Tiger tough: Strong women going to great lengths chasing dreams

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Round-trip commutes of more than four hours for training and matches provided a great indication of the lengths female players go to as they chase their dreams.

The Helensburgh Tigers, a new team in the NSW Women’s Premiership, feature of host of players happy to hit the road numerous times each week to take on some of the best players in the game.

Is it ever okay to boo your footy team?

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Sunday afternoon was meant to be a special occasion for Wests Tigers fans.

The Tigers’ Round 5 fixture against North Queensland was held at Leichhardt Oval, a source of magic in itself. There might be a long line for the bathrooms, but there is a sense of old-school nostalgia every time you visit the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’.

Ton of courage: Kasey’s milestone built on drive and dedication

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Kasey Badger has overcome plenty of hurdles to raise a century of games as an NRL touch judge and, while she’s rightly proud of the achievement, the ultimate goal remains refereeing an NRL match.

After playing the game she loves between the ages of four and 12, she stepped away from rugby league for six years because she wasn’t allowed to play alongside the boys.

Why did the NRL introduce the new rules anyway?

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In the NRL, there have always been good teams and poor teams. There have always been teams that are well managed and teams that are badly managed. There have always been teams that have been ‘lucky’ when it comes to injury and teams that haven’t.

With that in mind, why are we seeing results play out so differently on the field this year?

Body of work: Krystal clear to see Rota’s inspiration

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Next time you see Krystal Rota playing for the Manurewa Marlins, for the New Zealand Warriors in the NRLW or representing the Kiwi Ferns, keep an eye on her right leg.

As of last week, Rota has a new addition to her body; another Tā moko which is what we more commonly know as a tattoo. In Maori culture, Tā moko is an artform, an important expression of cultural heritage and identity.

Why is Cronulla coach John Morris under pressure?

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On Saturday night at Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta beat Cronulla 28-4. It’s a cliché often used in sport, but in this case the scoreline really wasn’t an accurate reflection of the match.

At halftime the score was 10-4 but the Sharks were in trouble, having lost Wade Graham, Briton Nikora and Will Kennedy to concussion, while Sione Katoa suffered medial ligament damage.

Eels for real: Why Parra are now genuine title contenders

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It only took until round two for the Parramatta Eels to make a statement about their premiership credentials in 2021 with an impressive 16-12 win over the Melbourne Storm at Bankwest Stadium last Thursday.

After an extremely disappointing first half against Brisbane the week before, many fans including myself were feeling very nervous about facing the reigning premiers.

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

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On Monday, the NRL announced that the Roosters have been granted special dispensation to allow 17-year-old Joseph Suaalii to play in their first-grade team, despite the existing rule in place that requires players to turn 18 before they are eligible.

On Tuesday, NRL CEO Andrew Abdo made a comment that such an exemption would be “very rare”.

I have no doubt that those charged with making the decision about Suaalii’s inclusion did their due diligence; in fact, my understanding is that Suaalii has been observed over a long period of time.