The Grapple Podcast on Sport 101.5 2018-08-02
The Grapple: 2 August 2018:
|Segment 1: NRL:
· Review round 20
· News/snippets etc.
|Segment 2 (a): Interview: Stephen Parker, President Stanley River Wolves RLFC
Segment 2 (b): Local rugby league
|6.42-6.58||Segment 3: Greg McCallum- our resident NRL expert former 1st grade referee and English Super League boss
· NRL-preview round 21
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 from the week, speak with the President of the Stanley River Wolves RLC at 6.20- great team out there at Woodford and joined by Macca at 6.40 to share our thoughts on the Immortals before we preview round 21 of the NRL but let’s get started:
- Great initiative by the QRL with the Intrust Super Cup's best and fairest player in 2018 will have the honour of receiving the inaugural Civoniceva Medal. Formerly known as the Courier Mail Medal, this year's medal will be presented at the QRL Awards Dinner at City Hall on August 29. Ipswich's Nathaniel Neale was leading the voting when the medal count went behind closed doors in May.
- Quickly recap round 20
NRL: Round 20
|Thu. Jul 26||Broncos 12||Sharks 10|
|Fri. Jul 27||Cowboys 20||Knights 18|
|Fri. Jul 27||Bulldogs 16||Tigers 4|
|Sat. Jul 28||Sea Eagles 24||Panthers 28|
|Sat. Jul 28||Rabbitohs 26||Eels 20|
|Sat. Jul 28||Storm 44||Raiders 10|
|Sun. Jul 29||Titans 36||Warriors 12|
|Sun. Jul 29||Roosters 38||Dragons 18|
- Another week another retirement with Chris Heighington joining the long and distinguished list of NRL players hanging up their boots at the end of 2018 and he goes out on his own terms. The two-time premiership player was picked up by Newcastle coach Nathan Brown on a one-year deal late last season and has played 17 of the Knights' 19 games. The 35-year-old went debuted for Wests Tigers in 2003 and went on to play 201 games for the club. He was part of the premiership-winning side in 2005. Heighington's games tally already stands at 334. Rep honours: Prime Minister's XIII 2 games, NSW Country 2 games, All Stars 1 game, England 7 games. He joined the Cronulla Sharks a decade later and became a dual premiership player in 2016.
- The futures of Paul Gallen (318 games), Billy Slater (311), Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah who boast more than 500 NRL games between them and Jason Nightingale
- Super League's new marquee player allowance has also seen a rise in NRL signings for next year, with Joseph Paulo moving from Cronulla to St Helens and taking some 164 NRL games and 12 Tests for Samoa and the USA with him. He joins former NSW and Australian Test flyer Akuila Uate (200 NRL games, five Origins and 20 Tests for the Kangaroos and Fiji Bati) in the UK from 2019, as well as Jason Clark (161 first grade games), Ricky Leuteli (121), Blake Austin (116) and Tuimoala Lolohea (71).
- Challenge Cup semi-finals this weekend with St Helens v Catalans and Warrington v Leeds; Final Saturday 25th August 2018
- The Bulldogs have tweaked their numbers so they can sign one ‘name’ player for 2019 - and James Segeyaro is the man they are shooting for. The sometimes controversial but talented hooker has yet to sign a new deal at the Sharks and may be squeezed out of the club, which has two top class number nines in brothers Jayden and Blayke Brailey.
- PARRAMATTA five-eighth Corey Norman has been given approval for a potential release from the final year of his contract to pursue opportunities elsewhere. Norman’s future has been under intense speculation for most of a horror year at the Eels, and he has been linked with a move to a number of rival clubs, most recently the Gold Coast.
Segment 2 (a): Interview: Stephen Parker
Segment 2 (b): Local rugby league
SCGRFL Vantage Homes Cup: Round 18: Division 1
Beerwah 20 d Kawana 14, Maroochydore 54 d Gympie 16, Nambour 34 d Caloundra 10 and Caboolture d Noosa
Round 19 this weekend: Caloundra/Noosa, Maroochydore/Caboolture, Nambour/Beerwah and Kawana/Gympie
Beachmere leading Div. 2 B
SCGRFL women: Caboolture 22 d Kawana 6 and South Burnett lost 12-10 to Nambour
Caboolture into inaugural women’s gf while Nambour v Kawana this weekend in preliminary final
Brisbane Rugby League:
Round 16: Magpies 34 d Dolphins 16, Tigers 24 d Diehards 6 and Panthers/Seagulls
|This weekend Tigers/Panthers, Dolphins/Seagulls and Magpies/Diehards
SEQ women’s semis: Div. 1 - Burleigh d Brothers 18-6 and Panthers d Easts 22-12; Burleigh into gf while Brothers v Panthers next weekend
2018 Intrust Super Cup Round 20 results:
Falcons d Pride 15-14 courtesy of a 74m fg to Ryley Jacks
Jets d Redcliffe 15-14 –identical to Falcons/Pride
Wynnum d Capras 33-16;
Norths Devils lost 12 to East Tigers 46;
Tweed 24 d Cutters 22;
PNG 20 d Burleigh 10 and
Souths lost to Townsville 16-6
|6||Sunshine Coast Falcons||19||10||0||9||1||367||335||32||22|
|9||Souths Logan Magpies||19||9||0||10||1||460||409||51||20|
|11||Tweed Heads Seagulls||19||9||0||10||1||369||520||-151||20|
|12||Wynnum Manly Seagulls||19||8||0||11||1||396||477||-81||18|
|13||Central Queensland Capras||19||5||0||14||1||288||456||-168||12|
|Suzuki Stadium||Easts Tigers||Tweed Heads Seagulls|
|Dolphin Oval||Redcliffe Dolphins||Mackay Cutters|
|North Ipswich Reserve||Ipswich Jets||Sunshine Coast Falcons|
|Barlow Park||Northern Pride||Central Queensland Capras|
|Bishop Park||Norths Devils||Townsville Blackhawks|
|Pizzey Park||Burleigh Bears||Wynnum Manly Seagulls|
|Davies Park||Souths Logan Magpies||PNG Hunters|
- Three players from pre-World War II and two post war players were inducted into the NRL Immortals with Dally Messenger, Frank Burge, Dave Brown, Norm Provan and Mal Meninga added to the list of eight previous Immortals. The five new inductees join Clive Churchill, Bob Fulton, Reg Gasnier, Johnny Raper, Graeme Langlands, Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson and Andrew Johns in the most exclusive and coveted club in rugby league.
- Selection panel included current Immortals Wally Lewis, Bob Fulton and Andrew Johns, as well as Wayne Bennett, Phil Gould, Ray Warren, Steve Crawley and former Rugby League Week editors Ian Heads (chair) and Norm Tasker.
- The NRL also formally inducted six (6) players to the NRL Hall of Fame; Petero Civoniceva, Mark Graham, Cliff Lyons, Steve Menzies, Ricky Stuart and Gorden Tallis. "These are our first inductees into the Hall of Fame since the Centenary Season in 2008 and all deserve their place in this company," Mr Greenberg said.
NRL Round 21:
|Thu. Aug 2||Bulldogs||Broncos||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm|
|Fri. Aug 3||Knights||Tigers||McDonald Jones Stadium||Nine, Fox||6:00pm|
|Fri. Aug 3||Rabbitohs||Storm||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm|
|Sat. Aug 4||Dragons||Warriors||WIN Stadium||Fox||3:00pm|
|Sat. Aug 4||Eels||Titans||ANZ Stadium||Fox||5:30pm|
|Sat. Aug 4||Roosters||Cowboys||Allianz Stadium||Fox||7:30pm|
|Sun. Aug 5||Sharks||Sea Eagles||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Fox||2:00pm|
|Sun. Aug 5||Panthers||Raiders||Panthers Stadium
Mat Cecchin 300th game