My 2019 Rugby League commentary samples

Here are all of my calls of the rugby league matches I have done throughout 2019!

62 matches in total, including my first official call live at the ground, which was the 2019 NRL pre-season trial match between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Sydney Roosters at the Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, a match where both teams were under-strength for various reasons, the Roosters more so than the Sea Eagles after a number of players were rested after winning the 2019 World Club Challenge (their fourth WCC crown) vs. Wigan Warriors, with only three of the 17 that defeated Wigan, and none of the 17 who won the 2018 NRL (National Rugby League) Grand Final vs. Melbourne Storm took part in this pre-season trial match.

It was also the Roosters first match on Australian soil in 2019 in either a pre-season trial match, or a normal NRL competition match, the year where they became the first club in an unified competition since the Brisbane Broncos in 1992-1993 to win back-to-back premierships, and the first Roosters’ team to go back-to-back since Arthur Beetson (captain) and Jack Gibson (coach) in 1974-1975.

I would like to thank the NRL, and the entire team for giving me the opportunity to call this pre-season trial match, as well as everyone that supported me and/or gave me any sort of advice in the lead-up, and to everyone who supported/thanked me for my call! I really enjoyed it, and I hope I can do it again very soon!

In addition to this, I have 61 SoundCloud calls, including 55 NRL matches, seven of them NRL Finals matches, including both semi-finals, both preliminary finals, and the 2019 NRL Grand Final, where Trent Robinson’s Sydney Roosters marched into rugby league immortality by defeating a brave and gallant Canberra Raiders team coached by Ricky Stuart, who of course took the Raiders to their first grand final in 25 years.

As well as this, I did five test match calls, including Papua New Guinea’s historic win over Great Britain, which was just their third victory against Tier One opposition (Australia, New Zealand, England, or Great Britain), and their first since May 27, 1990, which was also against Great Britain, as well as the second-ever Women’s State Of Origin match.

Accompanying each of my SoundCloud calls, I have photos showing the amount of work and research I have put into each of my calls, whether that be the SoundCloud calls that I have done, or an official call like the 2019 NRL pre-season trial match between the Sea Eagles and the Roosters, and I hope you can see/hear this come through in each of my calls as I chase my dream of one day becoming a full-time professional sports commentator.

I would like to say thank you to everyone (too many names to mention) that has supported me, or given advice throughout this year, and I hope you continue to support me going forward as I continue to chase the dream, my dream of one day becoming a full-time professional sports commentator.

I hope you all enjoy listening to the calls I have done, and the work I have done, showing you how I have prepared for my calls!


My review of the 2017 State Of Origin series

Queensland have done it again!

The Maroons have won their 11th State Of Origin series in 12 years by defeating New South Wales by 22-6 in front of a record crowd of 52,540 people at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Coming into the series, many people thought the Blues were a massive chance of ending Queensland’s dominant run, and after a 28-4 victory in Game One at Suncorp Stadium, many more people were convinced that New South Wales could claim just their second series victory in 12 years.

And, despite suffering an earth-shattering 18-16 loss in Game Two at ANZ Stadium, and the criticism of the Blues second half performance, many experts still thought New South Wales could still win the series, especially when Johnathan Thurston was ruled out of Game Three for the Maroons after producing one of the most courageous performances of all-time, after severely injuring his shoulder early in the match, but played the entire match without showing too much of the effects of the injury, kicking the winning conversion attempt to see Queensland home.

However, despite the ongoing optimism surrounding the Blues heading into Game Three, they just could not deliver! Why?

To work out why New South Wales have lost their 11th State Of Origin series in 12 years, we need to look at the long-term set-up of both the Maroons and the Blues to establish the differences between the two states.

Back in 2006, the great Mal Meninga became the coach of Queensland, and while most people see the role of a head coach as coaching and managing the playing staff of a sporting team, Meninga saw the role of coaching the Maroons, the team that he once represented on a total of 32 occasions in State Of Origin, as a role much greater than coaching the team itself.

Meninga wanted to create a culture that made whoever was selected not only better players, but better people. He wanted the players to understand the past, understand the history of the team and the state, the history of the people who came before the current group, how they came to being a Queensland player, what they were willing to sacrifice, how desperate the players of the past were to win and give their absolute best for the Maroons to get the players of the modern era to understand that they had a tradition to uphold, and that they couldn’t afford to let their mates, their families and their state down to such a level that it spurred them onto such a level of dominance over New South Wales that is unparalleled in the history of the game that level.

Meninga also controlled the people that he allowed into the team set-up, and he didn’t want anyone who could, and possibly would ruin the set-up of what he created, but also what the state created in the years before today.

Meninga is now doing the same with the Australian rugby league team.

However, New South Wales has not been able to match their fierce rivals as far as this is concerned, and the Blues have copped a lot of criticism as a result.

Andrew Johns, who played 23 times for the Blues, has been by far the most scathing in his critique of the team, and of its culture, explaining on the post-match coverage on Nine’s Wide World Of Sports that the New South Wales team don’t get it, and don’t understand what it takes to win at this level.

The coach of New South Wales, Laurie Daley, has also played 23 times for New South Wales, and has won 13 games as a player, the same as Johns.

So, what can Johns see that Daley can’t to get New South Wales inspired to win?


Johns, like Meninga, has a rare gift that not too many people in any walk of life have.

He knows within himself what it takes to achieve success, and he knows what he wants to put in place, and where he wants to place the puzzle pieces, and how he wants everything to be organised, and he wants it organised exactly the way that he likes it.

However, most people, whether that is in sport, the media, or even in another industry struggle to get these kind of people, but the organisations who have embraced these kind of people, and keep asking them to be involved over a long period of time have had a huge amount of success.

Daley is a great role model, and a great contributor to rugby league in New South Wales, he doesn’t have vision in the same way as Johns does. Johns, while he can ruffle a few feathers if you don’t treat him in the right way, he always has everyone’s best interests in his mind.

Johns has the best interests of the Blues in what he is saying and how he is speaking!

Sadly, most people across rugby league in New South Wales across all levels of the game, including the media, simply do not get it!

And, for the entire game of rugby league, that is just sickening!


And another thing

I hope you enjoying reading my previews of Game One, Game Two, and Game Three, which were published on The Roar!