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The Tip Sheet – 2022 Ep 75: Spiro’s Captain’s Call Exclusives Tee Up A Monster Opening Finals Week

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The finals have arrived and the scene is set for an absolutely insane opening week with four blockbuster match-ups. The Tip Sheet has its finger on the pulse of it all with Spiro reporting back to Sixties and Forty20 with exclusive content from the NRL Captain’s Call including some brilliant chats with Clinton Gutherson.

Fresh Manly drama warrants an inspection before the suburban grounds arguments rears its head once again in light of Paul Kent’s experience at Leichardt Oval. The New Zealand Warriors have turned over a mammoth 15 players heading in 2023 and the podcast looks at what lies ahead for their franchise.

The Taylan May Precedent was set this week in an honestly baffling move from the game’s governing body. Sixties, Spiro and Forty20 all rip into one of the biggest can of worms ever opened for the code and what is all means. One drama backs into another as the efforts of The Bunker in the NRLW come under intense scrutiny following a series of brutal calls against the Eels on Sunday.

The show caps off on a bright note as Parramatta’s journey to the Top 4 is reviewed. The lessons learned from prior campaigns look to have yielded the club’s best run into the finals for a long, long time and there are some positive superstitions that could be in the favour of the Blue & Gold!

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Shaun

Great listen. I enjoyed Spiro’s interviews with Gutho. Gutho seems to be in a good space. the May decision is indefensible, indescribable, inconsistent and incompetent. The NRL suffers from a lack of good leadership from the chairman down. This situational approach to a suspension will come back to bite them. The bunker should only rule on tries. Of course, they seem to get those wrong as well. But the expansion of the bunker’s oversight has not worked as well as it should. Their needs to be a better framework on how the bunker works as it is effectively reffing the… Read more »

sixties

Shaun, I agree about Gutho’s head space. Was he in a different space about 6 weeks ago. It seemed so based on his form, but I could be wrong.
As for the May situation, PVL has stated that he made this decision for the fans. His decision? That seems like he’s stepping into an area where he hasn’t read the room!

Shaun

PVL has read the room. Trouble was he was the only one in it.

John Eel

With Manly as I have already said. Their roster is in a mess due to their salaries being unbalanced based on what is being paid to the Turbos and DCE. In fact there are issues around DCE getting special privileges in the bubble last year. He was allowed to live off site by Des whilst other players were forced to stay together in the bubble. Spiro talked about Marty coming to the Eels for 2023. I also read that the Eels are talking to Andrew Davey. The Taylan May situation is an absolute joke. Not least but it shows that… Read more »

Milo

Well said John. I have been over the NRL for a long time and they are worse; but the issue is they do not listen or want to listen. They are an arrogant bunch who seem to just assume people will follow the game. The same people who are probably bleeding in the hip pocket now, and yet they expect us to believe this rubbish.
The game is in a worse state admin wise than when TG was in charge i feel, and he was another poor leader.

sixties

Milo, is PVL running the game like a dictator without consultation? I think it’s a fair question given his ownership and explanation of the May disgrace.

sixties

John, your last comment nails many of the issues. The NRL needs to be more professional.

Milo

Spiro is a champ and i think we will win this week.
NRL has not had a strong leader for some time i believe. Its spiralling away from the fans in many ways.
One thing i will say for Manly is that Des has some of the best press conferences, and Penn left him in the lurch over the jersey political mess….and again we hear issues with DCE. Enough said.

Shaun

Milo, I don’t mind Des. I even *gasp* feel a bit sorry for him. But Manly’s troubles seem to stem from the boardroom as well people competing for influence. It is no coincidence that since Parra stopped the ridiculous going ons in the backrooms the club became stronger.

sixties

We do have some knowledge of factionalism!

John Eel

Does Manly have a board?

They are privately owned.

sixties

Not sure how they are structured. Delmege used to have shares too. Does Manly Leagues have any level of ownership?

sixties

Does this all come back to private ownership?

Shaun

Possibly. Given the factionalism, the club seems to lack a strong form of governance and I think Penn spends his time in the US. Obviously the Fulton family still is an influence and through this a player/manager. Not good signs.

sixties

They used to be driven by the us against them mentality – even against forces from within. Not so now.

West Coast Eel

It hasn’t come up on my apple podcasts yet. Looking forward to listening.

sixties

I’ll chase that up.

sixties

Sorted. Cheers

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