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Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Jan-16, 09:01 AM
A thread for the 2020 season

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Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Jan-16, 09:05 AM
Latrell Mitchell playing fullback for Souths apparently.

Not sure how they can fit him under the slary cap but there you go.

My maths indicates that someone has to go in the Souths backline.

Adam Dhouli seemed to be doing very well. Dane Gagai and Alex Johnstone are good players.

Can't play 'em all.

Josh Addo-Carr wants to be a Rooster.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Jan-16, 09:10 AM
I'm looking for the requisite pre-season "Paramatta will win this year" article but apart from a prediction by Zero Tackle this will happen cannot find anything else.

Maybe....... :chin:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Jan-16, 09:17 AM
PP, can you put the starting odds on your initial post. Just pick anyone. This way people can see the fluctuations over the year.

Title: NRL 2020
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Jan-16, 06:47 PM
PP, that could become an iconic opening photo image

As to souths salary cap, please enlighten us why Souths need to get rid of anyone to get Mitchell


Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Jan-27, 12:08 PM
Joe Ofengahue and Curtis Scott charged by police over seperate incidents.

Josh Reynolds video doing the rounds.

It means NRL season is around the corner. 7 weeks to go.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: JWesleyHarding on 2020-Jan-27, 04:04 PM
  :biggrin:  :)
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Gintara on 2020-Jan-27, 04:35 PM

It means NRL season is around the corner. 7 weeks to go.

Can't come soon enough  :thumbsup:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: arthur on 2020-Jan-27, 07:49 PM
Joe Ofengahue and Curtis Scott charged by police over seperate incidents.

Parents should always try to channel kids into sport . .

Everybody knows it's a great way to keep them out of mischief
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Feb-03, 08:14 PM
Bennett no longer English coach.

Souths will be happy. No other distractions. They do have a very good team but need their halves to fire and go to another level if they want to be premiers. I still think they need one more solid forward to be competitive.

The big smokey are the knights. We have the players. Top 8 is the goal for us. I still think we are a quality back and forward to be a top 4 side. I am not sold on our halves and hooker combinations. I just think there is too much pressure on Ponga. We have too many journeymen for the past few years. We should bought more youngsters a few years ago.

Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Feb-05, 01:39 PM
Bennett no longer English coach.

Souths will be happy. No other distractions. They do have a very good team but need their halves to fire and go to another level if they want to be premiers. I still think they need one more solid forward to be competitive.

The big smokey are the knights. We have the players. Top 8 is the goal for us. I still think we are a quality back and forward to be a top 4 side. I am not sold on our halves and hooker combinations. I just think there is too much pressure on Ponga. We have too many journeymen for the past few years. We should bought more youngsters a few years ago.

They have a great looking backline and the best hooker.

Just wondering how the forwards will stand up against (say) Canberra's pack.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Feb-05, 05:54 PM
They have a great looking backline and the best hooker.

Just wondering how the forwards will stand up against (say) Canberra's pack.

Very hard for a side to bounce back after a GF loss if no regular GF experience for a while. The Raiders do have a good side though.

I am more intrigued how Brisbane, Parra, Sharks, Panthers and Dragons go. The expectations will be high for them.

Title: NRL 2020
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Feb-05, 08:30 PM
They have a great looking backline and the best hooker.

Just wondering how the forwards will stand up against (say) Canberra's pack.

I hope youíre not talking about the knights
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Feb-06, 10:23 PM
I hope youíre not talking about the knights

I was talking about your mob who have had to let Dhouli go (told ya they had cap problems signing Mitchell)

He was all ready to go to The Roosters but at the last minute Wests Tigers upped their offer and he will be there in 2020

I have it on good authority that Easts will be chasing Bronson Xerri when his contract is up at The Sharks and have made their interest known. He is worth far more than $500k per year on the open market.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/sharks/exclusive-teenage-sharks-gun-xerri-rejects-500kaseason-deal/news-story/2afbd191c9ffec6e5a413d5c33329cc4
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Feb-07, 09:02 AM
PP

Doueihi didnít leave due to cap problems.
He spat the dummy and didnít back himself. Iím glad heís gone but in saying that, stick him in your supercoach team if you do those things
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Feb-07, 09:25 AM
PP

Doueihi didnít kea e due to cap problems.
He spat the dummy and didnít back himself. Iím glad heís gone but in saying that, stick him in your supercoach team if you do those things

You only get 2 picks for fullback. Thus you have Tommy T, Tedesco, Ponga, Papenhausen, Holmes, Tuivasa Scheck, Nicoll Klokstad etc to choose from.

It is hard as some named are very expensive too.

I came back to SuperCoach last year after a 10 year absence and I regretted even though I went fairly well.

You end up supporting players instead of bets and your teams. So no more this year.   :lol:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Gintara on 2020-Feb-07, 03:23 PM
Very hard for a side to bounce back after a GF loss if no regular GF experience for a while. The Raiders do have a good side though.

I am more intrigued how Brisbane, Parra, Sharks, Panthers and Dragons go. The expectations will be high for them.

The key to everything is injuries, if you can stay injury free you'll go ok.

The Eels have got a settled line up, another pre-season under the belt of a few young blokes & have arguably traded up with RCG & Matterson coming into the pack.

I've got us pegged as a 4 to 6 side behind Easts, Storm & Souffs.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Feb-09, 09:07 AM
The Josh Reynolds saga has taken a very strange turn involving catfishing, fake pregnancies etc.

https://www.watoday.com.au/national/nsw/josh-reynolds-life-unravels-amid-catfishing-claims-20200208-p53z0b.html
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-11, 05:20 PM
One day to go and we have this happening.

https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/phil-gould-slams-bulldogs-corey-harawira-naera-jayden-okunbor-schoolgirl-scandal/e649bcc9-82de-4357-aef1-2746ac00b86c

Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-11, 08:34 PM
Bulldogs. North Coast NSW.

What did they expect.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-21, 01:33 PM
It is interesting watching the league with no crowds. It is like watching local or park football with the sounds of the impact and on ground chatter.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Mar-22, 07:32 AM
Iím enjoying it :thumbsup:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-22, 10:04 AM
Iím enjoying it :thumbsup:

It makes it more real and actually like being there with the noise, chatter etc. You can actually almost feel the emotion again and reminds me of playing league / union when I was young.

Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-22, 11:18 AM
Call it off for 2020.

They cannot rationalize the hypocrisy of introducing "social distancing" for some - which causes al loss of work in many instances - whilst allowing NRL players special privilege.

The empty stadiums themselves are a reason to call it off on two levels:

i) Creates a hollow product
ii) How can you say "ban crowds" then allow a "crowd" down on the playing surface?

It is such a bad look.

And it will look even worse when you get the first "player to player" spread of the disease.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-22, 12:16 PM
PP, I agree with you. Unfortunately it comes down to politics and your man Vílandys. He inherited an organisation that financially should have been very secure based on tv deals and sponsorship etc.

Now Vílandys has to look after everyone and will get the blame regardless. He is looking after the NRL but socially it is a big elephant in the room.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: JWesleyHarding on 2020-Mar-22, 12:19 PM
Call it off for 2020.

They cannot rationalize the hypocrisy of introducing "social distancing" for some - which causes al loss of work in many instances - whilst allowing NRL players special privilege.

The empty stadiums themselves are a reason to call it off on two levels:

i) Creates a hollow product
ii) How can you say "ban crowds" then allow a "crowd" down on the playing surface?

It is such a bad look.

And it will look even worse when you get the first "player to player" spread of the disease.

 :bulb: His team must be off to a bad start for the year.

Title: NRL 2020
Post by: fours on 2020-Mar-22, 12:27 PM
Social contract...

Sports that people get tribal about en masse have social value and it is important for people in lock down to have things like sport to watch and or discuss.

Personally I think the AFL has appropriate level crowds right now as in soccer kicking a ball dead straight at the goal keeper is regarded as a very poor skill level and the same goes for wide or high - no points in each case. The AFL has it all wrong in this regard  but maybe as a soccer player I am biased.

Mind you at Uni my soccer team took on a bunch of AFL guys who disputed this and we played each other at both sports. They beat us just at AFL but we absolutely thrashed them at soccer. Long lankey guys poorly coordinated at ground level. They did not argue the point any more.

Fours
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Mar-22, 02:59 PM
Call it off for 2020.

They cannot rationalize the hypocrisy of introducing "social distancing" for some - which causes al loss of work in many instances - whilst allowing NRL players special privilege.

The empty stadiums themselves are a reason to call it off on two levels:

i) Creates a hollow product
ii) How can you say "ban crowds" then allow a "crowd" down on the playing surface?

It is such a bad look.

And it will look even worse when you get the first "player to player" spread of the disease.

Geez PP, youíve just managed to sound like one of those lefty hand whringers

ďItís such a bad lookĒ🤔

Go sit in a corner?    No way :thumbsd:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Mar-22, 02:59 PM
:bulb: His team must be off to a bad start for the year.

I suspect youíre right   :lol:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Gintara on 2020-Mar-22, 03:03 PM
I'm happy while they can play on as it gives an outlet for many but I can see the outcry of the 'non' fan. You only have to read the SMH facebook page for the 'outrage'. It's the same group of people who are outraged over anything and everything  :wacko:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Mar-22, 03:24 PM
Exactly. People lacking the mentality to get away from the virtue signalling herds
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-22, 05:01 PM
NRL will be forced to follow suit now

Coronavirus: AFL suspends the season

With states closing their borders due to the coronavirus crisis, the AFL has suspended its season until May 31.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan made the announcement at a press conference this afternoon, with matches still in progress to complete the opening round.

The AFLW season has been abandoned and no premier will be named after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on Australians to cancel all non-essential travel within the country.

If the NRL does follow suit they should issue a new draw and put all teams back on zero points. It's only fair.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: fours on 2020-Mar-22, 05:34 PM
tea leaf reading,

Forget the entire season.

Every time they relax the restraints the exponential growth will resume. This is why it will take many months to play out.

Fours
ps horse racing taxes help pay for essential services - sometimes forgotten entirely by those who look down on it
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Mar-22, 06:45 PM
If the NRL does follow suit they should issue a new draw and put all teams back on zero points. It's only fair.


How did I know youíd say that🤪
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-22, 08:11 PM
What a debacle this is turning out to be for me.

Liverpool leading the premier league by a mile, the knights going really well and literally all my European teams leading their leagues.

But the deaths and the shutdowns around the world put things in perspective.

Whatever happens, if we all remain safe we can make fun of PP and his calls for sharks to be given a head start.  :lol:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: JWesleyHarding on 2020-Mar-22, 08:37 PM
What a debacle this is turning out to be for me.

 we can make fun of PP and his calls for sharks Easts to be given a head start.

Easts.

But he has two bob each way.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-22, 09:06 PM
Easts.

But he has two bob each way.

But I love all the Sydney teams. Even Souths.

NRL reaffirms commitment to play on as AFL suspends competition

The NRL has reaffirmed its commitment on Sunday to continue playing the Telstra Premiership season for the time being.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said it was the ARL Commission's intention to proceed with the competition until there is advice from government to shut down matches.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan on Sunday announced their competition would be suspended until at least the end of May due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/03/22/nrl-reaffirms-commitment-to-play-on-as-afl-suspends-competition/

All of those AFL supporters will just have to watch the "Thugby".

But I reckon the NRL will be told to stop.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-22, 09:37 PM
More and more, NRL and ALeague standout for the wrong reasons now with the non sporting people.

They are better off taking them all to a secluded place and playing league or A league. Chances are if any player catches Covid19, they may try to hide it for the sake of their mates and the comp plus livelihood etc.

Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-23, 06:32 AM
Professional punter awarded $50,000 in defamation dispute with The Age

Controversial gambling identity and former brothel owner Eddie Hayson has been awarded $50,000 in damages after successfully suing The Age for defamation over an article accusing him of match-fixing.

Mr Hayson, a professional gambler, sued the masthead for defamation over an article in the print edition of The Age on June 3, 2016, headlined "Match-fixing link to gambler".

The publication conceded the article conveyed two defamatory claims, namely that he was involved in a "criminal scheme" with a jockey to match-fix a South Sydney Rabbitohs versus Manly Sea Eagles rugby league match in 2015 and paid six players $50,000 each to underperform so that he could make substantial profits by betting on that match. The Age did not plead a defence of truth.

Mr Hayson denied the allegations in the witness box and Federal Court Justice Robert Bromwich said in a judgment on Thursday that he "found no reason to doubt MrHayson's evidence on this topic, especially as it was not challenged in cross examination".

You'd have to think it was the game late in the season.

Souths were beaten 20-8 by Manly on the 7th August.

This was a suspect period in Rugby League's history.

Souths won the premiership the year before on the back of winning 93% of their penalty counts.  :no:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Antitab# on 2020-Mar-23, 07:25 AM
Professional punter awarded $50,000 in defamation dispute with The Age

Souths were beaten 20-8 by Manly on the 7th August.

This was a suspect period in Rugby League's history.


I agree a suspect period in NRL administration.

Every bookmaker including myself told the NRL investigators they were barking up the wrong tree and the game was legitimate as there was no money trail with legal or illegal bookmakers for Manly.

Yet they still let the story drag on for months. Why they kept giving a negative story with no fact oxygen was mind blowing.

As NRL were informed If Eddie fixed a game,  he to pay players and then bet big enough to make it worth his while.

He would need to have 3 million on. Itís a small market , That sort of money or even a third of that money never turned up.

Peter Beattie and John Grant era will not be judged fondly by history. This was just one of their stuff ups.



Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Gintara on 2020-Mar-23, 09:44 AM


If the NRL does follow suit they should issue a new draw and put all teams back on zero points. It's only fair.

I'm saying call it now, award the comp to the current team on top  :p  :beer:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-23, 05:16 PM
Now that the competition is suspended, I wonder if it will resume this year. Unless there is a total lockdown of all states for at least a month, virus will keep spreading. So I cannot see realistically how it can resume in May. This is the day when all the stood down staff return.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-23, 07:12 PM
Paul Kent was scathing in his attack on some of the people arguing for the NRL to shut down. Reading between the lines I take it the Rugby League hater Peter Fitzsimons was prominent in criticisms. He who claims to be a socialist and drives around in a $170,000 Tesla.

Why the NRL should be admired for having the willingness to fight on amid COVIDó19 pandemic

The NRL should be commended for their bravery in trying to keep the competition going, but the alarmists who have forced the postponement could end up killing the game, writes PAUL KENT.

...

The same mob mentality that led to brawls for toilet rolls got their way and pressured the NRL into suspending its competition, the panic of the uneducated.

...

The irony that the criticism against players for still working was coming from journalists still working, some camped in front of headquarters, was completely lost.

...

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian yesterday again called the new measures a ďno regrets policyĒ.

The Premier did not want to look back in a month, she said, and believe the Government undersold the danger, or was careless, so the government was overcautious.
Yet she allowed the NRL to play on. She ignored the alarmists because smarter people were advising her.

Yet it was not enough for some, who were still looking to back their first winner after declaring Labor in the last Federal election, steering the Republican movement, campaigning against the barrier draw on the Sydney Opera House and even cheering for the new NRLís Simply the Best ad.

...

The NRL is already on record saying it has cash for about three months in reserve, about $70 million, before the game would go broke.

A 10-week stand down like the AFL will take the NRL to the brink. The experts need only to be out by a few weeks before some NRL clubs will go to the wall and the entire code could crumble shortly after.

The NRL was a wonderful relief over the weekend.

The stadiums might have been empty but the footy was the kind of distraction that benefited us all.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/why-the-nrl-should-be-admired-for-having-the-willingness-to-fight-on-amid-covid19-pandemic/
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-23, 07:14 PM
I agree a suspect period in NRL administration.


I was only trying to stir up the Souths supporters.

FFS not a single bite on that one. I think they're on to me.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-23, 08:31 PM
Paul Kent and journalists of that ilk who support the NRL playing games should have a hard look at themselves.

Do they really believe that NRL supports the general public or are they trying to protect their own jobs?

Now with NRL season in itís death throes the longer the virus cases grows, there maybe clubs that need a government handout or could face mergers and oblivion.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: arthur on 2020-Mar-23, 09:03 PM
I was only trying to stir

Well I'll stir back

Off topic . . but . .  What brand of motor vehicle are socialists supposed to drive  :chin:
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-23, 10:49 PM
Well I'll stir back

Off topic . . but . .  What brand of motor vehicle are socialists supposed to drive  :chin:

Tesla or VW depending on income.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-24, 12:42 AM
Well I'll stir back

Off topic . . but . .  What brand of motor vehicle are socialists supposed to drive  :chin:

There are two people all these years down the track who I think have proven themselves to be true prophets.

i) Andy Warhol once said - regarding the future - "Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes."

With the advent of social media, some people have discovered that by saying something really outrageous, you get your name in the mainstream media and become famous for "15 minutes"

ii) George Orwell said "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." in his satirical novel on Socialism, Animal Farm.

Within the rise of the progressive/leftist/socialist political movement, one of those more equal animals would have to be Peter Fitzsimons, who not only drives around in a red Tesla but lives in Sydney's North shore with his big earning wife Lisa Wilkinson and has enough money to donate a lot of dollars to the political campaign of Zali Steggal.

And he was a pretty ordinary Rugby Union player. He only played 7 tests before they woke up. Was made to look good because of three of my schoolmates a year ahead of me at Matraville High, and only got into the side because he was a "Joeys boy" and nepotism demanded that they always had to have a St. Joseph's boy in the side.
Title: NRL 2020
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-31, 05:47 PM
If anyone is bored and want to test their memory.

https://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/test-yourself-in-our-ultimate-rugby-league-quiz-part-1/news-story/47641a7e8da08cd375e265bc53b6072a