Snippets from the sideline

A WARM WELCOME: Moss Vale Dragons' Paul Maloney welcomed its new gun coach Steve Folkes to the club recently. You can meet Folkes next week. Photo: Daniel Bennett
A WARM WELCOME: Moss Vale Dragons' Paul Maloney welcomed its new gun coach Steve Folkes to the club recently. You can meet Folkes next week. Photo: Daniel Bennett

“The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”

That was the mantra of dynamo Rugby League defender Steve Folkes when he represented the Canterbury Bulldogs, NSW and Australia.

The same Steve Folkes you can meet this Thursday at 6pm at Community Oval clubhouse.

He’ll be there to welcome you to the “reigniting of the Moss Vale Dragons.”

Folkes takes over the coaching of the Dragons from mid-December but he is keen to meet present, and past players, volunteers, sponsors and anybody who is keen to hollar for the Dragons in the highly competitive Group 6 competition.

A complimentary barbecue will be served and the licenced bar will be open for business. 

I will introduce Steve and recall some-bone rattling moments of his outstanding career, as a player and coach.

Brad Fittler:

There has always been two things certain in life. Taxes and death.

Now there are three. 

NSW to win next year’s’State of Origin Rugby League series.

The long overdue appointment of Brad Fittler as coach is all that was needed to stop the rot.

His knowledge of what it takes to win Origin is second to none. 

At last we will have a coach who believes you can win by scoring more tries than the opposition! 

Pommie b…..’s:

Two English Test cricketers accused of belting Aussies OFF the field. 

We are fortunate we have a team more focused ON winning on the field.

Nicknames:

Once upon a time every sportsman worth his salt had a nickname. One of my favourites was Steve “Tugger” Waugh”. 

Another Australian Test captain, Ricky Ponting had the nickname of ‘Punter.” 

No secret Ricky loved the occasional punt. 

But after his performance on the greens during the Australian Open pro-am last week he may have acquired a new one.

American wonder boy Jordan Spieth marvelled at Ricky’s putting on the fast-paced Kensington greens. 

“Punter,” enquired Spieth. “I reckon “Putter” would be more appropriate.”

- Geoff Prenter