SEPTEMBER is here and that means Finals.
AS my old Maths teacher used to say whilst chalking up a complex equation - ?there are more ways to kill a cat than choking it with butter?. Sure, but on the first Sunday in October, we want to hand Norm and Arthur to the most worthy of clubs.
FOR a Dragons fan with a modicum of pride and self respect, missing out on a ticket to the widely heralded ?game of the year? is akin to a living a lifetime impoverished and destitute. A week in advance, the round 24 Saints-Parra game had become the subject of hyperbole and windbaggery ? the competition favourites St George, who had just defeated the leaders Brisbane in Brisbane; hosting the Eels, who had flogged the defending premiers Bulldogs by 50. The match was the hottest ticket in town, and tickets were expected to sell out quickly. No-one, however ? least of all myself - expected them to be snapped up as quickly as they were, ie: completely sold out by Tuesday morning.
THE late French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, expanding on the philosophical tradition most famously initiated by the German Freidrich Nietzsche, believed that the logical extension of Nietzsche?s ?Death of God? thesis was for every human to create their own lives purely through their own actions, the ?intolerable necessity? of their own free choice. Without a genuine belief in God, life could no longer be based on any solid moral or existential foundation, but must merely be choosing for choice?s sake, and living for life?s sake. Humanity no longer had an essence, and for Sartre, to continue to believe in any essence was ?bad faith?.
BURLEIGH v REDCLIFFE, Pizzey Park, Saturday 2pm, September 10.
THE Dolphins Premier Grade side booked themselves a spot in the preliminary final against Burleigh after a comprehensive victory over North?s at Bishop Park last Saturday.
WARRINGTON Wolves climbed above Hull for the crucial fourth spot in the engage Super League thanks to a dominant second-half show against Salford that resulted in a 32-22 victory.
ST Helens moved three points clear at the top of engage Super League with a crushing 78-4 win over already relegated Leigh at Hilton Park.
RELEGATED Widnes were put to the sword 46-6 by a Wakefield team eager to please coach Tony Smith and their suffering fans after three straight defeats.
AS we move into the semis from the most exciting regular season in a long, long time there is an air of anticipation that the normal will take place. This year has been full of upsets and you get the feeling that the comp is ready to sort itself out this week.
MORLEY arrives at Odsal
ALTHOUGH he has the lowest profile of the three players making the short-term switch to engage Super League from the NRL, Sione Faumuina is hoping to impress enough to pave the way for a longer stint in the future.
THE FINALS ARE UPON US!!
NORTH Queensland and Parramatta have both suffered blows to their NRL finals campaigns after an unsuccessful night at the judiciary last night. Cowboys prop Carl Webb and Eels backrower Fui Fui Moi Moi were both rubbed out for the entire finals series as well as the early rounds of the 2006 season.
CULLEN Sports chairman Maurice Kidd today named Ivan Cleary as the new Vodafone Warriors head coach.