INJURED Maroons lock Tonie Carroll is certain his rookie replacement Casey McGuire won't let Queensland down in his State of Origin debut at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.
TOOWOOMBA CLYDESDALES v SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES
REPORTS are through from the local Welsh rugby league competition.
WYNNUM SEAGULLS v EASTS TIGERS
NORTHS DEVILS v BURLEIGH BEARS
I would like to start off giving someone a wrap, I don?t usually do this but I think it?s well deserved with so many of NRL players being in the headlines for the wrong reasons when they do something good it?s not often recognised. Not that this fella wants any recognition for doing it in fact he?d probably rather I not mention it all but I will. Broncos, Queensland and Australian star Petero Civoniceva went back to where it all began on the training fields at Dolphin Oval. What?s so unusual about that you ask well this just happened to be at 9.00 on a Saturday morning after he played a starring role for Broncos in their win over Manly the night before. Petero came down and ran around with the kids training and signed what seemed like a 1000 autographs for half an hour or so and he done this at a time he so easily could?ve been spending it with own family. If you could have seen the smiles on all the kids faces it was gold. Well done Petero you are a great role model and ambassador for the game.
Footy wise the season is coming along nicely but there is a long to go and a lot of hard work still be to done. I have people coming up to me and asking can Reddy make the finals this year. I said in a word yes and I?ll take it a step further I believe we can win the competition. Burleigh are certainly the benchmark at the moment, while the Young Guns, Toowoomba and Norths seasons really are decided on what happens with the Cowboys, Broncos and Storm. And then you have Easts and Wynnum who will be there abouts. But I believe when we are firing we can match and get on top of any of these sides. The boys are working really hard at training and in the gym and I believe the results will come.
Now onto the serious stuff. For years the Club has had a Goose of the Week award perennial past winners were guys like Trent Clayton and the Jones boys, one year we even changed the name to Jones of the Week because it seemed like one of the brothers would win it every week. But now we have a new contender Shannon Fish, he is in the grand final with those other boys mentioned. I mentioned in another column how he thought Romanian girls come from Rome. Well he?s come up with another couple of classics. Shannon was watching Getaway with Lou Starr when they done a story from Perth, Shannon made the comment ?Perth is that anywhere near Western Australia?. Lou asked him what did you say and he replied the same again and Lou just sat their shaking her head. Another time Adam Starr was playing his one his favourite CD?s by the Doors and with Shannon being a fair bit younger than the veteran front rower asked Fish have you heard of the Doors to which Shannon replied yeah yeah they are good and I really like their lead singer Mick Jagger. I can?t print Starry?s reply this being a family column and all. Now Shannon I know Mick Jagger may look like he?s dead but Jim Morrison was the Doors lead singer and has been dead since 1971. I wonder who the lead singer of the Rolling Stones is these days .
After Shane Perry dying his hair it seems the trend is continuing with rugged second rower Danny Burke turning up to training with a red tinge in his hair one week and the next week black. When Burkey was asked by one of the boys why black he replied it?s not black it?s dark wood.
It seems one of the players has got the nickname Snuffy after the Sesame Street character Mr Snuffleupagus I guess he must be a closet Sesame Street watcher.
Another one from the no names files just who is the former Dolphin hardman of the 90?s who can be seen taking his dog for a walk in a cardigan. What is strange about that you may ask well the fact is the dog is one the one wearing a cardigan and the dog is a Chihuahua. I would tell you who it is but I?m scared what he might to do me when he sees me next, he might Crush me or something.
Until next month
IPSWICH JETS v TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS
THE Sydney Airport Jets unleashed a powerhouse display in defeating the Penrith-St.Marys Cougars by 64-8, in the VB Premier League match played at the Western Weekender Stadium on Saturday. This was Newtown?s biggest winning margin since entering the NSWRL flagship competition in 2000, and was highlighted by a points-scoring bonanza by Nathan Merritt, who collected a personal haul of forty points, made up of five tries and ten goals. Merritt?s achievement sets a new Newtown club record for the number of points scored by an individual player in one match.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 11, 20-22 May 2005
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named his team to play the Sea Eagles on Sunday afternoon at Brookvale Oval.
His team is;
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named a 20-man squad for this weekend's round 12 NRL Telstra Premiership clash. The Storm (5-5) take on the St. George Illawarra Dragons (6-5) at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Sunday at 2:30pm AEST.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper will have his captain back on deck this week when the Sharks take on the Eels at Toyota Park on Saturday evening.
Brett Kimmorley has been on Origin duty with Adam Dykes covering.With Dykes out through a leg injury, Raper will be happy to see an unscathed Kimmorley's return.
Coach Rapers team is
1 DAVID PEACHEY
2 DAVID SIMMONS
3 NIGEL VAGANA
4 PAUL MELLOR
5 LUKE COVELL
6 GREG BIRD
7 BRETT KIMMORLEY
8 JASON STEVENS
9 MATT HILDER
10 DANNY NUTLEY
11 REECE WILLIAMS
12 PHIL BAILEY
13 PAUL GALLEN
EXPERIENCED winger Francis Meli and off-season buy Nathan Fien will give the Vodafone Warriors a special celebration when they face Wests Tigers at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday.
In a first for the club, they?ll both clock up their 100th first-grade appearances in the same match.
But for an eye injury ruling him out of two games, Fien (25) would have reached the mark already after coming to Auckland with 91 appearances for North Queensland since his debut in 2000.
Meli (26), who started his first-grade career in 1999, will reach his milestone after appearing in all 10 of the Vodafone Warriors? matches so far this season. He?s one of only four players to do so along with centre Todd Byrne, utility Jerome Ropati and back row forward Wairangi Koopu.
?It?s been quite a year for reaching 100 appearances at the club,? said head coach Tony Kemp.
?We?ve already seen Clinton (Toopi) and Wairangi (Koopu) get there in the past few weeks and now we?re looking at two of our players hitting a hundred on the same day.
?Over the last two weeks, Francis has been in great form for us and now we?re looking for him to maintain that consistently. We asked him for improvement two weeks ago and he has responded outstandingly.
?We knew we had a great buy when we signed Nathan and, in his first game back from injury last weekend, he again showed us what he brings to the side.?
Meli will become the ninth player to register 100 appearances in Warriors colours.
Kemp and his selectors have had the rare luxury of being able to name a settled combination to take on Wests Tigers, who sit 10th on the NRL ladder with 12 points, one place ahead of the Vodafone Warriors.
The only change from the starting line-up used against the Rabbitohs sees captain Steve Price return from State of Origin duty with Queensland, forcing Richard Villasanti back to the bench.
?With Nathan coming back at standoff and Sione (Faumuina) going to the back row, we liked the shape of the side we started with against Souths,? said Kemp.
?Through injury and suspension we hadn?t been able to field the line-up we really wanted but last weekend we could and the side had a better balance about it.
?Now we want to make further improvements and develop the combinations, especially in the key positions of hooker, halfback and standoff.?
Price?s return also presented some selection challenges.
?Steve will know how much he?ll be able to give the side after tomorrow night?s Origin match but at the same time his return means someone has to miss out,? said Kemp.
?We have great depth in the front row this year and everyone?s making a contribution. It?s a good position to be in when you have to make a choice about who plays and who doesn?t.?
To that end, a six-man interchange bench has been named with two players to be omitted later in the week.
Awen Guttenbeil, who missed the trip to Sydney with a calf injury, will be given every chance again to prove he?s ready to play. Kemp said he?ll have to undergo a fitness test on Friday.
Wests Tigers come to Auckland after giving the Vodafone Warriors their only loss of more than 10 points this season (24-6) on April 9 in Christchurch. That night the Warriors were without inspirational prop Ruben Wiki ? who was serving a four-match suspension ? and fullback Brent Webb failed to last much more than half the match after a relapse of a back injury.
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Wests Tigers v Warriors Game at Ericsson Stadium, kick off at 2.00pm (12.00pm Sydney).
TERRY Campese will replace injured five-eighth Jason Smith, one of five player changes to the Canberra Raiders starting line-up for Saturday?s match against the Roosters at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford.