MANY rugby league followers in Brisbane had hoped for a Wynnum versus Redcliffe grand final, but the clash has come one week earlier than both clubs had hoped for.
The great bayside rivals will contest Saturday,s preliminary final with the loser finished for 2003 and the winner advancing to next Saturday?s grand final against the Burleigh Bears at Dolphin Oval.
Burleigh advanced to the grand final with a deserved 26-24 win over Redcliffe in front of the ABC television cameras at Pizzey Park, Miami last Saturday.
WITH all the media hype surrounding the NRL play off game between the NZ Warriors and the Bulldogs this weekend, little has been mentioned in New Zealand of the Grand Finals to be played this Sunday at Ericsson Stadium.
WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats have confirmed the signing of forward David Solomona on a three-year contract and young stand off Liam Campbell on a two-year deal.
Parramatta Eels second rower Solomona, 25, will join the Wildcats next January, after the club beat off interest from two other Super League clubs to secure his signature.
THE Sydney Roosters have out-classed the Newcastle Knights by 36-8 in the third Qualifying Final at Aussie Stadium tonight.
LONDON Broncos will travel to Widnes tomorrow (Friday) for Saturday night's game with a nineteen-man squad leaving Tony Rea with a number of options on the bench.
WIGAN coach Mike Gregory has named a 19 man squad to face Hull FC at the JJB Stadium this Friday in the Tetley's Super League, kick off 8.00pm.
IN the penultimate game of the normal season Paul Cullen has named a 19-man squad to face Huddersfield Giants tomorrow evening at the McAlpine stadium.
IN Bulls Eye this week, Brian Noble and Joe Vagana look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 27 game at Odsal, the final home game of the season, when the Tigers are in town to meet the Bulls and the minor premiers will be presented with the league leaders trophy following the game.
THE New Zealand Warriors have become involved in a transtasman wrangle over their elite juniors only two days out from their opening game in this year's National Rugby League finals series.
THE National Rugby League received a full list of demands from the players' union on Friday - but declined to put a time frame on when talks would resume.
THE National Rugby League will launch an investigation on Monday over Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy's complaint to the video referee about a spate of penalties against his team for holding the heads of opponents in tackles.
THE Melbourne Storm has beaten the Canberra Raiders 30-18 on a cold and blustery night at Canberra Stadium.
FINALS time has arrived and the matches this weekend are mouth watering to say the least.
AFTER five weeks of being sidelined due to a stress fracture of the right foot, Braith Anasta will play five-eight for the Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs in tomorrow?s final against the Warriors.
BRISBANE'S Darren Lockyer may be the best rugby league fullback in the world but for sheer excitement few players can match Penrith flash Rhys Wesser.