North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
North Queensland Cowboys player Johnathan Thurston is likely to sit out tonight’s match against the Canterbury Bulldogs. The decision made by Queensland to play him in Wednesday night’s Origin opener, knowing it could aggravate an old groin injury, has left coach Neil Henry and his team in a dire situation. The Cowboys are sitting in 12th place. They have lost four on the trot and rumours are circulating that another loss may get Henry the sack. A win for Dogs and they’ll temporarily leapfrog both the Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers. That could be shortlived though; both teams play this Sunday.
Parramatta Eels vs Sydney Roosters
In tonight’s match the Parramatta Eels take on the Sydney Roosters. Both teams will have players returning from Origin; the Eels have fullback Jarryd Hayne and the Roosters have playmakers Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney. All three players are key elements in their sides’ chances of winning, but the gruelling Origin opener may have dampened their ability to perform tonight.
My prediction: Roosters to just edge out the Eels, 18-12.
Sydney FC have finally parted ways with youngster Terry Antonis who signed a four-year contract with Italian Serie A side Parma FC. The Sky Blues will look to stock up on their youth by a possible move to sign Corey Gameiro, 20, who previously played for Sydney’s youth team. Gameiro’s short career has seen him move to England and play for English Premier League side Fulham. He later came back to Australia where he played seven games for Wellington Phoenix, scoring once. It’s highly unlikely that his future will be decided before the U20s World Cup in Turkey later this month.
The signing of Pedj Bojic will more than likely be completed later this month when he returns home from the US. Bojic moved from the club after tiring of the daily journey to Central Coast from his home in Sydney. The Mariners released him early from his contract. – Blake Moretti