THE Sydney Airport Jets Premier League squad travelled home from Gosford on Saturday night collectively wondering: "How on earth didn't we come away with the competition points tonight?" In a match that had several similarities to the narrow defeat against South Sydney at Henson Park three weeks ago, Newtown dominated the majority of the game, only to have victory snatched away just three minutes from full-time. Newtown had led 10-0 at half-time and 16-6 midway through the second half, but once again proved incapable of defending their lead at the business end of the match, losing out to the Rabbitohs by 18-16.
THE Magpie fledglings have taken flight in the last few months and have now not lost a game since round three.
Last weekend, Chris Phelan?s Colts provided yet another thrilling win, annihilating Runaway Bay 56-18 at Magpie Headquarters at Davies Park.
In the 2004 season, the Magpie Colts have only lost two games and have drawn another two, taking their total number of victories to five, putting them equal fourth on the ladder with 12 points.
The team is showing continual improvement under the guidance of Coach Chris Phelan.
This season, five Colts have played up in the Queensland Cup premier team.
The Colts were last weekend led enthusiastically from the half back combination of Ashley ?The Rooster? Millwood and Mehau Phillip.
Captain Darcey Sumner, who crossed the try line twice on Sunday, displayed good leadership qualities from full back and was soundly supported by forwards Jeremy Toohey, Michael Costa, Justin Loewe and back rowers Elron Yasso and John Oliver.
Centre Luke Major scored two tries and found himself the team?s goal kicker with five successful conversions.
Dave Gorman followed on from Friday?s winning relay performance to score a winger?s try under the posts.
Hooker Callam Belsham was replaced injured by Mitchell Tanzer who had his first game in 12 months.
In the A-Grade division, the Magpies secured their 54-4 win over Runaway Bay at half time on Sunday.
The visiting team was down on numbers and was no match for the superior Magpies who wrapped up the game before half time, leading game officials to call of the match with a half yet to be played.
Rick Dodd, playing in the centres, scored three tries which will boost the confidence of the dual registered Canberra Raiders player.
Aaron McMahon?s game was complemented by terrific goal kicking and he booted five to take his personal season total to 14.
The bench players proved their worth with Matt Templeton, Grant Newman and Matt Bell all scoring tries in the first and only half of the game.
The Queensland Cup team last weekend looked promising after coming back from an early 18-point deficit to be equal Young Guns at half time, and give Magpie fans some hope the team might finish what they started last week.
However, it was not to be and the score line blew out to an irrecoverable 64-18.
The Club?s future is brightened this week by the return from injury of senior players Alwyn Simpson, Nick Emmett and Daniel Irvine ahead of this weekend?s clash with Tweed Heads.
ROUND 10 of the NRL produced some significant upsets, but from a bookmaking point of view it was very hard to make any money, as most of the winners were popular with punters. We did our best to lay the favourites on Friday night, but struggled to find any decent money for the Broncos at the -6.5 line. Everyone wanted to be on the Bulldogs against a depleted Dragons outfit, so that game was a good one for punters. The Roosters were well supported to knock over the Sharks easily, and they duly saluted. Souths and North Queensland played out the first extra time draw in NRL history, and the many punters that took the Cowboys to cover the 7.5 point line were left smarting a little.
On Sunday, everyone wanted to predict that the Warriors were going to turn everything around and mysteriously re-find good form. We took a big stand against the Warriors and for the second week in a row, Manly were our best
friends. Both Canberra and Parramatta were totally unlayable against Wests Tigers and
Melbourne, respectively, and no matter how far we pushed the original favourites out, there was little more than a zak for them. The Storm ended up running two point favourites after opening the week two point outsiders, and the Tigers ran $1.85 favourites on Sunday after opening at $2.10.
The large punters all flocked to the Warriors with one bet of $30,000 for them -8.5 points, and two bets of $20,000 each for them at $1.38 to win the game. The Bulldogs attracted a $30,000 wager at $1.93 minus 4.5 start,
and also a $25,000 at $1.90 giving the same start. The Roosters had strong support with one bet of $20,000 on them to cover the 8.5 line.
Our most successful punter for the past weekend was easily a regular of ours who loves to play on our Halftime/Fulltime Doubles markets. This week he punted on the Any Other Result option in both the Brisbane/Newcastle, and the Souths/North Queensland games. This option requires the scores to be level at either halftime or fulltime, and while he was very unlucky that the Friday night game was not level at halftime, it was at fulltime and along with the Draw in Gosford, he had gotten two bets of $2,000 at $10.00 up in two days. He then changed his tack and took the Warriors to be leading at halftime into Manly to run over the top of them. This also got up for our lucky client and another $18,000 collect was his.
These Halftime/Fulltime markets are quite popular, and while it may be more difficult to find a winner, the returns for picking a couple of winners can be very lucrative, as our successful punter can attest to just that after his weekend to remember.
Good Luck everyone.
RUGBY LEAGUE Results & Dividends: NRL Rd 10
Cronulla 18, Roosters 38
To Win: Roosters $1.38
Line: -8.5 Roosters $1.90
Start: Pick Your Own Start Available
Margin: 13+ Roosters $2.35
Half Time/Full Time Double: Roosters/Roosters $1.80
First Scoring Play: Sharks Try $2.08
First Try Scorer: Nigel Vagana $14.00
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named a strong squad to take on the North Queensland Cowboys despite losing some of his regular first graders to origin.
Played up at Townsville this Saturday night the Panthers will face a charged up Cowboys outfit looking to make it 3 games without a loss.
Coach Lang has made some interesting positional changes, slotting his star centre Ryan Girdler into the 5/8th position and Amos Roberts at fullback.
Saturdays game will also see 2 Puletuas on the feild with Tony named in the run on and Frank making the bench.
Coach Langs team is;
MELBOURNE?S Steve Turner and Nathan Friend will get their chance to impress coach Craig Bellamy this week after both players were called into the Storm side to cover the loss of Queensland State of Origin stars Billy Slater and Cameron Smith.
THE Fone Zone Canberra Raiders will welcome back their 'big three' when they take on the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park this Saturday night.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has made a number of changes to the team that defeated the Dragons last week for this weeks match with Wests Tigers at Gosford on Saturday afternoon. The changes have been forced on Folkes due to the selection of four Bulldogs forwards for the first State of Origin fixture.
BRISBANE Magistrate Matt McLaughlin this morning put Sydney Roosters outside back Chris Walker on a $500 bond for one year after he pleaded guilty to assaulting and obstructing police and creating a public nuisance earlier this month.
HOT on the heels from their seventh, and possibly most disappointing loss of the year, New Zealand Warriors chief executive Mick Watson has assured club coach Daniel Anderson that his position at the helm is secure despite an atrocious run of form and the departure of star forward Ali Lauiti'ti.
A number of Bulldogs players have today been fined significant amounts for breaching the club?s Code of Conduct during a trip to Coffs Harbour earlier this year.
EELS forward Adam Peek has been suspended for six weeks following an early guilty plea to a dangerous throw on Melbourne forward Steve Kearney on Sunday. Foul play really isn't Peek's go at all, but there's never a good time to drive an opponent's head towards the ground.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its teams for Round 11 to take on the New Zealand Warriors this Sunday, May 23 at 2:30pm at Aussie Stadium.
NZ Warriors coach Daniel Anderson has not made the expected wholesale changes to his side for the NRL clash with South Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday but injuries and a suspension have forced his hand slightly.
THE St.George Bank Dragons will field one of their youngest sides ever and their youngest captain for their round 11 clash with the Eels at Parramatta Stadium on Friday night.
THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 10.