Ben Murdoch-Masila blamed himself for a long time after Mosese Fotuaika took his own life, but the memory of his best friend now lives on through his daughter.
NRL officials will not consider any changes to the sinbinning rules after Manly were forced to play a man down for 10 minites following the dismissal of prop Josh Starling for a punch thrown in retaliation for a chicken wing tackle by Canterbury forward Josh Jackson in Saturday night's semi-final clash at Allianz Stadium.
In the lead up to Saturday's final, Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds approached skipper Michael Ennis about exploiting the rule that rewards the attacking team if the ball hits the referee.
South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has declared his Rabbitohs "a different team" to the one felled in preliminary finals in the past two years as they bid to not only dispel their September demons but overcome an arch rival that are grand final qualifying specialists.
For the first time in the history of the NRL the last four remaining teams in a season are all from Sydney.
Sitting at Bondi Beach wearing a T-shirt, towel and thongs, Remi Casty slips into an atmosphere of calm without anyone noticing who he is.