IN a stunning result, the Dally M Medallist for 2005 has been awarded to North Queensland Cowboys half Johnathan Thurston. With fierce competition from rival playmaker Andrew Johns, the vote went down to the final round with both players polling 3 points. Ben Kennedy for Manly came a deserved third place.
MELBOURNE Storm star Greg Inglis, at the ripe old age of 18, has won the Courier-Mail Best and Fairest Award for 2005, collecting the Queensland Rugby League South-East Division trophy even though he only made 12 appearances in the Wizard Cup competition.
BRISBANE Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has named his team to take on the Storm in this weeks semi final clash at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday evening.
Coach Bennetts team is;
ANZAC spirit is internationally renowned, but in sport it is often obliterated under a tsunami of nationalistic fervour. As a New Zealander I am confronted regularly by rabid anti-Australian sentiment, which despite its force tends to be good-natured. New Zealanders don?t hate Australians; we just like to compete with them, and to beat them. Cricket, soccer, basketball and league fans all revel in occasional victories over Australia, knowing that for one brief moment four million were able to beat twenty million, and big brother was humbled by little brother.
THE person who decided to put four steel posts into the ground on a field where athletes play full body contact sport with little protection apart from a mouthguard must have had a sadistic streak. Despite all the intrinsic dangers of a high impact sport it was deemed sensible and necessary to make the degree of difficulty even higher.
SOUTHERN Division Under 13-14-16's squads to contest State Championships at Gold Coast Stadium Carrara 6-10 July 2004
A team representing Nigeria will again participate in the MX9s on the 18th July. Charlie Oyebade the Nigerians player coach would like to hear from any Nigerians out there who would be interested in being considered for the squad.
AN incredible 26 point haul from Nick Parfitt helped the Clydesdales to a 46-26 victory over Norths at Bishop Park today.
STATE OF ORIGIN
Result: Queensland 22 d New South Wales 18.
Standings: Series tied at 1-all. Decider to be played in Sydney on July 7.
ISN?T it good to finally get a few wins back on the board after four losses in a row? I thought I was going to have to hand out the words to the club song again it?s been that long since we?ve heard it. All three grades against Souths Logan at home was a good way to get the momentum rolling (hopefully).
Next assignment Easts at Langlands Park in the lower grades and the Young Guns in Cairns for the top graders. Let?s just say the lower grades didn?t go the way we planned. Both coaches were bitterly disappointed with their chargers efforts. From all reports they went there with big talk but when it came time they couldn?t walk the walk and surrended without much of a fight which is not like us at all and not how their coaches played.
As you know the old saying what goes on tour stays on tour but here are a few stories from up in Cairns. My spies tell me it was great game to watch it had everything good tries, punishing defence and a few stinks. Some people love to see flashy backs scoring long distance tries but I don?t mind seeing two blokes going one on one in a slugfest, usually nobody gets to hurt and as long as there is no cheap shots. I wish I was up there to see to see Jaiman Lowe and Danny Burke go at it. I?ve been asked by Grant Flugge not to let it be known he was toweled up in a fight by the little North Queensland half back Nathan Fein so I won?t.
As many of you know the Redcliffe Leagues Club purchased the Kangaroos Leagues Club in Cairns and they had a bit of a shin dig up there Friday Night. And as usual our Red and White supporters made the trip but it seems the Cairns weather didn?t agree with some of them or was it the wine by all reports there was a few sore heads the next day. Another funny incident happened everybody was at the ground and in the sheds getting ready for the game when a player said where?s Yatesy (Peter Yates) I need a rub, nobody found him it turns out Peter laid down for a sleep and slept past the bus departure time but he made to the ground in time for warm up time. I don?t know what Pete was more upset at, the fact nobody noticed him missing on the bus or that he had he pay the cab fare to the ground. From time to time when the travels the players are asked for autographs but I believe a first happened in Cairns when CEO James Hinchey was spotted signing autographs, it must have been from the national TV coverage he?s been getting lately or maybe because of his crooked nose they thought he was a player as was so kindly pointed out to everyone on A Current Affair.
I am dirty I didn?t go on this on trip it meant somebody had to do my normal job of checking the local drinking establishments for good spots for the team to go to on the Saturday night after the game. From what I hear it was a very extensive search they done.
All in all one weekend doesn?t make a season so the lower grades can still bounce back and the top grade know they still have plenty of work to do to be a force in the competition. Let?s hope next home game July 4 vs Brothers-Valleys we get a big home crowd. Wynnum and Burleigh are now both ahead of us for crowds who get behind their sides and in tight spots both those sides lifted against us and got home by two points, so don?t think it doesn?t make a difference.
And don?t forget if you want the best deals in new and used cars come out and see the friendly Keystar team.
PREMIERSHIP RESULTS FOR WEEKEND OF 19 JUNE
NEW Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition was underway once more after 2 weeks break for all the teams. Niggling injuries were rested and most sides came out firing in Round 8. Once again 1 or 2 upsets have kept the competition tight as teams look to the Top 5 positions.
BRADFORD 40-12 Huddersfield
Bradford: (18) 40
Tries: Hape 2, Swann, Fielden, Reardon
Goals: Deacon 10
Huddersfield: (2) 12
Tries: Evans, White
Goals: White 2
Bradford Bulls secured an easy win over Super League rivals Huddersfield Giants thanks partly to Paul Deacon who kicked 10 goals from 10 attempts.
The scrum-half, who picked up his 500th goal for the club, converted tries from Stuart Fielden, Stuart Reardon, Logan Swann and two from Shontayne Hape.
VICTORIAN AFL supporters starved of football action this week due to the split-bye round will have the chance to throw their support behind Melbourne?s only rugby league team thanks to a unique special ticket offer.
YOUNG St.George Bank Dragons prop Ashton Sims will have minor knee surgery this week and will be sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks.
Sims has had a niggly knee injury for most of the season and will have a clean-up on Wednesday.
NSW Origin hero Shaun Timmins will have a strength test on his shoulder later this week, but is hopeful of being passed fit to play against the Rabbitohs on Sunday at the SCG. Timmins has missed the last two games.
Second rower Tony Jensen will have an MRI on a minor hamstring strain this week and is in doubt to play.
Winger Nathan Blacklock is expected back from a severe hamstring injury in round 18 with the Dragons having a bye in round 17.