THE cream has risen to the top. No matter how loyal a fan you are to your team surely nobody can claim that the better team didn?t win either of the Preliminary Finals on the weekend. The Broncos produced arguably the greatest second half of football seen not only this year but perhaps for many a year to overwhelm the Bulldogs; while the Dragons just couldn?t turn back the Storm?s methodical and efficient style and saw another season pass by without that much anticipated title.
But to the games and the standout individual performances.
1st PRELIMINARY FINAL
PARRAMATTA Eels v Newtown JetsPREMIER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL4:00pm Sunday 1 October 2006 - Telstra StadiumEELS TEAM LIST1. Joel Reddy2. John Williams3. Taulima Tautai4. Ben Farrar5. Etu Uaisele6. Blake Green7. Marcus Perenera8. Brendan Oake9. Matt Keating10. Peter Lewis11. Feleti Mateo12. Zeb Taia13. Henry Perenera (c) 14. Drew Dalton15. Krisnan Inu16. Aaron Wood17. John Frith18. Trent Hodkinson19. Tim Wynn20. Adam PeekJETS TEAM LIST1. Aidan Kirk2. Troy Malcolm3. Mitch Aubusson4. Vince Mellars5. Aaron Lai6. Josh Lewis7. Jamie Soward8. Glenn Hall9. Heath L'Estrange10. Charlie Tonga11. Mickey Paea12. Lopini Paea13. Daniel Dumas 14. Lafi Manua15. Luke Gordon16. Michael Burns17. Adam Schubert18. Shaun Kenny-Dowall19. Danny Williams20. Rory Kostjasyn
NEWCASTLE Knights v Penrith PanthersJERSEY FLEGG CUP GRAND FINAL2:00pm Sunday 1 October 2006 - Telstra StadiumKNIGHTS TEAM LIST1.Sam Wooden2. Akuila Uate3. Stephen Gordon4. Callan Richardson5. Jonathon Wright6. Scott Dureau7. Luke Walsh8. Tim Natusch9. Terence Seu Seu10. Kade Snowden11. Jacob Ling12. Cory Paterson13. Jon Tupou14. Hanan Laban15. Larry Taufua16. Simon Allen17. Matthew Cooper18. Hayden JeansPANTHERS TEAM LIST1. Matthew Forwood 2. Junior Ahio 3. Michael Jennings 4. Liam Campbell 5. Geoff Daniela 6. Jarrod Sammut 7. Nathan Pill 8. Brad McMillan 9. Jaye Martleitner (c) 10. Tim Grant 11. Corey Vlaciky 12. Lawrence Enosi 13. James Nightingale 14. Blake Blackburn 15. Ashley Hazelton 16. Michael Leeds 17. Nathan Russell 18. Wiremu Weepu 19. Mitchell Smith
THE QUEENSLAND Wizard Cup?s reputation as rugby league?s premier nursery will be furthered this Sunday, when the Brisbane Broncos take on the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League grand final.
MELBOURNE coach Craig Bellamy has appointed hooker Cameron Smith as captain for Sunday's Grand Final against Brisbane at Telstra Stadium.
BRISBANE coach Wayne Bennett has again named Justin Hodges at fullback in an unchanged 18-man squad for Sunday's Grand Final assignment against Melbourne in Sydney.
BRISBANE prop Petero Civoniceva has pleaded guilty to his grade one careless high tackle charge and been cleared to play in Sunday's NRL grand final.
MELBOURNE coach Craig Bellamy today named a 20-man squad for Sunday's NRL grand final against Brisbane at Telstra Stadium.
THE Cronulla Sharks club today confirmed the worst kept secret in the NRL with Ricky Stuart's appointment as its head coach for the next two seasons.
PAUL Simpkins has been appointed to referee Sunday's Grand Final between Brisbane and Melbourne at Telstra Stadium. He'll take charge of his first grand final after being given the nod ahead of Steve Clark.Simpkins, who has refereed Test and Origin matches, describes the appointment as the pinnacle of his career.He says he's hoping for an open game on Sunday and he's confident the two teams would turn up to Telstra Stadium to play football and not test out the referee.The touch judges for the premiership decider are Rod Lawrence and Steve Carrall. The video referees are Bill Harrigan and Chris Ward. Steve Clark is the stand-by ref.
ONLY 2,000 tickets remain unsold for the Grand Final between Brisbane and Melbourne after tickets went on sale this morning.
XXXX STATEWIDE SCORE WRAPThe latest XXXX Statewide Score Wrap, including details of finals in the Arrive Alive Cup, Toowoomba RL and Kaiwalagal (Torres Strait) RL.Only one QRL regional league remains undecided, with the Gulf Community League to host a two-day carnival and final at Burketown this coming weekend.ARRIVE ALIVE CUPNational Final: Endeavour Sports High 16 (Anthony Cherrington 2, Ryan Carr tries; Chase Stanley 2 goals) d Keebra Park State High 7 (Robert Lui try; Matt Parata goal; Robert Lui field goal).WAGNER?S FIRST GRADE (Toowoomba)Grand Final: Valleys 24 (Josh Schwerin 3, Tony Gollan, Nathan Murphy tries; James Galligan, Brendan Baillie goals) d Brothers 14 (Liam Cullen 2, Darren Lucht tries; Liam Cullen goal).Reserves: Valleys 40 d Oakey 16.Under 18: Brothers 30 d Souths 28.Final Standings: Valleys 40, Brothers 36, Goondiwindi 32, Dalby 28, Wattles 27, Oakey 26, Gatton 24, Pittsworth 19, Souths 14, Warwick 14, Newtown 4. KAIWALAGAL RL (Torres Strait)Grand Final: Roosters 38 (Danny Mosby 2, Nania Nona, Kiwat Abednego, Robert Yorkston, Solly Bowie, Danny Sebasio tries; Danny Sebasio 4 goals, Elekana Nai goals) d Dragons 26 (Horace Baira, Lyle Bowie, Bill Eseli, Assan Nona, T. J. Nona tries; Guyai Nona 2, T. J. Nona goals).Final Standings: Dragons 1st, Roosters 2nd, Knights 3rd, Suburbs 4th, Horn Island Brothers 5th.GULF COMMUNITY LEAGUECarnival 5 (Including Grand Final): Burketown, September 30-October 1.Standings: Kowanyama 43, Burketown 37, Pormpuraaw 37, Doomadgee 12, Mornington Island 9.
SOUTH Sydney has signed Australian schoolboys halfback Luke Capewell to a two-year deal with the club.
TRIPLE-PREMIERSHIP winning prop Shane Webcke says late blooming Broncos halfback Shane Perry can make mugs of his critics in Sunday night's NRL grand final against Melbourne.
MELBOURNE is adamant its pack will step up to compensate for the loss of inspirational backrower Michael Crocker in Sunday's NRL grand final against Brisbane.