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Storm hang on against gallant Tigers

THE Melbourne Storm have defeated the Wests Tigers 18-16 at Olympic Park this evening.

Round 1 preview

WELL, let the games begin. Finally, season 2007 is upon us and what a season it promises to be. We have the inclusion of a sixteenth team in the form of the Gold Coast Titans and the excitement surrounding their first game has reached fever pitch.

2007 season preview: Canberra Raiders

THE Canberra Raiders are the team widely accepted by the uninformed media and fans of other teams to run dead last in 2007 due to a number of factors

2007 season preview: Parramatta Eels

THE Parramatta Eels enter season 2007 with more questions than answers after a lot of changes on the paddock and in the front office

2007 season preview: South Sydney Rabbitohs

ONE of the most talked about issues surrounding the NRL this year is whether Souths will emerge from the Rugby League wilderness under the ownership of Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes A Court

Australia win Tri Nations in golden point

TRI-NATIONS 2006 Final Australia 16 v New Zealand 12at Aussie StadiumReferee: Ashley KleinMatch Summary:Pass me the oxygen please! The lungs are struggling and the mouth is dry but the heart is still beating and we have a victor!When it comes to international footy, it simply does not get any better than this! You may think it sounds like hyperbole, but believe me, it's not.Australia defeated a gallant New Zealand in Golden Point 16-12 to win back the Tri Nations trophy but it was done through momentous effort against a side that refused to quit under the most adverse conditions imaginable. The Kiwis lost three players to injury but at no stage did they throw in the towel. Bloodied and bruised, they continued to pick themselves up off the canvass to go the extra round. In the end, it was the brilliance of Johnathan Thurston and Darren Lockyer that provided the knockout blow in the 87th minute of play.87 minutes is how long it took to separate the two sides and at the end of the day, it was only goal kicking that made the difference.I honestly thought New Zealand had this game won and were finishing over the top of Australia in a game that is near impossible to describe. There was blood flowing from both sides but no one quit and when I watch international footy, this is how I love it. I love it rough, tough and brave. Kudos to the Kiwis and they have played their part in seeing the international game continue to prosper through a team that is the equal of Australia. Players such as David Kidwell, Simon Mannering, Iosia Soliola and Frank Pritchard showed the commitment and passion for the Kiwi jersey that have long been held sacred by the elder statesmen such as Ruben Wiki and Stacey Jones.Tonight we got it all in abundance and if you are an Australian, you are smiling, but spare a thought for our brothers across the ditch, they are feeling the pain right now in losing a game no one deserves to lose.My one hope is the international game won a lot of new supporters tonight because we saw the greatest sporting team in Australia do battle and unlike the sick and sorry Wallabies, the mighty Kangaroos have the killer instinct and pride in the jersey to fight until the death and not meekly surrender when the going gets tough.Moreso than the Australian win, I am happy that international footy is back on the map and we have three teams who are showing why Rugby League is the greatest game of all.Tri-Nations web site - news, results, teams and history > click here Scorers:Australia: 16Tries: Darren Lockyer, Brent TateGoals: Johnathan Thurston 4/4New Zealand: 12Tries: Frank Pritchard, Iosia SoliolaGoals: Stacey Jones 2/4By the Clock:0 min: NEWS Both teams enter the field side by side for the Tri-Nations final.A good but not great crowd in attendance as we prepare for the national anthems of both teams and then the mighty Haka from the Kiwis.1 min: NEWS We are underway in the final of the tri-nations. I hope it turns out to be a cracker!4 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaAustralia take the early lead through a penalty goal to Joanthan Thurston. Australia 2-06 min: NEWS A ew penalties early on and the Kiwis are on the attack. Aussies standing firm at the moment.8 min: PENALTY GOAL New ZealandStacey Jones kicks the Kiwis level through a penalty goal. 2 all. 2 all.10 min: TRY AustraliaBrent Tate scores in the corner after Mark Gasnier made a great break down the right hand side of hte field and ound Tate in support, who crossed untouched. Australia 8-213 min: NEWS Vatuvei knocks on in his own half to give the ball back to the Aussies in great field position.16 min: NEWS New Zealand forced into their second goal line drop out through some sustained pressure from Australia. Can the Kiwis hold on for another six tackles?19 min: NEWS Gasnier and Tate are exploiting the right hand side of the field and it's paying dividends at the moment.21 min: NEWS Big Willie is on! Look out New Zealand and David Kidwell.24 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaJonathan Thurston kicks another penalty goal as Australia extend their lead beyond a converted try. Australia 10-228 min: NEWS New Zealand struggling to get out of their own end at the moment and Steve Matai has left the field with an arm/shoulder injury.29 min: TRY New ZealandStacey Jones chips for Brent Webb who then passes the ball onto a flying Frank Pritchard who scores in the corner for a crucial try. Conversion unsuccessful. Australia 10-633 min: NEWS Kiwis lifting their game and on the back of another penalty, are on the attack again.38 min: NEWS Kiwis almost score of a Stacey Jones banana kick but Thurston was there to clean up. Close call for the Aussies.41 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half!44 min: NEWS The Kiwis are starting to get on top in this match and the crowd are getting right behind them. AN engrossing contest unfolding at Aussie Stadium!46 min: TRY New ZealandThe Kiws are in again and have Australia on the ropes at the moment. Soliola scores out wide off an inside pass from Nigel Vagana. Conversion unsuccessful. 10 all. 10 all.49 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaThurston puts Australia back in the lead with another penalty goal. 12-10 Australia. Australia 12-1060 min: NEWS Australia forced into back to back line drop outs as the Kiwis up the ante as we enter the last quarter of the Tri Nations final.64 min: NEWS Australia can't land the killer blow but the Kiwis are making too many mistakes to put the Aussies away.66 min: NEWS Gasnier heading for the corner is bundled into touch. Great Kiwi defence.68 min: NEWS Berrigan knocks on in his own half. Can the Kiwis make the Aussies pay?71 min: PENALTY GOAL New ZealandJones kicks a penalty goal to lock it all up with under ten to go. Hold on folks, we are in for a wild finish! 12 all.76 min: NEWS Kiwis attacking the Australian line with under five to go. Nailbiting stuff!77 min: NEWS Brent Webb just misses a field goal to give the Kiwis the win. Kiwis are monstering the Aussies at the moment.78 min: NEWS Cameron Smith kicks a 40/20 to give Australia the scrum feed with under three minutes remaining.79 min: NEWS Thurston misses his shot at field goal.80 min: NEWS Jones misses with his shot at field goal.80 min: NEWS Willie Mason makes a break, chips ahead and we are off to the video ref to see of Jonathan Thurston has scored the winning try.80 min: NEWS End of regular time as we move to golden point.85 min: NEWS First period of golden point is over with no side able to score. We now play until someone scores. What an epic decider!87 min: TRY AustraliaDarren Lokcyer scores in the 87th minute to give Australia victory in the Tri Nations final. Absolute epic match and congrats to both sides on a superb contest. Australia 16-12-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer2 - Simon Mannering1 - Johnathan Thurston-----------------------------------------

Australia win Tri Nations in golden point

TRI-NATIONS 2006 Final Australia 16 v New Zealand 12at Aussie StadiumReferee: Ashley KleinMatch Summary:Pass me the oxygen please! The lungs are struggling and the mouth is dry but the heart is still beating and we have a victor!When it comes to international footy, it simply does not get any better than this! You may think it sounds like hyperbole, but believe me, it?s not.Australia defeated a gallant New Zealand in Golden Point 16-12 to win back the Tri Nations trophy but it was done through momentous effort against a side that refused to quit under the most adverse conditions imaginable. The Kiwis lost three players to injury but at no stage did they throw in the towel. Bloodied and bruised, they continued to pick themselves up off the canvass to go the extra round. In the end, it was the brilliance of Johnathan Thurston and Darren Lockyer that provided the knockout blow in the 87th minute of play.87 minutes is how long it took to separate the two sides and at the end of the day, it was only goal kicking that made the difference.I honestly thought New Zealand had this game won and were finishing over the top of Australia in a game that is near impossible to describe. There was blood flowing from both sides but no one quit and when I watch international footy, this is how I love it. I love it rough, tough and brave. Kudos to the Kiwis and they have played their part in seeing the international game continue to prosper through a team that is the equal of Australia. Players such as David Kidwell, Simon Mannering, Iosia Soliola and Frank Pritchard showed the commitment and passion for the Kiwi jersey that have long been held sacred by the elder statesmen such as Ruben Wiki and Stacey Jones.Tonight we got it all in abundance and if you are an Australian, you are smiling, but spare a thought for our brothers across the ditch, they are feeling the pain right now in losing a game no one deserves to lose.My one hope is the international game won a lot of new supporters tonight because we saw the greatest sporting team in Australia do battle and unlike the sick and sorry Wallabies, the mighty Kangaroos have the killer instinct and pride in the jersey to fight until the death and not meekly surrender when the going gets tough.Moreso than the Australian win, I am happy that international footy is back on the map and we have three teams who are showing why Rugby League is the greatest game of all.Tri-Nations web site - news, results, teams and history > click here Scorers:Australia: 16Tries: Darren Lockyer, Brent TateGoals: Johnathan Thurston 4/4New Zealand: 12Tries: Frank Pritchard, Iosia SoliolaGoals: Stacey Jones 2/4By the Clock:0 min: NEWS Both teams enter the field side by side for the Tri-Nations final.A good but not great crowd in attendance as we prepare for the national anthems of both teams and then the mighty Haka from the Kiwis.1 min: NEWS We are underway in the final of the tri-nations. I hope it turns out to be a cracker!4 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaAustralia take the early lead through a penalty goal to Joanthan Thurston. Australia 2-06 min: NEWS A ew penalties early on and the Kiwis are on the attack. Aussies standing firm at the moment.8 min: PENALTY GOAL New ZealandStacey Jones kicks the Kiwis level through a penalty goal. 2 all. 2 all.10 min: TRY AustraliaBrent Tate scores in the corner after Mark Gasnier made a great break down the right hand side of hte field and ound Tate in support, who crossed untouched. Australia 8-213 min: NEWS Vatuvei knocks on in his own half to give the ball back to the Aussies in great field position.16 min: NEWS New Zealand forced into their second goal line drop out through some sustained pressure from Australia. Can the Kiwis hold on for another six tackles?19 min: NEWS Gasnier and Tate are exploiting the right hand side of the field and it's paying dividends at the moment.21 min: NEWS Big Willie is on! Look out New Zealand and David Kidwell.24 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaJonathan Thurston kicks another penalty goal as Australia extend their lead beyond a converted try. Australia 10-228 min: NEWS New Zealand struggling to get out of their own end at the moment and Steve Matai has left the field with an arm/shoulder injury.29 min: TRY New ZealandStacey Jones chips for Brent Webb who then passes the ball onto a flying Frank Pritchard who scores in the corner for a crucial try. Conversion unsuccessful. Australia 10-633 min: NEWS Kiwis lifting their game and on the back of another penalty, are on the attack again.38 min: NEWS Kiwis almost score of a Stacey Jones banana kick but Thurston was there to clean up. Close call for the Aussies.41 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half!44 min: NEWS The Kiwis are starting to get on top in this match and the crowd are getting right behind them. AN engrossing contest unfolding at Aussie Stadium!46 min: TRY New ZealandThe Kiws are in again and have Australia on the ropes at the moment. Soliola scores out wide off an inside pass from Nigel Vagana. Conversion unsuccessful. 10 all. 10 all.49 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaThurston puts Australia back in the lead with another penalty goal. 12-10 Australia. Australia 12-1060 min: NEWS Australia forced into back to back line drop outs as the Kiwis up the ante as we enter the last quarter of the Tri Nations final.64 min: NEWS Australia can't land the killer blow but the Kiwis are making too many mistakes to put the Aussies away.66 min: NEWS Gasnier heading for the corner is bundled into touch. Great Kiwi defence.68 min: NEWS Berrigan knocks on in his own half. Can the Kiwis make the Aussies pay?71 min: PENALTY GOAL New ZealandJones kicks a penalty goal to lock it all up with under ten to go. Hold on folks, we are in for a wild finish! 12 all.76 min: NEWS Kiwis attacking the Australian line with under five to go. Nailbiting stuff!77 min: NEWS Brent Webb just misses a field goal to give the Kiwis the win. Kiwis are monstering the Aussies at the moment.78 min: NEWS Cameron Smith kicks a 40/20 to give Australia the scrum feed with under three minutes remaining.79 min: NEWS Thurston misses his shot at field goal.80 min: NEWS Jones misses with his shot at field goal.80 min: NEWS Willie Mason makes a break, chips ahead and we are off to the video ref to see of Jonathan Thurston has scored the winning try.80 min: NEWS End of regular time as we move to golden point.85 min: NEWS First period of golden point is over with no side able to score. We now play until someone scores. What an epic decider!87 min: TRY AustraliaDarren Lokcyer scores in the 87th minute to give Australia victory in the Tri Nations final. Absolute epic match and congrats to both sides on a superb contest. Australia 16-12-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer2 - Simon Mannering1 - Johnathan Thurston-----------------------------------------

2007 NRL Draw released

THE NRL have released the full draw for the 2007 season with the Grand Final to take place on Sunday September 30 and the competition to begin on March 16.Melbourne will have to wait until round seven before getting a shot at redemption against Grand Final conquerors Brisbane.It's the first 16-team competition since 1994 thanks to the addition of the Gold Coast Titans, the Storm will meet Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium in April for the first time since the controversial 2006 season decider.In a packed schedule in which teams will play 12 home and 12 away games with one bye, up to five days of football a week will be played during the 25-round regular season.The pools were based on finishing positions for 2006. They are: Pool A: Storm, Knights, Sea Eagles, Eels, Cowboys, Panthers, Sharks, Titans. Pool B: Bulldogs, Broncos, Dragons, Raiders, Warriors, Tigers, Roosters, Rabbitohs.HOME AWAYROUND 1 16-19 MARCH 2007BRONCOS V COWBOYSKNIGHTS V BULLDOGSROOSTERS V RABBITOHSSEA EAGLES V RAIDERSSHARKS V PANTHERSSTORM V WESTS TIGERSTITANS V DRAGONSWARRIORS V EELSROUND 2 23-26 MARCH 2007COWBOYS V ROOSTERSDRAGONS V KNIGHTSPANTHERS V BULLDOGSRABBITOHS V EELSRAIDERS V STORMTITANS V SHARKSWARRIORS V BRONCOSWESTS TIGERS V SEA EAGLESROUND 3 30, 31 MARCH, 1-2 APRIL 2007BRONCOS V PANTHERSBULLDOGS V TITANSDRAGONS V COWBOYSEELS V WESTS TIGERSRAIDERS V KNIGHTSROOSTERS V SEA EAGLESSHARKS V RABBITOHSSTORM V WARRIORSROUND 4 6-9 APRIL 2007 (EASTER)COWBOYS V WESTS TIGERSEELS V RAIDERSKNIGHTS V STORMPANTHERS V TITANSRABBITOHS V BULLDOGSROOSTERS V BRONCOSSEA EAGLES V WARRIORSSHARKS V DRAGONSROUND 5 13-16 APRIL 2007BULLDOGS V SEA EAGLESDRAGONS V STORMPANTHERS V EELSRABBITOHS V KNIGHTSRAIDERS V ROOSTERSTITANS V BRONCOSWARRIORS V COWBOYSWESTS TIGERS V SHARKSFRI FRIDAY 20 APRIL 2007 TEST MATCHROUND 6 21-23 APRIL 2007COWBOYS V RABBITOHSEELS V BULLDOGSKNIGHTS V BRONCOSSEA EAGLES V TITANSSHARKS V RAIDERSSTORM V PANTHERSDRAGONS BYEROOSTERS BYEWESTS TIGERS BYEWARRIORS BYEROUND 7 25, 27-30 APRIL 2007 (ANZAC DAY)BRONCOS V STORMBULLDOGS V WESTS TIGERSCOWBOYS V SEA EAGLESKNIGHTS V SHARKSPANTHERS V RAIDERSRABBITOHS V WARRIORSROOSTERS V DRAGONSTITANS V EELSTHURS THURSDAY 3 MAY 2007 CITY V COUNTRY - COFFS HARBOURROUND 8 4-7 MAY 2007BRONCOS V RABBITOHSBULLDOGS V KNIGHTSDRAGONS V PANTHERSEELS V ROOSTERSRAIDERS V SEA EAGLESTI TITANS V COWBOYSWARRIORS V SHARKSWESTS TIGERS V STORMROUND 9 11-14 MAY 2007COWBOYS V PANTHERSKNIGHTS V WARRIORSRABBITOHS V RAIDERSROOSTERS V TITANSSEA EAGLES V EELSSHARKS V BRONCOSSTORM V BULLDOGSWESTS TIGERS V DRAGONSROUND 10 18-21 MAY 2007BRONCOS V SEA EAGLESBULLDOGS V SHARKSDRAGONS V TITANSEELS V COWBOYSSTORM V ROOSTERSWARRIORS V WESTS TIGERSRABBITOHS BYEPANTHERS BYEKNIGHTS BYERAIDERS BYEWEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2007 STATE OF ORIGIN 1 - BRISBANEROUND 11 25-28 MAY 2007BRONCOS V KNIGHTSBULLDOGS V COWBOYSEELS V WARRIORSPANTHERS V WESTS TIGERSRAIDERS V DRAGONSSEA EAGLES V STORMSHARKS V ROOSTERSTITANS V RABBITOHSROUND 12 1-4 JUNE 2007COWB COWBOYS V SHARKSDRAGONS V BRONCOSPANTHERS V SEA EAGLESROOSTERS V KNIGHTSSTORM V RABBITOHSTITANS V RAIDERSWARRIORS V BULLDOGSWESTS TIGERS V EELSROUND 13 8-11 JUNE 2007DRAGONS V SHARKSKNIGHTS V WESTS TIGERSRABBITOHS V PANTHERSRAIDERS V EELSROOSTERS V COWBOYSWARRIORS V STORMBRONCOS BYEBULLDOGS BYESEA EAGLES BYETITANS BYEWEDNESDAY 13 JUNE 2007 STATE OF ORIGIN 2 - SYDNEYROUND 14 15-18 JUNE 2007BULLDOGS V BRONCOSCOWBOYS V STORMEELS V DRAGONSKNIGHTS V RAIDERSPANTHERS V ROOSTERSSEA EAGLES V RABBITOHSSHARKS V WARRIORSWESTS TIGERS V TITANSROUND 15 22-25 JUNE 2007BRONCOS V WESTS TIGERSRABBITOHS V SHARKSRAIDERS V COWBOYSROOSTERS V EELSSEA EAGLES V BULLDOGSSTORM V DRAGONSTITANS V KNIGHTSWARRIORS V PANTHERSROUND 16 29,30 JUNE, 1,2 JULY 2007BULLDOGS V ROOSTERSDRAGONS V SEA EAGLESKNIGHTS V RABBITOHSPANTHERS V BRONCOSRAIDERS V WESTS TIGERSTITANS V WARRIORSCOWBOYS BYEEELS BYESHARKS BYESTORM BYEWEDNESDAY 4 JULY 2007 STATE OF ORIGIN 3 - BRISBANEROUND 17 6-9 JULY 2007BRONCOS V TITANSCOWBOYS V WARRIORSDRAGONS V RAIDERSEELS V KNIGHTSRABBITOHS V STORMSEA EAGLES V ROOSTERSSHARKS V BULLDOGSWESTS TIGERS V PANTHERSROUND 18 13-16 JULY 2007BULLDOGS V PANTHERSCOWB COWBOYS V BRONCOSEELS V RABBITOHSRAIDERS V TITANSROOSTERS V SHARKSSEA EAGLES V WESTS TIGERSSTORM V KNIGHTSWARRIORS V DRAGONSROUND 19 20-23 JULY 2007BRONCOS V EELSKNIGHTS V ROOSTERSPANTHERS V DRAGONSRABBITOHS V COWBOYSSHARKS V SEA EAGLESSTORM V RAIDERSTITANS V BULLDOGSWESTS TIGERS V WARRIORSROUND 20 27-30 JULY 2007BRONCOS V SHARKSDRAGONS V BULLDOGSEELS V SEA EAGLESRABBITOHS V TITANSRAIDERS V PANTHERSROOSTERS V STORMWARRIORS V KNIGHTSWESTS TIGERS V COWBOYSROUND 21 3-6 AUGUST 2007BULLDOGS V EELSCOWBOYS V RAIDERSKNIGHTS V DRAGONSPANTHERS V RABBITOHSROOSTERS V WARRIORSSEA EAGLES V BRONCOSSHARKS V STORMTITANS V WESTS TIGERSROUND 22 10-13 AUGUST 2007BULLDOGS V RAIDERSDRAGONS V RABBITOHSEELS V SHARKSPANTHERS V COWBOYSSEA EAGLES V KNIGHTSSTORM V BRONCOSWARRIORS V TITANSWESTS TIGERS V ROOSTERSROUND 23 17-20 AUGUST 2007BRONCOS V BULLDOGSCOWBOYS V DRAGONSKNIGHTS V PANTHERSRABBITOHS V SEA EAGLESRAIDERS V WARRIORSSHARKS V WESTS TIGERSSTORM V EELSTITANS V ROOSTERSROUND 24 24-27 AUGUST 2007BRONCOS V RAIDERSBULLDOGS V STORMDRAGONS V EELSKNIGHTS V COWBOYSROOSTERS V PANTHERSSHARKS V TITANSWARRIORS V SEA EAGLESWESTS TIGERS V RABBITOHSROUND 25 31 AUGUST, 1-3 SEPTEMBER 2007COWBOYS V BULLDOGSEELS V BRONCOSPANTHERS V WARRIORSRABBITOHS V ROOSTERSRAIDERS V SHARKSSEA EAGLES V DRAGONSSTORM V TITANSWESTS TIGERS V KNIGHTS7-9 SEPTEMBER SEMIS14-16 SEPTEMBER SEMIS21-23 SEPTEMBER FINALSSUNDAY 30 SEPT (7PM) GRAND FINAL (LONG WEEKEND - NSW)2007 TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP DRAW

One step forward, two steps back

THE NRL has taken a baby step forward by awarding Monday night football coverage rights to Triple M and two massive steps back by abandoning their heartland areas in the bush.Country folk without pay TV or internet coverage have no way of knowing who won the Monday night game until the next morning. The worst part of this debacle is that I don?t think many people were surprised by the decision of the NRL to once again shoot themselves in the foot.Outside of Sydney, you would need Austar or Foxtel to watch the game or the internet to follow it online via websites such as League Unlimited or via streaming audio on the Triple M website. For those in the bush with no pay tv or internet, well you my friends, you have been left to suck eggs once again as no one wants to know about you when it comes to Rugby League.Strangely at other times, these commercial entities claim to be champions of the battlers in the bush. Only when it suits them it seems!The NRL have again awarded 2GB the exclusive rights to call Rugby League and they treat the rights like a toy they don?t want to share with their friends. They lock it away, play with it when they want and toss it in the corner when boredom strikes knowing full well everyone else wants to play with it. We are left with coverage from a non-commercial station in the ABC while the exclusive rights holder prefers a lifestyle show over the footy.I recall Ray Hadley saying previously they (2GB) would like to open up the rights as they were that confident of their ability to retain their market share in a non-exclusive, competitive environment. Oh how the mighty have fallen! If being insulted and fat jokes are your go, then you?d better look away right about now.I suspect if the rights were non-exclusive Ray and his vaudeville sideshow may have some explaining to do to the shareholders of Macquarie Radio as to why their fortress was turned into a sandcastle in quick time. If people were given the choice I suspect they would switch off in droves to listen to something with a little more substance rather than crude humour and tired old ditties.The NRL are obviously happy with the fact 2GB give us a live call of two games per week with the Sunday game always a Sydney fixture because their head caller, Ray Hadley, now does the morning shift with 2GB and can?t travel interstate to call the game. More often than not we are left with the third choice game being called in Sydney when the match of the round is left to an around the grounds, intermittent update.Again, should we be surprised as Hadley is against a team from Melbourne participating in the NRL for what reason I have no idea. Could it be he feels a team on the Central Coast would be more beneficial to John Singleton, majority shareholder in Macquarie Radio and underwriter of the Central Coast bid for inclusion to the NRL?There is just so much wrong with the latest broadcasting rights deal that if this were a government department a royal commission wouldn?t be out of place.The AFL have set the pace by awarding commercial radio rights to four commercial stations that ensures the people in the bush get the opportunity to listen to the game on a weekly basis. Unless you live Sydney or Brisbane, as a league fan you are stuffed and this unacceptable scenario is in play for three years.The NRL have clearly failed in their duty to the fans regarding radio coverage and while the bottom line of the game is important, the expectations of the fans seem to be at the very bottom of the NRL?s list of responsibilities. Am I surprised? No.I expected nothing more and that is real crime here. Fans expectations of the ruling body are dropping by the day but so long as the powers that be continue to count their money, I doubt they would care if games were played in empty stadiums to sub-standard media broadcasts.

Broncos win 2006 NRL Telstra Premiership

GRAND Final 2006 Melbourne Storm 8 v Brisbane Broncos 15at Telstra StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsCrowd: 79,609Match Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Melbourne Storm 15-8 at Telstra Stadium this evening to win the 2006 NRL Telstra Premiership.Both teams scored trwo tries but it was the class of Lockyer, the running of Berrigan and the guts of Webcke that willed the Broncos to their sixth premiership from six attempts. To put it simply, Melbourne had no answer for the power of the Broncos forward pack.Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy, student under Wayne Bennett will be feeling mixed emotions but he will take the lessons from tonight and build a better football team in the coming years.Melbourne's cause was hampered by a knee injury to captain Cameron Smith who left the field midway through the second half and in his absence, Scott Hill and Cooper Cronk failed to come up with the answers to guide the Storm to their second premiership. Melbourne started the stronger side but as both sides settled into the game it was the Broncos who started to gain the upper hand, dominating the play the ball and making easy metres in every set of six. Justin Hodges and Shaun Berrigan proved very hard to stop with Shaun Berrigan taking out the prestigious Clive Churchill medal as the best player in the grand final.Brisbane went to the break leading 8-4 but it was only a try a piece and Melbourne were still very much in the match but Brisbane's big match experience and the guile of Wayne Bennett ensured the Broncos grand final record was never under threat.As the game wore on Melbourne struggled to contain the Broncos and when Brent Tate scored in the 62nd minute, he sealed Melbourne's fate and there was no miracle comeback from the Storm, who will be better for the experience.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 8Tries: Matt King, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 0/1, Matt Geyer 0/1Brisbane Broncos: 15Tries: Justin Hodges, Brent TateGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/2, Corey Parker 1/2Field Goals: Darren LockyerBy the Clock:0 min: NEWS Welcome to the NRL Grand Final between the Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos. The Broncos are about to take the field in front of a great crowd at Telstra Stadium. All cameras on Shane Webcke in his final game of Rugby League and the question is will he live the fairytale ending or will the Melbourne Storm deny him? All this awaits us in the next eighty minutes and I can't split either side but I am leaning towards the Broncos based on the big match experience of their stars.0 min: NEWS We are about to hear the national anthem from Jade McRae.1 min: NEWS Away we go! We are underway in the 2006 grand final and the crowd roars as the Broncos kick off to the Melbourne Storm.2 min: NEWS Melbourne complete their first set of six mid some tremendous defence but now the Broncos have the ball and Melbourne are responding in kind.5 min: NEWS Melbourne awarded the first penalty for a flop from Brad Thorn. Melbourne looking very good early on.6 min: NEWS Darius Boyd caught in goal by Matt King so the Broncos will not have to give the ball back to the Storm via a goal line drop out.7 min: NEWS Matt King loses the ball ten metres out from the Broncos line and the pressure is off the Broncos for the moment.8 min: NEWS Penalty to Brisbane so we are now level with penalties and now the Broncos get a chance to see what the Storm defence is made of.9 min: NEWS Penalty to Brisbane two metres out from the Storm line. Brisbane will take the two points to settle the nerves.9 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosBrisbane take a two point lead through Darren Lockyer. A very even contest so far. Broncos 2-012 min: NEWS Cooper Cronk from Melbourne kicks a 40/20 to put the Storm on the attack 18 metres out from the Broncos line.14 min: TRY Melbourne StormSteve Turner scores for the Storm after Scott Hill evaded the Broncos defence to pass around the corner to an unmarked Turner who scores in the corner to give the Storm the lead. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 4-218 min: NEWS Steve Turner knocks on a Darren Lockyer bomb to give the Broncos a chance to score their first try.19 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane hit back through an inside ball to Justin Hodges and he scores adjacent to the sticks to give the Broncos a four point lead midway through the first half. Broncos 8-421 min: NEWS Webcke knocks on on the second tackle inside his own 30 to give the Storm a chance to hit right back.23 min: NEWS Brisbane hold fast in defence to stifle the Storm and relieve the pressure.24 min: NEWS Brisbane have another line drop out to contend with but they have defended superbly off their own goal line.26 min: NEWS Matt Geyer knocks on from dummy half ten metres out from the Broncos line. Melbourne starting to look a little frustrated by the Broncos defence.28 min: NEWS Inglis forced into touch just metres from the Broncos line. Brisbane's defence on their tryline has been magnificent.31 min: NEWS Hodges knocks on and Brisbane are starting to make some metres through the middle of the field.34 min: NEWS Brisbane starting to pick up the pace in attack and defence with Justin Hodges proving to be a difficult customer for the Storm to handle.37 min: NEWS Brisbane get a penalty and are now only 20 metres from the Storm line and this could be crucial for the Storm's title hopes.38 min: NEWS Tate knocks on and Melbourne breathe a sigh of relief but they are struggling at the moment.39 min: NEWS Justin Hodges make a superb run from his own ingoal back out to his twenty metre line, leaving all the Storms defenders in his wake.40 min: NEWS Broncos lead the Storm 8-4 at half time and the Broncos finished the half far stronger than the Storm but we still have forty minutes remaining and the last time these two sides met, Brisbane led 10-0 and eventually lost so both teams know this is far from over and it could come down to the individual brilliance of a Lockyer or Inglis to decide the 2006 NRL Telstra Premiership.41 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half and one team is forty minutes away from glory.41 min: NEWS Very good opening set in attack from the Brisbane Broncos.44 min: NEWS Paul Simpkins blows time off with Broncos lock Tonie Carroll down with what looks to be a knee injury.45 min: NEWS Melbourne throw the ball away and are looking a little flustered at the moment. Brisbane making a lot of easy metres at the moment46 min: NEWS Melbourne make half a break but Daivd Kidwell does a good impersonation of John Elway and throws the ball a mile forward.48 min: NEWS Greg Inglis makes a great fifty metre break to give the Storm great field position with plenty of tackles up their sleeve.49 min: NEWS Paul Simpkins blows time off after a heated exchange between the Storm and the Broncos. Penalty to Melbourne right on the Brisbane line.50 min: TRY Melbourne StormMatt King scores to give the Storm a chance to take the lead but Matt Geyer misses a relatively easy conversion. We are all locked up at 8 all. 8 all.53 min: NEWS Penalty to Melbourne and now the Storm have a great chance to inflict some more pain on the Broncos.55 min: NEWS Under pressure the Broncos come up with a great set of six to release the pressure valve.56 min: NEWS Justin Hodges knocks on playing the ball. Could be a crucial play in a tight game.58 min: NEWS Karmichael Hunt comes up with the ball on his own line after contesting it with Greg Inglis.60 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosBrisbane edge ahead by two after Billy Slater was penalised for a high shot on Shaun Berrigan but the Broncos should have been penalised for an obstruction. Broncos 10-862 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane score in the corner after the Broncos played some great ad-lib footy and it caught the Storm on the backfoot out wide and they never recovered. A crucial kick for goal that could extend the Broncos lead beyond a converted try. Conversion unsuccessful. Broncos 14-865 min: NEWS Melbourne fumble just outside their 20 metre line. Knockout punch could be on the way...66 min: NEWS Brisbane fumble and Melbourne are trying hard to get back into the match.67 min: NEWS Video ref asked to rule on a possible try to Matt King after Cronk put the ball high and Justin Hodges looked to have fumbled the ball and it then went back to Matt King who crashes over but tuled no try by the video referee.68 min: NEWS Brisbane looking tired but Melbourne squander an attacking opportunity once again with Billy Slater throwing a silly pass that went into touch even though the replay suggests Justin Hodges touched the ball.70 min: NEWS Brisbane hold on with Melbourne almost scoring near the posts.70 min: NEWS Cameron Smith leaves the field with a knee injury.72 min: FIELD GOAL Brisbane BroncosBrisbane move out to a seven point lead through a long range field goal to Darren Lockyer. Too hard for Melbourne to come back from here. Broncos 15-875 min: NEWS Melbourne looking lost without Cameron Smith and it's a forlorn hope for the Storm now.77 min: NEWS Greg Inglis knocks on fifteen out from their own line and Brisbane can rub salt into the Storms wound with another try.78 min: NEWS Brisbane have Melbourne pinned on their own line and they have smothered the Storm in the second half.80 min: NEWS Brisbane defeat the Melbourne Storm 15-8 and the Broncos were deserved victors, totally outplaying their inexperienced opponents in every aspect.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Shaun Berrigan (Broncos)2 - Shane Webcke (Broncos)1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)-----------------------------------------

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