Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Rugby League History: Laurie Daley State Bank Player Profile 1990 Winfield Cup

1990 STATE BANK PLAYER PROFILE:
Laurie Daley

Published December 29, 2020
Canberra Raiders legend Laurie Daley was a potent tryscorer in the centres before injuries began to plague him in the early 1990s. 
From his debut in 1987 through 1990 - Daley scored 39 tries in 66 games, and was instrumental in Canberra winning back to back Winfield Cups in 1989 and 1990. 
The poster above was featured in Big League during the 1990 Winfield Cup season when Daley was still only 20 years old.
By season's end - Daley had scored a try and set up Matthew Wood's match-sealer in Canberra's 18-14 win over Penrith in the 1990 decider.
This coming 12 months after throwing the final pass for John Ferguson's match-levelling try in the epic 1989 Grand Final. 
Just four seasons into his career he had already proved to be one of the ultimate big game players of his era. 
Daley moved to five-eighth for the Canberra Raiders permanently in 1991 but the next chapter of his career is for another time. 
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Thursday, 24 December 2020

10 NRL Predictions for 2021 (Cam Smith a Titan!) - NOT The Footy Show's Christmas Special

10 NRL Predictions for 2021.
Released December 24, 2020


Cameron Smith joining the Gold Coast Titans in 2021 - yep, that's #1.

Check out the other nine in the video.

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Friday, 4 December 2020

2021 NRL Pre-Season Primer: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

BULLDOGS 2021 NRL PRIMER
 
Published December 4, 2020

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have been back in training ahead of the 2021 NRL season for a couple of weeks now - and they aren't alone as most clubs hit the training paddock in late November - reminding us all just how little of an off-season there will be before the next NRL campaign.

So to kick-off our 2021 NRL Pre-Season Primers - let us look at what the Dogs have done to their 30 man roster and prognosticate how they'll look come Round 1.

The text version is below with a bonus 30 man depth chart, but you can listen or watch NOT The Footy Show's Podcast version below.

PODCAST:

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for the first of NOT The Footy Show's 2021 NRL Pre-Season Primers with a preview of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

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The new Brains Trust at Belmore.
2021 ROSTER ADDITIONS:
Nick Cotric (Outside back) from Canberra.
Kyle Flanagan (Half) from Sydney.
Jack Hetherington (Prop) from Penrith.
Corey Waddell (Backrower) from Manly.
Trent Barrett as Head Coach from Penrith.
From 2022: Matt Burton (Half) from Penrith, may be advanced to 2021 - TBD.
🎙 NTFS SAYS: Get excited Canterbury fans... the new head coach has wasted no time in adding some quality to a roster that desperately needed an injection of talent. Cotric committed before Barrett's appointment was official but in gaining Flanagan, Waddell, Hetherington and now Burton (signed from 2022) - the Bulldogs are finally starting to look like an NRL roster. The first four will all feature in the Top 17 and if they snag Burton for 2021 then the Dogs have some serious building blocks in play from March, which bodes for a much brighter future at Belmore.
2020 ROSTER SUBTRACTIONS:
Kieran Foran, Aiden Tolman, Reimis Smith, Marcelo Montoya, Kerrod Holland, Tim Lafai, Jack Cogger, Sauaso Sue, Isaiah Tass, Sebastian Winters-Chang.
🎙 NTFS SAYS: The key loss is Kieran Foran - who was undoubtedly Canterbury's most influential player in 2020 - but if they've ended up with Flanagan and Burton then not re-signing him was a move worth making. Tolman goes to the Sharks where he'll play less minutes but his time was up at the Dogs as they had to make room for the next batch of props, and Smith regressed badly in 2020 as his move to centre didn't get the best out of him. 
2021 DEPTH CHART - 27 of Top 30 spots taken.
(Players are listed maximum of twice but may be able to cover more positions.)
Fullbacks:
Will Hopoate
Jake Averillo
Nick Meaney
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Wingers:
Jayden Okunbor
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Nick Meaney
Tui Katoa
Christian Crichton
Tyrone Harding
Centres:
Will Hopoate
Nick Cotric
Jake Averillo
Tui Katoa
Halves:
Kyle Flanagan
Lachlan Lewis
Jake Averillo
Brandon Wakeham
Backrowers:
Josh Jackson (c)
Adam Elliott
Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Corey Waddell
Matt Doorey*
Dean Britt
Joe Stimson
Chris Smith
James Roumanos
Props:
Dylan Napa
Luke Thompson
Jack Hetherington
Ofahiki Ogden
Renouf Atoni (To'omaga)
Hookers:
Jeremy Marshall-King
Sione Katoa
*Development Players - 5 of 6 spots taken.
Matt Doorey (Backrower)
Paul Karaitiana (Half)
Jackson Topine (Backrower)
Kurt Picken (Outside back)
Chris Patolo (Backrower)
Top 17 come Round 1 2021 
(Combination of predicted and our view as their Best 17)
  1. Jake Averillo
  2. Jayden Okunbor
  3. Nick Cotric
  4. Will Hopoate
  5. Nick Meaney
  6. Lachlan Lewis
  7. Kyle Flanagan
  8. Luke Thompson
  9. Jeremy Marshall-King
  10. Dylan Napa
  11. Raymond Faitala-Mariner
  12. Josh Jackson (c)
  13. Adam Elliott
    Bench
  14. Corey Waddell
  15. Jack Hetherington
  16. Ofahiki Ogden
  17. Sione Katoa/Brandon Wakeham
What is your Top 17 for the Dogs come Round 1?

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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

NOT The Footy Show Episode 227: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2021 NRL Primer

2021 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Preview.
Released December 2, 2020

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Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for the first of NOT The Footy Show's 2021 NRL Pre-Season Primers with a preview of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

We list Canterbury's INs and OUTs for 2021 and predict the Bulldogs' Top 17 for Round 1.

The Podcast version has approximately 15-20 bonus minutes of NOT The Footy Show dribble as Brent Naden and the 2021 NRL Draw get some airtime.

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Sunday, 29 November 2020

Cliff Lyons Winfield Cup Footy Card Gallery 1987-95

CLIFF LYONS FOOTY CARD GALLERY
Published November 29, 2020
The footy card (and subsequent stick of borderline unchewable chewing gum) was one of the cornerstones of Rugby League fandom during the 1980s and 1990s and to celebrate the evolution from sticker book to trading card - here is a selection of cards featuring Manly-Warringah's Cliff Lyons from 1987 through 1995.
Lyons debuted with North Sydney (something a lot of people don't realised actually happened) in 1985 playing 23 games before moving to Manly for the 1986 season.
But as a new player for 1986 he wasn't featured in Manly's nine player set on the new playing card format (the fact he wouldn't have had an in-game photo in a Manly jersey from 1985 likely a big reason given production timelines) as he missed out to Paul Vautin, Glenn Ryan, Richie Poulsen, Mark Pocock, Des Hasler, Marty Gurr, Mal Cochrane, Noel Cleal and a moustached Dale Shearer (shown below for an example of the 1986 card design).
But from 1987 through 1995 - Cliffy Lyons featured heavily in every playing card run.
Here is one from each season, sourced from various internet listings primarily on ebay. If you are interested in any of the items Cliff Lyons search on ebay will get you where you want to be quick smart.
1987 - Scanlens.
1988 - Scanlens.
1989 - Scanlens.
1990 - Scanlens.
1991 - Scanlens.
1992 - Regina.
1993 - Regina.
1994 - Dynamic.
1995 - Dynamic.
Do you have a favourite card design from 86-95?

Did you collect Footy Cards growing up?

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Thursday, 19 November 2020

NOT The Footy Show Episode 226: A Munsterclass wins Queensland the 2020 Origin Series

2020 Origin Series Review Podcast.
Released November 19, 2020

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A Cameron Munsterclass has seen Queensland take out the 2020 State of Origin Series giving Matthew Duncan, Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson plenty to talk about on Episode 226 of NOT The Footy Show.

We go into how good QLD were in Game 1 and 3 and how Uncle Benny pulled all the right strings for the worst QLD side of all time.

We also ask how Gerard Sutton can ever referee an Origin game again?

And delve deeply into the mistakes NSW and coach Brad Fittler made on and off the field that opened the door to the Maroons to end the Blues' quest for a three-peat.

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