It’s that time of year! First of all I just have to mention that last night, at the Hordern Pavilion, travel-size Matt Orford took home the Dally M Award for player of the year.
Chris ‘Sonic’ Sandow was Rookie of the Year, and much-loved ginger statesman Alan Tongue was Captain of the Year.
We have to mention it because … um, wait one sec- … oh yes, because it’s prestigious. Very prestigious. I always forget that there are other Awards shows than the Errols.
The Dally M Awards ceremony is the glamour event of the Rugby League calendar, the night of nights, the Oscars of the NRL.
And of course I don’t mean to be disrespectful at all if, while I’m watching it, I giggle a little bit at how uncomfortable NRL players look in their suits and squeal things like ‘it’s like watching a dog walk on it’s hind-legs! … or a bear ride a BICYCLE!’ every time a player pulled at his tie or squirmed on-stage.
I just really love that they make the boys get dressed up and feel awkward to get their awards. It’s so cruel. Like forcing kids to sit through school speech night in their blazers in the middle of December.
Anyway. Congratulations Matty and Alan and Chris and all the other winners. Love and kisses from the Errol girls for your very fine footballing. I hope that during your reign on the Dally M Throne you do all you can to promote world peace and help alll the children of the world.
In other news, I have been pretty zen so far about this whole Death of Rugby League drama. There’s a lot of distress about players leaving the NRL, but I kinda figured if players want to go live in Kamp Khoder and play French Rugby or move to Super League then they’re going to do it whether we all have conniptions or not. Right?
Not any more kittens. That was way back when we were just talking about Mark Gasnier, Luke Rooney, Sonny Bill Feelings, and maaaaaybe Greg Inglis. Now, it seems, we’re talking about BIG DELL.
Apparently Dell might move to Super League next year. DELL. SUPER LEAGUE. This is the last straw bitches! As if I’m not upset enough already that Willie Mason is injured and won’t play again until halfway through next season. Because I can handle giving up my totally awesome Sonny Bill Feelings jokes, and I can live without Gasnier’s flashes of brilliance … but Big Dell is hilarious. Forget about football, bitch makes me laugh.
And unless it’s to the hospital to rub Big Willie Mason’s back while he recovers from knee surgery, then I don’t want Wendell Sailor going anywhere. DO YOU HEAR THAT DELL?
There’s also the little matter of one Matt ‘Hot Bitch’ Cooper: for years the devoted left centre to Mark Gasnier’s right, the 4 to his 3, the Robin to his Batman, the Albert to his Queen Victoria.
When Monsieur Gaz announced his departure at the end of the season to play Rugby in France we were deeply worried about how our Hot Bitch would fare without his loving manpanion beside him on the field.
We were so worried, in fact, that when it finally started to look like Hot Bitch was moving on into a bromance with the Dell, we were so relieved we didn’t even notice that Lachie had accidentally come to work in his jammies again.
Still, it goes without saying that we are Not Impressed with the prospect of Dell leaving. Hasn’t Hot Bitch been through enough? A heart can only take so much breakin, you know.
WON’T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE HOT BITCH?
I personally think the Roosters Toyota Cup team were all cut up about this issue too, because I don’t quite know how else to explain them going crazy on Friday night. There was KICKING and everything.
The chicks just … lost their shit against the Dragons, and managed a whole new special kind of brawling hat trick when three of them were sent off. And, um, I guess well done kids? It is quite impressive to win a game playing 10 men on 13, but in general – honeys no. Stop that please. At least until I’ve had a drink.
The chicks and their 10-man win might make the Raiders feel a little better though. Apparently the Canberra Raiders have also been to the Springfield Mystery Spot, because like the Bulldogs … they just have no players left. Literally, not enough able-bodied men to make a full first-grade side.
The Queanbeyan library is TOTALLY UNDERSTAFFED. EMERGENCY! WHO WILL OPERATE THE MICROFICHE?
Little Cy Lasscock (heh, Lasscock) from the Under-20s might even have to try and pull a John Kite and back up from playing the the Toyota Cup semi-finals for the Raiders semi-final against the Sharks.
Either way, my advice to the Canberra kiddies is to take a leaf out of the Bulldog’s book and ease the pain of being in a totally shit situation by having a ridiculous French-themed party.
Oh, those crazy Bulldogs! Ringing in Mad Monday by dressing as Frenchmen. Nothing makes you feel better about a complete annus horribilis like a dress-up party does, especially if your costume includes a bitchy dig at Sonny Bill Feelings. (Except for in the case of Reni Maitua, who apparently is Too Cool to dress up. Bitch please).
Luke Patten and mystery man:
original pics: News Limited
… you are my new heroes.
And lastly I wanna say HAY to all the boys who stayed scoreless this year and were forced to nudie run on Monday. Hope it wasn’t too cold, kids.