Rammo's rant

THE feeling is unanimous among league circles that when two clubs face off in a grand final ? the players should decide the outcome. Sadly, last night, the outcome was prevaricated by a sub-standard refereeing performance from a sub-standard referee.

Skandalis to debut for Greece

JOHN Skandalis will make his long awaited international debut when he pulls on the Greek jersey for the Greece v Fiji A match at Oki Jubilee Oval on Saturday, October 7.

Lebanon side to play Malta

LEBANON NAMES SQUAD TO TAKE ON MALTALebanon coach Darren Maroon has named a 17 man squad for the Cedars? international friendly against Malta to be played on October 8.Lebanon: Jai AyoubGeorge AzziNathan BarakatDaniel ChihaSarkis DaherKhalid DeebAnthony FarahFred KhouissAli KouroucheLee MalkounTommy MansourCharlie NohraChris SalemAdam SarkisAllen SoultanPhil TakchiMassoud TaoukThe Phoenician Cup is proudly supported by Fosters Australia.

Grand Final wrap

MELBOURNE coach Craig Bellamy says he is disappointed several contentious refereeing decisions went against his side in last night's 15-8 loss to Brisbane in the NRL grand final.

Australian squad for Tri Nations

AUSTRALIAN squad named today for the Tri Nations rugby league series:

Heartbreak for Newtown Jets

THE Newtown Jets have retained their unenviable record of not having won a major NSW Rugby League finals match against Parramatta since 1981, having lost 20-19 to the Eels in extra time in the 2006 VB Premier League Grand Final at Telstra Stadium on Sunday. The Jets led 18-16 at half-time and neither side scored a try in the tense second half. Newtown missed three field goal attempts in Golden Point extra time but the Eels grabbed the premiership with a well-taken field goal eight minutes into extra time, after the teams had been tied up at 19-all at the completion of eighty minutes of play.To make use of the often-used Rugby League clich?, this was the definitive game of inches. Very little separated the sides and only marginal errors, the choice of options under pressure and a modicum of luck were likely to decide the final outcome. The Jets went desperately close to scoring twice in the last twelve minutes of the second half and had their chances in Golden Point extra time. Parramatta was more methodical over the entirety of the match and made more ground through the rucks in those desperate final minutes. This was a match where every Newtown player gave his all but forwards Mickey Paea, Charles Tonga, Adam Schubert, Heath L?Estrange and Lopini Paea and backs Josh Lewis, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Troy Malcolm all deserve special commendation. The enforced absence of fullback Aidan Kirk from the field with a serious knee injury after only five minutes in the first half was a dreadful blow to the Jets victory prospects. One definite winner yesterday was the rationale for the partnership between the Newtown Jets and the Sydney Roosters. The association really clicked into gear with an important win over Balmain at Henson Park way back on Easter Saturday, and the Jets stayed in second position on the competition table for most of the remainder of the season. Coach Paul Young has done a marvellous job with the team in his first year with the club and has taken the side to be as close to a premiership win as is mathematically possible.Newtown?s annual Presentation Night will be held at the Jets Sports Club on Monday, October 9th commencing at 7.00pm. There are still some tickets available for friends and supporters so call 1300 36 36 90 from Tuesday morning to reserve a place.Photo:Aidan Kirk scores in the VB Premier League Grand Final against Parramatta.Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Grand Final

BRISBANE Broncos have claimed their sixth champion?s crown, defeating the Melbourne Storm 15-8 in the 2006 NRL Grand Final at Telstra Stadium last night. While Melbourne will ponder the ?what ifs? over the off season, they will come away as a more experienced outfit. Meanwhile Brisbane will celebrate long and hard into the week with the enviable record of having never lost a grand final.It was a fairytale farewell for champion prop Shane Webcke, playing his final match for the Broncos. Born in Toowoomba, Webcke played 21 State of Origin matches for Queensland and made 18 Test appearances for the Australia. He has appeared in no less than four grand final wins including the 2000 victory where he played with a broken arm. Debuting in 1995, Webcke retires on a tremendous high with 254 first grade appearances.It was yet another grand final victory for Wayne Bennett who has surpassed Ken Kearney and Jack Gibson as the game's most successful coach. Kearney, who at 82-years-old passed away last August, captained the St George Dragons to six grand final victories from 1956-61 - five of those victories were as coach. Jack Gibson has coached the Roosters, St George, the Rabbitohs, Newtown, Parramatta and the Sharks from 1967-1990. Now 77-years-old, Gibson has five grand final victories with the Roosters and Parramatta.Bennett?s achievements with the Broncos elevate him to the champion coach of this generation and one of the best in living memory. Not too shabby.The Melbourne Storm will be doing it tough. Runaway minor premiers, the southern franchise fell in the match that mattered most. Storm Coach Craig Bellamy, Bennett?s understudy at the Broncos, will take the lessons from the grand final loss and no doubt build a better football team for 2007.The form team of 2006, Melbourne had dropped only four games all season and were an incredible 12 points ahead of their grand final opponents on the NRL ladder. They came into the decider as deserving favourites, albeit less experienced. On several occasions they were on the raw end of refereeing decisions but at the end of the day, they failed to lift to the occasion and paid for the lack of execution and patience at crucial stages. The old Bronco warhorses took full advantage with experience winning the day.All match results and details are listed below.FULL NRL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERE MATCH RESULTS - Grand Finals Wrap - 1 October 2006Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 79,609National Rugby LeagueBrisbane Broncos: 15Tries: Justin Hodges, Brent TateGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/2, Corey Parker 1/2Field Goals: Darren Lockyer Melbourne Storm: 8Tries: Matt King, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 0/1, Matt Geyer 0/1Half time: Broncos 8-4Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Shaun Berrigan (Broncos)2 - Shane Webcke (Broncos)1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)NSWRL Premier LeagueParramatta Eels: 20Tries: Marcus Perenara(2), Henry PerenaraGoals: John Williams 3/4Field Goals: Marcus PerenaraNewtown Jets: 19Tries: Aiden Kirk, Troy Malcolm, Charlie TongaGoals: Josh Lewis 3/4Field Goals: Josh LewisHalf time: Jets 18-16Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Marcus Perenara (Eels)2 - Josh Lewis (Jets)1 - John Williams (Eels)NSWRL Jersey FleggPenrith Panthers: 22Tries: Michael Jennings, Liam Campbell, Jaye Martleitner, Wiremu WeepuGoals: Matthew Forwood 3/4Newcastle Knights: 20Tries: Akuila Uate, Callan Richardson, Terence Seu Seu, Scott DureauGoals: Luke Walsh 2/4Half time: Knights 14-12Referee: Steve LyonsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Sammut (Panthers)2 - Scott Dureau (Knights)1 - Jaye Martleitner (Panthers)LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters.COMING UP:2006 RUGBY LEAGUE TRI-NATIONS SERIESGame 1 - Saturday 14th October 2006New Zealand v AustraliaMt Smart Stadium, AucklandThe 2006 Tri-Nations will be run over seven matches culminating in the Tri Nations Final in Sydney on the 25th November. Reigning champs New Zealand will be defending their title against Australia and Great Britain.LeagueUnlimited.com will be covering all the Tri-Nations clashes with up-to-the-minute live scores.We are now looking for live score updaters for the 2007 competitionFor further enquiries, please email usFor comprehensive coverage of the 2006 Tri-Nations, bookmark our Tri-Nations page - click here.MONDAY?S EXPERT WILL RETURN IN 2007

Broncos win 2006 NRL Telstra Premiership

GRAND Final 2006 Melbourne Storm 8 v Brisbane Broncos 15at Telstra StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsCrowd: 79,609Match Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Melbourne Storm 15-8 at Telstra Stadium this evening to win the 2006 NRL Telstra Premiership.Both teams scored trwo tries but it was the class of Lockyer, the running of Berrigan and the guts of Webcke that willed the Broncos to their sixth premiership from six attempts. To put it simply, Melbourne had no answer for the power of the Broncos forward pack.Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy, student under Wayne Bennett will be feeling mixed emotions but he will take the lessons from tonight and build a better football team in the coming years.Melbourne's cause was hampered by a knee injury to captain Cameron Smith who left the field midway through the second half and in his absence, Scott Hill and Cooper Cronk failed to come up with the answers to guide the Storm to their second premiership. Melbourne started the stronger side but as both sides settled into the game it was the Broncos who started to gain the upper hand, dominating the play the ball and making easy metres in every set of six. Justin Hodges and Shaun Berrigan proved very hard to stop with Shaun Berrigan taking out the prestigious Clive Churchill medal as the best player in the grand final.Brisbane went to the break leading 8-4 but it was only a try a piece and Melbourne were still very much in the match but Brisbane's big match experience and the guile of Wayne Bennett ensured the Broncos grand final record was never under threat.As the game wore on Melbourne struggled to contain the Broncos and when Brent Tate scored in the 62nd minute, he sealed Melbourne's fate and there was no miracle comeback from the Storm, who will be better for the experience.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 8Tries: Matt King, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 0/1, Matt Geyer 0/1Brisbane Broncos: 15Tries: Justin Hodges, Brent TateGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/2, Corey Parker 1/2Field Goals: Darren LockyerBy the Clock:0 min: NEWS Welcome to the NRL Grand Final between the Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos. The Broncos are about to take the field in front of a great crowd at Telstra Stadium. All cameras on Shane Webcke in his final game of Rugby League and the question is will he live the fairytale ending or will the Melbourne Storm deny him? All this awaits us in the next eighty minutes and I can't split either side but I am leaning towards the Broncos based on the big match experience of their stars.0 min: NEWS We are about to hear the national anthem from Jade McRae.1 min: NEWS Away we go! We are underway in the 2006 grand final and the crowd roars as the Broncos kick off to the Melbourne Storm.2 min: NEWS Melbourne complete their first set of six mid some tremendous defence but now the Broncos have the ball and Melbourne are responding in kind.5 min: NEWS Melbourne awarded the first penalty for a flop from Brad Thorn. Melbourne looking very good early on.6 min: NEWS Darius Boyd caught in goal by Matt King so the Broncos will not have to give the ball back to the Storm via a goal line drop out.7 min: NEWS Matt King loses the ball ten metres out from the Broncos line and the pressure is off the Broncos for the moment.8 min: NEWS Penalty to Brisbane so we are now level with penalties and now the Broncos get a chance to see what the Storm defence is made of.9 min: NEWS Penalty to Brisbane two metres out from the Storm line. Brisbane will take the two points to settle the nerves.9 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosBrisbane take a two point lead through Darren Lockyer. A very even contest so far. Broncos 2-012 min: NEWS Cooper Cronk from Melbourne kicks a 40/20 to put the Storm on the attack 18 metres out from the Broncos line.14 min: TRY Melbourne StormSteve Turner scores for the Storm after Scott Hill evaded the Broncos defence to pass around the corner to an unmarked Turner who scores in the corner to give the Storm the lead. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 4-218 min: NEWS Steve Turner knocks on a Darren Lockyer bomb to give the Broncos a chance to score their first try.19 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane hit back through an inside ball to Justin Hodges and he scores adjacent to the sticks to give the Broncos a four point lead midway through the first half. Broncos 8-421 min: NEWS Webcke knocks on on the second tackle inside his own 30 to give the Storm a chance to hit right back.23 min: NEWS Brisbane hold fast in defence to stifle the Storm and relieve the pressure.24 min: NEWS Brisbane have another line drop out to contend with but they have defended superbly off their own goal line.26 min: NEWS Matt Geyer knocks on from dummy half ten metres out from the Broncos line. Melbourne starting to look a little frustrated by the Broncos defence.28 min: NEWS Inglis forced into touch just metres from the Broncos line. Brisbane's defence on their tryline has been magnificent.31 min: NEWS Hodges knocks on and Brisbane are starting to make some metres through the middle of the field.34 min: NEWS Brisbane starting to pick up the pace in attack and defence with Justin Hodges proving to be a difficult customer for the Storm to handle.37 min: NEWS Brisbane get a penalty and are now only 20 metres from the Storm line and this could be crucial for the Storm's title hopes.38 min: NEWS Tate knocks on and Melbourne breathe a sigh of relief but they are struggling at the moment.39 min: NEWS Justin Hodges make a superb run from his own ingoal back out to his twenty metre line, leaving all the Storms defenders in his wake.40 min: NEWS Broncos lead the Storm 8-4 at half time and the Broncos finished the half far stronger than the Storm but we still have forty minutes remaining and the last time these two sides met, Brisbane led 10-0 and eventually lost so both teams know this is far from over and it could come down to the individual brilliance of a Lockyer or Inglis to decide the 2006 NRL Telstra Premiership.41 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half and one team is forty minutes away from glory.41 min: NEWS Very good opening set in attack from the Brisbane Broncos.44 min: NEWS Paul Simpkins blows time off with Broncos lock Tonie Carroll down with what looks to be a knee injury.45 min: NEWS Melbourne throw the ball away and are looking a little flustered at the moment. Brisbane making a lot of easy metres at the moment46 min: NEWS Melbourne make half a break but Daivd Kidwell does a good impersonation of John Elway and throws the ball a mile forward.48 min: NEWS Greg Inglis makes a great fifty metre break to give the Storm great field position with plenty of tackles up their sleeve.49 min: NEWS Paul Simpkins blows time off after a heated exchange between the Storm and the Broncos. Penalty to Melbourne right on the Brisbane line.50 min: TRY Melbourne StormMatt King scores to give the Storm a chance to take the lead but Matt Geyer misses a relatively easy conversion. We are all locked up at 8 all. 8 all.53 min: NEWS Penalty to Melbourne and now the Storm have a great chance to inflict some more pain on the Broncos.55 min: NEWS Under pressure the Broncos come up with a great set of six to release the pressure valve.56 min: NEWS Justin Hodges knocks on playing the ball. Could be a crucial play in a tight game.58 min: NEWS Karmichael Hunt comes up with the ball on his own line after contesting it with Greg Inglis.60 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosBrisbane edge ahead by two after Billy Slater was penalised for a high shot on Shaun Berrigan but the Broncos should have been penalised for an obstruction. Broncos 10-862 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane score in the corner after the Broncos played some great ad-lib footy and it caught the Storm on the backfoot out wide and they never recovered. A crucial kick for goal that could extend the Broncos lead beyond a converted try. Conversion unsuccessful. Broncos 14-865 min: NEWS Melbourne fumble just outside their 20 metre line. Knockout punch could be on the way...66 min: NEWS Brisbane fumble and Melbourne are trying hard to get back into the match.67 min: NEWS Video ref asked to rule on a possible try to Matt King after Cronk put the ball high and Justin Hodges looked to have fumbled the ball and it then went back to Matt King who crashes over but tuled no try by the video referee.68 min: NEWS Brisbane looking tired but Melbourne squander an attacking opportunity once again with Billy Slater throwing a silly pass that went into touch even though the replay suggests Justin Hodges touched the ball.70 min: NEWS Brisbane hold on with Melbourne almost scoring near the posts.70 min: NEWS Cameron Smith leaves the field with a knee injury.72 min: FIELD GOAL Brisbane BroncosBrisbane move out to a seven point lead through a long range field goal to Darren Lockyer. Too hard for Melbourne to come back from here. Broncos 15-875 min: NEWS Melbourne looking lost without Cameron Smith and it's a forlorn hope for the Storm now.77 min: NEWS Greg Inglis knocks on fifteen out from their own line and Brisbane can rub salt into the Storms wound with another try.78 min: NEWS Brisbane have Melbourne pinned on their own line and they have smothered the Storm in the second half.80 min: NEWS Brisbane defeat the Melbourne Storm 15-8 and the Broncos were deserved victors, totally outplaying their inexperienced opponents in every aspect.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Shaun Berrigan (Broncos)2 - Shane Webcke (Broncos)1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)-----------------------------------------

Eels triumph over Jets

PREMIER League Grand Final Parramatta Eels 20 v Newtown Jets 19at Telstra StadiumReferee: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:In a thrilling game of footy, Premier League minor premiers Parramatta Eels have been victorious over a gallant Newtown Jets by 20-19.The Jets began the stronger, opening up a 10-nil lead with tries to fullback Aidan Kirk in the 6th minute out wide before big Charlie Tonga barged his way across the chalk in the 10th minute to extend the lead.Shortly after the Eels clicked into gear and hit back through man-of-the-match Marcus Perenara. He found his way to the line next to the posts, clawing the score back to 10-6.But a cantankerous Jets outfit wouldn?t lie down, bagging up another four-pointer to winger Troy Malcolm in the 22nd minute to open up a 16-6 lead.Five minutes later the Eels were in again, with Perenara adding to his try-scoring feats. With the conversion they trailed 16-12 before Malcolm added another penalty goal in the 37th minute to push Newtown out to an 18-12 lead.Several opportunities came and went for the Eels before they finally found the line again, this time through the other Perenara, Henry. With the conversion the teams went into the sheds at 18-16.The second half was a low-scoring affair, but Williams added another two thanks to a penalty and tied things up in the 46th minute. The remaining 45 minutes of play, including extra time, yielded three points and some very close shaves.Marcus Perenara took the lead for the Eels in the 74th minute with a field goal before Josh Lewis levelled proceedings in the 78th to effectively take the game into extra time.Both sides traded blows in the final period before Perenara again found space to slot the match winner with only seconds remaining in the final period of extra time.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 20Tries: Marcus Perenara(2), Henry PerenaraGoals: John Williams 3/4Field Goals: Marcus PerenaraNewtown Jets: 19Tries: Aiden Kirk, Troy Malcolm, Charlie TongaGoals: Josh Lewis 3/4Field Goals: Josh LewisBy the Clock:Great day out here at Telstra where the Eels and the Jets do battle in Premier League. There's plenty of first grade experience for both teams here.Changes:Kenny-Odowall comes in for Lai for the Jets. The Eels are as per the program.Numbers 18-20 drop off the bench for both teams.3 min: NEWS Both teams just settling into the contest here.6 min: TRY Newtown JetsThe Jets open the scoring through fullback Aiden Kirk, who floats wide and takes a good ball before pushing of two defenders. Josh Lewis fails from close to the sideline. Jets 4-08 min: NEWS A bit of mayhem with the Eels failing to field a kick and nearly get scored against again. Mistakes aplenty by Parra. Kirk is off with a limp and blood nose.10 min: TRY Newtown JetsPressing the line, big Charlie Tonga storms over the chalk to take advantage of the Jets good field position. Lewis nals this from next to the posts. Jets 10-013 min: TRY Parramatta EelsParra hit back with a try under the sticks to halfback Marcus Perenera. John Williams adds the extras and the minor premiers are back in the hunt. Jets 10-615 min: NEWS A vicious hit by Peter Lewis on Troy Malcolm sees the big prop on report.22 min: TRY Newtown JetsA deft kick by Josh Lewis finds Malcolm lurking out wide to score for the Jets. Great looking try. Lewis adds the extras from out wide, learning from his previous mistake. Jets 16-625 min: NEWS Parra making plenty of errors here with the Jets applying pressure to the minor premiers. There could be another upset here at Telstra.27 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels are in again through halfback Perenera. He took the ball one off the ruck close to the line, dummied, jinked and barged over next to the posts. Williams adds the extras Jets 16-1229 min: NEWS Parra knock-on from the restart!32 min: NEWS Henry Perenera is denied a try by some great Jets defence close to the line.37 min: PENALTY GOAL Newtown JetsLewis adds another two thanks to a penalty. The Jets stretch their lead to a converted try and are looking good. Jets 18-1240 min: TRY Parramatta EelsIn a controversial try, the Eels push close to the line and Henry Perenera plants the ball out wide despite the attention of three Jets players. Williams just shades the posts from the sideline. Jets 18-1640 min: NEWS A see-sawing game out here at Telstra with the minor premiers, the Parramatta Eels, staging a strong comeback to come within two points of the Jets at the break. The Eels look to have the momentum and could continue on in the second half. The Jets do have plenty of first grade experience and won't give up without a fight.41 min: NEWS We're underway in the second half and it promises to be a rip-snorter!45 min: NEWS Penalty to the Eels after the Jets hold back a player chasing a chip.46 min: PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsWilliams ties it up with a penalty as both teams look to stamp their authority on the second half. 18 all.53 min: NEWS Jets get trapped in-goal as the Eels start to pressure them.62 min: NEWS Parra starting to build to something here. This one could go down to the wire.63 min: NEWS Now the Jets press the line but the final pass goes to ground.68 min: NEWS Winger Troy Malcolm for the Jets goes so close, but is held up in a coach-killer.71 min: NEWS Mistakes creeping into the game as the pressure intensifies.73 min: NEWS Missed field goal attempt by Eels five-eighth Green.74 min: FIELD GOAL Parramatta EelsThe Eels snap a field goal through Marcus Perenera to take the lead. Eels 19-1876 min: NEWS Malcom, for the Jets, grasses a golden opportunity to score out wide and take the lead.78 min: NEWS 40-20 by Lewis for the Jets. We're set for an exciting finish!78 min: FIELD GOAL Newtown JetsAnd we're all tied up here! Lewis slots a field goal and this one will probably go into extra time. 19 all.79 min: NEWS Soward fails with a 50m field goal attempt.80 min: NEWS We've gone to extra time here at Telstra Stadium. It's a thrilling game.82 min: NEWS Massively open here with each side making breaks and coming close to scoring.83 min: NEWS Following a great run by Lewis, Soward puts a terrible field goal up. It was a disgrace!84 min: NEWS Jets charge down an Eels field goal!86 min: NEWS The players are stuffed as we head into the second period of extra time.87 min: NEWS Lewis misses another field goal.88 min: FIELD GOAL Parramatta EelsAnd the Eels wrap it up through Marcus Perenera who pots his second for the day. Eels 20-19-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Marcus Perenara (Eels)2 - Josh Lewis (Jets)1 - John Williams (Eels)-----------------------------------------

Eels triumph over Jets

PREMIER League Grand Final Parramatta Eels 20 v Newtown Jets 19at Telstra StadiumReferee: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:In a thrilling game of footy, Premier League minor premiers Parramatta Eels have been victorious over a gallant Newtown Jets by 20-19.The Jets began the stronger, opening up a 10-nil lead with tries to fullback Aidan Kirk in the 6th minute out wide before big Charlie Tonga barged his way across the chalk in the 10th minute to extend the lead.Shortly after the Eels clicked into gear and hit back through man-of-the-match Marcus Perenara. He found his way to the line next to the posts, clawing the score back to 10-6.But a cantankerous Jets outfit wouldn?t lie down, bagging up another four-pointer to winger Troy Malcolm in the 22nd minute to open up a 16-6 lead.Five minutes later the Eels were in again, with Perenara adding to his try-scoring feats. With the conversion they trailed 16-12 before Malcolm added another penalty goal in the 37th minute to push Newtown out to an 18-12 lead.Several opportunities came and went for the Eels before they finally found the line again, this time through the other Perenara, Henry. With the conversion the teams went into the sheds at 18-16.The second half was a low-scoring affair, but Williams added another two thanks to a penalty and tied things up in the 46th minute. The remaining 45 minutes of play, including extra time, yielded three points and some very close shaves.Marcus Perenara took the lead for the Eels in the 74th minute with a field goal before Josh Lewis levelled proceedings in the 78th to effectively take the game into extra time.Both sides traded blows in the final period before Perenara again found space to slot the match winner with only seconds remaining in the final period of extra time.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 20Tries: Marcus Perenara(2), Henry PerenaraGoals: John Williams 3/4Field Goals: Marcus PerenaraNewtown Jets: 19Tries: Aiden Kirk, Troy Malcolm, Charlie TongaGoals: Josh Lewis 3/4Field Goals: Josh LewisBy the Clock:Great day out here at Telstra where the Eels and the Jets do battle in Premier League. There's plenty of first grade experience for both teams here.Changes:Kenny-Odowall comes in for Lai for the Jets. The Eels are as per the program.Numbers 18-20 drop off the bench for both teams.3 min: NEWS Both teams just settling into the contest here.6 min: TRY Newtown JetsThe Jets open the scoring through fullback Aiden Kirk, who floats wide and takes a good ball before pushing of two defenders. Josh Lewis fails from close to the sideline. Jets 4-08 min: NEWS A bit of mayhem with the Eels failing to field a kick and nearly get scored against again. Mistakes aplenty by Parra. Kirk is off with a limp and blood nose.10 min: TRY Newtown JetsPressing the line, big Charlie Tonga storms over the chalk to take advantage of the Jets good field position. Lewis nals this from next to the posts. Jets 10-013 min: TRY Parramatta EelsParra hit back with a try under the sticks to halfback Marcus Perenera. John Williams adds the extras and the minor premiers are back in the hunt. Jets 10-615 min: NEWS A vicious hit by Peter Lewis on Troy Malcolm sees the big prop on report.22 min: TRY Newtown JetsA deft kick by Josh Lewis finds Malcolm lurking out wide to score for the Jets. Great looking try. Lewis adds the extras from out wide, learning from his previous mistake. Jets 16-625 min: NEWS Parra making plenty of errors here with the Jets applying pressure to the minor premiers. There could be another upset here at Telstra.27 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels are in again through halfback Perenera. He took the ball one off the ruck close to the line, dummied, jinked and barged over next to the posts. Williams adds the extras Jets 16-1229 min: NEWS Parra knock-on from the restart!32 min: NEWS Henry Perenera is denied a try by some great Jets defence close to the line.37 min: PENALTY GOAL Newtown JetsLewis adds another two thanks to a penalty. The Jets stretch their lead to a converted try and are looking good. Jets 18-1240 min: TRY Parramatta EelsIn a controversial try, the Eels push close to the line and Henry Perenera plants the ball out wide despite the attention of three Jets players. Williams just shades the posts from the sideline. Jets 18-1640 min: NEWS A see-sawing game out here at Telstra with the minor premiers, the Parramatta Eels, staging a strong comeback to come within two points of the Jets at the break. The Eels look to have the momentum and could continue on in the second half. The Jets do have plenty of first grade experience and won't give up without a fight.41 min: NEWS We're underway in the second half and it promises to be a rip-snorter!45 min: NEWS Penalty to the Eels after the Jets hold back a player chasing a chip.46 min: PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsWilliams ties it up with a penalty as both teams look to stamp their authority on the second half. 18 all.53 min: NEWS Jets get trapped in-goal as the Eels start to pressure them.62 min: NEWS Parra starting to build to something here. This one could go down to the wire.63 min: NEWS Now the Jets press the line but the final pass goes to ground.68 min: NEWS Winger Troy Malcolm for the Jets goes so close, but is held up in a coach-killer.71 min: NEWS Mistakes creeping into the game as the pressure intensifies.73 min: NEWS Missed field goal attempt by Eels five-eighth Green.74 min: FIELD GOAL Parramatta EelsThe Eels snap a field goal through Marcus Perenera to take the lead. Eels 19-1876 min: NEWS Malcom, for the Jets, grasses a golden opportunity to score out wide and take the lead.78 min: NEWS 40-20 by Lewis for the Jets. We're set for an exciting finish!78 min: FIELD GOAL Newtown JetsAnd we're all tied up here! Lewis slots a field goal and this one will probably go into extra time. 19 all.79 min: NEWS Soward fails with a 50m field goal attempt.80 min: NEWS We've gone to extra time here at Telstra Stadium. It's a thrilling game.82 min: NEWS Massively open here with each side making breaks and coming close to scoring.83 min: NEWS Following a great run by Lewis, Soward puts a terrible field goal up. It was a disgrace!84 min: NEWS Jets charge down an Eels field goal!86 min: NEWS The players are stuffed as we head into the second period of extra time.87 min: NEWS Lewis misses another field goal.88 min: FIELD GOAL Parramatta EelsAnd the Eels wrap it up through Marcus Perenera who pots his second for the day. Eels 20-19-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Marcus Perenara (Eels)2 - Josh Lewis (Jets)1 - John Williams (Eels)-----------------------------------------

Panthers edge out Knights in GF

JERSEY Flegg Grand Final Newcastle Knights 20 v Penrith Panthers 22at Telstra StadiumReferee: Steve LyonsMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have won the 2006 Jersey Flegg Grand Final with an upset 22-20 victory over Newcastle Knights at Telstra Stadium this afternoon. Minor premiers the Knights led 14-6 at the break before a couple of quick tries from the Panthers brought them right back into the contest.The Knights opened the scoring in the seventh minute after a flick ball from Callan Richardson found Jonathon Wright down the right hand flank. Wright passed back inside to Scott Dureau for the first try. Luke Walsh converted and the Knights were 6-0 in front.The Panthers were right back in the contest and in the 14th minute, Liam Campbell bursting on to a short pass to score in the corner. Scores were then level as the fullback Matthew Forwood converted from the sideline.The Knights then led 14-6 at the break, as two quick tries to hooker Terence SeuSeu and centre Callan Richardson sent the lead out to eight, but still the Panthers were in striking distance.Penrith got off to the perfect start in the second half, as winger Geoff Daniela made a breakand turned the ball back on the inside to Michael Jennings to score under the posts to put his side just two points behind.The Panthers hit the front for the first time in the match as captain Jaye Martleitner dived over from dummy half. Matthew Forwood's successful conversion gave Penrith a four point advantage.Newcastle needed to hit back and they did so as Fijian winger Akuila Uate set off down field from inside his own half. When confronted by the Panthers fullback, Uate stepped inside to score next to the uprights. Halfback Luke Walsh converted and the Knights had a 20-18 advantage.Just when it seemed the game was slipping away from the Panthers, and with just five minutes remaining on the clock, Jarrod Summut put up a bomb that was knocked backwards by a Panthers player. Wiremu Weepu was there to score in the corner. The conversion attempt missed, but the Panthers were now up 22-20, which ended up being the full time score.With just 35 seconds remaining in the match, a Panthers player knocked on and the Knights had one final chance, just 40 metres out from the line. In that set of six, the number six Scott Dureau put a chip over the top but the Panthers second rower claimed ithe ball.The Panthers this season have won the Harold Matthews Cup, SG Ball Cup and now the Jersey Flegg Cup. They take the Jersey Flegg Cup off last year?s winners St George Illawarra.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 20Tries: Akuila Uate, Callan Richardson, Terence Seu Seu, Scott DureauGoals: Luke Walsh 2/4Penrith Panthers: 22Tries: Michael Jennings, Liam Campbell, Jaye Martleitner, Wiremu WeepuGoals: Matthew Forwood 3/4By the Clock:Good afternoon and welcome to the first fixture of 2006 Grand Final Day.In just under 10 minutes it is the Jersey Flegg Grand Final between Penrith and Newcastle.Newcastle were the minor premiers this year,and made the grand final after a 1 point victory over the Dragons last weekend.Penrith on the other hand,finished 5th at the end of the regular season,and dramatically earnt a week off after 2nd and 3rd were both defeated.Newcastle is as per the program,with Rip Taylor making no chances.For the Panthers,Hazelton comes in to the run on side in to prop with Grant going back to the bench.They are coached by legend Brett Kenny.Your referee is Steve Lyons.1 min: Kickoff!5 min: A kick downfield from Penrith's Jarrod Sammut is charged down and Martleitner knocks on with 40 metres of free space ahead of him.7 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights get first blood as a slick backline play results in a flick pass from Richardson on to Wright who passes back inside to Dureau for the first try. The replay on the big screen shows that the pass from dummy half was in fact forward.Walsh converts the try. Knights 6-08 min: The Panthers get a piggy back down field from a penalty in the own quarter.9 min: The Panthers are deep on the attack before Lawrence Enosi is ruled to have knocked on in the play the ball,the second rower does not seem to pleased with the decision.11 min: Uate goes from dummy half on tackle 5 for the Knights and appears to have scored but a good call from the ingoal judge says that he knocked on.13 min: A penalty against Newcastle as Tupou has allegedly attempted to eye gouge a Penrith player.14 min: TRY Penrith PanthersOn the back of the penalty,the Panthers hit back as centre Liam Campbell pounces on an overlap down the right hand side.The kick from the sideline is a beauty from Matthew Forwood. 6 all.16 min: The kickoff from Dureau is dead on the full!21 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsKnights hooker Terence Seu Seu scoots out of dummy half,gets tackled on the 10,is not held,gets up,and keeps the legs pumping to score in the corner to get the Knights back in front.Walsh from the sideline just misses to the left. Knights 10-624 min: NEWS The Panthers throw the ball around on tackle 5 just 10 out from the Knights line before knocking on.27 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsCallan Richardson extends the margin for the Knights as,five-eight Scott Dureau latched on to a grubber kick on halfway before racing down 50 metres before a try saving tackle by the Panthers fullback Matthew Forwood.On the next play,Richardson wrong foots the marker to score in the corner.Walsh with the kick hooks away. Knights 14-631 min: Wright has a try disallowed for the Knights in the corner as when putting the ball down,the touchjudge rules he had been bumped tough ingoal.33 min: Just two out from halftime here as the Jersey Flegg halves are just 35 minutes.35 min: Halftime in the Jersey Flegg Grand Final - The Knights dominated the opening 15 minutes of the first half,before the Panthers came right back in to the match.Although dominating possession after this,the Panthers still find themselves down 14-6 at halftime.36 min: NEWS Second half underway!40 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get the try they needed after the break as a break from Geoff Daniela down the right flank is turned back on the inside to Michael Jennings who scores under the posts.Forwood converts the try. Knights 14-1244 min: A kick downfield from the Panthers is knocked on by Knights fullback Wooden.50 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are in front for the first time in the match as hooker Jaye Martleitner scores from dummy half.Forwood converts the try. Panthers 18-1453 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsUate gets the Knights back infront as he busts through the defence inside his own half,comes to the fullback,steps around him to score next to the posts.Walsh converts the try. Knights 20-1858 min: Just 12 out from fulltime as a Panthers penalty finds touch just 20 out from the Knights line.65 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are infront again with just 5 to go on the clock,a bomb goes up,it looks to be going dead ingoal,but it is knocked back by a Panthers player,and Wiremu Weepu is there to score outwide.Forwood hits the post with the conversion. Panthers 22-2065 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are infront again with just 5 to go on the clock,a bomb goes up,it looks to be going dead ingoal,but it is knocked back by a Panthers player,and Wiremu Weepu is there to score outwide.Forwood hits the post with the conversion. Panthers 26-2068 min: Just 2 minutes to go and the Panthers have the ball just 20 out.68 min: The Panthers have a try disallowed as the try scorer from a grubber kick is ruled to be offside.69 min: Some great ball movement from the Knights just the final pass is forward which may have sent the winger down 30 metres to score.70 min: A knockon from the Panthers and the Knights have 35 seconds and 45 metres to go to win the Grand Final.70 min: A kick through from Dureau is cleaned up by Corey Vlaciky for the Panthers,and the Panthers will win!Fulltime - The Panthers have kicked off Grand Final day by winning the Jersey Flegg Grand Final.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Sammut (Panthers)2 - Scott Dureau (Knights)1 - Jaye Martleitner (Panthers)-----------------------------------------

Panthers edge out Knights in Flegg

JERSEY Flegg Grand Final Newcastle Knights 20 v Penrith Panthers 22at Telstra StadiumReferee: Steve LyonsMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have won the 2006 Jersey Flegg Grand Final with an upset 22-20 victory over Newcastle Knights at Telstra Stadium this afternoon. Minor premiers the Knights led 14-6 at the break before a couple of quick tries from the Panthers brought them right back into the contest.The Knights opened the scoring in the seventh minute after a flick ball from Callan Richardson found Jonathon Wright down the right hand flank. Wright passed back inside to Scott Dureau for the first try. Luke Walsh converted and the Knights were 6-0 in front.The Panthers were right back in the contest and in the 14th minute, Liam Campbell bursting on to a short pass to score in the corner. Scores were then level as the fullback Matthew Forwood converted from the sideline.The Knights then led 14-6 at the break, as two quick tries to hooker Terence SeuSeu and centre Callan Richardson sent the lead out to eight, but still the Panthers were in striking distance.Penrith got off to the perfect start in the second half, as winger Geoff Daniela made a breakand turned the ball back on the inside to Michael Jennings to score under the posts to put his side just two points behind.The Panthers hit the front for the first time in the match as captain Jaye Martleitner dived over from dummy half. Matthew Forwood's successful conversion gave Penrith a four point advantage.Newcastle needed to hit back and they did so as Fijian winger Akuila Uate set off down field from inside his own half. When confronted by the Panthers fullback, Uate stepped inside to score next to the uprights. Halfback Luke Walsh converted and the Knights had a 20-18 advantage.Just when it seemed the game was slipping away from the Panthers, and with just five minutes remaining on the clock, Jarrod Summut put up a bomb that was knocked backwards by a Panthers player. Wiremu Weepu was there to score in the corner. The conversion attempt missed, but the Panthers were now up 22-20, which ended up being the full time score.With just 35 seconds remaining in the match, a Panthers player knocked on and the Knights had one final chance, just 40 metres out from the line. In that set of six, the number six Scott Dureau put a chip over the top but the Panthers second rower claimed ithe ball.The Panthers this season have won the Harold Matthews Cup, SG Ball Cup and now the Jersey Flegg Cup. They take the Jersey Flegg Cup off last year?s winners St George Illawarra.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 20Tries: Akuila Uate, Callan Richardson, Terence Seu Seu, Scott DureauGoals: Luke Walsh 2/4Penrith Panthers: 22Tries: Michael Jennings, Liam Campbell, Jaye Martleitner, Wiremu WeepuGoals: Matthew Forwood 3/4By the Clock:Good afternoon and welcome to the first fixture of 2006 Grand Final Day.In just under 10 minutes it is the Jersey Flegg Grand Final between Penrith and Newcastle.Newcastle were the minor premiers this year,and made the grand final after a 1 point victory over the Dragons last weekend.Penrith on the other hand,finished 5th at the end of the regular season,and dramatically earnt a week off after 2nd and 3rd were both defeated.Newcastle is as per the program,with Rip Taylor making no chances.For the Panthers,Hazelton comes in to the run on side in to prop with Grant going back to the bench.They are coached by legend Brett Kenny.Your referee is Steve Lyons.1 min: Kickoff!5 min: A kick downfield from Penrith's Jarrod Sammut is charged down and Martleitner knocks on with 40 metres of free space ahead of him.7 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights get first blood as a slick backline play results in a flick pass from Richardson on to Wright who passes back inside to Dureau for the first try. The replay on the big screen shows that the pass from dummy half was in fact forward.Walsh converts the try. Knights 6-08 min: The Panthers get a piggy back down field from a penalty in the own quarter.9 min: The Panthers are deep on the attack before Lawrence Enosi is ruled to have knocked on in the play the ball,the second rower does not seem to pleased with the decision.11 min: Uate goes from dummy half on tackle 5 for the Knights and appears to have scored but a good call from the ingoal judge says that he knocked on.13 min: A penalty against Newcastle as Tupou has allegedly attempted to eye gouge a Penrith player.14 min: TRY Penrith PanthersOn the back of the penalty,the Panthers hit back as centre Liam Campbell pounces on an overlap down the right hand side.The kick from the sideline is a beauty from Matthew Forwood. 6 all.16 min: The kickoff from Dureau is dead on the full!21 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsKnights hooker Terence Seu Seu scoots out of dummy half,gets tackled on the 10,is not held,gets up,and keeps the legs pumping to score in the corner to get the Knights back in front.Walsh from the sideline just misses to the left. Knights 10-624 min: NEWS The Panthers throw the ball around on tackle 5 just 10 out from the Knights line before knocking on.27 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsCallan Richardson extends the margin for the Knights as,five-eight Scott Dureau latched on to a grubber kick on halfway before racing down 50 metres before a try saving tackle by the Panthers fullback Matthew Forwood.On the next play,Richardson wrong foots the marker to score in the corner.Walsh with the kick hooks away. Knights 14-631 min: Wright has a try disallowed for the Knights in the corner as when putting the ball down,the touchjudge rules he had been bumped tough ingoal.33 min: Just two out from halftime here as the Jersey Flegg halves are just 35 minutes.35 min: Halftime in the Jersey Flegg Grand Final - The Knights dominated the opening 15 minutes of the first half,before the Panthers came right back in to the match.Although dominating possession after this,the Panthers still find themselves down 14-6 at halftime.36 min: NEWS Second half underway!40 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get the try they needed after the break as a break from Geoff Daniela down the right flank is turned back on the inside to Michael Jennings who scores under the posts.Forwood converts the try. Knights 14-1244 min: A kick downfield from the Panthers is knocked on by Knights fullback Wooden.50 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are in front for the first time in the match as hooker Jaye Martleitner scores from dummy half.Forwood converts the try. Panthers 18-1453 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsUate gets the Knights back infront as he busts through the defence inside his own half,comes to the fullback,steps around him to score next to the posts.Walsh converts the try. Knights 20-1858 min: Just 12 out from fulltime as a Panthers penalty finds touch just 20 out from the Knights line.65 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are infront again with just 5 to go on the clock,a bomb goes up,it looks to be going dead ingoal,but it is knocked back by a Panthers player,and Wiremu Weepu is there to score outwide.Forwood hits the post with the conversion. Panthers 22-2065 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are infront again with just 5 to go on the clock,a bomb goes up,it looks to be going dead ingoal,but it is knocked back by a Panthers player,and Wiremu Weepu is there to score outwide.Forwood hits the post with the conversion. Panthers 26-2068 min: Just 2 minutes to go and the Panthers have the ball just 20 out.68 min: The Panthers have a try disallowed as the try scorer from a grubber kick is ruled to be offside.69 min: Some great ball movement from the Knights just the final pass is forward which may have sent the winger down 30 metres to score.70 min: A knockon from the Panthers and the Knights have 35 seconds and 45 metres to go to win the Grand Final.70 min: A kick through from Dureau is cleaned up by Corey Vlaciky for the Panthers,and the Panthers will win!Fulltime - The Panthers have kicked off Grand Final day by winning the Jersey Flegg Grand Final.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Sammut (Panthers)2 - Scott Dureau (Knights)1 - Jaye Martleitner (Panthers)-----------------------------------------

R1 WC Oceania Qualifiers

WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS Oceania Group Friday, September 29, 2006 Campbelltown Stadium. Crowd: 3013

Dolphins Three Muskateers

THEY might up being called Redcliffe's own version of "The Three Musketeers". Ryan Cullen, Shannon Fish and Gerard Parle joined the Dolphins in the off-season from fellow Queensland Cup club Central Comets.

Robbo Reckons

WOO Hoo; finally we are back into some footy action. We have had a trial game against reigning premiers the Burleigh Bears and came away winners. Although it wasn?t their strongest side there were plenty of positives to come out of the day for the Dolphins.

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