THE Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks have created the upset of the 2005 Central Queensland Extended League season so far defeating Rockhampton Brothers for the first time in four years 28-20 at Saleyards Park on Saturday, March 12.
THE strategic Rugby League alliance between the Newtown and Cronulla-Sutherland clubs zoomed away to a flying start at Toyota Park on Saturday evening. The Sydney Airport Jets impressed the big Toyota Park crowd of nearly 20,000 with a commanding 30-10 win over the Penrith-St.Marys Cougars in the opening round of the VB Premier League competition.
H. JERSEY FLEGG
ROUND 1 JERSEY FLEGG MATCH REPORT
The Souths Juniors Jersey Flegg team faced local rivals and defending Premiers of the Jersey Flegg Competition the Sydney Roosters in Round 1 of the Jersey Flegg Competition.
ST Albans Centurions continued their impressive build up to the National League 3 campaign with a comprehensive victory over the London Skolars reserve grade side, in a curtain raiser to the Challenge Cup tie with French giants Pia. The final score 34-16 in Centurions favour only partially tells the story of a tough game which had to end on 65mins with a Skolars player going down with what appeared to be a serious injury and both sides agreeing to call an end to the game.
THE Giants have signed 22-year-old Newcastle Falcons centre Stephen Jones on a full-time contract until the end of the season. Jones, who will join the Giants immediately, has played representative Rugby Union for England at U18 and U19 level and is currently part of the Scotland U21 squad. He is 5? 11? and 89kg and has been allocated squad number 26 in the Giants full time squad.
COACHES Gary Charlton and Martin Oglanby have named a 22-man squad for Cumbria?s opening game of the 2004/5 BARLA County Championship on Sunday.
SOUTH Sydney have announced that they will move their home games away from Aussie Stadium to Olympic Park at Homebush from 2006.
FRIDAY, 18th March 2005
ROOSTERS and New South Wales coach Ricky Stuart says he's fed up with NRL players using rugby union as a bargaining chip in contract negotiations purely to up the player's asking price.
SHARKIES prop Danny Nutley will contest a grade one dangerous throw charge at the NRL judiciary tonight in an effort to be cleared for Sunday afternoon's game against Manly at Brookvale Oval.
NEWCASTLE must be finding the going a little tough lately, and we've only had one round of footy. After being belted by Melbourne at the weekend, they've received the news that promising forward Riley Brown will require elbow surgery and could be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.
THE Canberra Raiders have named five new faces in the starting side for their NRL season-opener against the Newcastle Knights at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his team to play the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Hagen will be expecting a vastly improved Knights outfit after last weekends humiliation at the hands of the Storm.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named a strong squad to take on the Bulldogs at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Friday night.
Suffering from too many handling mistakes in last weekends opening round loss to the Broncos, the coaching staff will be emphasising ball security and skill during this weeks preparation for what promises to be an exciting encounter.