My first regular-season NRL game since 2013. Canberra defeated South Sydney 32-18 at ANZ Stadium. A mostly one-sided game, a soul-less experience in front of barely nine thousand spectators. I was there gratis as part of my GWS Giants membership, and sadly it was worth every penny.
A double header of Bluebags at Henson Park on Saturday July 8 2017.
The Newtown Jets won the 2012 NSW Cup grand final on 29 September at ANZ Stadium with a heart-stopping 22-18 victory over the Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers. In my opinion it was easily the best of the three games on Grand Final day, and gave the Jets their first victory in the NSW Cup since it was reconstituted as the de facto reserve grade for non-Queensland NRL clubs.
Here's a storification of selected tweets and images of the Jets victory, including progress reports of the game and the celebrations afterwards:
It's not quite as ground-breaking as my creation of aus.sport.rugby-league seventeen years ago, but I've set up a discussion group for LinkedIn members interested in the NRL and Pertinent League Matters in the Australasia/South Pacific basin.
I launched "Rugby League in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific", to give its descriptive title, because I believe it fills a niche that hasn't been catered for on LinkedIn to date.
Arthur Beetson, one of Australia's greatest rugby league players of all time, died suddenly on December 1 at the age of 66. A larger-than-life figure who was a brilliant play maker in the second row for Balmain, Easts and Parramatta, his last major game of football as a player was the inaugural State of Origin clash between Queensland and New South Wales in 1980. The first indigenous Australian to captain a national sporting side, Beetson became a coach, mentor and indigenous community leader in later years. And he even had a go at acting.
The rugby league media's knickers were firmly in a twist on Tuesday when they were summoned to Wollongong for a press conference with St George fullback Darius Boyd that lasted a whole 43 seconds. This is the complete transcript of the event:
Congratulations to Newcastle Knights fullback Kurt Gidley for being an ambassador for this year's Earth Hour.
Today's Newcastle Herald has more.
Meanwhile, it's business as usual for the NRL on Earth Hour evening, unless they intend to play Parramatta against Canberra and North Queensland versus Melbourne in the dark for sixty minutes.