WHEN I want new clothes, I often visit op-shops or second-hand clothing stores. Most of the time you filter through filthy rags and forgotten fashion mistakes in a futile search, but occasionally you can unearth a true gem. There are several good op-shops in Newtown (Bluebag territory), but last month I was browsing in the popular ?Mr Stinky? op-shop in Surry Hills, where I hit fashion pay dirt: an impossibly cool, 80?s style blue, black and white leather motorcycle jacket. I was, obviously, over the moon, but my joy didn?t end there. Soon afterwards I was to realise that this was no ordinary jacket - this jacket once belonged to the legendary former St George halfback/winger Steve ?Slippery? Morris.
AT the end of May, 2004 the Rugby Football League finally ended months of speculation and agreed that from 2006 a French side, Union Treiziste Catalane (UTC), should be invited to join the Tetley?s Super League. The decision has been widely welcomed amongst RL fans as a means to ensure the immediate survival, and eventual expansion, of the game in France. However, despite this general enthusiasm, the RL press described the vote to admit UTC as ?close?. No official figures appear to have been released , but given that Huddersfield argued openly against UTC?s admission, with occasional public murmurings of support from Salford, Wakefield, Warrington and, Widnes, it is likely that ?close? means that the vote was 7-5 in favour of UTC?s admission . This post examines why some clubs were opposed to UTC?s admission. It suggests that unless UTC prove competitive the RFL has created some potentially serious future problems.
THE air stale with the smell of smoke and spilt beer, salted peanuts and stained oak. The dim lights cloak much of the scene in shadow ? save for the fluorescent green of a pool table which stands out like a neon light towards the back of the room. A row of cubicles lines the wall to the left, each impenetrable with darkness, opposite the bar itself, where a lone bartender wipes down dirty schooner glasses with a greasy old rag. Occupying the cubicle furthest from the door, the man notices two shady figures seated side by side, smoking. Save for the bartender and the man himself, they are the only people inside the ragged, rickety old bar. Naturally, the man at the door ? let?s call him X ? lights himself a cigarette and moseys over and plants himself on the cushioned seat opposite the two shadowy gentlemen. No pleasantries are exchanged. Smoke wanders aimlessly from a cigarette butt left to burn in an ashtray.
JUST how difficult is it for our hard men to play hard these days? And no, this has nothing to do with Viagra!
THE Centurions regained some pride after last week's hammering by Huddersfield but still went down to their fourth defeat in five games when they lost 25-18 at Bradford Dudley Hill on Saturday. Trailing 22-0 after just 20 minutes, a repeat of the Underbank debacle was on the cards but the men from Woollams responded superbly. Tries from reserve team regular Craig 'Sal' Gunnell, powerhouse prop Roy 'The Freezer' Dube and skipper Richard Smith, all three converted by lock Adam Cox, got the Cents in with a sniff of victory at 18-24 only for Dudley Hill to kick a late drop goal to secure their seventh straight victory. A full report will appear in the Results section of www.stalbanscenturions.com by Wednesday.
THIS year's U/18's Australian Schoolboy's National Championships have come and gone for 2004 with the final played on the 15th of July at St. Mary's Western Weekender Stadium. Singapore Rugby League's head coach, Tony Ashton was given the reigns of the young Victorian side. Even though the Vic's didn't progress pass their pool stage, they can still be proud of their efforts.
THE Balmain Tigers won the Trevor Ryan-Neil Pringle Shield for 2004, when they defeated Newtown 38-22 in the VB Premier League match played at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday evening. The Ryan-Pringle Shield was inaugurated this year to honour these two outstanding Rugby League professionals who played with distinction for both clubs in the 1970?s and early 1980?s. The Sydney Airport Jets had led 16-10 at half-time, but Newtown?s lack of reserve depth was painfully obvious in the second half as the rampaging Tigers took full control of the match in front of their home crowd.
WIGAN today recalled Luke Robinson who had been on loan to Castleford Tigers.
ST George Illawarra Dragons centre Mark Gasnier has reportedly snapped his collarbone after falling awkwardly while leaving his car.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs have re-signed Hazem El Masri to a new three year deal, ending several weeks of negotiations. Both Bulldogs Chairman George Peponis and Bulldogs CEO Malcolm Noad are delighted to have secured the long serving Winger?s signature.
NRL TEAMS & FIXTURES - ROUND 20
(Teams subject to change)
23 July ? 25 July 2004 (AEST time)
Fri 7:30: WESTS TIGERS V BULLDOGS
Sat 5:30: BRONCOS V SEA EAGLES
Sat 7:30: RABBITOHS V ROOSTERS
Sat 7:30: STORM V EELS
Sun 2:30: KNIGHTS V COWBOYS
Sun 3:00: DRAGONS V SHARKS
Sun 3:00: RAIDERS V WARRIORS
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DANNY Williams' career remains in limbo after Melbourne Storm's management provided evidence that Williams was suffering from "post-traumatic amnesia" when he knocked out Wests Tigers back rower Mark O'Neill last weekend.
ENGLISH Super League Club the Huddersfield Giants, have assured Broncos centre Michael De Vere his two-year deal with them is not in jeopardy despite the goalkicking ace facing six months on the sidelines after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
BEN Ross has been found guilty on charges of a dangerous throw and striking at the NRL judiciary and as a result has been suspended for nine matches.
NORTH Queensland coach Graham Murray has named his side to travel down to Newcastle to face the Knights on Sunday.