This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
Honouring Stan Carpenter...
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Where did 2017 go? It's been an absolutely AMAZING year in rugby league, from the moment the Nines and Super League kicked off, another hum-dinger of an NRL season and right through to the best World Cup in decades.
With the Christmas break here, we want to wish all of our readers, contributors and forummers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a safe and happy 2018!
Looking back at the things we can be grateful for - what a season for Cameron Smith and his all-conquering Melbourne Storm in the NRL! Australia's undefeated World Cup run often took a back seat to rising minnows, passionate crowds and exciting contests; the Roosters gave it a red hot go in the Nines, Queensland made it ten from eleven as their Origin dominance continued; Leeds interrupted a dream season for Castleford on Grand Final day in the Super League while Hull FC pipped Wigan for the Challenge Cup.
The growth of the women's game was something to behold in 2017 too - the Jillaroos won their second Women's Rugby League World Cup, and can thank the state leagues for stepping up to deliver quality competitions. In particular the Tarsha Gale Cup (Under 18's) and Harvey Norman Premiership (Open Age) conducted by the NSWRL rose to prominence this year - congratulations to Penrith and Redfern for their sensational wins.
2017 saw LeagueUnlimited.com deliver unparalleled coverage across the country, with coverage of sixteen major competitions across Australia and the UK. We thank the NRL, NSWRL, QRL, CRL, RFL and RLIF for their support across the last 12 months as we strive to deliver bigger and better coverage of rugby league everywhere.
2018? It just keeps growing. We're heading into our 17th year of online league news and community discussion. Believe it or not the footy is back as soon as Boxing Day with some pre-season friendlies from the UK! While there's no All Stars or Nines to entertain us in the early weeks of 2018, we'll be back on deck as the Super League kicks off in February, and the NRL pre-season sees plenty of intriguing clashes too, while the NSWRL junior reps will be underway too.
... and then the NRL starts all over again on March 8! We'll bring our comprehensive coverage of all grades, with live updates of the NRL plus fixtures, teamlists and detailed scoring information for:
.... we think you get the picture!
As always, we'll continue to cover national and international rugby league news and events from around the globe. We're very proud to cover all major levels of the game (not just the NRL) and we hope to see that continue long into the future. For those wanting to get involved, LeagueUnlimited's 'The Front Row Forums' are there for your enjoyment 24/7. The largest rugby league discussion forums online continue to grow, with the usual debate and frank exchange of views.
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A safe and enjoyable holidays to one and all!
- The LeagueUnlimited.com team
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