SEASON 2004 promised so much for the Brisbane Broncos. They silenced their critics by beginning the year strongly after their disastrous finish to 2003 (when they lost their final eight matches), and unearthed one of the game?s next superstars in teenage fullback Karmichael Hunt. The world?s best player Darren Lockyer made the switch from fullback to five eighth with consummate ease and the Broncos were right in contention for the minor premiership. But then the post origin curse struck again.
THE 14 amateur clubs that emerged from last weekend?s Powergen Challenge Cup second round as winners go into tonight?s third-round draw.
THE 2005 season launch is on Wednesday, March 9th, 7.00pm for 7.30pm at the Petersham RSL Club, Regent Street, Petersham.
This is one of the major events of the Newtown club calendar, and it is also an event of critical fund-raising importance for Australia?s oldest Rugby League club.
The Newtown club?s outlays in 2005 will be the largest in our 97-year history, and we know that you share our drive for success on the playing field and for financial and organisational stability. We really want your help to make this event the success it needs to be.
Please make every effort to support this launch. Everything is in place for a fantastic evening.
Your compere for the evening is legendary Sydney DJ and long-time Newtown supporter Ron E. Sparks.
WITH the growing numbers and popularity of the non-contact form of Rugby League, the NZRL are happy to host Australia in Auckland for the 2005 International Tag Series.
ST Helens will be looking to return to winning ways when they face Huddersfield at Knowsley Road, where skipper Paul Sculthorpe should get the four points he needs to bring up a career total 1,000 for the club.
ST Helens coach Ian Millward was a relieved man after his side battled bravely to record a hard-fought 34-24 Engage Super League victory against Huddersfield at Knowsley Road.
SUPER League newcomers Leigh are still looking for their first win of the season after being handed another harsh lesson on life in the top flight with a 32-6 home defeat to Salford.
BRADFORD coach Brian Noble insists he can turn around his side?s disastrous start to the Engage Super League season, starting with Friday?s testing clash with Wigan.
IS IT CRISIS TIME FOR THE BULLS?
BRADFORD coach Brian Noble paid tribute to the character of his players after they fought back from 27-12 down to snatch a thrilling 28-27 victory over Wigan at the JJB Stadium.
THE Roosters went down to the Penrith Panthers by 34 points to 12 earlier tonight in their second and final pre-season trial of 2005.
MELBOURNE scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to hammer North Queensland 30-18 in an NRL trial at Barlow Park in Cairns.
CENTRE Willie Tonga scored a hat-trick of trys as NRL premiers registered their first win of the year.
LONDON Broncos CEO Nic Cartwright will tonight feature on the Broncos segment of the BBC 94.9fm Thursday Night Sports Show.
AS the weather throws a cold blanket over the capital, London Broncos coach Tony Rea expects his stars to shine at Griffin Park on Sunday.