Brown Names Unchanged Dragons Team

DRAGONS Coach Nathan Brown has named an un-changed line-up for his teams Week 1 Finals Series clash with the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday night.The Dragons will be chasing their third win of the season over the Broncos having won their two regular season fixtures: Round 4, 26-12 at WIN Stadium and Round 15, 18-16 at Suncorp Stadium.?The Finals Series is a whole new ball game,? said Brown.?The Broncos are a talented and experienced side and it will definitely be a tough encounter."Unavailable Dragons are: Dean Young (Knee), Corey Payne (Concussion) and Colin Best (Neck).NRL DRAGONSv Brisbane Broncos6.30pm Saturday 9 SeptemberSuncorp StadiumCoach: Nathan Brown 1. Clint Greenshields2. Wes Naiqama3. Mark Gasnier4. Matt Cooper5. Brett Morris6. Trent Barrett (c)7. Ben Hornby8. Luke Bailey9. Aaron Gorrell10. Jason Ryles11. Matt Bickerstaff12. Ashton Sims13. Ben CreaghInterchange:14. Danny Wicks15. Justin Poore16. Sam Isemonger17. Shaun Timmins18. Michael Henderson(one to be omitted)Referee: Paul Simpkins

Teams & Fixtures for Week 1 Finals

FRIDAY, 8th September 2006

Dunley free to play

MANLY'S reserve hooker Shayne Dunley has pleaded guilty to a grade one dangerous throw charge, ensuring he's free to play against Newcastle in Friday night's qualifying final at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Maitua gone with knee injury

THE Bulldogs have received a blow ahead of the finals with lock Reni Maitua today ruled out for up to two weeks with a knee injury.

Coaches, captains & referee's

NRL referees boss Robert Finch has upheld video official Phil Cooley's decision to deny Brisbane centre Brent Tate a try for double movement.

Extra Time Victory For Leopards

THE Tamaki Leopards have booked themselves a spot in the Bartercard Cup semi-finals with the Canterbury Bulls.

Summer Conference Amateur winners...

SOUTH LONDON STORM 30 EAST LANCASHIRE LIONS 0 - Broadstreet, Rugby League Conference 2006 - Harry Jepson Trophy Grand FinalA southern variation of 'jingle bells' rang out around Broadstreet as for the first time in RLC history a side were nilled in a final when South London Storm comprehensively took apart East Lancashire Lions to win the Harry Jepson Trophy; the seventh side to capture the silverware in nine seasons.Dominant in defence with back row trio Alan Emerson, Don Varcoe and Todd Brandon outstanding and sharp in attack - especially in the opening half hour with hooker Luke Bonner the hub - South's finished a fine campaign in some style.East Lancashire, in their first decider were disappointing and out muscled but hung in the contest until Darren Bartley crossed in the 51st minute to make it 14-0 and put the game out of their reach.Then the frustration boiled over for the Lions and prop Chris Allen and playmaker Anthony Aldcroft were dismissed both for high challenges in the space of a mad six minutes and Storm cruised to a well deserved win. With this South London Storm who are proudly sponsored by two local companies, the Beer Circus Pub in Croydon and sports kit retailers and manufacturers, became the first London based club to win the Harry Jepson Trophy and with it the National Title. South London coach Rob Powell was thrilled by the reward of a trophy at the end of a great season for his charges."It wasn't a pretty game but I thought the lads applied themselves really well and kept their discipline when they could have lost it" he said."It's testament to them, there has been two years of hard work and some testing times but the guys really pulled together and I'm really proud to be their coach."- - - - -The Summer Conference consists of 31 amateur rugby league clubs from England and Wales playing in four Premier Divisions with the aim of winning the Harry Jepson Trophy Grand Final.The Conference also has eight Regional Divisions operating below the Premier Divisions, comprising of another 49 clubs.

Austria 56 Estonia 32

AUSTRIA claimed its first victory on the international stage after a convincing win over spirited Estonians.

R26: Castleford boost hopes

CASTLEFORD Tigers breathed new life into their fight for engage Super League survival with a potentially priceless 27-12 victory against Harlequins.

R26: Hull win again

HULL FC?s inexorable rise hit new heights as a 26-12 victory over Catalans Dragons - their 17th from 18 games - virtually assured them of a second-placed finish in the engage Super League.

R26: Giants ease drop fears

BEATEN Powergen Challenge Cup finalists Huddersfield Giants quickly got over their Twickenham blues to secure a precious 24-18 win over Salford City Reds that virtually banishes any danger of relegation from the engage Super League.

Rugby League Review Sept 06 - Out Now!

THE September 2006 edition of Rugby League Review has hit the stands and here's what's in store this month: Storming towards the TitleAs this season kicked off in March, few critics gave the Melbourne Storm any real chance of winning the Premiership. Some, like the former NSW Origin coach Phil Gould, reckoned they wouldn't even make the play-offs.The reason was simple. The Storm playmaker Matt Orford had departed for what he saw as greener pastures at Brookvale. And without a top-class No 7, the Storm were no hope. Adelaide sets goal to re-join NRLThe South Australian Rugby League (SARL) is confident that an NRL side can be based in Adelaide within five to ten years.The Adelaide Rams had two years in the top flight in 1997 and 1998 but were axed to make way for less teams in the NRL competition.Nations head for Orara ValleyAs many as 14 international sides could be playing in the 2007 Orara Valley Sevens which is quickly building up as the unofficial World Sevens.The two-day tournament will be held on the weekend of January 27-28 at Coramba Sports Ground, located eight kilometres west of Coffs Harbour.What good old days?Gone are the days of black and white television, stiff arms, blood on the pitch and with them some of Rugby League's finest moments. A time when men were men, you stayed on the field unless you couldn't walk and Match of the Round at the SCG was the place to be each weekend.There's no doubt that the good old days deserve their rightful place in the annals of Rugby League history but as the game progresses with each season do we reflect upon those days more kindly than the recent times?Available for $3.50 at your newsagency or guarantee your copy by subscribing. For more details, check out www.rugbyleaguereview.comIF IT?S RUGBY LEAGUE, RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW HAS IT COVERED

Titans name major sponsor for next three years

CHALLENGING Convention James Frizelle?s automotive group and the Gold Coast Titans.Gold Coast Titans Managing Director Michael Searle is pleased to welcome James Frizelle?s Automotive Group and Audi Centre Gold Coast on board as a major sponsorship partner of the Gold Coast Titans for the next three years.?It?s yet another strong pledge of support from a long standing and well respected Gold Coast business.? Searle Said. To have partners such as James Frizelle?s Automotive Group and Audi Centre Gold Coast on board, sends a clear message to our supporters and to Rugby League fans around Australia. That message is that the Gold Coast Titans will be a force to be reckoned with both on and off the playing field.? ?We are particularly pleased James Frizelle?s Audi Centre Gold Coast in conjunction with Audi Australia has decided to ?Challenge Convention? by choosing the Gold Coast Titans as the vehicle to promote their outstanding product and organisations to a global audience on the National Rugby League stage.?For James Frizelle?s Automotive Group and Audi Australia, the opportunity to once again ?Challenge Convention? and Partner a National Rugby League team is very exciting, in that it?s the first time Audi has sponsored an NRL Club.Group General Manager Brett Frizelle is confident that like the new Audi Q7, the Gold Coast Titans will excite and exhilarate thousands of Gold Coasters when they debut in 2007. ?Our association with the Gold Coast Titans will enable us to broaden our reach, as Audi becomes the premium vehicle of choice for so many more Australians.??We have chosen to align ourselves with the Gold Coast Titans because of the community spirit the team brings to the coast. James Frizelle?s is about family and about providing motoring solutions to the community passion is the key to our success with Audi and I know locals will be passionate about the Gold Coast Titans.?James Frizelle moved to the Gold Coast and established the automotive business in 1985.At the time, the business which was located on what is now the Audi Centre Gold Coast Centre sold approximately nine vehicles per month and employednine staff. Today, James Frizelle?s Automotive Group is one of Australia?s most highly awarded motor groups and Audi Centre Gold Coast is delighted to be recognized as the Number One National Service Dealer.The company currently employs over 270 staff and sells in excess of 6,000 new and used vehicles per year, with an annual turnover in the order of $200 million.No stranger to challenging convention, James Frizelle is the first Audi dealer to enter into a sponsorship partnership with a National Rugby League Team and is confident the relationship will be a prosperous one. ?We are delighted to be supporting the Gold Coast?s newest addition, and we are confident that they will bring us tremendous exposure.? Mr James Frizelle said.Passion is the key to our success as a professionally run local family business and like Audi, we are confident locals will be passionate about the Gold Coast Titans.?

Dragons dominate Jets

THE Newtown Jets suffered their second defeat at Henson Park this season when they were emphatically beaten by the St George-Illawarra Dragons 44-18 at Henson Park last Saturday. The Dragons had this final round VB Premier League match in the bag when they led 28-6 at half-time, but they had to see off a spirited fight-back by the Jets when Newtown battled back to trail 28-18 midway through the second half.Newtown had gone into this match with a somewhat under-strength side with a number of players playing out of position. The Jets? lack of cohesion and understanding was caught out in the seven minutes prior to half-time when the speedy Dragons stacked on three tries. Newtown remained in second position on the competition table regardless of the result and will now appear in the VB Premier League first qualifying final this Friday evening at Henson Park.The Jets? forwards lost nothing in comparison with their opponents and proved what a force they can be in the finals series. Front-rowers Glenn Hall (2 tries) and Mickey Paea never stopped trying and Lafi Manua had one of his better games in recent weeks. Backrowers Lopini Paea and Frank Winterstein also worked hard in attack. The makeshift halves pairing of Aidan Kirk (normally at full-back) and Troy Malcolm (usually a winger) did their best in tough circumstances and centre Vince Mellars showed plenty of admirable aggression and fire in one of his better displays of the season. The Royal Exchange Hotel Newtown Jets won their opening Jim Beam Cup finals match in convincing style when they swept aside last year?s premiers Windsor in the elimination semi-final played at OKI Jubilee Stadium last Saturday. Newtown won by 43-18 after leading 13-4 at the break and turned one of their best performances in this grade in the past two seasons.Coach Greg Matterson rated this win as an excellent team effort, with only a slight lapse in the last five minutes when Windsor scored two consolation tries. All the Newtown forwards worked particularly hard in the very warm conditions, while Toufic Nicolas, Luke Millwood, Charlie Herekotukutuku and Anton La Vin had outstanding games in the backline. Matterson believes his team is more than capable of stepping up another notch for next week?s second elimination semi-final to be played at Leichhardt Oval. Royal Exchange Hotel Jets supporters can watch the highlights of last Saturday?s elimination semi-final win on Fox Sports 1 this Thursday at 5.00pm.Newtown will host the Penrith-St Marys Cougars in the VB Premier League qualifying semi-final at Henson Park next Friday night (September 8th) at 7.30pm. This is understood to be the first time that the Newtown club has ever hosted a NSW Rugby League senior grade semi-final at Henson Park. In the Jim Beam Cup competition, the Royal Exchange Hotel Newtown Jets confront Wentworthville in the second elimination semi-final at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, 9th September at 1.00pm.Photo:Hard-working Newtown Jets front-rower Glenn Hall is wrapped up by several Dragons defenders at Henson Park on Saturday.Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.

QRL Statewide Score Wrap

XXXX STATEWIDE SCORE WRAP>>MAJOR COMPETITIONSQLD WIZARD CUPMinor Semi: Easts 28 d North Queensland 18.Major Semi: Toowoomba 56 d Redcliffe 22.Final Standings: Toowoomba 32, North Queensland 30, Redcliffe 28, Tweed Heads 22, Easts 22, Burleigh 21, Norths 17, Central 15, Wynnum Manly 13, Souths Logan 12, Ipswich 8.Preliminary Final: Redcliffe v Easts, Dolphin Oval, Saturday September 9, 2pm.QLD WOMENSMajor Semi: Ipswich Brothers 22 d Wests Centenary 10.Standings: Ipswich Brothers 31, Wests Centenary 24, Wests Mitchelton 16, Caboolture 5Preliminary Final: Wests Centenary v Wests Mitchelton, Wests Centenary RLFC, Saturday September 9, 4pm.ARRIVE ALIVE CUPNational Semi: Keebra Park 20 (Damon Harth, Kyle Bos, Kingi Akauola, Robert Lui tries; Matt Parata 2 goals) d St Dominic?s Penrith 6 (John Feiloakitau try; Michael Mate goal) at Dairy Farmers Stadium.National Final: Keebra Park SHS v TBC, Sydney, Friday September 22.>>> SOUTH EAST DIVISIONFOGS CUPMinor Semi: Souths Logan 40 d Easts 16.Major Semi: Burleigh 14 d Tweed Heads 12.Final Standings: Tweed Heads 35, Easts 26, Burleigh 25, Wynnum Manly 25, Souths Logan 24, Sunshine Coast 22, Redcliffe 17, Norths 16, Ipswich 12, Aspley 10, Western Districts 8. Preliminary Final: Tweed Heads v Souths Logan, Dolphin Oval, Saturday September 9, 12.05pm.FOGS COLTS CHALLENGEMinor Semi: Wynnum Manly 26 d Easts 18.Major Semi: Norths 50 d Redcliffe 16.Final Standings: Norths 32, Redcliffe 30, Easts 28, Aspley 24, Wynnum Manly 22, Tweed Heads 22, Souths Logan 19, Burleigh 17, Western Districts 11, Ipswich 10, Sunshine Coast 5. Preliminary Final: Redcliffe v Wynnum Manly, Dolphin Oval, Saturday September 9, 10.30am. XXXX BRISBANE SECOND DIVISIONNORTHSIDE ONEPreliminary Final: Banyo 50 beat Fortitude Valley Juniors 10.Final Standings: Dayboro 31, Banyo 25, Fortitude Valley Juniors 23, Samford 21, Pine Rivers 20, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 19, Aspley Demons 15, Northside Natives 10, Brook Sharks 9, Northern Suburbs Juniors 7.Grand Final: Dayboro v Banyo, Davies Park, West End, Saturday September 9, 3pm.SOUTHSIDE ONEPreliminary Final: St Brendans 32 beat Greenbank 12.Final Standings: St Brendans 32, Carina 32, Wests Inala 25, Greenbank 25, Mt Gravatt 20, Wynnum Manly Juniors 10, Capalaba Juniors 6, Logan Brothers 0.Grand Final: Carina v St Brendans, Davies Park, West End, Saturday September 9, 1.15pm.NORTHSIDE TWOPreliminary Final: Ferny Grove 27 beat Northern Raiders 20.Final Standings: Mitchelton 40, Ferny Grove 38, Normanby 36, Northern Raiders 28, Arana Hills 27, Deception Bay Bombers 26, Deception Bay Juniors 24, Aspley Demons 17, Fortitude Valley Juniors 12, Pine Central Holy Spirit 10, Burpengary 6.Grand Final: Mitchelton v Ferny Grove, Davies Park, West End, Saturday September 9, 11.30am.>>NORTHERN DIVISIONBENDIGO BANK PREMIERSHIP (Cairns)Minor Semi: Kangaroos 38 d Ivanhoes 36.Major Semi: Brothers 22 d Innisfail 20. Final Standings: Brothers 39, Innisfail 37, Kangaroos 35, Ivanhoes 27, Mareeba 26, Atherton 26, Tully 24, Mossman Port Douglas 18, Yarrabah 14, Suburbs 14, Edmonton 4.Preliminary Final: Innisfail v Kangaroos, Barlow Park, Sunday September 10, 3pm.TOWNSVILLE DISTRICTS RLMinor Semi: Sharks United 58 d Burdekin 16.Major Semi: Brothers 48 d Herbert River 4.Final Standings: Brothers 76, Herbert River 60, Sharks United 60, Burdekin 54, Centrals 38, Charters Towers 36, University 12. * Wins worth 4pts in TDRLPreliminary Final: Herbert River v Sharks United, Townsville Sports Reserve, Sunday September 10, 3.30pm.MERCURY CUP (Mackay)Grand Final: Souths 56 (Chris Weinert 2, Matt Harris 2, Adam Wright, Allan Heldsinger, Stuart Cruickshank, Heath Langdon, Luke Srama, Kerrod Toby tries; Adam Wright 7, Heath Carroll goals) d Moranbah 16 (Ross Sammutt, Nathan Rehtla, James Kimber tries; Ross Sammutt 2 goals).Reserves: Souths 32 d Magpies 16.Under 19: Brothers 24 d Norths 22.Under 17: Souths 36 d Whitsunday 14.Final Standings: Moranbah 28, Souths 26, Brothers 24, Sarina 16, Norths 14, Magpies 14, Whitsunday 10, Wests 4.MID WEST RLGrand Final: Katter Cup ? Doomadgee 30 (Maxi Peter, Glendon Connolly, Craig Logan, Chris Ned, Travis Fraser, Gaving Ahwing tries; Travis Fraser 3 goals) d Normanton 26 (Marcus George 3, Shaun Pascoe tries; Les Henry 5 goals).Final Standings: Doomadgee 24, Hughenden 24, Normanton 24, Cloncurry 12, Julia Creek 3, Richmond -6.GULF COMMUNITY LEAGUEFixture: Carnival at Mornington Island, Saturday September 9.Standings: Kowanyama 22, Burketown 19, Pormpuraaw 17, Doomadgee 8, Mornington Island 4.TORRES STRAIT RLStandings: Dragons 1st, Roosters 2nd, Knights 3rd, Suburbs 4th, Horn Island Brothers 5th. (Points unavailable)Finals: Minor Semi ? Knights v Suburbs, Ken Brown Oval, Saturday September 9, 2pm. Major Semi ? Dragons v Roosters, Ken Brown Oval, Saturday September 9, 4pm.>>CENTRAL DIVISIONEXTENDED LEAGUEPreliminary Final: CQU Norths 44 d Rockhampton Brothers 30.Final Standings: CQU Norths 13, Wallabys 12, Gladstone Brothers 12, Rockhampton Brothers 11, Fitzroy Gracemere 10, Yeppoon 8, Tannum Sands 4, Valleys 2, BiloelaGrand Final: Wallabys v CQU Norths, Marley Brown Oval, Sunday September 10, 3pm (Reserves ? Rockhampton Brothers v Wallabys, 1pm. Under 19 ? Fitzroy Gracemere v Tannum Sands, 11.30am).CENTRAL HIGHLANDS RLGrand Final: Clermont 44 (Ryan Bleakley 2, Ryan Nunan, Luke Goodale, Brendon Finger, Chris Geiger, Clayton Humphreys, Gary Zoutenbier tries; Luke Goodale 6 goals) d Blackwater 38 (Matt Charles 2, Dan Hoppe 2, Rohan Broom, Luke Ricciardi, Alex Sainsbury tries; Deon Callenen 5 goals).Reserve Grade: Bluff 36 d Peak Downs 12.Final Standings: Clermont 28, Blackwater 23, Emerald Tigers 22, Middlemount 17, Emerald Cowboys 9, Springsure 3.>>WIDE BAY DIVISION4BU-HITZ FM PREMIERSHIP (Bundaberg)Grand Final: Wests 29 (Wise Kativerata 2, Spencer Mariner, Joshua Tanner, Matthew Tanner tries; Joshua Tanner 4 goals; Corey Tanner field goal) d Across The Waves 22 (Mat Horne, Ben Guest, Scott Breen, Brett Cory tries; Michael Bani 3 goals).Supa 11s: Brothers 34 d Hervey Bay 12.Under 18s: Brothers 34 d Hervey Bay 30.Final Standings: Wests 21, Hervey Bay 20, Across The Waves 16, Easts 13, Wallaroos 10, Brothers 8*. * Deducted two points for fielding unregistered player. MAROOCHY RSL CUP (Sunshine Coast)Preliminary Final: Caloundra 39 d Kawana 18.Final Standings: Caloundra 34, Noosa 30, Kawana 24, Caboolture 24, Nambour 21, Maroochydore Coolum 17, Beerwah 12, Gympie Cooloola 11, Bribie Island 7.Grand Final: Noosa v Caloundra, Nambour Showgrounds, Sunday September 10, 3pm.>>SOUTH WEST DIVISIONWAGNER?S FIRST GRADE (Toowoomba)Elimination Final: Dalby 30 d Wattles 28.Qualifying Final: Brothers 42 d Goondiwindi 32.Standings: Valleys 40, Brothers 36, Goondiwindi 32, Dalby 28, Wattles 27, Oakey 26, Gatton 24, Pittsworth 19, Souths 14, Warwick 14, Newtown 4. Finals: Minor Semi ? Goondiwindi v Dalby, Clive Berghofer Stadium, Saturday September 9, 5pm. Major Semi ? Valleys v Brothers, Clive Berghofer Stadium, Sunday September 10, 2.30pm.ROMA DISTRICTS RLGrand Final: Red Bulls 32 (Anthony Crosland 4, Dale Murphy, Noel-Shaun Dingle, Stu Kelly tries; Anthony Crosland, Ryan Wehl goals) d Mitchell 24 (Matt Small, Shawn Mailman, Troy Frizzell, Mark Treasure tries; Brodie Edmeades 3, Daniel Dodd goal)Reserve Grade: St George 32 d Mitchell 16.Under 18: St George 26 d Chinchilla 18.Under 16: Chinchilla 20 d Mitchell 16.Final Standings: St George 19, Mitchell 17, Cities 16, Red Bulls 16, Miles 13, Chinchilla 9.Grand Final: Mitchell v Red Bulls, Bassett Park, Sunday September 3, 3pm.>>SOUTHERN DIVISIONQLD GROUP CUP (Ipswich)Minor Semi: Norths 30 d Goodna 10.Major Semi: Brothers 56 d South Burnett 10.Final Standings: Brothers 34, South Burnett 30, Goodna 22, Norths 22, Springfield 19, Fassifern 17, Redbank Plains 14, West End 10, Swifts 9, Laidley 3. Preliminary Final: South Burnett v Norths, QLD Group Stadium, Sunday September 10, 3pm.SMARTLEND CUP (Gold Coast)Preliminary Final: Burleigh 23 d Runaway Bay 22.Final Standings: Tugun 36, Burleigh 28, Runaway Bay 27, Southport 20, Beaudesert 18, Uni Parkwood 17, Tweed Heads 16, Nerang 8, Mudgeeraba 6, Helensvale 2. Grand Final: Tugun v Burleigh, Boyd St Oval, Sunday September 10, 3pm. (Reserves ? Tugun v Burleigh, 12.15pm. Under 19 ? Currumbin Tugun v Burleigh, 11am).

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