Decision Not To Join Cronulla Pays Off For Tom

Briscoe, Tom

By STEVE MASCORD JUST a few hours before the club he was to join was left holding a likely wooden spoon, Tom Briscoe scored a try before 77,000 people at Wembley on the way to a Challenge Cup winners’ medal. “I think that’s justified me staying in the Super League and choosing the Leeds Rhinos,” […]

Video: Tom Burgess Sings ‘Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay’ In Cairns

BONDI BEAT: August 2014


By STEVE MASCORD JOURNALISM is full of new experiences, even after 400 issues of this esteemed organ. For the first time in my career, I am about to write a column which attempts to rebut another column written by the guy paying me for this column.  Most of you will know the back story. I […]

Jamal Idris: “I Need A Break”

Canterbury - Jamal Idris

By STEVE MASCORD PENRITH centre Jamal Idris has declared his return to Sydney a qualified success but admits he needs a break to decompress and prevent himself going ‘walkabout’ in games. Idris joined Penrith from Gold Coast nine games ago and although his form has started to nudge in the direction of the year he […]

McQueen: We’ll Benefit From Early Losses

South Sydney - Chris McQueen

By STEVE MASCORD SOUTH Sydney star Chris McQueen says the Rabbitohs will benefit from their slow start to the season. The bunnies have been a benchmark for a couple of seasons now before faltering in the finals but 2014 has been more problematic, with five wins and four losses leaving them in fifth position after […]

BONDI BEAT: May 2014

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By STEVE MASCORD LIKE your clubs in England, the NRL is considering ways to hold onto players and to recruit new stars, Bondi Beat‘s spies tell us that the issue was raised in Auckland before the NRL Nines. The CEO of the league, David Smith, suggested that if one club wanted to sign a rugby […]

Inglis: ‘Anyone Could Have Scored That Try’

South Sydney - Greg Inglis

By STEVE MASCORD GREG Inglis last night claimed anyone could have scored his amazing first half try against Brisbane. While the thrilling ANZAC Day win by South Sydney finished amid controversy, Inglis’ effort in beating seven defenders on a diagonal run from his own 10-metre line will be remembered long after contentious refereeing calls are […]



By STEVE MASCORD VICTORIAN junior Young Tonumapea called it dream-like experience while St George Illawarra coach Steve Price immediately started asking why his own nightmare was allowed to happen. Melbourne Storm produced the season’s greatest escape when Tonumaipea scored after the siren, with the ball swept from sideline to sideline, to beat the Dragons 28-24 […]

Eden Park ‘Just Another Stadium’, Says Leuluai

Leuluai, Thomas

By STEVE MASCORD THEY now have the sacking of a coach to deal with as well as their winless record at Eden Park – but the Warriors insist the second of these issues is not really an issue at all. “I’ve played there a couple of times and I don’t think it’s any different,” halfback […]