THE St George Illawarra Dragons Jersey Flegg side has earned themselves the week off in the semi finals after trouncing the Balmain Tigers 44-4 at a greasy WIN Stadium tonight.
SIMPLE errors have cost Mangere East another shot at the Fox Memorial Championship.
The 2004 beaten finalists lost to Manurewa 16-14 in the semi-final at Ericsson Stadium yesterday.
A last minute try by centre Matthew Pert has given Howick a well deserved win in the Sharman Cup final, 20-16, over Bay Roskill.
WHILE we are disappointed at the decision by the NRL to ignore the benefits of a team on the Central Coast, it does provide some clarity for the immediate future of the Bears. Our energy can now be entirety focused towards the development and continued growth of Rugby League on the North Shore. The level of support for the game within our boundaries is still very strong, and being able to offer a direct pathway to the NRL for our aspiring players is very important. Our relationship with Melbourne Storm this season has provided an avenue to the top, as well as adding some welcome punch to our team in the NSWRL Premier League competition. The boys are more than competing in this arena, knocking off high flying clubs such as Parramatta Eels, St George Illawarra, Penrith Panthers and Canberra Raiders, to list just a few of their victories. The addition of Melbourne players such as Alex Chan and Jamie Feeney, coupled with the brilliance of rising stars Chris Tuatara and Lester Salanoa, has moulded this side into a force to be reckoned with.
SATURDAY, 17 September 2005
MELBOURNE STORM v NTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Kick off: 7:45pm. Aussie Stadium.
Referee: Paul Simpkins.
BRADFORD staged a tremendous late fightback to give Great Britain international Adrian Morley a winning start to his brief Bulls career with a 52-34 victory over Huddersfield.
AFTER suffering a painful cup final hangover at Bradford last week, Hull finally got their engage Super League campaign back on track with a hard-fought win over Wakefield at the Atlantic Solutions Stadium by 32-30.
WIDNES Vikings managed to save some face with a convincing engage Super League victory over relegated rivals Leigh Centurions by 36-20.
AS the second-highest ranking winners from the weekend's semi-finals, the mighty Saints have been afforded a weeks break before we play the Preliminary Semi at the SFS on Saturday 24th September.
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named a 20-man squad for this weekend's 1ST semi-final clash against the North Queensland Cowboys. The Storm take on the Cowboys at Aussie Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, September 17th at 7:45pm.
EXPERIENCED Wests Tigers fullback Brett Hodgson has extended his contract for another two years until the end of the 2008 NRL season.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his team to take on the Storm in a do or die clash at Aussie Stadium on Saturday evening.
Coach Murrays team is;
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Wests Tigers v Broncos Game at Aussie Stadium, kick off at 4.00pm on Sunday afternoon.
BRONCOS centre Justin Hodges was today considered a long shot to return from a knee problem in Sunday?s elimination semi-final against the Wests Tigers at Aussie Stadium.
BRONCOS centre Justin Hodges took big steps towards a return to the playing field at the weekend when he ran strongly and without discomfort at training at Red Hill.