SUPER League. The promised land where the thousands of rugby league fans across the country hope their team will reach one day.
FOR a student of rugby league, it is a concept you cannot escape. The men who are put on a pedestal as the greatest coaches our great sport has seen, the men who have revolutionised the game from the sidelines. Names like Gibson, Bennett, Fulton? they stand alone as rugby league pioneers. One thing that also cannot be escaped are the monikers that the media love to put on these men, and one of them always remains a sticking point for myself; the title ?supercoach.?
THE Wynnum Seagulls will be out to break one of the longer hoodoos going around in the Queensland Cup this Saturday when they clash with Redcliffe at Dolphin Oval in the ABC televised game.
The Seagulls last won at Dolphin Oval in first grade on Friday 10th August 1984, some 7547 days ago. Since the Dolphins moved to Dolphin Oval in 1979 it has been an unhappy hunting ground for the Seagulls winning just 3 of the 23 exchanges between the two Clubs.
1979 Redcliffe 23-10, 1980 Redcliffe 29-24,
1981 All 3 games at Lang Park, 1982 Wynnum 20-11, 1983 Redcliffe 32-12, 1984 Wynnum 16-10, 1984 Wynnum 26-14,1985 Redcliffe 20-18, 1986 All matches at Lang Park, 1987 No match at Dolphin Oval, 1988 Redcliffe 18-12, 1989 Redcliffe 16-10, 1990 Redcliffe 22-16, 1991 Redcliffe 42-6, 1992 Redcliffe 19-6, 1993 Redcliffe 36-18, 1994 Redcliffe 24-16, 1995 Redcliffe 48-10, 1996 No game at Dolphin Oval, 1997 No game at Dolphin Oval, 1998 Redcliffe 52-14, 1999 Redcliffe 52-4, 2000 Redcliffe 22-8, 2001 Redcliffe 34-14, 2002 Redcliffe 34-20, 2003 Redcliffe 46-18, 2003 Redcliffe 46-26, 2004 Redcliffe 40-18
COWBOY Matt Sing is reconsidering his impending retirement from representative rugby league following last week's announcement that he was among Queensland's greatest 25 Origin players. The 30-year-old winger is due to tell the Australian Rugby League by sometime tomorrow whether he plans to continue his availability for rep teams.
FRIDAY 8th April 2005
GUN Raiders forward Ryan O'Hara will consult a specialist today to determine if his injured shoulder requires surgery. The big fella will be sidelined for up to a month after damaging shoulder ligaments in Canberra's drubbing of St George Illawarra on Saturday night.
STATE of Origin II gets under way at around 8pm tonight at Suncorp Stadium, otherwise known as the refurbished Lang Park Cauldron, right in the heart of Maroon territory.
QUEENSLAND coach Michael Hagan wants halfback Scott Prince to use his Origin magic again despite the return of proven matchwinner Darren Lockyer against NSW tonight.
QUEENSLANDER Billy Slater has celebrated his 21st birthday as the Queensland Maroons staged a second half come back to defeat New South Wales 22-18 at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
QUEENSLAND prop Shane Webcke has warned teammates to expect something "pretty special" from rookie Brett Finch, thrust into the NSW State of Origin side as sixth choice halfback.
NEW Zealand Rugby League officials have confirmed that North Harbour Stadium will be the venue for the test match between the Kiwis and the Kangaroos on October 16.
REDCLIFFE have recorded their first win since May 8th with a 52 - 16 demolition of Souths Logan at Dolphin Oval last Sunday. The Dolphins maintain 7th place on the points table with 16 points with the competition leaders just two points ahead.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his side to travel to New Zealand to face the Warriors on Sunday 20th June.
PENRITH halfback Craig Gower is back in the hunt to reclaim his State of Origin jumper after being named to make his return from injury in the Panthers National Rugby League clash with Cronulla on Sunday.
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