Warriors side to face Sharks

1. Brent Webb 2. Patrick Ah Van 3. Tony Martin 4. Simon Mannering 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Jerome Ropati 7. Grant Rovelli 8. Evarn Tuimavave 9. Nathan Fien 10. Steve Price (c) 11. Awen Guttenbeil 12. Wairangi Koopu 13. Louis Anderson

Parra team to play Dragons

1 � Luke Burt 2 � Jarryd Hayne 3 � Luke O�Dwyer 4 � Ben Smith 5 � Eric Grothe 6 � John Morris 7 � Jeremy Smith 8 � Nathan Cayless (c) 9 � Mark Riddell 10 � Chad Robinson 11 � Nathan Hindmarsh 12 � Daniel Wagon 13 � Glenn Morrison

Cowboys? injury woes

NORTH Queensland winger Ty Williams has been booked for scans which are expected to confirm his season is over. Williams, who broke his left leg earlier this season, injured his right knee playing for the Young Guns last weekend.

Player movements: Walker

COMPETITION leaders Melbourne have released former State of Origin player Chris Walker from the remainder of his contract for 2006 for personal and family reasons.Walker has played just seven matches, for two tries, since joining the Storm in 2006 after previous stints at the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney. Storm boss Brian Waldron says the decision for Walker to be released from his contract was made after discussions involving the player, club and his management.In a statement Walker says once he has addressed his personal and family issues he would like to return to top level football

Ian Hindmarsh comes back home

IAN Hindmarsh, older brother of Parramatta, New South Wales and Australian representative Nathan, will be returning to his former club for the 2007 season, after stints with the Canberra Raiders and his current club, English Super League outfit Les Catalans.Ian had previously played 4 seasons with Parramatta, and was a vital member of the record breaking 2001 squad that ultimately fell at the last hurdle against Newcastle. His return should be a welcome one for the Eels, as their back row depth is certain to be tested next season, with the established Dean Widders and Glenn Morrison heading out at the end of 2006.

Judiciary outcome

PARRAMATTA forward Fuifui Moimoi has pleaded guilty to a reckless high tackle charge and has been suspended for seven weeks by the NRL Judiciary.

Overnight wrap: Judiciary, King, Seymour

PARRAMATTA will today decide whether to contest prop Fuifui Moimoi's reckless high tackle charge at the NRL judiciary.Moimoi will get a seven-match ban for his high shot on Manly's Brent Kite if he enters an early guilty plea and risks a 10-game ban if he fights the charge and loses. It's his third such charge in less than two years, having missed 15 games because of two bans last season.New Zealand prop Ruben Wiki and Sydney Roosters back Amos Roberts will also decide whether to contest charges today with Wiki facing a one or two match ban for a high tackle and Roberts looking at two games for a dangerous throw.Elsewhere, Melbourne centre Matt King has apologised for his one-finger salute to St George Illawarra fans in the Storm's win over the Dragons at OKI Jubilee Stadium.King made the gesture after scoring his second try in the 34-24 win yesterday, but has since offered regret for his actions after a meeting with Storm chief executive Brian Waldron.And finally, in an unprecedented move, the Broncos today released a statement saying it had contacted Queensland police to investigate an incident allegedly involving one of its players.Broncos boss Bruno Cullen says he is disappointed halfback Brett Seymour has been named as the player in the middle of an investigation into an alleged incident at a Brisbane hotel early yesterday morning.Channel Seven said the club had asked Queensland Police to investigate claims Seymour was involved in an alleged assault at a Toowong hotel in Brisbane's inner-west. Channel Seven also said police claimed a female hotel patron was deciding whether to make a complaint.Cullen says he can't confirm whether Seymour has been involved in an incident at about 12.30am yesterday morning (AEST) at the hotel where several Broncos players gathered after losing 20-6 to the Wests Tigers on Sunday afternoon. But Cullen says the Broncos will also conduct a thorough internal investigation of the rumours that emerged today.

Rugby League Review Aug '06 - Out now

THE August 2006 edition of Rugby League Review has hit the stands and here's what's in store this month: Who can stop the Bulldogs?It's a good time to be talking about the Bulldogs. They are currently sitting in second place on the ladder, having enjoyed a week off thanks to the bye.They disposed of the Sydney Roosters in splendid fashion the round prior, holding the Bondi Junction club to zero points, a feat that hadn't been achieved for 313 first grade games.Dragons lead the way with Club Memberships Rugby League needs to take a leaf out of St George Illawarra's books when it comes to promoting memberships.There have always been many critics quick to point out that Aussie Rules matches attract average crowds of more than 30,000. The reason the AFL clubs are successful and drawing the crowds is that they promote their game through memberships.ABC would consider showing Premier LeagueThe Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has admitted that they would consider showing the Premier League on television if they were given the green light.ABC Television Sports programmer Ian Knight told Rugby League Review that they made an approach to the New South Wales Rugby League.CALLS FOR A PACIFIC XIII SIDE IN THE TRI-NATIONSPAPUA New Guinea Rugby Football League Chairman Sir Bob Sinclair has urged the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) to include a Pacific Islands side in future Tri-Nations competitions.Sinclair believes that such a side would be great for the international game with the likes of Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea able to draw on many players that would give them a formidable side.Available for $3.50 at your newsagency or guarantee your copy by subscribing. For more details, check out www.rugbyleaguereview.comIF IT"S RUGBY LEAGUE, RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW HAS IT COVERED

Ref?s Call

WELL this round has been indifferent in some ways in terms of the referee?s performances. The one thing that impressed me was the fact that not only were the penalty counts down, but the penalties that were blown, helped enable a good flow for the games. Now whilst I advocate a game with few penalties, I do not under any circumstances like a referee who deliberately keeps the whistle in the pocket, just so he can be seen to be a decent ref. Case in point a few weeks ago, Shayne Hayne officiated the Warriors v Brisbane game in Auckland. He blew for only two penalties the whole game and those were for kicks that went out on the full. That wasn?t a good game to watch as it became too predictable and it gives the wrong message. Yes, play the advantage, but remember, if you play it too long, you can?t go back for the infringement.Some things are still eating away at me in terms of Rugby League purity. Players are playing tunnel ball at the play the ball and not getting pinged for it and others are constantly in front of the kicker at the line drop out and are allowed to get away with it.Steve Clark came under criticism after the Parramatta v Manly clash, but this was probably one of his better games. Technically speaking he was good and I applaud him for showing gumption for sending Fuifui Moimoi off. As a referee myself, I don?t have the benefit of the video ref and cameras whenever I don the liquorice jersey, but if that was me with the whistle, I would have punted Moimoi 10 times out of 10.Performances:Shayne Hayne: Cronulla v NewcastleSome baffling decisions soured this for me, in what was a decent game which ebbed and flowed for both teams and kept the supporter in his seat and nibbling on his fist. A ?knock on? in the second minute was ruled after the player lost the ball. For me, watching it, it seemed like it was helped out and there was still momentum. The George Carmont try for me was more benefit of the doubt, but Hayne was right on the spot, he had a perfect view and yet still went to the video ref. He probably could have awarded it then or ruled a knock on without going upstairs.Overall I would say he put in an ok performance but the jury is still out for me in terms of his ability to referee first grade.Tony Archer: Penrith v New Zealand?Starch shirt? has a decent set of pipes on him. I was really impressed that with the noise in the stadium I could hear him bellowing at the players and giving instructions. His signals picked up, which is a good sign considering his whistle really annoys me. He eliminated in a sense, the ambiguity in his game. His whistle doesn?t change no matter what the situation. A penalty, a knock on, and a try have all got three different tones but Archer doesn?t deviate too much in a sense of his technique.Overall I would say this was a good game all round from Archer. Correct calls, good positioning and a confident manner. He is a first grade referee but I would like that whistle seen to. Steve Clark: Parramatta v ManlyThis was the most fiery of contests this round. Clark?s experience came to the fore. It could have degenerated to the point where it may have been untenable but his control of the game was excellent. Constantly being questioned by Kennedy, he showed that he was always in control and never lost the plot. His fitness is still a bit questionable, but he did what he had to ? be in the right position at the right time. His whistle, communication and signals were all right on the mark. As I stated previously, he showed a lot of grit when he sent Moi Moi off for an early shower in what was his first send off since Shane Rigon in 2000. Overall, I give him top marks for this game. His control kept the game on track when it could have gone down the toilet and thus a good spectacle ensued.Jason Robinson: Souths v CanberraI was a supporter of this bloke when he came into grade. Earlier on in the season, he lost me with a few well below average performances. He has turned it around in the last few weeks and this game was no different. This was a game I was glad I watched. It was a great effort all round. His positioning was good, his whistle is extremely strong and his signals were clear and concise. I am still a little worried about his voice being able to get over a big crowd. This game wasn?t watched by many, but as an assessor, I would want him to be booming across the television.Overall, he has a good all round game. Clear signals, good whistle, good control and had the respect of the players. In my opinion, this performance will move him up the pecking order.Paul Simpkins: Brisbane v Wests TigersA good game which was supposed to be a ?no-brainer? in terms of picking the result. Simpkins as usual was clear with his signals and his whistle was strong as always.However, that?s where my good points about his performance end. Leaving aside my allegiances, I found him to be overly critical in the tackle area. Too many penalties for players around the neck, where in my view, playing the advantage would have been the way to go. He failed to pick up a forward pass which led to a Tigers try in the second half. Whilst the referee looks for his linemen to give him an indication, the buck stops with the referee as he is the one to pull up the pass if he deems so.Overall I would say Simpkins was the dunce of this round. He blew unnecessary penalties and was overly officious in certain areas of the match. Definitely needs to improve for next week.Sean Hamsptead: St George-Illawarra v MelbourneI rank this bloke as the best referee in the game at the moment. However, with being number one, you need to keep performing at your best. I haven?t seen that from him recently and I think if he wants to remain number one, he needs to lift his game. This was a decent effort with two of the competition?s big gun teams in a pressure cooker atmosphere. He had good authority, good signals, his communication was good and he had relatively good control. He still isn?t at his best but if he picks up where he left off from this game, he?ll be back to his best.Overall, I deem this to be a slightly above average performance. For a man with his experience in the game, who has refereed Origin and Test matches, he?ll be wanting to make sure that once Grand Final day arrives, he will be the one that gets given the nod. Improvement is needed for his standards if that is to happen.Gavin Badger: Sydney v North QueenslandThis wasn?t the most attractive game but that wasn?t because of Badger. He is an up and coming referee who shows a lot of charisma and his technique is very good. Made some very good calls in this game but I think his positioning is still a bit off. His whistle, signals and communication were pretty good and if I was Robert Finch, I would persist with Badger because he shows a lot of promise.Overall, a decent effort from Badger. Good calls, good whistle and good communication with the players shows he has what it takes. His positioning must be the first thing to work on come training. If he works on that, he will have all the tools to go further.

QRL XXXX Statewide Wrap

XXXX STATEWIDE SCORE WRAPLATEST scores and standings afor major rugby league competitions around Queensland.>>MAJOR COMPETITIONSQLD WIZARD CUPRound 19: Burleigh 24 d North Queensland 22, Tweed Heads 24 d Easts 16, Norths 38 d Ipswich 26, Toowoomba 40 d Wynnum Manly 16, Redcliffe 32 d Souths Logan 28. Central bye.Standings: North Queensland 27, Redcliffe 26, Toowoomba 26, Tweed Heads 20, Easts 20, Burleigh 17, Norths 15, Souths Logan 12, Central 11, Wynnum Manly 10, Ipswich 6.NELLIE DOHERTY CUPResult: Queensland 40 d New South Wales 24.QLD WOMENSNo fixtures due to Nellie Doherty Cup.Standings: Ipswich Brothers 26, Wests Centenary 20, Wests Mitchelton 10, Caboolture 2.INTERSTATE TERTIARIES CHALLENGEResult: Queensland 26 d New South Wales 20.ARL DEVELOPMENT SHIELDFinal: Currumbin Tugun 20 (Guy Borgus 2, Dalin Sharrock, Chris Evans tries; Joel Munro 2 goals) d Aspley 12 (Dale Copley, Zak Bishop tries; Joel Bailey 2 goals).>>> SOUTH EAST DIVISIONFOGS CUPRound 19: Burleigh 28 d Sunshine Coast 10, Tweed Heads 44 d Easts 12, Wynnum Manly 32 d Aspley 26, Norths 38 d Ipswich 18, Souths Logan 44 d Redcliffe 18. Western Districts bye.Standings: Tweed Heads 30, Burleigh 23, Easts 22, Souths Logan 20, Wynnum Manly 20, Sunshine Coast 18, Redcliffe 17, Norths 12, Ipswich 10, Aspley 10, Western Districts 8. FOGS COLTS CHALLENGERound 19: Tweed Heads 20 d Easts 16, Burleigh 28 d Sunshine Coast 10, Norths 54 d Ipswich 20, Aspley 32 d Wynnum Manly 12, Redcliffe 80 d Souths Logan 18. Western Districts bye.Standings: Norths 28, Redcliffe 27, Easts 24, Souths Logan 19, Wynnum Manly 18, Aspley 18, Tweed Heads 17, Burleigh 15, Ipswich 10, Western Districts 9, Sunshine Coast 5. SPOTLESS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPStandings: Redcliffe 236, Tweed Heads 221, Easts 218, Burleigh 182, Norths 180, Souths Logan 165, Wynnum Manly 154, Ipswich 84, Aspley 84, Sunshine Coast 69, Western Districts 51.XXXX BRISBANE SECOND DIVISIONNORTHSIDE ONERound 15: Banyo 24 d Samford 12, Dayboro 28 d Northside Natives 8, Pine Rivers 30 d Fortitude Valley Juniors 26, Northern Suburbs Juniors 30 d Brook Sharks 20, Aspley Demons 26 d Sandgate Brighton Gaters 24.Standings: Dayboro 28, Banyo 21, Fortitude Valley Juniors 18, Samford 17, Pine Rivers 16, Aspley Demons 15, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 13, Brook Sharks 9, Northside Natives 8, Northern Suburbs Juniors 7.SOUTHSIDE ONERound 17: Carina 38 d Wests Inala 14, Greenbank 22 d Mt Gravatt 12, St Brendans 54 d Capalaba Juniors 6.Standings: Carina 30, St Brendans 28, Greenbank 23, Wests Inala 19, Mt Gravatt 18, Wynnum Manly Juniors 10, Capalaba Juniors 6, Logan Brothers 0.NORTHSIDE TWORound 19: Ferny Grove 50 d Deception Bay Bombers 12, Northern Raiders 36 d Aspley Demons 16, Normanby 42 d Pine Central Holy Spirit 26, Deception Bay Juniors 33 d Fortitude Valley Juniors 0 (forfeit), Arana Hills 45 d Burpengary 0 (forfeit), Mitchelton bye.Standings: Mitchelton 36, Ferny Grove 35, Normanby 32, Deception Bay Bombers 26, Northern Raiders 24, Arana Hills 22, Deception Bay Juniors 20, Aspley Demons 13, Pine Central Holy Spirit 10, Fortitude Valley Juniors 8, Burpengary 4. SOUTHSIDE TWORound 20: Logan Brothers 42 d Bears 20, Sunnybank 36 d Redlands 10, Rochedale 20 d Carina 0 (forfeit), Beenleigh Juniors bye.Standings: Rochedale 34, Sunnybank 30, Beenleigh Juniors 30, Logan Brothers 27, Redlands 18, Carina 11, Bears 10. SOUTHSIDE THREERound 20: Logan Wanderers 36 d Wynnum Manly Juniors 22, Beenleigh Juniors 10 drew Slacks Creek 10, St Brendans 40 d Browns Plains 16, Rochedale 36 d Bulimba Valleys 24.Standings: St Brendans 32, Slacks Creek 29, Logan Wanderers 28, Beenleigh Juniors 21, Rochedale 16, Wynnum Manly Juniors 16, Browns Plains 10, Bulimba Valleys 8.SOUTHSIDE FOURMajor Semi: Carina 36 d Wests Inala 18Minor Semi: Browns Plains 34 d Cannon Hill 14.Standings: Wests Inala 34, Carina 30, Browns Plains 27, Cannon Hill 22, North Stradbroke Island 22, Waterford 10, Slacks Creek 5, Bears 2. Finals: Preliminary Final ? Wests Inala v Browns Plains, Davies Park, Saturday August 5, 1.15pm. (Carina through to Grand Final at Davies Park, Saturday August 12, 1.15pm).ALBERT BISHOP SHIELDMajor Semi: Redlands 32 d Eastern Suburbs Juniors 14. Minor Semi: Arana Hills 24 d Fortitude Valley Juniors 14.Standings: Redlands 32, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 28, Fortitude Valley Juniors 25, Arana Hills 22, Wynnum Manly Juniors 18, Sunnybank 18, Waterford 15, Centenary 4, Aspley Demons 4, Mustangs 4. Finals: Preliminary Final ? Eastern Suburbs Juniors v Arana Hills, Davies Park, Saturday August 5, 3pm. (Redlands through to Grand Final at Davies Park, Saturday August 12, 3pm).ARTHUR SPARKS SHIELDRound 18: Wynnum Manly Juniors 28 d Mitchelton 26, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 72 d Browns Plains 21, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 60 d Pine Central Holy Spirit 10, Logan Brothers 46 d Capalaba Juniors 22, Mustangs 46 d St Brendans 22, Arana Hills bye.Standings: Mustangs 28, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 28, Logan Brothers 28, Arana Hills 27, Wynnum Manly Juniors 24, Mitchelton 23, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 22, St Brendans 18, Capalaba Juniors 10, Pine Central Holy Spirit 4, Browns Plains 4. >>NORTHERN DIVISIONBENDIGO BANK PREMIERSHIP (Cairns)Round 19: Innisfail 30 d Mossman Port Douglas 18, Kangaroos 48 d Atherton 28, Ivanhoes 38 d Yarrabah 20, Brothers 44 d Suburbs 30, Mareeba 50 d Edmonton 20. Tully bye.Standings: Brothers 33, Innisfail 31, Kangaroos 29, Ivanhoes 25, Atherton 24, Mareeba 22, Tully 22, Mossman Port Douglas 16, Yarrabah 14, Suburbs 10, Edmonton 2.TOWNSVILLE DISTRICTS RLRound 16: Charters Towers 49 d University 24, Sharks United 39 d Burdekin 24, Centrals 24 d Herbert River 20. Brothers bye.Standings: Brothers 64, Herbert River 48, Sharks United 44, Burdekin 42, Centrals 34, Charters Towers 32, University 8.* Wins worth 4pts in TDRLMERCURY CUP (Mackay)Round 17: Souths 26 d Moranbah 14, Sarina 48 d Whitsunday 16, Wests 26 drew Norths 26, Brothers 52 d Magpies 26.Standings: Moranbah 26, Souths 24, Brothers 24, Magpies 14, Sarina 14, Norths 12, Whitsunday 10, Wests 4.MID WEST RLWeek 15: Normanton 40 d Cloncurry 38, Hughenden 58 d Julia Creek 6.Standings: Normanton 24, Doomadgee 21, Hughenden 21, Cloncurry 12, Julia Creek 6, Richmond -3.* Wins worth 3pts in MWRL. Forfeiting teams docked 3pts.MOUNT ISA RLPreliminary Final: Town 46 d Desert Sharks 20.Standings: Town 16, Wanderers 14, Desert Sharks 12, Brothers 6, Black Stars 6.Grand Final: Wanderers v Town, Town RLFC, Saturday August 5, 3pm.>>CENTRAL DIVISIONEXTENDED LEAGUERound 9: Rockhampton Brothers 44 d CQU Norths 16, Gladstone Brothers 26 d Tannum Sands 20, Yeppoon 48 d Valleys 20, Wallabys 68 d Biloela 20. Fitzroy Gracemere bye.Standings: CQU Norths 13, Wallabys 12, Gladstone Brothers 12, Rockhampton Brothers 11, Fitzroy Gracemere 10, Yeppoon 8, Tannum Sands 4, Valleys 2, Biloela 0.Finals: Commence August 26/27 following completion of district league finals.ROCKHAMPTON DISTRICT RLStandings: CQU Norths 16, Rockhampton Brothers 15, Fitzroy Gracemere 15, Yeppoon 2.Finals: Major Semi ? CQU Norths v Rockhampton Brothers, Browne Park, Sunday August 6, 3pm. Minor Semi ? Fitzroy Gracemere v Yeppoon, Browne Park, Sunday August 6, 1.30pm.GLADSTONE DISTRICT RLStandings: Gladstone Brothers 21, Wallabys 19, Tannum Sands 10, Valleys 6, Biloela 4.Finals: Major Semi ? Gladstone Brothers v Wallabys, Marley Brown Oval, Sunday August 6, 5.30pm. Minor Semi ? Tannum Sands v Valleys, Marley Brown Oval, Sunday August 6, 4pm.CENTRAL HIGHLANDS RLRound 15: Clermont 34 d Blackwater 28, Middlemount 30 drew Emerald Tigers 30, Springsure 10 d Emerald Brothers 6.Standings: Clermont 24, Blackwater 21, Emerald Tigers 18, Middlemount 16, Emerald Cowboys 9, Springsure 2.CENTRAL WEST RLMajor Semi: Longreach 37 d Barcaldine 26. Minor Semi: Winton 40 d Ilfracombe 28.Standings: Barcaldine 20, Longreach 14, Winton 14, Ilfracombe 8, Blackall 4.Finals: Preliminary Final ? Barcaldine v Winton, Barcaldine Showgrounds, Saturday August 5, 6pm. (Longreach progresses to grand final on Saturday August 12).>>WIDE BAY DIVISION4BU-HITZ FM PREMIERSHIP (Bundaberg)Round 14: Across The Waves 36 d Wallaroos 32, Easts 24 d Hervey Bay 22, Wests 40 d Brothers 28.Standings: Wests 19, Hervey Bay 18, Across The Waves 16, Easts 13, Wallaroos 8, Brothers 8*. * Deducted two points for fielding unregistered player. WIDE BAY AUSTRALIA CUP (Northern Districts)Round 15: Biggenden 106 d Miriam Vale 0, Gin Gin 86 d Avondale 8. South Kolan bye.Standings: Biggenden 28, South Kolan 20, Miriam Vale 18, Gin Gin 16, Avondale 8.CENTRAL BURNETTRound 11: Eidsvold 24 d Calliope 20.Standings: Eidsvold 12, Calliope 8, Monto 6.BRAD BACKER SHIELD (Fraser Coast)No fixtures due to wet weather.Results: Brothers 22, Rovers 10, Wests 8, Titans 4.MAROOCHY RSL CUP (Sunshine Coast)Round 14: Nambour 50 d Beerwah 16, Noosa 52 d Gympie Cooloola 10, Bribie Island 20 d Maroochydore Coolum 14, Caboolture 34 d Kawana 12. Caloundra bye.Standings: Caloundra 28, Noosa 24, Kawana 20, Caboolture 20, Nambour 19, Maroochydore Coolum 15, Beerwah 10, Gympie Cooloola 9, Bribie Island 5.SUNSHINE COAST GYMPIE AMATEURSRound 12: Kilcoy 36 d Yandina 16, Beachmere 28 d Palmwoods 4. Pomona bye.Standings: Kilcoy 28, Beachmere 21, Pomona 19, Yandina 10, Palmwoods 6.>>SOUTH WEST DIVISIONWAGNER?S FIRST GRADE (Toowoomba)Round 18: Brothers 30 d Dalby 24, Valleys 74 d Gatton 8, Pittsworth 60 d Newtown 14, Goondiwindi 42 d Souths 38, Wattles 30 d Warwick 10. Oakey bye.Standings: Valleys 32, Brothers 30, Goondiwindi 28, Dalby 22, Oakey 22, Wattles 21, Gatton 18, Pittsworth 17, Souths 14, Warwick 10, Newtown 2. ROMA DISTRICTS RLRound 14: Mitchell 38 d Cities 34, St George 80 d Chinchilla 24, Miles 36 d Red Bulls 12.Standings: St George 19, Mitchell 15, Cities 14, Red Bulls 14, Miles 13, Chinchilla 9.BORDER LEAGUERound 14: Tenterfield 38 d Killarney 18, Stanthorpe 64 d Inglewood 18.Standings: Tenterfield 20, Killarney 20, Stanthorpe 9, Inglewood 3.WESTERN RLRound 15: Cunnamulla 94 d Quilpie 14, Tambo 16 d Charleville 14.Standings: Charleville 22, Tambo 19, Cunnamulla 11, Quilpie 8. Finals: Minor Semi ? Cunnamulla v Quilpie, Cunnamulla, Saturday August 5, 3pm. Major Semi ? Charleville v Tambo, Charleville, Saturday August 12, 3pm.>>SOUTHERN DIVISIONQLD GROUP CUP (Ipswich)Round 15: South Burnett 54 d Redbank Plains 18, Swifts 30 drew Laidley 30, Fassifern 18 d Norths 16, Springfield 29 d Goodna 16, Brothers d West End on forfeit.Standings: Brothers 28, South Burnett 26, Norths 18, Goodna 16, Springfield 16, Fassifern 12, Redbank Plains 12, West End 10, Swifts 9, Laidley 3. SMARTLEND CUP (Gold Coast)Round 16: Tugun 38 d Runaway Bay 24, Burleigh 16 d Helensvale 0, Beaudesert 24 d Uni Parkwood 18, Southport 62 d Mugeeraba 4, Tweed Heads 40 d Nerang 24.Standings: Tugun 32, Burleigh 28, Runaway Bay 23, Southport 16, Beaudesert 16, Uni Parkwood 15, Tweed Heads 14, Nerang 8, Mudgeeraba 4, Helensvale 2.

Judiciary news

PARRAMATTA prop Fuifui Moimoi is facing up to 10 weeks on the sidelines for his high tackle on Manly forward Brent Kite.

Bears align with Souths

NORTH SYDNEY FORGE ALLIANCE WITH SOUTH SYDNEY28th July 2006The North Sydney Bears have forged an alliance with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, allowing it's junior base a direct pathway to the Rabbittohs' National Rugby League side.The Bears will act as the Rabbitohs' feeder Club in the NSW Rugby League Premier League competition, allowing the Bears access to players contracted to the Rabbitohs who haven't been selected in the NRL side. Both North Sydney and South Sydney will continue to field separate Jersey Flegg (U20s), S G Ball (U18s) and Harold Matthews (U16s) teams however the Bears will replace the Rabbittohs Premier League side.The Rabbitohs have also announced a partnership with Brisbane Easts that will provide a Club for young Queenslanders recruited by the Rabbitohs to play at and develop without having to relocate to Sydney.The Rabbitohs and the Bears are both foundation Clubs, having both been in existence since 1908, with the Bears and Rabbitohs celebrating their 100th season in 2007.North Sydney Bears General Manager Greg Florimo says the changes the Rabbitohs have made recently make the outlook for the two Clubs a bright one indeed."We're very excited to be involved with the Rabbitohs, particularly looking at the moves Souths have made recently," Mr Florimo said."The move to privatisation and the strong recruitment drive that has taken place are very positive moves and we're looking forward to being a part of the future.""The biggest impact will be that it will provide a direct pathway to the NRL for our young kids and will help with our recruitment as they will see this direct link. It will also help with the retention of our quality juniors"Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson said: "We are delighted to have both of these Clubs [North Sydney and Brisbane Easts] aligned with us as it provides us many options for our young players as they will be dual registered with the NSWRL and the QRL."The Bears are a fellow foundation Club and this partnership will allow us to concentrate our efforts on the NRL side and use the Bears' expertise to run the Premier League team."It also gives us a presence on both sides of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, giving North Sydney juniors a pathway into the NRL with a Sydney Club."With the NRL looking at introducing a national under-20s competition in the not-too-distant future, many Clubs will be looking to outsource their Premier League side and we now have an agreement with a fellow foundation Club in the Bears that can see us move forward when this new competition comes to fruition."PICTURED: 'Happy times ahead' Souths Chairman Peter Holmes a Court chats with Bears General Manager Greg Florimo and Norths Chairman Barry Glasgow.PHOTO: Steve Little.

Jets retain Frank Hyde shield

THERE was certainly no shortage of controversial incidents in Friday night?s VB Premier League match played at one of Rugby League?s most atmospheric venues, North Sydney Oval. Three Newtown players were sin-binned in the first half, with the Jets reduced to eleven men for a brief period. Front-rower Frank-Paul Nuuausala was sent off two minutes prior to half-time, leaving the Jets down to twelve players for the remainder of the match. Nuuausala will face the judiciary later this week on two charges of making a dangerous tackle and striking an opponent.Newtown showed plenty of old-fashioned ticker in going on to win the match 38-12, after having led 20-2 at half-time. The Bears were still in close range when they trailed 20-12 with fifteen minutes remaining in the match, but the Jets finished much the stronger of the two sides. Referee Russell Smith had a busy night with the whistle, awarding an astounding total of thirty penalties (18-12 to Norths for the record). The Jets have retained the Frank Hyde Shield for 2006, with the victorious Newtown team receiving the trophy from Frank?s eldest son Greg Hyde (a former first grade fullback with both North Sydney and Parramatta).Newtown?s best forwards on the night were Heath L?Estrange, Glenn Hall, Luke Gordon and Mitch Aubusson. Second rower Nigel Plum put in a strong first half and continues to make excellent progress after his enforced layoff. Aubusson scored an important try that put the match beyond the Bears? grasp, with this stylish young lock showing more than just a touch of the youthful Ron Coote. Jamie Soward and Aidan Kirk were outstanding in the backs, with the busy Soward collecting two tries and kicking five goals. Flying winger Troy Malcolm went desperately close to scoring twice in the first half and was nearly decapitated by an opponent?s high tackle on one occasion.Newtown fielded a reshuffled line-up in the Jim Beam Cup match against Asquith on Sunday following a series of late withdrawals. Under the circumstances, it was an admirable performance by the Jets to win this ?crunch? match by 40-24 after the scores had been locked up at 18-all at half-time. Newtown had asserted control in the third quarter of the match but weren?t out of the woods when they led 34-24 with fifteen minutes still to play. A late converted try finally sealed an important win for the Jets, with the race for the finals in this competition really hotting up.The Jets? best were utility forward Luke Gordon (who had played very well from the bench in Friday night?s Premier League win), Matt Habojan, Darren Lang and Nathan McMahon. This match at Storey Park was something of a small-scale club reunion, with five former Newtown players turning out with the opposition.Up in Group 11 the Parkes Spacemen won a remarkably high-scoring match against Dubbo Macquarie by 66-34. The Wellington Cowboys remain undefeated in the Group 11 first grade competition.Both Newtown teams return to Henson Park next Saturday (August 5th) and Jets fans will be keen to see both sides back on their home ground with the semi-finals on the near horizon for both competitions. In the Jim Beam Cup, Newtown plays Belrose at 1.15pm and in the VB Premier League main game, the Jets face off with the Newcastle Knights at 3.00pm.

Comets Name Squad For Storm Trial

THE Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets have named their squad for match one of the Minniecon and Burke Preseason Challenge against the Melbourne Storm to be played on Saturday, February 5 at Browne Park, Rockhampton.

Central Comets Pre-Season Challenge Details

TICKETS for the Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets pre-season trials will go on sale on Monday, January 24.

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