PENRITH manager Mick Leary says Luke Priddis should be a "walk-up start" for the hooker role if Blues skipper Danny Buderus is ruled out of next month's Origin decider in Brisbane.
SBS TV?s Fat Pizza personality Pauly Fenech as MC, Former rugby league legend Mark Geyer, Iron woman Candice Falzon, Wallaby International Matt Henjak, Multi award winning performer Adam Scicluna-accompanied by Simone Wasley and IBF Pan Pacific Light Middleweight Champion Shannon Taylor were all amongst those on hand at the recent Inaugural 2005 Miss Malta Knight Pageant, the major fundraiser for the Maltese Rugby League Association.
THE unbeaten Bridgend Blue Bulls take on a Cardiff Demons side this Saturday still shell-shocked after their surprise defeat to Swansea Valley Miners last weekend, but the Demons should be back to full strength with the likes of Gareth Jones returning from International duty.
GRANT Flugge would rate as one of the quiet achievers with the Pepsi Dolphins. Now in his thirteenth season with the Dolphins since joining from the neighboring Pine Rivers club, Flugge has worked his way up through the ranks to establish himself as a Queensland Wizard Cup regular and this weekend against the Souths-Logan Magpies at Davies Park will clock up his one hundredth appearance in the top grade.
Flugge was also a member of the Clubs well respected Development Squad in 1995 and 1996. While he doesn?t have the profile or reached the heights of some of squad team mates Dane Carlaw, Craig Frawley and Aaron Moule, Flugge continues to give his all each and every time he runs out with the Dolphin on his chest and he?s a player his team-mates love to play with.
The 26 year old made his senior grade debut for the club in the Steve Day coached 1996 Colts side which made it through to the grand final only to lose to the South Queensland Crushers side that contained his current Dolphins team-mate Phil Shilvock.
His second year of Colts in 1997 was very rewarding, the side that included future Dolphins first graders Michael Roberts, JP Cherry, Jamie Tomlinson and Luke Bishop and was coached by current Queensland Cup coach Anthony Griffin went all the way winning the grand final.
The next year Flugge made the step up to reserve grade initially starting on the bench in the first few games before coach Robbie Clark put him in the run-on side at lock a position which he held for three quarters of the season and won the A grade best forward award that year.
The following year in 1999 under Neil Wharton?s coaching, Flugge picked up his second premiership in three years when the A grade side defeated Norths in the grand final. ?We won the grand final against Norths after they had beaten us in semis,? he said. ?It was a great moment.?
Wharton?s elevation to the top job coincided with Flugge?s promotion to the Queensland Cup side. ?I played a fair bit of first grade in 2000 after starting the season in the Reggies,? Flugge recalls. ?I got my chance at the end of the 2000 season when Shane Sanderson hurt his ankle,? he said. ?I was dropped for the major semi-final then I played in the last games, including the grand final.
In 2001 Flugge found it hard to consolidate his spot in the Queensland Cup side playing eleven games in top grade before making the spot his own the following year. And it should be noted he has only played two second grade games in the last three seasons which included two Queensland Cup premierships.
Grant Flugge?s Achievements
Colts Runners up 1996, Premiers 1997
A Grade Best Forward 1998
A Grade Premiership 1999
Brisbane A Grade Representative 1999
Queensland Cup Debut 1999
Queensland Cup Premierships 2000, 2002, 2003
Redcliffe Dolphins A Grade Best and Fairest 2000
Redcliffe Dolphins Qld Cup Best and Fairest 2003
THE Colts went down 30-28 to competition leaders Burleigh at Dolphin Oval and can consider themselves unlucky after a questionable tackle dislodged the ball from Brad Massey in the final minute of play and Burleigh scored a try in the ensuing set of six.
Matt Gillett crossed for 3 tries in an eye catching performance and was awarded the Leading Edge Man of the Match voucher.
SOUTHS Logan may be without strike weapon Bob Blair after the three-quarter was given a grade one striking charge from last week?s match against Wynnum.
THIS weekend sees the midway point in the NZRL Bartercard Cup Competition and a quick glance at the table shows at least a Top 4 taking shape.
THE adrenalin will be pumping tomorrow night when the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions run on to Waikato Stadium to play the curtainraiser for the main game between the New Zealand Warriors and the Parramatta Eels.
8:00pm: Magpies v Tigers @ Campbelltown Stadium
11th placed Magpies are at home to 8th placed Tigers. Both sides have lost their last two games and both recorded wins against modest opposition before that. The Magpies deserve to start favourites as the home side.
WARRINGTON Wolves have signed North Queensland Cowboys Captain and Kiwi international prop Paul Rauhihi, 31 on a two year deal. Paul will arrive at The Halliwell Jones Stadium pre-season Super League XI.
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.
PARRAMATTA EELS 28 v NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 18
The Parramatta Eels have run out 28-18 winners over the New Zealand Warriors at Waikato Stadium tonight.
MELBOURNE STORM 14 v PENRITH PANTHERS 28