1. Milton Thaiday 2. Brian Carney 3. Matthew Gidley 4. George Carmont 5. Anthony Quinn 6. Jarrod Mullen 7. Andrew Johns (C) 8. Craig Smith 9. Danny Buderus 10. Josh Perry 11. Steve Simpson 12. Clint Newton 13. Reegan Tanner Interchange:14. Luke Davico 15. Adam Woolnough 16. Todd Lowrie 17. Kirk Reynoldson 18.Daniel Abraham(One to be omitted)
1 � Wade McKinnon
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 � Fuifui Moimoi
11 � Nathan Hindmarsh
12 � Chad Robinson
13 � Glenn Morrison
BULLDOGS prop Nate Myles is expected to announce his NRL future today. The Queensland Origin forward has been the most in-demand player on the open market, with eight clubs desperate to secure his services from next season.
WAKEFIELD have parted company with head coach Tony Smith with immediate effect.
CATALANS Dragons have insisted they are unconcerned by reports suggesting centre Adam Mogg could remain with his present side Canberra Raiders.
SALFORD City Reds have signed former St Helens prop Mark Edmondson on a two-year deal from Sydney Roosters.
KIWI Test centre Clinton Toopi has been granted an early release from his New Zealand Warriors contract to join Leeds for the rest of the season.
WHAT a ripping round of footy we?ve chewed our way through with some real top quality games in the mix ? all matches were decided by no more than 9 points. Competition for spots this week was hotter than a two-peckered bill goat in heat with the selectors having to mull over the decisions until the wee hours this morning. So, here are the 17 to wear the proud colours of the Round 19 League Unlimited Team of the Week.
CASTLEFORD gave their engage Super League survival chances another huge boost by winning a thrilling derby 31-30 over Leeds at The Jungle.
WINGER Martin Aspinwall scored two tries in three second-half minutes to help complete Huddersfield?s stunning fightback and end their run of four straight defeats with a 26-20 win.The Giants were 20-0 down after 43 minutes but Aspinwall?s quick double on 62 and 65 minutes tied the scores after Stuart Donlan and Michael De Vere started the revival with converted touchdowns.Substitute Steve Snitch piled on the misery for relegation-threatened Wakefield by finishing off a fine move created by Robbie Paul?s break to put the home side ahead for the first time.De Vere sealed victory by converting to complete a comeback which saw Huddersfield score 26 unanswered points in just 18 minutes to ease their own engage Super League relegation worries.Wakefield seemed to be on course to register only their third away win of the season after an impressive first-half display.Tempers on both sides came close to over-heating in the searing temperatures early on - Huddersfield?s Brad Drew had a punch-up with Wakefield?s Monty Betham, while Donlan was lucky not to be sin-binned for elbowing a Wildcats player.But once the visitors went ahead in the 10th minute through David Solomona?s try there seemed to be no way back into the game for a lethargic looking Huddersfield side.Former Giants winger Paul White scored a touchdown against his old club on 14 minutes after taking on Jamie Rooney?s final pass.Scrum-half Rooney then further increased Wakefield?s lead on 33 minutes by finishing off a move which was started by Jason Demetriou?s break from deep.Rooney converted all three tries to give the visitors an 18-0 interval lead and Rooney stretched the cushion early in the second half by kicking over a penalty awarded for a high tackle.Wakefield seemed to have the game sewn up - but the visitors have made a habit of throwing away healthy 20-point advantages this season.And once Huddersfield got on the scoresheet in the 50th minute with Donlan?s try the Wildcats just seemed to collapse.Huddersfield (0) 26.Tries: Donlan, De Vere, Aspinwall 2, Snitch. Goals: De Vere 3.Wakefield (18) 20.Tries: Solomona, White, Rooney. Goals: Rooney 4.Huddersfield: Reilly, Aspinwall, Brown, De Vere, Donlan, Thorman, Paul, Jackson, Drew, Gannon, Nero, Jones, Wild.Replacements: Crabtree, Snitch, Smith, Raleigh.Wakefield: Halpenny, Tadulala, Demetriou, Atkins, White, Rooney, Jeffries, Watene, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Betham.Replacements: Elima, Obst, MacGillivray, Griffin.Att: 4,848Referee: S GansonSource: www.superleague.co.uk
HULL extended their winning run to 13 games with a 36-24 win over Warrington at the KC Stadium, although they were never allowed to settle by a gritty Wolves outfit.
THE Newtown Jets maintained their unbeaten record in VB Premier League games at Henson Park this season, but had to use their ultimate ?get out of jail card? with a thrilling last minute 16-12 win over Cronulla-Sutherland on Saturday. The Jets had trailed 12-0 with fifteen minutes remaining but pulled back to 12-all with only five minutes left to play. Newtown lock Mitch Aubusson plunged over for the match-winning try in the last thirty seconds to seize an amazing comeback victory for the Jets.Saturday?s match was played in cold, wet conditions, complete with a huge midfield mud patch and blazing floodlights to round off the bleak wintry setting. The Sharks gave the better wet weather display for most of the game. They employed a better directed kicking game, used their big pack to good advantage and trapped Newtown ball-carriers in their own in-goal zone on several occasions. Cronulla seemingly had answers for every challenge mounted by the Jets and looked to be set to inflict Newtown?s first defeat at home this season.Not surprisingly tempers eventually frayed in the slippery, gruelling conditions and an old-fashioned all-in melee ensued about eighteen minutes from fulltime. The fracas seemed to spark a Jets revival, along with driving charges by their big forwards Glenn Hall, Charles Tonga and Mickey Paea. Newtown winger Aaron Lai scored in the southern left-hand corner with fourteen minutes to play, and his try was improved on with a high pressure sideline conversion from halfback Jamie Soward. Opposite winger Troy Malcolm claimed the Jets? second try five minutes from time with the ice-cool Soward converting from wide out once again to tie the scores up at 12-all. Both teams then exchanged long distance field goal attempts and in virtually the last play of the day, another field goal attempt by Soward was baulked by onrushing Sharks defenders; the ball was quickly shifted to the right hand side, with the impressive Aubusson crashing over in the corner amidst wild jubilation from Newtown supporters.Jets utility player John Doyle was Newtown?s standout performer with his clever ball distribution, darting dummy-half runs, crunching defence and fearless, inspiring leadership. Newtown fans can count themselves blessed to see a player of this exceptional calibre wearing their team?s colours. Hall, Tonga, Mickey Paea and Aubusson were among the best Newtown forwards while centre Lelea Paea and fullback Aidan Kirk were the best of the backs. The Newtown Jim Beam Cup team turned on their best first half performance of the season as they ran up a match-winning 32-0 half-time lead over The Entrance. The Jets played right to their game plan with accurate kicking, a high completion rate and sustained pressure on their opponents in their own quarter. While the second half was a more even contest, the Jets could be well pleased with the final 44-18 result in their favour.The young Jets now have the opportunity to consolidate and aim for the best possible placing in the semi-finals. Saturday?s first half can be used as a performance benchmark for the remaining competition games and there are no more byes to disrupt the team?s momentum. The Jets best forwards on Saturday were Ritchie Parker and Matt Habojan, along with good backline contributions from Luke Millwood, Toufic Nicolas and Will Ingram. The two home game wins made it a great occasion for generous match-day sponsor Anthony Tuite from the Royal Exchange Hotel in Marrickville.The Parkes Spacemen suffered a 32-12 defeat on Sunday at the hands of unbeaten competition leaders the Wellington Cowboys and are now precariously placed in the battle for the fifth place on the Group 11 competition table.Both Newtown Jets teams play away for the next two weekends. In the Jim Beam Cup, Newtown plays second-placed Wentworthville at Ringrose Park on Sunday (July 23rd) at 3.00pm. In the VB Premier League, Newtown ventures to Telstra Stadium to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday (July 22nd) at 3.30pm. This match is the main curtain-raiser to the Bulldogs-Roosters NRL match at Telstra at 5.30pm. Photo:Glenn Hall, Newtown Jets front-rower, rips through the Sharks defence on Saturday.Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.
THE North Queensland Toyota Cowboys announced today that Jackson Nicolau had been signed to the club for the next 3 years.
KNIGHTS Utility, Chris Bailey, has agreed to terms for a further two years, re-signing with Newcastle until at least the end of the 2008 season.
THE Newcastle Knights are proud to announce the appointment of Trent Robinson as Premier League Coach for season 2007.Robinson, 29, is the current Head Coach of French Club Toulouse Olympique XIII, and a former strength coach for the Hull Kingston Rovers. Trent holds a Bachelor of Human Movement Sport Science degree.?Trent has been recommended to us with glowing accolades and we are extremely confident about his appointment,? said Knights CEO, Ken Conway.?His qualifications and attitude to coaching indicated to us he was the right person for the job.?A St Gregory?s junior, Robinson?s playing career included the Sydney Roosters (1995-1998), Balmain Tigers, (1999-2001) where he was Club and Premier League Captain, and the Parramatta Eels, (2002) before relocating to France. ?The experience I?ve gained as a player and coach during my time abroad has been invaluable, but to join an NRL Club such as Newcastle in this capacity is a career highlight for me.? Robinson said.?I?m excited about the thought of coming home to Australia joining the Newcastle Knights players and staff and the opportunity to further my coaching career under Brian Smith.??The fact he was made Tigers Club Captain at the age of 23 says plenty about his character, leadership and football knowledge,? said Mr Conway.?The Club is confident Trent will prove to be a valuable asset to the Knights and a very popular, well respected member of the Newcastle community.?