AFL begins their finals this weekend. NRL has continued long enough for Brisbane to fall out of the final eight. (Draws count as correct) NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 124/176) Melbourne Manly Easts Gold Coast Brisbane Penrith Cronulla Canberra AFL (last round 9/9; season tally 141/198) Richmond Melbourne Geelong Fremantle

AFL have their inexplicable pre-finals weekend off. This theoretically advantages the lower teams, but none of them are good enough to take advantage of it, although Fremantle and Richmond will like their chances, particularly Fremantle who I think are on the easier side of the finals draw. Sorry, Carlton, you weren’t good enough. NRL continues …

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Vale Paul Green. An unbelievably sad weekend (and weeks ahead) for the NRL, as it supports a grieving family and the personal grief of so many. Sunday’s game between Easts and North Queensland will be especially poignant, with Cronulla, Brisbane, and Parramatta’s games also reflecting his personal relationship with those clubs also. I’m sure the …

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