WITH all due respect to the supporters of St.George-Illawarra, North Queensland and Brisbane, there is only one Grand Final match up that will generate the kind of buzz we saw and haven?t since Newcastle played Manly in the 1997 ARL decider.
THE North Queensland Young Guns have taken out the Queensland Cup Grand Final with a resounding 36-6 victory over the Burleigh Bears at Lang Park today.
NORTH QLD v BURLEIGH, Suncorp Stadium, 2pm Saturday, September 17.
TRENT Leis has booked himself a fourth grand final appearance after scoring the deciding try two minutes from fulltime in Burleighs 24-19 preliminary final win against Redcliffe.
Returning from a Shane Perry field goal in the 76th minute Redcliffe was asleep to a short kick-off, allowing the Bears to regather and work their way to the winning try.
MT Albert Lions, the reigning Bartercard Cup champions, are set to defend their title at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Canterbury Bulls in the Grand Final at 2.40pm.
THE Final of the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial competition has two teams competing that have never made the final of the competition before, making it a very interesting match-up indeed.
SYDNEY Bulls centre Allan Burns has been named 2005 Jim Beam Cup Player of the Year at last night?s lavish function held at Le Montage function centre at Leichhardt.
THE Raiders Premier League outfit will be aiming to reverse a couple of negative results against the Manly Sea-Eagles this season, when the two teams go head-to-head in their elimination semi-final this Sunday at Aussie Stadium.
ON Saturday, September 17 in Phoenix, Arizona the American National Rugby League will help coordinate a day of Rugby League development in the western USA.
BRADFORD unveiled their first signing for 2006 with the capture of Australian second-row forward Chris McKenna from Leeds on a two-year contract.
STAR names clash
PEREGIAN Springs and Hear and Say Centre are hosting a charity golf day on the 27th of September.
FORMER Broncos Origin star Ben Ikin yesterday said Brisbane were prepared to right the wrongs of last season?s elimination semi-final loss to the Cowboys for Sunday?s corresponding fixture against the Wests Tigers at Aussie Stadium.
WEEK two of the finals is upon us and only one Sydney team takes the field this weekend in the peoples favourite, the all-conquering Wests Tigers.
Finals Week Two
North Queensland Cowboys 24 def. Melbourne Storm 16
The Cowboys have advanced to the Preliminary Final against Parramatta after defeating the Melbourne Storm 24-16 at Aussie Stadium tonight. The Cowboys led 16-0 at half time.