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.
"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.
ROUND three of the NZRL Bartercard Cup shapes up to be a cracker.
LONDON Broncos captain Mark Mc Linden has hit out on behalf of his team at a rugby league writer in the wake of a slanderous piece of ?journalism? last week.
MILLWARD in determined mood
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.
IN another devastating blow for Canterbury, prop Mark O'Meley will be sidelined for a month longer than initially thought, after further scans on his knee revealed the full extent of ligament damage. It could be up to 16 weeks before he gets back on the field.
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.