Auckland Rugby League set for Finals

WITH the Preliminary finals set to starts next weekend, results in the last round of both the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial competition and the Suburban Newspapers Sharman Cup became crucial for the all important home ground semis advantage.

The Top 5 done and dusted

NEW Zealand's Bartercard Cup 2005 season for 7 teams is now at an end after Round 16 of the competition over the weekend.

Top guns still rate 'dales

MINOR premier North Queensland will not discard Toowoomba as a title threat, despite smacking the Clydesdales 44-0 at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday.

Devils' Championship Glory

THERE was no time to stop and smell for the roses for Norths coach Wayne Treleaven after the Devils won a 24-22 final round thriller against Redcliffe to clinch the Spotless Club Championship.

Queensland finals venues and times

DOLPHIN Oval and Bishop Park will be the venues for Queensland Wizard Cup, Mixwell Cup and Colts Challenge semi finals this coming weekend.

QUEENSLAND STATEWIDE SCORE WRAP - 22/08/05

QUEENSLAND WIZARD CUP Results: Norths 24 d Redcliffe 22, North Queensland 44 d Toowoomba 0, Tweed Heads 68 d Central 12, Wynnum 22 d Burleigh 18, Easts 56 d Souths Logan 20. Ipswich bye.

Burleigh Bears not fully sick

BURLEIGH coach Rick Stone officially diagnosed his Bears as ?a bit sick? after the reigning premiers slumped to third place with a disappointing 22-18 loss to Wynnum in their final fixture.

Robbo Reckons

FROM the penultimate round of fixtures (Do you like that big word I?m pretty impressed with myself) the best the Dolphins can look to is fourth spot and a home semi final against Toowoomba. But to be more than just passengers in the semi?s we will have to come to play. Against Toowoomba on the TV it just didn?t look like the Redcliffe team we all know and I think the score flattered us a bit. But in saying that we know we didn?t play well and to be in the contest up until the last ten minutes was encouraging. The lower grades continue to go along in their respective comps with reggies in second and colts in fourth. The colts pulled off what most people would call an upset when they beat Wests/Broncos colts at Purtell Park. Coach Craig Inge Inga, Ingle umm Trigger tipped CEO James Hinchey that it would be a good game and that we?d be in it with a big show. Well they were more than just in it well done boys. I hope the crowds get along to the Norths game which maybe the last home game for the season depending on other results. There is nothing better than playing in front of a big vocal Dolphin Crowd so grab a few mates and get along and cheer home the boys. Now another one from Geography Professor Shannon Fish, when talking to Ryan Cullen, Ryan told him how his girlfriend Amy was in Switzerland and Shannon replied she?d better watch out for all those Swedish men. Now Shannon I?m no Rhodes Scholar but even I know Swedish men are in Sweden and Swiss men are in Switzerland. Adam Starr season appears to over after suffering an eye socket injury against Toowoomba but he could always pick up an extra few bucks being a pirate seeing he is walking around with patch on his eye. And there is no truth to the rumour that his daughter Jade asked him if he was Captain Feathersword from the Wiggles. Cowboy Troy Lindsay becomes the first player in the ten year history or the Queensalnd Cup to chalk up 200 games what a great achievement for front rower. But props have it easy these days they only play half a game not like us tough as nails half backs who have to play 80 minutes every week. Of course I am only joking and looking at Cow?s stats for the last few games 60, 58, and 55 involvements. I?m sure he?s found a fountain of youth out on the farm. I believe he has signed on again for next year which would make it an amazing sixteen seasons playing senior footy for Redcliffe. But it?s funny when you look at Cows and Starry?s player profiles sheets they?ve handed from the last few years one year they are born 1973 then 1974 then 1975 then 1976.

Sea Eagles end Sydney Airport Jets unbeaten run at Henson Park

MANLY-WARRINGAH ended Newtown?s unbeaten record in home games this season, in the high-scoring VB Premier League match played at Henson Park on Saturday. The Sea Eagles won an exciting contest by 46-36, with two late tries seeing off the Jets? spirited attempt to seal their double-chance in the upcoming finals series. Newtown had been unable to land the killer blow at critical moments in the second half that might well have sealed the result.

Round 24 charges

THE following players have been charged by the NRL judiciary following round 24?s action.

Kearns to retire

MELBOURNE Storm captain Robbie Kearns has announced he will retire at the end of the current NRL season. Kearns' decision to call it a day means that Scott Hill and Matt Geyer will be the only two Storm players still at the club in 2006 that were for the inaugural season in 1998.

Monday?s Expert Leagueunlimited.com Players Awards - Round 24

LEAGUE Wrap: Round 24, 19-21 August 2005 We have a new outright leader this week with Andrew Johns topping the table and moving up to 24 points in the Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards. The Knights? half back has been the most consistent player of the paddock since returning from injury last June. He overtakes Cowboys' full back Matt Bowen and Storm half back Matt Orford who share equal second spot on 22 points.

Eels team named to face the Raiders

PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named a strong line-up to take on the Canberra Raiders at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Perry returns for the Bulldogs game against the Panthers

THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs have made just the one change to their team that suffered a loss to the Tigers last weekend for this Sunday's clash with the Panthers. Adam Perry returns to the interchange having recovered from injury.

Suspensions and injuries to hit clubs

SOUTH Sydney centre Luke MacDougall faces a lengthy suspension for a dangerous throw on Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello. MacDougall copped a five-match suspension earlier this year for a lifting tackle on Melbourne's Scott Hill.

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