COUNTRY teams used to look forward to the battle with the boys from the City! Now days, in my opinion, it doesn?t mean much to them as much as it did before. Many footballers from the bush used to fight for positions in the two teams that were picked. These games then exposed them to the selectors and to be considered for further representative honours. Sure, the games were sometimes uneven as the Country players used to lack the fitness and skill levels of the city teams. However, we shouldn?t lose sight of some of the players that were discovered in these games and then bought by City Clubs.
QUEENSLAND have made just two changes to the side beaten by New South Wales last month for the second State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium next week.
DRAGONS fullback Ben Hornby has been dumped from the New South Wales State of Origin side for the second game of the three match series, to be played in Brisbane next week.
AS expected, Roosters skipper Brad Fittler has been recalled into the New South Wales side for State of Origin II. The veteran five-eighth retired from representative football three years ago stating that he only wished to concentrate on winning a premiership for the Roosters.
PREMIERSHIP results for 5 June 2004
ROUND 7 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition sees us now halfway through the competition with Marist Richmond Brothers one point ahead of Mt Albert Lions and last year's champions the Canterbury Bulls.
THE clash of the round saw newcomers Clontarf edge oldest club Dublin Blues by four points in a high-scoring Dublin derby. Clontarf have won their 2 opening fixtures by the same 4-point margin and lead the Leinster table. Elsewhere in Leinster, East Coast Eagles almost claimed their first win of the season by leading pre-match favourites 14-4 until late in the game but the Exiles experience showed as tey held their nerve and managed to draw level before the final hooter.
The match of the day in Munster saw TreatyCity Titans overwhelm Kerry Kings 36-14 in what was the historic first competitive run out for both clubs. The Titans have started very impressively but don't overlook the potential with the Kings. Led by Declan Foy, son of former Oldham stalwart and Rugby League Lion Des Foy, the Kings will no doubt have plenty of rugby to play during the rest of the Season.
CAPTAIN Adrian Vowles led the Toowoomba Clydesdales back into the winners circle yesterday, with a hard fought 32-26 win over traditional rivals the Ipswich Jets. Despite their best efforts, Ipswich were unable to win back the Bulimba Cup Memorial Trophy in front of a healthy home crowd.
Results: Wynnum 30 d Redcliffe 28, Easts 86 d Brothers Valleys 0, North Queensland 22 drew Burleigh 22, Norths 60 d Souths Logan 14, Tweed Heads 30 d Central 22, Toowoomba 32 d Ipswich 26.
Standings: Toowoomba 18, Burleigh 18, Wynnum 17, Easts 16, Norths 16, North Queensland 15, Redcliffe 14, Central 10, Tweed Heads 10, Ipswich 5, Souths Logan 4, Brothers Valleys 1.
WARRIORS forward Jerry Seu Seu is set to be out for an extended period after being charged three separate times by the National Rugby League judiciary this afternoon.
PARRAMATTA?S Nathan Hindmarsh has bolted into second position in this year?s Leagueunlimited.com player awards following an outstanding display last Saturday against the Knights. Hindmarsh?s three point performance sees him on 16 points, right behind Sharks? skipper Brett Kimmorley, who remains on 17 points.
MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Scott Hill remains upbeat heading into this week?s match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, despite being overlooked for the NSW State of Origin side today.
YOU may have seen the movie, but this is real life and the Raiders are dead men walking at the moment.
MONDAY, June 7th, 2004
DRAGONS pair Mark Gasnier and Shaun Timmins have been cleared of any serious injury following the side?s loss to North Queensland on Saturday night.