IF you deconstruct Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, you can actually see many parallels between that and the state of rugby league over the years. Oh, and I'm not referring to Tonie Carroll and his uncanny likeness to another form of ancient species millions of years ago.
A man sits cold and alone in the waiting room. The doctor is busy. At approximately this time every year, the number of his patients swells to an unbelievable high. More and more, it seems, need his services as each day passes. The orderly stands up, and his heart rate increases ? could this be his time?
THIS article is courtesy of the Redcliffe and Bayside Herald and is written by Paul Lancaster.In a historic move, the Redcliffe Dolphins will be a feeder club for the Brisbane Broncos next year, after severing their ties with the Sydney City Roosters.The Dolphins have enjoyed eight years of a successful partnership with the Roosters, where former player and league great Arthur Beetson has often acted as a player scout.But with that current association winding up at the end of the year, Dolphins football manager James Hinchey said it was time for a fresh change, with an announcement due tomorrow."It makes a lot of good sense to have the links with with the Broncos, as it will keep the players in our club and in Queensland if they get a chance at NRL level," Mr Hinchey said."It's a way of strengthening the pathways for our junior levels, which are already very strong. It's a good deal for us and them."He said the finer points of the deal, believed to be over a number of years, would be ironed out with the Broncos heirarchy this week. "We had some good years with the Roosters but good things come to an end sometime. There were no hard feelings (with the Roosters), but our deal with them was just year to year."At 23, Dolphins Queensland Cup lock Daniel Green was one of the many young local stars keen to mark the alliance as a winner. "This is a great move. With the Roosters being so far away it was hard to get noticed if you are playing well," Green said."I'm very excited about it and I'll be challenging myself next year to get to play at NRL level and maybe get a chance to train with Wayne Bennett.Queensland stalwart Beetson said he was dissapointed at the result. "It has been a good pathway for our kids, but the board felt like they were not getting much out of it." Beetson said."If it was up to me I wouldn't have changed things, but it's not my decision. It's unfortunate.He said the Roosters would still consider sending younger players to the Dolphinsas an alternative to playing in Sydney.Mr Hinchey said the arrangement would also benefit the Broncos as they joined forces wit the biggest non-NRL club.A Broncos spokesman said the club would make no comment until the official announcement, but it's development officer Ben Ikin has previously said the arrangement would be good for both clubs.The Dolphins have produced a stellar array of NRL players who have donned the Broncos jersey, including Petero Civoniceva, Dane Carlaw, Brent Tate and Craig Frawley. Other Redcliffe juniors Michael Crocker, Sam Obst, Clinton O'Brien, Adam Starr and Mark Protheroe together with Trent Clayton and David Shillington went to the Roosters over a number of years.It is believed that the Broncos' arrangement with the Toowoomba Clydesdales will not be affected by the new alliance.
THE Newtown Rugby League Football Club wishes to announce the appointment of Paul Young as the club?s VB Premier League coach for the 2006 season.Paul has an impressive coaching background extending over a period of thirteen years, including successful coaching stints with different country clubs and several years as a member of the Parramatta DRLFC coaching staff. He coached the Parramatta Jersey Flegg team into the semi-finals for two successive years.With Newtown?s new strategic partnership with the Sydney Roosters DRLFC already underway, the club?s VB Premier League coaching appointment for 2006 needed to be made with the Roosters? operational requirements uppermost in mind. The Newtown RLFC extends congratulations to Paul Young on his appointment, with full training for the 2006 season due to start in less than a month?s time. The Directors of the Newtown RLFC also want to publicly thank former coach Colin Murphy for his exceptional contribution to the Newtown club as a coach between the years 1992 and 2005, and they extend every good wish to him in his future endeavours.
ELEVEN years on, Tommy O?Reilly has invoked powerful memories of the 1994 Brisbane Rugby League grand final with another heroic cover tackle.In one of his proudest moments, the once-blind playmaker helped Papua New Guinea upset the mighty Junior Kangaroos 24-16 in Darwin on Saturday.O?Relly?s game-deciding play came three minutes from fulltime, with PNG leading just 18-16 and Brisbane Broncos youngster Steve Michaels in the clear.At age 31 O?Reilly found enough speed in his battle-weary legs to assist winger Carney Stack in hauling in the younger Michaels, an NRL rookie full of promise.To round out the victory, the Kumuls surged to an eight-point margin with a try to Easts Tigers under-19 player Billy Segeyaro on fulltime.The match bore a stark resemblance to the 1994 BRL grand final, won 24-18 by Redcliffe against Wests.On that occasion the colourful O?Reilly gave chase on Wests five-eighth Craig Bowen in the 72nd minute as the Dolphins led by a slender four points.Bowen was put in the clear by Panthers half Barry Berrigan, but was denied a chance of stealing the game when O?Reilly surged from behind.A penalty soon after allowed Redcliffe to extend its final winning margin to six, the Dolphins last premiership before the Queensland Cup era.This year?s Junior Kangaroos squad would have had little recollection of that day, given most were aged eight at the time.In his own teenage years O'Reilly underwent corrective eyesight surgery and had a synthetic lens inserted after battling cataracts.PAPUA NEW GUINEA 24 (D Fletcher, K Peters, J Wilshere, B Segayoro tries; J Wilshere 4 goals) beat JUNIOR KANGAROOS 16 (M Lett, W Zillman, R Shortland tries; T Carney 2 goals). Venue: Richardson Park, Darwin. Crowd: 2,000.
LIKE waking from a dream.
I grew up in my grandfather?s house, along with my family and my four aunts. The eastern suburbs of Brisbane, in the 'sixties. It was rugby league heartland. It was one of those old weatherboard houses on "stilts"; I slept in a room that was converted from the old front verandah.
MELBOURNE Storm and Glen Turner have ended months of negotiations with the popular second rower signing a one year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2006 season.
THE Kogarah Cougars JRLFC are auctioning a signed 2005 St.George Bank Dragons' jersey through the Ebay website.
GREAT Britain coach Brian Noble believes he has the right mix in his squad for the Tri-Nations Series against Australia and New Zealand.
DUMFRIES centre Dougie Flockhart became the 100th player to represent Scotland Rugby League at senior level when he made his debut against Wales in the European Nations Cup on Sunday. The 20 year old played the whole 80 minutes as Scotland suffered a frustrating 22-14 defeat in Bridgend and remains in the squad for Sunday's game with a star-studded Ireland at Old Anniesland.
AUSTRALIAN rugby league selectors have made two changes to its lineup for Friday's Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand.
RUGBY League officially touched down in Malta last Friday afternoon at Luqa Airport(Malta) where the 17-man Maltese squad arrived accompanied by coaching and support staff numbering 40.
WAYNE Bennett unleashed a blistering attack on critics calling for his head after naming just one forced change to Australia's starting line-up for the second match of the Tri-Nations series on Friday night.
TRENT Barrett says he's happy to play anywhere after being recalled to the Australian rugby league team for the first time in three years.