Archer sacked from First Grade

REFEREE Tony Archer and touch judge Steve Carrall have been sacked after failing to pick up a blatant forward pass in the Ergon Energy Broncos' 18-16 loss to St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium last Friday night.

Dragons fundraiser for Women in League

THE Dragons Crystal Bears Women in League are calling all Origin supporters to the Steelers Club in Wollongong on Wednesday, July 5 to cheer on our Dragons players in Melbourne as they face the Maroons in the Origin decider.You can watch the game on the big screen in an exciting and entertaining atmosphere that will include footy food, beer, wine, soft drink, games and entertainment. Proceeds from the evening will go towards the Joanne Mackay Breast Cancer Foundation.?Everybody loves State of Origin and our Women In League functions are always fun events to attend,? said Women In League Chairperson Elizabeth Kingston.?This is a great way for men, women and children to enjoy the footy with a group of friends and it is a worthy cause to donate some money towards?.The Dragons Crystal Bears Women in League Program now in its third year was the first established by any NRL Club and is dedicated to raising the profile of female involvement in rugby league and raising money for charity.A commendation at the 2006 NSW Sports Awards has spurred the committee of volunteers on to increase membership and awareness and double the $30,000 that has been raised over the past two years for the Joanne Mackay Breast Cancer Foundation and other charities.Tickets are $50 per adult and $25 per U/18. Bookings can be made by phoning (02) 4225 8299.Details:Wednesday, July 57.00pm for 7.30pmSteelers Club Wollongong ? Eastern Terrace RoomFor further information please visit or email [email protected]

Player movements: Bulldogs, Cowboys

BULLDOGS prop Nate Myles is set to become one of the hottest properties on the open market, with seven NRL clubs chasing the Queensland enforcer's signature.

Free Entry to Telstra for NZ Passport holders

CALLING all New Zealand passport holders living in Sydney or those travelling there this weekend - you can watch the Vodafone Warriors take on South Sydney for free this Sunday (June 25). Telstra Stadium has a special offer of free entry to New Zealand passport holders to the match against the Rabbitohs. All you have to do is turn up at a Telstra Stadium box office on match day with your New Zealand passport to redeem your ticket for a seat in the Vodafone Warriors' supporter area (aisles 111-114). Gates open at 1pm with the main game kicking off at 3pm. This offer can be redeemed only at a Telstra Stadium ticket box office on game day and is strictly set at one free ticket per New Zealand passport.

Odsal Stadium gets a name change

BRADFORD Bulls and world leading home shopping company, Otto, have announced that they have entered into a partnership that sees the Odsal Stadium renamed as The Grattan Stadium, Odsal.

Joey set to create history

ANDREW Johns needs just 18 points to break the NRL?s all time highest point scoring record, when the Knights host the Sharks this Saturday at EnergyAustralia Stadium.Three converted tries is all that stands between the star half back and Jason Taylor?s long standing record of 2,107 career points, an accomplishment within Johns reach.?We?ve all seen how lethal Joey is when he?s playing at his best and he?s capable of an 18 point haul, especially with a home crowd behind him,? said Knights coach, Michael Hagan.Johns will re-unite with former team mate and 1997 Grand Final try scoring hero, Darren Albert, who returns to his old home ground for the first time in a Cronulla jersey. He?ll lead a Hunter Valley charge featuring Maitland junior, Greg Bird and former Knight, Brett Kimmorley, who is out to impress Origin selectors in his annual duel with Johns.?Noddy always lifts when he?s playing in Newcastle and with possible Origin selection up for grabs, I would expect him and Andrew to reignite their on-field rivalry,? Hagan said.After a week off to recover from the demands of the representative season, Knights Hooker, Danny Buderus rejoined the Newcastle squad today, training at Lambton Pool in preparation for the teams return home.?It was important Danny had the week off to rest but now everyone is back on deck we need to improve to stay in the top eight and keep our finals campaign on track,? said Hagan.After being ruled out of last week?s trip across the Tasman, fullback, David Seage has been cleared of a hamstring injury and will start at fullback while utility forward, Riley Brown will miss at least a week after suffering a shoulder injury at Ericsson Stadium.Kirk Reynoldson has been named on the Interchange bench in an otherwise unchanged 17 man squad.

Brotherly Love

MY little brother Micah tugged my shirt, ?What are those gorillas doing to each other?? Covering his eyes with my hands, we made haste to the next exhibit. There a loud growl hit my ears, but it was just his stomach. ?Can we get something to eat?? I spotted a vending machine ahead and bought Micah a packet of Twisties. An avid fan of Wests since the latter half of last year, he was intent on obtaining a Benji Marshall Tazo. With the last of my change I opted for a Snickers bar ? the peanuts and nougat forming a delectable combination, not unlike Tim Smith and John Morris of 2005. ?Don?t you mean Prince and Benji?? my brother chuffed. I began to worry that with his fair-weather glory hunting attitude, Micah would turn out like Raiders fans my age.

Anti Tampering Laws Scrapped

NATIONAL Rugby League chief executive David Gallop has announced his intention to remove the existing anti-tampering rules after July 1. July?s chief executives? meeting will be used to canvass whether a new regime should be implemented or whether the concept of an anti-tampering date should be dropped entirely. ?In truth I think it would take a compelling argument from the clubs for us to recommend to the board the retention of any sort of anti-tampering system going forward but they will have the opportunity to present that case,? said Gallop. ?The anti-tampering rules were first introduced to protect the clubs at a time when there was not an effective salary cap. ?The arguments were that a player shouldn?t be able to negotiate with another team until he had finished all but the last six months of his existing contract. ?The rule is there to protect clubs. The fact is that tampering can only take place if clubs themselves participate in negotiations. ?Furthermore the rule can only ever be enforced if clubs take the time to make official complaints rather than media accusations. ?Rather than see the same accusations made each year I think we would be better off removing the date for future seasons.?

Spanner in the works for Schifcofske

THE Queensland Reds' plan to sign Canberra rugby league fullback Clinton Schifcofske has hit a hurdle with the Australian Rugby Union failing to come to the party.

Player movements: Tonga

FORMER Test centre Willie Tonga has re-signed with the Bulldogs for two years.

Trans-Tasman RL Cup Fixtures

ROTORUA International Stadium hosts a four team International Rugby League competition in June and July featuring a host of the stars of today and tomorrow from both sides of the Tasman.Each of the four openings feature two games under lights with affordable ticket prices and great family discounts. Join us for the very best Rugby League.ADMISSION PRICESAdults $10Children (5-15)/Pensioners $5Family Pass (2 Adults/2 children) $25FOUR OF THE VERY BEST TEAMS representing:? New Zealand Residents? Queensland? New South Wales Country? The Jim Beam Cup (formerly the Metropolitan Cup-Sydney)FOUR OPENINGS, TWO GREAT GAMES NIGHTLYWednesday June 21st6.00 pm NSW Country v. Jim Beam Cup7.30 pm NZ Residents v. QueenslandSaturday 24th June6.00 pm Queensland v. NSW Country7.30 pm Jim Beam Cup v. NZ ResidentsTuesday 27th June6.00 pm NZ Residents v. NSW Country7.30 pm Queensland v. Jim Beam CupSaturday July 1st4.30 pm NSW Country U18 v. Waicoa Bay U186.00 pm Play off for third and fourth7.40 pm GRAND FINAL

Player movements: Widders, Schifcofske

SOUTH Sydney has signed Parramatta super-sub Dean Widders to a three-year deal.

Round 16 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 23rd June 2006

Rd 12 results - Bartercard Cup

SOME interesting results from Round 12 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup.Central Falcons were kept scoreless as the visiting Rangers side shell shocked them on Saturday night. Other results included a fight back by the Leopards in the second half to draw level with the competition leaders, Auckland Lions, on Sunday afternoon at Ericsson. The Storm once again defeated at home, this time to the Bulls.The Orcas fought back from last week's defeat at the hands of the Jetz, to totally outplay Waicoa Bay in Wellington. And finally on Monday night, a ripper of a game with Harbour snatching a narrow win over the Jetz in the dying seconds of the game.Saturday 17 June 2006 Central Falcons vs Waitakere Rangers Levin Domain, LevinWaitakere Rangers 38Tries: W. Clarken, B. Nelson, B. Perenara, D. Shepherd (2), H. Barclay (2)Goals: D. Shepherd (2), S. Jones (3)Central Falcons 0Halftime Score: 10 ? 0 To Waitakere Rangers Sunday 18 June 2006Auckland Lions vs Tamaki Leopards Ericsson Stadium, Auckland (C/R To Warriors vs Knights)Auckland Lions 26Tries: A. Swann, L. Toimoana, S. Buckingham, P. Ale, D. DavisGoals: S. Buckingham (3)Tamaki Leopards 26Tries: T. Leaunoa, W. Heta, M. Ashford, I. Hagaitoa (2)Goals: M. Ashford (1), W. Heta (2)Halftime Score: 16 ? 6 To Auckland LionsNorthern Storm vs Canterbury Bulls Jubilee Park, WhangareiCanterbury Bulls 42Tries: D. Aitken, A. Timo, C. Fraser, S. Hurrell (2), C. Lawrie (3)Goals: S. Hurrell (5)Northern Storm 20Tries: B. Hikaka, L. Price, J. Walker, J. FreemanGoals: A. Clyde (2)Halftime Score: 26 ? 0 To Canterbury Bulls Wellington Orcas vs Waicoa Bay Stallions McEwan Park, WellingtonWellington Orcas 42Tries: O. Kua, D. Miti, H. Davis, A. Parker, P. Rudman, B. Matulino (2)Goals: L. Boyd (7)Waicoa Bay Stallions 18Tries: M. Haggie, I. John, P. PrimeGoals: H. Karena (3)Halftime Score: 24 ? 12 To Wellington Orcas Monday 19 June 2006Counties Manukau Jetz vs Harbour Tigers North Harbour Stadium, AucklandHarbour League 32Tries: S. Metcalf, D. Glasgow, H. Tuihalangingie (2), J. Golf (2)Goals: J. Trott (4)Counties Manukau Jetz 30Tries: D. Heketoa, M. Filipo, J. Ioapo, L. Faleono, T. Tuifua (2)Goals: D. Heketoa (3)Halftime Score: 18 ? 10 To Counties Manukau Jetz

Germany v Austria 25th June

GERMANY play Austria this Sunday in Bad Reichenhall and the German team will be picked from the following:Leo Berngruber (Captain)Paul BerngruberAlex Ramsey (NZ married to German girl)Andreas BrunnauerJames Brown (South African lived here 5 years)Janis KruseOlivier KesslerMichael GlaserAlex Kl?pperAnjim KhanMike Kerr (NZ lived here 5 years married to German)Nick Mcphail (UK lived here 5 years married to a German)Stephan KasperDaniel FolgmannMarkus WickopBenjamin HerzogPatrick CreydtSimon CooperGame poster

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