Famous words help inspire a memorable final moment
DING-Dong, The Witch is Dead.
Those were the famous words from late super coach Jack Gibson when Parramatta won its first premiership in 34 years.
That legendary phrase was brought out again after the South Sydney Rabbitohs won their first premiership in 43 years.
The game was a tight affair for the first 60 minutes before the Rabbitohs turned on the heat to blow the gallant Canterbury Bulldogs away.
The Rabbits were nearly a player down after the first tackle of the game after Sam Burgess received a fractured eye socket from fellow Englishman and Bulldog enforcer James Graham.
Coach Michael Maguire sent two words out to Burgess "John Sattler''.
Sattler is in league folklore for playing the 1970 grand final with a broken jaw.
Those two words did the trick as Burgess produced a game for the ages and was named Churchill Medallist as man of the match.
It was not a one-man show that achieved the Rabbits victory with brother George also producing a fantastic performance up front.
Greg Inglis was sensational from the back.
The scenes and atmosphere at full-time at the ground had to be seen to be believed as the Rabbits faithful finally had a premiership to savour after four decades.
Glory glory to South Sydney.
THE English Premier League season is only seven games old and already we have a team that looks like being crowned champions.
Chelsea remain the only undefeated team with six wins and one draw.
Other teams that might challenge as the season progresses are big names Manchester City (second), Manchester United (fourth), Arsenal (eighth) and Liverpool (ninth).
One team who has fallen from grace early in the season is Everton, who sit in 17th position only one spot above relegation.
TONIGHT, the A League season starts with the Melbourne Victory hosting the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Wanderers go into this game on the back off some superb form in the Asian Champions League. However, the bookmakers have them as outsiders in this clash.
Tomorrow's game features the Central Coast Mariners taking on the Newcastle Jets in the early game before Sydney FC play title favourites Melbourne City in the match of the round.
Round 1 concludes on Sunday with Wellington Phoenix hosting Perth Glory and last season's premiers, the Brisbane Roar, playing Adelaide United.
Holden tip for Bathurst
THE smell of burning rubber, petrol and oil - plus the roar of engines - signals one thing to all Revheads.
It's Bathurst 1000 weekend.
Ford weathered the storm last year winning. However, the bookmakers have Holden as a short-priced favourite to win this year's great race at Mt Panorama.
Holden will be led by the Whincup/Dumbrell, Courtney/Murphy, Lowndes/Richards and Tander/Luff combinations.
Ford's main chance rests with last year's winners in Winterbottom/Owen.
If you are not a traditional Holden or Ford man, then you can cheer on a Volvo, Nissan or Mercedes.
MY National Rugby League grand final tip and man of the match both saluted last week. This week, take the Melbourne Victory into the Brisbane Roar option.