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The Ultimate Rugby League Poem

POET Jim Simmerman?s short essay entitled, Twenty Little Poetry Projects claims to provide the reader with ample tools to write the ?ultimate? poem. Simmerman?s ?tools? come in the form of twenty short rules and guidelines, each of which outline how each line of your ?ultimate? poem should be written. Having read Simmerman?s essay, I was immediately intrigued, and thought I should give it a go. So here goes. The ?ultimate? rugby league poem. With all the blame to go to Simmerman if it fails to turn out. (BTW, if at first you don?t understand it, don?t worry. You?ll catch on.)

The Man in the Middle

THE location is Stadium Australia.

Message to the NRL

TO whom it may concern,

New Zealand Maori Team announced

THE New Zealand Maori Selectors announced the following team to compete in the 2004 Pacific Cup. In alphabetical order: Player Name - District League/Origin Sam Andrews - Waicoa Bay Kurt Cawdron - Auckland Taite Daniels - Northland Teteira Davis - Wellington Willy Henare - Auckland Aoterangi Herangi - Auckland Charlie Herekotukutuku - Canterbury Nathan Hohaia - Taranaki Shane Hoskin - Taranaki Odell Manuel - Auckland Tukua Matthews - Waicoa Bay Vern Moana-Mason - Waicoa Bay Glen Rota - Auckland Peter Prime - Northland Kererua Savage - Hawkes Bay Barry Tawera - Waicoa Bay Sonny Whakarau - Manawatu Mike Whakatihi - Manawatu Vince Whare - Canterbury Coach: Tawera Nikau Asst Coach / Trainer: Terry Hermansson Business Manager: John Devonshire Football Manager / Strapper: Mel Rutene The selected team is a great spread from around the country, with all players having made at least one appearance in the NZ National Competition, the Bartercard Cup. Sonny Whakarau and Odell Manuel, two former professional Rugby League players will certainly bring experience to the team along with two former Maori Kiwi's, Tawera Nikau and Terry Hermansson in the coaching roles. The Pacific Cup Tournament will be played between North Harbour Stadium and Ericsson Stadium No.2 in Auckland from Sunday 17 - Saturday 23 October 2004. At present, NZ Maori, Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia, Tonga and the Cook Islands will all be taking part in the tournament.

Annual Masters Rugby League Tournament 2004

"THE Masters of Rugby League, New Zealand will create Rugby League history at the St Mary's League Club in Sydney, Australia from 1 - 9 October 2004". St Mary's League Club are hosting the eleventh annual V.B. Masters of Rugby League Tournament, which is the only one of its kind in the world. Fifty Two (52) teams, 1200 players; 31 teams form New Zealand and 21 teams from all around Australia will be participate in the biggest Rugby League International Tournament. The concept of the tournament is based on three age groups which are 35-39 years, 40-49 years, and also 60-70 year old players who play with modified rules to suit their age group. After three days of competing, representative teams will be selected in each age group for a New Zealand vs Australia test match. As well as a number of past state and provincial players there are notable ex-international Rugby League greats putting their boots on in this years tournament including:

Ricketson Charged

ROOSTERS lock Luke Ricketson has been charged with a Grade 3 striking offence by the NRL judiciary.

Bulldogs invite fans to training day

WHAT a great opportunity for Bulldogs fans to show their support by turning out to the Open Training on Tuesday morning at Belmore Sports Ground. Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs coach, Steve Folkes is keen to provide all Bulldogs fans the opportunity to acknowledge the teams' success and in return the team's appreciation of the support that they have received from their legion of fans.

Tim Mander to ref grand final

TIM Mander has been appointed to referee the 2004 Telstra Premiership Grand Final.

Tigers News

WESTS Tigers Cubs under-18 rugby league squad started their tour in fine style with victory in Perth on Friday night. The Cubs recorded a convincing 48-12 victory over the Western Australian U18 side. Cubs coach Michael Buettner was very happy with the performance.

Sonny Bill wants to stay a Dog

THE Bulldogs have had a pleasant boost prior to the NRL Grand Final this weekend.

Panthers out, Bulldogs to play in the Grand Final

A terrific first up game for the 'do or die' matches of the NRL competition which sees the Bulldogs through to the 2004 Grand Final next Sunday night after defeating the 2003 Premiers, the Penrith Panthers by 30-14.

Roosters down gallant Cowboys and book grand final berth

THE Sydney Roosters have defeated a gallant North Queensland Cowboys 19-16 at Telstra Stadium, booking themselves a spot in next weekend?s grand final against the Bulldogs.

Cowboys riding on a fairytale

FOLLOWING two semi-final wins, the North Queensland Cowboys are now just one win away from the NRL grand final.

Andrew Walker apologises

DISGRACED former dual international Andrew Walker on Saturday apologised for taking cocaine, saying he got caught in "a moment of madness".

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