QUEENSLAND captain Darren Lockyer swears his side can bounce back in game three of the State of Origin series after losing to New South Wales 32-22 last night in Sydney.
THEY say a picture tells a thousand words. Why then am I so mad as to try and describe the passion held for State of Origin by the Queenslander in 750 words or less?
LOOK at Parramatta this year and what becomes surprisingly evident is the real sense of loyalty and mateship emerging from a team that is quietly moving up the ladder. Turn the pages back eighteen months ago and that definitely wasn?t the case. Players were unhappy, unhappy enough to leave and quit the NRL. Big changes were needed at the Eels and thankfully big changes have taken place.
EASTS TIGERS v IPSWICH JETS
Langlands Park, Saturday 2pm, June 18.
EX Kiwi international and current North Sydney Bears Rugby League Coach Gary Freeman, has called on all Bears fans past and present to "Get off their collective backsides" and get down to North Sydney Oval on Sunday 19th June for the Bears first home match in four weeks. "Whiz" wants a big game from his boys as they tackle one of his former clubs, Penrith. Gary's two years (1994, 1995) with the Panthers included 21 tries as well as The Player of the Year award in 1994. Whiz also captained the Kiwi side in 1995.
WIGAN Warriors are pleased to report an average attendance of 14.080 in 2005 after nine engage Super League games at the JJB Stadium.
IN Bulls Eye this week, coach Brian Noble looks ahead to Sunday's engage Super League Round 18 game at Odsal when the Vikings take on the Bulls looking for a Super League double.
ST Helens V London Broncos
HUDDERSFIELD Giants star centre James Evans has rejected the chance to resume his NRL career and remain at Huddersfield Giants by signing a new two-year deal at the Galpharm.
WHAT a week of footy it?s been! After last week?s round of uncertainty the premiership table is slowing taking shape amongst the mid-season grind. Brisbane are looking fantastic and have created a 4-point buffer to second position during what is traditionally their most difficult time. Last week was a men sorting the boys out exercise, with Manly getting smashed by Souths and Parra belting Newcastle. The Eels are now firming as contenders while the Cowboys took some stick from the Dragons, who look to be the roughie of the comp. And in a dramatic twist, Cronulla appear to be spiralling out of contention with three straight losses and another suspension to Stevens.
Cronulla Sharks 16 v Sydney Roosters 10
THE Newcastle Knights received a huge financial boost today announcing a Coal and Allied as their naming rights sponsor. The Hunter Valley mining company penned a deal to sponsor the Knights for the remainder of 2005 and 2006. Club officials claim the deal is the biggest in the Knights history, with sources suggesting the figure is close to $600,000 a season.
BRAITH Anasta will lead the Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs team out onto the Sydney Showground this Sunday against the Raiders as he celebrates his 100th first grade game.
THIS Saturday (18th June) 2SER FM?s ?A View from the Hill? will be taking calls from listeners on whatever you would like to talk about in Rugby League.
MARK McLinden will miss Friday night's clash at St Helens after suffering a knock to his knee last Sunday at Widnes.