FINALS week two: NRL preliminary semi-finals.Friday 15 September 2006ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS v MANLY SEA EAGLES7:45pm at Aussie StadiumLower grade semi-finals curtain raisers:5:35pm: Dragons v Raiders (Premier League)3:45pm: Dragons v Sea Eagles (Jersey Flegg)NRL TEAMSDRAGONS: Clint Greenshields; Wes Naiqama, Daryl Millard, Matt Cooper, Brett Morris; Trent Barrett (c), Ben Hornby; Ben Creagh, Ashton Sims, Matt Bickerstaff, Jason Ryles, Aaron Gorrell, Luke Bailey. Res: Danny Wicks, Michael Henderson, Sam Isemonger, Justin Poore, Shaun Timmins, Mathew Head (two to be omitted)SEA EAGLES: Brett Stewart; Michael Robertson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks; Travis Burns, Matt Orford; Ben Kennedy (c), Anthony Watmough, Steve Menzies, Brent Kite, Michael Monaghan, Jason King. Res: George Rose, Mark Bryant, Kylie Leuluai, Shayne Dunley, Luke Williamson (one to be omitted)Referee: Paul Simpkins. Saturday 16 September 2006NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v BRISBANE BRONCOS7:45pm at Aussie StadiumLower grade semi-finals curtain raisers:5:35pm: Sea Eagles v Tigers (Premier League)3:45pm: Bulldogs v Roosters (Jersey Flegg)NRL TEAMSKNIGHTS: Kurt Gidley; Brian Carney, Matt Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn; Jarrod Mullen, Andrew Johns (c); Reegan Tanner, Clint Newton, Steve Simpson, Josh Perry, Luke Quigley, Adam Woolnough. Res: Luke Davico, Todd Lowrie, Craig Smith, Riley Brown, Kirk Reynoldson, Daniel Abraham (two to be omitted).BRONCOS: Justin Hodges; Darius Boyd, Brent Tate, David Stagg, Karmichael Hunt; Darren Lockyer (c), Shane Perry; Tonie Carroll, Brad Thorn, Sam Thaiday, Petero Civoniceva, Shaun Berrigan, Shane Webcke. Res: Corey Parker, Casey McGuire, Ben Hannant, Dane Carlaw, Tame Tupou (one to be omitted).Referee: Steve Clark.Losers eliminated. Winners advance to play in week three. Melbourne Storm and Canterbury Bulldogs have already advanced to week three of the NRL finals.
MELBOURNE Storm hooker Cameron Smith has been awarded the 2006 Dally M Player of the Year award.In a result which mirrors our own adjudication at League Unlimited, the nuggetty rake capped off a memorable season by taking out the prestigious award tonight at the Sydney Town Hall.Smith, a goal kicking hooker, has been a mainstay of the Storm side for some years now and represented Queensland with distinction in this year's State of Origin series. Following the withdrawal of Danny Buderus, Smith looks likely to receive his first Test cap in this years's Tri-Nations tournament.Other notable winners were rookie Jarryd Hayne and coach Craig Bellamy.Here are the full details of the night?s awards:Rookie of The Year: Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)Nominated - Greg Eastwood, Jarryd Hayne, Darius Boyd, Luke Douglas, Grant Rovelli2006 Top Tryscorer: Nathan Merritt (South Sydney Rabbitohs) 22 tries2006 Top Pointscorer: Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) 274 pointsCaptain of The Year: Ben Kennedy (Manly Sea Eagles)Nominated - Ben Kennedy, Darren Lockyer, Cameron Smith, Andrew RyanProvan Summons People's Choice: Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels)Nominated - Nathan Hindmarsh, Ben Kennedy, Willie Mason, Andrew JohnsPeter Frilingos Memorial Award for Headline Moment of the Year: Brett Finch (State of Origin I)Nominated -The Brett Finch field goal, SOO1The Brett Stewart try, Manly v TigersHodgson's pass in SOO3Gorrell's sideline conversion to sink the Broncos at SuncorpCoach of the Year: Craig Bellamy (Melbourne Storm)Nominated - Craig Bellamy, Steve Folkes, Jason Taylor, Matt ElliottRepresentative Player of the Year: Darren Lockyer (Queensland Maroons & Australian Kangaroos)Nominated - Darren Lockyer, Petero Civoniceva, Jonathon Thurston, Willie MasonARL Hall of Fame inductees:The late Ken KearneySid PearceCharles FraserGeorge TreweekDuncan HallPeter SterlingPOSITIONAL AWARDS:Fullback: Clinton Schifcofske (Canberra Raiders)Nominated - Greg Inglis, Rhys Wesser, Brett Stewart, Clinton SchifcofskeWinger: Brian Carney (Newcastle Knights)Nominated - Hazem El Masri, Eric Grothe, Brian Carney, Nathan MerrittCentre: Mark Gasnier (St George-Illawarra Dragons)Nominated - Justin Hodges, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Adam Mogg, Jake WebsterFive-eighth: Darren Lockyer (Brisbane Broncos)Nominated - Scott Hill, Jason Smith, Darren Lockyer, Preston CampbellHalfback: Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)Nominated - Matt Orford, Cooper Cronk, Andrew Johns, Johnathan ThurstonProp: Roy Asotasi (Bulldogs)Nominated - Luke Bailey, Roy Asotasi, Petero Civoniceva, Mark O'MeleyHooker: Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)Nominated ? Danny Buderus, Aaron Payne, Robbie Farah, Cameron SmithSecond row: Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels)Nominated - Willie Mason, Nathan Hindmarsh, Steve Simpson, Ryan HoffmanLock: Ben Kennedy (Manly Sea Eagles)Nominated - Ben Kennedy, Alan Tongue, Reni Maitua, Dallas Johnson
FRIDAY, 11th August 2006Newcastle v Manly at EnergyAustralia Stadium, 7:30pmKNIGHTS: Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Jarrod Mullen, Andrew Johns (c), Josh Perry, Danny Buderus, Adam Woolnough, Steve Simpson, Clint Newton, Kirk ReynoldsonInterchange: Luke Davico, Reegan Tanner, Todd Lowrie, Kurt Gidley, Daniel Abraham (one to be omitted)SEA EAGLES: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c)Interchange: Shane Dunley, Luke Williamson, Kylie Leuluai, Mark Bryant, George Rose, Paul Stephenson (two to be omitted)Referee: Paul SimpkinsSaturday, 12th August 2006New Zealand v North Queensland at Ericsson Stadium, 5:30pmWARRIORS: Brent Webb, Patrick Ah Van, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Grant Rovelli, Ruben Wiki, Nathan Fien, Steve Price (c), Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu, Louis AndersonInterchange: George Gatis, Evarn Tuimavave, Epalahame Lauaki, Micheal Luck, Sam Rapira (one to be omitted)COWBOYS: Matt Bowen, Neil Sweeney, Mark Henry, Ashley Graham, Matt Sing, Justin Smith, Aaron Payne (c), Carl Webb, David Faiumu, Shane Tronc, Steve Southern, Luke O'Donnell, Jacob LillymanInterchange: Rod Jensen, Matthew Scott, Mitchell Sargent, Clint Amos (one to be omitted)Referee: Gavin BadgerCronulla v Parramatta at Toyota park, 7:30pmSHARKS: Brett Kearney, David Simmons, Ben Pomeroy, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Adam Dykes, Brett Kimmorley (c), James Stosic, Kevin Kingston, Richard Villasanti, Reece Williams, Lance Thompson, Cameron CiraldoInterchange: Luke Douglas, Nigel Vagana, Paul Gallen, Beau ScottEELS: Luke Burt, Jarryd Hayne, Luke O'Dwyer, Ben Smith, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Jeremy Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Chad Robinson, Nathan Hindmarsh, Daniel Wagon, Glenn MorrisonInterchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Wade McKinnon, Josh CordobaReferee: Tony ArcherPenrith v Sydney at CUA Stadium, 7:30pmPANTHERS: Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon, Danny Galea, Lee Hookey, Luke Rooney, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Craig Stapleton, Shane Rodney, Tony Puletua (c), Trent WaterhouseInterchange: Frank Puletua, Bryan Norrie, Frank Pritchard, Paul Aiton, Luke Swain (one to be omitted)ROOSTERS: Shaun Foley, Amos Roberts, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Brett Finch, Josh Lewis, Shane Shackleton, Craig Wing, David Shillington, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Ashley HarrisonInterchange: Chris Flannery, John Doyle, Setaimata Sa, Mickey PaeaReferee: Jason RobinsonSunday, 13th August 2006 Brisbane v Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium, 2:30pmBRONCOS: Darius Boyd, Tame Tupou, Justin Hodges, Greg Eastwood, Brent Tate, Darren Lockyer (c), Shane Perry, Shane Webcke, Shaun Berrigan, Petero Civoniceva, Neville Costigan, Brad Thorn, Tonie CarrollInterchange: Corey Parker, Nick Kenny, Sam Thaiday, Casey McGuire, Ben Hannant, David Stagg (two to be omitted)STORM: Greg Inglis, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Jake Webster, Steve Turner, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Antonio Kaufusi, Cameron Smith, Brett White, David Kidwell, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Michael Crocker, Jeremy Smith, Garret Crossman, Nathan Friend, Adam Blair (one to be omitted)Referee: Shayne HayneCanterbury v St George Illawarra at Telstra Stadium, 3:00pmBULLDOGS: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Andrew Emelio, Willie Tonga, Trent Cutler, Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin, Mark O'Meley, Tony Grimaldi, Roy Asotasi, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c), Reni MaituaInterchange: Sonny Bill Williams, Corey Hughes, Chris Armit, Nate MylesDRAGONS: Ben Hornby, Colin Best, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Brett Morris, Trent Barrett (c), Mathew Head, Luke Bailey, Dean Young, Jason Ryles, Justin Poore, Ben Creagh, Sam IsemongerInterchange: Danny Wicks, Ashton Sims, Matt Bickerstaff, Clint GreenshieldsReferee: Sean HampsteadWests v Canberra at Campbelltown Stadium, 3:00pmTIGERS: Shannon McDonnell, Daniel Fitzhenry, Dean Collis, Jamaal Lolesi, Chris Lawrence, Shane Elford, Scott Prince (c), Todd Payten, Robbie Farah, John Skandalis, Anthony Laffranchi, Chris Heighington, Dene HalatauInterchange: Ben Galea, Bronson Harrison, Ben Jeffery, Ryan O'HaraRAIDERS: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Phil Graham, Adam Mogg, David Howell, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Michael Hodgson, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Kris Kahler, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, Dane Tilse, Michael Weyman, Craig Frawley (one to be omitted)Referee: Steve ClarkThe South Sydney RABBITOHS have the bye in Round 23.