Titans dynamo Preston Campbell will play his 250th NRL match this weekend.
Titans dynamo Preston Campbell will play his 250th NRL match this weekend.

Presto milestone boosts Gold Coast

IF I had one fond memory of Preston Campbell, it would be my first game for the West Tigers in 2001 and he was playing for the Sharks.

Now we’ve come full circle with Presto’s 250th game this weekend.

Hopefully we will get the points for him.

It definitely means the Titans boys will have a little extra incentive to play well.

It’ll be a big game against Melbourne.

They’re coming back into the premiership points again this year and they’ve still got their strong core with hooker Cameron Smith, fullback Billy Slater and halfback Cooper Cronk.

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IT was disappointing to lose first-up last week but there are always positives that come out of it.

I think we competed well and really hosted the game, but we made a few crucial errors and the Dragons were able to pick up where they left off last season.

I know from experience it is always hard to pick up from a premiership, but I think it will give the young guys some confidence.

They had the World Cup Challenge pre-season so they’ve been playing some pretty hard footy leading up to round one and they haven’t missed much.

Wayne Bennett knows what he’s doing with many premierships under his belt and I think by the looks of it, the Dragons will be one of the teams to beat this year.

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I WAS close to playing this week, coming back from a hamstring injury, but they say once you feel all right, you should always wait another week.

The shoulder and wrist were right from the beginning of the year so it’s just waiting for the hamstring to fully recover.

But I’m still back before I expected.

I thought I wouldn’t be back until round four or five, but I’ll be out there against the Broncos at home next Friday.

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THE Seagulls have got their first Queensland Cup round this week and it’s always a big game.

We’ve got a few quality players heading back there so they’re in for a great year.

I think they’ll go well.

They’re a force to be reckoned with.

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MY good mate, retired dual international Mat Rogers, became the inaugural inductee into the Gold Coast Titans Hall of Fame last week.

After an absolute roasting by the likes of Gordon Tallis, Wendell Sailor and Phil Waugh, Michael Serle made the surprise announcement which caught ‘Rat’ off guard.

But he couldn’t be a more deserving bloke and it’s a pity he finished his career one game shy of that magic 200 mark.



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