This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
Honouring Stan Carpenter...
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Manly centre John Hopoate has been sent straight to the NRL judiciary, with an ungraded striking charge, following his sickening blow to young Cronulla forward Keith Galloway. The circumstances were considered serious enough to be referred immediately to the judiciary for a hearing without any opportunity to enter into an early plea.
Hopefully the judiciary will punish the controversial winger sufficiently to end his football career. He is without a doubt the biggest grub in the game and deserves to be banished forever. Over the course of a chequered career, John Hopoate has committed more misdemeanours than most people would care to admit and as recently as last week sprayed a ball boy with profanities just for something to do.
Meanwhile, new recruit Ruben Wiki could be facing some time on the sidelines for the Warriors after being charged with a grade three careless high tackle during his team's victory in Brisbane.
Adding insult to injury for the Dragons, three of their players caught the ire of the judiciary following their second heavy defeat of the season, this time at the hands of Melbourne in Wollongong. Albert Torrens, who returned from suspension to take on the Storm, hooker Michael Ennis and prop Ashton Sims all find themselves with cases to answer. Melbourne forward Alex Chan is also on a grade two striking charge from the same match.
Finally, grade one dangerous throw charges have also been issued to Greg Bird of Cronulla and new Eels hooker Mark Riddell.