HOW do you explain a team losing a match by 50 points and then 7 days later winning a match by 40 points?
How does a team of average players defeat a team of established champions?
How come some athletes can raise and/or sustain their performance when the contest in which they compete asks them to go beyond their comfort zone in order to succeed?
THERE?S a lot to be admired about the Jamie Lyon fiasco, but here?s the part I just love above all else. Through all the tears, heartache and soul searching: absolutely no one cared where he ended up going. In fact, this was right up there with Jana Pittman, Mark Philippoussis and David Beckham on the ?sports stars that continually made the papers out of pity? list. Again, I must emphasize that I love the way they work, as they've always managed to make me chuckle every time I read their sad tales.
THEY may have collected their second consecutive wooden spoon, but 2004 could be the year that the red and green of South Sydney laid the foundations for a brighter future.
DRAGONS Premier League coach Mick Potter has named 10 players with 2004 NRL experience in his starting line-up to play the defending premiers, the Canberra Raiders, in their preliminary final elimination at Aussie Stadium this Saturday (5.35pm kick-off).
THE below train on squad has been selected from the NZRL National Competition, the Bartercard Cup and they will take on the Australian Jim Beam Cup Selection as the curtain raiser to the Kiwis vs Kangaroos test at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday 16 October 2004.
The final team from this squad will be finalised prior to the game. They will again, be coached by Phil Prescott from Canterbury.
THE Mt Albert club in Auckland yesterday took out the Bartercard Cup competition along with the Mad Butcher's Fox Memorial trophy.
IMPOSING Brisbane winger Gary Tupou was called into New Zealand's train-on squad for the upcoming Tri-Nations rugby league tournament after playing just three games in first grade.
GAME A Elimination play-off
Hull v Wakefield
Friday, 24 September (KC Stadium, 2000 BST)
Winner through to Game D.
THERE were wild scenes in Townsville on Saturday night as the Cowboys downed the Broncos in front of 25,000 screaming fans. The North Queenslanders came away 10-0 victors, eliminating their Brisbane cousins from the competition. After leading 8-0 at half time, the Cowboys defended superbly to lock out a gallant Broncos outfit. It was a less than ideal send-off for Broncos veteran Gorden Tallis, playing his final game in the city in which he was born.
HUDDERSFIELD (8) 28
Tries: Grayshon, Evans, St Hilaire & White
Goals: Costin (6)
Salford (10) 22
Tries: Littler (2), Rutgerson & Caine
Goals: Charles (3)
Salford set the early pace but it was Huddersfield who lasted the distance.
The Reds went in front when Stuart Littler broke clear for the first of two tries which sandwiched a Sean Rutgerson score.
SYDNEY City Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named his team to take on the North Queensland Cowboys at Telstra Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Stuarts team is;
Stuart Webb, Extra Player Named
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has retained the 18 man squad from last week for the Bulldogs preliminary final against the Penrith Panthers to be played this Saturday at Aussie Stadium. Folkes has named Braith Anasta at five eight with Johnathan Thurston named on a five-man interchange.
RYAN Girdler was telling his Penrith teammates this week how good it would be to sit out most of the NRL season and come back fresh for the finals.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his side to travel down to Sydney to take on the Roosters on Sunday afternoon at Telstra Stadium in the second of the competition's preliminary finals.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named his side to play the Bulldogs on Saturday night at Aussie Stadium in the 1st preliminary final of the NRL competition.