MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named an unchanged 18-man squad for this Sunday?s Round 2 clash against the Sydney Roosters. The game will be played at Sydney's Aussie Stadium at 2:30pm.After their win against the New Zealand Warriors last weekend at Auckland?s Ericsson Stadium, Bellamy has decided no changes to the side are necessary.After their dazzling display last weekend against the Warriors, Matt Geyer and Greg Inglis will once again be paired on the left while on the right, Matt King will partner Jake Webster.Keeping his front-row starting spot is Garrett Crossman who was voted last weekend's players player-of-the-match by his teammates for his performance in nullifying dangerous internationals Steve Price and Ruben Wiki.Jamie Feeney has again been named as 18th man.Squad for Sunday's game:Starting team:1. Billy Slater2. Matt Geyer3. Matt King4. Greg Inglis5. Jake Webster6. Scott Hill7. Cooper Cronk8. Garret Crossman9. Cameron Smith10. Antonio Kaufusi11. David Kidwell12. Michael Crocker13. Dallas JohnsonSubs: 14. Brett White15. Ryan Hoffman16. Ian Donnelly17. Steve Turner18. Jamie Feeney(one to be omitted)Coach:Craig Bellamy
1. David Simmons2. Darren Albert 3. Beau Scott4. Phil Bailey5. Luke Covell6. Adam Dykes7. Brett Kimmorley (c)8. Ben Ross 9. Kevin Kingston 10. Hutch Maiava11. Reece Williams12. Lance Thompson13. Greg BirdSubs:14. Phil Leuluai15. Luke Douglas 16. Cameron Ciraldo17. Tevita Latu18. Luke Harlen19. Darren Mapp(two to be omitted)
LOCAL Dragon and international prop Jason Ryles will play his 100th first grade game for St George Illawarra against the Panthers this Sunday at WIN Stadium in the Dragons first home game for 2006.Dragons 2005 leading try scorer Colin Best returns to NRL on the wing and Dean Young will start at five-eighth.George Ndaira, 21, will make his NRL debut from the interchange. Ndaira, a St George Junior, was a member of the Dragons Jersey Flegg 2005 Premiership winning team.Unavailable Dragons due to illness/injury are: Trent Barrett (stomach virus), Wes Naiqama (ankle), Ben Creagh (knee), Shaun Timmins (knee) and Mathew Head (knee).NRL - Dragons v Panthers3.00pm, Sunday 19 March 2006WIN StadiumCoach: Nathan Brown1. Clint Greenshields2. Reece Simmonds3. Mark Gasnier4. Matt Cooper5. Colin Best6. Dean Young7. Ben Hornby (c)8. Luke Bailey9. Aaron Gorrell10. Jason Ryles11. Corey Payne12. Ashton Sims13. Andrew PriceSubs:14. Justin Poore15. Michael Henderson16. Matt Bickerstaff17. George NdairaPremier League - Dragons v Cougars1.00pm Sunday 19 March 2006WIN StadiumCoach: Steven Price 1. Brett MORRIS2. Josh MORRIS3. Beau MUNDINE4. Daryl MILLARD5. Tom HEWITT6. Reece BLAYNEY7. Chris SHEPPARD (c)8. Charlie LEAENO9. Brad DAVIDSON10. Chris HOUSTON (c)11. Sam ISEMONGER12. Lee TE MAARI13. Aaron WHEATLEY14. Danny WICKS15. Jamie DUNNING16. Willie TUPOU17. Beau RYAN18. Tom HABERECHT19. Bryson GOODWINJersey Flegg - Dragons v Panthers11.20am Sunday 19 March 2006WIN StadiumCoach: Corey Pearson1. Jason NIGHTINGALE2. Peter REEVES3. Junior SEUMANUTAFA4. Keith LULIA5. Rota SETU6. Blake DUREAU7. Matt SEAMARK8. Jhi TANNER9. Lewis McPHAIL10. Chris FARRELL11. Lagi SETU12. James GREHAN13. Brian WEST (c)14. Matt PRIOR15. Luke YOUNG16. Scott SABLOWSKI17. Luke IRWIN18. Nathan WYNN19. James KEELAN
IN a sensational Woolies Pre-Season semi-final, five players were sent off by referee Bernie Pramberg in a ?needle? match between competition glamour sides Wests and Redcliffe. It was inconsequential that Wests went on to win the match 37-0, given Redcliffe finished the match with only nine players, while the Panthers ended up with twelve. The match was a joke as a contest, and a disgraceful exhibition of over-vigorous and unnecessary violent play by otherwise high-quality star players.There had been a long-standing feud between both clubs following Ron Raper?s decision to leave Redcliffe a year earlier, to coach Wests to a memorable but perhaps controversial premiership, winning the grand final against Barry Muir?s Redcliffe side in debatable circumstances. And given Muir had played and coached all his Brisbane football with the Panthers, emotions were always going to run high when the Dolphins and Panthers played big games against one another. Both coaches, but particularly Muir, fired up their teams for this match before they ran out. One could have actually been forgiven for thinking this was a grand final rather than a pre-season match ! Referee Pramberg though, stunned the big Lang Park crowd when he dismissed Dolphins? hefty prop John Barber after the first tackle of the match, for dropping his knees into Wests ball-carrier Rod Bradshaw, electing not to use the five minute ?sin-bin?. Barber?s send-off seemed to set the pattern for the match, with rugged gang-tackling and plenty of illegal play becoming the norm. Between regular forward clashes, Wests dominated the first half of play. Steve Crear scored a sensational try off a Geoff Richardson break, and three penalty goals by Wayne Stewart leaving the Panthers ahead 9-0 at the break.Another eruption in backplay early in the 2nd half, saw Redcliffe prop Steve Bullow sent to the sin-bin. With a two-man advantage, Richardson and centre Harry Cameron combined to send fullback Gary Thomas over for what surely would be a match-winning lead at 12-0. Another brawl erupted following the try, and appeared to involve up to eight players. This incident saw referee Pramberg dispatch Dolphins hooker Bob Jones to the sheds.Wests now began running away with the match, Thomas scoring again and half Greg Oliphant crossing for a clever try, both in quick succession. But in the 55th minute, a scrum erupted into an almighty brawl in front of the Frank Burke grandstand. Every player was involved as the wildly swinging mass continued brawling for what appeared an eternity. Harry Cameron and Redcliffe forward Bev Bleakley crashed over the advertising signage and fought each other up against the sideline fence. The main fight then scattered around the vicinity into several pairs who continued to throw punches, wrestle and head-butt. Pramberg and his touch-judges Pease and O?Brien, were powerless to stop the fighting, and must have been close to calling the match off. When calm eventually restored itself, Rod Bradshaw from Wests and Steve Bullow were immediately sent from the field, exchanging ?pleasantries? all the way to the sideline. An en-masse caution eventuated into a penalty given to Wests, much to the dissatisfaction of the now raucous Redcliffe fans. But only three tackles later, yet another eruption in play over what appeared to be a high-tackle, and Dolphins? fullback Tony Obst was now sent off. This left Redcliffe with only nine men including no front row, and the Panthers ran away with the match easily.When the match ended, the crowd gave plenty of boos all around ? aimed at both teams and the officials. Senior officials from both clubs were nearly at each other in the grandstand also. Redcliffe coach Barry Muir was fuming over what he believed how someone had eavesdropped on his pre-match players talk and then informed the referee that ?something was on?. Wests coach Ron Raper was unavailable for comment after the match, but was clearly unhappy with the ill-discipline of his players. It was a busy night at the judiciary that week, John Barber, Steve Bullow and Rod Bradshaw were all handed three week suspensions, while Bob Jones and Tony Obst copped two weeks each. Referee Pramberg copped an almighty serve in the press over his handling of the match. But the last laugh was on him, as he went on to easily be top referee in Brisbane, eventually controlling the grand final. As a sidenote, Easts beat Norths 23-9 in the other semi-final that was apparently played on that same night !!!
MATT BowenNeil SweeneyTy WilliamsPaul BowmanMatt SingJohnathan Thurston Brett FirmanMitchell SargentAaron PayneShane TroncJacob LillymanLuke O'DonnellTravis NortonInterchange David FaiumuSteve SouthernJustin SmithMatthew Scott
1 RHYS WESSER2 LEE HOOKEY3 DANNY GALEA4 LUKE LEWIS5 NICK YOUNGQUEST6 PRESTON CAMPBELL7 CRAIG GOWER8 JOEL CLINTON9 LUKE PRIDDIS10 CRAIG STAPLETON11 MATTHEW CROSS12 TONY PULETUA ?13 SHANE RODNEY INTERCHANGE14 FRANK PULETUA15 BRYAN NORRIE16 FRANK PRITCHARD17 LUKE SWAIN
WARRIORS V PARRAMATTAWaikato Stadium, Hamilton7.30pm, Saturday, March 18 WARRIORS TEAM 1 BRENT WEBB 2 TODD BYRNE 3 TONY MARTIN 4 CLINTON TOOPI 5 MANU VATUVEI 6 JEROME ROPATI 7 NATHAN FIEN 8 RUBEN WIKI (V-C) 9 LANCE HOHAIA 10 STEVE PRICE (C) 11 AWEN GUTTENBEIL 12 MICHEAL LUCK 13 LOUIS ANDERSON 14 GRANT ROVELLI 15 EVARN TUIMAVAVE 16 EPALAHAME LAUAKI 17 WAIRANGI KOOPU
1.ANTHONY MINICHIELLO 2.AMOS ROBERTS 3.RYAN CROSS 4.IOSIA SOLIOLA 5.SAM PERRETT 6.BRAITH ANASTA 7.JAMIE SOWARD 8.DAVID SHILLINGTON9.BRETT FINCH 10.CRAIG FITZGIBBON 11.ANTHONY TUPOU 12.CHRIS FLANNERY 13.ASHLEY HARRISON INTERCHANGE 14. CRAIG WING15. NIGEL PLUM16. SHANE SHACKLETON 17 LOPINI PAEA
CANBERRA Vs NEWCASTLECanberra Stadium, Sunday March 19Kickoff 3:00pm1. CLINTON SCHIFCOFSKE (C) 2. ADRIAN PURTELL 3. PHIL GRAHAM 4. DAVID HOWELL 5. ADAM MOGG 6. JASON SMITH 7. LINCOLN WITHERS 8. WILLIE RASTON 9. SIMON WOOLFORD 10. TROY THOMPSON 11. BEN JONES 12. JASON CROKER 13. ALAN TONGUE INTERCHANGE 14. TODD CARNEY 15. TERRY MARTIN 16. THOM LEAROYD-LARS 17. MICHAEL HODGSON
NEWCASTLE v RAIDERS AT CANBERRA STADIUM3.00PM SUNDAY, 19 MARCH 2006 FIRST GRADE Coach: Michael Hagan Milton Thaiday Brian Carney Matthew Gidley George Carmont Anthony Quinn Kurt Gidley Andrew Johns (C) Craig Smith Danny Buderus Josh Perry Steve Simpson Kirk Reynoldson Reegan TannerInterchange:Adam Woolnough Daniel Tolar Riley Brown Todd Lowrie
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has named new recruit Jon Green on the bench for the Bulldogs Round 2 clash against defending premiers the Wests Tigers after an impressive performance in Premier League last weekend.Andrew Emelio will play in the centres with Reni Maitua starting off the bench.New recruit Billy Ngawini has been named as the 18th man with one player to be ommitted later this week.The full line-up is as follows:1. Luke Patten2. Hazem El Masri3. Andrew Emelio4. Willie Tonga5. Matt Utai6. Daniel Holdsworth7. Brent Sherwin8. Chris Armit9. Corey Hughes10. Roy Asotasi11. Willie Mason12. Andrew Ryan (c)13. Tony GrimaldiInterchange:14. Reni Maitua15. Mark O'Meley16. Adam Perry17. Jon Green18. Billy Ngawini
WESTS Tigers team vs Bulldogs, Telstra Stadium, Fri 17 Mar, 7:30pm:1. Brett Hodgson (c)2. Michael Crockett3. Dean Collis4. Paul Whatuira5. Jamaal Lolesi6. Daniel Fitzhenry7. Scott Prince8. Bryce Gibbs9. Robbie Farah10. John Skandalis11. Anthony Laffranchi12. Todd Payten13. Ben Galea14. Ben Reynolds15. Keith Galloway16. Ryan O'Hara17. Sam Harris
14 MARCH 2006NRL vs Warriors@ Waikato Stadium on Sat 18 March @ 7:30pm 1 - Wade McKINNON2 - Luke BURT3 ? Ben SMITH4 - Timana TAHU5 - Eric GROTHE6 - John MORRIS7 - Tim SMITH8 ? Nathan CAYLESS?9 ? Mark RIDDELL10 - Paul STRINGER 11 - Nathan HINDMARSH12 - Chad ROBINSON13 - Glenn MORRISON14 ? PJ MARSH 15 - Dean WIDDERS 16 ? Josh CORDOBA17 ? Michael VELLA18 - Daniel WAGONCoach ? Brian Smith
WESTS Tigers' lock Liam Fulton has been ruled out for the rest of the NRL season with a shoulder injury.Coach Tim Sheens says Fulton will try and return in the latter part of the season, but he's more likely to sit out the whole year. Fulton injured his shoulder in the opening minutes of last Friday night's season-opening win against St George Illawarra at Telstra Stadium.Meanwhile, prop Bryce Gibbs has re-signed with the premiers for another three years, tying him to the Tigers until 2009.
RESPECTED strength and conditioning coach Billy Johnstone has signed a three-year NRL deal with the Gold Coast Titans.The Kangaroos, Queensland Origin and North Queensland conditioner will head to the tourist strip at the end of this season as the Titans prepare to enter the 2007 competition. Johnstone was the Gold Coast Giants' inaugural signing and captained the first NSWRL team in the region.Titans boss Michael Searle says he's delighted Johnstone will join - among other high-profile players - Test and Wests Tigers halfback Scott Prince at the fledgling club.