Why a big crowd is crucial to history-making women’s Origin clash

This article was first written for and published for NRL.com. Next Friday night when NSW and Queensland take the field at North Sydney Oval to take part in the first ever Women’s State of Origin, I will be watching history in the making from the grandstands. I don’t know exactly how I’ll feel when those […]

Mary’s Wonder Women: One week till State of Origin

This article was first written for and published for The Roar. We are exactly one week out from the first women’s State of Origin at North Sydney Oval. When I sit in the grandstands and watch the New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons run onto the field under Friday night lights, I will be […]

In defence of referees

This article was first written and published for the Roar.  I have a friend. Let’s call him John. John was brought up in a family that loves rugby league. When he was younger, he played footy, mainly on the wing because he was very quick. He even managed to score his fair share of tries. […]

MCG memories will linger for Blues but don’t write off Maroons

This article was first written for and published for NRL.com. I’m writing this column with my NSW Blues scarf wrapped around my neck. As a Blues fan, wearing my scarf with pride is not something I have had the opportunity to do much of over the last decade. So after the Blues’ 22-12 win over […]

Mary’s Wonder Women: Triple threat for the Red V

This article was first written for and published for The Roar. As the beginning of the NRL’s Women’s competition edges closer, I knew it wouldn’t be too long before the four clubs involved –  the St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters, New Zealand Warriors and Brisbane Broncos – started making signing announcements. The Dragons were […]

The NSW Blues are going to win Origin 1. Here’s why

This article was first written for and published for The Roar. It’s been a tough last decade for New South Wales Blues fans in the men’s State of Origin arena. The Queensland Maroons, led by Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Greg Inglis and Cooper Cronk, have won 11 out of the last 12 series, […]

Proud moment for Inglis leading Maroons into battle

This article was first written for and published by NRL.com. GI a natural fit for captaincy I may be from New South Wales, but the significance of Greg Inglis (also from New South Wales) being named as the third Indigenous player after Arthur Beetson and Gorden Tallis to captain the Maroons was not lost on […]