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!!

Eels officials to meet over bad behaviour

PARRAMATTA officials have scheduled an emergency meeting for today in an attempt to put a stop to the alcohol-related incidents that have rocked the embattled NRL club.

Judiciary results

NEW Zealand Warriors prop Ruben Wiki became the first player this season to mount a successful challenge at the NRL judiciary, seeing his eight-week ban for kneeing thrown out.

Round 13 Team of the Week

A huge round of action has seen some close calls for the selectors this week with many positions being referred to the third umpire. There?s so much attacking footy being played out there at the moment, but we haven?t forgotten the workers either. The Round 13 League Unlimited Team of the Week is a balanced side with plenty of scoring potential and the ability to give a few hard noses a touch up.Fullback: Greg Inglis (Storm) ? Wonder kid again fulfils the custodian?s role, just ahead of another great fullback in Clinton Schifcofske. Inglis destroyed the hopes of Roosters fans everywhere with two dashing tries to secure victory in our southern capital.Wing: Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) ? El Masri had a blinder this week for the Doggies, playing above his usual heroics. He scored three tries to pass Lamb?s club record along the way to booting 5 from 7 against the Knights. Someone hand him a sky blue jersey!Centre: Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs) ? Sonny Bill had his best game since coming back, conspiring down the right hand flank with El Masri, as well as being heavily involved in the middle of the park. He?ll figure prominently towards the end of the year.Centre: Dean Collis (Tigers) ? An unheralded centre, which is probably why he fits in well over at the Tigers, who are suspiciously making their way up the ladder. Collis scored an important try and played hard for the premiers in their Grand Final rematch.Wing: Greg Eastwood (Broncos) ? We?ve gone for size here with burly winger Eastwood just edging out speedster Amos Roberts, who gets an honourable mention. The Kiwi cherished playing on home soil against the Warriors and is sure to raise the eyebrow of national coach Brian McClennan.Five-eighth: Todd Carney (Raiders) ? Bagged a try and was instrumental in the Raiders? second victory on the trot. Carney, a future star, has played well in the absence of veteran playmaker Jason Smith and he stands two off the ruck for us this week.Halfback: Ben Hornby (Dragons) ? Hornby controlled play well on Friday night in some very difficult conditions. Usually a fullback, he slotted in well at number 7 and never lets anyone down. Put two vital field goals over in testing circumstances.Lock: Alan Tongue (Raiders) ? Does this bloke ever stop giving? Tongue would have to be the most under-rated player in the comp. So much so, that very few people who don?t support the Raiders have even heard of him. We love him though. Scored another hard-earned try.Second-row: Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) ? Another workhorse who never lets you down. Hindmarsh is the bright shining light out at Parramatta and you can always be sure he?s giving 100%. It wasn?t easy to thrive at Kogarah on Friday night, but he went well.Second-row: Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles) ? Watmough is starting to return to the form that won him a State of Origin jersey last year. He put on some big hits and tackled his heart out, helping Manly to a rare win in Penrith.Prop: Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers) ? Big Franky had a superb game, taking the ball up all day long and crossing the stripe for his trouble. Boy the Tigers are going to miss this fella as he continues to impress. Surely rep honours can?t elude him for too much longer.Hooker: Corey Hughes (Bulldogs) ? Some might say this is a surprising selection and I haven?t been a fan of Corey?s for most of his career. But credit where credit is due. He had a great game on Saturday night against the world?s best hooker, even if he was backing up. Hughes left the game with a brace of tries in a gutsy win.Prop: Ruben Wiki (Warriors) ? Scored two tries in a close game to give the Warriors some hope of securing victory. Wiki never gives up during a scrap and he was in the thick of things against the Broncos, almost bringing home the bacon.What a bench we?ve got here. Mobility, skill, brute force and a touch of flamboyance with Menzies, Bailey, O?Meley and Young gracing the interchange this week. It?s no shock to see three of them playing for NSW.Interchange: Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Luke Bailey (Dragons), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Dean Young (Dragons).Merkin of the Week Award for Stupidity: There really was no choice other than Jeremy Smith this week. Ala Scott Hill, he broke the first commandment and laid his filthy paws on the man in the middle. We understand his frustration at Sean Hampstead, but it?s time to cool your jets Jeremy.

Russia defeat Serbia in Qualifier

RUSSIA have won their second match in the Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers after defeating a gallant Serbia 44-6 in Belgrade last Sunday.The larger Bears oufit were ultimately too good for the home side with half back Artem Grigoryn scoring two tries and kicking four goals in his man-of-the-match performance.Serbia were kept in the match in the first half thanks to the boot of Dalibor Vukanovic who kicked three goals, and at half time, Russia led 16-6.But the visitors proved too good after the break, racing away to score 28 unanswered points.Other try scorers for Russia were Sergey Dobrynin (2), Oleg Zukov (2), Nikoray Zagoskin, Georgy Vinogradov and Oleg Smirnov.Russia and Georgia have now qualified for the European Nations Group. The two sides will meet later this month while Holland will take on Serbia to decide the final group positions.European Preliminary Qualifying Group, match 4: SERBIA 6 defeated by RUSSIA 44.Match played 04/06/2006.Venue: FK Radnicki Stadium, BelgradeReferee: Matthew Thomason (England)Match preview - click hereDiscussion and match photos - CLICK HEREOther World Cup Qualifier results - click here

Murray backs Lillyman's selection

QUEENSLAND'S call up of Jacob Lillyman to replace injured Tonie Carroll for the second State of Origin rugby league match took many by surprise... but not NSW coach Graham Murray.

Eels fine Hayne, Maitua re-signs, Souths

PARRAMATTA winger Jarryd Hayne has been fined $1000 by the NRL club over an incident at a hotel on Saturday night.Hayne, who made his first grade debut three weeks ago, has apologised after a member of the public complained about his behaviour at The Roxy in Parramatta. The latest incident is the third to engulf the embattled club in recent weeks.Last month Eels' players Mark Riddell and Tim Smith were fined $5,000 and dropped to Premier league for turning up drunk at a recovery session. And captain Nathan Cayless was recently reprimanded for damaging a security camera in a Star City casino lift.Eels chief executive Denis Fitzgerald says the club would not tolerate misconduct.Meanwhile, Bulldogs utility Reni Maitua has re-signed with the NRL club for a further three seasons. Maitua, who has played 47 first grade games since joining the Bulldogs in 2002, will remain with at the Belmore club until the end of the 2009 season.The 23-year-old says he is pleased to re-sign with the club and end speculation about his future.Elsewhere, South Sydney has ushered in a new era at the NRL club, with new owners Peter Holmes A Court and Russell Crowe officially taking charge today.Holmes A Court, who handed over a $3 million cheque for a 75 per cent purchase of South Sydney at a ceremony at the Sydney Town Hall this afternoon, says his main task is instilling a winning culture again at the Rabbitohs.

Kouparitsas to Make NRL Debut

FULFILLING a life-long dream, Bulldogs forward Nick Kouparitsas will make his debut in the NRL this weekend against the Canberra Raiders at Telstra Stadium.Kouparitsas, who played his junior football in Canberra for the West Belconnen Warriors, has spent the last 4 seasons completing his ?apprenticeship? to NRL football, playing Premier League with the Bulldogs, Magpies and Raiders.When asked to describe the feeling and emotion of being selected to make his NRL debut, the 22 year old was animated and clearly excited saying he was pumped to be given the opportunity by coach Steve Folkes.?I didn?t hear off the coaches about it (NRL selection) until yesterday. When I was told I was pumped!? Kouparitsas said.When quizzed about anything that contributed to his rise up into the NRL, Kouparitsas was quick to acknowledge the club and coaches for assisting in the continuing development of his game.?The club and coaching has been great,? Kouparitsas told League Unlimited?Playing and training with internationals has been good too, to learn bits and pieces of their games, it?s helped a lot?Kouparitsas was realistic about his appointment to the top grade at a club which boasts such a great forward pack, but was hopeful for a strong performance and make further claims for future call ups to first grade. ?If I can put in a good performance, than hopefully next time there?s an injury, the coaches will think of my name first.? Kouparitsas said.Kouparitsas will join Billy Ngawini, Ben Czislowski and Dallas McIlwain in a completely new bench, with the Bulldogs losing Mason, Ryan, O'Meley and Myles to State of Origin.

Fairleigh Remains Upbeat

A string of losses in recent weeks has done little to stop Knights? Coach David Fairleigh from remaining positive about the club?s Premier League campaign, despite the club?s decision not to renew Fairleigh?s contract beyond this season.

Carroll out, Lillyman in

NORTH Queensland's Jacob Lillyman has been called up to replace injured lock Tonie Carroll in the Queensland team for next Wednesday's second State Of Origin rugby league match in Brisbane.

Blues stunned by Mogg's selection

NSW captain Danny Buderus is shocked Queensland overlooked "an abundance of great fullbacks" to select Canberra bolter Adam Mogg for next week's State of Origin II at Suncorp Stadium.

Overnight wrap ? Judiciary, refs, Mundine

IT will be a busy night for the NRL judiciary, with Melbourne fullback Billy Slater and New Zealand Warriors prop Ruben Wiki contesting charges.

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