Purchase tickets for the Tigers' clash

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

BARTERCARD CUP - ROUND 18 PREVIEW

Preview: Bradford v Castleford (R25)

BRADFORD Bulls and Castleford Tigers have announced their respective 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at Odsal on Friday, August 18.

Preview: Wakefield v Leeds (R25)

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.

Preview: Wigan v Huddersfield (R25)

HUDDERSFIELD Giants? Australian hooker Brad Drew will lose his ever-present record when the Powergen Challenge Cup finalists go to Wigan Warriors on Friday.

QRL Finals this weekend

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.

Titans don?t want Turner?s career to stall

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.?

Alena Attard crowned Miss Malta

?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?

Eels officials clear Smith

PARRAMATTA rugby league club officials have cleared halfback Tim Smith of any wrongdoing after an allegation he was involved in a drunken incident yesterday.

Lion Red Fox Memorial Final Round

YOU know, there are times when we have to stop and think just why our great game is, indeed, the greatest game of all. Right now, in the ARL Lion Red Fox Memorial, you don't have to give it a second thought. With one round left, two teams are assured spots in the semis, an unbelievable five other teams are playing for the remaining three spots on the ladder.Congratulations to the Mt Albert Lions on both taking out the Rukutai Shield, as Minor Premiers, and being season holders of the Roope Rooster Trophy. One leg left for these guys to take out the treble, and gee whiz, they would have to be favourites to take the Fox home.Congratulations also to the Papakura Sea Eagles, who cemented their second place finish last week end.Well, that is one and two sorted out, just a matter of the last three spots now and we can start the play-offs. Mangere East Hawkes are in third place on thirteen points. Tomorrow at Birkenhead War Memorial, they play the Northcote Tigers who are in fourth place on twelve points. The Tigers haven?t won a game in the last three weeks and were beaten by the Hawkes, 34/12, in their last encounter. The Tigers could do it, but I'm really doubtful. It would take an amazing turn around in form. The winner of this will be assured a spot. The loser will be relying on other results going their way.Marist Saints are in fifth spot by virtue of for and against and seem to be peaking at the right time, recording wins against the Hawkes and the Tigers in the last two weeks. It's fair to say that they have the easier run tomorrow, against East Coast Bays at Freyberg Park. Providing they can turn their twelve points into thirteen tomorrow, they are a royal chance of being semicontenders.Otahuhu Leopards, it must be said, have a real tough one at their home ground of Henham Park. The Lions will not be resting on their laurels and will be out to finish their campaign on a high. The Leopards are sitting on eleven points and it's going to take some miracle of large proportions for them to be turning out next week. Still - stranger things have happened, but I can?t see Mt Albert doing them any favours.Te Atatu Roosters have the next biggest ask, as they take on the Papakura Sea Eagles at Jack Colvin Park. The Roosters have not really looked the goods at all this year and, if I'm being honest, I think tomorrow will be their swan song. Their only hope is that the Sea Eagles take their foot off the pedal a little, but good sides don't do that.So - there we have it. We are poised for a magic day of footy, at the end of which, we will know those teams who will battle it out for the oldest, proudest and most prestigious trophy in this country.As usual, all games will commence at 2.30pm

Smith and Grothe in trouble again

PARRAMATTA rugby league halfback Tim Smith is at risk of being sacked by the NRL club after allegedly being thrown out of a pub for drunken behaviour last night.

Wrap: Harrigan, Bennett, Turner

FORMER leading whistleblower Bill Harrigan believes constant criticism of the NRL's referees will only hurt the game in the long run.

Round 24 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 18th August 2006

Superleague Round 25 Preview

FOUR rounds left to play, but next weekend will be a rest for everyone except St Helens and Huddersfield who are contesting the Challenge Cup final. So teams will be going all out this weekend to climb a notch on the ladder before regrouping for their final chance to make this season count ? or to fight for their Superleague survival? game on!Friday: Wigan v HuddersfieldWigan can?t afford to drop a game in their ongoing quest to avoid relegation, and this match against Huddersfield is one they would be counting on for as an easier win ? if such a thing exists? Huddersfield have had a hot and cold season and now sit four points outside of sixth place and a play-off berth. The Giants have announced the signing of Shane Elford for next season, but could be excused for having one eye on next week?s Challenge Cup Final against St Helens. Brad Drew and Chris Thorman are out for the Giants, with Tom Hemmingway and Bolu Fagborun called into the squad. Wigan squad unchanged from last week?s win over Leeds, Brett Dallas still out through injury. Friday: Wakefield v Leeds at Atlantic Solutions Stadium? televisedMeanwhile, Eddie and Stevo will be bringing us the next episode of Wakefield?s quest to avoid relegation when they take on a vulnerable Leeds Rhinos. The Wildcats have been revitalised under new coach John Kear, who earlier in the season left his position at Hull. Without Monty Betham and Ned Catic they managed a win over Catalans last week, and will be hoping to do the same against a Rhinos side that has lost it?s last five on the trot and is still without the injured Danny Maguire. Willie Poching is called back into the Leeds squad along with Chris Feather and Nick Scruton, while French halfback Maxime Gresque may get some game time for Wakefield.Friday: Bradford v Castleford at Grattan StadiumAlso on Friday night, Castleford will want to make sure they stay one point above the danger zone with a win over Bradford, and will be helped by the return of first choice halves combination Peter Lupton and Danny Brough. But after losing 72-4 last week against St Helens, the Tigers will need a big turn around to match it with the Bulls. Bradford have their own worries though, having been docked two points in relation to a breach of last season?s salary cap, and having been surprise losers against Harlequins last week. For Bradford Terry Newtown is out through injury, with Matt Cook and Karl Pryce returning to the squad.Saturday: Warrington v Harlequins ? televisedMark McLinden rejoins a victorious Harlequins squad which looks to get within one point of sixth place and a play-off berth should they beat Warrington here. Joe Mbu and Zeb Luisi are also available for the first time in a month, and the London-based club has announced the signing of Scott Hill for next season. Warrington went down narrowly to Salford last week, and with new England coach Paul Cullen in charge should know that a win here virtually makes certain they?ll feature in the finals. Will that be enough motivation for the Wolves to beat the Harlequins? This could be the game with the most at stake this weekend. Sunday: Catalans v St HelensThe French side are now alone at the bottom of the Superleague table, and without the threat of relegation to spur them on may not make up any ground on their rivals. St Helens however are giving them the best chance by naming a squad with up to nine players set to make their Superleague debut while they rest their stars ahead of next week?s Challenge Cup final. In Trent Hodgkinson they have even named a 36 year old hooker who has not played first grade for 12 years! How will the Dragons react to playing Saints reserve team? They will be without Renaud Guigue and Pascal Jampy, but Thomas Bosc and Laurent Frayssinous are available again. Sunday: Hull v SalfordSecond placed Hull look to score an important win over play-off rivals Salford, and should have centre Kirk Yeaman to help them. Yeaman has been injured for two months but was scoring more than a try a game before injury. Hull prop Paul King is suspended for this match, following a dangerous throw. Not much news from Salford this week, but they?ll be hoping to build on their one point win over Warrington and catch the Hull side on the hop in this one.

NZ College Semi results & Finals fixtures

THURSDAY 17 August 2006 Cornwall Park, AucklandSEMI FINAL 1Aranui High School vs Southern Cross Campus Aranui High School 24Tries: Kolone Faalilo, Tyrone Edmonds, Louis Fanene, Cairo Takarangi-RennieGoals: Chris Thomas (2)Southern Cross Campus 6Tries: Semisi AhoafiGoals: Moale TaufaHalftime Score: 10 - 0 To Aranui High School SEMI FINAL 2St Paul?s College vs Otahuhu CollegeSt Paul?s College 28Tries: Daniel Palavi, Isaia Tuifua, Tom Pelo, Nafe Seluini, Paki AfuGoals: Isaia Tuifua (4)Otahuhu College 6Tries: Sioeli KaifotoGoals: Sione TongiaHalftime Score: 10 ? 6 To St Paul?s College NZ NATIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS NATIONAL TOURNAMENT ? GRAND FINAL FIXTURES Friday 18 August 2006 Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland Play Off For 5th & 6thWainuiomata High School vs Manurewa High School 1.25pm Kick Off Play Off For 3rd & 4thSouthern Cross Campus vs Otahuhu College 2.45pm Kick Off Grand Final - Play Off For 1st & 2nd Aranui High School vs St Paul?s College 4.15pm Kick Off