Tuesday, 31 March 2015

New-FM 1st Division Tips-Round 5



1st Grade: West Wallsend (1st) v Wallsend (5th)
Kickoff: 2:30pm

A smart move by the federation scheduling New-FM games on Good Friday and even smarter to make it the Wallsend derby. The ladder-leaders play hosts to their arch rivals and are the favourites but the Red Devils are in some form after winning their last two games.

The history between these two sides should be enough to spur the teams into putting on an entertaining, physical match-up. This will be the biggest test yet for the newly-promoted Wallsend side. West Wallsend got a big 4-1 win over Belswans last week and I think they should get the job done on Good Friday.

Under 23's: West Wallsend (11th) v Wallsend (10th)
Kickoff: 12:45pm

The Under 23's match could very well be the opposite of the first grade. Both these teams are struggling after the first four rounds. Westy were unlucky not to get anything out of a 3-2 loss to Belswans last week whilst the Red Devils have conceded nine goals in two weeks. I think it'll be a draw here.

Under 19's: West Wallsend (6th) v Wallsend (7th)
***POSTPONED DUE TO WET WEATHER***

Looking at the table, the Under 19's clash looks like it could be a tight one and a crucial one at that. Both sides are mid-table and need three points to avoid falling too far behind the top four. Westy got beaten by a very strong Belswans 19's side last week whilst the Red Devils beat Thornton. My tip here is a win for the away side.

Under 17's: West Wallsend (6th) v Wallsend (3rd)
***POSTPONED DUE TO WET WEATHER***

The 17's clash could very well be a high scoring one as two teams that scored a combined 11 goals last weekend clash in the opening match of the day. I'm not really sure which way to go here but I'll go for a West Wallsend win.

My Tips:
1st Grade: West Wallsend 3-1 Wallsend
Under 23's: Draw 1-1
Under 19's: West Wallsend 1-2 Wallsend
Under 17's: West Wallsend 3-2 Wallsend





1st Grade: Lake Macquarie City (3rd) v Belmont-Swansea (4th)
Kickoff: 2:30pm

Another big clash, this time at Macquarie Field where Lakes take on the visiting Belswans. It's third vs fourth in the 1st Grade and after having the bye last week I think the home side will be fired up and hopeful of adding onto their tally of 17 goals in three games. 

Belmont-Swansea met their match against West Wallsend last week and they'll need to raise their game if they want a result against Lake Macquarie City. If current form rings true, this should be a high-scoring game. Lakes are a strong outfit that are early season favourites for promotion and I can see them overcoming Belswans on Friday.

Under 23's: Lake Macquarie City (4th) v Belmont-Swansea (2nd)
Kickoff: 12:45pm

Belswans are above Lakes on the Under 23's table and managed to keep their unbeaten start alive last week against West Wallsend with a 3-2 victory. A week earlier Lakes beat Westy 3-0 at the same venue so with that in mind I'm backing the home side to get the job done and jump Belswans on the table.

Under 19's: Lake Macquarie City (4th) v Belmont-Swansea (1st)
Kickoff: 11:00am

Belswans Under 19's squad are the best team in the whole of the New-FM competition based on the league table. They're the only team to have won four from four. Lakes are in fourth position and won their last game 3-1 but I can't see them getting past a strong Belswans side.

Under 17's: Lake Macquarie City (2nd) v Belmont-Swansea (9th)
Kickoff: 9:15am

I can think of better places to be at 9:15am on a Autumn Friday morning than Macquarie Field but I guess for the 17's it'd beat a day at school. Lakes have the chance to temporarily jump Cooks Hill into top spot with a win and I'm backing them to get over the line.

My Tips:
1st Grade: Lakes 6-2 Belswans
Under 23's: Lakes 3-1 Belswans
Under 19's: Lakes 2-4 Belswans
Under 17's: Lakes 3-0 Belswans





1st Grade: Singleton (8th) v Valentine (2nd)
Kickoff: 2:30pm

 The biggest road trip in the entire New-FM competition is the one between Singleton and Valentine. This Sunday the Phoenix make the 83.7km trip from their home of Cahill Oval to Singleton's Howe Park. Singleton have not played at home so far due to the final weeks of the cricket season and open their campaign at Howe Park with this match-up.

Road trip aside, Valentine should get the three points. They couldn't get past Kahibah last weekend and probably won't do it with ease against Singleton but I was on hand to watch the back end of Singleton's game last week and they didn't look that good to be honest. They may fire up and get a home win but Valentine is my tip.

Under 23's: Singleton (9th) v Valentine (6th)
Kickoff: 12:45pm

Singleton are yet to register a win in the 23's whilst Valentine have been indifferent in their four matches. The Phoenix 23's were superb in round 1 but fell to losses against Cooks Hill and Thornton. They bounced back to form with a 4-1 victory over Kahibah last week and they're my tip to do the same this time round.

Under 19's: Singleton (11th) v Valentine (2nd)
Kickoff: 11:00am

Singleton's 19's are the worst of the Strikers' New-FM sides so far and sit last on the league table. To be fair they did concede only twice last week after letting in 11 during their opening two matches before the bye. I can't go past the Phoenix here. It's a tight top five in the 19's and three points can keep Valentine in good form.

Under 17's: Singleton (8th) v Valentine (7th)
Kickoff: 9:15am

I feel sorry for those Valentine 17's that have to make the long trip up to Singleton on Sunday morning. Personally I'd rather be at home smashing open some easter eggs than having to get up at the crack of dawn to make the 80km trip to "Singo" but at least it's to play a soccer match.

Onto my prediction and this game is a very tough one to call looking at recent results. Valentine have a huge junior base and their 17's would be expected to do well but that hasn't been the case. It took them four weeks to record their first win of the season. 

Singleton on the other hand put six past a hapless Cessnock but were beaten last week by top of the table Cooks Hill. I'm going to back a draw here. I simply can't split them.

My Tips:
1st Grade: Singleton 0-3 Valentine
Under 23's: Singleton 1-3 Valentine
Under 19's: Singleton 0-2 Valentine
Under 17's: Draw 1-1




*GAME MOVED TO BLACKSMITHS OVAL*

1st Grade: Kahibah (10th) v Cessnock City (7th)
Kickoff: 2:30pm

This game will be played at Belmont-Swansea's home ground of Blacksmiths Oval due to Kahibah Oval receiving some treatment to the turf. Off topic a little I actually played on Kahibah's field last year and was impressed and I'm playing there again this year too so I'm looking forward to that trip.

Onto this game and Cessnock gained a much-needed win against lowly Toronto-Awaba last weekend and can maybe steal a spot in the top four with a win here barring other results. Kahibah on the other hand kept Valentine to a 2-2 draw last week and will be hungry to record their first New-FM division win.

I'm going to back the home side. A lot of things were said about Kahibah in the pre-season. They've recruited well and will surely start picking up some wins sooner rather than later. I think win number one is coming this week.

Under 23's: Kahibah (7th) v Cessnock City (1st)
Kickoff: 12:45pm

This one should be routine for Cessnock's Under 23 side. They're in good form, on top of the table and facing a side that conceded four last week against Valentine. Kahibah's 23's have lost their last two on the trot and I think a third straight defeat might be upon them at Blacksmiths Oval.

Under 19's: Kahibah (10th) v Cessnock City (3rd)
Kickoff: 11:00am

Cessnock's Under 19's have scored nine goals in their last two and face a struggling Kahibah side who are without a point from three starts. Looking back on past results, Kahibah were smashed 7-3 by Belmont-Swansea at Blacksmiths three weeks ago and I'm predicting another tough day for them this Sunday at the same venue.

Under 17's: Kahibah (5th) v Cessnock City (10th)
Kickoff: 9:15am

Kahibah's 17's are the only Kahibah team sitting above the Hornets on the league table and if not for a 2-1 loss to Valentine last week they'd be occupying  a spot in the top four. Cessnock on the other hand have spiraled out of control over the last two weeks. 

If memory serves me correctly I remember hearing that some of Cessnock's 19's stepped up to 1st grade a few weeks back. That could mean the best 17's are playing up in the 19's leaving the 17's to struggle. All that aside, getting smashed for 14 goals in two games isn't the best look and hopefully for their sake the Hornets can bounce back a bit this week. I'm tipping Kahibah though.

My Tips:
1st Grade: Kahibah 2-1 Cessnock City
Under 23's: Kahibah 0-3 Cessnock City
Under 19's: Kahibah 1-4 Cessnock City
Under 17's: Kahibah 3-1 Cessnock City





1st Grade: Thornton (9th) v Cooks Hill United (6th)
Kickoff: 2:30pm

I'll be trying my best to get out to Thornton Park to watch this game. I may even get there a tad earlier and watch some of the lower grades but I'm looking forward to supporting my club away from home. 

Onto the game and Thornton are coming off the back of two straight losses away from home. This is their first home game of the season and I can only imagine that being due to the cricket (I may be wrong though). 

The Redbacks need to pick up some points but they face a Cooks Hill side that recorded their first ever 1st Division win last weekend. Based on recent form I'd back Cooks Hill but being a Thornton home game I'm a bit cautious of going against the Redbacks. That being said I'll take the plunge on Cooks Hill.

Under 23's: Thornton (5th) v Cooks Hill United (3rd)
Kickoff: 12:45pm

After a first up loss to Cessnock in Round 1, the Cookers 23's have fired themselves into some form. Three straight wins and averaging three goals a game in that time. However the Redbacks 23's are unbeaten in three starts and coming off a 4-2 victory at the Gardens last weekend.

It's a tough one to call but I'm going with the home side. Cooks Hill did win last week but it was against a winless Singleton and they only scored one goal. Thornton on the other hand are coming off wins over Wallsend and Valentine. It could go either way, it could go down the middle but I'm backing the Redbacks here.

Under 19's: Thornton (8th) v Cooks Hill United (5th)
Kickoff: 11:00am

The gap between the top half of the table and the bottom half is really evident on the New-FM Under 19's table. Cooks Hill are six points ahead of Thornton and have won three straight going into this match. The Redbacks have lost two on the bounce and haven't registered a goal in over 180 minutes of football. I'm going to back the away side here.

Under 17's: Thornton (11th) v Cooks Hill United (1st)
Kickoff: 9:15am

The only first v last clash of the entire round will open proceedings at Thornton Park. The Redbacks did draw with in-form Wallsend but it was the only success they've tasted this year in the U17's comp. They were smashed for five last week and copped four in their opening match.

Cooks Hill on the other hand are leading the way in 1st place albeit due to Lakes having the bye the last week but the Cookers have done very well to find some early season form. One goal was enough to get the job done against Singleton last week but I think they'll need a couple to get past Thornton. The Redbacks have not been kept scoreless yet in three games.

I'm confident Cooks Hill will win but I'm not sure how many they'll win by. Bagging a few would great going into next weekend's top of the table clash with Lakes.

My Tips:
1st Grade: Thornton 1-2 Cooks Hill United
Under 23's: Thornton 3-2 Cooks Hill United
Under 19's: Thornton 0-2 Cooks Hill United
Under 17's: Thornton 1-4 Cooks Hill United


*P.S, I made a new little tips/predictions graphic. I'm considering doing this sort of thing for the AFL and some other comps where I don't really want to write full previews at the moment.



RESULTS: New-FM 1st Division 2015 Week 4

New-FM 1st Division Round 4


As a CHUFC player, it was great to arrive mid-way through the second half to see the home side up 2-0 over Singleton. It was the first win in the NewFM competition for the Cookers after a couple of unlucky home results kept them winless in the opening weeks of the season.

It was a great day for the home side as they kept a clean sheet across all four grades. The Cooks Hill 23's moved into third place whilst the 19's picked up a third-straight win with a 2-0 result. And finally it's still Cooks Hill 17's setting the pace after four rounds with a 1-0 win keeping them on the top of the table.



Another tough day at the office for the Stags who slumped to a fourth-straight defeat at the hands of the Hornets. The situation is no spiraling out of control for Toronto-Awaba as they now sit dead last and on a horror goal difference. 

It was just as bad a day for Toronto's 23's and 19's team as they both fell to heavy losses against the Hornets. Cessnock's 23's moved into top spot with an impressive 5-1 victory whilst the 19's moved into the top four.

Toronto's only high point of the day at Turner Park came in the first game when their 17's side smashed Cessnock out of the park in an 8-1 victory. 




It was a big day for the Bluebells as they moved to the top of the New-FM 1st Division ladder with an impressive 4-1 win over fellow top four side Belmont-Swansea. It surely would have been a sweet victory for Westy after they struggled for the majority of last year.

Belmont-Swansea's 23's side remained unbeaten with a 3-2 win over an unlucky West Wallsend side that remain dead last without a point in that grade. 

Belswans are dominating in the 19's and kept their winning streak alive with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Westy. 

And finally it was a high-scoring game in the 17's with West Wallsend running out 6-3 winners. All in all an entertaining day at Westy with 21 goals across four games.



Wallsend FC rocketed to a second-straight victory with a 3-1 win over the Thornton Redbacks. It wasn't the best day at the office for the visitors as they slumped down to 9th with a loss.

Thornton's 23's moved into fifth position with a 4-2 away win whilst the Red Devils picked up a much-needed win in the 19's game.

Thornton's 17's are starting to fall away from finals contention after a third-straight winless game, getting hammered 5-1 in the process.




Kahibah picked up a huge result in the final game of the round as they pulled off a crucial 2-2 draw with Valentine. As good a result it was for Kahibah, it was another poor result for Valentine. The Phoenix were expected to ease their way to promotion but have fallen to draws with promoted sides Cooks Hill and now Kahibah. Not the best result for Valentine.

It the lower grades it was Valentine all the way through. The 23's picked up a big 4-1 win whilst the 19's moved closer to the top with a 2-1 victory. Finally the 17's got their first win of the season with a 2-1 result.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Results: NRL Round 4


Performance of the Week:
(Sydney Roosters 34-6 Canberra Raiders)

It wasn't hard to pick a performance of the week this week. The Roosters were clinical as they put Canberra to the sword. Trent Robinson himself said that his side played a bit of an experimental game as they recorded their third win of the season and moved into second place.

Canberra on the other hand are looking at a very long season ahead once again. At this rate they'll struggle to beat most teams in the competition.


Parramatta Stun The Premiers:

Well South Sydney are beatable after all. The Eels put on a mammoth display to pick up what very well could be a season-defining win. After a horror show in Auckland last week, Parramatta turned the tables around and took out the in-form defending Premiers. 


Newcastle Still Unbeaten After Panthers Win:

It seems like the Knights have forgotten how to lose. Granted their first three wins weren't against any top four contenders (out of form Cowboys included), they stepped it up to another level in their 26-14 win over the Panthers in front of a 20,000 strong Hunter Stadium crowd.


J.T Does It Again:

I just finished watching the Cowboys golden point win over Melbourne and what can't Jonathan Thurston do? He kept his cool and slotted a sideline conversion in the 78th minute, kicked a on-the-run field goal mid-set moments later and then kicked another field goal to win in extra time.

When Thurston lifts his game like that there aren't too many that can match it. It was pleasing to see the Cowboys break their duck after a tough few weeks.


Manly Falling Out Of Top Eight Contention:

I'm a big Manly fan. I've been to two Grand Finals and countless games at Brookvale. The display Manly put on against the Dragons on Saturday night ranks as one of the worst I've seen. No offense to the Dragons but they were pretty ordinary and should have won by more.

The turmoil on the Northern Beaches is starting to cost the team sponsors and the on-field performances aren't helping. It could be a transition year for the Sea Eagles as they move into a new era without their two star halves next year. 

Results: MLS Week 4



New England Off The Mark:

It took until week four of the competition but last year's MLS Cup finalists New England Revolution have finally recorded their first win of the new campaign with a 2-1 result over the San Jose Earthquakes. The Quakes' impressive start to the season took a bump but they weren't too far off the pace in this 2-1 loss.


Kaka Saves The Day For Orlando/Villa's NYC Grounded:

The main man for Orlando City was at it again scoring his second goal of the season and helping his side to a 2-2 draw on the road in Montreal. 

Meanwhile it was contrasting form for David Villa's NYCFC who slumped to a 1-0 loss at home to the resurgent Sporting Kansas City.


Toronto Still Can't Get Anything In Utah:

It wasn't a heavy loss like their last few visits to the Rio Tinto Stadium but TFC's visit in week 4 to Real Salt Lake has again ended in disappointment. The Reds scored an 88th minute equalizer but the home side scored moments later to take all three points.

Results: A-League Round 23


Performance of the Week:
(Wellington 0-3 Sydney FC)

Sydney FC blasted themselves back into premiership contention with a big 3-0 win against the ladder leaders in Wellington. Even without their main man Mark Janko, the Sky Blues put on a 1st half clinic as they shot into an three-way tie for second place.


Other Games:
Melbourne Victory picked up another crucial win with a 2-1 victory over the Central Coast Mariners. It was a brave display from the out of form Mariners but Gui Finkler's brilliance got the home side over the line.


Melbourne City all but sealed their spot in the finals with a crucial win over Brisbane Roar. The defending champions are now in severe doubt of making the finals this season.

Perth Glory finally snapped their winless run with a much-needed 3-2 victory over the Western Sydney. The Glory kept their premiership hopes alive and will now look to build up some form in the run-up to the finals.

And finally, Adelaide weren't spectacular in their 1-0 win against the lowly Jets. I was on hand for this game and the Reds did enough to get over the line against a poor-finishing Jets outfit.

Friday, 27 March 2015

2015 MLS Tips-Week 4

2015 MLS TIPS WEEK 4



Week 4 of Major League Soccer's 20th season kicks off in Foxborough when New England Revolution hosts the travelling San Jose Earthquakes. New England are winless in three games this season but more importantly have not scored a goal in 270 minutes of football so far in 2015.

The time for New England in my opinion is now. They need to get something from this game. They need to start scoring goals and winning games before they fall too much further behind the pacesetters in the Eastern conference. 

My Tips: New England 2-1 San Jose






Kaka will bring his Orlando City side to Montreal, Quebec on Sunday morning and look for their second-straight road win in the MLS. However against a Montreal side that are still on a high and amid a historic CONCACAF Champions League win, I think the MLS newcomers will struggle at Saputo Stadium.

Montreal will want to kickstart their season with a win here and I think they'll do it against an Orlando side that is lacking in front of goal.

My Tip: Montreal 2-0 Orlando City





D.C United are coming off a loss last week in New York and face a Galaxy side that could only draw their match with Houston last week. It's a hard game to call this one and being in the Capitol I'd normally back DC United. But this time I'm backing the draw.

My Tip: Draw 1-1





Frank Lampard could very well be on hand to watch is future team in person on Sunday morning when they clash with Sporting Kansas City at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC are atop the Eastern Conference and are unbeaten in three games. Sporting on the other hand are winless and struggling.


It's good to see one of the expansion teams doing this well and a win would see them continue their good form. City have not conceded a goal in 180 minutes and I'm backing them to get the job done against Sporting KC on Sunday morning. 



My Tip: New York City 1-0 Sporting KC





New York Red Bulls make the trip to Columbus with their eyes on the top spot in the East but the Crew are unbeaten in two and won their last game at home. The Red Bulls are without some of their bigger names from recent years but have still started this season with some decent results.

I'm going to tip a Columbus win but I do it with hesitation. The Crew looked very impressive in their 2-0 home win a couple of weeks ago and I think they could do the same this weekend.

My Tip: Columbus 2-0 NY Red Bulls





The high-flying Vancouver Whitecaps welcome the Portland Timbers to the BC Place Stadium this weekend and with two road wins in a row, the Whitecaps are the deserved favourites for this game. Portland have drawn three straight and will be frustrated with a tough start to the season.

Vancouver have won two straight on the road and whilst they weren't the most convincing wins ever (a pair of 1-0's) I think they will be too strong here for Portland. Returning home after a successful two weeks on the road should have the Whitecaps fired up.

My Tip: Vancouver 1-0 Portland





Houston Dynamo hosts the Colorado Rapids on Sunday morning and are the favourites to beat the visitors who are out of form in front of goal. The Rapids haven't scored a goal in their two games so far but also have yet to concede. I think one of those droughts will end but unfortunately for Colorado I think it will be the goals against column kickstarting this weekend.

Houston will want to get back to winning form and there's no better time to do that than a game in front of your home fans.

My Tip: Houston 1-0 Colorado





This should be a very entertaining game between the pacesetters so far in the West and the conference champions of last season. FC Dallas have come flying out of the box in the opening rounds of the MLS season and will do doubt want to add a win against the visiting Sounders to their tally.

Both teams are missing a few players on international duty so instead of sticking with my original tip of FC Dallas to win, I'm going to flip-flop and go for a draw.

My Tip: Draw 1-1





The first game on Monday morning Australian time sees Chicago Fire host the Philadelphia Union. Both these sides are coming off the back of Week 3 losses and are both winless so far in the 2015 season. Chicago are in a slightly bigger hole than Philadelphia are their yet to register a point in three outings.

It's no surprise to see the draw is an expected outcome here. In fact, these two teams have drawn their past three games together. 

My Tip: Draw 1-1





Toronto make the long trip to Utah and face an RSL team that have troubled the Reds over the last few years. Seven straight losses in all competitions at the Rio Tinto Stadium is what the travelling Toronto side are facing. They've conceded three goals in each of their last three visits to Salt Lake City.

RSL are the heavy favourites and after an unlucky start to the season I can see them recording their first win. In fact I think they'll do it in style.

My Tip: Real Salt Lake 3-1 Toronto FC

2015 NRL Tips-Round 4

2015 NRL Tips-Round 4


The live game on Nine tonight sees Parramatta host South Sydney. The Eels are coming off the back of a horror outing last weekend in New Zealand and it gets no easier with the undefeated defending Premiers making the trip west to Parramatta tonight.

The Rabbitohs have looked like the best team in the competition so far this season and although they struggled a little against Wests Tigers last week, they are the deserved favourites in tonight's game. Parramatta are in a bit of an injury crisis and I can see them struggling tonight.

South Sydney should be too good and will most likely be too good for Parramatta.

My Tip: Parramatta 12-32 South Sydney





The other game tonight between Wests Tigers and the Bulldogs will no doubt be a very physical clash. The Tigers proved themselves a bit last week and impressed many with their physicality. Martin Taupau was at the forefront and against his former team he'll no doubt be in the wars again.

The Tigers will be without Aaron Woods and whilst I do think their forwards will be physical, I just can't see them matching it with the massive Bulldogs pack. I'm backing the Bulldogs but would love to see the Tigers get up. I think it'll be a close game with the Dogs maybe getting one or two late tries.

My Tip: Wests Tigers 12-26 Canterbury-Bankstown





Saturday kicks off with a top four clash between the unbeaten Knights and the in-form Panthers. Yes the Panthers were beaten by the Roosters on Monday but I think they're a genuine contender for Premiership this season. They've got a very exciting team. Matt Moylan is in my opinion one of the best up and coming players in the NRL and could very well get the Dally M with a big season.

Anyway onto this game. The Knights have proven themselves as a team that don't want to lose. They don't give in and can never be written off. This week I am going to go against the Knights. Despite the absence of James Segeyaro I think the Panthers will get another win this week.

My Tip: Newcastle 18-22 Panthers





I think Gordon Tallis said last night on the Footy Show that this game would put people to sleep and I for one will most likely be watching some else over this. It's not a must-watch game but it's a crucial game for both teams. They're both winless and need to grab a win to kickstart their season.

The Titans to be fair have done a lot better than I thought they would after the pre-season from hell. The Sharks on the other hand have been disappointing but I'm tipping them to turn it around on Saturday and open their account for 2015 with a win over the Gold Coast.

My Tip: Cronulla 24-10 Gold Coast





Manly return to Wollongong for the first time in four years and they haven't won their in the last three games. The Dragons have won 8 of 11 home games against Manly since their merger in 1999 and seem to enjoy upsetting the Sea Eagles at home.

This Saturday I'm going with the visitors to get the win. Not just because I'm a Manly member but because I think the Dragons just aren't convincing at the moment. It's one thing to beat Canberra, it's another to beat a hungry Manly team that need a win to move up the ladder.

My Tip: St. George-Illawarra 8-18 Manly-Warringah





The first game on Sunday is at a special time of 12pm AEDT on Nine before the ICC World Cup Final. The Warriors are hosting the Broncos in what is a rare game for the Kiwis on the Nine Network, although I can't say the same about Brisbane. 

Onto the actual game and I can see this one being a high-scoring affair but I can't go past the Warriors in New Zealand. They're a very hard team to tip as you never know what Warriors team will show up but on such a big day for New Zealand sport I can't go past them.

My Tip: New Zealand 36-22 Brisbane





The later game on Sunday sees the Roosters host the Raiders at Allianz Stadium. This could very well turn out to be the most one-sided match of the round as it's been a tight round so far scorewise (I'm writing this on Saturday night).

In a simple world the Roosters would be too good here. But it's the NRL and sometimes upsets do happen but I just can't see it happening. The Raiders gave up an 18-0 lead to the Dragons last week and any team that does that shouldn't be considered much chance of beating the Sydney Roosters.

My Tip: Sydney Roosters 32-6 Canberra





Monday night games are normally boring affairs between two lower-ranked teams but after the Roosters-Panthers clash last week, the last game of the round is another potential game of the round as the Cowboys host the Storm in Townsville.

Normally this game would steal the show but the Cowboys have been severely lacking so far in 2015. The Storm on the other hand have shown some glimpses, especially last week against the Sharks. 

As for my tip I, like a lot of people, am going to give the Cowboys one last chance. They need to win this game. Losing your first three home games is not a good look and surely they've got to pick up some points sooner or later.

My Tip: North Queensland 24-16 Melbourne