The Grapple on Sport 101.5 2019-06-20

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The Grapple: 20 June

Time Segment
6.02-6.12pm Segment 1: Introduction

·       Interview 1: Elle Stitt – debutante for the Qld women’s SOO team

6.12 -6.18pm Segment 2: Panel

·       Interview follow up

·       NRL round 14 review

6.18-6.22pm Music/ads
6.22-6.30pm Segment 3: Interview 2: Shane Moon

·       SOO game 2 selections (with panel)

·       Cowboys news

·       Niff Nuff Award

6.30-6.38pm Segment 4: Panel

·       Local games -results and preview next round:

o   ISC


o   Brisbane

o   Women

·       Rugby League news

6.42-6.58 Segment 5: 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:

·       Rep round games

·       SOO game 2-team selections, preview and prediction

6.58 Sign off -good luck to Aussie cricket team in the men’s ODI World Cup and Matildas in their round of 16 match against Norway at the women’s soccer World Cup

NRL: Round 14: Ladder

ISC: Round 14-Ladder

Bears/Devils: A late try to Josh Rogers was the pivotal moment as the Burleigh Bears beat Norths Devils 26-12 for the first time since 2016. With 15 minutes to go and the Bears holding on to a two-point lead, Rogers came off the bench and took the line on from first receiver to burst through the defence and beat the fullback to score a try that broke the back of the visitors; Jamal Fogarty 5 goals for Bears
Capras and Magpies played out a thrilling 24-all draw after the Magpies trailed 16-6 at ½ time with Manaia Cherrington taking it upon himself to lead the second-half charge to remain a chance. The experienced-half / hooker played his hand in the comeback; with Matt Soper-Lawler scoring in the 54th minute, followed by George Fai to take the lead in the 60th minute.

A try to Capras’ prop Aaron Pene in the 70th minute gave the home side a chance to defend a slim two-point lead, but veteran Sam Tagatese had other ideas and crossed with four minutes on the clock. Leading 24-22, the Magpies conceded a crucial 79th minute penalty goal, locking up the scores, and neither side was able to find points in the dying seconds.

Easts Tigers bought up their 300th Intrust Super Cup victory, downing Mackay Cutters 22-10 at BB Print Stadium after leading 22-0 at ½ time; wasn’t until 10 minutes to go that the Cutters finally got on the scoreboard with Yamba Bowie running onto a long pass to cross untouched in the right corner; good to see Scott Drinkwater back in action
Blackhawks 14 d Jets 6  after it was 6-all after 21 minutes before the Jets were penalised for an infringement in a tackle and the Blackhawks took full advantage when they went down the field and Joe Boyce came off the bench and got a try for the Blackhawks to surge ahead 12-6 with 10 minutes to go before half time; Blackhawks’ Shaun Nona would turn to his boot and two points in the 62 minute. The Blackhawks extended their lead to 14-6; Temone Power was excellent for Blackhawks
Dolphins 20 d Pride 12
Hunters 20 d Tweed 16-3rd win of the season after being down 14-0 at ½ time
Wynnum (2nd) lost 30-20 to the undefeated Falcons (1st) who have claimed the most consecutive wins at the start of an Intrust Super Cup season surpassing the previous 13-win record held by the Tweed Seagulls.

No ISC this weekend

SCGRFL Vantage Homes Cup Div. 1: Round 12:

Gympie 36 d Maroochydore 24 -6 tries and 6 goals –Caleb Daunt double and Leigh Harney 6 goals for the Devils;

Noosa 16 d Nambour 12 after Nambour led 12-4 at ½ time; Ratu Namotukula strong game for the Pirates

Caboolture lost 26-24 to Kawana –major upset after Snakes led 10-8 at ½ time and 18-14 mid way through 2nd half but try to Jay Lanuto and conversion to Joseph Lowe put Kawana ahead

Caloundra lost 38-4 to SR-Brett Doherty -14 points; Scott Floss double

Beerwah- bye

1 Stanley River 12 8 1 2 0 0 1 336 159 177 40
2 Caboolture 12 8 1 2 0 0 1 330 170 160 40
3 Beerwah 12 7 0 3 0 0 2 316 138 178 39
4 Noosa 12 5 1 4 0 0 2 208 266 -58 34
5 Gympie 12 5 0 5 0 0 2 224 220 4 33
6 Nambour 12 6 0 5 0 0 1 198 212 -14 33
7 Kawana 12 3 1 7 0 0 1 226 304 -78 25
8 Maroochydore 12 3 0 8 0 0 1 196 277 -81 24
9 Caloundra 12 1 0 10 0 0 1 130 418 -288 18

Division 2A: Wins to Noosa, Maroochydore, Bribie-Jacob Bassett 8 goals, Caboolture and Coolum

Division 2B: Kilcoy d Mary Valley, Yandina over Pomona and Beachmere d Palmwoods 30-24-Jake Wood 2 tries and 4 goals and Drew Hooper also double

Under 18’s: Wins to Gympie, Nambour, Beachmere, Caloundra and Kawana

Women: Round 9: Noosa by 2 over Nambour 28-26 after 12-all at ½ time-Kulanda Jones hat trick for Nambour; Brittany Holding double for Noosa; Gympie d Sth Burnett-Beerwah and Caboolture d Kawana

Round 13 this weekend Div. 1: all on Saturday: Gympie/Caloundra, Maroochydore/Nambour, Kawana/Noosa and Beerwah/Caboolture; SR-bye

Women: Gympie/Caloundra, Noosa/Maroochydore and Sth Burnett-Beerwah/Nambour; Kawana- bye; Div. 2B games at Cooran

Brisbane RL A-Grade: Round 11:

Panthers 46 (Jordan Brown 2, Shane Pumipi 2, Kyle Van Klaveren, James Olds, Evander Cummins, Eddie Tautali, tries; James Olds 7 goals) defeated Diehards 10 (David Fauid, Sam Collins tries; David Frith a goal).

Tigers 38 (Curtis Dansey- Smaller 3, Aaron Pidcock, Jack Walters, Keenan Yorston, Justin Fai tries; Brandon Downey 5 goals) defeated Dolphins 4 (Oscar Carter 2 goals).

Seagulls 40 (Rashaun Denny 2, Harlan Collins, Jack Goodsell, Edwin Ipape, Eliott Vincent, Reece McKenzie-O’Brien, Brad Mana tries; Reece McKenzie-O’Brien 4 Goals) defeated vs Magpies 18 (Luke Burton 2, Benaiah Bowie, Vesi Sa’u tries; Josh Bowyer 1 goal).

1 PANTHERS 11 8 3 0 290 252 38 27
2 DIEHARDS 11 7 4 0 340 266 74 25
3 SEAGULLS 11 7 4 0 322 276 46 25
4 TIGERS 11 5 6 0 282 270 12 21
5 MAGPIES 11 4 7 0 276 343 -67 19
6 DOLPHINS 11 2 9 0 216 319 -103 15

Weekend 22 – 23 June 2019 – Bye Round (2nd SOO)

Reserve Grade: Wests 28 d Wynnum 18, Valleys 24 d Easts 10 and Carina 30 d Normandy 20; Beenleigh- bye

SEQ: Women’s Div. 1: Easts 32 d Burleigh 4, Tweed d Toowoomba 42-10 and Souths 16 d Brothers 10; Panthers-bye

Rugby League news:

  • What a week for NSW with former NSW star Timana Tahu reportedly to be sacked from his role with the Blues Pathways Program over ‘misguided’ claims Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell’s State of Origin anthem boycott contributed to their dumping for game two. NSW Rugby League chief executive David Trodden told The Daily Telegraph the comments were “on a completely different page from us”, and that it was likely Tahu would never work with the organisation again.
  • The Bulldogs are considering making a stunning 10-year, $11 million offer to superstar Latrell Mitchell, which would be the biggest player deal in rugby league history a-la Jason Taumolo .

Greg McCallum: Rep Round all starts tomorrow night:

  • 45pm at North Sydney Oval with the women’s u/18 interstate clash between Qld/NSW

·       At 7pm at Ringrose Oval it’s the 2021 World Cup qualifier between Cook Islands and South Africa

·       And at 7.45pm it’s the 2nd Women’s SOO at North Sydney Oval

Saturday will see NZ v Tonga & Pacific Tests:

·       Mt Smart Stadium:

o   New Zealand (Kiwi Ferns) v Samoa women at 3.10pm NZT (1.10pm AEST),

o   New Zealand v Tonga men at 5.40pm NZT (3.40pm AEST)

§  New Zealand: Coach Michael Maguire has opted to go with a Marshall-Johnson halves combination, with Kieran Foran named among the reserves. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has served his suspension for that late hit on Kalyn Ponga in round 11 and will take his place in the front row with Jesse Bromwich. Such is the strength of the Kiwi pack that Nelson Asofa-Solomona will come from the bench. Jahrome Hughes and Briton Nikora will make their Test debuts.

§  Tonga: Coach Kristian Wolfe has selected versatile Cowboy John Asiata to play his first Test match for Tonga after previously representing Samoa. He will team up in the halves with Leeds’ Tui Lolohea. With Andrew Fifita failing to beat a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday the man most likely to take his place in the starting side is Manly enforcer Addin Fonua-Blake.

  • While on this side of the ditch it’s all happening at Leichhardt Oval:
  • Fiji v Papua New Guinea women’s Test at 3.40pm AEST
  • Fiji v Lebanon men’s Test at 5.40pm AEST-some interesting dramas about this match

Fiji line-up

(in alphabetical order)

Marcelo Montoya (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Suliasi Vunivalu (Melbourne Storm
)                        Isaac Lumelume (Cronulla Sharks)
Mikaele Ravalawa (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Maika Sivo (Parramatta Eels)                                  Siti Moceidreke (Sunshine Coast Falcons)

Brandon Wakeham (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Tui Kamikamica (Melbourne Storm)                       Joe Lovodua (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Junior Roqica (Central Newcastle Butcher Boys)
Viliame Kikau (Penrith Panthers)                            Ta’ane Milne (Warriors)
Jayson Bukuya (Cronulla Sutherland Sharks)
D’Rhys Miller (Wentworthville Magpies)                Salesi Fainga (Parramatta Eels)
Korbin Sims (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Penioni Tagituimua (Nadera Panthers)                     Ratu Nanovo (Penrith Panthers)


  1. Anthony Layoun                 2. Jayden El-Jalkh      3. Bilal Maarbani
    4. Allan Lockwood                 5. Left Wing Abbas Miski
    6. Reece Robinson                 7. Robbie Farah 8. Kayne Kalache
    9. Michael Lichaa                  10. Timothy Mannah
    11. Ahmad Ellaz                     12. Elie El-Zakhem
    13. James Roumanos              14. Jacob Kiraz           15. Jalal Bazzaz
    16. Toufic El Hajj                   17. Nicholas Kassis
    18. Amer Ghazzaoui               19. Georges Yazbek   20. Michael Tom
  • Lebanon winger Josh Mansour has been ruled out of this week’s match by his Panthers club doctor; Mitchell Moses and Adam Doueihi were also unavailable for selection.

And then it’s Samoa v PNG at 7.55pm

NRL-round 15 resumes Thursday, 27 June with Tigers/Rabbits but before then we have a small match: SOO game 2 in Perth: