The Grapple Thursday night on Sport 101.5 2018-03-29
Segment 1: Introduction
Big program as usual tonight as we analyse, dissect and bisect all the major rugby league news stories, grapple with the top issues during the program –speak with Matthew Sherry at 6.20pm, chat with Patchy and Macca at 6.40pm as they join us for the Flashback and preview round 4 in the NRL.
- Analysis of round 3
- Check on the coach sacking meter
- Referee Ashley Klein has been demoted for his controversial mistake which cost the Wests Tigers victory in their heart-breaking golden-point defeat to Brisbane.
- Former Manly supremo Bob Fulton says he's offended by ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie's comments about his alleged role in their salary cap cheating scandal. Beattie jumped to the defence of NRL boss Todd Greenberg, who came under criticism from Fulton for failing interview him during the nine-month investigation into the rort. The NRL handed down a $750,000 fine to Manly, banned two past and present officials and imposed a $330,000 penalty to their 2018 and 2019 salary cap, after the club were found to have promised players a total of $1.5 million in additional undisclosed payments over the past five years. DCE’s contract registered with the NRL was fine, but in this audit the integrity unit have done, they found another $400,000 in his contract that wasn’t part of the salary cap. Sydney Roosters CEO Joe Kelly - the former Manly CEO - and Sea Eagles chief operating officer Neil Bare have had their registrations suspended for 12 months after a nine-month long investigation BUT no points!!
- The struggling Eels are set to make giant Brisbane prop Tevita Pangai Junior their main target for 2019. Parra are clearly being out-muscled up front and see Pangai as a possible answer to their problems. Newcastle has already signalled their intentions to bring Pangai - a Knights junior - back home.
- Looks like Manly prop Darcy Lussick is off to England with reports it could be effective immediately. Lussick, who comes off contract at the end of this year, has been offered a long term deal with a Super League outfit that the Sea Eagles can’t match.
- Nathan Cleary’s injury - out for 10 weeks after he tore the MCL in his knee in Penrith’s loss to Canterbury on Friday night.
- OUT-of-favour South Sydney hooker Robbie Farah shapes as the key piece in a blockbuster trade involving four clubs and three players. The ability of the Raiders to lure Farah away from Redfern to solve their playmaking problems could fast-track Aidan Sezer’s mooted move back to the Bulldogs. That in turn would trigger Aiden Tolman’s departure from Belmore so that the durable front-rower could join the Sharks.
- Now know why Patchy is in Griffith- not far from Junee where DANE Nielsen has just been dumped as captain-coach of the Junee Diesels after the former Queensland Origin representative again found himself in strife off the field. Trumpeted as the biggest off-season signing in the Group Nine competition, Nielsen won’t even play a single game for the Diesels — the junior club of Canberra, NSW and Kangaroos legend Laurie Daley — after an alleged wild night out in Junee last weekend. The 32-year-old originally hailing from Mackay had made a positive impact since joining the Diesels but any good work was undone by his behaviour that club president Simon Vanzanten said was unacceptable.
- Four teams are set to compete in the inaugural NRL Holden Women's Premiership in August with the Brisbane Broncos, Sydney Roosters, St George Illawarra Dragons and New Zealand Warriors the first participating clubs. Geographical location played a major part in the decision-making process according to NRL CEO Todd Greenberg. The decision came after talking with senior members of the Jillaroos squad and coaching staff.
- It is believed the NRL's decision to spread the clubs across two states and two countries was done to initially cover as many areas as possible with an eye on expansion in future seasons. The Broncos and Roosters' inclusions were strategy based, with each club representing Brisbane and Sydney, while the Warriors had a strong application given the dominant New Zealand Kiwi Ferns are set to feature heavily in the squad. Clubs will now begin a contract process to recruit players with more than 100 required across the four squads for balance purposes and to cover injuries. Teams to miss out after applying included the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Cronulla Sharks, with Greenberg indicating there was a fear over short-term player quality and workload. Sharks CEO Barry Russell was disappointed Cronulla had missed out on having a team in the competition. Experienced leader Ruan Sims has been a contracted player for the Cronulla Sharks over the past two seasons but is now a free agent for the competition after the Shire-based club were overlooked,. Along with Sims, several players are already linked to NRL clubs across state-based competitions in both NSW and Queensland but will now have the option to join a rival club for the round-robin tournament.
Segment 2 (a): SCGJRFL: Secretary Matthew Sherry
Segment 2 (b): Panel follow up and local footy
SCGRL Round 3 - March 24th
Division 1 Beerwah 12 Maroochydore 28 Beerwah 6pm Sat.
Joshua Buckland 2 for Mar/3 tries to Beerwah – no goals/Mar 12-4 at half time
Division 1 Caboolture 16 Caloundra 18 Caboolture 5.30pm Sat.
3 tries each/Travis Purdie 2 for snakes/Robert Barwick 3 goals Caloundra
Division 1 Nambour 40 Gympie 12 Nambour 5.30pm Sat.
8 tries to 2/Baidon Cooper – 3 tries/14-12 half time
Division 1 Noosa 6 Kawana 36 Noosa 6pm Sat.
7 tries to 1/26-0 at half time
Div 2A: wins to Mary Valley, Bribie-Nathan Beckett- 2 tries/2 goals, Caboolture, Marooch and Coolum
Mary Valley, Bribie and Beerwah all on 12 points
U/18 Div 1: wins to Bribie, Kawana, Caboolture and Marooch –Liam Henderson good haul for Marroch- 12 points –try and 4 goals
Division 2 A Stanley River Bye
Brisbane Rugby League:
A-Grade Round 2
- Tigers 22/Panthers 32; Magpies 28 d Diehards 12 and Seagulls 34 d Dolphins 18; Round 3:-7 April
- Valleys/Beenleigh 10 all.
ISC: ROUND 3 – XXXX RIVALRY ROUND – 24/25 March All of the local derbies and great rivalries they can fit into one round. SUNSHINE COAST v PNG HUNTERS – Pity we have to wait until Round 3 for the Grand Final rematch
|24/03/2018||5:00:00 PM||Suzuki Stadium||Easts Tigers 26||Ipswich Jets 32
5 tries each
|24/03/2018||6:00:00 PM||BB Print Stadium||Mackay Cutters 18||Central Queensland Capras 16|
|24/03/2018||6:00:00 PM||Jack Manski Oval||Townsville Blackhawks 6||Northern Pride 26
Jake Clifford 5 goals/ 2tries
|25/03/2018||2:00:00 PM||Piggabeen Sports Complex||Tweed Heads Seagulls 12||Burleigh Bears 32|
|25/03/2018||3:00:00 PM||BMD Kougari Oval||Wynnum Manly Seagulls 20||Redcliffe Dolphins 36
Kotoni STAGGS 4 goals/2 tries
|25/03/2018||3:00:00 PM||Davies Park||Souths Logan Magpies 24||Norths Devils 26|
|25/03/2018||3:00:00 PM||Sunshine Coast Stadium||Sunshine Coast Falcons 24
Matt SOPER-LAWLER 4 goals/try
|PNG Hu 10|
|4||Souths Logan Magpies||3||2||0||1||0||68||51||17||4|
|5||Sunshine Coast Falcons||3||2||0||1||0||69||66||3||4|
|31/03/2018||12:00:00 PM||Suzuki Stadium||Easts Tigers||Sunshine Coast Falcons|
|31/03/2018||4:00:00 PM||Pizzey Park||Burleigh Bears 4 v 1||Souths Logan Magpies|
|31/03/2018||6:00:00 PM||Barlow Park||Northern Pride||Mackay Cutters|
|31/03/2018||6:00:00 PM||Dolphin Oval||Redcliffe Dolphins||Townsville Blackhawks|
|1/04/2018||3:00:00 PM||National Football Stadium||PNG Hunters||Tweed Heads Seagulls|
|1/04/2018||12:00:00 AM||Suncorp Stadium||Norths Devils||Wynnum Manly Seagulls|
|1/04/2018||12:00:00 AM||Browne Park||Central Queensland Capras||Ipswich|
Mal Meninga: u/18’s:
SEQ Women’s competition:
Div 1: Easts 30 d Toowoomba 16; Brothers 16 d Burleigh 12 and Wests Panthers 4 Souths 28
Div 2: Souths, Toowoomba and Murri Taipans all on 6 points
Div 3: Jimboomba on top by 1 point from Ormeau
The South East Queensland Under 16 pre-season challenge came to an exciting conclusion with all three games being decided by two points in the fourth and final round at Emerson Park. Players made the most of their final chance to impress selectors ahead of the 2018 SEQ squad announcement on April 18 by producing an outstanding day of rugby league. South East Queensland team will play in the Queensland State Carnival in July 2018, to be hosted in Mackay.
Major competitions across the South East Queensland Division will break this weekend as players and officials are given the opportunity to spend the Easter Weekend with family and friends. Play will resume the following weekend on Saturday, April 7.
Segment 3: 6.42-6.58: Kel Patch and Greg McCallum with The Flashback; Kel’s selections for round 4 and then and preview NRL round 4 games with Macca:
The Flashback: chat about the Crushers
Round 5 1995 -1st win of season for the South Queensland Crushers- 9 April
South Queensland 16 (St John Ellis, Mike Ford, David Krause tries; S. Ellis 2 goals) defeated North Sydney 12 (Ivan Cleary, Matt Seers tries; Jason Taylor 2 goals) at Suncorp Stadium.
Referee: Mick Lewis. Crowd: 19,233.
South Queensland: Ellis, Wayne Simonds, McKenna, Krause, Plowman; Liddiard, Ford; Fenech, Collins, Locke, Gillmeister, Cook, Horsnell. Int: Mark Hohn, Scott Sattler, Bella, O'Dwyer. Coach: Bob Lindner
Captains: Trevor Gillmeister (16) Mark Hohn (2) Mario Fenech (2)
Over their three-year presence in the Australian Rugby League premiership, the club managed to produce one Australian international player, Trevor Gillmeister.
Other notable players include Mario Fenech, John Jones, Tony Kemp, Phillip Lee, Rod Maybon, Danny Nutley, and Dale Shearer, and Kurt Wrigley.
Players who went on to be successful with other clubs include Clinton Schifcofske, Mark Tookey, Scott Sattler, Travis Norton, Chris McKenna, St John Ellis, Steele Retchless and Danny Nutley.
Most games for club 58 Craig Teevan (1995-1997)
Most points for club 108 (7 tries, 40 goals), Clinton Schifcofske (1996-1997)
North Sydney: Seers, Makepeace, Cleary, Toshack, Hall; Florimo, Taylor; Gavin Jones, Soden, Hearn, Fairleigh, Wilson, Moore. Int: Larson, Stuart, Nigel Roy, Craig Eveleigh. Coach: Peter Louis
Close: Enjoy Easter