THE last 24 hours have been hell...
STATE of Origin football has provided so many wonderful contests, moments and memories over its first 25 years and with the recent decision to include the Gold Coast as the NRL?s 16th team, it?s likely that trend will continue as more youngsters eligible for Queensland make their way into the NRL.
THE Newcastle Knights hosted the Sharks in their round 14 Jersey Flegg encounter. The Sharks started as favourites as they were running 3rd, 2 points off the competition lead. The Knights stayed in 6th position even after their shock (and at times controversial) last round loss to the Magpies.
Results: Tweed Heads 34 d Toowoomba 22, Norths 40 d Ipswich 14, North Queensland 22 d Easts 16, Burleigh 56 d Redcliffe 6, Wynnum 52 d Souths Logan 22. Tweed Heads bye.
POOR goal kicking nearly cost the Parramatta Eels in their round 14 match against Newcastle.
ROUND 14 saw some upsets with teams taking advantage of their opposition missing rep players. There were also a few gritty contests with the mettle of a few clubs being tested in their star?s absence. As you?d expect with the results that took place, the Tigers, Bunnies and Eels dominate the Round 14 League Unlimited Team of the Week. There?s plenty of points in this outfit and they?d be unbackable at the TAB is they were running around last week.
WHEN Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs winger Hazem El Masri runs out on to the Sydney Showground this Sunday against the Raiders he will need just four points to join Daryl Halligan as the most prolific point scorer in Bulldogs history. Five points will see him hold top spot on his own.
SOUTH London Storm 52 ? 14 West London Sharks
BRADFORD Bulls, in partnership with the police charity Child Victims of Crime and Yorkshire Martyrs Sports College at Tong, are to host their annual Bulltag festival on Tuesday June 14th. This year there are 53 primary schools from across the Bradford district all aiming to compete to be the best rugby playing school at Year 6 level in Bradford.
WARRINGTON Wolves' Halliwell Jones stadium is bracing itself for a Scandinavian invasion on Thursday (16 June 2005) when it hosts the second semi final of WOMEN'S EURO 2005, with Wolves' fans set to ditch their normal allegiances and get behind the Vikings.
BRITISH Amateur Rugby League Association
33rd Annual General Meeting
ROOSTERS coach Ricky Stuart has named an unchanged line-up to take on a desperate Sharks outfit on Friday night at Toyota Park. But despite Brett Kimmorley?s mid-season form slump, three consecutive defeats and the suspension of enforcer Jason Stevens today, Roosters hitman Adrian Morley says the Roosters ? with five players backing up from Origin II ? can?t afford to take the men from the Shire lightly.
COACH Nathan Brown has named a new halves combination in Ben Hornby and Michael Ennis for Sunday?s traditional clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground against the Rabbitohs.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named a strong side to take on the Warriors at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand, on Saturday afternoon.
This will be PJ.Marsh's first game against his old club and he will be given a warm welcome back.
Coach Smiths team is;
MICHAEL Vella and Daniel Wagon have agreed to terms with Parramatta for another two years.