Off the Wall

0 Submitted by on Wed, 09 October 2013, 17:50

On Sunday night we got the grand final the game both needed and deserved.

I have lost count of how many I have watched – under the NSWRL, ARL, and NRL regimes….but Sunday’s rates among the best, and you can throw in Super League for good measure as well.

The best team won – even though Manly had their chances.

The Roosters were the minor premiers, and their consistency throughout the season stood out. But there are always lessons we can learn from even a great grand final. The pre-match entertainment was an improvement.

The post-match presentation was a rabble – as it always is!

That surely needs a good hard look at before it comes around again in twelve months minus a couple of days!

The television ratings were reasonable, but no more than reasonable, and the Nine coverage was better than it has been. The referees were very average – but what’s new about that?

The touch judges were, as ever, irrelevant.

The furore surrounding the awarding of the Clive Churchill Medal was unfortunate. I have no real quarrel with the outcome – I just don’t like the process, never have never well! The Australian Selectors should not choose the winner.

And they especially should not decide the winner when there is a Kangaroos selection the next day…..given the number of NRL players eligible to represent other countries. There might not be bias, but there might be a perception of one we can do without.

The award is a most prestigious one – it honours one of the truly greats, taken from us far too young. Surely an independent three person panel – a former player, a current or senior official, and perhaps an experienced league writer – could be asked to do the job?

Not a big ask I would have thought! There are couple of people who are really deserving of being singled out for the highest praise.

And that’s the two coaches – the access they gave Nine for a pre-match interview, just minutes before the game was outstanding.

A great grand final….and a very timely one!



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