BONDI BEAT: December 2014

By STEVE MASCORD IT’S not overstating things that there has been something of a paradigm shift in out game as a result of the recently-completed Four Nations. I have a favourite saying about the warring factions within our game: the parochial populists and the outward-looking anoraks: if the meek are to inherit the earth, then […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Pre-Season II

By STEVE MASCORD EARL GREY OVER DANK NEWS EXILED footballer Sandor Earl was not best pleased to read on the Sun-Herald that controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank has a job with the women’s Indian Premier League Twenty20 Cricket Competition. “Unbelieveable – I can’t even play park footy. Flanno (suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan) can’t watch […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Eight

By STEVE MASCORD LET’S face it, the NRL didn’t do a very good job of proving that players WERE concussed when their clubs allowed them to play on over the past season or so But now, we are being assured, the League is hellbent on proving they are NOT concussed when – or if – […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Seven

By STEVE MASCORD CROSS-code challenges, nines tournaments and players defections; are we at a fork in the road of evolution of the rugby codes, or are these developments no more than fodder for the daily news cycle? This week we’ve seen Sam Burgess defect to rugby union, calls for nines tournaments to be held everywhere […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 47

By STEVE MASCORD YOUR correspondent has a tough decision to make before Christmas – how to vote in the Golden Boot poll. The nominees for that gong that goes to the best player in the world have been released today: Johnathan Thurston, Sonny Bill Williams, Danny Brough, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Sam Burgess. It seems […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 41

By STEVE MASCORD ABOUT two months ago, your correspondent posted online what he thought was a ho-hum story he had written more than two weeks before and had appeared in print – “without incident,” I guess you could say – 11 days previously. It told how, after a verbal battle with Sydney Roosters’ Sonny Bill […]

2013 NRL grand final: SYDNEY ROOSTERS 26 MANLY 18 at ANZ Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD AFTER winning a National Rugby League premiership at his first attempt, Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson was none the wiser about the plans of his cross-code rugby superstar, Sonny Bill Williams. The former All Black played a key role in the tricolours 13th premiership, his team twice coming from behind to secure […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Finals week four

By STEVE MASCORD WELL, WE DO – BUT SHOULD WE GO AROUND SAYING SO? COACH Trent Robinson has admitted he thought it ‘a bit strange’’ that Sydney Roosters chose to promote this season with the slogan “We Play For Premierships”. As part of an extremely bolshy campaign which attracted little media scrutiny, the tricolours even […]

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. […]