IT was big highs and lows for the Flegg boys this week as they took on the Penrith Panthers. A great performance in the first began with captain Brad McLean barging over to score. The Bears gathered momentum by putting the pressure on and forcing many penalties in their favour. Great hits by Pio Rokomaqisa and Arnold Mano allowed Danny Chiha and Tim Woodbine to combine to get the ball out to Ryan Wilson to score in the corner. The half time score 10-4 to the Bears.
THE Western Suburbs Magpies have agreed to swap venues for the upcoming Newtown-Wests VB Premier League game that was originally set down for Campbelltown Stadium. Thanks to the cooperation of our fellow 1908 Foundation Club, Wests have agreed to move this game to Henson Park. It also provides the many Wests fans still living in their original district area to come and see an old-style local derby between the two clubs at historic Henson Park.
THE Bears have notched up another big win against the Penrith/St Marys Cougars at North Sydney Oval on Sunday. The Bears forward pack including Kyle Arnold, Matt Thurston and Michael Harper smashed the Cougars up the middle in defence, setting the platform for quick play the balls and spectacular tries showcasing both the skill and strength of the Bears in 2005.
SOUTH London Storm traveled the 6 and a half hours to Sunderland to return the cross conference fixture won in May by 72 ? 6. This time the travel was supposed to affect the Storm as it had Sunderland however, Storm ran out winners by a larger margin this time by 76 - 4.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants Prop Paul Jackson has signed a new two-year deal to tie him to the Galpharm Stadium until the end of 2007. The prop was recruited from Castleford at the end of last season and coach Jon Sharp is delighted to keep the 26 year old. "Jacko has been a great addition to our group" commented Sharp. "We challenged him on arriving to earn a new contract through his performances and he has certainly done that. His form of late has been excellent and he is benefiting from the work that he is putting in on the training field and has emerged as a real stand out player for us to date."
Results: Ipswich 30 d Easts 24, Toowoomba 48 d Central 16, North Queensland 14 d Burleigh 10, Redcliffe 42 d Souths Logan 10, Norths 25 d Tweed Heads 22. Wynnum bye.
CHANGES Aplenty For Country
FRIDAY, 24th June 2005
Sydney v Parramatta at Aussie Stadium, 7:30pm
NEWCASTLE will know later this week if former Test centre Matthew Gidley requires season-ending groin surgery. Gidley's younger brother Kurt has aggravated his quad strain at training and is expected to miss another few weeks.
ROOSTER, Luke Ricketson, believes rugby league is being targeted unfairly in the debate over problem gambling, despite another high profile player going public over his troubles with the punt.
ST George Illawarra backrow forward Corey Payne has today agreed to terms for another two years with the Dragons.
FELLOW Dragons and League Supporters Round 14 at the Grosvenor Hotel last week saw over 20 people attend to watch the Dragons defeat the Rabbitohs. In another committed display by the Dragons, the team of 2005 once again proved that playing Rugby League for 80 minutes is the way to keep winning games.
TODAY the NQ Toyota Cowboys announced that winger Brenton Bowen had extended his agreement with the club until the end of season 2007.
THE new Gold Coast franchise has announced Penrith five-eighth Preston Campbell as the club's first signing for it's inaugural NRL campaign in 2007.
MELBOURNE Storm officials are hopeful halfback Matt Orford will agree to a new contract today. Orford is expected to either sign today or tell the Storm he will test his value on the open market next month.