HIBISCUS Coast Raiders have become the first team to be knocked out of the semi finals in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition.
FOR the second year in succession Toowoomba has exited the Queensland Cup with an extra-time defeat in the first week of finals, sunk 23-22 by the boot of Redcliffe?s Shane Perry.
THE Sydney Airport Jets were pushed back into fifth place on the VB Premier League competition table, following their 32-20 loss to the Newcastle Knights at Energy Australia Stadium on Saturday evening. In the Jim Beam Cup, Newtown qualified for the semi-final series after defeating Erina 28-12 on Saturday afternoon, and then surviving an attempt by their nearest rivals Cabramatta to surpass the Jets? for and against record.
DAIRY Farmers Stadium, Bishop Park and Pizzey Park will host decisive QRL finals this coming weekend.
HERE are the reports from Bridgend and Kevin Ellis' remarkable Cup double
this weekend. Ellis coached both Brynteg School and Bridgend Blue Bulls to National Final victories in the Powergen Champions Schools Year 7 and Total RL.com RLC Conference Premier Finals respectively.
FANS from Challenge Cup Finalists, Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC were in the crowd at the Brewery Field on Friday to night to see a Wales Presidents XIII outclass but not disgrace a valiant Lebanon Espoirs (a word that roughly translates as hopefuls or emerging) side.
PAUL Cooke touched down three minutes from time as Hull snatched the Powergen Challenge Cup from Leeds? grasp at the Millennium Stadium with a 25-24 win.
SENIOR fitness causes stir
THE second last round of the season has given us a pretty tough team to beat. With the Australian fullback, wing, halfback, lock and plenty of others who have rep jumpers to their credit, the Round 25 League Unlimited Team of the Week has all the ingredients to be one of our best ever. Have a go at these boys!
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 25, 26-28 August 2005
And then there were two?
KNIGHTS 44 v SHARKS 14
ST George Illawarra has fined club captain Trent Barrett $2,000 for his involvement in a drunken incident at a New South Wales South Coast hotel last week. Injured teammate Mathew Head has been slapped with a $1,000 fine for unruly behaviour during a drinking session at a Warrawong pub last Monday night.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 v North Queensland Cowboys 30
Parramatta Eels 48 v Canberra Raiders 10
BULLDOGS 6 v PANTHERS 28