ALL season I?ve been posting in forum 7s. I haven?t missed a game, and the elegant prose that you are currently reading confirms this fact. I?ve noticed that I?m one of only two posters to have contributed in all 8 regular season games, and I?m starting to get a bit of an ego about it. Just last week I got out the tin foil, glitter, cardboard and elbow macaroni, and constructed a spectacular WWE-style belt for myself, emblazoned with the words ?Forum 7s Iron Man?. Unfortunately, even we greats suffer from writer?s block from time to time, not to mention the scourge of ever poster?s existence, Ican?tbebotheredwritingsoI?lldoitinthelasthalfhour syndrome (see how I cheated my way to thirteen extra words there? Oh?damn.)
LIFE is full of moments that radically alter the way you look at things. Sometimes you can put a finger on specific events or circumstances that, for better or worse, distinctly influence the future of your being, the nature of your self. In other instances, change is more gradual ? people, places, years, faces?a confluence of things, things that slowly, imperceptibly alter. Maybe you don?t realise it now, maybe you never will, but things have changed, fundamentally ? the world is hollower or more complete, simpler or more complex, more tainted or more beautiful.
THIS weekend marks the return of Rugby League to the Moreton Bay Fig trees at old North Sydney Oval, and while expansion has been the talk of the town in recent weeks, it seems that all that is old is new again. Many teams have returned in recent years to their ancestral homes, however questions have invariably arisen not about only the quality of the stadiums, but also the safety and numbers of patrons that can be catered for.
MY father, a dedicated League fan and an ex-bush player, who had once played against the great Poppa Clay, decided that his 13-year-old son, a dedicated League fan and semi-dedicated Soccer player, should try League. After much parental ?convincing?, his son agreed to his request. A quick call to the local under 14?s coach later and my Rugby League career was born.
IT was the type of year which started off on the worst foot possible, two sexual assault scandals, a handful of sponsors not paying for what they received last year, and players who usually had faultless reputations just coughing up the wrong comments at the wrong time. All the media would focus on was how much of a crisis the code was in, and how the sport would just go backwards after such a good 2003 season.
FORMER Kiwis captain and Vodafone Warriors halfback Stacey Jones today announced his retirement from international rugby league.
ON the 21st of August the English U/18 Academy team took on the might of the Australian Schoolboy?s side, a rarely challenged international team which was selected on the individual performances of players at the Australian Secondary School championships; a competition where Singapore National Coach, Tony Ashton was in charge of the Victorian State team.
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THE Sydney Airport Jets chose the worst possible occasion to turn in one of their least impressive performances of the year, when they were trounced 48-6 by the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the crucial VB Premier League match played at Toyota Park on Saturday evening. This win allowed the Sharks to keep their own slim finals hopes alive, while bringing Newtown's tenacious playoffs campaign to an undignified end. Newtown trailed the Sharks 10-6 midway through the first half, but that was as close as the Jets were to get all night. Cronulla led 18-6 at half-time, and added five unanswered tries in the second half as the Jets performance deteriorated.
NZRL chairman Selwyn Pearson has rubbished suggestions that the en-mass defections from the Kiwis for the upcoming tri-series against Australia and Great Britain resulted from Daniel Anderson as coach.
STEELE Retchless will head back to his hometown Brisbane at the end of this season after playing 202 games for London Broncos over a seven-year period.
BRISBANE'S Raging Bull Gorden Tallis has always taken his mum's advice.
THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 25.
ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA CEO Peter Doust has stated that Aussie Stadium is not relevant to the St.George-Illawarra supporter base.
Doust made the remark in the Sydney Morning Herald when questioned on whether Aussie Stadium was considered as a venue for a possible Dragons' home final.
THIS Sunday?s final round NRL clash between the Storm and the Sea Eagles will see Melbourne assistant coach Peter Sharp make his first trip to Brookvale Oval since finishing his tenure as Manly head coach at the end of last season.