ENERGYAUSTRALIA Stadium on beautiful Sunday afternoon provided the setting for FTC?s first road trip of the year as Newcastle hosted Canberra in their Round 8 clash. As a football specific stadium it has few rivals with the surface rising slightly out of the bowels of the two stands and the grassed hills at either end. The Western Stand throws a gradually increasing shadow over the field and creates a setting perfect for Sunday afternoon football.
"THERE are some defeats more triumphant than victories."
---Michel de Montaigne
IMAGINE- you?re out pounding the pavement, jogging with Prefontaine-esque zeal, when suddenly a muscular 110kg powerhouse launches himself at you and crashes venomously into your chest. The force leaves you winded and bruised. As you hit the ground, the behemoth leaps on you, crushing your ribs under his weight, and then proceeds to lever himself off you by planting his palm on your face and informing you that you are the world?s biggest loser, before calmly jogging back 10 metres, to do the same to the next unfortunate jogger.
SUNDAY 8th May
GILLETTE to sponsor both Great Britain and England Rugby League teams
One of the world?s biggest consumer products companies, Gillette, will sponsor the Great Britain Rugby League team for 2005 and 2006.
SOUTH London Storm completed their pre-season trial campaign on Saturday at Storm Park with a win over Paris National 1 side Montgeron XIII in an open match with some fantastic tries.
NORTH Queensland?s excitement machine Matt Bowen has stayed loyal to the club that has made him and signed a new three year deal with the Cowboys and shunning his back on the open market.
Bowen's contract was set to expire at the end of season 2005 and stated he may test his worth at other clubs prior to the announcement today. He has scored seven tries in eight games for the table=topping Cowboys.
PANTHERS live-wire Preston Campbell has signed a one-year deal with the club which may see him pick up sticks and head to the Gold Coast if they gain admission to the NRL in 2007.
THIS Saturday (7th May 2005) 2SER FM?s ?A View from the Hill? will be taking calls from listeners on a range of topics in Rugby League.
HALFBACK Mathew Head (ribs) and forward Nathan Long (knee) have been cleared to play for the St.George Bank Illawarra Dragons against the Eels at Parramatta Stadium this Friday night.
However captain Trent Barrett (hamstring), winger Nathan Blacklock (hamstring), centre Matt Cooper (knee), prop Jason Ryles (knee) and second rower Lance Thompson (shoulder) will not be available for anywhere from 1-4 weeks.
DESPITE playing in a losing team, Shark's half back Brett Kimmorley has extended his lead to 15 points in this year's Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards. The Cronulla skipper picked up another two points from our live updater as the Roosters ran out convincing winners.
IF you are a Red V Member who lives in the Brisbane area or are travelling to Brisbane to watch the Dragons V Bronco's match and would like the opportunity to catch up with your team, all Red V Members are invited to join the NRL team on Thursday evening May 27 at the Holiday Inn, Brisbane.
SOUTH Adelaide Rugby League Mods Cup.
Results Round 2, 14-5-04, Under 13's.
Willunga Warriors 68 def Hackham East Hornets 18, best player, A. Reid.
Southern Bulldogs 26 def Hallett Cove Raiders 16, Best player, S. Sargent.
Rusults Round 2, 14-5-04, Under 9's.
Blue Puppys 6 def Young Devils 4, best player, L. Hazel.
Round 3, 21-5-04, Doctors Road, Hackham, 5pm.
Under 9's, Blue Puppy vs Young Devils.
Under 13's, 5:30pm, Hallett Cove Raiders vs Willunga Warriors, 5:30pm, Hackham East Hornets vs Southern Bulldogs.
MELBOURNE Storm young guns Cameron Smith and Billy Slater have a lot in common.
IN what seems to be a recurring pattern, firebrand Rooster Adrian Morley and Parramatta forward Adam Peek are facing potentially lengthy suspensions after being charged by the National Rugby League following incidents at the weekend.