Jersey Flegg - round 25 - Knights V Sharks

ENERGYAUSTRALIA Stadium was the venue for the Round 25 clash between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks. It was the final home game of the regular season for the Knights in what has been a rather successful year in the Jersey Flegg competition. The Knights were also out to exact revenge and turn around a 56-6 humiliation by the Sharks at Toyota Park just six weeks ago. The first try of the game was scored by the home side through centre Alex McCosker who continued his recent good form. Luke Walsh failed with his conversion attempt from out wide. The next ten minute passage was one where both sides began to throw the ball around and successfully complete their sets. The next try of the match was through some superb vision by halfback Walsh. He took the ball on the fifth tackle after making himself available down the blindside, noticing that the Sharks were struggling. As the defence converged on him, he hooked a kick back towards the posts, where his halves partner in crime and captain Scotty Dureau was chasing through the kick, got a fantastic bounce before diving over beside the posts. Walsh added the extras and the Knights led 10-0. This was instantly an improvement from the last time the sides met. The Knights were starting to look sharp and enthusiastic. The Sharks appeared to be sluggish and were half a step behind the Knights at this particular point in the match. The Sharks finally appeared to be getting into their groove in the match and halfback Ben Green got his side on the board when he finished off a 50 metre movement by the Sharks after some terrific lead up work. Bryson Goodwin, who six weeks ago finished with a handy personal amount of points, added his first conversion of the match to close the gap to four. Knights 10 Sharks 6 remained the score until just a minute before halftime, when Knights interchange hooker Nathan Berry ran out of dummy half and planted the ball on the line, constituting a try to the home side on the stroke of halftime. Walsh added the conversion from a wide angle just a few seconds before halftime. Knights 16 - 6 Sharks was the halftime score.

Wynnum ensures equal spread

AN ELIMINATION semi final win by Wynnum in the Mixwell Cup has ensured that eight clubs will remain represented across all grades during the second week of finals.

Hills on the Up

HILLS District landed the first upset blow of the 2005 finals when the Mixwell Colts Challenge newcomers dismantled Redcliffe 42-22 at Dolphin Oval.

Raiders exit the 2005 Bartercard Cup competition

HIBISCUS Coast Raiders have become the first team to be knocked out of the semi finals in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition.

Dolphins up ina Thriller

FOR the second year in succession Toowoomba has exited the Queensland Cup with an extra-time defeat in the first week of finals, sunk 23-22 by the boot of Redcliffe?s Shane Perry.

Reports of Newtown RLFC matches played on Saturday

THE Sydney Airport Jets were pushed back into fifth place on the VB Premier League competition table, following their 32-20 loss to the Newcastle Knights at Energy Australia Stadium on Saturday evening. In the Jim Beam Cup, Newtown qualified for the semi-final series after defeating Erina 28-12 on Saturday afternoon, and then surviving an attempt by their nearest rivals Cabramatta to surpass the Jets? for and against record.

Finals Venues and Times

DAIRY Farmers Stadium, Bishop Park and Pizzey Park will host decisive QRL finals this coming weekend.

Bridgend's Weekend Cup Double

HERE are the reports from Bridgend and Kevin Ellis' remarkable Cup double this weekend. Ellis coached both Brynteg School and Bridgend Blue Bulls to National Final victories in the Powergen Champions Schools Year 7 and Total RL.com RLC Conference Premier Finals respectively.

Hull beat Leeds to win 2005 Challenge Cup

PAUL Cooke touched down three minutes from time as Hull snatched the Powergen Challenge Cup from Leeds? grasp at the Millennium Stadium with a 25-24 win.

Round 25 Team of the Week

THE second last round of the season has given us a pretty tough team to beat. With the Australian fullback, wing, halfback, lock and plenty of others who have rep jumpers to their credit, the Round 25 League Unlimited Team of the Week has all the ingredients to be one of our best ever. Have a go at these boys!

Monday?s Expert Leagueunlimited.com Players Awards - Round 25

LEAGUE Wrap: Round 25, 26-28 August 2005 And then there were two?

Raiders name squad to take on the Sea Eagles

THE Canberra Raiders will have all hands on deck for this Saturday night?s final round match against the Manly Sea Eagles at Canberra Stadium.

Sharks name side to face the Rabbitohs

SHARKS coach Stuart Raper has resisted making changes or resting any of his star players for the final round clash with South Sydney on Saturday night.

Storm names 19-man squad for clash against Cowboys

MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named a 19-man squad for this weekend's round 26 NRL Telstra Premiership clash against North Queensland Cowboys. The Storm (13-10) takes on the Cowboys (13-10) at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville on Saturday, September 3rd at 7:30pm. After last weekend?s terrific win against the Wests Tigers, Billy Slater returns to the starting line-up at fullback in place of Greg Inglis who takes his place on the interchange bench. Scott Hill also takes his place in the starting line-up after starting last weekend?s game on the bench. Cooper Cronk makes way for Hill and will join Inglis on the interchange bench. Peter Robinson has been omitted from the squad and will play for Storm feeder club Brisbane Norths Devils in week 2 of the Queensland Cup Semi-Finals.

Barrett and Head fined $3,000

ST George Illawarra has fined club captain Trent Barrett $2,000 for his involvement in a drunken incident at a New South Wales South Coast hotel last week. Injured teammate Mathew Head has been slapped with a $1,000 fine for unruly behaviour during a drinking session at a Warrawong pub last Monday night.

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