VETERAN Wests Tigers lock Terry Hill is under consideration for a surprise State of Origin recall if N-S-W forward Craig Fitzgibbon succumbs to an eye injury this week.
TWEED Heads dispelled any doubts of their claim on a finals berth with a hard fought 32-26 win over last year?s grand finalists Ipswich at Piggabeen in the ABC Television match. Two early tries, both to winger Clint Rothery and second row Luke O?Dwyer from well placed kicks by five eight Kris Flint, gave the Seagulls a 10-0 lead after only ten minutes. Big Graham Mackay crashed over from dummy half to reduce the margin to 10-4 but a good try to fullback Nathan Cross saw Tweed lead 16-4 after twenty-five minutes.
There was no quarter shown to the understrength Sydney Airport Jets teams in the Premier League - Jim Beam Cup double-header, played against the Cougars at the Western Weekender Stadium, St.Marys on Saturday.
In the NSW Premier League match, the Jets turned in their worst first half of the season, trailing the rampant Cougars 34-4 at half-time. Newtown regained some pride in the second half, containing Penrith-St.Marys to a final score of 50-22. The Cougars relished the prolonged spells of possession and favourable field position, and scored all six of their first half tries on the back of penalties conceded by the Jets.
The Jets competed well in the first half of the Jim Beam Cup match, with the half-time deficit of 14-6 being largely of their own making. The second half turned into a rout, as the Cougars raced away with the game to the tune of 56-12.
Newtown's best in the Premier League match were Nathan Marles, Monah Elahmad, Joe Lichaa, Luke Hession, Craig Field and Tabua Cakacaka. Several of the Jets played wounded, and are to be commended for toughing it out against physically powerful opponents.
The Sydney Airport Jets are at home to North Sydney next Saturday (June 21), in a match that is also the deciding tie for the 2003 Frank Hyde Cup. Frank himself will be at his old home-ground, Henson Park, to present the trophy to the inaugural winners. This NSW Premier League match will kick off at the usual time of 3pm. The Jets host Ryde-Eastwood in the Jim Beam Cup, with this curtain raiser due to start at 1.15pm.
ROUND 10 of the NSWRL Premier League competition, and the upset of the round has to be the Eels loss to Norths.
LONDON Broncos have today launched a Rugby League Helpline preceding the 'month of madness' that is soon to hit Griffin Park.
WIGAN Warriors announced today that Jamie Ainscough is to retire from the club.
THE Sydney Roosters team to take on the Wests Tigers this Sunday been announced, and is completely different to that which beat the Cowboys last week.
FORMER Brisbane Bronco rookie Nathan Friend will make his Storm debut this Sunday when Melbourne takes on the Bulldogs at Olympic Park (3pm).
RADISSON Maine Wests Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his team for the game against the Sydney Roosters, on Sunday 22 June 2003 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Kick off is at 2.30pm.
CRONULLA has named a former child prodigy to take over from injured captain Brett Kimmorley for Saturday's National Rugby League clash with Manly.
SECOND rower Justin Smith returns to the Allight South Sydney Rabbitohs this Saturday night for the Round 15 clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons.
FRIDAY 20th June 2003
NIGEL Vagana's days with the Bulldogs may not be numbered, with the National Rugby League (NRL) prepared to renegotiate a new contract with the Kiwis centre.
VODAFONE Warriors head coach Daniel Anderson has elevated prop forward Richard Villasanti to his starting line-up for this Sunday?s game against the Raiders at Ericsson.
HURSTVILLE Council tonight endorsed their Draft Management Plan and budget, which included a $50,000 donation to the Jubilee Oval Community Appeal. The Jubilee Oval donation is now a part of the final budget and it should be signed off just after the beginning of July. Following the meeting, a Hurstville Councillor informed an R2K representative that it's very unlikely that the donation will be rejected in the final budget.