Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Knights ride tide of emotion on a day when football came second to community

Phil Gould It was always going to be a tough afternoon for all concerned at Newcastle on Sunday. I will leave it for others to describe the events and the emotions of the day.

League

Late gift from courageous Knights gives reason for Roosters to soar

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Phil Gould The Knights weren't that far away from beating the Roosters on Sunday.

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Set of Six

Knights must run the gauntlet to play finals

Phil Gould A loss to the Broncos would leave the Knights needing to win three or maybe even four of their last five games.

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League

Storm show Knights how to win against run of play

Phil Gould Before big games, I would often challenge my players with the question: ''Can we win without the ball?''

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League

Knights' armour shines, but it was against Parra

Phil Gould Sunday's victory by Newcastle over Parramatta showed yet again the value of great leadership and experience in a football club.

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League

Newcastle united: Knights simply too good by coming together and staying committed

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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.

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League

No reinventing the wheel; Knights just rolled with what they do best

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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...

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League

Phil Gould's Set of Six: Best wishes to young Newcastle forward Alex McKinnnon

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Phil Gould The terrible injury to Knights forward Alex McKinnon represents one of those heart-stopping moments in sport every person fears.

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Set of Six

Phil Gould: Grand finalists back on track

Phil Gould After disappointing displays last week, last year's grand finalists bounced back in impressive fashion. Manly had a gutsy win against Souths, while the Roosters were all class against the Eels.

League

First-up success can last but there’s a long way to go

Phil Gould First impressions can be misleading. They can also lead to lasting impressions that in time prove to be surprisingly accurate.

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League

Roosters on the cusp of greatness

Phil Gould It could well be the first time since 1993 that the defending champions go back-to-back and win consecutive premierships.

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Set of Six

Grades of grey: puzzle of the shoulder charge

Phil Gould If the NRL's match review committee believes Sonny Bill Williams' shoulder made illegal contact with George Burgess' head in the final minute of last Thursday's match between South Sydney and Sydney...

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Set of Six

What were the Booze Bros. thinking?

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Phil Gould It defies belief doesn't it? It's a real struggle for me to understand how, after everything they have experienced, these two boys decided it was a good idea to go out drinking together in public on...

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Last man standing

Rabbits and Roosters justify the hype

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: The Rabbitohs celebrate a try by John Sutton during the round 15 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on June 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

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.

League

Tough to split four giants in final race

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Phil Gould Five rounds to go. Which team do you like to win the NRL competition? Why? Is your heart ruling your head? Or have you drilled down into the science of it all and produced an educated opinion?

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SET OF SIX

Four sight - Phil Gould's finals predictions

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Phil Gould Phil Gould runs his eye over the season that was and the finals that will be, offering his expert opinion on who will come out on top in week one of the NRL finals.

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SET OF SEVEN

You'd be brave to tip against Storm, but I am

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Phil Gould You would have to be crazy tipping against Melbourne this weekend.

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League

Thirteen for '13: My team of the year

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Phil Gould It's awards time. Here is Gus' Team of the Year for the 2013 NRL season. Talent galore right across the park.

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SET OF SIX

Brawn beats brains as Manly’s hopes go south

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Phil Gould There is so much to write about when looking to analyse how this preliminary final might play out on Friday night.

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League

A sad day for all but two sets of fans

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.

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