MELBOURNE veteran Matt Geyer and retiring Brisbane five-eighth Ben Ikin have emerged as Kangaroo tour wildcards with incumbent Australian pivot Shaun Timmins expected to rule himself out of the tour this week.
WYNNUM ended Tweed Head?s fantastic debut season in the Queensland Cup with a
40-22 elimination final win in the ABC Television clash at Kougari Oval. In front of a big vocal crowd it was Tweed that dominated the first half with the Seagulls guilty of uncharacteristic errors. Halfback David Hicks crossed for an early try for Tweed to lead 6-0 but Wynnum front row Cameron Durnford levelled the scores with a strong try. Further tries to second rower Luke O?Dwyer and Eddie Harrison gave Tweed Heads a handy 16-6 advantage but a lapse of concentration allowed Jimmy Ahmat to sneak over for a try on the half-time hooter for a 16-10 scoreline.
THE semi final matches in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition proved to be very exciting as expected. The Eastern Tornadoes side now bow out of the running as we head into the major semi-final next weekend.
DESPITE losing to Warrington Woolston Rovers in the play-offs last week, St Albans Centurions' players have been honoured in the new issue of Rugby League World magazine, out now. Skipper Tom Eisenhuth has been rewarded for his string of outstanding displays in August by being voted National League Three Player of the Month, an honour he totally deserves and that before his magnificent effort in the defeat by Woolston.
STACEY Jones capped off a perfect weekend for the New Zealand Warriors with news he is fit to retake the field.
ST George Illawarra halfback Brett Firman has been ruled out of this Friday's clash with the Broncos in Brisbane following confirmation that he will have a shoulder reconstruction.
THE Roosters side to play Canberra this Sunday has been strengthened by the return of Chris Flannery. Craig Fitzgibbon has not been named in the side and is unlikely to play.
RADISSON Maine Wests Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his team for the game against the New Zealand Warriors, on Saturday 6 September 2003 at Ericsson Stadium. Kick off is at 7.30pm(NZ time).
DRAGONS centre Mark Gasnier has been named to play the Broncos in Brisbane on Friday night but will be subject to a fitness test.
THE Canberra Raiders have named their side for the blockbuster clash against the Roosters at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.
INAUGURAL Melbourne Storm winger Marcus Bai will play his last match in Melbourne this week when the Storm meets the Manly Sea Eagles in the final round of the Telstra Premiership.
DRAGONS centre Mark Gasnier and winger Nathan Blacklock were last night ruled out of Friday's clash with the Broncos in Brisbane after failing to complete training.
Gasnier (quadriceps) and Blacklock (knee) were earlier named to play in the final regular season match for 2004, but they were unable to train through their injuries yesterday afternoon.
Gasnier will be replaced by John Wilshere and Blacklock will be replaced by Hassan Saleh.
FRIDAY 5th September 2003
BRISBANE v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA at Suncorp Stadium at 7.35pm.
PENRITH Panthers coach , John Lang has named his squad to take on the Parramatta Eels at Penrith Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
THE National Rugby League has ruled out any immediate law changes as Warrior Brent Webb's lengthy goalkicking routine comes under the spotlight again.