WAYNE Bennett hinted he would quit as Queensland Origin rugby league coach to focus solely on the Brisbane Broncos.
ROUND 26 of the ESL brought up some very close matches. Bradford in a nail biting win over the Rhinos have shown themselves worthy of the top spot.
FRIDAY 12th September 2003
CANBERRA v MELBOURNE at Canberra Stadium at 7.35pm.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs team line-up as announced last week from Round 26 has been altered for this weeks? 2nd Qualifying Final, with Glen Hughes coming onto the interchange bench and Tony Grimaldi to play Premier League.
MATTHEW Elliott has named his lineup for this Friday's Qualifying Final at Canberra Stadium. Michael Monaghan has been named in the starting side at five-eighth, while James Evans and Alan Tongue have both been named on a six-man bench to be reduced to four on Friday.
THE Newcastle Knights will welcome back captain Ben Kennedy and outstanding NRL rookie, Craig Hall into their team to tackle premiership favourites, Sydney City Roosters this Saturday night at Aussie Stadium.
COACH of the 2003 Minor Premiers , John Lang will have a smile a mile wide with the news that his barnstorming 2nd rower , Joe Galuvao has completely recovered from his leg injury and is at his enthusiastic best in anticipation of this weekends game against the Brisbane Broncos.
RICKY Stuart has a tough decision to make before the Roosters run out in their finals match against the Newcastle Knights this Saturday night - which player to leave out of the 18 man squad that was named today.
BRISBANE Bronco's pair Petero Civoniceva and Andrew Gee have decided against fighting high tackle charges stemming from last weekend?s loss to the St George/Illawara Dragons.
STORM halfback Matt Orford believes Melbourne?s lack of finals experience won?t be a factor in Friday night?s first semi final against the Raiders at Canberra Stadium.
REGULAR skipper Monty Betham returns to the Warriors' starting line-up for this weekend's finals clash against the Bulldogs in Sydney.
THE Sydney Green Brigade have now booked a charter service to Canberra and there are still 13 seats remaining for the 34 seat coach. The bus will be departing Eddy Avenue, Central Station at approximately 3:00 on Friday afternoon and will return to Sydney at the end of the Raiders game.
HAS this year been the best ever for Rugby League? In my humble opinion, it has far surpassed 1994 and I say this as a die-hard Raiders fan. Sure, we may not win the comp this year but we will take some beating, as will the other seven sides contesting the finals series.
THE New Zealand Warriors have been warned to expect a barrage of abuse when they end a three-year exile and return to the Bulldogs' headquarters for Saturday's National Rugby League (NRL) qualifying final.
MELBOURNE have made a habit of changing their captain mid-season but there was nothing amiss when New Zealand veteran Stephen Kearney failed to represent the club at a meeting of National Rugby League (NRL) play-off participants yesterday.