THE ongoing redevelopment of Kogarah's Oki Jubilee Stadium received a massive boost today with a $7 million contribution from the NSW Government.NSW Premier, Morris Iemma announced the funding today, coinciding with the first appearance of the St George Illawarra Dragons at Oki Jubilee this year.He said the funding would help the Dragons club complete its Masterplan for a modern, spectator friendly Stadium seating over 20,000 patrons."The St George Illawarra Dragons are one of the most famous brands in any code of football anywhere in the world," Mr Iemma said."The club has a huge support base and the community, fans and players deserve a stadium that meets the standards expected of a modern 21st century sporting venue."The recent upgrade work at Oki Jubilee added new lighting and replaced outdated bench seating with more than six thousand individual seats."This $7 million injection of funding will help the club to complete a stadium that will serve the needs of the community for many years to come."The NSW Government funding will go towards further development over the next two years, including:Construction of a new two-tiered extension to the seating north of the existing grandstand, with provision for day-hire corporate facilities;Construction of a new two-tiered extension to the southern terrace, expanding capacity from a few hundred seats to approximately 2,000;Improvements to spectator access to the main grandstand, making way for future expansion; The creation of a building facing Park Street to house football offices, a function room and upgraded dressing rooms; andUpgrade work on the southern hill with the construction of a single tiered grandstand with seating for up to 1,000 patrons, and provision for new commercial rooms. Mr Iemma was joined at today's announcement by St George Illawarra Dragons CEO, Peter Doust, the Member for Kogarah, Cherie Burton and the Member for Georges River, Kevin Greene.Ms Burton said the funding recognised the importance of Oki Jubilee Stadium to the Kogarah community."This Stadium has such a proud history that dates back more than a century, and is listed with Kogarah Council as an item of local heritage significance," she said."Bringing the Stadium up to a standard where football fans can enjoy matches in a safe and comfortable environment will ensure a proud future as well."Mr Greene congratulated local councils and the local community who supported the bid to upgrade the Stadium."Jubilee Oval is a much loved community facility and there has been enormous local support to ensure that Dragons' home games could continue to be played here," Mr Greene said."The Masterplan project will be of major benefit to the whole St George area including a range of sporting groups, schools and community organisations." Dragons CEO Peter Doust welcomed the announcement and expressed his appreciation to the Premier and Local Members. "The Premier and his colleagues were part of the initial funding commitment which allowed re-development works to commence at Oki Jubilee in 2002," said Doust. "This allowed us to return our Sydney home games to our local community the following season."To see the Government provide us a further opportunity to develop spectator facilities recognises their support of the community of St George and all at the Dragons are very grateful for their support".
THE Newtown Jets held on to narrowly defeat the North Sydney Bears by 22-16 in the VB Premier League match played at Henson Park on Saturday. The game finished on a controversial note with the Bears having a try disallowed late in the game that would have led to the match finishing in a draw.The Jets had led 18-0 midway through the first half and had to pull out all stops in a gruelling second half when the Bears dominated both possession and field position. The Newtown players found the going tough in the swirling winds and bitterly cold playing conditions against a team desperate to stay in the finals race. Newtown?s best were forwards Mickey Paea, Luke Gordon and Daniel Dumas, with five-eighth Josh Lewis once again outstanding in attack and defence. Lewis saved a try in the second half when he gave start to and ran down a Bears player who was in the clear and certain to score. Skilful Jets centre Lelea Paea was primarily involved in Newtown?s first try scored by Mitchell Pearce but unfortunately Paea was forced off with a knee injury early in the first half and will miss several more games. In the Jim Beam Cup match played at Belrose on Sunday, the Jets came from 14-0 down with only ten minutes remaining to grab a 14-all draw, literally in the final seconds of what was an exciting game. Newtown?s lack of discipline in conceding penalties had cost them dearly throughout the match and the Jets were probably glad to settle for the one competition point gained through the late draw. Newtown?s best forwards were Ritchie Parker and Khalid Deeb while Andrew Le Breton and Anton La Vin were the best of the Jets backline.The Newtown Jetettes winning run came to an end when they were well beaten by the Redfern All Blacks 30-10 on Saturday. In Group 11, the Parkes Spacemen stayed in finals contention when they won a thriller against last year?s premiers Narromine 40-36 at Pioneer Oval.Both Newtown Jets teams are in action in critical matches at Henson Park this Saturday (June 10th). The Jets play the Sydney Bulls in the Jim Beam Cup at 1.15pm, while Newtown takes on the strong Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks team in the VB Premier League main game at 3.00pm.
QUEENSLAND DEAF RUGBY LEAGUE 2006QUEENSLAND Deaf Rugby League side to play New South Wales Deaf RL at Mackay this Sunday, June 11.Kick-off is at 5pm at Mackay?s Junior Rugby League Showgrounds, Casey Avenue.1. Zeth Brien2. Ronald Franklin3. Daniel Auer4. Clifford Johnson5. Trent Hansen6. Rohan Wharton7. Tuan Chiem8. Adam Walker9. Vinh Chiem10. Simon Crust11. Anthony Parlour12. Paul Erickson13. Cameron Miller14. Cain Batten15. Tyson Kilpatrick16. Abiu Ware17. Graham BettsNSW Deaf side (NSWRL website):The New South Wales Deaf Rugby League has announced their squad for 2006 Interstate Match against Queensland Deaf Rugby League on Sunday 11th June. The clash will be played at Mackay Junior ground in Northern Queensland.1. Djaan Jarrett 2. Anthony Hinton 3. David Page 4. Paul Welch 5. Steve Milligan 6. James Marlor 7. David Steele 8. Andrew Pelasio 9. Ian Slinn 10. Stuart Clear 11. Alofa Solitua 12. Ronny Papallo 13. Craig Martin Interchange 14. Matthew Thornley 15. Nicholas Marlor 16. David Wimble 17. Marytn Doe Head Coach: Craig Robinson Assistant Coach: Danny Holmes Coaching coordinator: Sean Johnston Head Trainer: Graeme Handley Trainer: Mark Reid Team Manager: Dean Hanagan
THE full match reports for Round 12 of the Queensland Wizard Cup.TOOWOOMBA 32 d TWEED HEADS 24A SKINNY teenager studying for a diploma in church ministry stood tall in a brutal encounter at the Piggabeen Complex on Sunday, helping Toowoomba fend of fast-finishing Tweed Heads 32-24.Tipping the scales at 75kg and playing just his second game of Wizard Cup, 17-year-old halfback Jacob Fauid was amongst the thick of it in a torrid battle between third and fourth on the table.The former Wavell State High playmaker directed a first half blitzkrieg by the visiting Clydesdales, allowing them to lead 24-8 at halftime.Although the Seagulls responded well in the second half, stern try-line defence by Toowoomba meant the margin could never be bridged.?I thought Jacob set up the win really well,? Gee remarked.?He took good options and his running and kicking was great. He put on three of those tries in the first half when we got on a roll.?Certainly Fauid appears to be one of the rare players who has out-lived the hype of his schoolboy reputation and forged respect in the senior ranks.While his astute kicking has long been a feature, he has exhibited a more mature, team-orientated game than years past, carrying on strong form from the pre-season to playing Colts for Aspley and now to State League with Toowoomba.Another player in the same age bracket, David Taylor, also continues to impress, despite matching it in the front row with vastly more experienced rivals each week. Gee called Taylor the ?most dominant forward on the park? against Tweed and suggested it was possibly his best display for the club yet.Brisbane Broncos fans have already begun enthusing about the duo as long-term prospects, but despite being happy to give praise, Gee is also putting things into perspective for all his young stars.?It?s true, many of these guys weren?t playing State League last year and they?ve done a good job,? Gee said.?But they?re brought here with the expectation that they can play at this level at the very least. It?s not a bonus that they can do it.?Courtesy of the win, Toowoomba has now opened up a six-point buffer on Tweed on the table. The Clydesdales are equal with Redcliffe and Toowoomba on wins, but are third on for-and-against.As could be expected, prolific speedsters Leon Bott (Toowoomba) and Nat Barnes (Tweed) both added to their try-scoring tallies for the year, each scoring two tries in the first half. Barnes now has 14 tries for the season, while Bott has 10. It remains to be seen whether a knee injury to Tame Tupou will allow a member of the Clydesdales? backline to be promoted to the Broncos next week. On the injury front Dane Carlaw made a successful return from knee injury, while Neville Costigan was again rested despite being named to start the match.Tweed Heads hosts Souths Logan next Sunday, while Toowoomba has the bye. TOOWOOMBA 32 (Joel Moon 2, Leon Bott 2, Fraser Anderson, Nick Parfitt tries; Nick Parfitt 4 goals) d TWEED HEADS 24 (Jay McDermott 2, Nat Barnes 2, Scott Ella tries; Brad Davis 2 goals) at Piggabeen Complex.REDCLIFFE 48 d IPSWICH 18IT?S almost half-a-season away from finals football, yet Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin was still dirty on his players for denting the club?s for-and-against record in a 48-18 win over Ipswich on Sunday.The Dolphins continue to lead the league on points differential from North Queensland and Toowoomba, even increasing the margin with the weekend?s 30-point victory.Yet North Queensland is just 18 points in arrears, maintaining pressure and boasting a side that can quickly rack up tries.That factor had a significant bearing on Griffin?s mindset when he entered the sheds at halftime on Sunday, his players having squandered a 16-0 lead to allow three cheap tries to Ipswich before the interval.?For-and-against is definitely something we are aware of,? Griffin said.?Every point is vital when you?ve got three teams tied for the competition lead.?While I was reasonably happy to win, I was very disappointed with the last 20 minutes of that first half. I thought at 16-0 we should have gone on with it and put our stamp on the match. Our defence was lacking in intensity?As it turned out, Ipswich got as close as 22-12 at halftime; the Jets? inability to convert their tries the only thing keeping the scores so far apart.To Griffin?s delight the second half brought greater application and finesse from Redcliffe, although the final scoreline was perhaps on the flattering side.While still not back to his brilliant best, fullback Ryan Cullen finished the day with three tries for the Dolphins, providing encouraging signs after being recently sidelined with an ankle injury.Backline ally Kaine Manihera grabbed a double and was impressive, while Nick Emmett continued to build a reputation as one of the most consistent three-quarters in the Cup.In the middle of the paddock it was the likes of Pat Gardner and Danny Burke who shone for the Dolphins, with Michael Roberts orchestrating play wonderfully.The next five weeks sees Redcliffe tackle Central, Easts, Burleigh, Norths and Wynnum Manly ? all clubs in a tight cluster of aspirants fighting for spots four and five on the ladder.?They?re all going to be real tough,? Griffin said.?All those sides are playing for their survival and they?ll be desperate. I think it will be good for us, playing those kind of teams.?With one win from its last eight games, Ipswich hosts Wynnum Manly next Sunday at QLD Group Stadium.The Jets beat the Seagulls 18-10 in Round Four of this season. REDCLIFFE 48 (Ryan Cullen 3, Kaine Manihera 2, Nick Emmett, Gerard Parle, Shannon Fish, Alwyn Simpson tries; Greg Bourke 6 goals) d IPSWICH 18 (Geoff Chalk, Ben McFadgean, Matthew McPhee, Travis Baker tries; Travis Baker goal) at QLD Group Stadium.BURLEIGH 42 d CENTRAL 4 BURLEIGH has re-entered the Wizard Cup top five for the first time in almost three months after a 42-4 hammering of Central at Pizzey Park on Saturday night.Marking the club?s biggest win since Round 13 of the 2005 season, the Bears scraped back into fifth spot with a resounding win.Central sprang a number of changes in the lead-up to the game and shifted former Kiwi international Matt Rua to the starting pack, but it all proved to no avail.Significantly, Central had been the first team to beat Burleigh this year, upsetting the Bears 36-22 in Rockhampton in Round Two and sending them on a four-game losing streak. It was fitting then that the Bears should regain a place in the top five against a side which originally sent them spiralling out of it.The theme of coming full circle was heightened by the likeness of the match to last year?s corresponding game at Pizzey Park, won 46-10 by Burleigh.On that occasion electric winger Trent Purdon scored four tries for the Bears, while Reggie Cressbrook amassed 18 points.In the latest bout Purdon only managed two tries for the home side, although Cressbrook again worked his way to a tally of 18 points.Remarkably after such a poor start to the season, Burleigh now boasts the best defensive record of all teams in the Wizard Cup ? even better than leading sides Redcliffe, North Queensland, Toowoomba and Tweed Heads.The Bears are also just one win behind fierce rival Tweed and could realistically overtake the Seagulls for fourth spot next week should results go their way.Burleigh faces Easts in Saturday?s televised game at Langlands Park, while Tweed meets ?hoodoo? team Souths Logan at the Piggabeen Complex on Sunday. Currently Tweed?s for-and-against is 28 points better than the Bears?.For Central the coming weeks will be make-or-break for its finals chances.The Comets have not qualified for the pre-season since 1997, but have their best chance in years under coach Matt Parish and with a squad yet to reach its potential.Next week the Rockhampton-based club hosts Redcliffe on Saturday evening, followed by an away match against Wynnum Manly the next week. The Comets are presently three points outside the top five.This coming fortnight gives players from both Burleigh and Central their last opportunity to impress representative selectors, ahead of the City v Country match at Cloncurry on June 24.BURLEIGH 42 (Trent Purdon 2, Reggie Cressbrook, Jordan Atkins, Adam Hayden, Robert Apanui, Jamie Russo tries; Reggie Cressbrook 7 goals) d CENTRAL 4 (Shannon Stitt try) at Pizzey Park.NORTHS 36 d EASTS 18NORTHS coach Wayne Treleaven has promoted Aaron Bulow?s name for the upcoming City Country clash in Cloncurry, following the Devils? 36-18 win against Easts at Langlands Park.After a forgettable five-game losing streak, Norths now has back-to-back wins and is on the verge of re-entering the top five.Despite their recent history the Devils led the Tigers 30-6 at halftime on Saturday, with Treleaven surprisingly stating that his team went to Stones Corner expecting a win.?We knew if we put it together we could do it,? Treleaven said.?They (Easts) are a bit knocked around with injuries at the moment, whereas we?ve probably had our bad stretch and it?s time for us to lift again.?A major boost for Norths in the past month has been the return to prominence of backrower Bulow, who sat out the beginning of the season to concentrate on starting his own personal training business.Still as fit and dedicated as ever, the 24-year-old has quickly earned himself a starting role and was described by Treleaven as ?outstanding? in the victory against Easts.?I?d think Bulow would have to be a very big chance of slotting in for City,? said Treleaven.?He?s your hardworking backrower type that you need in every team.?While not likely to gain the same sort of attention after a season that has been hampered by injury, centre Steve Franciscus also received praise from Treleaven.The elusive PNG talent created havoc out wide and not only starred with his ability to test the line, but also created chances for teammates with some sneaky offloads.Franciscus is one of half-a-dozen Devils that has experienced knee troubles this year. Another player in the same category, utility Colin Wilkie, is a possibility of returning next week against North Queensland.The Tully talent could be needed, as the Devils expect to be without four of their best players on account of sister-club Melbourne?s likely Origin contingent. North Queensland will be similarly depleted.For Easts, Round 13 will bring a televised clash against Burleigh at Langlands Park on Saturday.Only one competition point separates the Tigers and Bears on the ladder.A rough preliminary squad for City is likely to be formed this week, although the final 17 will not be settled upon for another fortnight.This year?s City v Country match in Cloncurry will take place on Saturday, June 24. Kevin Walters will coach City, while Tweed?s Steve Murphy will coach Country.NORTHS 36 (Jackson Nicolau 2, Steve Franciscus, Aaron Morgan, Will Chambers, Chad Leach, Sika Manu tries; Jackson Nicolau 4 goals) d EASTS 18 (David Tyrrell 2, Mark Cantoni tries; Luke Branighan 3 goals) at Langlands Park.NORTH QUEENSLAND 40 d SOUTHS LOGAN 22NORTH Queensland has left Souths Logan to tough out an agonising seven weeks before its next home game, having dealt the Magpies a 40-22 loss at Brandon Park on Saturday.Maintaining an equal share of the competition lead, the Young Guns cruised through the first half to lead 30-0 at one stage and then 30-6 at the break.With both teams seeming to prefer to score at one end of the paddock, Souths Logan fought back strongly in the second stanza to trail 30-18.However, it was to be as close as the underdogs got, unable to match the Young Guns? firepower across the park and cohesion in defence.The Magpies? fourth successive defeat threatens to turn their fairytale start to the year into a pumpkin, leaving them seventh on the ladder and vulnerable to a number of teams on the improve.They are also at the mercy of unfavourable scheduling in the coming month-and-a-half, which sees them play just four games, all away from home.Next week Mark Gliddon?s men face one of the toughest road trips in the competition ? Tweed Heads at the Piggabeen Complex.Then the following week they encounter the bye, followed by a televised match on June 24 against Ipswich at QLD Group Stadium. Although the Jets are last on the ladder, Souths Logan runs the risk of being without several key players due to the City v Country representative match on the same weekend.Another weekend off will follow the Ipswich game before the black-and-whites play Central at Blackwater in Round 16; a home game that the Magpies have elected to relocate.Round 17 has Souths Logan facing traditional rival Easts at Langlands Park, before they finally return home on July 22 against the resurgent Burleigh Bears.While the whole competition will monitor the Magpies? progress, there will be particular interest in teenager Mase Laulu Togagae, scorer of two tries in his Wizard Cup debut against the Young Guns.The eye-catching efforts of the youngster came a week after he posted four tries playing back-to-back matches in the FOGS Cup and FOGS Colts Challenge.Laulu Togagae?s display brought a neat contrast of the old and new at Brandon Park, with experienced journeyman Jason Barsley also making his mark for North Queensland with a double. Barsley has now moved to 65 career tries in the competition, ranking him 14th all-time and just one try behind Aaron Barba.The Young Guns take on Norths at Bishop Park next Sunday in a contest where both sides will be without key players, called up to the NRL to cover for Origin representatives.NORTH QUEENSLAND 40 (Brent McConnell 2, Mark Henry 2, Jason Barsley 2, Brett Firman, Jamie Frizzo tries; Neil Sweeney 3, Brent McConnell goals) d SOUTHS LOGAN 22 (Mase Laulu Togagae 2, Brandon Costin, Tyrone Coppedge tries; Tim Cannard 2, Brandon Costin goals) at Brandon Park.
QUEENSLAND Wizard Cup - ROUND 12 RESULTSThree-time consecutive grand finalist Burleigh is now back in the top five for the first time since Round 1 of this season.Saturday 3 June NORTH QUEENSLAND 40 (Brent McConnell 2, Mark Henry 2, Jason Barsley 2, Brett Firman, Jamie Frizzo tries; Neil Sweeney 3, Brent McConnell goals) d SOUTHS LOGAN 22 (Mase Laulu Togagae 2, Brandon Costin, Tyrone Coppedge tries; Tim Cannard 2, Brandon Costin goals) at Brandon Park.NORTHS 36 (Jackson Nicolau 2, Steve Franciscus, Aaron Morgan, Will Chambers, Chad Leach, Sika Manu tries; Jackson Nicolau 4 goals) d EASTS 18 (David Tyrrell 2, Mark Cantoni tries; Luke Branighan 3 goals) at Langlands Park.BURLEIGH 42 (Trent Purdon 2, Reggie Cressbrook, Jordan Atkins, Adam Hayden, Robert Apanui, Jamie Russo tries; Reggie Cressbrook 7 goals) d CENTRAL 4 (Shannon Stitt try) at Pizzey Park.Sunday 4 June TOOWOOMBA 32 (Joel Moon 2, Leon Bott 2, Fraser Anderson, Nick Parfitt tries; Nick Parfitt 4 goals) d TWEED HEADS 24 (Jay McDermott 2, Nat Barnes 2, Scott Ella tries; Brad Davis 2 goals) at Piggabeen Complex.REDCLIFFE 48 (Ryan Cullen 3, Kaine Manihera 2, Nick Emmett, Gerard Parle, Shannon Fish, Alwyn Simpson tries; Greg Bourke 6 goals) d IPSWICH 18 (Geoff Chalk, Ben McFadgean, Matthew McPhee, Travis Baker tries; Travis Baker goal) at QLD Group Stadium.BYE: Wynnum ManlyPOINTS TABLE AFTER ROUND 12REDCLIFFE 18NORTH QLD 18TOOWOOMBA 18TWEED HEADS 12BURLEIGH 10--------------EASTS 9SOUTHS LOGAN 9NORTHS 9CENTRAL 7WYNNUM MANLY 6IPSWICH 4NEXT WEEK?S GAMES ? ROUND 13SATURDAY 10 JUNEEASTS V BURLEIGH LANGLANDS PARK 2.00PM*CENTRAL V REDCLIFFE BROWNE PARK 7.30PMSUNDAY 11 JUNETWEED HEADS V SOUTHS LOGAN PIGGABEEN COMPLEX 3.00PMNORTHS V NORTH QLD BISHOP PARK 3.00PMIPSWICH V WYNNUM MANLY QLD GROUP STADIUM 3.00PMTOOWOOMBA BYE*Denotes ABC TV Live telecast.
QUEENSLAND under 17 to play New South Wales Under 17 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Wednesday 14 June. QLD UNDER 17 v. NSW UNDER 17 14 JUNE 2006 SUNCORP STADIUM 1. Chris Sandow South East 2. Galu Te?o South East 3. Ben Jones South East 4. Israel Folau South East 5. Michael Cummins South East 6. Ben Cronin South East 7. Luke Capewell South East 8. Zac Henrickson Wide Bay 9. Joel Romelo South East 10. David Hala South East 11. Kevin Proctor Southern 12. Travis Marshall Central 13. Shaun Cotter South East INTERCHANGE 14. Martin Kennedy Southern 15. Fred Tila South East 16. Billy Rogers Wide Bay 17. Gerard Tibbetts South East Coach - Gary GreinkeQLD UNDER 17 SELECTION TRIALMAROON 38 (Luke Capewell 2, Dylan Landon, Ben Jones, Shaun Spring, Travis Marshall, Kevin Proctor, Joel Romelo tries; Ryan Gilbert 3 goals) d WHITE 24 (Chris Sandow, Galu Te?o, Matt Grieve, Dashae Francis; Jacob Samoa 2, Matt Lennon 2) at Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe.
FOGS CUP 2006ROUND 12 RESULTS - A GRADESaturday 3rd JuneSOUTHS LOGAN 24 (Christian Thompson 2, Jerry Ahern, Chad Trudgett, Aaron Lewis tries; Ron Troutman 2 goals) d SUNSHINE COAST 20 (Clint Broomham, Cameron Mathers, Adam Sellars tries; Kris Boyce 4 goals) at Brandon Park.EASTS 40 (Michael Jack 3, Chris Parker, Scott Young, Steve Goodhew, Luke Archer tries; Hamilton Vaalepu 4, Luke Archer 2 goals) d NORTHS 16 (David Kramer, Phil Wuersching, Chris Bond tries; David Neuendorf 2 goals) at Langlands Park.BURLEIGH 34 (Hayden Allsop 2, Mark Commens 2, Aseri Laing, Luke Mercer tries; Phil Ramage 5 goals) d WESTERN DISTRICTS 10 (Troy Rowbotham, Luke Beaven tries; Brad McKee goal) at Pizzey Park.Sunday 4th June TWEED HEADS 74 (David Strachan 2, Justin Carter 2, James Brown 2, Brett Woolley, Paul Rolls, Curtis Finn, Reece Vincent, Luke Kelly, Scott Gray, Chris Enahoro tries; Paul Rolls 10, Josh Peacock goals) d ASPLEY 8 (Nass Teddy, Michael Barber tries) at Piggabeen Complex.REDCLIFFE 38 (Chris Fox 3, Adam Lutchetti 2, Mick Pares, Luke Boldery tries; Chris Giumelli 3, Mark Christensen 2 goals) d IPSWICH 10 (Mark Sharrad, John Dean tries; Jay O?Doherty goal) at Dolphin Oval.BYE: Wynnum Manly SeagullsFOGS CUP POINTS TABLE AFTER ROUND 12Tweed Heads Seagulls 18Burleigh Bears 16Redcliffe Dolphins 13Easts Tigers 12Souths Logan Magpies 12Sunshine Coast Falcons 11Wynnum Manly Seagulls 10Ipswich Jets 8Aspley Devils 8Norths Devils 6Western Districts 4FOGS CHALLENGE 2006ROUND 12 RESULTS - COLTS GRADESaturday 3rd JuneSOUTHS LOGAN 28 (Luke Lavelle, James Pritchard, Toe Faaee, Robert Langton, Matt Sepelini tries; Cameron Moodie 4 goals) d SUNSHINE COAST 14 (Dale Mitchell, David Peck, Liam Anlezark tries; Anthony Delaivuna goal) at Brandon Park.EASTS 20 (Brent Kuskey 2, Matthew Klein, Todd Hair tries; Todd Hair 2 goals) d NORTHS 12 (Jarrad Stack, Blayne Harling, Steve Beaumont tries) at Langlands Park.BURLEIGH 32 (Matt Parata 2, Ryan Wilson 2, Oscar Diekas, Matthew Host, Jack MacGougan tries; Marty Paulson 2 goals) d WESTERN DISTRICTS 6 (Matthew Butler try; Ryan Corrie goal) at Pizzey Park.Sunday 4th JuneREDCLIFFE 26 (Matt Gillett 4, Phil Daisy tries; Phil Daisy 3 goals) d IPSWICH 22 (Nigel Naawi 2, Antonio Tuitaupe, Daniel Frank tries; Tim McIlwain 3 goals) at Dolphin Oval.TWEED HEADS 26 (Dane Evans 2, Tom Kingston, Matt Lindsay, William Matthews tries; Dane Evans 2, Michael Keating goals) d ASPLEY 18 (Brynjar Ragnarsson, Nathan Strudwick, Simona Vavega tries; Josh Costello 3 goals) at Piggabeen Complex.BYE: Wynnum Manly SeagullsFOGS CHALLENGE POINTS TABLE AFTER ROUND 12Redcliffe Dolphins 19Easts Tigers 18Norths Devils 16Souths Logan Magpies 12Wynnum Manly Seagulls 12Aspley Devils 11Tweed Heads Seagulls 10Burleigh Bears 8Ipswich Jets 4Sunshine Coast Falcons 4Western Districts 4NEXT ROUND?S GAMES ? ROUND 13 (Cup & Challenge times)SATURDAY 10TH JUNEEasts Tigers v Burleigh Bears Langlands Park 12.15pm 10.45amWestern Districts Panthers v Redcliffe Dolphins Kev McKell Oval 5.30pm 4.00pmSUNDAY 11TH JUNETweed Heads Seagulls v Souths Logan Magpies Piggabeen Complex 1.15pm 11.45amIpswich Jets v Wynnum Manly Seagulls Qld Group Stadium 1.15pm 11.45amNorths Devils v Sunshine Coast Falcons Bishop Park 1.15pm 11.45am Aspley Devils v Bye
FRIDAY night rugby league kicked off with an extraordinary match at Kogarah. Played under lights in the torrential rain, the St George Illawarra Dragons got home over the Parramatta Eels by 8-1 after it was 0-0 for the first 70 minutes. A field goal shoot-out saw Saints leading by the soccer score of 2-1 before a try in the 80th minute finally put the match beyond doubt.Saturday afternoon we travelled to Melbourne to see the Storm overcome the Sydney Roosters by 20-16 after the local led 12-4 at half time. Later the same day at Telstra Stadium, the Canterbury Bulldogs got on top of the Newcastle Knights, disposing of the Novocastrians by 38-22. Meanwhile, the Canberra Raiders got the points at home defeating a plucky Southjs Sydney Rabbitohs by 24-22. The Rabbitohs are getting close to posting their first win for 2006 but are still favourites for this year?s wooden spoon.Sunday football took us to New Zealand where the Brisbane Broncos overcame a determined Warriors outfit by 23-18. The win sees the Broncos on top of the NRL ladder. Meanwhile the Manly Sea Eagles travelled to Penrith to defeat the Panthers by 29-22 and break a 12-year hoodoo.Round 13 wrapped up at Telstra Stadium with the premiers Wests Tigers defeating last years runners-up North Queensland Cowboys by 24-14.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsMelbourne?s Greg Inglis has opened up a three point lead in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. The Storm fullback scored maximum points on the weekend to grab top spot on the leader board with 20 points. Cowboys five eighth Johnathan Thurston is in second place on 17 points and Storm hooker Cameron Smith is running third on 16 points.Knights half back Andrew Johns is not far away on 15 points while Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) and Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders) are still well in contention on 14 points.The full leader board is below.The Leagueunlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.League Wrap: Round 13, 2 ? 4 June 2006MATCH RESULTS:St George Illawarra Dragons: 8Tries: Matt CooperGoals: Aaron Gorrell 1/1Field Goals: Ben Hornby 2/3Parramatta Eels: 1Field Goals: John Morris 1/1Half time: 0-allVenue: Oki Jubilee Stadium, KogarahCrowd: 9,075Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Dean Young (Dragons)2 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)1 - Luke Bailey (Dragons)Melbourne Storm: 20Tries: Greg Inglis(2), Steve Turner, Jake WebsterGoals: Cameron Smith 2/4Sydney Roosters: 16Tries: Ryan Cross, Amos Roberts, Vince MellarsGoals: Amos Roberts 1/2, Jamie Soward 1/1Half time: Storm 12-4Venue: Olympic ParkCrowd: 8,491Referee: Ben CumminsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Greg Inglis (Storm)2 - Amos Roberts (Roosters)1 - David Kidwell (Storm)Canterbury Bulldogs: 38Tries: Hazem El Masri(3), Corey Hughes(2), Reni Maitua, Daniel HoldsworthGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/7Newcastle Knights: 22Tries: Clint Newton, Anthony Quinn(2), Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 3/5Half time: 16-allVenue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 12,658Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs)2 - Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)1 - Danny Buderus (Knights)Canberra Raiders: 24Tries: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, David Howell, Alan TongueGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/4South Sydney Rabbitohs: 22Tries: Peter Cusack, Shannan McPherson, Joe Williams, Paul MellorGoals: Joe Williams 3/5Half time: Raiders 18-6Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 10,150Referee: Jarred MaxwellLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)2 - Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs)1 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)New Zealand Warriors: 18Tries: Ruben Wiki(2), Patrick Ah VanGoals: Tony Martin 3/3Brisbane Broncos: 23Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Tame Tupou, Greg Eastwood(2)Goals: Corey Parker 3/4Field Goals: Darren LockyerHalf time: Broncos 18-12Venue: Ericsson StadiumCrowd: 7,746Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Greg Eastwood (Broncos)2 - Brad Thorn (Broncos)1 - Ruben Wiki (Warriors)Penrith Panthers: 22Tries: Luke Rooney, Trent Waterhouse, Rhys Wesser, Paul AitonGoals: Preston Campbell 3/4Manly Sea Eagles: 29Tries: Steve Menzies, Brett Stewart (3), Steve BellGoals: Travis Burns 4/5, Matt Orford 0/1Field Goals: Michael MonaghanHalf time: Sea Eagles 20-10Venue: CUA Stadium PenrithCrowd: 10,256Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)2 - Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)1 - Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles)Wests Tigers: 24Tries: Dean Collis, Anthony Laffranchi, Benji Marshall, Michael CrockettGoals: Brett Hodgson 4/5North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Paul Bowman, Johnathan Thurston, Gavin CooperGoals: Johnathan Thurston 1/3Half time: Tigers 18-4Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 16,736Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers)2 - Dean Collis (Tigers)1 - Ryan O'Hara (Tigers)Cronulla Sharks ? ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUpcoming matches:Round 14, 9-11 June 2006Fri 7:30 SEA EAGLES v TIGERS - Brookvale OvalSat 5:30 PANTHERS v DRAGONS - CUA Stadium Sat 7:30 COWBOYS v SHARKS - Dairy Farmers StadiumSat 7:30 RABBITOHS v BRONCOS - Telstra StadiumSun 2:00 ROOSTERS v WARRIORS - Aussie StadiumSun 3:00 EELS v STORM - Parramatta Stadium Mon 3:00 RAIDERS v BULLDOGS - Telstra StadiumKNIGHTS v BYEFOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.20 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), 17 pointsJohnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)15 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)14 pointsMatt Orford (Sea Eagles), Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks)12 pointsHazem El Masri (Bulldogs)11 pointsDanny Buderus (Knights), Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)10 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys)9 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)8 pointsCorey Parker (Broncos)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)6 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Robert Farah (Tigers), Craig Gower (Panthers), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Alan Tongue (Raiders)5 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Trent Barrett (Dragons), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Steve Price (Warriors), Scott Prince (Tigers), Jason Smith (Raiders), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Dean Young (Dragons)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Steve Simpson (Knights), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Dean Collis (Tigers), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Brent Webb (Warriors), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), David Simmons (Sharks), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), David Kidwell (Storm), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks), Matt King (Storm), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Billy Slater (Storm), Tim Smith (Eels), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)
QUEENSLAND has taken the shock step of dropping fullback Matt Bowen from the side altogether in favour of Australian custodian Karmichael Hunt.Justin Hodges has been named subject to fitness, likewise with backrower Tonie Carroll who has been drafted into the squad at the expense of Matt Scott. David Stagg has also been dropped with Carl Webb elevated to the starting side and Chris Flannery brought in on the bench.Calls to shift captain Darren Lockyer to fullback and select halfback Scot Prince have been denied with the rest of the side unchanged for the Queensland?s return home game on Wednesday, June 14The full squad is:Karmichael Hunt, Brent Tate, Justin Hodges, Steve Bell, Greg Inglis, Darren Lockyer (c), Johnathan Thurston, Petero Civoniceva, Cameron Smith, Steve Price, Carl Webb, Tonie Carroll, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: Shaun Berrigan, Chris Flannery, Sam Thaiday, Nate Myles.-----As expected, the NSW Blues have made only the one change to their line-up with injured second rower Luke O?Donnell being replaced by in-form Dragons prop Luke Bailey, who moves to the bench. Andrew Ryan will start at lock. The debate surrounding the halfback position has been resolved with incumbent Brett Finch fighting off a late challenge by Matt Orford to retain his position, whilst Craig Gower?s leg injury has again dashed his hopes of representing.Selectors also stayed loyal to the centre-wing combination of Timana Tahu and Eric Grothe, choosing to keep the Parramatta duo instead of drafting in Dragons and Test centre Matt Cooper, who withdrew before game one with a hamstring injury.Game 2 will be played at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on June 14.The full squad is: Brett Hodgson, Matt King, Mark Gasnier, Timana Tahu, Eric Grothe, Braith Anasta, Brett Finch, Willie Mason, Danny Buderus, Brent Kite, Steve Simpson, Nathan Hindmarsh, Andrew Ryan.Interchange: Luke Bailey, Steve Menzies, Mark O'Meley, Craig Wing.
BRISBANE coach Wayne Bennett says his side isn't getting carried away with the Broncos' current form which has the Broncos sitting top of the NRL table at the midway point of the season. The Broncos retained top spot ahead of Melbourne on points for-and-against after overcoming the New Zealand Warriors 23-18 in Auckland yesterday.
QUEENSLAND'S hottest State of Origin debate in years will be settled today when selectors decide where to play skipper Darren Lockyer in Wednesday week's crucial second match.
JAMIE Lyon has set his sights on leaving St Helens with an English Super League and Challenge Cup double. The brilliant former Australian Test centre, who is expected to return to his old club Parramatta when his contract with Saints runs out at the end of the season, scored 20 points to help the League leaders reach the last four of the Cup.
REDCLIFFE were beaten today by Burleigh 20 - 18 and face the prospect of falling out of the top should they be beaten by Wynnum next weekend.
THE North Queensland Young Guns continued their spellbinding attacking form, defeating the Toowoomba Clydesdales 44-26 at Clive Berghofer Stadium today. The first half was a see-sawing affair, with tries, blows and the lead exchanged a number of times at rapid pace. Great direction from Young Guns five-eighth and captain Chris Sheppard eventually steered the visitors home, with a second half onslaught of tries.
VB Premier League.
Newtown 34 d. Newcastle Knights 10.
Newtown led 24-0 at half-time.
Played at Energy Australia Stadium.
Jim Beam Cup.
Windsor 40 d. Newtown 16.
Played at the Windsor Sports Complex.