IT can take me an eternity to decide what to wear to a game of football. So many factors. Is it a traditional rival, or one of those new fangled out-of-town teams? Is it pre season, which means donning last years Charity Shield jersey, or is it Anzac Day and time for the commemorative St George ?Red V with the Gun Barrel Green??
AMONGST British Rugby League?s so-called media experts there seems to be a widely accepted view that, in last years? Ashes series, Great Britain showed that they were closing the gap with Australia and have a real chance of beating the Old Enemy in the forthcoming tri-nations tournament. That?s very reassuring to those of us fans who, ignorant of the finer points of RL, thought we had been walloped 3-0 by a third choice Aussie team brilliantly led by an hitherto little regarded one-legged cripple called Kimmorley. In just over six weeks the tri-nations competition gets underway. With the GB squad due to be announced in a few weeks, this post examines GB?s prospects for that series, asking: can we expect more of the same or are there any realistic reasons for optimism that GB might win or at least at least avoid another whitewash?
ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA are still awaiting serious results to emerge from serious promise. In 2004, the Dragons showed signs of transferring their tag as one of the best teams on paper to a being good team where it matters on the field. But the underlying problem of consistency and the necessary luck with injuries still evades the joint venture club.
LEEDS overcame bitter Yorkshire rivals Bradford in a hard-fought Grand Final at Old Trafford to end their 32-year wait for a league championship.
THE glamorous and spectacular Sydney Show Boat was the venue for the North Sydney Bears Senior presentation night on Saturday. Players, officials and fans were treated to a sumptuous meal accompanied by spectacular views of Sydney Harbour while they relived the achievements of the past season.
BRADFORD and Leeds will renew their rivalry as they go head-to-head for the Super League title in this weekends Grand Final at Old Trafford.
The two sides, who finished first and second in the table, have been the benchmarks of Super League IX.
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THE Prime Minister?s office will shortly send a cheque for $2,455,000 to Kogarah Council for the next stage of the upgrade to OKI Jubilee Stadium. Kogarah Council has received advice that the funds will be available within the next few weeks, with the remainder of the $8 million grant being paid over the next two years.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA- Fiji A scored 3 tries in the final 13 minutes of play to record a 40-24 victory over international rugby league's latest newcomer Malta, before a crowd of about 1,600 in Sydney last night.
L.Sete, E. Uaisele (2), V. Lilo (2), S. Tuli (2), T. Moa (2), L. Moala, I. Vainikolo tries,
V. Lilo (6) goals
THE Orara Valley Axemen will on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of January 2005 will host what is believed to be the richest rugby league sevens competition in regional Australia.
A massive about-face from former Australian rugby league hard man Mark Geyer.
NEW Zealand and Australia today drew 16-16 in a pulsating opening Tri-Nations rugby league test in Auckland.
FAVOURITES Australia have ruled out complacency being a factor when they face New Zealand in the opening Tri-Nations rugby league test in Auckland today.
MELBOURNE Storm prop Alex Chan has been called into the New Zealand Test squad today as a replacement for Penrith forward Tony Puletua, who will leave the team after Saturday?s Tri-Nations clash with Australia to undergo ankle surgery.