MY favourite player in Rugby League is John Skandalis. He?s possibly the most under-rated forward in the game today. He does a ton of work in each game, he does it with no arguments, has a great offload, and best of all, he?s a Campbelltown man. His first grade debut was in 1996, for the Western Suburbs Magpies (poor guy). He ended up scoring a try in that match. Thus was born the legend of Skando. Well, he?s a legend to us Wests Tigers supporters anyway.
DON?T you just hate NRL players? Oh, I?m sure on one level you love them- you wouldn?t be reading this if you weren?t a fan, after all. But on another, deeper level, you despise them. Go on, admit it.
PARRAMATTA put an end to their two game losing streak with a 44-6 demolition of the Newcastle Knights on Saturday night. After other results went their way, the Eels now sit atop the Premier League ladder after 20 rounds.
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
VALLEY Cougars' coach, Mark Rowley has been elected as the new chairman of Wales Rugby League. He replaces Danny Sheehy who in-turn replaces Phil Melling as the new vice-chairman.
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.
OFFICIAL English Super League Round 22 game report - Sunday 24 July 2005. Full time: Widnes Vikings 20 Hull FC 40.
OFFICIAL English Super League Round 22 game report - Saturday 23 July 2005. Full time: Warrington Wolves 22 Leeds Rhinos 46.
A New Era: Quins & Broncos form exciting new partnership
FRIDAY, 29th July 2005
LONGTIME members would remember the quaint membership badges that once hung ever so proudly from their key rings, writes avid collector Nick Pezikian.
THE Bulldogs number one injury curse has struck again with points-scoring machine Hazem El Masri facing up to two months on the sidelines.
THIS Saturday night the mighty green machine come to Brisbane to take on the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. The organisers have been good enough to allocate Raiders fans our own section, Section 317, and we are calling on all of you to come and join us.