THE governing body of rugby league in New Zealand's credibility as a wise and just body must surely be called into question following their decision last week to allow Shaun Williams-Metcalf to be re-instated back into rugby league after his callous and cowardly attempt to abort his then girlfriend?s unborn child.Williams-Metcalf, accompanied by a couple of mates tried (unsuccessfully) to kick the unborn child out of the young woman's body.
Williams-Metcalf was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in the District Court on 27 May 2004. He had earlier pleaded guilty to three charges that jointly with two others, he:
(a) With intent to procure the miscarriage of a young woman, he unlawfully used violence against her in the form of an assault. (Sec 183 (1) (c) Crimes Act 1961.)
(b) Aggravated robbery by robbing the same young woman of a cell phone (Sec 235 (1)(b) Crimes Act 1961).
(c) Injuring the same young woman with intent to injure her (Sec 189 (2) Crimes Act 1961).
Williams-Metcalf then had the cheek to apply for home detention. His application was refused by the New Zealand Parole Board.
"The offending was premeditated, callous and brutal. It has had serious consequences for the victim as far as her confidence and self esteem is concerned and it will be a long time, if ever, before she fully recovers. We have interviewed her along with her mother and grandfather. Not unreasonably they are strongly opposed to this application and we are bound to take her views into account." and refused his application for home detention.
Williams-Metcalf's ex girlfriend is the victim of this crime and she has asked the New Zealand Rugby League to refuse his application to play rugby league.
After initially saying that Williams-Metcalf would never play again in New Zealand, The New Zealand Rugby League board has decided the three Auckland 17-year-olds, suspended, can rejoin the code.
THE Queensland selectors have today named their finest 17 men to take on the NSW side on June 15, holding a one game advantage in the best of 3 series.
WELL, the rumours all week have been true. The NSW selectors today named their finest 17 men to take on the Queenslanders in Origin II on June 15, dropping halfback Brett Kimmorley from the squad. Trent Barrett has been shuffled into the no.7 jersey, with Bulldogs pivot Braith Anasta finding himself in the team after a string of good performances for his club.
MAGPIES Houdini Act
Written by Wests Football Club
Monday, 06 June 2005
The Magpies Jersey Flegg side travelled to Newcastle for this very important match against the Newcastle Knights who were sitting three points in front of them on the competition ladder. A big crowd had gathered early in preparation for the NRL match which gave our young team an extra incentive to play well. In a thrilling match, Wests snatched victory in the dying seconds to continue their rise up the ladder.
THE 54-10 victory over the Souths Sydney Rabbitohs by the Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs Jersey Flegg team on Saturday was their best performance of the season. A powerful platform was laid by the young Dogs pack of forwards to get on top of the Rabbitohs forwards.
EASTS TIGERS 28 defeat REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 22
BRIDGEND BLUE BULLS 42 TORFAEN TIGERS 10
Bridgend Blue Bulls, Newport Titans and Aberavon Fighting Irish all remain in the top three of the Total Rl.com Rugby League Conference Premier Wales after winning home matches on Saturday.
NORTH QUEENSLAND YOUNG GUNS 46 defeat NORTHS DEVILS 8
MONDAY, 06 June 2005
In Premier League Western Suburbs were up against the Knights who were sitting in equal third position on the ladder, however the Magpies were looking to follow on recent good form after last weeks win against the Rabbitohs. The result showed however that Wests struggle to compete with the quality sides of the competition and their season is hanging by a thread. To add to the misery the news for Wests just gets worse with chief play maker Ben Reynolds suffering a potentially season ending injury.
THE Sydney Roosters' Premier League outfit have continued their surge up the ladder with a commanding 36-10 victory over Manly at Aussie Stadium tonight.
WITH the Sydney Airport Jets having the bye in the VB Premier League, Newtown?s Jim Beam Cup side held centre-stage at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon and maintained their winning form with a thumping 56-8 win over the Central Coast club Erina.
SUPER League clubs are in danger of seeing their top players being snapped up by a wealthy new Australian club.
SAINTS Run Riot, Wolves Sneak Home, Wakefield back to winning ways, and Craigie hat-trick gives Widnes win.
FOLLOWING the capture of Australian forward Bryan Fletcher, Wigan today announced that they have signed West Tigers Winger Pat Richards for the 2006 and 2007seasons.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 13, 3-5 June 2005
Cowboys? fullback Matt Bowen continues to set a blistering pace in this year?s Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards. Another man-of-the-match performance and another three points sees Bowen at the top of the leader board on 19 points, five points clear of the field.