12 Aug 2005: The North Sydney Jersey Flegg side has continued to improve and look to the 2006 season in its last home match of the season.
IT is an unfortunate situation that the League World Sevens faced last year. The Sydney media in their promotion of the game chose to focus almost entirely on the lack of star power in many of the sevens teams, led by the outspoken Steve Folkes, who named a less than premier league strength side for the competition, while several other sides withheld their stars. By kickoff first day, only Parramatta, Wests and the Warriors had named full strength lineups, while most teams mixed a handful of first graders with their lower grade players. This almost single handedly led to the reduced attendance of the sevens in 2004, with 10,000 less fans walking through the gates this year compared to last.
I am going to jog all your memories back to recall three amazing finals charges that reaped no silverware. All three clubs were written off by the ?experts? but forced the critics to eat humble pie. As a supporter I found all three ?near fairytales? inspiring.
THE North Sydney Club are celebrating their biggest winning margin since leaving the NRL with the Balmain Tigers feeling the full force of a 10 to 2 try win at Bear Park on Friday night (12 Aug).
NORTHS v BURLEIGH, Bishop Park, Sunday 3pm, August 28.
EASTS TIGERS 54 defeat 20 SOUTHS LOGAN 20
TWEED HEADS 68 defeat CENTRAL 12
MORGAN?S TREBLE SENDS BULLS THROUGH
THIS round of footy provides for some intriguing results. We?ve got seven definite semi-finalists allowing for up to five contenders for the remaining spot. That?s somewhat amusing considering the fanfare surrounding the top 8 resembling a game of musical chairs. Even more so given that this week the Sea Eagles can reach out and stop the tape deck by defeating New Zealand and thus stopping the game a week short of it?s expected expiry.
ANOTHER great round of league has produced a star-studded line-up for this week. With the Tigers in strong form as well as the Dragons, Eels and Knights there is plenty of competition for places. With Souths, Cronulla and Penrith also picking up valuable victories it makes the Round 24 League Unlimited Team of the Week a very diverse one with plenty of points in them ? 117 in total! There were only two players picked who didn?t cross the stripe of put it between the posts. But I?m sure we can all forgive Luke Bailey and John Skandalis who get through enough work each Sunday to
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his team to take on the Knights at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Saturday night.
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PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named his team to take on the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
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THE initial offering of tickets to this year's NRL grand final sold out in record time in another indication that interest in rugby league has never been stronger.
NORTH Queensland football manager Peter Parr will take over from Denis Keeffe as the NRL club's chief executive officer at the end of the season.
CULLEN Sports chairman Maurice Kidd has announced Warriors CEO Mick Watson is to leave the NRL franchise.