Queensland Cup - Round 6-Preview

EVERYONE should be hungry for football after the Easter break and the line-up of matches in round six is one of the best of the Queensland Cup season to date. The weekend kicks off with the Norths Devils ? Easts Tigers ABC Televised clash at Bishop Park with Easts sitting just outside the top five and Norths struggling after just two wins from five starts. Easts had a big win over Central Comets last start and they will be full of confidence while Norths were thrashed 48-16 by competition leaders, Wynnum Seagulls. But Norths have been hit hard by player commitments to NRL parent club, Melbourne Storm and coach, Gary Greinke hopes to have more experienced players available as the season rolls on. Wests Panthers are at the bottom of the Queensland Cup ladder with Souths Logan Magpies, both clubs still searching for their first win. Wests host premiers, Redcliffe Dolphins at Purtell Park on Saturday afternoon so it is hard to imagine the Panthers will climb out of the cellar particularly as the Dolphins will be hungry for a big win after they were beaten at home last start by newcomers Tweed Heads, on ABC Television to boot. North Queensland Young Guns also were beaten last start 12-10 by Burleigh Bears at Miami ? and they are looking for a change of luck after three narrow losses this year. The Young Guns are down with Norths on four points and they desperately need to beat the Ipswich Jets this Saturday night in the curtain-raiser to the NRL clash between North Queensland and Melbourne at Dairy Farmers Stadium. In the other Saturday night clash Central host Broncos feeder club, Toowoomba Clydesdales at Browne Park, Rockhampton. On Sunday Tweed play Wynnum at Piggabeen in the battle of the Seagulls. This promises to be the match of the round with Wynnum the only undefeated side and Tweed holding second spot after just one loss. Wynnum have fanatical ground support with their renowned ?chook pen? the most feared, or is that revered, licensed area in the game. Tweed also have great support and Wynnum will be hoping some of their fans make the trip south of the border. In the other Sunday match Souths Logan play Burleigh at Davies Park with sixth placed Burleigh looking for a win to possibly elevate them into the top five. The Magpies will play all their home matches this year at Davies Park after negotiations to secure Meakin Park stalled.

Bartercard Cup - Round 2 Results

THE second round of the Bartercard Competition in New Zealand, saw just 3 games being played over the Easter break, with the remaining 3 games in the round to be played next weekend.

Misfiring Jets takes the points at Brookvale

THE Sydney Airport Jets claimed their first win of the Premier League season in defeating Manly-Warringah 30-16, in the match played at Brookvale Oval on Easter Sunday. This might not have been the prettiest of wins, but the final score probably understates the extent to which Newtown dominated the game.

More injury woes for Wigan Warriors

GOOD Friday's sensational win over St.Helens in the Tetley's Super League has come at a cost, with the news that young forward Ricky Bibey is set be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.

Price Wins, Bulldogs Still Lose

STEVE Price has successfully had his grade three careless high tackle charge downgraded but will still miss this weekend's match against the unbeaten Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night. Price will serve a one-match ban for a careless high tackle in last weeks loss to the St George Illawarra Dragons

Moule retires from rugby league

MELBOURNE Storm centre AARON MOULE has retired from rugby league.

Warrior ready to take on Panthers

LANCE Hohaia is recovering from a groin strain and will not be used if he has not recovered sufficiently by the weekend to ensure he can also back up against the Canterbury Bulldogs in Wellington on Friday, May 2.

More trouble down south as Sharks face fine

CRONULLA face a $10,000 fine after being issued with a breach notice for using an unregistered player, Laloa Milford, during last Sunday's National Rugby League clash with Newcastle.

Stuart re-signs for two years

THE Sydney Roosters have re-signed premiership winning coach Ricky Stuart for a further two National Rugby League seasons. The Roosters have announced they've secured the services of the game's hottest coaching property after months of speculation over his future.

Timmins out; Gasnier in doubt for Roosters ANZAC clash

DRAGONS international Shaun Timmins has been ruled out of the Anzac Day clash with the Roosters tomorrow while Mark Gasnier will undergo a fitness test five hours before kick-off.

Sharp sweating on four Eagles

MANLY Sea Eagles coach Peter Sharp is sweating it out on the fitness of four key players before Sunday's National Rugby League clash with South Sydney.

Storm will miss Moule

MELBOURNE Storm centre Aaron Moule has today announced his retirement from rugby league.

Minto into Broncos squad

BRISBANE Broncos reserve forward Darren Mapp has injured his hamstring at training today, giving heavyweight winger Scott Minto another opportunity to play in the National Rugby League.

Anasta tipped to pass fitness test

BULLDOGS playmaker Braith Anasta is confident of passing a fitness test today and making a triumphant National Rugby League return at Canberra on Saturday night.

Blacklock set to return to League

NATHAN 'Tingha' Blacklock is set to return to St George as early as next week following further indications that the NSWRU are ready to grant a release.

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