This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
Honouring Stan Carpenter...
7 hours ago
Woe to Parra supporters everywhere. Its hard not to feel for a club that tries so hard - I use the word 'tries' loosely as this is one part of the Eels game that evaporated last weekend as they were miserably dismantled by the Bulldogs in an even more miserable game of wet weather footy. Questions are being asked about the half and five eighth combination while coach Brian Smith appears to be on something of a slippery slope - the view from the top can't be all that rosy.
Meanwhile, what can said about the internal machinations at Souths? Nothing much... except that George Piggins and Andrew Denton are the greatest pair of Galahs since Warrick and Joanne Capper. Look guys, time to grow up! Either kiss and make up or leave. You owe the supporters that much.
In other news, the massive NSW squad was announced and from this about 15 will be dumped and another five will be added... thats about as credible as it gets. Mind you, its good to see Shaun Timmins get a run with the impressive 2003 figures of zero games, zero tries, zero goals and zero points... bugger me sideways with the rough end of a pineapple if Timmo's stats aren't the least bit shakey.
And what about the Tingha Tornado? Not sure what the deal is here except that Nathan Blacklock has finally worked out that Rugby League is a better game than Rugby Union. Can't criticise the guy for being too clever... I mean if Tingha was as fast on the field as he is with the grey matter, we'd all be saying Nathan who? Please send all hate mail direct to me: [email protected]
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, the Raiders are still leading the comp and my fave team, the Panthers were robbed! Come back Girds and come back soon!
League Unlimited's Player of the Year Awards Points awarded for round four: 3 points: B Sherwin (Bulldogs), A Johns (Knights), T Carroll (Broncos), C Schifcofske (Raiders), L Hohaia (Warriors), T Hill (Tigers), C Fitzgibbon (Roosters) 2 points: S Price (Bulldogs), D Buderus (Knights), M Bowen (Cowboys), R Wiki (Raiders), J Seu Seu (Warriors), C Pearson (Tigers), T Byrne (Roosters) 1 point: W Mason (Bulldogs), S Kearney (Storm), L McWilliams (Cowboys), R Wesser (Panthers), F Meli (Warriors), J Caine (Tigers), A Minichiello (Roosters)
Tally update: 8 points C Schicofske (Raiders) 7 points L Hohaia (Warriors), C Fitzgibbon (Roosters) 6 points T Carroll (Broncos), A Johns (Knights), 5 points L Bailey (Dragons), A Minichiello (Roosters) 4 points D Lockyer (Broncos), S Price (Bulldogs), J Smith (Souths), G Tallis (Broncos), R Wesser (Panthers) 3 points S Bell (Storm), K Campion (Cowboys), B Drew (Raiders), B Fittler (Roosters), A Guttenbeil (Warriors), T Hill (Tigers), S Kearney (Storm), J Lowe (Cowboys), J Lyon (Eels), PJ Marsh (Warriors), H El Masri (Bulldogs), M O'Meley (Bulldogs), J Seu Seu (Warriors), B Sherwin (Bulldogs), B Slater (Storm), P Stringer (Rabbitohs), L Withers (Wests Tigers), S Woolford (Raiders) 2 points S Berrigan (Broncos), M Bowen (Cowboys), D Buderus (Knights), T Byrne (Roosters), J Caine (Wests Tigers), M Gasnier (Dragons), S Jones (Warriors), B Kennedy (Knights), J Lolesi (Raiders), W Mason (Bulldogs), J Morris (Eels), C Pearson (Tigers), D Senter (Wests Tigers), M Sing (Cowboys), S Tadulala (Storm), N Vagana (Bulldogs), P Whatuira (Panthers), R Wiki (Raiders) 1 point P Campbell (Panthers), S Donald (Sea Eagles), B Drew (Raiders), R Girdler (Panthers), C Gower (Panthers), P Graham (Raiders), J Hannay (Cowboys), B Hodgson (Eels), L McWilliams (Cowboys), F Meli (Warriors), R O'Davis (Knights), D Peachey (Sharks), J Seu Seu (Warriors), R Swain (Broncos), L Thompson (Dragons), A Woolnough (Knights)
Round 4 results at a glance Bulldogs 30 (Tries: M Utah, N Vagana, M O'Meley, L Patten, H El Masri; Conversions: H El Masri 5/7) def Eels 10 (Tries: J Moodie, A Graham; Conversions: J Moodie 1/2) Referee: P Simpkins Crowd: 24,907
Knights 44 (Tries: M Gidley, R O'Davis, D Buderus (2), C Hall (3), T Tahu; Conversions: A Johns 6/8) def Storm 28 (Tries: M Bai, M Orford, R Ross, A Moule (2); Conversions: M Orford 4/5) Referee: S Hayne Crowd: 12,892
Broncos 32 (Tries: T Carroll (2), B Tate, B Ikin, C Parker (2); Conversions: M De Vere 4/7) def Cowboys 24 (Tries: G Morrison, B Bowen, L McWilliams, D Myles; Conversions: J Hannay 4/4) Referee: S Hampstead Crowd: 25,242
Raiders 40 (Tries: C Schifcofske, P Graham (2), M McLinden, R Wiki, T Martin, J Lolesi; Conversions: C Schifcofske 6/7) def Panthers 28 (Tries: B Ross, R Wesser (2), J Galuvao, C Gower; Conversions: P Campbell 4/6) Referee: S Lyons Crowd: 14,472
Warriors 38 (Tries: F Meli (2), J Seuseu, L Hohaia (2), H Fa'afili (2), M Tony; Conversions: PJ Marsh 2/6, L Hohaia 1/1) def Souths 16 (Tries: N Merritt (2), S Walker; Converisons: O Craigie 2/2) Referee: S Clark Crowd: 13,614
Wests Tigers 38 (Tries: L Withers, B Galea, M O'Halloran, D Fitzhenry (2), T Hill; Conversions: J Caine 7/9) def Se Eagles 12 (Tries: A Watmough, S Menzies; Conversions: B Walker 2/2) Referee: T Mander Crowd: 12,000
Roosters 40 (Tries: B Finch, J Hodges, T Byrne (3), A Minichiello, C Wing; Conversions: C Fitzgibbon 6/8) def Sharks 20 (Tries: G Bird, C Beattie, P Franze, J Stevens; Conversions: G Bird 2/5) Referee: B Harrigan Crowd: 15,473