WELL another month has passed by and we are into the season proper now. In what promises to be the best Queensland Cup season yet, plenty of people are keen to write off the boys in red and white. But so far so good as the boys are two from two.
And what about the form of young Gavin Cooper he starred in the trials against Ipswich and Toowoomba and then again in his first grade debut against Wynnum when he picked up the players player award. I reckon Danny Burke and Ben Jones will be looking over their shoulders.
It has been a mixed a start for the lower grades with the Colts one and one and the reggies none from two. The reggies had the game for the taking against Wynnum but just couldn?t finish it off. I know coach Bertie was pretty disappointed after the Wynnum game after they put in a good showing against Norths. Crusher seems to have a very talented group of youngsters once again. As soon as they get used to the rigors of senior footy they will be very hard to beat.
There are a few characters developing in the club early in the season this year we seem to splitting into the Julio?s and the nerds. The Julio?s are the pretty boys and are pretty easy to spot they are the ones putting gel in their hair after games and getting dressed up to the nines while the nerds they don?t bother with combs and are more at home in a pair of thongs and t-shirts.
It was just awesome sitting back looking at the size of the crowd at the Roosters vs Broncos game. I?d say there were 11,000 at the game easily but we were bought back to earth pretty quickly with the next home game against Wynnum when a very poor crowd turned up. It seems people expect us to be successful and aren?t bothering to turn up like they used to. I can remember back to 1994 when we hadn?t won a premiership in a long time against the Crushers. There must?ve been 3 to 4,000 there that day and with 12 men we got up for unlikely victory. And I still remember Morgo up on the hill urging the crowd to get behind the boys and they did and I can say it was the crowd that got us home that day. It was just magic the pig pen was in full voice and I?d like to see it get back to that. So if you go to footy grab a mate who hasn?t been in a while and take them along you won?t get better value for money at footy game.
Being a man of the world like I am I keep up to date with a lot of things on the internet and no before you ask I don?t know any of those x rated sites. But I stumbled across a good site on the Redcliffe Dolphins the address is http://redcliffe.leagueunlimited.com there is plenty of information on the site, so next time your out there in cyber space go to the site and add it to your favourites. The webmasters show the highest standard of taste by including this column on the site and I?m told it will even get better. They even have a competition to name the best Dolphin side since the inception of the Broncos in 1988. So if you enter the comp and when it comes to halfback I?m sure you?ll all do the right thing and pick me won?t you.
Well I?ll let you go now and remember if you want the best deal on a new or used car on the Peninsula pop out and see the Keystar team and you won?t be disappointed.
Until next month
ALTHOUGH the scoreboard may not have boasted a winning weekend for the Souths Logan Magpies, the team was reflecting on some improvements to its performance yesterday.
The Queensland Cup team showed more promise in Sunday's game against Norths than was on show in round one and the team started the match exceptionally well to come to an 8-4 lead early.
But no conversions all day and a slump 30 minutes into the second half allowed Norths to put on a scoring blitz that led to a 42-16 loss.
THE Leagueunlimited.com players of the year has an outright leader with Knights forward Ben Kennedy sitting on four points after two rounds.
MELBOURNE Storm winger Matt Geyer will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after suffering the ?first real? injury of his career in the Storm?s season opener against Newcastle yesterday.
TRIBUTES have began flowing in for 1980?s rugby league star Scott Gale, who passed away this morning aged 39.
ROUND 2 of the NRL competition just shows what a spectacular and close competition 2004 has in store for us. With such an amount of negative publicity against the Rugby League game in general, it's great to see the players answering their critics with quality play on the field.
THE National Rugby League has stood down a ground manager, two video referees and a touch judge over incidents from three separate games in round two of the Telstra Premiership.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith says he can?t explain the club?s turnaround in form, but is relieved that his side has registered their first win of the 2004 NRL season.
THE Newcastle Knights have rained on Melbourne Storm?s parade today at Olympic Park, overrunning the home side 36-26 in Melbourne?s season opener.
AMATEUR athletes, rather than robust rugby league players, will take to OKI Jubilee Stadium on May 1 and 2 for the inaugural St.George relay for life. The St.George-Illawarra Dragons and Kogarah Council have allowed the oval to be used for the overnight community event, which aims to raise money for The Cancer Council NSW.
CANBERRA Raiders captain Simon Woolford is facing a possible two week suspension after being charged with a high tackle by the National Rugby League today.
THE Penrith Panthers have become the latest club to find themselves embroiled in an off-field controversy, with three players involved in an alleged assault over the weekend.
DRAGONS Captain Trent Barrett won't discover the fate of his injured right knee until the end of the week.
HE joined the club as Chief Executive in the midst of a controversy, and today he left as another continues to engulf the team he has supported for most of his life.
LAST week, it was difficult dividing the player of the week points; few if any players deserved them. This week, we have the same dilemma but for an entirely different reason - in a game where most experts were expecting a thirty point (or more) thrashing, Cronulla stood up and showed that they have what it takes to have an impact on the 2004 Telstra Premiership.