THE utter futility of the anti-siphoning laws will be on full view on Saturday night when Channel Nine begins its telecast of the tri-nations match between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis at 6.30pm ? at about the exact time the game being played in Auckland will end.And it is worth comparing Nine?s attitude with that of Seven. When the Wallabies play the All Blacks in New Zealand, Seven shows the game live, and adjusts its evening news timing to do so.But not Channel Nine, which has a long history of taking rugby league fans for granted, as well as the game?s administrators who have an equally long history of doing absolutely nothing to prevent Nine doing so!But maybe fans in Sydney and Brisbane should be thankful for small mercies. In Melbourne, the game ? which will feature at least two Storm players making their test debut (Greg Inglis and Cameron Smith) ? will be shown at 11.45pm on Saturday night.Just two weeks ago, we were told by a Nine executive that Eddie McGuire was the new saint of rugby league in Melbourne. The halo has not just slipped ? it has evaporated.And what pressing television commitment ? other than the nightly news ? has pushed the test telecast back by an hour and a half? While the game is actually being played, Nine will be showing Australia?s Funniest Home Videos. Pathetic!But don?t blame Nine entirely. The Federal Government has done absolutely nothing to make the anti-siphoning laws effective, and the Australian Rugby League has again proven itself to be the most impotent sporting body in the land.This is what the ARL Chairman, Colin Love, had to say last night:"Naturally we would prefer the game to be shown live but you have to be realistic. Nine has its news at 6pm and they can?t run the risk of interfering with that."In Crikey?s letters a couple of days ago, Ten?s business manager of network sport, Gerard Patane, wrote about how all three commercial networks are behind a campaign to protect the anti-siphoning rules, savemysport, preaching concern for fans of major sporting events.But Nine has shown us the reality. The rules should be simple ? if the free-to-air channels won?t show events on the anti-siphoning list live, pay television should be allowed to.And Foxtel ? which won?t be able to show the game until 10pm ? would grab the chance to do so.
BRADFORD Bulls' Paul Johnson has withdrawn from the Great Britain squad for the 2006 Gillette Tri-Nations Tournament due to injury.Huddersfield Giants Stephen Wild and Bradford Bulls Andy Lynch are also out of the stand-by squad, with Salford City Reds' Andy Coley, Warrington Wolves? Ben Westwood and Hull FC?s Paul King respectively brought in to replace them.Meanwhile, now that both engage Super League Grand Finalists are known, the Great Britain Team Management has confirmed the travel schedule for all members of the squad.Great Britain will play a warm-up fixture against a Newcastle XIII on Friday 20th October 2006 prior to participating in the 2006 Gillette Tri-Nations.Great Britain squad: Aspinwall (Huddersfield Giants), Burrow (Leeds Rhinos), Carney (Newcastle Knights), Carvell (Hull FC), Coley (Salford City Reds), Ellis (Leeds Rhinos), Fielden (Wigan Warriors), Gilmour (St Helens), Gleeson (Warrington Wolves), Graham (St Helens), Hock (Wigan Warriors), Horne (Hull FC), Pryce (St Helens), Long (St Helens), McGuire (Leeds Rhinos), Morley (Sydney Roosters), Newton (Bradford Bulls), O'Loughlin (Wigan Warriors), Peacock (Leeds Rhinos) (capt) Raynor (Hull FC), Roby (St Helens), Senior (Leeds Rhinos), Wellens (St Helens), Wilkin (St Helens), Yeaman (Hull FC).Stand-by squad: Briers (Warrington Wolves), Cooke (Hull FC), Higham (Wigan Warriors), Hodgson (Salford City Reds), King (Hull FC), Radford (Hull FC), Reardon (Warrington Wolves), Westwood (Warrington Wolves), Wood (Warrington Wolves).The following players will travel to Sydney on Tuesday 10th October 2006:Aspinwall, Briers, Burrow, Coley, Ellis, Fielden, Gleeson, Higham, Hock, Hodgson, McGuire, Newton, O'Loughlin, Peacock, Reardon, Senior, Westwood, Wood.Team Manager Abi Ekoku plus Assitant Coaches Jon Sharp and Dave Lyon will travel with this party together with other members of the team support staff. They will also be joined by Brian Carney (Newcastle Knights, AUS) and Adrian Morley (Sydney Roosters, AUS). Both of these players are currently based in Australia.Following this Saturday?s engage Super League Grand Final, the players below will travel to Sydney on Tuesday 17th October 2006:Carvell, Gilmour, Graham, Horne, Long, Pryce, Raynor, Roby, Wellens, Wilkin, Yeaman.Head Coach Brian Noble and Team Doctor Professor Chris Brookes will travel with this party. Source: www.rlif.org
NEXT Saturday, 14th October - while Great Britain gears up for the engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford and the Gillette Tri-Nations begins in Auckland - a party from LHF Healthplan National League 3 side St Albans Centurions will travel to Estonia to help continue the spread of the code there.
HANNESTAD primary school in Sarpsborg, south east Norway has staged the first junior rugby league tournament in the country, with eight teams taking part in a day-long extravaganza.The initiative was organised by Australian-born teacher Justin Ryan who has been coaching between 70 and 80 youngsters in the sport since last February. ?I started off by showing rugby league videos to the pupils every week, during their break? he said.?From February until April, the children were taught the rules and laws of the game. In April, the snow melted, and the children no longer wished to watch the sport they wanted to play it.??Thanks to the RFL and Oztag, I have received a lot of equipment, such as rugby balls, law books and tag belts which has enabled me to continue teaching these children the basics.?By the end of September, his pupils ? based an hour?s drive from Oslo - were thirsting for competitive action and Ryan organised an eight team event, which culminated in the winning side claiming a thrilling 24-20 victory with ten seconds of the ?Grand Final? remaining.?At the end, all players received their diploma? Ryan continued. ?Also, the winning team received a copy of a Super League game on dvd featuring Leeds and Hull from Headingley, which was played in 2005. They loved it!??The tournament, which featured boys and girls, was a great success and the kids want to have another one really soon.? Source: www.rlef.eu.com
WESTS Tigers prop-forward John Skandalis played his last game in Australia when he skippered the Greeks but his experience wasn't enough as Fiji A finished strongly to win 34-12 at Oki Jubilee Oval.Greece led 6-4 at the interval thanks to a 39th minute try from York Antoniou after the Fijians opened the scoring with a 23rd minute try to full-back Marika Koroivue.With a strong wind behind them, the Fijians dominated the second half, scoring four tries in 11 minutes to lead 24-6 after 55 minutes.Max Bainivalu was first to score just four minutes into the second stanza when he collected a bomb that was dropped by Peter Vardis.Alipate Vereti was next to score after a break from Kinikini Nacinieli and the latter added one himself soon after. Wes Naiqama, from the Sydney Bulls, raced over for the other four-pointer.The Greeks stopped the flow with a try to Paul Salamakis in the 62nd minute but Fiji A finished the game with tries to Esala Vute and Naiqama.A number of the Greek players will be heading over to Greece to link up with domestic players for their October 28 clash with Serbia in Athens.Fiji A 34 (Wes Naiqama 2, Marika Koroivue, Max Bainivalu, Alipate Vereti, Kinikini Nacinieli, Esala Vute tries; Koroivue 3 goals) d.Greece 12 (York Antoniou, Paul Salamakis tries; Stuart Philpott 2 goals) at Oki Jubilee Oval. Referee: Ben Everill. Crowd: 1103.Source: www.rlef.eu.com
HULL FC take on St Helens at Old Trafford in Saturday's engage Super League Grand Final with a number of records set to be made or broken.
SEAN Long believes St Helens can achieve greatness if they win Saturday?s engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford to complete a clean sweep of trophies.
RUNAWAY Bay Sports Super Centre Home of the Jetstar Gold Coast TitansThe Jetstar Gold Coast Titans will call the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre home when pre-season training gets underway next month.For Coach John Cartwright having his exciting squad training from a World Class facility like the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre is a major coup. ?The entire coaching team has been really impressed with the centre and with the level of professionalism we?ve been shown by Nick Pye and his team. Training from a venue like the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre, along side some of the Worlds leading athletes will certainly have a very positive influence on our NRL squad.??The Gym fit out is almost complete and I know strength and conditioning Coach Billy Johnstone is looking forward to getting his hands on the keys and the players as we start preparations for season 2007. There will certainly be some hard work done at the Sports Super Centre. Cartwright said.Jetstar Titans Managing Director Michael Searle is also impressed with the team?s new training base, saying ?The Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre is a superb facility that all of the Gold Coast can be proud of. It?s a place that will allow the entire squad to focus on their training in comfort, in privacy and in a professional, Olympic style venue.?Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre Managing Director Nick Pye is looking forward to welcoming the Jetstar Titans when training commences. "This joint agreement has been in the planning stages for over a year. It is a major step for the Titans as well as the Centre. It will give the Titans arguably the best facilities available anywhere in Australia.??Not only this but it will be the first training base, which will allow supporters to join and train in the same facility and we are delighted to be working with the Jetstar Titans to make this their official Training base."?The Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre is arguably the foremost private sporting facility in the world. Comprising Accommodation, Stadium, Running Track, Aquatic centre, Sports Medicine Clinic and Gymnasium. It remains committed to the encouragement of recreation and sport at all levels.Blade - The Jetstar Titans MascotIn other news, ?Blade? The official mascot of the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans will make his first public appearance at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre on Thursday morning, October 12.An imposing figure, the creation of Blade has taken more than a year with designers determined to break the mould and create a mascot Jetstar Titans fans and the NRL will be proud of.Jetstar Titans fans of all ages will be impressed and mesmerised by Blade who is a rather friendly fellow, despite his imposing shape and size.Blade Profile Year of Birth: 2005Place of Birth: Gold Coast Position: PropSkills, Attributes: Stamina, strength, a deft ?round the corner pass? a devastating shoulder charge.All time favourite players: Scott Prince, Luke Bailey, and Preston Campbell Favourite hang out: Carrara Stadium, Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre Favourite food: Chocolate coated soft-shell crabs and chilli sorbet2007 Predictions: Jetstar Gold Coast Titans to give the Premiership a real shake.
THE Jetstar Gold Coast Titans are pleased to announce (DTBS) David Taylor Building Services as ?Front of Short? sponsor for the next three years.Jetstar Titans Managing Director Michael Searle says he is thrilled to see a successful local business like DTBS, digging in and offering long term support to the Coasts new NRL franchise. ?DTBS involvement with the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans is another example of a Gold Coast based company stepping up to support the Titans. David Taylor began his relationship with the Titans as a Palladium Member and has now extended that into the ?Front of Short? sponsorship.?His commitment to the Jetstar Titans is a substantial investment and we will proudly promote this relationship with him and all the staff and clients associated with DTBS. It is great to have another Gold Coast company supporting us in our as we begin our assault on the 2007 NRL Telstra Premiership.?David Taylor, Managing Director of DTBS sees the new partnership as a successful union of two like minded, passionate Gold Coast organisations.?Over the past year, DTBS have witnessed the ground swell of support for the Titans not only from the local base but from Northern NSW and all over South East Queensland. With all the excitement, hype and passion already exuding from the community it is with pleasure that DTBS have become more involved with the Titans and look forward to a long term endorsement of our team.??DTBS cemented their decision to become sponsors of the Titans after seeing first hand the highest level of professionalism combined with a down to earth approach as displayed by all the management and staff of the Titans. Michael Searle and Paul Broughton have been instrumental in their leadership and commitment to the Titans which gives ongoing confidence to sponsors, the team, the community and the like.? Said Taylor.DTBS snapshot DTBS Pty Ltd was established in the year 2000 as a construction company dedicated to quality and expertise of work.DTBS has several decades of combined local building experience, augmenting their reputation and corporate profile.Diverse in construction DTBS is prominent in commercial offices, shopping centre?s, apartments, multi-story buildings, resorts, taverns and various other facets of constructionDTBS employs 98 staff directly, and inadvertently employs hundreds of subcontractors and suppliers.DTBS currently has $100 million dollars worth of projects on the books, projects ranging from high rise construction, resort style apartments, multi level apartments and office building construction.
PETER Sharp admits he didn?t have the engage Super League Grand Final in his mind when he first took on the job as Hull FC coach.
GREAT Britain full-back Paul Wellens was crowned engage Super League Man of Steel on Monday night as treble-chasing St Helens completed a clean sweep of major awards at a gala end-of-season dinner in Manchester.
HULL Kingston Rovers claimed a place in engage Super League for the first time after defeating Widnes Vikings 29-16 in the National League One Grand Final at Warrington.
TUESDAY 10 October 2006 Mt Smart Stadium No. 2, Auckland
HULL F.C. 19 (R. Horne, Tony, Yeaman tries; Cooke 3 goals; Cooke 1 field goal) def. Bradford Bulls 12 (Ferres, Langley tries; Deacon 2 goals). Att: 16,087.
BULLDOGS utility Reni Maitua will start at lock for Australia in its opening Tri Nations rugby league clash with New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.Maitua will make his Test debut at Mt Smart Stadium after some outstanding form in the Bulldogs' run to the second last week of the NRL finals series. North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston has won the battle with Ben Hornby for the halfback job while Brisbane utility back Justin Hodges will play in the centres with his Broncos' teammate Karmichael Hunt retaining his spot at fullback.Melbourne whiz-kid Greg Inglis has claimed a wing spot while Clive Churchill medallist Shaun Berrigan has claimed the utility bench role.Australian Team: Karmichael Hunt, Matt King, Mark Gasnier, Justin Hodges, Greg inglis, Darren Lockyer (c), Johnathan Thurston, Willie Mason, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Luke O'Donnell, Nathan Hindmarsh, Reni MaituaInterchange: Mark O'Meley, Shaun Berrigan, Andrew Ryan, Brent KiteAcross the ditch, New Zealand will field four new caps when it takes on Australia in Auckland on Saturday in the opening match of the Tri-Nations rugby league tournament.Sydney Roosters centre Iosia Soliola, Manly centre Steve Matai and New Zealand Warriors utility Simon Mannering, who has been picked at lock, will all make their Test debuts in the run-on side for the Kiwis. Melbourne prop Adam Blair is set to play his first Test off the bench.New Zealand Team: Brent Webb, Tame Tupou, Iosia Soliola, Steve Matai, Manu Vatuvei, Nigel Vagana, Stacey Jones, Ruben Wiki (c), Dene Halatau, Roy Asotasi, David Kidwell, Tony Puletua, Simon ManneringInterchange: Jerome Ropati, Nathan Cayless, Adam Blair, Frank PritchardMeanwhile, English Super League referee Ashley Klein has been appointed to the first two matches of the Tri Nations rugby league series beginning this weekend.Klein, an Australian based in England, was the 2005 Super League referee of the year and controlled this year's Test between Australia and New Zealand in May. Australia plays New Zealand at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday before a return fixture at Telstra Dome in Melbourne a week later.