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PostSubject: Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts   Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts Icon_minitimeSun Jun 06, 2010 11:55 am

Team Ratings
Broncos B-, Have found some good momentum after a horror run in injuries and have been playing some good footy of late.
Bulldogs D+, 3 wins from 12 isn't a very good position to be in at this stage in the comp.
Cowboys C-, Haven't been very impressive and injury hasn't helped either.
Dragons A, Been travelling well thus far and have been very good defensively though they can be a bit hot and cold in attack.
Eels C, Got off to a poor start to the season and still waiting on them to come alive but they have shown glimpses of brilliance.
Knights C-, Not really anything to get excited about.
Panthers A, Are starting to really play to their potential.
Rabbitohs B/B+, Almost unstoppable on their day.
Raiders C, Have the potential to make the 8 but have struggled with consistency.
Roosters C, Struggled with consistency and haven't been able to get back to back wins since the first two weeks of the season.
Sea Eagles B-, Look very good on their day.
Sharks C, Have avoided the spoon but haven't done enough to push for a spot in the 8 but are starting to find some consistency.
Storm B, Looking good for the spoon.
Tigers C+, After a good start to the season they fell to a bit of a slump but now are starting to find momentum again with 3 wins on the trot and are sitting 4th on the ladder.
Titans C+, Been fairly good.
Warriors D+, Another poor season.

Form Team: Dragons

Worst Team: Bulldogs

Big Improvers: Panthers

Biggest flop: Bulldogs


Feel free to make a team of form players or your predictions on how teams will travel for the next half of the season. etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts   Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts Icon_minitimeSun Jun 06, 2010 1:42 pm

Panthers = A fu8kin plus
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PostSubject: Re: Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts   Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts Icon_minitimeSun Jun 06, 2010 1:42 pm

Fiji Bati wrote:
Storm B, Looking good for the spoon.

Laughing

Anyway I will give a more in depth of our season as I am terribly bored.

Form: LWLWLLLLWLL
Position: 15th
Attack: D
Defense: C-
First halves: D-
Second halves: B


The season so far has been a frustrating one for the Cowboys, with sub-par performances hurting the Cowboys dearly. Willie Tonga, Scott Bolton, Willie Mason and Matthew Scott have been the Cowboys best this year and have tried their heart out week in week out.

Our first halves have been rubbish. We haven't been able to defend for our lives and we look like that our heads aren't screwed on properly. Then our 2nd halves have been great this year, but most of the time it has been too little too late.

Just imagine if we played to our peak - we would be one of the best teams in the comp.

But that is our main problem, consistency. We were never known as a consistent team but we were known as the entertainers, which has seemingly been blown out of the team with structure. I think the Cowboys play their best like how they did in 2005 and 2007, and that was play to what Matty Bowen and JT see what is in front of them, it worked, so no reason that we can adopt that strategy again.

The highlight of the year so far was definitely that win against the Roosters. Our defense was courageous, our attack looked great for the majority of the match and we played for the 80. Just shows that we are capable, even without our most dominant playmaker.

The lowlight of the year so far has been the match against Manly. That was when my frustrations were at their peak which was seen in my rant. We had that many chances to win, and I believe that if we won that match, that was going to start out resurgence.

My Prediction may sound a bit bold and optimistic but here it is anyway. The Cowboys to beat the Rabbitohs and that to reignite our season. I may sound like a broken record but I still hold belief that my team can make a run for the finals. We have the talent, all we need is the attitude and the belief. We have showed we can do it (against the Roosters and Titans), but the big problem is consistency. If the Cowboys click, then the rest of the comp better look over their shoulders
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PostSubject: Re: Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts   Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts Icon_minitimeSun Jun 06, 2010 2:15 pm

I'll do a report for the Tigers

1. Ryan, B-. Ryan has been solid this year and has been consistant. Has done pretty well so far at fullback
2. Fitzhenery, D+. Was rubbish the first 10 rounds, but the past few games he has improved a bit.
3. Ayshford, C - Was in good form until he got injured. Was handy in attack and provided some good defence.
4. Lawrence, B - Has been great in 2010, great attack and defence. Is very dangerous when on his game.
5. Tuqiri - B+ - Lote has been a great but for us. Gives us some X factor on the wing even when Tuiaki is out.
6. Marshall - C+ - Has been up and down this seaon. Has been consistant the past few games after heavy criticism after the Rabbits game.
7. Lui C+ - Was ordinary in previous games but stepped up on Friday. Hope he continues to improve
8. Gibbs - B- - Has been solid for us this year. Gives it 100%.
9. Farah - B - Has been travelling nicely this year, and when on his game, is leathal when paired up with Benji
10. Galloway, C+ - Injuries have been cruel to Kieth this year, but when he plays he brings the Tigers a lot more power
11. Payton, B- - Has been underrated this year. He gets the job done and doesn't do too much wrong.
12. Ellis - B+ - Is such a great player. He's consistant every week and is a brick wall in defence. Has also showed glimpses of magic in attack
13. Heignington - B - Has been going well in 2010. He's damaging in attack and is a night mare for the opposition

14. Fulton - A - Has been outstanding. Runs well with the ball and is handy in defence. Has been in great form this year.
15. A Fifta - C+ - Is dangerous off the bench. He's a player to look out for in the future.
16. Moors - C - Hasn't been too bad. The past few games he has been really effective.
17. Flanagam - B - Flanagan was a good buy for us. He's great in defence and is good coming off the bench when our other big men are tired
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PostSubject: Re: Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts   Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts Icon_minitimeSun Jun 06, 2010 2:18 pm

I'll give a rating out of 10:

Broncos 5/10 - Were looking for the spoon after a pretty big hit with injuries but with the return of key players, their season is back on track and have plenty of momentum. Lockyer and Thaiaday are having great seasons as they become some of the more experienced players in this young team. As mor eplayers come back from injuries, they will be contending for the Top 4-6
Bulldogs 3/10 - Have lost the same amount of games as they did all of last year in one half of the season which shows some serious decline in their play. Their successful combinations in the key positions of 1, 6, 7 and 9 from the 2009 have looked to be deterioting as their small forward pack is exposed. Have had a pretty tough schedule so far, but if they were to be any form of serious contenders, they were games they have to win more of.
Cowboys 3/10 - In the same position as the dogs. Relying too much on JT and are overall under-performing. Their forwards are lacking that spark in attack and although Tonga is having one of his best seasons, their backline has been going poorly. They need to start playing for a full 80mins if they are to get anywhere near the 8. A bottom 4 finish is on the radar as they fail to play as a team.
Dragons 9/10 - Have been the outright best team this year. After earning the wooden spoon in 09, the whole side has experienced finals football and are playing with plenty of confidence. Soward has eliminated any form of second year syndrome as he broke out as one of the leading halves last year. The left side attack involving Boyd, Cooper, Morris, Hornby and Creagh has been unstoppable throughout the year as Boyd is becoming one of the most improved players of 2010.
Eels 6.5/10 - Had a rough start, but like many teams thsi year, can beat anyone when on song. Their greatest attribute is clearly their ability to offload the ball, and this has been evident in each of their wins. Players like Mateo and Hindy are specialists in this area. In their slow start to the year, the offloads weren't there which put too much pressure on young halves Mortimer and Keating. Are one of the in-form teams in the competition at mid-season and although the halves can be an issue, they are helped out when Hayne has the momentum which should drive them into the 8.
Knights 3/10 - As anticipated, the offseason dramas in Newcastle haven taken their toll. The odd win is coming here and there but don't have enough to contend with the Top teams in teh competition. Their backline has been weak and their forward pack has been inconsistent. Should miss the 8.
Panthers 8.5/10 - The Panthers have suprised everyone this year as their low-key signings have proven to be very valuable to their turnaround. Walsh is having his best season yet and their forwards have been leading up front with Lewis, Waterhouse and Petero. Coote has also been a sensation for them this year, leading the tryscoring list. The real worry for the Panthers as they are further tested against the top teams is the amount of tries they are scoring from kicks which will become exposed as a big weakness if they don't start scoring tries from structured play.
Rabbitohs 7.5/10 - Have been really good when they win, but very average when they loose, not much in between has been shown lately. They're one of the more inconsistent teams in the competitions, being able to rack up big scores v the Tigers, Panthers and Bulldogs but have followed up weeks of low completion rates and missed opportunities. They can beat anyone on their day and when they find that consistency they should be a Top 4 team
Raiders 4/10 - I don't know what to put their performances down to. They have a solid forward pack, leading 5/8th and one of the most talented young backlines in the competition. So where do they go wrong? They just don't seem to be able to compete with those top teams because of their issues when playing away. And this year they haven't been much better at home, only winning 2 of them. They have had problems in the second half, letting teams like Souths, the Tigers and almost the Titans escape victories after strong first half leads. Something needs to change as this side has plenty of potential but is far from playing to it.
Roosters 6/10 - began the season with strong wins v Souths and the Tigers along with some promising wins against the Titans, Raiders and Broncos, but are finding it hard to find consistency. Carney has definitely brought that extra dimension to their attack but their forwards have shown glimpses of a new team, and the wooden spoon team in 2009. Pearce is having an impressive season that has been warranting rep selection. I can see the Roosters narrowly missing the 8.
Sea Eagles 8/10 - All-round probably the strongest team in this competition when full strength. The big question was on how successful the Foran-Hodkinson combination would be, as it would decide how the season would fare for Manly. Their forward pack has been rolling and they have one of the most complete backlines in the competition. Are on song for a Top 4 finish if things continue as they are.
Sharks 3.5/10 - Began the season on a losing streak and got close to becoming one of the worst teams in Rugby League History when on track to breaking the Western Subrubs losing strak record set in 1998. After a couple of wins, the sharks aren't looking like a Top 8 team yet, but are much better than what they were before. The signing of Tim Smith hasn't been a huge one for them, but arguably it has brought some form of structure to their play as Barrett was able to take advantage of this forward pack with plnty fo potential. Coincidently, since Stuart's resignation, the once boring brand of football the sharks played with has had a big turnaround as their backs touch the ball significantly more. I wouldn't count on the Top 8, but they are playing much better than team on track for 15th place.
Storm 8/10 - We don't need to go into the Salary Cap issues, the Storm have played a good brand of football since the incident. As they have nothing to play for, the Storm have thrown the ball around like there aren't any consepquences for making a mistakes. They are hitting hard and becoming an intimidating team to play against as suspension isn't on their minds. Obviously if they had something to play for, they would be a lot more conservative but either way it is working well and are still one of the best teams in thecompetition.
Tigers 6.5/10 - Have had a dramatic slump in form after a good start to the season, but look to have things back on track. As they draw closer to be a Top 4-6 side, they need Marshall to be a lot more consistent and smarter about his play. He needs to be giving the ball out more and trying not to win the game on himself like he was doing in their losing streak. When Benji is patient, the Tigers score, and score plenty. Defensively they can leak plenty of points but have done well in keept the score low since Souths put that big score on them at teh SCG.
Titans 6.5/10 - As they started the season, they won games when they looked nothing like the winning side. Games like Manly, Souths, Penrith and the Warriors could have gone either way and seen them at the oppositte end of the table. They need to improve their goal-line defence and consistent go-forward during a game. The long-range tries aren't going to be on offer too many times, and they must win the forward battles.
Warriors 4.5/10 - Have had an up and down season and can also win on their day. Their forwards have been impressive all year, with the Rapira injury being a massive blow. Their backline has also been playing well at times in the season. Their ability to shut out games has been the biggest problem and will need a big improvement in order for them to make the 8.
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PostSubject: Re: Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts   Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts Icon_minitimeThu Jun 10, 2010 1:36 am

http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,27242867-5018866,00.html

interesting article.


but what annoys me is how overrated the eels are. They have seriously been very average lately but the writer still believes 4th on the ladder is theirs at the conclusion of the season.
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PostSubject: Re: Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts   Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts Icon_minitimeThu Jun 10, 2010 11:45 am

Manning18 wrote:
I'll give a rating out of 10:

Broncos 5/10 - Were looking for the spoon after a pretty big hit with injuries but with the return of key players, their season is back on track and have plenty of momentum. Lockyer and Thaiaday are having great seasons as they become some of the more experienced players in this young team. As mor eplayers come back from injuries, they will be contending for the Top 4-6
Bulldogs 3/10 - Have lost the same amount of games as they did all of last year in one half of the season which shows some serious decline in their play. Their successful combinations in the key positions of 1, 6, 7 and 9 from the 2009 have looked to be deterioting as their small forward pack is exposed. Have had a pretty tough schedule so far, but if they were to be any form of serious contenders, they were games they have to win more of.
Cowboys 3/10 - In the same position as the dogs. Relying too much on JT and are overall under-performing. Their forwards are lacking that spark in attack and although Tonga is having one of his best seasons, their backline has been going poorly. They need to start playing for a full 80mins if they are to get anywhere near the 8. A bottom 4 finish is on the radar as they fail to play as a team.
Dragons 9/10 - Have been the outright best team this year. After earning the wooden spoon in 09, the whole side has experienced finals football and are playing with plenty of confidence. Soward has eliminated any form of second year syndrome as he broke out as one of the leading halves last year. The left side attack involving Boyd, Cooper, Morris, Hornby and Creagh has been unstoppable throughout the year as Boyd is becoming one of the most improved players of 2010.
Eels 6.5/10 - Had a rough start, but like many teams thsi year, can beat anyone when on song. Their greatest attribute is clearly their ability to offload the ball, and this has been evident in each of their wins. Players like Mateo and Hindy are specialists in this area. In their slow start to the year, the offloads weren't there which put too much pressure on young halves Mortimer and Keating. Are one of the in-form teams in the competition at mid-season and although the halves can be an issue, they are helped out when Hayne has the momentum which should drive them into the 8.
Knights 3/10 - As anticipated, the offseason dramas in Newcastle haven taken their toll. The odd win is coming here and there but don't have enough to contend with the Top teams in teh competition. Their backline has been weak and their forward pack has been inconsistent. Should miss the 8.
Panthers 8.5/10 - The Panthers have suprised everyone this year as their low-key signings have proven to be very valuable to their turnaround. Walsh is having his best season yet and their forwards have been leading up front with Lewis, Waterhouse and Petero. Coote has also been a sensation for them this year, leading the tryscoring list. The real worry for the Panthers as they are further tested against the top teams is the amount of tries they are scoring from kicks which will become exposed as a big weakness if they don't start scoring tries from structured play.
Rabbitohs 7.5/10 - Have been really good when they win, but very average when they loose, not much in between has been shown lately. They're one of the more inconsistent teams in the competitions, being able to rack up big scores v the Tigers, Panthers and Bulldogs but have followed up weeks of low completion rates and missed opportunities. They can beat anyone on their day and when they find that consistency they should be a Top 4 team
Raiders 4/10 - I don't know what to put their performances down to. They have a solid forward pack, leading 5/8th and one of the most talented young backlines in the competition. So where do they go wrong? They just don't seem to be able to compete with those top teams because of their issues when playing away. And this year they haven't been much better at home, only winning 2 of them. They have had problems in the second half, letting teams like Souths, the Tigers and almost the Titans escape victories after strong first half leads. Something needs to change as this side has plenty of potential but is far from playing to it.
Roosters 6/10 - began the season with strong wins v Souths and the Tigers along with some promising wins against the Titans, Raiders and Broncos, but are finding it hard to find consistency. Carney has definitely brought that extra dimension to their attack but their forwards have shown glimpses of a new team, and the wooden spoon team in 2009. Pearce is having an impressive season that has been warranting rep selection. I can see the Roosters narrowly missing the 8.
Sea Eagles 8/10 - All-round probably the strongest team in this competition when full strength. The big question was on how successful the Foran-Hodkinson combination would be, as it would decide how the season would fare for Manly. Their forward pack has been rolling and they have one of the most complete backlines in the competition. Are on song for a Top 4 finish if things continue as they are.
Sharks 3.5/10 - Began the season on a losing streak and got close to becoming one of the worst teams in Rugby League History when on track to breaking the Western Subrubs losing strak record set in 1998. After a couple of wins, the sharks aren't looking like a Top 8 team yet, but are much better than what they were before. The signing of Tim Smith hasn't been a huge one for them, but arguably it has brought some form of structure to their play as Barrett was able to take advantage of this forward pack with plnty fo potential. Coincidently, since Stuart's resignation, the once boring brand of football the sharks played with has had a big turnaround as their backs touch the ball significantly more. I wouldn't count on the Top 8, but they are playing much better than team on track for 15th place.
Storm 8/10 - We don't need to go into the Salary Cap issues, the Storm have played a good brand of football since the incident. As they have nothing to play for, the Storm have thrown the ball around like there aren't any consepquences for making a mistakes. They are hitting hard and becoming an intimidating team to play against as suspension isn't on their minds. Obviously if they had something to play for, they would be a lot more conservative but either way it is working well and are still one of the best teams in thecompetition.
Tigers 6.5/10 - Have had a dramatic slump in form after a good start to the season, but look to have things back on track. As they draw closer to be a Top 4-6 side, they need Marshall to be a lot more consistent and smarter about his play. He needs to be giving the ball out more and trying not to win the game on himself like he was doing in their losing streak. When Benji is patient, the Tigers score, and score plenty. Defensively they can leak plenty of points but have done well in keept the score low since Souths put that big score on them at teh SCG.
Titans 6.5/10 - As they started the season, they won games when they looked nothing like the winning side. Games like Manly, Souths, Penrith and the Warriors could have gone either way and seen them at the oppositte end of the table. They need to improve their goal-line defence and consistent go-forward during a game. The long-range tries aren't going to be on offer too many times, and they must win the forward battles.
Warriors 4.5/10 - Have had an up and down season and can also win on their day. Their forwards have been impressive all year, with the Rapira injury being a massive blow. Their backline has also been playing well at times in the season. Their ability to shut out games has been the biggest problem and will need a big improvement in order for them to make the 8.

dont you mean minor premiership
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I Clearly have. Mistake, so very sorry.... Mid-Season Report Cards/Thoughts Icon_rolleyes
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