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The Rock-itt : October 2011
2011-The Best Season Yet They just seem to get better each year as a really good bottle of red wine matures with age. This NRL season has blossom ed into one of the best yet, with the class of the game actually going to another level and producing some of the most m emorable and greatest moments that rugby league has ever experienced since its inception in 1908. The NRL clubs have poured everything into it to give us champagne footy and performances by individual players, as well as whole teams. We knew that the Dragons would be busting a boiler to make it back to back premierships and even though they gave it their best shot, it wasn’t to be with them exiting in a sudden death play-off. The Broncos suffered a similar fate against the Sea Eagles and the Tigers were also eliminated before they had a chance to hear the ‘fat lady sing’. But the biggest finals shock came when the dark horse of the competition, New Zealand Warriors, beat favourites, Melbourne Storm, in a blockbusting battle which saw two great sides dual in what I thought to be the best gam e of the season. The Storm had gone out to bury the disappointment of last season’s salary cap debacle and show the NRL that they were the real champions despite being stripped of two prior grand final wins and not being allowed to register any points in 2010 no matter if they won or not. But lo and behold, the Warriors turned on a blinder and bundled the Storm out of contention. And here we are with only a couple of sleeps to go before the grand final gladiators, Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Warriors, run out onto the middle of the colosseum and face off to the strains of “Advance Australia Fair” and “God Defend New Zealand.” The best club side from Australia against the best club side from New Zealand, which seems more like a test match than a NRL club grand final. In all honesty, I think that’s how it will be treated by punters. No one on Aussie soil wants to see the NRL Rugby League Holy Grail disappear across the ditch to the land of the “Long White Cloud “ for the first time in the history of the game. Unfortunately because of the responsibility to our advertisers, The Rock-itt must be online and on the streets by the first of each month so we can’t hold up printing for the final outcome to see who will be 2011 champions, but we will be back in November with a review, so tune in then. Let the best team win.