More injury woes for Raiders

AN under strength Canberra Raiders side met some unexpected resistance from the lowly Bulldogs in Premier League on Monday, going down 32-20 at Telstra Stadium.

Johns rules out comeback

CHAMPION halfback Andrew Johns has ruled out making a return to representative football for the third and deciding State of Origin clash in Melbourne. Johns had hinted at a possible comeback for NSW after the Blues were thumped 30-6 by Queensland at Suncorp Stadium to level the series 1-1 on Wednesday night.

Bartercard Cup Rd 12 preview and teams

ROUND 12 in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup will see some tough games for the teams vying for a Top 5 spot on the competition table.First game up tomorrow night is the clash between the Falcons and Rangers in Levin. A heavy loss to the competition leaders last week has seen the Cental Falcons slip down the table to be near the bottom. They'll be looking for a solid performance up against the Watakere Rangers who had an impressive win over bottom placed Northern Storm in Round 11 Saturday 17 June 2006 Central Falcons vs Waitakere Rangers Levin Domain, Levin 7.30pm Kick OffCENTRAL FALCONSZIGGY TANGIRATIM CAHILLELISHA LEOTASTEPHEN FORBESTERRY CLUNE (C)HAISLEY ROBSONSHANE LAHINASIMON HEADRICKY HURUNUIHEYDON HEALEYRICKY THORBYBENSON TUPOUROPATI PALEAAETONY GREIGRUSSELL PACKERISAAC TUPAICoach - DAVID LOMAXWAITAKERE RANGERS(#20) CLIFFORD BEVERLEYWILLIAM CLARKENBOYCIE NELSONROBINSON GODFREYMANA TUIPULOTUGAVIN BAILEY (Co-C)BERNARD PERENARAKARL EDMONDSONJUNIOR FIUROB SEUALASCOTT JONESKARL GUTTENBEILHENRY TURUA (Co-C)DEAN SHEPHERDMARK TOELAUHAMISH BARCLAYDANIEL O?REGANCoach - BERNIE PERENARAReferee: Adam BurnsSunday 18 June 2006 Top of the table Auckland Lions take on 3rd placed Tamaki Leopards in the curtain raiser for the Warriors vs Knights game. There'll be plenty of talent on show for the early birds to Ericsson, including players from the Warriors development squad wanting to impress. Looking forward to this clash.Auckland Lions vs Tamaki Leopards Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 11.50am Kick Off(C/R To Warriors vs Knights)AUCKLAND LIONSDAVID FISI?IAHIMALOFOU SOLOMONAMIGUEL STARTANTHONY SWANNLUI TOIMOANASTEVE BUCKINGHAM (C)KELVIN WRIGHTJULIAN O?NEILLLEE WETHERILLSIONE POUHASALA FA?ALOGOPALETASALA ALEFABIAN SOUTERDANIEL O?REGANDYLAN DAVISTwo more to be namedCoach - BRIAN McCLENNANTAMAKI LEOPARDSCOOPER VUNATAAVILI LEAUNOAAIROE BOAZAKOTISI FAKALATA (CLINTON TOOPI)ISAAKO HAGAITOAWILLIAM HETA (Co-C)MANA ASHFORDGEORGE TUAKURADARIN KINGISINAVE FAITALE (Co-C)FRED TURUWHENUAISAAC LIAVAAGEOFFREY RUAPOROPAUL ATKINSRICHARD JOHNSONTROY BECROFTSIONE NIUILACoach - DEAN CLARKReferee: Craig PascoeNorthern Storm may feel the brunt of the Bulls fire when they meet up early Sunday afternooon in Whangarei. A rare home defeat for the Bulls last week against the Harbour League side will still be in their minds I'm sure. The Storm have shown they can cause a bit of damage, and no better place to do it than in front of their supporters.Northern Storm vs Canterbury Bulls Jubilee Park, Whangarei 1.00pm Kick OffNORTHERN STORMBRENDAN HIKAKADYLAN WEREJACK WALKER (C)MASON PUREINOKE TAUFADALEY JOHNSONANTHONY CLYDESTEVE RAULINTON PRICEVINCENT MAFIADAM DONALDSONJOHNEEN FAGAVAOKAHURANGI HENAREHENRY GODINETJOEL FREEMAN (VICTOR TUTUILA)JOE IOANEFINAU MOALA (PUHI TOA)Coach - GEOFF MORTONCANTERBURY BULLSLUSI SIONESCOTT HURRELLDONAVAN AITKENBEN HURRELLLUCAS TAMAKAHAJOSH REUBENDUANE WINETIVINCE WHARESHANE BEYERS (C)ALEX TIMOBLAKE MILNERCLINTON FRASERCOREY LAWRIEDANIEL METCALFROBERT BUTLERROSS TURIJOHN LENECoach - PHILIP PRESCOTTReferee: Leon WilliamsonThe Stallions have had a couple of good wins in the last two rounds and will travel down to Wellington full of confidence for their match on Sunday afternoon. The mostly youthful Orcas side fought hard on Monday night against a tough Jetz side and can take a lot of heart from that. A tough one to pick a winner from.Wellington Orcas vs Waicoa Bay Stallions McEwan Park, Wellington 2.30pm Kick OffAddress: Off Marine Drive, Petone, Wellington WELLINGTON ORCASDION LAULUDESTA BUCHANANOMPALUS KUATOLOVAE AUVAAMELI KOLIVAUALEHANA MARALEON BOYDTAYLOR PELENISEBEN TARAEKAMOSE MASOEDALLAS RENNIEDANIEL MISAHAYDEN DAVISMICHAEL LEALAVAAASHLEY PARKERBEN MATULINOPAUL RUDMANCoach - PAUL BERGMANWAICOA BAY STALLIONSJUNIOR AURUMOKONUIARANGI McGRATHKARL PERRYTETEIRA DAVISMICHAEL MOOREISAAC JOHNSHAYDEN KARENADAVID LETELE (C)PETER PRIMEJOSHUA DAVIDANARU GRANTSIMON BEALENOAH RUTENETALANOA VILIAMISHANE TEKURUMICHAEL STEVENSPAUL CLOUSTONCoach - HIKI RUTENEReferee: Glen BlackOne of the top match ups of Round 12 is saved for Monday night when the Jetz take on Harbour League in Albany. Both sides come off impressive away wins from last week. One point seperates the two sides on the table, with the Harbour side just out of the Top 5. Monday 19 June 2006 Live And Free-To-Air On Maori TelevisionCounties Manukau Jetz vs Harbour League North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 8.00pm Kick OffCOUNTIES MANUKAU JETZDAVE HEKETOAJEFFERY MATAILIU FALEONOMARVIN FILIPOTALIVAKAOLA TUIFUAJESSE IOAPOELIAKIM UASIANDREW TAUAILEIMONI MOALAJOHN VAIMAUGATALIPOPE TUIFELASAIROMAN HIFOANDREW WHARTONWILLIAM WOLFGRAMMGEORGE ELIKIMAURICE AH VOAIRO TEARIKICoach - GARY KEMBLEHARBOUR LEAGUEDYLAN RAMEKATUI SAMOASHAUN METCALFJEREMY GOLFJOE VAIFALEJARED TROTTDWAYNE GLASGOW(#20) CHRIS TUPOUSONNY CAVANAGHTANE HART (C)JEREMIAH PAIARTY SHEADJASON KAMARIERAROCKY EDWARDSHOPOATE TUIHALANGINGIEDAMON TROTTIVALA VAAELUACoach - KENNY McINTOSHReferee: Dave Pakieto

Round 14 Team of the Week

WILL all the fuss over Fuifui?s little chomp, Monday?s boilover and Wednesday?s State of Origin, the Round 14 League Unlimited Team of the Week has had to show its versatility and pack into the mix on a Friday. It has been a festival of League recently and what better way to gear up for another weekend of action than to peruse the finest 17 on paper from last round.

Knights v Tigers - Free Entry

THE Newcastle Knights take on the high flying Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers this Saturday at Energy Australia Stadium.

Where to see the Jets

SATURDAY, June 17th 2006Henson ParkVB Premier LeagueNewtown v Western SuburbsKick-Off: 3.00pmCurtain-Raisers at Henson Park on Saturday:11.00am ? Sydney Women?s Rugby League ? Newtown Jetettes v Windsor She-Wolves;12.00 and 1.15pm ? NSW Tertiary Education Rugby League competition matches.Match Day Sponsor: The Carlisle Castle Hotel, Albermarle Street, NewtownThe inaugural Tom Raudonikis Cup, for competition between the two clubs that Tom played for with such commitment and distinction between 1969 and 1982, will be presented by the man himself at the completion of Saturday?s game.Well might Newtown approach Saturday?s match with extreme caution as the Magpies are coming off the upset of the 2006 VB Premier League season, when they comfortably defeated the high-flying Manly-Warringah at Brookvale last Friday night. There is nothing the John Dorahy-coached Magpies would love better than to make it two wins in a row by beating their old foes the Jets at Henson Park. In such an even competition as this year?s VB Premier League, every game is a must-win game for the Newtown Jets. There may be late changes to the Newtown team dependant upon how well the Roosters contingent from State of Origin II on Wednesday night shapes up for the weekend.Newtown?s VB Premier League team to play Western Suburbs at Henson Park, 3:00pm, 17th June:1. Aidan Kirk, 2. Aaron Lai, 3. Lelea Paea, 4. Sam Perrett, 5. Troy Malcolm, 6. Jamie Soward, 7. Josh Lewis, 8. Glenn Hall, 9. John Doyle, 10. Mickey Paea, 11. Nigel Plum, 12. Adam Schubert, 13. Mitchell AubussonInterchange: 15. Luke Gordon, 16. Mark Edmondson, 17. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 18. Daniel Dumas.Saturday, June 17th 2006Cabramatta Sports GroundJim Beam CupNewtown v CabramattaKick-Off: 5.00pmA real test for the Newtown Jim Beam Cup boys given the maddening ?stop-start? nature of this year?s competition and the postponement of last Saturday?s game against the Bulls. The Cabramatta Two-Blues are the most improved team in the competition and have a good record playing at home on Saturday evenings in front of big ?fuelled-up? crowds. This game most assuredly won?t be a vicar?s tea party for either side.The Newtown Jim Beam Cup team to play Cabramatta at the Cabramatta Sports Ground, 5.00pm, 17th June:1. Andrew Le Breton, 2. Clint Stowers, 3. Ahmed El Masri, 4. Anton La Vin, 5. Michael Taouk, 6. Toufic Nicolas, 7. Matt Habojan, 8. Richard Parker, 9. Kiel Roberts, 10. Billy Baleilomaloma, 11. Khalid Deeb, 12. Tim Chalmers, 13. Darren Lang. Interchange: 14. Zoran Illijoski, 15. Rimini Reweti, 16. Luke Millwood, 17. TBANewtown?s VB Premier League fullback Aidan Kirk has been one of the most consistent performers for the Jets this season and he was in top form against North Sydney (pictured above) and last Saturday against Cronulla-Sutherland. His ability has not gone unnoticed, as he has been signed by the New Zealand Warriors for the 2007 season. Aidan assured me after last Saturday?s important win over the Sharks that he wants to help take the Jets all the way in 2006. He?s from pedigree Rugby League stock ? his father Pat and several uncles were all top footballers with Coonabarabran in Group 14 and they were also high performance professional sprinters. You can see Aidan Kirk in action against the Western Suburbs Magpies this Saturday at Henson Park.Old time Newtown Bluebags hard-heads like Bumper Farrell, Herb Narvo and Henry Holloway might have done a double-take at the idea of women playing Rugby League at Henson Park, but here they are ? the Newtown Jetettes RLFC who have been making such an impact on the Sydney Women?s Rugby League competition of 2006. You can see the girls in the early game this Saturday at 11.00am when they take on the aptly-named Windsor She-Wolves!Both of these photos are courtesy of the Newtown Jets quality sports photographer Gary Sutherland. You can check out Gary?s extensive Newtown Jets 2006 action shots gallery at: www.pbase.com/gsphotography Here?s a terrific merchandise offer from the Newtown Jets Clothing Company:As advertised last week - by popular demand: the Green and Gold Newtown Bluebags T-Shirt is back, better than ever!Why not have the best of both footballing worlds? Support both the Aussie Socceroos in the 2006 World Cup and your favourite Rugby League team, the Newtown Jets, with this classic Green and Gold T-Shirt. Get your order in now ? these won?t last long at only $30, plus $6 postage and handling anywhere in Australia. There is an extensive range of sizes available. These shirts, along with a wide range of quality Newtown Jets merchandise, will be on sale at Henson Park on Saturday.The major outlet for Newtown RLFC merchandise is the Newtown Jets Clothing Company.The major outlet is located at:Level 3, 52 ? 60 Enmore RoadNewtown NSW 2042(on the third floor of the @ Newtown RSL building)Phone: 95161803Fax: 95161904Email: [email protected] or [email protected] for Genevieve or Steve.They will only be too pleased to help you with choices from the entire range of 2006 Newtown Jets merchandise.Credit cards (BankCard, MasterCard and Visa) and American Express all accepted.Be sure to send this email on to all your friends to let them know where they can see the mighty Newtown Jets playing this weekend.

Player movements; Injuries

SYDNEY Roosters boss Brian Canavan is unconcerned about a player drain at the NRL club despite the imminent departure of stars Ryan Cross and Adrian Morley.

Round 15 NRL Preview

WELL, I had a shocker last week. After clinching my first perfect score in Round 13, I dropped the ball big time and came crashing back down to earth. It started fine with my choice in Friday night?s game getting up at the death, but it all went downhill from there. I had my head handed to me in a bucket on Super Saturday and then continued to watch my picks fall from the sky all the way to Monday. It seems I?m not alone though.

Dutch squad for WC Qualifier

AFTER the experience of the Lokomotiv Tbilisi stadium and a crowd of over 11,000 in Georgia the Dutch come back to reality in the basic surroundings of RC Rotterdamse on Saturday 17th June (6.00pm) as the Netherlands complete their Euro "B" / World cup qualifying campaign against Serbia. After defeats at the hands of Russia and Georgia the game will determine who finishes the group with the wooden spoon.Given the rivalry that has developed between the sides in recent years the players and management are looking forward to a very competitive match. Serbia has lost their last two games to the Dutch, in 2004 in Rotterdam and then last year in Belgrade, but both sides have improved during this World Cup campaign. The problematic full back position has again raised its head as Kees Foxon, a stand in for Joel Barrett in Georgia, is a definite non-starter. Joel dislocated his shoulder whilst filling in for the injured Rudy Stanford-Smyth, against the Russians and Kees suffered a bad dislocation of his ankle in Tbilisi.Powerful second rower James Howitt is out for the season after picking up knee ligament trouble in the Russian game and Jorik Moree and Rudy Stanford-Smyth will need fitness tests. This will be the first game in charge for new Head Coach Troy Perkins and his selection will be boosted by the inclusion in the squad for the first time of ex-Canterbury Bulldogs and Halifax three quarter Dayne Nierinckx. Dayne has made himself available after being released by Halifax and his experience will be a major boost to the Netherlands side. The game also marks the retirement of two of Netherlands most capped players as Bevan Williamson returns to New Zealand with eight international caps for Netherlands, an appearance record matched by Johnny Qua who is also hanging up his boots after the game to spend more time with his new born daughter. Netherlands ?train on? squadRugby League World Cup Qualifier GroupingsRC Rotterdamse, Hollandv Serbia 17 June 20061. Duncan Taylor (Worthing) 2. Jamie Groeneweg (Hookers, Hoek van Holland) 3. Dayne Nierinckx (Unattached) 4. Ronald van den Broek (Haagsche) 5. Cyril Brienberg (Roosendaal)6. Aaron de Jager (Huddersfield Underbank Rangers) (captain)7. Nathan Meirshcke (London Skolars)8. Phil Parkinson (Nottingham Outlaws)9. Chris Hodgetts (Hemel Stags)10. Alan Barker (London Skolars)11. Raymond den Engelsman (Hookers, Hoek van Holland)12. Vincent Grimbergen (Sassenheim)13. Bevan Williamson (Rotterdamse)14. Benjamin Blom (Sassenheim)15. Johnny Qua (Rotterdamse)16. Jason Bruygoms (Sparta)17. Jorik Moree (Rotterdamse)18. Rudy Stanford-Smyth (Sparta)19. Alex Hoogenzand (Sassenheim)20. Bernie van Holstein (Hookers, Hoek van Holland)21. Caine Rooseboom (Sassenheim)22. Duncan van Dam (Rotterdamse)23. Micheal O' Mahoney (Rotterdamse)24. Sjoerd Nieboer WRC (Haaglanden)25. Roelof Haar (Leeuwarden)Source: www.rlef.eu.com

Titans sign Hodgson

MICHAEL Hodgson became the latest Titans signing, agreeing to a 2 year contract with the NRL?s newest club today.The front row / second row player has been with Canberra since 2000 after coming through the ranks as a Parramatta Junior and playing his first two seasons in first grade with that club. Hodgson said, ?I have been impressed with the way the club has been portrayed in the media in that it is very professional and organised. My wife Sally and I are genuinely excited about the move for us and our daughter Neve and it is even more attractive being a new club. It will be a great place to train and play ? waking this morning to minus 3 certainly reinforced that.?Coach John Cartwright believes the signing is another crucial move in the formulation of the fledgling club?s forward pack.Cartwright said, ?As with all of our signings, Michael fits the mould 100% on and off the field. He?s a big reason why the Raiders are having more success this season. He has got great go-forward, he?s a solid defender and he?s closing in on 100 first grade games which is when front rowers start to play their best football.?Gold Coast Titans signings to date:Forwards: Michael Hodgson (Raiders) Frank Puletua (Panthers) Luke Bailey (Dragons) Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers) Luke Swain (Panthers) Brad Meyers (Bradford) Nathan Friend (Storm) Luke O?Dwyer (Eels)Backs Preston Campbell (Panthers) Brian Carney (Newcastle) Matt Petersen (Eels) Scott Prince (Tigers) Richie Mathers (Rhinos) Josh Graham (Western Force)

PNG Kundus show pride in loss

A HEARTY effort from the PNG Kundus has given great hope for the country?s international future, despite a deceiving 32-16 loss against the Queensland Under 19 Maroons.

QLD U/17s in dazzling win over NSW

IT WAS spectacular and controversial and in the long run the good guys won. Queensland raised its first victory over New South Wales this year with a 42-16 win in the Under 17s prelude to Origin II.

QLD Country and Rangers squads named

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Fitzgibbon hopeful of Roosters offer

SYDNEY Roosters captain Craig Fitzgibbon says he is hopeful he will receive an offer that will allow him to stay at the club beyond 2006.

Mason asks selectors to keep faith

NEW South Wales prop Willie Mason has implored Blues selectors to keep faith with the side humbled in game two of the State Of Origin series last night.

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