OF World Cups and National Pride
TOOWOOMBA v REDCLIFFE
Clive Berghofer Stadium, Saturday July 22, 3pm
Referee: Justin Davis
WE?VE got seven games remaining for the 2006 season and starting this week they are mighty important. There?s been a feeling that this season?s quality has been down somewhat, but I expect that to change this round as clubs face the prospect of making it to the top 8 or missing out.
GOTTA get to the game!
PARRAMATTA has earmarked former Newcastle utility Sean Rudder as a possible playmaking option if they are unsuccessful in luring Brett Finch to the club next season.
THE Roosters have secured its first major signing for the club?s 100th season in 2007.QLD State of Origin and Bulldogs forward Nate Myles has signed with the Roosters for a 3 year term covering seasons 2007 ? 2009, ending months of speculation surrounding his future.Despite a number of strong offers from a variety of NRL clubs, Nate confirmed his decision was based on living in Sydney where he is well established and was enthusiastic to play under Ricky Stuart.Myles says he was tempted to return home to North Queensland but ultimately opted for the Bondi Junction club for lifestyle reasons.The strapping forward was the last big-name player to come off the open market.
THE fallout from Anthony Quinn's grapple tackle claims continues. Newcastle coach Michael Hagan returning fire after Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy's criticism of the winger.
WIGAN winger Brett Dallas could extend his playing career in Australia instead of retiring as planned at the end of this season.
Dallas is having to leave the JJB Stadium due to a lack of space on the overseas rota following the arrivals of Trent Barrett and Phil Bailey for next season.
THE Parramatta National Rugby League Club has been deeply saddened by the passing of Club great Billy Rayner.He was 73.During his playing career, Billy played 203 First Grade games for Parramatta, making his First Grade debut in 1956.Billy was a Kangaroo, touring England and France with the 1960 World Cup team.He was granted life membership of the Parramatta District Rugby League Club in 1967 and of Parramatta Leagues Club in 1988. He was inducted into the Parramatta Eels Hall of Fame in 2004. He served as patron of the Parramatta Leagues Club until his passing, and he was made a Life Member of the New South Wales Rugby League in 1996."We've lost a great man and a great mate. His contribution to the Parramatta Club can never be under-estimated. I'm just really sad and my sympathies are with Marie and the family," Parramatta Eels Chairman Alan Overton said."It is a great loss to the Club. Billy had 50 years of continuous service since he arrived from Yass in 1956. He was a Parramatta man for 50 years, and was well liked and respected by everyone in Rugby League," Parramatta Eels Chief Executive Denis Fitzgerald said."The game has lost one of its true legends with the passing of Billy Rayner. He was an extraordinary character and to have 50 years service with one Club is quite remarkable," National Rugby League Chief Executive David Gallop said.As a mark of respect, Parramatta players will wear black armbands in Sunday's match against the Wests Tigers, and a moments silence will be observed prior to kick-off.Funeral details will be advised once confirmed.
ALTHOUGHTHE Warriors insist they are not begging for money from the NRL, they are after a more level playing field.
IN early 2005 the Newcastle Knights announced the signing of Milton Thaiday to a two year deal. Rugby fans were aware of who Milton was, and those that follow the tabloids were also aware of his long battle against alcohol. Thaiday, a former NSW Waratah star, had quit Union after a long battle with alcohol abuse.
I woke up today anticipating a huge night of fun and football. There were two games I was taking a specific interest in, Canberra versus Penrith, and the Knights playing the Eels. The All Blacks were also playing, but they were only of a casual interest to me.
SOME will ask what has a train whistle to do with football?
IN my last post I gave my top eleven things that annoyed me about Rugby League. Not to be seen as a pessimistic sourpuss, in this post I decided to write about all the things I enjoy and love most about this game. And yes there are eleven of them again.