Sea Eagles team named for Eels game

MANLY coach Des Hasler has named the same 18 which beat Canberra 38-16 last weekend for Sunday's semi final clash with minor premiers Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium.

Warriors appoint new CEO

CULLEN Sports chairman Maurice Kidd today announced Aucklander Wayne Scurrah had been appointed as the Vodafone Warriors? new CEO. Scurrah (45) has been North Harbour Stadium?s general manager since June 2001 but will cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge to take up his role with the National Rugby League (NRL) franchise at its Ericsson Stadium base in Penrose. Kidd said the Cullen Sports board was delighted it had been able to secure Scurrah?s services so soon after Mick Watson?s resignation was announced less than two weeks ago. ?Wayne fits our profile for the job perfectly,? said Kidd. ?Commercial priorities were vital in appointing our new CEO and we also wanted someone who has a proven track record in building relationships and developing a long-term culture within an environment like the Vodafone Warriors.? Majority shareholder Eric Watson added he was delighted the Vodafone Warriors had secured a person of Scurrah?s calibre and welcomed him to the organisation. Scurrah has a past history as a rugby league player and a more recent one of working alongside the Vodafone Warriors, the New Zealand Rugby League and the Bartercard Cup side the North Harbour Tigers. ?I?ve had an association with them on a commercial basis through ventures involving North Harbour Stadium,? he said. ?I?m excited about being offered the challenge to lead and manage an organisation like the Vodafone Warriors. ?The board?s vision is to make the Vodafone Warriors rugby league?s premier franchise on and off the field. While we have a lot of work to do to achieve that I?m confident we have the expertise right across the club and within the New Zealand league environment to become a force to be respected.? The NZRL also welcomed Scurrah?s appointment. ?We have worked very well with Wayne at North Harbour Stadium and look forward to working with him in a positive and productive manner in the future,? said NZRL chairman Selwyn Pearson. Scurrah has a long career in business management roles, previously spending eight years as Schwarzkopf New Zealand?s managing director in Auckland. He played rugby league in his earlier years at Point Chevalier, Mount Albert, Bay-Roskill and Ponsonby before finishing at a young age to concentrate on his working career. Kidd also announced today that Vodafone Warriors general manager Spiro Tsiros had been appointed acting CEO with immediate effect to help with the transitional period until Scurrah moves into his position.

Dragons Fired-Up for Home Final

THE St George Illawarra Dragons will be looking to make the most of their regular season ranking when they take on Cronulla in their home semi-final at WIN Stadium, Wollongong this Saturday night.

Bellamy names 18-man squad for 2nd Qualifying Final

MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named an 18-man squad for this weekend's 2nd Qualifying Final clash against the Brisbane Broncos. The Storm (13-11) takes on the Broncos (15-9) at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, September 10th at 6:30pm.

Cowboys squad named to play the Tigers

THE North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have announced the team to play this Friday night against the Wests Tigers at Telstra Stadium 8pm.

Johnathan Thurston - 2005 Dally M Winner

IN a stunning result, the Dally M Medallist for 2005 has been awarded to North Queensland Cowboys half Johnathan Thurston. With fierce competition from rival playmaker Andrew Johns, the vote went down to the final round with both players polling 3 points. Ben Kennedy for Manly came a deserved third place.

Inglis wins best and fairest award

MELBOURNE Storm star Greg Inglis, at the ripe old age of 18, has won the Courier-Mail Best and Fairest Award for 2005, collecting the Queensland Rugby League South-East Division trophy even though he only made 12 appearances in the Wizard Cup competition.

Broncos name team to face the Storm

BRISBANE Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has named his team to take on the Storm in this weeks semi final clash at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday evening. Coach Bennetts team is;

Finding a balance

ANZAC spirit is internationally renowned, but in sport it is often obliterated under a tsunami of nationalistic fervour. As a New Zealander I am confronted regularly by rabid anti-Australian sentiment, which despite its force tends to be good-natured. New Zealanders don?t hate Australians; we just like to compete with them, and to beat them. Cricket, soccer, basketball and league fans all revel in occasional victories over Australia, knowing that for one brief moment four million were able to beat twenty million, and big brother was humbled by little brother.

The Last Post

THE person who decided to put four steel posts into the ground on a field where athletes play full body contact sport with little protection apart from a mouthguard must have had a sadistic streak. Despite all the intrinsic dangers of a high impact sport it was deemed sensible and necessary to make the degree of difficulty even higher.

Southern Division name junior rep sides

SOUTHERN Division Under 13-14-16's squads to contest State Championships at Gold Coast Stadium Carrara 6-10 July 2004

Nigerian Rugby League Looking For Eligible Players

A team representing Nigeria will again participate in the MX9s on the 18th July. Charlie Oyebade the Nigerians player coach would like to hear from any Nigerians out there who would be interested in being considered for the squad.

Parfitt Fuels Clydesdales Comeback

AN incredible 26 point haul from Nick Parfitt helped the Clydesdales to a 46-26 victory over Norths at Bishop Park today.

Queensland Stateside RL- Review

STATE OF ORIGIN Result: Queensland 22 d New South Wales 18. Standings: Series tied at 1-all. Decider to be played in Sydney on July 7.

Robbo Reckons

ISN?T it good to finally get a few wins back on the board after four losses in a row? I thought I was going to have to hand out the words to the club song again it?s been that long since we?ve heard it. All three grades against Souths Logan at home was a good way to get the momentum rolling (hopefully). Next assignment Easts at Langlands Park in the lower grades and the Young Guns in Cairns for the top graders. Let?s just say the lower grades didn?t go the way we planned. Both coaches were bitterly disappointed with their chargers efforts. From all reports they went there with big talk but when it came time they couldn?t walk the walk and surrended without much of a fight which is not like us at all and not how their coaches played. As you know the old saying what goes on tour stays on tour but here are a few stories from up in Cairns. My spies tell me it was great game to watch it had everything good tries, punishing defence and a few stinks. Some people love to see flashy backs scoring long distance tries but I don?t mind seeing two blokes going one on one in a slugfest, usually nobody gets to hurt and as long as there is no cheap shots. I wish I was up there to see to see Jaiman Lowe and Danny Burke go at it. I?ve been asked by Grant Flugge not to let it be known he was toweled up in a fight by the little North Queensland half back Nathan Fein so I won?t. As many of you know the Redcliffe Leagues Club purchased the Kangaroos Leagues Club in Cairns and they had a bit of a shin dig up there Friday Night. And as usual our Red and White supporters made the trip but it seems the Cairns weather didn?t agree with some of them or was it the wine by all reports there was a few sore heads the next day. Another funny incident happened everybody was at the ground and in the sheds getting ready for the game when a player said where?s Yatesy (Peter Yates) I need a rub, nobody found him it turns out Peter laid down for a sleep and slept past the bus departure time but he made to the ground in time for warm up time. I don?t know what Pete was more upset at, the fact nobody noticed him missing on the bus or that he had he pay the cab fare to the ground. From time to time when the travels the players are asked for autographs but I believe a first happened in Cairns when CEO James Hinchey was spotted signing autographs, it must have been from the national TV coverage he?s been getting lately or maybe because of his crooked nose they thought he was a player as was so kindly pointed out to everyone on A Current Affair. I am dirty I didn?t go on this on trip it meant somebody had to do my normal job of checking the local drinking establishments for good spots for the team to go to on the Saturday night after the game. From what I hear it was a very extensive search they done. All in all one weekend doesn?t make a season so the lower grades can still bounce back and the top grade know they still have plenty of work to do to be a force in the competition. Let?s hope next home game July 4 vs Brothers-Valleys we get a big home crowd. Wynnum and Burleigh are now both ahead of us for crowds who get behind their sides and in tight spots both those sides lifted against us and got home by two points, so don?t think it doesn?t make a difference. And don?t forget if you want the best deals in new and used cars come out and see the friendly Keystar team. Cheers Robbo.

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