Danny Green to Fight Charge

REDCLIFFE'S Danny Green will contest a dangerous throw charge which threatens to keep him out of this Saturday's QLD Wizard Cup preliminary final blockbuster against Easts.

Sculthorpe seeks solution

ST Helens are scouring the country for experts to find an answer to Great Britain captain Paul Sculthorpe?s chronic knee complaint.

Korkidas guilty, free to play

RELEGATION-THREATENED Wakefield have been boosted by the news Michael Korkidas has been cleared to play in their vital clash with Bradford on Friday.The Australian forward was sent off against St Helens last Friday for head-butting Saints centre Jamie Lyon during Wakefield's 34-12 defeat at Knowsley Road.Despite being found guilty of illegal use of the head at the League's disciplinary committee, they also found that the sending off was punishment enough.The tough prop is therefore cleared to keep his ever-present record this season to face Bradford in a must-win encounter for the struggling Wildcats.Defeat against The Bulls will see Wakefield's relegation confirmed, but a point could yet set up a thrilling decider against Castleford next week.Wakefield will also be able to call upon the services of Darrell Griffin for the trip to The Grattan Stadium at Odsal after he completed a one-game ban.Source: skysports.com

Waite to return to Australia

FORMER Great Britain head coach David Waite is to end his consultancies with both the RFL and Catalans Dragons at the end of September and return home to Australia.

Cameron Smith - 2006 Dally M Award winner

MELBOURNE Storm hooker Cameron Smith has been awarded the 2006 Dally M Player of the Year award.In a result which mirrors our own adjudication at League Unlimited, the nuggetty rake capped off a memorable season by taking out the prestigious award tonight at the Sydney Town Hall.Smith, a goal kicking hooker, has been a mainstay of the Storm side for some years now and represented Queensland with distinction in this year's State of Origin series. Following the withdrawal of Danny Buderus, Smith looks likely to receive his first Test cap in this years's Tri-Nations tournament.Other notable winners were rookie Jarryd Hayne and coach Craig Bellamy.Here are the full details of the night?s awards:Rookie of The Year: Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)Nominated - Greg Eastwood, Jarryd Hayne, Darius Boyd, Luke Douglas, Grant Rovelli2006 Top Tryscorer: Nathan Merritt (South Sydney Rabbitohs) 22 tries2006 Top Pointscorer: Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) 274 pointsCaptain of The Year: Ben Kennedy (Manly Sea Eagles)Nominated - Ben Kennedy, Darren Lockyer, Cameron Smith, Andrew RyanProvan Summons People's Choice: Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels)Nominated - Nathan Hindmarsh, Ben Kennedy, Willie Mason, Andrew JohnsPeter Frilingos Memorial Award for Headline Moment of the Year: Brett Finch (State of Origin I)Nominated -The Brett Finch field goal, SOO1The Brett Stewart try, Manly v TigersHodgson's pass in SOO3Gorrell's sideline conversion to sink the Broncos at SuncorpCoach of the Year: Craig Bellamy (Melbourne Storm)Nominated - Craig Bellamy, Steve Folkes, Jason Taylor, Matt ElliottRepresentative Player of the Year: Darren Lockyer (Queensland Maroons & Australian Kangaroos)Nominated - Darren Lockyer, Petero Civoniceva, Jonathon Thurston, Willie MasonARL Hall of Fame inductees:The late Ken KearneySid PearceCharles FraserGeorge TreweekDuncan HallPeter SterlingPOSITIONAL AWARDS:Fullback: Clinton Schifcofske (Canberra Raiders)Nominated - Greg Inglis, Rhys Wesser, Brett Stewart, Clinton SchifcofskeWinger: Brian Carney (Newcastle Knights)Nominated - Hazem El Masri, Eric Grothe, Brian Carney, Nathan MerrittCentre: Mark Gasnier (St George-Illawarra Dragons)Nominated - Justin Hodges, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Adam Mogg, Jake WebsterFive-eighth: Darren Lockyer (Brisbane Broncos)Nominated - Scott Hill, Jason Smith, Darren Lockyer, Preston CampbellHalfback: Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)Nominated - Matt Orford, Cooper Cronk, Andrew Johns, Johnathan ThurstonProp: Roy Asotasi (Bulldogs)Nominated - Luke Bailey, Roy Asotasi, Petero Civoniceva, Mark O'MeleyHooker: Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)Nominated ? Danny Buderus, Aaron Payne, Robbie Farah, Cameron SmithSecond row: Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels)Nominated - Willie Mason, Nathan Hindmarsh, Steve Simpson, Ryan HoffmanLock: Ben Kennedy (Manly Sea Eagles)Nominated - Ben Kennedy, Alan Tongue, Reni Maitua, Dallas Johnson

Referee's Report - Round 26

IT has been a long season for the Referee?s in season 2006, and here at LeagueUnlimited and Referee?s Report, we have made a list of awards for what has been an up and down season. Referee of the Year Award: Steve Clark ? While sometimes being inconsistent and sometimes making the wrong calls, he has been the standout for this season. Two origins show this and leading in to the semi finals he is in line to take out his first ever Grand Final.The What Happened Award: Paul Simpkins ? While Paul has been up there as one of the best this season, we can expect more of him. Although he was out for a couple of months after a calf strain in round six, he made a slow comeback from injury. When returning for the Tigers and Souths match in round 12, he took too long to return to his normal good performances. However he is now well positioned to hit form at the right time of the season.The Most Improved Award: Shayne Hayne ? Just a year and a half ago, Shayne Hayne was doing Premier League and some NRL touchlines. Now in September of 2006, Shayne has been given his first ever Finals fixture. It has been a great season for Shayne, which has involved a fair few Friday night matches. Next year he should be hoping for a top two finish.The Rookie of the Year Award: Ben Cummins ? There have been a fair few referees blooded in to First Grade this season. Last year Ben was awarded the SG Ball Grand Final and now the Canberra Junior has a handful of First Grade matches to go with it. He is one to watch in the future.The One to Look Out For Award: Tony De Las Heras ? He has had two proper First Grade matches and one half a match as a replacement, but Dapto junior Tony De Las Heras is one of the referees to watch in 2007 and beyond.Now on to the appointments for the first week of the 2006 playoffs:Sean Hampstead receives his first start in a semi final since 2004 when he did the First Qualifying Final between the Panthers and Dragons. Hampstead has been given the match of the round at Energy Australia Stadium between the Knights and Sea Eagles which, last time these two sides met in round 23, was amid controversy when Knights captain Andrew Johns lashed out at touch judge Matt Cecchin with a number of four letter words. The touch judges will be Steve Carrall and Rod Lawrence.Paul Simpkins receives yet another semi final when the Broncos are at home to the Dragons on Saturday night. In 2004 Simpkins had first and eighth placed in week one of the playoffs between the Roosters and Raiders, while in 2005 he had the Tigers and Cowboys? week one clash being the fourth and fifth placed teams. The touch judges will be Paul Holland and Matt Cecchin.It is a memorable moment for Shayne Hayne who has been given his first start in an NRL Finals match. He will be at the helm of the Bulldogs and Raiders match at Telstra Stadium on Saturday night. Hayne just beat fellow referee Tony Archer to the fourth and final refereeing position in the upcoming finals series. Shayne?s touch judges will be David Abood and Steve Chiddy. The last man to be named is number one referee Steve Clark, who will be down in Melbourne as the minor premiers take on the eighth placed Parramatta Eels. The last time Clark did an Eels match was when Parramatta heavily defeated the Dragons back in round 22, while the last time he officiated in a Storm match was in round 20 as Melbourne were too strong for the visiting Sharks. The touch judges will be Russell Turner and Michael Jones.

Dragons name NSWRL sides

PREMIER League Dragonsv Balmain Tigers1.30pm Sunday 10 SeptemberWIN StadiumCoach: Steven Price1. Reece SIMMONDS2. Josh MORRIS3. Beau RYAN4. Daryl MILLARD5. Tom HEWITT 6. Chris SHEPPARD7. Mathew HEAD8. Andrew PRICE9. George NDAIRA10. Chris HOUSTON (c)11. Aaron WHEATLEY12. Lee TE MAARI13. James JIMENEZ14. Jamie DUNNING15. Willie TUPOU16. Bryson GOODWIN17. Reece BLAYNEY18. Jamie KEITH 19. Tom HABERECHTJersey Flegg Dragonsv Bulldogs12 noon Sunday 10 SeptemberWIN StadiumCoach: Corey Pearson1. Jason NIGHTINGALE2. Rota SETU3. Chase STANLEY4. Keith LULIA5. Luke IRWIN6. Richard WILLIAMS7. Matt SEAMARK8. Chris FARRELL9. Brad DAVIDSON (c)10. Dan HUNT11. James KEELAN12. Matt PRIOR13. Brian WEST (c)14. Peter WAKLEY15. James GREHAN16. Scott SABLOWSKI18. Jason WHITE19. Jhi TANNER20. Nathan WYNN

Brown Names Unchanged Dragons Team

DRAGONS Coach Nathan Brown has named an un-changed line-up for his teams Week 1 Finals Series clash with the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday night.The Dragons will be chasing their third win of the season over the Broncos having won their two regular season fixtures: Round 4, 26-12 at WIN Stadium and Round 15, 18-16 at Suncorp Stadium.?The Finals Series is a whole new ball game,? said Brown.?The Broncos are a talented and experienced side and it will definitely be a tough encounter."Unavailable Dragons are: Dean Young (Knee), Corey Payne (Concussion) and Colin Best (Neck).NRL DRAGONSv Brisbane Broncos6.30pm Saturday 9 SeptemberSuncorp StadiumCoach: Nathan Brown 1. Clint Greenshields2. Wes Naiqama3. Mark Gasnier4. Matt Cooper5. Brett Morris6. Trent Barrett (c)7. Ben Hornby8. Luke Bailey9. Aaron Gorrell10. Jason Ryles11. Matt Bickerstaff12. Ashton Sims13. Ben CreaghInterchange:14. Danny Wicks15. Justin Poore16. Sam Isemonger17. Shaun Timmins18. Michael Henderson(one to be omitted)Referee: Paul Simpkins

Teams & Fixtures for Week 1 Finals

FRIDAY, 8th September 2006

Dunley free to play

MANLY'S reserve hooker Shayne Dunley has pleaded guilty to a grade one dangerous throw charge, ensuring he's free to play against Newcastle in Friday night's qualifying final at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Maitua gone with knee injury

THE Bulldogs have received a blow ahead of the finals with lock Reni Maitua today ruled out for up to two weeks with a knee injury.

Coaches, captains & referee's

NRL referees boss Robert Finch has upheld video official Phil Cooley's decision to deny Brisbane centre Brent Tate a try for double movement.

Extra Time Victory For Leopards

THE Tamaki Leopards have booked themselves a spot in the Bartercard Cup semi-finals with the Canterbury Bulls.

Summer Conference Amateur winners...

SOUTH LONDON STORM 30 EAST LANCASHIRE LIONS 0 - Broadstreet, Coventrytotalrl.com Rugby League Conference 2006 - Harry Jepson Trophy Grand FinalA southern variation of 'jingle bells' rang out around Broadstreet as for the first time in RLC history a side were nilled in a final when South London Storm comprehensively took apart East Lancashire Lions to win the Harry Jepson Trophy; the seventh side to capture the silverware in nine seasons.Dominant in defence with back row trio Alan Emerson, Don Varcoe and Todd Brandon outstanding and sharp in attack - especially in the opening half hour with hooker Luke Bonner the hub - South's finished a fine campaign in some style.East Lancashire, in their first decider were disappointing and out muscled but hung in the contest until Darren Bartley crossed in the 51st minute to make it 14-0 and put the game out of their reach.Then the frustration boiled over for the Lions and prop Chris Allen and playmaker Anthony Aldcroft were dismissed both for high challenges in the space of a mad six minutes and Storm cruised to a well deserved win. With this South London Storm who are proudly sponsored by two local companies, the Beer Circus Pub in Croydon and sports kit retailers and manufacturers Forty-Twenty.com, became the first London based club to win the Harry Jepson Trophy and with it the National Title. South London coach Rob Powell was thrilled by the reward of a trophy at the end of a great season for his charges."It wasn't a pretty game but I thought the lads applied themselves really well and kept their discipline when they could have lost it" he said."It's testament to them, there has been two years of hard work and some testing times but the guys really pulled together and I'm really proud to be their coach."- - - - -The Summer Conference consists of 31 amateur rugby league clubs from England and Wales playing in four Premier Divisions with the aim of winning the Harry Jepson Trophy Grand Final.The Conference also has eight Regional Divisions operating below the Premier Divisions, comprising of another 49 clubs.

Austria 56 Estonia 32

AUSTRIA claimed its first victory on the international stage after a convincing win over spirited Estonians.

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