NORTH Sydney General Manager Greg Florimo has stressed both commitment and discipline in his opening address to the troops at the Bears' first official function at the Norths Leagues Club on Friday night.?While we were turned down for the opportunity to play in the NRL we have not given up hope. We will concentrate on winning in Jersey Flegg and Premier League, to put ourselves in the best possible position if a chance of an NRL franchise comes along. So we are here to win not lose. While we do not have an NRL team we do have a feeder arrangement with the Storm and a number of our players trained with them this year.?Greg also talked about the commitment required. ?You?ll play 24 of the hardest games you?ve ever played ? don?t die wondering! Congratulations on getting to this stage and hopefully you?ve got the right stuff we are looking for.?Photo: Greg Florimo drills the new recruits in the Auditorium of Norths Leagues Club on Friday night.
AFTER nine seasons away in the NRL and English Superleague competitions Mark Shipway returns to where his senior career began in the Queensland Cup with the Redcliffe Dolphins.Shipway a centre in the 1996 Dolphins side that made the inaugural Queensland Cup grand final returns as a hard hitting second rower adding to the already powerful Dolphins pack.Also joining the Dolphins for season 2006 are Rorey Bromley a speedy outside back who was a member of the Young Guns premiership winning side this year, Casey Bromilow a five-eighth from the Hills Districts club who has tasted Queensland Cup action with Brothers-Valleys.The Dolphins have also been securing the talent they already have on the books with Mark Christensen, Terry Jones, Daniel Jones, this seasons forward of the year Nick Walker, Brad Massey a solid preformer for the colts this year, and Bunny Pearce trophy winner Mitchell Simpson agreeing to terms.Tha Dolphins have also signed a group of talented youngsters Australian junior representative Dane Hogan, this seasons Colts forward of the year Foisa Peni, Dion Porteous, Matt Lennon and from the Norths premiership winning colts side Tim Benson. The older Dolphin fans will remember Tim's father Trevor a legend of the club who played 237 first grade for the Dolphins between 1980 and 1992.Also with Ian Graham and his family moving to Tweed Heads the club is pleased to announce that Grant Cleal will take on the A Grade coaching role. Another former Dolphin Andrew Wynyard will be assisting Craig Ingebrigtsen with colts.CEO James Hinchey said "We are still on the look out for a few players in certain positions, but we are pretty happy where we are at". "Both the players and coaches know there is a lot of hard work to be done, the comp is getting stronger each year and we want to be right up there come September" he said.Player MovementsSenior SigningsRichie Russell (Port Macquarie), Darren Glase (Souths Logan), Pat Gardner (Norths), Rorey Bromley (North Queensland), Casey Bromilow (Hills Districts), Mark Shipway (Salford)Re-signed Shane Perry, Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr, Greg Bourke, Michael Roberts, Grant Flugge, Danny Burke, Duane O?Grady, Shannon Fish, Ryan Cullen, Luke Tonion, Chris Giumelli, Nick Emmett, Lucas Deardon, Matt Gruszka, Matt Mapes, Mick Pares, Iermia Filipo, Gerard Parle, Damien Jentz, Clint Frazer, Daniel Green, Chris Jelich, Dominic Fallini, Mitchell Simpson, Mark Christensen, Terry Jones, Daniel Jones, Nick Walker, Brad Massey.Colts SigningsDion Porteous, Matt Lennon, Andrew Rickert, Clement Nanai, Jordon Brown, Tim Yee, Asher Elamani, Foisa Peni, Matt Handcock, Anthony Tonkin, Dane Hogan, Jon Broad, Tim Benson, David Hala, Sam Schull, Adam Marr, Chris Johnson, Stuart May, Joel Romelo. LossesLiam Georgetown, Wayne Bond (Both penrith)
EAST Hull 0 Wakefield Panthers 22
Castleford Panthers 16 Bradford Thunderbirds 26
Keighley Cats P Hillside Hawks P Waterlogged
Warrington P Shaw Cross Sharks P Waterlogged
York Acorn 50 Sheffield Hawks 0
Copeland 50 Pendle 0
FORMER Dragons and representative prop forward John Wittenberg has died, aged 67, after suffering a heart attack while working on his Wauchope property last week.
FORMER head coach Grant Bell has been appointed assistant coach of the North Queensland Cowboys.
JAMIE Lyon has expressed his desire to return to Parramatta. Lyon caused a sensation by walking out on the Eels after the first match of the 2004 season, citing a dislike for city life amid rumours he had fallen out with coach Brian Smith.
KANGAROOS captain Darren Lockyer and forward Nathan Hindmarsh have both been ruled out of the rest of the Tri Nations rugby league series with injury.
ALTHOUGH Petero Civoniceva carved out some hard yards in Sunday's 20-6 Tri Nations series win over Great Britain he's keen to keep playing to be more match-toughened for the Tri Nations final on November 26 in Leeds.
GREAT Britain coach Brian Noble put on a brave face after Australia almost certainly shattered his side?s Gillette Tri-Nations hopes on Saturday night.
AUSTRALIAN centre Matt Cooper revealed it was defence that won the day for the Kangaroos as they put a huge dent in Great Britain's hopes of Tri-Nations glory.
SYDNEY Roosters utility Craig Wing has been called up for the Kangaroos squad after captain Darren Lockyer and Nathan Hindmarsh were ruled out of the Tri Nations tour in a double injury blow.
THE Kiwis are bereft of accommodation for the final week of the Tri-Nations rugby league contest or suitable flights home after the British tournament organisers had assumed they would not qualify for the final.
LANCE Hohaia showed he can plug the gap caused by the departure of Stacey Jones as he helped New Zealand save face against a battling young England side at Warrington with a 30-22 win.
A new name, a revamped home ground and an enhanced playing list will ensure Brothers Valleys enter the 2005 Queensland Cup season in a strong position to be competitive.