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The Rock-itt : July 2011
Good to be back punters and sorry if I sent you on a bum steer to Brookie Oval when you should have been at ANZ Stadium to see the annihilation of the doggies at the claws of our Sea Eagles last month. Yes, it was a good month for our Beaches’ boys, as they ran rampant knocking over the opposition by big scores. I really like this Sea Eagles side because their defence is superb! They defend like a first grade side is supposed to defend then add the points when the occasion provides itself. No panic, no haste, they are in complete control of the situation and are looking more like heavy weight contenders with every game played. Even with Choco and Hoppa in the blues origin side, the Manly boys on the paddock are all giving one hundred percent and this is reflected in the game scores. The blend of brains, brawn, youth and experience are all there, and if we can keep our players consistently on the field without injury, our mom entum will see us into the finals and beyond. However, Mister Bennett made a point which I have been touting all along and that is rep. football is hampering the top sides from getting to the grand final. Clubs are being robbed of their best players to rep. football matches, which seems grossly unfair to me. For instance, look at our own Sea Eagle side. Our halves combination is completely intact having not been seconded for rep. teams and look at the results. Whereas the Dragons have not only been hit in the halves department but also right across all positions, forwards and backs as well and as a result their club side is really feeling the pinch. You only have to look at the NRL ladder to see the harm that is being done. The clubs at the bottom are going up and the top sides are going down. Someone has to come up with a solution to Origin and Test matches mid season. It’s not good enough, Mr. Gallop, so start working on a solution. We have a salary cap in place to ensure that all teams get the same advantage but how is the system fair when clubs are asked to cough up their best players when they are needed to help get their club to the grand final. It would be nice to see something different in place for next season. Winning against teams without their best players on board makes it more a hollow victory than a game won on its proper merits. Just on our Eagle