IF you deconstruct Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, you can actually see many parallels between that and the state of rugby league over the years. Oh, and I'm not referring to Tonie Carroll and his uncanny likeness to another form of ancient species millions of years ago.
A man sits cold and alone in the waiting room. The doctor is busy. At approximately this time every year, the number of his patients swells to an unbelievable high. More and more, it seems, need his services as each day passes. The orderly stands up, and his heart rate increases ? could this be his time?
THIS article is courtesy of the Redcliffe and Bayside Herald and is written by Paul Lancaster.In a historic move, the Redcliffe Dolphins will be a feeder club for the Brisbane Broncos next year, after severing their ties with the Sydney City Roosters.The Dolphins have enjoyed eight years of a successful partnership with the Roosters, where former player and league great Arthur Beetson has often acted as a player scout.But with that current association winding up at the end of the year, Dolphins football manager James Hinchey said it was time for a fresh change, with an announcement due tomorrow."It makes a lot of good sense to have the links with with the Broncos, as it will keep the players in our club and in Queensland if they get a chance at NRL level," Mr Hinchey said."It's a way of strengthening the pathways for our junior levels, which are already very strong. It's a good deal for us and them."He said the finer points of the deal, believed to be over a number of years, would be ironed out with the Broncos heirarchy this week. "We had some good years with the Roosters but good things come to an end sometime. There were no hard feelings (with the Roosters), but our deal with them was just year to year."At 23, Dolphins Queensland Cup lock Daniel Green was one of the many young local stars keen to mark the alliance as a winner. "This is a great move. With the Roosters being so far away it was hard to get noticed if you are playing well," Green said."I'm very excited about it and I'll be challenging myself next year to get to play at NRL level and maybe get a chance to train with Wayne Bennett.Queensland stalwart Beetson said he was dissapointed at the result. "It has been a good pathway for our kids, but the board felt like they were not getting much out of it." Beetson said."If it was up to me I wouldn't have changed things, but it's not my decision. It's unfortunate.He said the Roosters would still consider sending younger players to the Dolphinsas an alternative to playing in Sydney.Mr Hinchey said the arrangement would also benefit the Broncos as they joined forces wit the biggest non-NRL club.A Broncos spokesman said the club would make no comment until the official announcement, but it's development officer Ben Ikin has previously said the arrangement would be good for both clubs.The Dolphins have produced a stellar array of NRL players who have donned the Broncos jersey, including Petero Civoniceva, Dane Carlaw, Brent Tate and Craig Frawley. Other Redcliffe juniors Michael Crocker, Sam Obst, Clinton O'Brien, Adam Starr and Mark Protheroe together with Trent Clayton and David Shillington went to the Roosters over a number of years.It is believed that the Broncos' arrangement with the Toowoomba Clydesdales will not be affected by the new alliance.
THE Newtown Rugby League Football Club wishes to announce the appointment of Paul Young as the club?s VB Premier League coach for the 2006 season.Paul has an impressive coaching background extending over a period of thirteen years, including successful coaching stints with different country clubs and several years as a member of the Parramatta DRLFC coaching staff. He coached the Parramatta Jersey Flegg team into the semi-finals for two successive years.With Newtown?s new strategic partnership with the Sydney Roosters DRLFC already underway, the club?s VB Premier League coaching appointment for 2006 needed to be made with the Roosters? operational requirements uppermost in mind. The Newtown RLFC extends congratulations to Paul Young on his appointment, with full training for the 2006 season due to start in less than a month?s time. The Directors of the Newtown RLFC also want to publicly thank former coach Colin Murphy for his exceptional contribution to the Newtown club as a coach between the years 1992 and 2005, and they extend every good wish to him in his future endeavours.
MELBOURNE Storm and Glen Turner have ended months of negotiations with the popular second rower signing a one year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2006 season.
THREE preseason trial matches have been confirmed by the Vodafone Warriors as they prepare to start their off-season programme for the 2006 NRL season.
Among the opponents are this year?s beaten grand finalists the North Queensland Cowboys and 2004 premiers the Bulldogs.
New head coach Ivan Cleary is delighted with a schedule that also includes Canberra.
?It?s an ideal programme to prepare us for the new season,? says Cleary.
The schedule begins with the Vodafone Warriors playing the Raiders at North Harbour Stadium on February 12 followed by clashes against the Cowboys in Cairns on February 18 and the Bulldogs in Carrara on February 25.
Cleary begins work in his new role next Tuesday morning when the Vodafone Warriors assemble at Ericsson Stadium for the first of two pre-Christmas training blocks.
The initial training squad will be missing eight players all on international duty in the Tri Nations series. Ruben Wiki, Brent Webb, Manu Vatuvei, Clinton Toopi, Lance Hohaia, Awen Guttenbeil and Louis Anderson are with the Kiwis while Steve Price is in the Australian squad.
Among those in the group starting work next week will be two of the new signings former Cowboys back rower Micheal Luck and his old team-mate hooker George Gatis. Ex-Roosters halfback Grant Rovelli is due to start training on October 31.
Cleary promises the training schedule will be similar to what the Vodafone Warriors endured last summer.
?We?ll do a combination of in-house training and sessions at other venues around Auckland,? he says.
?The programme will be challenging but that?s standard for all NRL clubs today. It?s what you have to do to measure up in this competition.?
Returning from neck surgery will be centre Tony Martin. His season was restricted to only two matches after he injured his neck against Brisbane in March.
Apart from Martin, Luck, Gatis and Rovelli, others involved in the off-season campaign are Todd Byrne, Jerome Ropati, Simon Mannering, Sione Faumuina, Nathan Fien, Richard Villasanti, Evarn Tuimavave, Epalahame Lauaki, Wairangi Koopu, George Tuakura and Misi Taulapapa.
Also named in the pre-Christmas training squad are 11 of the club?s promising players ? Daniel O?Regan, Patrick Ah Van, Andreas Bauer, Sonny Fai, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Marvin Filipo, Cooper Vuna, Roman Hifo, Robinson Godfrey, Sam Rapira and Daniel Vasau.
The Vodafone Warriors will complete their first block of training on November 18 before resuming on November 25 and running through until December 22.
The eight players on international duty won?t be required to train with the squad before Christmas. They?ll assemble with the rest of the players to start the preseason run on January 6.
THE Kogarah Cougars JRLFC are auctioning a signed 2005 St.George Bank Dragons' jersey through the Ebay website.
GREAT Britain coach Brian Noble believes he has the right mix in his squad for the Tri-Nations Series against Australia and New Zealand.
DUMFRIES centre Dougie Flockhart became the 100th player to represent Scotland Rugby League at senior level when he made his debut against Wales in the European Nations Cup on Sunday. The 20 year old played the whole 80 minutes as Scotland suffered a frustrating 22-14 defeat in Bridgend and remains in the squad for Sunday's game with a star-studded Ireland at Old Anniesland.
THE ARL will measure the dimensions of Ericsson Stadium this afternoon to see if the field meets international specifications ahead of tomorrow night's Tri-Nations rugby league Test between Australia and New Zealand.
GORDEN Tallis has questioned whether Australia should persist with Andrew Johns and Darren Lockyer as a halves combination.
GREAT Britain hooker Keiron Cunningham, who has won every domestic honour during his 12 years with St Helens, is delighted to be handed the chance to realise a long-held dream on the international stage.
SIX days is a long time in Rugby League?
STEVE Price returned "home" to enemy territory fearing an even hungrier New Zealand side would front up to the world champions in Friday night's second Tri-Nations match in Auckland.
EUROPEAN Nations Cup - Scotland v Ireland
When: Sun 23rd October
Where: Glasgow Hawks home ground