INSPIRATIONAL Manly skipper Ben Kennedy is set to make a decision today on his availability for next month's Anzac Test against New Zealand.
ST George Illawarra coach Nathan Brown will meet with Nine Network boss Eddie McGuire on Friday in a last ditch bid to stop NRL star Mark Gasnier from jumping ship to rugby union next season.
RAMPAGING North Queensland prop Carl Webb has signed a new contract with the Cowboys that will keep him at the NRL club until the end of 2008.
WITH Round Six complete and just two weeks until the ANZAC Test Match in Brisbane, the Australian selectors have some tough decisions ahead but just how tough in reality these decisions are remains to be seen.
THE other day, I woke up, rubbed the sleep out of my eyes and indulged in my usual bowl of cornflakes. After sprinkling three packets of sugar on top, everything seemed to be traveling well.
GREAT Britain scrum-half Paul Deacon smashed Bradford?s goalkicking record as the Bulls cantered to a 52-18 victory over Huddersfield.
LEADERS St Helens overcame a spirited challenge from Catalans Dragons 34-20 to extend their winning start in the engage Super League.
PROMOTED Castleford?s relegation fears deepened with an 11-try, 64-6 mauling by Warrington at The Jungle.
HULL secured a maximum four engage Super League points from the Easter period after fending off the challenge of Wakefield 36-24 at the KC Stadium.
LEEDS consolidated second place in the engage Super League to move two points clear of hosts Salford with a 24-18 win.
WIGAN crashed again 30-18 against Harlequins and are now four points adrift at the foot of the engage Super League table after suffering their ninth defeat from the opening 10 games.
A mixed bag last Saturday at Bishop Park for the Dolphins with the A Grade and Premier Grades securing victory with solid wins while the Colts suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Norths Devils.A disappointing performance by the Colts saw them suffer their first defeat of the year going down 44-18 to the Devils. Unfortunately the Dolphins didn?t respond to the challenge put forward by last season?s premiers and will need to focus on rectifying some worrying traits that crept into their game when the pressure was applied. One of the few positives from this game was the performance put forward by David Hala who at times was playing a lone hand against one of the competition favourites. David received the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match and looks to be a promising prospect.The A Grade racked up consecutive victorious with a solid win over Norths to the tune of 30 points to 8. The win was based on a foundation of sound defense which is becoming a hallmark of the side?s performances. Mark Shipway and Richie Russell had successful returns from injury in this match and turned in impressive games however the star performer for the Dolphins was Rory Bromley who slotted into the unfamiliar position of 5/8 and relished the extra responsibility. Rory was judged the HOGS BREATH CAF? Man of the Match and will enjoy a delicious steak at Hoggies for effort. The Premier Grade put in a near faultless first half display to go into halftime with an incredible 40 points to 4 lead over the Devils. The second half turned into a 22 all draw to give the game its final score-line of 62 points to 26 after the Dolphins were unable to maintain the intensity and the Devils fought hard to salvage something from the match. Pat Gardner was instrumental in the win against his old club and deservedly picked up both the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player and SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match awards for a powerhouse performance. Others to shine were rejuvenated centre Greg Bourke and another former Devil Marty Turner in his best game for the Dolphins thus far. This week the Dolphins are on the road for the second week running when we travel to Kougari Oval to tackle Wynnum in all grades. The matches will be tight in the lower grades with the clubs evenly positioned on their respective competition ladders while in the QLD Wizard Cup the Seagulls will be keen to register their first win of the season on home soil against their Bayside rivals in the first leg of the hotly contested Herald Cup. This weeks teamsQueensland Wizard Cup 1. Ryan Cullen 2. Alwyn Simpson 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Adam Fletcher 6. Chris Fox 7. Marty Turner 8. Troy Lindsay (c) 9. Mick Roberts 10. Pat Gardner 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Duane O'Grady 15. Darren Glase 16. Adam Starr 17. Shannon Fish Coach Anthony GriffinFOGS A Grade 1. Mitchell Simpson 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Pat McGill 4. Rory Bromley 5. Adam Lutchetti 6. Mark Christensen 7. Chris Kluft 8. Damian Jentz 9. Scott Gillis 10. Dom Fallini 11. Mark Shipway 12. James Douglas 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Chris Jelich 15. Mick Pares 16.Richie Russell 17. Dan Jones Coach Grant ClealFOGS Colts Challenge1. Phil Daisy 2. Tim Yee 3. Matt Gillett 4. Michael Wilson 5. James Derbyshire 6. Asher Elemani 7. Joel Romelo 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tim Benson (c) 10. David Hala 11. Foisa Peni 12. Matt Handcock 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange 14. Dane Hogan 15. Tom Donnelly 16. Stuart May 17. Jon BroadCoach Craig Ingebrigtsen
THE Guru was faced with his toughest assignment so far this season, as he sat down to dissect the form of teams in a couple of blow-out scorelines, compared with some close fought contests. A few selections and positions are certainly out there for debate in the Round 6 League Unlimited Team of the Week. But you can?t deny one thing - this is an exciting footy team.
THE Newtown Jets and Balmain Tigers proved that traditional local derbies are still crowd-pleasers when they turned on a real belter in their VB Premier League clash at Henson Park on Easter Saturday. Newtown hung on for a thrilling 32-28 win after having trailed the Tigers by 28-12 five minutes into the second half. The Jets have retained the Trevor Ryan-Neil Pringle shield with this win, as the two 1908 foundation clubs aren?t drawn to meet each other again for the rest of the 2006 VB Premier League competition. Newtown?s ragged first half looked certain to ensure that the Tigers would hold onto their undefeated status leading into this game. Balmain took full advantage of the Jets repeated errors and penalties, and Newtown looked to be gone for all money after a soft try to the Tigers only five minutes into the second half. Newtown?s stirring fightback, when the Jets laid on twenty unanswered points and defended their narrow lead with fierce desperation in the last fifteen minutes of the match, engrossed the big crowd and did wonders for this young Newtown side?s self belief.The Paea brothers, Lelea and Mickey, had exceptional games. Lelea scored two tries, the second of which brought the house down, and he frequently troubled the Balmain defence. Mickey led the Newtown forwards by his courageous example and his superbly-timed pass put lock Setaimata Sa in for a critical second half try. Young front-rower Danny Williams worked overtime and tore into his Balmain opponents with reckless enthusiasm. Jets half-back Mitchell Pearce, son of Balmain legend Wayne Pearce, made an impressive debut in the Newtown colours and he combined well with Josh Lewis in the halves.Newtown overcame a debilitating coach journey through heavy holiday traffic to the Central Coast on Friday, in handing out a 38-10 pounding to home team Erina in a first round Jim Beam Cup encounter. Despite their less than ideal pre-game preparation and the opposition?s rough-house tactics, the Jets tore away to a 26-4 half-time lead and maintained their dominance in the second half. The Jets displayed good ball control, well executed attacking play and disciplined defence in what was an excellent all-round team effort. Newtown?s best were second-rower Khalib Deeb, lock Darren Lang and five-eighth Toufic Nicolas.The Newtown Jets travel away this Friday evening (April 21st) to the WIN Stadium, Wollongong when they take on the St. George-Illawarra Dragons. This VB Premier League match is timed to start at 7.30pm. Newtown has a second round bye in the Jim Beam Cup competition.Photo caption:Newtown Jets front-rower Danny Williams dishes out a ?don?t argue? fend to a Balmain Tigers opponent in Saturday?s match at Henson Park.Photo courtesy of Mike Biboudis.
NEW Zealand officials have moved to assure the Bulldogs they will take no chances with the health of NRL superstar Sonny Bill Williams ahead of the Anzac Day Test match.