THE North Sydney Premier League team will face the New Year hopeful of a successful 2006 season, with the news that the Club has retained key players from 2005 as well as some quality new signings.As the Bears Premier League and Jersey Flegg teams gathered at the Norths Leagues club for their first official function leading up to 2006, negotiations have revealed both strength up front and quality out back in 2006.PHOTO: North Sydney Players' Player and Player of the Year Ben Ellis has re-signed for 2006.Re-signing for 2006 Premier League:John RussellAndrew MoodieLuke FatnownaBen EllisMichael HarperRichard RetimanaAnthony BeareNew recruits for 2006 Premier League:Ben Black (from Halifax)Scott McLean (from St. Marys)Brendan Crabb (from Manly)Daniel Watkins (from Manly)Daniel Russell (from Parramatta)Aaron Trinder (from Manly)Suli Koroibulileka (from Manly)Moving on from 2005 Premier League:Namila Davui - Bulldogs 2006Chris Tuatara - Bulldogs 2006Lester Salanoa - Bulldogs 2006Billy Ngawini - Bulldogs 2006Aaron Heremaia - Leigh (UK) 2006Kyle Arnold - Manly 2006Ben Kalcina - releasedAnthony Kiro - releasedWayne McDade - releasedSteven Hales - releasedScott Webb - released
SUPER League newcomers Castleford have appointed former London Broncos captain Terry Matterson as their new head coach on a two-year contract.
Statement from the President of the Newtown RLFC Concerning Recent Club Developments.As a Director of the Newtown Jets RLFC for 25 years, during which time I have been President for the last 20 years, I would like to make an official response to some of the opinions aired in media articles in the past two weeks.Firstly, it should be known that the partnership arrangement with the Sydney Roosters RLFC is exactly the same as we had with the Sharks in season 2005.Just as we did during our recent negotiations with the Roosters, our Board had unanimously nominated Col Murphy for the Jets VB Premier League coaching position for season 2005. Stuart Raper, the head coach of the Sharks, made his appointment and Col was the successful applicant.In discussions with the Sharks during July and August of 2005 concerning the 2006 season and onwards, we were informed of a number of changes that the Sharks required for the partnership to continue into 2006 and beyond. Included in these proposed changes to the existing partnership agreement was a clear indication that notwithstanding a successful playing season in 2005, there would be changes in the coaching and staffing arrangements for 2006.We advised the Sharks that we could not accept their total package of proposed changes.As previously stated, the Newtown Board again unanimously nominated Col for the Jets VB Premier League coaching position for season 2006 with the Roosters. Unfortunately on this occasion Col was not successful in his application. We must all accept the fact that NRL head coaches should have the right to select all of their staff, including the second grade (i.e. VB Premier League) coach. This principle goes back as far as Jack Gibson?s involvement with the Newtown Jets in the successful 1973 season.Our Board to a man was disappointed that Col was not successful in obtaining the VB Premier League coaching position for season 2006. We will never forget his contribution to the Newtown Jets as a player, trainer and coach.It should be remembered that in the 2005 season the players who represented the Jets in the royal blue and white were in the main Cronulla-Sutherland contracted players who all quickly came to respect our club?s jersey, our history and club culture.There are enough old hands around the Newtown RLFC to ensure that our culture is not only preserved but grown and cherished.The Newtown RLFC Board and the club management are all very conscious that our unique culture as a working man?s club, which is an integral part of the heart of our organisation, will be treated with the respect it deserves. We are all Indians at Newtown and there are no chiefs; our victory song will still ring in our supporters? ears and the crowd on the hill at Henson Park will mingle with the players after many wins to come.It is very important to realise that the arrangement with the Roosters is a 5-year term with a further 5-year option which incorporates support from the Roosters at both the VB Premier League and Jim Beam Cup levels.In putting this partnership together with the Sydney Roosters we maintain our complete name as the Newtown Jets; our trade marks; our club colours of Royal Blue and White; plus all of our home games are to be played at Henson Park. All of these matters were non-negotiable and have been completely retained in the partnership with the Roosters.We will continue to run our football club as we have for many years as a stand-alone business. There will be no cross-pollination of revenues or costs with the Roosters.The word ?fear? was used in one of the recent newspaper headlines and this does not fit well with the Newtown Jets culture. We have gone through some very hard times in our history, none harder than 7 years without a team competing in senior Rugby League between 1984 and 1990. It was tough going, but we were never fearful.However, we would have been very concerned about our future if we had not signed this long-term deal with the Sydney Roosters. This new partnership enables us to build and plan for the future with greater confidence.Further to the above, please let me give you my rock-solid assurance that:The Newtown RLFC definitely keeps its traditional club colours The Newtown RLFC keeps its full name, corporate logos and merchandising rights The Newtown RLFC will be playing all of its home games at Henson Park. We want all of our club members and supporters to join with us and get behind the boys in royal blue from 2006 onwards!Up the Jets!Barry N. ViningPresidentNewtown R.L.F.C. Ltd.
NORTH Sydney General Manager Greg Florimo has stressed both commitment and discipline in his opening address to the troops at the Bears' first official function at the Norths Leagues Club on Friday night.?While we were turned down for the opportunity to play in the NRL we have not given up hope. We will concentrate on winning in Jersey Flegg and Premier League, to put ourselves in the best possible position if a chance of an NRL franchise comes along. So we are here to win not lose. While we do not have an NRL team we do have a feeder arrangement with the Storm and a number of our players trained with them this year.?Greg also talked about the commitment required. ?You?ll play 24 of the hardest games you?ve ever played ? don?t die wondering! Congratulations on getting to this stage and hopefully you?ve got the right stuff we are looking for.?Photo: Greg Florimo drills the new recruits in the Auditorium of Norths Leagues Club on Friday night.
ST.GEORGE Alive at 85
SOUTH Sydney supporter Andrew Denton has urged club officials to embrace the latest proposal from Peter Holmes a Court and Russell Crowe, warning that the NRL club won't survive without change.
FORMER head coach Grant Bell has been appointed assistant coach of the North Queensland Cowboys.
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.
KANGAROOS captain Darren Lockyer and forward Nathan Hindmarsh have both been ruled out of the rest of the Tri Nations rugby league series with injury.
THE Kiwis will not issue another SOS to Stacey Jones after Lance Hohaia was ruled out of the remainder of the Tri-Nations series.
JOHN Monie says France will need all their discipline to follow up its record-breaking European Nations Cup victory over Wales last weekend with another strong showing against Australia at Aime Giral Stadium in Perpignan.
CRAIG Gower will captain Australia for the first time when the Kangaroos take on France in a one-off rugby league Test in Perpignan on Saturday.
COACH Wayne Bennett will trial Craig Gower and Scott Prince as Australia's possible Tri-Nations halves in Saturday's (Sunday morning AEDT) one-off Test against France at Aime Giral Stadium in Perpignan.
NEW Zealand have suffered a devastating injury blow ahead of their Gillette Tri-Nations game against Great Britain after Lance Hohaia was ruled out.
BRIAN Carney, Great Britain?s popular vice-captain who redeemed himself for a poor start to the Gillette Tri-Nations campaign, is ready to take everything the Kiwis throw at him - or more accurately kick to him.