ANDREW Johns needs just 18 points to break the NRL?s all time highest point scoring record, when the Knights host the Sharks this Saturday at EnergyAustralia Stadium.Three converted tries is all that stands between the star half back and Jason Taylor?s long standing record of 2,107 career points, an accomplishment within Johns reach.?We?ve all seen how lethal Joey is when he?s playing at his best and he?s capable of an 18 point haul, especially with a home crowd behind him,? said Knights coach, Michael Hagan.Johns will re-unite with former team mate and 1997 Grand Final try scoring hero, Darren Albert, who returns to his old home ground for the first time in a Cronulla jersey. He?ll lead a Hunter Valley charge featuring Maitland junior, Greg Bird and former Knight, Brett Kimmorley, who is out to impress Origin selectors in his annual duel with Johns.?Noddy always lifts when he?s playing in Newcastle and with possible Origin selection up for grabs, I would expect him and Andrew to reignite their on-field rivalry,? Hagan said.After a week off to recover from the demands of the representative season, Knights Hooker, Danny Buderus rejoined the Newcastle squad today, training at Lambton Pool in preparation for the teams return home.?It was important Danny had the week off to rest but now everyone is back on deck we need to improve to stay in the top eight and keep our finals campaign on track,? said Hagan.After being ruled out of last week?s trip across the Tasman, fullback, David Seage has been cleared of a hamstring injury and will start at fullback while utility forward, Riley Brown will miss at least a week after suffering a shoulder injury at Ericsson Stadium.Kirk Reynoldson has been named on the Interchange bench in an otherwise unchanged 17 man squad.
MY little brother Micah tugged my shirt, ?What are those gorillas doing to each other?? Covering his eyes with my hands, we made haste to the next exhibit. There a loud growl hit my ears, but it was just his stomach. ?Can we get something to eat?? I spotted a vending machine ahead and bought Micah a packet of Twisties. An avid fan of Wests since the latter half of last year, he was intent on obtaining a Benji Marshall Tazo. With the last of my change I opted for a Snickers bar ? the peanuts and nougat forming a delectable combination, not unlike Tim Smith and John Morris of 2005. ?Don?t you mean Prince and Benji?? my brother chuffed. I began to worry that with his fair-weather glory hunting attitude, Micah would turn out like Raiders fans my age.
NATIONAL Rugby League chief executive David Gallop has announced his intention to remove the existing anti-tampering rules after July 1.
July?s chief executives? meeting will be used to canvass whether a new regime should be implemented or whether the concept of an anti-tampering date should be dropped entirely.
?In truth I think it would take a compelling argument from the clubs for us to recommend to the board the retention of any sort of anti-tampering system going forward but they will have the opportunity to present that case,? said Gallop.
?The anti-tampering rules were first introduced to protect the clubs at a time when there was not an effective salary cap.
?The arguments were that a player shouldn?t be able to negotiate with another team until he had finished all but the last six months of his existing contract.
?The rule is there to protect clubs. The fact is that tampering can only take place if clubs themselves participate in negotiations.
?Furthermore the rule can only ever be enforced if clubs take the time to make official complaints rather than media accusations.
?Rather than see the same accusations made each year I think we would be better off removing the date for future seasons.?
THE Queensland Reds' plan to sign Canberra rugby league fullback Clinton Schifcofske has hit a hurdle with the Australian Rugby Union failing to come to the party.
FORMER Test centre Willie Tonga has re-signed with the Bulldogs for two years.
ROTORUA International Stadium hosts a four team International Rugby League competition in June and July featuring a host of the stars of today and tomorrow from both sides of the Tasman.Each of the four openings feature two games under lights with affordable ticket prices and great family discounts. Join us for the very best Rugby League.ADMISSION PRICESAdults $10Children (5-15)/Pensioners $5Family Pass (2 Adults/2 children) $25FOUR OF THE VERY BEST TEAMS representing:? New Zealand Residents? Queensland? New South Wales Country? The Jim Beam Cup (formerly the Metropolitan Cup-Sydney)FOUR OPENINGS, TWO GREAT GAMES NIGHTLYWednesday June 21st6.00 pm NSW Country v. Jim Beam Cup7.30 pm NZ Residents v. QueenslandSaturday 24th June6.00 pm Queensland v. NSW Country7.30 pm Jim Beam Cup v. NZ ResidentsTuesday 27th June6.00 pm NZ Residents v. NSW Country7.30 pm Queensland v. Jim Beam CupSaturday July 1st4.30 pm NSW Country U18 v. Waicoa Bay U186.00 pm Play off for third and fourth7.40 pm GRAND FINAL
SOUTH Sydney has signed Parramatta super-sub Dean Widders to a three-year deal.
FRIDAY, 23rd June 2006
SOME interesting results from Round 12 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup.Central Falcons were kept scoreless as the visiting Rangers side shell shocked them on Saturday night. Other results included a fight back by the Leopards in the second half to draw level with the competition leaders, Auckland Lions, on Sunday afternoon at Ericsson. The Storm once again defeated at home, this time to the Bulls.The Orcas fought back from last week's defeat at the hands of the Jetz, to totally outplay Waicoa Bay in Wellington. And finally on Monday night, a ripper of a game with Harbour snatching a narrow win over the Jetz in the dying seconds of the game.Saturday 17 June 2006 Central Falcons vs Waitakere Rangers Levin Domain, LevinWaitakere Rangers 38Tries: W. Clarken, B. Nelson, B. Perenara, D. Shepherd (2), H. Barclay (2)Goals: D. Shepherd (2), S. Jones (3)Central Falcons 0Halftime Score: 10 ? 0 To Waitakere Rangers Sunday 18 June 2006Auckland Lions vs Tamaki Leopards Ericsson Stadium, Auckland (C/R To Warriors vs Knights)Auckland Lions 26Tries: A. Swann, L. Toimoana, S. Buckingham, P. Ale, D. DavisGoals: S. Buckingham (3)Tamaki Leopards 26Tries: T. Leaunoa, W. Heta, M. Ashford, I. Hagaitoa (2)Goals: M. Ashford (1), W. Heta (2)Halftime Score: 16 ? 6 To Auckland LionsNorthern Storm vs Canterbury Bulls Jubilee Park, WhangareiCanterbury Bulls 42Tries: D. Aitken, A. Timo, C. Fraser, S. Hurrell (2), C. Lawrie (3)Goals: S. Hurrell (5)Northern Storm 20Tries: B. Hikaka, L. Price, J. Walker, J. FreemanGoals: A. Clyde (2)Halftime Score: 26 ? 0 To Canterbury Bulls Wellington Orcas vs Waicoa Bay Stallions McEwan Park, WellingtonWellington Orcas 42Tries: O. Kua, D. Miti, H. Davis, A. Parker, P. Rudman, B. Matulino (2)Goals: L. Boyd (7)Waicoa Bay Stallions 18Tries: M. Haggie, I. John, P. PrimeGoals: H. Karena (3)Halftime Score: 24 ? 12 To Wellington Orcas Monday 19 June 2006Counties Manukau Jetz vs Harbour Tigers North Harbour Stadium, AucklandHarbour League 32Tries: S. Metcalf, D. Glasgow, H. Tuihalangingie (2), J. Golf (2)Goals: J. Trott (4)Counties Manukau Jetz 30Tries: D. Heketoa, M. Filipo, J. Ioapo, L. Faleono, T. Tuifua (2)Goals: D. Heketoa (3)Halftime Score: 18 ? 10 To Counties Manukau Jetz
GERMANY play Austria this Sunday in Bad Reichenhall and the German team will be picked from the following:Leo Berngruber (Captain)Paul BerngruberAlex Ramsey (NZ married to German girl)Andreas BrunnauerJames Brown (South African lived here 5 years)Janis KruseOlivier KesslerMichael GlaserAlex Kl?pperAnjim KhanMike Kerr (NZ lived here 5 years married to German)Nick Mcphail (UK lived here 5 years married to a German)Stephan KasperDaniel FolgmannMarkus WickopBenjamin HerzogPatrick CreydtSimon CooperGame poster
THE St George Illawarra Dragons are set to sign Canberra Raiders hooker Simon Woolford to a two year deal.According media reports, Dragons coach Nathan Brown approached Woolford's manager Steve Stone last month. A former Canberra captain, the 31-year-old was invited to look elsewhere by the Raiders. He was initially linked with English Super League club Hull but negotiations fell through when Hull re-signed former Kiwi hooker Richard Swain.Woolford then began exploring his options in the NRL with at least one other Sydney club interested in discussing terms. The Dragons announcement is expected on Wednesday.In other news, Dragons forward Michael Henderson is reportedly heading north to join team mate Luke Bailey at the Gold Coast Titans in 2007.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have named their Premier League and Jersey Flegg sides to play before the main NRL fixture this Saturday in Wollongong.Dragons Premier Leaguev Balmain Tigers5.30pm Saturday 24 JuneWIN StadiumCoach: Steven Price1. Jason NIGHTINGALE 2. Josh MORRIS 3. Beau RYAN 4. Keith LULIA 5. Reece SIMMONDS 6. Richard WILLIAMS 7. Chris SHEPPARD (c) 8. Charlie LEAENO 9. George NDAIRA 10. Chris HOUSTON (c) 11. Tom HABERECHT 12. Lee TE MAARI 13. Aaron WHEATLEY 14. Jamie DUNNING 15. Jess CAINE 16. Bryson GOODWIN 17. Reece BLAYNEY 18. James JIMENEZ 19. Lagi SETU 20. Jamie KEITHDragons Jersey Fleggv North Sydney Bears3.50pm Saturday 24 JuneWIN StadiumCoach: Corey Pearson1. Ryan MILLARD2. Rota SETU3. Daniel NICASTRI4. Chase STANLEY5. Luke IRWIN6. Nathan WYNN7. Blake DUREAU8. Dan HUNT9. Brad DAVIDSON (c)10. Chris FARRELL11. Matt PRIOR12. James GREHAN13. James KEELAN14. Jason WHITE15. Francis LANGIFISI16. Scott SABLOWSKI17. Matt SEAMARK18. Luke MUTTDON19. Ian CATANIA20. Travis ROCHE21. Luke YOUNG
ALLAN ARKEYDied 18th June 2006North Sydney Representative 1951-1958Games: 89Tries: 1Goals: 343The North Sydney Club would like to express it's sincere condolences to the family and friends of one of North Sydney and Rugby Leagues' greats Allan Arkey who passed away this week - 18th June 2006.Allan Arkey a life member of the Club, was the Super Boot of the 1950s. Indeed at 343 goals, Allan the 1950s fullback still holds the club record for goal-kicking in a season.He often provided Norths with the winning margin. A highly consistent goal kicker, he remains the leading point scorer (689) in the Clubs' history after Jason Taylor - a total made up almost entirely of goals.PICTURED: Trevor Allan (left) and the Super Boot of Norths in the 1950s Allan Arkey (right).Photo from: 'The Mighty Bears" by Andrew Moore
ST George Illawarra Coach Nathan Brown has named the same starting team this week as the Dragons chase their sixth consecutive win when they take on the Cowboys at WIN Stadium this Saturday night.
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the NRL club until at least the end of 2009.