AUSTRALIAN Rugby League Chief Executive, Mr Geoff Carr, today announced that Paul Simpkins will referee Game One of the Harvey Norman State Of Origin Series at Brisbane
RESULTS through from an excellent weekend of Rugby League in Auckland including the Lion Red Fox Memorial, the Sharman Cup and the Phelan Shield.
WINGER Cooper Vuna's early try wasn't enough to spark the Vodafone Auckland Lions to victory in a low-scoring New South Wales Premier League encounter against Newcastle on Saturday evening.
THE Richmond Rovers, Glenora Bears and Marist Saints all opened their accounts with wins when Auckland rugby league's Lion Red Fox Memorial championship opened on Saturday.
AFTER two wins on end the Vodafone Auckland Lions slumped to a jarring 10-46 loss to the North Sydney Bears in their New South Wales Premier League clash at a wet North Sydney Oval on Saturday.
2006 Lion Red Fox Memorial Grand Final
PAPAKURA Sea Eagles 20 Northcote Tigers 10
MINOR premiers Mt Albert secured the first Lion Red Fox Memorial Grand Final berth with a hard fought and nail biting 26-24 win over the Papakaura Sea Eagles at Fowlds Park. The Sea Eagles will be ruing missed opportunities outscoring the opposition but failing to convert any of their 6 tries. Mt Albert looked a little jaded but continued to prove they can withstand pressure games with Simon Iremaia, Jack Noble and TJ Aoese their best. For Papakura Damien Valeli was impressive along with Solomon Foki and Afoa Fangubu.
WEEK 2 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup play-offs will have the supporters on the edge of their sets I'm sure.Top of the table Auckland Lions enter the finals for the first time when they take on 2nd placed Canterbury Bulls at Western Springs on Sunday afternoon.The Bulls had to fight hard last week against a determined Waitakere side, and know they have a tough ask in Auckland away from home, however the winner is straight into the Final.Expect plenty of action in this match.BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? QUARTER FINAL FIXTURESSunday 3 September 2006 (1st vs 2nd)Auckland Lions vs Canterbury Bulls Western Springs Stadium, Auckland 2.30pm Kick OffAuckland Lions:PAUL FISI?IAHI MALOFOU SOLOMONAMIGUEL STARTANTHONY SWANNROWAN BAXTERSTEVE BUCKINGHAM (C)KELVIN WRIGHTDYLAN DAVISREGAN WIGGSIONE POUHAEDDIE PURCELLFABIAN SOUTERWAYNE McDADELEE WETHERILLWILLIAM SORENSONLUI TOIMOANAHARRY AONGA Coach:BRIAN McCLENNAN Management:BRENT GEMMELL PETER LAVEANIGEL RATTRAYMARK DENNISSTEPHANIE MARR CANTERBURY BULLS: LUSI SIONE SCOTT HURRELLDONAVAN AITKENLEE FIDOWLUCAS TAMAKAHAJOSH REUBENDUANE WINETIVINCE WHARESHANE BEYERS (C)ALEX TIMOJONNY LIMMERDANIEL METCALFCOREY LAWRIEGARETH COOKCLINTON FRASERROSS TURILOUIS FANENE Coach:PHILIP PRESCOTTManagement:BRENT STUARTDAVE PERKINS BRUCE MILNEANDY WIHARESTEVE WOOD Referee: CRAIG PASCOETouch Judges: PHIL CRUMPE & ALAN CADDYThe second game in this week's Bartercard action is another evenly matched line-up when Watakere Rangers go up against the Tamaki Leopards at Albany on Monday night. Both sides put on top performances last week against their opposition.The Rangers pushed the Bulls all the way in Christchurch while the Leopards put on an excellent 2nd half performance to knock the Jetz out of contention. Once again, there'll be plenty of talent and action on show in this finals match.Monday 4 September 2006 Live And Free-To-Air On Maori Television (3rd vs 4th)Waitakere Rangers vs Tamaki Leopards North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 8.00pm Kick OffWAITAKERE RANGERS:CLIFFORD BEVERLEY WILLIAM (Billy) CLARKENLEE TAMATOAROBINSON GODFREYMANA TUIPULOTUGAVIN BAILEY (Co-C)BERNARD PERENARAKARL EDMONDSONDEAN SHEPHERDHAMISH BARCLAYHENRY TURUA (Co-C)KARL GUTTENBEILSCOTT JONESJUNIOR FIUMARK TOE?LAUJAYE PUKEPUKEROB SEUALA Coach: BERNIE PERENARA Management: LELE SIPELI-SCHAUMKELWAYNE FLOYEDBOB VERCOEMOHAN JEYAKUMARBRENT CORINGMICHAEL GRANT TAMAKI LEOPARDS:PAUL ATKINS TAAVILI LEAUNOAAIROE BOAZACONSTANTINE MIKACOOPER VUNAWILLIAM HETA (Co C)DARIN KINGIGEORGE TUAKURATROY BECROFTSINAVE FAITALE (Co C)LEESON AH MAUFRED TURUWHENUAGEOFFREY RUAPORORICHARD JOHNSONSIONE NIUILAISSAC LIAVAAISAAKO HAGAITOA KOTISI FAKALATACoach:DEAN CLARKManagement:VINNIE CLARKKEVIN HAWKINSJACK PRENDERGASTRICK WILLIAMSJOHN BOCKETTWILLIE TAUATEVALUBOB NEWALDRHYS CULLEN Referee: GLEN BLACKTouch Judges: ARTHUR CLARK & AARON KESHA
LION Red Fox Memorial
Another heroic effort from Otahuhu hooker Arron Pawley has ended the finals hopes of Marist in the Fox Memorial Championship. The Saints struggled through the first half to trail 18 nil at the break before being beaten on home soil 26-18. After coming home strongly at the back end of the competition, the Saints will surely be disappointed at their first week exit.
Pawley backed up last week