NRL ROUND ONE ANNOUNCED
The Parramatta Eels will officially kick off the 2010 NRL season when they play host to the St George Illawarra Dragons. Parramatta stadium will be no doubt at capacity for the season opener. What a chance for St George to get some revenge for the position Parramatta put them in, in last years final series. The game will be the first channel nine game of the year and will be the first of a double header. The second game of the night will be the Brisbane Broncos hosting the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp. Queensland derby's are always great to watch and most of the time they deliver a nail biter of a finish. Pencil it in folks, Friday night football will be back on the 12th March.
The next day fox sports will deliver a triple header when the Bulldogs face the Knights, Cronulla host the Storm and Penrith play Canberra. The first game will be a cracker but I'm thinking the other two are nothing to write home about. I'm hoping the Bulldogs get off to a great start to the season by thumping Newcastle. Those two teams always put on a great game. I'll never forget the comeback in Newcastle before Hazem kicked it from the sideline to win the game. Oh the memories!
Sunday will see the rebirth of Greg Birds NRL career when he helps the Titans take on the Warriors. I wonder how Bird is going to play this season. Do you think he may cop a bit of a ribbing from the fans around the country and across the Tasman? The second Sunday fixture should be a ripper when the Rabbits take on the Roosters. Both teams have recruited new faces to their rosters. Souths have stacked their forward line while the latte boys from Bondi have added party boy Todd Carney to help rejuvenate the once successful club. Can Brian Smith weave his magic this year?
Finally the first Monday Night Football game of the year will see the Tigers play the Sea Eagles at the SFS. When will the Tigers learn? Every year they continue to play their home games at a neutral venue! It has cost them points in the past, and they have come so close to the finals in the last few years. Maybe if they had played those few games at Leichart or Campelltown it could have been a different story. I think the Tigers will be too tough without the likes of Orford guiding Manly around the park. It could take a few weeks for them to click into gear.
It all shapes up to be an exciting first round, I certainly can't wait. It seems so far away but I'm sure it'll be here in no time!