The Grapple Podcast on Sport 101.5 2018-06-21
The Grapple: 21 June 2018 – 3 big interviews tonight and start with Kristian Woolf
|6.02-6.08pm||Segment 1 (a): Interview-
· Kristian Woolf- coach, Tonga test team and Townsville Blackhawks ISC team
|6.08-6.18pm||Segment 1 (b):
· Interview follow up
· NRL review round 15
· News/snippets etc.
|6.22-6.30||Segment 2 (a): Interview-
Stephanie Hancock and Meg Ward- Jillaroos and Qld women’s SOO team
|6.30-6.38||Segment 2 (b): Local league|
|6.42-6.58||Segment 3: Greg McCallum- our resident NRL expert former 1st grade referee and English Super League boss
o The Immortals
o Rep round preview
o SOO game 2 preview
Segment 1 (a): 6.05-6.18: Interview Kristian Woolf - coach Tongan test team and Townsville Blackhawks ISC team
Segment 1 (b):
- Interview follow up
- NRL: Review round 15:
|Thu. Jun 14||Eels 24||Rabbitohs 42||ANZ Stadium|
|Fri. Jun 15||Cowboys 16||Warriors 23||1300SMILES Stadium|
|Fri. Jun 15||Roosters 32||Panthers 6||Allianz Stadium|
|Sat. Jun 16||Bulldogs 10||Titans 32||Belmore Sports Ground|
|Sat. Jun 16||Dragons 32||Sea Eagles 8||WIN Stadium|
|Sat. Jun 16||Sharks 16||Broncos 20||Southern Cross Group Stadium|
|Sun. Jun 17||Knights 10||Storm 28||McDonald Jones Stadium|
|Sun. Jun 17||Tigers 12||Raiders 48||Campbelltown Stadium|
- announcement of the Magic Weekend for 2019 in Brisbane but problems with ground booking at Lang Park – share with Qld Reds/NSW Warathas- unique round will include two Friday night fixtures, three Saturday games and finish with a three back-to-back games on Sunday
- Craig Bellamy to stay in Melbourne after agreeing to a three-year deal worth around $1.7 a season. Bellamy took over the Storm in 2003 and has led the club to seven NRL grand finals, winning four of them, despite two titles being rubbed out due to salary cap rorts carried out by former officials at the club. The Storm mentor has coached 407 NRL games with an impressive 67.8 per cent strike rate, and is also the fastest coach to reach 250 NRL wins
- The Wests Tigers have welcomed back Robbie Farah after a stint with the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Farah will re-join the Tigers for the rest of the 2018 season, and looks set to extend his record of 247 games with the club. He will be available for selection for their next game at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday July 1.
- Penrith general manager Phil Gould believes it would be in the best interests of the Broncos to let Wayne Bennett go if they don’t plan to keep him at the club beyond 2019. The retention by the Storm now leaves the Broncos and Bennett in a precarious position. Bennett will reportedly address the club on June 27 about his future plans for the Broncos and it’s said the officials should come to a decision in the next fortnight. The legendary mentor may yet get a new deal with the Broncos board's options appearing limited but the super coach is reportedly also eyeing a coaching advisor role should the club want to move in another direction. If Bennett is selected to be Broncos coach beyond next season he will be the first in NRL history to coach beyond the age of 70.
- FORMER NRL player Daniel Vidot will become a “Samoan Ghost” in the WWE, confirming he’s signed a three-year deal with the professional wrestling powerhouse. The 28-year-old Gold Coaster, who retired from the Brisbane Broncos in 2015, locked in the full-time contract after a trial in Florida in October. During his NRL career Vidot played 100 first grade games, representing the Raiders, Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans.
- ROOSTERS star Blake Ferguson could be set for a move to the Knights after meeting with Newcastle coach Nathan Brown on Tuesday. The Knights already have former Roosters Mitchell Pearce, Aiden Guerra, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Connor Watson on their books and they have urged Ferguson to join them.
- Former Wests Tigers player Tim Simona has reportedly been offered a lifeline by the Penrith Panthers. Phil Gould has apparently made moves to bring Simona back to the NRL working in community programs with the club. This, despite Simona's history, having been found guilty of gambling on NRL games while with the Tigers. Gould has been in contact with the NRL Integrity Unit, believing that Simona should be offered a second chance to give back to rugby league. What’s the odds on this happening???/find some signed jersey for auction?
- MELBOURNE set to launch a bid to sign Raiders playmaker Blake Austin for 2019. Still looking for a long-term replacement for Cooper Cronk, the Storm have joined Parramatta in the battle to sign Austin. The classy Austin is likely to quit the Raiders at the end of the season but the lure of playing under super coach Craig Bellamy may tip the scales in Melbourne’s favour. Brodie Croft?
- Souths are looking around for an edge forward to replace Crichton. One man they are looking at is Broncos winger Corey Oates, who has the makings of a fine back-rower with his size and speed
- English club Castleford are desperate for a fullback - and have targeted Raiders back-up Brad Abbey. Fresh from a hat-trick for Raiders feeder club Mounties last weekend, Abbey has been running hot this season but isn’t about to take Jack Wighton’s spot in the top grade. That is why the Kiwi-born 21-year-old is considering getting a release from the final year of his contract next season and moving to Britain. Abbey is a class act - but most NRL clubs have established fullbacks.
|Thu. Jun 28||Dragons||Eels||WIN Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm|
|Fri. Jun 29||Warriors||Sharks||Mt Smart Stadium||Nine, Fox||6:00pm|
|Fri. Jun 29||Roosters||Storm||Allianz Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm|
|Sat. Jun 30||Panthers||Sea Eagles||Panthers Stadium||Fox||3:00pm|
|Sat. Jun 30||Knights||Bulldogs||McDonald Jones Stadium||Fox||5:30pm|
|Sat. Jun 30||Broncos||Raiders||Suncorp Stadium||Fox||7:30pm|
|Sun. Jul 1||Tigers||Titans||Leichhardt Oval||Fox||2:00pm|
|Sun. Jul 1||Rabbitohs||Cowboys||Barlow Park||Nine, Fox||4:10pm|
Segment 2 (a): 6.22-6.30: Interview with Meg Ward and Stephanie Hancock
Women's State of Origin, Friday, 7.30pm at North Sydney Oval
- Six debutantes have been selected in Jason Hetherington's Queensland squad for the upcoming women's Holden State of Origin at North Sydney Oval on June 22. Australian Jillaroos player Meg Ward is set to play her first game in state colours after a rapid rise to the top level last year, while Frieda Faulato Seu, Maitua Feterika, Tallisha Harden, Rhiannon Revell-Blair and Mariah Storch will make their Origin debuts. The selection of New Zealand international Feterika is a boost for the Maroons with her selection based around residency rules after a move to Queensland this year. Veteran forward Stephanie Hancock has also been named after delaying retirement plans for a further season.
- Queensland squad: Chelsea Baker, Heather Ballinger, Annette Brander, Brittany Breayley, Ali Brigginshaw, Karina Brown, Frieda Faulato Seu, Maitua Feterika, Tazmin Gray, Stephanie Hancock, Tallisha Harden, Kody House, Amelia Kuk, Rona Peters, Rhiannon Revell-Blair, Mariah Storch, Zahara Temara, Meg Ward.
- New South Wales: 1 Sam Bremner, 2 Taleena Simon, 3 Corban McGregor, 4 Isabelle Kelly, 5 Nakia Davis-Welsh, 6 Lavina O'Mealey, 7 Maddison Studdon (c), 8 Elianna Walton (vc), 9 Rebecca Riley, 10 Simaima Taufa, 11 Talesha Quinn, 12 Kezie Apps, 13 Vanessa Foliaki. Interchange: 14 Nita Maynard, 15 Rebecca Young, 16 Holli Wheeler, 17 Hannah Southwell, 18 Quincy Dodd.
Segment 2 (b): 6.30-6.38pm: Local league
Vantage Homes Division 1 Cup: Round 13:
- Beerwah 22 d Nambour 20 after Nambour led 14-6 at half time and then 2016 with 24 to go; Aiden Young -3 goals/try for dogs; Reuben Olive double for Nambour; Baidon Cooper 4 goals and try
- Caboolture lost 28 to Maroochydore 30 after Cab led 18-14 at half time- and then 28-20 with around 25 to go- Ben Maddick double in 1st half for Snakes; Joshua Totoro 4 goals; Riley Moore double and Tyler Oxenham 3 goals for Maroochydore
- Kawana 46 d Gympie 16 after Gympie led 10-0-Kawana scored 4 unanswered tries in 1st half to lead 28-10-Thomas Dwan 7 goals for Kawana
- Noosa 16 lost to Caloundra 46- led 30-0 at half time- 9 tries to 3 –Alex Copelin 3 tries and Robert Barwick 5 goals
Division 2A: Caboolture 31-24 over Maroochydore- field goal to Scott Maddick to lead by 7 with 4 to go-also got 2 tries; Coolum too strong for Mary Valley, Beerwah 30-18 over Nambour; Stanley River 48-10 over Bribie and Noosa 26 d Caloundra 16
Division 2B: Palmwoods 20 d Yandina 12 –Tim Cook double for Palmwoods; Beachmere too strong for Pomona and Kilcoy 46-6 over Maroochydore- Troy Edwards -5 goals/try for the Yowies
U/18 Div 1: Wins to Maroochydore, Beerwah, Kawana and Noosa
U/18 Div 2: Caboolture and Kawana winners
SCGRFL Women: Big day on Saturday at Wondai with double header: Kawana 34 d Noosa 6-Abbey Templeton who we spoke to last Sunday during our live broadcast scored 2 goals/try; Melanie Watherston 4 tries/goal and South Burnett 24 d Nambour 6; Caboolture bye - great trip
Friday 22nd June 2018
Women's 7.30pm Kawana v South Burnett U18 Div 2 7.45pm Maroochydore v Kawana
Saturday June 23 2018 at Caloundra
U18 Div 1 2.00pm Caloundra v Kawana Div 2A 3.30pm Caloundra v Kawana
Div 1 5.30pm Caloundra v Kawana
U18 Div 1 2.30pm Beerwah v Bribie Island at Coolum
Div 2A 4.00pm Coolum v Beerwah Div 1 5.30pm Beerwah v Gympie
Div 2A 1.30pm Noosa v Stanley Rivers Maroochydore U18
Div 1 3.00pm Maroochydore v Noosa Div 2A 4.30pm Maroochydore v Bribie Island
Div 1 6.00pm Maroochydore v Noosa
U18 Div 2 12.45pm Stanley Rivers v Caboolture at Nambour
U/18 Div 1 2.15pm Nambour v Caboolture Div 2A 3.45pm Nambour v Mary Valley
Womens 5.15pm Nambour v Caboolture
Div 1 6.30pm Nambour v Caboolture
Triple header at Cooran in the 2B’s: 2.00pm Maroochydore v Beachmere
3.30pm Yandina v Kilcoy 5.00pm Pomona-Cooran v Palmwoods
Brisbane Rugby League: A-Grade – Round 11: Seagulls 18 lost to Panthers 26- 5 tires to 3; Tigers 38 Diehards 12- 7 tries to 3 and Magpies 28 lost to Dolphins 44- high scoring with 8 tries to 5
Bye this weekend
ISC: Round 15: Bye this weekend of course for all teams but last weekend - the Sunshine Coast Falcons ousted the Burleigh Bears from top spot in the with a hard-earned 16-4 win.
|16/06/2018||6:00:00 PM||Jack Manski Oval||Townsville Blackhawks 28||Mackay Cutters 22|
|16/06/2018||6:00:00 PM||North Ipswich Reserve||Ipswich Jets 8||PNG Hunters 6|
|16/06/2018||7:00:00 PM||BMD Kougari Oval||Wynnum Manly Seagulls 16||Northern Pride 22|
|17/06/2018||2:00:00 PM||Pizzey Park||Burleigh Bears 4||Sunshine Coast Falcons 16|
|17/06/2018||2:00:00 PM||Suzuki Stadium||Easts Tigers 26||Central Queensland Capras 22|
|17/06/2018||2:00:00 PM||Piggabeen Sports Complex||Tweed Heads Seagulls 28||Norths Devils 24|
|17/06/2018||3:00:00 PM||Davies Park||Souths Logan Magpies 14||Redcliffe 28|
|5||Souths Logan Magpies||14||8||0||6||1||364||305||59||18|
|6||Tweed Heads Seagulls||14||8||0||6||1||281||342||-61||18|
|7||Sunshine Coast Falcons||14||7||0||7||1||274||251||23||16|
|12||Wynnum Manly Seagulls||14||5||0||9||1||293||361||-68||12|
|13||Central Queensland Capras||14||3||0||11||1||198||329||-131||8|
A mix of spectacular and clinical football has seen the XXXX Queensland Rangers take a 46-16 win against the NSWRL Pioneers at Burleigh's Pizzey Park yesterday. Redcliffe youngster Trai Fuller notched three eye-catching tries as the Rangers bounced back from a heavy 30-14 loss in the same fixture last year to lead 28-0 shortly after halftime.
- SEQ Division 1: Panthers 32 d Ipswich 12 -6 tires to 2; Toowoomba 16 lost to Souths 38 and Burleigh/Easts
- Division 2: Souths 28 d Aspley 6; Caboolture 34 d Inala 4-6 tries to 1;
After break-joined by Macca for all the latest news and previews for this weekend’s rep games plus we’ll about the Immortals
- Rugby league pioneer Dally Messenger, record tryscorer Ken Irvine, St George legend Norm Provan and Brisbane great Darren Lockyer headline the shortlist of contenders to be inducted later this year as Immortals. The NRL on Wednesday announced a 10-man list of those in the running to join rugby league's most-illustrious club. Pre-World War II greats Frank Burge and Dave Brown also feature on the list along with Brian Bevan, Duncan Hall, Ron Coote and Mal Meninga. In August, the NRL will induct up to two new Immortals to join Clive Churchill, Bob Fulton, Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands, Johnny Raper, Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson and Andrew Johns. Since the first announcement of Churchill, Fulton, Gasnier and Raper as Immortals in 1981, inductions have been sporadic.
- But after the NRL took over the Immortals concept following last year's closure of previous owner Rugby League Week, the governing body announced it could make regular inclusions and also consider players from past eras.
- Former Broncos, Queensland and Australian skipper Lockyer had been touted as the front-runner to be the next inductee, however the NRL's decision to consider greats from bygone decades clouds the field.
- Lockyer at one time held the record for most club (355) and State of Origin games (36) before being passed by former Queensland teammate Cameron Smith for both
Women’s SOO game on Friday night- plenty of lower north shore yuppies will be there!!
Saturday: Papua New Guinea v Fiji, Saturday 4pm at Campbelltown Stadium
Samoa v Tonga, Saturday 7.10pm at Campbelltown Stadium
England v New Zealand, Sunday 6am (AEST) at Mile High Stadium, Denver
Without the services of Johnson, Tuivasa-Sheck, Harris and suspended Warriors prop Adam Blair, New Zealand coach Michael Maguire has chosen seven Kiwis rookies in his 19-man squad- Leeson Ah Mau, Herman Ese'ese, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, James Fisher-Harris, hooker Slade Griffin, centre Esan Marsters and wingers Ken Maumalo and Jamayne Isaako. The Kiwis assembled in Sydney before flying out for Denver on Monday morning
After falling back a little with the pack in recent years, England's performance at the World Cup – they pushed the Aussies all the way in a 6-0 loss in the final – would indicate they are on the rise again. Despite having to replace injured prop George Burgess, coach Wayne Bennett has a team with a liberal sprinkling of NRL players that looks a little stronger on paper than the Kiwis
Clashes between Kiwi forwards Marty Taupau, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and England's James Graham and the Burgess brothers. The battle up front is likely to be a decisive factor in the result.
Key player: Gareth Widdop
England squad: John Bateman, Sam Burgess, Tom Burgess, Jake Connor, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Chris Hill, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Jermaine McGillvary, Sean O’Loughlin, Mark Percival, Stefan Ratchford, James Roby, Scott Taylor, Luke Thompson, Gareth Widdop, George Williams, Elliott Whitehead
New Zealand squad: Leeson Ah Mau, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Herma Ese’ese, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, James Fisher-Harris, Slade Griffin, Peta Hiku, Jamayne Isaako, Jordan Kahu, Isaac Liu, Issac Luke, Te Maire Martin, Esan Marsters, Ken Maumalo, Kodi Nikorima, Joseph Tapine, Martin Taupau, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
Sunday: NSW Residents v Queensland residents, 4.10pm at ANZ Stadium
- Ten Intrust Super Cup clubs will provide one or more representatives to the Queensland Residents team to play New South Wales next Sunday. The annual representative clash will be played before Game Two of the Holden State of Origin series at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. Northern Pride, Wynnum Manly, Souths Logan, Burleigh, Easts and Redcliffe will be represented by multiple players, while Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Townsville and Norths all have one representative in the 18-man line-up. Queensland coach Jon Buchanan said state selectors were faced with a difficult task.
- Queensland Residents: 1 Scott Drinkwater, 2 Jonus Pearson, 3 Marion Seve, 4 Gehamat Shibasaki, 5 Kalifa Faifai-Loa, 6 Billy Walters, 7 Jamal Fogarty, 8 Nathaniel Neale, 9 Patrick Politoni, 10 Sam Anderson, 11 Patrick Kaufusi, 12 Blake Leary, 13 Patrick Mago. Interchange: 14 Mitchell Cronin, 15 Patrick Carrigan, 16 Lachlan Timm, 17 William Bugden, 18 Jake Clifford.
- NSW Residents squad: Aaron Gray, Bayley Sironen, Billy Brittain, Blayke Brailey, Caleb Aekins, Dean Britt, Ed Murphy, Jacob Felise, Kurt Dillon, Kyle Flanagan, Liam Martin, Luke Garner, Maika Sivo, Mawene Hiroti, Ofahiki Ogden, Scott Sorensen, Sean O’Sullivan, Suaia Matagi, Tony Satini
State of Origin II, New South Wales v Queensland, Sunday, 7.40pm at ANZ Stadium
Maroons squad (in likely starting order): Billy Slater, Valentine Holmes, Greg Inglis (capt), Will Chambers, Dane Gagai, Cameron Munster, Ben Hunt, Jarrod Wallace, Andrew McCullough, Dylan Napa, Gavin Cooper, Felise Kaufusi, Josh McGuire. Interchange: Kalyn Ponga, Josh Papalii, Coen Hess, Jai Arrow. Tim Glasby (18th man).
New South Wales squad: Josh Addo-Carr, Nathan Cleary, Damien Cook, Boyd Cordner (c), Angus Crichton, Jack de Belin, Tyson Frizell, Ryan James, Luke Keary, David Klemmer, James Maloney, Latrell Mitchell, Tyrone Peachey, Matt Prior, James Roberts, Tariq Sims, James Tedesco, Jake Trbojevic, Tom Trbojevic, Paul Vaughan