WITH a six-pack of games remaining to play out in the 2005 premiership, fans of rugby league are in for a supreme treat as 12 clubs clamour for the right to contest 20 kilos of bronze in the first weekend of October.
THIS week of footy has produced some tough decisions for the selectors, who have had to decide between as many as six halfbacks and seven props. We?ve included a number of players in the hard-done-by?s category and alongside an almighty bench, proving that the Round 20 League Unlimited Team of the Week would cut an imposing figure to any opponent, including a Spanish Armada.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 20, 22-24 July 2005
Matt Bowen is back amongst the points and maintains his lead in this year?s Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards, the Cowboys? fullback is sitting on 22 points and two points clear. But last year?s winner Matt Orford is making his charge, the Storm half back scoring maximum points and moving up to 20 points overall, and second position.
THE comp is an absolute pineapple at the moment. Just when you think you?ve got things figured out a crazed posse of Mongols ride into town and rearrange your saloon. This situation was typified by the plight of the Dragons on Sunday afternoon. A loss would have seen them reeling in 11th position but their big victory over the Sea Eagles propelled them into 6th.
FRIDAY 22nd July 2005
FULLBACK ? C Schifcofske (Raiders) Played a pivotal role for the Raiders in a close game against Parra. His three goals and superb ball-returns set the tone for Canberra.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 19, 15-17 July 2005
The pressure is on Matt Bowen to retain his number one spot in this year?s Leagueunlimited.com Players Awards. The Cowboys fullback is still in front on 19 points, but Broncos? five eighth Darren Lockyer has thrown down the gauntlet and is now only one point behind on 18 points.
WITH all the upset action from last round and player movements during the week, League fans and punters around the globe have maintained the enthusiasm throughout. Conversation around the water cooler has been dominated by who?s going where, Trent?s tickle on PJ, the abomination at Penrith Park and the Tiger?s chances of finally making the Top 8.
FRIDAY, 15th July 2005
A huge round of upsets this week sees some interesting selections from our trusted live score updaters who have a keen eye on every game of the week. There?s absolutely no doubt that every player here is worthy of selection this time round, making the Round 18 League Unlimited Team of the Week the only side running around in the NRL that is a sure thing to take the two points home.