HATE is a tremendously powerful emotional feeling. It?s high up there in the power stakes and sits along nicely beside Love. Hate cannot exist where there is no Love.
LISTENING to the raucous voice of Ray Hadley and Co last weekend my mind wandered back to listening to the best caller of rugby league of all time ? Frank Hyde. Those were the days when I listened to Frank?s calls of the match of the day on 2SM. Most radio stations in the country areas of NSW took this broadcast.
WITH the Partnership Executive Committee meeting this month, the decision on the 16th NRL team is looming.
THORN comeback ... U21s National Youth League ... The Cowboys bandwagon
BRIDGEND BLUE BULLS v ABERAVON FIGHTING IRISH preview.
By Simon Green
THE Newtown Rugby League Football Club will be holding its annual players, officials and supporters reunion at Henson Park on Saturday, August 21, 2004.
CRONULLA have announced a deal which will see them join forces with Newtown for 2005 and beyond. The new association will see Cronulla scrap their existing Premier League team, with Newtown to be brought in as a feeder club.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, World Champions, Bradford Bulls, break new ground when they head for Dublin next Wednesday, May 12th, to launch a unique week of activities that will take place in Ireland for the week beginning 21st June.
THE Cronulla Sharks have convincingly defeated the Melbourne Storm 36-26 at Olympic Park tonight.
THE Sydney Roosters further proved what a fantastic outfit they are tonight by defeating the Wests Tigers 22-0 on a beautiful night for Football at Aussie Stadium.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have narrowly defeated the New Zealand Warriors 16-8 in an error riddled snore-fest at a hot and humid Dairy Farmers Stadium tonight.
Stacey Jones ran onto the field before the match as the first Warriors player to reach 200 appearances and that unfortunately was the only high point of the match.
I have received a number of requests for details of Newtown's away games in both competitions for the remainder of 2004.
We are usually informed of away game match details (i.e. the day and kick-off time) about three weeks in advance, so I am only able to forward you details as to who Newtown is playing away to in the VB Premier League and Jim Beam Cup on a particular weekend.
You can check the Newtown RLFC website
or call the Newtown RLFC information line on 1300 36 36 90 for all up-to-date away game details. Alternatively, you can call the opposition's licensed club and/or check your local papers if you live in the opposition team's area.
EASTER provides a feast of football for rugby league fans in Queensland even though both NRL clubs, the Cowboys and Broncos are playing inter-state.
Brisbane in particular is a hot bed of league action with four of the six matches from round five of the Queensland Cup to be played in the capital.
One match will be played over the border (just) at Piggabeen while the weekend kicks off at Ipswich at 2pm on Saturday when the Jets host the Wynnum Seagulls in the ABC televised clash at Bendigo Bank Oval.
These clubs met in a trial at Kougari Oval on February 28 when the Seagulls won 30-22.
The following week Wynnum turned in an abysmal performance in their final trial against Easts Tigers at Langlands Park before drawing 16-16 with Burleigh in round one of the premiership and then crashing 40-18 to Redcliffe.
In the past two weeks Wynnum?s 2004 campaign has really clicked into gear with wins over the North Queensland Young Guns in Townsville and Tweed Heads Seagulls at Kougari.
It goes without saying Wynnum will start hot favourites against Ipswich with the Jets chasing their first win, the club?s only point coming from a first round draw against new club, Brothers Valleys.
Easts play Burleigh at Langlands Park in the other Saturday clash with Easts in second place on the ladder ahead of the Toowoomba Clydesdales and Tweed on percentages.
On Sunday there are three matches in Brisbane ? at Bishop Park, Nundah; Davies Park, West End and O?Callaghan Park, Zillmere.
At Bishop Park, Norths Devils and the Central Comets clash with both clubs on four points, Norths claiming fifth spot on percentages.
At Davies Park Souths Logan Magpies, fresh from their first win of the season over Brothers Valleys, host Toowoomba who will be looking for revenge after a humiliating loss to the Magpies in a trial at Mitchell in South West Queensland.
At O?Callaghan Park, Brothers Valleys host premiers, Redcliffe Dolphins the only unbeaten side in the Queensland Cup. Redcliffe belted North Queensland 52-16 last week so Brothers Valleys, who lost 54-28 to Souths Logan, face a long afternoon.
Redcliffe have far and away the best attacking record in the Queensland Cup having scored 170 points in four matches with Easts, Toowoomba and Norths ? all on 132 points ? their nearest rivals.
The Dolphins also have the best defensive record conceding 72 points with Easts (84) relatively close behind.
Brothers Valleys have the worst attack and defence.
But Brothers Valleys are starting from scratch, a new club with a limited budget and a short pre-season in which to shop around.
North Queensland is made up entirely of players knocking on the door of NRL duty and yet Redcliffe made light work of their challenge last week.
The Young Guns travel to the Gold Coast and just over the border to the west of Tweed Heads to play the Tweed Seagulls at Piggabeen on Sunday.
This will be Tweed?s first home game of the season and with three wins from four starts on the road they will start favourites.
It promises to be a big day of football with curtain-raisers involving Group 1 and Group 18 senior and colts teams in New South Wales Country Rugby League selection trials.
FOUNDATION Cup 16's
(All Games Saturday 10 April 2004)
Auckland Crowns vs Wellington Cornwall Park, Auckland 1.00 pm Kick Off
Auckland Crowns: Matthew Parata, Kingi Akauola, Tamihana Hawea, Patrick Ah Van, Kurt Te Hira, Jody Henry, Shalom Suniula, Konelio Vaiga, Arron Pawley, Constantine Mika, Leeson Ah Mau, Sione Tongia, Scott Jones (C)
Reserves: Moeakiola Situa, Alexander Vaea, Javan Guttenbeil, Samuel Grey
Coach: Frank Harold
Wellington: Bronson Marino, Tautara Reihana-Gerrard, Michael Lealava'a, Karl McNichol, Arana Taumata, Shannon Bradbrook, Brendan Hikaka, Jackson Reihana, Kayne McDonald, Nathan King, Taikaha Brown, Teariki Peneha, Ashley Parker
Reserves: Andre Itula, Phillip Green, Amos Moala, Bradley Wardlaw
Coach: Darryl Marino
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble, Joe Vagana and Stuart Fielden look ahead to Thursday's Tetley's Super League big local derby at Headingly when the Rhinos and the Bulls meet in the biggest game of all.