QUEENSLAND will have to overcome a 15-year Origin hoodoo to win this year's State of Origin series.
THE New South Wales Blues have scored a dominant 27-4 victory over the Queensland Maroons to win the match and the series at Telstra Stadium tonight.
NEW South Wales coach Phil Gould says rain in Sydney today is likely to help the bigger Queensland forwards in tonight's second match of the rugby league State of Origin series.
TWO drawn results hit the headlines in this round of the NSWRL Premier League, with the Newtown Jets drawing with the North Sydney Bears, and the Magpies and Roosters also ending equal on the scoreboard.
THE Sydney Airport Jets and fellow 1908 Foundation Club the North Sydney Bears turned on a thrilling 22-all draw in the NSW Premier League match played at Henson Park last Saturday.
This was also the deciding match for the inaugural Frank Hyde Cup series, and fittingly that living Rugby League legend Frank Hyde himself was on hand to present the trophy to the two captains, Craig Field (Newtown) and Ben Black (Norths). Frank received an enormous reception from the good Henson Park crowd, and the old trouper was clearly delighted to be back in the thick of the action at the ground he first graced as a player with the Bluebags nearly seventy years ago.
Both teams made sure this Cup decider would be a game to remember. The Jets looked the goods leading 22-6 with fifteen minutes remaining, but the Bears charged home to draw level with just three minutes left on the clock. Amazingly, the Jets then had a try controversially disallowed as the full-time siren sounded! Newtown missed the go-forward of giant prop Monah Elahmad after he left the field injured. Billy Najarrin, Tony Phillips,Tabua Cakacaka and Joe Lichaa were other Jets forwards to stand out, while Craig West and Andrew Le Breton were the best of the backs.
In the Jim Beam Cup match, Newtown fought on gamely against the competition leaders Ryde-Eastwood, eventually going down by 30-14. These boys might have had a disrupted season, but they certainly don't lack "bottle" or pride in themselves.
The Sydney Airport Jets meet South Sydney in the Premier League at Aussie Stadium this Sunday at 1.00pm, while on Saturday in the Jim Beam Cup the Jets travel away to take on The Entrance, with this match kicking off at 3.15pm.
CES Mountford's fascinating story reflects a lifetime in Rugby League. He first played for Blackball in new Zealand before World War Two. He joined Wigan in 1946, and was a key member of the club's great post-war team, winning every honour in the game. The climax of his Central park career was captaining the side in the victorious 1951 Challenge Cup Final. He was the first overseas player to win the Lance Todd Trophy. Many people regard him as the best stand-off in the world at that time. He also played for Other Nationalities.
In 1951, he moved to Warrington, and managed the Wire to some of their greatest triumphs, including the 1954 Odsal Cup Final replay victory and two Championship wins.
FRIDAY 27th June 2003
WIGAN Winger Brett Dallas has pledged his loyalty to the club by turning down a lucrative contract with Australian club Cronulla Sharks.
WIGAN Warriors have six players in the the 2003 County of Origin squads announced on Tuesday morning.
MARK Hilton, 27 has been selected in the Lancashire side for this yeaR's 2003 Origin fixture on Tuesday 2nd July 2003, kick-off 7.45pm at Odsal Stadium, Bradford.
THE National Rugby League will outlaw players scoring tries from dummy-half when using teammates as a shield.
RUGBY League has emerged as a major loser out of this years state budget in NSW. Treasurer Michael Egan delivered a small surplus in what can only described as a lazy and lacklustre budget. Even before the budget was handed down yesterday, NSW was the highest taxed state in Australia.
NORTH Queensland has re-signed goalkicking centre Josh Hannay for three more National Rugby League seasons.
KANGAROOS centre Mark Gasnier will make his long-awaited National Rugby League comeback for St George Illawarra against Manly at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.
ST George Illawarra's finals hopes have suffered another major blow with in-form captain Lance Thompson ruled out for the rest of the regular National Rugby League season.