Friday, 7 October 2022

NOT The Footy Show Episode 264: The Recruitment Whisperers #1 - NRL Off-Season Talk

NOT The Footy Show - Episode 264  
  
Published October 7, 2022  

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for Episode 264 of NOT The Footy Show - the first of our 'The Recruitment Whisperers' shows for the NRL Off-Season to be released ahead of 2023. 

We cover off Munster and Hunt re-signing, wonder if Klemmer should sign with the Tigers, Tabuai-Fidow joins the Dolphins, Sullivan looks like he's off to Canterbury and ask what's happening at Manly? 

For the record - this show will be our views on the viability of all the NRL signing rumours that will dominate the media over Summer. 

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On this episode of 'The Recruitment Whisperers' we talk: 
  • Cam Munster's huge new deal with Melbourne and how he's used THE Dolphins superbly to push his price up past the 1.25m a season mark to stay with the Storm. 
  • Ask if Ben Hunt's re-signing with the Dragons is cause for muchos celebrations and will Jayden Sullivan actually be missed if he leaves to go to Canterbury? 
  • Will Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow have to score ALL the tries for Redcliffe given he's by far the best attacking weapon they have in their outside backs? 
  • Also with Api Koroisau and Isaiah Papali'i committing to turn up to pre-season training at the Wests Tigers - we believe Tim Sheens and Benji Marshall have to get their hooks into David Klemmer asap for 2023 and beyond. 
  • And we wrap things up discussing the Supercoach Seibold to Manly rumour and how Des Hasler's exit strategy has already been mapped out with a big fat cheque waiting for him when Manly finally pull the trigger... hopefully not on Seibold though. 
You can grab the first of our Rugby League World Cup Podcasts - Episode 263 looking at the Australian Kangaroos Squad for the Tournament here

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NOT The Footy Show Episode 263: Australian Kangaroos Team Preview for Rugby League World Cup

NOT The Footy Show - Episode 263  
  
Published October 7, 2022  

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for Episode 263 of NOT The Footy Show as they break down the Australian Kangaroos Team for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup in the UK. 

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We pick our preferred starting lineups and the bench is particular point of contention - with where Jack Wighton ends up in the 17 a big factor in how we settled on our teams. 

Despite some snubs at the selection table, Australia will still field an awesome backline and very handy forward pack so right now we believe they deserve to be firm favourites to retain the World Cup in England.  
We also discuss how Mal Meninga got the team he wanted and that the end of the road of Damien Cook probably should've meant the end for Daly Cherry-Evans too... 

Plus PVL dribbles something about Origin and Test eligibility at the presser that we've included audio of but we couldn't make any sense of it so we didn't even discuss it on the show - we genuinely don't know what he was going on about.  

Stay tuned for Episode 264 and the debut of 'The Recruitment Whisperers' - coming out next. 

Plenty more podcasts to come during the Rugby League World Cup. 

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Thursday, 6 October 2022

2022-23 NHL Season Preview - Do the Avs go back to back?

BACK TO HOCKEY...
Published October 6, 2022 
It has been almost a decade since this website posted an NHL Preview (When we picked the Penguins to win it all in 2013) and with the 2022-23 NHL Season almost upon us, now seemed a good time to return to our hockey roots.
In 1999, your correspondent lived in Canada and fell even more in love with the game of Ice Hockey, and returning to Australia I kept up my involvement in writing about the NHL for a number of years gaining publication for a few websites (Hockey's Future and the Detroit News) and doing a season guide for McKeen's Hockey.
But as other work took over, the time I needed to devote to following the NHL closely dried up and as you've seen on this website over the last 15 years - Rugby League is the main focus now. 
That said, I still partake in one Fantasy Hockey League every year and as a result of the Pittsburgh Penguins winning a couple of Stanley Cups a few years back - I have found more time to watch the game I came to adore as a teenager, and have reconnected with being across most aspects of it.
The return to normalcy in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year was a welcome familiarity and there are few things as gripping as watching teams fight and claw their way through four rounds of hockey to lay claim to the Stanley Cup.
Colorado were worthy winners last season, and they will have plenty of challengers in 2022-23.
So let's put some predictions down on paper for the upcoming season.
  • The Colorado Avalanche were ridiculously good in the playoffs last year and despite Tampa Bay's best efforts to make it a three-peat - no one was going to deny Nathan McKinnon and his Avs from their first title as a group.
    The Avs have lost Nazem Kadri which makes the development of Alex Newhook into a bona fide second line centre of huge importance in their quest to repeat but their defence is stacked (Cale Makar is a wonder) and the Pavel Francouz-Alex Georgiev tandem looks good enough to have the Avs not miss Darcy Kuemper too much. Oh, and they still have McKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen up on the top line so they will be okay scoring goals sans Kadri.
  • Tampa Bay will have licked their wounds (and their pride) in the off-season, as for the first time since the horrible Columbus sweep in 2019 - their best simply wasn't good enough to win. They lose Ondrej Palat and Ryan McDonagh but they have some emerging talent up front (Anthony Cirelli/Ross Colton) and still the scariest offensive core in the league with Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point and Victor Hedman all still on deck and in their primes - albeit with more miles in the legs than you'd like. Andrei Vasilevskiy is still an all-world goalie and Mikhael Sergachev will keep getting better on the backend, so the Bolts have every reason to believe they can make it back to a fourth straight Cup Final.
  • The next two teams who got close but fell short of the Cup Final last year - the New York Rangers in the East and the Edmonton Oilers in the West, both feel like squads who should be in the mix in 2022-23. Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Adam Fox and Igor Shesterkin are a scary foursome and they have a bunch of kids who can step up and be counted this year, and although its still the Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl show in Edmonton, the Oilers do have a goaltender now in Jack Campbell and a few extra pieces that balance the squad a little better than you initially think when Edmonton comes to mind. Both are going back to the playoffs but are either better than their opponents who vanquished them in the Conference Finals?
As for the rest who deserve consideration for a Stanley Cup challenge?
  • Well my Penguins ran out of goaltenders (and Sidney Crosby got hurt) in a first round series loss against the Rangers that they seemingly had full control over to waste another chance at a Stanley Cup with their core group - but they've opened up the purse strings to keep Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Richard Rakell together so as a Penguins fan, I do expect them to have another run at the title even with that veteran core in their mid-30s now. I also really like the Jeff Petry acquisition and the swapping out of John Marino for Ty Smith's potential but this team will ultimately get carried by what Tristan Jarry can do in the Playoffs behind the core group up front. (Yes, I'm a Pens fan so naturally I'm open to them being good again).
  • The Calgary Flames swapped out Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk for Johnathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar and Nazem Kadri and I really like the end result if Jacob Markstrom plays like he did last season. They have a superb defensive group in front of Markstrom and they will be a great team this year.
  • It was the Florida Panthers did the swapping out of Huberdeau and Weegar for Tkachuk but they also lost Claude Giroux to the Senators (the Sens will be fun to watch) so Florida's chances of repeating as President Trophy winners is questionable - but they will be a playoff team with Aleksandar Barkov, good defence and a great goalie tandem in place.
  • Also in the East - 2021-22 regular season beasts the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs will contend again - both sides have the roster to make a deep run but I expected this last year until the Hurricanes got stonewalled by Shesterkin in the second round and the Leafs drew the Lightning in the first round. I'm all in on the Toronto regular season juggernaut as President Trophy winners and in turn have invested heavily in Leafs in my Fantasy League (got Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Morgan Reilly, Michael Bunting and BOTH goalies Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov, so they better win!) and also think Carolina will be a regular season machine before eventually adding Max Pacioretty to their very talented squad. The Canes just have to hope their goaltending tandem is fit for the playoffs... and the Leafs need to have settled on a number one by then too (but I expect Murray and Samsonov to put up great numbers). Both are capable of getting out of the East ahead of Tampa and Pittsburgh.
  • Finally, the Minnesota Wild had a lot go right for them last season before their playoff disappointment, and if Marc-Andre Fleury can still carry a large workload, they will be a strong regular season team with Kiril Kaprisov getting things done up front. The Boston Bruins might be a threat if they can start winning regularly when Brad Marchand returns from injury in the New Year and their goaltending is still very good. I'm not sold on the St. Louis Blues being as good this year with Jordan Binnington the main man in net (despite his Stanley Cup) but their have a lot of scoring options and a good defence so you can't dismiss them, the same goes for the Nashville Predators who got man-handled by the Avs in the first round last year but actually got career years from their key players - Roman Josi, Juuse Saros, Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene - yet the Preds were still only 8th in the stacked Western Conference.
Can I make a case for anyone else to really contend? 
No.
Sure Columbus got Gaudreau to go with Patrik Laine so they might surge into a playoff spot and get their coach Brad Larsen into the Jack Adams conversation, and the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators made big changes to rosters that have been gradually redeveloped, but are they going to beat the big teams for a playoff spot let alone in a playoff series? Two of the three might do the former but not the latter.
The New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres are surely going to be improving too but again, who do they push in the playoffs if they get there? Washington's season will be focused on getting Alex Ovechkin to as many goals as possible but the playoffs look beyond them.
PS. The Vegas Golden Knights need to find some goaltending but Jack Eichel is going to have a big year.
Here are the predicted standings for both conferences:
Eastern Conference - Atlantic Division
  1. Toronto Maple Leafs **
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning *
  3. Florida Panthers *
  4. Ottawa Senators *
  5. Boston Bruins
  6. Buffalo Sabres
  7. Detroit Red Wings
  8. Montreal Canadiens
Eastern Conference - Metropolitan Division
  1. Carolina Hurricanes *
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins *
  3. New York Rangers *
  4. Columbus Blue Jackets *
  5. New York Islanders
  6. Washington Capitals
  7. New Jersey Devils
  8. Philadelphia Flyers
Western Conference - Central Division
  1. Colorado Avalanche **
  2. Minnesota Wild *
  3. Nashville Predators *
  4. St. Louis Blues *
  5. Dallas Stars *
  6. Winnipeg Jets
  7. Arizona Coyotes
  8. Chicago Blackhawks
Western Conference - Pacific Division
  1. Calgary Flames *
  2. Edmonton Oilers *
  3. Vegas Golden Knights *
  4. Los Angeles Kings
  5. Seattle Kraken
  6. Vancouver Canucks
  7. San Jose Sharks
  8. Anaheim Ducks
2022-23 NHL Awards
Hart Trophy - Auston Matthews, Toronto
Art Ross - Connor McDavid, Edmonton
Rocket Richard - Auston Matthews, Toronto
Norris - Cale Makar, Colorado
Vezina - Jacob Markstrom, Calgary
Adams - Brad Larsen, Columbus
Calder - Matty Beniers, Seattle
Jennings - Markstrom-Vladar, Calgary
Selke - Elias Lindholm, Calgary
Byng - Kyle Connor, Winnipeg

The pointy-end of the season:
Eastern Conference Final
Toronto Maple Leafs over Pittsburgh Penguins
Western Conference Final
Colorado Avalanche over Calgary Flames
Stanley Cup Final
Colorado Avalanche over Toronto Maple Leafs
Yep, the Avs go back to back in a six game series, and the suffering continues for the Toronto faithful.
Nathan McKinnon takes out his first Conn Smythe as well and will flirt with 20 goals in the playoffs (but probably has to settle for 15+).
Enjoy the season everyone.
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Monday, 3 October 2022

NOT The Footy Show Episode 262: Panther Powerhouse - 2022 NRL Grand Final Recap

NOT The Footy Show - Episode 262  
  
Published October 3, 2022  

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for Episode 262 of NOT The Footy Show as they review Penrith's dominant 28-12 win over Parramatta in the 2022 NRL Grand Final.  

That's back to back Premierships for the Panthers - and thoroughly deserved too.  

Parramatta were just outplayed and outmatched on the biggest day of the year.  

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We break down all the moments we thought mattered and congratulate Dylan Edwards on his Clive Churchill Medal - plus list our other worthy nominees for the award as Man of the Match in the decider. 

We will be back later in the week with the first of our Rugby League World Cup Podcasts. 

Thanks for listening everyone.
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Friday, 30 September 2022

NOT The Footy Show Episode 261: NRL Grand Final Penrith v Parramatta Preview

NOT The Footy Show - Episode 261 
 
Published September 30, 2022 

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for Episode 261 of NOT The Footy Show as we preview the Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels in the 2022 NRL Grand Final. 

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We break down both team lineups and wonder if Brad Arthur has pulled off one of the great all time selection ploys by waiting until the GF to recall Nathan Brown. 

You'll get our bold NRLGF predictions: Winner, fulltime score, 1st Tryscorer and Clive Churchill Medal picks. 
Plus we give the sadly underdone Dally Ms a 5 minute blurb at the end. Well done Nicho Hynes - a deserving winner. 

Good luck if your team is in the decider - enjoy the ride. 

We will record our Grand Final Review Podcast on Monday. 
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Sunday, 25 September 2022

NOT The Footy Show Episode 260: NRL Preliminary Finals Recap

NOT The Footy Show - Episode 260 
 
Published September 25, 2022 

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for Episode 260 of NOT The Footy Show as they review Parramatta's 24-20 win over North Queensland and Penrith's 32-12 win over South Sydney in the Preliminary Finals.  

This now means it will be a Penrith v Parramatta Grand Final and Stadium Australia is going to be going off on Sunday October 2. 

Oh and has anyone seen Latrell? 
We analyse how the Cowboys and Rabbitohs let themselves down in the biggest game of their seasons - and give plenty of credit to the Eels and Panthers for reaching the decider with great performances in the Prelims.

We will preview the Grand Final with a Podcast during the week. 

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Thursday, 22 September 2022

NOT The Footy Show Episode 259: NRL Preliminary Finals Preview

NOT The Footy Show - Episode 259 
 
Published September 22, 2022 

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for Episode 259 of NOT The Footy Show as they preview Cowboys-Eels and Panthers-Rabbitohs in the 2022 NRL Preliminary Finals.  

Chances to reach an NRL Grand Final don't come along every day, so we give our predictions on the two sides we think fight it out for Premiership glory on October 2 at Stadium Australia. 

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We also ask the question - Who wants to play for Australia at the World Cup? 

And why the NRL needs to foster more international footy not less. 
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Monday, 19 September 2022

NOT The Footy Show Episode 258: NRL Semi Finals Recap

NOT The Footy Show - Episode 258 
 
Published September 19, 2022 

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for Episode 258 of NOT The Footy Show as they recap big Semi Final wins by Parramatta 40-4 over Canberra and South Sydney 38-12 over Cronulla in NRL Finals Week 2.  

So we say goodbye to Canberra and Cronulla and ask how good Souths can be if Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker turn things up a notch next week? 

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We also explore how it's Parramatta under all the pressure to take out the 2022 NRL Premiership and not Penrith, North Queensland or South Sydney - and believe Parra fans should embrace the pressure as the payoff of a Premiership since 1986 will be worth it. 

The Prelim Finals are set - it's Cowboys v Eels and Panthers v Rabbitohs - bring it on. 
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Wednesday, 14 September 2022

NOT The Footy Show Episode 257: NRL Finals Week 2 Preview

NOT The Footy Show - Episode 257 
 
Published September 14, 2022 

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson for Episode 257 of NOT The Footy Show as they give their predictions for NRL Finals Week 2 - Parramatta v Canberra and Cronulla v Souths in the Semi Finals.  
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We also discuss Phil Gould's lambasting of the NRL Bunker to open the show (once again and quite rightly), then finally get off that and dive into why we think Parramatta or Canberra will meet North Queensland, and if it'll be Cronulla or South Sydney taking on Penrith in the Preliminary Finals. 
Thanks for listening and we hope you are enjoying the double podcasts each week during September. 

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Monday, 12 September 2022

NOT The Footy Show Episode 256: NRL Finals Week 1 Recap

NOT The Footy Show - Episode 256 
 
Published September 12, 2022 

Join Robb Cox and Warrick Nicolson f
or Episode 256 of NOT The Footy Show as they recap the opening week of the 2022 NRL Finals - featuring wins by Penrith, Canberra, North Queensland and South Sydney. 

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The season is over for Melbourne and the Chooks, after Elimination Final victories by Canberra 28-20 and Souths 30-14 respectively. In the Qualifying Finals the Panthers asserted their authority with a 27-8 win over Parramatta, and North Queensland outlasted Cronulla 32-30 in Extra Time. 

Oh and there were a few sin bins (and not enough send offs) in the Easts-Souths epic at the SFS. 

That sets up Parramatta-Canberra and Cronulla-Souths in Week 2's Semi Finals - with North Queensland awaiting the winner of the first semi and Penrith the second in the Preliminary Finals. 


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Saturday, 10 September 2022

Cleary's masterclass puts Penrith within a game of 3rd straight Grand Final - 2022 NRL Finals Series

FT: PENRITH 27 PARRAMATTA 8
Published September 10, 2022 

Rusty huh?

"Are you going to be rusty?" was one of the pointed questions that Penrith's Nathan Cleary had to answer in a mid-week press conference ahead of last night's Qualifying Final and given the way he smiled and shrugged it off, we all should have been ready for what he delivered.
Although the first 15 minutes or so may not have been amongst Cleary's best of the season so far - the next 65 odd were, as the Penrith halfback produced a masterclass to send the Panthers into their third straight Preliminary Final with a 27-8 win over Parramatta to open the 2022 NRL Finals Series.
Cleary was especially irrepressible in the 2nd Half, lifting the Panthers onto his back and giving the Parramatta defensive line fits. 
He continually tested their resolve to run out at him (to take his time away) by cutting back on the inside of his direct opponent, and at all times HE wanted the ball. Once he got into sync, nothing was going to stop him from being the main conductor for the Panthers and when he clicked into gear - so did Penrith.
He set up all four Penrith tries with a combination of up tempo ball play, incisive running and judicious kicking, especially with the latter aspect as he terrorised Waqa Blake with high kick after high kick - getting value for his investments in cruelty almost every time.
There was little doubt Cleary would be primed to have a major impact on this game after his last foray against the Eels resulted in a 5 week holiday, but it is important to note that his opening to this game was so-so and it wasn't until he started to target Blake with his kicking game (after starting off the match going after Maika Sivo with little result) that the Cleary factor kicked in.
He then made Parramatta - and case in point Reagan Campbell-Gillard on the final try to James Fisher-Harris - look second rate and his 9-9.5/10 performance (with respect, it wasn't quite a 10/10) has Penrith on the verge of a third consecutive Grand Final appearance and a great chance at making it back to back Premierships.
Cleary wasn't alone in taking Penrith to another Preliminary Final - all the usual suspects for the Panthers were pretty good, but it was in defence that the Penrith team first attitude really shone. They pounded Parramatta with their defence, and sure Cleary put the finishing touches on all the tries but it was how Penrith re-adopted their September defensive mindset from 12 months ago that really impressed. 
Make no mistake, Penrith are switched on for a title defence.
As for Parramatta, they were pretty good in the first half when they earned their chances in attack but wasteful with their red-zone possessions - especially during the period when Taylan May was sin-binned - and their only try came from a Reed Mahoney face pass to Oregon Kaufusi that exposed Api Koroisau. 
In attack they just looked a little same same without being able to land a real punch, but in their defence it was Penrith's scrambling defence that denied Sivo a number of times, and none of Mitchell Moses, Dylan Brown or Clint Gutherson never seemed set to take the game by the scruff of the neck and make Penrith pay for giving the Eels good field position. This can't happen next week no matter who they play.
As in Semi Final football - not taking those chances loses you big games - and this was a BIG game.
Now Parramatta must rest up, hope and pray Moses recovers from being knocked out, and prepare for a visit from Melbourne or Canberra next Friday night. 
While you understand the strategy, coach Brad Arthur also squeezed a lot of juice out of Junior Paulo in the 1st half, and again in the 2nd half when the game seemed gone (he played 59 minutes across 3 stints - including 2 stints in the 1st half) and you imagine this will take something out of him for next week... and this 'all-in' approach on Paulo meant Arthur only used bench prop Makahesi Makatoa for the final 6 minutes - making you wonder if former first choice lock Nathan Brown isn't deemed worthy of playing those 6 minutes - why is he even in the game-day squad as 18th man?
Another Arthur selection that makes little sense is continuing to pick Blake on the wing where his major deficiency (his hands or lack thereof) can be exposed, and in turn the continued selection of Tom Opacic at centre (with respect he offers nothing compared to what you'd get from Blake at centre), especially when right winger Bailey Simonsson was pretty good for Parra all year til he got injured and now can't get back into the team. Sure Parramatta won games with Opacic in the side but they also won games with Simonsson on the wing with Blake at centre... surely at Finals time you pick your best combination?
Those are questions that Brad Arthur must seek to answer because only elimination footy lays ahead for the Eels, barely a week after many talked them up as Premiership contenders.
As for Nathan Cleary and his Panthers, they await the victor out of the other side of the Finals draw - one of Cronulla, North Queensland, Easts or Souths - in a Preliminary Final in two weeks time. 
Full Time:
Penrith Panthers 27 (Brian To'o 2, Dylan Edwards, James Fisher-Harris Tries; Nathan Cleary 5/5 Goals, 1 Field Goal)
defeated
Parramatta Eels 8 (Oregon Kaufusi Try; Mitchell Moses 2/2 Goals)
At Penrith Stadium, Crowd: 21,863, Referee: Gerard Sutton.
Up Next in Finals Week 1:
1st Elimination Final - Melbourne v Canberra.
2nd Qualifying Final - Cronulla v North Queensland.
2nd Elimination Final - Easts v Souths.
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