SOUTHS LOGAN v REDCLIFFEBrandon Park, Saturday May 13, 3.00pm.Referee: Justin DavisTHE STORY: Souths Logan has been left bruised and battered by last week?s 24-all draw with Burleigh. The Magpies have lost ace hooker Cameron Joyce (ankle), while Derek Fletcher and Matt Templeman will undergo fitness tests. Redcliffe is still without dangerous custodian Ryan Cullen.THE STAT:Redcliffe?s lowest score against Souths Logan in its last five games has been 42 points. In comparison the Magpies highest score against the Dolphins over the same period is 16 points.THE STAR: Kaine Manihera makes his Wizard Cup debut on the wing for Redcliffe. The strapping Kiwi was brought to Dolphin Oval at the behest of the Brisbane Broncos, but found himself in a logjam of talent as Redcliffe won its first six games.CHANGES: SOUTHS LOGAN ? In: Damian Willis. Out: Cameron Joyce.REDCLIFFE ? In: Kaine Manihera, Damian Jentz. Out: Darren Glase, Mark Christensen.CHARGES: SOUTHS LOGAN ? Matt Templeman (Grade 1 Dangerous Throw, Early Plea, 0wks + 93pts).Souths Logan Magpies 1. Quentin LAULU-TOGAGAE 2. Tyrone COPPEDGE 3. Michael ANSCHAU 4. Justin HOGGART 5. Derek FLETCHER 6. Brandon COSTIN 7. Josh ESSEX13. Tim CANNARD12. Matt TEMPLEMAN11. Angus MARTIN10. Josh GRIFFITH 9. Chad TRUDGETT 8. Stanley FAUInterchange: 14. Geno COSTIN15. Chris McGURK16. Adrian MALONEY17. Damian WILLISCoach: Mark GLIDDON Redcliffe Dolphins 1. Alwyn SIMPSON 2. Kaine MANIHERA 3. Greg BOURKE 4. Nick EMMETT 5. Rory BROMLEY 6. Chris FOX 7. Marty TURNER13. Gerard PARLE12. Danny BURKE11. Grant FLUGGE10. Pat GARDNER 9. Michael ROBERTS 8. Troy LINDSAY (c)Interchange: 14. Mark SHIPWAY15. Damian JENTZ16. Adam STARR17. Shannon FISHCoach: Anthony GRIFFIN
FIVE Redcliffe Dolphins have named in the South East Division A Grade side winger Kaine Manihera, centre Pat McGill, hooker Scott Gillis, second rower Richie Russell and prop Dominic Fallini. "It's a testament to all the hard work theses guys have done up to this point. it's a good reward" Dolphins CEO James Hinchey said today. "It's great, all these guys are pressing hard for Queensland Cup spots, it's one of the reason the top side is going well is because of the pressure coming from these guys below" Head Coach Anthony Griffin said. The Dolphins also had one player Brent Warr selected in the South East Division under 14 squad as well as eight in the Brisbane under 18 side. Rhys Cooke, Soloman Fonoti, Jeremy Fuller, Liufau Hala, Adam Marr, Jack Reed, Andrew Rickert, Tamo Tikinau and Jack Webb. Colts coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said " It's great for these guys to be recognised for all the good work they have been doing I expect some of these guys to make the step up to Colts by the end of the year".The Dolphins Colts side will be missing three players to the South East under 17 side this week for the clash against Souths who are also heavily effected with under 17 and 19 state trials on this weekend. David Hala, Joel Romelo, Asher Elemani and under 17 player Matt Lennon are the Dolphins selected and the side is coached by the Dolphins Queensland Cup assistant coach Paul White. We wish all the boys the best of luck.
A mixed bag for the Dolphins last weekend at Dolphin Oval with the Colts finishing with a draw, the A grade a solid win while the Wizard Cup side?s winning run was ended by the Clydesdales.
MELBOURNE CEO Brian Waldron has no regrets about his costly outbursts and will schedule a meeting with Channel Nine boss Eddie McGuire in a bid to gain more coverage for his publicity-starved NRL club.The Storm was yesterday fined $15,000 for series of broadsides at the NRL from Waldron, coach Craig Bellamy and forward Michael Crocker over the lengthy suspension handed to the former Test forward.But an unrepentant Waldron denied the spray was a publicity stunt and again took aim at administrators for not doing enough to promote the game in Victoria.
NEWCASTLE captain Andrew Johns has formally requested to step down from representative football in a letter penned to the Australian Rugby League.Johns played his farewell Test in Australia's 50-12 victory against New Zealand last Friday, but needed to put in an official written request in order to stand down from representative duty. In a letter to ARL chief executive Geoff Carr, the 31-year-old says his body is no longer up to the rigours of playing for NSW and Australia.Meanwhile, Country lock Craig Fitzgibbon is desperate to force his way into a NSW Origin jumper with a barnstorming performance against City after revealing this could be his last year of representative football.Fitzgibbon, who is likely to play in the traditional clash on Friday night despite battling an ankle injury, said 2006 could be his last chance to wear the sky blue jersey. The veteran of 15 Tests and eight Origin matches says he'll review whether to continue his representative career at the end of the season.
A New Zealand-Great Britain rugby league match to be played in England in June has been stripped of Test status.The New Zealand Rugby League has downgraded the game after facing what it describes as an "uphill battle" to pick its top players from the NRL. British coach Brian Noble is still expected to field his strongest side for the match, to be played at St Helens on June 27.The nucleus of the New Zealand side will be drawn from British Super League clubs with halfback Stacey Jones expected to return from a broken arm. Parramatta five-eighth Jeremy Smith is one player from the southern hemisphere confirmed to play.
IN the NRL every week there are things that go unnoticed by the mainstream media. Perhaps it is because there are politics involved or perhaps they are simply bad judges. Here are three things that are happening in the NRL right now which have either been glossed over or simply missed or for no apparent reason.
WE?VE got a great mix for this week with plenty of deserving candidates grabbing jerseys. There?s pace, stamina, explosiveness, skill and a few sensible types just for good measure. As always our side is picked on form, so take a butcher?s at the Round 9 League Unlimited Team of the Week.
FOLLOWING a meeting of the RFL Disciplinary Committee in Leeds it was confirmed that Jamie Rooney of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats had been found guilty of striking in the engage Super League fixture against Salford City Reds last Friday.
BRIAN Noble insists he would like to coach England in the 2008 World Cup in Australia.
BRADFORD Bulls Captain, Iestyn Harris, has announced his retirement from International Rugby League with Great Britain.
DRAGONS Supporters,Rather than dwell on the past, let's look to the future...BIG Charlie Leano! 2 tries on debut for this future superstar for the Dragons were one of the only highlights in last weeks performance. Let's hope things turn around this week.Our screening this week will be back at the Grosvenor Hotel. Details as follows:WHERE: Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Rd East St KildaWHEN: Saturday 13th May, 5:30pmWHAT: Dragons v WarriorsGO THE DRAGONS!!
DRAGONS media release: 10 May 2006
Following media speculation over the weekend, The St George Illawarra Dragons wish to advise there has not been any decision on the Round 24 Dragons home game against the Tigers being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
LAST Sunday's edition of The Sunday Telegraph has reported that the round 24 St.George-Illawarra home game at OKI Jubilee Stadium against the Tigers has been moved to the SCG.
ANTHONY Griffin returns to Dolphin Oval older and wiser after five years developing his coaching skills in the National Rugby League hothouse.
A former junior development officer with the Dolphins, Griffin coached the Redcliffe Colts in 1997 before leaving to join the Melbourne Storm umbrella.
With the departure of triple premiership coach Neil Wharton in the off-season, Griffin threw his hat in the ring for the top job at Redcliffe.
"When I heard Neil had resigned, I got in contact with the club and it went from there," Griffin said.
"I knew other guys were putting in for the job, but I fronted for the interview and it went from there.
"It was good to get the job as it's just like coming home. It is that really because Dolphin Oval is where my senior coaching career started. It's great to be back."
In the 2005 Queensland Cup season, Griffin faces the tough task of blending new faces with the core of past campaigners.
Gone are Brian Jellick, Andrew Wynyard, Ben Jones, Trent Leis and Gavin Cooper while the recruiting net has been far and wide to join up and coming youngsters from Colts and A grade.
Griffin also has brought three players from Souths Logan, his previous assignment, in hooker Daniel Irvine, centre Nick Emmett and rookie prop Matt Morice.
Irvine turned out in 30 NRL matches for Parramatta while Emmett, a former Dolphins Colt, also played for the Sydney club.
Griffin said Redcliffe football manager James Hinchey had looked after most of the club's recruiting with the end of the 2004 season.
"We started back training on November 1 and we're looking good," Griffin said. "We are still looking for some outside backs. We have some quality in that spot but not the depth."
Griffin joined the Storm in 1998 with three years at its Brisbane offshoot Norths before going to Melbourne in 2001 as head coach Chris Anderson's assistant.
Anderson left the Storm halfway through the season to be replaced by former Dolphins and Sydney City coach Mark Murray.
Griffin finished his commitments down south at the end of 2002 before joining Souths Logan.
He said many faces were familiar at Dolphin Oval with Hinchey a player during previous stint at the club while Michael Roberts, Grant Flugge and Nathan Herbener members of his Colts squad.
Herbener returned to his hometown of Roma after receiving two sternum fractures at Redcliffe, but has made the most of his time away with selection in the Queensland Rangers side over the past two seasons.
Griffin now runs his own insurance and financial planning business, which although keeping him busy, allows him time for his football commitments.
A resident at The Gap, he also has a family now with two daughters and a son.
"We will be training three days a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday - as well as the players being required to do a weights session on Thursdays," he said.
Griffin believes the Queensland Cup has become stronger over recent seasons.
"The competition has gone ahead in leaps and bounds over the past four to five years," he said.
"I think it's because of the professionalism of the clubs and the quality of their players, as well as players who have come back from the NRL.
"The NSW Premier League might be quicker and the skills better, but it is not played in the same spirit as the intensity is not as high."