IT'S been six long years for the North Sydney Club but the Red and Black are back in the finals series and the Bears Jersey Flegg team having finished in 8th place will play the 1st placed and undefeated Roosters on Sunday.
CARDIFF Demons RLFC, who recently won the National Rugby League Conference title to add to their Welsh success, are having a try of the season awards at Walkabout in Cardiff on Sunday September 19th 2004 at 6pm.
SCOTLAND Rugby League celebrated their tenth anniversary today by announcing the return of professional international rugby league to the country as Scotland take on Wales in the European Nations Cup at Glasgow Hawks' Anniesland ground on Sunday 24 October. Scotland will then face Ireland in Navan on Friday 29 October with the group winners facing the winners of the England, France and Russia group in the final at Warrington on Sunday 7 November.
THE New Zealand and Australian rugby league teams have confirmed test matches against France during the upcoming tri series in the UK.
SYDNEY Airport Jets half-back and captain Craig Field announced his retirement as a Rugby League player, following Sunday's final round VB Premier League match at Brookvale Oval.
THE finals are upon us and we have four matches to kick of the preliminary finals campaign and on paper, the home side in every match bar the Panthers will be at short odds to progress deeper into the finals but from what I can remember, every year the finals produce some stunning upsets.
THE euphoria that swept North Queensland after the Cowboys secured an historic NRL finals berth was a far cry from what Travis Norton felt at the start of his captaincy.
MELBOURNE Storm fullback Billy Slater is under no illusion as to the reception he will receive as he takes the field at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday night when the Storm opens its finals account against the Brisbane Broncos.
TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP FINALS: WEEK 1
(Teams subject to change)
Full details of teams and fixtures for week one of the Finals Series.
Includes team line-ups, results of previous clashes, Leagueunlimited.com tip, and the match day weather forecast.
HERE'S what's in store from the SEPTEMBER 2004 edition of RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW.
LOCATED just 5 minutes from Aussie Stadium and 10 minutes from Central Station (ready for your trip to Telstra Stadium) is the Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel and they are offering all League Unlimited users a fantastic Finals Series Accommodation Package.
NEWCASTLE Knights hooker and skipper Danny Buderus has been awarded this year's Dally M player of the year medal.
THE Penrith Panthers have held on to win 31-30 in a stunner against the St George-Illawara Dragons at Penrith Football Stadium.
CANBERRA Raiders skipper Simon Woolford will miss the 2004 NRL finals after receiving a two match ban for a downgraded careless high tackle charge at the judiciary.
ONE-TIME Broncos enforcer Andrew Gee has urged Brisbane to give Gordie Tallis a fitting farewell in his last home game, against Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.