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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Ryan, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,387 /402
    Ok guys, seasons about to start. What are you worried about, what are you looking forward to, what are you hoping for, and what is your first team - and most importantly, where will we finish?

    Worried About
    + Prop Rotation
    + Brooky Oval
    + Brett's knees
    + Rodney come back
    + Tony Williams
    + Sponsorship
    + Early form
    + Matai suspensions

    Looking forward To
    + Brett Stewart
    + Wolman Williams
    + Starting with a much stronger line-up
    + Cherry-Evans / Foran combination
    + Jamie Lyon
    + Big packed Brooky crowds
    + Charging / Not limping into finals
    + Meeting a few of you guys, and going on one of Marks trips
    + Heck, just footy being played !!

    Hoping For
    + Major Sponsorship Announcement
    + ONE major forward marquee signing for 2012
    + Ballin to another level - puts pressure on Cameron Smith SOO time
    + No off field issues with players
    + Cunningham making his debut
    + One of Hopoate, Oldfield or Whare cements a spot
    + Higgins gets a game or two, but NOT through injury :)
    + Brooky gets more funding somehow
    + Crusher CONTINUES (the man is a gun) at uncovering talent

    First team
    Ok, I'm going out there on this one (going for energy and speed):-
    01. Brett Stewart
    02. Michael Robertson
    03. Dean Whare
    04. Jamie Lyon
    05. David Williams
    06. Keiran Foran
    07. Daly Cherry-Evans
    08. Jason King
    09. Matt Ballin
    10. Brent Kite
    11. Anthony Watmough
    12. Steve Matai
    13. Glenn Stewart

    14. Liam Foran
    15. George Rose
    16. Tony Williams
    17. Shane Rodney

    James Cunningham / William Hopoate / Michael Oldfield / Liam Higgins / Terrence Seu Seu / Matt Cross / Joe Galuvao / Darcy Lussick the players called up when required. That is the top 25.

    Where will we finish?
    2008, I suggested 1st, and I was wrong by 1.
    2009, I suggested 9th, and I was wrong by 1.
    2010, I'm predicting 3rd.

    Go you good things.
  2. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,376 /60
    Or you could give up the worries and just savour it all.
  3. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,387 /402
    Nah, boring then. I like the highs and lows.
  4. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +5,250 /109
    Matai not playing for first 5 rounds, Rodney will be in the backrow if fit, Galavao will be on the bench.

    This will be the Round 1 team if all fit.
    1. Stewart
    2. Robertson
    3. Lyon
    4. T Rex
    5. Wolf
    6. K Foran
    7. DCE
    8. King
    9. Ballin
    10. Kite
    11. Watmough
    12. Rodney
    13. G. Stewart

    14. Galuvao
    15. Rose
    16 Cross
    17 Seu Seu or L Foran
  5. Mac Man

    Mac Man Active Member

    +228 /26
    Ewwww dont like the look of the bench based on last years form.... George had a massive first few rounds lets hope he can continue that this year.

    Reckon Mick has hit Des's team on the head. Trex in the centres worries the heck out of me too slow and can be stood up one on one with room.
  6. ayjay007

    ayjay007 Well-Known Member

    +83 /0
    Brett Stewart,Billy Slater and David Gallop! (the good,the bad,and the ugly)
  7. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    +19,652 /383
    I love the amount of time you put into your posts Ryan, and enjoy them all but I have a question.

    Where do you find the time to be rooting all weekend?
  8. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

    +494 /0
    Nice looking team Ryan, my only concern is this we're looking a bit thin with the prop's in it. So either Cross or Galuvao gets a spot on the bench.

    My team

    1 - 7 same as Ryan
    8 - 10 same as Ryan
    11 Watmough
    12 Rodney
    13 Stewart

    14 Foran
    15 Galuvao or Cross
    16 Rose
    17. Matai (when we get him back) / but would this spot would be taken by T.Williams until then.

    The plan is Matai or Williams rotates with Choc. You keep Rodney and Stewart on the field for 80 as they are the workers, Choc the impact.
  9. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member

    +631 /12
    Matai will only be in the centres. No backrow, no bench.

    It's a pity that Whare is injured as that pretty much guarentees we'll have to put up with T-Rex in the backs for a few more weeks.

    I also can't see Liam getting a bench spot over Seu Seu. Regardless of that, it should go to T-Rex on Matai's return.
  10. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,583 /80
    Newsflash....season 2010 has been completed. Finishing 3rd for this year is a tad optimistic in my book.
  11. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    ill be happy with 6th
  12. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,583 /80
    What I'm worried about

    * Being soft up front again. We don't have a good prop roster and I fear a distinct lack of metres this season and us being dominated by bigger more aggressive packs. Our props are looking old, tired, unfit or are just plain journeymen.

    * No impact at dummy half. Ballin doesn't offer enough variation. He threatens to take it to the next level but can't consistently string together quality performances. No variation off the bench in this position either. Don't rate Seu Seu so I'm hoping the Liam Foran or Higgins can offer something in this department. 9 is a crucial spot in the "spine" especially when your 6 and 7 are inexperienced, need something special this year if we are to threaten.

    * DCE to be underwhelming like Hodkinson. Plenty of hype so I'm hoping he lives up to some of it. We need some creativity this year, the second man play to the fullback chiming in is past it's use by date. Foran is solid but not overly creative as a ball player so we need a 7 with spark.

    * Poor use of the bench again. I see he didn't make Ryans top 25, but I fear another Buhrer debacle where we just play with 16 men in the toughest RL comp in the world. WTF ??
  13. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

    +494 /0
    Jamie Lyon (The Good),
    Kurt Gidley (The Bad)
    Sam Backo at half time the other night (the Ugly)
  14. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    +19,652 /383
    I fear the lack of big men going forward, we sadly lacked that (at times) in 2010 and when we did the young halves looked all at sea.

    I'd agree with C & W, whilst Matt is a good player I'm not sure he's an 80 minute good player.....we were so much better when Stranger Danger came on about the 60th Minute..and certainly SeeUlater isn't the answer (yet). As for Higgins / Foran....unkown quantity at this stage.

    And to be 100% honest does anyone expect DCE to become an instant hit???.....It's doubtful.....oh he'll go ok but it is a big step up into the NRL and the top teams will test him out so I'd expect he'll go "ok" but will need this season and even another to be a real force.

    And the big question mark is this!!

    The other top coaches have moved on in recent times and changed game plans and the ways things are done....will our coach do this or will it be the same old same old of the past??
  15. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,387 /402
    I reckon DCE will kill it straight away. He tends to lift in clutch times (SOO for example)
  16. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

    +480 /0
    Lol Matai isnt a forward,his an outside back.....more likely to replace Robbo on his wing than replace a back row forward
  17. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,387 /402
    Joe Galuvao started out as a fullback or something as well.
  18. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,870 /65

    Footy starting again might make this forum a bit more readible without the same stuff being gone over and over and over !!
  19. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

    +494 /0
    Wiki was a centre before going onto play prop
  20. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

    +480 /0
    We have bigger problems than our props for the future

    2 current international Centres a former and possible return international fullback,a former SOO winger and the other wing plays city/country

    We have about the slickest backline in the NRLs history and these 3 kids cannot and will not remove any of our outside backs

    3 future superstar outside backs

    We will lose one of our 3 kids
    With prices and salary cap as it is id pick Hopoate to lose
    out,his got a infamous family name coupled with pure talent
    but the other 2 could be just as good,for a lower price
    due to a lack of pedigree

    If we keep them all till our current backline leaves/retires then Lowe
    will be touted as an absolute genius,major sponsor or no major sponsor

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