League is alive and well in Melbourne, thanks to the outstanding efforts of Melbourne Storm. We are again on top of the ladder and have a superb coach in Craig Bellamy who has recently renewed his contract with Storm.
Now I don't give a toss whether the Cane Toads beat the Rum Corps or not in the State of Origin series. My interest is in following Melbourne Storm in its continuing progress in the NRL competition. Origin hitherto has been little more than a diversion, and about as important to Melbourne supporters as the NSW City-Country clash.
This year it's different. Storm is providing NINE players of the two thirteen-man (plus interchanges) teams, plus the NSW coach for three games. And now I understand the selectors are sniffing around Storm halfback Cooper Cronk.
This robs Storm of its class players and sets us up for successive defeats in the NRL competition as our key players are either not available or recovering from Origin matches. No team in the League has the depth to cover this number of missing players.
The hydra-headed monster (a conglomerate of alphabet soup initials) that runs League in Australia needs to come to terms with this and provide a workable solution (fat chance!).
If I was into conspiracy theories, I'd reckon this was a deliberate ploy by the (NSW and Qld only) selectors to weaken Storm's chances to win a back to back premiership this year.