Round 9 Team of the Week

WE?VE got a great mix for this week with plenty of deserving candidates grabbing jerseys. There?s pace, stamina, explosiveness, skill and a few sensible types just for good measure. As always our side is picked on form, so take a butcher?s at the Round 9 League Unlimited Team of the Week.

Rooney and Clarke suspended

FOLLOWING a meeting of the RFL Disciplinary Committee in Leeds it was confirmed that Jamie Rooney of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats had been found guilty of striking in the engage Super League fixture against Salford City Reds last Friday.

Noble eyes World Cup role

BRIAN Noble insists he would like to coach England in the 2008 World Cup in Australia.

Harris quits International scene

BRADFORD Bulls Captain, Iestyn Harris, has announced his retirement from International Rugby League with Great Britain.

Melbourne Supporters - Dragons v Warriors

DRAGONS Supporters,Rather than dwell on the past, let's look to the future...BIG Charlie Leano! 2 tries on debut for this future superstar for the Dragons were one of the only highlights in last weeks performance. Let's hope things turn around this week.Our screening this week will be back at the Grosvenor Hotel. Details as follows:WHERE: Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Rd East St KildaWHEN: Saturday 13th May, 5:30pmWHAT: Dragons v WarriorsGO THE DRAGONS!!

Round 24 Dragons v Tigers

DRAGONS media release: 10 May 2006 Following media speculation over the weekend, The St George Illawarra Dragons wish to advise there has not been any decision on the Round 24 Dragons home game against the Tigers being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Dragons consider switch from Kogarah

LAST Sunday's edition of The Sunday Telegraph has reported that the round 24 St.George-Illawarra home game at OKI Jubilee Stadium against the Tigers has been moved to the SCG.

Steelers 25th Anniversary and 'Team of Steel'

LORD Mayor of Wollongong, Councillor Alex Darling joined the Board of the Illawarra Steelers and Cleary Bros CEO Mr Bob Elvy today to launch the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Illawarra Steelers.A cavalcade of Illawarra Steelers Rugby League greats will come together to recognise the occasion with a 25th Anniversary Dinner to be held at the WIN Entertainment Centre (Wollongong) on Tuesday 6th June made possible through the support of Cleary Bros. The night will be a rollcall of the many players and coaches, who, over the years, made their mark on rugby league while playing with and coaching the Illawarra Steelers.To acknowledge the efforts of these players and as part of the evening?s celebrations, the Steelers will name its ?Team of Steel? and induct four (4) inaugural playing Life Members from the Steelers playing ranks.The ?Team of Steel? will consist of 17 players and 1 coach who will be selected from a group of 40 nominees who became icons of the game between 1982 and 1998. The 40 nominees will be released progressively over the next two weeks. The identity of the Team of Steel will be a closely guarded secret until the big night.Host of the event will be Channel Nine and WIN Television Rugby League commentator Andrew Voss with Special Guest Kevin Humphreys, Chairman of the ARL at the time of the Steelers commencement in the ?Big League?.Illawarra Steelers Chairman, Peter Newell said, ?This one-off special event will mark a significant milestone in the Steelers and the region?s Rugby League history. How fitting that Cleary Bros have assisted in providing the rugby league fans in our region with an opportunity to recognise the contribution the Illawarra Steelers made to our sporting history and to the economy of our region over the past 25 years?.Mr Bob Elvy, Cleary Bros CEO said, ?Cleary Bros have been supporters of the Steelers since the beginning and we are delighted to be part of celebrations of the Anniversary of the Steelers admission into the (then) ARL Premiership.??The Steelers through its work in developing rugby league in this district have been able to provideopportunities for countless young people and ensure that our region is represented in rugby league at the highest level. The naming of the ?Team of Steel? is sure to create district-wide interest and speculation,? Mr Elvy said.Cleary Bros Chairman, Mr Denis Cleary said, ?We are thrilled to be able to continue the support the late John Cleary and family gave to the Illawarra Steelers over many years.?25th Anniversary organiser and Illawarra Steelers Director Bob Millward added, ?The selection panel have had the difficult task of naming the Steelers best team by position along with one coach. The criteria was to select the players on their performances while playing with the Steelers.While comparing players across eras is problematic, I am sure that the Team of Steel would challenge for an NRL premiership if it was assembled for a game today.??The Steelers as both an organisation and a physical club have had a significant impact on our city, and I'd like to congratulate them for reaching this milestone," said the Lord Mayor, Councillor Alex Darling."In a region that's been a breeding ground for so many sporting champions, we should not underestimate the role of the Illawarra Steelers in the development of rugby league players who have gone on to represent their state and nation. It's also important to acknowledge the part the Steelers have played in bringing our community together as we collectively cheered on the mighty scarlet and white."The Illawarra Steelers was formed in 1981 and participated in Australia?s major Rugby League competition from 1982 until 1998. Players became household names of players throughout the region.The Steelers became the focal point for Illawarra Rugby League fans during the winter and WIN Stadium (as it is now known), became the venue for record crowds and memorable games. The Steelers contribution to world class Rugby League has continued since 1999 through its involvement in the joint venture St George Illawarra Dragons.Who can forget some of those memorable ?Steelers moments?? The early day struggles, victories against the favoured teams, the 1989 Panasonic Cup final, the 4-nil loss to St George in the 1992 final? the list goes on!Team of Steel nominees will be announced each weekday over a two week period from Monday May 15.Tickets to the dinner are $110 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. Bookings can be made bycontacting Julie Nicoll from the Illawarra Steelers on (02) 4224 8718.For more information please contact:Bob MillwardIllawarra Steelers Director/25th Anniversary Organiser0412 320013

ARU withdraws offer to Gasnier

THE Australian Rugby Union has withdrawn its offer to rugby league star Mark Gasnier.Gasnier had been given a deadline of 3pm today to accept the ARU's offer to switch codes which was believed to be worth around $450,000 a year plus incentives. An ARU spokesman said the offer had been withdrawn this afternoon.

Congratulations SMS Competition Winner

CONGRATULATIONS to Queenslander Frank Caracoglia who has won the IPOD Nano in LeagueUnlimited's SMS competition.Mr Caracoglia correctly guessed the NRL competition leader and their points on the ladder after eight rounds.At the completion of round eight, the Cowboys led the competition on 12 points.For further queries: [email protected]

Storm facing $15,000 fine

THE Melbourne Storm is facing a $15,000 fine over its criticism of the National Rugby League judiciary after suspended second rower Michael Crocker claimed he was victimised because he is a Queensland Origin contender.

Decision looms for Gasnier

MARK Gasnier's playing future should become clearer today with the Australian Rugby Union's lucrative offer to switch codes reaching its deadline this afternoon. The ARU tabled an improved offer to the Kangaroos centre last week, but wants a decision on whether he will accept it by today.The governing body says it's holding Gasnier to its deadline of 3pm today to decide whether he'll switch codes - unless there are new circumstances. ARU chief operations manager Rob Clarke says the deadline has already been extended once to allow Gasnier to concentrate on last Friday's rugby league Test against New Zealand.Clarke has told Sydney radio station 2KY the deadline is there for a reason, as Gasnier's decision impacts on others the ARU must make, and it stands unless it hears from his management that there are new circumstances or factors to consider. He says the ARU won't be extending it for a matter of weeks and if Gasnier is to seek another week he'll want to know why.St George Illawarra last night made a last-ditch bid to keep Gasnier in rugby league, with Dragons chief executive Peter Doust meeting with the sought-after three-quarter and his manager.

Gasnier Negotiations Are Continuing

THE St George Illawarra Dragons are still in the process of constructing a competitive contract offer for Mark Gasnier to stay at the Club.

Robbo Reckons

WELL it?s November and as us couch potatoes are sitting back having a few cold beers watching the cricket on the TV the boys are back on the training paddock under new head coach Anthony Griffin and his staff. And while his staff are new to the club for 2005 they are certainly no strangers to the Dolphin Oval faithful. A Grade coach will be Ian ?Iggy? Graham captain of our 1994 premiership side and there has been no prouder man to run out with a dolphin chest. Coaching the Colts will be Waverley Stanley, when he played he gave nothing less than 200% and I can just hear it now the Colts defending on their own line and out will come the red dog call. Last but not least is strength and conditioning Coach Tony Guilfoyle. Gilly played for the club as a junior and a senior. He played first grade in the late 80?s under ?Shovels? Olling and played with club until the early 90?s before heading over to Brothers for a few years. Over the years we?ve had a few guys play international footy everyone knows our Australian reps but we also have a proud history of players representing other nations such as Tommy O?Reilly (Papua New Guinea), Duncan Naawi (Papua New Guinea) and Bertie Campbell (Russia) and joining these guys in the last month has been Chris Bond who played for PNG against the Kangaroos in Townsville and Pete Delaivuna who played for Fiji against Malta at Parramatta Stadium. And coach of the Fijians for that match and the next few years leading up to and including the World Cup is David Simpson so well done guys. In October the second most important awards in the Club behind the Robbo?s were awarded and congratulations to Adam Starr for winning the Peter Leis Medal from a fast finishing Cowboy Lindsay. One of the more popular award winners was Clubman of the Year Garry ?Foo? Worden one of our long time trainers. The Silver Fox has been involved with the Club for a very long time when he started with juniors in 1981 before moving to the seniors in 1987. And I think he hit the nail on the head when he said in his acceptance speech ?I?d hate to be the first team that has to travel across the Houghton Highway and play us next year?. There will be of a host of new players in the Red and White next year but like the staff some will be familiar to the Dolphin supporters Nick Emmert who played colts here in 1999 before heading down to Parramatta and Nathan Herbener who spent 3 or 4 seasons here before returning home to Roma. But on a sadder not we will be without Andrew Wynyard who has decided to retire due to a back injury, while I like to have a bit of fun in this column at Andrew?s expense he will be sorely missed when fit and in form there is no better back rower in the Queensland Cup than Wynny. Well that?s me done and dusted for another month and remember if you are looking the best deal on a new or used car pop out Keystar and see the friendly team. Because we have the keys to your new car. Until next month Cheers Robbo.

Griffin Returns to Dolphin Oval

ANTHONY Griffin returns to Dolphin Oval older and wiser after five years developing his coaching skills in the National Rugby League hothouse. A former junior development officer with the Dolphins, Griffin coached the Redcliffe Colts in 1997 before leaving to join the Melbourne Storm umbrella. With the departure of triple premiership coach Neil Wharton in the off-season, Griffin threw his hat in the ring for the top job at Redcliffe. "When I heard Neil had resigned, I got in contact with the club and it went from there," Griffin said. "I knew other guys were putting in for the job, but I fronted for the interview and it went from there. "It was good to get the job as it's just like coming home. It is that really because Dolphin Oval is where my senior coaching career started. It's great to be back." In the 2005 Queensland Cup season, Griffin faces the tough task of blending new faces with the core of past campaigners. Gone are Brian Jellick, Andrew Wynyard, Ben Jones, Trent Leis and Gavin Cooper while the recruiting net has been far and wide to join up and coming youngsters from Colts and A grade. Griffin also has brought three players from Souths Logan, his previous assignment, in hooker Daniel Irvine, centre Nick Emmett and rookie prop Matt Morice. Irvine turned out in 30 NRL matches for Parramatta while Emmett, a former Dolphins Colt, also played for the Sydney club. Griffin said Redcliffe football manager James Hinchey had looked after most of the club's recruiting with the end of the 2004 season. "We started back training on November 1 and we're looking good," Griffin said. "We are still looking for some outside backs. We have some quality in that spot but not the depth." Griffin joined the Storm in 1998 with three years at its Brisbane offshoot Norths before going to Melbourne in 2001 as head coach Chris Anderson's assistant. Anderson left the Storm halfway through the season to be replaced by former Dolphins and Sydney City coach Mark Murray. Griffin finished his commitments down south at the end of 2002 before joining Souths Logan. He said many faces were familiar at Dolphin Oval with Hinchey a player during previous stint at the club while Michael Roberts, Grant Flugge and Nathan Herbener members of his Colts squad. Herbener returned to his hometown of Roma after receiving two sternum fractures at Redcliffe, but has made the most of his time away with selection in the Queensland Rangers side over the past two seasons. Griffin now runs his own insurance and financial planning business, which although keeping him busy, allows him time for his football commitments. A resident at The Gap, he also has a family now with two daughters and a son. "We will be training three days a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday - as well as the players being required to do a weights session on Thursdays," he said. Griffin believes the Queensland Cup has become stronger over recent seasons. "The competition has gone ahead in leaps and bounds over the past four to five years," he said. "I think it's because of the professionalism of the clubs and the quality of their players, as well as players who have come back from the NRL. "The NSW Premier League might be quicker and the skills better, but it is not played in the same spirit as the intensity is not as high."

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