THIS weekend in the ABC televised game against Tweed Heads hard working back rower Danny Burke will play his 150th first grade game for the Redcliffe Dolphins.Burke, who was signed by the Broncos straight out of high school and was on South Sydney?s books when they were thrown out of the competition in 1999, has been a regular in the uncompromising Dolphins packs of the last several years.But Burke actually joined the Dolphins as a centre. "I was 20 and thought my football in the City was all over, I was out at Mitchell when my best mate from school Luke Bishop, who was playing at Redcliffe called and said the club was looking for centres, so I gave them a call," he said.?They had dozens of back rowers. So I told them I could play centre. But I reckon it only took them a few games to realise I wasn?t a centre?s bootlace? he laughed.Three Queensland Wizard Cup premierships later, Burke remains one of the unsung heroes of the Dolphins side. Coach Anthony Griffin describes the Q-Build carpenter as ?a coach?s dream?.?Danny turns up every week ready to play and he really rips into his work,? said Griffin.Burke won the Peter Leis Medal for the Dolphins Player of the Year in 2005 is well and truly in the hunt again this year but said ? I don?t think I?m a chance, Patty (Gardner), Nick Emmett and Micky (Roberts) have all had great years?.?I'm not sure if I'll get another Peter Leis Medal, another Premiership is my main goal? he added.When Burke finally retires his image will be etched onto the windows of the club house with current team-mates Troy Lindsay and Michael Roberts as well as other Dolphins Legends from by gone eras like Ian "Bunny" Pearce, Vic Tighe, Steve Cherry, Trevor Benson, Ian Thinee, Tony Obst, Peter Leis, Col Weier and Bevan Bleakley who have all racked up 150 games for the Dolphins. Danny Burke StatsDOB: 10/04/79Height: 180cmWeight: 98kgPosition: Second RowRep Honours: Qld Juniors, City, Qld ResidentsFirst Grade Debut: 2000 vs Wests Purtell ParkCareer Games: 149 Tries: 16Points: 64
GOLD Coast high school Keebra Park will face St Brendan?s Yeppoon in the Queensland final of the Arrive Alive Cup at Browne Park, Rockhampton on Saturday, August 19 at 6pm.Keebra Park last night disposed of local rival Palm Beach Currumbin 10-0 at Pizzey Park in the second state semi-final.After taking a 6-0 lead just eight minutes into the game, Keebra had to wait until two minutes from fulltime to secure the victory courtesy of a surging try out wide to centre Kingi Akaoula.In further positive signs for the Gold Coast NRL franchise, the crunch match brought a large and youthful crowd to Miami, with cars spilling out of the carpark and all the way along Pacific Avenue.From the opening kick-off the tone for the match was set, as Palm Beach centre Brodie Williams produced a crunching effort in defence.The intensity of the two well-drilled sides was indeed something to behold, upheld by rallying cries from supporters on the sideline.A fever-pitch atmosphere was further ignited when Titans scholarship holder Bodene Thompson ran beautifully onto a Robert Lui pass, stepped the defence and sprinted 30m to post the opening points.Remarkably backrower Thompson, a 2006 Queensland Schoolboys representative, had been initially ruled out of the match with a suspected broken leg.Dismissing those concerns, Thompson formed a potent leftside combination with centre Akaoula, working on the back of good yardage by prop Lio Vaiga.Searching for a right of reply, Palm Beach spearhead Shannon Walker was constantly among the thick of things, keen to challenge defenders one on one.Yet the quicksilver custodian was well marked and forced into several mistakes by Keebra?s suffocating style, even spending time on the bench with ice on his right leg.The second half started more positively for PBC, as the likes of Josh Coyle, Trent Iselin and Kevin Proctor took a noticeable step up in work-rate.Eventually the chances came.Ten minutes into the half centre Matt Smith-Host was dragged into touch inches before the tryline. A few minutes later, in a similar situation, winger Jordan Rapana let a pass fly through his hands and over the sideline.The death knell for Palm Beach was effectively struck 11 minutes from home, when half Matt Nuttall was sin-binned for repeated infringements.Down to 12 men, PBC had to rely on unsettling defence to win back the ball in good position.Yet more times than not they ended up surrendering possession as soon as they received it.Hammering the final nail in the coffin and booking his team a date with destiny, powerfully-built Akaoula skirted the touchline.He brushed off two defenders, then was grassed by a third. Not held, he regained his feet and lurched through a final tackle on the tryline, bringing wild scenes of jubilation.* Earlier yesterday, Rockhampton was awarded the right to host the Arrive Alive Cup Queensland final for the first time in the history of the national schoolboys competition.The decision followed St Brendan's Yeppoon's 28-4 semi-final win against Townsville school Ignatius Park College in Mackay.Brisbane Broncos rookie David Taylor scored three tries and a goal for St Brendan's in the victory.The state final will be staged at Browne Park as a curtain-raiser to the pivotal Round 22 QLD Wizard Cup clash between the Central Comets and Easts Tigers.The winner of the Queensland Arrive Alive Final on August 19 will automatically qualify for a national semi-final position.ST BRENDAN'S YEPPOON 28 (David Taylor 3, Sammy Joe, Cam Steel tries; Cam Steel 3, David Taylor goal) d IGNATIUS PARK COLLEGE 4 (Ben Henaway try) at Mackay Souths.KEEBRA PARK 10 (Bodene Thompson, Kingi Akaoula tries; Matt Parata goal) d PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN 0 at Pizzey Park, Miami.
FRIDAY, 11th August 2006Newcastle v Manly at EnergyAustralia Stadium, 7:30pmKNIGHTS: Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Jarrod Mullen, Andrew Johns (c), Josh Perry, Danny Buderus, Adam Woolnough, Steve Simpson, Clint Newton, Kirk ReynoldsonInterchange: Luke Davico, Reegan Tanner, Todd Lowrie, Kurt Gidley, Daniel Abraham (one to be omitted)SEA EAGLES: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c)Interchange: Shane Dunley, Luke Williamson, Kylie Leuluai, Mark Bryant, George Rose, Paul Stephenson (two to be omitted)Referee: Paul SimpkinsSaturday, 12th August 2006New Zealand v North Queensland at Ericsson Stadium, 5:30pmWARRIORS: Brent Webb, Patrick Ah Van, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Grant Rovelli, Ruben Wiki, Nathan Fien, Steve Price (c), Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu, Louis AndersonInterchange: George Gatis, Evarn Tuimavave, Epalahame Lauaki, Micheal Luck, Sam Rapira (one to be omitted)COWBOYS: Matt Bowen, Neil Sweeney, Mark Henry, Ashley Graham, Matt Sing, Justin Smith, Aaron Payne (c), Carl Webb, David Faiumu, Shane Tronc, Steve Southern, Luke O'Donnell, Jacob LillymanInterchange: Rod Jensen, Matthew Scott, Mitchell Sargent, Clint Amos (one to be omitted)Referee: Gavin BadgerCronulla v Parramatta at Toyota park, 7:30pmSHARKS: Brett Kearney, David Simmons, Ben Pomeroy, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Adam Dykes, Brett Kimmorley (c), James Stosic, Kevin Kingston, Richard Villasanti, Reece Williams, Lance Thompson, Cameron CiraldoInterchange: Luke Douglas, Nigel Vagana, Paul Gallen, Beau ScottEELS: Luke Burt, Jarryd Hayne, Luke O'Dwyer, Ben Smith, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Jeremy Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Chad Robinson, Nathan Hindmarsh, Daniel Wagon, Glenn MorrisonInterchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Wade McKinnon, Josh CordobaReferee: Tony ArcherPenrith v Sydney at CUA Stadium, 7:30pmPANTHERS: Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon, Danny Galea, Lee Hookey, Luke Rooney, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Craig Stapleton, Shane Rodney, Tony Puletua (c), Trent WaterhouseInterchange: Frank Puletua, Bryan Norrie, Frank Pritchard, Paul Aiton, Luke Swain (one to be omitted)ROOSTERS: Shaun Foley, Amos Roberts, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Brett Finch, Josh Lewis, Shane Shackleton, Craig Wing, David Shillington, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Ashley HarrisonInterchange: Chris Flannery, John Doyle, Setaimata Sa, Mickey PaeaReferee: Jason RobinsonSunday, 13th August 2006 Brisbane v Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium, 2:30pmBRONCOS: Darius Boyd, Tame Tupou, Justin Hodges, Greg Eastwood, Brent Tate, Darren Lockyer (c), Shane Perry, Shane Webcke, Shaun Berrigan, Petero Civoniceva, Neville Costigan, Brad Thorn, Tonie CarrollInterchange: Corey Parker, Nick Kenny, Sam Thaiday, Casey McGuire, Ben Hannant, David Stagg (two to be omitted)STORM: Greg Inglis, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Jake Webster, Steve Turner, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Antonio Kaufusi, Cameron Smith, Brett White, David Kidwell, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Michael Crocker, Jeremy Smith, Garret Crossman, Nathan Friend, Adam Blair (one to be omitted)Referee: Shayne HayneCanterbury v St George Illawarra at Telstra Stadium, 3:00pmBULLDOGS: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Andrew Emelio, Willie Tonga, Trent Cutler, Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin, Mark O'Meley, Tony Grimaldi, Roy Asotasi, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c), Reni MaituaInterchange: Sonny Bill Williams, Corey Hughes, Chris Armit, Nate MylesDRAGONS: Ben Hornby, Colin Best, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Brett Morris, Trent Barrett (c), Mathew Head, Luke Bailey, Dean Young, Jason Ryles, Justin Poore, Ben Creagh, Sam IsemongerInterchange: Danny Wicks, Ashton Sims, Matt Bickerstaff, Clint GreenshieldsReferee: Sean HampsteadWests v Canberra at Campbelltown Stadium, 3:00pmTIGERS: Shannon McDonnell, Daniel Fitzhenry, Dean Collis, Jamaal Lolesi, Chris Lawrence, Shane Elford, Scott Prince (c), Todd Payten, Robbie Farah, John Skandalis, Anthony Laffranchi, Chris Heighington, Dene HalatauInterchange: Ben Galea, Bronson Harrison, Ben Jeffery, Ryan O'HaraRAIDERS: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Phil Graham, Adam Mogg, David Howell, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Michael Hodgson, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Kris Kahler, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, Dane Tilse, Michael Weyman, Craig Frawley (one to be omitted)Referee: Steve ClarkThe South Sydney RABBITOHS have the bye in Round 23.