ONCE silvertails of the NRL, the Manly Sea Eagles continued their long re-building phase in 2004 as they aim to regain the respect of their glory days.
IT has been confirmed by the Rugby Football League that the winning team in Sunday?s LHF National League One Grand Final between Leigh Centurions v Whitehaven will be promoted to the Super League competition for the 2005 playing season.
Both teams competing in the title decider at Halton Stadium in Widnes applied for promotion earlier this season and submitted the relevant business plans.
Following a thorough assessment, both clubs have been informed that they have met the criteria for promotion to the Super League competition, subject to each of them completing additional stadium upgrade work.
BRADFORD Bulls winger Lesley Vainikolo made a clean sweep of the major awards at the Bulls Player of the Year Awards event held in the Coral Stand at Odsal last night.
HEIGHINGTON RE-SIGNS WITH WESTS TIGERS
TODD Byrne, formerly of the Sydney Roosters, has put pen to paper with the New Zealand, making him their fourth major signing for the year. He will join veterans Steve Price (Bulldogs) and Ruben Wiki (Raiders) plus exciting youngster Nathan Fien, from the Cowboys, at Auckland next year.
FULL-BACK Brett Hodgson was named the Wests Tigers player of the year on Friday.
Hodgson received the award at the annual Wests Tigers grand final luncheon at Le Montage Function Centre, Leichhardt.
BRETT Kimmorley will lead Australia for the first time on Saturday night in Townsville, as the Kangaroos line-up against Papua New Guinea in a warm-up clash prior to the Tri-Nations later in the month in the U.K.
WESTS Tigers utility player Dene Halatau is determined to make every post a winner should he be handed a New Zealand Test jersey.
BARLA Great Britain Lions coach Mick Turner has named his side for Saturday's Test match against the Australian Aboriginals at the Kitchener Oval, Gunnedah.
COACH Denis Betts has named a squad of nineteen for Sunday's Tetley's Super League game away to Salford City Reds at the Willows with a 3pm kick off.
THE Parramatta Eels have managed to upset premiership favourites the Sydney Roosters 20-12 at Parramatta Stadium.
IN a sloppy, fumbling and often frustrating match, the Sharks have withstood a second half assault from Warriors winning in the end by 22 to 14 at Toyota Park.
THE Canberra Raiders have withstood a spirited comeback from the North Queensland Cowboys to win 32-28 at Canberra Stadium this evening.
DRAGONS captain Trent Barrett had tests today on his injured left shoulder but the club will have to wait until at least Tuesday to know if he will be available for the clash with the Roosters at Aussie Stadium on Friday night.
DAPTO vs Thirroul. Saturday July 10 - Dapto Showground