Bill Najjarin Is Top Jet For 2003

TOUGH second rower Bill Najjarin won the Sydney Airport Jets Premier League best and fairest award for 2003, at the Jets' annual presentation night held recently at the Hurstville Ritz Hotel. Bill came to Newtown from St.George-Illawarra at the beginning of 2002, and started last season as a winger. Jets Premier League coach Colin Murphy quickly spotted his potential, and Bill became one of the stand-out forwards in the high standard NSWRL Premier League competition this year. A real crowd favourite at Henson Park, Najjarin impressed all season with his determined running and uncompromising defence. Newtown's Premier League players' player award was shared between classy half-back Craig Field and workhorse front-rower Tabua Cakacaka. Rookie of the year for 2003 was won by former Penrith junior Andrew Le Breton, and the Coach's award by hard-working second rower Tony Phillips. In the Jim Beam Cup, utility player Mark Fakahua won the Best and Fairest trophy, with front-rower Lee Trasler taking out the players' player award. Second rower Warren Weiss was a popular winner of the coach's award, following his lengthy rehabilitation from a bad leg injury in 2002. Other award recipients were Premier League players Troy Barnes (top points scorer) and Alf Duncan (top try scorer). Ryan Milligan received a commemorative plaque in recognition of his setting a new club record for the number of points scored by a player in one match (30, from 2 tries and 11 goals). Ryan surpassed Tom Kirk's 1944 record of 25 points. Long serving stalwart Luke Ellis was given a special award to mark his 100th game with the Newtown club. The Clubman of the Year award was shared between genuine good guys Scott Frater and that indefatigable raffle ticket seller, Sammy Samaha. Trevor Schodel, who played both Premier League and Jim Beam Cup fixtures, as well as taking over the Jim Beam Cup coaching duties during the season, was a worthy winner of the Fred Daly Memorial Award. This award goes to the player and/or coach who has delivered meritorious service to the Newtown club. Former Newtown and NSW representative front-rower and 2003 club sponsor Steve Bowden generously hosted the entire evening at his palatial Hurstville Ritz Hotel, and the occasion was without doubt a great success. There was an excellent attendance of club sponsors, who all received due praise for their generous assistance to Australia's oldest Rugby League in its 96th season.

Souths back in training

THE South Sydney Rabbitohs have resumed training for the 2004 season. The Rabbitohs will train four days a week until Christmas and then up their intensity by moving to a five day training regime in the new year.

Dragons sign Andrew Frew

ST George Illawarra Dragons have signed winger Andrew Frew for the 2004 NRL season.

Get Me Outta Here ! - Chris Anderson

THE boarding call for Qantas flight QF43 to Auckland can't come quickly enough for troubled Kangaroos rugby league coach Chris Anderson.

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Souths back in training

THE South Sydney Rabbitohs have resumed training for the 2004 season. The Rabbitohs will train four days a week until Christmas and then up their intensity by moving to a five day training regime in the new year.

Dragons sign Andrew Frew

ST George Illawarra Dragons have signed winger Andrew Frew for the 2004 NRL season.

Get Me Outta Here ! - Chris Anderson

THE boarding call for Qantas flight QF43 to Auckland can't come quickly enough for troubled Kangaroos rugby league coach Chris Anderson.

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Kangaroos Face Different Challenge

GIANT Kangaroo forward Willie Mason on Tuesday warned Australia faced a big mental challenge and would need to weather an early physical onslaught in its rugby league test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Two Kiwis miss training

THE Kiwi rugby league team trained on Tuesday morning at Auckland's Millennium Institute minus two players.

Like Father , Like Son

JAMES Leuluai is , arguably , the greatest Kiwi centre ever, so when dad talks new Kiwi Thomas Leuluai listens.

The Colonel stays put for another two years

LONDON Broncos have today re-signed Francis 'the colonel' Stephenson to a new two-year deal.

Gregory signs 2 year deal

WIGAN has announced the appointment of Mike Gregory as Head Coach of the Club until the end of the 2005 season.

Peacock Scoops Top ESL Award

BRADFORD Bulls second rower Jamie Peacock has been named as the 2003 Tetley's Rugby Super League Man of Steel, and was also named as the Players' Player of the Year on Monday night. The Great Britain international has had a superb season, and had already taken three titles at Bradford's Player of the Year awards and the Rugby League Writers' Association's Player of the Year.

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