THE 2004 season has effectively started for the Jets, with fund-raising efforts continuing all the way through the summer. Newtown's merchandise sales at the various inner western street festivals have been very useful earners, as well as being tremendous public relations exercises for the club.
It all starts again this Sunday, 21 September, with the annual Marrickville Festival. This is of course in our heartland support area, with a crowd in excess of 45,000 expected to attend the day-long Festival.
I should have been excited at this time of year. I should have had a team in the big games during September. Instead I've been disappointed and the year, for my team, has been a ‘should've been' year.
DO you all remember how your fathers told you about the day he saw Clive Churchill run out onto the field, or when he saw how the Saints win all there premierships and were unstoppable? Where have these days gone? These days of a family day out at the Rugby League match with crowds of 30,000 at the SCG have been replaced by the new age stadiums and overpaid players. Yobo's are the norm at our games now, with the high level of access to alcohol tainting the image of Rugby league in our country.
BRISBANE and Newcastle have contributed 14 players to the train-on squad for Australia's end-of-season Kangaroo tour of France and England.
PENRITH gamebreaker Ryan Girdler burst back into Kangaroo tour contention on Monday as national selectors confronted the possible loss of fellow centres Jamie Lyon, Brent Tate and Matthew Gidley.
THE New Zealand A team to tour the United Kingdom has been named by Gerard Stokes, the coach following the Bartercard Cup final at Ericsson Stadium.
ERICSSON Stadium yesterday afternoon hosted a showcase of rugby league in New Zealand with the fans viewing some top notch action in both the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial trophy and the main event, the Bartercard Cup.
THE 2003 Finals series kicked off on Friday night with the Raiders going down 30-18 to Melbourne at a freezing cold Canberra Stadium. It was an awesome display from the Storm who overcame a 12 point deficit to completely out-gun the Raiders' defence and put the Green Machine's 2003 aspirations on hold.
THE Broncos boasted 11 State of Origin players - six who pulled on the green and gold.
INJURED Penrith forwards Tony Puletua and Luke Priddis are expected to be fit for the Panthers' National Rugby League preliminary final in two weeks, coach John Lang said on Monday.
UTILITY Brad Drew has been named 18th man for Canberra's semi-final against a red-hot New Zealand Warriors at Aussie Stadium on Saturday night.
CANBERRA coach Matthew Elliott began ironing his clothes for an end of season night on the turps and Michael Monaghan became so stressed he had to leave the house.
SATURDAY 20th September 2003
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has shown faith in his squad that went down 48-22 to the Warriors last weekend, by naming all 17 players as a part of an expanded Bulldogs unit to take on the Melbourne Storm this Sunday.
MELBOURNE Storm will take an unchanged side into this Sunday?s second semi final against the Bulldogs at Aussie Stadium (3pm).