The A-List: KEVIN PROCTOR (Melbourne, New Zealand Maori, New Zealand)

By STEVE MASCORD  ON May 27, 2014, the Canberra times breathlessly reported that the Raiders “sign James Tedesco and miss out on Kevin Proctor”. Subsequently, of course, the Wests Tigers and Italy fullback reneged on that contract with the Green Machine – thereby guaranteeing himself a lifetime’s worth of jeers every time the road gets smoother […]

The A-List: JOSH HOFFMAN (Gold Coast, Indigenous All Stars & New Zealand)

By STEVE MASCORD JOSH Hoffman is said to have greeted reporters for his first media opportunity this year by saying “haven’t seen you guys for a while”. The smiling 27-year-old Titans fullback was a favourite of reporters during his six years at the Broncos. The Mackay product was always co-operative and good for a quote […]

NRL round two: WESTS TIGERS 42 GOLD COAST 12 at CBUS Super Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD WESTS Tigers coach Michael Potter feared fullback James Tedesco‘s potential-laden season  was over almost before it began. Fans of the joint venture – even those with sunburn at a sweltering CBUS Super Stadium – went pale when the 21-year-old play motionless after a first half collision during the 42-12 pizzling of Gold […]

NRL round one: GOLD COAST 18 CRONULLA 12 at Remondis Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD AFTER another dismal day at strife-torn Cronulla, injured captain Paul Gallen insisted he would be back from an ankle injury in “three or four weeks” and dismissed the significance of Australia prop Andrew Fifita’s impending departure. Going into the opening Monday Night Football match of 2014, it seemed things could only improve […]

The A-List: JAMAL IDRIS (Gold Coast, NSW, Indigenous Allstars & Australia)

By STEVE MASCORD “The first few swings missed me, I ducked back and it went across my face. The next time it got me…” Jamal Idris is talking about September 2010 in Forster, where – at a family gathering – he was attacked with a samurai sword. “The sword sat there for a while so […]


By STEVE MASCORD HOW quickly they forget. By the time you read this, the campaigns of eight NRL teams is are already fading memories. It’s worth pondering how arbitrary and brutal an industry rugby league, and professional sport in general, is. You train like a dog all summer, you get locked into a weekly grind […]

Douglas Is A True Braveheart

By STEVE MASCORD THE United Kingdom is a place of pride for Gold Coast prop Luke Douglas. And a place of sorrow. Six decades ago, his grandfather Archibald Douglas – a name carried by noblemen in Scotland going back a thousand years – took flight to Australia in the face of difficult economic times. “He’s […]

Ryan James: SBW Brushed Me

By STEVE MASCORD GOLD Coast giant Ryan James says Sonny Bill Williams brushed him at fulltime when he shook hands with the dual international after the pair’s running battle at Allianz Stadium. James and Williams exchanged words several times during the Titans’ upset 30-22 win and afterwards the young Titan approached Williams for a handshake. […]

Storm ‘Not Spooked’ By Round 25 Defeat

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE players deny they were spooked by Manly a fortnight ago and insist they go into Friday night’s clash with South Sydney confident they can match any of the seven remaining teams. The Sea Eagles’ 28-8 win over the world champs in round 25 stunned the NRL and Craig Bellamy’s men did […]