WELL the ref has blown his whistle and we?ve had our trial games. Against Brothers Valleys coach Wharton decided to play a young side leaving out twelve regular first graders and we went down to the two blues. Then a week later the boys travelled to Ipswich to take on the Jets in three grades in very hot conditions with first grade getting away with 24-14 victory.
By the time you read this the big NRL trial game at Dolphin Oval would have been played hopefully in fine weather and with a full house. And hopefully we would?ve rolled Toowoomba and Wests in the lead up games,
I must say the boys are looking fit, the sadistic David Simpson is putting the guys through some torrid fitness sessions even the fossils, whoops I mean veterans Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr and Brian Jellick are running around like 19 year olds again.
Footballers are known to have strange sense of humours and just look at their nicknames for proof. Some people have simple nicknames like me while others are more creative. One of the more interesting ones is Marijan Harris ?The Croatian sensation?. One of the new colts Blake Harwood has picked up the nicknames of Hollywood or JJ (Junior Jones). It seems young Blake loves nothing more than taking his shirt off and asking if his hair is ok when a young lady walks past. Then there is Penalty Pete Delaivuna who got that nickname after giving away a few penalties during last season. Daniel Jones has picked up a new nickname as well it?s something about one week in four weeks out. While his brother Ben has picked up Joe Dirt as a nickname after turning up to training with new mullet hair cut not that there is anything wrong with them I even sported one for a while.
The premiership proper starts in a few weeks with our first game against neighbours Norths in the ABC match of the day on Saturday the 13th. There is nothing better as player than playing in front of big crowds that are vocal and passionate. Wynnum seems to be the top of the tree with crowd support and I think we can we do better so why don?t you do yourself a favour get along to a game at Dolphin and cheer the boys along, I know they would appreciate it and it?s a good cheap day out. Some people say the local comp isn?t any good since the Broncos came in but I beg to differ it?s a very strong competition and you?ll see good footy every week. From the old days the names may have changed but the game is still the same. So get along and cheer tomorrow?s stars today.
And don?t forget if you want the best deal on the Peninsula for a new or used car pop in and see the Keystar team.
PHIL Graham's head is still spinning after he rose from the Bundy Cup to the world's best league comp in just a few short months. If the Roosters had their way, Phil Graham would still be running around in the Queensland Cup for the Redcliffe Dolphins again this season. Instead, he finds himself at the Canberra Raiders, pushing for a top grade spot through some impressive trial performances.
MAGPIE stalwart Rick Dodd has made a most impressive start to his season by helping the Canberra Raiders over the line against Cronulla on Saturday.
LONDON Broncos will look to bounce back from last Sunday's heavy defeat at Leeds in what was the opening round of the Tetley's Super League, when they play their first Powergen Challenge Cup game for the season.
LEAGUEUNLIMITED are proud to announce the launch of the 2004 Philips tipping comp.
THE Newtown RLFC - proudly sponsored by Sydney Airport and the Petersham RSL Club.
The Newtown Rugby League Football Club is proud to announce that the Newtown RLFC VB Premier League team is to play the full strength Melbourne Storm RLFC at 5pm, Saturday, March 6th at Henson Park.
BRADFORD Bulls life long supporter Raymond Robshaw got the surprise of his life at last week?s opening Tetley?s Super League game at Odsal Stadium. Raymond won a dream trip for two to Australia, which will take in the NRL Grand Final in September of this year.
ST Albans Centurions return to action this Sunday - February 29 - when they take on St Ives at Woollams at 2pm. Admission is free to see the first game in the Eastern Group of the RLC Cup, a pre-season competition in which St Albans play Hemel Stags and St Ives home and away. Cambridge have withdrawn from the tournament, leaving a blank weekend next week.
JOHN Carlaw has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the St George Illawarra Dragons.
THE Cronulla Sharks have named a 26 man squad for one final trial match before their season opener against the Tigers. Internationals Phil Bailey and Jason Stevens will pull on a jersey for the first time this pre-season after fully recovering from injuries which had kept them from playing in the club's earlier trials.
THE season gets serious for the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland tomorrow when they face National Rugby League (NRL) reigning premiers Penrith, the team who beat them four times last year.
THE auditorium at St.George Leagues Club - once a prized venue for some of Australia and the world's best entertainers - is now an empty shell.
ORGANISERS of the Legends' Walk at Oki Jubilee Stadium have just over one week to complete the much-anticipated project that has been supported by both the St.George and Illawarra rugby league communities.
CONCERNS over the construction of the legends walkway at St.George-Illawarra's northern base, Oki Jubilee Stadium, were yesterday put to rest.
KNIGHTLY News - 27/2/2004