BONDI BEAT: November 2014

November 2014

By STEVE MASCORD AS a reporter, there is sometimes a feeling I get on grand final day – deep in the pit of my stomach, below the pies and chicken skewers – that is difficult to explain. I don’t get it after Test matches or State of Origin games or semis or Nines or Sevens. […]

Protected: DONORS’ COLUMN: Number Three

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What Did South Sydney’s Premiership Victory Really Mean?

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By STEVE MASCORD LOTE Tuqiri’s face is ringed with digital voice recorders. He has a black premiership t-shirt over his sweat-soaked cardinal and myrtle South Sydney jersey. He admits retirement is tempting. And then the dual international, who played in a grand final for Brisbane 14 years ago, is momentarily stuck for words. He’s trying […]

The Amazing Rise Of Ben Hunt

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By STEVE MASCORD BEN Hunt has read too much negativity about a particular subject to really enjoy talking about it. So when he is asked about it, he tends to give short, polite, somewhat defensive answers. That subject is: himself. “Before the season started, a lot of people wrote me off,” the Brisbane Broncos player […]

The A-List: JARRYD HAYNE (Parramatta, NSW, NRL All Stars & Australia)

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He’s the current joint Dally M winner and he’s leaving for the NFL. But who is Jarryd Hayne, really?

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season Week One 2014

The Joy Of Six

SANDOW SIN BIN WHEN we went to Parramatta with claims Chris Sandow had played in an aboriginal knockout and been sent off for a shoulder charge followed by an elbow, Eels CEO Scott Seward told us: “He had permission to play. He passed a medical and the coach gave him his blessing. Chrissy has told […]

The Rabbitohs Star Who Prepared In Secret, Alone For A Shot At History

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By STEVE MASCORD A TOP secret training camp under the Australian Institute of Sport’s Glen Workman has made Ben Te’o the man who can make the biggest difference in Sunday’s grand final. Teo, banned for a month on a chicken wing charge in the lead-up to Saturday’s preliminary final against Sydney Roosters, stunned the competition […]

The A-List: SAM BURGESS (South Sydney, NRL All Stars, England & Great Britain)

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By STEVE MASCORD ON a dreary, cold, wet Sydney day, the redeveloped Redfern Oval gives off an unearthly green hue. It’s almost as if the lighting that allows Melbourne AAMI Park to turn the colour of the host team has been installed just below the historic patch of grass. In the Park Cafe at the […]

Six Highlights Of The 2014 NRL Regular Season

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By STEVE MASCORD THERE Is something unnatural – even mean-spirited – about the finals. For 26 weeks, rugby league is just THERE. Some weekends, there aren’t eight NRL games but no matter how well or otherwise your team plays, there’ll be a match to watch again in a minimum of a fortnight That’s 24 matches […]

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