Eels triumph over Jets

PREMIER League Grand Final Parramatta Eels 20 v Newtown Jets 19at Telstra StadiumReferee: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:In a thrilling game of footy, Premier League minor premiers Parramatta Eels have been victorious over a gallant Newtown Jets by 20-19.The Jets began the stronger, opening up a 10-nil lead with tries to fullback Aidan Kirk in the 6th minute out wide before big Charlie Tonga barged his way across the chalk in the 10th minute to extend the lead.Shortly after the Eels clicked into gear and hit back through man-of-the-match Marcus Perenara. He found his way to the line next to the posts, clawing the score back to 10-6.But a cantankerous Jets outfit wouldn?t lie down, bagging up another four-pointer to winger Troy Malcolm in the 22nd minute to open up a 16-6 lead.Five minutes later the Eels were in again, with Perenara adding to his try-scoring feats. With the conversion they trailed 16-12 before Malcolm added another penalty goal in the 37th minute to push Newtown out to an 18-12 lead.Several opportunities came and went for the Eels before they finally found the line again, this time through the other Perenara, Henry. With the conversion the teams went into the sheds at 18-16.The second half was a low-scoring affair, but Williams added another two thanks to a penalty and tied things up in the 46th minute. The remaining 45 minutes of play, including extra time, yielded three points and some very close shaves.Marcus Perenara took the lead for the Eels in the 74th minute with a field goal before Josh Lewis levelled proceedings in the 78th to effectively take the game into extra time.Both sides traded blows in the final period before Perenara again found space to slot the match winner with only seconds remaining in the final period of extra time.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 20Tries: Marcus Perenara(2), Henry PerenaraGoals: John Williams 3/4Field Goals: Marcus PerenaraNewtown Jets: 19Tries: Aiden Kirk, Troy Malcolm, Charlie TongaGoals: Josh Lewis 3/4Field Goals: Josh LewisBy the Clock:Great day out here at Telstra where the Eels and the Jets do battle in Premier League. There's plenty of first grade experience for both teams here.Changes:Kenny-Odowall comes in for Lai for the Jets. The Eels are as per the program.Numbers 18-20 drop off the bench for both teams.3 min: NEWS Both teams just settling into the contest here.6 min: TRY Newtown JetsThe Jets open the scoring through fullback Aiden Kirk, who floats wide and takes a good ball before pushing of two defenders. Josh Lewis fails from close to the sideline. Jets 4-08 min: NEWS A bit of mayhem with the Eels failing to field a kick and nearly get scored against again. Mistakes aplenty by Parra. Kirk is off with a limp and blood nose.10 min: TRY Newtown JetsPressing the line, big Charlie Tonga storms over the chalk to take advantage of the Jets good field position. Lewis nals this from next to the posts. Jets 10-013 min: TRY Parramatta EelsParra hit back with a try under the sticks to halfback Marcus Perenera. John Williams adds the extras and the minor premiers are back in the hunt. Jets 10-615 min: NEWS A vicious hit by Peter Lewis on Troy Malcolm sees the big prop on report.22 min: TRY Newtown JetsA deft kick by Josh Lewis finds Malcolm lurking out wide to score for the Jets. Great looking try. Lewis adds the extras from out wide, learning from his previous mistake. Jets 16-625 min: NEWS Parra making plenty of errors here with the Jets applying pressure to the minor premiers. There could be another upset here at Telstra.27 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels are in again through halfback Perenera. He took the ball one off the ruck close to the line, dummied, jinked and barged over next to the posts. Williams adds the extras Jets 16-1229 min: NEWS Parra knock-on from the restart!32 min: NEWS Henry Perenera is denied a try by some great Jets defence close to the line.37 min: PENALTY GOAL Newtown JetsLewis adds another two thanks to a penalty. The Jets stretch their lead to a converted try and are looking good. Jets 18-1240 min: TRY Parramatta EelsIn a controversial try, the Eels push close to the line and Henry Perenera plants the ball out wide despite the attention of three Jets players. Williams just shades the posts from the sideline. Jets 18-1640 min: NEWS A see-sawing game out here at Telstra with the minor premiers, the Parramatta Eels, staging a strong comeback to come within two points of the Jets at the break. The Eels look to have the momentum and could continue on in the second half. The Jets do have plenty of first grade experience and won't give up without a fight.41 min: NEWS We're underway in the second half and it promises to be a rip-snorter!45 min: NEWS Penalty to the Eels after the Jets hold back a player chasing a chip.46 min: PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsWilliams ties it up with a penalty as both teams look to stamp their authority on the second half. 18 all.53 min: NEWS Jets get trapped in-goal as the Eels start to pressure them.62 min: NEWS Parra starting to build to something here. This one could go down to the wire.63 min: NEWS Now the Jets press the line but the final pass goes to ground.68 min: NEWS Winger Troy Malcolm for the Jets goes so close, but is held up in a coach-killer.71 min: NEWS Mistakes creeping into the game as the pressure intensifies.73 min: NEWS Missed field goal attempt by Eels five-eighth Green.74 min: FIELD GOAL Parramatta EelsThe Eels snap a field goal through Marcus Perenera to take the lead. Eels 19-1876 min: NEWS Malcom, for the Jets, grasses a golden opportunity to score out wide and take the lead.78 min: NEWS 40-20 by Lewis for the Jets. We're set for an exciting finish!78 min: FIELD GOAL Newtown JetsAnd we're all tied up here! Lewis slots a field goal and this one will probably go into extra time. 19 all.79 min: NEWS Soward fails with a 50m field goal attempt.80 min: NEWS We've gone to extra time here at Telstra Stadium. It's a thrilling game.82 min: NEWS Massively open here with each side making breaks and coming close to scoring.83 min: NEWS Following a great run by Lewis, Soward puts a terrible field goal up. It was a disgrace!84 min: NEWS Jets charge down an Eels field goal!86 min: NEWS The players are stuffed as we head into the second period of extra time.87 min: NEWS Lewis misses another field goal.88 min: FIELD GOAL Parramatta EelsAnd the Eels wrap it up through Marcus Perenera who pots his second for the day. Eels 20-19-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Marcus Perenara (Eels)2 - Josh Lewis (Jets)1 - John Williams (Eels)-----------------------------------------

Panthers edge out Knights in GF

JERSEY Flegg Grand Final Newcastle Knights 20 v Penrith Panthers 22at Telstra StadiumReferee: Steve LyonsMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have won the 2006 Jersey Flegg Grand Final with an upset 22-20 victory over Newcastle Knights at Telstra Stadium this afternoon. Minor premiers the Knights led 14-6 at the break before a couple of quick tries from the Panthers brought them right back into the contest.The Knights opened the scoring in the seventh minute after a flick ball from Callan Richardson found Jonathon Wright down the right hand flank. Wright passed back inside to Scott Dureau for the first try. Luke Walsh converted and the Knights were 6-0 in front.The Panthers were right back in the contest and in the 14th minute, Liam Campbell bursting on to a short pass to score in the corner. Scores were then level as the fullback Matthew Forwood converted from the sideline.The Knights then led 14-6 at the break, as two quick tries to hooker Terence SeuSeu and centre Callan Richardson sent the lead out to eight, but still the Panthers were in striking distance.Penrith got off to the perfect start in the second half, as winger Geoff Daniela made a breakand turned the ball back on the inside to Michael Jennings to score under the posts to put his side just two points behind.The Panthers hit the front for the first time in the match as captain Jaye Martleitner dived over from dummy half. Matthew Forwood's successful conversion gave Penrith a four point advantage.Newcastle needed to hit back and they did so as Fijian winger Akuila Uate set off down field from inside his own half. When confronted by the Panthers fullback, Uate stepped inside to score next to the uprights. Halfback Luke Walsh converted and the Knights had a 20-18 advantage.Just when it seemed the game was slipping away from the Panthers, and with just five minutes remaining on the clock, Jarrod Summut put up a bomb that was knocked backwards by a Panthers player. Wiremu Weepu was there to score in the corner. The conversion attempt missed, but the Panthers were now up 22-20, which ended up being the full time score.With just 35 seconds remaining in the match, a Panthers player knocked on and the Knights had one final chance, just 40 metres out from the line. In that set of six, the number six Scott Dureau put a chip over the top but the Panthers second rower claimed ithe ball.The Panthers this season have won the Harold Matthews Cup, SG Ball Cup and now the Jersey Flegg Cup. They take the Jersey Flegg Cup off last year?s winners St George Illawarra.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 20Tries: Akuila Uate, Callan Richardson, Terence Seu Seu, Scott DureauGoals: Luke Walsh 2/4Penrith Panthers: 22Tries: Michael Jennings, Liam Campbell, Jaye Martleitner, Wiremu WeepuGoals: Matthew Forwood 3/4By the Clock:Good afternoon and welcome to the first fixture of 2006 Grand Final Day.In just under 10 minutes it is the Jersey Flegg Grand Final between Penrith and Newcastle.Newcastle were the minor premiers this year,and made the grand final after a 1 point victory over the Dragons last weekend.Penrith on the other hand,finished 5th at the end of the regular season,and dramatically earnt a week off after 2nd and 3rd were both defeated.Newcastle is as per the program,with Rip Taylor making no chances.For the Panthers,Hazelton comes in to the run on side in to prop with Grant going back to the bench.They are coached by legend Brett Kenny.Your referee is Steve Lyons.1 min: Kickoff!5 min: A kick downfield from Penrith's Jarrod Sammut is charged down and Martleitner knocks on with 40 metres of free space ahead of him.7 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights get first blood as a slick backline play results in a flick pass from Richardson on to Wright who passes back inside to Dureau for the first try. The replay on the big screen shows that the pass from dummy half was in fact forward.Walsh converts the try. Knights 6-08 min: The Panthers get a piggy back down field from a penalty in the own quarter.9 min: The Panthers are deep on the attack before Lawrence Enosi is ruled to have knocked on in the play the ball,the second rower does not seem to pleased with the decision.11 min: Uate goes from dummy half on tackle 5 for the Knights and appears to have scored but a good call from the ingoal judge says that he knocked on.13 min: A penalty against Newcastle as Tupou has allegedly attempted to eye gouge a Penrith player.14 min: TRY Penrith PanthersOn the back of the penalty,the Panthers hit back as centre Liam Campbell pounces on an overlap down the right hand side.The kick from the sideline is a beauty from Matthew Forwood. 6 all.16 min: The kickoff from Dureau is dead on the full!21 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsKnights hooker Terence Seu Seu scoots out of dummy half,gets tackled on the 10,is not held,gets up,and keeps the legs pumping to score in the corner to get the Knights back in front.Walsh from the sideline just misses to the left. Knights 10-624 min: NEWS The Panthers throw the ball around on tackle 5 just 10 out from the Knights line before knocking on.27 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsCallan Richardson extends the margin for the Knights as,five-eight Scott Dureau latched on to a grubber kick on halfway before racing down 50 metres before a try saving tackle by the Panthers fullback Matthew Forwood.On the next play,Richardson wrong foots the marker to score in the corner.Walsh with the kick hooks away. Knights 14-631 min: Wright has a try disallowed for the Knights in the corner as when putting the ball down,the touchjudge rules he had been bumped tough ingoal.33 min: Just two out from halftime here as the Jersey Flegg halves are just 35 minutes.35 min: Halftime in the Jersey Flegg Grand Final - The Knights dominated the opening 15 minutes of the first half,before the Panthers came right back in to the match.Although dominating possession after this,the Panthers still find themselves down 14-6 at halftime.36 min: NEWS Second half underway!40 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get the try they needed after the break as a break from Geoff Daniela down the right flank is turned back on the inside to Michael Jennings who scores under the posts.Forwood converts the try. Knights 14-1244 min: A kick downfield from the Panthers is knocked on by Knights fullback Wooden.50 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are in front for the first time in the match as hooker Jaye Martleitner scores from dummy half.Forwood converts the try. Panthers 18-1453 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsUate gets the Knights back infront as he busts through the defence inside his own half,comes to the fullback,steps around him to score next to the posts.Walsh converts the try. Knights 20-1858 min: Just 12 out from fulltime as a Panthers penalty finds touch just 20 out from the Knights line.65 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are infront again with just 5 to go on the clock,a bomb goes up,it looks to be going dead ingoal,but it is knocked back by a Panthers player,and Wiremu Weepu is there to score outwide.Forwood hits the post with the conversion. Panthers 22-2065 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are infront again with just 5 to go on the clock,a bomb goes up,it looks to be going dead ingoal,but it is knocked back by a Panthers player,and Wiremu Weepu is there to score outwide.Forwood hits the post with the conversion. Panthers 26-2068 min: Just 2 minutes to go and the Panthers have the ball just 20 out.68 min: The Panthers have a try disallowed as the try scorer from a grubber kick is ruled to be offside.69 min: Some great ball movement from the Knights just the final pass is forward which may have sent the winger down 30 metres to score.70 min: A knockon from the Panthers and the Knights have 35 seconds and 45 metres to go to win the Grand Final.70 min: A kick through from Dureau is cleaned up by Corey Vlaciky for the Panthers,and the Panthers will win!Fulltime - The Panthers have kicked off Grand Final day by winning the Jersey Flegg Grand Final.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Sammut (Panthers)2 - Scott Dureau (Knights)1 - Jaye Martleitner (Panthers)-----------------------------------------

Panthers edge out Knights in Flegg

JERSEY Flegg Grand Final Newcastle Knights 20 v Penrith Panthers 22at Telstra StadiumReferee: Steve LyonsMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have won the 2006 Jersey Flegg Grand Final with an upset 22-20 victory over Newcastle Knights at Telstra Stadium this afternoon. Minor premiers the Knights led 14-6 at the break before a couple of quick tries from the Panthers brought them right back into the contest.The Knights opened the scoring in the seventh minute after a flick ball from Callan Richardson found Jonathon Wright down the right hand flank. Wright passed back inside to Scott Dureau for the first try. Luke Walsh converted and the Knights were 6-0 in front.The Panthers were right back in the contest and in the 14th minute, Liam Campbell bursting on to a short pass to score in the corner. Scores were then level as the fullback Matthew Forwood converted from the sideline.The Knights then led 14-6 at the break, as two quick tries to hooker Terence SeuSeu and centre Callan Richardson sent the lead out to eight, but still the Panthers were in striking distance.Penrith got off to the perfect start in the second half, as winger Geoff Daniela made a breakand turned the ball back on the inside to Michael Jennings to score under the posts to put his side just two points behind.The Panthers hit the front for the first time in the match as captain Jaye Martleitner dived over from dummy half. Matthew Forwood's successful conversion gave Penrith a four point advantage.Newcastle needed to hit back and they did so as Fijian winger Akuila Uate set off down field from inside his own half. When confronted by the Panthers fullback, Uate stepped inside to score next to the uprights. Halfback Luke Walsh converted and the Knights had a 20-18 advantage.Just when it seemed the game was slipping away from the Panthers, and with just five minutes remaining on the clock, Jarrod Summut put up a bomb that was knocked backwards by a Panthers player. Wiremu Weepu was there to score in the corner. The conversion attempt missed, but the Panthers were now up 22-20, which ended up being the full time score.With just 35 seconds remaining in the match, a Panthers player knocked on and the Knights had one final chance, just 40 metres out from the line. In that set of six, the number six Scott Dureau put a chip over the top but the Panthers second rower claimed ithe ball.The Panthers this season have won the Harold Matthews Cup, SG Ball Cup and now the Jersey Flegg Cup. They take the Jersey Flegg Cup off last year?s winners St George Illawarra.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 20Tries: Akuila Uate, Callan Richardson, Terence Seu Seu, Scott DureauGoals: Luke Walsh 2/4Penrith Panthers: 22Tries: Michael Jennings, Liam Campbell, Jaye Martleitner, Wiremu WeepuGoals: Matthew Forwood 3/4By the Clock:Good afternoon and welcome to the first fixture of 2006 Grand Final Day.In just under 10 minutes it is the Jersey Flegg Grand Final between Penrith and Newcastle.Newcastle were the minor premiers this year,and made the grand final after a 1 point victory over the Dragons last weekend.Penrith on the other hand,finished 5th at the end of the regular season,and dramatically earnt a week off after 2nd and 3rd were both defeated.Newcastle is as per the program,with Rip Taylor making no chances.For the Panthers,Hazelton comes in to the run on side in to prop with Grant going back to the bench.They are coached by legend Brett Kenny.Your referee is Steve Lyons.1 min: Kickoff!5 min: A kick downfield from Penrith's Jarrod Sammut is charged down and Martleitner knocks on with 40 metres of free space ahead of him.7 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights get first blood as a slick backline play results in a flick pass from Richardson on to Wright who passes back inside to Dureau for the first try. The replay on the big screen shows that the pass from dummy half was in fact forward.Walsh converts the try. Knights 6-08 min: The Panthers get a piggy back down field from a penalty in the own quarter.9 min: The Panthers are deep on the attack before Lawrence Enosi is ruled to have knocked on in the play the ball,the second rower does not seem to pleased with the decision.11 min: Uate goes from dummy half on tackle 5 for the Knights and appears to have scored but a good call from the ingoal judge says that he knocked on.13 min: A penalty against Newcastle as Tupou has allegedly attempted to eye gouge a Penrith player.14 min: TRY Penrith PanthersOn the back of the penalty,the Panthers hit back as centre Liam Campbell pounces on an overlap down the right hand side.The kick from the sideline is a beauty from Matthew Forwood. 6 all.16 min: The kickoff from Dureau is dead on the full!21 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsKnights hooker Terence Seu Seu scoots out of dummy half,gets tackled on the 10,is not held,gets up,and keeps the legs pumping to score in the corner to get the Knights back in front.Walsh from the sideline just misses to the left. Knights 10-624 min: NEWS The Panthers throw the ball around on tackle 5 just 10 out from the Knights line before knocking on.27 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsCallan Richardson extends the margin for the Knights as,five-eight Scott Dureau latched on to a grubber kick on halfway before racing down 50 metres before a try saving tackle by the Panthers fullback Matthew Forwood.On the next play,Richardson wrong foots the marker to score in the corner.Walsh with the kick hooks away. Knights 14-631 min: Wright has a try disallowed for the Knights in the corner as when putting the ball down,the touchjudge rules he had been bumped tough ingoal.33 min: Just two out from halftime here as the Jersey Flegg halves are just 35 minutes.35 min: Halftime in the Jersey Flegg Grand Final - The Knights dominated the opening 15 minutes of the first half,before the Panthers came right back in to the match.Although dominating possession after this,the Panthers still find themselves down 14-6 at halftime.36 min: NEWS Second half underway!40 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get the try they needed after the break as a break from Geoff Daniela down the right flank is turned back on the inside to Michael Jennings who scores under the posts.Forwood converts the try. Knights 14-1244 min: A kick downfield from the Panthers is knocked on by Knights fullback Wooden.50 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are in front for the first time in the match as hooker Jaye Martleitner scores from dummy half.Forwood converts the try. Panthers 18-1453 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsUate gets the Knights back infront as he busts through the defence inside his own half,comes to the fullback,steps around him to score next to the posts.Walsh converts the try. Knights 20-1858 min: Just 12 out from fulltime as a Panthers penalty finds touch just 20 out from the Knights line.65 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are infront again with just 5 to go on the clock,a bomb goes up,it looks to be going dead ingoal,but it is knocked back by a Panthers player,and Wiremu Weepu is there to score outwide.Forwood hits the post with the conversion. Panthers 22-2065 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers are infront again with just 5 to go on the clock,a bomb goes up,it looks to be going dead ingoal,but it is knocked back by a Panthers player,and Wiremu Weepu is there to score outwide.Forwood hits the post with the conversion. Panthers 26-2068 min: Just 2 minutes to go and the Panthers have the ball just 20 out.68 min: The Panthers have a try disallowed as the try scorer from a grubber kick is ruled to be offside.69 min: Some great ball movement from the Knights just the final pass is forward which may have sent the winger down 30 metres to score.70 min: A knockon from the Panthers and the Knights have 35 seconds and 45 metres to go to win the Grand Final.70 min: A kick through from Dureau is cleaned up by Corey Vlaciky for the Panthers,and the Panthers will win!Fulltime - The Panthers have kicked off Grand Final day by winning the Jersey Flegg Grand Final.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Sammut (Panthers)2 - Scott Dureau (Knights)1 - Jaye Martleitner (Panthers)-----------------------------------------

R1 WC Oceania Qualifiers

WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS Oceania Group Friday, September 29, 2006 Campbelltown Stadium. Crowd: 3013

Arrive Alive Cup 2006 Grand Final result

IN a replay of last year?s intense battle, Endeavour Sports and Keebra Park High Schools went toe-to-toe in the 2006 Arrive Alive Cup Grand Final with this year?s result again a victory for the southern Sydney team by 16-7.Endeavour now become only the second team to win three titles back-to-back, joining St Gregory?s Campbelltown who won the premier schoolboys competition from 1989 to 1991.The game began at a rapid pace with both sides making strong in-roads to their opposition territory. Stinging defence on the goal-line prevented several opportunities with scrambling efforts from either school making for a desperate contest.Midway through the first half rangy Endeavour backrower Lane busted through Keebra out wide before drawing the fullback and off-loading to a well-positioned Carr who dived over under the posts. Stanley converted to open up a six-point lead.Classy Keebra five-eighth Lui was involved heavily in the early stages before he took the ball from a scrum following an Endeavour mistake, found some room, stepped then fended and raced 20 metres to score next to the stick. Fullback Parata added the extras to tie-up the score line with only a few minutes remaining in the first half.A mistake from Ellis close to his line offered Keebra another chance to score with a three-man decoy play under the posts finding rampaging forward Vaiga, only for him to drop the ball over the line. Despite a late first half attacking raid by Endeavour, the schools headed into the sheds at 6-all.Endeavour came out fired up in the second half making some ruthless tackles and showing a desire to keep the ball alive when in possession. Some tensions began to boil over as well with the referee Chris James using the whistle to diffuse any heated situations.With both teams working very hard for points and neither side being able to crack the other?s line, Keebra?s Lui snapped a field goal with 14 minutes to play, pushing the Gold Coast high school ahead for the first time in the match.Ayshford for Endeavour went close but was held-up on the fifth before Keebra spilled the ball from the restart. Three plays later they pushed it to the left flank for towering replacement Cherrington to finally break the line. Captain Fepuleai hit the post with the conversion, leaving the game open with a few minutes to play.But a restart that went dead on the full handed the ball back to Endeavour with good field position and they made good use of it. Fepuleai made a damaging break again down the left flank before fining Cherrington lurking with intent. The replacement backrower scored his second for the day, wrapping up the Arrive Alive Cup for the third year in a row.Stanley put the icing on the cake with a conversion from the sideline and strangely the final score of 16-7 was the same as Endeavours first victory over Blacktown High School in 2004.Matthew Mundine was awarded the Peter Sterling Award as the best performed player throughout the competition.Endeavour Sports High 16 (Carr, Cherington 2 , tries; Stanley 2/2, Fepuleai 0/1 goals) def. Keebra Park High Scool (Lui, , tries; Parata 1/1 goals; Lui field goal). Referee: Chris James.Endeavour Sports High: 1. Karauria-Henry 2. Hume 3. Tala 4. Stanley 5. Ellis 6. Carr 7. Ezekiel 8. Leha 9. Fepuleai (c) 10. Pakutoa 11. Lane 12. Mundine 13. AyshfordInterchange: 14. Letele 15. Randall 16. Whare 17. CherringtonCoach: Jeff HardyKeebra Park High School: 1. Parata 2. Clarke 3. Bos 4. Akaoula 5. Sullivan 6. Lui 7. Makaui 8. Vaiga 9. Poland (c) 10. McGill 11. Wihongi-Seia 12. Thompson 13. HarthInterchange: 14. Thomas 15. Vea 16. De Paul 20. EdwardsCoach: Greg Lenton

NRL Grand Final Preview

WE?VE finally arrived at the big day after 190 first grade games, a Test match, three State of Origin?s and a City v Country fixture.

PM XIII update

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Countdown to the G.F.

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Saints book grand final spot

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RLPA Awards winners

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Pacific Qualifier team lists

THE team lists for the first round of the Pacific Nations qualifiers for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, held Friday 29 September 2006.Cook Islands v Tonga ? Campbelltown StadiumKick Off: 5:45pmCook Islands:Turori Matutu, Graham Jefferies, Rueben Enoka, Ioane Victor, Junior Rubena, Mehau Phillips, Marty Mitchel, George Tuakura, Damien Takurua, Stacy Katu, Fabien Soutar, Henry Turua, Brian Thomas; Reserves: Darna Wilson, Fred Charlie, Ali Davies, Walter Dean, Nathan Robinson, Tere Glassie, Adam Cook WateneCoach: Ina (Bush) KonitoManager: Charles CarlsonTrainer: Kevin IroMate Ma?a Tonga:David Pangai, Sosaia Makisini, Andrew Emilio, Fetuli Talanoa, Tyrone Smith, Sione Foliaki , Joel Taufaao, Manase Manuokafafoa, Eliakim Uasi, Joe Falemaka, Solomone Haumono (C), William Manu, William Topou; Reserves: Makisini Rickter, Taufa Fukofuka, John Sinisa, Sam Moa, John KiteCoach: Jim DymockFiji v Samoa ? Campbelltown StadiumKick Off: 7:40pmVodafone Fiji Bati:Iowane Divavesi, Ilisoni Vonomataivatum, Darryl Millard, Neori Kurumalawai, Waisale Suka, Tabua Cakacaka, Viliame Tukana, Netani Suka, Pio Rokomaqisa, Alipate Noilea, Semesa Cadrakilagi, Sevanaia Koroi, Tomujani Koroi; Reserves: Aseri Liang, James Lagiloa, Hamilton Hughes, Nacanieli Kinikini, Semisi Tora, Asaeli Saravaki, Jone Wesele, Max Bainivalu, Bill BaleilomalomaCoach: Joe RabeleManager: Tomi FinauSamoa:Tangi Ropati, Malofou Solomona, Miguel Start, Peewee Moke, McConkie Tausa, George Carmont ( C ), Chan Lye, Kylie Leuluai, Albert Talapeau, Hutch Maiavia, Conrad Ta?amoekiafa, Frank Winterstein, Chris Vaefaga; Reserves: Rota Setu, Isaak Ahmau, Chris Afamasaga, Lino Salafai, Simon GercsCoach: John AcklandSource: www.rlif.org

Titans and Timmins

THE National Rugby League will officially welcome the Gold Coast to the competition during the pre-game entertainment for Sunday's Grand Final.

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