LION FOUNDATION NJC TEAM LISTS - ROUND 3
(Saturday 20 March 2004)
Foundation Cup 16's
Northland Raiders vs Auckland Crowns ITM Stadium, Whangarei Kick Off 1.00pm
Northland Raiders: Logan Wikitera, Wade Tavinor, Linton Price, William Wiki (C), Saia Lo, Shontain Tau, Tory McKay, Wesley Ikuia, Jesse Wikitera, Michael Tuitupou, Wiremu Ratana, Daley Johnson, Peter Lisle
Reserves: Sam McKendry, Clifford Lambert, Kene Te Whata, Thomas Wihongi
Coach: Craig Schaumkell
Auckland Crowns: Halue Taomia, Kingi Akauola, Tamihana Hawea, Patrick Ah Van, Kyle Bos, Jody Henry, Shalom Suniula, Konelio Vaiga, Arron Pawley, Iuomalo Su'a, Leeson Ah Mau, Constantine Mika, Scott Jones (C)
Reserves: Moeakiola Situa, Alex Vaea, Sione Tongia, Matthew Parata
Coach: Frank Harold
THE sixth annual 'battle of Saint Patrick's day' took place at the new venue for Ruby League of Savannah, Georgia on the eve of St Patrick's day.
Savannah has a tradition of holding a huge St Patrick's day parade, often attracting 400,000 spectators, and associated events, so it was a 'natural fit' for the annual match between USA and Ireland to be moved to the city.
The game was somewhat hastily organised when foxsports asked that it be played this year after an original proposal was made for the city to host the game next year by local organiser David Cox, who is also responsible for forming a new organisation named 'Georgia Rugby League', and has plans to launch a competition in Georgia.
The game attracted a crowd of 2000 very rowdy and appreciative fans, almost all of whom were new to the game. The new fans commented on the big hits and toughness of the game, but were most impressed by the speed and frequency of action, one fan commenting "I don't know how these guys hang in there. It looks like roughhousing. You can't really tell unless you're using your binoculars that they're rubbing their faces in the ground. They're pretty rough out there."
The Tomahawks showed the benefit of their recent trip to Australia in winning the game. Convert from college American football, Nate Smith, in only his 5th game of Rugby League, the other four being on the Australian tour, scored two tries and was a standout player in the game. One of his tries saw the big prop burst through the line and sprint 45 metres to score. The Americans blew the scoreline out by scoring three times in the last 10 minutes, demonstrating the fitness they have gained by playing games such as a trial against the Canberra Raiders in recent weeks.
The Irish took this game seriously after losing the last two in a row, and they held a selection match some weeks ago between Irish based and English based players so as to bring the best possible amatuer squad. It seems they may have to look at professional players next time if they hope to overcome the rapidly improving Tomahawks.
The tally now stands at 4 games to 2 in favour of the Tomahawks after six 'battles of Saint Patrick's day', with the Tomahawks having won the last three in a row. The scoreline margin in this game was the biggest ever in the series.
LONDON will make the trip to the KC Stadium this weekend to meet a team which has found good form.
IN Bulls Eye this week, Brian Noble and skipper Robbie Paul look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 3 clash at the McAlpine when the Bulls take on the Giants.
HEAD Coach Mike Gregory has named the following side for Friday's Tetley's Super League game against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley, 8pm kick off.
THE Penrith Panthers have stormed home to beat the Canberra Raiders 34-18 at Canberra Stadium.
THE fallout from the Bulldogs sex scandal has begun, with the club?s football manager Garry Hughes shown the door last night.
ST George Illawarra skipper Trent Barrett has been unable to join Dragons' team mates who flew out to New Zealand today. The Test five eighth has reportedly been held back by a knee injury and has effectively withdrawn from the side.
ST George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust confirmed Gasnier would miss Sunday's clash with the New Zealand Warriors because his preparation had been "severely affected".
MICHAEL Kitmiridis, Kogarah's Deputy Mayor and likely replacement for Jim Taylor, has endorsed the views expressed by his fellow Liberal candidates on the future improvements to Oki Jubilee Stadium.
Kitmiridis, who is standing for re-election in Middle Ward, played an important role in the return of the Dragons to the Kogarah Municipality.
TICKETS for the only Rugby League Test to be played in Australia this year go on sale this Monday 22 March.
ST George Illawarra captain Trent Barrett has pulled out of tomorrow night's clash with the New Zealand Warriors with a knee injury he suffered at training this week.
A new weekly colunm here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the round.
CANBERRA Raiders hooker Brad Drew is out of tonight?s round two opening clash with defending premiers Penrith.