THE symmetrical oval shape of the rubber ball rests on a modern plastic device designed to elevate it from the turf on which it sits. Carefully prepared and nurtured grass, sprouting from the hallowed earth below.
REDCLIFFE will watch the semi finals from the sideline for the first time since 1993 after succumbing to Norths 34 - 14 at Dolphin Oval today.
IN the final regular round of Bartercard Cup 2004, there are still four teams vying for the last two positions in the top five. Eastern Tornadoes found the pace to hot to handle last week, going down 62-32 to Canterbury Bulls ending chance of making the finals. In the match of the round, top placed Marist Richmond Bulldogs tasted defeat for the second time this year, going down 30-26 to second place Mt Albert Lions. The loss cuts their lead to one point on the table, and puts them in danger of missing their second Minor Premiership in as many years.
WORLD Club Champions Bradford Bulls have today announced that Centre Shontayne Hape has signed a new contract with the club and will remain at Odsal until the end of the 2006 season.
WIGAN Coach Denis Betts has announced his squad for Friday's Tetley's Super League home game against St Helens, 8pm kick off.
HEAD Coach Paul Cullen has named a 17-man side to face London Broncos this weekend at Brentford.
WIGAN can today confirm that Scrum Half Luke Robinson has been released due to salary cap restrictions and will join Salford from the start of next season.
IT was all the P's tonight, when Penrith's key players, Preston, Puletua, Priddis and Prichard ran amok against a luke warm opposition.
WESTS Tigers last home game for Season 2004 will see the team wear the original 80?s Jersey of the Wests Magpies.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have defeated a courageous 12-man Knights outfit by 24-22 in Newcastle tonight.
WITH torrential rain pouring down, the Melbourne Storm have upset the Canterbury Bulldogs 22-12 at Olympic Park today.
THE Parramatta Eels have kept their slim playoff hopes alive with an impressive 48-18 win over the New Zealand Warriors at Parramatta Stadium this evening.
THEY are a forgotten trio and betting has been suspended on their premiership chances. However, there will still be plenty of pride on the line in the final few rounds for those at the wrong end of the table.
THE Manly Sea Eagles have successfully avoided the wooden spoon with a comprehensive 50-12 thrashing of the South Sydney Rabbitohs at North Sydney Oval today.
PETERO Civoniceva made his debut as captain tonight in a Broncos side severely depleted by injuries against the Wests Tigers and lead his troops from the front to keep his side well in the hunt for the Minor Premiers title, winning at Suncorp Stadium by 24-20.