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Round 14 NRL Preview

WELCOME to Round 14 everyone. Don?t forget that State of Origin players will be cutting up the oranges this week.I was a very happy chappy sitting in the back bar of the Three Weeds in Rozelle last Sunday as the Tigers took on the Cowboys in the last game of the week. For, I had $20 on the Cowboys to win, and had earlier selected the Tigers to overcome them for a perfect round. I can?t say for sure that I?ll back it up with another perfect round, but here?s hoping.It?s not often I get to gloat but excuse me this one time. I?ve lifted my game to 58 from 90 (64%) in the space of seven days and I?m feeling rather chipper. But hey, it doesn?t get any easier this round and you?re only as good as your last pick, so buckle up boys and girls, we?re in for a fair ride! Sea Eagles v TigersFriday night begins with a feast out at Brookvale where the Tigers travel north to take on a sizzling Many club. The Sea Eagles have won the past two games there with the last Tigers victory at Brookvale taking place in early 2003.With Kite, Bell and Menzies missing the home side will do it tough, but after a stirring performance against the Panthers last week away from home, I think they?re up to the task. Manly?s backline contains a few no-names but they?ve been playing well lately and I thought they should have won by more last week.The Tigers on the other hand appear a bit disjointed and lacking direction. Prince and Marshall have both been firing of late but that?s about it. They need to start putting the foot on the pedal and accelerating in this competition otherwise they?ll be left behind.Being at home and going with form I?m taking the Sea Eagles here in what should be a good old-fashioned stoush.Panthers v DragonsSuper Saturday kicks-off in style with two rough and ready teams striding onto the pitch for the twilight match.The Dragons take the field minus Bailey, Cooper and Gasnier who are out thanks to Origin duty and suspension. Whilst they managed a win over the Eels last week I think they out-did themselves and will struggle away from home this week. Looking at their team, there are plenty of rookie players in there who could be exposed.For the Panthers, they welcome back favourite son Craig Gower who appears to have missed his chance with NSW this year. The rest of the side is more or less their best team so I think they?ll chuck in a good effort this week. They?ve had the benefit of a few home games this year and I think the Panthers will run away with this one. Cowboys v SharksThe second Saturday game throws up plenty of issues for the punter. Can the Cowboys bounce back from five losses out of the last six matches? Will Origin cripple them again? Will the bye affect the Sharks?All these questions shall be answered during the night but what will we choose?I think the Cowboys are due. They?ve lost plenty on the trot and will really need a victory against the Sharks here to solidify their lofty position on the competition table. There are a few missing thanks to rep duty, namely, Thurston, Webb and Lillyman but I think they have the juice to take home the points.Cronulla, whilst they have been good of late, will struggle to compete in the forwards against the Cowboys. Their backline?s cancel each other out but the bench is where I think North Queensland have the advantage.Rockin? Rod Jensen is back for the Cowboys and combined with a need to win and the Sharks returning from a week off, I think the people of FNQ will be happy with the result.Rabbitohs v BroncosThe final clash of Saturday night could well prove a stickler in the overall scheme of things. You see, the Bunnies haven?t beaten Brisbane since 1989! But ironically, since that time Souths are probably fielding their best line-up and Brisbane their worst. It?s also first place against last place.The new-age Baby Broncos are taking on the Rabbitohs out at Telstra Stadium in what?s sure to be a classic game. With Hodges, Hunt, Lockyer, Tate, Berrigan and Civoniceva missing from their line-up, Brisbane have had to search far and wide to field a team. Webcke?s presence should do enough to keep the Broncos on track however.As for Souths, well they?re fielding the best side they have all year. Sutton is back to five-eighth with a full complement in the backline and a no-nonsense pack of forwards. I think this is Souths? best opportunity to win a game this year but I simply can?t pick them out of respect to the opposition. The Broncos should win and keep the Bunnies at bay for long enough to secure victory.Roosters v WarriorsThis is a hard game?The Warriors travel across to Bondi to play a severely depleted Rooster?s outfit due to several factors. Wing, Anasta, Finch and Flannery are all on State duty whilst Minichiello and Roberts are injured. That?s a huge toll to overcome and whilst Morley and Fitzgibbon are both still in the pack, it?s no secret they?re looking elsewhere and their minds aren?t on the job.The Warriors had a tough loss against a committed Broncos outfit last week and I think they?re ready to strike on Australian soil for the first time since round 4 against a Joey-less Newcastle. With Wiki?s exoneration and Rovelli in form I think they will trouble Easts and slowly overcome them, even with Price taking a week off through rep duty.The Warriors to win, Easts will struggle to even compete.Eels v StormThese two teams are fairly evenly matched right now. The Eels, whilst struggling all year and missing 3 Origin players, will pull together following last week?s loss to the Dragons in difficult circumstances. As will the Storm, who are without several players through injury and suspension.Yet another drinking saga has engulfed the Eels and this isn?t too handy when it comes time to select a team. Hindmarsh is the big loss as he is always taking the ball up. With Grothe and Tahu missing, the Eels do look a little weak in the backs.But no more so that the Storm, who appear to be struggling to fill the loss of Inglis and Slater to Origin and suspension so far this year. They still have Crocker to come back but that won?t help them this week and they?ve looked susceptible to a loss for the past few games.Eels by a few.Bulldogs v RaidersThe long weekend winds up on Monday as Canberra travel up the highway to Homebush as they prepare to take on the Dogs. I was impressed with their efforts last week given the fact that a few players backed up from Origin and could have easily called in sick. With Sherwin back and Holdsworth taking the ball to the line more often, I think the Bulldogs will go well here.The Raiders have made a habit of un-seating big name clubs but I don?t think they hold anywhere near the impact against a side like the Bulldogs. They play similar styles of footy and if they get bodies in motion they?ll at least be competitive on the night. With Smith still out the play will revolve around several different players like Carney, Withers and the Schif, so Canberra could cause a few headaches.But I'll stick with an improving Canterbury.The Knights have the bye in Round 14, and oh boy, don?t they need it. Joey?s complaining about being tired and after two straight losses I bet they?ll be happy to sleep in for the next few days. They?ll need all the help they can get when they head to Auckland next week to take on the Warriors.

Best of the outback on display

SUNCORP Stadium may be a long way from dusty Barcaldine, but hopes are high this weekend?s QRL Outback Carnival will provide an opportunity for an aspiring Jacob Lillyman, Matt Scott or even a Chris ?Choppy? Close.

Queensland Maroons to take on PNG

FORMER Redcliffe Dolphins Carbine Club Colt of the Year winner Wayne Bond will spearhead a PNG Kundus side against the XXXX Queensland Under 19 Maroons at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.

Redcliffe Dolphins News

THE Dolphins were able to secure 3 wins last weekend at Dolphin Oval over the Ipswich Jets with the Colts squeaking home in the dying minutes and the A Grade and Wizard cups sides securing relatively comfortable wins.

Mogg Debuts In Place of Injured Inglis

CALOUNDRA junior Adam Mogg has been called into the XXXX Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin II, replacing injured winger Greg Inglis.

Bond is Kundas' Secret Agent

FORMER Redcliffe Dolphins Carbine Club Colt of the Year winner Wayne Bond will spearhead a PNG Kundus side against the XXXX Queensland Under 19 Maroons at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.

Getting Away With Murder

IT started in the winter of 1999, days after my sixteenth birthday. Like most other teenagers I was having trouble at school and trouble at home, yet it paled in comparison to my trouble with Jack Taylor, star halfback of the Warragamba Wombats, my local junior football club. As he proceeded to kick the sh*t out of me, I presumed I was fast becoming the victim of a gay bashing judging by what he was shouting out. If only I was in a position to tell him I was straight. I remember though, as his assault relented, saying a line so comically cheesy it could?ve come from a Hollywood movie.

Playing Around Part 2

I was with my friends. We went to watch the game and afterwards we went to the club to have a dance.

F***

IT?S a terrible feeling when you realize that you?re getting old. As Grampa Simpson once said, ?I used to be ?with it? ? but then they changed what ?it? was?. All of a sudden you start getting strange desires for cups of warm milk, and complain about the stupidest things.

Rhys Wesser vs Tammin Sursok

The Voice of Rugby League

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are callingFrom glen to glen, and down the mountain sideThe summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.At 90 years of age, Frank Hyde has had a good innings. He captained NSW, won a premiership, and has been a captain-coach and a referee. One of life?s true gentlemen, Frank has been awarded an OAM, a MBE and a Dally M ?Life Achievement? Award. His career has seen him as a writer and journalist. In the 1970s, Frank had a top 10 hit with his rendition of ?Danny Boy?. But most memorably, Frank Hyde is known as a radio caller and ?the voice of rugby league?.But sadly, Australia's most beloved rugby league commentator is gravely ill.But come ye back when summer's in the meadowOr when the valley's hushed and white with snow'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadowOh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.Born in 1916, Frank?s family lived on Sydney?s north shore. He began playing rugby league at St Patrick's Marist Brothers school. In 1925 his team won the premiership.Frank?s contributions as a player and administrator were enormous. He was graded as a centre in 1936, his first opponent being the great Dave Brown. In 1937, Newtown thrashed Easts by a record 57-5 in the City Cup Final and Frank scored three tries. A year later NSWRL Residential Rules forced Frank to switch to Balmain where he was appointed captain. The 22-year-old made a huge impression and was selected for NSW.In 1939, Frank led the Balmain side to premiership glory. In the same year he toured New Zealand with the Sydney Reps and would have almost certainly played for Australia if not for World War Two.During the war, Frank transferred to Newcastle where he captain-coached Waratah Mayfield. He later became captain-coach of North Sydney, leading the club to a grand final appearance.In 1942, Frank somehow found time to marry his sweetheart, Gaby, the couple eventually raising six children together.And if you come, when all the flowers are dyingAnd I am dead, as dead I well may beYou'll come and find the place where I am lyingAnd kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.As a broadcaster for radio 2SM, Hyde blazed a trail with calls that have gone down in the annals of sports broadcasting. From 1953-1986, he called a record 33 consecutive grand finals and was never defeated in the ratings. Frank?s memorable ?It?s high enough, it?s long enough and it?s straight between the posts?, could be heard across the red roofed suburbs of Sydney. Frank?s dulcet tones brought rugby league into our homes and into our lives.?Most of today?s callers were smart enough to realise there will only ever be one Frank Hyde and weren?t silly enough to try to copy him,? says columnist Mike Gibson.?I don?t think any of them will ever be Frank Hyde, nor would they want to be. I think everyone in the radio game accepts that Frank Hyde alone was the voice of rugby league ? and always will be.?A devout catholic, Frank has pointed to his faith as been the driving force behind his impressive list of achievements. ?I was a product of the Depression, so everything I have achieved in my life is a direct result of my faith,? he says.Not often publicised was Frank Hyde?s charity work. After calling a game at the SCG, he would sometimes visit the Matthew Talbot Hostel to help those less fortunate.?It?s funny because I would go down to help and the residents would abuse me for giving the man of the match award to the wrong bloke,? Frank recalls.?It was all in good fun. But, seriously, helping the less fortunate made me never take things in my life for granted.?In recent years, Frank has had to curtail his duties.?I?m still under doctor?s orders, so I have to play it on the safe side,? he said. ?I?m working my way back to health and plan to be around for some time yet.?And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above meAnd all my dreams will warm and sweeter beIf you'll not fail to tell me that you love meI'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.Ref:1908.comCatholic Weekly

Barry Russell inducted into CSSC

FORMER Sharks halfback and NRL Sponsorship Manager, Barry Russell, has been awarded honorary membership to the CSSC. Russell was awarded his shirt, cap and keyring last night at the inaugural CSSC general meeting after he showed a keen interest in what we were trying to achieve.The meeting itself was highly productive, with approximately twenty members attending. Minutes of the meeting will be made available shortly.Sharks CEO Greg Pierce also came along and discussed the finer points of running a football club with the members. Pierce happily accepted questions about future recruitment plans, the coaching structure, plans for the new development and the club's relationship with the media. He also expressed his gratitude to the CSSC for the support that they offer, and offered to make himself available for future meetings.The CSSC would like to thank both Greg Pierce and Barry Russell as well as all of the members who came along for their attendance.

Kiwi squad for GB tests

COACH Brian McClennan and the New Zealand selectors have confirmed a 22 man squad in preparation for the XXXX Test in Great Britain. Vinnie ANDERSON (St Helens)Jason CAYLESS (St Helens)Alex CHAN (Catalans)Greg EASTWOOD (Brisbane)Henry FA?AFILI (Warrington)Harrison HANSON (Wigan)Shontayne HAPE (Bradford)Stacey JONES (Catalans)David KIDWELL (Melbourne)Ali LAUITI?ITI (Leeds)Francis MELI (St Helens)Fui Fui MOI MOI (Parramatta)Iafeta PALEA?AESINA (Wigan)Robbie PAUL (Huddersfield)Ben ROBERTS (Canterbury)David SOLOMONA (Wakefield)Iosia SOLIOLA (Sydney)Logan SWANN (Warrington)Willie TALAU (St Helens)Motu TONY (Hull)Clinton TOOPI (Warriors)Leslie VAINIKOLO (Bradford)NB: Five players to be omitted from this squad when the team to face Great Britain at Knowsley Road Stadium (St Helens) June 27 is confirmed the week commencing 19 June.

Melbourne Supporters Info - Dragons v Panthers

DRAGONS Supporters, What a way to make a return to Kogarah last Friday night and didn't we party!! An 8-1 victory in the pouring rain over the Eels saw the Dragons nudge their way back into the Top 8, and had League statisticians diving for their record books with the match lasting well into the second half before a point was scored. With a little bit of luck we can start scoring points before the last 10 mins of the game this week, when the Dragons take on the Panthers at Penrith. Our screening this week is at the cosy Grosvenor Hotel, live on Fox at 5:30pm Saturday. Details are: WHAT: Dragons v PanthersWHEN: Saturday 10th June, 5:30pmWHERE: Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Rd, East St Kilda. GO THE DRAGONS!!

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