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Round 1 of the NRL has finally arrived and The Tip Sheet has put together a gargantuan show to celebrate the fact. Hell, slap some spandex and a cape on it and you might even be able to call it a super show.
Sixties and Forty20 are joined by Adam Hawse to kick things off. Hawse, an incredibly versatile media personality, shares his passion for the blue & gold and how his love for both the Eels and rugby league has influenced his career. Adam was also the driving force behind EELS86 – a NRL approved documentary that explores Parramatta’s famed premiership triumph in 1986 – and he chats with the boys about that process and some of the most interesting things to come out of the production.
It is rapid-fire guest mode as Adam’s farewell sees Joey Grima back on board for another instalment of Junior Representative chatter. With the Tarsha Gale lodging a crucial victory over the Bulldogs on the weekend, discussion focuses on how the girls put a string of tough losses behind them to come back over Canterbury. Joey reveals that earth-shattering magnitude of captain Losalio Sita Payne’s efforts with the inspirational bookend scoring a hat-trick and powering through a work load that would make Nathan Brown proud.
The boys then discuss important victories scored in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball, with the latter overcoming the significant loss of their five-eighth Josh Chappell prior to kick-off. Talk then turns to this weekend where all three grade will hit the road once again to take on the Canberra Raiders. The Tarsha Gale and Harold Matthews will face tricky games against closely or lower seeded opponents while the SG Ball have a chance to shake up the ladder against the competition leaders.
From there it is all NRL as Forty and Sixties take a long look at the Round 1 clash against the Brisbane Broncos. The duo run through the recent history between the two teams and detail why they think Friday night could be a close and relatively gritty encounter. With both ‘expertly’ tipping the Eels to prevail they take the opportunity to close out the episode by climbing up on to their soap boxes to grumble about constant rule changes!