MELBOURNE chief John Ribot has questioned the validity of the City-Country rugby league match after top players were ruled out today for the second time in three years.
THE Newtown Rugby League Football Club ? 96 Years Old, and Right On Course For Our Centenary Year!
The Newtown Rugby League Football Club will be holding its official NEWTOWN JETS / FRED DALEY MEMORIAL 2004 Season Launch at the NSW State Parliament House Dining Room on the evening of Monday, March 1st, 2004 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
This event is now a well-established occasion on the Newtown RLFC annual calendar, and also serves to commemorate the memory of the club?s long serving Patron and great friend, the late Fred Daley MHR.
An impressive program of speakers has been arranged: the CEO of the Bulldogs RLFC and champion halfback Steve Mortimer; former Senator, Federal Government Minister and Australian High Commissioner to Great Britain the Hon. Doug McClelland; and Australian Water Polo captain and Sydney Olympics Gold Medallist Debbie Watson.
There will be other distinguished guests present, many of whom have been key people and supporters in the Newtown club?s inspiring Australian story of resilience and survival in the face of fearsome odds. The evening will once again be compered by one of the great identities of Sydney radio, Ron E. Sparks from 101.7 WSFM.
Our own Club Patron and another great Australian identity, John Singleton, was once quoted as saying that there?s a lot of the Anzac spirit in the history of the Newtown Rugby League club. This year?s launch is an opportunity to reflect upon and pay tribute to this famous old club?s fighting qualities and fierce resolve to survive. With the Centenary of our club now only four years away, it is fitting that the official launch of our 97th season will be held in the historic precincts of the NSW Parliament House.
The cost per person is $120.00 (incl. GST) or $1200.00 (incl. GST) for a table of 10 people, including meal and drinks. Dress requirements: Lounge Suit.
If you would like to secure tickets to one of the most important events in our club calendar, please RSVP by February 24th by completing the enclosed form and returning it to Phil Sigsworth or Warren Robinson Newtown RLFC, 40 George Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040. Alternatively you can fax your confirmation to 9550 0244.
Wishing you all good luck and good health, and I hope to see you all at the 2004 season launch on
LONDON Broncos have named their squad for their final friendly of pre-season against London Barbarians at St Albans on Thursday night. Only Australian forward Mat Toshack is definitely out through injury. All the stars, including skipper Jim Symock and try-scorer supreme Dennis Moran are expected to play.
1 Paul Sykes
2 Jon Wells
3 Nigel Roy
4 Mark O'Halloran
5 John Kirkpatrick
6 Robert Purdham
7 Dennis Moran
8 Francis Stephenson
9 Neil Budworth
10 Steve Trindall
11 Mat Toshack
12 Steele Retchless
13 Jim Dymock
14 Andrew Brocklehurst
15 Mitchell Stringer
16 Joe Mbu
17 Tommy Haughey
18 Andrew Hart
19 Dave Highton
20 Radney Bawker
21 Rob Jackson
22 Lee Sanderson
23 Lee Greenwood
24 Andy McNally
After a training session at St Albans on Sunday, coach Peter Tonkin selected 22 players which will be reduced to 20 for the game tonight. They represent six different teams from the south-east and include several interesting names, not least Skolars' Vietnamese half-back Huy Lee.
Of the St Albans players, hooker Richard Smith captained the RLC Lionhearts last year; Matt Thomas used to play for the Broncos academy; Adam Cox played second grade for Adelaide Rams; Dene Miller was in the NL3 2003 Dream Team;
Graeme Lumley and Alex Murphy made their debuts in our Powergen Challenge Cup defeat at Birkenshaw and Alex hopes to be watched by his cousin, Penrith Panthers star Luke Rooney, tonight! Penrith play Bradford in the World Club Challenge tomorrow.
WIGAN today announced that David Hodgson has been admitted to hospital to face an operation on his damaged achilles.
ALL SET FOR CLASH OF THE TITANS
LONDON Broncos yesterday officially kicked off the 2004 season with a press conference in the morning at home base Griffin Park, and a Fan's Meet The Players event in the evening in Brentford.
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ST George Illawarra's Lance Thompson will enter the 2004 NRL season "bigger and stronger than ever" after being given a break to sort out his personal problems.
MELBOURNE centre Steven Bell will miss all four of the Storm?s pre-season trial matches after suffering stress fractures in his right foot several weeks ago.
HIGH profile recruits Terry Hill and Adam MacDougall will turn out for South's in the Charity Shield match against St George Illawarra at Aussie Stadium on Saturday night.
MELBOURNE Storm will roll out its big guns for the first of four pre-season trial matches commencing this Saturday night in Noosa on Queensland?s Sunshine Coast.
NATIONAL Rugby League (NRL) referees have a new incentive to perform to a high standard, with bonuses of $A10,000 being offered if they can get through the 2004 season without being dropped from first grade.
IT can get pretty chilly at the foot of the Blue Mountains in the dead of winter, but Penrith five-eighth Preston Campbell's first trip to England has introduced him to cold he's never felt before.
SEASON 2001 saw the Parramatta's players dubbed the `Baby Eels' en route to winning the NRL's minor premiership and a place in the grand final.