RESULTS from Round 4 of the NSWRL Premier League competition:
THE Sydney Airport Jets turned in a horror ten minutes just before half-time in Sunday's VB Premier League match against Western Suburbs at Campbelltown Stadium, which proved to be a decisive factor in the Magpies' 38-20 win. Newtown trailed 6-4 after thirty minutes of play, but Wests took advantage of repeated errors to lead 22-4 at the break.
Newtown fought back in the second half, trailing 22-14 with more than twenty minutes remaining, but a soft try to Wests put the game beyond the visitors' reach. Second-rowers Billy Najjarin and Phillip Leuluai had their best games for the Sydney Airport Jets this season, while Craig Field, Andrew Le Breton and Ben Vaeau were the best of Newtown's backs. Hard-hitting Tommy Gemmell and tough front-rower James Stosic impressed once again with their commitment. The Sydney Airport Jets suffered further misfortune with French international second-rower Matthieu Julia breaking his jaw late in the second half.
The Sydney Airport Jets opened their account for the season in the Jim Beam Cup when they defeated Ourimbah 28-22 at Henson Park on Saturday. Halves Luke Young and Simon Crotty gave standout displays, while Newtown's best forwards were front rower Peter Howie and second-rower Nelson Lomi. Coach Trevor Schodel gratefully accepted the win, but said his team had a lot of improving to do to match it with better credentialled opposition.
In the VB Premier League this coming weekend, Newtown takes on the Penrith-St. Marys Cougars at the Western Weekender Stadium on Saturday, April 10, with this match starting at 2pm. There is a general bye in the Jim Beam Cup competition over the Easter weekend.
THE Redcliffe Dolphins have come to the help of the beleaguered Niue islanders.
The Pacific islands, populated by 2100 people and east of the international dateline, were devastated on January 7 by Cyclone Heta.
The 300 kilometre and hour winds destroyed much of the islanders' possessions and food crops.
The Dolphins donated football jumpers, T-shirts and shorts as part of an Australian-wide effort to help out Niue.
NEW Easts halfback Dane Campbell exudes confidence.
Confidence marks his occupation as a salesman and also his position at the Tigers, coming to the club this season, grabbing a Premier League spot and steering his new team-mates around the park. And all this from a 21-year-old largely unknown to the Langlands Park faithful.
FOUNDATION Cup 16's
Saturday 10 April 2004 Auckland Crowns (1st Place) vs Wellington (4th Place) Cornwall Park, Auckland 1.00 pm Kick Off
Saturday 10 April 2004 Waicoa Bay (2nd Place) vs Auckland Sea Lions (3rd Place) Puketewhero Park, Rotorua 12.30 pm Kick Off
WEST Indies will join 23 other teams after being confirmed as one of the successful applicants for the 2004 York Nines tournament to be held in June later this year. West Indies international sides FC Lezignan (France), Strela Kazan (Russia), South Asia Bulls, Les Hussards de Paris (France), Edinburgh Eagles (Scotland), Glasgow Bulls (Scotland), Montpellier X111 (France) and SO Avignon (France) against a range of different clubs and representative teams from all over England in the tournament.
DARREN Lockyer has shot to the front on eight points in Leagueunlimited.com's player of the year awards following another outstanding display last weekend. But he may have company with Raiders forward Ruben Wiki bolting up the leader table and sitting on seven points.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have slayed the Newcastle Knights at a rain soaked WIN Stadium today.
SHARKS five-eighth Greg Bird is facing a lengthy suspension after being ordered to go straight to the National Rugby League judiciary following a serious incident that saw him sent from the field during Saturday night?s match with South Sydney.
A dazzling second half comeback by Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium today has denied the Storm the chance to record its first win over the Broncos in three years.
CRONULLA is a club out of control. Once a pillar of discipline, the team has now sunk to depths never before seen in the Sutherland Shire. Last night, the Sharks were well and truly outplayed by their opponents and when they started to fall behind on the scoreboard, they didn?t attempt to lift. Instead, they resorted to stupid tactics and cheap shots and only succeeded to dig themselves further into a hole begun by South Sydney?s impeccable form.
IT'S a sad day to be a Cronulla supporter. Having watched South Sydney completely dominate the Sharks in an ill-disciplined effort, players are simply lining up to be voted off Sharks Den Survivor this week.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs will play its round ten game against the North Queensland Cowboys at Central Coast Express Advocate Stadium.
THE Penrith Panthers have backed down from the tough penalty imposed on three lower grade players last month, today confirming they would be allowed to resume training despite the fact that the trio are yet to face court on an assault charge.
THE Chief Executive Officer of the Bulldogs Rugby League Club, Mr. Malcolm Noad, said today that he had initiated discussions with Deputy Commissioner, Mr. David Madden following an allegation against a Bulldog player of using recreational drugs.