AS all clubs now step into the second half of the competition, a few will do so with confidence, some with trepidation, others with fear. Clubs like Souths and Newcastle have resigned themselves to their fate, while Penrith and Canterbury are staring up at an insurmountable task. At the top looking down are Brisbane, Manly and North Queensland, whose only worries appear to extend to the dogfight over whom gets the 100 grand on offer for the minor premiership and Parramatta are strengthening their claims for a top four spot at the expense of Cronulla.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 14, 10-12 June 2005
St George Illawarra utility back Ben Hornby looks to be charging home in this year?s Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards after scoring maximum points for consecutive weeks. He moves up to 16 points overall, just three points behind Cowboys full back Matt Bowen.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 13, 3-5 June 2005
Cowboys? fullback Matt Bowen continues to set a blistering pace in this year?s Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards. Another man-of-the-match performance and another three points sees Bowen at the top of the leader board on 19 points, five points clear of the field.
THIS week we?ve got it all! At the halfway mark of the competition there were several stirring performances from individuals over the weekend and a few were unlucky to miss out. All teams were out doing their best to improve or consolidate their positions on the ladder and as a result the Round 13 League Unlimited Team of the Week will run down the tunnel, burst onto the park foaming from their frontal orifices, giving those pretty ladies holding pom-poms a wink as they go by?
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 12, 27-29 May 2005
Cowboys? full back Matty Bowen has broken away to a three point lead in this year?s Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards. Following an exciting round of football, Bowen is on 16 points while Storm half back Matt Orford is in second place on 13 points.
FRIDAY, 3rd June 2005
ROUND 12 was definitely an interesting one and it?s thrown up a Team of the Week brimming with talent, skill, strength, experience and good old-fashioned grunt up front in the engine room. With a slick backline, brilliant halves, monster pack and versatile bench, the Round 12 League Unlimited Team of the Week will grab you by the scruff of the neck, drag you from the park Tallis v Hodgo style and throw your sorry arse over the touch line before you even know what hit you. And that?s just in the warm-up!
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 11, 20-22 May 2005
WE?VE hit the halfway mark of the 2005 NRL Telstra Premiership and for many clubs, there are still more questions than answers as the mid-season grind begins to takes it toll on the clubs and their legions of faithful supporters.
HERE we go again! An enormous State of Origin contest on Wednesday night has paved the way for an interesting and unpredictable round of footy. It was great to hear League back on the lips of the people as I strolled up to Erskineville station on Thursday morning listening to a tradesman ear-bashing his apprentice about the controversial Billy Slater try. He certainly made a convincing argument and, judging by the venom in his voice, a cold shiver would have passed down the spine of video ref Graeme West.