AFTER registering 2 wins from the 3 available at Kougari Oval 2 weeks ago the Dolphins enjoyed the break last weekend with no training scheduled.The Colts responded to the previous weeks defeat at the hands of North?s by putting together a solid performance against the Seagulls winning 36-14. Wynnum fought hard midway through the second half to get themselves back into the match however the Dolphins withstood the challenge and finished the game strongly. Matt Gillett showed some of the form he displayed last year and received the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match Award and was well supported by Logan Sullivan, Joel Romelo and David Hala.The A grade put in a poor performance to be soundly beaten by the Seagulls to the tune of 34 points to 10. The Dolphins were never really in the hunt although with the scores at 18-6 with 15 minutes remaining they had the opportunity to get within a converted try of the lead when they received a lot of ball on Wynnum?s line, however they were unable to worry the scoreboard attendant and the Seagulls sealed the game with 3 quick tries. Scott Gillis was the teams best and received the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match Award. Richie Russell and Matt Mannion were also good in a beaten side.The Premier Grade continued their impressive start to the season with a solid 40 points to 12 win over Wynnum. The Dolphins may have played better in patches this season however this game represented the sides most consistent 80 minutes to date. Marty Turners form continues to improve and he was voted KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player while Danny Burke was rugged in the forward exchanges and received the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match. Chris Fox?s performance also deserves a mention as he continues to look more comfortable in the 5/8 position vacated by Shane Perry.This weekend is a memorable one for the Dolphins with centre Greg Bourke currently sitting equal with former Dolphin Damien Richters as the competitions highest point scorer. Just one point from this weekend?s game against Toowoomba will see Greg move to the outright lead. This is a wonderful achievement by Greg and the Dolphins are proud he will have the opportunity to break the record with our Club.Another milestone that has been achieved is by warhorse Troy Lindsay who played his 250th first grade game for the Dolphins against Wynnum, only the second player to do so. Troy?s approach to his game is as wholehearted as ever and the past couple of seasons have arguably been his best. Cowboy now has Peter Leis? record of 261 games in his sight and should reach that by the end of the season.This weeks teamsQueensland Wizard Cup1. Mark Christensen 2. Alwyn Simpson 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Rory Bromley 6. Chris Fox 7. Marty Turner 8. Troy Lindsay 9. Michael Roberts 10. Pat Gardner 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Mark Shipway 15. Darren Glase 18. Adam Starr 17. Shannon FishCoach Anthony GriffinFOGS A Grade1. Mitchell Simpson 2.Kaine Manihera 3. Adam Fletcher 4. Pat McGill 5. Adam Luchetti 6. Chris Jelich 7. Chris Kluft 8. Damian Jentz 9. Scott Gillis 10. Dominic Fallini 11. Richie Russell 12. Jimmy Douglas 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Luke Boldery 15. Mick Pares 16. Sam Fillery 17. Daniel JonesCoach Grant ClealFOGS Colts Challenge1. Phil Daisey 2. Tim Yee 3. Matt Gillett 4. Michael Wilson 5. James Derbyshire 6. Asher Elemani 7. Joel Romelo 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tim Benson 10. David Hala 11. Foisa Peni 12. Matt Handcock 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange Dane Hogan 15. Tom Donnelly 16. Stuart May 17. Jon Broad Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen
NEWCASTLE centre Matthew Gidley has announced his retirement from representative rugby league. The former Australian back, who played 11 Tests and 11 State of Origin games for NSW, says he wants to devote more time to his playing commitments with NRL club the Knights, and his family.
THIS weekend the Mighty Red & Black travel to the land of the Red & Blue as they face the David Fairleigh coached Newcastle Knights. 'Daisy', was a tough Bear to beat in his day and the Norths team will be looking to back up their win against the Bulldogs in what is expected to be an evenly match contest.
WIGAN Warriors today confirmed the signing of Australian star Trent Barrett. Trent has agreed a three year contract covering 2007, 2008 and 2009.Commenting on the signing Head Coach Brian Noble said,"This is a great signing for the club Trent is a world class player with wonderful skills."His talent enables him to play anywhere on the field and he can cover both half back positions or even loose forward. Apart from his handling skills he has a great kicking game and tackles hard."Noble continued,"When I joined the club the first thing Maurice Lindsay asked me about was Trent Barrett. The club had been in long negotiations with Trent but Maurice wanted my view before the deal was concluded."It took me about one second to tell Maurice to get the contract signed. It is a terrific signing and a credit to Wigan that they can attract such star players even when the club is struggling."We have a big job on our hands this season but we are planning long term and we are determined to have a competitive side for the Wigan fans."Trent Barrett said,"I had a clause in my contract with St George that allowed me to leave before my contract was up but only if I was moving to Super League in England."I could not have joined another Australian club. I thought long and hard about the matter but I have always had the ambition to play in England and I wanted to do that whilst I was still in decent form. I did not want to leave it too late."Everyone in Australia knows the history of the Wigan club and we all consider it an honour to get the chance to play for such a great club."Brian Noble has a good reputation with players and I am looking forward to wearing the Wigan shirt."Craig Smith used to play for St George before he left for Wigan and he has told me what a great club it is with a great set of fans."- - - - -Trent Barrett fact file:DOB: 18 November 1977Starsign: ScorpioPlace of Birth (city/state): Temora NSWHeight (cm): 182cmWeight (kg): 93kgNickname: BazCurrent Club Stats: * App 141 * Tries 42 * Goals 0 * Drop Goals 5 * Points 173 Career Stats: * App 186 * Tries 72 * Goals 0 * Drop Goals 7 * Points 295 Rep Honours:2000-2002 & 2005 Australia1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 NSW Origin2003 NSW Country
FOUR Friday night games get us started in Round 13 of Superleague this weekend.
WHEN is experience just age?
WITHOUT doubt this is the most attractive round of Queensland Cup football this year.
It all begins on Saturday afternoon with the ABC Televised clash between competition leaders Toowoomba and sixth placed North Queensland at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba.
These two clubs are the feeder teams for NRL sides Brisbane and North Queensland Cowboys and the quality of player on show should ensure a good crowd and a fine spectacle.
Toowoomba grabbed first place on the ladder (on 16 points) with a 36-24 defeat of Wynnum at Kougari Oval last Sunday with Redcliffe dropping to third place on percentages from Easts after a surprise loss to the Tigers at Dolphin Oval.
Easts play Norths at Bishop Park in the other Saturday afternoon clash this weekend with Norths on 12 points, the same as North Queensland.
On Saturday night at Browne Park, Rockhampton the Central Comets (10 points) have a crucial match against Wynnum (13) with a loss possibly putting the Comets five points adrift of the top five at the halfway mark of the competition.
There are three matches on Sunday, all at 3.00pm and all shape as even affairs.
The highlight is the Burleigh v Redcliffe clash at Pizzey Park, Miami with Burleigh arguably the competition?s form side while premiers Redcliffe are in a mini form slump. The Dolphins have now suffered three losses in the last 4 weeks to teams in finals contention with two of these defeats inflicted at home.
The Bears after their much publicised slow start to the season are in clear second spot on 15 points with Redcliffe one point behind and equal with Easts.
Last placed Brothers Valleys give themselves a good chance of beating Tweed Heads Seagulls at O?Callaghan Park on Sunday with Tweed not having won since round three.
In the other match Souths Logan Magpies (4) and Ipswich Jets (3) clash at Davies Park with the result too tough to call. After the Jets featured in the previous two finals series, losing the 2002 decider to the Dolphins, they will be keen for a win to spark a more satisfactory finish to this season.
THE Melbourne Storm have dominated the first half to defeat a gallant Newcastle Knights 28-18 at EnergyAustralia Stadium tonight.
THE Penrith Panthers have opted to move Preston Campbell to halfback and Ryan Girdler to five-eighth in the absence of the injured Craig Gower.
THE Canberra Raiders have broken a four game losing streak defeating the Manly Sea Eagles 48-22 at Canberra Stadium tonight. In a sensational second half display, the Raiders piled on 32 points and completely outclassed the Sea Eagles.
COMMENTATOR Andrew Voss is familiar to most League fans for his match calls and sideline updates. He?s also a regular on the Footy Show and the co-host of Channel Nine?s ?Boots n All? programme.
IT?S become an all too familiar sight.
A promising first half and then along comes a second half performance that even most junior football coaches would be fuming about it.
CRONULLA utility forward, Phil Bailey, has signed a deal which will see him remain at the Sutherland Shire club until the end of 2007. Rumours had circulated about his desire to link up with St George Illawarra or Manly, especially following the departure of former coach Chris Anderson, however this speculation amounted to nothing when his decision was announced yesterday.
RISING Warriors star Shaun Metcalf and his two team-mates will probably never play professional rugby league after their criminal convictions.
ST George Illawarra Dragons have invited forward Brent Kite and hooker Mark Riddell to look elsewhere following speculation about the pair's future. Dragons chief executive Peter Doust last night confirmed that permission has been given for the two players to negotiate with rival clubs before the NRL's June 30 anti-tampering deadline.