WHEN I want new clothes, I often visit op-shops or second-hand clothing stores. Most of the time you filter through filthy rags and forgotten fashion mistakes in a futile search, but occasionally you can unearth a true gem. There are several good op-shops in Newtown (Bluebag territory), but last month I was browsing in the popular ?Mr Stinky? op-shop in Surry Hills, where I hit fashion pay dirt: an impossibly cool, 80?s style blue, black and white leather motorcycle jacket. I was, obviously, over the moon, but my joy didn?t end there. Soon afterwards I was to realise that this was no ordinary jacket - this jacket once belonged to the legendary former St George halfback/winger Steve ?Slippery? Morris.
THE air stale with the smell of smoke and spilt beer, salted peanuts and stained oak. The dim lights cloak much of the scene in shadow ? save for the fluorescent green of a pool table which stands out like a neon light towards the back of the room. A row of cubicles lines the wall to the left, each impenetrable with darkness, opposite the bar itself, where a lone bartender wipes down dirty schooner glasses with a greasy old rag. Occupying the cubicle furthest from the door, the man notices two shady figures seated side by side, smoking. Save for the bartender and the man himself, they are the only people inside the ragged, rickety old bar. Naturally, the man at the door ? let?s call him X ? lights himself a cigarette and moseys over and plants himself on the cushioned seat opposite the two shadowy gentlemen. No pleasantries are exchanged. Smoke wanders aimlessly from a cigarette butt left to burn in an ashtray.
JUST how difficult is it for our hard men to play hard these days? And no, this has nothing to do with Viagra!
THE Centurions regained some pride after last week's hammering by Huddersfield but still went down to their fourth defeat in five games when they lost 25-18 at Bradford Dudley Hill on Saturday. Trailing 22-0 after just 20 minutes, a repeat of the Underbank debacle was on the cards but the men from Woollams responded superbly. Tries from reserve team regular Craig 'Sal' Gunnell, powerhouse prop Roy 'The Freezer' Dube and skipper Richard Smith, all three converted by lock Adam Cox, got the Cents in with a sniff of victory at 18-24 only for Dudley Hill to kick a late drop goal to secure their seventh straight victory. A full report will appear in the Results section of www.stalbanscenturions.com by Wednesday.
THIS year's U/18's Australian Schoolboy's National Championships have come and gone for 2004 with the final played on the 15th of July at St. Mary's Western Weekender Stadium. Singapore Rugby League's head coach, Tony Ashton was given the reigns of the young Victorian side. Even though the Vic's didn't progress pass their pool stage, they can still be proud of their efforts.
THE Balmain Tigers won the Trevor Ryan-Neil Pringle Shield for 2004, when they defeated Newtown 38-22 in the VB Premier League match played at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday evening. The Ryan-Pringle Shield was inaugurated this year to honour these two outstanding Rugby League professionals who played with distinction for both clubs in the 1970?s and early 1980?s. The Sydney Airport Jets had led 16-10 at half-time, but Newtown?s lack of reserve depth was painfully obvious in the second half as the rampaging Tigers took full control of the match in front of their home crowd.
WIGAN today recalled Luke Robinson who had been on loan to Castleford Tigers.
ST George Illawarra Dragons centre Mark Gasnier has reportedly snapped his collarbone after falling awkwardly while leaving his car.
DANNY Williams' career remains in limbo after Melbourne Storm's management provided evidence that Williams was suffering from "post-traumatic amnesia" when he knocked out Wests Tigers back rower Mark O'Neill last weekend.
THE Manly Sea Eagles today named Chad Randall and Solomon Haumono in an 18 man squad to play the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday.
SYDNEY City Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named a strong line up for this weekends game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Aussie Stadium on Saturday evening.
Notable omission from the squad is Adrian Morley who has a date with the NRL judiciary.
Coach Stuarts team is;
THE St George Illawarra Dragons today announced that they were not prepared to release Origin centre Mark Gasnier from his current contract with the Club, which expires at the end of the 2006 season.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its teams for Round 20 to take on the Sydney Roosters this Saturday, July 24 at 7:30pm at Aussie Stadium.
PARRAMATTA coach Brian Smith has named his team to play the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Saturday evening.
Coach Smiths team is;
1 ? Wade McKINNON
2 - Ashley GRAHAM
3 - Junior LANGI
4 ? Luke BURT
5 ? Matt PETERSEN
6 ? Daniel WAGON ?
7 ? Michael WITT
8 ? Corey PEARSON
9 ? John MORRIS
10 ? Michael VELLA
11 ? Nathan HINDMARSH
12 ? Craig STAPLETON
13 ? Lee HOPKINS
14 ? Dean WIDDERS
15 ? Jack AFAMASAGA
16 ? Adam PEEK
17 ? Justin TSOULOS
18 ? Chris THORMAN
19 - Fuifui MOIMOI
NORTH Queensland coach Graham Murray has named his side to travel down to Newcastle to face the Knights on Sunday.