THANKFULLY the NRL have already decided the future of John Hopoate by handing him a 17 week suspension for his karate chop like ?shoulder? charge on Sharks prop Keith Galloway in Round 2. Had the NRL and or Manly somehow dragged out the incident, ?Hoppagate VII? could have overshadowed the first half of the 2005 Season. Remember Danny Williams somehow managed to avoid being suspended straight away after king hitting Mark O?Neill last year, and the shadow that hung around the latter stages of the regular season failed to lift until the semi finals. Hopoate was a very good winger on his day who could share the workload of the forwards early in each set from dummy half but no matter what he brought to the game in terms of footballing skill, he let himself and his clubs down with other skills that we?d rather not see on the same field.
IN Brisbane today, the Australian Rugby League announced its 25 greatest players for both the New South Wales and Queensland teams as part of the 25th Anniversary of State of Origin.
THE Malta Knights will feature on Channel 9's Footy Show tomorrow(31-03-05) night.
THE Easter Bunny didn?t save any chocolates for the Dolphins last Sunday at Pizzey Park with all three grades succumbing to the Burleigh Bears.
A tremendous and electrifying performance from the Bears in the second half of the Premier League game against Manly was not quite enough to over come a 22-0 half time deficit to the Sea Eagles.
AS the great Arthur Daley of ?Minder? fame used to say: ?It?s good to be back on your own manor again? ? and that?s exactly where the Sydney Airport Jets teams are this Saturday ? both back at Henson Park for the first home games double-header for 2005.
APRIL 2 will see the beginning of the Auckland Rugby League Premier Competition.
SAINTS 34 - Bulls 27
ST Albans Centurions are looking forward to the big kick off of the National league 3 campaign this Saturday at their Woollams ground, looking to build on the great progress the club has made in the last two seasons at this level. The opponents are last seasons third placed side, Bradford Dudley Hill Demons and this is sure to be a tough, uncompromising affair, Demons coming off the back of a strong win against Bramley Buffaloes. They boast in their ranks former professionals Paul Gleadhill and Jason Lee as well as former GB International Graeme Hallas.
STADIUM negotiations open 'positively' (Illawarra Mercury - 31/03/2005)
THE Illawarra rugby league premiership kicks off on Friday night. The competition is at it's strongest for years, with 2004 premiers Collies defeating Jim Beam Cup side and former Illawarra premiership participants Wentworthville by 48-4 in a trial a few weeks ago.
Collies' main rivals in 2005 look to be Thirroul, Wests and Dapto. Every other club in Port Kembla, Corrimal, Uni, Helensburgh and Wollongong are a genuine finals chance.
THIS Saturday (2nd April 2005) 2 SER FM's ?A View From The Hill? will be discussing the 10th Anniversary of the Super League War.
ANDREW Johns and Matthew Gidley have passed strenuous fitness tests and will play against the Cowboys on Saturday evening, with the Knights being close to full strength.
AFTER the emphatic scenes experienced by those lucky enough to be sitting with the Wests Tigers Fanatics during the heart-stopping win over the Bulldogs last week, we are already looking ahead to the huge up-coming clash against the Roosters this Sunday at 3.00pm.