It’s not too early to talk about Origin

This article was first written and published for The Roar.  We’re only heading into Round 3 of this year’s NRL competition, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the media talking about State of Origin. Despite the men’s three-game series being several months away, experts are already selecting their teams and suggesting players that could potentially make […]

What a difference a year makes for the Eels

This article was first written and published for  When I woke up on Monday morning and checked the NRL ladder I saw something I hadn’t seen in a long time. For the first time in over a year, the Parramatta Eels sit in the top eight after beginning the season with two consecutive wins. […]

Musical chairs will cost the Dragons a finals spot

This article was first written and published for The Roar.  In the last couple of seasons, the St George Illawarra Dragons have often ended the opening month of the NRL competition with the dreaded ‘March premiers’ tag. That’s almost like the kiss of death for a footy team.

Studdon relishing chance to get back in the swim with Sharks

This article was first written for and published by  It’s an oft-used cliché, but 2018 really was a rollercoaster for one of Australia’s most recognised female rugby league players, Maddie Studdon. The highlight definitely came in June when she was selected to captain NSW in the inaugural Women’s State of Origin in June.

Sending Michael Jennings to the bin was the correct call

This article was first written and published for the Roar. When the Parramatta Eels scored their third try yesterday against the Penrith Panthers to make the score line 14-0, I had a devastating feeling of déjà vu. In the exact same game in the exact same round last year that Parramatta got out to the […]

The off-field impact that the NRL can be proud of

This article was first written for  With the footy officially back, I’m counting down the days until I can get to Parramatta’s first home game of the season. I’ve been a member of the club for 11 years and for the most part, have sat with the same group of people during that whole […]

Make or break for NRL as game attempts to repair reputation

This article was first written for and published by The Guardian.  Last week the NRL launched the 2019 season in Sydney with 16 club captains, a box-full of fireworks and one slogan: “A New Era”. Given the horrific off-season the league has just endured, it’s not hard to see why those three words are being pushed as […]

The Away Supporter

This article was written by Melissa Muscat. Given how much of a diehard supporter I am of live sport, most notably football and rugby league, I’ve been to very few away games interstate, until recently. And I didn’t realise what I was missing. In January this year I visited the last state I was yet […]

Why I can be a feminist and support rugby league

This article was first written for Today is International Women’s Day; a day where people across the world come together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It’s also used as a call to action to promote messages about gender diversity, inclusion and the push for parity. When it comes […]