GRAND Final star Benji Marshall has agreed to stay with National Rugby League premier Wests Tigers for another three years.
THE St.George Leader has confirmed that there will be no St.George-Illawarra home games at OKI Jubilee Stadium until round 13 due to the continued upgrading of the ground.
RUGBY League?s rebirth in London is off to an outstanding start with fans showing unparalleled interest in the new club. Since the ESL Grand Final the former London Broncos RLFC has been busy promoting their new name and home ground: Twickenham Stoop. The club entered into an agreement with the Harlequins Rugby Union club earlier in the season to participate in a joint venture where both clubs are separate entities that share resources, and thus minimise costs. The main advantage for the Broncos is they finally gain a home ground and training facilities that can be used rent free, while the Harlequins RU see the agreement as an opportunity to expand their brand, increase their supporter base, and improve sponsorship revenues.
MANLY will move its NRL round eight home game against Parramatta to the Sydney Cricket Ground next season.
NRL club Melbourne Storm will share AFL team Carlton's training and administration base at Optus Oval for the next two years.
FOLLOWING on from the remarkable success of the Wests Tigers this year, here is a story by one of our regular Forum 7?s writers who has taken a tongue-in-cheek look at their semi-final campaign after his beloved Warriors failed to make it past the regular season.
New Zealand are likely to select Hull's Motu Tony ahead of Robbie Paul in their problem scrum-half position for Saturday's Tri-Nations game against Great Britain in Huddersfield.
AS New Zealand close in on a Tri-Nations final appearance, their coach explains how important it is.
IAN Millward, the Wigan Warriors coach, believes he knows how to improve Great Britain's chances of international success. The forthright Australian is advocating a reduction in the number of overseas players in Super League - more than 120 next year - to three per club who are not eligible to represent Britain.
WELL the Poms find themselves in a frightful spot of bother here. After consecutive losses they once again front up to the Kiwis in desperate circumstances. It?s also quite a paradoxical state of affairs for their administration, who kindly booked the New Zealand team on a flight home prior to the completion of the tournament as they didn?t envisage that they would feature in the final.
DAVID Solomona, one of the hard men of the New Zealand pack, has a confession to make - the Kiwi forwards are all ?mummy?s boys!?
GREAT Britain will undergo a change of tactics as they look to break their duck in the Gillette Tri-Nations Series. Hull half-back Richard Horne has been recalled to the Great Britain team for Saturday?s Gillette Tri-Nations clash with New Zealand at Huddersfield.
A FAMILIAR face will grace Dolphin Oval this season ? a ground he knows only too well from his previous time at the club.
Nathan Herberner, who turned out for the Dolphins for three seasons in the late ?90s, returns older, wiser and hopefully luckier.
Herberner concedes he has battled bad luck with injuries throughout his football career, although he now believes he has turned the corner after an injury-free run recently.
The giant prop also was well known to Redcliffe Leagues Club patrons after working on the ground staff during his earlier time on the Peninsula.
From 1997 to March 2000, Herberner worked his way through the grades from Colts to Premier League before repeat sternum injuries forced him out of the game.
He returned to his home town of Roma in south-west Queensland to recuperate and then spend three years with Wattles club and then a season with Cities in Roma.
?I always wanted to come back to Brisbane and give it another go,? he said.
?It always weighs on your mind what might have been and after I had no injuries this season and got a bit of fitness I decided to come back.
?I had a few calls from other clubs, but it was always going to be Redcliffe as I knew what the set-up was and quite a few of the players. I?d like to see if I could go further in the game.
?Through bad luck, injuries have let me down in the past and I?m now hoping I?m over that.??
Herberner made a name for himself over the past two seasons with his displays for the Queensland Rangers, the representative side which takes in competitions outside the Queensland Cup.
He was a key member both years when the Rangers downed New South Wales Country with Redcliffe winger Liam Georgetown a team-mate in the 2004 thumping.
Herbie, now 25, won a Colts premiership in 1997 with current Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin in charge, spent the next year in Colts under Keith Boardman and then played seniors in 1999.
?Troy Lindsay was there when I was while Mick Roberts was in the Colts team with me,? he said.
?I?m hoping to crack a spot in the Premier League and although Troy and Adam Starr are there, I?m not sure who else is.?
At 108 kilograms, Herberner shape as a ready-made replacement for Nathan Sologinkin, who has retired.
?I am living at Strathpine and my work involves unloading shipping containers, so I?m a bit busier than I was in Roma, where it was a bit more relaxed,? he said. ?But I?m enjoying training and can?t wait for the season to start.?
AS another Christmas and New Year have gone and if you?re like me you?ve eaten and drank too much and also already have broken your News Years resolution, mine was not to eat or drink too much, well let me tell you I blew that one out of the water.
It seems not everybody is aware of the white boot jinx first started by Graham Langlands in the 1975 Grand Final when he got a needle to play in the biggest game of the year and it didn?t work and left him a passenger on one leg. We?ve also had our share of misfortune with players in white boots at the Dolphins when Chris ?Choppy? Close was sent off in last competition game of 1981 and suspended he missed out on our semi final campaign and as you people old enough to remember will know we lost the grand final in the last twenty seconds when Mick Reardon dived over for a try.
Fast forward to 2004. The former darling of the Dolphin Oval faithful Wayne ?Krusty? Miller trotted out in an over 35?s soccer game one Friday night in a pair of flash new white boots after a short sprint down the grand stand side in front of the crowd before play started Wayne thought he was warmed up enough but just two minutes into the game the curse struck and Krusty tore his hammy and took no further part in the match he was last seen limping away to the dressing rooms with an ice pack strapped to his leg muttering something about white boots. Mind you this was after his workmates at club had warned him all day about the curse you should?ve listened Wayne.
With so many new faces around Dolphin Oval for next season the inevitable crowning of nicknames has begun and leading the way is A Grade coach Iggy Graham the self appointed christener of the nicknames. In 1987 when I first come to the Club as a colt we had Dave Brown playing for us and he was called ?Burger? then a couple of years back came his eldest son Mark who got christened ?Junior Burger? and this year along comes number two son Jordan and of course he?s been tagged ?Mini Burger?.
Youngster Abe Barrett walked to into training only to hear the A Grade coach start calling him ?Lincoln? as in Abraham Lincoln.It seems even some of the older players are getting new nicknames when Adam Starr turned up to training with new recruit Shannon Fish who boards with Adam and his wife Lou, Starry copped the nickname ?Chips? as in here comes Fish and Chips. Daniel Green who seems to have put on a few kilos in the off-season has scored the nickname ?JB? for jelly belly, new Colt Kim Phoenix has scored ?River? as his nickname after actor River Phoenix, Duane O?Grady has got ?DOG? as his after his initials, Shane Perry is Merlin because he works for Wizard and it goes on and on.
It?ll be no rest for the boys as they start back at training on January 3 and I am sure Gilly will give them some tough sessions before we lead into our first trial against reigning premiers Burleigh at Pizzey Park in February. And it?s no easy start to the Queensland Cup in March we draw Norths away, Easts home and Burleigh away to kick start the year.
Should be tough start but I think we get away with the three games. One thing we do need at home games is bigger crowds so grab a mate and head on down for a game. It?s the best value for money ticket in town.
Just like a ticket to a Dolphins a game if you want value for money and the best deal on a new or used car on the Peninsula pop out to Rothwell and see the Keystar team.
Until next month
THE Queensland Cup?s all-time leading point-scorer, Damien ?The Rock? Richters, has confirmed his retirement.