Ref's Call

THE hardest thing to being a referee is not the ability to possess a thick skin. It isn?t the fitness levels which have to be of a premium standard nowadays. It is actually the ability to be consistent. Now every referee tries to lay the law down equally to all teams and to all situations. In a perfect world, that is what we would want to happen. However, with a litany of camera?s and a ready pool of journalists and players to pound some criticism if the referee doesn?t get it right, it makes the referee?s job a lot harder.

Rammo's rant

WE?VE reached the business end of the season and this is when the footy should be firing up, but unfortunately I have to jest with that statement.

QRL Statewide score wrap

XXXX STATEWIDE SCORE WRAP>>MAJOR COMPETITIONSQLD WIZARD CUPRound 18: Norths 56 d Wynnum Manly 30, Souths Logan 32 drew Burleigh 32, Redcliffe 34 d Toowoomba 16, North Queensland 10 drew Easts 10, Tweed Heads 44 d Central 22. Ipswich bye.Standings: North Queensland 27, Redcliffe 24, Toowoomba 24, Easts 20, Tweed Heads 18, Burleigh 15, Norths 13, Souths Logan 12, Central 11, Wynnum Manly 10, Ipswich 6.QLD WOMENSRound 15: Wests Mitchelton 30 d Caboolture 10, Wests Centenary d Ipswich Brothers on forfeit (injuries).Standings: Ipswich Brothers 26, Wests Centenary 20, Wests Mitchelton 10, Caboolture 2.Rspresentative Fixture: Nellie Doherty Cup, Queensland v New South Wales, Suncorp Stadium, 12 noon, Sunday July 30.>>> SOUTH EAST DIVISIONFOGS CUPRound 18: Souths Logan 40 d Burleigh 16, Wynnum Manly 30 d Norths 6, Aspley 34 d Redcliffe 14, Sunshine Coast 22 d Easts 16, Tweed Heads 58 d Western Districts 0. Ipswich bye.Standings: Tweed Heads 28, Easts 22, Burleigh 21, Souths Logan 18, Wynnum Manly 18, Sunshine Coast 18, Redcliffe 17, Ipswich 10, Aspley 10, Norths 10, Western Districts 8. FOGS COLTS CHALLENGERound 18: Souths Logan 30 d Burleigh 28, Norths 46 d Wynnum Manly 0, Aspley 38 d Redcliffe 10, Easts 22 d Sunshine Coast 16, Western Districts 44 d Tweed Heads 18. Ipswich byeStandings: Norths 26, Redcliffe 25, Easts 24, Souths Logan 19, Wynnum Manly 18, Aspley 16, Tweed Heads 15, Burleigh 13, Ipswich 10, Western Districts 7, Sunshine Coast 5. SPOTLESS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPStandings: Redcliffe 222, Easts 218, Tweed Heads 201, Burleigh 162, Norths 160, Souths Logan 159, Wynnum Manly 148, Ipswich 84, Aspley 78, Sunshine Coast 69, Western Districts 51.XXXX BRISBANE SECOND DIVISIONNORTHSIDE ONERound 14: Northside Natives 28 d Brook Sharks 0 (forfeit), Aspley Demons 34 d Northern Suburbs Juniors 10, Pine Rivers 34 d Samford 20, Fortitude Valley Juniors 20 d Sandgate Brighton Gaters 6, Banyo 18 d Dayboro 12.Standings: Dayboro 26, Banyo 19, Samford 17, Fortitude Valley Juniors 18, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 13, Pine Rivers 14, Aspley Demons 13, Brook Sharks 9, Northside Natives 8, Northern Suburbs Juniors 5.SOUTHSIDE ONERound 16: St Brendans 28 d Wests Inala 26, Greenbank 52 d Capalaba Juniors 10, Mt Gravatt 42 d Carina 6.Standings: Carina 28, St Brendans 26, Greenbank 21, Wests Inala 19, Mt Gravatt 18, Wynnum Manly Juniors 10, Capalaba Juniors 6, Logan Brothers 0.NORTHSIDE TWORound 18: Aspley Demons 48 d Pine Central Holy Spirit 6, Northern Raiders 33 d Fortitude Valley Juniors 0 (forfeit), Mitchelton 84 d Burpengary 0, Deception Bay Juniors 50 d Arana Hills 38, Ferny Grove 18 drew Normanby 18, Deception Bay Bombers bye.Standings: Mitchelton 34, Ferny Grove 33, Normanby 30, Deception Bay Bombers 26, Northern Raiders 22, Arana Hills 20, Deception Bay Juniors 18, Aspley Demons 13, Pine Central Holy Spirit 10, Fortitude Valley Juniors 8, Burpengary 4. SOUTHSIDE TWORound 19: Sunnybank 20 d Carina 0 (forfeit), Rochedale 30 d Bears 0 (forfeit), Beenleigh Juniors 28 d Redlands 20, Logan Brothers bye. Standings: Rochedale 32, Beenleigh Juniors 28, Sunnybank 28, Logan Brothers 25, Redlands 18, Carina 11, Bears 10. SOUTHSIDE THREERound 19: Rochedale 52 d Wynnum Manly Juniors 14, Beenleigh Juniors 24 d Browns Plains 18, Bulimba Valleys 20 d St Brendans (forfeit), Slacks Creek 46 d Logan Wanderers 10. Standings: St Brendans 30, Slacks Creek 28, Logan Wanderers 26, Beenleigh Juniors 20, Wynnum Manly Juniors 16, Rochedale 14, Browns Plains 10, Bulimba Valleys 8.SOUTHSIDE FOURRound 19: Cannon Hill 78 d Slacks Creek 20, North Stradbroke Island 34 d Carina 14, Browns Plains 30 d Waterford 12, Wests Inala bye.Standings: Wests Inala 34, Carina 30, Browns Plains 27, Cannon Hill 22, North Stradbroke Island 22, Waterford 10, Slacks Creek 5, Bears 2. ALBERT BISHOP SHIELDRound 17: Wynnum Manly Juniors 22 d Centenary 14, Fortitude Valley Juniors 32 d Waterford 18, Redlands 16 d Sunnybank 14, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 70 d Mustangs 4, Arana Hills 50 d Aspley Demons 10.Standings: Redlands 32, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 28, Fortitude Valley Juniors 25, Arana Hills 22, Wynnum Manly Juniors 18, Sunnybank 18, Waterford 15, Centenary 4, Aspley Demons 4, Mustangs 4. ARTHUR SPARKS SHIELDRound 17: Wynnum Manly Juniors 38 d St Brendans 8, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 26 d Eastern Suburbs Juniors 22, Logan Brothers 24 d Arana Hills 16, Capalaba Juniors 28 d Pine Central Holy Spirit 20, Mustangs 72 d Browns Plains 12, Mitchelton bye. Standings: Mustangs 26, Logan Brothers 26, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 26, Arana Hills 25, Mitchelton 23, Wynnum Manly Juniors 22, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 20, St Brendans 18, Capalaba Juniors 10, Pine Central Holy Spirit 4, Browns Plains 4. >>NORTHERN DIVISIONBENDIGO BANK PREMIERSHIP (Cairns)Round 18: Mareeba 26 d Innisfail 16, Tully 44 d Atherton 20, Kangaroos 20 drew Ivanhoes 20, Yarrabah 46 d Suburbs 24, Brothers 62 d Edmonton 0.Standings: Brothers 31, Innisfail 29, Kangaroos 27, Atherton 24, Ivanhoes 23, Mareeba 20, Tully 20, Mossman Port Douglas 16, Yarrabah 14, Suburbs 10, Edmonton 2.TOWNSVILLE DISTRICTS RLRound 15: Brothers 62 d Sharks United 20, Charters Towers 44 d Herbert River 24, Centrals 28 d University 22. Burdekin bye.Standings: Brothers 56, Herbert River 48, Burdekin 42, Sharks United 40, Charters Towers 28, Centrals 26, University 8.* Wins worth 4pts in TDRLMERCURY CUP (Mackay)Round 16: Souths 40 d Norths 16, Moranbah 56 d Brothers 30, Sarina 50 d Magpies 12, Whitsunday 38 d Wests 32.Standings: Moranbah 26, Souths 22, Brothers 22, Magpies 14, Sarina 12, Norths 11, Whitsunday 10, Wests 3.MID WEST RLWeek 14: Normanton 46 d Doomadgee 16. Standings: Doomadgee 21, Normanton 21, Hughenden 18, Cloncurry 12, Julia Creek 6, Richmond -3.* Wins worth 3pts in MWRL. Forfeiting teams docked 3pts.MOUNT ISA RLMajor Semi: Wanderers 31 d Town 30.Minor Semi: Desert Sharks 52d Black Stars 24.Standings: Town 16, Desert Sharks 14, Wanderers 12, Brothers 6, Black Stars 6.Fixture: Preliminary Final ? Town v Desert Sharks, Town RLFC, Saturday July 29, 4pm.>>CENTRAL DIVISIONEXTENDED LEAGUERound 8: CQU Norths 62 d Biloela 16, Fitzroy Gracemere 39 d Yeppoon 26, Wallabys 34 d Tannum Sands 28, Gladstone Brothers 72 d Valleys 24. Rockhampton Brothers bye.Standings: CQU Norths 13, Wallabys 10, Fitzroy Gracemere 10, Gladstone Brothers 10, Rockhampton Brothers 9, Yeppoon 6, Tannum Sands 4, Valleys 2, Biloela 0.ROCKHAMPTON DISTRICT RLStandings: CQU Norths 15, Fitzroy Gracemere 15, Brothers 13, Yeppoon 2.GLADSTONE DISTRICT RLStandings: Brothers 19, Wallabys 17, Tannum Sands 10, Valleys 6, Biloela 4.CENTRAL HIGHLANDS RLRound 14: Blackwater 32 d Emerald Tigers 30, Middlemount 44 d Springsure 24, Clermont d Emerald Cowboys on forfeit.Standings: Clermont 22, Blackwater 21, Emerald Tigers 17, Middlemount 15, Emerald Cowboys 9, Springsure 0.CENTRAL WEST RLRound 10: Winton 44 d Longreach 34, Barcaldine 40 d Blackall 4. Ilfracombe bye.Standings: Barcaldine 20, Longreach 14, Winton 14, Ilfracombe 8, Blackall 4.Finals: Major Semi ? Barcaldine v Longreach, Barcaldine, Saturday July 29. Minor Semi ? Winton v Ilfracombe, Winton, Sunday July 30.>>WIDE BAY DIVISION4BU-HITZ FM PREMIERSHIP (Bundaberg)Round 13: Hervey Bay 22 d Brothers 20, Wests 42 d Wallaroos 26, Easts 28 d Across The Waves 24.Standings: Hervey Bay 18, Wests 17, Across The Waves 14, Easts 11, Wallaroos 8, Brothers 8*. * Deducted two points for fielding unregistered player. WIDE BAY AUSTRALIA CUP (Northern Districts)Round 14: Miriam Vale 30 d South Kolan 26, Biggenden 42 d Gin Gin 18. Avondale bye.Standings: Biggenden 26, Miriam Vale 18, South Kolan 18, Gin Gin 14, Avondale 8.CENTRAL BURNETTRound 10: Monto 30 d Calliope 20.Standings: Eidsvold 10, Calliope 8, Monto 6.BRAD BACKER SHIELD (Fraser Coast)Round 11: Brothers 42 d Titans 20, Rovers 36 d Wests 32.Results: Brothers 22, Rovers 10, Wests 8, Titans 4.MAROOCHY RSL CUP (Sunshine Coast)Round 14: Caloundra 30 d Maroochydore Coolum 14, Noosa 120 d Bribie Island 0, Nambour 40 d Caboolture 16, Beerwah 26 d Gympie Cooloola 0. Kawana bye. Standings: Caloundra 26, Noosa 22, Kawana 20, Caboolture 18, Nambour 17, Maroochydore Coolum 15, Beerwah 10, Gympie Cooloola 9, Bribie Island 3.SUNSHINE COAST GYMPIE AMATEURSRound 11: Kilcoy 50 d Pomona 0, Yandina 30 d Palmwoods 16. Beachmere bye.Standings: Kilcoy 26, Beachmere 19, Pomona 17, Yandina 10, Palmwoods 6.>>SOUTH WEST DIVISIONWAGNER?S FIRST GRADE (Toowoomba)Round 17: Brothers 20 d Wattles 16, Goondiwindi 42 d Warwick 22, Oakey 36 d Souths 14, Valleys 96 d Newtown 0, Dalby 52 d Gatton 28. Pittsworth bye.Standings: Valleys 30, Brothers 28, Goondiwindi 26, Dalby 22, Oakey 20, Wattles 19, Gatton 18, Pittsworth 15, Souths 14, Warwick 10, Newtown 2. ROMA DISTRICTS RLRound 13: Cities 33 d Chinchilla 18, Red Bulls 40 d Mitchell 18, St George 42 d Miles 18.Standings: St George 17, Cities 14, Red Bulls 14, Mitchell 13, Miles 11, Chinchilla 9.BORDER LEAGUERound 13: Tenterfield 28 d Inglewood 20, Killarney 32 d Stanthorpe 10.Standings: Killarney 20, Tenterfield 18, Stanthorpe 7, Inglewood 3.WESTERN RLRound 14: Cunnmulla 36 d Charleville 34, Tambo 40 d Quilpie 18.Standings: Charleville 22, Tambo 17, Cunnamulla 9,Quilpie 8. >>SOUTHERN DIVISIONQLD GROUP CUP (Ipswich)Round 14: Redbank Plains 41 d Fassifern 28, West End 46 d Swifts 12, Goodna 22 d Norths 8, Springfield 54 d Laidley 18. (President?s Cup results substituted for Brothers v South Burnett).Standings: Brothers 24, South Burnett 24, Norths 18, Goodna 16, Springfield 14, Redbank Plains 12, West End 10, Fassifern 10, Swifts 8, Laidley 2. SMARTLEND CUP (Gold Coast)Round 15: Burleigh 66 d Mudgeeraba 4, Tugun 94 d Nerang 0, Runaway Bay 76 d Helensvale 10, Uni Parkwood 22 d Southport 20, Beaudesert 34 d Tweed Heads 24.Standings: Tugun 30, Burleigh 26, Runaway Bay 23, Uni Parkwood 15, Beaudesert 14, Southport 14, Tweed Heads 12, Nerang 8, Helensvale 2, Mudgeeraba 2.

Tweed crush Central sinners

A STINT in the sin bin for Central Comets skipper Wayne Barnett proved particularly costly on Sunday, with Tweed Heads scoring 20 points in a 10-minute period to record a 40-22 win at the Piggabeen Complex.

Tigers and Young Guns All Tied Up

MISSED field goal attempt from Matt Lockyer has ended Easts? winning streak at five games, although the Tigers remain unbeaten since June 3 after a thrilling 10-all draw with North Queensland at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Controversy mars Souths Logan & Burleigh

SOUTHS Logan chief executive Jim McClelland has apologised unreservedly for a freak time-keeping error which may have cost Burleigh a spot in the finals, saying he felt ?sick in the guts? after the Magpies and Bears controversially drew 32-all on Saturday.With two minutes remaining in the vital match at Brandon Park, Burleigh had a prime opportunity to score after being given the scrum feed 20m out from Souths? line. As players dawdled to the scrum referee Michael Wise blew time off, with the time-keeper noting the stoppage.However when play was restarted, the time-keeper accidentally hit both the time clock and the fulltime siren on the remote control panel. Subsequently, Wise raised his arm to signify the last play of the game and Burleigh threw the ball around ad-lib, giving away possession and almost resulting in a Magpies? try at the other end of the field.?As soon as (the timekeeper) hit the siren he announced over the loud speaker that it was a malfunction,? McClelland explained.?But because the referee had already raised his arm and the play had been affected, we couldn?t play on. Ideally I would have liked to see the scrum repacked and Burleigh have the feed again, but we checked with the referees? co-ordinator and he said we didn?t have much choice.?I know we?ll be called cheats, but I?m dead-set devastated by it. It was a huge day for us, we had an Old Boys reunion in the crowd and we?d come from 16 points behind. It wasn?t the ending that the game deserved. It was a genuine mistake.?Looking at Burleigh?s position on the ladder, I can understand why they were so upset.?McClelland said the time-keeper responsible, a long-standing official with the club, was so distressed by his mistake that he had left the ground immediately. He later rang McClelland at 10pm to offer his resignation from all duties with the club.Burleigh coach Jimmy Lenihan said although the circumstances of the afternoon were ?farcical?, he would not imply there was anything underhanded in the error. He also criticised his own players for letting Souths Logan back in the game after they led 26-14 at halftime.In the closing stages lock Robert Apanui had a try disallowed after he was ruled to have interfered with a Souths Logan player on a kick chase. The sin-binning of five-eighth Jamie Russo for dissent was another particular sore point.?Penalties for backchat haven?t helped us the last few games. It?s our own problem and we need to show some discipline in that area,? Lenihan said.?We were in a position to win, but again inconsistency was a problem and we paid the price.?Compounding the result, prop Ali Brown played no part in the second half due to a shoulder injury. He is at long odds to play against North Queensland in next Saturday?s Match of the Round. Burleigh is now three points behind fifth-placed Tweed Heads on the table and has one less game in hand.In good news for Souths Logan and the Wizard Cup, Brandon Costin says he will play again in 2007,SOUTHS LOGAN 32 (Tyrone Coppedge 2, Damian Willis, Derek Fletcher, Chris Sandow, Tanu Wulf tries; Chris Sandow 4 goals) drew BURLEIGH 32 (Reggie Cressbrook, Trent Purdon, Jordan Atkins, Aseri Laing, Clay Harris, Ryan Gundry tries; Reggie Cressbrook 4 goals) at Brandon Park.Source: qrl.com.au

Morley sent direct to NRL judiciary

SYDNEY Roosters prop Adrian Morley is facing a long suspension after being referred directly to the NRL judiciary on a striking charge by the match review committee.

Tanielu to make full recovery

MEDICAL experts are confident North Queensland prop Robert Tanielu will make a full recovery from a serious neck injury that may still end his career.

Norths Devils defeat Wynnum Manly 56-30

IRREPRESSIBLE Chris Walker has helped Norths produce a second half which sent shockwaves through the Wizard Cup; the Devils scoring 52 unanswered points to beat Wynnum Manly 56-30 at BMD Kougari Oval.

Redcliffe defeat Toowoomba 34-16

THE MERITS of the Wizard Cup were again on display on the weekend as Redcliffe?s aging warriors put the likes of Sam Thaiday, Neville Costigan and Ben Hannant to the sword in a 34-16 win by the Dolphins.A week after Redcliffe was humiliated 40-18 by cellar dweller Wynnum Manly, the red-and-whites recaptured second spot on the ladder with a clinical display.Although one wag suggested during the week that bookies ?suspend betting? when Toowoomba announced a side containing 11 NRL players, Dolphins coach Anthony Griffin said not once did he mention the Clydesdales? big names before the game.?Our approach all week was not to worry about the opposition. I never spent any time on it from a coaching perspective,? Griffin revealed.?We were all very embarrassed about the previous week and we just focused on ouselves. I think against Wynnum Manly we got what we deserved because we had a funny week at training and the boys realised perhaps they weren?t going as well as they thought they were.?Then this week we got what we deserved as well, because everyone was terrific at training. The attitude of the players was a thousand times better.?The keenly contested battle saw Redcliffe lead 16-0 at Clive Berghofer Stadium before an unusual period of play surrounding halftime. Toowoomba finally got on the board with a try in the 36th minute, but then from the resultant kick-off, the Clydesdales knocked-on and gifted a try to Dolphins speedster Ryan Cullen.Then with Redcliffe leading 22-6 at halftime, Toowoomba snatched an intercept try after the break to narrow the margin once more.Despite the injection of momentum on the scoreboard, in general the star-studded Clydesdales struggled to crack a Dolphins pack featuring Adam Starr, Troy Lindsay and Mark Shipway, all aged in their 30s.The frustration showed on the younger Toowoomba team, with State of Origin hero Thaiday spending the final moments of the match in the sin bin following a stoush with Danny Burke.?I wouldn?t swap my blokes for anybody,? Redcliffe?s Griffin said after the win.?They may not be the biggest or most athletic forwards, but they sure do love a tough game of footy. It was good for them to go out there and compete against a side like that, because we won?t play a pack as skilled as (Toowoomba) for a while.?Toowoomba?s woes were compounded by an ankle injury to half Ben Green early in the game, leaving it with just three men on the bench for the majority of the encounter. Next Sunday Toowoomba plays Wynnum Manly at BMD Kougari Oval, while Redcliffe hosts Souths Logan the same day.REDCLIFFE 34 (Adam Starr 2, Ryan Cullen 2, Michael Roberts, Grant Flugge tries; Greg Bourke 5 goals) d TOOWOOMBA 16 (Todd Parnell, Steve Michaels, Joel Moon tries; Todd Parnell, Denan Kemp goals) at Clive Berghofer Stadium.Source: qrl.com.au

Redcliffe Dolphins News

THE battle of the Bayside Clubs last weekend at Dolphin Oval saw the Dolphins take the spoils in the Colts and A Grade while Wynnum broke a long standing trend by handing the Dolphins a thrashing in the QLD Wizard Cup clash.

Old Dart finally hits the Mark

GREAT Britain Universities has earned itself a parting gift, scoring a 34-14 win against Queensland Tertiaries in the last match of a six-game tour.Having suffered a tough 3-0 loss in the Test series against Australian Universities, the British were deserved victors in the final hit-out at Davies Park, West End.Great Britain led Queensland 14-4 at halftime and could have won by a greater margin, had goal-kicking been more accurate.Tainting the match somewhat was a severe knee injury to tourist Nick Walker, forcing officials to call a halt to proceedings with seven minutes left to play.Initial fears were that Walker had suffered a broken leg, although scans on Sunday showed ligament damage but no fracture.The British fly out for home this week, following a campaign in which they were highly competitive in every game.The First Test was won 24-16 by Australia. The Second Test also went the Aussie's way 26-18 and the Third Test ended in a 34-14 win to Australia after Great Britain led 14-0.Next Saturday, July 29, Queensland Tertiary will play New South Wales Tertiary, kicking off at 2pm at Davies Park.GREAT BRITAIN UNIVERSITIES 32 (Stu Anderson 2, Dave Llewellyn, Matt Jackson, Mark McKinley, Lloyd O'Connor, Gary Peacham tries; Ian Gordon, Matt Jackson goals) d QUEENSLAND TERTIARIES 10 (Colin Webb, Pat Webster tries; Ty Casey goal) at Davies Park, West End, Brisbane.Source: qrl.com.au

Win Tickets to Qld Cup Grand Final!

THE QUEENSLAND Rugby League is pleased to confirm that the Queensland Wizard Cup Grand Final will again be staged at the competition?s spiritual home, Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, September 16 at 2pm.

Jets call shots against Dogs

THE Newtown Jets swept aside the Bulldogs? challenge by 42-12 in the VB Premier League match played at Telstra Stadium on Saturday. This was a hard fought win against a determined and very physical Bulldogs side, and was achieved with Jets regulars like John Doyle (suspended), Daniel Dumas and Aaron Lai (both injured) watching from the stands.The Jets had to defend their line for extended periods in the first half as the Bulldogs dominated field position in the opening ten minutes, then midway through the half and also for several tense minutes prior to half-time. The essential difference between the two sides was Newtown?s ability to capitalise on their own scoring chances while the Bulldogs missed at least three try-scoring opportunities. Newtown had taken an iron grip on the likely outcome with a 30-0 lead midway through the second half, with the Jets adding two more converted tries before the Bulldogs reached double figures late in the game.Impressive young Jets lock forward Mitch Aubusson, a NSW far north coast product, turned in his best game this season by claiming three tries, including one superb 60 metres effort. Newtown?s win was underpinned by the collective effort from three of their biggest forwards in Glenn Hall, Charles Tonga and Mickey Paea. Hooker Heath L?Estrange was busy around the rucks and interchange forward Frank-Paul Nuuausala unleashed some of his ball running potential, especially when he combined with halfback Jamie Soward for one spectacular second half try. Soward, Jeremy Gordon and Aidan Kirk were the Jets best backs, while it was pleasing to see second-rower Nigel Plum in action again after having been laid low for several weeks.In the Jim Beam Cup match played at Ringrose Park on Sunday, the Jets were left rueing their missed chances and errors in going down 38-26 to second placed Wentworthville. Newtown had dominated the game?s early stages but virtually invited their opponents back into the game with repeated errors and penalties at their own end of the ground. After trailing by 20-6, the Jets recovered well to go in at half-time 20-16 in arrears.Newtown started the second half on fire, grabbing two quick tries to lead by 26-20. Then in one dreadful ten-minute period, three tries to Wentworthville really put the Jets under the cosh. The only points added for the rest of the game were through a late penalty goal to the home team. Newtown?s best forwards were Ritchie Parker, Billy Baleilomaloma, Matthew Eather and Adam Bennett. Five-eighth Toufic Nicolas was arguably the best player on the ground, as he displayed flair and variety in trying to get the Jets back into the game. Nathan McMahon gave Nicolas good support in the backs.The Parkes Spacemen were comprehensively beaten 40-0 by the Cobar Roosters and have probably blown their slim 2006 finals hopes. In the VB Premier League next weekend, the Jets take on the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval on Friday evening, 28th July at 7.00pm, with this match determining the winners of the 2006 Frank Hyde Shield. Newtown faces a must-win Jim Beam Cup game against Asquith on Sunday (July 30th) at Storey Park with this match kicking off at 3.00pm.Tickets are still available for the Newtown Jets 1981 first grade grand final team?s 25th anniversary reunion lunch, to be held at the Petersham RSL Club on Saturday, August 19th. Call the Newtown RLFC office on 1300 36 36 90 to reserve your places for this super event.

Webcke and Thorn injured at training

BRISBANE forwards Shane Webcke and Brad Thorn have suffered facial injuries during an aggressive training session this morning following the club's poor weekend performance against North Queensland.

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