WITH all due respect to the supporters of St.George-Illawarra, North Queensland and Brisbane, there is only one Grand Final match up that will generate the kind of buzz we saw and haven?t since Newcastle played Manly in the 1997 ARL decider.
THE Sydney Airport Jets stayed alive in the 2005 VB Premier League finals series when they defeated St.George-Illawarra 31-22, in the elimination semi-final played at Aussie Stadium on Saturday evening.
BUSTLING Melbourne Storm three-quarter Matt King and four Broncos in captain Darren Lockyer, prop Petero Civoniceva, and backs Brent Tate and Justin Hodges have been added to the Australian train-on squad for the upcoming rugby league Tri Series.
FAREWELL match for Endacott
LEIGH waved goodbye to Super League as they completed the season in familiar style - with a 14-20 defeat to Salford.
RESURGENT Warrington claimed their first win at the KC Stadium to earn a home tie in next week?s engage Super League play-offs with a 30-16 win over Hull.
LEEDS Rhinos? departing stars bade farewell to Headingley on a high as the reigning champions ended the regular season with a welcome victory against Wakefield by 34-26.
ST Helens coach Daniel Anderson insists his table-topping side still have the firepower to shoot down their rivals for the engage Super League crown despite the cruel loss of both their leading tryscorer and goalkicking captain.
FOLLOWING on from yesterday?s bumper crowd at Aussie Stadium, Saturday night?s Grand Final Qualifier between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers is officially sold out.
THEY have scored 50 points in their first finals appearance, have made more line breaks than any other NRL side and are dazzling their opponents with their exciting style of attacking play.
ACTOR Russell Crowe is in negotiations to buy Australian rugby league team South Sydney Rabbitohs, according to the club.
Chairman Nick Pappas told the League Correspondent that Crowe and businessman Peter Holme were in talks to buy part or all of the club.
FINALS Week Two, 17-18 September 2005
The NRL season has come down to four teams with the Broncos and the Storm bowing out over the weekend.
STEVE Simpson took out the 2005 First Grade Player of the Year at the Newcastle Knights 2005 Telstra Country Wide Presentation night held at the Civic Theatre.
Finals Week Two
Wests Tigers 34 def. Brisbane Broncos 6
CENTRE Justin Hodges, battling his way back from knee surgery, was carried off the Broncos training paddock by teammates on Saturday.