Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Finals Time a Fresh Ball Game

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Finals Time a Fresh Ball Game

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THE Chronicle sport team looks at pressing issues in the world of sport every weekend with Saturday Soapbox.

With winter finals starting, can teams at the bottom of the top four or top five in Darling Downs competitions be genuine challengers for premierships?

Ben Drewe: FINALS bring a whole new ball game.

The teams at the top of the ladder have been leading outfits over a prolonged period of time but finals are decided by individual matches so there is no reason why teams who have just made it into the finals can't take out the premiership.

If they can produce their best efforts and build momentum, they have just as much of a chance to keep winning as the teams at the top of the ladder.

The thing is though, the teams at the top of the ladders are there for a reason. They have had great seasons and are talented teams.

Lower-placed rivals just have to rise to the occasion.

What do you make of the Wests Tigers telling Robbie Farah to look for another club?

BD: LOYALTY in sport has long been dead.

Clubs cry foul when players try to get out of deals and then do the same.

Farah is keen to stay at the club he loves and has played 236 NRL games for but this could be good for Farah and the Tigers.

Farah is easily the highest paid Tiger and he is reportedly on a back-ended deal that eats up the salary cap.

By trying to off-load the star hooker, the Tigers are attempting to overcome disappointing seasons by building from the ground up.

That is a long-term option that could build the foundation for a successful era.

It is a shame given Farah has been such a loyal servant to the joint venture club but it could also breathe new life into his career.

At 31, Farah has a couple of years left and a change of club could reinvigorate his footy.

He could also be picked up by a club capable of challenging for the premiership which would be better than running out for a club rebuilding. …

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