IT?S Saturday afternoon and the rain has been coming down for most of the day. Cold and wet, it?s not a particularly inviting night but I hold my head up and head off to the stadium. No ordinary stadium mind you, I was off to the home of the Eels and unfortunately for the past two years the home of some very ordinary results. While generally confident of winning, the thought of facing up to the rampant competition leaders in the Sydney Roosters was not exactly my idea of a great Saturday night.
WATCHING from the sideline your heart thumps loudly as your eyes scan the boys in their jerseys that are seconds from running out onto the field. You spot him and there your eyes stay focused.
IN memory of Scott McCrorie, one of their young players who tragically passed away at the age of 16 earlier this year, Aberavon Fighting Irish RLFC are staging a nine-a-side tournament at Open Age (Senior) and Under 17 level on SATURDAY AUGUST 28th 2004, which is the start of the Bank Holiday weekend. The action will kick off at 12noon.
MIDDLESEX Federation Cup:
BRIDGEND BLUE BULLS 48 ABERAVON FIGHTING IRISH 8
NSWRL VB Premier League
Played at Leichhardt Oval
Saturday, July 17
Sydney Airport Jets 22: David Hall 2, John Sinisa, Tony Phillips tries; Troy Barnes 3 goals.
The Sydney Airport Jets led 16-10 at half-time.
NSWRL Jim Beam Cup
The match scheduled to be played against The Entrance was washed out, and will be played at a future date and venue to be announced.
Sydney Airport Jets fixtures for this coming weekend:
Saturday, July 24th 2004
NSWRL VB Premier League
Newtown v Manly-Warringah
Kick-Off: 3.00 pm.
(There will be curtain-raisers prior to the VB Premier League match).
Newtown has a bye in the Jim Beam Cup competition this coming weekend.
ROUND 11 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition saw most of the game played in very wet conditions. The game between Wellington and the Hibiscus Coast Raiders due to be played in Wellington on Saturday afternoon was finally abandoned due to atrocious conditions.
THE Panthers will seek an opinion from former NRL Commissioner Jim Hall on charges laid against Ben Ross and Joel Clinton as a result of a tackle during Saturday evening's match against the Raiders.
X-RAYS today have revealed that Kangaroo forward Steve Simpson played the closing stages of yesterday's match against the Broncos with a broken jaw.
MELBOURNE forward Danny Williams was charged with striking by the NRL match review committee today following his king-hit on Mark O'Neill on Saturday night.
BRONCOS coach Wayne Bennett and skipper Gorden Tallis have called on the NRL to protect young fullback Karmichael Hunt, who they believe is being unfairly targeted by high shot from opposition defenders.
FONE Zone Canberra Raiders captain Simon Woolford will undergo precautionary scans tomorrow after injuring his shoulder in the first half of the Raiders round 19 loss to Penrith.
DEFENDING premiers Penrith have been knocked about by injury and the judiciary in the lead-up to the finals, with Ben Ross, Joel Clinton and Joe Galuvao all facing time on the sidelines.
WITH seven rounds to go, Cowboys forward Paul Rauhihi still heads up the leader board in Leagueunlimited.com?s players of the year awards. Rauhihi didn?t pick up any points this round but remains firm on 21 points overall. Roosters half back Brett Finch was also out of the top three in his match, but is not far away on 19 points.
STORM forward Danny Williams has today expressed his remorse over last night?s unsavory second half striking incident on Wests Tigers second-rower Mark O?Neill, during Melbourne?s 32-18 loss to the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.