FORMER NSW rugby league coach Phil Gould faces disciplinary action for swearing in the Origin III post-match media conference on Wednesday night.
SEASON 2004 may appear to have been another failure for the Cronulla Sharks, but on the bright side at least Sharks players and fans started to enjoy their footy again.
TIME is running out for Brian Smith to get results at the Parramatta Eels. The under siege head coach will have few excuses if he fails to at least achieve a finals berth in 2005, after overseeing the Eels worst season since 1995. The signings of Dragons hooker Mark Riddell, Cowboys lock Glen Morrison, Newcastle and NSW winger Timana Tahu, Warriors rake PJ Marsh, as well as toilers Paul Stringer and Chad Robinson have raised expectations for a far more productive 2005. However, the cynics still believe that the once ?super coach? Smith is past his time. Veteran CEO Denis Fitzgerald has also copped strong criticism from the media and Eels fans for his loyalty to Smith.
THE New Zealand Rugby League are pleased to announce the following 17-man squad to represent the NZ 'A' team against the NSWRL Jim Beam Cup Rep Team as the curtain raiser to the Kiwis vs Kangaroos at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday 16 October.
IT has been confirmed by the Rugby Football League that the winning team in Sunday?s LHF National League One Grand Final between Leigh Centurions v Whitehaven will be promoted to the Super League competition for the 2005 playing season.
Both teams competing in the title decider at Halton Stadium in Widnes applied for promotion earlier this season and submitted the relevant business plans.
Following a thorough assessment, both clubs have been informed that they have met the criteria for promotion to the Super League competition, subject to each of them completing additional stadium upgrade work.
BRADFORD Bulls winger Lesley Vainikolo made a clean sweep of the major awards at the Bulls Player of the Year Awards event held in the Coral Stand at Odsal last night.
FRIDAY see?s Leeds and Wigan meet in the Play Offs for the third consecutive year in a repeat of the first ever Grand Final back in 1998 at Old Trafford.
HEIGHINGTON RE-SIGNS WITH WESTS TIGERS
MATT Orford capped off a stellar season tonight by claiming the Storm?s coveted Player of the Year Award at the 7th annual Melbourne Storm Presentation Ball in front of over 600 guests at Melbourne?s Crown Entertainment Complex.
ST George Illawarra halfback Mathew Head has won the prestigious 2004 Integral Energy Dragons Medal at a formal presentation at the WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, tonight.
FULL-BACK Brett Hodgson was named the Wests Tigers player of the year on Friday.
Hodgson received the award at the annual Wests Tigers grand final luncheon at Le Montage Function Centre, Leichhardt.
CAN'T make the Pacific Cup in Auckland? Well why not come along to the Oceanic Pacifica Rugby League Tournament? What is this you ask?
THE Dolphins A grade side this weekend faces a backs to the wall assignment when they take on their bogey side Easts at Langlands Park. And Coach Bertie Campbell wouldn?t have it any way. He will have his fired up and ready to play. But emotion won?t last long and Campbell will have devised a game plan that will take his A grade side to their third successive grand final if they ececute it correctly. As they say you only have to beat a team once in a season and that?s when it matters and for the Dolphins that's this weekend.
Much will depend on the Redcliffe pack who were written off by everbody at the start of the finals series but stood up to be counted against Norths a fortnight ago in the knockout semi final at Bishop Park. Mark Brown and Russell McDonald will get the side going forward and back the back row of Smith O?Grady and Burley will feed of that go forward. Classy five-eighth Scott Kelly will lead them around them the park.
The bench is where the game could be won and lost and the Dolphins will lose nothing when their starting players come off for a spell Ron Poll in only his second or third game this season will get in the middle and do the hard yards while the creative Sam Fillery may well hold the key with his clever kicking and passing game. Charles Vis after a stint on the sideline with a hamstring problem will be looking to make every post a winner before heading off to join the Cowboys and I expect Charles to get plenty of match time and to have a big influence on the outcome of the game. Daniel Jones born with red and white blood flowing through veins will be looking for a big game after missing last years grand final win with injury.
Eighteen year old half back Wayne Bond will again be a target for the Easts side but will not worry the talented youngster. I feel if the Redcliffe pack can hold the Easts pack they have the backline that can win them the game. They have speed to burn with Joel Barnes, Liam Georgetown out wide and Maddison Murphy and Lyndon Nagas can find a try out of nothing and with the inspirational Chris Bond at fullback I think the Dolphins can win the game and upset more fancied Tigers.
The full side is
1. Chris Bond
2. Lyndon Nagas
3. Maddison Murphy
4. Joel Barnes
5. Liam Georgetown
6. Scott Kelly
7. Wayne Bond
8. Russell McDonald
9. Nathan Black
10. Mark Brown
11. Duane O?Grady
12. Quin Smith
13. Joe Burley ?
14. Sam Fillery
15. Ron Poll
16. Charles Vis
17. Daniel Jones
Coach Robert Campbell
THE Redcliffe Dolphins have appointed Anthony Griffin as their Head Coach for the 2005 season. Griffin returns to Dolphin Oval after previously being the club?s Junior Development Manager from 1995 to 1997, he also took the Dolphins colts to the premiership in 1997 before joining the Melbourne Storm organization where he coached the North?s colts before moving to Melbourne where he was NRL assistant coach to both Chris Anderson and Mark Murray.
Griffin coached the Souths Logan Magpies for most of this year?s Queensland Cup competition before being controversially removed from that position.
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