Players, take a bow: It takes dedication to navigate choppy 2021 waters

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The 2021 season has been challenging on several fronts and there were a few times when the NRL was in real danger of not going ahead so it’s time for the players to take a bow on the eve of the grand final.

This season has certainly been a memorable one and not always for the right reasons, given just how much rugby league has been through and how it continues to be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Fans, media listen up: Making refs the scapegoat is boring

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Not only is the constant whingeing about refereeing after a match boring, but it is all but pointless.

As footy fans we need to get better at accepting that and also accepting that sometimes calls go your way and sometimes they do not.

Mistakes also happen, just like they do in all facets of life.

How is the NRL still getting Mad Monday so wrong?

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With most NRL teams finishing their seasons over the last month, it’s time for the players to celebrate ‘Mad Monday’ Perhaps this year, more than ever, they deserve the opportunity.

Many players have had to relocate, some have been without their family for an extended period, and just getting through the season unscathed might be enough of a reason to let their hair down.

Eels fans again riding the finals rollercoaster

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As a Parramatta Eels fan, this is starting to feel all too familiar.

For the previous two years, this was the week of the finals where the Eels season finally came to a painful end.

In 2019 it was at the hands of the Storm. The game is not one I remember fondly. I was at a wedding, streaming the game under the table on my phone and knew 10 minutes in that it was over.

Parra’s players deserved more but Brad Arthur has done enough to remain as Eels coach

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At the start of the year, I declared that if Brad Arthur could not get the Parramatta Eels past Week 2 of the finals, then it might be time to say thank you to their head coach and look elsewhere.

After eight years, my biggest question was whether Arthur could lead Parramatta to a premiership or whether he had reached his ceiling.

Am I allowed to take back my declaration?

‘They’ve underachieved and haven’t progressed’: Does the Titans’ season deserve a pass mark?

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On Saturday afternoon, the Gold Coast Titans’ 2021 season came to an end at the hands of the Sydney Roosters, who managed to hold on to win by 25-24.

It was an unbelievable match.

The Roosters seemed to do everything in their power to lose the game and the Titans weren’t quite good enough to take advantage of that.

Postponing the NRLW was the right thing to do, but where was the players’ voice?

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Just over a week since the NRL announced that the women’s premiership will be postponed until early next year due to COVID, I’m still extremely disappointed.

When it came to the NRLW, the NRL was caught between a rock and a hard place.

A hub environment would not have been fair or appropriate for several reasons.

How did everyone get the Latrell Mitchell hit so wrong

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This year ‘player welfare’ has been the catch cry for the NRL.

It’s the reason that was proffered for the crackdown on contact to the head. It was one of the main discussion points during the conversation about whether to postpone the Rugby League World Cup. And, of course, it has been central in the changes to concussion protocol over several seasons.