Squads named for Wigan v Wakefield

WIGAN Warriors and Wakefield Wildcats have named their 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at the JJB Stadium.Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats, JJB Stadium, Friday July 7 2006Wigan 20-man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Dallas, Dobson, Fielden, Fletcher, Godwin, Hansen, Higham, Hock, Logan, McAvoy, O?Carroll, O?Loughlin, Orr, Paleaaesina, Radlinski, Richards, Tickle, Vaealiki.Wakefield 20-man squad: Halpenny, Demetriou, Tadulala, Jeffries, Obst, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Betham, White, Rooney, MacGillivray, Elima, Henderson, Catic, Saxton, Atkins, Watene.Ref: A KleinSource: superleague.co.uk

Queensland win in Melbourne miracle

STATE of Origin III New South Wales 14 v Queensland 16at Telstra Dome, MelbourneReferee: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Queensland Maroons have pulled rabbits out of hats to secure an amazing against-the-odds victory over the New South Wales Blues in the 2006 State of Origin decider played at Melbourne's Telstra Dome, in front of a bumper crowd of 54,833.The Maroons side took out the game by 16-14, after being down 14-4 just 10 minutes after halftime. In a second half of football that was packed with controversial moments, the Blues raced away, adding 10 points to the 4-all halftime score in the opening 10 of the half - although some may argue the validity of the tries scored by the New South Wales in that period, with a try to Queensland disallowed after a dubious Steve Price strip gave Tonie Carroll the ball to run away with. Moments later NSW gained the ascendency, scoring at the other end of the park to snatch the lead.From the return to play, the Blues managed to get the attack happening in the centre of the field. A bomb went up, and when it came down, Hodgson appeared to knock it on. Play was allowed to continue, with the Blues scoring wide through Grothe. The Video referee Graeme West allowed the try, and the Blues led 14-4, Queensland spirits crushed.The Blues continued to grind away, a comfortable 10 point lead in their hands. It took Queensland until the 71st minute before things got interesting, with Tate running down the touchline to secure the first Maroon points since the first half. Schifcofske was given no hard task to convert and the gap was down to four. Some haphazard play three minutes on then allowed Lockyer to cross almost untouched, and by some amazing feat after Schifcofske's conversion, the Maroons had the lead by 16-14. They simply grinded out the victory from there, putting away a shattered Blues side.The Maroons started well in the first half, with a try after 11 minutes to Mogg off a brilliant Thurston cross-field kick, before the Blues brought their momentum to a grinding halt with a brilliant intercept try to Eric Grothe.Players from both teams shone throughout the game, with Simpson, O'Meley, Buderus and King all doing well for the Blues, while Man of the Match Darren Lockyer had plenty of players around him who played out of their skin to get the Queenslanders back in the game. Players of note for Queensland included Brent Tate, Johnathon Thurston and evergreen Steve Price.The Blues fans will travel home from Melbourne disappointed at the one that got away, while Queensland will celebrate the revival of Origin after three years away from the coveted shield.Scorers:New South Wales: 14Tries: Matt King, Eric Grothe(2)Goals: Brett Hodgson 1/3Queensland: 16Tries: Darren Lockyer, Brent Tate, Adam MoggGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/3By the Clock:Welcome to the decider.State of Origin III, 2006.Rugby League at it's finest is at Telstra Dome in Melbourne tonight, where the winner of this year's Origin series will be decided.Kick-off is approximately 5 minutes away. Both teams remain as per program, save for one bench change to NSW. Gallen will start in the second row, with Steve Simpson dropping to the bench. Get ready, Origin is about to begin.The teams stride onto Melbourne's Telstra Dome from the corner of the ground. The ground is filled and give both sides a rousing reception.1 min: NEWS We're underway in Game Three!Queensland have the first set and get a decent kick away.2 min: NEWS Brent Tate gives away an early penalty and NSW will have some early field position. Tate struck a Blues player with an elbow in the tackle. NSW now on the attack.3 min: NEWS Pressure diffused - Gower's bomb on tackle five is caught easily and Queensland will take the ball back from the 20m.7 min: NEWS Gasnier tries to flex his kicking muscle for the first time tonight, but the kick is well marked by the QLD backline. The Maroons now making easy metres and heavy on the attack, but then a simple knock-on returns possession to the Blues. The ensuing set sees a QLD chargedown but the Blues manage to recover and earn another set within their half.10 min: NEWS The Queenslanders making plenty of breaks so far... and this last set ends with a flying Adam Mogg possibly scoring.VIDEO REF: Possible Queensland try to Adam Mogg... he may get benefit of the doubt. DECISION PENDING... TRY!11 min: TRY QueenslandMogg scores his third Origin try in two games with a brilliant leaping effort. Now, Schifcofske to convert... hits the upright and misses. QLD 4-015 min: NEWS NSW now with a good chance on QLD's line after Thurston gives away a silly penalty.16 min: NEWS A forward pass from Gower earns the Maroons a quick reprieve although the referee does warn the Queenslanders about late tackles. Schifcofske drops the ball on the following set and NSW are in with a shot close to the QLD line... no luck, handover. Sam Thaiday is hit hard in the first tackle of the set but a penalty is called.22 min: NEWS No change as yet, the Maroons still up by 4-0. The Maroons have had far more in the opportunity department so far, the Blues only going up into the Red zone once or twice and turning it over on each occasion.Penalty count is 2-all. Possession more or less even.26 min: TRY New South WalesA superb intercept sees the Blues open their account here in Melbourne. Sensational run by winger Eric Grothe. Queensland heavy on the attack and a stray Thurston pass found Grothe who powered 95 metres to score. Hodgson's conversion - unsuccessful. Scores are level. 4 all.30 min: NEWS Brent Tate looking in a bad way after becoming involved in a tackle. Good end to end play since the Blues try however. Thaiday getting hit hard for QLD every time he takes up the ball.33 min: NEWS Maroons starting to look tired, while a couple of fresh reserves from the Blues bench are injecting some blood into this contest. O'Meley damaging up the middle so far for NSW.36 min: NEWS Haphazard play on the last sees NSW turn play over after two Gower bombs. A couple of sets left in the half with just 4 to go.39 min: NEWS Tate is fine (after earlier niggle) and is so far having a great game. NSW continues to push the QLD side after being dominated early.HALFTIME: New South Wales 4 Queensland 4After some early domination from Queensland, the Blues stunted the momentum with a brilliant intercept try, evening the game up, then New South Wales forged on and took the upper hand. A bumper second half ahead.NSW lead possession 52-48%, most other stats even, although the Maroons have missed 13 tackles to the Blues 8.The sides return to Telstra Dome's slippery surface for half number two, the final forty minutes of the 2006 Origin series. This is it, the decider - the teams are split at 4-all.41 min: NEWS The Second half begins! New South Wales on the attack.42 min: VIDEO REF - Possible QLD try to Carroll. Checking for obstruction without the ball by Carroll. DECISION PENDING... NO TRY. Penalty - stripped by QLD prop Steve Price.43 min: NEWS The Blues go straight on the attack after a great penalty kick upfield. A good set, the fifth tackle option is wrapped up by Thurston however and QLD's defence holds out. Now the Maroons go on the attack.44 min: NEWS The Blues heavy on the attack - a controversial knock on by Thurston after an apparent knock back by Gower. Blues will get it back and go toward the line again...45 min: TRY New South WalesKing scores for NSW after some brilliant offloading. QLD will be smarting after some unlucky calls however. The conversion from fullback Hodgson is brilliant. NSW 10-448 min: VIDEO REF - Possible Blues double for Grothe. Hodgson knock on is what they're looking for...looking unlikely to be awarded though. DECISION PENDING.... TRY!50 min: TRY New South WalesOne of the most controversial tries in Origin history is given... Grothe is awarded the try after an apparent Hodgson knock on. The man in question then fails to convert from out wide. NSW 14-454 min: NEWS Queensland giving it everything on the Blues line but a final tackle kick goes dead easily from Lockyer. The Blues with the clear ascendency after some shocking decisions from Video Referee Graeme West gave them a 10 point lead. Blues still up 14-4.55 min: NEWS Crowd: 54,83357 min: VIDEO REF - Clark goes to the eye in the sky again. The chasers appear to be onside, but a similar knock on has appeared for Matt Cooper. DECISION PENDING... QLD breathe easy. It's NO TRY.61 min: NEWS Queensland finally find some inspiration in attack, Thurston breaking up the centre before forcing another six on the last through a drop-out. Queensland must score now...64 min: NEWS New South Wales still at full intensity, a big hit from King on Thurston. QLD now on the attack after a penalty...69 min: NEWS Queensland show promise in attack again but another set produces no result with some poor last tackle options. The Blues now with some exciting stuff before giving the ball over to Queensland, who in turn make a break as well... and ANOTHER forward pass against the Maroons.72 min: TRY QueenslandBrilliant run down the touchline from Tate who ends up under the posts! The try is converted by Schifcofske and it's GAME ON! Eight minutes, NSW up by four! NSW 14-1075 min: TRY QueenslandLOCKYER IS IN!!!! SENSATIONAL! The Queenslanders under the posts, Schifcofske converts! The Maroons are, believe it or not, LEADING ORIGIN THREE! QLD 16-1477 min: NEWS Queensland are up with Three to go, in their own half at the moment. This game is anyone's but Queensland have it in keeping right now. They MUST defend.79 min: NEWS One to go, Queensland soaking up the pressure. They are 15 out on the attack with now 55 seconds remaining.79 min: NEWS Scrum feed, 20 seconds... NSW attack.FULLTIME: Queensland 16 New South Wales 14.One of the most incredible games we've seen in Origin has ended with a Queensland victory. The Blues have been crushed in the final ten by a spirited Queensland team that looked lost and beaten just 30 minutes earlier. The referee played a role but ultimately the Maroons managed to get themselves back into the contest after some unlucky decisions against them and win the Series.QUEENSLAND WIN STATE OF ORIGIN 2006, 2-1.Congratulations to Queensland!-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Maroons)2 - Steve Simpson (Blues)1 - Brent Tate (Maroons)-----------------------------------------

Wales to possibly host ESL round

SUPER League teams could play a round of matches at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium next season. A secret plan, which has been discussed by clubs, would see all six fixtures on one weekend staged in the city, three on the Saturday and three on Sunday.

Shark's Simmons sidelined for up to 6 weeks

A medial ligament strain in his left knee is likely to see David Simmons miss the next four to six weeks. Simmons, who injured the knee during the Sharks loss to the Brisbane Broncos last Sunday, had played 40 consecutive matches in the top grade, with that streak set to come to a grinding halt on Sunday when the Sharks tackle the Wests Tigers.

Sea Eagles sign Lyon

THE Manly Sea Eagles have signed former Test centre Jamie Lyon to a four year contract.

Why Rugby League is a Target

MEDIA, Influence and Perception: Why Rugby League Is A Target"Anybody who dares suggest that rugby league is not a culture todespise, then they are just as stupid and boorish as the offending players".- Patrick Smith, AFL Journalist, The Australian, 2004Can you smell it?Can you smell that rotten aroma of irony and ignorance?It?s an attitude and culture that infests the Australian media and Rugby League is on the receiving end of it, often unprovoked.The average citizen couldn?t be blamed for perceiving League personalities, in general, as abominable, iniquitous, crass, subhuman delinquents. At the same time, they also couldn?t be blamed for believing that personalities aligned with other sports that compete for the same sponsors, ratings popularity as Rugby League behave in a way akin to an alter boy.When it comes to the media and how their stories are received, it seems perception is everything but not always reality.The overwhelming power of opinions and agendas expressed via the media can also play a role in how a sport deals with an unsavoury scenario and how severe the penalty. As League personalities are scrutinised in relentless fashion, any wrong move, either serious or minor, can bring about harsh consequences. The NRL and its clubs have no choice but to punish offenders in the appriopriate way and utilise a near zero tolerance policy. In contrast, a lack of media scrutiny can bring an entire sporting fraternity into a false sense of invincibility and unaccountability. This is most certainly the case with AFL, undoubtedly League?s strongest competitor in the Australian sporting market. Under the carpet: A typical day at the office for AFL scribesContrary to popular belief, AFL personalities are commiting tastless acts or engaging in illegal behaviour on almost a weekly basis. There have been no less than 300 known incidents occur, or alleged to have occurred, in the last 3 years alone. Why do we never hear about them? Why is public perception of AFL personalities not as negative as their League counterparts?Why is any word on unacceptable acts always hidden away near the classifieds and 1900 advertisements in the newspaper?Because driven by agendas and an underlying fear, the media deliberately divorce themselves from actuality, balance and reason in pursuit of defaming League to a point where perception becomes reality. Yet coincidently, the same scribes and media outlets strive to protect their sport of choice ? in this case, AFL - by palming off any similar or more serious negative news stories as minor incidents.?Rugby League?scandal-prone and idiot-prone. Rugby league basically functioned as a voluntary cultural Gulag?- Mike Sheehan, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2006Several recent cases from both League and AFL that are in the main comparable on most levels illustrate this unbalanced reporting and the influence it can have on punishment.Cronulla Sharks player Tevita Latu received an unobjectionable punishment for assaulting a young woman and breaking her nose earlier this year. Latu?s contract with the Sharks was promptly torn up and he was deregisterd as a player in the NRL. The incident made the headlines and Latu?s reputation remains in tatters.However, in 2004, AFL player Jeff Farmer was charged with assaulting his girlfriend whilst she had an 18-month old infant in her arms. He escaped with $2000 in fines, a rather delicate slap on the wrist and minimum media coverage. He received no punishment from his club or the AFL, and still plays today with his reputation intact. There are countless other incidents where comparisons could be drawn, far too many to list in a single report.So why the lack of balance?Why do many media outlets have an agenda working against League by painting the sport in a bad light?It?s fear.It?s insecurity.It?s paranoia.It?s a the feeling of being threatened.Threatened so much that the media use their power of being able to voice their opinions to the public ad nauseam to break League.Rugby League has proven itself time and again as one of the most resilient fraternities in Australian sport. It is a sport which does not fear evolution and change. It encompasses people from all walks of life. It is a game that acts on issues for the sake of moving forward and prospering.For these reasons, those with insecurities in the media who have their own interests to protect will ensure at all costs that the arefomentioned qualities of Rugby League do not become public perception.

The Rugby League 100 Club

THERE is no other club in the NSWRL VB Premier League and Jim Beam Cup competitions as dependant as the Newtown Jets RLFC is on maintaining a substantial stream of home-games revenue. While our club needs to raise funds from a wide variety of sources to keep the famous old royal blue Newtown colours going around, the flow of revenue from home games is critical to meet the constant outgoings needed to maintain two high-standard, professionally prepared Rugby League football teams. We lost many thousands of dollars because of heavy rain on two recent home-game occasions and the club needs to make up the shortfall from other sources.How does the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club work?Tickets are $100 each. For your investment you will be allocated a number between 1 and 100.On each weekday for two weeks (i.e. from Monday to Friday) the last two digits of the first NSW Lottery drawn on that day will be the winning number for that day.As an example, if the winning lottery ticket was 45762, the winning 100 Club number would be 62.The number drawn for each of the first nine draws will attract a prize of $200. The number drawn in the tenth draw will attract the Super Prize of $1000. When will the draws commence? The first $200 draw is set down for Monday, 31st July 2006 with the Super Prize of $1000 to be drawn on Friday, 11th August 2006. In the unlikely event that a NSW Lottery is not drawn on a particular day, then the first two NSW lotteries drawn on the next day will be used to decide the winning numbers.How do you enter the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club? Call Jenny Grosvenor on 1300 36 36 90 to purchase your ticket or fax Jenny Grosvenor, Newtown RLFC, Holbeach Avenue, Tempe, NSW 2044. Fax number (02) 95593202. Patrons wishing to join up at the match on the 8th July at Henson Park can join at the merchandise stands.You can pay by cash, cheque, money order or credit card. Cheques and money orders should be made out to the Newtown RLFC. Please assist the Newtown Jets RLFC by securing your place in the 100 Club as soon as possible.All 100 Club numbers will be advised to those supporters who have purchased tickets in the week leading up to the opening draw. Why not have two shots at the super prize of $1000 and enter twice?The boys are really putting in for Newtown on the playing field this year and there is a genuine winning feeling within the club. However, we all know that our opponents have the tremendous advantage of massive financial backing from huge Leagues clubs. Some of our richer opponents don?t even bother about collecting home game revenue from their stand-alone Premier League home games! As always, we really rely on your support to remain competitive into the future. Our goal is to see both of our teams being successful at the business end of the season. The ultimate dream is to see the famous royal blue Newtown jersey running out on to Telstra Stadium on Grand Final Day.By supporting fund-raising events like the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club, you can help make those dreams become reality. Thank you for your ongoing support for the Newtown Jets and good luck with your allocated numbers in the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club!

Technology Can Be Our Friend

AHH, the video referee. Where would we be without him? Sure, it can be a ?damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don?t? kind of situation every now and then, but it?s hard to argue against the fact that they?ve been a valuable addition to the Rugby League landscape.

Over Here, Notice Me, Praise ME!

A story of one country's lust for recognition

Moving Out

?IT seems such a waste of time, If that's what it's all about, If that's movin' up then I'm movin' out.?

League And Politics (Part 1)

WHEN the CFMEU reportedly spent two million dollars for the right to have a multimedia rant about Work Place Relations during the halftime break at the Canberra game last weekend, Rugby League ushered in a new era beyond ?the battlers? versus the ?silver-tails? of politicisation of The People?s Game we accept.

Player movements: Rabbitohs, Broncos

SOUTH Sydney has re-signed injured prop Luke Stuart and halfback Joe Williams for the 2007 NRL season.Stuart played just five games this season before suffering a season-ending knee injury, but club chief executive Shane Richardson believes the 148-game front-rower will excel playing in the Rabbitohs revamped 2007 forward pack set to feature new recruits Roy Asotasi, David Kidwell and Dean Widders.With halfback Ben Walker set to leave Redfern at the end of the season, Souths extended Williams' deal for another season. The Rabbitohs are confident the 22-year-old can become a regular first grader under the tutelage of former halfback and current Parramatta coach Jason Taylor, who is joining the Bunnies as assistant coach next season.Meanwhile, the Brisbane Broncos have re-signed forward trio David Stagg, Ben Hannant and Michael Ennis.Broncos managing director Bruno Cullen says prop Hannant had agreed to terms for a further two seasons, and second rower Stagg for three more years. Hooker Ennis, currently sidelined for the season following a knee reconstruction, has extended his contract until the end of 2007.

Round 18 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 7th July 2006

Thackray to sign for Leeds

HULL FC have announced that Jamie Thackray will sign for Leeds Rhinos from the start of the 2007 season.

Reds excited by Gower signing

SALFORD City Reds new signing, 20-year-old back-row forward David Gower, has met up with his new team-mates after arriving at Manchester Airport on Monday.

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