THE Roosters Jersey Flegg team sent a shockwave through defending Premiers the Roosters at North Sydney Oval on Friday night, dominating the first half in front of a healthy local crowd. From the beginning the Bears took control with forwards Brad Price, Jessie Mileto and Premier League experienced Pat Galea making a tirade of metres, allowing two exceptional tries to blossom off the Bears backline. The first a well oiled sweep of the field to right wing Ryan Wilson scoring in the corner. Then Bears five-eighth Reece Watson broke the Roosters line and sent through fullback Anthony Beare to score. With Reece converting Norths were 10-0 in the lead. However, a turning point came when a Bears scrum feed went astray as Roosters lock Grant Millington took advantage scoring a try and giving the Roosters a 6 pointer. The Bears then switched their attention from attack to defence barring the Roosters from scoring for the remainder of the half.
A wise man once said how an NRL team a few years ago was over the cap. That wise man isn?t former South Sydney Rabbitohs CEO George Piggins but in fact the writer of this article, me, MrCharisma! About the same time Piggins also said something very similar but unlike me, nobody cared.
THREE-QUARTERS of the way through the Super League season and the British fans and press are beginning to turn their attention to the forthcoming tri-nations series. The question many of us are asking is: given the massacre in last season?s final, is there any realistic hope for a Great Britain victory? I think there is. Although if we turn out the same old players we will probably get thrashed in the same old way, if Brian Noble, the GB coach, is willing to give a chance to the younger talent which has emerged over the last couple of years then the Kangaroos could be on the receiving end for a change. However, for reasons that will emerge at the end of this article, I am not too hopeful.
THE NZRL and selectors have great pleasure in announcing the following New Zealand 16?s squad to tour Sydney and Brisbane, Australia at the end of September, beginning of October to play 3 matches.
THE Newtown and Balmain Rugby League clubs, two of Australia?s 1908 foundation clubs, compete on an annual basis for the Trevor Ryan ? Neil Pringle Shield, honouring two iconic champions who played with distinction for both clubs in the 1970?s and early 1980?s.
THE Bears effort was unquestionable, but the Roosters dominance in possession put the North Sydney side on the back foot as some positional re-shuffling weakened the Bears attack. In the first half with patches of rock solid defence from the Norths forwards, Bears half Aaron Heremaia showed a glimmer of his team's current form, unfortunately with no result. In the end the Roosters dominated the first period going to a 24-2 lead at half time. In the second the Bears Billy Ngawini was able to spark a resurgence with a try, after the Norths forwards headed by Michael Harper, Alex Chan and Tevita Metuisela bounced back to form and managed to lay a platform to work from, but the Roosters hit back with a length of the field intercept try. Lester Salanoa finished the Bears scoring off with final score 36-14 to the Roosters
NEW Zealand Rugby League chairman Selwyn Pearson wants an independent medical officer to rule whether Kiwi players are unavailable for the end-of-season Tri Nations series.
AN untimely forfeit by Runaway Bay last weekend saw the Colts miss out on some much needed game time. Although strength and conditioner Tony Guilfoyle gave the side a torrid workout on Sunday morning nothing can compensate for the real thing particularly when the remaining rounds see the Dolphins up against improvers Hill District and competition heavyweights Wests & Norths, although on the positive side of things it gave the side a good opportunity to freshen up their legs for the run into the finals.
THIS Saturday (30th July) 2SER FM?s ?A View from the Hill? will be taking calls from listeners on whatever you would like to talk about in Rugby League.
CANTERBURY Bulldogs centre Jamaal Lolesi said he believed the team's number one jersey was "cursed" and he may not wear it when he appears in the position against South Sydney on Sunday.
FRIDAY, 29th July 2005
THIS week?s Forum Seven?s feature is particularly relevant given the fanfare surrounding Anthony Mundine?s desire to mix rugby league with boxing. The Forum Seven?s is a fantastic essay writing contest held on our website and this piece is written by our very own Steven Williams. Please visit F7?s Central on the left nav bar if you?re interested in participating.
WITH a six-pack of games remaining to play out in the 2005 premiership, fans of rugby league are in for a supreme treat as 12 clubs clamour for the right to contest 20 kilos of bronze in the first weekend of October.
LONGTIME members would remember the quaint membership badges that once hung ever so proudly from their key rings, writes avid collector Nick Pezikian.
HELLO Dragons Supporters,
WHAT: St George Illawarra Dragons V Sydney Roosters at WIN Stadium
WHEN: This Friday 8.30pm
WHERE: Steakout!, Crown Casino (previously known as The All Star Cafe)
CHANNEL: TCN 9 Sydney (unavailable in Melbourne anywhere else)
A win this weekend may well see the Dragons enter the top 4 of the Telstra Premiership race for the first time this year and MBDS members will not miss a second of the action at Crown's new steakhouse & lounge, Steakout!.
The venue and the big screens were great a few weeks ago for the game against Parramatta so we are all looking forward to a great night.
As was the case previously, Steakout will reserve the left half of the first elevation at the front of the room for MBDS and entry is free.
See you there on Friday
GO YOU DRAGONS!!