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The Tip Sheet breaks new ground as it goes live to air both on location at Pablos at Parra Leagues and broadcast simultaneously to YouTube. Sixties and Forty20 have lined up an all-star cast fitting of the momentous episode with Joey Grima, Mary K and none other than the all-time great Brett Kenny dropping by to talk footy!
The show kicks off with a quick look back at the Round 1 victory over the Brisbane Broncos with the pair of talking heads bisecting a quintessential game of two halves. The Eels overcame a sloppy start to finish strong and secure a 24-16 lead but it did leave the lingering question of whether Parramatta showed enough to take on the Storm in Round 2 (spoilers – they did!).
Next up is a long chat with Joey Grima, TCT’s expert insider on junior footy. The Eels bagged two crucial wins and a gutsy draw on a long road trip to the nation’s capital and naturally that forms the focus of early discussions with Joey. With each of the three grades analysed individually and the announcement that Week 7 of the junior reps will be postponed, Sixties and Forty20 quiz Joey on his legendary 2004 Harold Matthews class. A long chat follows about the absurd talent that Grima helped nurture into NRL players and that then dovetails into the statistical probability of a junior rep player eventuating into a professional rugby league player.
Bang, bang, bang! It is non-stop action as Mary K takes over to help preview the Jersey Flegg and NSW Cup before taking on some broader questions. She relays her own Round 1 experiences as well as her fondest Eels/Storm memory before the chat turns to some of her recent blog work revolving around (separately mind you) Joseph Suaalii and the NRLW. The segment closes out with the trio playing a game of Christmas In March as they name a Parramatta player and what they would bequeath them as a gift.
The go home portion of the podcast features Sixties and Forty20 having a rapid-fire discussion about the game on Thursday night before Brett Kenny arrives to steal the show.
Kenny has some fun recalling his time as a cellar man at the club and then walks TCT through his formative years as a footballer between five-eighth and centre. Forty quizzes the all-time great on why no Eels from one of the code’s greatest dynasties ever feature in Immortal discussions before looking to Kenny’s insights on the modern game and hypothetically how he would fit into it. Brett was a terrific guest throughout and it was a blast to catch up with a legitimate legend of the game!