This week the Spotlight series takes it’s halogen gaze and bathes it in the direction of the Sabian Sonors, the current NEX League leaders. Now I wouldn’t normally call another Coach out on any of their answers, but I believe when someone is leading the rest of the NEX up the proverbial garden path, in the interest of keeping Coaches informed the truth deserves to be heard. I direct your attention to the question – Are you in any other NRL DT Leagues ….. Now I am just gonna throw another Leagues name out there – ‘The Homos’ – and see if Coach Shane can possibly explain his participation in a league which sounds so …. fabulous? Without further ado –

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

Probably The Storm again

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


Which team do you support ?

Nth Qld Cowboys

How many games would you catch on average each week ?

Try to catch around 4-5.

Which footy shows do you watch, if any?

NRL on Fax, NRL Tactics, Sunday Footy Show, Sunday Roast

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

Get rid of scrums, they’re a waste of time.

Where does your State of Origin loyalties lie ?


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

Rebs Rebels.

Who’s the toughest NEX Competitor?

Rebs Rebels.

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

Fazzie Cougars, because I would never hear the end of it if I lost.

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)

Fensome or Hodgkinson. Hard to seperate.

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)

Daris Boyd

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

Cameron Smith

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

To be at the top!

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 ?


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)

So far, two.

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

I just try to get the most consistent, best value for money players across the park.

Is your team playing to your expectations ?

Pretty much.

What was your biggest Coaching error ?

Probably done too many trades so far.

What head to head got away from you ?

Haven’t lost yet.

Which game was a lucky win ?

Last game against The Saints was a bit lucky as he had Soward & Cameron Smith(c) with unusually low scores which helped the win.

Name a song that best suits your team ?

“Won’t get fooled again” by The Who.

Which upcoming match do you look forward to the least?

Rebs Rebels.

Do you visit the NEX Website ?


Do you have any suggestions that would make it better ?

It’s pretty kick arse as it is.

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


How long have you been participating in a DT League ?

This is my third year, firstly in the FoxSports & then on the NRL from last year on.

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

Only this one. It’s certainly better than FoxSports, dunno about the others.

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

The NEX is definately tougher.

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

Maybe a hour over the week.

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

Definately makes it more interesting.

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

My forwards could be doing better!

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

Under 50

How did you get an invite to the NEX Cup?

Started in the Foxsports Fantasy with the Townsvillians three years ago.

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

Oh, yes…

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

Probably the State of Origin where they scored that Try!

For those of us who may have forgotten this gem, it was Game 2 1994 and the NSW Blues led with 10 minutes to go 12 – 4. But we all know – Qlder’s Never Give Up – Bring on Number 5!

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