THE Jersey Flegg Sharks are now just one win away from a Grand Final appearance after defeating the Wests Magpies in their first round finals match on Saturday at Toyota Park.
THE end of the rugby league season for the major competitions in Auckland is in sight as the major semi finals take place in the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial competition, and the Suburban Newspapers Sharman Cup wraps up with the Grand Final on Saturday afternoon between Howick and Bay Roskill.
THE Counties-Manukau Jetz will have a size advantage in the Bartercard Cup rugby league preliminary final on Sunday, and Mt Albert will have to play smart footy rather than physical to win it.
THE Sydney Roosters? Premier League side has staked an unmistakable claim on defending their premiership after annihilating the Bulldogs 67-6 at WIN Stadium with their biggest win of the year this afternoon.
JOE Vagana is hoping newly appointed Kiwis coach Brian McClennan will bring an end to his five-year international exile.
SALFORD down London
SAINTS clinch top spot
WIDNES and Leigh announce squads
WARRINGTON Wolves coach Paul Cullen has confirmed Andrew Johns will start the engage Super League clash against Leeds Rhinos on Saturday alongside club captain Lee Briers.
As such, fellow Australian Nathan Wood is likely to be relegated to the bench despite a man-of-the-match performance in Sunday?s 32-22 win over Salford.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have today taken steps to discipline and educate Wes Naiqama after he was last night pulled over by police for driving without a license.
FINALS Week One, 9-11 September 2005
Week one of the 2005 NRL Finals series kicked off in spectacular style with the Wests Tigers blowing away the Cowboys to the tune of 50-6 at Telstra Stadium. The result had statisticians looking back over 60 years through the record books for a bigger semi-final thrashing. Brett Hodgson was the talk of the town with a record-breaking personal tally of 30 points, the most scored by a player in NRL finals history. Hodgson bagged a hat trick of tries and kicked nine goals from nine attempts, breaking his own club record for points scored in a match.
Finals 2005 - Week 1
DRAGONS 28 v SHARKS 22
The St George Illawarra Dragons have defeated a courageous Cronulla Sharks outfit 28-22 at a wet WIN stadium in front of a ground record crowd of 19,608 in the 3rd Quarter Final. The loss means that the Cronulla Sharks season has ended, as has the career of David Peachey and Jason Stevens in the NRL. The Dragons have now earned a spot in the Preliminary final in two weeks time as well as a week off next week.
FINALS Week One
Brisbane Broncos 18 vs Melbourne Storm 24
Finals 2005 - Week 1
Parramatta Eels 46 v Manly Sea Eagles 22
The Parramatta Eels have defeated the Manly Sea Eagles 46-22 at Parramatta Stadium this afternoon. The loss means Manly?s finals campaign has ended, and the Parramatta side have earned themselves a week?s rest.
AS announced last month Anthony Griffin has been appointed Queensland Cup coach for season 2005. The lower grades coaches have now been announced while they will be new to the Club?s coaching staff they are certainly no strangers do the Dolphin Oval supporters.
Taking control of the A Grade side is one Redcliffe?s favourite sons Ian ?Iggy? Graham. Graham who captained the Dolphins to their 1994 premiership victory has previously coached Easts colts and Souths first grade in Mackay.
Coaching the Colts will be another man who has played first grade for Redcliffe 113 game veteran Waverley Stanley. Stanley returns to the club after coaching in Atherton. Stanley?s right hand man will be Craig Ingebrigtsen a very successful junior coach who is stepping up to senior football for the first time. Ingebrigtsen is also a former lower grader with the club.
The new strength and conditioning coach is Tony Guilfoyle. Guilfoyle comes to the club after spending the last few years on the Norths staff. He is a Redcliffe junior who worked his way through the grades and played first grade under Graham Olling?s coaching in the late 1980?s and stayed with the club until the early 90?s before moving to Brothers.