WOMEN?S STATE OF ORIGIN
Result: Queensland 40 d New South Wales 8.
Standings: Queensland leads two-game series 1-0.
THE Mighty North Sydney Bears Flegg team had a timely return to form, with a first class performance against the Parramatta Eels despite the wet and greasy conditions at North Sydney Oval on Saturday. In fact, both teams should be
commended for their enterprising play in conditions not suited to expansive football. The Bears started well with a fine run down the left wing by Josh Lewis who managed to beat a couple of defenders and then threw a nice pass to
Bryce Poisel who was tackled as he took the ball. But he managed to break free and had to crawl on his hands and knees to finally cross the try line for a 4-nil lead. The Bears followed it up with a fine run from Brett Law who laid on a brilliant inside ball to backrower Jacob Martin who scored under the posts to extend the Bears' lead to 10-nil. From the ensuing kick off the Bears received back to back penalties to find themselves deep on attack. A couple of tackles later, Mahana Tai found himself on the end of a pin point accurate
grubber kick to have the Bears out to a 14-nil lead after only 20 minutes. A brief loss of focus proved costly for the Bears as a couple of missed tackles lead to 2 tries in five minutes to the Eels to cut the Bears lead to 14-10.
Just prior to half time, the Bears were able to regain the momentum of the game with Jacob Martin's second try after great lead up work from Lee Te Maari and with a fine conversion by Johnny Russell had the Bears charging into the
half time break with a 20-10 lead.
THIS Saturday the North Sydney Bears are at home to the St George Dragons in Jersey Flegg and St George/Illawarra in Premier League.
THE Sydney Airport Jets stayed in touch with the semi-finals race with a hard grafting 28-12 win over Manly-Warringah, in the VB Premier League match played in constant light rain at Henson Park on Saturday. The Sea Eagles had led 12-8 at half-time, but Newtown dictated the terms of play in the second half, even though the Jets still held an 18-12 lead with only five minutes left to play. Newtown's much improved completion rate, a good "kick and chase" game and bustling defence were key factors in this morale-boosting win, in which they had to withstand a determined late fight-back by the Sea Eagles.
THE National Secondary Schools Rugby League Knockout Championship will run throughout August and September 2004. The school teams taking part in the Nationals have earned their place by playing in Secondary School competitions in their areas throughout New Zealand and now go forward to compete for the 2004 champions title.
Last years champions, Kelston Boys High School, will this year, get a very tough draw as they were surprisingly beaten in a very close final by St Paul's College 14-12 who have rebuilt their side this year to take out the Auckland Provincial Title.
Wainuiomata High School have, again, dominated the Wellington region and could be a very good bet to make the final, if they can get passed Canterbury's Aranui High School who have had a very strong Rugby League side in the past.
Northland College are not to be under estimated either, and could prove to be the dark horse of the competition after their upset in the Northland Provincial final when they beat Whangarei Boys High School.
Teams have been seeded on the competition format in each province and St Bernard's College, Otaki College and Hamilton Fraser College are the new schools to take part this year.
THE England U18 Academy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon and are preparing to take on the pinnacle of our teen Rugby League talent in their challenge against the Junior Kiwi squad, before moving on to meet the Australian School Boys.
The English have brought over a squad of 23 players and 7 staff, including Rugby Football League Performance Director, and former Great Britain coach, David Waite. David Waite will be assisting the team and will not only monitor and mentor the two young coaches, but will certainly be looking at the abilities of the players with the endeavour to upgrade the very elite to the next level in their high performance pathway.
It is also quite interesting to note that Harrison Hansen, son of former Northcote Tigers and Marist player, Shane Hansen will be wearing the red, white and blue colours when he steps on to the field to represent the English squad. He will be someone to watch out for and according to David Waite, is a very talented young player.
A warm up game will take place for the England U18 Academy against an Auckland U18 Rep Team on Sunday 1 August 2004 at North Harbour Stadium, 1.15pm. This will be followed by two tests against the Junior Kiwi's, also at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 August 2004, both kicking off at 4.00pm.
1 JAMES GRAHAM
2 DAVID ALLEN
3 AHSLEY GIBSON
4 LUKE STENCHION
5 DANNY WILLIAMS
6 DAVID DOHERTY
7 JASON GOLDEN
8 STEPHEN NASH
9 SCOTT MURRELL
10 BRETT FERRES
11 JOEL TOMPKINS
12 ANDY BRACEK
13 CHRIS ASHTON
14 SIMON GRIX
15 HARRISON HANSEN
16 DESI WILLIAMS
17 JAMES COYLE
18 CARL ABLETT
19 JOHN GALLAGHER
20 CRAIG HUBY
21 LEE SMITH
22 MATTHEW COOK
23 STEVE PICKERSGILL
NRL TEAMS & FIXTURES - ROUND 21
(Teams subject to change)
30 July ? 01 August 2004 (AEST time)
Fri 7:30: BULLDOGS v PANTHERS
Sat 5:30: SHARKS v BRONCOS
Sat 7:30: COWBOYS V DRAGONS
Sat 7:30: EELS v TIGERS
Sun 2:30: SEA EAGLES v RAIDERS
Sun 3:00: RABBITOHS v KNIGHTS
Sun 3:00: STORM v ROOSRERS
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RUGBY league's refereeing saga took another twist on Wednesday when it emerged the NRL could start next year's competition using the interchange system.
THE Bulldogs have been busy in signing some of the most talented young player's. Included in the list is Trent Cutler, son of club legend Stan Cutler, who has signed for a further two seasons and current Premier League halfback, Brett Oliver who will remain a Bulldog for 2005.
In front of 900 guests at the Westin Hotel in Sydney earlier tonight, the Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club announced the 'Berries to Bulldogs' - 70 Year Team of Champions to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Club.
TOUGH back-rower Dallas Johnson will stay in Melbourne until 2006 after the exciting young forward agreed to a new two-year deal with the Storm today.
BRISBANE coach Wayne Bennett has downplayed suggestions from fellow NRL coaches that players feigning injuries to milk penalties is becoming a serious problem in the game.
WORLD Cup-winning rugby league coach Chris Anderson is the new coach of Welsh rugby union side Newport-Gwent.
ON Sunday August 1st at Brookvale Oval the Manly Club will, in conjunction with the N.R.L. and Fox Sports, launch the back to the Eighties celebrations.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its teams for Round 21 to take on the Newcastle Knights this Sunday, August 1 at 3pm at Aussie Stadium.