PETER Sharp admits he didn?t have the engage Super League Grand Final in his mind when he first took on the job as Hull FC coach.
GREAT Britain full-back Paul Wellens was crowned engage Super League Man of Steel on Monday night as treble-chasing St Helens completed a clean sweep of major awards at a gala end-of-season dinner in Manchester.
HULL Kingston Rovers claimed a place in engage Super League for the first time after defeating Widnes Vikings 29-16 in the National League One Grand Final at Warrington.
TUESDAY 10 October 2006 Mt Smart Stadium No. 2, Auckland
HULL F.C. 19 (R. Horne, Tony, Yeaman tries; Cooke 3 goals; Cooke 1 field goal) def. Bradford Bulls 12 (Ferres, Langley tries; Deacon 2 goals). Att: 16,087.
BULLDOGS utility Reni Maitua will start at lock for Australia in its opening Tri Nations rugby league clash with New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.Maitua will make his Test debut at Mt Smart Stadium after some outstanding form in the Bulldogs' run to the second last week of the NRL finals series. North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston has won the battle with Ben Hornby for the halfback job while Brisbane utility back Justin Hodges will play in the centres with his Broncos' teammate Karmichael Hunt retaining his spot at fullback.Melbourne whiz-kid Greg Inglis has claimed a wing spot while Clive Churchill medallist Shaun Berrigan has claimed the utility bench role.Australian Team: Karmichael Hunt, Matt King, Mark Gasnier, Justin Hodges, Greg inglis, Darren Lockyer (c), Johnathan Thurston, Willie Mason, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Luke O'Donnell, Nathan Hindmarsh, Reni MaituaInterchange: Mark O'Meley, Shaun Berrigan, Andrew Ryan, Brent KiteAcross the ditch, New Zealand will field four new caps when it takes on Australia in Auckland on Saturday in the opening match of the Tri-Nations rugby league tournament.Sydney Roosters centre Iosia Soliola, Manly centre Steve Matai and New Zealand Warriors utility Simon Mannering, who has been picked at lock, will all make their Test debuts in the run-on side for the Kiwis. Melbourne prop Adam Blair is set to play his first Test off the bench.New Zealand Team: Brent Webb, Tame Tupou, Iosia Soliola, Steve Matai, Manu Vatuvei, Nigel Vagana, Stacey Jones, Ruben Wiki (c), Dene Halatau, Roy Asotasi, David Kidwell, Tony Puletua, Simon ManneringInterchange: Jerome Ropati, Nathan Cayless, Adam Blair, Frank PritchardMeanwhile, English Super League referee Ashley Klein has been appointed to the first two matches of the Tri Nations rugby league series beginning this weekend.Klein, an Australian based in England, was the 2005 Super League referee of the year and controlled this year's Test between Australia and New Zealand in May. Australia plays New Zealand at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday before a return fixture at Telstra Dome in Melbourne a week later.
MERITON Wests Tigers Cubs have recorded two very strong wins on their tour of England.
WARRIORS centre Simon Mannering and Melbourne Storm forward Adam Blair will make their debuts for the Kiwis this Saturday night.
A horrible refereeing performance, a video refereeing decision that was just plain wrong and Matt Geyer playing the worst game in a Grand Final in recent memory; all in all a Grand Final that may be remembered for what was poor rather than what was good which is a shame. The good was the fact the Brisbane Broncos just played controlled and effective football over 80 minutes and proved once again that it doesn?t matter what happens over the course of a season ? what matters is what both teams do in 80 minutes on the last Sunday night of the season. Melbourne have had a great season but you don?t win a premiership without a great Grand Final performance and Brisbane know all about putting it together on Grand Final day. With Shane Webcke retiring the game marked the end of the post-2000 era at the Broncos and personally I liked the fact both he and Darren Lockyer could cap this era with a premiership of their own. Congratulations Brisbane. 2006 GRAND FINALBRISBANE BRONCOS 15 def MELBOURNE STORM 8Man of the Match ? Darren LOCKYER, BRIJust shaded Tonie Carroll and the official Clive Churchill winner Shaun Berrigan as the best player in the Grand Final. Controlled the Brisbane game plan from the outset and looked composed throughout, allowing his team mates to feed off his confidence and post their 6th premiership. His kicking game kept the Broncos going in the first half when Melbourne had most of the attacking field position which resulted in Brisbane needing a good kick to end their sets from well inside their own half. Set up Justin Hodges for the Broncos first try with a superb inside ball that drew Scott Hill out of the line and created the gap for Hodges to stroll through. Then teamed with Tonie Carroll on the right side to send Brent Tate over for the try that put the Broncos up by 6 points with 17 minutes to play. Capped the game off with a 33m field goal he struck sweet and gave the Broncos an unbeatable 7 point lead with only 7 minutes left. A true champion player who has now won a premiership for his team rather than being simply one of a few great players in a side as he was in 1997, 1998 and 2000. Even though he won the Clive Churchill in 2000 he was still not the leader of the side and in a year when many wrote him off as a champion early on ? he has well and truly left egg on their collective faces. POS STORM LPR FB SLATER, Billy 6 WI GEYER, Matt 3 CE KING, Matthew 7 CE INGLIS, Greg 7 WI TURNER, Steve 5 FE HILL, Scott 7 HB CRONK, Cooper 7 PR KAUFUSI, Antonio 6 HK SMITH, Cameron 7 PR WHITE, Brett 5 SR KIDWELL, David 6 SR HOFFMAN, Ryan 6 LK JOHNSON, Dallas 6 BN SMITH, Jeremy 5 BN FRIEND, Nathan 5 BN CROSS, Ben 5 BN BLAIR, Adam 5 TEAM TOTALS 98 POS BRONCOS LPRFB HODGES, Justin 7 WI BOYD, Darius 7 CE TATE, Brent 7 CE STAGG, David 7 WI HUNT, Karmichael 6 FE LOCKYER, Darren ? 8 HB PERRY, Shane 6 PR WEBCKE, Shane 7 HK BERRIGAN, Shaun 8 PR CIVONICEVA, Petero 7 SR THAIDAY, Sam 6 SR THORN, Brad 7 LK CARROLL, Tonie 8 BN PARKER, Corey 6 BN CARLAW, Dane 6 BN HANNANT, Ben 5 BN McGUIRE, Casey 6 TEAM TOTALS 114 3 ? D Lockyer (8/BRI) 2 ? T Carroll (8/BRI) 1 ? S Berrigan (8/BRI) The Player of the Finals [must play in 3 games (incl. Grand Final) to qualify and sorted on Average LPR]8.0 ? D Lockyer (BRI) 7.7 ? C Smith (MEL), C Cronk (MEL)7.5 ? J Hodges (BRI), S Berrigan (BRI), G Inglis (MEL), T Carroll (BRI)7.3 ? P Civoniceva (BRI), T Carroll (BRI), B Slater (MEL) Darren Lockyer takes out the Player of the Finals Award for 2006. QF v STI: 6 SF v NEW: 8 PF v BUL: 10 GF v MEL: 8 Total: 32 in 4 Games at an LPR Average of 8.0
THE 2006 Junior Kiwis squad will assemble in camp tomorrow, Saturday 7 October 2006 in Auckland to prepare for a two match campaign.
GASNIER AND RYLES SHARE 2006 ST GEORGE BANK MEDAL6th October 2006St George Illawarra Centre Mark Gasnier and Prop Jason Ryles have tonight jointly won the prestigious St George Bank Medal for Player of the Year at the Clubs Medal Award presentation evening at Sydney Town Hall.It is the first time the Club?s highest honour has been jointly awarded, with Ryles also becoming the first player to win the prestigious award twice; having also won the award in 2001.Gasnier, 25 was the Dragons leading try scorer throughout 2006 crossing for 18 tries in the regular season. He was recognised for his efforts by also being awarded the Dally M Centre of the Year, NSW State of Origin selection and Kangaroos Tri-Nations squad selection.Ryles was the Clubs Premier front rower throughout the season and charged home in the closing rounds of the competition to draw level with Gasnier on points. The achievement even more remarkable given the local junior played only 15 of the regular season games season due to injury. The club's highest honour won previously by Luke Bailey (2005), Mathew Head (2004), Ben Hornby (2003), Shaun Timmins (2002), Jason Ryles (2001), Trent Barrett (2000), Jamie Ainscough (1999) - is determined by a complex criteria including a voting system involving the first grade players and coaching staff, and qualitative factors taken into account by the Club.Ben Hornby was another standout throughout 2006 and was the only player to play in every game throughout the season. The versatile Hornby who was rewarded with NSW Origin and Test selection captured the highly sort after St George Bank Immortals Trophy, as selected by the St George Immortals in consultation with the coaching staff and the Red V Members Player of the Year Award.Although his season was unfortunately cut short by injury, Dean Young took out the Geoff Selby Memorial NRL Coaches Award, as chosen by the NRL coaching staff. Young?s attitude and application at training and consistent performances in games prior to his season ending, proved to the coaching staff that he was a worthy recipient of this award.Premier League captain Chris Houston took out the 2006 Mark Coyne Premier League Player of the Year Award. The tireless Prop led the side admirably throughout the season playing in all but one match.Exciting young fullback Jason Nightingale's safety in defence and flair in attack, scoring 18 tries in 19 appearances saw him capture the Paul McGregor Jersey Flegg Player of the Year. 2006 DRAGONS AWARD WINNERSMark Gasnier/Jason Ryles - St George Bank MedalBen Hornby - St George Bank Immortals TrophyDean Young - Geoff Selby Memorial NRL Coaches AwardBen Hornby - Red V Members Player of the YearChris Houston - Mark Coyne Award Premier League Player of the YearJason Nightingale - Paul McGregor Award Jersey Flegg Player of the Year
TIMMINS Announces Retirement from Rugby League
October 4, 2006
FIJI Batis kept their World Cup dream alive when they came back from the dead to edge out Tonga 30-28 in the second round of the Oceania Qualifying Tournament.
CRONULLA captain Brett Kimmorley has broken his silence over Ricky Stuart's appointment as coach of the club, declaring the two will have no problems working together next season.
THE record of the biographies of sportsmen, and women, in recent years is not a particularly inspiring one. That is why many end up in the $5 dollar, or even $2 dollar, display stand much sooner than most.