THE North Sydney Old Boys sevens team returned to Coffs Harbour once again this February to help raise money for the Men of League organisation.The ?Fund raising? began on Australia Day in front of 5000 spectators at the Coffs Coast International Stadium as the likes of Danny Brady, Mick Buettner, Greg Florimo, Andrew King, Peter Phillips, Wayne Portlock, Nigel Roy, Josh Stuart and Craig Wilson took the field against a St George Old Boys team.There was more fund raising on Friday night as the boys attended the Men of League Official Tournament Dinner Featuring 40 League Legends as well as visiting international teams and hosted by Graham Hughes. On the night local Daniel Walsh won the chance to play with the North Sydney Old Boys on the following day.Saturday saw their return to the paddock in a demonstration match against the ?Barbarians? team. New boys Brady, Walsh and Steve Little joined members of the St George Old Boys team as well as the Bears, to put on a show for 8000 spectators at the Coramba Sportsground. Opposition players included Brad Fittler, Rod Wishart, Robbie O'Davis and Paul McGregor.The Bears Legends are keen to return to Coffs Harbour again next year when even more ?Old Boys? teams are set to join them.PHOTO: The Old Boys sevens teams who competed in demotion matches at the 2006 Orara Valley Sevens. Photo by: Steve Little.The primary objective of the Men of League is to support former players, officials and referees who have fallen on hard times. The Men of League are there to help with medical operations, rehabilitation equipment, nursing home equipment, grants, counselling, social contact through visits, cards, and telephone calls and promoting and supporting fund raising events for Rugby League people in need of help.To visit the official Men of League website go to http://www.menofleague.com.For more information on the Orara Valley Sevens go to the Coffs Harbour local government website athttp://www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/www/html/1216-orara-valley-axemen-big-week-of-league.asp.For the official Orara Valley Axemen website go tohttp://www.oraravalleyaxemen.com.See more photos from the 2006 Orara Valley Sevens go to the Photos section of the Bears website http://www.northsydneybears.com.au/Photos/Special%20Events/2006oraravalleysevens/20050126%20-%202006%20Orara%20Valley%20Sevens.htmAnd for the PJR Sports site go to http://www.pjrobinson.com.au/sevens.The North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website athttp://www.northsydneybears.com.au.
FULLTIME: Bradford Bulls 30 - Wests Tigers 10English Super League champions Bradford Bulls have taken out the 2006 World club Challenge following a comprehensive 30-10 victory over National Rugby League premiers Wests Tigers in Huddersfield.It is the third WCC victory for the Bulls who had previously won the annual clash in 2002 and 2004.With front rower Stuart Fielden leading the way, the Bulls dominated a lacklustre Wests Tigers outfit throughout the match, the home side continually getting over the advantage line and hammering their opponents in defence.Rugby League journeyman Marcus Bai opened the scoring after seven minutes to give the Bulls a 4-nil lead. Wests Tigers struck back in the 14th minute through Daniel Fitzhenry to make it 4-all, but that would be as close as the visitors would get to heading the scoreboard. Fielden got the first of his two tries in the 25th minute to make it 10-4 in favour of Bradford. A penalty goal from captain Iestyn Harris saw the Bulls go further and at half time it was 12-4.The Bulls came out firing in the second half and again dominated field position, Bradford hooker Ian Henderson taking full advantage of the tiring Wests Tigers defence. After being held up just minutes earlier, Fielden raced through to score in the 52nd minute to make it 18-4 in favour of the Bulls.10 minutes later, Papua New Guinea international Stanley Gene crashed through to put the match beyond doubt. Not to be outdone, fellow PNG countryman Marcus Bai got his second try in the 72nd minute to give the Bulls a commanding 30-4 lead.With four minutes remaining, Wests Tigers managed a consolation try through Brett Hodgson, the fullback running onto a kick from Scott Prince.Although lacking in match practice, Wests Tigers were well outclassed by a more committed Bradford Bulls outfit now looking to defend their ESL crown. Wests Tigers however, still have work to do and, upon their return to Australia and the upcoming NRL trials, are no doubt looking forward to regaining their form of 2005.- www.leagueunlimited.comDetails:BRADFORD BULLS 30Tries: Fielden 2, Bai 2, GeneGoals: I Harris 5/6defeatedWESTS TIGERS 10Tries: Fitzhenry, HodgsonGoals: Hodgson 1/2Fri 3 Feb 2006. Kickoff: 8:00pm (GMT)Galpharm Stadium, HuddersfieldCrowd: 19,207Referee: Steve GansonHalf time: Bulls 12-4By The Clock:7 min: TRY - Bulls.Marcus Bai on debut for the Bulls scores in the right corner thanks to an overlap. Follows repeat sets.Conversion from Iestyn Harris unsuccessful.Bulls 4-014 min: TRY - Tigers.Daniel Fitzhenry scores out wide after slipping under a high tackle from close range.Conversion from Brett Hodgson unsuccessful.4-all19 min: NO TRY - Bulls denied.Bradford's Shontayne Hape ruled to have knocked on over the line in a decision that went to the video ref with Wests Tigers' Jamaal Lolesi appearing to have knocked the ball out. A close call for Wests.25 min: TRY - Bulls.Stuart Fielden crashes over running from 12m out and beating four would-be defenders.Conversion Iestyn Harris from almost in front is OK.Bulls 10-438 min: PENALTY GOAL - Bulls.Iestyn Harris converts. Follows penalty for offside/marker not square.Bulls 12-4HALF TIME: Bulls 12-4Bradford controlling much of the ruck play with yards neing made up the middle, hooker Ian Henderson and prop Stuart Fielden taking full advantage. The Bulls enjoying a greater share of possession and have had more opportunities.Wests Tigers still in it but were looking tired in defence, particularly towards the end of the first half. Wests Tigers are being beaten up the middle so they have some work to do.48 min: HELD UP - Bulls.Fielden is held up over the line after running onto a pass from Harrison at dummy half. Bulls looking dangerous early on after Hape makes a break down the left flank, follows some classy offloads closer to the ruck.52 min: TRY - Bulls.Fielden not denied this time as he combines again with Harrison. The Wests Tigers defence opens up and Fielden crosses next to the uprights. Follows handling error fom Tigers who are struggling against the Bulls' solid defence.Conversion Iestyn Harris from in front is OK.Bulls 18-462 min: TRY - Bulls.Stanley Gene crashes over 10m in from touch after throwing the dummy. Bulls hammering the Tigers with an 80m gain in the last set.Conversion from Iestyn Harris is spot on.Bulls 24-472 min: TRY - Bulls.Marcus Bai scores out wide, getting it down before taking out the corner flag.Conversion from Iestyn Harris is a ripper.Bulls 30-476 min: TRY - Tigers.Brett Hodgson scores a consolation try for the visitors. Follows a kick on the last tackle.Hodgson converts his own try.Bulls 30-10FULL TIME: The Bradford Bulls have defeated Wests Tigers 30-10 in the 2006 World Club Challenge.- www.leagueunlimited.comLeagueUnlimited.com Players of the match:3 - S Fielden (Bulls)2 - I Harrison (Bulls)1 - S Gene (Bulls)Pic: Iestyn Harris and the 2006 WCC trophy.
THE New South Wales Blues have defeated the Queensland Maroons 9-8 following a golden point field goal from Shaun Timmins at Telstra Stadium tonight.
IT comes as no surprise the NSWRU today announced on the eve of the first Origin match that they (NSWRU) are announcing their intentions to sign Andrew Johns to the Waratahs.
MAY 29 will see the commencement of the new look Rugby League Ireland Conference.
1895 International has unveiled a series of pre-match packages for supporters at its base at The George Hotel prior to each of Huddersfield Giants? home Super League games.
TODAY'S the day a lot of NZ Warrior fans have been dreading. Ali Lauiti'iti will let the club know of his plans for his immediate future and judging by the news we are being bombarded with by the over zealous kiwi press, it looks as though there will be no turning back for Ali.
ST George Illawarra centre Mark Gasnier has been fined $50,000 by the Dragons Board at a meeting yesterday as a disciplinary measure for bringing the Club and the game of rugby league into disrepute last week.
THE Russian Bears ended their short tour to New Zealand by thumping Otago 40-10 at Tahuna Park in Dunedin yesterday.
It was a game with some crunching tackling which kept turnovers flowing and scoring to a minimum as both teams enjoyed sunny, warm conditions on ANZAC day.
THE Newtown Jim Beam Cup team's handling errors and pushed passes contributed to their 22-10 defeat against Wentworthville on Friday night. Scott Frater reports from Ringrose Park that there were a number of positives to come out of the game, such as the exceptional display by Newtown fullback Ben Cook, the good form of new signings Wade L'Estrange (ex-Parramatta) and Andrew Mortimer (ex-Bulldogs), as well as the aggressive defence shown by the Sydney Airport Jets forwards.
BRITISH halfback Sean Long brushed aside an off-field betting scandal to guide St Helens to a Challenge Cup final showdown with arch-rivals Wigan on Monday.
BRISBANE has turned in their strongest performance of the season, smashing reigning premiers the Penrith Panthers 32-14 in front of a massive crowd at Suncorp Stadium.
WEEK two of the Bartercard Cup can be best described as a week of upsets compared to last weeks results, with three teams providing big upsets.
A great Anzac weekend of footy sees Sharks captain Brett Kimmorley join Broncos skipper Darren Lockyer at the top Leagueunlimited leaderboard on 12 points.