HARLEQUINS have appointed Leeds assistant coach Brian McDermott to replace head coach Tony Rea.
I read with interest this morning that Canberra Raiders captain Clinton Schifcofske is still considering a move to Rugby and that his departure from the nations capital is imminent.Schifcofske was quoted as saying ?I?ll do the right thing by the Raiders?. Sorry Clinton, that time has come and gone and each day without a decision means you are shafting the team, the club and more importantly, the fans. I doubt the fans reaction is even a secondary concern for Schif as he prepares to abandon the Raiders and leave them destitute, talent wise. As bitter a pill it would have been to swallow three weeks ago, now it?s much worse and any respect I had for him as a player and a person is fast diminishing. Rolling out clich?s like ?loyalty is a two way street? is a tried and true method but unfortunately it still rings true at the end of the day.We are nine days past the June 30 anti tampering deadline so the chance to do the right thing is about as stale as the mouldy bread in my cupboard. Canberra are in the grips of a player drain (Mogg, Woolford and Smith all going) and for the captain of the first grade team to consider his options NOW shows there is very little loyalty towards the club and the role of captain has a value in dollar terms only.I want players at my club who want to be there and if Schifcofske stays, it wont be because of loyalty, it will be because the Queensland Reds couldn?t come up with a better offer. This is not the person I want leading my team onto the field. This is not a person I want at my club and if it means his departure consigns the Raiders to the wooden spoon, then so be it. I would be more supportive of the club even if they were getting belted by 40 each week and if I knew the players who were turning up each week really wanted to be there, not just a whistle stop on the road to fame and fortune, I?d be the happiest fan around. Ok, not the happiest but you get my drift.Being capitalist in nature, I never begrudge a man a chance to earn as much as he can in his career but you know there is something wrong when a player on a rumoured $340,000 per season says he has to think about greener pastures for the good of himself and his family. Now, there could also be third party sponsorships and endorsements so the figure may be significantly higher than $340,000. It?s salaries like these that drive up ticket prices and the cost of food and merchandise for the average fan and I bet my bottom dollar Clinton doesn?t get around town in a beat up Gemini.I have to questions Clinton?s desire, is it the sport or the dollar that are driving you these days? There was a time when people like Clinton played for the love of their sport, not to fatten their already bulging wallets.If ever professional sport found a way to disenfranchise fans, comments like his are only going to accelerate the process. I doubt Clinton has ever given much thought to the notion that the average fan earns about $50,000 per annum, pays for his/her ticket each week buys the jersey to support his/her club both on and off the field. If Schifcofske is earning about seven times the average fans annual wage and then says he has to look after his family, what is the man in the street going to be thinking? There has to be a connection between the haves and the have nots. Today that connection is about as reliable as Telstra?s internet service.Yes, I realise there is a limited shelf life in Rugby League but when you have your manager getting you the good dollars, then $340,000 per year means in all likelihood you will own your own home well before your playing days are over and probably have another two or three as investments by the time you are 30.All I can say to Clinton is, regardless of your next move, your status as a Raiders legend is gone and you can continue to pay homage to your picture of Gordon Gekko because greed may be good for you, but it leaves a bad after taste for this fan. Just don?t let the door hit on your way out.
G?DAY everyone we are well and truly into the season now and we are sitting pretty well on the ladder. Despite a couple of ordinary performances in the last few games we have managed to get seven players into the City side to play Country. Unfortunately Nick Emmett had to withdraw from the side after being suspended but big prop Pat Gardner comes into the 17 in his spot. It is good to finally see Danny Burke get some recognition from the rep selectors. He has been one of our best for the last few years but when it came rep time his name was never one read out, well done Burkey. Also good to see Mario Guimelli gets a start for the Queensland Rangers side on their tour of New Zealand.While talking about rep footy how about former Dolphin Adam Mogg?s debut for Queensland in State of Origin two at Lang Park. He was sensational I know quite a few Reddy guys were at the game supporting him. I watched it at home with my boys, I was proud as punch to tell them I used to play with Moggy. They just looked at me and laughed and said yeah dad sure, that brought me down to earth real quick.I?ve been doing a bit more research to come up with some more nicknames of the boys to share with you I?ve heard Richie Russell is Cadbury?s, Sam Schull from the Colts is Herman. We have the Spaghetti Brothers in the backline in A Grade Chris Guimelli and Adam Luchetti, Tim Yee is Rowdy because he speaks so much. I know you have been waiting for the Shannon Fish update for this month and yes he does have one comment that sticks to my mind immediately. The boys were in the sheds one night when Fishy popped up and asked what month is Oktoberfest in. And it appears Ryan Cullen has been hanging out with Shannon too long. Ryan got called up to train with the Broncos and Coach Wayne Bennett asked him his what his Christian name was, Ryan just looked at Wayne with a funny look on his face and said what do you mean Wayne replied what?s your first name you goose.Reports are filtering back to me from all over the state from the millions and millions of readers from my column. When the City side came into Mt Isa they saw a big lake and one our boys in the side who plays prop and it wasn?t Starry or Cow said Gees the sea comes in a long way up here. It?s great to see young Timmy Yee getting a few games in the top grade, even he isn?t all that familiar with the position he is making a good fist of it. It?s good to see the senior players still try and test out the rookies, when the boys were at the airport to go to Rockhampton Danny Burke asked Timmy if he had his passport for the trip, I have it on good authority Burkey got caught with that same trick when he was a youngster.The Club is chasing any videos of games or highlights from the 1970?s or 1980?s apart from the grand finals if anybody out there can help can they get in contact with the club.Until Next Month Cheers RobboUp the Dolphins
LAST weekend proved to be another tough one for the Dolphins with the Colts and Premier Grades going down to Burleigh at Pizzey Park while the A grade were able to register a win.
GARETH Raynor grabbed a late try to extend Hull?s winning run to 12 matches in the engage Super League with a 24-20 victory over Salford City Reds.
ROB Burrow broke Bradford's hearts with a last-minute conversion to hand Leeds a 26-24 victory in an absorbing engage Super League derby thriller at Headingley Carnegie.
INJURY-HIT St Helens stayed on top of Super League after with a 52-26 win over Catalans Dragons.
WIGAN secured their fourth win in a row and, more importantly, moved off the foot of the engage Super League table for the first time in four months, by beating relegation rivals Wakefield 42-24 at the JJB Stadium. The Warriors completely dominated the opening 40 minutes thanks to a combination of scintillating play and unbelievably poor Wakefield discipline, which saw two men sent to the sin bin in the opening 25 minutes and a horribly one-sided penalty count which meant they hardly threatened Wigan with ball in hand. Mark Calderwood grabbed two tries and Bryan Fletcher the other, with Michael Dobson booting over five goals, and the only surprise was that the half-time difference was not even greater. Wakefield came out fired up for the second half and actually shaded it on the scoreboard but, in truth, the game was all over by the half-time hooter. David Solomona notched a brace after the break with Colum Halpenny and Adam Watene also crossing, but further Wigan scores by man of the match Danny Orr, Nathan McAvoy and skipper Sean O?Loughlin always had the Warriors in charge. It was all Wigan right from the early stages, with referee Ashley Klein penalising the visitors three times in kickable positions in the opening ten minutes. Dobson missed the first kick, for a high tackle on O?Loughlin, but kicked the second for a ball steal on Iafeta Paleaaesina and the third for a late hit on Orr - an offence which earned Michael Korkidas a spell in the sin bin. Korkidas had no sooner returned to the fray when the Wildcats were down to 12 men again, Ben Jeffries this time despatched to the cooler for a cynical professional foul on Brett Dallas. Wigan?s Aussie winger had broken through and been superbly tackled two yards short by Halpenny but, after Halpenny eventually allowed Dallas up, Jeffries bumped into Dallas to save his team conceding another score. The respite was brief, though, as Mickey Higham put Fletcher under the sticks in the resultant set of six, and Calderwood took a Fletcher pass three minutes later to score his side?s second try of the night and his second in successive matches. Dobson goaled both to increase the lead to 16-0, and he also improved Calderwood?s second try on the hooter, which owed almost all to a brilliant line break by stand-off Orr. The Wildcats desperately needed to get on the scoreboard first in the second half to get back in the game, and they did just that just three minutes in when a clever kick by Sam Obst put Watene over under the sticks and Jamie Rooney?s successful conversion made it 22-6. All that good work was undone five minutes later, though, when Solomona was penalised for striking would-be tackler Danny Tickle, and good hands from Godwin and Scott Logan put Orr under the sticks. Dobson?s kick made it 28-6, but the visitors hit straight back immediately when Halpenny won the race to a shot kick to score, with Rooney making no mistake with the extras. Back came Wigan, though, and McAvoy fly-kicked a loose ball forward and won the race to touch down under the posts and again shut the door on Wakefield. Dobson again tagged on the two points, but the Wildcats failed to kick the restart the required 10 yards which handed Wigan the position to grab their sixth try. O?Loughlin banged the penalty deep into Wakefield territory, and seconds later took a Higham short ball at express pace to give Dobson another simple conversion. Solomona scored two nice individual tries to give the scoreline some degree of respectability, both converted by Rooney, but the big New Zealander was largely a frustrated figure at being incapable of having the kind of galvanising effect he normally has on his side. Dobson tagged on a late penalty to round off a fine night with the boot, nine successful kicks from the little Australian who returns to Canberra at the end of the year.Wigan: Ashton, Calderwood, Radlinski, McAvoy, Dallas, Orr, Dobson, Paleaaesina, Higham, Fielden, Hock, Fletcher, O'Loughlin.Replacements: Logan, Godwin, Hansen, Tickle.Wakefield: Halpenny, White, Demetriou, Atkins, Tadulala, Rooney, Jeffries, Watene, Betham, Korkidas, Solomona, Catic, J. Field.Replacements: Henderson, Griffin, Elima, Obst.Referee: A Klein (London)
ROUND 18 Parramatta Eels 46 v Newcastle Knights 12at Parramatta StadiumReferee: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels have stolen Andrew Johns' show with a stunning 46-12 victory at Parramatta Stadium tonight. The Eels led from start to finish and led by 20-6 at the halftime interval.A Newcastle try in the 72nd minute provided Johns with the opportunity to add the extras and walk into the history books as the competition's all time leading points scorer.Local hero Tim Smith got the Eels off to a great start when he threaded a grubber kick through that ricocheted off a Knights leg and then was pounced on by Smith for the opening try.Things got worse for the visitors when moments later Smith put winger Eric Grothe away for their second try. Smith threw a 15 metre long cut out pass, hitting Grothe on the chest before he dived over.Only six minutes out from halftime the Knights had their first real chance to open their scoring, and they took it with open arms as Johns put Woolnough in to a big gap and he strolled around to score.Johns converted the try to go within a goal of the pointscoring record.However, the Knights were under the pump again as they let in two quick tries which left them down by 20-6 at the break.Any chance of a comeback was swiftly doused by the Eels with winger Jarryd Hayne scoring two tries in the opening 10 minutes of the half.Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as veteran Glenn Morrison went on a blind side surge, confronting the fullback before finding Johnny Morris.Matters deteriorated further for the Knights when a Johns blind side movement saw an intercept pass to Hayne who streaked away for his hattrick.And then it was destiny ... young Knights backrower Riley Brown strolled through some poor Eels defence to score beside the posts. The subsequent successful conversion gave Johns the all time points scoring record, surpassing the record previously set by Eels coach Jason Taylor.What might have been the highlight of the match however was upstaged by Hayne who, in the dying minutes, crossed for his fourth try in just as many first grade matches to cap off a great night for the Eels.They led from start to finish and finished up on the good side of the scoreboard with a 46-12 victory.The Eels now sit just two wins under the top eight while the Knights are just clinging onto eighth position.Top 10 since 1908 - PointsA Johns* - 2108J Taylor - 2107D Halligan - 2034M Cronin - 1971G Eadie - 1917E Simms - 1841H El Masri* - 1730R Girdler - 1690G Langlands - 1548C Schifcofske* - 1545* current playersScorers:Parramatta Eels: 46Tries: Eric Grothe, John Morris(2), Luke O'Dwyer, Tim Smith , Jarryd Hayne(4)Goals: John Morris 1/3, Mark Riddell 4/6Newcastle Knights: 12Tries: Adam Woolnough, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 2/2By the Clock:Welcome to Parramatta Stadium where history beckons where Andrew Johns needs just 4 points to become the NRL's leading point scorer.Young Eels centre Ben Smith makes a return to football tonight after suffering an ankle injury against the Cowboys early in the season.He will come off the bench with Daniel Wagon moving to the centres as Timana Tahu is out with a knee injury from the State of Origin.One change for the Knights with Luke Davico dropping off the 5 man Knights bench.Johns leads his men out on to the field as Nathan Cayless walks down the tunnel.Kickoff!2 min: After some poor communication on the last tackle,it is Wade McKinnon left to put up a swirling bomb that is knocked on by Nathan Hinton ingoal.5 min: TRY Parramatta EelsTim Smith goes to the line early in the tackle count and threads a grubber though.The ball deflects off a Newcastle leg and Smith is their to score the try.Crowd favourite Riddell converts the try. Eels 6-09 min: The Knights look promising in attack led by Gidley down the right hand flank.However in the next play Steve Simpson knocks on when trying to barge over close to the line.10 min: Josh Perry puts Fui Fui Moi Moi on his backside with an absolute bell ringer.12 min: Eric Grothe gives Daniel Wagon a one handed offload in his offload that sends Wagon 60 metres downfield.However,on the last tackle Carney defuses a Tim Smith bomb.16 min: TRY Parramatta EelsBrian Carney is caught out in defence on his try line and Eels halfback Tim Smith throws a 10 metre cut out pass that hits Eric Grothe on the chest who scores in the corner.Riddell from the sideline has missed. Eels 10-017 min: Perry off the kickoff hits Moi Moi in another bell ringer.20 min: Tim Smith goes from hero to villain as close to the line he throws a speculater cut out pass that goes in to touch.30 min: Now Johnny Morris throws a cutout pass into touch while on the attack.32 min: A knockon in the play the ball gives the Knights a rare entry to their attacking quarter.A Newcastle chant goes around Parramatta Stadium.34 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsSome gaps through the Eels defence appear and Johns throws a pin point pass onto the chest of Adam Woolnough who scores under the posts.Johns converts and goes within 2 points of the record. Eels 10-637 min: TRY Parramatta EelsOne of the tries of the season as the Eels have a two man overlap on the right hand flank.The ball goes out to O'Dwyer who draws the winger and finds Hayne who kicks infield for Morris who scores.Morris hooks the conversion badly. Eels 14-638 min: ON REPORT - Kirk Reynoldson on report for a late tackle on Tim Smith in the lead up to the try.On the replay it seemed there was nothing in it.40 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels score a scrappy try as a grubber goes in to the ingoal area and is knocked on twice by two Knights players before being grounded by Luke O'Dwyer.Morris converts the conversion from right in front off the uprights. Eels 20-6HALFTIME - The Eels have dominated possession with a clear 7 more sets of six.On the Knights first full set of six in the Eels quarter,the Knights crossed through Adam Woolnough with Johns converting to go within 2 points of the record.What was meant to be Joey's night is so far opposite number's Tim Smith,who has dominated tonight with 3 try assits and 1 try.Second half underway...42 min: News from the sheds at halftime is that Tim Smith has a possible fractured collarbone.45 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJohn Morris puts a pin point bomb in that is taken in flight by Jaryd Hayne who crosses in the corner.Riddell sprays the conversion from the sideline. Eels 24-648 min: A bomb by Jarrod Mullen bounces and Mark Riddell trots away 50 metres towards halfway.50 min: TRY Parramatta EelsHayne grabs a double as Dean Widders puts a grubber through that is finished off in the corner by Jaryd.Riddell slices the kick back to perfection from the sideline. Eels 30-655 min: TRY Parramatta EelsIt's a massacre in Parrmatta as Glenn Morrison sets off down the sideline and finds Morris in support to score the try.On the replay,it seems that Riddell knocked on at dummy half before the try.Riddell converts. Eels 36-662 min: TRY Parramatta EelsAnother hattrick for youngster Jaryd Hayne as he takes an intercept off a Joey Johns pass.Riddell slots another one over. Eels 42-666 min: Theres a biff in back play between Quinn and O'Dwyer.The penalty goes to the Eels for a swinging arm in the tackle although O'Dwyer was throwing punches left, right and centre.67 min: Riddell is held up over the line.68 min: George Carmont collars O'Dwyer after he knocks the ball on.There is a bit of push and shove as Quinn pushes the injured O'Dwyer as he was on the ground.72 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsRiley Brown goes through a big Eels gap to score next to the posts.Johns converts and is now the all-time leading point scorer in NRL History!Congratulations Andrew 'Joey' Johns! Eels 42-1274 min: TRY Parramatta EelsNewcastle are hit for 4 as young gun Jaryd Hayne scores his fourth in the corner to cap off a great night for the Eels.Morris with the conversion hooks it across the face of goal. Eels 46-1276 min: Hindmarsh on report for a lifting tackle.Fulltime-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)2 - John Morris (Eels)1 - Tim Smith (Eels)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 18 Penrith Panthers 24 v Canberra Raiders 12at CUA Stadium, PemrithReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have scored an impressive 24-6 victory over a lacklustre Canberra Raiders side at CUA Stadium this evening.The Panthers never at any stage looked in danger of losing the match as the Raiders never got out of first gear, again allowing themselves to be totally dominated in the first half. Preston Campbell and Michael Gordon were the Panthers best while for the Raiders, no player stood out in such a disappointing display. Michael Gordon bagged a personal tally of 14 points through three goals and two tries.After the Raiders upset loss to the Eels last week, they had the chance to right a few wrongs and get their top eight aspirations back on track but the loss has made it extremely difficult for the Raiders to build any type of momentum in the stretch to the finals with such ordinary form against teams they were expected to defeat.For the Panthers, they are back in the hunt and tonight they did it without the captain Tony Puletua who was ruled out through injury earlier today. For the Raiders, start planning for Mad Monday, because you are kidding yourselves if you think you are finals material based on the efforts in the past two weeks.Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 24Tries: Preston Campbell, Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon(2)Goals: Preston Campbell 1/2, Michael Gordon 3/3Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Phillip Graham, Clinton SchifcofskeGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/2By the Clock:1 min: NEWS We are underway at CUA Stadium for the vital clash between the Raiders and the Panthers.5 min: NEWS No score yet but the play has been going all the Panthers way with the Raiders off to their usual slow start.12 min: NEWS Still no score and the Raiders are starting to warm to the occasion nicely.20 min: NEWS Midway through the first half and there is still no score between the Panthers and the Raiders. The Panthers have had the better of possession and are making more metres with the ball in hand but the Raiders line is yet to yield any points.22 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers have opened the scoring through Rhys Wesser and Preston Campbell converts to give the Panthers a six point lead. Panthers 6-030 min: NEWS Still no change to the score with both sides playing a simple, no frills style of game tonight.40 min: TRY Penrith PanthersA crucial try to the Panthers right on the stroke of half time has really hurt an ordinary Canberra Raiders side who now have it all in front of them in the second half. Conversion unsuccessful. Panthers 10-041 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.50 min: NEWS Panthers well on top and are dominating possession and the advantage line extremely well. Canberra are being overrun and at the moment look helpless to stop it.57 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are on the board after 57 minutes through Phil Graham. Schifcofske converts to get the Raiders within four points. Panthers 10-659 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers hit straight back and have gone a long way to sealing the vital two points tonight. Canberra are self destructing and look long odds to pull this one out of the fire. Panthers 16-670 min: PENALTY GOAL Penrith PanthersMichael Gordon makes it virtually impossible for the Raiders to mount any comeback by extending the Panthers lead to two converted tries with under ten minutes remaining. Panthers 18-676 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers put the icing on the cake with an impressive win against a terrible Canberra Raiders side who have pretty much just seen their top eight chances fly right out the window. Panthers 24-680 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders score a consolation try to Clinton Schifcofske but don't be fooled by the scoreline, the Panthers were by far the better team. Conversion successful. Panthers 24-12-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Michael Gordon2 - Preston Campbell1 - Joel Clinton-----------------------------------------
WALES 14 SCOTLAND 14The inaugural Rugby League European Federation Under 19?s Championship got off to a tremendous start with two superb opening ties between the four home nations sides in Canet en Roussillon, a prized beach resort in the suburbs of Perpignan.In the opening encounter Wales made a blistering start with tries from Gareth Moore and Adam Dawe in the opening ten minutes but Scotland battled back with hardworking forwards Tommy McColl and Wayne Rafferty both powering over for touchdowns.The Scots took the initiative just after half time with a clever break from hooker Scott Porteous, converted by Ross Bryan, while Welsh winger Dawe crossed for the second time to level a few minutes later.Both teams had chances for victory in the dying minutes but defences held firm and a draw was a fair result.WALES1 Kevin James2 Jason Kenneally3 Chris Vitalini4 Lee Williams5 Adam Dawe6 Oliver Hughes7 Garyn Lucas8 Matt Barron9 Tom Burnell10 Gareth Moore11 Billy Lavis12 Pat Howell13 Barrie PhilipsSubs (all used)14 Williams Jones15 James Davies16 Rhys Andrews17 Nicky GriffithsTries: Moore (2), Dawe (10, 52)Goal: HughesSin Bin: Lee Williams (31)Coach: Dan ClemensSCOTLAND1 Gary Thornton2 Greg Wallace3 Alisdair Carvers4 Matthew McNee5 Rob Sloman6 Paul Walker7 Ross Bryan8 Che Smith9 Scott Porteous10 Wayne Rafferty11 Tommy McColl12 Martyn Lowe13 Karl BeardshawSubs (all used)14 Jack Burns15 David Valentine16 Ben Parker17 Chris LyleTries: McColl (28), Rafferty (32), Porteous (39)Goal: BryanCoach: James GloverReferee: Richard Frileux (France)Ville de Canet, Man of the Match: Tom Burnell (Wales)ENGLAND 30 IRELAND 24In the following game, England hit Ireland with a devastating opening blitz of three quick tries from Daniel Whitmore, skipper Sam Gee and full back Darren Fletcher, all converted by Chris Tuson.The Irish got back into the game courtesy of a try from Davis Johnson; man of the match Chris Forster tagging on the conversion to leave the half time score 18-6.The Emerald Isle levelled at the beginning of the second half with well crafted touchdowns from Adam Wilson and Forster who again added both conversions.England responded and secured victory with two converted tries from Gareth Knowles and Adam Rudd.The Irish kept the tension alive when they crossed again in the last minute through their captain, loose forward Tyrone McArthy.Delighted Tournament Director Jean Eric Ducuing of the French RL Federation commented: ?This was a fantastic advert for Rugby League and a great opening to the European Championship?.RLEF Development Officer Kevin Rudd added, ?This promises to be a fantastic event and will hopefully pave the way for other future European age group Championships?ENGLAND1 Darren Fletcher2 James Haynes3 Daniel Chrimes4 Sam Gee5 Vinny Finnegan6 Chris Tuson7 Scott Low8 Gregg Mannion9 Daniel Whitmore10 Matt Barber11 Adam Rudd12 Gareth Knowles13 Kristian HodsonSubs (all used)14 David Rolt15 Jamie Hopkins16 David Cookson17 Rick JonesTries: Mannion (2), Gee (9), Fletcher (12), Knowles (52), Rudd (57)Goals: Tuson 5Coach: Matt CallandIRELAND1 David Heathwood2 Simon Atherton3 Adam Walsh4 David Johnson5 Sean Quinn6 Chris Forster7 Adam Wilson8 Neil Belshaw9 Daniel O?Brien10 Adam Boughen11 Daniel Newlove12 Mike Fairclough13 Tyrone McArthySubs (all used)14 Glenn Holland15 Paul Rigby16 Danny Gregory17 Craig FosterTries: Johnson (16), Wilson (44), Forster (49), McArthy (66)Goals: Forster 4Coach: Gareth JonesReferee: David Segura (France)Ville de Canet man of the Match: Chris Forster (Ireland)Source: www.rlef.eu.com
ROUND 18Sydney Roosters 16 vs Manly Sea Eagles 33at Aussie StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:Half back Matt Orford has made a stunning return to form in leading the Manly Sea Eagles to a comprehensive 33-16 victory over the Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium today.In ending their three match losing streak, the Sea Eagles have all but ended the Roosters slim hopes of making the finals, the home side crashing to their 11th loss of the year and are now six points adrift of the top eight.The match had plenty of fire with two fights breaking out in the opening minutes, Roosters front rower Adrian Morley finding himself in the middle of the first encounter before play settled down.Manly were first to score when forward Brent Kite busted through after 11 minutes. The visitors went to 12-0 ahead in the 19th minute when centre Chris Hicks began, and finished, a dashing 90 metre movement to score under the posts. A penalty goal from Orford gave the Sea Eagles a 14-0 lead at half time.Orford went up a gear in the second half, stepping through to run some 60 metres to score a brilliant solo try. With 30 minutes to go, the Manly side were in front by 20-0.The Roosters struck back in the 53rd minute through Mickey Paea, and again five minutes later through Iosia Soliola, the big centre scoring out wide to make it 20-10.But Orford injected himself into the play once again, setting up full back Brett Stewart with a kick in the 62nd minute. Orford's sideline conversion put Manly up by 26-10.Manly's George Rose then made his mark on the match, the big prop stepping and weaving, and then standing up an embarrassed fullback in Amos Roberts to score under the posts.With a minute to go, Roosters forward Ashley Harrison scored a consolation try with the conversion bringing up the full time score.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 16Tries: Mickey Paea, Iosia Soliola, Ashley HarrisonGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/2, Josh Lewis 1/1Manly Sea Eagles: 33Tries: Chris Hicks, Brent Kite, Brett Stewart, Matt Orford, George RoseGoals: Matt Orford 6/6Field Goals: Matt OrfordBy the Clock:A small crowd at the SFS on what is a chilly late afternoon. A couple of changes with Amos Roberts moving to full back for the Roosters, Shaun Foley is out. But the most significant change is the omission of Steve Menzies from the Sea Eagles who has a broken hand. His replacement is Luke Williamson. Both sides have had a reshuffle on their respective benches.Manly kick off and the match is underway!4 min: FIGHT Adrian Morley (Roosters), while in possession, lands a few on Manly's Jason King and King responds in kind. Looks like Morley had the initial brain explosion. Manly get the penalty.6 min: NEWS Morley gets the ball back for Easts with some bone crushing defence. His first target was King. Then Manly lose the ball in the next ruck as the ball carrier, Steve Matai, sees Morley coming again.8 min: FIGHT This time Steve Matai (Manly) and Ryan Cross (Roosters) having a dust up, Matai taking exception to a facial.11 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBrent Kite busts through from 20m out, brushes Roberts aside to score 7m in from touch. Conversion from Matt Orford is right on the money. Sea Eagles 6-019 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesChris Hicks scores a brilliant try. Hicks made the intial bust and ran 50m before finding Brett Stewart in support. Stewart is collared from behind by Roberts but delivers a tremendous flick pass inside to Hicks who scores a near 90m try. Orford converts from right in front. Sea Eagles 12-032 min: Possible TRY to Roosters as video ref looks at Craig Wing's effort in the corner.VERDICT: NO TRY. Wing forced into touch by the defence. Scrum.36 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesOrford slots a penalty goal from almost in front. Follows an intercept from Matai from 40m out, Roosters on the back foot and are found offside by the ref. Sea Eagles 14-0Half time: Sea Eagles 14-0Plenty of niggle early in this match before the players settled down to play some football. Manly have had the better run of play.Easts appear to be just hanging on at times, but had a good opportunity early in the half when Braith Anasta made a break. However, play broke down when Roberts was tackled without the ball. Roosters got the penalty but that was as close as they got.Manly are finding plenty of yards up the middle and just wide of the ruck. Roosters are not out of it and at times are playing well, but at this stage they appeared to be outclassed.Possession about evens, slightly favouring the Sea Eagles.Roosters kicking off. Second half underway...47 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesHalf back Matt Orford scores a sensational 60m solo try. He dummies first and then steps and weaves his way through the defence before standing up the full back. Orford converts his own try from right in front. Sea Eagles 20-053 min: TRY Sydney RoostersMickey Paea crashes over after the Roosters get repeat sets at the line. Fitzgibbon converts from almost in front. Sea Eagles 20-658 min: TRY Sydney RoostersIosia Soliola scores out wide to put the home side back in the match. Follows another repeat set after a towering bomb from Roosters half back Josh Lewis is fumbled by Stewart. An overlap develops soon after. Conversion unsuccessful. Sea Eagles 20-10Possible TRY to Manly. Video ref looking at possible knock on.VERDICT...62 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesStewart gets the nod and scores out wide. Follows a kick from Orford and Stewart picks up the crumbs. Orford conversion from the sideline is a ripper. Sea Eagles 26-1065 min: FIELD GOAL Manly Sea EaglesOrford slots a field goal. Follows a clean break from deep in own half, Orford carving them up with a 60m run before potting the field goal two rucks later. Sea Eagles 27-1076 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesProp forward George Rose steps his way through to score. Some woeful defence but a great run and taking nothing away from the big fella. Converted by Orford from right in front. Sea Eagles 33-1079 min: TRY Sydney RoostersAshley Harrison scores a consolation try for the Roosters. Conversion from almost in front by Josh Lewis. Sea Eagles 33-16Full time: Sea Eagles 33-16Manly just too good in outplaying the Roosters across the park for the majority of the match. Some big hits from the Roosters forwards to try and stamp their authority, and Roosters fans had something to cheer about with Adrian Morley being amonsgt their best. But the Sea Eagles pack handled it well while finding plenty of gaps around the ruck.Man of the match Matt Orford really carved them up in the second half and seemed to have a hand in everything. Full back Brett Stewart and centre Steve Matai were also standouts, taking full advantage of the hard yakka from the forwards, in particular Ben Kennedy and Brent Kite. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)1 - Steve Matai (Sea Eagles)-----------------------------------------
SATURDAY 8 July 2006 Auckland Lions vs Northern Storm Fowlds Park, AucklandAuckland Lions 68Tries: D.Fisi?iahi (3), M.Solomona, M.Start (2), M.Taufoou, D.O?Regan, S.Pouha, S. Fa?alogo, E.Purcell, R. Wigg triesGoals: S.Buckingham (10) Northern Storm 8 Tries: A.Kane, J. IoaneGoals:Halftime Score: 28 ? 4 to Auckland Lions
SOUTH Sydney Leagues Club suitor Mr Jerry Schwartz has made a payment to the South Sydney Football Club to acquire the South Sydney Leagues Club?s debt of $3.01 million today, a debt which was purchased by the Football Club last week from Perpetual Trustee Company.
TODAYS clash will take special significance for Roosters? star Craig Wing when he takes the field for his 200th first grade appearance.