FOREWORD: As I sit at my laptop on this balmy November night, I also make my debut as a Forum Sevens poster. We?ve all got stories to tell about how we became followers of the greatest game of all. I?d like to tell you just a little bit about how I came to support my team, The Penrith Panthers.
SITTING around a beer stained coffee table, my mates and I tell candid details of our first time, that moment when we stopped being little boys, and became men. MrCharisma proudly boasts that he lost his cherry at the tender age of fifteen, with his first and only love. Next in line is the vastly more experience Matt23, who regales us all with tales of excitement and disappointment. We shake our heads sagely at opportunities missed, and give nods of approval as he recounts moments that we all suspect he?s exaggerating just a little. Once he?s done, it?s my turn, and I shift nervously in my faded armchair. This time I?ve got a story to tell. Last time we talked, I had to shyly confess to having never experienced it. But now, now I?ve got a story to tell. Now I?m finally one of the boys. Uh... men.
ON the 24th August 1963, in the days of poor ground drainage, the St George Dragons and the Western Suburbs Magpies met on a muddy Sydney Cricket Ground pitch to battle it out. It was the grand final and the Rugby League premiership was up for grabs.
SKOLARS? first run-out of the season with a large contingent of new faces saw them hold out for the final 20 minutes of the game to record a victory at Blackrock RFC defeating the Bulls by 20-18
With the Bulls? side camped on the line for most of the last quarter, it was a performance that will have pleased the coaching duo Marcus Tobin and Alex Smits.
LONDON Broncos have answered a call from Leeds Rhinos, agreeing to play the Super League Champions in a friendly ahead of their World Club Challenge clash with Canterbury Bulldogs.
WAKEFIELD pair Rob Spicer and Duncan Macgillivray will miss the start of the new season after being told they require surgery.
Spicer has suffered a recurrence of a hip injury and is expected to be out of action until April.
NEW Zealand recruits Stephen Kearney and Motu Tony are out of Hull FC's KC Stadium friendly against York City Knights on Wednesday.
THE 2004 World Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today suspended the former Castleford player, Ryan Hudson, for disciplinary reasons.
WIGAN Warriors are pleased to announce that Peter Higginbottom has been appointed as Club President.
THE Rabbitohs have confirmed today that they will be playing only two NRL trial matches in the 2005 pre-season, the Video Ezy Charity Shield on Saturday, February 19 and a trial in Perth against reigning Premiers, the Bulldogs.
AS the Wests Tigers prepare for the start of the NRL competition, there was a hint of sadness in the fact we would not have the opportunity to defend the prestigious World 7?s Title we won in 2004. The NRL and certain clubs voted against the competition going ahead, claiming injuries and risking top line players for the start of the NRL competition as the major hurdles. Our players were certainly hoping for a chance to win back to back titles.
THE Sydney Roosters have been sharpening the best defence in the NRL in the sand at south Bondi over summer.
NOMINATIONS are now closed after Shellharbour Sharks became the 29th side to enter the 2005 Wollongong Sevens. With the Cook Islands entering two senior teams alongside their eighteens, 30 participants will now contest the tournament in the seniors with six in the under eighteens.
THEY may be among the oldest pairing?s in the National Rugby League, but that has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of Brisbane?s awesome front row partners, Shane Webcke and Petero Civoniceva.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs today announced that Tony Grimaldi will captain the team for the World Club Challenge against the Leeds Rhinos on February 4.