IN a week where locally-bred swimmers Jessica Schipper and Leisel Jones shone at the World Championships, Redcliffe?s rugby league team provided plenty of aquatic analogies.
THE Narangba Rangers junior rugby league club has enjoyed a most promising first season and the growth of the Rangers seems assured.
The Narangba Rangers will complete the 2005 season with teams in each of the under seven, eight and nine age groups, and have steadily attracted new players during the course of the season, to finish with about 40 junior footballers.
The Redcliffe Rugby League Club has thrown full support behind the formation of the Narangba Rangers and sees this new venture as a most important development for junior rugby league in the growing northern region.
Each fixture the players have responded to the coaching instruction and have improved steadily week by week. Coaches Emmett Bailey, Bill Carter and Raimo Lavia have worked diligently to ensure the best result for the teams and the enthusiasm shown by the players is noticeable.
Sponsors have stepped forward to assist overcome the financial burden on a new club and special thanks go to Keystar AutoWorld, Allabout Shopfitting, Mike Green Plumbing and Redcliffe RLFC. These supporters of our youngest footballers will go into the Rangers history book as the founding sponsors.
The Queensland Rugby League, represented by new projects developer Don Oxenham and Telstra, also have contributed greatly to the establishment and development of the Rangers.
You have read before the saying that goes "from small beginnings, sometimes great things grow" and it would be super if one day we could look back and state that "there was a senior representative player that began his football with the Narangba Rangers".
CENTURIONS ones and twos were in action on Saturday at Woollams and both were victorious. In National League 3, Cents ran in 10 tries in there 56-8 demolition of Huddersfield Underbank Rangers and now need only one point to confirm 3rd place minimum and a home tie in the 1st round of the play offs. The defeat leaves Underbank a lot to do to squeeze into the top six and it now looks likely that Warrington Wizards, Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks and Hemel Stags will fight it out for 4th to 6th spots. Cents made a poor start trailing 6-0 within the first 5mins but pulled things around to go in at the interval 20-8 and then winning the second half 36-0. Man of the Match was Centurions prop Faron Mahoney closely followed by Nick Surtees two try effort fresh from his exertions with Scotland last week (who beat the English amateur Lionhearts) and Richard Louw, whilst classy backs Long, Miller and Warner each bagged a try. Geoff Huson continues his rugby league development bagging two tries in a very powerful display. The game marked the end of the Centurions experience for versatile half Brendan Potts whose stint with the club has now ended as he heads back to Sydney. His parents, Robert and Sharon watched on proudly as he put in another good display although his perfect kicking return was only marred when he missed from in front of the sticks with the last kick of the match. Coach Baker was rightfully pleased with the team's performance and with Donny Lam and Roger Teau returning to the fray the squad was nearly back to full strength. Only Luke Baxter, Eugene Thompson and Gus Sione remain injured and with the imminent arrival of club stalwart Rocky Edwards from his winter stint with French Elite league club Carcassone, things are shaping up well for the Cents.
4 Australian based Fijians have been selected to compliment the 16 man squad chosen from Fiji.
THE Tradewind South London Storm are the first side through to the TotalRL RLC Southern Premier Grand Final after defeating a depleted West London 70-6 in a dominant major semi-final display.
THE Australian Rugby League (ARL) has granted Newcastle captain Andrew Johns a clearance to play for English Super League club Warrington next month.
SOUTH Sydney has today announced the signing of Wests Tigers centre Shane Elford for the next two NRL seasons.
FRIDAY, 5th August 2005
CANBERRA forward Ben Cross will miss his side's NRL clash with Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium this weekend after pleading guilty to a grade-two careless high tackle.
ANOTHER cracking round of Rugby League action with upsets, big wins and narrow losses going the way of some. Once again, the Round 21 League Unlimited Team of the Week is choc full of sensational players who really stood out for their club sides at the weekend.
THE Canberra Raiders have rushed leading prop Troy Thompson straight back into the starting team for Sunday?s vital clash against the in-form Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium.
KNIGHTS v Bulldogs First Grade Round 22
Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - Newcastle Knights
NEWCASTLE v BULLDOGS AT TELSTRA STADIUM
NRL Round 22 - Sydney Roosters v Penrith Panthers
Kick-off: Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 3:00pm
Refereee: Jason Robinson
Venue: Aussie Stadium
PENRITH Panthers NRL side to take on the Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium, Sunday 7th August, 3:00pm.
THE North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have announced the teams to play this weekend.