BARLA Lions Coach Mick Turner has announced his squad for this summer's busy international schedule.
SHANE Richardson?s claims that Great Britain & Ireland should be represented by a single team at the 2008 World Cup have been roundly criticised by players and officials from across the Irish Sea.
SERBIA-MONTENEGRO has been announced as the sixth participant for the 2004 Victory Cup which will be held in Moscow, St Petersburg and Kazan. The Victory Cup, which kicked off the first time in May last year was considered a huge success, with Russia pushing France all the way in the final in front of a crowd of over 7,000 on a weekday afternoon. The tournament helped Russia to qualify for funding from the Russian Sports Council, funding which has helped the event to expand and allow the inclusion of Serbia and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).
THE Pepsi Dolphins travelled to Bendigo Bank Oval at Ipswich to take on their 2002 grand final opponents the Ipswich Jets in very hot conditions. The score line was never a concern to Dolphins coach Neil Wharton who told his troops to concentrate on completing their sets and getting to their kicks in the sheds before the game.
With the temperature in the high 30?s there was a lot of drop ball which was to be expected with those conditions.
The Dolphins opened up the scoring in the 5th minute when Danny Burke crossed for a try after a clever pass from five-eighth Shane Perry and Justin McKay converted to give the visitors an early 6-0 lead. Danny Burke crossed again in the 18th minute after some good line running and a clever offload from Ben Jones. Nathan Sologinkin had an impressive debut for his new club making some good metres from strong runs. Ipswich struck back in the shadows of halftime when a Shane Perry pass found the ground and Jets centre Damien Flint kicked ahead twice and won the sprint to the ball to make the score 12-4 to the Dolphins at Halftime.
Ipswich started the second half like they ended the first when winger Gordon Rattler crossed in the corner to make the score 12-8.Three tries were scored in the space of seven minutes from the 62nd minute two by Redcliffe one by Ipswich. The first by centre Brian Jellick who pounced on a spilt bomb by Ipswich Adam Connolly who had an unhappy night under the high ball. The Jets replied when Steve West scored after a kick through and he converted his own try to make it an 18-14 scoreline with 13 minutes left on the clock. Winger Phil Shilvock finished the scoring in the 70th minute after Damien Richters put through a clever chip kick and regathered before passing to Shilvock who finished the move off. Trent Leis converted to make it 22-14.
To show how bad the conditions were for football Redcliffe coach Neil Wharton made 28 interchanges including 18 in the second half to try and keep his players refreshed.
Probably the most satisfying thing for the Dolphins was the form of debutants Gavin Cooper, Mark Brown, Nathan Black and Terry Jones who showed they would not be out of place in first grade if they are needed during the season.
Best for Redcliffe Nathan Sologinkin, Michael Roberts, Adam Starr, Gavin Cooper and Shane Perry.
In the lower grades the Dolphins took the honours in the colts 14-6 while the A grade was a 12 all draw.
Redcliffe 24 (D.Burke 2, P.Shilvock, B.Jellick tries J.McKay 3, T.Leis goals)
Ipswich 14 (G.Rattler, D.Flint, S.West tries S.West goal)
The sides were
Justin McKay Adam Connolly
Phil Shilvock Gordon Rattler
Damien Richters Richard Allwood
Brian Jellick Damian Flint
Chris Bond Steve West
Shane Perry Brendan Lindsay
Michael Roberts Paul Cohen
Nathan Sologinkin Brett Porter
Matt Anderton Marc Fickling
Adam Starr Danny McAllister
Danny Burke Kyle Warren
Ben Jones Dale Robertson
Grant Flugge Brian McCarthy
Andrew Wynyard Kerry Theurkauf
Danny Green Troy Theurkauf
Mark Brown Terry Iese
Nathan Black Tim Gee
Trent Leis Chris Scanlan
Gavin Cooper Ail Chong-Nee
Terry Jones Danny Fellingham
SATURDAY, February 21st 2004
5pm - First leg of the 2004 Frank Hyde Cup series
Newtown v. North Sydney
3pm - NSWRL Jim Beam Cup trial
Newtown v. Macarthur Jets (newcomers to the Jim Beam Cup competition).
RESULTS of NSW Rugby League trial matches played at Henson Park on Saturday, February 21st.
NSWRL Premier League:
Newtown 20 d. North Sydney 12.
This match was the first leg of the 2004 Frank Hyde Cup.
NSWRL Jim Beam Cup:
IN this, the first Bulls Eye of the season, Brian Noble and Paul Johnson look ahead to Friday's opening Tetley's Super League encounter when last season's grand finalists, Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors clash at Odsal.
BRADFORD Bulls are delighted to launch a range of new mobile phone services for their supporters.
BRADFORD have displayed why there are worthy World Club Champions with a comprehensive 34 ? 6 defeat of the Wigan Warriors at Odsal for the opening match of Super League IX.
BRADFORD Independent Supporters Association will be giving their members a chance to quiz Bulls Media Manager Stuart Duffy on all things Bulls related at their AGM at the Drop Kick Pub on Tuesday 24th February.
BRADFORD Bulls kick-off Super League IX when they take on Wigan on Friday in a repeat of last season's Grand Final.
PICKING a winner going into this match was always going to be a decision most punters would be making without too much confidence. Two teams that boasted significantly different sides than in Super League VIII, there was always the a large potential opportunity that the opening round premiership points could be heading East to Hull instead of staying with favourites St Helens.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, World Champions Bradford Bulls, have suffered a blow with the news that Centre Shontayne Hape will miss the next six to eight weeks with a broken arm. Hape suffered the injury in the opening Super League game against Wigan Warriors at Odsal
THE weekend just passed saw varied results in the trial matches played throughout regional NSW and Queensland and while it would be foolish to suggest trial form is anything to go by, some clubs would be happy with the results of their weekend trial while others realize there is still much work to be done prior to the kickoff of the 2004 season, a little under three weeks away.
THE season launch of Leagueunlimited.com for 2004 kicked off in fine style with the Philips Trivia Night on the 19th of February.