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.
NEWPORT Titans won a see-saw Welsh Shield Final beating Valley Cougars 42-41 in a game where the lead changed hands five times.
A scintillating round of footy has thrown up year another great collection of players this week. Some powerful displays from Parra, Wests Tigers and the Dragons have seen most of their players utilised with a few others creeping in from the in-form Knights and giant killing Rabbitohs. With these teams are hitting their straps at the right end of the season, it?s hard to see anyone topping the Round 23 League Unlimited Team of the Week.
NEW Zealand Warriors hooker Monty Betham may have played his last game of the season after being charged by the NRL match review committee today.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 23, 12-14 August 2005
The competition in this year?s Leagueunlimited Player Awards is hotting up with last year?s winner Matt Orford joining Cowboys? full back Matt Bowen at the top of the leader board. The Storm half back scored two points on the weekend to move into equal first position on 22 points overall.
CAPTAIN Cowboy Travis Norton still rates Brisbane as favourites for this season?s title despite Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra staking major title claims in round 23.
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;
FORMER Manly playmaker Andrew Walker will today lodge an appeal with the NRL to have the final year of a drug ban lifted. The dual international retired late in the 2004 NRL season when he tested positive to cocaine and was banned for two years.