THE Burleigh Bears have qualified for the Queensland Cup grand final after staging a second half comeback to defeat Easts Tigers 17-16 on the Gold Coast today.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have scored three tries in the last 12 minutes to defeat the Cronulla Sharks 36-20 at Dairy Farmers Stadium tonight.
THE Canberra Raiders have sealed a spot in the top 8 with their 62-22 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Canberra Stadium tonight.
THE Wests Tigers have bowed out of the finals race after losing 26-16 to the Newcastle Knights at Energy Australia Stadium this evening. With Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins in attendance, the Knights put on a terrific display to welcome the worlds most beautiful woman back to her home town.
THE St.George-Illawarra Dragons Premier League side have defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs 34-6. Yesterday's result secures the lower grade minor premiership for the Dragons, denying the Sydney Roosters who are on equal competition points. The Dragons, with the best attack and defence in the competition, will secure first spot on the Premier League ladder regardless of other results.
LAST years champions Canterbury Bulls have lost to the ever improving Otahuhu Ellerslie 32-30 at Ericsson no 2 yesterday. After trailing 32-12 at half time, the Bulls staged a late come back only to fall two points short by the final whistle.
THE fixtures for the revamped national Rugby League Conference have been compiled. The competition, which will kick off on May 29, will be based on a 12 team provincial format with conferences in Leinster and Munster. The top two teams in each group will play off for a place in the Grand Final on August 14.
TWELVE rugby league and union clubs will converge on St Albans Centurions? Woollams ground next Sunday (16 May) to compete in a qualifying event for the second annual MX9s competition. The MX9s began last year with a successful event hosted by the Federation of Middlesex Societies and London Skolars at New River Stadium, with the Royal Engineers beating the Skolars in the final.
RESULTS of games played on Saturday, 8th May, 2004.
VB Premier League.
Newtown 42 defeated North Sydney 20 at Henson Park.
The legendary Frank Hyde was in attendance, and was in absolutely magnificent form.
Crowd: About 1500.
Newtown have won the Frank Hyde Cup for 2004.
Jim Beam Cup.
Newtown 36 defeated Ryde-Eastwood 22 at Leichhardt Oval.
Newtown went into this game down to the proverbial bone with injuries, and then losing two players for the remainder of the game with injury fifteen minutes into the game.
An amazing performance against all the odds in the best traditions of this 1908 Foundation club.
THE Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Canberra Raiders by 34-20 at Canberra Stadium today. A performance made impressive considering the Broncos had half a dozen origin players out injured.
THE Panthers centre Ryan Girdler notches up his 100th first class try for the Panthers with his team putting in a good performance against the Rabbitohs at Penrith Stadium, winning 38-4.
The only other Penrith player to have reached this milestone is Greg Alexander.
IT is with great pleasure that I announce another win to the Cronulla Sharks. It seems that these rare gems are becoming more frequent as the year progresses, which in turn means that another first grader should have his hide saved from the swinging axe of the Sharks Den Survivor.
MAY 8, 2004
THE Newcastle Knights have knocked the Canterbury Bulldogs off the top of the NRL ladder following an impressive 32-6 win at EnergyAustralia Stadium today.
THE Manly Sea Eagles have run out convincing winners over a complacent St George Illawarra Dragons by 21-10 at Brookvale Oval this afternoon.