SYDNEY Airport Jets half-back and captain Craig Field announced his retirement as a Rugby League player, following Sunday's final round VB Premier League match at Brookvale Oval.
THE Sydney Airport Jets might have just narrowly missed a spot in the 2004 VB Premier League semi-finals, but Newtown fans can still see a team wearing the famous Royal Blue colours in a Grand Final this Saturday - at an inner western Sydney venue, and coached by a former Newtown International no less.
Our fraternal club, the UTS Jets, are once again in the NSW Tertiary Rugby League First Grade Grand Final, coached by the highly-regarded and well-qualified Phil "Wotsapacketa" Sigsworth. "Siggy" has brought a standard of coaching expertise and level of Rugby League nous never seen before in this developmental standard of Rugby League football, and he has now taken his UTS Jets to their second successive Grand Final.
THE weekly column 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 26.
DALLY Ms Guide
By Warrick Nicolson, Nicolson Sports Consultancy
IT was a fairly dismal season for Cronulla fans, but amid the chaos a number of players stood up and showed what they were capable of.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs will go into this Saturday night's 3rd Qualifying Final against the North Queensland Cowboys with a full strength line-up. Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has made only one change to the team that flogged the Warriors last Sunday.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named his team to take on the St George-Illawara Dragons at Penrith Stadium on Friday night.
Absent from coach Langs teamlist is star 2nd rower Tony Puletua.
Langs team is;
Sydney Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named his side to take on the Canberra Raiders at Aussie Stadium on Sunday.
Coach Stuarts team is;
FONE Zone Canberra Raiders coach Matthew Elliott has named his side for this Sunday's do or die clash with the Sydney Roosters, in this weekend's 4th Qualifying Final at Aussie Stadium.
BRISBANE has recalled a host of stars for this weekend?s qualifying final at Suncorp Stadium against the Melbourne Storm.
AFTER resting a number of top-line players for last week?s clash with Manly, Melbourne Storm will welcome back a host of stars for this week?s first semi final against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.
THE St.George Bank Dragons will be boosted by the return of international representative Luke Bailey for the first NRL qualifying final against the Panthers at Penrith Stadium this Friday night.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his team to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday evening at Telstra Stadium.
Coach Murrays team is;
NEW Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition kicks back into action this week with Round 10 in full swing. The New Zealand A's win last Sunday against the NSW Country side will set up the competition well as we count down to the end of the season.
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Saturday 10th July (2.30pm)
Aberavon Fighting Irish v Torfaen Tigers (Aberavon Greenstars RFC)
Newport Titans v Valley Cougars (Pill Harriers RFC)
Swansea Valley Miners v Cardiff Demons (Ystalyfera RFC)