GRAND FINAL 2005 NOTEBOOK: Monday 26th September 2005

GRAND Final week has arrived!

Qld Statewide Score Wrap

INTERSTATE CHALLENGE Result: Queensland Rangers 50 (Jordan Atkins 3, Brendon Marshall 2, James Bryant, Shaun Daylight, Aaron Werth, Rob Elliott tries; Ben Smith 5, Aaron Werth, Abraham Sila goals) beat Western Australia Development 24 (Brad Baker, Craig Phillis, Isaac Thomas, Dan Green tries; Shane Brook 3, Mick Kestal goals).

Queensland U16's defeat NSW Country

QUEENSLAND Academy of Sport Under 16?s copped a nasty fright before nailing New South Wales Country 22-16, in the rugby league representative trial at Coronation Park on Friday.

Parramatta brings an end to the Jets Finals campaign

NEWTOWN?S quest for a place in the 2005 VB Premier League grand final ended with a hard-fought 24-14 loss to Parramatta, in the second preliminary final played at Telstra Stadium on Sunday. That final score-line doesn?t fully reflect just how close this elimination match really was, with a number of lineball refereeing decisions that had an influence on the final outcome.

Kiwis face tough tour schedule

THE Kiwis face a tough slog of seven matches in six weeks in four different countries following the addition of a non-test game against England to their Tri-Nations tour of Britain.

Johns back in as Kangaroos train-on is updated

IN a major boost for the Kangaroos Andrew Johns has today confirmed his availability as a member of the train-on squad for the first Test of the 2005 Gillette Tri Nations against New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday 15 October.

Maltese Rugby League on air

MALTESE Rugby League will receive more warranted publicity when the well-accepted Waltzing Matilda program appears nationwide in Malta on TVMalta on the Friday 23rd September edition.

Woman?s Rugby League competition begins

THE Woman?s Rugby League competition begins next Sunday 2nd October and the start of the season will see a twelve team league. All the sides will play each other once and following that the league will be split into two divisions with the top six in one division and the bottom six in the other. These sides will then play each other on a home and away basis.

Cowboys stun Eels and get set for Grand Final showdown

FULLTIME score: Finals Week Three ? Grand Final Qualifier North Queensland Cowboys 29 def. Parramatta Eels 0 Match summary: The North Queensland Cowboys have produced the second upset of the weekend, defeating the Parramatta Eels by 29 points to nil, and booking a place in next weekend?s Grand Final against the Wests Tigers.

Tim Mander to ref Grand Final

REFEREE Tim Mander has been handed the whistle for Sunday's NRL grand final between Wests Tigers and North Queensland at Telstra Stadium.

Hindmarsh could play today

PARRAMATTA second-rower Nathan Hindmarsh is poised to make a shock return from injury in todays NRL preliminary final against North Queensland.

Richards may just make it

CONTRARY to initial fears, Wests Tigers winger Pat Richards is hopeful he can make an amazing recovery and play in Sunday's NRL grand final against North Queensland after being cleared of a broken ankle.

Cowboys may have earned a North Queensland day off

COWBOYS fans would like a public holiday declared in north Queensland next Monday regardless of the result of Sundays National Rugby League grand final.

Grand Final sold out

THE 2005 Telstra Premiership Grand Final has officially sold-out, with the last 7000 tickets going within 40 minutes.

Monday?s Expert League Wrap ? Preliminary Finals 2005

FINALS Week Three, 24-25 September 2005 Wests Tigers and the North Queensland Cowboys have stormed into the 2005 Grand Final following a weekend of upsets and boilovers. The Tigers defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons 20-12 on Saturday while rank outsiders the Cowboys thumped minor premiers Parramatta Eels 29-0 on Sunday.

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