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.
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.”
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
“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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