PENRITH will enter the 2005 season with a quiet confidence after two consecutive years in which the club has enjoyed sustained success. After their rapid rise from also rans to NRL premiers in 2003, the Panthers were always going to struggle a little as defending premiers in 2004. Injuries to key players and the unfamiliar distraction of representative commitments contributed to some erratic form but the mountain men were still good enough to finish in the top four. The nine match suspension of interchange prop Ben Ross and injury to centre Luke Lewis were telling when they were beaten by the Bulldogs 30-14 in the 1st Preliminary Final at Aussie Stadium.
THE big National Junior Rugby League sign on day is on this Saturday, and the Newtown Junior Rugby League Football Club is most certainly one of the participating clubs!
THE St.Mary's 7's organisers couldn't have asked for better weather. Lovely sunshine and a big crowd were out to witness some wonderful Rugby League 7's.
SOUTH London's reward for winning the Powergen Challenge Cup's first London derby is a second round trip to Castleford Lock Lane.
THE New Zealand Sevens team performed extremely well, enduring very toughcompetition in hot conditions at the VB Sevens which was run by St Marys Leagues on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February 2005 at the Western Weekender Sports Stadium in Sydney. The NZ Residents defeated by the hosts in the final by 22-8.
THE Sydney Airport Jets, reinforced by nine Cronulla-Sutherland players as part of the two clubs? 2005 partnership deal, finished too strongly for North Sydney in Saturday?s VB Premier League trial match at Henson Park. Newtown won 28-4, with several of the Sharks contingent among the stand-out performers. The match also doubled as the first leg of the annual three-game Frank Hyde Shield series between the two 1908 foundation Rugby League clubs.
TO All Newtown Jets Members and Supporters,
COME along and join the excitement of ?Tiger Tag?. A non-contact, 8 per side, Rugby League competition.
LONDON Broncos have today secured the services Kiwi International, Vinnie Anderson, who has been released from his contract at New Zealand Warriors. Vinnie has signed a three year deal.
A revived Stacey Jones engineered a rare Vodafone Warriors pre-season success when they beat Parramatta 20-10 in a rugby league trial in New Plymouth today.
NSW Origin Representative Ben Hornby has been chosen to lead the St George Illawarra Dragons in the 22nd Charity Shield against South Sydney at Aussie Stadium this Saturday night.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs today announced the team for their trial match against the Canberra Raiders at Express Advocate Stadium, Gosford, this Saturday, February 19. Kick-off for the match is at 7.30pm.
RAGING Bull becomes a Tiger!
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named his team to take on the Newcastle Knights in a pre-season trial to be played at Carrington Park in Bathurst on Saturday 19th February.
Coach Lang's team is;
THE Melbourne Storm will have a training run on Friday 18th February at Runaway Bay Junior ground (5PM) before taking on The Brisbane Broncos in a trial match at Carrara following night.