NINETEEN ninety seven was quite a big time for me - I was in Year 12, and quietly stressing out about the impending exams that would only determine my immediate to long term future.
"I wonder how many knife-wielding maniacs are sitting behind us?"
An innocent question from the girlfriend - she was only being half serious - but still a question worth thinking about. After all, we had managed to get ourselves seats at Aussie Stadium for the Panthers vs Bulldogs qualifying final match surrounded by the infamous 'Bulldogs Army'. According to everything I had read, as an "outsider" I was pretty much guaranteed a beating at some stage of the match ... and possibly a firecracker or two as well. The fact we were planning to cheer for the Panthers was the final nail in this imaginary coffin of mine.
"SO, you're a footy fan hey? Love your Broncos? Travel to Suncorp every fortnight? Excellent, you're halfway there. All you have to do is keep this Sunday afternoon free, I'm coming to pick you up and we're going to watch a game of footy!"
"BLOODY Petersen, can't that moron just stay on his damn wing?"
IN 2004 the Bulldogs experienced the highs and lows that high profile sport can provide. The year began with a sex scandal but finished in premiership glory.
ADRIAN Lam is returning from Australia in two weeks time when he will join the Wigan Coaching team. He will have responsibility for the Under 21's side but will also assist Denis Betts on a daily basis to help first team preparations.
LONDON Broncos have continued to strengthen the 2005 playing squad with the signing of exciting young Sydney Roosters? centre, Tyrone Smith.
THE Newtown Festival for 2004 is on this Sunday, November 14th, from 10.00am to 5.00pm in the Camperdown Memorial Rest Park.
THE Kiwis will play a one-off test against France at Stade Albert Domec Avenue du General Sarrail in Carcassonne on Friday morning (NZ time).
TO make the final of the Tri-Series the Kiwis fate now rests with the Kangaroos when they take on Great Britain next weekend.
BRADFORD Bulls skipper Robbie Paul will make his first start for New Zealand since April in Thursday's Test against France in Carcassonne.
Paul takes over at scrum-half from the injured Thomas Leuluai.
WITH most of the senior list due to start training on Monday (November 15), their fitness focus will be geared towards two pre-season games before the season proper.
DENE Halatau has become the third Wests Tigers player to be named in a Test side.
2005 sees the Dragons reintroduce a Jersey Flegg (under 20 years of age) team, through the combination of the St George and Steelers sides of 2004.
THE NRL have today released the 2005 Telstra Premiership NRL Draw.