JERSEY Flegg Cup
NEWCASTLE Jersey Flegg side ? Round 12
8:00pm: Magpies v Tigers @ Campbelltown Stadium
11th placed Magpies are at home to 8th placed Tigers. Both sides have lost their last two games and both recorded wins against modest opposition before that. The Magpies deserve to start favourites as the home side.
WESTERN Suburbs Magpies vs. Canterbury Bulldogs
Campbelltown Stadium 5.30 PM Friday.
Tenth placed Magpies are at home to fifth placed Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have won their last three games and seem to be getting over the injury crises that kept them down in the early part of the season. The Magpies have lost two of their last three. The Bulldogs should have a comfortable win.
Western Suburbs Magpies:
Shannon McDonnell, Ben Yelavich, Aaron Mercer, Dean Collis, Michael Crockett, Ben Roberts, Ryan Borg, Siikeaha Teaupa, Isaac De Gois ?, Ray Cashmere, Chris Paterson, Robert Miles, Nathan Waters. Interchange: Adam Fletcher, Abraham Pritchard, Jarrod Saffy, Richard Parker, Aaron Sweeney. Coach: Steve Georgallis
Trent Cutler, Makasini Richter, Filinga Filiga, Paoa Faamita, Sosaia Makisi, Dallas McIlwain, Isaac Kaufmann, Josh Cale, Daniel Irvine, Charlie Tonga, Ben Czislowski, Nathan Armit, Jason Wells. Interchange: Jarrad Hickey, Chris McGuirk, Darren Brown, Luke Young, Nathan Barry. Coach: Wayne Lambkin
CROWD favourite and Knights Premier League player Dan Spiteri has been given the role of impact player and hooker in the rapidly improving Knights side.
WESTERN Suburbs (M Jobson, I De Gois, S McDonnell, R Cashmere, D Collis tries B Reynolds 5 goals) defeated Souths Juniors 24 (Y Gordon 2, J Lichaa, N Ford tries R Bell 4 goals)
ROOSTERS V Manly ? Sun. 5th, 5.40 PM ? Aussie Stadium
Third placed Roosters are at home to fifth placed Manly. Both teams come into the game with good form, having both had good wins last week. The Roosters have slightly better form and are the home side.
WESTERN Suburbs Magpies vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs
8.00pm Friday 27/May. Campbelltown Stadium
THE sixth annual 'battle of Saint Patrick's day' took place at the new venue for Ruby League of Savannah, Georgia on the eve of St Patrick's day.
Savannah has a tradition of holding a huge St Patrick's day parade, often attracting 400,000 spectators, and associated events, so it was a 'natural fit' for the annual match between USA and Ireland to be moved to the city.
The game was somewhat hastily organised when foxsports asked that it be played this year after an original proposal was made for the city to host the game next year by local organiser David Cox, who is also responsible for forming a new organisation named 'Georgia Rugby League', and has plans to launch a competition in Georgia.
The game attracted a crowd of 2000 very rowdy and appreciative fans, almost all of whom were new to the game. The new fans commented on the big hits and toughness of the game, but were most impressed by the speed and frequency of action, one fan commenting "I don't know how these guys hang in there. It looks like roughhousing. You can't really tell unless you're using your binoculars that they're rubbing their faces in the ground. They're pretty rough out there."
The Tomahawks showed the benefit of their recent trip to Australia in winning the game. Convert from college American football, Nate Smith, in only his 5th game of Rugby League, the other four being on the Australian tour, scored two tries and was a standout player in the game. One of his tries saw the big prop burst through the line and sprint 45 metres to score. The Americans blew the scoreline out by scoring three times in the last 10 minutes, demonstrating the fitness they have gained by playing games such as a trial against the Canberra Raiders in recent weeks.
The Irish took this game seriously after losing the last two in a row, and they held a selection match some weeks ago between Irish based and English based players so as to bring the best possible amatuer squad. It seems they may have to look at professional players next time if they hope to overcome the rapidly improving Tomahawks.
The tally now stands at 4 games to 2 in favour of the Tomahawks after six 'battles of Saint Patrick's day', with the Tomahawks having won the last three in a row. The scoreline margin in this game was the biggest ever in the series.
KNIGHTS 2003; A season of rebuilding and learning to play without Joey.