Hasler gets his man – ref gig goes to Archer

The CD is out soon … Manly’s Joe Galuvao, right, will put his musical side on show when a song he has written is performed at this year’s NRL grand final. It is all part of a project involving young artists from south-west Sydney, the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and other NRL players. Here Galuvao is with Minto hiphopper Ivan Zainey.Tony Archer has been appointed to control a Canterbury match for the first time in more than two years on Sunday after Bulldogs coach Des Hasler alerted referees bosses Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper to the anomaly. Canterbury supporters, who have so far raised $6500 towards the $10,000 fine imposed on Hasler for his criticism of referees last week, advised Sin Bin of the statistic and suggested the rant might have had the desired effect. But Harrigan said it had been decided to appoint Archer to Sunday’s game after Hasler contacted him three weeks ago to point out that one of the game’s top whistleblowers had not controlled a Bulldogs match since round 20, 2010. ”I was very surprised and when I told Tony Archer he was as surprised as I was,” Harrigan said. ”We have spreadsheets so that we make sure every referee goes to Townsville, every referee goes to Auckland and they usually to Skilled Stadium and all those places, but we missed that. After hearing that, he had to go and do a Bulldogs game because he could be refereeing the Bulldogs in the finals but he still had to go and referee a game in Auckland like all the other referees do, and then my plan was for him to do this game.”
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Dogs’ poor omens

Regardless of who referees Canterbury’s remaining four regular season games, Hasler’s men will have to defy history to win the premiership after finishing on the right side of the penalty count in just three matches this season. According to statistics unearthed by long-time Canterbury supporter and season ticket holder Ian Camlett, who began the campaign for fans to pledge $100 each towards Hasler’s fine, no team that has won fewer than eight penalty counts in a season has triumphed on grand final day since 1980. ”The more I look at these statistics the more I can see why Hasler is alarmed,” Camlett told Sin Bin.

Gal the choir boy

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen’s reputation as one of the most penalised NRL players is no longer warranted, with the NSW and Australian star earning the wrath of referees just twice this season. The Sharks are statistically the most disciplined team in the NRL after conceding the least penalties (88) and losing just two penalty counts all season.

Stuart’s tough spot

Ricky Stuart has been placed in an awkward position after standing down as Blues coach, with NSWRL officials seeking his opinion to help decide who should replace him next season. Stuart has a good relationship with all of the main contenders – Trent Barrett, Laurie Daley, Brad Fittler and Jim Dymock – and has worked closely with each of them during the past two Origin campaigns so he would be reluctant to choose. Another candidate, Steve Folkes, who applied this week, shares the same manager as Stuart, John Fordham. It is no suprise, therefore, that he suggested Phil Gould, but the Panthers supremo doesn’t have the time to be a full-time NSW coach. With two of next season’s three matches to be played at Suncorp Stadium, whoever is given the task of stopping Queensland from winning an eighth consecutive series faces a baptism of fire.

England calling

Penrith prop Mitch Achurch has his sights set on playing for England in next year’s World Cup after signing a four-year deal with Leeds Rhinos. Achurch, who turned down offers from the Panthers and Manly, qualifies to play for England through his London-born mother. ”It was obviously a big decision for me but my mum still has a lot of family in England and this feels like the right decision for me,” the 24-year-old said. “My first focus is … doing my best for Leeds Rhinos but obviously with my heritage that would make me available for England and the World Cup next year.”

Regular service

Channel Nine’s decision to move last Friday night’s Roosters-Dragons clash to its digital channel Gem due to the Olympics had a significant impact on ratings for the NRL, with the match watched by just 291,000 viewers, 177,000 of them in Sydney. Tonight’s Souths-Manly game will be back on the main channel.

Magpies’ big night

Wests Magpies will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the club’s move to Campbelltown by naming a best team of the era at their annual Hall of Fame dinner on August 25. Besides inducting three new players into the hall, the evening will also be a tribute to the late Keith Holman. Tickets are $95 or $900 for a table of 10 and can be bought at Wests Leagues Club Campbelltown, online at www.proticket南京夜网.au or by phoning 1300 12 10 12.

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