Category: Feature Story

Chaos and flair: The story of an Innisfail kid who made a decision that changed everything

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Here is something you may not know about Australia’s greatest ever fullback. If Billy Slater did not leave high school as a 15-year-old, we probably would not be celebrating his illustrious career this weekend. On Friday night at AAMI Park, Slater plays his last ever game in front of his adoring […]

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Top 10 greatest matches played at the SFS

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Since its opening in 1988, the Sydney Football Stadium has played backdrop to some of rugby league’s greatest moments and matches.  Ironically, the two clubs that called it home longer than anyone else will see the old girl out. The ground is set to be demolished later this year meaning this […]

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News outlets are rabid vampires ripping at the flesh of a game that keeps them alive

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Rugby league has taken plenty of abuse over the years. Ever since Mrs. Messenger gave Dally her blessing to switch codes, rugby league has been the victim of all kinds of skullduggery. You name it and rugby league has survived it. From the Super League War to sex scandals, salary cap […]

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Separated at birth: Why the rivalry between Penrith and Cronulla almost didn’t happen

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Penrith and Cronulla could not be any different. A world away from each other on opposite sides of a little thing called Sydney. Out west, at the foot of the Blue Mountains, all the way down to the south where land gives way to the Pacific Ocean. On Friday night, more […]

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From Albert to Villasanti: The heroes and villains of grand final day we will never forget

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Rugby league grand finals have a funny way of catching players in time. For one set of fans, they can be the heroes for all eternity with a miracle tackle or a rampaging run. Supporters on the losing side see them forever as the villain from a horror movie that plays […]

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The flaw in Damien Cook’s game that could cost the Rabbitohs tonight

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis South Sydney’s livewire hooker Damien Cook has had a season to remember – helping the Rabbitohs into the top 4 and making his State of Origin debut for New South Wales in the process. He is unquestionably one of the most dynamic runners of the ball in the National Rugby League […]

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Sweeeet Caroline: Why we should all get up and sing with the Bulldogs boys

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis There is only eight teams left in the race to win the 2018 NRL Premiership in what is probably the most open competition we have seen in recent memory. It’s September and that means finals footy! What could possibly be better? Wait for it… Waiting… PING! Canterbury players on the front […]

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Panthers enforcers must stand up this weekend against Storm and lead Penrith out of form slump

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis The Penrith Panthers have gone from a premiership heavyweight and a hot favourite for the title to a side languishing at the wrong end of the top 8. Some say they’re gone. They can’t win. But don’t count them out yet. We all know the dramas that have devoured Penrith at […]

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JT and Townsville to dance one last time before North Queensland’s favourite son rides off into the sunset

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis On Friday morning, Johnathan Thurston will wake with the bright Townsville sun on his face. A butterfly in his stomach. Then two. This game day, however, is different. This Friday will be the great man’s final ever home game in front of his adoring fans. Opposition sides have all paid their […]

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With five words, Kalyn Ponga peeled back the mask and burnt Kiwi rugby league fans and the entire state of Queensland

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis With five words and seven syllables, rugby league’s newest sensation pissed off the entire state of Queensland and disrespected all rugby league fans across the ditch in New Zealand. The prodigious Kalyn Ponga, a favourite for the 2018 Dally M, revealed his desire to one day represent the All Blacks and […]

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