Adam Lucius: League Apart

Sportal Updated September 26, 2012, 11:49 am

We don't have the budget of the Dally Ms - or the one-grunt answers from award winners - but here at League Apart we'd still like to salute the end of the season with some gongs of our own.

So here we go with the inaugural LAs for 2012.

'''Best signing:'''
Des Hasler. What he's done at Belmore is just remarkable. Jonathan Wright reckons his coach speaks 'Swahili' at times but they still hang off his every word. Will go down as one of the all-time greats - if he's not there already.

'''Worst signing:'''
Jamal Idris. He is lucky he wasn't pinged for excess baggage on the flight to Coolangatta after appearing out of shape all season. Chris Sandow gets silver.

'''Biggest Flops:'''
The Warriors closely followed by the Tigers.

'''Big Improvers:'''
Canterbury (obviously) with honourable mentions for Souths, Canberra and Cronulla

'''Best stink:'''
The press box blow up between Ray Hadley and a Melbourne Storm upstart who challenged Bolts at halftime in the Brisbane-Melb clash. Talk about punching out of your weight division.

'''Best try:'''
The Ben Barba-inspired special for Josh Morris against the Storm in Mackay. It wasn't just the best try of this season - it's up there with the best of all time.

'''Best rumour:'''
Involved a player, his wife and the coach of a rival club. Unfortunately it didn't turn out to be true. We think

'''Thanks for coming:'''
Tim Sheens, Stephen Kearney and Brian Smith all paid the price for poor seasons at their respective clubs but, as yet, no player sackings.

'''Position (Still) Vacant:'''
How long does it take to find a new CEO? The ARLC has been searching for a new boss since David Gallop's departure in June but still no word on his replacement. Glaciers move quicker.

'''Things we'll miss over summer:'''
Cracking a beer and settling in for Friday night footy, watching the Dragons lose, Shark Park/Brookie/Kogarah/Leichhardt on a sunny Sunday arvo

'''Things we won't miss:'''
Video refereeing blunders, Phil Gould, Bill Harrigan's excuses

'''Big movers (2013):'''
Sharks, Eels, Roosters

'''Big Sliders:'''
Tigers, Dragons, Sea Eagles

'''Can't wait for:'''
Sonny Bill Williams' return to the NRL. Ditto Ricky Stuart.

'''Can wait for:'''
Another Queensland Origin series win. Seriously fellas, ain't seven more than enough?

'''Grand final winner:'''
Storm by 4

'''Clive Churchill Medal:'''
Ryan Hoffman

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  1. Desert Bushman03:21pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    And that clown BRAD FITLER ..Does make footballers sound like dumb humans

  2. Grant02:18pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why were the Sea Eagles "big sliders" after finishing equal third with a rookie coach ??? bit harsh Adam.

  3. isdon01:00pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    You forget biggest blunder. Chennel 9 for hiring Hadley to call the footy

  4. Mark03:50pm Wednesday 05th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why would anybody want to coach the Roosters. Every coach they get they "burn".

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  5. Martin Torrington06:55pm Wednesday 29th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The 'simpleton' probably had a point. At one point during the game Hadley said "we" should have got a penalty. "we" referring to Brisbane. Some sort of impartiality should be the minimum criteria for calling a game. Seems that since he got the 7.30 Friday night gig he's developed a soft spot for the Broncos. I'm sure he wasn't like that when he had his radio program. I don't support Melbourne or Brisbane by the way.

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  6. carl jaques05:07pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I wish the sharks would just worry about Jeremy smith seeing out his contract with the sharks as it would be a joke allowing him to join the knights.

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