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  1. Billy

    2022 Knights Recruitment & Retention Thread

    Apparently we have signed 20 year old hooker Temple Kalepo from the Warriors on some sort of contract. He had a few games for the Warriors firstgrade when they were struggling to name a side. He played for Redcliffe last season when it was a feeder club for the Warriors. He is young enough to...
  2. Billy

    Toohey's News

    I don't think Mann will be much different to Watson for most of the year. Watson did have that purple patch, which just happened to be when he was negotiating a new contract, but apart from that month or so, he didn't add that much to the attack. In defence, both do a lot of work when defending...
  3. Billy

    The pre-season thread - 2022

    He never showed any sign of being anything but a prop in the juniors, and a fairly one dimensional one at that, but he was just learning the game, after not playing league till he was 18. In his time in firstgrade he's shown he spent all that time training in 2020 and 2021 picking up new skills...
  4. Billy

    Toohey's News

    Toohey also said Sasagi was seen as a potential lock. In fact, the order he listed them was Mann, Sasagi, Crossland, Barnett and described Sasagi as "boom youngster". I'm not sure if i've seen the sort of defence from Sasagi he'd need to play in the forwards, but he's a big lad who loves to have...
  5. Billy

    Toohey's News

    No good news. He usually manages to find something.
  6. Billy

    The pre-season thread - 2022

    https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7525215/jacob-saifitis-pearce-warning-its-going-to-hurt-us/?cs=305 The yearly Jacob Saifiti "I want to be as good as Daniel" article. Also says we'll miss Pearce's energy in games and at training, but like Ponga said yesterday, he ends by saying Pearce...
  7. Billy

    NRLW 2021

    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2021/11/25/history-confirmed-knights-announce-first-nrlw-signings/ Half the side signed. Mostly locals so far. If all the kiwis we had last year come back, we might have a competitive side. The coach was in charge of the under 19s girls last year, and...
  8. Billy

    The pre-season thread - 2022

    I see Mapapalangi is listed as a 5/8 in the firstgrade profiles and a winger in the reserve grade profiles. He played 5/8 for Manly under 19s last season and although he was listed as wing or centre in reserve grade last season, he sure looked like he was playing 5/8 in some games. He seems like...
  9. Billy

    Kalyn Ponga re-signs with the Knights

    https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7524812/kalyn-ponga-cagey-on-future-but-still-no1/?cs=12 Toohey article about Ponga with a lot of direct quotes. He says he hasn't talked to Bennett and doesn't know if his manager (his father) has. Says he doesn't think about his contract - lets his...
  10. Billy

    Kalyn Ponga re-signs with the Knights

    We can make up for Ponga's lack of backing up by giving one of our other backs a roving brief in attack or maybe both our centres on either side of the field.
  11. Billy

    NRLW 2021

    I don't think the coach has been announced yet - or maybe I just took so little interest i forgot. I can't get interested in this, but I said the same about the under 19s girls last year, and they played such a spectacular brand of footy I really enjoyed watching them last year.
  12. Billy

    The pre-season thread - 2022

    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2021/11/24/gallery-key-players-make-their-return/ The big boys are back training. They all look fit and ready. Maybe Hunt is carrying a few extra kilos. Fitz is training - I thought he was out till the early rounds. The only player missing is Sue I...
  13. Billy

    The pre-season thread - 2022

    Profiles for Chris Vea'ila, Krys Mapapalangi and Leo Thompson have been added to the firstgrade list - Croker, Kiraz and Hoy are still there too.
  14. Billy

    The pre-season thread - 2022

    I still think we will sign Brooks. The Toohey article about Foran says Wests are not releasing Brooks at present, but certainly doesn't say we aren't interested. Pearce has come out and said he'd like to see Brooks. Johns has said he'd like to see Brooks. Brooks is saying nothing. The Knights...
  15. Billy

    The pre-season thread - 2022

    https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7522278/veteran-not-on-knights-radar-to-replace-pearce/?cs=12 Another Toohey article. Says we are not interested in Foran. Says we will be patient about signing a Pearce replacement. Says we are working with our current options - Clune, Crossland...
  16. Billy

    The pre-season thread - 2022

    It could work. I know I have solved many of the world's problems around a pool table, but I find beer is also an important ingredient. I'd imagine the cue ball is Ben Kennedy and the 8 ball is Wayne Bennett.
  17. Billy

    The pre-season thread - 2022

    https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7522391/immortal-joey-right-on-cue-to-solve-knights-attack-woes/?cs=12 First Toohey article of the pre season. Says the left field approach to working on our attack is sitting around a pool table at O'Brien's place, using the pool balls to represent...
  18. Billy

    Pearce Replacement

    I had my reservations about the system set up by Bennett and Graham Murray with Tinkler money to bring on our juniors, but only mentioned them a few times, because, who am I to question 2 guys who have coached at the highest possible level and worked in the game since I was in short pants. They...
  19. Billy

    2022 Knights Recruitment & Retention Thread

    I don't know why we didn't try to sign Scone junior Cade Cust. He seems too good for ESL and could play as a ballplaying lock.
  20. Billy

    2022 Knights Recruitment & Retention Thread

    We have a lot of forwards who are just short of top 30 and could potentially step up next year if needed - Hosking, Croker, Ticehurst, Talty, Purcell - all could do 20 minutes in firstgrade and not let anyone down. Our reserve grade backs are either guys who are already in the top 30, or guys...
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