Ladies who League: Farewelling a club legend

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In my heart of hearts I always believed Josh Reynolds would be a one club man.

I thought he would go down in history with players like Nathan Hindmarsh, Petero Civoniceva, Darren Lockyer, Ben Creagh and Danny Buderus as only having worn the colours of one NRL club.

But this Sunday afternoon, in front of what I hope will be a full house, Josh will play his final game at his spiritual home of Belmore Oval before leaving the Canterbury Bulldogs at the end of the year to join the Wests Tigers.

Ladies who League: Guilty pleasure

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It’s time to come clean. As a Parramatta Eels fan, each week I commit a cardinal sin.

Even though the Eels have been my team since I was eight years old (and they will always be my number one team) ever since I started taking a deep interest in rugby league several years ago, I started to develop a string of second teams. 

Ten weeks to go – who’s hot and who’s not?

With Round 16 of the NRL completed over the weekend, I can now officially start the count-down to finals football.

There are only ten weeks until finals, which means that if your team is in the top eight, they only need to hold onto their place for ten more weeks. If your team is outside the top eight, then your team has just ten more opportunities to prove that they are worthy of playing in the finals.

It’s now also close enough to the end of the season that I’m comfortable enough to admit that there were some things that I was wrong about before a footy was kicked off.

Origin scheduling lets the young guns shine

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At this time of the rugby league calendar, State of Origin absolutely dominates the news. I still find it incredible that three games played between two states manages to capture the attention of the rugby league community for a sustained period of at least eight weeks every year.

From the moment the season kicks off, fans are naming their respective State of Origin squads and it almost seems like club football is forgotten in the lead-up to each of the three games.

Walters finally has the guts to make necessary changes

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After the New South Wales Blues defeated the Queensland Maroons with a final score of 28-4 in the opening game of this year’s State of Origin series, many declared that the Queensland Maroons dynasty was finally over.

Were New South Wales fans premature in that prediction? Perhaps. But after the Blues absolutely dominated Queensland in Game I, forgive New South Welsh-people everywhere for being a little bit cocky – we’ve had precious little to celebrate for the last decade.

Ladies who League – Redemption and role models

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A very good friend of mine often describes rugby league as a ‘pantomime’. And it’s a pretty accurate summation. In any given week our game is the source of plenty of joy, much madness and a constant state of controversy.

In most cases at the centre of the joy, the madness and the controversy are our players – and what a diverse bunch they are.

Des’ Canterbury no longer the Dogs of war

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Sunday afternoon’s game between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs was one of the strangest matches I have watched in 2017.

After being heralded as Premiership favourites at the start of the year, the Panthers went into this game having made wholesale changes to their squad. With Peter Wallace out due to injury, Mitch Rein finally made his Panthers debut at hooker.