Off-season ramblings

Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name....and they're always glad you came.

As promised, here is our page to keep the embers glowing until round one of 2018.

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a's picture

What do you think of the World Cup squad

The Thinker's picture

Here is the Australian squad as a point of reference - first game is against England in Melbourne on Friday 28th October....and I'll be there.

Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi, Jordan McLean, Will Chambers (Melbourne Storm), Darius Boyd, Ben Hunt, Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire (Brisbane Broncos), Jake Trbojevic, Tom Trbojevic (Manly Sea Eagles), Josh Dugan, Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons), James Maloney, Valentine Holmes, Wade Graham, Andrew Fifita (Cronulla Sharks), Boyd Cordner (Sydney Roosters), Michael Morgan (North Queensland Cowboys), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers), David Klemmer (Canterbury Bulldogs), Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights)

Baggy_Gee's picture

Not many Cowboys in the team, too many injuries or just not enough form? Still disagree with picking 17 fullbacks and not enough wingers/centers. But love you Andrew Fifita, could have decided earlier and let another deserving player get selected not as an afterthought

Steel Panther's picture

Baggy....agree....the Fifita defection is tough but only because of the lateness of it.....but it's nothing compared to the debacle in the Kiwis camp right now. Taumalolo didn't even have the decency to speak to the coach. Advised NZRL of his decision via txt. Kiwis selector Tawera Nikau spoke to him after the GF and not any mention of his intentions. Guys told they wouldn't be selected now being asked to join the squad. Jordan Kahu & Tohu Harris both late scratchings....all this is hardly ideal preparation on the back of Bromich and Procter being suspended earlier in the year. It's a total farce!!

Baggy_Gee's picture

Well with that info Steel, it looks like Australia first, second, and third. Hope there are black nikko's being used everywhere to scratch these guys off rosters. A man needs to be able to front up to his boss and tell them what he's doing, I really feel for guys who get told that they aren't in the squad before being let in as a backdoor replacement. What does that do to their ego and the unity of the team.

christine's picture

It's going to be a long & boring off season ...

a's picture

Yep it sure will be

Baggy_Gee's picture

Nah it won't be, CRICKET'S ON THE RADIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BigPeteBx's picture

Good morning all on Thinker site, or those who are tuning in - not radio.

Plenty around town, crowds galore.
But being The Great Race, rain is expected, tomorrow afternoon.
Slightly cloudy with a small breeze at present.

Scott McLaughlin set fastest practice time x twice, one of those was a record time, yesterday and leads for today’s Top 10 Shootout.
In front of David Reynolds and Chas Mostert. The Blue Oval - Ford, holds four of the top five positions for this afternoon.
Jamie Whincup didn’t make the ten this year.
I ran into a fellow I know, when walking home from CBD, yesterday and he said “the Fords were flying up at The Mount, in the morning”.

But as we know from this great race – it’s a lonnnngggg day at the office, and anything can happen. Bob Morris (1981 James Hardie 1000, when six cars piled up on top of The Mount), certainly summed it up yesterday, in saying " you just can't predict at Bathurst. Anything can be going well and everything can turn to mud"

Great to see Supercars and Bathurst Regional Council, has also inaugurated a Legends Lane at The Mount and honoured past drivers.
It is located on the approach to the main entry gate to the motor circuit. It isn't a one off event either and will be celebrated each year with Bathurst.
You’d know most of them from look and features, but some of those features, might find it hard, jumping quickly into a racing car drivers seat. If anyone wishes to know who they are - just let me know and I'll type them up for you.

Keep a watch on your tele sets, as there are races today in numerous categories and some tomorrow morning before, The Great Race. One of the late Sir Jack Brabham's sons, David, is here racing in the Toyota 86 Series and wont be buckling up for his 10th tilt at Bathurst in The Great Race. Coincidently David and his brother Geoff, together won the Bathurst 1000, twenty years ago.

I wont be here after 3.30pm this afternoon, but will check-in later tonight.
Cheers and keep well all.
Big Pete

a's picture

Well Cairns Taipans just won basketball BigPete

BigPeteBx's picture

Just was certainly the word there 'a'.
I had a quick look at highlights.
Behind Hawks most of the game, but sure was some nice 3pt'ers mate.
Clean as a whistle and straight through the net/bucket.
A wins a win in the b/ball.

Cheers and have nice tomorrow.
Big Pete

The Thinker's picture

Thanks for the update from Bathurst Big Pete.....much appreciated.

bob m's picture

Today we witnessed the pre race entertainment at the Bathurst 1000 featuring Delta Goodwin. How refreshing, The NRL should follow suit and engage Australian Performers only for Grand Finals not a foreign
crapper (pardon the pun) that we had to suffer last weekend. Shame on the NRL.

BigPeteBx's picture

Pleasure to do for Thinker site mate.
Lots been happening since that update and the picture box, will be telling some stories. But its a mountain, and it rains and does everything, when things get stirred up. Mind you there has been a long drought for H2O happening in NSW. So this race will be an experience for drivers, having showered most of the race. It was raining at top of the mount and in CBD nil. That's the elevation it has and at times, when clouds are low, you see mist, but no gorilla's - only roos.

Mate, I might hold out on my recent gift card. Thank you for making it available. Have been noticing not nice things about Lottoland and at this point in time, I might like to not add, to the advertising of support. We'll see if if Lottoland gets the flick, as the reports I read were on front doors of newsagents.
Cheers - Big Pete

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Good afternoon Bob m and hope it is nice from wherever you are located. If in CW of NSW, I hope u r getting some of the showers to fill Burrendong - again.
Just a minor amendment, that Delta is Goodrem.
Yes, she did a fine job on pre-race entertainment and again yes, Australia has mighty fine talent they can draw on, for NRL and other sporting "events".
Cheers - Big Pete

ESRA STAR 's picture

I love the cricket on the radio.

Anonymous's picture

Can't wait to watch the world cup here in PNG. It'll be a great experience for us to host the 3 PNG Kumuls games.

15days more to go before the kick off...

Can't wait...

mark ashford's picture

Hi you off seasoners.
Big Pete I watched bits and pieces of Bathurst.
Gotta take my hat off to those drivers in terrible conditions.
I have trouble controlling my Colorado 4wd at 40 k's on roundabouts.
If I missed it? are you a Holden or Ford man?
I drive a Holden but secretly a Ford supporter.

Can't agree more Bob m. Australia has a wealth of musical talent any one of which would have served the GF well.
Did we need a gay rapper, who almost no one knew, to promote our game. A stance taken by Todd Greenberg to show his personal thoughts on the Yes/No vote. How many people at NRL did you consult Todd before deciding?
I have no problem with "gay" people. Each to their own. Just was disappointed to see our great game brought into it.

Anonymous's picture

Trying once again to post a comment- see if the problem has been overcome!!
Cheers to all
Mary S

Anonymous's picture

Hi Mr Thinker,
I have just been able to post a comment as long as I only use my email address and remain anonymous.
Have you or your Little Helper found a solution to the problem I emailed to you earlier?
Cheers,
Mary S

BigPeteBx's picture

Howdy Mark A.
As much as it "showered" for most of the race, anything is possible, up on the mountain. It can be raining up there and dry down in CBD.
Mind you, it is about 8 blocks walk from where I live, as CSU Uni is also on the way and its boundary forms part of the main car park at Mt Panorama.
Yes mate, I am a Ford man. Always have been and we had the race in our hands, but again, it comes down to the day. DJR came home third, but most of the guns there, were playing second fiddle to Holden privateers.
I would have liked to have seen how McLaughlin would have seen the end of the race, if he managed to stay in there, only for engine failure.
Maybe he pushed the car too hard, in setting new lap records the days before the race.

Cheers mate and keep well, during the off-season.
Big Pete

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Johnny Awesome - if u r checking in occasionally.

You might like to know that the next two Charity Shields of NRL, have been allocated to be played in Mudgee, at The Glen Willow Complex.
The 2018 match is to be played Saturday 24th February, 2018.
Also - St George Dragons, have struck a partnership with Mudgee, to take two NRL matches there for 2018 & 2019 seasons. So with the Charity Shield games it will mean two games there each year, as mentioned. Naturally, NRL Round opponents, wont be known until the draw is officially released, but at least Dragons and Bunnies supporters, can look forward to seeing their stars in action there and meeting them - face to face.

Cheers mate and keep well
Big Pete

BigPeteBx's picture

All Thinker site followers.

For those who take an interest in Motorsport, like V8's (Bathurst 1000) etc.
You might like to note that The Bathurst 6 Hour Race is set for March 30 to April 1. Entries do not close until February 23rd, 2018.
Already, there is an early entry list of 56 cars in all major classes.
So it stands, to again be another thriller of an event, because this is a race that is growing in popularity year by year.
It even has a baby Class E, as it continues to grow as an ideal entry point to endurance racing.

Cheers and have great days
Big Pete

a's picture

Out of interest Anonymous witch user were you

mark ashford's picture

Hi Big Pete
Pardon my ignorance (I know little about motor racing) but wasn't the Bathurst 1000, Hardie Ferodo and other sponsor names over the years run to improve our two major car companies Ford & Holden?
As neither will be producing cars locally, basically from now on what is the driving force behind the race?
With the other "super car" races around the country, which are mainly or have been Ford V Holden where will the cars come from.
I read somewhere recently we will get a "Holden" from Germany (an Opel) and probably a "Ford" from the USA.
Not long ago we exported the revamped Monaro to the US.
I understand our manufacturing costs (mainly wages) have deleted us from the market place in cars and so many other things.
We may just end up the premier tourist destination in the world and that's not a bad thing as I think we already are!

BigPeteBx's picture

Good Saturday 14th evening to you mate.
I'm in between watching Liverpool v Man Utd in EPL on SBS at the moment. I picked a draw this week, as Liverpool might keep it tight at Anfield.
Anonymous signed off, on each occasion as Mary S.

Mate, Adelaide Sixers look a strong unit this NBL year.
But you guys were doing a Willie Nelson this week, away.
On the Road Again..........anyone humming out there.
By the time a few more come on site and have a short chinwag, they'll be buzzing.

Cheers
Big Pete

a's picture

But Adelaide 36ers lost quite easily to Melbourne but I think Melbourne look like the team to beat in the NRL

BigPeteBx's picture

Evenin there Mark A.
Back in early days, there were many makes of cars and classes for Production cars, in the race. Cortina, FJ Holden (not Frankie), Mini Cooper S etc. and the race was in miles, of course. Bathurst 1000 is now known as Supercheap Bathurst 1000, like Hardie Ferodo you mention. James Hardie 1000, Armstrong and Gallagher 500, takes us back to early days.
But majority makes in the latter days are now Holden v Ford. Throw in a Mercedes and a couple of Nissans and you have the makes of the race.
Yes, we see where both manufacturers have gone offshore and now Toyota has joined them. Correct, the cost to make anything in Oz has spiralled and many companies of many types of production (even biscuits and canned produce), find it cheaper in Asia and elsewhere. Not good....I know!

There will still be cars produced and people will still be buying them from dealerships and driving them in your town, my town and everyone's town and State.

The other Supercar races around the country, that you mention, are the same crowd and drivers. Bathurst 1000 is a round of one of the V8 Supercars series.

Agree Mark, Australia is one of a couple of premier tourist destinations. But funny how some of those tourists, get a leg in the door and they are back or buying real estate here. Even setting up, or buying into industry here.

So in closing, several are saying that the popularity of the Bathurst 6 & 12 Hour race, that given time, the 12 hour race will catch up in stature to the V8's. The Liqui-Moly has numerous classes, European models (cars) and many overseas drivers love this race, like a "mini" Le-Mans. The cars here start the race with their headlights on, as it is dark of a morning and all teams have three or four drivers to a car, as they need it, come end of race.

Some love their motor racing and others just take it as it comes, like various codes of football. Locally here, when its race week, its on and we all love it and the excitement and festivities that motor racing brings. There'll be more to come, as a multi, multi-million dollar application is in for a second track at The Mount. A more flatter track, so that Moto GP bikes and possibly in time to come, Formula 1 racing cars, like the Grand Prix events that are run. But for now, I am just dreaming of the latter and by then, Louis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Riccardo & Nico Rosberg etc., may well be retired.

Cheers mate and I hope I have tried to assist your question, with a multitude of comparisons, in answers.
Big Pete

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Mary S/Anonymous

My Little Helper is on his end of season footy trip at the moment, but I'll give him a reminder when he returns,



BigPete,

A strange question for you - there is a lot of talk about driverless vehicles (it's coming). Do you think we will ever have a racing competition without drivers?

All the best

The Thinker

BigPeteBx's picture

A rather good question Thinker, but I 'd hate to see it happen.
Competitiveness would be taken away from the race.
The way the race is run, I couldn't see where the skill would be in a driverless car.
What do you do in interviews, pull the bonnet up and talk to the engine.

Nah mate, not for me - stick to driverless trains, as they have set tracks to run on.
Hope brother Pabdul isn't reading, as he'd be without a train drivers job.

Keep well
Big Pete

BigPeteBx's picture

They sure did 'a'.
NBL, I'd take it you meant Bro.
But I knew what you were saying and its so hard missing NRL, isn't it mate.

Cheers and keep well
Big Pete

Johnny Awesome's picture

Hi all,
I’ve have had a combination of holidays and work to contend with, hence my hiatus from the site. I agree Big Pete, how good is the Saints partnership with Mudgee. I’ll definitely have to book some time off and go down and see the games live. May even catch up you Pete. Sorry for not replying to anyone else either, haven’t been on line for a while. Pete, you are also welcome to get my email from Mr Thinker anytime mate. Saints have had a long affinity with Mudgee anyway, it makes sense to support the region. Mudgee rugby league has a long history dating back to the early 1900’s as I’ve noted in earlier posts this year. I remember when they officially became the Red and white Dragons back in 1978. It was a happy day for me because I was a Saints man since 1969 and playing league in the region and having that affliation with the mighty St George Dragons was an absolute honour. I remember in 1986? Mudgee Dragons won their first premiership as the Mudgee Dragons in group 10 with none other than Ron Hilditch being captain and coach, they beat Blayney. I also remember [my memory banks fade in and out] Saints came to Mudgee to play the Mudgee Dragons in their inaugural year 1978 as a showcase for the region. My PE teacher at the time Stewart Skinner played halfback for the Mudgee Dragons that year. Mudgee got belted by Saints but no-one cared we had the mighty Saints in town.
Time to get some brekky happening.
Cheers all from the original Mr Johnny Awesome.

christine's picture

The days of the GT falcon 351 phase 3 they were the days ...

Johnny Awesome's picture

Hey Christine,
What about the GTR XU1 torana's, I'm a Holden man through and through.
Cheers from Mr Awesome

a's picture

Yes it sure is hard missing NRL

christine's picture

Monaro's ,comaro's , cobra's & clearly too mustangs bring them on ...

mark ashford's picture

hi Big Pete
Thanks for the info. I'm sure motor racing in this country will prosper well into the future.
As a 12 year old my older brother took me to the Archerfield (Brisbane)speedway to a demolition derby. The track was a figure 8 and when the cars met, well they basically demolished each other.
Last car still running was the winner.
I remember feeling quite sick at the carnage even though my brother assured me no one was hurt.
I think I lost interest in motor sport that night.
On another note I have been watching Koori Knockout indigenous RL
on NITV. Some great games, with current or past NRL players in the mix. Well worth a look.

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@ Christine & Johnny Awesome.

Yes Christine - the GTHO's were also known as Ford Super Roos.
Cant forget the likes of Alan Moffat, Fred Gibson and Pete Gheoghan driving them.
Hmmmm......seems to be some much hidden knowledge with our Christine. Well done there Missy and certainly brought back some great memories on that post you made.

Also Johnny A - Torana XU1's were a car to be reckoned with, as that was a time when the late Peter Brock dominated the track/race for HDT.

Cant forget about 1987, those super Texaco Ford Sierra Cosworths either. Lovely looking car entered by Rudy Eggenberger (Germany). Both cars came home 1/2 and were finally disqualified due to wider front wheel guards and suspected fuel doctoring. Do you happen to remember that?
Peter Brock was declared the eventual winner, but not until about 1988 was the decision handed down.

If ever any of you happen to visit Bathurst, don't forget to have a peek of The Victors Walk in front of Bathurst Regional Council building. It displays every winner of The Great Race in plaques that are set into the footpath.

Cheers folks, keep well and have a great week.
Big Pete

BigPeteBx's picture

Good evening Mark,
I'm sure that motor racing is alive and well.
Some young drivers coming through and some from having a go in the undercard events on Bathurst 1000 Week.
Even former r/league player Jack Elsegood from Manly/Easts, was going around in the Brute Ute Events of past.

Don't forget Mark, you Qld'ers have some great drivers to look up to and get behind there. The first, none other than Dick Johnson who mostly bore the Shell colours, in some shape or form.

Cheers mate and have a great week
Big Pete

christine 's picture

Big pete Glad to bring back some great memories there for you ...

a's picture

Fatty just got axed from the Footy Show and I'm very happy he's gone

christine 's picture

Thinker I just sent you an email because the comments section on my computer my username & email address had disappeared but it's ok now so thankyou Thinker it's fixed now ...

christine 's picture

"a" In regards to your post about fatty being axed it really couldn't happen to a better person hope beau ryan is next to go ...

BigPeteBx's picture

'a' & Christine,
I endorse your sentiments there, but not because Fatty was a former Manly and Qld player, as I never thought I'd see the day when a Qld'er picked on their fellow players, as I've seen similar posts elsewhere.

I haven't viewed The Footy Show for yonks. I'd casually have a peek, but the show was so repetitive, that you knew it, week in week out.

Fatty became a bit of a boofhead, as his years ticked on.
I have friends that visit Burleigh Heads each year and Fatty is quite often seen walking down the beach and one doesn't bother to speak these days, as his head is like a pumpkin and full of it.
I think he was the reason why Blocker Roach left The Footy Show, some years ago, and at Manly, when as a former forwards coach.

Big Dazza Brohman also gone, but I didn't mind The Big Marn. Again, both ageing stock, with a use by date, that appears as though it is Oct 2017.
I think Fatty was on the show for 24 years. Just missed out on his 1/4 of a century.

Big Pete

BigPeteBx's picture

All at Thinker site.

REMINDER!!!!!!!
Don't forget tomorrow (Thurs 19.10.2017) - 2018 NRL Draw is released.

Cheers
Big Pete

a's picture

Yep he made it all about himself not about football

christine 's picture

Big pete &"a" I was not saying that about fatty being axed because he is a former manly player or the fact he's a qlder I merely don't really rate him as a person & I don't even watch the footy show he was on because it has got that bad it's pathetic , I want to see a show about league not beau ryan walking around naked or getting waxed & while i'm at it Mathew johns show is getting just as bad in that regard seriously why can't we just have a show about league without having these clowns ruining it ...

BigPeteBx's picture

Christine,
We know what you meant, and what you weren't inferring.
It was what we said, that takes the cake.
'a' being a Qld'er and me a Manly fellow, when we both agreed on where that show was heading and the manner in which is was run.

I agree with you Christine, we, the viewers, want to hear about and see footy, not silly dares or former players, acting the goat and clowning around. I did love The Big Marn in his school class sessions, instructing the kids.

Cheers
Big Pete

a's picture

Yeah all we get to see is men getting dressed up as women

Steel Panther's picture

Good see some of the regulars are still around. I struggle in the off season but do follow (but without the same passion) the A-League and NBL Basketball. Obviously follow the NZ teams.

With the NRL draw released yesterday already we have howls from this side of the ditch re how the Warriors have such a tough draw. Excuses excuses....I'm trying to see if there's a suitable weekend where the Warriors play in Sydney and I might make the trip and go to a couple of other games too. I've already locked in a trip to Australia next year...heading to the Sunshine Coast late February.

Big Pete you sound a keen EPL man. I have to say I've always leaned towards Liverpool but with my parents both being Scottish I'm an avid Glasgow Rangers supporter. You'll know it's been a tough few years for my club.

Keep well all!!

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