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NRL Finals Notebook: Monday/Tuesday Week Two

2013 NRL Premiership Finals Series

By W D Nicolson - September 17, 2013

#NRLFinals Notes 17/9: NYC split is counter-productive, Player of the Finals Votes, Refs gooone, PNG squad named, Lucky Linnett, Cowboys fine..less, 1998 Brisbane-Melbourne Finals Highlights.

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[Q] DAILY QUESTION: Which Melbourne star has the most NRL Finals games (including years stripped of their premierships): Cameron Smith, Billy Slater or Cooper Cronk?

Answer below.
  • NEWS: 
    • The schedule for Finals Week 2 is as follows:
    • Friday September 20 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
      3:00pm NYC - Canberra Raiders v Wests Tigers
      5:30pm NYC - Sydney Roosters v Warriors
      8:10pm NRL - Manly Sea Eagles v Cronulla Sharks
    • Saturday September 21 at AAMI Park, Melbourne
      7:45pm NRL - Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights
    • Winner of Manly/Cronulla plays the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Winner of Melbourne/Newcastle plays the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.
      The actual days of each Preliminary Final at TBC but it is likely the NRL puts the Souths' game on Saturday night to maximise the crowd, and the Roosters' game on Friday given the proximity to the city.
      But it also means the Storm/Knights winner gets a short week... so there's that to consider right?


    • So is it fair to suggest that the NRL doesn't believe the Raiders and Tigers can draw a crowd in Melbourne before the Storm and Knights in First Grade this Saturday night...
      Because they won't be playing the NYC Elimination Final there this weekend, instead they'll play at 3pm on Friday in Sydney and they'll draw exactly how many extra fans because of it?
    • To make matters slightly more confusing - visitors to the SFS on Friday night will pay $25 for a General Admission Adult ticket and get up to 3 games... the same seat at AAMI Park on Saturday night costs $40 and they get one game... pony up for the best seats in the house and the change is remarkable: AAMI Park is $95 for the top ticket, Allianz Stadium will cost you $70. Middle of the road seats - Category 2 are $45 at the SFS, and $70 at AAMI Park...
    • For the Raiders travelling to Melbourne or Sydney won't make that much of a difference by air and yes the Tigers would get a benefit from not having to travel... yet the Raiders finished 1st and the Tigers 6th... so where exactly does giving the lower seeded team make much sense?
      But that's the least of the concerns here... why deny the Melbourne sporting public a chance to see the 'showcase' of young Rugby League talent when there isn't an AFL game to go up against on Saturday?
      And make them pay more for the chance not to do so... It boggles the mind. 

  • NEWS: 
    • NEWS: 
    • Cronk won in 2012 - can he repeat?
      • All the Votes are in for the 2nd Annual @NRLTweet Player of the Finals Award.
      • The Voting Team are formed into in 3 person groups to break down each semi final and hand down 4-2-1 votes.
      • Rabbitohs 20 def. Storm 10
        • M Duncan: 4 J Lima, 2 S Burgess, 1 W Chambers.
        • M Trodden: 4 S Burgess, 2 J Lima, 1 B Slater.
        • B Hoese: 4 G Inglis, 2 B Te'o, 1 B Goodwin.
      • Sharks 20 def. Cowboys 18
        • W Nicolson: 4 M Gordon, 2 J Tamou, 1 J Taumalolo.
        • M Spillane: 4 M Gordon, 2 J Thurston, 1 J Tamou.
        • J Davies: 4 M Gordon, 2 J Thurston, 1 A Winterstein.
      • Roosters 4 def. Sea Eagles 0
        • M Spillane: 4 P Hiku, 2 J Maloney, 1 J Friend.
        • N Wilbow: 4 L O'Donnell, 2 J Maloney, 1 J Lyon.
        • W Nicolson: 4 J Maloney, 2 J Friend, 1 P Hiku.
      • Knights 22 def. Bulldogs 6
      • Every game through the Finals you can follow the votes via #NRLTweetPlayerofFinals and they will be Re-Tweeted via @NRLTweet right after each game.
    • PODCAST: 
    • COMMENT: 
      • It appears Ben Pomeroy is a rather lucky guy... John Dean posted a Vine Video of the Cronulla centre lashing out at the jatz crackers of Kane Linnett with his forearm aimed between the centre's legs... yet Pomeroy attracted no attention from the NRL Judiciary for what at the very least is contrary conduct if not a striking charge.
      • But we all know the reason Pomeroy didn't get charged (outside of the Match Reporting process completely missing something again)... Linnett didn't go down like a sack of spuds and claim he'd ruptured a testicle... thus proving that damage was indeed done by Pomeroy and thus his actions should have resulted in weeks out... because if the victim gets hurt, it makes the action more serious right?
      • And as we write - the NRL has yet to serve the Cowboys with any fine for their post-match comments about an anti-Queensland conspiracy in the NRL because NSW can't beat QLD.
    • NEWS: 
      • The Prime Minister's XIII for the unofficial test with Papua New Guinea has been named with all but the final six teams putting up players for selection.
      • Jarryd Hayne remains well in Australian coach Tim Sheens' plans after being picked at fullback, while Aiden Tolman finally gets some love from representative selectors despite being named as 18th man - WAIT no he doesn't, Tolman withdraws, replaced by Ben Hannant as 18th man.
        The team:
        J Hayne, B Morris, B Tate, J Morris, K Gordon, G Bird, A Sezer, R James, R Farah, J Tamou, S Thaiday, J Papalii, C Parker. Bench: G Cooper, M Gillett, D Shillington, J Reynolds, B Hannant.
      • The most curious selection is Greg Bird at five-eighth... he's a backrower and a very good one at that, but what is this obsession with playing him in the halves and deny the chance to unearth another playmaker at rep level?
    • FINALS YouTube: 
      • If we find something on YouTube that screams - you gotta watch this piece of Rugby League history - then it'll go up right here:
    [A] DAILY QUESTION ANSWER... Slater has played in 24 Finals, Smith in 23 and Cronk in 22.

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