Monday, 12 April 2021

NOT The Footy Show Episode 231: NRL Round 5 Review Podcast - 2021 Season

Is it Coaching or the Salary Cap?
Released April 12, 2021

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson as they examine the respective starts to the 2021 season by the Dragons and Tigers and pose the question - for some teams, should wins and losses be only on the head of the coach or the salary cap?

Watch the YouTube version.
Also on Episode 231 of NOT The Footy Show we review Round 5 of the Telstra Premiership, how John Morris has been treated by the Cronulla hierarchy and dribble on about the weekend of footy for the best part of an hour.

Enjoy.
🔘  Stream the New Podcast.
Also we are now on Instagram so please give us a follow @notthefootyshow 

🔘 Watch the YouTube version
🔘 Get the Podcast mp3 version
Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

===

Please jump onto Apple Podcasts and give us a review if you wish, subscribe and comment on YouTube, tell your friends about us being on Spotify finally or drop us a line on Instagram or Facebook.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

NOT The Footy Show Episode 230: NRL Round 3 Review Podcast - 2021 Season

18th, 19th or 25th Men - How many is enough?
Released March 31, 2021

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson as they debate the pros and cons of the likely 18th Man concussion sub that's coming to Rugby League and review Round 3 on Episode 230 of NOT The Footy Show.

 
The podcast's release was delayed almost 48 hours unfortunately, so please bear with us as we talk about the footy like it was yesterday... because when we recorded it was.

We jump into what NRL coaches might do with the proposed 18th man suggestion to combat the impact of the HIA, review Round 3 and in the Bonus Segment we go wild about Chris Hemsworth's Bunny love last Friday night.

🔘  Stream the New Podcast.

Also we are now on Instagram so please give us a follow @notthefootyshow 

🔘 Watch the YouTube version
🔘 Get the Podcast mp3 version
Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

===

Please jump onto Apple Podcasts and give us a review if you wish, subscribe and comment on YouTube, tell your friends about us being on Spotify finally or drop us a line on Instagram or Facebook.

Monday, 22 March 2021

NOT The Footy Show Episode 229: NRL Round 2 Review Podcast - 2021 Season

Dally M Farce returns and Cleary or Keary?
Released March 22, 2021

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson get stuck into Sam Thaiday and the NRL's farcical Dally M system as they review Round 2 on Episode 229 of NOT The Footy Show.

We review Round 2 in depth - discuss the merits of Nathan Cleary v Luke Keary, Jason Taumalolo's 10 year contract and the state of the Cowboys, and celebrate the return of Coxsmith as the President of the Ben Hunt Appreciation Society.


Plus in the new Bonus Segment we explore Peter V'landys' comments to Matty Johns that the NRL need to look after their current fans better... and ask what does that actually mean?

And we finish the show with a shoutout to @BBSportsDesign for some great NRL jersey concepts - get following him on Insta.

🔘  Stream the New Podcast.

Also we are now on Instagram so please give us a follow @notthefootyshow 

🔘 Watch the YouTube version
🔘 Get the Podcast mp3 version
Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

===

Please jump onto Apple Podcasts and give us a review if you wish, subscribe and comment on YouTube, tell your friends about us being on Spotify finally or drop us a line on Instagram or Facebook.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Should Warriors play all 2022 NRL games in New Zealand?

Should the NRL reward the Warriors with more home games in 2022?
Published March 16, 2021


In NOT The Footy Show's new Bonus Segment from Episode 228 - Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson discuss the idea floated on 'Six Tackles with Gus' that the Warriors get to play the majority of their 2022 games in New Zealand.

This is a big nod to the fact they will have had to have played exclusively in Australia for probably 18 months.

Watch the Bonus Segment below.
The boys are in agreement with Phil Gould that it should be considered for 2022 and 2023, as it's not like other clubs haven't taken games to NZ before.

What do you think?

Should they get only the standard 12 home games - or should the NRL encourage other teams to take games to Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, Rotorua etc - to get that number to around 16-18 'home' games for the Warriors in 2022?

You can watch the full Round 1 Review NRL Podcast here.

Also we are now on Instagram so please give us a follow @notthefootyshow 

🔘 Watch the YouTube version
🔘 Get the Podcast mp3 version
Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
==
Enjoy great moments from the Winfield Cup Era (1982-95) on Facebook and Twitter.
===
NOT The Footy Show is back in 2021

Subscribe to the NOT The Footy Show Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
Watch every Episode with Coxsmith and Waz on Zoom via our YouTube Channel

Monday, 15 March 2021

NOT The Footy Show Episode 228: NRL Round 1 Review Podcast - 2021 Season

First Podcast of 2021 wraps up Round 1.
Released March 15, 2021

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for the first Episode of the new NRL Season as NOT The Footy Show returns in 2021.

🔘  Watch it on YouTube below.
🔘  Stream the New Podcast.
We review Round 1 of the new season in depth, farewell Cameron Smith, then take listener questions surrounding the Six Again rule, Video Ref amendment and 2021 Predictions. We also give our Top 8s and Grand Finalists.

Plus in our new Bonus Segment we discuss the idea floated on 'Six Tackles with Gus' that the Warriors get to play the majority of their 2022 games in New Zealand after having to play in Australia the last 18 months.

Also we are now on Instagram so please give us a follow @notthefootyshow 

🔘 Watch the YouTube version
🔘 Get the Podcast mp3 version
Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

===

Please jump onto Apple Podcasts and give us a review if you wish, subscribe and comment on YouTube, tell your friends about us being on Spotify finally or drop us a line on Instagram or Facebook.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

NOT The Footy Show's 2021 NRL Season Predictions

2021 NRL SEASON PREVIEW
 
Published March 11, 2021

Having spent the off-season trying to decide if NOT The Footy Show would in fact be able to record a few pre-season podcasts, the answer has presented itself less than a week out from the start of the 2021 NRL Season... and the answer is no!

So here on www.wdnicolson.com you will get a good old fashioned text preview (10 mins before kickoff) of how I see the regular season ladder playing out and which two teams will end up playing for all the biscuits in the 2021 decider.
🎙 THE VERDICT:
1. Penrith Panthers - too deep to not be minor premiership favourites, but I still have reservations on their ability to win big games with their style cramping up under pressure so I see them missing a return trip to the GF.

2. Sydney Roosters - still love any team sporting Tedesco and Keary running things. Simply ran out of puff after back to back premierships and a full off season will have renewed the bodies and the hunger and they are my favourites for the pointy end of the season as the supporting cast is excellent once again.

3. South Sydney Rabbitohs - the pack has improved with Arrow on board and it was pretty good in the second half of last year. The backline is so good 1-7 that they will blow a few also rans off the park this year. Grand Final bound for Uncle Benny’s last hurrah... at Souths.

4. Melbourne Storm - Cam Smith is a dramatic loss as he still kept the Melbourne machine ticking week in week out. Don’t think Canberra or Parramatta are going to be wildly better than last year so out of respect for the remaining 2020 premiers they sit in 4th. Loved Harry Grant at the Tigers but Brandon Smith’s best position is hooker so Melbourne have a quandary as to how to get full value from both. Papy and Munster are weapons and get the Storm into the Top 4 but they won’t repeat... 

5. Parramatta Eels - Parra were very good for a long stretch in 2020 but went out of the Semis with a whimper (again) and they aren’t any better on paper in 2021. For that reason I can’t push them ahead of the above four teams, however I won’t rule out a preliminary finals appearance this time around. Good but I don’t see great.

6. Canberra Raiders - 2020 felt like their best chance to go one better than the missed opportunity that was the 2019 decider. Losing Bateman is huge and although Hodgson returns the Raiders don’t feel like the Top 4 certainty of last year. Could go on a run late in the season but it doesn’t smell premiershippy in Canberra.

7. Gold Coast Titans - needed Cam Smith to really secure a Top 8 spot but when you look at what is left below - you can understand why I’ve got them in the Top 8 for the first time since 2015. Tino, Fifita and Brimson - sure there’s holes in a lot of places but this is going to be a fun team to watch.

8. Newcastle Knights - The coach went all Bellamy late in the season and they didn’t trouble the scorers thereafter... I do wonder if the hard ‘Melbourne’ style is repeatable elsewhere if it doesn’t produce the same results so I barely have the Knights getting back to the finals. Then again the next best team is Manly and these two teams have very similar ingredients. Knights join Titans by sneaking into the Top 8 ahead of a bunch of poor teams.

9. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles - Love DCE, the Trbojevics, Foran and Taupau. This is some veteran core but really struggle to get excited for the rest of the squad. 2020 felt like the Manly we expected in 2019 and I am not convinced Supercoach Dessie is the magician he’s given credit for being. Tommy’s hammies come good and they could easily displace the Titans or Knights.

10. Warriors - just can’t see them in the finals although they got close last year. I would love to be wrong given what they continue to do for the game to continue. Enjoy watching RTS while you can kids.

11. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks - This could be 2-3 rungs too high if Shaun Johnson isn’t back by Round 6-7. Not a great collection of talent and I think they overachieved last year anyway.

12. Wests Tigers - Just not excited about this team defensively at all. Might score some points with some promising footy but they look so brittle in about 5 or 6 positions and that does not equate to moving up the ladder.

13. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - might struggle early and come good late if Trent Barrett is willing to let his backline play some footy. So much rests on Flanagan and Allan to create opportunities and they both still feel untested in this role. You are not without hope this year Canterbury fans - hold onto it. 

14. North Queensland Cowboys - This 13th spot rank is because this is a roster that is much the same to what produced nothing of note in 2020. They played unimaginative football and below average defence last year... and then they sacked Paul Green and little changed. Todd Payten did a good job at the Warriors but rectifying the ad-lib Cowboys is going to be some task. I think the Top 8 is beyond them but they should wake up and play some far better footy than Green was able to impart after JT.

15. Brisbane Broncos - The drastic turnaround will come but I don't believe it will be under Kevin Walters. Some bright spots in 2021 but they will be few and far between. Long season ahead.

16. St George Illawarra Dragons - They were bad last year and the only change is Anthony Griffin is in as head coach... they will be bad again. Sorry Red V fans.

Grand Final: Roosters v Rabbitohs
Premiers: Roosters

Dally M - Nathan Cleary
Rookie of the Year - Charlie Staines
Top Tryscorer - Daniel Tupou
Top Pointscorer - Adam Reynolds
Origin - NSW 3-0

Podcast hopefully to come next week.

Enjoy great moments from the Winfield Cup Era (1982-95) on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Rugby League History: North Sydney trio on Big League cover - 1990 Winfield Cup

NORTHS TO HOST PREMIERS AT BEAR PARK
Rugby League History - Published January 31, 2021
🐻 North Sydney trio David Fairleigh, Jason Martin and Mark Soden featured on the front of Big League magazine ahead of Round 13, 1990.
Fairleigh 19, Martin 19 and Soden 21 had all made their First Grade debuts in 1989 and were now regulars in the 1990 starting lineup through 12 rounds. Norths finished 15th in 1989, so to be within a point of a playoff spot halfway through 1990 was a huge turnaround for the club under rookie coach Steve Martin.
In the lead-up to Sunday's Match of the Day against the league-leading Canberra Raiders at North Sydney Oval on June 2, the Bears were winners of 5 of their past 6 games to sit in 8th spot and the Round 13 clash would give them a chance to jump back into the thick of the semi-final race.
Norths were languishing in 13th spot after 6 rounds with just 2 wins but peeling off 5 straight wins between Round 7 and 11 put them on the cusp of the Top 5 after 12 rounds with 14 points - just a point behind the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on 15 points.
The Bears had beaten Brisbane 14-12, Gold Coast 27-4, Eastern Suburbs 38-8, South Sydney 27-10 and Illawarra 16-8 during their 5 match winning streak before falling 18-12 to St George at Kogarah in Round 12. 
Here is how the 1990 NSWRL Premiership Ladder looked after 12 Rounds via Rugby League Project.
Round 13 brought the defending Premiers Canberra to North Sydney Oval, as the competition moved just past the halfway mark of the 1990 Winfield Cup.
Canberra were leading the Winfield Cup with 9 wins and just 3 losses, yet their Minor Premiership lead was just one point with Brisbane and Penrith nipping at their heals.
The 7-5 Bears however would be missing captain Tony Rea, as well as veterans Kerry Boustead, Scott Gale (pictured), Les Kiss, Gary Smith and Gavin Jones for this clash, and the Raiders were stacked with quality performers. 
Here is how the two teams lined up.
Norths v Canberra
Sunday 24 June 1990 - 3pm kickoff at North Sydney Oval.
Referee: B Harrigan.

North Sydney Bears: 
P Conlon, K Egan, I French, G Florimo, D Hall, J Martin, M Soden, P Jarvis (c), P McPhail, B Sinclair, A Toole, D Fairleigh, B Moore. 
Bench: S McGowan, G Larson, J McArthur.
Coach: S Martin.
Canberra Raiders: 
G Belcher, P Martin, M Meninga (c), M Wood, J Ferguson, L Daley, R Stuart, D Woods, S Walters, G Lazarus, D Lance, G Coyne, B Clyde.
Bench: S Mills, S Stanton, P Carey, M Twigg.
Coach: T Sheens.
So how did it end up playing out?
📺 A full recap of this game will be coming on the new Late Night League program which is launching on YouTube in early 2021.
===
All Round 13 Winfield Cup Fixtures - June 22-24, 1990:
Friday: 
Cronulla v Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium.
Saturday:
Gold Coast v Balmain at Seagulls Stadium.
St George v Brisbane at Kogarah Oval.
Sunday: 
Illawarra v Penrith at Wollongong Showground.
Newcastle v Easts at Newcastle International Sports Centre.
Norths v Canberra at North Sydney Oval.
Souths v Manly at Sydney Football Stadium.
Wests v Canterbury at Campbelltown Sports Ground.
===
Enjoy great moments from the Winfield Cup Era (1982-95) on Facebook and Twitter.
NOT The Footy Show is still chugging along...
Subscribe to the NOT The Footy Show Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
Watch every Episode with Coxsmith and Waz on Zoom via our YouTube Channel

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. 
===
Enjoy great moments from the Winfield Cup Era (1982-95) by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
NOT The Footy Show continues in 2021...
Subscribe to the NOT The Footy Show Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
Watch every Episode with Coxsmith and Waz on Zoom via our YouTube Channel

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.

NOT The Footy Show's NRL Podcast with Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson will return in 2021 - please subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

===

Please jump onto Apple Podcasts and give us a review if you wish, subscribe and comment on YouTube, tell your friends about us being on Spotify finally or drop us a line on Social Media.

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

You can watch on YouTube or listen to the longer version via the Podcast link below. 
🔘  Download the mp3 version
🔘  Stream the New Podcast.
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?

Post them in the comments below.

Enjoy great moments from the Winfield Cup Era (1982-95) on Facebook and Twitter.
Watch every Episode with Coxsmith and Waz on Zoom via our YouTube Channel

Latest NOT The Footy Show Podcasts