Hawkesbury is a terrible racecourse and no Saturday meetings should ever be held there again. The appalling track bias today rendered the joint an absolute no-bet zone.


The North Queensland Cowboys are an absolutely outstanding football team, and certainties to win the NRL competition again this year, despite the burden of history being against them.


At an age when other players are dreaming about retirement, Jonathon Thurston just gets better and better. If this bloke isn’t the greatest rugby league player ever then I’m a monkey’s uncle and the Bead Twirler grinds the organ.


The Newcastle Knights are the polar opposite of the Cowboys. Clueless, useless, and certain wooden spooners.


Anyone who believes that Lachlan Coote has really foregone a million bucks to stay at the Cowboys is an imbecile.


Similarly, anyone who believes that the Cowboys could possibly be flying under the salary cap needs their head read.


Mark Ella is the best judge of Rugby Union in the nation, and his column in The Australian each Saturday is a must read for anyone who follows the game, even if his disdain for the merits of rugby league converts is entirely misplaced.


Australian rugby is totally and absolutely f*cked. Unless the administrators of the code democratize the game and take it out of the hands of the elite private school brigade we won’t win a World Cup for a decade. Which means that we won’t win a World Cup for a decade.


Whoever the halfwits are that run the Richmond AFL club should be put against a wall and shot. That team has needed some tall timber to take the pressure off Jack Riewoldt for at least three seasons, but has persisted in buying defensive backs who simply can’t defend. Go figure.


Hawthorn are rooted. The Empire is over, and it won’t strike back.