THE room was dark and smoky. The regular sound of poker chips coming together gave an unsteady rhythm, replicating the mood of the players left seated at the table. Onlookers shuffled around nervously, sensing that something big was about to happen.
THE Canterbury Bulls led the national rugby league final with just seconds to go but came second to Mt Albert at Ericsson Stadium yesterday.
EVERYONE?S a critic, so they say.
THE Canberra Raiders Premier League team has entry to the hottest sporting event in Sydney this Saturday night, but they won?t be sticking around to watch footy. They?ll be there to play.
THE Orara Valley Axemen 7's 2006 is starting to shape up as a full international event. With teams from Japan, Tonga, Samoa, NZ Maori's, Cook Islands, USA, Malta, Fiji Bati, Fiji A, South Sydney, Sydney Bulls, Aboriginal Allstars, Armadale, Byron Bay, Sawtell, Guyra, Australian Based Maori's, Sydney Uni, Gimbisi Warriors and last years winners Lebanon.
ONE looks certain to win?one looks certain to lose?but both of the Sydney Roosters? lower grade sides have vowed to leave nothing in the tank in their quests to defend their 2004 titles.
FORMER Broncos captain Gorden Tallis says Darren Lockyer should skip the coming Tri-Nations series to improve the Broncos' chances of claiming the NRL premiership next season.
ONE of rugby League's biggest questions has been answered tonight (Thursday, 22/09/05) with the Gold Coast launching their new name, the Gold Coast Titans, at Robina Town Centre in Queensland.
SATURDAY, 24th September 2005
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Wests Tigers v Dragons Game at Aussie Stadium, kick off at 7.45pm.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his team to take on the Cowboys in Sundays Preliminary Final at Telstra Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Smiths team is;
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his team to face the Eels in the Preliminary Final at Telstra Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Murrays team is;
THE St George Illawarra Dragons are confident they will secure a Grand Final position against the Wests Tigers this Saturday evening.
YOU can rattle off any number of statistics in describing 2005 as the best season of rugby league on record, but you didn?t have to go any further than it?s heartland on Sunday to measure it?s biggest asset ? the fans.