Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald
Phil Gould Thank God for the players! If not for them, rugby league would be an absolute circus.
Phil Gould The last time South Sydney won a premiership most people still had black-and-white television sets. That's if they actually owned a TV – 1971 was such a long time ago.
Phil Gould I am at a loss to know what makes rugby league players tick. What motivates them? What de-motivates them? Why they can be terrible one day and then brilliant the next.
SET OF SIX
Phil Gould There is so much to write about when looking to analyse how this preliminary final might play out on Friday night.
Phil Gould It's the last weekend of the 2013 season. Just two teams remain: the Roosters and the Sea Eagles. That leaves 14 other NRL teams and their fans.
Phil Gould Does your team have a realistic shot at the title in 2013? I like the Rabbits and Roosters.
Phil Gould The six salient points Phil Gould noticed from the first week of the 2013 NRL competition.
Phil Gould I get the feeling we could be on the verge of another shift in the style of rugby league being played by a number of teams in the NRL competition.
Phil Gould I remember a few seasons ago watching a match between the Wayne Bennett-coached Dragons and the team formerly coached by Bennett, the Brisbane Broncos.
Phil Gould In their previous two matches, Newcastle were awful in their second-half performances. They virtually took no part in proceedings following the half-time break in either game, succumbing meekly to...
Last man standing
Phil Gould The State of Origin period will be over in 10 days time. The run to the finals for the 16 NRL clubs will then begin.
Phil Gould Sunday's victory by Newcastle over Parramatta showed yet again the value of great leadership and experience in a football club.
Phil Gould Newcastle were simply too good for Canterbury in Sunday afternoon's elimination semi-final at ANZ Stadium. There is no other way to describe it.
SET OF SEVEN
Phil Gould You would have to be crazy tipping against Melbourne this weekend.
Phil Gould A sunny, August Sunday afternoon at their Brookvale home base, hosting the in-form Knights, provided the perfect platform for Manly to make a statement about their 2012 intentions.