IT is just after 11am Sunday morning. The Sunday Footy Show is on the telly, just like any other Sunday. And just like any other Sunday, Phil Gould gets on his soap box and denounces the salary cap. Despite his protestations, the salary cap works. This year the competition is more even than it has ever been, so much so that only 6 points separates first from ninth.
EARLIER this year, the NRL launched its advertising campaign that reworked a classic Hoodoo Gurus hit to become a theme song for the game. The response from this advertising seems to have been positive but is this enough to help rugby league reclaim lost ground and conquer new territory? Could the NRL look outside the square and try new ways to advertise? The answer to the latter is most definitely, yes. Below are some ideas that could be attempted.
UP and coming league star Benji Marshall has been named in the Australian Schoolboys team, but New Zealand Rugby League officials are refusing to give up on his long term future.
A depleted Toowoomba outfit put in a valiant effort before going down to Burleigh 30-6 in the ABC Television match at Pizzey Park. The Bears suffered their own injury woes losing big front rower Ali Brown after only two minutes with a broken arm. Five eight Ryan Gundry regathered his own kick in goal to score an early try and give Burleigh a 6-0 lead and this was increased soon after when second row Chris Nahi crossed for a strong try. Nearing the 30 minute mark in the match the Bears again put on back to back tries to virtually seal the Clydesdales fate. Nahi?s second row partner Stan Berryman scored first and then centre Adam Hutchinson strolled over to give Burleigh a handy 24-0 scoreline.
ST Albans Centurions play their biggest game in their eight year history on Sunday when they travel to Warrington to face Woolston Rovers in the National League Three play-offs. A win will take the Cents to Bradford in the final eliminator against Dudley Hill for the right to face Teesside Steelers in the Grand Final. Defeat will end their season.
LIAM Botham, the son of legendary English cricketer Ian, is on the verge of making his elite rugby league debut.
ST George Illawarra boss Peter Doust wants to hear supporters chanting "Dragons, Dragons" to avoid factions forming between St George and Illawarra fans.
MELBOURNE Storm rookie sensation Billy Slater is eagerly anticipating his clash with fellow 2003 NRL debutant Brett Firman when the Storm takes on the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium this Friday night.
IT appears that after another NRL season of consistent inconsistency from the bulk of the refereeing ranks, the NRL may be about to trial a new way to find that elusive quality week in week out.
FRIDAY 22nd August 2003
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA v MELBOURNE at WIN Stadium, 7.30pm.
ST George Illawarra Dragons winger/fullback Amos Roberts has reportedly agreed to terms with the Brisbane Broncos for 2004.
A relieved Bronco coach , Wayne Bennett , has been able to name his star fullback in his starting line up for Sundays game against the N.Z Warriors in Auckland.Darren Lockyer has been out injured the last few rounds and his absence did not bode favourably on the Broncos scoreboard !
RADISSON Maine Wests Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his team for the game against the Penrith Panthers, on Saturday 23 August 2003 at Penrith Football Stadium. Kick off is at 5.30pm.