Match Report: Round 6 – Northern Suburbs v Parramatta

by Paul Cook - The Shoremen got off to a flier into 2016 with back-to-back wins to open their season. But things had come unstuck ever since, with three successive losses leaving them at the wrong end of the ladder than those early victories suggested they belong. Parramatta meanwhile, had gained the admiration of almost every opponent they had faced thus far for their improvements as a team, but had yet to turn that promise into tangible results. Playing a side only two spots above them, and in wet conditions after Sydney’s 24 hour soaking, loomed as a great opportunity to finally get off the mark. But if the Two Blues were hoping for an error-free start to settle into the game, their intentions came unstuck after only 20 seconds when they conceded an offside penalty, unpunished by the boot of Irae Simone. However, another penalty a couple of minutes later was kicked to touch and when the ball came infield, it was Simone’s well-timed pass that put Jordan Heyer through a hole and
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