I’m sure this will be an unpopular opinion… not a fan of how many Sunday games we got this year.
Don’t mind the draw. Thursday nights are hard for me, so only having two at home is a blessing, I had expected three or four. Given that one of them is on my birthday weekend, I have already spoken to my manager about the possibility of taking a long weekend, which would mean there would only be one game that I am likely to miss all season due to work.
As for other timeslots - Friday 6pm is a rush after work, but i can usually make it. Saturday & Sunday games will limit how often I get to watch other teams I follow in lower grades. Will sit down & sort it all out when all the other draws are released & I have a bit of time.
With the Bathurst game being Saturday at 3pm I might look at making the trip next year.
Our away game against the Raiders will probably be another trip worth taking, as I support them in the NRLW (due to us not having a team), and their game will be on before ours
I think this so called “draw” (its put together by channel nine, not drawn from a hat) is a lot better than this year.
Our early season and late season games (i.e hotter weather) are night games.
Our mid season / mid winter games are day games.
From a fans perspective that’s spot on. We may loose a bit of home ground advantage though.
We have a tough first three games, and in all honesty could loose them. Playing at Melbourne first round is just an insult. A good draw during origin and also for the last 3 games though.
To many Sunday games for next year I think this year draw we had 4 games played on Sunday
I’m not sure Brisbane can replicate what they did last year if I am being honest.
There are a few teams that are starting to string things together and will give the competition a decent shake, but I feel Penrith will be still to strong to deny their fourth grand final spot.
Crichton will be a big loss… probably the greatest loss we have had in this run so far, but I do like the talent we have to fill that space. The next man up philosophy has prepared the team well for a loss like Critta.
I think the Broncos will go one of two ways, either top 4 again, or completely bomb out. They have the talent, but I question what the last 20 minutes did to them mentally.
As for teams to watch, I think the Warriors & Knights are on the rise & will probably go well into the finals. Manly & Bulldogs as potential top 8, but not challenging for the premiership, provided they don’t have too many hiccups.
If the hype train gets off Reece Walshes back then maybe they will do better… the media just piled onto him and overhyped him, the decline in his performance was noticeable.
I argue the same had happened to Latrell Mitchell, more interested in doing docos and sit down interview then actually playing good footy.