SO, the Eastern Seaboard of our land has seen its fair share of rainfall in the last week (thanks for that Captain Obvious!), and it started, in Sydney at least, Friday week ago fifteen minutes before scheduled kick-off between the Roosters and the Eels. I know this, because it coincided with the precise moment that I pulled into a parking spot outside the stadium. No umbrella ? check. No hood on my jacket ? check. Excellent forward planning - check!
I woke up with a foul taste in my mouth. Last night was rotten. I didn?t want to get out of bed. The crowd was totally against me. Did they know anything about the rules? They certainly knew nothing of tact. I looked across and my mood fast changed. There was Charlene, my source of power, my pillar of strength. I ran my hand across her back and gently whispered, ?I love you?. I gave Charlene a terse spit polish and placed her around my neck. I was now ready to tackle the day.
A typical winter's day in Newcastle greeted Newcastle and Balmain Ryde in their round 18 encounter. There was a strong south/south-westerly wind blowing down the field when the teams ran out. Newcastle had the benefit of what was most likely a 16-18 point breeze at their backs in the first half and failed to used it.
A commanding first half resulted in the New Zealand Universities Rugby League team going through and comprehensively beating Scotland 70 ? 4 during its final Student World Cup pool match at Griffith University?s Nathan Campus late Sunday afternoon.
AFTER going through section play with a two win and a one loss record, the New Zealand Universities will play its most crucial match of the tournament to date when it takes on England in the first Student Rugby League World Cup semi-final at the Arana Hills Rugby League Cup in Brisbane tonight (Wednesday 13 July).
LEIGH Centurions have strengthened their squad with the addition of Chris Jones on loan from St Helens.
WIGAN head coach Ian Millward is looking to build on Wigan's two recent victories over the Leigh Centurions and the Warrington Wolves last Saturday at the JJB Stadium.
JAMIE Lyon and Daniel Anderson have been rewarded for their efforts towards St Helens? latest accomplishments by being voted engage Player and Coach of the Month for June respectively. The presentation was made after last weekend's hard-fought victory against Hull.
ALI Lauitiiti will be hoping Leeds Rhinos can get back to winning ways this Friday when they take on Salford City Reds at Headingley, kick off 8pm, and give the giant Kiwi double reasons to celebrate.
SOUTH Sydney has finally made a breakthrough in its recruitment drive, signing Kiwi backrower Joe Galuvao for the next three seasons. Galuvao, 27, is seen as an ideal replacement for Souths backrower Bryan Fletcher who will play for English Super League club Wigan next season.
CHRIS Walker will meet Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens today as part of his search for a new club. Walker's also considering offers from English league and union clubs plus Super 12 rugby's Queensland Reds.
FRIDAY, 15th July 2005
BURLEIGH BEARS 22 defeat TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 16
TOOWOOMBA CLYDESDALES 46 defeat WYNNUM SEAGULLS 18
WITH 3 points covering teams 3 to 11 on the Telstra Premiership table, Round 19 sees a very important clash between Manly-Warringah and St George-Illawarra at Brookvale Oval this Sunday afternoon. Saints will be without the suspended Trent Barrett after he almost lost his face in a highly controversial incident from last Friday night?s game against Parramatta. While he didn?t get injured, his retaliation resulted in the match review committee giving him a one-match ban.