Warrick Nicolson

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The People's Grand Final

WITH all due respect to the supporters of St.George-Illawarra, North Queensland and Brisbane, there is only one Grand Final match up that will generate the kind of buzz we saw and haven?t since Newcastle played Manly in the 1997 ARL decider.

From the Couch ? 4th Qualifying Final Analysis: Eels v Sea Eagles

SEPTEMBER is here and that means Finals.

From the Couch ? Qualifying Final Analysis

SEPTEMBER is here and that means Finals.

From the Couch ? 3rd Qualifying Final Analysis: Dragons v Sharks

SEPTEMBER is here and that means Finals.

From the Couch ? 2nd Qualifying Final Analysis: Broncos v Storm

SEPTEMBER is here and that means Finals.

From the Couch ? 1st Qualifying Final Analysis: Tigers v Cowboys

SEPTEMBER is here and that means Finals.

From the Couch - Number Six 2005 Mid-term Grades

WITH the upcoming round marking the mathematical halfway point of the 2005 NRL Season, Fron The Couch runs the rule over the 15 sides and delivered the following grades on your team:

From the Couch - Number Five 2005 Origin Special

IT?S Origin Time and unless you?ve been hiding under a rock for the past 6 weeks you should be counting down the days til Origin I at Suncorp Stadium May 25th. Both teams have named very strong squads with the only significant injury absences being Andrew Johns, Mark O?Meley and Willie Mason for the Blues while Willie Tonga and Brent Tate are unavailable for the Maroons. And a host of talented players were overlooked which suggests we are in for a treat come Wednesday. In a special From the Couch we take an in-depth look at the players involved in Origin I.

From the Couch - Number Four 2005

ENERGYAUSTRALIA Stadium on beautiful Sunday afternoon provided the setting for FTC?s first road trip of the year as Newcastle hosted Canberra in their Round 8 clash. As a football specific stadium it has few rivals with the surface rising slightly out of the bowels of the two stands and the grassed hills at either end. The Western Stand throws a gradually increasing shadow over the field and creates a setting perfect for Sunday afternoon football.

NSC Player Case Study: Brett Finch, Roosters

WHEN the Sydney Roosters signed a then 20 year old Brett Finch in the winter of 2002, they were not just signing a talented halfback to play inside their star five-eighth Brad Fittler; they were investing in the future of their playmaking corps. Now into his third season as a Rooster, Finch is well and truly the present with Fittler?s retirement at the end of 2004. Last Friday night against the Bulldogs, Brett Finch showed why the Roosters brain trust made the right decision in placing their eggs in his basket. In a game the Roosters had no right to win after 20 minutes when they were 16-0 down, the involvement of their now lone ?go-to-guy? was the decisive factor in their eventual come from behind 29-16 victory. Not only did he set up three of the Roosters five tries, but Finch was consistently touching the ball and organising his troops in and around the ruck, while his kicking game was outstanding. But words sometimes can appear biased, clich?d, overstated, unfair or they can simply underestimate a performance on the football field.

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