Finals week two

Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders – Friday night – Sydney Cricket Ground

Four teams lost in week one of the finals, and of those losing teams the Roosters scored the most points and conceded the least points. They started well and they finished strong, scoring the first two tries and the last three tries, but the game was won and lost during a 15 minute period in the first half when the Panthers grew wings and Nathan Cleary scored 18 points. It was an impressive bounce back by the Chooks after the showing against the Bunnies the week prior. That 15 minute period when Cleary put on a show however, reminded me of their showing against the Bunnies the week prior. Fix that, and they are a finals force again. If they can't fix that, the Raiders have the firepower to put on a show like Cleary. Jake Friend and Sonny Bill Williams return, and both should improve the Chooks in defence. The Raiders did enough to win against the Sharks last week, but their 12 point victory was less impressive than their 10 point victory against the same side a week earlier when they rested most of their first grade side. The Raiders had a fairly soft run into the finals, and their last outing against a genuine top eight side was in round seventeen against the Roosters. That night saw the return of SBW to the NRL, and the Chooks prevailed 18-6 in Canberra. The team lists that night were almost identical to our team lists for this game - the only additions on Friday night are Jake Friend for the Chooks and Iosia Soliola for the Raiders. That wasn't the first time the 2019 grand finalists played each other this season. They met back in round ten at this venue, when the Raiders surprised most with a 24-20 victory on a five day turnaround. If they won on Friday night it would be less surprising, but I'm convinced a 1 point loss to the Panthers at Penrith is better form than a 10 point over the Sharks in Canberra. A tremendous game beckons...whatever the outcome.

Verdict – Roosters by 4

Result – Raiders 22 defeated Roosters 18

Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs – Saturday night – Bankwest Stadium

For some time I have felt the Rabbitohs were the team outside the top four that could win the premiership, and in the last two weeks they have well and truly delivered. This is an attack that is firing on all cylinders, taking on a team that has spluttered through the second half of the season. To their credit, the Eels performance against the Storm was much improved, and a repeat of that effort puts them in this game. That said, I doubt they have enough points in them to keep up with the Bunnies, particularly now they have lost their best finisher in Sivo and a huge cloud hangs over Ferguson as he tries to get his leg functioning prior to kick-off. No such problems for the Bunnies who have named the same seventeen that have scored against 106 points in two weeks against top eight sides. And it's hard to forget when these sides met in round 16, where the Rabbitohs won 38-0. The Eels are better than that, but I don't think they're good enough to win.

Verdict – Rabbitohs by 19

Result – Rabbitohs 38 defeated Eels 24

Wally Lewis - finals week two selections (in bold)

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

  • ROOSTERS vs Raiders
  • Eels s RABBITOHS

Comments

mark ashford's picture

Hi All
Long time since I posted a song but found this and it bought back memories. This is the last time they performed together all is a bit sad. Cher was a superstar but Sonny faded into the background and died in a skiing accident. I enjoyed their time together and this was a favourite.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4EaFzRVjlM

Christine's picture

Kikau found guilty of dangerous throw on jwh will miss one match...

Coach Potato's picture

Was kind of hoping he wouldn’t get off. There’s probably not much doubt to me, had he played in the prelim, the NRL would have found something to snuff him out of a GF. It’s just up to 16 others + 1 now, and knowing full well, we are hardly a one-man team. Kiks actually had his quietest game for months last week. He’s a heavy artillery loss, but we’re not short on weaponry. We have a whole store full.

Christine's picture

Bennett has axed Justin Hodges from the maroons coaching & replaced him with Neil Henry all you fellow maroons supporter's out there , I don't really know what I think of that yet...

Coach Potato's picture

Is there anyone in the Maroons squad or coaching line-up that hasn’t been replaced yet?

Coach Potato's picture

Speaking of Bennett, there’s a curious little moment in history, still unsure whether to repeat or not.

2009, Bennett’s Minor Premier winning Dragons have just beaten Parra 37-0 and follow up the next week losing to them in the finals.

Only a few weeks back Bennett’s Bunnies beat Parra 38-0, and now play them again in the finals. Not two weeks in a row, but fresh enough for everyone to still have 38-0 in their head. I think if there’s anyone who may be wary of the Eels this weekend - it’s Uncle Wayne. Last time his team was no.1 and hot favourite. This time his team is no.6 and hot favourite.

Curious moment in history about to repeat? Don’t know. I know that the Hot & Cold Bunnies have just had a couple of Hot games in a row. So is Cold about to be served up?

Christine's picture

Newbie
R. I. P Eddie Van Halen has died , you won't be forgotten may your music play on forever...

Christine's picture

My tips roosters & souths ...

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Hi everyone, finals week 2 coming up. Bring it on! My tips for this week are:

Roosters by 7 – This one should be a cracker. The 2019 grand final teams going at it again for the third time this season. The first time round, the Raiders got the upset win 24-20 and second time round, the Roosters got the win in SBW’s return 18-6. This one is the deciding game between these two and determines who will advance into the prelims against the Storm. Whoever can hold their nerve will win this, simple as that. Raiders have already had a sudden death game whereas the Roosters haven’t. Something to consider. What did that Elimination Final do to the Raiders mentally? Especially considering they were behind in that one as well and were shell-shocked in the process. The Roosters on the other hand, knew that they would have a second chance but they obviously still would’ve loved the week off but at least they can have some more footy up there belt and looking to go the hard way to win the threepeat. I don’t think that the Chooks will get the threepeat but I think they will beat the Raiders here and go on to play the Storm who they played in the 2018 grand final. How cool is that? The Roosters playing their 2019 grand final opponent in the semis then go on to play their 2018 grand final opponent for a spot in the grand final. :O. Sonny Bill and Friend are both huge ins for the Roosters. And judging in last week, Roosters played better footy than the Raiders did it was lucky for the Raiders that they gradually played better in that game and dominated in that second half. If Raiders make plenty of errors and give away too many penalties and Roosters play like they did last week minus that 15 minute period in the first half that Panthers dominated, Roosters win for sure. Forwards battle is looking good, the halves battle is key, the fullback battle is looking nice, some interesting battles to come. With the roster these two teams have, whoever can inspire the most and whichever team can have more of a team performance will come a long way into winning this. Roosters will be desperate now and I think that will be some added motivation for them to lift and they are playing at SCG where they fire at for the most part. Should be a cracking game and well worth the watch but it’ll be the Roosters who advance. Keary to steer the ship, Tedesco to star, Sonny Bill to play a role and Morris twins to play well is my bet for this one. Don’t take your eyes off of this game. Football will be the winner no matter what the result is, that is if we get two sides who are on their game because when these two are on, they are firing, slick, classy, the whole lot.

And finally… Rabbitohs by 20 – I think the Rabbitohs will continue marching on and will win it convincingly. You just cannot forget what the Rabbits did to the Eels a month or so ago. They absolutely smashed them. Absolutely outplayed the Eels. The lineups aren’t so much different. The Eels are in a little bit better form but not by much. Last week, they actually played one of their better games for a while, it’s just a shame for them that they couldn’t carry on with it and the Storm took advantage and ran away with the ball in the end. But there are plenty of positives that Parra can take out of that Qualifier. But the Bunnies are just on a whole different league in attack at the moment. I mean they have scored a grand total of 106 points in the last two games against top 8 sides. I can’t see why they can show a lot of that attacking prowess here to Parramatta. Parra’s home ground advantage may potentially play a role. Particularly to try and give their boys a lift in a pressure situation and knowing Parramatta they have showed plenty of resilience this year and the willingness to win the close games but I really feel that Rabbitohs will outscore the Eels here, I truly think that’ll be a reality. Sivo, Parra’s main strike weapon is out and another attacking weapon in Ferguson may be out as well. Wayne has what it takes to continue to lift his boys up for the big games like he has in the past couple of weeks. Rabbitohs are looking the goods and if they lift here even in the slightest and get an early advantage, they should really cruise past the Eels here but if this gets tight, it could be anyone’s game but it’s the Rabbitohs here to get it done comfortably here. It’ll be a disappointing way for the Eels to bow out that’s for sure, in straight sets. Rabbitohs to continue on being the surprise packet and they’ve peaked at the right time too. I’m even giving the Bunnies a chance for the premiership, you’ve heard it here folks.

Awesome. Good luck with those whose teams are playing this week and with everyone’s tips for this week. Some real interesting games to look forward to, more so the Friday night game imo. I think we’ll have a really interesting preliminary finals on show this season if Roosters and Rabbitohs win their respective games, it’ll be down to Panthers, Storm, Roosters and Rabbitohs. That looks about right for the final 4 based on form. Anyways hope you all enjoy the rest of your weeks and enjoy sudden death/semi final football. Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

newbie from perth's picture

Finals Week 2:

Sa-wat-dee krup,

It’s just occurred to me that you guys over East have gone over to Daylight Saving time (well, not those in Qld but everyone else) so it’s just gone 11.20pm (or thereabouts) so only the night-owls might get to read this tonight. If not, it’ll be tomorrow sometime. Speaking of tomorrow, I’m getting excited about the Roosters vs. Raiders game. Half excited to see the Chooks win and half fearful that we’ll lose. What the hell, bring it on!

One of the positives about this week’s games is that there’s only 2 for me to comment on so it should be a quick read for y’all. Mr Ashford is sitting there thinking to himself “thank god” 💪.

Given the games left in the finals, I can’t really see any of us overtaking those in the top 7 (Footy Chick, Bronco Legend, JK Bubble, Nik, Michael N, Catdog & Stallion). Finally, the pressure’s off 😉. OK, let’s do this thing …

Roosters vs. Raiders 60-40 @ SCG
Bookies Favourite = Roosters

Roosters
Compared to their deplorable effort against the Rabbitohs 2 weeks ago, it was a vastly improved endeavour from the Roosters last week against the league leaders. They showed some ticker and never gave up trying. The Roosters jumped out to a 10-0 lead after just 9 minutes but were then besieged by the Panthers who scored 28 points in a 35 minute period. Conceding those 28 points the way they did obviously led to the Roosters’ downfall 😥. They did mount a late comeback scoring 3 tries in the last 27 minutes and got to within a point of the Panthers but time simply ran out and they lost 29-28 in a thriller. Some stats possibly worth a mention (or not) from the Panthers clash:

Possession - 51%
Completion Rate - 80%
Tackle Breaks - 42
Kicking Metres - 501
Errors - 11
Penalties Conceded - 4

Raiders
The Sharks really served it up to the Raiders last week in the first half. The Raiders were down 14-6 but a try 3 minutes before half-time kept the Raiders in the game and they went into the main break just 14-10 behind. While the Sharks played pretty well in the first half, the Raiders’ class started to surface and their 4 tries to 1 in the second half killed off any chance the Sharks had and the Raiders ran away with it winning 32-20. As he’s done quite often this year, Jack “six-again” Wighton had a big influence in the Raiders win. His much talked about “quick tap” to score was opportunistic and pure football genius. Once again the Raiders refused to lay down and you have to admire their hunger and resolve. Some stats possibly worth a mention (or not) from the Sharks clash:

Possession - 50%
Line Breaks - 7
Tackle Breaks - 38
Forced Drop Outs - 0
Ineffective Tackles - 11
Errors - 14
Penalties Conceded - 5

Verdict - This should be a ripper and admittedly I’m more worried this week than I was last week due to this match being do-or-die. The Raiders will no doubt be looking for some sweet, sweet revenge for last year and they have the players and passion to get it done. Having said that though, I believe we also have the players to get the job done and we’ll be playing at the SCG. The effort against the Panthers has hopefully got us in the right “frame of mind” so it’ll be no surprise that I’ll be tipping the Mighty Chooks this week. Begurk! 🐔 Begurk! 🐔

Eels vs. Rabbitohs 40-60 @ Bankwest
Bookies Favourite = Rabbitohs

Eels
The Eels surprised the Storm early by jumping out to a 12-0 lead after just 22 minutes in the first half last week. Up until then the Eels kept the Storm contained for most of that period but the Storm scored 2 tries in 3 minutes and it was 12-12 at the main break. Unfortunately the Eels copped a couple of injuries to key players with Sivo playing for just 11 minutes and Ferguson getting injured after 63 minutes. Even so, the Eels were unwavering in their defeat. Full credit to the Eels for fighting it out for the full 80 minutes. They were brave in defeat and showed some spirit. Pity they made some “costly mistakes” as they say. When the Storm got those 3 tries in 7 minutes, it created a lead the Eels couldn’t really be expected to claw back and they finally went down 36-24. Some stats possibly worth a mention (or not) from the Storm clash:

Possession - 43%
Line Breaks - 5
Tackle Breaks - 18
Kick Return Metres - 98
Dummy Passes - 13
Ineffective Tackles - 23
Errors - 11
Ruck Infringements - 5

Rabbitohs
Just like the Roosters did the week before, the Knights jumped all over the Rabbitohs and got out to a surprise 14-0 lead early last week. And just like their response to the Roosters the week before, the Rabbitohs clicked into gear and smacked the Knights thereafter. Even after the early 14-0 setback, the Bunnies led 20-14 at half-time and went on with it in the second half and ran out (very) comfortable 46-20 winners. They never panicked. They were patient and did what they had to do and it was so easy in the end. What’s frightening (for the other teams left) is that the Bunnies scored their 46 points in a 62 minute period. Some stats possibly worth a mention (or not) from the Knights clash:

Possession - 52%
Tackle Breaks - 28
Dummy Passes - 14
Forced Drop Outs - 0
Ineffective Tackles - 11
Errors - 12

Verdict - I thought the Eels did pretty well last week but based on how the Rabbitohs are travelling at the minute (Wayne is a genius), I’d be mad not to go with the 🐇 Bunnies.

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

Another one from Newbie’s “vault”. No particular reason for this one other than it’s a good’un. Enjoy (hopefully) the dancing 😉.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQvUBf5l7Vw

OK kids, good luck with your tipping and may your team win by 40 points! Well, except if you’re a Raiders fan that is 😉. Until next week people. Cheers.

P.S. Nice write-up DFB. Really enjoyed the read. Boom! 💥

Guru Craig's picture

Round 2 of the finals. We've had a good display of the talent and skill of this season's top eight. Newcastle as many thought were not close to being good enough to battle with the top sides and that big loss against the Titans was evidence that they are several years away. The Titans last game of the year was about where Para and Canberra are at, The Guru Feels. Pretty sharp but outclassed by the big three.

Cronulla were not close either, but put up a decent fight for a young side with a young coach who lost their Halo player.

Canberra can not overcome their own mistakes and The Guru just cant see how they beat the Roosters this week, especially when you consider they will give away 14-18 pts and 60% possession.

Para played some good football for 30-40 minutes against the Covid Destroyers. The Guru was impressed. The Eels never looked like winning though and there is a concern that was their GF. Do they have anything left? because The Red and Green will score over 40pts probably.

Penrith had a great club moment, snatching victory away from the fast charging roosters. Penrith got rocked though. AT 12-0 down they needed help to get back into the game. Weather it was 'Managed' or not, the Chocolate Soldiers held on just long enough. Get points early then maybe a bit of the ol NSW cattle dog to put the young Panthers off their game. Guru feels next week will end the win streak.

Roosters - The Chookies have had two losses on the trot coming into this do or die game, how the mighty fall so quick. All season Bondi's finest have been red hot favourites and looked pretty confident, until Wayne's Wabbit's gave them a good ol thrashing. The thing is though the Bunnies have given a few sides proper thrashings. Sydney were a bit unlucky to lose last week, if it wasn't for the ref dragging Penrith back into the game mid first half, we might have seen a Different result.

The Roosters are a better team than Ricky's Raiders. The Can-berra side are prone to continual mistakes and they will give away too many points to get in a position to win this. Ricky has said during the year he lets the blokes pretty much run ad-lib at training and during games, and that cavalier attitude really shows. The Raiders have no discipline. Blokes like Rapana are almost guaranteed to give away possession and points throwing a mindless flick passes or just coughing it up stone cold.

Sydeny are more professional and disciplined. The problem with the attitude of the Green machine is, that style of footy and you really cant close out wins, you keep inviting the opposition back into it. Guru feels
The Roosters will pull out an 18pt lead somewhere in the 80mins. If the Raiders could play serious footy they'd give this game a crack, but they cant for 80 mins. This will be Canberra's GF but The Guru feels they're just not good enough. Roosters locked in

To add a few thoughts. Papali is a tremendous front rower, but how much better if he dropped the couple of spare tyres...how much better if they had focus and discipline at training. You cant afford to carry blokes who throw the ball over the side-line every game and give away intercept try's every week.

Souths - The Rabbits are looking good and The Guru feels it will be a Stormers v Bunnies GF. Wayne has the boys ripening nicely. They made errors last week but did more good things and the determination of Walker at 5/8 was impressive. Less so Reynolds who had a messy start.
Souths should be too fast and have too many points for the Eels. The Souths outside defence and structure from the master coach are hard to get over. It will take a miracle for the Eels to win this. Souths comfortable winners in a closer game until the last 20 mins. The Guru feels Para will start strong and play a similar game to last weeks effort, only falling away late as they run out of steam and energy.

Looking forward to some good football.

tigerholic's picture

Morning All

Just wanted to check in and say "Hi". I have been busy at work this week and have had to pour my efforts back in that direction.

Have a great weekend folks

Tiger

Coach Potato's picture

No doubt it’s not fair but this is how it will be.

Penrith told again that their stadium is not big enough. We have found the biggest - ANZ - to host your home prelim final. Yaye say lots of Panther fans, we’ll have a chance a seeing the game. All is not what it seems though. Unlike tickets for the Grand Final, which are already on sale with people taking pot luck at their team playing, next week’s game does not go on sale until Monday morning, and then initially only to ticketed members. The stats on ticketed members is horrible reading in the context of this game. Broncos have the most, but then they also have a capital city of one team, and Sydney has nine. Second highest ticket holders are Souths, and third are Parramatta. Penrith are not at the bottom, but on this ladder, well out of the top8. When the buzzer goes on ticket sales Monday morning, Panthers ticket holders will be keyboarding against vastly larger opposition fans. There’s no fixed allocation of tickets per team. It’s a free for all.

There’s not a lot of doubt that it will be a repeat of the Bulldogs game in 2014 where the fans will be majority the other side, not because they care more about their team, simply because there were more of them trying to hit enter on ticket sale morning.

It’s a bit of a sham that this really only affects a few teams - Panthers, Sharks, Dragons, Manly, and Tigers. The rest are free to host all the way through to Grand Final. Storm are not exactly on corona central, but still at their home away from home.

Saving grace is we don’t have too bad an away record this year. That’s what it will have to come down to.

Mary S's picture

Hi Boss,

Can you take Newbies picks this week off his comments above??
Roosters
Rabbitohs

Even though he commented on daylight saving, I bet he has forgotten.
I remember what that was like when I lived in WA.

Cheers,
Mary

TigerGirl's picture

Roosters and Rabbits are my tips this week. Don’t seem to to able to find the link.

Coach Potato's picture

Congratulations Roosters. Great season. Well done.

Here comes Ricky.

Christine's picture

Well done raiders on the upset that nond of us saw coming ...

Christine's picture

That said none of us saw coming ... ,coach would you like it if that was your team that lost & someone made that comment remember what goes around comes around ...

Coach Potato's picture

Sonny Bill, have to say mate, you lived up to absolutely none of the hype around you and your much anticipated return. Very disappointing. No doubt, you are now back though, and look forward to more solid game-breaking next year. That is, unless... no, you’re not pissing off again are you? Bloody hell. Played us for fools again.

Coach Potato's picture

Even those who thought Canberra would win, didn’t see it coming? Will have to think about that one.

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Newbie,

Thanks brother! Appreciate it heaps!👊

Cheers!!!!

Rocket Ryan's picture

59 nil hope that number plate survive the crash butcher does it mean much now but you might be able to put it on another car next year who knows

Coach Potato's picture

Anyone got any jokes ?

Rocket Ryan's picture

Thats you butcher that coach is calling come join us in the stands watching the finals unfold.
There is still Penriths exit to watch dont want to miss that.

Christine's picture

Michael jennibgs has been caught by asada so eels are now missing both wingers & jennings agsinst souths ...

Christine's picture

News on nins msn about jennings he can still submit a b sample

Rocket Ryan's picture

Well well baggy what's Christine allerted us to here seem some things never change the Eels are back in the shit hope they don't look at the salary cap again

Coach Potato's picture

Guru, you’re on a fairly different wavelength to the correct one lately. Hope you weren’t too skinned backing the Roosters. Suggest beware chasing it back on Souths.

Coach Potato's picture

You little rippa. Go those women wearing playing for Roosters. Showing the blokes a thing or too.

Coach Potato's picture

* wearing /playing ,you know, either /or,

Baggy_Gee's picture

Ahhh yes Ryan, but at least we take our medicine like men and not fire the guy holding the crooked books. I can't see why you would wait around for the 'B' sample as it is highly highly highly unlikely that it will turn up a false positive. There was a Candaian Kayaker who "exchanged bodily fluids with her BF and tested positive" but that's the only false positive that has been recorded with this drug. Shattered but it will free up some cash for next season when his contract is shredded. Anyway 3rd is a lot better that 16th and a +/- of -356

Coach Potato's picture

Yes, quite shocking. Mostly because it didn’t cause him to run very fast. Career over using a drug that was a waste of bloody time.

Baggy_Gee's picture

Again, if you look at the use of Peptides at the Sharks, if the reason for their use was player welfare then how many other clubs were using them. Hard to believe that Jennings was the only one doping at the Eels, exactly the same as Bronson wouldn't have been the only one to take the drugs at the Sharks for rehab. The other side is that the clubs have told their players that it is the wild west but if you get caught then it is on your head. At least it was a faster turn around than the Bronson one, less than a month ASADA is getting better at their job.

Steel Panther's picture

Bigger news coming out of the Para camp is my favourite Eels player runs out for his 100th game tonight. Congratulations Nathan Brown. It would probably be your 200th if you weren't such a grub.

Good luck to your BOYS tonight Baggy. I'm sure the Voyeur will be watching.

Christine's picture

Wendal ssilor's son has been charged with sexual assult he was taken to woolongong police station this morning ...

Guru Craig's picture

Guru is doing fine Coach, thanks for thinking of the ol G tho, touches the heart that you find the time and energy at your age, what with all the trouble in the old folks homes.

Roosters were a big hard done by, not at all a clear victory. Anyway, up the Raiders, they finally stopped the errors and got a lucky assisted win.
Guru did have a little speculator on the Bondi boys but cashed that out at the appropriate time.

Have to agree, Sonny has not played to NRL level in his few games, still probably an overall plus for the sport though.

Wendell Jnr seems to be in a spot of bother. Something not quite right with this kid. The few times he had a run this season the Guru was very impressed, possibly an attitude problem? Guru would like Brisbane to sign him. Future star if he can become an adult.

Bunnies are warming up the ink for the 2020 Grand finalist T-shirts, this game tonight would seem to be a formality. The money is running with the red n green, odds dropping by the minute.

Coach Potato's picture

As mentioned, my avatar couldn’t be more my opposite. Great test this page is of how people are quick to prejudge others, not even by how they look, but how they perceive them to look. Put up a super hero symbol and the world think’s you know no wrong. How easily we all are fooled.

Guru Craig's picture

lol, The Guru is just having a go mate, just a joke.

Coach Potato's picture

Not nearly as funny as your assessment of this year’s teams.

Guru Craig's picture

You're a sensitive little fella aren't you Coach.
All you do is have a go at everyone on this site, acting like you know everything, yet someone has a little laugh with you and your cut....mate, harden up and stop the pissweak nonsense!

newbie from perth's picture

@ Mary
I read your comment above and was confused. Then reality hit. Yes, I actually forgot to put in my actual tips for the week. Most probably too interested in the comments and having an extra day to get those comments posted. Then Friday it was rushing home from work in time to watch the Roosters lose against the Raiders at 4.50pm WA time 😥. Oh well, such is life. This is the second time you’ve looked out for me. You are indeed a kind soul. Thanks again 💖.

Coach Potato's picture

Funny, doesn’t sound like I’m the one cut up over comments.
Don’t forget to next Saturday night. Panthers to make it 17 straight.

Coach Potato's picture

*forget to enjoy, that is.
Enjoy was invisible. How funny.

Coach Potato's picture

Guru, you epitomise p/weak. You continually blame the ref for your crook and very long assessments. Take some ownership bud.

a's picture

Take some ownership that’s what you should do coach oh wait why am I even talking to you

Mary S's picture

Hi Coach,
Well Coach, you are at it again.

You disrespect all the work The Thinker and his “Little Helper” put into this site, by your continual attacks on people with your over-rated opinion.

You appear to be a cyber-bully, with your continual ‘put downs’ of other contributors, rubbing their nose in their disappointment at how their team performed, etc.

What you call ‘banter’ is often nothing more than taking a swipe at another person’s comment/opinion, which in the next breath, you acknowledge that we are all entitled to!

About 3 years ago, I voiced my opinion, and as the organised person in the administrative field that I am I will quote –
“I began following this sight 5 years ago when I found Wally Lewis contributed with his tips and I had entered a work footy comp with a sport I knew absolutely nothing about. I have found it to be extremely helpful, and in the majority entertaining in some of the comments. There have been times I have also been disgusted with the personal attack on some contributors and unfortunately Coach Potato, most of those have originated from yourself.”

If Panthers win this year, they deserve to, through exceptional team effort, skill, enthusiasm and pride in their achievements, as well as the quality of coaching - not though any efforts of yours.

Actually Coach, I consider you do the team you support, a dis-service, in the fact that you appear a non-team player.

I’m sure that is not just my opinion!!
Cheers,
Mary

a's picture

Yeah coach Mary s has just described you perfectly you really need to go to a mental hospital

mark ashford's picture

Hi All
Just got home from 4 days on the Gold Coast babysitting my daughters dog. He's a lovely dog but totally out of control.
Can you believe they only have Netflix on the telly? No #9 and nothing else. Had to get the results on my phone and saw nothing of the games.
Commiserations to Newbie and the Butcher. I did see some highlights on this mornings footy show but it's not the same as seeing the game. Same with Eels and Rabbits. Looks like Wayne & Ricky have their teams ready for the big one.

mark ashford's picture

Baggy
Without Sivo and Ferguson and Jennings (heard that happened on the morning of the game) you were facing an uphill battle but your boys did very well. Nothing to be ashamed about and can only get better next year.

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