NSW takes on Queensland in a Women?s Rugby League interstate challenge match at Henson Park this Saturday. The Queenslanders won both interstate matches in 2004, but the NSW girls have vowed to end the Maroons? dominance.
AN extra dimension will be added to the North Sydney Bears next Premier League Match as they take on traditional rivals Newtown in the final leg of the Frank Hyde Shield. With the Jets having won the first two legs the Bears will be aching for a win.
MARK my words, there are a few surprises left in this comp. Last week saw some incredible footy played with the Dragons and the Tigers, with either side trading barbs as to who can lay claim to the entertainers tag. They both have some quality flesh running around and one wonders if Gasnier and Marshall should perhaps enter ?Dancing with the Stars? just to realise the full potential of their fancy footwork.
THIS Saturday (6th August) 2SER FM?s ?A View from the Hill? will be taking calls from listeners on whatever you would like to talk about in Rugby League.
THIS week?s Forum Sevens article is a recollection of the famous first State of Origin encounter in 2004. Written by Maelgwnau, it makes interesting reading in light of this season?s golden point victory, also in Game I.
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Or are you the sad-act with one eye on Fox and the other on this very forum, trying to squeeze every last drop of Rugby League knowledge from those in the know?
A 24-point turnaround in the lead up to halftime spelt disaster for the Pepsi Dolphins in their 38-22 loss to the Central Comets at Dolphin Oval last Sunday. Two intercept tries took the Comets out to a 32-10 lead at the break with both tries length of the field efforts after the Dolphins looked like scoring.
The 22 point deficit proved to be too big for the Dolphins despite reducing the margin to 10 points 15 minutes into the second half. But it would be selling the Comets effort short if you said that the two intercepts were the only reasons for first win at Dolphin Oval. They dominated around the middle of ruck with their quick men making the most of the platform laid by their big men.
The Dolphins who were without Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr and Gavin Cooper but Coach Neil Wharton refused to use that as excuse either. Wharton was pleased with the efforts of workaholic lock Grant Flugge, winger Phil Shilvock and Damien Richters. But it was in the middle where the Dolphins lost the game where they didn?t defend well enough. And with the A Grade now stringing together 6 wins in a row some of their players must be very close to making the step up to Queensland Cup.
On the positive side for the Dolphins Liam Georgetown and Mark Brown made their Queensland Cup debuts. In particular Brown who?s quick play the balls got Redcliffe on a roll on during his stay on the field. Brown is a second generation Dolphin first grader with his father former International Dave Brown having played a season with Redcliffe in 1987.
Comets 38 (R.Cullen 3, C.Rothery 2, W. Rothery, R.Bromley tries G.Parle 5 goals)
Redcliffe 22 (D.Richters, L.Georgetown, S.Perry tries D.Richters 3 goals)
MAD Butcher Fox Memorial Grading Round- Rd 7 - 15 May
RUGBY League has been thrown into further controversy this morning, with a woman complaining that an obscene voice message was left on her phone by a State of Origin player in the early hours of yesterday morning.
THE St.George Bank Dragons have fined and suspended a shattered and apologetic Mark Gasnier after he was dismissed from the NSW State of Origin team today.
PLEASE note the following statement issued by Victoria Police tonight:
TONIGHT will mark the first step in Melbourne Storm prop Kirk Reynoldson?s plan to rebuild junior football in his hometown of Wondoan in the rural area of Western Queensland.
AFL club Hawthorn has enlisted the help of the NRL?s Melbourne Storm in a bid to bolster the Hawks? defensive technique and improve the their tackling.
KIWI coach Daniel Anderson rubbished claims his current outfit was the Kiwis' "worst team ever" and would be hammered in Friday night's ANZAC test against Australia in Newcastle.
BOOM Penrith rookie three-quarter Luke Lewis has been handed a green and gold jersey with the number 18 on the back as he joins the squad for the Kangaroos side to take on New Zealand at Newcastle on Friday night.