The off-season

Greetings football fans.

For those of you hoping to stay in touch between now and season 2019...here is the place to do so.

All things sport and anything else for that matter. There won't be a massive number of people around in the off season, but those that are usually pretty good value. I'll drop in from time to time myself, for what it's worth.

All the best.

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BigPeteBx's picture

Its ok 'a' - life is sometimes, one big struggle street mate.
Once many of us regulars, get to know what doesn't do well, we'll understand each other better for it.
We don't judge of what we do or don't have - we DON'T judge.

Just take your time in typing/keyboarding. You don't need to hurry, getting your thought to text. That way it wont become a muddle to you. You'll be fine.
Me old Manly mate Fortress, got slanged here once, as he was trying to get too much out, in such a short time and his result ended a little gobblygook. But he stood his ground and defended his thoughts and what he was saying. I often wonder what he's doing down at The Corso these days.

Cheers and keep well - Big Pete

BigPeteBx's picture

Yeah Mark - "a" knew Thinker, Voyeur and I were breathing down his neck and wanted to get away from us.

Cheers mate - Big Pete

a's picture

Yeah I agree with you BigPete

Mary S's picture

Hi Pete,
Loved the reference to the Super Roo!!!
I know what that's like, as I have moved around a fair amount in last 40 years or so- from SA to NZ, WA (south then NW), Qld (coast & remote), TI (Thursday Island) then back to Qld (remote, now coast).

In the remote areas, kangaroos were one of the constant traffic hazards.
Sometimes the stupid things can wait until you are next to them then jump into the path of your vehicle - does a lot of damage to the vehicle and themselves!!

Wouldn't need that happening to your race!
Cheers
Mary

christine 's picture

"a" I just want to say to you that we know your situation & we are all here to help you when ever you need our help so don't ever be afraid to ask or let us know if you do need our help with anything ok ...

BigPeteBx's picture

Hello Mary - we've had a couple of Great Races marred by roo intervention. Just waiting to see what happens when the new second track goes in, next to where this one is. The track is heading towards the woodlands and is where the bikes and maybe smaller makes will race. Waiting on agreed plans to return from London designers.
It will be more flatter, as you know the bikes of international standard races, require no hills or cement barriers etc.
Good chance MotoGP and others will return here, like Easter events of years gone by.

Sounds like you were a tourism traverser, or involved in indigenous programs or something of the like. You certainly got about.

Cheers and keep well
Big Pete

a's picture

Yep will do Christine

Tuisova's picture

What a week end..
Toulon lost against Newcastle , AT HOME, against a B side; against the LAST TEAM OF ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP!!

don't have the words, ths downfall is real...everybody is in shock in France right now.

The Thinker's picture

I just noticed the comments section on this page had closed automagically while I wasn't watching. Apologies if anyone was trying to contribute. I'll keep an eye on it more regularly and make sure it's open for business.

A very interesting Test international this weekend with the Kangaroos taking on Tonga in Auckland. Even more interesting...this game has been sold out for quite a while (26000 tickets), so they will have 6000 more people at this test than they did at the Kangaroos vs Kiwis test match a few days ago.

It's a funny world.

Note that the Kangaroos haven't lost two tests in a row in 40 years. It would be great for rugby league if Tonga won but I can't see it happening. Not yet at least.

 

mark ashford's picture

After watching the Saturday night test between the Kiwis and the Aussies I thought the Kiwis were cheated out of 2 tries.
Was Phil Gould and Brad Fittler in the bunker?
Being a true blue Aussie supporter I found myself cheering when the Kiwis won. Would have been a travesty if it went the other way.

mark ashford's picture

Thinker, on the Aussie/Tonga game that imbicile (born and trained here) Fifita has said he will treat it as if it was an origin game and smash as many Aussies as he can. Is there any way we can cancel his passport and leave him in Tonga. I can see him with a huge gut sitting on a throne eating breadfruit and roast pig.

Mary S's picture

Hi Manyana,
I have just finished watching the SBS "Insight" forum on chronic fatigue, with sufferers, GP's, parents of children with the complaint and researchers taking part in the discussion.

It certainly gave more understanding, and is available on demand if anyone wants to check on the following link -
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/insight
Cheers to all
Mary

Mary S's picture

Hi Mark,
I do like the picture you painted of Fifita being denied re-entry into Australia. He comes across as a most insensitive bully with his remarks/actions!!

Steel Panther's picture

Hey Mark...you'd have had no idea on this site that there was a test match last weekend between our two countries. Not a single comment until the Thinker mentioned it yesterday. Had me thinking how unimportant test footy has become. I thought the Kangaroos looked out of sorts to be honest. It may take some time to rebuild after losing Smith, Cronk, Slater and JT along with no Inglis. The close score probably wasn't really a true reflection of the game and as Meninga acknowledged post-match the Kiwis dominated in pretty much every facet of the game. Will be interesting to see how Australia fare against Tonga but agree with the Thinker and see an Australian win here.

Hi Mary S...interested to hear about your time in NZ. Where did you live? You certainly are well travelled.

Steel Panther's picture

For those that talk music on the site I went to see Bruce Dickinson last night. He's on a speaking tour talking about his life as lead singer of Iron Maiden and as an airline pilot in conjunction with the release of his autobiography "What does this button do?" What an amazing life this man has had and I believe he's now on his way to OZ for a series of shows. Well worth getting along if this is your thing. Next March I have booked tickets to see Ozzy Osbourne with special guests Judas Priest. Yes heavy metal is my thing.....

manyana's picture

Hi Mary, I didn't see it, but I'll follow the link that you gave me.
If they did a good job on the story (as I said I haven't seen it yet), I'm sure that it has opened some people's eyes into what we go through, and also the fact that they haven't found a cure for it.
I play lawn bowls (when able), but when I was at my peak, I was in line for a berth in the Qld side. When I was talking to one of the selectors, I asked why I hadn't been chosen yet. She said "just get on the green", I couldn't, and that was disappointing for me. After that I had two & a half years off (not my choice) but necessary, and have won my fair amount of Club Championships since then. There have been many time when tears flowed, but as I'm a glass half full kinda person, I get up, brush myself off, and start all over again. Currently, I can't get back on the green, but when I can, I'll be very happy. I just look at it, that there are a lot of people worse off than me, and I have a very supportive family, so, I feel blessed. And yes, I WILL get back to my beloved lawn bowls.
Thanks for your interest, Cheers, Manyana.

Mary S's picture

Hi Pete & Steel,
In my previous reference to moving around, it was not as a tourist.

I started my working life as a teacher in SA, which I pursued for some years until I married. As my husband had had a variety of work experiences, but settled for mainly construction/mining jobs, the travel started, as did a variety of job experiences for me.

We moved initially to the South Island of NZ, settling in Christchurch for a period, before moving up the coast near Scargil, l where we operated a 24 hour business. I really enjoyed my time in NZ and met some wonderful people
I remember, with some fondness and amusement, being asked by a work colleague in Christchurch, what I had done for the weekend. Her eyes got wider and wider as I recounted our trip up to Piction, across to the west coast, and back to Christchurch through the Lewis Pass. It was said that what we had done in one day, they took a week or fortnight's holiday to do!!! As Australians, long distances can be a part of everyday life.

Over the years, the variety of jobs in different places of Australia (providing lunches for construction workers in Manjimup (WA), manager Hollys Restaurant Karratha (WA), teaching adult education Wickham (WA), supervision positions in Qld, administration for a mechanical w/shop, then JCU on TI, then back to remote NW Qld as a Stores manager & purchasing officer) –have meant I have met people with a diverse range of interests, cultures and attitudes. These encounters have helped shape the person I have become.

Something that hasn’t changed though, over the years – I do NOT like packing or unpacking!!!!
Cheers,
Mary

mark ashford's picture

Hi Steel
I watched both games (boys & girls) The girls game was a cracker with both teams giving their all. Just hope none of those young ladies were injured too badly.
In the boys game the Aussies seemed to lack leadership and a couple of lucky tries kept them in it. Yes missing the big 5 was a factor but we have to get over that as does the QLD origin team.
I did get a bit angry when the bunker disallowed those Kiwi tries.
Yes we Aussies like to win....maybe explains the lack of comments.

mark ashford's picture

Hey Mary S
What an amazing life you have led. All that travel between here and NZ.
I gotta say I'm jealous about your travel around Aus.
I recently retired and had previously purchased a 4x4, mainly for fishing trips to Fraser but want to take it further, it's fully equipped and ready to go. What's holding me back is I'm on my own and would like a travelling companion...male or female.
In the meantime I'm going on (my first) cruise leaving Sydney 5/11/18 to NZ with family & friends 10 of us in all on Majestic Princess.
We go anti clockwise around NZ visiting most ports for a day.
Really looking forward to seeing NZ.

manyana's picture

Hi Mary, thanks for sending the link on cfs, I've watched the program & found it very interesting. I just feel so sorry for the younger people in the story. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
Thanks again, manyana.

a's picture

Yeah it's sad when people have to live these lives

Steel Panther's picture

Hi Mary S...you've seen more of the South Island than me yet I've probably visited Australia at least 10 times!! I've been to Christchurch on two occasions and can't say I enjoyed the city that much. As you know Christchurch has been through some rough times in recent years and some of the rebuild struggles continue today. I would like to get to Queenstown one day but as yet it hasn't happened. A Pacific island or warm Queensland is more appealing to me.
Take care

Steel Panther's picture

Hey Mark.....let me know if one of your stops is Auckland and the date. If it suits maybe we can catch up? I work in the city by the wharf where all the cruise ships dock so if you can manage it let me know.
Cheers

mark ashford's picture

Hi Steel
According to the schedule I have we arrive in Auckland on the 14th November at 7am departing 8pm same day.
If there's any chance we can catch up, for coffee, lunch or whatever I would love to do it....my shout (I have purchased some Kiwi $) I know you are working so any time you can spare would be appreciated.
cheers mate

Johnny Awesome's picture

Hi all,
Probably my 2nd last comment on this site for this year and it’s only right to post a reply to previous comments before coming back next year. Just giving you all a bit of a warning though, I’m planning to do better in Mr Thinkers comp’ next year, I’ve been following footy my whole life and playing it as well, so for goodness sake, surely my tipping has to improve? Admitedly, Saints and Canberra put a huge dent in my tipping this year so I might have to re-assess how I tip next year, instead of letting my heart rule my head in some of the games.

Big Pete, sorry I missed your posts in June but as you know I had and still have stuff happening. I agree, Jock Schrader was to group 10 and Oberon like say Brett Kenny was to Parramatta, Laurie Daley or Darren Lockyer was to Brisbane. A genuine bloke, a genuine person in the community, a great footy player and as John ‘Bull’ Harvey said, he had so much talent that he should have been playing for Australia and not just Oberon. I was actually glad Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards won the race but felt sorry for David Reynolds, I feel his team let him down. If you have a distressed player in footy these days, you take him off. The team should have swapped him with Luke Youlden, and re-hydrated Reynolds, physio and whatever. Luke Youlden is no Reynolds but he’s competent enough to hold the fort whilst Reynolds could have got treatment. Instead they left a cramped fatigued David Reynolds out too long and when that happens, mistakes follow. I wasn’t impressed with Betty Klimenko’s comment regarding Reynolds. Her comments indicated Reynolds was to blame. Sure he has to take some responsibility but instead of her saying that he needs to do adjustments for next year, she should have said the whole team performance needed to be looked at. Like footy, its never one persons fault. Anyway, take care Big Fella.

Hey Mark Ashford, thanks for your positive words. You always post honest comments and you have a good grasp on footy, sport and life in general. It’s always a pleasure seeing your input on this site.

Steel Panther, Mary S, Christine, Mr ‘a’ and Newbie who I reckon is becoming an oldie than a newbie, just to name a few, thank you for kind words and support in general. It’s amazing how many people you meet in life who give you faith that bad will never prevail over good, then you come onto this site and you get a chance to meet many more. Seriously, this is the best footy site on the net, mainly because it’s run impeccably and Mr Thinker keeps the checks and balances in place. Mr Newbie, I still read through your essays, admittedly, I do take a smoko break followed by a lunch break before I get to the end but hey, it’s well worth it.

Anyway, I'll catch up with all you folk and all the new starters here next year. take care, stay safe and the best for everyone here and your families. Watch out Mr Thinker and the rest of you, Mr Johnny Awesome is planning on winning Mr Thinkers comp’ next year, I’ve started training early already.

Cheers and kind regards from the original Johnny Awesome

Johnny Awesome's picture

Hi all,
A quick genuine hello to one and all for my last comment. Thank you Mr Thinker for a great site and an interesting comp’ and congratulations to TigerGirl, RocketRyan, FootyChick, Brad S and Steel Panther on your respective 1 to 5 placings. Like the footy this year, there was nothing in it between 2nd and 5th. Oh by the way, great to see Baggy Gee get a deserving random consolation prize. It seems like you nailed it this year TigerGirl and well done.

I have a comment for you Mr Thinker? Mr Thinker, I recall you saying that you keep records dating back to the start-up of this site. This is good for just delving in the past for interest sake which I also did last year, it was interesting seeing how the site progressed. I guess this helps you to also for monitor the site growth and make additions as required. I have a suggestion that maybe you might consider? Firstly, no matter where I’ve been there has always been some kind notice board at a club, school etc remembering past folk achievements. I’ve been away recently sorting out family stuff and one of my trips involved a few beers at the Rylstone club catching up with some locals I haven’t seen in 30 odd years. The old snooker table at the Rylstone club was there still in pristine condition. The cloth dust cover still had to be folded in a certain way when preparing the table for play and replaced after use. On the wall were various plaques of past and present snooker champions and this is what gave me an idea. What about having a place on your home page somewhere that has the list of winners of your comp' for each year dating back to the inception of your footy site?
It’s just a suggestion, but I feel it will help personalise your great site a tad more, recognising previous winners and maybe act as an added attraction for those perusing the internet. Anyway, it’s just a thought Mr Thinker :-]

Cheers and kind regards from the original Johnny Awesome

manyana's picture

Hi Johnny Awesome, those were lovely words from you regarding how well, & how much we all enjoy the Thinker's site.
As a "newcomer" to the competition, I found the talk & banter very entertaining.
I've been reading The Thinker's comments for a few years & was thrilled to be included in the competition this year, although I can't say I'm impressed by my performance. Well done to the top five for doing so well in what I thought was a very tough season to pick winners consistently.
I too am in training to get further up the ladder next year, so look out everyone Manyana is on a mission!!! LOL.

mark ashford's picture

Johnny A (the original)
I've got a feeling Thinkers site will be here as long as Rugby League is played or at least until Thinker decides to hang up his tipping hat.
I think your idea of an "honour board" from Thinkers inception has great merit, if he can do it. Gives us "also rans" something to aim for.
cheers mate and keep well.

christine 's picture

Johnny awesome
Not only who won each season but by how much so you can keep a record of it all in case the same person one more than once ?

The Thinker's picture

Johnny Awesome

It's a great idea...because I have thought about doing it myself :-)

I will have to try and track down all the winners over the years....but I shall....and we will create an Honour Board page.

And thank you sir....as always....you're a gentleman.

 

 

Mary S's picture

Hi Pete,
See it was announced today on the NRL website, that Hasler will be back coaching Manly for the next 3 years.
What's the feeling on that decision?

Cheers,
Mary

mark ashford's picture

Hi Mary S
Yes Dessie is back at the Sea Eagles for the next 3 years.
DCE arguably their best player has endorsed the appointment. He seems to have a big say at Manly for better or worse.
There's no doubting Dessie is an exceptional coach getting the most out of his team.
Management just need to exclude him from player contract deals.
In the past he hurt both Manly and the Dogs with his back ended deals.
Other than that it could be just what the Sea eagles need.

christine 's picture

"a"
As you said before yes it is sad that people have to live these lives but it's what makes us who we are , I mean there has been many times I just wanted to throw in the towel so to speak & give up but yet I still manage to get out of bed every day & do it all again day in day out but if you let these things get the better of you than that's exactly what you will do give up even trying , sometimes I think we were born this way for a reason & I like to think even though at times it gets hard when we struggle to do things other people take for granted I feel in a way it makes us stronger just being able to achieve doing something small makes me feel like I've accomplished a milestone which gives you the reason to say now tomorrow i'm up for my next challenge what ever that may be ...

Mary S's picture

Hi Christine,
Congratulations to you on your outlook, and fighting spirit to meet your daily challenges.

That is exactly, to my way of thinking, the spirit that drives athletes taking part in any form of games, be it team or individual.

The participants in the current Invictus Games show the same fighting spirit, so you and "A" stay proud of what you find you are able to achieve.

Cheers,
Mary

mark ashford's picture

Christine
After reading your post, I realized what a strong woman you are despite your MS.
I hope your recent problems with your Dad have been resolved and you have a safe place to live.
Getting up every day with a positive attitude is what makes you what you are.
Of course you know the Thinker team loves and cares for you.
Keep well, keep strong and keep on here. It's the best place to be.
mark

a's picture

Thanks Christine and Mary S yes I always try to achieve something every day no matter how hard it is I will always try my best

Baggy_Gee's picture

Hey boss, what is with this siebold rumour going around that he has punted the Bunnies and is heading north before pressing season starts? Heard anything that I could actually trust?

mark ashford's picture

Baggy
There are more stories about coach swapping going around than I have hairs on my head. Bennett to Souths, Seibold to Broncs, Cleary to Panthers, Dessie to Manly etc. The media are involved in a feeding frenzy desperate for a story. The truth will out in time.
I remember a cartoon where there was a whole lot of sharks swimming around with huge bites out of all of them and one said "who was the fool who called out feeding frenzy"

Baggy_Gee's picture

Lol I like that one Mark. Was just looking for someone who knew more than channel 7. 2020 is the seibold Bennett swap, so it's odd that such a fuss is in the winds.

a's picture

NRL 2019 draw is out everyone

Christine 's picture

Baggy Apparently seibold hasn't signed a contract extension at South's & the article I read said that David furner will be filling in until it's sorted out for now , hope this helps you with your? ...

mark ashford's picture

Hi Baggy & Chris
According to the newshounds the swap of Bennett and Siebold won't happen until 2020. This has to be a joke, how can you coach your team to beat the Rabbits/Broncs when you know where your pay packet comes from the following year. This should be sorted and start in 2019.
Same with the other coaching changes and player movements.
F....me it's time the NRL gave the fans a bit back and fixed this nonsense.

Baggy_Gee's picture

I agree Mark. You sign when your contract is dead and done, not with a year to run. Especially players, and players on the take like Foran was, need to only know where they are going in that window from GF mad monday to return to pre-season.

Mary S's picture

Hi to all,

I found the following article interesting on the complexities of the 2019 draw - https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/10/27/unbelievable-complexity-behind-the-n...

Being relatively new to the sport, I was unaware the draw is done by a Canadian firm, with stipulations thrown in to complicate the process!!

After reading this, it was easy to see why some fans/players are over the moon about their draw, and others are unhappy (have to be polite here)!!

Cheers,
Mary

christine 's picture

What is loyalty these days a contract has no meaning anymore to players of the game as well as coaches next refs will be refusing to referee at certain fields if it doesn't suit them which teams are playing that day , what happened to the days when a contract meant something a player used to strive to get a contract & if they could get a long term contract even better but now what is the point in even signing one as far as i'm concerned the nrl needs to say no more if you have a contract you can't pull out of that contract you have to play out the length of the said contract & make it binding or it's never going to end I do understand say in situations were a player such as alex McKinnon got injured & can no longer player that they can't finish there contract that to me is understandable but all these other players have no excuse they just want to chase more money but the days are gone when your word carried weight & meant something & that does really p##s me off ...

christine 's picture

Mark
In regards to what I said to "a" i'm not always that brave but I try my best & that's all myself or anyone else can do you , you have to do it for yourself you can't do it for anyone else ...

mark ashford's picture

Mary S
Just tried to read your link about the 2019 draw. Halfway through I realized I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed as I lost comprehension about how it works.
I guess I'm just happy to hope the NRL gets it right.
With Coach & player changes seeming to occur daily does it really matter who plays who. Any draw will do me as long as most teams meet twice home and away.
cheers....mark

mark ashford's picture

Baggy
Just watched a news report (for what it's worth) and Darrius confirmed he's a Bronco for the rest of his career. However Wayne said "the senior group are big boys now and will make their own decisions" Who will he try and poach?
The Rabbits finished above the Broncs so who will Wayne cut and who will Siebold try and take to the Broncs?
The Burgess bros would look good in a Broncs jersey but they are all under contract. Same as the current forwards for the Broncs.
NRL needs to step in and enforce player contracts, no more needs to be said.

Baggy_Gee's picture

But Wayne gave his word he wouldn't poach any Broncos for 2020. But if they follow me then I didn't do it. Not a solid defence your honor, and yes same goes for South's. Seibolds an idiot if he doesn't allow someone like Cook follow him up north to the Sunny State. This will rip apart two fan bases if it's not done well.

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