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,

NZRL Line up Thurston for Tri Series

THE Kiwi selectors are waiting on a decision from Australian born five-eighth, Jonathan Thurston, over his representative league future.

Malta Knights begin their Crusade

THE Malta Knights began their rugby league emergence with an impressive 78-0 defeat of the British Defence Forces at Melita Stadium in Sydney?s west on Saturday night.

NZ 16's vs Parramatta Result

NEW Zealand 16's vs Parramatta 17's Dev Davies Park, Huntly

Players added to the Kiwi training squad

AFTER the two NRL preliminary final matches over the weekend, more players were eligible for the Kiwi squad.

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.

Andrew Walker apologises

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