HARLEQUINS RL need to improve their away form if they are to keep alive their play-off hopes as they prepare to take on Warrington Wolves.
ROUND 24 Melbourne Storm 20 v New Zealand Warriors 24at Olympic Park MelbourneReferee: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Warriors have claimed the upset of 2006 with a stunning 24-20 victory over the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne. The Storm had a narrow 14-12 half time lead.The Storm were all over the Warriors early in the match, dominating both territory and possession. Matt Geyer opened the scoring in the 10th minute when he beat Manu Vatuvei to a cross field bomb. Five minutes later, totally against the run of play Simon Mannering gave the Warriors the lead after Brent Webb recovered his own kick and offloaded to Mannering. The conversion put the Warriors ahead 6-4. The Storm responded almost instantly after Vatuvei let a kickoff go into touch ? the first of three times he did it. Steve Turner dotted down in the corner and the Storm went up 8-6.The Warriors took the lead again after 26 minutes with Manu Vatuvei scoring out wide off a Steve Price cut out pass. A few minutes later Brent Webb was controversially denied a try by the video referee. The Storm picked up a penalty and went down the other end of the field to score through Matt King. Lance Hohaia picked up a penalty goal for the Warriors right on half time for a 14-12 Storm lead.The Warriors dominated the early stages of the second half, and scored through Brent Webb off a deflected kick seven minutes into the half. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Vatuvei let the kickoff go touch in goal. Off the resulting drop out Greg Inglis burned the Warriors defence to score and regain the Melbourne lead at 20-18.The match then went through a period where the Storm looked quite dominant but were unable to finish as cleanly as they normally did. In the 73rd minute Manu Vatuvei broke out and put Brent Webb away for a try out wide. Hohaias sideline conversion put the Warriors up 24-20 with five minutes to go. Astonishingly Vatuvei let the ball go into touch again, but the Storm were unable to capitalise. A series of errors had the Storm defending their line as time ran out.The Warriors look forward to their last home game of the season against the Roosters, and the Storm travel to Canberra to take on the Raiders.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 20Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Matt King, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 2/4New Zealand Warriors: 24Tries: Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Brent Webb(2)Goals: Lance Hohaia 4/5By the Clock:Good evening from Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne.The Storm are looking to celebrate being officially crowned Minor Premiers. The Warriors are now officially out of the race for the eight.Ready to go in front of a huge crowd at Olympic Park.1 min: We are underway!3 min: Storm make an early error trying to crack the Warriors out wide.5 min: The Storm crack the Warriors out wide, a great intercept by Webb saves a certain try.7 min: The Storm are looking very good tonight. Ah Van makes an impressive ingoal escape however.8 min: Ah Van handling the pressure from the Storm kicking game so far.10 min: TRY Melbourne StormCronk puts in a cross field kick for Geyer who has the step on Vatuvei, Geyer dots down out wide. Smith misses. Storm 4-013 min: Storm hold all the territory and possession. Again Ah Van handles a Storm bomb and makes a 25 metre run.15 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsWebb kicks ahead, he recovers and offloads to Mannering who shrugs off Greg Inglis to score. Hohaia converts. Warriors 6-416 min: Vatuvei lets the kickoff go into touch. Storm scrum 10 out.17 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe Storm spread the ball wide to Turner who dots down in the corner. Smith misses again. Storm 8-619 min: The Storm have complete territorial domination at the moment. Possession is slowly evening out.21 min: Poor play from the Storm, Wiki pressures Smith and the Storm end up throwing the ball into touch. Louis Anderson comes up with a bad error one play later.23 min: Warriors get a let off with the Storm trying to keep the ball alive it ends up getting picked up by Rovelli.25 min: The Warriors have had one decent attacking opportunity so far. The Storm kick return and kick chase is superb.26 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors second reasonable attacking opportunity. Steve Price throws an amazing cut out pass to Vatuvei who scores in the corner. Hohaia misses from touch. Warriors 10-830 min: VIDEO REF - For a Warriors try..30 min: NO TRY - WarriorsWebb ruled to have knocked on trying to ground a kick. Could have been a benefit of the doubt try.31 min: TRY Melbourne StormOff the back of a penalty the Storm spin the ball to King who crashes over out wide. Smith converts. Storm 14-1035 min: Vatuvei goes in off a forward pass. Looked to be flat at worst.37 min: Warriors get a line drop out.39 min: Warriors get another line dropout. Great Storm defence.40 min: PENALTY GOAL New Zealand WarriorsCrossman penalised for a high tackle. Hohaia lands the goal. Storm 14-12Halftime in a very entertaining match.40 min: Back underway at Olympic Park!40 min: 40/20 - The Warriors pick up a 40/20 on the first set of the second half.42 min: The Storm handle a fairly tame Warriors attacking set.43 min: Lauaki penalised for a late hit on Cronk.43 min: Hoffman crosses off a forward pass and the play gets called back.47 min: VIDEO REF - For a Warriors try...47 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsRovelli kicks, the ball deflects off a Storm player and Webb comes up with the ball and scores next to the uprights. Hohaia converts. Warriors 18-1449 min: Vatuvei again totally stuffs receiving the kickoff and the Storm get a line dropout.50 min: VIDEO REF - For a Storm try...50 min: TRY Melbourne StormOff the dropout, Inglis gets put into space and scores out wide. Smith converts. Storm 20-1854 min: Webb drops the ball with a try on.56 min: Shots of a furious Craig Bellamy as the Storm drop the ball.58 min: Warriors survive another Storm attacking set.60 min: 20 minutes to go, the Storm are looking a little rusty, but the Warriors are rattling them.62 min: The Storm starting to turn the screws. They aren't finishing too well yet, but the signs are there.64 min: Hohaia drops the ball with a huge overlap for the Warriors.67 min: Storm still defending very well.68 min: King drops the ball on the last tackle with a possible try on.70 min: Warriors kicking game just a little too long.71 min: Gatis and Luck penalised for a 50/50 lifting tackle. Storm hot on attack.73 min: Warriors hold out a Storm attacking set.73 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsVatuvei breaks out, he draws the fullback and offloads to Webb who scores out wide. Hohaia puts the kick down the middle. Warriors 24-2077 min: Warriors hold out after another kickoff error.78 min: Hill loses the ball and the Warriors go on attack.79 min: Inglis knocks on only several metres out.The Warriors cause the upset of the season, defeating the Storm 24-20 at Olympic Park.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Grant Rovelli (Warriors)2 - Brent Webb (Warriors)1 - Greg Inglis (Storm)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 24 North Queensland Cowboys 12 v Newcastle Knights 20at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Newcastle Knights have defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 19-12 tonight at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.The Cowboys started the match strongly and they opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Brent McConnell threw a beautiful cut out pass to put Neil Sweeney into score and lead 6-0. The Knights then hit back in the 34th minute when Anthony Quinn scored untouched to reduce the lead to 6-4.The momentum had now switched to the Knights and they scored again right on the stroke of halftime to go in at the break leading 10-6. The Knights extended to 12-6 when Daniel Abraham converted a penalty goal, and they were soon in again when Jarrod Mullen scored an easy try from the scrum to give the visitors an 18-6 lead.The Cowboys then clicked into gear after a try to Justin Smith in the 67th minute to reduce the deficit to 6. Despite the Cowboys coming close in the last 10 minutes Jarrod Mullen put the game out of reach with a field goal to give the Knights a 7 point lead with 2 minutes to go.The Knights are now in a strong position as they come up with a gutsy win minus Andrew Johns to give them momentum heading into the finals. The Cowboys finals aspirations are now over for 2006 after a very disappointing last half of the year.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 12Tries: Justin Smith, Neil SweeneyGoals: Neil Sweeney 1/1, Brent McConnell 1/1Newcastle Knights: 19Tries: Anthony Quinn(2), Jarrod MullenGoals: Daniel Abraham 3/4Field Goals: Jarrod MullenBy the Clock:Welcome to Dairy Farmers Stadium in townsville for the round 24 clash between the Cowboys and the Knights.The Cowboys will be looking to get back into the winners circle tonight to keep their faint hopes alive of making it into the top 8 by the end of the season, their form of late has been terrible. The Knights on the other hand will have to make do without Andrew Johns tonight and their record without him in the last 10 matches is 0-10. Stay tuned for an interesting contest.1 min: Cowboys kick off and get us underway5 min: The Knights come up with the first error of the match and the Cowboys will go on the attack.11 min: Stilll no score both teams are completing their sets and showing strong defence.15 min: Goal line drop out to the Knights16 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys open the scoring after a beautiful cut out pass from Brent McConnell puts Neil Sweeney in for the try in the corner. Sweeney converts from the sideline. Cowboys 6-020 min: Steve Simpson loses the ball with the Knights hot on attack on the Cowboys tryline.25 min: NEWS Possesssion: Cowboys 61% - Knights 39%27 min: An impressive start from the Cowboys tonight.34 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsOn the back of a penalty the Knights spread the ball to an unmarked Quinn who scores in the corner. Conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys 6-437 min: The Knights charge down the ball on the last tackle and almost come up with a try but the Cowboys just manage to get to the ball first.39 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsQuinn bags a bouble as the Knights keep the ball alive inside their own half and Mullen scoots down the wing to link up with Quinn and he runs 40 metres to score a nice try. Conversion successful Knights 10-6Halftime... The Cowboys were the better side for the majority of the first half but the Knights sprang into action with two tries late in the half to take a 4 point lead into the sheds. Stay tuned for the second half.41 min: Knights kickoff to start the second half.44 min: NEWS Danny Buderus on report for a high shot on Matt Bowen.52 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsDaniel Abraham picks up another 2 points for the Knights after the Cowboys are penalised for a dangerous tackle. Knights 12-654 min: The Cowboys kick out on the full from the restart.56 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJarrod Mullen scores an easy try from the scrum going through some poor Cowboys defence. Conversion successful. Knights 18-662 min: The Cowboys finals aspirations are slowly slipping away.67 min: Off to the video refo for a possible Cowboys try.67 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysJustin Smith gets the benefit of the doubt after crashing through defence and it was doubtful as to wether he got the ball down. Conversion successful Knights 18-1271 min: NEWS The Cowboys are starting to throw everything at the Knights now.73 min: NEWS Goal line drop out to the Knights, but the Cowboys come up with an error.76 min: Time is the enemy now for the Cowboys as the Knights restart from the 20 metre line.78 min: FIELD GOAL Newcastle KnightsMullen puts the game out of reach for the Cowboys after he pots the field goal from 20 metres out. Knights 19-1278 min: FIELD GOAL Newcastle KnightsMullen puts the game out of reach for the Cowboys after he pots the field goal from 20 metres out. Knights 20-1280 min: NEWS Carl Webb drops the ball when trying to reach out and score.Fulltime...-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Mullen (Knights)2 - Danny Buderus (Knights)1 - Carl Webb (Warriors)-----------------------------------------
ST George rugby league legend Ken Kearney has passed away following a heart attack at his Gold Coast home yesterday. He was aged 82.A ruthless professional and champion hooker, 'Killer' Ken Kearney instigated revolutionary coaching methods and was captain and coach during the St George Dragons' premiership reign that stretched for a world-record 11 years from 1956 to 1966.His passing comes only weeks short of the 50th anniversary of his first grand final win, and the first of the 11 grand final victories, on September 8.Kearney captained Saints to six grand final victories from 1956-61 and played in the 1953 grand final as captain-coach. He remained in the dual role until 1956 before Norm Tipping became coach with Kearney as captain in that premiership winning year. Kearney took back the captain-coach role in 1957.A rugby union convert, Kearney served with the RAAF in World War Two before representing the Wallabies in seven Tests. He then switched to rugby league in 1948 whilst in England, playing with Leeds before returning home to Australia and linking up with St George in 1952.A giant in the history of Australian rugby league, 'Killer' led by example captaining Australia in 1956-57 before a knee injury forced him into retirement in 1962.During a remarkable career, Kearney also coached Parramatta from 1962-65 and the fledgling Cronulla club from 1967-68.NRL CEO David Gallop today joined others in paying tribute to Kearney."Ken Kearney had a huge impact on the way the game was played and his contribution can never be forgotten," said Gallop.Australian Rugby League chairman Colin Love said Kearney was a hugely influential figure in the proud history of St George."Ken Kearney was a giant of Australian rugby league through the 1950s and into the 60s," said Love."Perhaps no other player in the game's history has ever had such a profound influence on a single club as him."He possessed a brilliant tactical understanding of the game and it was Kearney who devised, as captain-coach, the blueprint that made Saints virtually unbeatable."'Killer' Ken Kearney - St George Dragons1952-61, 153 games. 18 tries, 2 goals (58 points).Hooker. Captain-coach 1953-1955, captain in 1956 and captain-coach again in 1957-1961. Remained as coach in 1962.NSW rep (1953 & 1955-58 ).Aust rep (1952-58 ).
ROUND 24 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 28 v Penrith Panthers 32at Toyota ParkReferee: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have put together 24 points in 17 minutes to defeat the Cronulla Sharks 32-28 at Toyota Park this evening.The Sharks were leading 28-8 midway through the second half and looked set for a big win. But in an amazing turnaround, the Penrith forwards suddenly went up a gear, rolling over the top of their opponents.Penrith opened the scoring after 11 minutes and were in again 10 minutes later to take an 8-0 lead. The Sharks stepped up to the challenge late in the half, scoring two quick tries and at half time, held a narrow 10-8 lead.The Sharks went further ahead after the break with winger Darren Albert getting the first of his double. Albert was in again in the 48th minute and at 22-8, the home side appeared to be cruising. With five eighth Adam Dykes calling the shots, Sharks back rower Paul Gallen scored his second try and at 28-8, a thrashing looked to be on the cards.But the Panthers were far from done with fullback Rhys Wesser sparking a revival with a try in the 63rd minute. Forward Craig Stapleton capped of sensational second half to score six minutes later and put the visitors just eight points behind.With the momentum going all their way, the Panthers closed the gap to two when Wesser bagged his double in the 71st minute. Centre Lee Hookey scored the match winner with two minutes remaining.With two rounds to go, the result effectively ends Cronulla's season. Sitting on 22 competition points, the Sharks are at best four points adrift of the top eight. It is the eighth consecutive loss for the Sharks while the Panthers move up to 24 competition points and still an outside chance of earning a finals berth. Scorers:Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 28Tries: Paul Gallen(2), Reece Williams, Darren Albert(2)Goals: Luke Covell 4/5Penrith Panthers: 32Tries: Luke Rooney, Rhys Wesser(2), Craig Stapleton, Lee Hookey, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 4/6By the Clock:The NRL's 'Sixties week' and a beaut afternoon for footy in Sydney - the season on the line for both sides.Kick off...!10 min: NEWS Still 0-0. Both sides sorting each other out and pretty evens for possession. Panthers having a better share of field position and getting a repeat set now.11 min: TRY Penrith PanthersWinger Michael Gordon scores out wide after Preston Campbell and Rhys Wesser combine to create the overlap. Campbell unsuccessful with conversion. Panthers 4-020 min: NEWS Still 4-0 to the Panthers. A couple of opportunities for the Sharks who come close, but are repelled by the visitors.21 min: TRY Penrith PanthersWinger Luke Rooney scores in the corner on the back of some sharp passing from Trent Waterhouse and Lee Hookey. Campbell unable to convert. Panthers 8-027 min: NEWS Panthers half back Craig Gower injured following a head knock on the ground. Seems OK. Brief stoppage while he is attended to.29 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksBack rower Reece Williams runs through a gap and scores next to the posts. Follows repeat sets at the line as the Sharks are bombing Campbell. Luke Covell converts. Panthers 8-632 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksPaul Gallen dives on a loose ball 5m in from touch following a grubber from Adam Dykes. Campbell fumbles and the Sharks hit the front. Wide conversion attempt from Covell is waved away. Sharks 10-835 min: NEWS Panthers bomb a try after Danny Galea is unable to take pass on the chest, with the line wide open.Half time: Sharks 10-8The home side just in front. Possession evens with the Panthers getting sonme quick play-the-ball in the first half hour before the Sharks responded in the same manner. The Panthers on the back foot for the last 10 minutes of the half. This match is up for grabs.Second half underway...45 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksDarren Albert scores near the posts after surviving video ref scrutiny, firstly over the decoy runners and then over the put down. Covell coverts. Follows another fumble from Presto in the in-goal. Sharks 16-848 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksAlbert gets his second as the Panthers open up from close range. A soft try coming off the back of some easy yards as the Panthers invite their opponents downfield. Sharks taking full advantage and look to be killing them. Covell converts from easy range. Sharks 22-854 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksGallen gets a double, scoring near the posts. Follows a grubber from Dykes and Wesser is unable to clean it up. Plenty of chasers sees in the video ref get involved but Gallen gets the nod. Covell converts Sharks 28-863 min: TRY Penrith PanthersWesser scores 10m wide of the posts after the Panthers forwards get a roll on downfield. Wesser heavily involved and trying to spark a comeback. Campbell converts. Sharks 28-1469 min: TRY Penrith PanthersFront rower Craig Stapleton storms over the defence to score 10m wide of the posts. Campbell converts and only 8 points in it now. Sharks 28-2071 min: TRY Penrith PanthersWesser scores his 101st carerr try 15m wide of the posts. The Panthers forwards are now carving their way through the Sharks pack. Campbell converts and Penrith have all the momentum. Sharks 28-2675 min: Possible TRY to the Panthers... video ref looking...VERDICT: NO TRY. Danny Galea stopped by a try saving tackle from Albert who pushes him into touch.76 min: NEWS Panthers win the scrum against the feed!77 min: NEWS Sharks survive as the season for both clubs all comes down to the last few minutes. 77 min: NEWS Lance Thompson (Sharks) knocks on!78 min: Possible TRY to Panthers... video ref checking...VERDICT...78 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLee Hookey gets the green light and scores what should be the match winner. Follows grubber from Campbell. Campbell converts. Sensational comeback. Panthers 32-2879 min: NEWS Sharks get the ball from the kick off!80 min: Panthers survive and its all over.Full time: Panthers win 32-28.An incredible match with no clear winner until the final seconds. Amazing comeback from the Panthers who looked shot to bits mid way through the second half. 20 points behind at one point, the Pnathers have scored 24 points in 17 minutes to take the match and effectively end the Sharks' season.Fullback Rhys Wesser and prop Craig Stapleton were great for Penrith while five eighth Adam Dykes and lock forward Paul Gallen were standouts for the Sharks.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Rhys Wesser (Panthers)2 - Craig Stapleton (Panthers)1 - Adam Dykes (Sharks)-----------------------------------------
ST George Illawarra Dragons forward Luke Bailey has thrown his weight behind the Gold Coast Titans in urging his future team mates not to turn their backs on the latest NRL franchise.In an interview published in the Gold Coast Bulletin, Bailey confirmed his commitment to the Gold Coast. Widely heralded as major coup for the Titans, the international front rower will be joining the fledgling club on the field in 2007.The Titans this week were sticking by their guns in a tug-of-war with the Melbourne Storm over outside back Steve Turner. Then yesterday Penrith Panthers back rower Frank Puletua was reportedly seeking a release from his contract with the Titans. ?I am a little surprised at these blokes getting cold feet because it is not such a dramatic change.? Bailey told the Gold Coast Bulletin.?This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. What a great challenge starting out with a new club, you don?t get many opportunities like this.?Turner, 21, reportedly agreed to a two year deal with the Gold Coast Titans on June 19.In accepting the deal, Turner said, ?The opportunity to play in my preferred position at fullback excites me. I have been behind some great players at the Storm and have been appreciative for the support they have shown me but the chance to concentrate on the number 1 jersey at a brand new club is something that is too good to pass up.?Despite coming to a verbal agreement with the Titans, Turner did an about-turn last Tuesday, announcing he had re-signed with the Storm. Titans managing director Michael Searle immediately went on the front foot, providing extensive documentation to NRL CEO David Gallop. Gallop?s preliminary ruling was that an agreement was reached between the Titans and Turner. In addition, Gallop says he's received an email from Turner's manager David Riolo which fully supports the Titans' case.In the same week, rumours were circulating that Newcastle Knights' international winger Brian Carney was homesick for Ireland. Soon after, Gold Coast product and Parramatta Eels utility Luke O?Dwyer was rumoured to be having second thoughts. Both these players have since reconfirmed their commitment to the Titans.Searle yesterday moved to play down any concerns over the signing of Frank Puletua. ?I have spoken to his manager and Carty (coach John Cartwright) had spoken to Frankie? and it would be exceptional circumstances for our club to consider a release to any player at such a late stage of the season,? he said. Meanwhile Luke Bailey expressed no doubts as to where he stands on the Turner dispute.?A deal is a deal whether it is a handshake or on paper,? he said.
DRAMA was the name of the game as Round 23 drew to a conclusion on Sunday amid all sorts of shenanigans. Refereeing blunders, blow-ups, injuries and suspensions dominated the weekend with the top 8 done and dusted but the make-up still very much in the air. So all things considered we?ve rolled out the finest 17 for the Round 23 League Unlimited Team of the Week.
19 August, 2006Tickets are still available for the Saints vs Tigers match at OKI Jubilee Stadium. Seating is available in the recently constructed northern terrace, while hill tickets are also available.Call (02)9587 1022 to purchase your tickets and avoid the queues. After purchasing your tickets in advance, simply pick up your tickets behind OKI Jubilee Stadium at the Dragons' ticketing tent on game day.For additional information on OKI Jubilee Stadium, please visit the R2K website at www.r2k.info
BARTERCARD CUP - ROUND 18 PREVIEW
BRADFORD Bulls and Castleford Tigers have announced their respective 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at Odsal on Friday, August 18.
WAKEFIELD coach John Kear will not be fooled by talk of a crisis at Leeds when the Rhinos visit Belle Vue for a crucial engage Super League clash on Friday.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants? Australian hooker Brad Drew will lose his ever-present record when the Powergen Challenge Cup finalists go to Wigan Warriors on Friday.
AUGUST and September - it's the time when legends are born and heroes are made. Check out where you can see finals football in the Queensland Rugby League this weekend.FRIDAYBRAD BACKER SHIELD (Fraser Coast)Grand Final: Brothers v Wests, Eskdale Park, Maryborough, Friday August 18, 7.30pm. (Curtain-raiser: Rovers v Titans, 6pm).SATURDAYARRIVE ALIVE CUPQueensland Final: St Brendan?s Yeppoon v Keebra Park SHS, Browne Park, Rockhampton, Saturday August 19, 6pm.CENTRAL BURNETTGrand Final: Eidsvold v Calliope, Eidsvold, Saturday August 19, 4pm.WESTERN RLPreliminary Final: Tambo v Cunnamulla, Tambo, Saturday August 19, 3pm.CENTRAL HIGHLANDS RLMajor Semi: Clermont v Blackwater, Clermont, Saturday August 19, 7pm. BORDER LEAGUEPreliminary Final: Killarney v Stanthorpe, Killarney, Saturday August 19, 2pm.SMARTLEND CUP (Gold Coast)Elimination Semi: Southport v Beaudesert, Owen Park, Southport, Saturday August 19, 5pm. BSDRL ARTHUR SPARKS SHIELDPreliminary Final: Arana Hills v Logan Brothers, Davies Park, West End, Saturday August 19, 3pm.BSDRL SOUTHSIDE TWOPreliminary Final: Beenleigh Juniors v Sunnybank, Davies Park, West End, Saturday August 19, 1.15pm.BSDRL SOUTHSIDE THREEPreliminary Final: Slacks Creek v Logan Wanderers, Davies Park, West End, Saturday August 19, 11.30am.SUNSHINE COAST GYMPIE AMATEURSPreliminary Final: Kilcoy v Yandina, Pomona, Saturday August 19, 3.30pm.SUNDAYROCKHAMPTON DISTRICT RLGrand Final: Rockhampton Brothers v Fitzroy Gracemere, Browne Park, Sunday August 20, 3pm.GLADSTONE DISTRICT RLGrand Final: Wallabys v Gladstone Brothers, Marley Brown Oval, Sunday August 20, 3pm.WIDE BAY AUSTRALIA CUP (Northern Districts)Grand Final: Biggenden v South Kolan, Biggenden, Sunday August 20, 2.45pm.ROMA DISTRICTS RLMajor Semi: St George v Mitchell, Bassett Park, Sunday August 20, 3pm.MERCURY CUP (Mackay)Minor Semi: Brothers v Sarina, Mackay JRL, Sunday August 20, 2pm.Major Semi: Moranbah v Souths, Mackay JRL, Sunday August 20, 3.45pm. 4BU-HITZ FM PREMIERSHIP (Bundaberg)Minor Semi: Hervey Bay v Wallaroos, Salter Oval, Sunday August 20, 1.30pm. Major Semi: Wests v Across the Waves, Salter Oval, Sunday August 20, 3.10pm.CENTRAL HIGHLANDS RLMinor Semi: Emerald Tigers v Middlemount, McIndoe Park, Emerald, Sunday August 20, 3pmSMARTLEND CUP (Gold Coast)Qualifying Final: Burleigh v Runaway Bay, Pizzey Park, Miami, Sunday August 20, 3pm.
GOLD Coast Titans Managing Director Michael Searle and Coach John Cartwright today reinforced their commitment to Steve Turner, saying the 21 year old Melbourne Storm player will be welcomed at the Gold Coast club with open arms once his 2006 National Rugby League commitments have ceased.?Coach John Cartwright and I look forward to having Steve join his new team mates on the Gold Coast later this year. It is with great disappointment that we have heard Steve may consider sitting out the next three National Rugby League seasons. The Gold Coast Titans stress this would be a regrettable outcome, and this decision can only be made by Steve.? Searle said.?The last thing we want is for Steve?s promising career to be placed on hold; in fact we are confident that his career will flourish under the strong coaching team we have assembled at the Club. We are also sure Steve will enjoy his time on the Gold Coast and at the Titans.??We did consider an application for release made by Steve Turner last week, however there were no compassionate grounds and it was decided the Club would be setting a horrible precedent if we were to grant a release simply because the player changed his mind or had been persuaded to stay on at his present club.?
?MY grandparents made a lot of hard decisions and did without, so that my family could have every opportunity in life? said the 2006 Miss Malta Knight, Alena Attard.Alena Attard paid respect to her family values in an emotion charged speech expressed after she was crowned the 2006 Miss Malta Knight at the Maltese Rugby League Association?s annual fundraiser in Sydney on Saturday night.The 21-year-old from Hoxton Park in Sydney?s west was one of 14 contestants vying for the Miss Malta Knight pageant title with a red hot field gracing the catwalks in front of an audience of 400 individuals at the Blacktown Reception Lounge.Following its inaugural success in 2005, the evening was again a tremendous success that hosted prominent members of the Maltese community including the Maltese High Commissioner to Australia- His Excellency Dr Ivan Fsadni, NSW Consul General to Malta- Miss Joanna Pisani as well as Maltese-Australian sporting personalities including Parramatta Eels? rugby league star Michael Vella and ironwoman and model Miss Candice Falzon.His Excellency Dr Ivan Fsadni extended his four-year term in Australia in order to attend the Miss Malta Knight Pageant before leaving to Malta on Sunday.In a speech, Fsadni paid admiration to the Maltese Rugby League Association?s efforts in their emergence from oblivion and committed to continuing his support for the efforts of the Maltese governing body for rugby league as he moves on to represent Malta in the Netherlands following the conclusion of his Australian post.In addition to the overall major honours on offer, this year?s event welcomed the addition of the Miss Charity and Miss Congeniality titles also. These subsequent credits went to Lisa Maree Micallef and Natalie Grima respectively.Sarah Axisa was runner-up to Alena Attard for the Miss Malta Knight crown and Attard acknowledged all the entrants? participation on the night.?All of the girls involved were not just beautiful, but sweet and friendly? said Attard.?It?s such an honour to have bestowed upon you that I?m sure it will take some time before it really sinks in??I can?t stop smiling? she said excitedly.Attard is confident that the Maltese Rugby League Association?s new pageant title holder can assist them in the year ahead, stating ?I also have the organisational and promotional skills to help the MRLA with any function or promotion they maybe holding as well as an abundance of energy and enthusiasm?Master of Ceremonies Pauly Fenech again proved a return hit with the diverse audience that reflected the integration of the Maltese community within Australia.Award winning musical artist Steven Anthony and his support band entertained throughout the night and young entertainer Amanda Bonnici grabbed everyone?s hearts with her final rendition of ?Viva Malta?.Following jibes throughout the night by several on-stage speakers, those on hand made the most of a number of special items to go under the hammer with auctioneer Doug Keen presenting a gripping memorabilia auction.The pageant itself was given full marks by all that were present and the newly inducted Attard praised the MRLA by saying ?the Miss Malta Knight Pageant has been a wonderful experience; the entire evening was full of excitement and laughter, particularly for all the girls running around the change room?