LOCK IT IN: Coffs Harbour NRL match details revealed


THE Cronulla Sharks will take on the Gold Coast Titans in an top flight tussle at C.ex Stadium next year.

Details for the region’s first ever NRL Premiership match were confirmed yesterday after the release of the 2021 season draw, with the Sharks taking on the Titans in Round 12 on Sunday, May 30.

The 2pm timeslot will make it the perfect afternoon for league-mad locals and will go some way to encouraging Titans fans to come south, with a brand new stretch of highway making the trip a breeze.

Coffs Harbour league fans will get an opportunity to see Josh Dugan’s mullet up close when they play the Gold Coast Titans at C.ex Stadium next May. Picture. Phil Hillyard

There is no doubt the match is a massive coup for not only Coffs Harbour City Council, who own and maintain C.ex Stadium, but the entire region.

Part of the Super Regional Series, the match is one of the six NRL matches heading to regional NSW announced the Deputy Premier John Barilaro on Wednesday.

The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.

For the full NRL draw visit nrl.com.

 





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NRL draw 2021: Brisbane Broncos full schedule, fixtures, every match


The 2021 draw for the NRL Premiership has been released, and here are the fixtures for the Brisbane Broncos.

The Broncos open against the Eels on home turf before travelling down to the Gold Coast to face the Titans the following week.

Their run home isn’t too bad. They face the Cowboys, Knights, Roosters, Warriors, Sharks and Knights again in the final five rounds.

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Australia vs India Tips and Odds – 1st ODI Cricket Match 2020


Australia host
India
at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday November 27, 2020. Australia are favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 2:40 pm. We preview the game and give you our tips and information on how you can watch the Australia vs.
India
game live.

When: Friday November 27, 2020 at 2:40 pm

Where: Sydney Cricket Ground

Bet: Bet On This Match HERE

Australia vs India Odds

Australia vs India Preview

Sydney Cricket Ground will play host to Friday’s ODI between Australia and India.

Australia will head into the highly anticipated match as well supported favourites but India are a top quality side so they’re going to take some beating.

It might come as a surprise but Australia are only 4th in the ODI rankings behind England, India and New Zealand. But this is on home soil and I’m backing the Aussies to get the win here.

Head To Head Bet

We”re tipping Australia to win at $1.65 odds.





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NFL: All-black team officiate match in historic first for competition


Jerome Boger was the referee for Super Bowl XLVII
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An all-black team officiated an NFL match for the first time in the competition’s history.

Referee Jerome Boger led his six-man crew in Monday’s 27-24 win for the Los Angeles Rams against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I am proud of my heritage and excited about my participation in this historic game,” Boger said in the build-up.

The 65-year-old, who took charge of Super Bowl XLVII, has been an official for 17 years.

Monday’s crew also included umpire Barry Anderson, side judge Anthony Jeffries, line judge Carl Johnson, down judge Julian Mapp, field judge Dale Shaw and back judge Greg Steed.

“This historic week-11 crew is a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game,” said Troy Vincent, the league’s vice-president of football operations.



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Brawlers faced hearing after match, says George Rose


They later shook hands and the match, won by Newcastle, finished without further drama.

“It was an intense game, tempers boiled over and the two men shook hands at the end of it,” said National Indigenous Rugby League Administration’s George Rose.

“The referee controlled the game very well and the tension passed after that. The teams went back to playing footy and everyone was happy at the end of the game. The game ended cleanly and fairly.”

Asked later to clarify the result of the disciplinary hearing, Rose did not respond. Other officials involved in the tournament said it was played in good spirit throughout the three weeks.

The competition was not sanctioned by the NRL.

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Roberts-Davis was caught up in a COVID drama earlier in the year when he breached a public health order by camping on Latrell Mitchell’s property with Josh Addo-Carr weeks before the NRL’s May 28 resumption. He was fined by NSW Police and the NRL.

The inaugural Tribal League competition was played over three weeks across NSW, with matches at Dubbo, the Central Coast and finals day at Campbelltown Stadium, which was televised on NITV.

A host of NRL players featured in the tournament with Eels utility Will Smith crowned the best player across the three weeks. It also heralded the rugby league return of former Dally M Medal winner Ben Barba.

The inaugural $100,000 Tribal League was initiated after the cancellation of this year’s Koori Knockout due to the COVID pandemic, which prevented teams from Queensland, Northern Territory and Victoria entering.



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Fresh injury sidelines James O’Connor for Wallabies’ must-win Argentina match


Up front, the battle to replace James Slipper at loosehead prop has been narrowed down to 66-Test veteran Scott Sio and a young gun with just one Test under his belt – Angus Bell.

Bell entered rare company on Saturday, when he became one of just a handful of Wallabies to beat the All Blacks on debut. The 20-year-old replaced Slipper late in the first half after the 100-Test prop suffered a dislocated elbow. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise, according to the Waratahs rookie.

“It was better I just got chucked in. No thinking, just straight into it,” Bell said. “It was definitely tough but it was good scrumming with [Taniela Tupou]. He definitely helps. It was just a good day – we put a lot of prep into our scrum and set-piece.

“We’d mauled and scrummaged all week so that was definitely a plan. It was good it came to fruition and we got some pay from it.”

While Bell’s family – including dog ‘Tank’, who was wearing a Wallabies jersey back to mark the occasion – could not be at Suncorp Stadium, they will be in the thick of it at McDonald Jones Stadium. Bell’s father Mark played one Test for the Wallabies and only had one piece of advice ahead of the dream debut.

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“No advice – just go as hard as you can,” Bell said. “He was watching it from Sydney. As soon as I could, I called him. It was a very good moment. Very special and especially to come away with the win on Slips’ 100th – it was an awesome day.

“It was a dream to face the All Blacks and the haka – it was probably the best week of my life. I’ll definitely never forget it.”

Bell will almost certainly be joined in Dave Rennie’s 23-man squad by Ned Hanigan, who admired the passion the Argentinians displayed throughout their historic win against the All Blacks at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday.

“We saw it on the weekend – the passion and just pride they have got in the jersey,” Hanigan said. “You could see the reaction after the game, the jubilation, they were crying and just so incredibly proud of representing their country. They’re a classy outfit.



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Callum Ferguson fell three runs short of a century in his last match for South Australia


Forget about Peter Nevill declaring on Mitchell Starc, Callum Ferguson falling three runs short of a century in his final innings is the hard luck hundred-that-never-was story of the Adelaide Shield hub.

In his 147th first-class match and in his 275th innings, Ferguson was lbw to Mark Steketee for 97 as the Redbacks resisted – but lost – at Glenelg on Wednesday.

Steketee’s big inswinger might have been a tad high and might have been missing leg, but there were no histrionics from Ferguson, who left with a smile, striding through a gauntlet of fist taps from generous Queensland opponents.

“I can’t thank the Queensland blokes enough, led by Usman (Khawaja),” Ferguson said after play.

“To honour me with a guard of honour when I walked to the crease and then another guard of honour at the end of the game, well, that was unnecessary but really appreciated.”

Falling three shy of a 21st first-class hundred was unfortunately apt given Ferguson’s luck has often been out, such as when he was dumped after a sole Test in 2016.

But his final day in whites – he’ll continue in 50 and 20 over cricket – wasn’t without honour, as during his innings he passed Les Favell to move into fourth place on SA’s runs list.

Unfortunately, the Redbacks, like Ferguson and his hundred, fell just short of saving the game, defying the Bulls for 158 overs only to be bowled out for 385 late in the day to lose by 62 runs.

“I am enormously proud of this playing group,” Ferguson said after SA almost saved another game with a marathon second innings.

“Every time we’ve had to bat 150-plus overs in the second innings we’ve fought and taken it right down to the wire.”

Ferguson and Harry Nielsen added 218 runs for the fourth wicket to give the Redbacks faint hope of running down the 447 set by Queensland.

When Nielsen fell, also lbw to Steketee, for 113, the customary Redbacks collapse appeared a formality.

But Liam Scott and Chadd Sayers batted with a ton of guts to add 68 in 28 overs to deny the Bulls.

Scott was bowled shouldering arms to Steketee for 28 (110 balls), leaving only the Redbacks bowlers standing in the way of a Queensland win.

It looked like they’d pull it off until Sayers’s 122-ball vigil ended on 46.

Mitchell Swepson spun out the tail to deliver a thrilling win with only minutes remaining in the last session.



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NSW Blues given approval to use training facility and walk through underground tunnel before ANZ Stadium match


Brad Fittler’s Blues have been given clearance to use their centre of excellence as a warm-up facility – despite COVID restrictions – as they try to salvage the State of Origin series at ANZ Stadium.

Even allowing for the enormous disruption to NRL matches and the opening Origin clash in Adelaide due to the pandemic, the game’s biosecurity experts have assessed NSW’s training field and Olympic Park facility before game two on Wednesday night.

It has now been designated as a clean zone, meaning stand-in captain James Tedesco’s first time leading out his state will come at the end of a long walk through an underground tunnel and onto ANZ Stadium.

Coach Brad Fittler has previously spoken of the benefit of being able to use the adjacent facility before home Origin matches, which allows his players to prepare on a full-size field with grass which even replicates ANZ Stadium.



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Crows don’t match Saints’ offer for Crouch


Adelaide have elected against matching St Kilda’s monster AFL offer for Brad Crouch and the midfielder has become a Saints player.

The Crows left it right until the 5pm AEDT Wednesday deadline, but have decided not to force St Kilda into a trade for the restricted free agent.

Adelaide last week indicated they would match the bid if the Saints’ long-term offer did not draw pick No.2 as compensation.

But they have instead accepted a second-round selection, currently pick No.23.

“Ultimately, the risk versus reward of matching St Kilda’s offer and trying to force a trade, for say their first round selection at pick 17, which might not eventuate, didn’t stack up,” Crows list manager Justin Reid said.

“We are committed to making decisions in the best interests of the entire playing group and club, and did not see a lengthy deal as responsible list management in this instance,”

“We wish Brad and his partner Britney all the best for the future as they head to Victoria with many strong friendships from their time here.”

Crouch joins the Saints after playing 95 games with the Crows, including their 2017 grand final loss.

Earlier, Greater Western Sydney traded small forward Zac Langdon to West Coast and used their pick from the Eagles to secure Fremantle tall Jesse Hogan.

The Eagles flipped their third-round draft selection, currently No.54, to the Giants for Langdon, who booted 23 goals in 31 games across three seasons for GWS before requesting a trade.

Barely an hour later, GWS on-traded that pick for Hogan, who joins his third AFL club on a one-year contract after stints at Melbourne and the Dockers.

The clubs had already agreed on trading Hogan, but it became official on the first day of the AFL trade period on Wednesday.

In 2018, Hogan moved from Melbourne to the Dockers for draft picks six and 23 after kicking 152 goals from 71 games for the Demons.

“He’s a mature hard running and strong-marking player who, at his best, can have a big impact on-field,” Giants football manager Jason McCartney said.

“He’s excited to continue his career with us and his commitment is a great endorsement for our club.”

Langdon to West Coast became the first trade rubber-stamped on Wednesday and the Eagles are confident his best football is in front of him.

“Our club tracked Zac closely before he was drafted in 2017,” Eagles list manager Darren Glass said.

“He is also an elite runner and we feel he will add skill and speed to our attacking mix.”

Meanwhile, fringe Richmond defender Oleg Markov, who played 23 games for the Tigers since debuting in 2016, has joined Gold Coast for a future third-round draft pick.

The 24-year-old played six games in 2020 and was emergency for the Tigers’ grand final against Geelong.

The Giants and Cats will head to the trade table with the Cats’ bevy of first-round picks – currently 13, 15 and 20 – firmly in the Giants’ sights.





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Adelaide makes decision on whether to match Crouch offer


Adelaide has opted not to match St Kilda’s bid for free agent Brad Crouch, paving the way for him to become a Saint immediately.

The Crows will receive a second-round selection as compensation, which is currently pick 23.

The decision came down to the wire, with the club only making the call with hours left of their Wednesday deadline after St Kilda submitted their offer on Friday.

As reported by SEN Chief Sports Reporter Sam Edmund on Monday, Adelaide weren’t given a first-round pick as compensation because of the Saints’ incentive and trigger-laden contract offer to Crouch.

The midfielder is expected to earn over $700,000 per season at St Kilda.







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