AUSTRALIA go into Saturday?s showdown with Great Britain as hot favourites to continue their supremacy over the old enemy but with a dire warning from their coach.
A new game*
IN 2001 Andrew Voss originally intended to make a rugby league bloopers type of show. The format was to run four to six weeks, however thanks to a great response from the fans, the show evolved into what it is today - "Boots n All".
A cool winter afternoon, sun beaming down onto the field, the shadow of the grandstand slowly creeping over the ground. Children kick footballs around, mates in rival colours rib each other, others wave their flags and wear their team jersey with pride. The cheery old men with the booming voices sell junior league doubles, ?doubles on the main game? they cry.
ALRIGHT alright, so maybe I could've been a little less mainstream and entitled the article 'Attention Chris Anderson'. Let's be honest for a moment though, how many of us have painfully sat and watched our teams play, scratching our heads in confusion and saying 'I can't believe the coach made that decision!' Whether it be team selection, or style of play, you get the drift, just anything that makes you wonder 'what the heck was coach such and such thinking there?'
THE Redcliffe Dolphins moved into equal fourth spot on the Queensland Cup ladder after their 32-20 away win over North Queensland in Cairns on Saturday.
The opening 20 minutes was a war of attrition but Redcliffe broke the deadlock with a try to former Cowboy Brian Jellick in the 21st minute. Redcliffe coach Neil Wharton knew the opening stages would be vital and was pleased with his team?s defensive efforts, especially after they were reduced to 15 fit men.
Late inclusion Danny Burke came off early in the game and did not return, while front-rower Adam Starr turned in an outstanding effort despite being in bed vomiting just hours before kick off and Matt Anderton recovered from a twisted ankle in the warm up to take his place on the bench.
Redcliffe pushed it?s lead out to 20-4 at halftime with tries to Jellick, Ben Jones, Joel Barnes and Nathan Sologinkin. Playmakers Shane Perry and Mick Roberts were involved in well crafted tries from kicks. Second half tries to Danny Green and Perry gave Redcliffe a much needed victory.
Wharton said Adam Starr, Troy Lindsay and Ben Jones were the cornerstone for the victory laying the platform for the backs to strut their stuff.
Redcliffe 32 (J.Barnes, B.Jellick, B.Jones, S.Perry, D.Green, N.Sologinkin tries J.McKay 3, D.Richters goals)
North Queensland 20 (B.Bowen 2, V.Akiba, M.Scott tries B.Bowen, D.Limpus goals)
THE Redcliffe club is disappointed the proposed Gold Coast side is using the Dolphin as its logo. The Redcliffe Club who have been known as the Dolphins since 1968 feel that the Gold Coast?s bid teams marketing experts could have come up with a different name. When most people think of the Dolphins involving Rugby League in not only South East Queensland but nationally they associate it with the Redcliffe Club. Whether they love or hate Redcliffe it?s the Club they associate the logo with.
LAST weekend was a mixed bag of results for the Dolphins. The Queensland Cup side had an impressive victory over the North Queensland Young Guns while both lower grades were disappointing in their losses to the Easts Tigers.
The award winners from the weekend were
Searles Garden Products Man of the Match
Keystar Motors Players Player
Hogs Breath Caf? Man of the Match
Leading Edge Sports Man of the Match
I can visualise many people wondering who Dave Southern is at this point, and that?s unsurprising. In many ways he is an unremarkable man ? a native of Widnes who now works with the Diabetes Federation of Ireland who lists Jim Mills as one of his boyhood heroes. However, Dave Southern should be championed as one of the true unsung heroes of Rugby League. For he is head of the Rugby League in Ireland (RLI).
MANLY-WARRINGAH A Grade 22 v 10 BARLA Great Britain Lions
Brookvale Oval, Manly
MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford has put pen to paper and signed a one year deal with the Melbourne Storm this evening.
THE Newcastle Knights are set to sign Matt Orford from the Melbourne Storm and are now virtually resigned to the fact that they have lost superstar halfback Andrew Johns.
KOGARAH'S OKI Jubilee Stadium recorded the highest crowd of round 15 when the St.George Bank Dragons hosted the Wests Tigers. The Dragons restored their premiership credentials by thrashing the Tigers by 50-0 in front of a capacity crowd of 16,915.
FRIDAY 25th June 2004
WESTS v SYDNEY at Campbelltown Stadium at 7.35pm.
MANLY have continued bolstering their forward pack for the 2005 National Rugby League season by signing Dragons star Brent Kite to a four-year deal.