Articles by Play The Ball

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I write this piece on Sunday afternoon – the best part of 24 hours on from the Warriors humiliating loss to the Canberra Raiders. I have spent the daytime hours since trying to figure out how they try to fix this mess up and trying to figure out who the players are that coach Andrew McFadden...
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The Warriors players involved in the prescription drugs issue clearly deserve to be punished for their behaviour but there also needs to be serious caution around how that might play out. There is genuine concern about the mental well-being of the players involved and that does need to be at...
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Five of the six misbehaving Warriors players were misusing prescription pills and energy drinks on their now infamous night out last week. Now we know the full story we can see the end result is they shouldn’t be playing in the test this week. We have arrived at the right end result but the...
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Jim Doyle and the Warriors have totally over-stepped their mark by banning their six naughty NRL players from playing international footy this week. They have no jurisdiction to do it. Make no mistake – they have banned them and for some crazy reason the New Zealand Rugby League, Samoa, Tonga...
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I don’t want to sound like I’m beating up on the Warriors after one disappointing loss – even the best teams have bad days. Problem is however that I can see more bad days than good ones ahead with the approach the Warriors are employing at the moment. They have high ambitions – a top six...
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The Warriors poor start to the season cannot go unchecked. Someone needs to be axed. This isn’t one of those knee-jerk, over-the-top reactions fans have when their team doesn’t deliver first up. It is what needs to happen to turn things around before yet another NRL season is wasted. Warriors...
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New year but the same pathetic showing first up from the Warriors to open the new NRL season. Coach Andrew McFadden described his side’s first half against the Tigers as “passive.” Close Andrew – but the word starting with “p” you were looking for was pathetic. It seems to be the usual way the...
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The beach towels are already getting towards the back of the closet and this summer’s jandals are all but worn through. That means its footy season! The Broncos and Eels open the 2016 season tonight so I guess I should have a crack at trying to predict how the season might pan out. Silly really...
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This might sound like a beat-up on Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell – it is nothing personal however. The guy seems like a good fella. He has all the attributes we like in pro sportsmen from a personality point of view. The problem is though, he’s missing the key ingredients to be a successful...
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It has become too easy to crack first grade. Staying there and surviving is another thing altogether but kids are getting opportunities these days long before they deserve them. Too many players arrive in the top flight on the back of one or two strong skills but with major shortcomings in...