NO, I'm not talking about Riddell booking himself in for some beauty treatment. I'm talking wet weather footy. I'm talking the most recognised image in rugby league. I'm talking the tough stuff it takes to make the hard yards.
WE?VE all got one. Buried somewhere deep inside our wardrobe behind the hyper colour t-shirt and other things you?d never be seen dead in anymore.
THE crowd was big and loud and the atmosphere terrific as North Sydney Oval once again hosted Rugby League on a Friday night. The game; Bears V Parramatta, a rematch from the first game of the season won by Norths 28-24, was highly anticipated by the crowd. With the late news of Michael Vella to make a comeback in the Eels side and 2 legendary half backs, Gary Freeman and Jason Taylor at the coaching reins everyone was ready for a huge game at Bear Park.
GUTSY Cronulla-Sutherland second rower Keith Galloway makes his return to the Rugby League playing arena this Saturday, having fully recovered from the after-effects of the outrage at Brookvale Oval back in mid-March.
WHILE things seem to be going swimmingly for some teams, others just go from bad to worse. After looking like they turned the corner against Manly, the Dragons went down to the Broncos in a must win situation. Similarly after weeks of frustration, Andrew Johns was enjoying proceedings, then one tackle and a broken jaw later and look what happens. And I thought I was having a hard time with an abysmal 22 from 42 picks this season!
THIS Saturday (23rd April) 2SER FM's 'A View from the Hill' will be taking calls from listeners on a range of topics in Rugby League.
CANBERRA Raiders coach Matt Elliott says he?s excited about bringing two of the club?s best young prospects into the side for Sunday?s match against the Melbourne Storm at Canberra Stadium.
VODAFONE Warriors CEO Mick Watson today announced long-serving halfback Stacey Jones will leave the club at the end of 2005 NRL season after seeking and being granted an early release from his contract.
The 28-year-old Jones said he was set to continue his playing career in the 2006 English Super League competition after signing a letter of intent to join French club UTC.
?There?s been a lot of speculation about my future lately,? he said.
?I couldn?t say anything about it before because discussions were still going on about my plans to join UTC next year.
?Now I?ve agreed to terms I asked the club to bring this announcement forward so I can get on with putting all my efforts into playing my best football for the Warriors.
?I love the Warriors and I always will. I?m a life member and I?m really proud of that after being here since the club started in 1995.
?Being a Warrior has always been really important to me but there comes a time when you know yourself that you need a change.?
Jones said he started the process of requesting a release several months ago.
?Right at the start of our off-season I sat down with Mick to talk about my plans,? he said.
?It had been on my mind for quite a while to look at finishing up in the NRL at the end of 2005 so I told Mick I would put everything I had into the off-season, play one more year and then I?d like to move on.
?I thought it was time for someone else to come in and there are plenty of players here who will step up.
?I told Mick I thought my time was up in the NRL and that I wanted to move on to another opportunity and a change of lifestyle.
?Asking for a release is always a special case and I really appreciate the help Mick has given me with this and with putting my deal together with UTC.?
Jones said the lifestyle factor was important in his decision.
?This is my 11th season in the NRL. It?s tough when you play in it for that long but there are other things I want to do now. I want to get away from the spotlight so I can just play football and try to have some normal time with my family. That?s why I?m looking forward to going to France.?
HUDDERSFIELD Giants unveiled plans for their game against St Helens at the Galpharm Stadium this Sunday, the 24th April (3:00pm).
HUDDERSFIELD Giants Head Coach Jon Sharp played down talk of a grudge match with St Helens at the Galpharm this weekend in his weekly press preview. His team were narrowly beaten by the Saints in the Powergen Challenge Cup three weeks ago in a game remembered as much for the off field controversy regarding referees as the on-field epic.
?Of course I realise that the fans of both teams will be fired up for this one given our last encounter and it?ll help create a cracking atmosphere. The Saints will travel in their thousands and we need the public of Huddersfield behind us in larger numbers than ever before if they are to out shout the Saints. Much was made before and after the Saints game in respect of the match-ups across the two teams and on that occasion St Helens pipped us to the post. I?m not going to get drawn into any revenge missions or grudge game type talk but will concentrate on getting my players in the best possible condition to play the game. They have got game breakers all over the field so if we are to bounce back from last weeks defeat we will need to be at the very top of our game. We were disappointing last week in terms of the standards we set ourselves so we?ve a great opportunity on our very own turf to return to form.?
THE Broncos diminished representation count for this week?s Anzac Test against New Zealand will provide Brisbane with a feather in their cap for Saturday night?s clash with Cronulla, the club?s care-taker coach Kevin Walters said today.
NEWCASTLE have received a boost ahead of this week's game against Canterbury with news that former NSW Super 12 winger Milton Thaiday has joined the last placed outfit for the rest of the season.
SATURDAY, 23rd April 2005