Kudos has to be given to Parramatta's Nathan Hindmarsh for sticking with it after being humiliated by NSW selectors midway through the year. He was the major catalyst along with Jarrod Hayne for bringing Parramatta from the minnows to the grandfinal. His 57 tackles in the grandfinal was a monstrous effort and should have been considered for the Clive Churchill. While on the subject of the Kangaroos selection(see below for squad) what do people have to say about the selection or non selection of some of the players? I personally feel that the Dally M Team Of The Year should all be a lock for the squad at least, do we all feel the same way? Otherwise why do they name that team, doesn't really make sense. Just a quick "ARE YOU KIDDING ME". The Wollongong paper "The Mercury's" back page headline was "Has Hayne taken Boyd's test spot", TURN IT UP.
Petero Civoniceva (Penrith), Cooper Cronk (Melbourne), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers), Israel Folau (Brisbane), Paul Gallen (Cronulla), Kurt Gidley (Newcastle), Ben Hannant (Bulldogs), Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta), Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta), Justin Hodges (Brisbane), Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne), Greg Inglis (Melbourne), Michael Jennings (Penrith), Darren Lockyer (capt, Brisbane), Luke Lewis (Penrith), Josh Morris (Bulldogs), David Shillington (Canberra), Billy Slater (Melbourne), Cameron Smith (Melbourne), Sam Thaiday (Brisbane), Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland), Trent Waterhouse (Penrith), Anthony Watmough (Manly), Brett White (Melbourne).
The Brisbane Lions have to be given a hat's off for their efforts to just about secure Brendon Fevola. This will create the most formidable front line the AFL will have ever seen! Fevola and Brown, you have got to be kidding me! Which AFL team is going to be able to stop them, teams have trouble stopping fev or brown on their own! I think Brisbane have the players and coach to keep Fevola under control. Such a proud tradition at Brisbane and players in Brown and Simon Black who have been there through championships and hard times will have a greater control then any player at Carlton at the moment. Michael Voss their coach will possess a players point of view which will help keep Fevola in line. If your wondering what all the fuss about Fevola's antics are check this clip out its hilarious!
Where are the days gone when rivalry really mattered? Sport has become a business these days, wherever the most money is presented! Recently a proud Mortimor tradition at the Bulldogs went to play for rivals Parramatta, Robbie Deans proud Kiwi rugby union coach travelled the Tasman to coach Bledisloe Cup rivals Australia, today Darren Jolly(Sydney Swans Ruck-Man) signed with Collingwood, I mean how dare a swan become a magpie and last but not least Ewan McKenzie NSW Waratahs coach for a few years is tipped to coach the Queensland Reds one of Australia's biggest sporting rivalries. This is just Australia, there are many more, feel free to share, but I say bring back the good ol' days where rivalry matters and the players are loyal to tradition of the club.
This weekend if you can't catch the Australia vs Netherlands soccer international due to being out with your girlfriend or wife, try and find a little restaurant that is close to a pub! Little restaurants don't often have bathroom facilities so the pub is a great excuse to use the dunny and get a glimpse of the score. Using your mobile is not great table etiquette do drink plenty so you can take a couple of stops. I'm sure boys if you treat your lady to a nice meal she will more than likely give in to the idea of catching the last 15 minutes at the pub with a cold beverage!
Until next time take it easy!