BEST VENUES FOR MELBOURNE CUP

If you are still deciding where to go for Melbourne Cup this year or where to take the office for lunch, here are three different options in different parts of Sydney.

They all have great food, ice cold drinks and you’ll be able to have a bet, participate in sweep stakes or be the best dressed person there and win great prizes!

The Hunters Hill Hotel

Address: 64 Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill
Time: 10am- midnight
Cost: OPTION 1 – 3 course set menu with glass of sparkling on arrival, $65 per person. OPTION 2- Unlimited buffet lunch with welcome cocktail, $75 per person
Extra information: Sweep stakes, fashion prizes, 32 television screens, 160 inch outdoor screen (largest in any pub in NSW), two TAB facilities, car parking for 136 cars
Booking information: functions@huntershillhotel.com.au or 9817 2188

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The Clovelly Hotel

Address: 381 Clovelly Rd, Clovelly
Time: 10am – midnight
Cost: 3 course choice, $70 per person
Extra information: Sweep stakes, fashion prizes, 14 television screens together, 110 inch outdoor screen and a 130 inch indoor screen, TAB facility
Booking information: office@clovellyhotel.com.au or 9665 1214

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Criniti’s Woolloomooloo

Address: Shop 2, 6 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo
Time: 12pm start
Cost: 3 hour set menu with Australian beer and house wine, $119 per person
Extra information: Sweep stakes, fashion prizes, big screen
Booking information: 1300 274 648

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SYDNEY FC MAKES THE CLOVELLY HOTEL ITS NEW HOME…AWAY FROM HOME

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The Clovelly Hotel is the official new home for Sydney FC supporters- for all away games this 2014/15 season!

“We are very excited that Sydney FC has made The Clovelly Hotel its official venue for all supporters to gather and watch the Sky Blues, when they are playing away from home. We’ve got 14 screens together with a 110 inch outdoor screen and a 130 inch indoor screen to watch the games on”, said Rod Lawson, General Manager, The Clovelly Hotel.

There’ll be giveaways each and every game such as merchandise and tickets to home games, signed paraphernalia and chances to win invitations to corporate boxes.

“We understand how important it is for passionate fans to get together and watch games and cheer when the ball finds the back of the net and also groan in unison when it hits the paintwork. We are looking forward to transforming the pub into the Sydney FC hub”, said Lawson.

The hotel caters for both young adults together with families and fans can have traditional footy food such as a burger or schnitzel or even try the menu prepared by new Head Chef, Grant Croft who has worked at a two hat restaurant and a seven-star destination in Dubai.

The first away game is this Friday 24th October and all meals will be just $20.

“We can’t wait to play host to all 14 away games for Sydney FC and are really looking forward to the Clovelly Hotel turning Sky Blue with their supporters”, concluded Rod Lawson.

Don’t get sent off this A-League season and get down to The Cloey and support Sydney FC!

REASONS WHY JARRYD HAYNE WILL AND WON’T MAKE IT IN THE NFL

One of Australia’s finest Rugby League players, Jarryd Hayne announced he was quitting Rugby League to turn his attention and focus to making it in the NFL.
It’s a huge task and the fact that he hasn’t grown up with the sport makes it even more challenging.
Jarryd Hayne is an elite athlete and has represented his country and played at the highest level. His natural sporting ability will stand him in good stead.
Here are reasons why Jarryd Hayne will make it in the NFL and also reasons why he won’t.

5 REASONS WHY JARRYD HAYNE WILL MAKE IT:

  1. Experience under a high ball- No kick he will ever have to try and catch will be as hard as what he has had in the NRL. Players aren’t allowed to even touch him when he is fielding a punt and every kick he catches will be uncontested.
  2. Toughness- The tackles in the NFL won’t scare him at all. They are no stronger or more intense than what he has experienced during State of Origin.
  3. Elusive- Hayne has always been elusive in NRL and this will help him as a punt returner. He will have the whole field to play with. He will also have team mates who can actually clear the path for him (blockers) and make it easier to run.
  4. He is a patient player- Good runners of the ball don’t just run without direction. They make quick assessments of holes and run into them.
  5. Regional Combines- Between February and the end of March, 2015, Hayne will attend Regional Combines. These are open days, where any player may try out to become an NFL player. These are often used by athletes from other sports who are trying to break into NFL. If he is successful here he will be invited to the Super Regional Combine in April, 2015, where he will perform tests in front of NFL club scouts and player personnel.
5 REASONS WHY JARRYD HAYNE WON’T MAKE IT:
  1. Rules- He needs to learn the rules and just as importantly, completely forget all the rules he has from Rugby League
  2. Holding the ball- He needs to learn how to hold the ball again. Holding it in one hand or out in front will not work. He needs to learn to hold the ball and cross his arms, to protect the ball and then run.
  3. Speed- Many NFL players are track and field stars who could pursue Olympic careers. Hayne is fast, but compared to the American athletes he is just not fast enough. If he can make his 40 yard (around 37m) time around 4.69 seconds it will help. If he is under this time, it will get attention.
  4. Limited skill set- Not many teams want just a specialised punt returner. In a 53 man roster, teams want their punt returner to also play other positions. For Hayne to play another position like running back or wide receiver he will need to understand the playbook. The playbook is literally thousands of different plays which could occur.
  5. Time- Hayne has not grown up with the game. 12 months is a very short time frame to give himself. He only has between now and March 2015 to learn about the game and work on explosive speed and strength. It’s a very short window to try and make it in the most competitive and specialised game in the world.

HAYNE IS ON A PLANE

The Hayne Plane has literally soared out of the country as Jarryd Hayne has decided to leave his beloved Eels and attempt to make it in the NFL.

It’s a stunning move and while people have talked about trying to make the switch, he will be the first high profile NRL player to genuinely have a go.
Hayne is exceptionally strong, has brilliant vision, great hands and great footwork. Will he make it in what I believe is the greatest game in the world? My heart says he will make it, my head says it will be harder than trying to get into Roxy’s Night Club in Parramatta, on a Saturday night, if you aren’t wearing three stripes.
The obvious position for Hayne would be as a punt or kick returner. This would require the least number of new skills to learn.
The glamour positions of running back and wide receiver are going to be a far harder transition, but with a lot of dedication and hard work, there is no reason why Jarryd can’t turn into a wide receiver.
He is only giving himself 12 months to make it, which really only means between now and August next year, as the new season starts in September and trials take place in August. In the most risk adverse game in the world, no team would take a punt on a guy who has never played the game in his life, in an actual game.
He needs to learn the rules, how to carry a ball, how to run in new equipment, how to understand calls and run routes, how to block and how to adjust to cold- and I mean intense cold. Minus 20 degree cold.
He has all the attributes and skills to make it as an NFL player. If he had started about 18 years ago, he would be dominating the game.
If he can cross codes and make it, Hayne will become one of the most incredible sportsman, this country has ever produced.
He needs to work with Chip Kelly, who is a forward thinking coach or creative quarterbacks like Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick or Johnny Manziel.
He’s worn blue and gold all his life. What team in the NFL has colours of blue and yellow- the mighty San Diego Chargers!
Get on board this boeing Hayne Plane Australia and support this incredible move!

GLORY GLORY TO…Grand Final preview

It’s 80 minutes from holding a trophy up or holding a schooner up for Mad Monday, for one team.

Congratulations South Sydney and Canterbury on making this year’s decider. (The Sharks were one drug test, one urinal photo and one topless waiter away from being there too).

Last week I picked both games incorrectly and through this whole semi final campaign I have picked only one game correctly- Canterbury beating Melbourne.

I am coming into picking the Grand Final winner with no recent history of success.

Canterbury have played better footy in the last month. They’re performance against Melbourne was the performance of the year. They can’t finish off a team though and unless they start to take correct options and score points, Souths will make them punish. When Souths get a roll on they are magic to watch.

Let’s analyse quickly who will win.

Why Souths will win:

They are a confidence team. When their cotton tails are up they are simply unstoppable.

Grand Finals are won in the forwards, which everyone knows. Souths have forwards. About 5 on the field at anyone time, surprisingly enough and they are the real deal. They’re tough and quick. When they get moving they just don’t stop.

Do you remember what Ben Kennedy did to Parramatta in 2001? It wasn’t Andrew Johns, it was BK who destroyed the ‘unbeatable’ Eels and this is where Souths can win this game.

Souths wingers just know how to finish and somehow plant the ball inside the corner post. They’ve got a kid who probably still has acne, on one wing and the other fella is so old he probably has kids of his own who are at the age where they get pimples (if you do have pimples use Skin B5, an all natural formula which gets you results. They may or may not be a new client of mine).

Lote brings experience and this is invaluable in a game of this magnitude.

By the way they also have a future Hall of Famer wearing the number 1 jersey. Inglis can score from anywhere on the field.

Why Canterbury will win:

They are Canterbury. They are grubs and have decades of tradition in this area.

The Melbourne game was a perfect example. They played like the Warren Ryan coached teams of the 80’s. Slow play the balls, giving away penalties on purpose for lying on the man in the tackle.

I expect Canterbury to do exactly the same again today. I think the first 20 minutes could see the most number of penalties ever blown in a grand final.

Canterbury just need to slow South Sydney down.

The kicking game of the halves is where the Dogs can win. Like the great Jack Gibson said to Sterlo many years ago- kick to the seagulls. If they kick to open space, they will win the game. I can even see them kicking dead on purpose, just to reset their defensive line, although it will be a zero tackle.

I’m not going for either team and want a close grand final in the most open competition in the last two decades.

The Rabbitohs have matured as a team and have the state behind them.

The blue and whites have a wiley coach, the best ball playing forwards in the competition and halves who have won an Origin.

Experience counts.

Canterbury win 18-16.