RUGBY league doesn?t always come to us directly. Very often, it is mediated to us by commentators, journalists, presenters and other media agents. These people are often referred to as ?experts? ? we trust that they have a higher perspective game than the average league viewer. What is it, though, that makes someone an expert? Is it merely enough that they are a media agent, a professional? It would seem that such a position implies a certain amount of expertise. Surely, though, there must be something else, something more tangible, which separates the experts from the layman.
LOCK the doors, tranquilise the kids, and make sure the missus (if she?s an AFL fan or, heaven forbid, a Ra-Ra one) is out with her friends. Why? Because it?s that time of year again, and your Friday night drinking time now requires that you multi-task a little. The task of lifting a beer from the fridge and to your lips now requires that you keep one eye focussed on the television.
GOOD Friday, March 25
EDSACC Oval, The Entrance, 5.00pm
Second round of the NSWRL Jim Beam Cup competition.
Newtown plays away to The Entrance.
A week is a longtime in footy after copping a hiding against Norths in round one at Bashup Park the Dolphins struck back with vengeance against traditional enemies Easts with a clean sweep of all grades.
SALFORD centre Stuart Littler raced over for a hat-trick of tries as the Reds returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion with a 42-10 victory over Warrington.
HULL withstood a late fightback to send the Broncos spinning to their first defeat at Griffin Park this season by 20-16.
WIGAN began the post Andy Farrell era in style with a 22-20 victory over arch enemy St Helens in an enthralling derby played in front of a Super League record crowd of 25,004 squeezed into the JJB Stadium.
WAKEFIELD collapsed in the second half as Huddersfield got back to winning ways in the engage Super League with a scrappy 42-20 victory.
EXCITED Huddersfield Giants officials are celebrating record season ticket numbers, a 50% increase on the first three home gates and are planning to smash a new barrier ahead of Easter Monday's game at the Galpharm versus Salford Reds (7:30pm) which will see the home debut of star Aussie signing Michael De Vere.
The club began the 2005 campaign with a 57% increase in their season ticket base from the previous year and have now launched a mini ticket to co-incide with the debut of Michael De Vere.
ROOSTERS 22 v BRONCOS 40
Panthers 18 v Dragons 8
TIME flies when you?re having fun they say, and it?s round three already so if you are a tipster, then this week asks more questions than it answers.
Eels 10 v Sharks 18
THIS Saturday (26 March 2005) 2 SER FM's ?A View From The Hill? will be taking calls on the ongoing saga at the St George Illawarra Dragons.
THE Illawarra Mercury has questioned the support of the Illawarra based Dragons' supporters who are demanding a minimum of seven home games per season at Wollongong's WIN Stadium.