TWO of the Top 5 sides suffered major upsets over the weekend.
THE Sydney Roosters VB Premier League team showed their premiership-winning credentials at Aussie Stadium on Saturday evening, when they trounced the Sydney Airport Jets by 42-6. Newtown has made a habit of stirring second half comebacks in recent weeks, but there was rarely a glimmer of hope in this match, with the Roosters well in command from start to finish.
QUEENSLAND WIZARD CUP
Results: Toowoomba 36 d Redcliffe 22, Burleigh 28 d Easts 26, Ipswich 36 d Central 14, Wynnum 42 d Tweed Heads 28, Norths 72 d Souths Logan 8. North Queensland bye.
Standings: North Queensland 31, Burleigh 30, Norths 29, Redcliffe 24, Toowoomba 23, Wynnum 18, Tweed Heads 17, Easts 16, Ipswich 11, Souths, Logan 7, Central 4.
THE Redcliffe Pepsi Dolphins have been boosted for next season by re-signing several of their current Queensland Cup Squad. ?While there is still a lot of football to go in this season it?s good to get these guys signed early, We can?t afford to sit on hands we have to have an eye on the future? said Dolphins CEO James Hinchey
Queensland Residents and Dolphins Captain Shane Perry has agreed to terms for a further two years while Club Captains Troy Lindsay and Adam Starr have signed on for another year.
Also signed for next year are prolific point scoring centre Greg Bourke, One Hundred game veterans Grant Flugge and Danny Burke, Back Rower Duane O?Grady and hard working utility forward Shannon Fish.
As well as the established players the Dolphins have also signed a group of talented players from their junior ranks with an eye on the future they include Queensland 17 Representative Matt Handcock and fellow Dolphin juniors Asher Elamani, Joel Romelo, Andrew Rickert, Tim Yee, Luke Capewell, Daniel Arnold, Anthony Tonkin, David Hala, Chris Johnson as well as current Colts squad members Jon Broad and Sam Schull.
LIST the reasons why you love rugby league and chances are all those factors were present in the weekend?s 36-22 win by Toowoomba over Redcliffe.
A crowd of over 1,000 watched Bridgend Blue Bulls win their third successive Welsh Rugby League championship after beating Torfaen Tigers 56-16 at the Brewery Field on Sunday.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his team to play the Dragons at Oki Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Smiths team is;
MANLY utility Steve Matai is the only player to face the NRL judiciary tomorrow night after opting to fight a high tackle charge. Matai faces a one game ban for a grade one careless high tackle on Knights prop Craig Smith in Manly's 22-14 loss at Newcastle on Sunday.
THE Real Rabbitohs are pleased to announce its team to play the Sydney Roosters in Round 24 of the 2005 Telstra Premiership this Saturday, August 20, kicking off at 7:30pm at Aussie Stadium, the Club?s final home game from the Moore Park precinct before shifting to Telstra Stadium from 2006.
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Wests Tigers v Bulldogs Game at Telstra Stadium, kick off at 7.30pm.
THE Dragons number one ticket holder, the Honorable Prime Minister John Howard MP and newly elected NSW Premier Morris Iemma will be at Oki Jubilee Stadium to support their favourite team the St George Illawarra Dragons against the Eels this Sunday.
PENRITH Panthers head coach John Lang has named his side to face the Broncos on Sunday at Penrith Football Stadium.
Notable omission is Rhys Wesser sidelined with a foot injury.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his team to play the Sea Eagles at Toyota Park on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Rapers team is;
ALL EYES ON STACEY'S FAREWELL..
Departing halfback Stacey Jones is the undoubted centre of attention as the Vodafone Warriors build towards his last NRL appearance in front of the Ericsson Stadium faithful on Saturday night.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Mrray has named his side to play the Raiders at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday evening.
Coach Murrays team is;