WHEN the Sydney Roosters signed a then 20 year old Brett Finch in the winter of 2002, they were not just signing a talented halfback to play inside their star five-eighth Brad Fittler; they were investing in the future of their playmaking corps. Now into his third season as a Rooster, Finch is well and truly the present with Fittler?s retirement at the end of 2004. Last Friday night against the Bulldogs, Brett Finch showed why the Roosters brain trust made the right decision in placing their eggs in his basket.
In a game the Roosters had no right to win after 20 minutes when they were 16-0 down, the involvement of their now lone ?go-to-guy? was the decisive factor in their eventual come from behind 29-16 victory. Not only did he set up three of the Roosters five tries, but Finch was consistently touching the ball and organising his troops in and around the ruck, while his kicking game was outstanding. But words sometimes can appear biased, clich?d, overstated, unfair or they can simply underestimate a performance on the football field.
I?M standing in the rain at a horserace. I?m standing outside a church in Bath. I?m standing at Stonehenge. I?m standing in Stratford upon Avon. I?m standing beneath the Eiffel Tower. I?m standing on Omaha Beach. I?m standing in the Louvre. I?m standing in Trafalgar Square. I?m standing in the stands at Lords. At Old Trafford. At Highbury. At Stamford Bridge. I?m walking through Soho, past a woman who has done her hair like a Dr. Seuss Sneetch. Somewhere across the oceans the Sharks are winning. I?m everywhere except where I want to be. I?m living in a world without rugby _________.
AS a person progresses through life, they can expect to encounter many situations which will change their life for better or worse. How they react to those events shape a person?s destiny and reveal their character to the world. In forty days and forty nights in 2004, my life was turned upside down, challenged and changed possibly forever.
THE Wynnum hoodoo is more well-known, but Dolphin Oval isn?t exactly a safe haven for Ipswich teams either.
BURLEIGH v CENTRAL: Pizzey Park, 2pm Saturday, April 23.
TWO wins in the lower grades at Tugun and a loss at Townsville for Premier Grade were the outcomes of last weekend?s fixtures for the Dolphins.
HERES how the players stack up for tomorrow nights Test match in Brisbane.
KANGAROO prop Jason Ryles has pulled out of Friday night's Anzac rugby league test against the Kiwis with a leg injury.
NEW Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition heads into it's 2nd week with last week's games all going the way of the home sides.
TYRONE Smith comes back into Tony Rea?s squad having missed the last game through illness. While Smith comes in London will be without the services of Thomas Leuluai.
WOLVES coach Paul Cullen has named a squad of 20 to face Hull FC on Sunday in Round 11 of the engage Super League.
SALFORD have the chance to consolidate their top-six place when they take on bottom-of-the-table Leigh at the Willows.
WIGAN today completed the loan transfer of Wayne McDonald from Leeds Rhinos. Wayne has joined the club until the end of the season and goes into the Warriors squad for Friday's engage Super League game at Bradford Bulls, 8pm kick off.
PHIL Blake on the charge to the ball, he'll score... no he won't, the debutant has beat him to the ball.