Parramatta’s grand day provided a nod to the past and fresh hope for the future

This article was first written and published for NRL.com.

On Monday afternoon 29,047 people attended the first match at Bankwest Stadium, starting a new chapter in the proud history of the Parramatta Eels.

If like me, you are a Parramatta Eels fan who was born after 1986, then you have not had the opportunity to watch your team win a premiership.

But, if, like me, your support of the Eels was inherited from a family member (in my case my dad), then despite not being there the glory years of the 1980’s never seem too far away.

The Bulldogs won’t be wooden spoon winners

This article was first written and published for The Roar.

I tell you what, at this point in this season I would prefer to support the Canterbury Bulldogs than the Newcastle Knights or Penrith Panthers.

One of these teams is coming out each week and giving it everything they have, while the other two are either exceptionally disappointing or playing like they have given up.

Is Nathan Brown’s time up as Knights coach?

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The Newcastle Knights are one of the darling teams in the NRL.

If you ask an NRL fan who their second team is, many will say the Knights.

One of the reasons for that is that we all love an underdog and in the last ten years there has been no bigger underdog in the NRL than the Newcastle Knights.

McKinnon’s courage to be celebrated once again

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The round three clash between the Storm and Knights at AAMI Park in 2014 ended in tragedy when Newcastle player Alex McKinnon was seriously injured.

When McKinnon was taken from the field on a stretcher, everyone held their breath. Over the next week, the severity of his injury was revealed. The tackle had left him a quadriplegic.

The Warriors have already bottled 2019

This article was first written and published for The Roar.

The last two weeks have been amongst the most challenging the city of Christchurch has ever faced following a terrorist attack the likes of which New Zealand has never seen before.

This terrorist attack has provoked deep sadness globally, prompted calls for unity and togetherness and there has been almost universal respect and adoration for the way New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has led the country during this tragedy, driven by courage, kindness and compassion.

It’s not too early to talk about Origin

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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 their debut.

Normally I find this chatter frustrating so early in the season, but this year I’m slightly less frustrated because there has also been increased focus on the Women’s State of Origin which will be held at North Sydney Oval on June 21.