The winners and losers in world of sport – Who’s on a roll and who’s not! – with sports broadcaster and former Wests NRL captain Warren Boland.
Running list for quick access:
- 0.00 Muhammad Ali
- 2.02 NRL
- 19.46 State of Origin
- 24.40 AFL
- 0.00 Tennis
- 10.20 Netball
- 11.25 Cricket
- 13.10 Rugby Union
- 14.20 Football
- 17.01 Olympic qualifiers
What’s that feeling in the air?
Is it winter ? – No, not yet.
Is it duck shooting season? Yes – but only in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
I’ll tell you varmints what it is. It’s time for hunting cockroaches and canetoads. Yes, that crazy State of Origin fever has arrived for another year in New South Wales and Queensland and all over the rugby league world.
Warren Boland and Andrew Courtice move to the edge of their seats to look at an action-packed weekend and the first shots of Origin 2016.
Correction: In the chat with Andrew, I said former Maroon coach Mal Meninga had called for some fresh blood in the Queensland Origin side. My mistake – I overstated that impression. In the Courier Mail last weekend, Big Mal picked his team and stuck with almost all of the Maroon stars who won in 2015 including Nate Myles and Aidan Guerra though he conceded incumbent Dane Gagai could miss out for Kyle Feldt on the wing and he chose Josh Maguire (injured for Origin 3 last year) on the bench instead of Queensland stalwart Jacob Lillyman.
Running list of topics for quick access:
- 0.00 State of Origin
- 11.39 NRL
- 19.04 AFL
- 25.55 Super Rugby
- 30.08 Jarryd Hayne
- 35.05 Soccer – FA Cup
- 37.33 Tennis
- 39.33 Netball
Round 11 includes a trip for the New Zealand Warriors and Canberra Raiders to New Plymouth in Taranaki in the North Island of New Zealand. After recent trips to Wellington, Christchurch and now New Plymouth it’s obvious why the Warriors dropped Auckland from their name some years ago.
Tipsters and Parramatta fans will probably have to wait till Monday to confirm whether Kieran Foran will turn out to improve the Eels’ chances against the Storm. Either way it’s one of the toughest games to predict along with the result of another likely thriller between the Cowboys and Broncos.
Here’s my tips (in capital letters):
RABBITOHS v Dragons
COWBOYS v Broncos
TIGERS v Knights
WARRIORS v Raiders
SHARKS v Manly
PANTHERS v Titans
BULLDOGS v Roosters
Eels v STORM
Last week: 4/8
Total: 51/80 Coach says “Sure, three of them were near things but we have to learn to win the close ones”
Penrith, Melbourne and Manly are giving away home ground advantage to make some money this round while Wests Tigers get no advantage from a home game against Canterbury at ANZ stadium.
Another wild card in the round is the effect of the representative round on some clubs, particularly the first match of the round when St George Illawarra meet Canberra only four days after the City v Country match.
Meanwhile Parramatta’s heads must be spinning and Souths’ backs are up against the wall as both are desperate for a win.
Here are my winners (in capitals):
Dragons v RAIDERS
EELS v Rabbitohs
PANTHERS v Warriors
Storm v COWBOYS
Sea Eagles v BRONCOS
Knights v SHARKS
Tigers v BULLDOGS
Titans v ROOSTERS
Last round: 7/8
Total now 47/72 . Coach says winners are grinners but it’s time to go to the next level.
by Warren Boland
The Broncos are looking to redeem themselves when they take on the Cowboys in the re-match of the 2015 Grand Final. Nearly six months after Jonathon Thurston’s extra-time field goal snatched a thrilling grand final, the Broncos have the chance for revenge.
That is what reporters are telling us.
by Warren Boland
One of the first statistics a coach grabs to explain a win or loss is completion rates.
Obviously the better you control the ball to complete a set of six tackles and finish it with intent and purpose, the more likely you are to score points or back your opponent into a corner.
A superior completion rate puts you in the box seat but Round Two results demonstrate it does not guarantee victory.