Garth Brennan

EXCLUSIVE | Titans coach ensuring team doesn’t ‘peak too early’

AFTER BREAKING their 2019 NRL season duck, the Gold Coast Titans have enjoyed a relaxed week of training, heading into their Easter Sunday clash against Newcastle in Robina.

“It was a good win, it was a gutsy win,” Coach Garth Brennan told Hot Tomato’s Galey Mal and Moyra on Thursday morning.

He’s of course referring to their Round Five victory over Penrith (30-24) that saw the team nab their first win of the season.

“I was happy for the boys because I know how hard they’ve been working,” Brennan explained. “We just hadn’t quite got the result.”

This week, they have been able to ease-off the hard training a little, due to a long turn-around between matches.

“Today’s our big day, we’ll ramp up our session this morning, day off tomorrow and have our light run on Saturday (to) get ready for Sunday.

“Because it’s a long turn-around – we don’t play until Sunday night, coming from a Friday night game – it’s about making sure we don’t peak too early.”

When asked about the player that has impressed him greatly so far this season, Brennan easily pointed to Tyrone Roberts.

“Tyrone coming back (from England) has been really good for the team.

“I see a more experienced (player) and a leader. He showed that on the weekend when we lost Ash (Taylor) early, Tyrone really stepped up and controlled that team and the game really well.”

The Titans take on the Knights at CBUS Super Stadium on Easter Sunday from 2pm.

Gre Inglis

Emotional Greg Inglis confirms retirement from NRL

GREG INGLIS has paid tribute to everyone who has been part of his remarkable NRL career, as he confirmed his retirement from the game.

The 32-year-old revealed he will now leave the playing field “effective immediately” to go behind-the-scenes at South Sydney to pursue a career off the field.

An emotional ‘GI’ fronted a packed media conference on Monday morning to make the announcement, flanked by Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett, club CEO Blake Solly and general manager of football Shane Richardson.

He hasn’t played since he was injured in round two against St George Illawarra, but denied the decision had come “through mental illness or injuries”, saying it was “the right time”.

“I’ve been contemplating it for a while now, and I’ve come to terms with it,” he said.

“My body hasn’t given up on me. I just think it’s the right decision for myself,” he added.

He then went on to reveal that he will take up a role inside the club and he looks forward to staying around Redfern.

“You ain’t seen the last of me yet, but you’ve seen the last of me playing 80-minutes on a footy field.”

“My career off the field is just starting now, and I look forward to that.”

Inglis made his name as Melbourne began their dominant era in the NRL in 2006 and remained part of the Storm’s success until forced to leave amidst the salary cap scandal.

He landed at Redfern and inspired the side to their drought-breaking 2014 Premiership, scoring the final try.

His try-scoring tally stands at 149 in 263 games and has also been a dominant figure at representative level; for Queensland’s State of Origin side and with the Kangaroos.

Gold Coast Suns Fans

SUNS surge into AFL top-eight with third-straight win

THE GOLD COAST SUNS have made it three-straight with a nail-biting win over Carlton in front of a roaring crowd at Metricon Stadium.

A Jack Bowes goal in the dying seconds of Sunday’s match saw the home side claim victory by just two-points 8.11 (59) to 8.9 (57).

The result keeps the Blues winless for the 2019 season so far, while the SUNS surge into sixth place on the AFL ladder.

It’s also a major boost to the confidence of the Gold Coast side, which suffered a one-point loss to St Kilda in the first round, before defying critics to claim wins over Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs.

Tiger Woods

He’s back! Tiger Woods breaks 11-year drought to win Masters

TIGER WOODS has completed one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time, to claim his fifth Masters title at Augusta National.

The former World No.1 golfer started the final round two shots behind the lead, before surging ahead to finish 13-under-par (275) total to snatch the prestigious green jacket by one-stroke.

Dustin Johnson (68), Xander Schauffele (68) and Brooks Koepka (70) tied second one shot behind.

Queensland golfer Jason Day (67) was tied fifth at 11 under alongside 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari, Webb Simpson (70) and Tony Finau (72).

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An emotional Woods, who won his first Masters in 1997 before going on to win another three, along with 10 other major championships by 2008, said his career had come full circle.

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“To have my kids there, it’s come full circle; my dad was here (when I won) in 1997 and now I’m the dad with two kids here,” he said while being presented with the green jacket.

“It’s overwhelming because what has transpired… I’m at a loss for words really.”

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What has transpired includes a shocking fall from grace, a marriage breakdown and countless surgeries.

Now aged 43, Woods has become the oldest champion at Augusta since Jack Nicklaus, 46, claimed his sixth and final Masters in 1986. He is also now just three shy of Nicklaus’ all-time record 18 major crowns.

Nicklaus, along with a host of other celebrities, took to social media to congratulate Woods.

Winx an absolute champion: Damien Oliver

THE champion qualities of Winx have not been lost on another of racing’s high achievers who will be watching from the jockeys’ room when the mare runs for the last time at Randwick.

Ten-time Victorian premiership winner and the winner of more Group One races than any other active rider, Damien Oliver will sit out Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes when Winx struts her stuff in her final race.

Oliver has ridden against Winx with his best finish a fourth on The United States in the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

“She’s an absolute champion. There’s no other way to describe her,” Oliver said.

“She’s been unbeatable over her last 32 starts and a lot like Black Caviar she dominates her races and scares her rivals away.

“She appears to give her jockey great confidence to overcome whatever is presented to her in a race.

“There’s been times where she’s missed the start and been in an awkward position and has been able to overcome it and then there’s other times where she’s been totally dominant.”

Oliver said for racing’s prosperity Winx arrived at the right time and has kept people talking about the sport.

He said Winx had become mainstream at a time when racing is not, and she will be missed, although not as much from those who have spent years trying to beat her.

“The people like us that are in racing and living it day to day, we do understand that she is important to racing for the perspective of people outside the sport,” Oliver said.

“But for the competitors that are chasing her and trying to beat her, we probably won’t miss her as much.”

Oliver has four rides on Saturday, including Vengeur Masque in the Sydney Cup and Oregon’s Day in the Coolmore Legacy.

“They’re probably each-way chances on a tough day,” Oliver said.

Damien Oliver vs Winx (since her winning streak began)

  • 6th Fawkner – 2015 Cox Plate
  • 4th The United States – 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes
  • 5th Sir Isaac Newton – 2017 Turnbull Stakes
  • 6th Happy Clapper – 2017 Cox Plate
  • 5th So Si Bon – 2019 George Ryder Stakes

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