THE folk at Gosford tonight were treated to a hard but entertaining match as the Country team defeated the City side by 22-18.
THE clash of the round saw newcomers Clontarf edge oldest club Dublin Blues by four points in a high-scoring Dublin derby. Clontarf have won their 2 opening fixtures by the same 4-point margin and lead the Leinster table. Elsewhere in Leinster, East Coast Eagles almost claimed their first win of the season by leading pre-match favourites 14-4 until late in the game but the Exiles experience showed as tey held their nerve and managed to draw level before the final hooter.
The match of the day in Munster saw TreatyCity Titans overwhelm Kerry Kings 36-14 in what was the historic first competitive run out for both clubs. The Titans have started very impressively but don't overlook the potential with the Kings. Led by Declan Foy, son of former Oldham stalwart and Rugby League Lion Des Foy, the Kings will no doubt have plenty of rugby to play during the rest of the Season.
CAPTAIN Adrian Vowles led the Toowoomba Clydesdales back into the winners circle yesterday, with a hard fought 32-26 win over traditional rivals the Ipswich Jets. Despite their best efforts, Ipswich were unable to win back the Bulimba Cup Memorial Trophy in front of a healthy home crowd.
Results: Wynnum 30 d Redcliffe 28, Easts 86 d Brothers Valleys 0, North Queensland 22 drew Burleigh 22, Norths 60 d Souths Logan 14, Tweed Heads 30 d Central 22, Toowoomba 32 d Ipswich 26.
Standings: Toowoomba 18, Burleigh 18, Wynnum 17, Easts 16, Norths 16, North Queensland 15, Redcliffe 14, Central 10, Tweed Heads 10, Ipswich 5, Souths Logan 4, Brothers Valleys 1.
WARRIORS forward Jerry Seu Seu is set to be out for an extended period after being charged three separate times by the National Rugby League judiciary this afternoon.
PARRAMATTA?S Nathan Hindmarsh has bolted into second position in this year?s Leagueunlimited.com player awards following an outstanding display last Saturday against the Knights. Hindmarsh?s three point performance sees him on 16 points, right behind Sharks? skipper Brett Kimmorley, who remains on 17 points.
MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Scott Hill remains upbeat heading into this week?s match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, despite being overlooked for the NSW State of Origin side today.
YOU may have seen the movie, but this is real life and the Raiders are dead men walking at the moment.
MONDAY, June 7th, 2004
DRAGONS pair Mark Gasnier and Shaun Timmins have been cleared of any serious injury following the side?s loss to North Queensland on Saturday night.
FOR Cronulla fans, 2004 only gets better. Continuing a hot streak, the Sharks put on a very strong display to down the Broncos on their home paddock. Brisbane got off to a great start, leaving most Sharks fans in a state of shock, until a war of attrition wore down the Queenslanders. Some razzle dazzle attacking football saw Cronulla streak away with victory.
A split round this weekend for Round 4 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition sees Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions, Canterbury Bulls, Central Falcons, Glenora Bears, Eastern Tornadoes and Wellington all watching from the sidelines.
BRADFORD Bulls coach Brian Noble has been named as Great Britain's new coach.
He takes over from Australian David Waite on a part-time basis but will remain in charge of the reigning Super League and World Club champions.
REMINDER for Saturday, May 8:
VB Premier League
Newtown v North Sydney, Henson Park, 3.00pm
Second Leg of the 2004 Frank Hyde Cup series
The legendary Frank Hyde himself will be in attendance.
Jim Beam Cup
Newtown plays away to Ryde-Eastwood
Saturday, May 8, Leichhardt Oval, 2.30 pm kick-off.
Royston Jaftha, a young man who plays with our fraternal club, the UTS Jets RLFC, suffered an appalling head injury in a recent Student Rugby League match and is fighting for his life in Liverpool Hospital. The UTS Jets are holding a fund-raising Charity Comedy Night for Royston at the Agincourt Hotel, corner of Broadway and Harris Streets this Saturday, 8th May, at 8.00pm. It is $40 per person for a really good cause. Naturally everyone at Newtown sends good wishes to Royston and his family.
Two more Jets are heading west this weekend to assist our other fraternal club the Parkes Spacemen in Group 11 in the Country Rugby League. 120kg front-rower Thomas Motuapuaka and hard-working backrower Dane Scott will turn out with the Spacemen this Sunday against the Manildra Rhinos. This player loan system is working very well for the benefit of both clubs, and we'll keep you posted as to how our boys go.
Paul Shiels, the dynamic President of the Junior Jets JRLFC assures me that all the Junior Jets teams are off to a great start in this year's South Sydney Juniors competitions. The Junior Jets are the fastest growing junior club in Australian Rugby League, and the success of this young club is a terrific credit to all the volunteer officials who have put this amazing organisation together.
See you all at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon!
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and Jamie Peacock look at Sunday's Round 10 game at Odsal when the Tigers come to face the Bulls still looking for their first victory of the season.