BY DAN To say the Canberra Raiders did just enough in their 24-16 victory over a weakened Sydney Roosters is an understatement. This was heart-in-the-mouth, food-from-the-stomach stuff. While the Raiders showed many positives in the first half, they allowed the Roosters to stay in the match until they almost stole the game. Standing back from the … More Raiders Review: Can You Call That A Victory?
BY BOZZA For a quarter and a half, St Kilda had the better of their contest with the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium. By the midway point of the second quarter, the Saints had 12 more inside 50’s than their opponent but led by a meagre 4 points. Despite St Kilda’s pressure around the ground … More Saints Summary: Saints Feel Dogs’ Bite
BY BOZZA In his second game for the club, Mitchell Moses again showed glimpses of why Parramatta was so keen to obtain his services in 2017. If South Sydney had any inside information, having faced him twice previously this season, it did not show as they wilted under the searing examination of his and Clint … More Parra Post-Mortem: A Return to the Eight
BY ROB Origin period is a time when certain forces in the NRL premiership shift, opening up new avenues for some teams whilst throwing up obstacles for others. Traditionally the Storm and the Broncos are the two teams most affected at this time of year, as they both offer up Origin stalwarts. Some years … More Raider Rumble! Raiders v Roosters Rd 12 Preview
BY BOZZA A sluggish start and a spluttering finish proved costly in the Eels Round 11 clash with Canberra. Stung by a meek effort the week earlier, Parramatta took the challenge right up to the 2016 Preliminary Finalists. Overcoming an early 10-0 lead, the Eels appeared likely victors before being overrun in the final stages. … More Parra Post-Mortem: A Game Of Inches
BY BOZZA It was a glorious autumnal afternoon that greeted Saints fans as they filed into Etihad Stadium for the team’s Round 9 encounter with the Sydney Swans. The 2016 Minor Premiers had endured a slow start to the new season but entered the match on the back of a two-game winning streak and offered … More Saints Summary: Swans Deliver a Reality Check
BY DAN They say a fool and his money are soon parted. Cricket Australia is hoping to get its hands on some money in the future. The always profitable Ashes series is coming, and in the next couple of years, Cricket Australia going to make a lot of money from selling the rights to the Big … More A Fool And His Money
BY DAN There will be a temptation to say the Canberra Raiders’ 22-16 victory over the Parramatta Eels is evidence that they are back on track. A closer look at the game should bring pause to any claiming that. The Raiders were much better this game, more often than they were bad. They were far from … More Raiders Review: Sweet Relief
“At least we didn’t lose to Newcastle” This was my meek response to relentless ribbing about Parramatta’s humbling 48-10 Mother’s Day defeat at the hands of the Sydney Roosters. After 3 weeks of sustained improvement, hopes were high going into the clash against the Roosters. Unfortunately, reality and expectation were worlds apart as the afternoon … More Parra Post-Mortem: At Least We Didn’t Lose to Newcastle
BY BOZZA “When this many players get involved (in the melee), something has happened that was untoward.” After taking this long to produce our Saints Summary for Round 8, it would be imprudent to ignore the story that has sent the football world into a fit of self-flagellation. As you are no doubt aware, Carlton’s … More Saints Summary: Why Is Everyone Talking About Wayne Carey Again?