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.
PATIENT Notes by Dr. (Anonymous)
YET another round of pre-season trials passes and is blighted by another scandal involving young footballers running amok. Predictably this is followed by another outpouring of public outrage at the actions of these highly paid professionals crossing so-called moral boundaries.
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.
THE Clash of the two most successful Queensland clubs in the last decade.
THE Dolphins Colts and Premier Grade sides responded well to the challenge after a horror start to the season against North?s in Rd 1 and the A Grade side powered home over last years Premiers when the Club completed a clean sweep of East?s at Dolphin Oval last Sunday.
LEEDS star Danny McGuire will not make his return from injury in Thursday?s engage Super League clash with rivals Bradford.
THE Wigan Club are confident of breaking the attendance record for a Good Friday game against St Helens last set on Good Friday 2001 at 21,073.The Club have already sold 19,500 tickets in advance of the game and are expecting in excess of 22,000 on the day.
LEE Hopkins has signed a two-year contract extension with London Broncos ahead of the Good Friday home clash with Hull FC.
ROOSTERS 22 v BRONCOS 40
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.
WHO would?ve thought that the fixture corresponding to last season?s 4th vs 5th semi final would be a match to decide who props up the NRL ladder only 6 months later?
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.