Johns breaks record but Eels take the points

ROUND 18 Parramatta Eels 46 v Newcastle Knights 12at Parramatta StadiumReferee: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels have stolen Andrew Johns' show with a stunning 46-12 victory at Parramatta Stadium tonight. The Eels led from start to finish and led by 20-6 at the halftime interval.A Newcastle try in the 72nd minute provided Johns with the opportunity to add the extras and walk into the history books as the competition's all time leading points scorer.Local hero Tim Smith got the Eels off to a great start when he threaded a grubber kick through that ricocheted off a Knights leg and then was pounced on by Smith for the opening try.Things got worse for the visitors when moments later Smith put winger Eric Grothe away for their second try. Smith threw a 15 metre long cut out pass, hitting Grothe on the chest before he dived over.Only six minutes out from halftime the Knights had their first real chance to open their scoring, and they took it with open arms as Johns put Woolnough in to a big gap and he strolled around to score.Johns converted the try to go within a goal of the pointscoring record.However, the Knights were under the pump again as they let in two quick tries which left them down by 20-6 at the break.Any chance of a comeback was swiftly doused by the Eels with winger Jarryd Hayne scoring two tries in the opening 10 minutes of the half.Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as veteran Glenn Morrison went on a blind side surge, confronting the fullback before finding Johnny Morris.Matters deteriorated further for the Knights when a Johns blind side movement saw an intercept pass to Hayne who streaked away for his hattrick.And then it was destiny ... young Knights backrower Riley Brown strolled through some poor Eels defence to score beside the posts. The subsequent successful conversion gave Johns the all time points scoring record, surpassing the record previously set by Eels coach Jason Taylor.What might have been the highlight of the match however was upstaged by Hayne who, in the dying minutes, crossed for his fourth try in just as many first grade matches to cap off a great night for the Eels.They led from start to finish and finished up on the good side of the scoreboard with a 46-12 victory.The Eels now sit just two wins under the top eight while the Knights are just clinging onto eighth position.Top 10 since 1908 - PointsA Johns* - 2108J Taylor - 2107D Halligan - 2034M Cronin - 1971G Eadie - 1917E Simms - 1841H El Masri* - 1730R Girdler - 1690G Langlands - 1548C Schifcofske* - 1545* current playersScorers:Parramatta Eels: 46Tries: Eric Grothe, John Morris(2), Luke O'Dwyer, Tim Smith , Jarryd Hayne(4)Goals: John Morris 1/3, Mark Riddell 4/6Newcastle Knights: 12Tries: Adam Woolnough, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 2/2By the Clock:Welcome to Parramatta Stadium where history beckons where Andrew Johns needs just 4 points to become the NRL's leading point scorer.Young Eels centre Ben Smith makes a return to football tonight after suffering an ankle injury against the Cowboys early in the season.He will come off the bench with Daniel Wagon moving to the centres as Timana Tahu is out with a knee injury from the State of Origin.One change for the Knights with Luke Davico dropping off the 5 man Knights bench.Johns leads his men out on to the field as Nathan Cayless walks down the tunnel.Kickoff!2 min: After some poor communication on the last tackle,it is Wade McKinnon left to put up a swirling bomb that is knocked on by Nathan Hinton ingoal.5 min: TRY Parramatta EelsTim Smith goes to the line early in the tackle count and threads a grubber though.The ball deflects off a Newcastle leg and Smith is their to score the try.Crowd favourite Riddell converts the try. Eels 6-09 min: The Knights look promising in attack led by Gidley down the right hand flank.However in the next play Steve Simpson knocks on when trying to barge over close to the line.10 min: Josh Perry puts Fui Fui Moi Moi on his backside with an absolute bell ringer.12 min: Eric Grothe gives Daniel Wagon a one handed offload in his offload that sends Wagon 60 metres downfield.However,on the last tackle Carney defuses a Tim Smith bomb.16 min: TRY Parramatta EelsBrian Carney is caught out in defence on his try line and Eels halfback Tim Smith throws a 10 metre cut out pass that hits Eric Grothe on the chest who scores in the corner.Riddell from the sideline has missed. Eels 10-017 min: Perry off the kickoff hits Moi Moi in another bell ringer.20 min: Tim Smith goes from hero to villain as close to the line he throws a speculater cut out pass that goes in to touch.30 min: Now Johnny Morris throws a cutout pass into touch while on the attack.32 min: A knockon in the play the ball gives the Knights a rare entry to their attacking quarter.A Newcastle chant goes around Parramatta Stadium.34 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsSome gaps through the Eels defence appear and Johns throws a pin point pass onto the chest of Adam Woolnough who scores under the posts.Johns converts and goes within 2 points of the record. Eels 10-637 min: TRY Parramatta EelsOne of the tries of the season as the Eels have a two man overlap on the right hand flank.The ball goes out to O'Dwyer who draws the winger and finds Hayne who kicks infield for Morris who scores.Morris hooks the conversion badly. Eels 14-638 min: ON REPORT - Kirk Reynoldson on report for a late tackle on Tim Smith in the lead up to the try.On the replay it seemed there was nothing in it.40 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels score a scrappy try as a grubber goes in to the ingoal area and is knocked on twice by two Knights players before being grounded by Luke O'Dwyer.Morris converts the conversion from right in front off the uprights. Eels 20-6HALFTIME - The Eels have dominated possession with a clear 7 more sets of six.On the Knights first full set of six in the Eels quarter,the Knights crossed through Adam Woolnough with Johns converting to go within 2 points of the record.What was meant to be Joey's night is so far opposite number's Tim Smith,who has dominated tonight with 3 try assits and 1 try.Second half underway...42 min: News from the sheds at halftime is that Tim Smith has a possible fractured collarbone.45 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJohn Morris puts a pin point bomb in that is taken in flight by Jaryd Hayne who crosses in the corner.Riddell sprays the conversion from the sideline. Eels 24-648 min: A bomb by Jarrod Mullen bounces and Mark Riddell trots away 50 metres towards halfway.50 min: TRY Parramatta EelsHayne grabs a double as Dean Widders puts a grubber through that is finished off in the corner by Jaryd.Riddell slices the kick back to perfection from the sideline. Eels 30-655 min: TRY Parramatta EelsIt's a massacre in Parrmatta as Glenn Morrison sets off down the sideline and finds Morris in support to score the try.On the replay,it seems that Riddell knocked on at dummy half before the try.Riddell converts. Eels 36-662 min: TRY Parramatta EelsAnother hattrick for youngster Jaryd Hayne as he takes an intercept off a Joey Johns pass.Riddell slots another one over. Eels 42-666 min: Theres a biff in back play between Quinn and O'Dwyer.The penalty goes to the Eels for a swinging arm in the tackle although O'Dwyer was throwing punches left, right and centre.67 min: Riddell is held up over the line.68 min: George Carmont collars O'Dwyer after he knocks the ball on.There is a bit of push and shove as Quinn pushes the injured O'Dwyer as he was on the ground.72 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsRiley Brown goes through a big Eels gap to score next to the posts.Johns converts and is now the all-time leading point scorer in NRL History!Congratulations Andrew 'Joey' Johns! Eels 42-1274 min: TRY Parramatta EelsNewcastle are hit for 4 as young gun Jaryd Hayne scores his fourth in the corner to cap off a great night for the Eels.Morris with the conversion hooks it across the face of goal. Eels 46-1276 min: Hindmarsh on report for a lifting players of the match:3 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)2 - John Morris (Eels)1 - Tim Smith (Eels)-----------------------------------------

Panthers keep finals hopes alive as Raiders fade

ROUND 18 Penrith Panthers 24 v Canberra Raiders 12at CUA Stadium, PemrithReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have scored an impressive 24-6 victory over a lacklustre Canberra Raiders side at CUA Stadium this evening.The Panthers never at any stage looked in danger of losing the match as the Raiders never got out of first gear, again allowing themselves to be totally dominated in the first half. Preston Campbell and Michael Gordon were the Panthers best while for the Raiders, no player stood out in such a disappointing display. Michael Gordon bagged a personal tally of 14 points through three goals and two tries.After the Raiders upset loss to the Eels last week, they had the chance to right a few wrongs and get their top eight aspirations back on track but the loss has made it extremely difficult for the Raiders to build any type of momentum in the stretch to the finals with such ordinary form against teams they were expected to defeat.For the Panthers, they are back in the hunt and tonight they did it without the captain Tony Puletua who was ruled out through injury earlier today. For the Raiders, start planning for Mad Monday, because you are kidding yourselves if you think you are finals material based on the efforts in the past two weeks.Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 24Tries: Preston Campbell, Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon(2)Goals: Preston Campbell 1/2, Michael Gordon 3/3Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Phillip Graham, Clinton SchifcofskeGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/2By the Clock:1 min: NEWS We are underway at CUA Stadium for the vital clash between the Raiders and the Panthers.5 min: NEWS No score yet but the play has been going all the Panthers way with the Raiders off to their usual slow start.12 min: NEWS Still no score and the Raiders are starting to warm to the occasion nicely.20 min: NEWS Midway through the first half and there is still no score between the Panthers and the Raiders. The Panthers have had the better of possession and are making more metres with the ball in hand but the Raiders line is yet to yield any points.22 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers have opened the scoring through Rhys Wesser and Preston Campbell converts to give the Panthers a six point lead. Panthers 6-030 min: NEWS Still no change to the score with both sides playing a simple, no frills style of game tonight.40 min: TRY Penrith PanthersA crucial try to the Panthers right on the stroke of half time has really hurt an ordinary Canberra Raiders side who now have it all in front of them in the second half. Conversion unsuccessful. Panthers 10-041 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.50 min: NEWS Panthers well on top and are dominating possession and the advantage line extremely well. Canberra are being overrun and at the moment look helpless to stop it.57 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are on the board after 57 minutes through Phil Graham. Schifcofske converts to get the Raiders within four points. Panthers 10-659 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers hit straight back and have gone a long way to sealing the vital two points tonight. Canberra are self destructing and look long odds to pull this one out of the fire. Panthers 16-670 min: PENALTY GOAL Penrith PanthersMichael Gordon makes it virtually impossible for the Raiders to mount any comeback by extending the Panthers lead to two converted tries with under ten minutes remaining. Panthers 18-676 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers put the icing on the cake with an impressive win against a terrible Canberra Raiders side who have pretty much just seen their top eight chances fly right out the window. Panthers 24-680 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders score a consolation try to Clinton Schifcofske but don't be fooled by the scoreline, the Panthers were by far the better team. Conversion successful. Panthers players of the match:3 - Michael Gordon2 - Preston Campbell1 - Joel Clinton-----------------------------------------

RLEF U19's Championship

WALES 14 SCOTLAND 14The inaugural Rugby League European Federation Under 19?s Championship got off to a tremendous start with two superb opening ties between the four home nations sides in Canet en Roussillon, a prized beach resort in the suburbs of Perpignan.In the opening encounter Wales made a blistering start with tries from Gareth Moore and Adam Dawe in the opening ten minutes but Scotland battled back with hardworking forwards Tommy McColl and Wayne Rafferty both powering over for touchdowns.The Scots took the initiative just after half time with a clever break from hooker Scott Porteous, converted by Ross Bryan, while Welsh winger Dawe crossed for the second time to level a few minutes later.Both teams had chances for victory in the dying minutes but defences held firm and a draw was a fair result.WALES1 Kevin James2 Jason Kenneally3 Chris Vitalini4 Lee Williams5 Adam Dawe6 Oliver Hughes7 Garyn Lucas8 Matt Barron9 Tom Burnell10 Gareth Moore11 Billy Lavis12 Pat Howell13 Barrie PhilipsSubs (all used)14 Williams Jones15 James Davies16 Rhys Andrews17 Nicky GriffithsTries: Moore (2), Dawe (10, 52)Goal: HughesSin Bin: Lee Williams (31)Coach: Dan ClemensSCOTLAND1 Gary Thornton2 Greg Wallace3 Alisdair Carvers4 Matthew McNee5 Rob Sloman6 Paul Walker7 Ross Bryan8 Che Smith9 Scott Porteous10 Wayne Rafferty11 Tommy McColl12 Martyn Lowe13 Karl BeardshawSubs (all used)14 Jack Burns15 David Valentine16 Ben Parker17 Chris LyleTries: McColl (28), Rafferty (32), Porteous (39)Goal: BryanCoach: James GloverReferee: Richard Frileux (France)Ville de Canet, Man of the Match: Tom Burnell (Wales)ENGLAND 30 IRELAND 24In the following game, England hit Ireland with a devastating opening blitz of three quick tries from Daniel Whitmore, skipper Sam Gee and full back Darren Fletcher, all converted by Chris Tuson.The Irish got back into the game courtesy of a try from Davis Johnson; man of the match Chris Forster tagging on the conversion to leave the half time score 18-6.The Emerald Isle levelled at the beginning of the second half with well crafted touchdowns from Adam Wilson and Forster who again added both conversions.England responded and secured victory with two converted tries from Gareth Knowles and Adam Rudd.The Irish kept the tension alive when they crossed again in the last minute through their captain, loose forward Tyrone McArthy.Delighted Tournament Director Jean Eric Ducuing of the French RL Federation commented: ?This was a fantastic advert for Rugby League and a great opening to the European Championship?.RLEF Development Officer Kevin Rudd added, ?This promises to be a fantastic event and will hopefully pave the way for other future European age group Championships?ENGLAND1 Darren Fletcher2 James Haynes3 Daniel Chrimes4 Sam Gee5 Vinny Finnegan6 Chris Tuson7 Scott Low8 Gregg Mannion9 Daniel Whitmore10 Matt Barber11 Adam Rudd12 Gareth Knowles13 Kristian HodsonSubs (all used)14 David Rolt15 Jamie Hopkins16 David Cookson17 Rick JonesTries: Mannion (2), Gee (9), Fletcher (12), Knowles (52), Rudd (57)Goals: Tuson 5Coach: Matt CallandIRELAND1 David Heathwood2 Simon Atherton3 Adam Walsh4 David Johnson5 Sean Quinn6 Chris Forster7 Adam Wilson8 Neil Belshaw9 Daniel O?Brien10 Adam Boughen11 Daniel Newlove12 Mike Fairclough13 Tyrone McArthySubs (all used)14 Glenn Holland15 Paul Rigby16 Danny Gregory17 Craig FosterTries: Johnson (16), Wilson (44), Forster (49), McArthy (66)Goals: Forster 4Coach: Gareth JonesReferee: David Segura (France)Ville de Canet man of the Match: Chris Forster (Ireland)Source:

Manly crush Roosters finals hopes

ROUND 18Sydney Roosters 16 vs Manly Sea Eagles 33at Aussie StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:Half back Matt Orford has made a stunning return to form in leading the Manly Sea Eagles to a comprehensive 33-16 victory over the Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium today.In ending their three match losing streak, the Sea Eagles have all but ended the Roosters slim hopes of making the finals, the home side crashing to their 11th loss of the year and are now six points adrift of the top eight.The match had plenty of fire with two fights breaking out in the opening minutes, Roosters front rower Adrian Morley finding himself in the middle of the first encounter before play settled down.Manly were first to score when forward Brent Kite busted through after 11 minutes. The visitors went to 12-0 ahead in the 19th minute when centre Chris Hicks began, and finished, a dashing 90 metre movement to score under the posts. A penalty goal from Orford gave the Sea Eagles a 14-0 lead at half time.Orford went up a gear in the second half, stepping through to run some 60 metres to score a brilliant solo try. With 30 minutes to go, the Manly side were in front by 20-0.The Roosters struck back in the 53rd minute through Mickey Paea, and again five minutes later through Iosia Soliola, the big centre scoring out wide to make it 20-10.But Orford injected himself into the play once again, setting up full back Brett Stewart with a kick in the 62nd minute. Orford's sideline conversion put Manly up by 26-10.Manly's George Rose then made his mark on the match, the big prop stepping and weaving, and then standing up an embarrassed fullback in Amos Roberts to score under the posts.With a minute to go, Roosters forward Ashley Harrison scored a consolation try with the conversion bringing up the full time score.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 16Tries: Mickey Paea, Iosia Soliola, Ashley HarrisonGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/2, Josh Lewis 1/1Manly Sea Eagles: 33Tries: Chris Hicks, Brent Kite, Brett Stewart, Matt Orford, George RoseGoals: Matt Orford 6/6Field Goals: Matt OrfordBy the Clock:A small crowd at the SFS on what is a chilly late afternoon. A couple of changes with Amos Roberts moving to full back for the Roosters, Shaun Foley is out. But the most significant change is the omission of Steve Menzies from the Sea Eagles who has a broken hand. His replacement is Luke Williamson. Both sides have had a reshuffle on their respective benches.Manly kick off and the match is underway!4 min: FIGHT Adrian Morley (Roosters), while in possession, lands a few on Manly's Jason King and King responds in kind. Looks like Morley had the initial brain explosion. Manly get the penalty.6 min: NEWS Morley gets the ball back for Easts with some bone crushing defence. His first target was King. Then Manly lose the ball in the next ruck as the ball carrier, Steve Matai, sees Morley coming again.8 min: FIGHT This time Steve Matai (Manly) and Ryan Cross (Roosters) having a dust up, Matai taking exception to a facial.11 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBrent Kite busts through from 20m out, brushes Roberts aside to score 7m in from touch. Conversion from Matt Orford is right on the money. Sea Eagles 6-019 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesChris Hicks scores a brilliant try. Hicks made the intial bust and ran 50m before finding Brett Stewart in support. Stewart is collared from behind by Roberts but delivers a tremendous flick pass inside to Hicks who scores a near 90m try. Orford converts from right in front. Sea Eagles 12-032 min: Possible TRY to Roosters as video ref looks at Craig Wing's effort in the corner.VERDICT: NO TRY. Wing forced into touch by the defence. Scrum.36 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesOrford slots a penalty goal from almost in front. Follows an intercept from Matai from 40m out, Roosters on the back foot and are found offside by the ref. Sea Eagles 14-0Half time: Sea Eagles 14-0Plenty of niggle early in this match before the players settled down to play some football. Manly have had the better run of play.Easts appear to be just hanging on at times, but had a good opportunity early in the half when Braith Anasta made a break. However, play broke down when Roberts was tackled without the ball. Roosters got the penalty but that was as close as they got.Manly are finding plenty of yards up the middle and just wide of the ruck. Roosters are not out of it and at times are playing well, but at this stage they appeared to be outclassed.Possession about evens, slightly favouring the Sea Eagles.Roosters kicking off. Second half underway...47 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesHalf back Matt Orford scores a sensational 60m solo try. He dummies first and then steps and weaves his way through the defence before standing up the full back. Orford converts his own try from right in front. Sea Eagles 20-053 min: TRY Sydney RoostersMickey Paea crashes over after the Roosters get repeat sets at the line. Fitzgibbon converts from almost in front. Sea Eagles 20-658 min: TRY Sydney RoostersIosia Soliola scores out wide to put the home side back in the match. Follows another repeat set after a towering bomb from Roosters half back Josh Lewis is fumbled by Stewart. An overlap develops soon after. Conversion unsuccessful. Sea Eagles 20-10Possible TRY to Manly. Video ref looking at possible knock on.VERDICT...62 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesStewart gets the nod and scores out wide. Follows a kick from Orford and Stewart picks up the crumbs. Orford conversion from the sideline is a ripper. Sea Eagles 26-1065 min: FIELD GOAL Manly Sea EaglesOrford slots a field goal. Follows a clean break from deep in own half, Orford carving them up with a 60m run before potting the field goal two rucks later. Sea Eagles 27-1076 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesProp forward George Rose steps his way through to score. Some woeful defence but a great run and taking nothing away from the big fella. Converted by Orford from right in front. Sea Eagles 33-1079 min: TRY Sydney RoostersAshley Harrison scores a consolation try for the Roosters. Conversion from almost in front by Josh Lewis. Sea Eagles 33-16Full time: Sea Eagles 33-16Manly just too good in outplaying the Roosters across the park for the majority of the match. Some big hits from the Roosters forwards to try and stamp their authority, and Roosters fans had something to cheer about with Adrian Morley being amonsgt their best. But the Sea Eagles pack handled it well while finding plenty of gaps around the ruck.Man of the match Matt Orford really carved them up in the second half and seemed to have a hand in everything. Full back Brett Stewart and centre Steve Matai were also standouts, taking full advantage of the hard yakka from the forwards, in particular Ben Kennedy and Brent Kite. players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)1 - Steve Matai (Sea Eagles)-----------------------------------------

Bartercard Cup R13 Result

SATURDAY 8 July 2006 Auckland Lions vs Northern Storm Fowlds Park, AucklandAuckland Lions 68Tries: D.Fisi?iahi (3), M.Solomona, M.Start (2), M.Taufoou, D.O?Regan, S.Pouha, S. Fa?alogo, E.Purcell, R. Wigg triesGoals: S.Buckingham (10) Northern Storm 8 Tries: A.Kane, J. IoaneGoals:Halftime Score: 28 ? 4 to Auckland Lions

Schwartz and O'Neill Acquire Leagues Club's Debt to Football Club

SOUTH Sydney Leagues Club suitor Mr Jerry Schwartz has made a payment to the South Sydney Football Club to acquire the South Sydney Leagues Club?s debt of $3.01 million today, a debt which was purchased by the Football Club last week from Perpetual Trustee Company.

Wing to play his 200th match today

TODAYS clash will take special significance for Roosters? star Craig Wing when he takes the field for his 200th first grade appearance.

Further injury blues for Bulldogs

BULLDOGS halfback Brent Sherwin and interchange prop Chris Armit have both been ruled out of Sunday's NRL clash against the Vodafone Warriors at Telstra Stadium. The two players had been rated 50-50 propsects for the match but the club today announced they had both been forced out with injury. Sherwin came out of last week's win over Wests Tigers with a foot injury while the Bulldogs say Armit damaged his shoulder in the same match. Halfback/five eighth Ben Roberts, who two weeks ago made his New Zealand test debut against Great Britain, has been named as Sherwin's replacement in the halves. Roberts (20) made his NRL debut in the Bulldogs' win against the Vodafone Warriors at Ericsson Stadium on April 30. He has made three first-grade appearances so far. Centre Andrew Emelio has been named as Armit's replacement. Winger Hazem El Masri has also been troubled by an ankle injury but a decision on whether he'll play won't be made until tomorrow. The Bulldogs had already lost winger Matt Utai and interchange prop Jarrad Hickey through suspension.

Southern Men make it big up north

FORMER NRL players are making their mark in the try-scoring charts in the English Super League. Of the current top 10, only four players are locals - Hull FC's Kirk Yeaman, Danny McGuire (Leeds), Ade Gardner (St Helens) and Richard Horne (Hull FC). Yeaman with 21 tries and McGuire with 20 lead but six Australasian players - three of them from New Zealand - are making a big impact. Former Vodafone Warriors winger Henry Fa'afili ranks third equal with 17 tries for his side Warrington while another ex-Warrior Shontayne Hape (Bradford Bulls) is eighth with 13 and New Zealand-born ex-Wests Tigers centre Gray Viane (Castleford Tigers) is ninth equal with 12. Also featuring is former Vodafone Warriors winger Justin Murphy, the Australian having 17 tries for new club Les Catalans. Ex-Melbourne Storm winger Semi Tadulala has 15 tries for Wakefield Trinity and former St George Illawarra winger Nathan Blacklock - who also dabbled with rugby union - has 12 tries for Hull FC. The full is is:

Bartercard Cup R13 Preview

WELCOME now my friends, to the round that never ends. That could actually describe this Round 13 of the Bartercard Cup as it struggles into it?s third (and hopefully final) week. Having a Bartercard selection (NZ Residents) playing a QRL country side and a Jim Beam Cup selection is a fantastic concept - just not in the middle of the season over two weekends.However, be that as it may, two games left in the round. Competition leaders, Auckland Lions take on the Northern Storm at Fowlds Park today. This should be little more than a training run for the Auckland side as the Northland side languish at the bottom of the table on five points. They have won a couple of games and are capable of upsetting any team - just not todayAuckland LionsDAVID FISI?IASIMALOFOU SOLOMONAMIGUEL STARTANTHONY SWANNLUI TOIMOANASTEVE BUCKINGHAM (C)DANIEL O?REGANTONY TUIALEE WETHERILLDYLAN DAVISSALA FA?ALOGOPALETASALA ALEFABIAN SOUTERREGAN WIGGEDDIE LEAVAISIONE POUHA TBANorthern StormBRENDON HIKAKADYLAN WERELINTON PRICEMASON PUREINOKE TAUFADALEY JOHNSONJOEL FREEMANFINAU MOALAHENRY GODINETHANS MASOEADAM DONALDSONVICTOR TUTUILAKAHURANGI HENAREBLAKE EWEJOE RAU ?JOSEPH TOOTU-IOANESTEVE RAUMonday nights Maori Television game is the match up between Harbour League and the Wellington Orcas at North Harbour Stadium. Not an easy game to tip, this one. Both teams are two points apart. Neither team is showing a lot of consistency and the Orcas took the points on their first meeting this year. Harbour seem to be travelling a little better now that they have veteran hooker, Sonny Cavanagh, back in the number nine jumper. Harbour by a couple.Harbour LeagueDYLAN RAMEKAJOE VAIFALESHAUN METCALFJEREMY GOLFHOPOATE TUIHALANGINGIEJARED TROTTDWAYNE GLASGOWDAMON TROTTSONNY CAVANAGHTANE HART (C)JEREMIAH PAIARTY SHEADJASON KAMARIERADANIEL BELLROCKY EDWARDSCHRIS TUPOUIVALA VAAELUAWellington OrcasDION LAULUMELI KOLIVAUTOLOVAE AUVAAOMPALUS KUADESTA BUCHANANASHLEY PARKERLEON BOYDTAYLOR PELENISEBEN TARAEKAMOSE MASOEDANIEL MISABEN MATULINOHAYDEN DAVISALEHANA MARAPAUL RUDMANJUSTIN CARNEGIEDALLAS RENNIE

Dolphins and Wharton Part Company

THE Redcliffe District Rugby League Football Club Head Coach Mr. Neil Wharton has announced his resignation to the Club?s President Mr. Des Webb.

Dolphins Stay Alive

OUT of the hunt in the Queensland Cup, Redcliffe has remained alive in its defence of the Mixwell Cup, beating Norths 22-18 in Sunday?s elimination final.

Cooper Heads North

ONE of the Redcliffe Dolphins' most promising players has joined the North Queensland Cowboys. Boom second-rower Gavin Cooper will play the 2005 season with the NRL emerging force. He will be joined by talented Redcliffe teenage centre Charles Vis, who already has turned out for the Dolphins in the Queensland Cup. Cooper said the Cowboys, who had signed him for its 25-strong NRL roster, wanted him to start training in mid-October in Townsville. "I signed with the Cowboys in late July when I was out with illness," he said. "I got glandular fever soon after the state under 19 match and missed six weeks of football." The lanky backrower, who lost 13 kilograms from his 102 kilogram frame, has only just put the weight back on in recent weeks. "I've been told I will be slotted into the second-row with the Cowboys depending how fit into the system of things there," said Cooper, who turned 19 on August 19. "It would be great to get an early look in NRL calculations. Of course I know Shane Tronc up there, who is killing them, and a couple of the Queensland under 19s." Cooper's brother Dustin also played for the Dolphins before joining the Melbourne Storm two seasons ago.

Caleb calls spot home.

MOST rugby league followers realise that the hooker and halfback roles are fairly interchangeable in today's football. Pepsi Dolphins No 9 Caleb McEniery fits that bill perfectly after graduating from the halves in the club's A grade to the man in the middle of the Premier League scrum. By the time of the last regular season fixture, McEniery had racked up 12 top team appearances for 2004 after three previous outings in first grade last season and two in his first season at the club. Most of his previous outings had been at halfback when Michael Roberts was out injured. "I was playing five-eighth with Bertie Campbell's side when I was called up to Premier Grade this year," he said. "I'd rather be at pivot because I like to be a playmaker, but maybe hooker is the position for me. Perhaps I could make it my own with the Fins." McEniery's path to the No 6 jersey is halted by one S. Perry, a fixture since he joined the club. "I've played 12 straight matches in the top side up until the last fixture against Norths and I've really enjoyed it," he said. "You are always in the action and I've always been big on defence and that's my strength in the game. "So that part of the game suits me and I find that once I get my defence right in a game the rest of it comes after that. "Premier Grade matches are all tough and every team seems to step up a notch when they play Redcliffe.'' McEniery was one of several rakes for 2004 following in the boots of Nathan Black, Justin McKay and Matt Anderton as players tried in the spot. Another Sunshine Coast product at Dolphin Oval, McEniery is still only 21 but in his three seasons with the Dolphins has notched two grand final appearances for a victory and a loss. In 2002, he was a member of the Colts side downed by the Broncos-aligned Wests before claiming a title last side with the A grade against Wynnum. At 87 kilograms, McEniery has the size to acquit himself well in the forwards, his darting runs and skill helping break up opposition defensive lines. A Caloundra Sharks junior, some of his former clubmates include National rugby League regulars Casey Maguire, Craig Hall and Adam Mogg. As for the future? "I've not decided what to do about next season," he said. "I'll see what comes around. I do know that I want to make a future out of football." And if you think you have seen his surname before in a program, you are right. Caleb's older brother Drew played three seasons in the red and white before leaving for Perth the season his younger sibling arrived.

Robbo Reckons

WELL for the first time since 1993 the Redcliffe first grade side isn?t in the semi finals and I?d be lying if I said it didn?t hurt but we?ll bounce back make no bones about that. The first grade and colts may be out of contention but Bertie Campbell?s A graders are still in there flying the flag, so all you supporters get along and cheer the boys home. Injuries haven?t been kind to us but we won?t use that for an excuse we just were not good enough when it mattered. Losing Daniel Green and Andrew Wynyard was a negative but on the positive side we saw the emergence of the Texas Ranger Nick Walker who more than held his own in top company. An interesting comment was heard from the doctor that Wynny was carrying a few too many kilos around the mid rift so it looks like I?ll have to get on to Wally and get him to cut down Wynny?s muffin intake at smoko. Words cannot describe the admiration I have for Troy Lindsay. Seeing him cart it in to the Burleigh pack time after time made we wish I could put a jersey on just to help him out. Cowboy is the first to training and last to leave and leaves no stone unturned in his preparation if he has an injury he gives himself every chance to play. And his form well I think the old bloke is playing as well as he ever has. I just wish he was 21 not 31. When we were up in Rockhampton CEO James Hinchey and myself to catch up for chardonnay with our old mate Ross O?Reilly who popped into our hotel for chat to catch up on old times. A funny story happened at the Club the other Friday Daley White was working in the garden when a patron come to reception and said there was a strange looking fella hanging about in the garden after three police cars and a motor bike turned up it was worked out that it was actually Daley who was the sus looking bloke. As most of us oldies would remember Bob Geldoff?s band the Boomtown Rats who had a big hit with the song I don?t like Mondays well the Dolphins (And I think cruelly) have a group of players nicknamed the Boomtown Rats because they never train the first session of week. I?m sure it?s just coincidence that these guys are hurt or sick every Tuesday night of the season. Quite a few of the Queensland Cup side have played their last game for the club with Ben Jones, Charles Vis and Gavin Cooper heading to the NRL while Brian Jellick and Matty Anderton head off to the land of red wine and crossoints for the next part of their careers, we wish the boys all the best and if something doesn?t work they?ll always have a home with the Red and White. I have also heard a strong rumour that a future superstar of the game has been signed to long term deal with the Dolphins. He has signed a 16year deal lucrative contract with the Fins, 5 month old Angus Hinchey and strong as an ox already has a strong passing game which he must?ve learned from his mum because we all know he wouldn?t have got it from his dad. Next month I will have the annual Robbo Reckons awards for the year and let me tell you there is no more prestigious award in the game than the Robbo. I?ll have to love you and leave you I?m sure as you all know it?s Mad Monday. Until next month Cheers Robbo.

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