HANNESTAD primary school in Sarpsborg, south east Norway has staged the first junior rugby league tournament in the country, with eight teams taking part in a day-long extravaganza.The initiative was organised by Australian-born teacher Justin Ryan who has been coaching between 70 and 80 youngsters in the sport since last February. ?I started off by showing rugby league videos to the pupils every week, during their break? he said.?From February until April, the children were taught the rules and laws of the game. In April, the snow melted, and the children no longer wished to watch the sport they wanted to play it.??Thanks to the RFL and Oztag, I have received a lot of equipment, such as rugby balls, law books and tag belts which has enabled me to continue teaching these children the basics.?By the end of September, his pupils ? based an hour?s drive from Oslo - were thirsting for competitive action and Ryan organised an eight team event, which culminated in the winning side claiming a thrilling 24-20 victory with ten seconds of the ?Grand Final? remaining.?At the end, all players received their diploma? Ryan continued. ?Also, the winning team received a copy of a Super League game on dvd featuring Leeds and Hull from Headingley, which was played in 2005. They loved it!??The tournament, which featured boys and girls, was a great success and the kids want to have another one really soon.? Source: www.rlef.eu.com
WESTS Tigers prop-forward John Skandalis played his last game in Australia when he skippered the Greeks but his experience wasn't enough as Fiji A finished strongly to win 34-12 at Oki Jubilee Oval.Greece led 6-4 at the interval thanks to a 39th minute try from York Antoniou after the Fijians opened the scoring with a 23rd minute try to full-back Marika Koroivue.With a strong wind behind them, the Fijians dominated the second half, scoring four tries in 11 minutes to lead 24-6 after 55 minutes.Max Bainivalu was first to score just four minutes into the second stanza when he collected a bomb that was dropped by Peter Vardis.Alipate Vereti was next to score after a break from Kinikini Nacinieli and the latter added one himself soon after. Wes Naiqama, from the Sydney Bulls, raced over for the other four-pointer.The Greeks stopped the flow with a try to Paul Salamakis in the 62nd minute but Fiji A finished the game with tries to Esala Vute and Naiqama.A number of the Greek players will be heading over to Greece to link up with domestic players for their October 28 clash with Serbia in Athens.Fiji A 34 (Wes Naiqama 2, Marika Koroivue, Max Bainivalu, Alipate Vereti, Kinikini Nacinieli, Esala Vute tries; Koroivue 3 goals) d.Greece 12 (York Antoniou, Paul Salamakis tries; Stuart Philpott 2 goals) at Oki Jubilee Oval. Referee: Ben Everill. Crowd: 1103.Source: www.rlef.eu.com
HULL FC take on St Helens at Old Trafford in Saturday's engage Super League Grand Final with a number of records set to be made or broken.
SEAN Long believes St Helens can achieve greatness if they win Saturday?s engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford to complete a clean sweep of trophies.
RUNAWAY Bay Sports Super Centre Home of the Jetstar Gold Coast TitansThe Jetstar Gold Coast Titans will call the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre home when pre-season training gets underway next month.For Coach John Cartwright having his exciting squad training from a World Class facility like the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre is a major coup. ?The entire coaching team has been really impressed with the centre and with the level of professionalism we?ve been shown by Nick Pye and his team. Training from a venue like the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre, along side some of the Worlds leading athletes will certainly have a very positive influence on our NRL squad.??The Gym fit out is almost complete and I know strength and conditioning Coach Billy Johnstone is looking forward to getting his hands on the keys and the players as we start preparations for season 2007. There will certainly be some hard work done at the Sports Super Centre. Cartwright said.Jetstar Titans Managing Director Michael Searle is also impressed with the team?s new training base, saying ?The Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre is a superb facility that all of the Gold Coast can be proud of. It?s a place that will allow the entire squad to focus on their training in comfort, in privacy and in a professional, Olympic style venue.?Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre Managing Director Nick Pye is looking forward to welcoming the Jetstar Titans when training commences. "This joint agreement has been in the planning stages for over a year. It is a major step for the Titans as well as the Centre. It will give the Titans arguably the best facilities available anywhere in Australia.??Not only this but it will be the first training base, which will allow supporters to join and train in the same facility and we are delighted to be working with the Jetstar Titans to make this their official Training base."?The Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre is arguably the foremost private sporting facility in the world. Comprising Accommodation, Stadium, Running Track, Aquatic centre, Sports Medicine Clinic and Gymnasium. It remains committed to the encouragement of recreation and sport at all levels.Blade - The Jetstar Titans MascotIn other news, ?Blade? The official mascot of the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans will make his first public appearance at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre on Thursday morning, October 12.An imposing figure, the creation of Blade has taken more than a year with designers determined to break the mould and create a mascot Jetstar Titans fans and the NRL will be proud of.Jetstar Titans fans of all ages will be impressed and mesmerised by Blade who is a rather friendly fellow, despite his imposing shape and size.Blade Profile Year of Birth: 2005Place of Birth: Gold Coast Position: PropSkills, Attributes: Stamina, strength, a deft ?round the corner pass? a devastating shoulder charge.All time favourite players: Scott Prince, Luke Bailey, and Preston Campbell Favourite hang out: Carrara Stadium, Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre Favourite food: Chocolate coated soft-shell crabs and chilli sorbet2007 Predictions: Jetstar Gold Coast Titans to give the Premiership a real shake.
THE Jetstar Gold Coast Titans are pleased to announce (DTBS) David Taylor Building Services as ?Front of Short? sponsor for the next three years.Jetstar Titans Managing Director Michael Searle says he is thrilled to see a successful local business like DTBS, digging in and offering long term support to the Coasts new NRL franchise. ?DTBS involvement with the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans is another example of a Gold Coast based company stepping up to support the Titans. David Taylor began his relationship with the Titans as a Palladium Member and has now extended that into the ?Front of Short? sponsorship.?His commitment to the Jetstar Titans is a substantial investment and we will proudly promote this relationship with him and all the staff and clients associated with DTBS. It is great to have another Gold Coast company supporting us in our as we begin our assault on the 2007 NRL Telstra Premiership.?David Taylor, Managing Director of DTBS sees the new partnership as a successful union of two like minded, passionate Gold Coast organisations.?Over the past year, DTBS have witnessed the ground swell of support for the Titans not only from the local base but from Northern NSW and all over South East Queensland. With all the excitement, hype and passion already exuding from the community it is with pleasure that DTBS have become more involved with the Titans and look forward to a long term endorsement of our team.??DTBS cemented their decision to become sponsors of the Titans after seeing first hand the highest level of professionalism combined with a down to earth approach as displayed by all the management and staff of the Titans. Michael Searle and Paul Broughton have been instrumental in their leadership and commitment to the Titans which gives ongoing confidence to sponsors, the team, the community and the like.? Said Taylor.DTBS snapshot DTBS Pty Ltd was established in the year 2000 as a construction company dedicated to quality and expertise of work.DTBS has several decades of combined local building experience, augmenting their reputation and corporate profile.Diverse in construction DTBS is prominent in commercial offices, shopping centre?s, apartments, multi-story buildings, resorts, taverns and various other facets of constructionDTBS employs 98 staff directly, and inadvertently employs hundreds of subcontractors and suppliers.DTBS currently has $100 million dollars worth of projects on the books, projects ranging from high rise construction, resort style apartments, multi level apartments and office building construction.
PETER Sharp admits he didn?t have the engage Super League Grand Final in his mind when he first took on the job as Hull FC coach.
GREAT Britain full-back Paul Wellens was crowned engage Super League Man of Steel on Monday night as treble-chasing St Helens completed a clean sweep of major awards at a gala end-of-season dinner in Manchester.
HULL Kingston Rovers claimed a place in engage Super League for the first time after defeating Widnes Vikings 29-16 in the National League One Grand Final at Warrington.
TUESDAY 10 October 2006 Mt Smart Stadium No. 2, Auckland
HULL F.C. 19 (R. Horne, Tony, Yeaman tries; Cooke 3 goals; Cooke 1 field goal) def. Bradford Bulls 12 (Ferres, Langley tries; Deacon 2 goals). Att: 16,087.
BULLDOGS utility Reni Maitua will start at lock for Australia in its opening Tri Nations rugby league clash with New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.Maitua will make his Test debut at Mt Smart Stadium after some outstanding form in the Bulldogs' run to the second last week of the NRL finals series. North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston has won the battle with Ben Hornby for the halfback job while Brisbane utility back Justin Hodges will play in the centres with his Broncos' teammate Karmichael Hunt retaining his spot at fullback.Melbourne whiz-kid Greg Inglis has claimed a wing spot while Clive Churchill medallist Shaun Berrigan has claimed the utility bench role.Australian Team: Karmichael Hunt, Matt King, Mark Gasnier, Justin Hodges, Greg inglis, Darren Lockyer (c), Johnathan Thurston, Willie Mason, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Luke O'Donnell, Nathan Hindmarsh, Reni MaituaInterchange: Mark O'Meley, Shaun Berrigan, Andrew Ryan, Brent KiteAcross the ditch, New Zealand will field four new caps when it takes on Australia in Auckland on Saturday in the opening match of the Tri-Nations rugby league tournament.Sydney Roosters centre Iosia Soliola, Manly centre Steve Matai and New Zealand Warriors utility Simon Mannering, who has been picked at lock, will all make their Test debuts in the run-on side for the Kiwis. Melbourne prop Adam Blair is set to play his first Test off the bench.New Zealand Team: Brent Webb, Tame Tupou, Iosia Soliola, Steve Matai, Manu Vatuvei, Nigel Vagana, Stacey Jones, Ruben Wiki (c), Dene Halatau, Roy Asotasi, David Kidwell, Tony Puletua, Simon ManneringInterchange: Jerome Ropati, Nathan Cayless, Adam Blair, Frank PritchardMeanwhile, English Super League referee Ashley Klein has been appointed to the first two matches of the Tri Nations rugby league series beginning this weekend.Klein, an Australian based in England, was the 2005 Super League referee of the year and controlled this year's Test between Australia and New Zealand in May. Australia plays New Zealand at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday before a return fixture at Telstra Dome in Melbourne a week later.
MERITON Wests Tigers Cubs have recorded two very strong wins on their tour of England.
WARRIORS centre Simon Mannering and Melbourne Storm forward Adam Blair will make their debuts for the Kiwis this Saturday night.
A horrible refereeing performance, a video refereeing decision that was just plain wrong and Matt Geyer playing the worst game in a Grand Final in recent memory; all in all a Grand Final that may be remembered for what was poor rather than what was good which is a shame. The good was the fact the Brisbane Broncos just played controlled and effective football over 80 minutes and proved once again that it doesn?t matter what happens over the course of a season ? what matters is what both teams do in 80 minutes on the last Sunday night of the season. Melbourne have had a great season but you don?t win a premiership without a great Grand Final performance and Brisbane know all about putting it together on Grand Final day. With Shane Webcke retiring the game marked the end of the post-2000 era at the Broncos and personally I liked the fact both he and Darren Lockyer could cap this era with a premiership of their own. Congratulations Brisbane. 2006 GRAND FINALBRISBANE BRONCOS 15 def MELBOURNE STORM 8Man of the Match ? Darren LOCKYER, BRIJust shaded Tonie Carroll and the official Clive Churchill winner Shaun Berrigan as the best player in the Grand Final. Controlled the Brisbane game plan from the outset and looked composed throughout, allowing his team mates to feed off his confidence and post their 6th premiership. His kicking game kept the Broncos going in the first half when Melbourne had most of the attacking field position which resulted in Brisbane needing a good kick to end their sets from well inside their own half. Set up Justin Hodges for the Broncos first try with a superb inside ball that drew Scott Hill out of the line and created the gap for Hodges to stroll through. Then teamed with Tonie Carroll on the right side to send Brent Tate over for the try that put the Broncos up by 6 points with 17 minutes to play. Capped the game off with a 33m field goal he struck sweet and gave the Broncos an unbeatable 7 point lead with only 7 minutes left. A true champion player who has now won a premiership for his team rather than being simply one of a few great players in a side as he was in 1997, 1998 and 2000. Even though he won the Clive Churchill in 2000 he was still not the leader of the side and in a year when many wrote him off as a champion early on ? he has well and truly left egg on their collective faces. POS STORM LPR FB SLATER, Billy 6 WI GEYER, Matt 3 CE KING, Matthew 7 CE INGLIS, Greg 7 WI TURNER, Steve 5 FE HILL, Scott 7 HB CRONK, Cooper 7 PR KAUFUSI, Antonio 6 HK SMITH, Cameron 7 PR WHITE, Brett 5 SR KIDWELL, David 6 SR HOFFMAN, Ryan 6 LK JOHNSON, Dallas 6 BN SMITH, Jeremy 5 BN FRIEND, Nathan 5 BN CROSS, Ben 5 BN BLAIR, Adam 5 TEAM TOTALS 98 POS BRONCOS LPRFB HODGES, Justin 7 WI BOYD, Darius 7 CE TATE, Brent 7 CE STAGG, David 7 WI HUNT, Karmichael 6 FE LOCKYER, Darren ? 8 HB PERRY, Shane 6 PR WEBCKE, Shane 7 HK BERRIGAN, Shaun 8 PR CIVONICEVA, Petero 7 SR THAIDAY, Sam 6 SR THORN, Brad 7 LK CARROLL, Tonie 8 BN PARKER, Corey 6 BN CARLAW, Dane 6 BN HANNANT, Ben 5 BN McGUIRE, Casey 6 TEAM TOTALS 114 3 ? D Lockyer (8/BRI) 2 ? T Carroll (8/BRI) 1 ? S Berrigan (8/BRI) The Player of the Finals [must play in 3 games (incl. Grand Final) to qualify and sorted on Average LPR]8.0 ? D Lockyer (BRI) 7.7 ? C Smith (MEL), C Cronk (MEL)7.5 ? J Hodges (BRI), S Berrigan (BRI), G Inglis (MEL), T Carroll (BRI)7.3 ? P Civoniceva (BRI), T Carroll (BRI), B Slater (MEL) Darren Lockyer takes out the Player of the Finals Award for 2006. QF v STI: 6 SF v NEW: 8 PF v BUL: 10 GF v MEL: 8 Total: 32 in 4 Games at an LPR Average of 8.0