

You missed no Kikau..

2020 NRL preliminary finals preview

Time for a different cuppa Willie, spot of Early Grey Bennett or English Canberra Breakfast..

2020 NRL preliminary finals preview