Round 23 NRL Preview

WITH four games remaining in the regular season the race for top 8 spots is tighter than a pair of Chief Wiggum?s pants. The Storm and the Bulldogs had a point-scoring competition on Saturday night with the round going more or less to form and the odd surprise.

Campese re-signs with Raiders

CANBERRA utility Terry Campese has agreed to a new two-year deal with the Raiders after turning is back on a mooted switch to rugby union.

Maitua fails to front court

RENI Maitua today failed to attend a Sydney court where he was to be sentenced for high-range drink driving.

NRL to wait on police investigation

NRL chief executive David Gallop says the league will wait until the end of a police investigation surrounding sacked Brisbane halfback Brett Seymour before deciding whether to take further action against the player.

Carting it up with Stevo

OVER the past few seasons the results in Rugby League are getting closer and closer. While there are the occasional blow out scores, and sometimes even a couple per round (like last weekend), the ?flogging? seems to be an endangered species.

Burke To Join Legends

THIS weekend in the ABC televised game against Tweed Heads hard working back rower Danny Burke will play his 150th first grade game for the Redcliffe Dolphins.Burke, who was signed by the Broncos straight out of high school and was on South Sydney?s books when they were thrown out of the competition in 1999, has been a regular in the uncompromising Dolphins packs of the last several years.But Burke actually joined the Dolphins as a centre. "I was 20 and thought my football in the City was all over, I was out at Mitchell when my best mate from school Luke Bishop, who was playing at Redcliffe called and said the club was looking for centres, so I gave them a call," he said.?They had dozens of back rowers. So I told them I could play centre. But I reckon it only took them a few games to realise I wasn?t a centre?s bootlace? he laughed.Three Queensland Wizard Cup premierships later, Burke remains one of the unsung heroes of the Dolphins side. Coach Anthony Griffin describes the Q-Build carpenter as ?a coach?s dream?.?Danny turns up every week ready to play and he really rips into his work,? said Griffin.Burke won the Peter Leis Medal for the Dolphins Player of the Year in 2005 is well and truly in the hunt again this year but said ? I don?t think I?m a chance, Patty (Gardner), Nick Emmett and Micky (Roberts) have all had great years?.?I'm not sure if I'll get another Peter Leis Medal, another Premiership is my main goal? he added.When Burke finally retires his image will be etched onto the windows of the club house with current team-mates Troy Lindsay and Michael Roberts as well as other Dolphins Legends from by gone eras like Ian "Bunny" Pearce, Vic Tighe, Steve Cherry, Trevor Benson, Ian Thinee, Tony Obst, Peter Leis, Col Weier and Bevan Bleakley who have all racked up 150 games for the Dolphins. Danny Burke StatsDOB: 10/04/79Height: 180cmWeight: 98kgPosition: Second RowRep Honours: Qld Juniors, City, Qld ResidentsFirst Grade Debut: 2000 vs Wests Purtell ParkCareer Games: 149 Tries: 16Points: 64

Mullen, Davico, Farah & Ryles

NEWCASTLE five-eighth Jarrod Mullen and interchange prop Luke Davico have been ruled out of tomorrow's match against Manly after both failed to overcome injuries. Teenage star Mullen missed last Sunday's win against the Sydney Roosters with a bruised sternum and has failed to recover in time for tomorrow's match at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Broncos sack Seymour and Costigan

THE Brisbane Broncos have terminated the contracts of NRL squad members Brett Seymour and Neville Costigan over their involvement in off-field incidents.

Arrive Alive Cup Update

GOLD Coast high school Keebra Park will face St Brendan?s Yeppoon in the Queensland final of the Arrive Alive Cup at Browne Park, Rockhampton on Saturday, August 19 at 6pm.Keebra Park last night disposed of local rival Palm Beach Currumbin 10-0 at Pizzey Park in the second state semi-final.After taking a 6-0 lead just eight minutes into the game, Keebra had to wait until two minutes from fulltime to secure the victory courtesy of a surging try out wide to centre Kingi Akaoula.In further positive signs for the Gold Coast NRL franchise, the crunch match brought a large and youthful crowd to Miami, with cars spilling out of the carpark and all the way along Pacific Avenue.From the opening kick-off the tone for the match was set, as Palm Beach centre Brodie Williams produced a crunching effort in defence.The intensity of the two well-drilled sides was indeed something to behold, upheld by rallying cries from supporters on the sideline.A fever-pitch atmosphere was further ignited when Titans scholarship holder Bodene Thompson ran beautifully onto a Robert Lui pass, stepped the defence and sprinted 30m to post the opening points.Remarkably backrower Thompson, a 2006 Queensland Schoolboys representative, had been initially ruled out of the match with a suspected broken leg.Dismissing those concerns, Thompson formed a potent leftside combination with centre Akaoula, working on the back of good yardage by prop Lio Vaiga.Searching for a right of reply, Palm Beach spearhead Shannon Walker was constantly among the thick of things, keen to challenge defenders one on one.Yet the quicksilver custodian was well marked and forced into several mistakes by Keebra?s suffocating style, even spending time on the bench with ice on his right leg.The second half started more positively for PBC, as the likes of Josh Coyle, Trent Iselin and Kevin Proctor took a noticeable step up in work-rate.Eventually the chances came.Ten minutes into the half centre Matt Smith-Host was dragged into touch inches before the tryline. A few minutes later, in a similar situation, winger Jordan Rapana let a pass fly through his hands and over the sideline.The death knell for Palm Beach was effectively struck 11 minutes from home, when half Matt Nuttall was sin-binned for repeated infringements.Down to 12 men, PBC had to rely on unsettling defence to win back the ball in good position.Yet more times than not they ended up surrendering possession as soon as they received it.Hammering the final nail in the coffin and booking his team a date with destiny, powerfully-built Akaoula skirted the touchline.He brushed off two defenders, then was grassed by a third. Not held, he regained his feet and lurched through a final tackle on the tryline, bringing wild scenes of jubilation.* Earlier yesterday, Rockhampton was awarded the right to host the Arrive Alive Cup Queensland final for the first time in the history of the national schoolboys competition.The decision followed St Brendan's Yeppoon's 28-4 semi-final win against Townsville school Ignatius Park College in Mackay.Brisbane Broncos rookie David Taylor scored three tries and a goal for St Brendan's in the victory.The state final will be staged at Browne Park as a curtain-raiser to the pivotal Round 22 QLD Wizard Cup clash between the Central Comets and Easts Tigers.The winner of the Queensland Arrive Alive Final on August 19 will automatically qualify for a national semi-final position.ST BRENDAN'S YEPPOON 28 (David Taylor 3, Sammy Joe, Cam Steel tries; Cam Steel 3, David Taylor goal) d IGNATIUS PARK COLLEGE 4 (Ben Henaway try) at Mackay Souths.KEEBRA PARK 10 (Bodene Thompson, Kingi Akaoula tries; Matt Parata goal) d PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN 0 at Pizzey Park, Miami.

Wrap: Nutley, Hindy, Ricko, Broncos

CASTLEFORD has allowed captain Danny Nutley to leave the English club at the end of the Super League season despite the forward recently agreeing to a new contract.

Nutley to quit Tigers

CASTLEFORD Tigers are to allow captain Danny Nutley to leave the club at the end of the season despite the player recently agreeing a new contract.

GB call for Thorman

HUDDERSFIELD Giants stand-off Chris Thorman has been added to the Great Britain 'train-on' squad preparing for this autumn's Tri-Nations Series.

Arrive Alive Cup final moves to Rockhampton

THE 2006 Queensland final of the Arrive Alive Cup is to be held in Rockhampton, a first in the history of the national schoolboys competition.The state final will be staged at Browne Park on the evening of Saturday August 19, tentatively scheduled for 6pm. This game will act as a curtain-raiser to the vital Round 22 QLD Wizard Cup clash between the Central Comets and Easts Tigers.The decision to base the Queensland Arrive Alive final in Rockhampton follows St Brendan's Yeppoon's 28-4 semi-final win against Townsville school Ignatius Park College this afternoon.Brisbane Broncos rookie David Taylor scored three tries and a goal for St Brendan's in the victory.St Brendan's now faces the winner of tonight's other semi-final between Gold Coast schools Keebra Park SHS and Palm Beach Currumbin SHS. This match is to be played at Pizzey Park, Miami at 6.30pmThe winner of the Queensland Final on August 19 will automatically qualify for a national semi-final position.ST BRENDAN'S YEPPOON 28 (David Taylor 3, Sammy Joe, Cam Steel tries; Cam Steel 3, David Taylor goal)d IGNATIUS PARK COLLEGE 4 (Ben Henaway try).

Reds sign Luke Dorn

SALFORD City Reds have signed Australian stand-off Luke Dorn from Harlequins RL on a two-year deal.

Costigan fined as Broncos close ranks

THE Brisbane Broncos have fined forward Neville Costigan $5,000 after he was charged with drink driving.

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