SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Denan Kemp of the Broncos in action during the round 10 NRL match between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Brisbane Broncos at Brookvale Oval May 21, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

A man of many talents, Denan Kemp burst onto the NRL scene in Round 10, 2007, scoring a stunning 75m solo try in his debut for the Brisbane Broncos against Manly at Brookvale Oval.

Throughout his NRL Career, Kemp turned out in 42 first-grade games, scoring 22 tries and kicking 21 goals between 2007 and 2010. In his initial stint with the Broncos, Kemp produced a four-try effort against Parramatta in 2008, equalling a Broncos club record before being named the club’s rookie of the year and top try-scorer in the same season.

Then signing with the New Zealand Warriors, Kemp took on the goal-kicking duties, however, struggled to find consistency in the NRL’s top flight. Kemp returned to Brisbane in 2010 with his sights set on claiming the fullback jersey, however, injuries would cruelly cut his season short, appearing in just four games for the club that year.

After appearing for Mudgeeraba Soccer Club in Gold Coast’s premier league as a youth, his switch into a third code was made even more impressive, stunningly switching to Rugby Union in 2011 where he immediately made an impression, taking part in Australia’s Sevens squad in London for the IRB Sevens.

After announcing his professional sporting retirement in 2013, following a third stint with the Broncos, Kemp entered the social media world, interviewing a series of past and present sporting stars on his YouTube channel, The Locker Room. 

You can also find The Locker Room on Facebook.

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Along with running The Locker Room, Kemp is the Founder and CEO for Bloke In A Bar, a beer he describes as perfect “to be enjoyed over a bit of banter with your mates.” Kemp distributes his product in bottle shops and bars across Queensland and New South Wales as well as in his own bar, Bloke In A Bar – Beer & Barbecue, located in Broadbeach, QLD.

He still loves his league and with the 2018 NRL season about to get underway, he spoke to Zero Tackle during the week to give us his tips ahead of Round 2.

Thursday, March 15

Sharks v Dragons

Southern Cross Group Stadium, 8.05pm

“I just reckon the short turnaround [for the Sharks], and the Dragons are full of confidence now, and it’s not much of a travel for them, it’s essentially a home game really.”

Tip: Dragons by 10

Friday, March 16

Roosters v Bulldogs

Allianz Stadium, 6.00pm

“I reckon the Roosters. They didn’t travel as far and after that devastating loss to the Tigers they’ll be pumped up.”

Tip: Roosters by 12.

Broncos v Cowboys

Suncorp Stadium, 8.05pm

“They’ve got a much more solid squad, and there’s still a lot of gelling that needs to be done at the Broncos, and that’s going to take time.”

Tip: Cowboys by 12

Saturday, March 17

Warriors v Titans

Mt Smart Stadium, 3.05pm

“The Warriors are confident, they’re at home for the first home game of the season and Blake Green is there doing great things.”

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Tip: Warriors by 16

Panthers v Rabbitohs

Panthers Stadium, 5.30pm

“I think the Panthers at home. Again, it’s important that they win at home, and they came close to losing last week so they won’t be complacent.”

Tip: Panthers by 10

Storm v Wests Tigers

AAMI Park, 7.35pm

“The Storm are just too good at the moment. They’ve got too good of a team, too structured, and I think the Wests Tigers will be coming down a bit from their win last week, so it’ll be hard to back up and come out as enthusiastic as they did last week against such a high-quality side.”

Tip: Storm by 10

Sunday, March 18

Sea Eagles v Eels

Lottoland, 4.10pm

“It’s at home, they’ve got a lot to prove. Manly would be more devastated to lose, so they’ll be coming out firing.”

Tip: Manly by 4

Raiders v Knights

GIO Stadium, 6.30pm

“It’s tough to travel to Canberra. The Knights are on such a high from last week, if they go out and win again it’s really positive signs, but I think the Raiders. The Raiders losing at the death the way they did last week, they’ll be coming out for blood.”

Tip: Raiders by 8



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  1. My tips

    Sharks by 8
    Roosters by 6
    Cowboys by 8
    Warriors by 10
    Penrith by 10
    Storm by 16
    Eels by 12
    Raiders by 4

  2. Dragons by 2
    Roosters by 10
    Cowboys by 6
    Warriors by 4
    Panthers by 18
    Storm by 16
    Eels by 10
    Knights by 6

    Player of The Week: Mitch Moses
    Team of The Week: Panthers
    Poorest Team of The Week: Bulldogs
    Team To Bounce Back: Eels

  3. Dragons (duh!!! Class versus no class. Love how Flanagan thinks they’re now the big brother – that’s like NZ saying they’re big brother to Australia. Must be spending too much time with Damien Keogh indulging in mind altering substances, wouldn’t be a first out that way)
    Rorters (aside from Jackson and klemmer the dogs pack is garbage)
    Cows (broncos are rubbish this year, they’ve got massive issues, cows likely premiers)
    Warriors (not sold on them but not sold on the Titans either)
    Panthers (not sold on the panthers but they’re at home and the bunnies will be lucky to avoid the bottom 3)
    Storm (easy pick, Tigers we’re lucky last week)
    Eels (2 teams with rubbish forward packs – tapau, trbojevic and brown aside- it comes down to the halves)
    Knights (without Hodgson the raiders season was over before it began, too reliant on one player, and the knights look pretty decent this year especially with Ponga)

    • I hope you tip better than last round, especially after gloating about how easy the round was to tip.
      3 out of 8 wasn’t it?

    • I couldn’t care less if I got 1 out of 8 as long as my team wins. Thems big words for a guy whose team will probably be in the bottom 4 by seasons end

    • lol hey princess lol 24 20 was it lol against what the Likely premiers
      Hey Broncos Cowboys will be in the eight pushing the top four the dragons lol start strong then free fall and miss the eight lol
      Enjoy watching another dragons free finals series lol

      • You were obviously asleep for the first game of the season. Go and steal your oxygen somewhere else you nuffy.

        • I’m a bit concerned. Has anyone heard from @fatardfromheydad. He is not his lippy self.
          For some reason he is not bagging the Sea eagles today.

  4. Congrats to Manly they turned up and we didn’t.
    Top 4 last year was an anomaly. We will get the spoon this year.

    • Tough day in the office. Eels should never have bought Moses and Hayne. Both have a bad attitude and Moses is a little brat. Of all the 10min sin bins this weekend, he was the only one that got the 10min for ref back chatting. All others were professional fouls

  5. 54-0, wow!

    Gotta say I didnt even dream of that. Boys turned up and played unbelievably well.

    – Cherry is the form halfback still from 2017, carrying it into 2018, queensland will run out of excuses not to pick him
    – Croker looks excellent, great combo with the spine mainly cherry. Really reminds of Foran the way he plays. Great stuff from him, hopefully the long term 6
    – Our forwards and offloads create a distinctive style of attack that once in a rhythm could be impossible to stop
    – For me Koroisau was the biggest plus. He just has everything you want. Special player he and Cherry were our best

    Great win proving the doubters wrong, I think we are in for another great year under baz. People will say why am I going off after one win? Well I think anyone would after that performance.

    • Dude, don’t get I carried away with your best player calls again…
      Yes manly and mainly dce were great, but once Jose first few tries were scored eels were just done in that heat and were never going to come back and manly took advantage..
      Of course I’m happy and and it was a great win, that will prove doubters wrong, and yes we should be in top 8 this year but we need to back that up…

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