I Am Not Obsessed

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.

The French Connection

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.

A man walks into a bar ...

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.

Muzzling the Big Boys

JUST how difficult is it for our hard men to play hard these days? And no, this has nothing to do with Viagra!

Improving Cents lose again

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.

Wigan recall Luke Robinson

WIGAN today recalled Luke Robinson who had been on loan to Castleford Tigers.

Peachey still a Shark in 2005

SHARKS star fullback David Peachey has signed off on a new contract that will see him remain at the Cronulla club in 2005.

Gasnier out for six weeks following freak accident

ST George Illawarra Dragons centre Mark Gasnier has reportedly snapped his collarbone after falling awkwardly while leaving his car.

Raiders nab Jermaine Ale

THE Fone Zone Canberra Raiders have announced the signing of promising nineteen-year-old Sydney Roosters centre, Jermaine Ale.

El Masri Bulldog for life

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

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 FOR LIVE SCORE UPDATES, CLICK ON LINKS=>

Danny Williams judgment put on hold

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.

De Vere heads North

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.

Ross suspended for 9 weeks

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.

Cowboys team to play Knights named

NORTH Queensland coach Graham Murray has named his side to travel down to Newcastle to face the Knights on Sunday.

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