Strap yourself in for rollercoaster season of NRL encounters
THE NRL season has finally started after a long off-season.
What a first round of fixtures we have with tomorrow night's game featuring the big spending silvertails Manly taking on the Bulldogs before a triple treat on Saturday.
First-up Canberra will play at home against Penrith before the Wests Tigers welcome the Warriors to Campbelltown Stadium.
The final game on Super Saturday sees 2015 premiers, the Cowboys, with home ground advantage against Cronulla.
On Sunday, the depleted Roosters up are against Souths and the Titans face the Knights.
To finish round one on Monday night, the Melbourne Storm are set to play the St George Dragons.
All teams will be out to show their fans that they have the capabilities to challenge for the title after a hard pre-season.
I am tipping Eels, Sea Eagles, Raiders, Warriors, Cowboys, Rabbits, Titans and Storm.
Enjoy round one as I am sure whoever you support you will have a roller coaster of emotions throughout the season.
Future stars at play
TONIGHT is the start of the junior rugby league season and it's great to see the stars of the future back on the field.
To all parents, remember that the kids play for their enjoyment not yours.
Please support your child and his team in a positive manner.
Never use abusive language with your team, the opposition, supporters and more importantly towards the officials.
Realise that no one needs to be blamed when your child's team suffers a defeat.
You are your child's guardian so encourage your child to avoid illegal/foul play and show good sportsmanship.
If all parents follow these few rules, I am sure the season will be remembered for all the right reasons.
OUR thoughts go out to the family and friends of champion New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe who has lost his long battle.
He was a very well respected man in the cricketing world.
BOMBER'S bouquet: Adam Scott has been pushed back behind Jason Day in the pecking order but he showed on the weekend he still is a talented player with victory at the Honda Classic.
Bomber's beef: Mitchell Pearce has done wrong and went away for treatment. However do we have to see interviews with him on every channel possible on his return?
Who am I?
I WAS born in Ipswich on January 26, 1948.
I attended St Edmunds College and played rugby league with the West End Club scoring over 350 points.
I loved athletics and ran a blistering 10.4s to qualify for Queensland at the Commonwealth Games trials.
My family was a talented one with my dad, uncles and brother all representing Australia.
I too got this honour on 13 occasions, scoring 31 points through two tries, seven penalties and two conversions.
An unfortunate compound fracture of my tibia and fibula ended my career.
The Mayor of Ipswich described me as one of "the proudest people to live in Ipswich''.
Puff was my nickname and my number is #541.
Last week's answer was former high jumper turned strength coach Damien Mednis.
MOGADOR didn't quite show his ability last weekend so I am moving to round one of the NRL.
The best bet of the weekend is the Raiders to defeat the Panthers.