Welcome to the NEX Spotlight series! In this series of editorials, one by one we will Spotlight each and every team in the NEX League. There are a couple of reasons I decided to add this feature to our league, firstly just for a bit of fun but secondly and more importantly it is being used to make Coaches a bit more personable. As I write the editorials each week I am finding that I might be misrepresenting some Teams/Coaches and seem to be taking ‘editorial license’ more often than not, so in an effort to enable everyone to know each of you Coaches a little bit better, the ‘Spotlight’ is born. I will be emailing the questionnaire out at regular intervals and one requirement of being a participant in what will be one of the best Leagues in NRL DT is that you fill it out and email it back at your earliest convenience – there will be no time restraints on it’s return. As always feel free to comment on Coaches answers, as we all know it’s done with tongue firmly in cheek and anything said will be taken in the spirit of the competition. Our first feature is on one of the inaugurals –

Which Telstra Cup team will win the Premiership, loyalties aside?


Which Telstra Cup team would you like most see take the Wooden Spoon this year ?

The Cowboys

Which team do you support ?


How many games would you catch on average each week ?


Which footy shows do you watch, if any?

NRL – Sydney Thursday Nights – It’s the only that gets shown in Melbourne

If you could change one aspect of the NRL, what would it be ? (Rules, Video Ref, Telecast etc.)

None – They have it pretty much right.  It’s just the interpretations for refs that aren’t consistent

Where does your State of Origin loyalties lie ?


Which NEX Cup team other than your own, will win the NEX Cup?

The Cougars

Who’s the toughest NEX Competitor?

The Townsvillians – because of the old rivalry 1 all

Against which team in the NEX would the victory taste the sweetest , and why ?

Zaku Eagles – They slaughtered my Rhinos last year and I am still rebuilding

Which team has been the surprise packet of the NEX this season thus far ?

Rebs Rebels

Who’s your best smoky (Underpriced big performer) so far ? (it is understood if you want to keep currently burgeoning smoky’s under wraps)

HODKINSON – Sea Eagles

Who’s your biggest recruiting disappointment ? (Check your Trades History Tab on your main Team page over at DTHQ if he is already gooooone. It is situated above the “How Your Team Scored’ right sidebar of your Team graphic)

Bronson Harrison – got rid of him now

Which player would you like to recruit, but for whatever reason just can’t seem to fit him in ?

An In form Jamie SOWARD

Realistically, what ambitions do you hold for your teams finals placing in the NEX ?

Top 4 finish

What’s your team current worth ? (Check your Team History Tab on your main Team page over at DTHQ, its is situated directly above your Teams graphic)


How many trades do you have left to see out the season and do you believe that will be enough ?

20 – yeap

Out of those Trades used so far, how many were forced by injury ? (Check your Trades History Tab on your main Team page over at DTHQ if they are all now a blur)


Do you employ strategies when trading, or is it a week by week seat of your pants type process ?

Always part of my long term strategy – although I have used more than I would like to this point “AGAIN”

Is your team playing to your expectations ?


What was your biggest Coaching error ?

Not getting a strong enough back line – I make the same mistake every year.

What head to head got away from you ?

None this season

Which game was a lucky win ?

The Dark Nights (Round 5) – a 9 point turn around to win by 4

Name a song that best suits your team ?

When the going gets tuff – or was that, go and get stuffed

Which upcoming match do you look forward to the least?

Round 10 – Fabian Sonors

Do you visit the NEX Website ?

I sure do, every time I go to the Dream Team site – excellent job

Do you have any suggestions that would make it better ?

Yeap.  Winning stats from the previous premiers (win/loss, total points, average, overall ranking and records for the highest round score, overall season score, wins for a season, highest winning margin – I have the winning stats from the Eagles if you want them  

Do you feel your team has been poorly represented in the NEX editorials ?


How long have you been participating in a DT League ?

3 years – one of the originals

Are you in any other NRL DT Leagues or Fantasy League competitions, and which is superior ? (e.g. Supercoach, Fox Fantasy etc.)

I am in Supercoach – scores are higher but the DT is more challenging and wins hands down

How does the NEX stand up to other Leagues (if applicable) ?

Higher quality and you will naturally get that if we keep the same players together each season

On average how much time do you spend on your team a weak ?

Too much

Do you feel that DT is enhancing on hindering your NRL viewing enjoyment ?


Being the No EXcuses Cup, if you were allowed one excuse this season thus far – what would it be ?

None, it’s all part of the challenge

What position in the League rankings do you think the NEX will be in come seasons end ?

69/ 5961

How did you get an invite to the NEX Cup?

I am an original

Would you like to compete again in the NEX next season ?

Bloody oath

Coach Question – (Is there a question you would like to add, could be anything or directed to another team it’s your call ?)

(Coach Mick ) 1. What was the first rugby league you played for?


(Coach Mick) 2. Most memorable rugby league game (Telstra/Winfield Cup/Test/State Of Origin) match and why? (Now Included)

Two great memories from State Of Origin.  State of Origin No:1 – Big Artie running out for the first time in the Maroon jumber. I was there at Lang Park and thanks to him State of Origin is what it is today!!  Then the return of Allan Langer, remember the song, “There’s only one Allan Langer, only one Allan Langer, there’s only one Allan Laaanger”

Comments –

You’re doing a great job on the web site.  It is entertaining and for me it makes the NEX Cup the most enjoyable