RUGBY League Ireland chairman Dave Southern has revealed that the organisation has received a flood of interest in the national competition that it plans to launch this summer.
THE Redcliffe and District Rugby League Football Club may have only been in the Brisbane Rugby League first grade competition since 1960, but the club has a very proud history, which dates back to 1947.
THE 2004 Rugby League season has already begun, with a packed schedule of two Sevens tournaments, several trials matches at Henson Park, plus an earlier start and longer seasons for both the NSWRL Premier League and Jim Beam Cup competitions. This is not to mention the array of fund-raising events that are so necessary to keep this club functioning. Never before have we faced a bigger workload spread over so many months.
This is exactly where you, our members and supporters, come in - we really need your help this season, and the more people who can weigh in the more manageable the workload will be for everybody. There is a wide range of jobs needing to be done at home games at Henson Park, plus hard yards needing to be done to promote our home games. This club runs on volunteer labour, and it is in critically short supply. Without more helpers, the famous old royal blue jersey will most certainly be entombed behind a glass display case forever and a day.
We particularly need help in the following areas:
General assistance at Henson Park home games, such as helping in the canteen, gate-keeping duties; setting up the oval and packing up afterwards; cleaning up the dressing rooms (a mandatory duty as part of our lease with Marrickville Council); selling raffle tickets; plus a range of game management tasks all necessary to continue to be allowed to stage professional Rugby League matches at Henson Park.
Delivering home game flyers to hotels, clubs and community centres in the Newtown, Marrickville, Stanmore, Petersham, Tempe and Earlwood catchment areas. This is a vital and effective component of our home game operations, and the more people involved the more ground we can cover.
We are also calling for nominations for positions of Directors of both the Newtown Rugby League Football Club and our licensed club, the Jets Sports Club, to fill the places of Directors who have been forced to step down due to family and work commitments.
If you can help in any capacity in the running of your club for 2004, please contact Terry Rowney and Annie Mustow on 95500999; Glen Dwyer on 95572104 or 0402241982; or Scott Frater on 0405674357. The pay is abysmal, but you'll have the satisfaction of playing your part in keeping this famous old club alive and functioning efficiently.
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PAUL Johnson could not have enjoyed a better debut as Bradford warmed up for the World Club Challenge clash against Penrith a 56-18 friendly win over Castleford.
The former Wigan centre scored four tries, including a first-half hat-trick.
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THE Wigan Chairman Maurice Lindsay was today elected as only the third ever Life Member of the Rugby League International Federation.
FROM the repecharge game to the final, League Unlimited has all the scorers for you.
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BRISBANE Broncos skipper and former Kangaroo, Gorden Tallis, has given his strongest indication yet that 2004 will be his final year in rugby league.
NEW Zealand Warriors rugby league five-eighth Thomas Leuluai has agreed to a new three year contract with the club.
WIDNES suffered their third straight defeat at the World Sevens with a 35-11 loss to the Parramatta Eels.
Widnes, who were Britain's only representatives in Sydney, lost their opening match 22-18 to New South Wales Country, before going down 34-13 to Cronulla.
WESTS Tigers beat the odds to claim their first World Sevens rugby league title with an emphatic 18-7 final win over defending champions Parramatta at Aussie Stadium.
The rank outsiders only just made the finals thanks to a 43-14 win over Souths in their final pool game this morning but led all the way to claim the $100,000 winner's cheque.
Tigers new signing, Scott Sattler - Penrith's grand final hero - was voted player of the tournament.
The Eels, vying for a threepeat straight World Sevens titles, were favourites even though they only scraped into the finals when they beat Penrith in a repechage round held for the two best performed teams who didn't win their pool.
The Tigers led 11-0 at halftime in the final after Shane Elford scored and ex-Eel Pat Richards picked up a class Ben Reynolds offload to score under the posts.
In the second half, the Eels got on the scoreboard through Luke Burt but the Tigers answered immediately through a Daniel Fitzhenry try.
In the semi-finals, Richards scored in the final 30 seconds off a Fitzhenry grubber to hand the Tigers a 19-18 win over the undefeated St George Illawarra.
Richards' former team - Parramatta - cruised into the final after it blitzed Manly 21-10.
In the quarter-finals, the Eels were kept honest before downing surprise packets PNG 31-15 while Manly held out a determined Tonga 21-14.
Earlier, the Tigers put the brakes on Cronulla's unbeaten run with an 18-10 victory to book a semi-final showdown with the Dragons, who put out North Queensland 18-10.
France beat Fiji 26-18 in the International Cup final.
Big movers of the 2004 World Sevens included the quarter-finalists PNG and Tonga.
Tonga gave Manly a stir up in their 21-14 loss before thanking the appreciative crowd with a lap of honour and a "war dance" while PNG made the Eels sweat before going down 31-15.
Up till the quarter-final stage, PNG's Ricky Sibia was the highest point scorer in the tournament with 37 from two four-point tries, three-five pointers and seven conversions.
New concepts introduced this year included five points for a try scored between the posts and a four-tackle rule.
Bookies favourites the New Zealand Warriors,were very dissapointing and crashed out of finals calculations with a 19-10 loss to Manly in their final pool match today.
Armed with the likes of Ali Lauiti'iti, Clinton Toopi and ex-Melbourne gamebreaker Tony Martin, NZ was the pre-tournament favourites with the Eels but limped out with a 1-2 record.
But the real anti-climax was the sole England representative, 1989 World Club champions Widnes, which limped out with a 0-3 record - including a loss to qualifier NSW Country.
THE New Zealand Warriors were sentenced to an early grave from the Cougar World Sevens rugby league tournament in Sydney today when they were beaten 19-10 by Manly at Aussie Stadium.
AN amazing thing happened at Aussie Stadium here today - NSW fans cheered Gorden Tallis.
KOGARAH Council's Annual Report has lauded the ecologically sustainable development principles behind the recent Jubilee Oval upgrade. The improvements to Oki Jubilee met sustainability requirements that ensured that the local environment wasn't degraded.