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The Rock-itt : July 2012
ay Queensland won Origin 1, it certainly was a Picture . . Picture 1. In last month’s game, Sea Eagles verses Dragons turned out to be a cracker, which showcased two great teams at their very best. After the previous week’s game where we went down to the lowly placed Penrith Panthers by the tune of 22 points to 4, all eyes were on the premiers to see if they were going into a slump or just having a bad hair day. As you can see by the game against Dragons, the latter was in fact what they were having. Our Sea Eagles showed why they were last year’s premiers and after this excellent performance should put the fear of death in the rest of the NRL clubs. There wasn’t a Sea Eagle player who didn’t star in this game so I won’t elaborate any further on the players, except to say....... “W ell done chaps!” It’s also obvious that we have a great coach in Geoff Toovey who took over the reins in the coaching department under quite a bit of pressure and controversy, with the rather sudden departure of Des Hasler and a huge chunk of our coaching staff. But Geoff took it all in his stride and now has our Sea Eagles firing on all pistons. Geoff, who was a champion Sea Eagle half-back in his playing days, has slotted in brilliantly and will be with us for seasons to come. I’m fairly confident Geoff will be steering us into many future grand finals and move over Ricky Stuart, Tooves is on his way up. Congratulations Tooves, you’re still a champion. 3. It was do or die for NSW Blues in this cracker of an Origin game in Sydney on June 13th when the NSW Blues took on Queensland Maroons in what was to be one of the fiercest Rugby League battles so far this season. On a greasy pitch from days of wet weather, the two teams battled it out with NSW finally getting the upper hand to take out the match. I believe the assistance of the greasy ball suited the Blues in their victory as it increased the mistake rate in the Maroons game plan, although don’t get me wrong, our Blues had the same disadvantage with the weather. Another factor was the 2. The next round in May for our Sea Eagles was a Bye. State of Origin followed on the W ednesday night 13th June. It was good to see Choc W atmough called up to take the place of injured Tony Williams in the Blues Origin side, but it was a rather bitter sweet sensation as young Jamie Buhrer, who only got seven minutes of game time in Origin One, was relegated to 18th man and did not see any game time at all, then was overlooked completely for Origin 3. Jamie has a Green and Gold jersey written all over him and will represent our country one day, but it’s no use wasting his youth by having him sitting there warming the bench. If someone doesn’t sit down and have a look at this situation, young Buhrer will end up just another also ran on the transfer merry-go-round. Now is the time to bring this young champion on by giving him as much game time as possible. There is no way he will burn out as this is a professional sport. But all the training and working out at the gym in the world won’t give him what big time games will and that’s experience. Old Paddy will guarantee, this young champion won’t let us down, let’s give him the chance he so justifiably deserves and not let him be disillusioned by languishing on the bench for the big deals. Now let’s take a squiz at Origin 2. . Coach / Geoff Toovey and ‘The Little Champ’ in his playing days Sea Eagle Harrison Jamie Buhrer. Definitely too good to be warming the bench Sea Eagle M att Ballin