DRAGONS flyer Nathan Blacklock has been recalled to the NSW Country Origin rugby league team for Friday's match against City Origin in Gosford after Canberra winger Joel Monaghan failed to pass today's team physical due to a calf muscle injury.
SYDNEY Roosters head coach Ricky Stuart has been handed the reigns as New South Wales coach for next year's State of Origin rugby league series.
TO the players, coaches and management of the Newtown club,,
It is with great pleasure I write to you today to send my congratulations to Col Murphy (and Tommy Raudonikis who would have been mighty proud), and to all the players and management of the mighty Newtown Jets.
My brother recently mentioned to me that he was coming down from Brisbane for Origin 1 and while he was down here wanted to see the Jets play (Our entire family have been life long Newtown supporters). So we checked the calendar, made motel arrangements and headed up to Energy Australia Stadium. My father who had not been to a live league game for over 15 years (And I can't recall the last time he saw the Jets play) was also keen to come along.
So in Newcastle we arrived .... Entered the main gates and as we headed to our seats (Of course all decked out in our Newtown gear) the entire Jets team came jogging past us on their way onto the field. We hoped that this may have proved to be some small seed of inspiration, as from the moment kick off occurred they totally dominated the match. The effort, dedication and commitment that all players showed during the match was first class and was reflected in the final result. Each player should be proud of their contribution during the match, a game Newcastle were never in.
It reminded me of the grand old days of 1981, when we were seeing the Royal Blue & Whites dominating.
It's a pity that such a fantastic win happened away from home as all supporters of the club would have been impressed with the quality of the victory.
So congratulations once again, the team certainly brought huge smiles to our faces and made us the happiest Newtown supporters in Newcastle on Saturday night.
If you wish to publish this email feel free to do so and send this quick note to all Newtown supporters far and wide ....
The mighty Newtown Jets spirit is alive and well and everybody, do yourselves a favour and get along to all their games. There is a small, dedicated band of players & officials doing each and every Newtown supporter proud and your support is required.
See you all at Henson Park this Saturday when we take on the Tigers!
Continued success for the remainder of the season.
Newtown Jets supporter.
RICHARD is no stranger to the Broncos having made seven appearances whilst on loan two years ago, scoring two tries.
That helped him to earn a place on the England A tour to Fiji and Tonga later that season, while he played eight times in Super League VIII for the Bulls.
Originally with Leeds Rhinos' Academy, he faced his former club for the Bulls' Under-21 side on Tuesday night before completing the switch to Griffin Park.
DANIEL Anderson has become the second coach this week to part company with his club, with the former Parramatta Assistant Coach today confirming his departure from the New Zealand Warriors.
WHO else is sick of watching South Sydney lose game after game? They have been without a doubt THE worst performing team over the past 25 years. In 1989 there was a brief glimmer of hope when they took out the minor premiership only to crash and burn in the semi-finals. Then in 1994 a proud red and green march saw the Bunnies claim the pre-season Tooheys Challenge Cup against a near-International Brisbane outfit, before yet another year of complete failure.
SYDNEY Roosters and Queensland rep Chris Walker has reverted back to his old habits, after being arrested overnight, following an incident involving police in Brisbane.
ANOTHER month has quickly passed and the boys are sitting on top of the Queensland Cup table. And with the three wins last weekend we also move back to the top of the club championship. It?s something that the Redcliffe Club unashamedly puts a lot of work into winning. We are very proud of the fact that we have won nine out of the last ten years and I hope we can bring it home again.
As I write this we are preparing for a very tough match against Toowoomba in Toowoomba. Last week Tweed Heads came to play and had us a bit off our game but the boys stuck to their guns and came with the two points. I was pretty confident we could bring it home.
Toowoomba vs Redcliffe always seems to have that little bit extra in them, often very physical encounters. It will be a huge test for the Dolphins but one I think we can pass and bring it home. There is talk of us going through the season undefeated which is very premature and hasn?t originated out our camp. Personally I can?t see it happening, it would be great if it did but I just can?t see it. What?s that old saying ?With each win you are one game closer to a loss?.
I mentioned last month about Juilo?s and nerds, yes I did pinch it from the Aussie cricket side. We are trying to work out who to make captain of the Julio?s it?s a toss up between Shane Perry, David Simpson and Grant Flugge the skipper will selected by who uses the most product in his hair. I think Simmo might bring it home.
A new Rugby League commentating star is born I?ve hundreds no thousands of letters, emails and phone calls about my interview on TV with Warren Boland after half time on ABC last weekend. Most from my mates bagging me but I tell you there was still a lot of fan mail, trust me I?m car salesman would I lie to you. I?m heading to the top watch out Fatty and Sterlo I?m gunning for you. Many of the calls said it was one of the most entertaining chats they?ve heard with Warren that they have ever heard. Most of the bagging I seemed to cop came from my good mate Iggy Graham who was on me like seagull to a hot chip about me saying ?we?ll bring it home? all the time, I think Iggy could be a bit mistaken I don?t say it that that often just check this column.
With the rep season approaching and already the club feeling the effects of a big injury toll the boys need you at our games cheering them on. As I?ve said many times before Dolphin Oval is one of the best grounds in Queensland to play at with vocal home crowd behind you it really does lift you and drive you to want to win.
Remember is little saying ?Redcliffe Our City the Dolphins Our Team?
Well all good things come to an end and no I don?t mean this column I mean my holidays after 4 weeks of eating, drinking, drinking, eating, drinking and more drinking whoops that should be mowing the lawn, doing the gardening and sharpening the mower blades. I?m trying to turn my garden shed into one of those like on the Carlton Midstrength adds on TV, gees I hope the misses isn?t reading this. I?m heading back to work so if you are looking for the best deal on the Peninsula for a new or used car pop out to Keystar and see one of the team. And tell them Robbo sent you.
YOU joined Redcliffe from Easts at the beginning of 2003 after beating Redcliffe in the A Grade Grand Final at Dolphin Oval in 2002 how did you find it fitting in.
It was really easy actually, because I had played with Shane Perry, Phil Shilvock, Danny Burke and Shane Tronc before at previous clubs and they were all a great bunch of blokes who welcomed me into the club.
FOUNDATION Cup 16's
Auckland Sea Lions vs Canterbury Cornwall Park, Greenlane
Auckland Sea Lions 66
Sonny Fa'i, Sidney Ene, Mike Vaotuua, Tui Amituanai, Daniel O'Regan, Patrick Lilii, Aaron Smith (2), Tom Vai Vai (2), Tino Va'asa (2) : Tries
Victor Field, Aaron Smith, Sonny Fa'i, Malcolm Noda (2), Tino Va'asa (4) : Goals
Brackin Henry, Tau Arona, Louis Fanene : Tries
Daniel Bain : Goals
BARLA U23s assistant coach Kevin Thompson will be joining the BARLA Lions squad on their trip to Russia for this year's Victory Cup.
TV celebrity Ruby Wax will be a special guest at the JJB Stadium this Sunday for the Wigan Warriors Tetley's Super League home opener against Salford City Reds, 3pm kick off.
LONDON Broncos have announced a new major sponsorship deal ahead of Saturday night's first home game against St Helens in Tetley's Super League.
THE New Zealand Warriors completed their National Rugby League (NRL) pre-season build up at Mt Maunganui this week with the best possible news that influential playmaker Stacey Jones passed all tests put to him.
IN another triumph for the St.George Bank Dragons and Oki Jubilee Stadium, the Legends' Walk was officially opened this afternoon in Kogarah Park (6/3/04).