The rugby league world was grieved on Wednesday morning when news broke that Tommy Raudonikis had lost his battle with cancer.
Tough tough, a larrikin, Tommy wasn’t afraid to say what he thought of a rugby league matter that was making the headlines.
Raudonikis had a wonderful career as a player, including 239 games (202 Wests, 37 Newtown) in which he represented his country 29 times and his state NSW 21 times.
Tommy was awarded the Rothmans Medal for Best Player in the NSWRL Competition in 1972 and was inducted into the NRL Hall of Fame in 2008 and the NSWRL Hall of Fame in 2019.
He also had a great coaching career, running his beloved Magpies for 115 games and his condition in two Origin series, which he won in 1997.
Tommy was at the helm of the Ipswich Jets from 1985 to 1988, taking them to their first grand final in 1988, where they lost to Valleys.
He was a landmark light in the early careers of Alfie Langer and the Walters boys, instrumental in getting them to join the Broncos.
Everyone has a Tommy story, but something is always the same in those stories. That said, he played the game hard, loved his state and country, was a character and a great leader.
The Australian women’s cricket team beat New Zealand earlier this week, but it was no ordinary win.
Beating the Kiwis enabled them to set a world record of 22 consecutive international victories in one day, breaking the record set by Ricky Ponting’s 2003 team.
The series began with a win over India on March 12, 2018 and continued with success against Pakistan, England, the West Indies and Sri Lanka over that four-year period.
During this undefeated run, the team experienced some changes. However, Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardiner and Rachael Haynes were given the privilege of taking part in all 22 victories.
The team added victory number 23 to game 2 of the Rose Bowl series overnight – a series that the Aussies have dominated for over two decades.
WINNERS: 1. The Sydney Swans, who knocked down the current premieres, the Richmond Tigers, and showed the rest of the league that they are competitors if they keep this form.
2. The Queensland Sheffield Shield side that NSW surpassed. The finals will be held in Queensland. They performed admirably in a difficult season.
3. Sam Kerr has shown the world again that she is the best female footballer with another hat trick for Chelsea.
LOSERS: 1. The North Melbourne Kangaroos sit at the bottom of the ladder. After last week’s terrible performance, I can’t see they’re moving any higher.
2. The Brisbane Bullets started the season on fire, but that fire was put out recently with some poor performance. Let’s hope they’ll be back for their best soon.
1. The two teams from the Sydney Golden West in Parramatta and Penrith, which remain the only two undefeated teams.
2. The St. George Dragons, who tipped the most to win the wooden spoon, fly. You are currently in the top eight.
3. Ageless Roosters winger Brett Morris who still knows how to sniff a try. This guy is in stunning shape.
4. Stunning form can also describe Storm full-back Ryan Papenhuyzen, who produced a great game against the Broncos and scored four attempts.
1. The cowboys, sea eagles, and bulldogs who remain victorious and are all in terrible shape.
2. Cody Walker may have led his rabbits to victory, but he let them down with his undisciplined performance. They will now put this week’s game on suspension.
1. 1912: Sonya Henie – Norwegian figure skater who is still considered one of the greatest of all time. She won gold in the 1928, 32 and 36 Olympics.
1. 1972: West Indian cricketer Alvin Kallicharran scores 100 points in his test debut against New Zealand.
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