FOREWORD: As I sit at my laptop on this balmy November night, I also make my debut as a Forum Sevens poster. We?ve all got stories to tell about how we became followers of the greatest game of all. I?d like to tell you just a little bit about how I came to support my team, The Penrith Panthers.
SITTING around a beer stained coffee table, my mates and I tell candid details of our first time, that moment when we stopped being little boys, and became men. MrCharisma proudly boasts that he lost his cherry at the tender age of fifteen, with his first and only love. Next in line is the vastly more experience Matt23, who regales us all with tales of excitement and disappointment. We shake our heads sagely at opportunities missed, and give nods of approval as he recounts moments that we all suspect he?s exaggerating just a little. Once he?s done, it?s my turn, and I shift nervously in my faded armchair. This time I?ve got a story to tell. Last time we talked, I had to shyly confess to having never experienced it. But now, now I?ve got a story to tell. Now I?m finally one of the boys. Uh... men.
THIS was it....
I had finally reached the point....
others had hit it before me....
others were still to realise it but that was it for me....
ON the 24th August 1963, in the days of poor ground drainage, the St George Dragons and the Western Suburbs Magpies met on a muddy Sydney Cricket Ground pitch to battle it out. It was the grand final and the Rugby League premiership was up for grabs.
SKOLARS? first run-out of the season with a large contingent of new faces saw them hold out for the final 20 minutes of the game to record a victory at Blackrock RFC defeating the Bulls by 20-18
With the Bulls? side camped on the line for most of the last quarter, it was a performance that will have pleased the coaching duo Marcus Tobin and Alex Smits.
LONDON Broncos have answered a call from Leeds Rhinos, agreeing to play the Super League Champions in a friendly ahead of their World Club Challenge clash with Canterbury Bulldogs.
WAKEFIELD pair Rob Spicer and Duncan Macgillivray will miss the start of the new season after being told they require surgery.
Spicer has suffered a recurrence of a hip injury and is expected to be out of action until April.
NEW Zealand recruits Stephen Kearney and Motu Tony are out of Hull FC's KC Stadium friendly against York City Knights on Wednesday.
THE 2004 World Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today suspended the former Castleford player, Ryan Hudson, for disciplinary reasons.
THE Brisbane Broncos today announced Q.L.D. Group (Queensland Land Development) as the club?s sleeve sponsor for the next three seasons.
GORDEN Tallis has declared the Queensland State of Origin fullback spot the hottest contested position in rugby league in 2005, with Broncos young gun Karmichael Hunt likely to join the race.
ALMOST two years since his career looked to have come to an end PJ Marsh will return to rugby league in a trial game for the Parramatta Eels on February 5.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs today announced that Tony Grimaldi will captain the team for the World Club Challenge against the Leeds Rhinos on February 4.
PARRAMATTA Eels Head Coach Brian Smith has today named the team to play the Sharks in a trial match in Lismore on Saturday 5 February 2005.
THE first of four prize signatures was ticked off the Penrith retention roster when Luke Lewis agreed to a three-year deal until the end of 2008.