Off-season chat

Greetings football fans - it's terrific to be back.

For those of you that have participated in previous seasons, and would like to go around again, the good news is that you have already been pre-registered. You're most welcome to add a comment letting me know that you're back, but you don't have to. That said, it's nice to hear from so many of you.

For the newcomers, we will be closing the registrations on Monday 26th February. That will give my little helper and I time to get all the ducks lined up for round one on Thursday. If you're keen, or you know someone who might be, now is the time to let me know about it.

I'll have more details for everyone in the days ahead, but the tipping rules remain the same, and there will be cash prizes for those that finish on the podium (and a few random prizes throughout the season).

And finally, if you don't know much about the game, Rusty does a fair job of explaining the basics to our North American friends. You can check it out below:

Russell Crowe explains rugby league

Most of you have probably seen this, but for those who haven't:

Russell Crowe explains the rules and laws of rugby league | NRL

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The Thinker's picture

Greetings football fans

Most of us aren't around in the off-season, but if you are, feel free to put your comments here.

I'll start shall I.

The NRL draw for 2024 has just been released. In news that will surprise no-one the Sharks have got another easy draw. While I'm annoyed by that, the decision to play the first Women's State of Origin game at Suncorp on the Thursday night before Magic Round starts the next evening...is a masterstroke.

For those who want to check out the season draw - here it is.

Gummy Sharks's picture

Morning Thinker. Sharks had a pretty kind draw this year as well. Not sure who does the draw or how it all comes to be. Do you know if it's done manually by people in white coats or is it mechanically generated?
Am happy we've been lucky to dodge the better teams twice as long as there's been no shenanigans involved but fail to see how this gets past "quality control" once again. Looks like the Dolphins will struggle around Origin time as well. Read somewhere one of my favourite whipping boys is heading to England. Be still my beating heart if that one is true, Sharks getting to play with 13 players for once will be a novelty. Hope all is well in Thinkerland.

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@Gummy Sharks

The NRL creates the draw, but in doing so they are trying to maximise the value of the schedule...which makes sense.

I'm not sure if the broadcasters get a seat at the table while they work the draw out...but I expect that they do.

Hope all is well with you too....I'm ready for the Christmas break :-)

All the best

The Thinker

The Thinker's picture

Greetings football fans

Some time soon I will create a page to kick start the tipping competition for the 2024 season.

Not long to go now.

All the best

The Thinker

Mary S's picture

Looking forward to the new season.

To all,
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas/New Year break and are coping with the extraordinary weather we are experiencing during the last few months.

Cheers,
Mary

BigPeteBx's picture

Hello Mary - have been thinking of you all up Far NQ. I also have friends at both Bowen and Innisfail. Do hope you had a nice and enjoyable festive season and all the very best for 2024.
Big Pete in Bx

BigPeteBx's picture

Didnt take the off-season long to pass Thinker. All the very best to you and TLH for 2024. Speak down the track and keep well.
Big Pete in Bx

manyana's picture

Hi Thinker, would you please include me in the 2024 tipping competition. Many thanks, manyaya 😊.

The Thinker's picture

Hi there manyana

You are definitely included. Best of luck this season.

All the best

The Thinker

The Last Samurai's picture

Hi Thinker,
Hope you are well and enjoyed the off season break.
Could you please include me for the 2024 tipping season
Kind Regards
The Last Samurai

The Thinker's picture

Welcome back, The Last Samurai

Best of luck with the tipping and everything else in 2024.

All the best

The Thinker

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@BigPeteBx

It's terrific to have you back in 2024.

All the very best

The Thinker

a's picture

I’ll be in the comp in 2024

The Colonel's picture

New to this page. How do we get in the Tipping Comp?

The Thinker's picture

Welcome back a

Best of luck this season.

All the best

The Thinker

The Thinker's picture

Greetings The Colonel

Welcome aboard. I have updated your website profile to tipster status. There will be more details on how to submit your weekly tips etc in the next few weeks.

Best of luck

The Thinker

Hardyards's picture

Happy new year and footy season thinker,
If you can fit another mid-level performer in the comp again, I would very much like to be included once more.
Cowboys ‘will’ be in the top eight this year I’m sure.
Cheers all

Gad's picture

Dear Mr Thinker, may I be included (again) in this year's, 2024 tipping competition. with many thanks

Gummy Sharks's picture

Evening Thinker. Would love to be included in this years comp if there is room. Hoping to finish another handy 10th to 20th as per usual. Thank you.

Mary S's picture

Count me in this season too please Boss,

@ Hardyards - Hope your wish is granted re Cowboys in the top 8 and better this season. My wish too!!

Cheers to all,
Mary

MichaelN's picture

Hi Thinker, would you please include me in the 2024 tipping competition. Many thanks, Michael

Hardyards's picture

Hello Mary S,
Yes, Chad needs to go back to passing early to let Tommy, Drinky and now Cliffo time in attacking and the whole team needs to scrap for every ball and get back to one of the best defensive teams in the comp. Easy peasy.

Chasingmytail's picture

Hi Thinker
My Tipping name is Chasingmytail just joined your site and would very much like to join this years tipping competition.
Kind Regards
Chasingmytail.

MGM's picture

Hi Thinker, Mary, Big Pete, a, Hardyards, Gummie, Samurai and newbies.
It's great to see you all chatting already. This feels a little strange (but really good!) to be touching base so early on.
On that note, I'll try and keep my tardiness at bay this year and look forward to all the fun and frustration and banter ahead for us all !

Did you guys watch the Indigenous v Maori match tonight ?... Any thoughts?
I didn't watch very closely until the last quarter (???) but felt the Maori team copped some bad calls there ... Hammer running in and out of the deadball zone with impunity and a couple of minutes later B.Smith having to leave the field for HIA after copping a big forearm , but no penalty, just "play on".
Like I say, the game didn't have my full attention. Was there a bunker in that match? Methinks the ref Todd Smith has taken up where he left off last year .... the Ginger has made me a Whinger already !!

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sorry Manyana and Gad , didn't see you there! :)

Gummy Sharks's picture

Morning MGM and all others. I watched the game last night ( switching between footy and Moonee Valley races) and agree reffing was fairly ordinary. I was left in a state of confusion over the pronunciation of the word Maori. After a few minutes I realised I'd been saying it incorrectly all my life ( my version rhymed with dowry), but each commentator seemed to have their own version. Rhyming with curry was the most popular one. Not being a d*ck here, but can anybody with knowledge tell me how I should be pronouncing the word Maori please.

BigPeteBx's picture

U got it Gummy/Sharky. Maori as in M.our.i.
We have the same issue up here where I live. The race (Bx 12 Hr, 6 Hr and Bx 1000 commentators haven't a hope in hell getting the pronunciation right. Several have adjusted, but its taken years. One lady said on FB - her fingers were pointed at Garth Tander. All the years he's been racing here, you'd think he'd know to to pronounce Bathurst. No yankee drawl dragged out with the urst. Its plain one word. Cheers mate and best wishes. I have a mate lives in The Shire and a mad Sharkies supporter.

BigPeteBx's picture

Morning MGM - I didnt watch the match as I couldnt get it on free tv. BUT I think if Manly had their full strength side they'd have pipped Chooks. Will be an interesting year and if T T can stay injury free - good chance he'll score more tries and top the ladder. Best wishes MGM and keep well.
BigPete in Bx Country.

Dear The Thinker

Can I please be a part of your tipping competition again?

Kind regards
Where Eagles Dare

TheDon's picture

Hi Thinky, I've followed your website for a couple years but so far haven't remembered to ask in time before season kicks into gear, may I please participate in your 2024 season footy tipping comp?
Thank you very much,
Don.

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@TheDon

You sure can. Welcome aboard, and best of luck this season.

All the best

The Thinker

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@Chasingmytail

Welcome aboard. I've added you a tipster for season 2024.

All the best

The Thinker

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@Where Eagles Dare

Welcome back, and best of luck this season.

All the best

The Thinker

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@MichaelN

Welcome back, and best of luck this season.

Don't forget that you'll need to sign into your account on the website to submit your tips...once we are up and running this year.

All the best

The Thinker

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@Hardyards, Gad, Gummy Sharks and Mary S

Apologies for the group response - the four of you deserve better :-)

It's terrific to see you all back this season. Best of luck in 2024.

All the best

The Thinker

JKBubble's picture

Happy New Year Thinker!
Can i please be included in the comp again?
Thank you.

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@JKBubble

Great to have you back this season.

Best of luck in 2024.

All the best

The Thinker

Johnny Awesome's picture

Good Evening, Mr The Thinker,
Just letting you know I'm back for season 2024, if you don't mind. Watch out for the Saints this season, mightn't make the 8 in our first year with Shane Flanagan but I reckon we will have a lot more mongrel and tenacity going forward. Go Saints and Canberra. Another tough year to pick em, me thinks. Cheers from the Original Johnny Awesome.
P.S. A big hello to Big Pete, not travelling down to the central west that often now. It's going to be 4 years since Mum passed and Dad went a year ago. However, I'll give you a shout next time I'm going to Parkes and happy to make a detour via Bathurst mate, my daughter has been living there for over a year now with her partner.

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Hey Mr Thinker, a quick one before calling it a night. Craig Bellamy and Adam O'Brian are the only coaches not signed for next year. Do you reckon Bellamy will call it quits, or get the Blues job, or do both, or is it smoke and mirrors with him. I know one thing if he's coaching Melbourne he won't go any good with the Blues if he's in the running for that job. He was compromised last time with the amount Qld players in Melbourne and it won't be any different this time around if he gets the job. In addition, how long will O'Brian last in the event Newcastle start poorly? I think he kept his job by the skin of his teeth last year. Always appreciate your thoughts.
Cheers from Johnny Awesome.

JP92's picture

Hey The Thinker

Would love to be in the footy tipping competition again this year

Cheers JP

MGM's picture

Hi Thinker,
The paranoid side of me is reading between the lines here but it's probably got more to do with the after effects of my reckless behaviour during the 70s and 80s than anything inferred by you (haha).
To be fair, in my recent comments, I didn't actually ask to be included in the comp this year so, to correct that, would you please enter me again this year sir :-)

BigPeteBx's picture

Good late Wednesday evening to you Johnny. Gee mate I thought you gave me the permanent flick. First and only time I met you we got on well.
So sorry to hear about mum then your dad. I often thought about them and you and how things were going. Would be great to catch up one day again. Our grandson is grounds curator/greenkeeper at Parkes Golf Club. He was formerly at SCG. He has a brother who is a greenkeeper at Tallwoods Golf Club up Taree way. We rarely get to see both due to their busy lives. I'm now retired as of last year but going through those usual issues that follow. Dragons and Manly are looking to have a good year and that isn't as in car tyres☺ I'll push on for now and great to hear personally from you. We'll be in touch through the NRL season and you can also send a brief email when you wish. I've got to find yours as it went with the former computer when it decided to crack its hard-drive. Cheers Champ and you keep well. Big Pete in Bx Country.

Kumul Fly's picture

@Thinker

I have been following you for a year now and really interest to join the tip comp.
Cheers
KumulFly @PNG

lillychino's picture

Hi Thinker
Please count me in for your 2024 tipping season!
Thanks Lillychino

TheDon's picture

Thanks very much, and good luck, it's shaping up to be a great season I reckon.

Johnny Awesome's picture

Hi Big Pete,
Sorry for taking you off the radar, a lot has been happening, I'll find your email and send you a note. Thats pretty cool regarding your grandson and his brother becoming green keepers, a definite skill and trade. I was just thinking, we could've used his skills back in the 70's when playing footy at Oberon on that bindy, rocky paddock they called a footy field. We will definitely catch up soon, mate. Lifes too short.
Cheers from Johnny Awesome.

Elaine's picture

Hi Mr Thinker
Can you please count me in for the 2024 season.
Cheers Locnesslaine

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@Kumul Fly

I have updated you to tipster status in 2024 - best of luck in the tipping competition this season.

It's great to see so many people in PNG visiting this site.

All the best

The Thinker

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@JP92

Welcome back - and good luck this season

All the best

The Thinker

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@MGM

The things you did in the 70s and 80s might be as dubious as some of the stuff I got up to in the early 90s. So glad we didn't have mobile phones recording all of our stupidity back then.

Welcome back - and best of luck with the tipping this season

All the best

The Thinker

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