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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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O touche… 😛 Next week will be interesting.. 😊

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 3

Warriors…. Really?? Seriously??

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 3

Yay!! The game is back.. Plenty of interest in a most games with very few yawners. Mary must have been on the planning committee to get Warriors and Dogs first up as well as SOO at year’s end. But he better make the most of it because the Dragon’s draw turns nasty for almost the rest of the comp. Want Eels to win but it’s likely to be the Broncos, Cowboys – Titans unbackable for me, salivating at the thought of the Rabbits keeping chooks at 0, Dragons (just?), Tiger to take advantage of the Sharks hiccup, Raiders up in the other match of the round, Knights and Sea Eagles to wind up.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 3

You looking to take Eldridge’s spot DB? Nice write up. 👍 😂

My NRL tips for Round 3

WTH!! When and how did Mary get onto the planning committee??

NRL releases fixture for Rounds 3 and 4 ahead of competition restart

I’ve said it before, Mary has spin and political nous of the highest order. Mind you, Covid -19 will save him this year.

Dragons lose another star under Mary

Valid point and good general rule. I’d say it would apply to all bar Manly. They seem to do better with their own.

Dragons lose another star under Mary

Dragons need something different. Get the Walker Brothers. I don’t think real highly of the chooks or their coach, but as I understand the stats, they have had equal worst error rate and one of the worst in possession retention. So besides defence (and a few other reasons I won’t bring up here) winning 2 GF’s – they are up the top for going to the line, so they take attacking risks. Walker Bros are entertaining winners, always playing to be in the hunt, get them.

Dragons lose another star under Mary

Depends on the coach 40/20. I’d bet anything that Dufty would kill it under someone like the Walker Brothers.

Dragons lose another star under Mary

You could have something there…

Dragons lose another star under Mary

Yeah, I get that Paul and it backs what I’m saying. If Mary was even a butt hair of a decent coach the first thing you’d see is decent centres in the club, but he can’t even lead a young potential gun to improve in the position he played for Australia in. Which means he can’t even pass on basic knowledge of an area of his greatest expertise. So what chance does he have passing on anything else?

Dragons lose another star under Mary

Mary was an international centre, and a very good one. There shouldn’t be a better coach in the league for a rising centre like Aitken – he should have been in SOO and pushing for national honours by now. Dufty is a weapon and could have shined with a better coach. Mary plays very negative, low risk football with great talent and stifles players. You want to know what Dufty can do to a tired opposition running off a feeding pack – such as Luciano (who was another lost talent)? Mary’s half time sessions are legendary for killing a winning lead. Players are performing poorly because of the coach and his tactics. A decent coach would have had 1 MP. 4 final appearances and at least 1 premiership with the squad Mary has had over 5 years.

Dragons lose another star under Mary

Sadly true. What another coach could have done with that roster…. The part you don’t understand or acknowledge is Mary’s amazing spin skill and political maneuvering in the background. He knows how to get vital vocal support from influential board members and players. He would be awesome in politics. He gives promises to Lomax and Dufty for the fullback spot (at differing times over the past year) gets their long term support, which then gives him brownie points with the boards ‘coz they don’t want to lose young guys (juniors) like that, then uses spin and ‘reasons’ to shaft these young guys, they lose confidence and Mary can move them without breaking promises. This is just the tip of the iceberg that I could prattle on about, Mary is a master spin doctor yet a very, very poor coach. It’s just all about Mary…

Dragons lose another star under Mary

Result changes if Mundine just passed the ball….

NRL finally forced into suspending season

You could be on the money. There has been a push from some sources for a while to reduce Sydney to 4/5 teams.

The NRL suspension has put these four clubs in danger

Obviously different kettle of fish, but as a one team town support and financial backing is spread further and should have more opportunity for survival.

NRL finally forced into suspending season

👍 👍 👍 👍 Well done, always impressed meeting an author. takes a lot, no matter the genre or outcome.

NRL finally forced into suspending season

Good description… 👍 There are pieces of a TV that might be able to communicate how I felt.. if they can ever be found.

NRL finally forced into suspending season

Oooo… I wouldn’t be so hopeful with that last one… If things were in JDB’s favour it would have been done and dusted by now. The lawyers here can correct me but it seems the longer it goes, the muddier the waters are and more external noise reduces the chances of a ‘fairer’ hearing.

NRL finally forced into suspending season

Duncan, that was awesome. Never read that one before, thanks so much!!!

NRL finally forced into suspending season

All I know is, this means another year with Mary……. groan.. “Curse you Covid-19”

NRL finally forced into suspending season

The answer might be simple actually, finally we will get the 2 ‘conferences’ we need for a fairer comp. Financially, many Sydney teams will be hit hard so to enhance the spirit, save money and rebuild they can stick to Sydney region and play in suburban grounds. Conference two can take in the 1 team cities. That roughly splits the comp in half and means finally we can have a fair number of equal home and away. They can have a crossover to enhance interest near the latter end of the season. Many problems solved.

NRL finally forced into suspending season

And what a sad effort that was…

NRL finally forced into suspending season

true.. it never happened. Just as an elderly TV in a holiday house in the Central Coast never sailed out of the home to land in the middle of the street and explode into a bazillion pieces on the 26th September, 1999.

NRL finally forced into suspending season

Agreed, continue normality and give people something to distract them and entertainment beyond endless movies. Press on NRL.

The NRL needs to continue