The Final Grapple for 2018 on Sport 101.5 2018-10-04
The last program for 2018.
Segment 1: NRL:
· Grand Finals Review
· Retiring players
· Rep teams, Kangaroos/Greg Inglis etc.
· English Super League semis
· NRL snippets/news
Segment 3: Greg McCallum- our resident NRL expert former 1st grade referee, English Super League boss and Chairman of the NRL Match Review Committee for 10 years
· Comments on Grand Finals etc.
· ALL: Top 2 highlights for 2018 with Macca to have last say
NRL’S 2018 RETIREES
- Jonathan Wright (Parramatta, Canterbury, Cronulla, Warriors, Manly; 121 games); - Peter Wallace (Penrith, Brisbane; 240) - Tim Browne (Canterbury, Penrith; 103)
- Johnathan Thurston (Canterbury, North Queensland; 323); - Antonio Winterstein (Brisbane, North Queensland; 214)
- Luke Lewis (Penrith, Cronulla; 324) ;- Simon Mannering (Warriors; 301); - Beau Scott (Cronulla, St George Illawarra, Newcastle, Parramatta; 244)
- Jacob Lillyman (North Queensland, Warriors, Newcastle; 265); - Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers, Cronulla, Newcastle; 338)
- Brenton Lawrence (Gold Coast, Manly; 104); - Sam Thaiday (Brisbane; 304); - Jason Nightingale (St George Illawarra; 266)
- Frank-Paul Nuuausala (Sydney Roosters, Canberra; 233); - Jason Clark (South Sydney; 169); - Joseph Paulo (Penrith, Parramatta, Cronulla; 166)
- Billy Slater (Melbourne, 319); - Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne, Warriors; 359)
Test teams/Rep selections:
Kiwis v Kangaroos Test Matches- Saturday, October 13, Mount Smart Stadium
Junior Kiwis v Junior Kangaroos: 3pm;
Kiwi Ferns v Jillaroos: 5pm
Kiwis v Kangaroos: 7.45pm
North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and Northern Pride flyer Murray Taulagi has been called up for the Junior Kangaroos to play the Junior Kiwis. The young winger takes his place in the squad beside fellow Cowboys and Northern Pride players Jake Clifford and Enari Tuala.
Emry Pere, Peter Hola (NQ Cowboys / Northern Pride), Sean Mullany (Cowboys) , Joe Vuna, Isaiah Papali'i, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Hayze Perham, Tom Ale, Paul Turner (all Warriors), Lucky Ta'avale, Mawene Hiroti (both Rabbitohs), Steven Marsters (Dragons); Morgan Harper (Bulldogs); Kelma Tuilagi (Melbourne Storm / Easts Tigers), Kayleb Milne (Storm), Dean Blore (Panthers); Paul Roache (Raiders) ; Jordan Riki (Brisbane Broncos / Norths Devils); Jackson Ferris (Sharks)
1. Corey Allan (Broncos/Souths Logan Magpies), 2. Enari Tuala (Cowboys/Northern Pride), 3. Gehamat Shibasaki (Broncos/Northern Pride), 4. Zac Lomax (Dragons), 5. Nick Cotric (Raiders), 6. Sean O'Sullivan (Roosters), 7. Jake Clifford (Cowboys/Northern Pride), 8. Pat Carrigan (Broncos/Wynnum Manly Seaguls), 9. Reece Robson (Dragons), 10. Emre Guler (Raiders), 11. Shawn Blore (Panthers), 12. Kotoni Staggs (Broncos/Redcliffe Dolphins), 13. Victor Radley (Roosters), 14. Blayke Brailey (Sharks), 15. Louis Geraghty (Storm/Sunshine Coast Falcons), 16. Thomas Flegler (Broncos/Souths Logan Magpies), 17. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (Storm/Easts Tigers), 18. Kyle Flanagan (Sharks)
- St George Illawarra's Sam Bremner will lead Australia's Jillaroos squad against the New Zealand as part of a triple-header at Mount Smart Stadium on October 13. The squad features six debutants, with seven players from the Dragons, six from Holden Women's Premiership champions Brisbane, and five from the Roosters.
- Meanwhile seven members of the premiership-winning Broncos side have been selected in the New Zealand squad, including grand final hat-trick hero Kimiora Nati. Kiwi Ferns veteran Honey Hireme has also been selected to continue her 16-year international career after a strong NRLW campaign with the Dragons.
Prime Ministers 13 v PNG on Saturday with women’s test prior in Port Moresby
- New Zealand coach Michael Maguire will talk to his senior players before choosing a captain for the Test against Australia and upcoming tour to England.
- Experienced stars Shaun Johnson, Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor are set to make their international returns for the Kiwis after being chosen in an extended squad which features Roosters centre Joseph Manu among five debutants.
- Manu was one of three members of the grand final winning Roosters team in the 23-man squad, along with prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and lock Isaac Liu, while forward Zane Tetevano was denied his Kiwis debut after suffering a biceps injury in Sunday night's 21-6 defeat of Melbourne.
- Storm prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona was also ruled out by an ankle injury but Bromwich - the former New Zealand captain - returns to the Test team after he and Proctor were stood down for last year's World Cup following an off-field incident in Canberra.
- Melbourne team-mates Brandon Smith, Jahrome Hughes and Kenneath Bromwich have also been chosen by Maguire in a squad containing a mixture of experience and youth.
New Zealand squad
Leeson Ah Mau (St George Illawarra Dragons), Gerard Beale (NZ Warriors), Adam Blair (NZ Warriors), Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne Storm), Kenneath Bromwich (Melbourne Storm), James Fisher-Harris (Penrith Panthers), Corey Harawira-Naera (Penrith Panthers), Jahrome Hughes (Melbourne Storm), Jamayne Isaako (Brisbane Broncos), Shaun Johnson (NZ Warriors), Issac Liu (Sydney Roosters), Joseph Manu (Sydney Roosters), Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers), Ken Maumalo (NZ Warriors), Kodi Nikorima (Brisbane Broncos), Isaiah Papali'i (NZ Warriors), Kevin Proctor (Gold Coast Titans), Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders), Brandon Smith (Melbourne Storm), Joseph Tapine (Canberra Raiders), Martin Tapau (Manly Sea Eagles), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers).
- Sydney Roosters forward Boyd Cordner will captain the Kangaroos' squad for the Test matches against New Zealand and Tonga. Cordner will replace Greg Inglis, who was today stood down for the matches, to be played on October 13 and October 20 at Mt Smart Stadium.
- South Sydney Rabbitohs player Dane Gagai has been added to the squad following the withdrawal of Inglis.
- Cordner will be the first player from the Roosters to Captain the Kangaroos since Brad Fittler in 2001.
- He will also be the first New South Wales Captain to skipper the Kangaroos since Danny Buderus in 2005.
Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers); Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs); Boyd Cordner (c, Sydney Roosters)
Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons); Dane Gagai (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Valentine Holmes (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks); Ben Hunt (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Felise Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm); David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Josh McGuire (Brisbane Broncos); Jordan McLean (North Queensland Cowboys)
Latrell Mitchell (Sydney Roosters); Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm)
Tyrone Peachey (Penrith Panthers); James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)
Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles); Tom Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
Aaron Woods (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
- Wakefield Trinity team-mates Tom Johnstone and Reece Lyne are among five uncapped players in the 24-man England squad that has been selected for this autumn’s internationals against France and New Zealand. Johnstone, a 23-year-old wing who has scored 24 tries for Trinity this season and Lyne, a 25-year-old centre who joined Wakefield from his hometown club Hull FC six years ago, are joined by the St Helens prop Luke Thompson; Joe Greenwood, the Oldham-born former Saints forward who returned to the Super League this season with Wigan after a stint with Gold Coast Titans in Australia; and Adam Milner, the long-serving Castleford forward who is the oldest of the uncapped quintet at 26.
· Super League semis: Tonight: St Helens v Warrington and tomorrow its Wigan v Castleford-Final on 13 October
· Sunday - Qualifiers- the million pound game its Toronto v London and in the final of the Championship Shield its Leigh v Featherstone
- Coaching merry-go-round.
- THE battle between the Sea Eagles and coach Trent Barrett is turning ugly, with Manly refusing to release Barrett until July. Due to a 12-month notice period, Manly expect Barrett to stay on as a coach until July. Barrett served his notice in July this season meaning he would not be eligible to leave the club until midway through the 2019 campaign.
- The four-week NRLW season for 2018 looks like retaining the same format in 2019. There have been suggestions of having the four clubs play each other twice instead of once, for a seven-week season, and have teams getting familiar with their own structures more quickly. ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie said he knew there were clubs champing at the bit – like the Sharks and Rabbitohs – to join the NRLW's current four-team competition of the Dragons, Broncos, Warriors and Roosters. Beattie said that expansion was still on the table for 2019 but it was more likely to be 2020.
- As well as increasing the number of teams, there are calls to push the matches out to 80 minutes from the current 60-minute games, and align more of the rules with the men's game. At present the men have 40/20 kicks to retain possession while the women's have 40/30s.
- The club players of the year award winners so far: INTERESTING TO NOTE NAMES OF MEDALS
Parramatta Eels Ken Thornett Medal: Daniel Alvaro
New Zealand Warriors Simon Mannering Medal: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Wests Tigers Kelly-Barnes Award: Luke Brooks
Gold Coast Titans Paul Broughton Medal: Ryan James
Newcastle Knights Danny Buderus Medal: Kalyn Ponga
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Dr George Peponis Award: Dave Klemmer
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Roy Bull Award: Jake Trbojevic
Canberra Raiders Mal Meninga Medal: Josh Papalii
North Queensland Cowboys Paul Bowman Medal: Jason Taumalolo
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Monty Porter Medal: Valentine Holmes
Sydney Roosters Jack Gibson Medal: James Tedesco
St George Illawarra Dragons: Tariq Sims; Dragons' Women's Premiership back-rower Holli Wheeler capped off a memorable season which included NSW Origin, Prime Minister's XIII and Jillaroos selection by being named the club's inaugural NRLW Player of the Year.
Penrith Panthers: Merv Cartwright Medal- Isaah Yeo
Melbourne Storm: Cameron Munster
South Sydney Rabbitohs: To be named Friday October 5
Brisbane Broncos: To be named Saturday October 6
- Kiwi hooker Issac Luke will stay with the Warriors in the short-term after reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Warriors. Luke has accepted a deal on less money to remain with the New Zealand based club due to negotiations breaking down with Newcastle, who were keen to secure his services. It’s said the Knights were spooked by a shoulder injury suffered by Luke, which will require surgery and see the hooker out of action until start of next season.
- The fallout from Canterbury's disastrous Mad Monday celebrations has continued with a second sponsor dropping the NRL club. Shorts sponsor Wicked Sister Desserts on Wednesday said it had terminated its agreement reportedly worth $350,000 over the incident and the Bulldogs' handling of it. In a significant financial blow, it comes four weeks after major sponsor Jaycar ended its 10-year association with the club and pulled its back-of-shirt sponsorship worth $500,000. Those losses, combined with the NRL's own $250,000 fine, takes the Bulldogs' cumulative loss from Mad Monday to over $1M. The NRL came down hard on the club because several senior officials including coach Dean Pay and football manager Gareth Holmes were present at the function.