GLOBAL consumer product company Gillette, has renewed its sponsorship of Rugby League?s Tri-Nations tournament involving Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand.
WHILE it is easy to have profound concerns about aspects of the Bjelke-Petersen record ? especially in the latter years of his Premiership ? he did do rugby league a great favour:
MARK Christensen has dislodged Matt Gruszka from the Redcliffe wing after two standout performances in the Mixwell Cup.
AFTER six rounds the Dolphins are sitting in sixth spot on six points. Since beating Easts at home we have lost to Burleigh at Pizzey Park before registering wins against Souths Logan and Wynnum before a disappointing loss to the Young Guns.
The Burleigh game was a tough game and we thought we were heading the right direction, the Wynnum game was a physical game in the wet and the hoodoo Wynnum have at Dolphin Oval continued. 1984 was the last time they won here and astonishingly they have only won three games in Redcliffe at either Dolphin Oval or the Showgrounds since 1971.
Danny Burke has started the season off great and hopefully may get rewarded with a rep jersey later in the year if his form holds up. He dropped a bit of weight in off season and showing the benefits of all his hard work he has done over the summer.
Somebody else looking a bit different is Shane Perry when I turned up to the Wynnum game I thought he was out injured and somebody came in for him when I saw our number six with blonde hair.
As they say what happens on tour stays on tour but I can report that the Red and White ladies didn?t misbehave in Townsville this year like they did in Cairns last year. The only person who did play up was our number one supporter in Townsville ?Figgy? who had a little accident in the cab on the way home, must have been something he ate or the 76 rums he had one or the other. And for the people who asked me up in Townsville if ?Figgy? is my older brother, no he is not (thankfully), we aren?t even related.
On the plane up Jamie Russo was spotted bopping away to a number of 70?s disco hits playing on the in-flight radio. He was happy bopping around to the Village People, Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge and others. While Matty Dawson looked like he had his 12 year old brothers shirt on after the game it was that tight. While poor old Dessy had a trip to Townsville he would rather forget he hurt his back just about as soon as we arrived at the Motel and was bed ridden for the entire trip and even missed the game.
As I told you last month the players had a low mo competition going and the winner was Phil Shilvock. Vocky looked like he was Hulk Hogan with his long thick moustache and was very popular with his teammates when he put his cash prize on the bar.
When the team played at Burleigh we thought we had a celebrity in our dressing room after the game we saw a guy come in the sheds with a white ten gallon Cowboy hat on and we thought it was JR Ewing from the TV show Dallas but it turned out to be Bob Jones, we think Bobby has been has been hanging around Forrester too long.
The players are dreading looking in the Redcliffe Herald each Wednesday it has been decided who ever is in the main action photo on the back page or where the match report is has to shout a carton of beer for the boys after training one night.
Matty Gruszka has picked up a couple a nicknames one being ?The Polish Express? and the other is ?The Count? after the Sesame Street favourite. You see Matty likes to yell out the tackle count One, Twooo, Threeee etc during training from his spot on the wing.
Another good result for the Club was the Gold Coast consortium decision not to use the Dolphin logo. Well done too all the people who signed petitions and backed the club help keep our history and traditions.
"YOU'RE only as good as your last game" exclaimed S.G. Ball coach Greg Richardson after his boys showed their metal notching up an outstanding win against the Cronulla Sharks. In a try scoring feast in the first half the Bears played quality, mistake free footy, giving them the edge. Great runs from Tyson Muscat and Liam Foran and a tremendous front row performance lead by Matt Cooper to reign in the Sharks attack gave Norths a 4 to 2 try lead at half time.
FORMER Cronulla Sharks junior Brent Grose has extended his contract at the Warrington club for a further 3 years as announced today. Grose picked up ?Rookie of the Year? in 2001 with the Cronulla Sharks and went on to play for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2002 before making the move to Warrington in 2003.
ON Sunday at Griffin Park we will welcome a vibrant young group of artists who are not just a part of the London youth music industry but also part of London?s burgeoning rugby league community.
PAUL Sculthorpe, the man widely tipped to take over as captain of Great Britain from the Rugby bound Andy Farrell, returns to the St Helens line up for Friday night?s game versus 6th placed Warrington at Knowsley Road. With St Helens sitting second on the ladder with 18 points, 2 points behind leaders Leeds, this game is a must win for the Saints who know Leeds should prove to classy for the mid table Huddersfield team tomorrow night.
INTERESTING news coming out of England...former English captain and 2004 Golden Boot Player of the Year Andy Farrell has not ruled out a possible return to Rugby League once his contract with Rugby Football Union expires in 2008. Farrell will be linking up with English Rugby club Saracens this season.
BRONCOS three-quarter Brent Tate may have to undergo surgery depending on the extent of the injury to his shoulder. He has suffered a recurrence of a nerve complaint which hampered his 2004 season and will discuss the results of scans with a specialist, before deciding whether surgery will be required.
AFTER being amongst the 32-odd thousand fans at Aussie Stadium on Monday and watching the Dragons record their second victory for the season, I proudly marched into work on Tuesday, buoyed by my tipping results, for I had selected a mighty 6 from 7 and the harsh office environment which had ostracised me for my apparent lack of footballing brains were ready to welcome me back to the fold.
THE St.George Dragons have made the finals of the SG Ball Cup and the Harold Matthews Cup and play home finals this Saturday (30 April) at Oki Jubilee Stadium.
Brisbane Broncos 38 v Manly Sea Eagles 12
THE Gold Coast's chances of re-joining the NRL competition has been boosted with the news that the Queensland Government has approved funding for a new multi-million stadium.
WITH the euphoria and excitement of the Anzac Day win over the Roosters, fresh in the mind, it is imperative that Saints put back to back wins together to get our season back on track. With that in mind, the Dragon Army needs to come out in force & support our boys on Sunday afternoon.