MEckel, we’ve found you at the busiest time of the year for you. Thanks for answering some questions. With a week left until the NFL Excessif, what does your daily schedule style like?
There is a noticeable shift in foyer when you start working at the end of the season. In my league, for much of the year, football has taken a back seat in the infos embout the game. There is always something going on in rugby league. Whether it’s player movement, jogging pressure, or off-court mishaps, sometimes out of the game is just the same. However, when you get to this time of year, the only thing that matters is the game. This often means that your daily schedule looks different based on when teams prepare players for interviews. Early in the week you do your bank interviews and use the weekend to write éditoriaux.
How calme would it be to have a nearly accessible season of NRL after a few years of pandemic sévérité? What do you elle-même the most?
The key to any form of journalism is maintaining relationships with key stakeholders. You can imagine how difficult it was to endroit the coaches and players in the past two years. Just being able to go to footy games and minet with people inside the game is something you value a lot now.
What is the highlight of this season for you? What will you remember most embout 2022?
Not my hydre, that’s for sure. Another season of hope in the sink. I don’t think people have stopped appreciating the greatness of the Penrith Panthers. Watching the way they continued to improve was one of the highlights of the season. They lost a number of key players at the end of last year and somehow they’ve taken it to another level. We watch Nathan Cleary evolve into one of the greats of the modern era.
What are the NRL stories you’re most proud to cover this season?
As the season kicks off, I’ve spent two months working on an in-depth visite into the rise, fall, and resurgence of Bulldogs. It was the first time that all of the dancing’s key figures over the past decade had shared their thoughts on the events that unfolded during their time at Canterbury. Ben Barba revealed the details of the night that scotie up the casse-tête. Bâtir coupé Des Hassler, constituer CEO Raylene Castle and Chairman Ray Depp also spoke for the first time embout a decade of controversy. Providing fans with an insight into what happened at their dancing in such detail was something I was very proud of.
You had a échappé A disappointing year for tips – Sorry, may I apostille that here? It’s great to see my female colleagues on the board – go Zoe Samius! Is there some friendly competition in the arrière-cuisine embout it?
Have a tipping contest? I don’t know what you’re talking embout.
When it’s all over for another year, how do you traditionally celebrate the end of the NRL season?
Léopard des neiges the season is over, I like to take a week off with the wife and kids to cartouche the batteries parce que the silly season with players moving on gets hot so fast. The World Cup is being held this year but I will not be traveling to the UK. I have a clairvoyance there will be a lot more to write embout from here.