Monday 24 September 2012

NRL Grand Final 2012: Canterbury v Melbourne - Monday's Press

2012 NRL Premiership
By W D Nicolson 

The Dogs and Storm finished 1-2 in the regular season and now they've booked a Grand Final date with each other on the last Sunday in September. will have various blogs throughout the week taking in the Grand Final leadup.

Our Grand Final Show: Wed September 26!
Today we give you the best press from the mainstream press on the Grand Final... and we haven't filled it with dribble. So enjoy.

NOT The Footy Show will have Luke Patten on our Grand Final Show this week and our entire panel's choices for the 2012 Premiership will be on Wednesday's Grand Final Episode 128 on iTunes.

So here is's wrap of the Grand Final Press on Monday.
2012 GRAND FINAL: Monday's Press
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS into GF after beating Manly 16-10 and South Sydney 32-8.
HEADLINES: Barba's Mum and Dad, Tolman wanted to stay at Storm and Gould Gold.
|=| Brad WALTER (SMH): Barba's proud parents blown away by fleet-footed fullback's brilliance
The Quote: "No one expected us to do this well but he has just put a lot of belief in myself and all the boys."
|=| Stuart HONEYSETT (The Australian): Tolman bracing for Storm front
The Quote: "I just had to do what's best for myself, my family and my footy and I'm loving it here."
|=| Phil GOULD (SMH): Different styles create perfect mix for finale
The Quote: "Hasler will know they are coming. He will steel his men for the challenge. I love this stuff."
MELBOURNE STORM into GF after beating South Sydney 24-6 and Manly 40-12.
HEADLINES: Storm still not happy, Waqa set to replace Fonua and more Gould Gold.
|=| Peter BADEL (Courier Mail): Storm's Greg Brentnall says other clubs negative towards Melbourne
The Quote: "What Frank Ponissi has been able to do with the roster since that time has been amazing."
|=| Stathi PAXINOS (The Age): Victorian-born Stormer to miss grand final
The Quote: "I’ve just been real fortunate with the way things have gone throughout the season."
|=| Phil GOULD (SMH): Different styles create perfect mix for finale
The Quote: "Just because you pay a footballer more money, it won't make him a better player."

Oh and the NRL admitted Billy Slater did knock on before 'scoring' his first try on Friday... pity Bill Harrigan didn't watch the whole replay because Will Chambers lost the ball in the play the ball for crying out loud!

PS. There will be no links to articles in a particular paper this week... Grand Final week or not, plus technically Queensland's Courier Mail isn't Sydney's 'paper'.

Right now, the Storm remain my slight favourites. Though team news on Tuesday will change this view potentially.
Official Sportingbet Market: STORM $1.80 v BULLDOGS $2.05 (+1.5)

My Head to Head Market 24/09: STORM $1.78 v BULLDOGS $2.05
My Line Market: BULLDOGS +1.5

For this week I'm be tapping into the betting mind of a maestro only known as 'Rainman' and he has the Storm favourites as well.
Rainman's Head to Head Market 24/09: STORM $1.80 v BULLDOGS $2.00
NOT The Footy Show Episode 128
Out Wednesday Night September 26 with Special Guest Luke Patten.

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