In a big weekend of footy, Brisbane's woes continued at Suncorp, going down to the Mighty Panthers. The huge crowd looked on in amazement when, with ten minutes to go and eight points down, the once powerful Broncos outfit went for penalty goal against a tiring Panthers' defence. Apparently looking for an outside chance of extra time, the Broncos' hopes were dashed when Craig Gower slotted a decisive field goal in the dying minutes.
Saturday footy saw the Roosters overcome the Sharks but not before Freddy Fittler had to be recalled onto the field. While in Townsville, the Knights led 48-nil at halftime and then 60-6 before the Cowboys staged something of a comeback to still lose by a whopping 60-24. Meanwhile, the Tigers let slip a 16-0 lead to see the Rabbitohs score a late try to win 18-16 at Leichhardt Oval.
Sunday kicked off with the Dragons going down the Warriors at Kogarah Jubilee Oval. The loss sees Saints slip out of the eight while the Warriors jump up to sixth position and in sight of the top four.
Meanwhile at Brookvale Oval, a 12-man Raiders side were handing out a flogging to Manly. The early send-off of skipper Simon Woolford didnt dampen the Canberran spirit as they put 50 on the home side and now advance to equal top spot on the ladder.
The final match of the round saw the Bulldogs thrash the Storm at the Showground. It was big day for Hazem El Masri who kicked nine goals from nine attempts to extended his streak to 30 goals, equalling the all time record set by former Bulldog, Daryl Halligan.
Next week (round 23, 15-17 August): Knights v Warriors in Newcastle* Raiders v Cowboys in Canberra Sharks v Dragons at Toyota Broncos v Tigers at Suncorp Rabbitohs v Roosters at Aussie Sea Eagles v Bulldogs at Brookvale Storm v Eels in Melbourne Panthers: Bye *Mondays Expert match of the round
Round 22 results at a glance home team listed first
BRONCOS 6 Tries: Carlaw Goals: De Vere 1/2 defeated by PANTHERS 13 Tries: Puletua, Wesser Goals: Girdler 2/2 Field Goal: Gower Friday 8th August 2003 7:30 PM Suncorp Stadium Referee: T Mander Video Referee: G West Crowd: 31,180 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - L Priddis (Panthers) 2 - C Gower (Panthers) 1 - C Parker (Broncos)
ROOSTERS 36 Tries: 2 Flannery, Walker, Finch, Cross, Fittler, Wellington Goals: Crocker 1/3, Fittler 0/1, Walker 3/3 defeated SHARKS 28 Tries: Hilder, Rieck, Anderson, Bird, Peachey Goals: Anderson 5/5 Saturday 9th August 2003 5:30PM Aussie Stadium Referee: S Clark Video Referee: M Lewis Crowd: 11,921 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - C Flannery (Roosters) 2 - B Fittler (Roosters) 1 - D Nutley (Sharks)
COWBOYS 24 Tries: Muckert, Bowen, Williams, Rauhihi Goals: Hannay 4/4 defeated by KNIGHTS 60 Tries: Macdougall 3, Kennedy 2, M Gidley 2, Perry, K Gidley, Johns. Goals: Johns 10/10 Saturday 9th August 2003 7:30 PM Dairy Farmers Stadium Referee: S Lyons Video Referee: E Ward Crowd: 15,072 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - A Johns (Knights) 2 - M Hughes (Knights) 1 - A Macdougall (Knights)
TIGERS 16 Tries: Wilson 2, Covell Goals: Covell 2/4 defeated by RABBITOHS 18 Tries: Richardson 2, Fletcher Goals: Craigie 2/2, Smith 1/1 Saturday 9th August 2003 7:30 PM Leichhardt Oval Referee: J Robinson Video Referee: C Ward Crowd: 9,053 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - B Fletcher (Rabbitohs) 2 - M O'Neill (Tigers) 1 - A Laffranchi (Tigers)
DRAGONS 20 Tries: Firman, Cooper, Howell, Blacklock Goals: Riddell 2/3 defeated by WARRIORS 30 Tries: Villasanti, Hohaia, Carlaw, Leuluai, Lauiti'iti, Webb Goals: Hohaia 3/6 Sunday 10th August 2003 2:30 PM Kogarah Jubilee Oval Referee: W Harrigan Video Referee: S Clark Crowd: 12,595 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - A Lauiti'iti (Warriors) 2 - B Firman (Dragons) 1 - J Carlaw (Warriors)
EAGLES 16 Tries: Menzies 2, Creary Goals: Walker 2/3 defeated by RAIDERS 51 Tries: Monaghan 4, Bulgarelli 2, Lolesi, Mogg, Schifcofscke Goals: Schifcofscke 7/11, F Goal: Drew 1/1 Sunday 10th August 2003 3:00 PM Brookvale Oval Referee: P Simpkins Video Referee: P Cooley Crowd: Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - J Monaghan (Raiders) 2 - R O'Hara (Raiders) 1 - B Drew (Raiders)
BULLDOGS 50 Tries: Utai 3, Scott, Feeney, Oliver, Mason, Vagana Goals: El Masri 9/9 defeated STORM 4 Tries: Geyer Goals: Orford 0/1 Sunday 10th August 2003 3:00 PM Sydney Showground Referee: S Hampstead Video Referee: T Mander Crowd: 9,819 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - B Sherwin (Bulldogs) 2 - B Harris (Bulldogs) 1 - H El Masri (Bulldogs)
Leagueunlimited.com Player of the Year Awards Round 22 Tally update: 21 points: D Lockyer (Broncos), M Orford (Storm) 20 points: B Sherwin (Bulldogs) 19 points: P Campbell (Panthers), A Johns (Knights) 18 points: L Bailey (Dragons) 17 points: B Firman (Dragons), C Gower (Panthers) 16 points: C Schicofske (Raiders), B Slater (Storm) 15 points: L Priddis (Panthers) 14 points: A Minichiello (Roosters), C Wing (Roosters) 13 points: C Fitzgibbon (Roosters), S Price (Bulldogs) 12 points: B Fittler (Roosters), T Hill (Tigers), B Kimmorley (Sharks) 10 points: D Buderus (Knights), B Drew (Raiders), S Jones (Warriors), PJ Marsh (Warriors), F Meli (Warriors), J Morris (Eels), G Morrison (Cowboys), M Sing (Cowboys), J Smith (Rabbitohs), L Withers (Tigers) 9 points: R Kearns (Storm), D Nutley (Sharks), B Walker (Sea Eagles), R Wesser (Panthers) 8 points: M Bowen (Cowboys), K Campion (Cowboys), M Crocker (Roosters), J Ferris (Sea Eagles), N Hindmarsh (Eels), L Hohaia (Warriors), M McLinden (Raiders), J Monaghan (Raiders), D Senter (Tigers), G Tallis (Broncos), L Thompson (Dragons), R Wiki (Raiders) 7 points: P Bailey (Sharks), S Berrigan (Broncos), H El Masri (Bulldogs), B Fletcher (Rabbitohs), M Geyer (Storm), B Harris (Bulldogs), S Kearney (Storm), D Peachey (Sharks), S Timmins (Dragons), N Vagana (Bulldogs), M Witt (Eels) 6 points: T Carroll (Broncos), S Faumuina (Warriors), B Kennedy (Knights), W Mason (Bulldogs), M O'Meley (Bulldogs), C Pearson (Wests Tigers), J Skandalis (Tigers), A Watmough (Sea Eagles), S Webcke (Broncos) 5 points: D Abraham (Knights), O Craigie (Rabbitohs), M Gidley (Knights), J Hannay (Cowboys), J Lyon (Eels), C Randall (Sea Eagles), P Rauhihi (Cowboys), M Riddell (Dragons), J Seu Seu (Warriors), P Stringer (Rabbitohs), L Swann (Warriors), S Woolford (Raiders) 4 points: N Blacklock (Dragons), T Byrne (Roosters), S Donald (Sea Eagles), B Finch (Roosters), J Galuvao (Panthers), M Gasnier (Dragons), B Hodgson (Eels), L McWilliams (Cowboys), T Puletua (Panthers), S Sattler (Panthers), T Tahu (Knights), B Tate (Broncos), P Whatuira (Panthers) 3 points: B Anasta (Bulldogs), S Bell (Storm), L Covell (Tigers), M De Vere (Broncos), C Flannery (Roosters), P Graham (Raiders), A Guttenbeil (Warriors), A Lauiti'iti (Warriors), L Lewis (Panthers), J Lowe (Cowboys), A MacDougall (Knights), M McClinden (Raiders), S Menzies (Sea Eagles), A Morley (Roosters), D Myles (Cowboys), R O'Hara (Raiders), J Perry (Knights), L Rooney (Panthers), B Webb (Warriors) 2 points: D Byrne (Dragons), D Carlaw (Broncos), J Caine (Wests Tigers), L Dorn (Sea Eagles), J Feeney (Bulldogs), B Galea (Tigers), A Graham (Eels), T Grimaldi (Bulldogs), D Heckenberg (Eels), S Hill (Storm), L Hopkins (Eels), M Hughes (Knights), A Laffranchi (Tigers), J Lolesi (Raiders), N Merritt (Rabbitohs), A Mogg (Raiders), M O'Neill (Tigers), R O'Hara (Raiders), B Reeves (Sea Eagles), L Ricketson (Roosters), S Rudder (Knights), J Ryles (Dragons), M Sargent (Storm), C Smith (Storm), S Tadulala (Storm), C Toopi (Warriors), M Utai (Bulldogs), D Wagon (Eels), L Williamson (Eagles) 1 point: T Barrett (Dragons), C Beattie (Sharks), J Bulgarelli (Raiders), J Carlaw (Warriors), M Creary (Sea Eagles), J Croker (Raiders), J Death (Rabbitohs), S Dunley (Eels), H Fa'afili (Warriors), P Gallen (Sharks), R Girdler (Panthers), E Grothe (Roosters), A Hart (Rabbitohs), J Hodges (Roosters), S Kelly (Broncos), D Kidwell (Storm), L MacDougall (Rabbitohs), R O'Davis (Knights), C Parker (Broncos), M Peterson (Eels), A Quinn (Knights), C Sheppard (Cowboys), T Smith (Raiders), R Swain (Broncos), J Thurston (Bulldogs), C Webb (Broncos), D Widders (Eels), T Williams (Cowboys), A Woolnough (Knights)Like