THE conclusion to this season?s 25th Anniversary State of Origin series is upon us, with intrigue and drama befitting of such a grand occasion.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS v NORTH QUEENSLAND YOUNG GUNS
Dolphin Oval, Saturday 2pm, July 9.
POWER pays in the end as a battling Ireland side found in their second round Group match of the Student Rugby League World Cup match in Brisbane on Tuesday evening.
FRIDAY, 8th July 2005
AFTER the roller coaster ride that was Game One of this years Origin series, if anyone had looked into their crystal ball and told us that Joey Johns was to lead us to victory with a supreme performance in Game Two to set up a decider, I would have told them to get some Big Kev and give that crystal ball a decent polish! However the hype and brilliance of State of Origin once again delivered, and we now see the Blues travel back into Maroon territory to try and wrap up the series after losing the first game, a feat few teams have been able to accomplish.
AFTER a series of strong performances for Newtown in the VB Premier League, added to a solid outing as a replacement last week against the Broncos, former New Zealand Warrior Vince Mellars has earned a promotion into the Sharks starting side for the match with Souths this Saturday night.
MANLY halfback Michael Monaghan may seek an early release from the NRL club if the Sea Eagles sign Melbourne playmaker Matt Orford.
THE Canberra Raiders have signed massive Brisbane Broncos forwardTom Learoyd-Lahrs to a four year deal worth $880,000.
ON the northern side of the border, they look on him as a messiah. Andrew Johns thinks he's from another world.
DUAL-CODE international Iestyn Harris has confirmed his intention to return north to Bradford.
THE Bulldogs proved that they are going to be a major premiership threat this season by defeating the Canberra Raiders 24-20 this evening at ExpressAdvocate Stadium.
THE New Zealand Warriors have been searching the Bartercard Cup again for experienced props with go-forward as they try to resurrect their National Rugby League season.
ST George Illawarra retained boom halfback Mathew Head and teenage prop Justin Poore but the NRL club's chances of re-signing NSW forward Brent Kite appear to be fading.
THE Brisbane Broncos have held off a determined Parramatta Eels side 34-24 at Parramatta Stadium this evening. The match was played in cold conditions but the game itself was fast and open with some end to end action with plenty of points to keep the fans happy.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs have won their second game in a row tonight, outlasting the Manly Sea Eagles by 34 points to 30 in a high scoring affair.