THE headlines have been everywhere all week. Jamie Lyon, retired at the ripe old age of 22. A man with so much potential, such a great future that some say he could have gone on to be one of the best centres the game has ever produced. Yet he has apparently given it all away to return to his childhood home town of Wee Waa, seeking a return to the country lifestyle he grew up with.
I don?t think any sports analysis or Rugby League fan would disagree come October last year the 2004 Rugby League season was looking like it could be the best ever. The news only just continued to get better, Carlton and United and Gatorade came on board to support the lower levels of the game, AAMI linked up with the bush, and the each club was recording increased level of sponsors and members for the new competition.
DRAGONS 26 (Tries: B Creagh 3; A Frew 1; M Gasnier 1. Goals: A Gorrell 2; L Russell 1.)
SYDNEY AIRPORT JETS 14 (Tries: N Leon 1; T Barnes 1; A Duncan 1. Goals: T Barnes 1)
EELS 26 (Tries: W McKinnon 1; M Lantry 1; C Thorman 1; S Muspratt 1. Goals: M Witt 5)
KNIGHTS 26 (Tries: J Smith 1; R Brown 2; B Tighe 1; N McLoughlin 1. Goals: B Tighe 3)
THE Parramatta Eels have today warned that fans who cause trouble at their home matches will face harsh punishment and life bans.
THE Panthers have re-signed another three members of their successful 2003 Premiership winning side ? Joel Clinton, Joe Galuvao and Luke Swain.
THE NRL Chief Executives have given unanimous support to new measures targeting attitudes towards women within Rugby League.
THE Roosters have sent a letter to the Bulldogs asking for $8000 to cover costs and damages from last Friday night's riot at Aussie Stadium.
BRISBANE officials have uncovered more than 100 examples of interchange breaches in the last 12 months and are set to provide the NRL with the video evidence in a bid to retain the premiership points from last Sunday?s clash with the Wests Tigers.
NEW Bulldogs CEO Malcolm Noad says the club?s code of conduct has been broken by players and action will be taken against them as soon as Police investigations into the alleged sexual assault of a young woman in Coffs Harbour last month have completed.
THE Bulldogs have taken steps towards getting themselves under control by appointing Malcolm Noad as their new Chief Executive Officer.
THE availability of the Sharks' star off-season recruit Nigel Vagana for Saturday night's NRL clash with South Sydney will be determined sometime today.
HOT on the heels of re-signing coach John Lang to an extended contract, Penrith have this morning announced that three of their key players have agreed to stay with the club beyond this season.
FRIDAY 2nd April 2004
FIVE Bulldogs players have been re-interviewed by detectives seeking to clarify and gather more evidence in the inquiry into the alleged gang rape of a 20-year-old Coffs Harbour woman.