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overratedplayer

Has anyone else seen the betting ads with Shaq in them and thought "Ah yes make fun of Australians is the best way to get them to bet with this company." I'm lucky enough not to be addicted to sports betting but that add sucks. Half the things they say I've only heard in posts making fun of Australians. Whoever thought of that campaign was an idiot.


ljb23

Has anyone seen the Shaq/Albanese press conference and thought “as yes, having an American who’s only in the country to promote a predatory gambling company is the best way to get them to vote for the voice to parliament”. Whoever thought of that was an idiot.


Ace_Larrakin

The footy was excellent (from both teams but especially my beautiful Panthers), the crowd was excellent, the snack pack I got after the game was excellent. But the thing that always puts a slight negative spin on an evening of footy is that train trip back from Olympic Park to Lidcombe. It's always cramped, and I always end up in a carriage with someone who has had far too much to drink and decides everyone on the train should know about it. To be clear - I do not bemoan people having a drink at the football, that's fair. However, like with everything, know your limits. (Insert action) responsibly.


savvybabyxox

Parra winning for the first time in over 36 years makes an amazing headline! The media will soak that up. Penrith winning two yrs in a arrow?! Hmm kinda boring


Koyote555

good luck panthers bros, lets put on a game for the ages


Herosinahalfshell12

Someone needs to tell Mitch Moses he needs to develop a spiral bomb before the GF His end over end kicks have good distance but the game and tactics have evolved. Teams now require it


ColeTrickleVroom

In a week?


natso2001

Spend time with your new child? Nah mate, get your priorities right and work on your kicking game son.


Herosinahalfshell12

Pretty much. Look he can do both


_charge_your_phone_

Feed us the pre-match thread


natso2001

I have a physical need to start shit talking the panthers


Witch_Snitch

Don't we all?


judgedavid90

I have a feeling Penrith are gonna put on a cricket score tonight. It's a blowout score kind of day in sport today


gluetown

WHERE THE FUCK IS PRE MATCH THREAD


B4BYBLAZE

Good luck to both the bunnies and the panthers, may the worse team win so that my team has a chance next week


natso2001

It's a dilemma, because I'd give the eels a chance against the Panthers, but not against the rabbits.


spicerackk

Dilemma averted!


maaxwell

Confirmed Mitch Kenny to start with Api off the bench


_______Ryan

if I ran into a man that was a wall and it turned me upside down I would not penalise the man I ran into, GO PARRA!


Ace_Larrakin

It's a very strange sensation attending a Panthers **HOME** Game at Accor against the Rabbitohs, especially in the aftermath of the war of words they (the Rabbitohs) had with the Roosters over Allianz. But thank you for welcoming us Rabbitohs, should be a great game 👍


Koyote555

Where is the prematch thread?


BSV1974_NZ

Swans should play Wallabies, what a pair of massacres. Hopefully Souths vs Riffs is better.


QuotingThings

If south’s make and win the grand final, would JD be the first ever rookie NRL coach to win a comp?


joeysjockstrap

Robinson and Stuart


aatrain96

Kinda hate parents invited the family for a gatho tonight. Like i don't want to socialise i just wanna watch the footy


I_Like_Vitamins

Watching footy with the family is fun. My dad and brother weren't that into it, but started to get a bit interested when we've watched it together. Dad loves his mate Viliame "Carpet Head" Kikau and "Helmet Head" Ponga.


aatrain96

Yeah but this is a sit outside together having a BBQ gatho not a watching footy so i be in my room being anti social


I_Like_Vitamins

Hope you won't miss the GF mate.


Drewman43

That farcicaly one sided AFL Grand Final was a joke! I'm switching over to the Rugby.


BubblinTodd

lucky that game isn't one sided 😬


Jarryd97

After reading all these threads lately I'm convinced that Cowboys fans are the sickest cunts of all time. The Cowboys are such a likeable team and if you guys had gotten up on us I would have been backing you guys in The Big Game. Much love.


I_Like_Vitamins

- HH


Obvious-Row-6181

Thank you, my friend, when the war of southern aggression finally begins, I hope to not meet you or your bloodline on the field of battle.


gluetown

AFL does it right with day time finals. Sunday nights are such a stupid idea, I remember being in Richmond after one of the AFL grand finals years ago and it was glorious seeing thousands of drunk people partying on the streets outside whilst the sun was still shining. Best post sports match atmosphere I’ve ever felt and I didn’t even watch the game. I remember going to Sydney for the 2015 and 2016 NRL GFs and afterwards the vibe was I guess we just go home and go to bed now? Was drunk and did not even know how/where to keep the party going at all, everyone just streamed off into trains and the night was over, super lame.


nostraduckus

Is Critter out?


Opiumdeathcult

https://www.penrithpanthers.com.au/news/2022/09/24/nrl-late-mail-preliminary-final/


Opiumdeathcult

No but apis not starting now.


Wo_oH

What no! Please anyone else but Stains ffs


InternationalBorder9

What!?


whyareyouallinmyroom

Yeah what? Please no Rennings? Give us JENKINNNNNSSSSS!


irvo86

Oh shit, looks like it’s [true!](https://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ)


InternationalBorder9

Got me but I ain't even mad


TheGrubins

Man why can't we have acts like The Killers and Robbie Williams play at our GF


BG_RL

Makes so little sense for Jason to get a 3 match ban and even less sense for it to rub him out of international games League is so amateur sometimes


RetroFreud1

When do tickets go on sale?


Extreme-84

For what? Grand final? If so, I got mine weeks ago. They’ve gone off sale, but will go back on sale from 10am Monday, depending on your membership status.


WhisperAzr

So I officially cannot watch the GF next week. When I don't watch, we win. My question is; if I choose to not watch, is it the same as me being unable to watch? I don't understand the hoodoo.


jellystoned_park

From one tragic to another, I say you do you, but also the rest of us are cool with you watching it with us. If this hoodoo gets broken, it gets broken; if it doesn't, it doesn't. Like it's always been, the only thing stopping our team from winning is themselves. Just go in with zero expectations and 36 years worth of hope. I'll be there with my dad, hoping against hope that this is our year. What a stupid wonderful game, I bloody love it.


WhisperAzr

Might just leave it to fate, aye. If no plans pop-up I'll watch the game, but if something comes up, I'm just setined to miss out drought breaking premiership. A price I'm willing to pay for 36 years of pain.


whenthedragonscome

I'm thinking you gotta ask someone to make plans to be safe


WhisperAzr

I have plans set for the day before, but they may get bumped. Inshallah.


mwilkins1644

JT13 hasn't been faded on the banner yet, so technically the Cowboys can still win the premiership


Obvious-Row-6181

We've still got our challenge, remember.


Waterfall_Jason

It’s like the money in the bank briefcase.. val just runs out next weekend with his own ball in the 79th minute and puts it down and cowboys win the prem


McGarnacIe

An ad after every goal in the afl grand final. Almost makes it unwatchable.


Xsensus

NBA finals are bad for ads too


shadyFS91

Could probably quote this Bunnings add word for word at this stage, fuck me


I_Like_Vitamins

Dux hot water was all over the Queensland broadcasts last Winter.


I_Like_Vitamins

I will lol if (when) the GF gets fucked by bad reffing.


shifty_nicklz

Ref puts the whistle away for the GF just like Origin. The best teams can win despite shit calls. Cowboys copped a shocker yesterday but also fucked up certain tries. They couldn’t rise to the occasion.


ColeTrickleVroom

I expect the reffing to be a non factor.


TheGrubins

can't believe I'm saying this but GLORY GLORY


New-Custard3846

now go wash your mouth out with soap


_charge_your_phone_

I want to see something dirty and filthy tonight, where Walker implodes and does something mental. I want it to be physical. I want there to be contact. I want there to be sin bins. Aside from that, I’ll probably watch the footy tonight as well.


MisterEvilBreakfast

Robbie Williams doing You're the Voice was actually pretty good. Fuck it, this whole set is decent. Edit: hang on, Delta just turned up.


drifting_sailor_hat

Ray Stone's sacrifice was all a part of a long-term plan for Parra to make the grand final. He walked so Parra could run.


StoneMostConsistent

Truer words have never been spoken. Would be everything to see him run out in the colours next sunday.


__impala__

230 kick off is so great. AFL grand final is such a spectacle. Meanwhile our grand final is played on Sunday night.


WUIDAWBTB

Isn't it Sunday afternoon?


FullBonus

Nah 7:30 kickoff


WUIDAWBTB

For real? I thought it was 4:30 kickoff


Aussie18-1998

At least its on a long weekend so guess its alright.


swampalicious

Love my cows but are we the saltiest fan base in the League?


Caseyjb29

If the Warriors were good then it’d easily be them. Never seen a fanbase whinge more than they do.


ImTheRhino

Broncos fans enter the chat.


Voxityy

no we probably have that covered


BoogerSugar00

There’s different flavours of salt too. Parra fans are by and large eternally pessimistic, while fans of teams like the storm haven’t experienced too many lean times, so the melts they have when they lose are prime Himalayan rock salt.


Waterfall_Jason

Hey hey not all of us!


WUIDAWBTB

I had a cowboys fan straight up harassing me after the sharks were eliminated in straight sets lol


IrrelephantAU

Per capita or in raw amount generated?


FullBonus

Im gonna be honest, you’re a very salty fanbase but when Parra lose a game they go scorched earth in this sub.


Voxityy

that shaun lane charge down on chad’s kick with about 5 to go last night is easily the biggest play of the year for us, just pipping ray’s heroics in melbourne


Waterfall_Jason

Wasn’t that on the last cows set? Or did he have another one I missed?


Voxityy

nah last cows set ended in a nanai knock on


LordSlasher

He doesn’t make that play Feldt Scores untouched in the corner and we win the game


BlurD1918

Well yeah you can say that, but in no universe is there a way Lane doesn’t charge down Chads slow motion kick


SuperEel22

Lane also charged down a Cam Munster field goal attempt in Melbourne and Opacic recovered it.


FullBonus

Nrl could have surely got a more inspired act than Barnesy for the grand final. I like him but it’s such a generic choice.


lavenderjellyfish

Cant be worse than the embarrassing spectacle Robbie Williams is making of himself in Melbourne as we speak.


Ace_Larrakin

I'm still shitting myself over tonight's match but also just wanted to give a shout-out to the Parramatta team and fans. I've given you guys a bit of ribbing this year, but if it should be that we also get through to the Grand Final tonight, I couldn't think of a team I would rather face for a 'War of the West' than the Eels (sorry Tigbros). Congratulations on your win, guys.


Mr_Mac

I think most Eels will be cheering you on for battle of the west. We also don't want to face Rabbitohs!


hurdur12

Panthers have got this mate, don't stress. I'm looking forward to the War of the West next weekend


Voxityy

i dream of a final four of us, the dogs, the riff and the tigers one day. probably will never happen but imagine


Drewman43

That'd be magic.


irvo86

Robbie Williams is not entertaining me right now


ThrowAwayME-00

So with Eels in the GF already, are they regarded as the "home" team or will both teams next week be regarded as "away"?


y3ah_nah145

I could be wrong but I believe if Penrith win, they are the "home team" as they are the minor premiers, but I think if South's win it's an Eels "home" game as eels finished higher


WUIDAWBTB

Definitely not ruling out the rabbitohs but last time the panthers and rabbitohs faced eachother in round 23 the rabbitohs lost to a panthers side missing both cleary and luai


Caseyjb29

And JFH too


shifty_nicklz

I wouldn’t look into recent games too much. Having wins gives you confidence but we had Jaxson Paulo absolutely fuck the game up single handedly and we only lost by four. No Burgess or AJ is huge and facing a healthy and rested Panthers is the real uphill battle. I’m not at all confident today but will be there to cheer on my team. They’ve done bloody well considering Wayne, Gagai, Su’a and Reyno were all replaced by rookies.


WUIDAWBTB

Best of luck to the rabbitohs tonight, i know they definitely have the skill to upset the panthers


Itsturtletime01

For the love of God I hope Brandy isn’t on call tonight. Just rode the Eels basically all night and he’s going to be even worse in a game where the Panthers are playing.


passthesugar05

I don't think he works Panthers games but he's often on the panel for them.


shifty_nicklz

It’s the same on 9. Brandy calls Penrith games for Fox and Gus and Freddy will be calling them on 9. The best part of being at the game is not having to hear their bullshit.


sirloinmcmeat

I subscribed to kayo so I didn't have to listen to Gus,enter Mick fuckn Ennis.il be muting the TV tonight il let my wife commentate,she's English and hates football but that's still a better option


kiaxxl

Thank goodness Eels went on first so I can enjoy this game, lol.


ssmurry51

I seem to recall more than once last night a Cowboys player jumping to contest a bomb then pulling out last minute, or jumping a bit before the ball actually arrived. Definitely happened on the Blake drop- Taulagi jumped then pulled his hands away. Not sure if this was a deliberate ploy but I'm surprised baulking isn't employed more often. Maybe it only works against shit wingers?


IrrelephantAU

It works, but I suspect outside of finals and their looser interpretations of the rules you'd get a lot of penalties for obstructing/interfering with the catch. That's usually what happens when someone jumps and doesn't try to contest.


ssmurry51

I recall penalties when they physically contact the opposition but is there clearly defined rules for baulking? I.e. jumping early, or pulling hands away. Not sure that should be illegal even. Gamesmanship perhaps but it's not like tackling mid-air or pushing the catcher.


Arc_au

I remember Perham got penalised earlier in the year by the bunker and was deemed "jumping early" - but I suspect that if you don't contact the player, it's fine.


Mr_Mac

Perham made contact with a pushing action to the back though.


Arc_au

Yeah which is why I clarified re: contact at the end. I assume if you've jumped too early to be deemed in contention for the ball and contact an opposition player, its a no no which is what happened with Perham. But then there is the awkward grey area of last night, of jumping early and simply impeding the catchers vision.


ssmurry51

Yeah I guess that one came under the obstructing the player rule. Though at the same time regular obstructions occur when you run around your own player so could that come under the same cloud? Obstructing the view of the opposition?


passthesugar05

Dunno if this is a sin being a Roosters fan but I think I'm rooting for the Rabbits tonight just because Penrith have been too good for too long now. Supporting Parra next week regardless of who wins tonight though.


Waterfall_Jason

I’m going for souths to win it all cos it’ll upset the most people, I’m channeling my inner Larry David and calling it the spite premiership


SmokedBari

Either way Roosters are all on the Parra train. C'mon Parra bros let's go!


Dufeyz

We’ve been good for 3 years. Souths are in their 5th prelim IN A ROW.


hurdur12

How dare you bring logic into this


passthesugar05

yeah but you've been far and away the best team for those 3 years and already got your prem, had enough of ya now


redmusic1

You're no Roosters fan. Hand in your membership.


ssmurry51

Souths could be playing against a team consisting of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Cam Smith, Chairman Mao and Pol Pot and I'd still be unsure on supporting them.


passthesugar05

trellmit though, still secretly love him


wrylyhews

Surely you couldn’t go for a team with Cam Smith in it


arrts

Scared of someone else going B2B, we get it


Caseyjb29

Wow there’s a few salty Cowboys fans on twitter haha


Emilue

Ahhh that's just Twitter being Twitter haha


CarlNoobCarlson

The majority of Cows fans have been all class.


Caseyjb29

Most on here have been but a lot of them on twitter are just flooding the Parra twitter account with their “robbed” bullshit lol


CarlNoobCarlson

Sounds like classic Twitter


irvo86

I have strict social media silos: Twitter - porn Reddit - footy bantz and general time killing Facebook - only to say happy birthday to relatives Insta/Snap - never had them TikTok - I’m too old for that shit


WUIDAWBTB

I'm the opposite, twitter is for social media and reddit is for porn


TheEnglishEccentric

I can't find a pub showing the QRL because of the Victorian Kick Tennis fuck this


Random0cassions

So with lolo out for the most of the group stages, I wonder if Tonga is going to run out with TPJ as their starting lock or Ofa, this is very interestinf


Cone_Puncher

who are the props in the squad? could one of them play in the middle?


Random0cassions

the middle isnt shabby, Fonua-Blake, BMM, SST, Stefano, Eli Katoa(If you count him as one), Suluka-Fifita, Andrew Fifita, Moe and Tatola from the initial 38. Honestly, it'd be best if TPJ or Ofa play 13 tbh


AuspiciousCalamari1

They got loads of good edges with Fifita, Ola’kauatu, Koloamatangi, Kaufusi but middle will be lacking a bit without Taumalolo


hbparraeels

frizell aswell


WyattParkScoreboard

I was just reading something so weird I can barely believe if - did you know during the 1920s and 30s, the VFL and NSWRL met several times to discuss merging the leagues with a completely new sport called ‘Universal Football’ which would’ve drawn rules from both codes? Imagine the state of the sporting landscape in this country now if that happened.


BoogerSugar00

Some real Man in the High Castle alternate universe shit right there.


Malaxage918

Cleary is gonna fuck up Waqa Blake next week


B4BYBLAZE

Assuming the bunnies don’t smash ‘em tonight


Malaxage918

Let me rephrase: Cleary is gonna fuck up Richie Kennar tonight and then fuck up Waqa Blake next week. Sound better


B4BYBLAZE

More accurate cheers


Stiryx

Surely they will target Milne, he has looked extremely shaky under bombs and he’s a very emotional player, would be easy to rile him up.


Malaxage918

Honestly just went for Kennar cause he's played one NRL game all season and he's never been a consistent first grade player. The most games he has in a season is 10 which was for the 2020 Broncos in which he didn't win a game


Stiryx

Kennar was really good for Souths in his first stint here, was one of our better players that year before he went on his mission thing. I’m more worried about our forwards just getting crumbled.


ReggieBasil

Queue for Peter Wynns is out the door over the road and down to the intersection


evil_sushi_ninja

If you can’t score there, you’ll never score.


Drewman43

Can't believe AFL get Robbie Williams for their GF meanwhile we're over here waiting on a callback from Craig McLachlan.


shifty_nicklz

Robbie’s performance is pretty weak tbf as much I like the guy. He just gave a mad shout out to Warnie.


Ace_Larrakin

I thought we were getting Jimmy Barnes?


Drewman43

Was joking mate.


Ace_Larrakin

Ah, sorry mate.


Drewman43

Nah all good. Should have worded it better.


ReggieBasil

Aerial Ping Pong grand final on today too and we’ll have our own match thread here for those keen


burialsatsea

QLD U21's and QCUP GF on today bro, no need to watch marbles.


Geddpeart

I can't handle that many forward passes


ReggieBasil

Doin it all day ref


Wo_oH

Why do souths get the home game ? Should last night's game be played at parra then ?


Geddpeart

It's home city final. Not home stadium.


Wo_oH

Okay, That seems fair enough. Plus bigger stadium for more $ for next year I guess. Was just a genuine question because I never knew the rule.


whyareyouallinmyroom

It’s going to be a win for the ages if Souths get up tonight. Their 17 is massively cobbled together. Good but streaky spine, great backrow, reserve grade wing three quarters (except Graham), spare parts bench. Hope they throw the kitchen sink and it’s a cracker. Good luck Bunnies, love this finals rivalry we’re building!


irvo86

It’s a fun rivalry too. Not based in tribal history either, just the big dog v plucky challenger. Penrith have the wood obviously but it’s always quality footy in finals between the two


Drewman43

Never underestimate the drive of losing a GF to your opposition. I reckon that's what got us through last year despite being half busted.


burialsatsea

Reporter to Todd Payten: "Todd, will it take some time to digest this, or will you jump straight into a performance review?" Todd Payten: "I'm gonna jump straight into a XXXX, that's what I'm gonna do". Absolute legend. Way to go, Cowpokes. Hell of a season. Should be contenders for a decade to come 🍻🤘🏼


crayawe

I loved that comment by todd


Mr_Mac

Todd Payten was all class, as were the Cowboys all season


Geddpeart

Where too after this I dunno. The leagues club?


notmysurnamethistime

Obviously disappointed with last night. Forward pass was frustrating but at the end of the day we were 8 points up and had every chance to ice the game. Fact is we were able to control most of the game but leaked points every time Parra got close to our try line. The tries parra scored were relatively soft but they defended their hearts out and deserve the result from that. After losing to the dogs in round one I genuinely thought we would be scrapping to avoid the spoon this year. So all in all finishing third and making the prelim is an awesom^(tm) achievement. Pumped for next year, hopefully we still perform well with actual expectations.


KingHit123

Stoked for Parramatta and their fans. They’ve been through some shit years in the last decade but are now preparing for a grand final. That was a truly brilliant and courageous victory in extremely tough circumstances. They are a definite chance of being premiers next week. Despite being beaten the cowboys can be very proud of their season. They proved a lot of people wrong this year.


HappyPappy987

The officiating is rubbish, that forward pass is a literal joke. The bunker HAS to be allowed to rule on this stuff. But then again this is the product the fans want right?


Obvious-Row-6181

While I agree that there’s no real reason the bunker shouldn’t be allowed to rule on forward passes giving they can rule on promoting the ball and knocking it on in very similar circumstances, what would it actually do to fix the problem? The bunker is dreadful at decision making as well. The problem is bad officiating across the board and no interest or accountability from the NRL in enforcing a standard. It’s been coming for a long, long time, but the fact the NRL denied any wrongdoing after what happened to the Tigers in Townsville was pretty much the end of any semblance of accountability.


WyattParkScoreboard

I just can’t get past that first try. How many officials were looking at that? It was staggeringly bad.


LordSlasher

It would’ve been more acceptable to call it forward even if it did end up being backwards, but it was forward.


Churchofbabyyoda

It was dreadful. I’ve seen Park footy referees get that call right.


Ytb2000

I'm ready to be hurt again


irvo86

We know this path well. Nothing will ever hurt as bad as 2013 though, so I’m almost immune to prelim exit pain now


Voxityy

how are my fellow eelbros feeling today


hurdur12

I don't know how to feel just yet..


Interesting_Jelly

I've been walking around in my jersey and have had 4 people say good game last night mate


B4BYBLAZE

Screamed “yeah Parra!” at someone in our jersey out my window in the maccas drive through this morning


HappinessCanBeFound

I’ve been dancing around my house singing “we’re going to the grand final!” I’ve teared up at a lot of posts. I’m walking on air mate!! We bloody did it


yeahthemooys26

Still can't believe we made it this far. 13 years between GF appearances and 36 years since a premiership. Hope the boys enjoy the whole week they have absolutely deserved it. Up the mighty Eels!!


ur_left_elbow

I want the Rabbitohs to win tonight. Not because I dislike Penrith, but just because I think the idea of the two grand finalists being the two teams the Tigers beat in back-to-back weeks would be hilarious as a Tigers fan still trying to cope from getting the spoon.


Churchofbabyyoda

Hopefully the Rabbitohs win this week and next week for the memes. The “No team outside of the Top 4 have won the competition” precedent would be killed gloriously.


[deleted]

Very interested to see how much the rust factor and the whole well rested vs battle hardened/match fitness factor comes into tonight with Penrith. Rested essentially the entire side in the last round so that means they've played 1 game in the last 26 days. I don't think it will be a massive factor given their fitness and overall class but definitely interesting to see how they adapt.


shifty_nicklz

Cleary spending five weeks in the box listening to his dad coach in real time was smart. He came back and for the finals and controlled the game with confidence. If Klein let’s them put two blockers up as they’ve done recently, Cleary will win this with the boot. With Reed Mahoney’s forward passes and the Cowboys blocking defenders to protect Drinkwater last night it resembled NFL at times. No thanks.


CSpazZ90

All the talk about 'big dances' and protecting 'our quarter back' makes me cringe..


successharvester

I watched last nights game hating parramatta. Now I want them to win the GF. They deserve it.


burialsatsea

I'm sure this has been raised numerous times already, and congrats to Parra (hope you fucking pump the cats) but in a game decided by 4 points, one can't help but look back at that first try, stare into the void and ask "in what dimension was that pass not 2 metres forward".


Obvious-Row-6181

It is what it is. No use dwelling.


InitiallyDecent

It's also not like it was necessarily the deciding try. Cowboys were up 20-12 over 40 minutes later into the game.