Round seven selections

Sydney Roosters vs St George Illawarra Dragons – Thursday afternoon – Sydney Cricket Ground

Every year there are always a smattering of NRL games, regardless of the team you support, that are worthy of your attention – and every year this game is at or near the top of that list. It's all the more interesting because both teams head into the contest in winning form. It's highly likely that Luke Keary won't play but he's been named for now, and it's highly likely Mitchell will play in the halves alongside Cronk if that's the case. Latrell* isn't everyone's cup of tea, but there's no denying his talent. That Roosters victory over the Storm, given the circumstances, was one of the best victories I've seen by anyone. Even though Keary is unlikely, Friend, Manu and Taukeiaho should return. The only possible change for the Red V is the possible inclusion of Jack de Belin...but I'd be surprised if it happened. Really surprised. The Red V has the better ANZAC jersey, but the Roosters have a better team.

* a bit of Thinker gloating if I may...Over the last seven seasons I've put three kids names up in lights, expecting them to become future superstars. Those three are Latrell Mitchell, Kalyn Ponga and Anthony Milford. The jury is out on the Milf, but the other two are going ok. If only I could tip winners with a 67% success rate  :-)

Verdict – Roosters by 7

Result – Roosters 20 defeated Dragons 10

Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors – Thursday night – AAMI Park

Someone was going to beat the Storm eventually, and it took the 2018 premiers (and golden point) to do it. Unfortunately for the Warriors they have to suffer the consequences, as the Storm have a rich habit of bouncing back strongly from a loss. That this is also the ANZAC Day game, and that the Storm are playing at home, makes them all the more likely to do just that. No changes likely for the purple machine, while the Warriors will probably lose David Fusitu'a to a rib injury. The Warriors haven't won a game away from Mt Smart this season. This looks tough.

Verdict – Storm by 14

Result – Storm 13 defeated Warriors 12

Canterbury Bulldogs vs North Queensland Cowboys – Friday night – ANZ Stadium

The Cowboys have won just two games this season, but the two teams they beat (Dragons and Warriors) both flogged the Bulldogs. While the Cowboys attack isn't exactly firing, their defence looks capable enough to contain a struggling opponent. The very promising Nick Meaney is a doubtful starter with a hand injury, and the Bulldogs don't have a lot of options in key positions at the minute. They've managed just ten points in their last two games. The effort will be there, but effort only gets you so far.

Verdict – Cowboys by 4

Result – Bulldogs 24 defeated Cowboys 12

Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs – Friday night – Panthers Stadium

No one is talking about the Rabbitohs very much, and I'm sure the coach is pleased about that. They are equal first on the ladder, they are the only team that have beaten the premiership favourites (Chooks), and their only loss was by a solitary point at the Brookvale sandpit. And for all of that, they aren't playing at their best, so how good will they be if/when they do? The Panthers are short of their best too, but they aren't winning. They're harder to beat at Penrith, but I can't tip them on what we've seen in season 2019.

Verdict – Rabbitohs by 4

Result – Rabbitohs 22 defeated Panthers 18

Wests Tigers vs Gold Coast Titans – Saturday night – Scully Park

Scully Park, for those who aren't sure, is in Tamworth (don't worry I had to look it up too). It's a pretty little country ground by the way, not that you'll see much of it on a Saturday night. I'll leap to the conclusion that there will be more Tigers fans in Tamworth than Titans fans. Robbie Farah should be right to play, while the Titans are going to miss Ryan James and Jarrod Wallace. I think they'll miss them a lot. Teams often bounce back from a bafflingly poor result. Beware the wounded Tiger I say.

Verdict – Tigers by 2

Result – Tigers 30 defeated Titans 14

Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks – Saturday night – Suncorp Stadium

I recognize that the Broncos aren't beating anyone, but the teams the Sharks have been beating haven't been very good. Matt Lodge and Tevita Pangai Jnr return to bolster that big Broncos pack, and the Broncos backline is slowly (very slowly) starting to find patches of form. The loss to the Raiders was competitive, and in the end it was a lucky bounce off a Raiders head that proved the difference. The Broncos aren't winning, but they're close. For reasons I'm struggling to explain with words I feel like the winning starts now.

Verdict – Broncos by 2

Result – Broncos 29 defeated Sharks 6

Manly Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders – Sunday afternoon – Lottoland

The Raiders head out on the road again but that hasn't stopped them yet this year. A win at Lottoland might be more challenging than a win at Townsville or the Gold Coast, but the only team to beat the Raiders this year is the Storm. The green machine is back – this is a proper football team.

Verdict – Raiders by 8

Result – Sea Eagles 24 defeated Raiders 20

Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels – Sunday afternoon – McDonald Jones Stadium

Blake Ferguson (aka Dr Blake) has advised all that he is monitoring his rib injury and will let us all know if he's going to play on the weekend. If he does he's joining a team that racked up a rare half century last start, and they're taking on a team that's now lost five in a row. The most worrying thing about the run of losses from the Knights is the trend in defence. What started out as low scoring competitive losses has become losses by ever increasing margins. It's not a good look, and it has Nathan Brown scratching his head. Back at home in front of their loyal fans has to help...a bit. Note that both sides have a Nathan Brown in their midst here...that's unusual.

Verdict – Eels by 8

Result – Knights 28 defeated Eels 14

Wally Lewis - round seven selections (in bold)

Note: tips from Wally will be published on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

  • ROOSTERS vs Dragons
  • STORM vs Warriors
  • Bulldogs vs COWBOYS
  • Panthers vs RABBITOHS
  • TIGERS vs Titans
  • BRONCOS vs Sharks
  • Sea Eagles vs RAIDERS
  • Knights vs EELS


The Thinker's picture

Greetings tipsters

I have updated the NRL ladder and the tipping comp after round six. The list of tipsters that picked 7 from 8 is long, but they deserve the accolades so here they are: Newbie from Perth, The Tide Head, Teraflare, ScottySeahawk, Tailspin, Mary S, Footy Chick, Catdog, Lillychino and the Emperor Wally Lewis.

The tipping ladder has a five way tie for first and another six tipsters just one point behind. That's quite a long you would need two leaderboards.

As you can see the round seven page has been published for those that need to tip early. My plan is to have my previews and selections published tomorrow (but I'm connecting to the NBN tomorrow so fingers crossed).

If anyone sees any errors in the tipping ladder just let me know and I will look into it.

All the best

manyana's picture

Hi Big Pete, breeding the budgies was very interesting. My husband used to say that I spent more time with them than him, it was true! lol.
I bred quite a few lutinos & albinos. I found that two grey budgies often had albino babies. The lutinos were not as easy to breed.
Re my cfs, I've been to specialists, & naturopaths, who all say that they can "cure" me. Several thousand dollars later, I haven't improved one iota. So I've given up seeing the "experts" & just try to manage it with some help from my GP.
I'm on facebook, but that won't help because that's under my name. Will call in at the butcher shop & see them. If you let them know that I'm coming, that would be great. i definitely won't be going this week. Will have to wait until everything settles down before I can go over to the butcher.
Cheers, manyana.

mark ashford's picture

Didn't see the game but believe your Eels were unstoppable.
Congratulations to you and the team. Is that the biggest win this season? Surely the Knights will be trembling in their armour.

Baggy_Gee's picture

Yes it is the biggest this year, and not far off a record for us vs the Tigers. It could have been worse we had three tries knocked back early. Thanks Mark, I hope you guys find your form shortly except for the two games against us.

Baggy_Gee's picture

I have this annoying feeling that I heard last week during the call the the Broncos are a completely different team on the field of Suncorp. Hoping that is the case as the Sharks aren't looking to bad. Drooling for a foot race between Xerri and Roberts, Roberts might not have the toe to keep up with the young man.

Baggy_Gee's picture

Rightio, the Girls are on 29/48, Dad is leading again. Only 5/8 tipping by gut, I'll get their tips on tonight.

Anonymous's picture

Going to the Anzac game at the SCG
It’s always a great game no matter where they are placed on the ladder
There are some great match ups but I think the most important may be between Mitchell and Lafai
not in attack but kicking goals especially in front on the posts.

The Butcher's picture

Sorry last comment was me I was logged out

a's picture

Here’s my tips

Roosters by 6 I think the Roosters will continue their good form but it wont be that easy

Storm by 16 I think the. Storm will bounce back against the hopeless warriors

Cowboys by 4 I think the Cowboys will make it back to back here

Rabbitohs by 2 I think the Panthers will be better without Gus Gould but its Rabbitohs for me

West Tigers by 1 I think the Tigers will bounce back here

Broncos by 2 I think the Broncos are due for a win and will get 1 against the Sharks

Raiders by 2 I think the Raiders will continue their good form here

Eels by 8 I think the Knights season Is over here

Baggy_Gee's picture

Here are the girls tips.
Roosters (Because we always go for the Dragons and they lost last week. (Had to tell them that the Dragons won.))
Storm (Still anti the Warriors Logo)
Cowboys (because they say Hoowdi Doo)
Rabbits (Because I picked them last time and they won)
Titans (because Tigers can hurt people and Titans have swords(Tigers didn't hurt anyone on Easter Monday))
Broncos (Because they are fast horses and we always tip them and they have won a lot this season)
Manly (We are now discriminating against the Raiders Logo)
Eels (Because they always win, sometimes)

mark ashford's picture

Hi Baggy
Yes the Broncs are supposed to win at home and the old Broncs usually did. We have a reasonable record against the Sharks but this latest team is a worry. They defend well but can't seem to get over the line when it matters. Hopefully Siebold can correct this before it's too late this year. Looking forward to the girls tips!

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The Butcher
One of the few reasons I wished I lived in the Sydney area is the traditional Anzac Day clash between Roosters & Dragons at least I get to watch it on #9. The army boys there, the haunting bugle etc never fails to produce a tear or two...enjoy the game mate.

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Anyone have a comment about Phil Gould leaving the Panthers?
I remember him saying 7 or 8 years ago he would deliver a premiership to the Panthers within 5 years. Hasn't happened but can we blame Phil.
The last few times I have watched him on various footy shows he looks totally disinterested and maybe not in the best of health.
Must admit I don't really like him but don't wish him any harm.

christine 's picture

Tell me is phil the cause of the unrest going on at Penrith what are your thoughts on that & do you see Penrith improving when he leaves ???

a's picture

I think they will

Mary S's picture

Baggy - I have to say, I always get a smile/chuckle out of the reasons your girls give for their choices - and lets face it, they are as good a reason as any!!!
Cheers, Mary

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Hello everyone, my tips for this week are:

Dragons by 2 - Yes, I know everyone has tipped Roosters and if I weren't a Dragons fan, I surely would pick them too. But the fan in me has made me pick the Dragons. Plus, the ANZAC day occasion which seems to lift the Dragons more than it has the Roosters based on history. But if we are going to beat the Roosters, we have to be perfect and that is a tough thing to do in rugby league.

Storm by 12 - The other ANZAC day match sees the annual Storm who finally suffered their first loss against the Roosters surprise, surprise (not really) coming up against the Warriors who aren't in the most flashiest of forms at the moment but when it comes to the Warriors, you never know what to expect from them. Fusitu'a out for the Warriors doesn't help their cause. Like the Dragons against the Roosters, the Warriors have to be perfect to beat the Storm, especially since the Storm love backing up from a loss, in a big way usually. Although it won't be in a big way, as my margin presumes, the Storm's class will surely be enough to beat the Warriors and that's me still scratching my head on what Warriors outfit we'll see on Thursday night, I sure as hope for Warriors fans that it's not how they faired last year, I really hope we see a spirited and brave Warriors outfit on ANZAC day, and I'm sure that we will.

Cowboys by 10 - We all know that the Bulldogs haven't found their feet attack wise yet this season besides on occasions for instance their only win against the Tigers when we saw glimpses of it. But for the most part, the Bulldogs' attack has looked disjointed. But will they find their feet in attack this week? My answer is no, the Cowboys' defence which I may add, hasn't been the best this season thus far but last week was a step in the right direction defence wise for them as they did defend well against the Warriors and I'm sure that it'll be the case yet again coming up against the Bulldogs who like I said have looked disjointed attack wise for the most part.

Rabbitohs by 8 - Maybe the new era for the Panthers with Gould leaving the Panthers will be a good one moving forward. Playing at home as well where they do play well at generally will help them a little bit. Key words, a little bit, the Rabbitohs haven't been at their best yet, yet they still find ways to win. It's scary to think what the Rabbitohs can do at their best. Rabbits too good for Penrith here.

Tigers by 4 - History is telling us that teams like to back up from a blowout score line and the Tigers will be in that position backing up from a horrific performance against the Eels, terrible defence, bad attitude, and not much shown in attack. They only have a 5-day turnaround as well, sounds tough, but surely we'll see a fix in attitude from the Tigers and they'll put in a good performance against the Titans and get the win here which will be tough coming up against an inform Titans side. Will be a great contest.

Sharks by 6 - This one is a toughie. The Broncos at home always is a tough road trip for the visitors and Saturday night won't be much different for the Sharks. Yes, the Broncos have only won 1 from 6, but they'll surely be looking to lift here because things are looking grim for the Broncos at the moment. To me, we'll see the Broncos peak this season, but not at this point, the Broncos got close last week, but they still have plenty of work to do to be able to reach that peak that they said and unfortunately for the Broncos, it won't start this week. Yes, the Sharks just escaped with the win with a good comeback in the end over the Panthers, but those youngsters for the Sharkies are showing good signs early, it'll be exciting to see how they go this week. Sharks to continue on from that last 20 minutes against the Panthers with a win over the Broncos to go back-to-back.

Manly by 1 - This will be a cracker of a game. I sense a defensive masterclass in this one. I love how Manly showed up in defence against the Dragons last week. I know they didn't win, but their defence should be applauded. Speaking of defence, Manly's opposition the Raiders are currently the best defensive side in the league. I don't think that'll falter so soon. I think that they'll keep that defence up again. But I just feel that Manly, coming off the unlucky loss from last week will be fired up and looking for redemption and will find a way to win just like they did over an informed Rabbitohs in a gritty contest. For Manly to win though, they really have to aim up in defence like they did last week to contain the Raiders otherwise they'll be leaking some points in my eyes as the Raiders haven't only defended well, they have attacked well as well and have looked very slick. I think that Manly are doing their homework and will do just that.

And finally... Eels by 14 - I have given up on the Knights for now, that's 5 losses in a row now and they have been just getting worse and worse game by game. Now I think that the Knights will improve slightly as they will be playing in front of their faithful which should give them a much-needed boost but who they have in front of them are a rampaging Eels outfit from what we saw at their new stadium. I just hope for the Eels fans that they'll not only play like they did at their new stadium just there but every week because from what we saw, good things are coming the Eels way if that is the case. Eels to get the chocolates here.

Awesome. Good luck with everyone's teams for this week and with everyone's tips for this week. Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

newbie from perth's picture

Sa-wat-dee krup,

If things go according to plan this week, the Storm should be clear ladder leaders after this round. Then again, stranger things have happened. Let’s wait and see eh?

Just quickly, big shout-out to Baggy for suggesting the Grandstand radio broadcast in lieu of not being able to watch on TV. Never crossed my brain I could/should do that. Might give it a whirl this weekend. Thanks bro’.

Can’t believe I’m sharing top spot on the tipping ladder. And more importantly, the Boss has listed me at the top! Why I don’t know but I’ve already taken a “snip” of it and saved as a jpeg. Promise only to use said photo for bragging purposes (ha-ha). Cheers Thinker!

For how much longer I’m sharing the lead is the big question though. Might all come tumbling down after this weekend as I have a couple of tips that don’t sit comfortably with me I must say. No big deal though as there’s still plenty of time left in the season to make amends. OK, without further ado, get yourself settled in with a coffee (or a beer) and prepare yourself for this week’s “novel”. Let’s get into it…

Roosters vs Dragons 70-30 @ SCG
Ladder Position = Roosters

Last week’s thriller against the Storm was an epic win for my BBB. So far the best game I’ve seen this year but being totally honest, I wouldn’t be saying this had we lost (ha-ha). As far as I saw it, the Roosters won the first half and the Storm won the second. These second half fade-outs from my BBB have me a little worried. Better to get them out of the way early on I suppose (hope). But to their credit, they held on grimly and got the early chance at a FG and Latrell obliged in brilliant fashion. I can still see the ball continue to rise and rise and rise as it goes over the bar. Awesome stuff indeed! By all reports, no Keary so Mitchell starts in No.6, Friend returns (I think) and some handy reshuffles, so maybe not such a big deal. The Dragons did well last week in getting up over a confident Manly outfit. Some are saying they were lucky but a win is a win. They’re winning games but it looks like they’re just “scraping in” so to be any chance they’ll have to up their game against one of the competition’s best. This should be a good test of where both sides are at the present. Franking the form from last week, the Dragons look like they’ll be up against it. Even though the second half “siestas” worry me, I still think we’ll have the Dragons’ measure. Roosters for me. Begurk! Begurk!

Storm vs Warriors 75-25 @ AAMI
Ladder Position = Storm

Overall, Melbourne played the better footy last week and some may say they were a bit unlucky to lose it. Look, the thing is that good sides either win these clinch games or they don’t. Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes not. The Storm played an excellent all-round game and if they repeat that at home this week they should win this easily. The Warriors have me confused yet again. I wonder if they’re going back to their bad habits. What did they (not) do last week? Taking nothing away from the Cowboys, the Warriors didn’t seem focused on the job at hand and you’ll lose games doing that. As it turned out, it was a pretty disappointing effort against the Cowboys last week. They need to address their consistency week in, week out or they’re in trouble. Well, I reckon they’re in trouble this weekend anyway. Yeah, the Storm will definitely “bounce back” this week and should win by more than the other 3 ladder leaders and get back on top as clear leaders, albeit on points differential. Storm for me.

Bulldogs vs Cowboys 50-50 @ ANZ
Ladder Position = Cowboys

The Bulldogs aren’t travelling too well at the minute but they’re a young side and they’ll get there eventually. They just gotta remember what they’re doing wrong and work at making it right. A lot of that rests on Dean Pay’s shoulders too. Even though the Cowboys were good winners last week, the Bulldogs are a good chance in this one. Defensively they were pretty good against a classy Rabbitohs side last week and might just make the Cowboys pay the price. That’s assuming they can get their attack firing. Two tries in the last 2 weeks? Food for thought indeed. The Cowboys finally won last week which would have made a lot of people here very happy. Their attack was far better than their defence so if they can get both working at the same time it should go a long way in possibly getting them another win. I think Jason Taumalolo has been named to make his return and assuming he does, I think that might just tip me over to the Cowboys side of the ledger. This is a tough one to pick. Not a great deal of confidence in this game and even though the Bulldogs are favourites, I’ll stick my neck out and tip the Cowboys. Giddy Up!

Panthers vs Rabbitohs 35-65 @ Panthers Stadium
Ladder Position = Rabbitohs

I think the Panthers are starting to lose the plot and forgetting how to play footy. When you’re in front by quite a few points and you start doing silly things you’re gonna put yourself at risk of throwing it away. And that’s what they did last week. They have enough talent and footy smarts and should’ve hung on but didn’t. Bouncing back against the Rabbitohs is a tough ask. A worrying thing I found out is that they lead the competition in missed tackles. Yikes! Historically, a lot of the recent encounters between these two have been close. Doesn’t mean it’ll happen again though. In my mind those sorts of statistics are meaningless. Then again, history does have a funny habit of repeating itself eh? Souths played much better than the score from last week suggests. Apparently they had most of the possession and their sets completion rate was good. Actually, they lead the competition in possession percentage and running metres according to the NRL (I think) so the Panthers need to be on their guard from the get-go. I have a funny feeling that Souths might just “do a number” on the Panthers this week. Not sure if it’ll be a 13+ affair but they’ll win easily I’m guessing. Rabbitohs for me.

Tigers vs Titans 45-55 @ Scully Park
Ladder Position = Tigers

Will pride and the bounce back factor come into play for the Tigers this week? A very, very embarrassing 51-6 loss for them last week. It’s gotta hurt. Were they just not “switched on” (and if so, why not?) or were the Eels just having one of those days? I’m wondering if the Tigers can make a statement against a Titans side that’s finally found their spark. This one all depends on whether the Tigers are embarrassed enough from last week and can get their minds back on the job. I wish someone kept stats on how a team responds from a shellacking the previous week. It might make this a little easier to ponder. The Titans won well last week and looked like they were doing everything right. If they can replicate last week’s kicking game and assert their influence up forward early on, they could well be looking at another win. Inconsistent efforts from the Tigers and not enough credit given to a Gold Coast team who aren’t really doing much wrong has me leaning once again to the Titans this week. Can they continue their good form and make it three in a row? When will the bubble burst? Not this week I hope. Titans one more time.

Broncos vs Sharks 50-50 @ Suncorp
Ladder Position = Sharks

Must admit, I saw some signs with the Broncos last week to suggest there’s a glimmer of hope. Yeah, their defence wasn’t the best but they were OK in patches. Playing at home on a Saturday night they’re a chance. They definitely have the class but not really sure how Seibold and the players are gonna get past this form slump (and poor defence) but they have to rectify it soon or it might just be too late for them this year. From what I saw last Thursday night, the Sharkies did well in getting up over the Panthers. Not a great first half mind you but a terrific second one for sure. Good defence and 4 tries got them home in the end. So, on one hand I’m thinking the Broncos at home are due for a win and on the other hand I’m thinking of the Sharks’ gutsy effort last week and how it should be good enough. Man, this is a tough one to pick. Hell, even my ratings are 50-50. The bookies however have the Broncos as favourites but I’m not really convinced with that to be honest. Can the Sharks give the Broncos some pain and inflict another loss on them or can the Broncos get their act together? Again, it’s one of those games where I should just flip a coin. I have no idea with this one. Even my “gut feeling” has disappeared. Without any confidence whatsoever I’m tipping the Sharks.

Manly vs Raiders 45-55 @ Brookvale
Ladder Position = Raiders

By all accounts the Manly boys played a ripper of a game last week against quality opposition and were a bit unlucky in the end by not getting that penalty but “them’s the breaks” I suppose. Life without Turbo hasn’t impacted too much on Manly you’d have to say. Again, they have certainly impressed a lot of people (including myself) with their consistent efforts. Maintain that enthusiasm and endeavour and they’re in with a real good chance here. Playing at Brookie “might” be a bonus, not sure. Wouldn’t be surprised if they want to prove something this week. I’m pretty sure last week was the first time I’ve seen the Raiders play this year and I was well, sort of impressed and sort of not. Their defensive game was pretty good and that may hold them in good stead this week against Manly. I liked how their fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (what a mouthful) played. Always running hard and no fear. Only bad thing about him is his stoopid man-bun (ha-ha). They’ll certainly have a battle on their hands with Manly though. I have Manly rated just a little less than the Raiders and the bookies think the same but you know what? I’m gonna go against my better judgement (as I’ve been known to do on occasion) and tip the Sea Eagles at home.

Knights vs Eels 30-70 @ McDonald Jones
Ladder Position = Eels

Very poor effort last week from the Knights. And that was against the Titans (no disrespect intended). Play like that again here and the Eels could possibly rack up another bumper score. I for one don’t think that’ll happen as I’d like to think the Knights have addressed their shortcomings from last week and spent all week working on them. They need to get back to basic, honest footy and actually work hard. Yes, the Eels did in fact belt the livin’ daylights out of the Tigers last week but can they repeat that effort? How much advantage did the new stadium have (if any) and can they repeat that effort? It seems to me that the Eels are on the up and the Knights are on the down. While my ratings have the Eels miles ahead in this one, I’m thinking this might be a close one. I’m still gonna tip Baggy’s BOYS but expect some resistance from the Knights (hopefully). The Eels for me.

Let’s finish off with another “Song of the Week”…

I absolutely love this woman and miss her so bad. She still makes this grown man cry. Forever in my heart …

OK kids, good luck with your tipping and may your team win by 40 points! Until next week people. Cheers.

Lest We Forget...

newbie from perth's picture

Seeing as everyone’s tucked up snugly in bed at the moment and I have the floor…

@ Steel Panther

Mate, you should’ve stayed with the Roosters (ha-ha).

Unfortunately I don’t remember or was aware of any of the old school players from back in the 80s. I only took an interest (and started playing) league ‘cos my younger brother, as a favour for a couple of his new “immigrant” friends (or some similar reason), tried out for the Fremantle Roosters Juniors to see what it was like. His mates were Canadian and weren’t able to play Grid Iron as it wasn’t catered for back then obviously.

Cut a long story short, my brother was a “natural” and after about 8 or 9 games (from memory) he got picked at fullback for the WA State U15s side. I thought to myself … “if he can do it, so can I” and started playing too the following year. Because we played for the Fremantle Roosters (same strip as Easts) it was only logical that we followed the Mighty Roosters! That was back in circa 1975 but most of our attention was spent in the ensuing years following Fremantle and travelling to games watching (and drinking far too much alcohol) the third, second and first grade games.

The amount of times we made it safely back to the club slightly intoxicated (for yet more drinking) was made more surprising by the fact we never ever got done for DUI. Not that we were that drunk and never once did we “hoon” or go stupid. Times were different and people were different (more respect) in those days. Not to mention there were far less vehicles on the road so less chance of getting into trouble. Yes I know you shouldn’t drink and drive but still. Anyways I digress.

Didn’t really take a “serious” interest in NRL until about about 10 years ago. I always had the mates and work colleagues applying pressure to watch, discuss and get involved in tipping comps for that bloody AFL. So glad I’ve finally broken the shackles. Never ever goin’ back to the “dark side”. Anyway, what was the question again? Nah, seriously mate, I might finish up here and go and see if I can find a few videos on YouTube for Gary Freeman and check him out. Cheers brother…

newbie from perth's picture

Ha-Ha! Glad I took that "snip" of the ladder earlier. I just posted the comment above and hit "home" to take me to the top so I could log out and I see Scotty (aka ScottySeahawk) has jumped over the top of me.

The glory was short-lived but what a ride! Gotta smile eh? Well done Scotty! Cheers y'all...

newbie from perth's picture

Whaa? Now TigerGirl is on top! Meh! All good, we're all winners here on the Thinker's site. I'm off to chase up some Gary Freeman vids. Hope you all wake up happy tomorrow and for those attending Dawn Services, hope all went well. OK, someone else can get on now. Cheers...

Mary S's picture

You did hold the the floor Newbie - I've just read your summation ( without the beer or coffee) and am going back for some more zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!
Cheers, Mary

manyana's picture

Hi to all tipsters, here are my guesses this week.
Broncos (Have a feeling this will be THE week)
Good luck to all. Cheers, manyana.

manyana's picture

Baggy, I'm with Christine, I love to read what the girls picked & their reasons for picking them.
A couple of years ago I was in our family tipping competition, & a 6 year old was doing better than I was. That's sad!! LOL
Tell the girls to keep up the good work.
Cheers, manyana.

Mary S's picture

Hi Boss,
Could you enter Rocket's pick for Tigerholic please?

Christine 's picture

I'm taking the same as wally this week

newbie from perth's picture

O-M-G! What an absolute cracker the Roosters and Dragons game was. That Dufty try was freakin’ awesome. Definitely in my top 3 this year for sure. Felt a bit bad for him (just a little) when he popped that ball up that got us our try at the end but hey, that’s footy.

Again we had a second half “siesta” and again we got up. I’ll be sending Trent some Nescafe 43 for the boys to drink at the half-time break for the rest of the year so they can stay awake. Sheesh!

Anyhoo, I’m off to go surfing on the interwebs. Cheers…

mark ashford's picture

Ah Anzac Day I do love it, honouring our servicemen & women and most importantly those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for AUS & NZ.
I do have some fear for the Aussies & Kiwis that make the pilgrimage to Turkey to honour the fallen. Turkey is an Islamic country sharing a border with Syria another Islamic country full of radicals. Just hope all our people make it home safely.

mark ashford's picture

From what I've heard from the media there is some friction between Ivan Cleary and Phil Gould. Apparently club bosses went behind Phils back to recruit Cleary to the club (remember Phil sacked him two years ago ) meanwhile Phil was trying to recruit Wayne Bennet. Club bosses won out leaving Phil with a little egg on his face. Both Ivan and Phil have denied any problem with each other but I think the result speaks for itself.
Will this make any difference to the Panthers performance, only time will tell. Will no doubt take away any pressure Ivan feels.

mark ashford's picture

What a cracker of an Anzac clash.
Early looked like a Roosters whitewash but the Dragons dug in and made it a contest. If Benny Hunt had held that ball Dragons may just have scored and who knows after that.
Absolutely hats off to both teams for a great game.

mark ashford's picture

Was a big JJ fan, amazing lady. Just couldn't understand why she destroyed herself by drink and drugs a sad loss of a great talent.
Do you think "The Rose" was a fair depiction of her life?

The Butcher's picture

Ok so I’m back from another classic anzac game Duftys try was worth admission alone
On the way home on the train I read an article on who should captain the maroons so these are my thoughts
First I have to think like a qlder
So I’m actually going to head out for something to eat here in Sydney but if I was in Brisbane I would get public transport but hey there isn’t any then I’d have to wear a singlet coz it’s so damn humid
Then I’d have to drive and go thru all the tolls and then when I get there they will already be closed coz it’s passed 6pm
But hey if I see a Koala I can by law pick it up and cuddle it
Now I’m a Qlder
I put it down to 3 players
Daly Cherry-Evans known as DCE which is his name and Dispute Calls Everytime
Cameron Munster known as booos
Best One On One Stripper or the sound the crowd makes when he runs out and
Michael Morgan known as NQJ North Queensland Junior or Not Quite Jonathan
DCE is 30 and who knows if he will play origin for how long
Munster is only 24 but groom him for the future
So I’d go Morgan at 27 is mature and steps up when required
Anyway the next game has started
So I’m getting Uber eats
It’s okay you’ll know what That about 5 years

Steel Panther's picture

Gutted for the Warriors tonight. A brave effort that's gone unrewarded. You can accept your team losing when they play like that!! Without four first choice players, one being ur most potent attacking weapon & skipper, I like many expected a hiding. Wish they played like that every week.....

newbie from perth's picture

Storm vs Warriors - Phew! Another cracking game tonight. I might be in trouble saying this but the better team actually lost. More on that next week though.

@ Mr Ashford – yeah, the Rose was a pretty good film in my opinion. I reckon they “toned it down” a lot for the big screen but on balance, yeah. A big fan of JJ, I knew you were a class act mate (ha-ha). Cheers…

Mary S's picture

What a brilliant game between Storm & Warriors. It certainly was not the one-sided affair some were expecting!!

Actually it seems fitting for Anzac Day that it was so close, as a reflection of the spirit of Anzac being remembered.

@Steel - you must be delighted with the Warriors performance tonight, but equally frustrated that they don't play like this every week!!!
Cheers to all, Mary

mark ashford's picture

Butcher, I've read some nonsense on this site but like cream you have risen to the top.
Don't worry about our Maroons captain people a lot smarter than you will decide.
If you think buying Uber Eats makes you clever then you'd better check your credit card statement.

mark ashford's picture

I hope you watched the Storm/Warriors game, it was a cracker.
Your guys were in it to the end. A one point loss against the Storm at home should give you a little encouragement.

a's picture

What a great game Storm and Warriors was you have to feel sorry for the Warriors

Baggy_Gee's picture

Ahhh it's OK Butcher, I know what your saying, they have to pick a player who's origin is from NSW to be captain or it will feel like GI has left the building. Maybe they can try and find one of the islanders to be captain as they yo-yo their allegiance between cash and country.

Rocket Ryan's picture

Has anybody seen the Block he would have to be smarter!

Steel Panther's picture

Hi Mark & Mary....yes watched both games last night and thoroughly enjoyed them both. The Dragons played well in the 2nd half but came up short. There's a lot in the media today about the penalty awarded to Melbourne that locked up the score. Many have seen it as harsh on the Warriors and a lot are saying it's the usual Storm favouritism. Either way it was a bitter pill to swallow. You know I'm a big critic of the Warriors but give credit where credit's due and last night they deserved better.

Steel Panther's picture

Newbie it was good to get an insight on how you ended up following the great game. I've played the round ball game all my life and I can't even remember why I started watching rugby league but it was back in the early 80s.

Check out Wikipedia for a summary on Gary 'Whiz' Freeman. If I could compare him, and how he played the game, to a player of today, I'd say he was like Josh Reynolds from the Tigers. Gary was also part of the Fox Sports commentary team in the late 2000s. All the best!!

Baggy_Gee's picture

Does this mean Ryan that the next 6 years the QLD SoO will represent the broncos current winning record of 1 won and 5 lost series?

christine 's picture

Ask no questions but I seemed too have freed myself of that nasty entity that's been draining me ...

mark ashford's picture

Nice to see the SoO rivalry is alive and well on the site.
Without the benefit of a team list for either side and the exodus of QLD champions, I'm happy to say NSW will be favourites this year.
Baggy don't worry about comparing the Broncs to the QLD team. On their current form (unless it suddenly improves) not too many of them will wear Maroon. QLD love the underdog status.
Remember it's not about the size of the dog in the fight it's about the size of the fight in the dog.

mark ashford's picture

A bit of a cryptic message but if it's working for you then I am happy.
I'm not asking a question but if you are referring to the person who was draining you.....then good luck to you. Keep happy & well.

Baggy_Gee's picture

Mark I've always been happy for other teams to provide rep players. It just means you pay them more for them to be absent up-to 6 games a year. Let others provide and let the team get on with getting a premiership. It's going to be an interesting series can NSW take advantage, who know.

Rocket Ryan's picture

It's a really hard time for me baggy not being able the bag you and your eels
But those fu***n cowboys are really getting on my goat.

Baggy_Gee's picture

Well Ryan it might be your turn this weekend, worried like hell here, was that our grand final last week? The Tigers had no prayer, home for the first time in 3 years, can we get up for a game that we should win with no issues? Harder still when we are in 5th after the fact we were 0-6 this time last year. If i have finger nails left by kick off it will be a miracle.

christine 's picture

Not cryptic at all but yes we are referring to the same thing , I believe they may have been let go today from their position , in this case it was a matter of what you know & who you know & In this case I made an ally in the duty manager who asked for my help , I pointed to the camera & asked do you delete the footage on that too which he said no so I said then you've got proof you just have to find it ...


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