The Grapple on Sport 101.5 2019-04-11

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The Grapple: 11 April 2019.

Time Segment
6.02-6.19pm Segment 1

·       Introduction:

o   Live and exclusive here on the Grapple at 6.20pm tonight-NZ Warriors Coach Stephen Kearney

·       NRL Round 4 analysis and ladder

·       Local games results:

o   ISC, Colts and Mal Meninga


o   Brisbane

·       News:

·       (Mooney’s Niff Nuff Award)

6.22-6.32pm Segment 2: Interview: Stephen Kearney
6.32-6.38pm Segment 3:

o   Interview follow up

o   Preview local games: ISC, SCGRFL and Brisbane RL

6.42-6.58 Segment 4: Greg McCallum

– our resident NRL expert former 1st grade referee, English Super League boss and Chairman of the NRL March Review Committee for 10 years:

·       Proposed changes to golden point

o   The NRL is considering giving losing teams in golden point one competition point after growing calls from clubs who feel hard done by after finishing all square after 80 minutes.

o   The issue was raised after a huge weekend of golden point games with several pressure field goals separating teams in the dying moments leaving the losing sides with nothing after finishing level at full-time, which would have constituted one competition point in the past.

o   Another suggestion that’s being discussed is applying the AFL’s system of four competition points for a win, which would mean the winners get three points and the losers one.

o   The NRL’s Head of Football Graham Annesley told News Corp the game’s governing body is assessing its options.

·       Dally M after 4 rounds

Player Team Votes
Cameron Munster Melbourne Storm 9

Robbie Farah


Wests Tigers

Sam Burgess South Sydney Rabbitohs 6
John Bateman Canberra Raiders 6
Paul Vaughan St George-Illawarra Dragons 6
Blake Green Warriors 6
Mitchell Moses Parramatta Eels 6
Clint Gutherson Parramatta Eels 5
David Klemmer Newcastle Knights 5
Damien Cook/Luke Keary                                                4

·       NRL Round 5 predictions

·       Other

6.58 Sign off

NRL: Round 4  – 3 golden point games in 1 round


Blackhawks lost 20-6 to the Cutters with Marcus Jensen scoring try and 4 goals for the Cutters
Falcons 50 d Pride 10 to make it a perfect start to the season- 5 from 5 –level with Tigers -10 tries to 2; In a round that saw the players and officials donning red socks, the Falcons were red hot in the initial stages of the match, putting on 12 points in as many minutes. In a show of wonderful community support, Red Socks Round was introduced by the QRL in support of young Queenslander Grayson Little, who has a rare condition that requires bone marrow transplants and blood transfusions; Sandor Earl 3 tries; Todd Murphy 2 tries and 5 goals
Dolphins lost 20-12 to Jets
Devils 28 d Hunters 6
Tigers 44 d Capras 12
Wynnum d Tweed 32-6
Magpies lost 38-22 to Bears


Colts: Wins to Jets, Blackhawks, Devils, Capras, Bears and Tweed/Wynnum played an 18-all draw; Pride d Falcons 26-10-Falcons now 9th 3 points outside top 8

MM: Wins to Cutters, Tigers, Jets, Devils, Wynnum and Magpies; Falcons d Pride 22-16-3rd on ladder – v 4th placed Tigers this weekend- some great football at SC/Kawana- 10.30am for MM, Colts at 11.50, ISC at 1 v 2 with Tigers v Falcons at SC Stadium at 12.40pm and NRL at 3pm with Rabbits/Warriors

SCGRFL: Vantage Homes Cup Division 1-round 4

  • Stanley River- bye
  • Caboolture d Beerwah 30-22 after leading 18-6 at half time; Scott Maddick 5 goals for the snakes and Matthew Kidd try and 3 goals for the Bulldogs
  • Nambour lost 20-6 to Maroochydore
  • Caloundra lost 34-12 to Gympie-Jacob Harney 4 goals and Riley Moore double for the Devils
  • Noosa and Kawana 22-all after Kawana led 16-6 at half-time-Ben Henderson try for Noosa in almost the 80th minute


1 Caboolture 4 4 0 0 162 50 112 16
2 Stanley River 4 2 0 1 106 48 58 13
3 Beerwah 4 2 0 1 81 30 51 13
4 Nambour 4 3 0 1 76 50 26 13
5 Gympie 4 2 0 1 74 52 22 13
6 Noosa 4 0 1 2 54 96 -42 8
7 Maroochydore 4 1 0 3 42 113 -71 7
8 Caloundra 4 1 0 3 48 142 -94 7
9 Kawana 4 0 1 3 64 126 -62 5

Division 2A: Wins to Coolum over Bribie, Caboolture 42-6 over Beerwah with Josh Totoro 7 goals and try, Maroochydore d Nambour, Stanley River over Kawana and Caloundra d Gympie

Division 2B: 3 games at Jack Spicer Oval: Kilcoy d Pomona, Palmwoods d Yandina and Mary Valley 20 d Beachmere 18

Brisbane RL: round 4

Diehards 41d Magpies 16
Dolphins lost 20 -12 to Seagulls
Tigers lost to Panthers 34-10


1 Diehards 4 3 1 139 82 57 10 169.51
2 Seagulls 4 3 1 114 74 40 10 154.05
3 Tigers 4 2 2 104 114 -10 8 91.23
4 Panthers 4 2 2 86 98 -12 8 87.76
5 Dolphins 4 1 3 82 92 -10 6 89.13
6 Magpies 4 1 3 62 127 -65 6 48.82

BRL Reserve Grade: Valleys 34 d Easts 12; Normanby lost 16-40 to Carina and Wests 38 d Wynnum 16; Beenleigh- bye

Women’s competitions:


  • Women’s comp underway: 8 teams-round 1 last weekend saw South Burnett/Gympie, Nambour/Maroochydore, Noosa/Kawana and Caboolture/Beerwah

SEQ Senior round 2: 30 teams up from 27 last year-10% increase

  • Women’s Div. 1: Tweed 34 d Toowoomba 8; Burleigh 12 Easts 10; Brothers Ipswich 16 d Souths Logan 4: Wests Brisbane- bye
  • ‎ Div. 2: Mt Gravatt d Toowoomba; Pine Central Holy Spirit lost to Carina, Runaway Bay d Aspley and Ormeau d Southport
  • 3 Green: Redlands, Inala and North Lakes winners while in
  • 3 White: Beaudesert, Logan City Hawks and Jimboomba had wins while Parkwood and Springwood played an 18-all draw.

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NRL News:

  • Valentine Holmes circus came to town during the week- well done to Valentine on securing an International Pathways spot on the NY Jets roster- fantastic but when he touched down from the US on Monday he was tight-lipped as his managers Chris and Gavin Orr attempted to sell his story for around $25,000- Channel 9 must have paid it as they had the exclusive. He could’ve stop (at the airport) and said ‘I can’t tell you what my plans are. I appreciate your interest. In due time I will let everybody know’, instead of skulking through the airport like he was. He’s got the hoodie on, like show some class.” Now the Orr’s are the same agents that paraded Daly Cherry-Evans around a carpark at Cronulla, took him up to the Gold Coast, backflipped on them. Holmes will now be on the Jets’ roster until the end of training camp, where he will compete and practise alongside other Jets players for a spot on the 53-man roster. At the end of training camp if he doesn’t make the cut, as part of the Pathway program, Holmes is eligible for an 11th spot practice squad exemption, but in that spot Jets coach Adam Gase is not permitted to activate him during the 2019 season, meaning he cannot play a game.
  • The talk about the playing future of Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis refuses to go away. Veteran utility back Bryson Goodwin is set to quit Warrington immediately to rejoin South Sydney – fuelling speculation that Greg Inglis’ career is close to ending. Goodwin was one of the Rabbitohs’ most consistent players from 2013 to 2017, playing exactly 100 games for the club. While he is no superstar, he is a good honest performer who, like Inglis, can play wing, centre and fullback. He has spent the past year in England and at 33, is nearing the end of his career. But Souths see value in him and the deal is set to happen almost immediately, suggesting that he may be replacing Inglis.
  • Trent Merrin-to Dragons
  • Gordon Tallis comments
  • Another week, photos and allegations this time of James Roberts, former NRL star Brett Seymour denying shocking allegations of domestic violence that his wife alleges were carried out against her by the halfback and Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell hit with a police fine after an incident in a nightclub while all the AFL had to worry about was dealing with Richmond’s Dustin Martin’s snorting gesture, flipping the bird, and alleged foul language.
  • Aaron Woods injury/Tom T/Napa/Sims
  • Manly chasing Clint Gutherson with the Parramatta fan favourite weighing up his rugby league future as his manager desperately tries to get a decent contract offer out of the Eels. His agent Sam Ayoub claims the initial offer tabled to the club captain was too low to accept, and he’s threatened to test the open market if the club can’t stump up the cash they want. Ayoub was due to sit down with Eels hierarchy today. North Queensland could also be in the market for the fullback-centre and sometimes five-eighth as he has family connections up north.

This weekend:

ISC: Falcons/Tigers; Blackhawks/Dolphins, Bears/Seagulls, Pride/Magpies, Cutters/Tweed, Capras/Hunters and Jets/Devils

SCGRFL: Round 5 Division 1: Beerwah v Nambour; Gympie v Caboolture, Maroochydore v Caloundra and Stanley River v Noosa; Kawana- bye- all on Sunday at 3pm as NRL game on Saturday at SC Stadium-Rabbits v Warriors

BRL: Round 5: Diehards v Dolphins, Panthers v Magpies and Tigers v Seagulls

SEQ Women: Division 1: round 3- Easts/Brothers Ipswich, Burleigh/Toowoomba and Wests/Tweed with bye for Souths Logan

NRL: Round 5

Last week we saw three golden point lotteries and a lot teams blow good chances to win games. The Rabbitohs suffered their first loss of the season leaving the Storm as the only undefeated team in the competition. They had their own scare as the Bulldogs showed that the best way to beat them is to avoid the arm wrestle and let the ball sing. This week there are some great clashes on offer including the Tigers taking on the Broncos, the Cowboys hosting the Panthers, the Roosters taking on the Sharks and the Eels visiting the Raiders.