THE Australian Rugby League has confirmed today that former Queensland State of Origin, and current Brisbane Broncos coach, Wayne Bennett, will take over the reigns of the Australian Philips Kangaroos from Chris Anderson.
THE Australian Rugby League have played the safe card in their recent decsion to host the ANZAC test match between Australia and New Zealand at Newcastle?s EnergyAustralia Stadium rather than the larger Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park) in Brisbane.
AUSTRALIAN Schoolboys - The Redcliffe Connection Since the inception of the Australian Schoolboys in 1972, ten Redcliffe Dolphins have had the honour of being chosen to represent their country at this level. They are Curtis Powell, Adam Chapman, Grant Cleal, David Simpson, Clinton O'Brien, Dane Carlaw, Craig Frawley, Trent Clayton, Brent Tate and Daniel Jones.
WHEN the name Walter Fullerton-Smith appears in the program you could be excused for thinking that you were at Kooralbyn Valley for a polo tournament or Ballymore for a Rah Rah carnival. But the same Walter Fullerton-Smith just happens to be one of the toughest Rugby League forwards in Queensland.
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
SYDNEY Airport Jets' formidable Head Coach Colin Murphy was reasonably pleased with his team's 20-12 win over North Sydney, in the NSW Premier League trial played at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon.
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:
THE 2004 Rugby Super League season has gotten off to its best start ever with a record crowd of 69,499 watching all six matches of the weekend. The crowd record, which breaks the old aggregate record of 62,274 set in 1999 and the old record for an opening round of 55,040 set in 1997.
LEEDS have shown they are ready to go one step further in 2004, running out comprehensive winners against the London Broncos 58 ? 14 at Headingley in front of over 15,000 people.
HUDDERSFIELD have come away with the points in their opening match for Super League IX with a surprise 26 ? 22 victory over the Castleford Tigers at The McAlpine Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
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.
THE Salford City Reds have welcomed back their entry into Super League after spending 2003 in National League 1 with a surprise victory over the Widnes Vikings at The Willows.
MELBOURNE Storm halfback Andrew McFadden is expected to be fit for this Saturday night?s clash with the Canberra Raiders at Wagga, but injured back rower Dallas Johnson is in some doubt.
THE flying Tigers winger, Pat Richards will miss the start of the NRL season after breaking his leg during his side's 20-10 pre-season loss to the Rabbitohs.
RUBEN Wiki may have to rethink his plans for the next few years.