HELENSBURGH v Dapto.? Saturday July 3 - Rex Jackson Oval
THIS week has continued to be a good one for the BARLA squad, who have continued to train hard in preparation for the game against the Redfern
All Blacks. All the squad except for broken ankle victim Alex Bretherton is fully fit are raring to go.
A "programme-style" book is being planned for the end of the season provisionally titled "Cardiff Demons - The First Five Years". Illustrated with colour photographs, the book will contain information on every Cardiff Demons match ever played from the Challenge Cup run of 1999-2000 where Cardiff eventually got beaten in the third round by Keighley Cougars, to the current season.
WIGAN Warriors Coach Denis Betts has named the following squad of 18 for Saturday's Tetley's Super League game at Widnes Vikings with a 6.00pm kick off.
FOLLOWING the announcement by the Rugby Football League that Iestyn Harris has been registered as a player with the Bradford Bulls, the Chairman of the Bulls, Chris Caisley said "We are grateful to the Rugby Football League for arriving at a speedy acceptance of Iestyn's registration. Whilst it was blindingly obvious that Iestyn is a contracted Bulls player there was a lot of misinformation being disseminated to the RFL and the media which clouded one very simple question, namely, which club had Iestyn signed a rugby league contract with? The truth is that, despite misleading statements to the contrary, there was only ever one such contract signed and registered with the RFL and that is the one we registered with them yesterday."
THE Tri-Nations Final will be taken to a stadium of decent size and stature in the British Sporting World, with the RFL believed to be close to signing a deal with the City of Manchester Stadium trust.
Sydney Airport Jets officials were left ruing the massive loss of potential revenue, as Saturday's torrential rains put paid to the big attendance expected at Henson Park for the Newtown - Melbourne Storm match. The Storm powered away to a 54-0 win, displaying all their full-time professional skills and cohesion despite the atrocious playing conditions.
Jets Administrator Terry Rowney remained upbeat, pointing out that the Newtown club had received priceless media coverage in the leadup to the game, far in excess of what any other non-NRL club in Australia could possibly obtain. The trial also gave the opportunity for Newtown's VB Premier League aspirants the chance to test themselves against quality NRL opponents.
Newtown Coach Col Murphy was particularly pleased with the performance of his forward pack, which took it right up to the Storm forwards all afternoon. Former NZ Bartercard Cup prop James Stosic was the standout forward, and he received great support from Thomas Gemmell, Peter Howie, Bill Najjarin and Nelson Lomi. Centre Nelson Leon (recommended to Newtown by Paul Dawson) was the best of the Jets backs, while captain Alf Duncan tried to get involved as much as possible. Utility back Simon Crotty, back from a stint at North Sydney, looked good in possession at times.
The Jets have a bye in Round One of the VB Premier League next weekend before taking on the Newcastle Knights in Round Two of the competition at Henson Park on Saturday, March 20. Kick off time is 4.30pm. The Newtown Jim Beam Cup team play their first competition match also at home on March 20, with a 2.45pm start.
BRAMLEY Buffaloes the first community owned Rugby League Club are celebrating their return to National League competition, with a special brew at the Leeds Beer Festival.
MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
NZRL officials have confirmed they will step up their claims for a second team in the National Rugby League even if they are overlooked for the mooted 16th franchise.
AS Leagueunlimited begins to prepare for the upcoming 2004 season, we are looking for people to assist with the website in a manner of ways. Everything from news to live scores to statistics to updating our team pages is vital for the success of the website in the coming seasons and we want you to be a part of that success. There are also a few secret projects on the boards for season 2004 but we can?t say too much now. However, it is imperative that Rugby League garner as much support as possible as the Rugby World Cup dominates the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
SIX Bulldogs players are set to be charged over the alleged sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman in Coffs Harbour last month.