I?M sitting outside a cosy little caf? with a nice view of Parramatta River, waiting patiently for Eels? five-eighth John Morris to arrive. The wind comes to a sudden halt and I notice a glare in the distance ? white shoes, white teeth. This has to be him. I try to compose myself, albeit quite poorly, before he makes his way over to our arranged meeting place. ?Hi, I?m John Morris. Who the f*ck are you??
?THERE are languages other than words, numbers, symbols or nature. There are languages of the body. And prizefighting is one of them. There is no attempting to comprehend a prizefighter unless we are willing to recognise that he speaks with a command of the body which is as detached, subtle and comprehensive in its intelligence as any exercise of mind by such social engineers as Herman Kahn or Henry Kissinger?
DANNY Burke has capped of a stellar season by winning the Peter Leis Medal as the Redcliffe Dolphins Player of the Year at the recent presentation evening. The Mitchell product in his sixth season with the Dolphins was a one point winner from a fast finishing Troy Lindsay.Burke who spent time with both the Broncos and Souths Sydney before joining the Dolphins started the season off brilliantly picking up four man of the match awards in the first five games. ?It?s a real honour for me to win this award; I thought Cow (Lindsay) would win it he had another great year? Burke said. ?And just look at the other guys who have won it in recent years Adam Mogg, Shane Perry, Shane Tronc and Adam Starr they have all played first grade in the NRL? he added.Other award winnersDevelopment SquadPlayer of the Year: Matt GillettSquad Member of the Year: Tim YeeTeam of the Year: Team Nutley Matt Lennon, Matt Handcock, Khan Kelly, Liufau Hala, Jordan Brown, Asher Elamani and Luke Capewell ?Under 18?sBest & Fairest: Angus SmithBest Back: Anthony TonkinMost Consistant: Clark PaugaMost Improved: Zac LeavaiColts Best & Fairest: Scott GillisBest Back: Matt GillettBest Forward: Foisa PeniA GradeBest & Fairest: Chris FoxBest Back: Matt AndertonBest Forward: Damien JentzQueensland CupBest & Fairest: Troy LindsayBest Back: Shane PerryBest Forward: Nick WalkerIan ?Bunny? Pearce Leading Points Scorer: Mitchell Simpson 194 pointsDick ?Tosser? Turner Colt of the Year: Wayne BondRedcliffe Travel Clubman of the Year: Col Richardson
THE Brisbane Broncos have joined forces with the Redcliffe Rugby League Club to foster the further development of rugby league on the northern Brisbane peninsula.In an historic agreement signed today, two clubs once seen as fierce rivals have linked together for what they believe will be for the betterment of the game in Queensland. Redcliffe recently severed a similar link with NRL heavyweights, the Sydney Roosters.Broncos Managing Director Bruno Cullen joined Redcliffe football club James Hinchey in announcing that the two rugby league clubs had entered in to a partnership agreement whereby the Broncos would provide extensive support, in a working relationship, to the Dolphins. The support from the Broncos will not be financial, but totally resource related.?We believe we can assist the Redcliffe club in many ways and in doing so rugby league ? at all levels ? will benefit from this relationship,? Mr Cullen said.?In the past three years the Broncos have formed similar partnerships with three other clubs in Brisbane and not only have the relationships flourished, but rugby league has benefited greatly with junior numbers in Brisbane at record levels. To have a very strong and influential club like Redcliffe joining forces with us, is a major bonus for both clubs.?However Mr Cullen stressed that the affiliation would not affect the status of either club in the Queensland Cup or other affiliated senior competitions.?This relationship is not about changing the status of either club insofar as competitive rugby league is concerned,? he said.?Despite speculation in some quarters, the Broncos will continue to play in the Queensland Cup under the banner of the Toowoomba Clydesdales, and Redcliffe will obviously remain as the Dolphins. And we will still be the fierce rivals we have always been.?But there will be opportunities for Redcliffe players to be dual registered with the Broncos, opening a genuine opportunity for them to play NRL if the situation presents itself ? as has been the case with Darren Smith for the past two seasons.? Redcliffe president Des Webb described the coming together as a positive step for both clubs and for rugby league in Queensland in general.?The development of our juniors, which includes all our affiliated junior clubs, is an obvious benefit that I am confident will bear fruit for both Redcliffe and the Broncos,? he said.?The other major benefit is the opportunity presented to our senior players to compete in the NRL for a club like the Broncos, under the guidance of a coach such as Wayne Bennett. That is something I am sure will give us an edge with our Queensland Cup aspirations.?I can also assure our supporters we will remain as the Dolphins and will operate as we have always done, but now we will have the added advantages of the Broncos being involved in the development of players within our club structure. As well, the Broncos will be a great sounding board for all aspects of the football club operations, while at the same time offering a genuine pathway to the NRL for all Dolphin players - whether they are seven or 27 - and a pathway that keeps them within Redcliffe, Brisbane and Queensland.? The major areas where the two clubs will work closely together to strengthen rugby league in the Redcliffe area are:? The education of players, coaches and parents, using the extensive resources of the Broncos ? Elite coaching camps for juniors (14-15 years) and seniors (17-18 years)? Further advance the existing Development Squad program for boys from 13 to 18 years, using the specialist staff at the Broncos? Coaching and Development staff from both clubs to work together to conduct coaching clinics and educational programs at primary and secondary schools in the Redcliffe area The agreement will initially be in place until October, 2008
FORMER St George Football Club and Leagues Club director, Laurie Doust has died suddenly on Tuesday night at the age of 84.
THREE preseason trial matches have been confirmed by the Vodafone Warriors as they prepare to start their off-season programme for the 2006 NRL season.
Among the opponents are this year?s beaten grand finalists the North Queensland Cowboys and 2004 premiers the Bulldogs.
New head coach Ivan Cleary is delighted with a schedule that also includes Canberra.
?It?s an ideal programme to prepare us for the new season,? says Cleary.
The schedule begins with the Vodafone Warriors playing the Raiders at North Harbour Stadium on February 12 followed by clashes against the Cowboys in Cairns on February 18 and the Bulldogs in Carrara on February 25.
Cleary begins work in his new role next Tuesday morning when the Vodafone Warriors assemble at Ericsson Stadium for the first of two pre-Christmas training blocks.
The initial training squad will be missing eight players all on international duty in the Tri Nations series. Ruben Wiki, Brent Webb, Manu Vatuvei, Clinton Toopi, Lance Hohaia, Awen Guttenbeil and Louis Anderson are with the Kiwis while Steve Price is in the Australian squad.
Among those in the group starting work next week will be two of the new signings former Cowboys back rower Micheal Luck and his old team-mate hooker George Gatis. Ex-Roosters halfback Grant Rovelli is due to start training on October 31.
Cleary promises the training schedule will be similar to what the Vodafone Warriors endured last summer.
?We?ll do a combination of in-house training and sessions at other venues around Auckland,? he says.
?The programme will be challenging but that?s standard for all NRL clubs today. It?s what you have to do to measure up in this competition.?
Returning from neck surgery will be centre Tony Martin. His season was restricted to only two matches after he injured his neck against Brisbane in March.
Apart from Martin, Luck, Gatis and Rovelli, others involved in the off-season campaign are Todd Byrne, Jerome Ropati, Simon Mannering, Sione Faumuina, Nathan Fien, Richard Villasanti, Evarn Tuimavave, Epalahame Lauaki, Wairangi Koopu, George Tuakura and Misi Taulapapa.
Also named in the pre-Christmas training squad are 11 of the club?s promising players ? Daniel O?Regan, Patrick Ah Van, Andreas Bauer, Sonny Fai, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Marvin Filipo, Cooper Vuna, Roman Hifo, Robinson Godfrey, Sam Rapira and Daniel Vasau.
The Vodafone Warriors will complete their first block of training on November 18 before resuming on November 25 and running through until December 22.
The eight players on international duty won?t be required to train with the squad before Christmas. They?ll assemble with the rest of the players to start the preseason run on January 6.
RAIN has finally stopped falling in Auckland this morning but the surface is sure to be slippery for tonight's Tri-Nations rugby league clash between Australia and New Zealand.
KIWI officials are hoping a New Zealand victory on Friday will come with an added bonus - Stacey Jones for the remainder of the Tri-Nations tournament.
THE ARL will measure the dimensions of Ericsson Stadium this afternoon to see if the field meets international specifications ahead of tomorrow night's Tri-Nations rugby league Test between Australia and New Zealand.
GORDEN Tallis has questioned whether Australia should persist with Andrew Johns and Darren Lockyer as a halves combination.
GREAT Britain hooker Keiron Cunningham, who has won every domestic honour during his 12 years with St Helens, is delighted to be handed the chance to realise a long-held dream on the international stage.
SIX days is a long time in Rugby League?
STEVE Price returned "home" to enemy territory fearing an even hungrier New Zealand side would front up to the world champions in Friday night's second Tri-Nations match in Auckland.
EUROPEAN Nations Cup - Scotland v Ireland
When: Sun 23rd October
Where: Glasgow Hawks home ground
MALTA rugby league head coach Joe Grima has included Maltese local Robert Bonavia in the 18 man squad to take on England in this Saturday's Rugby League International Friendly at Marsa Stadium.