THE June issue of RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW is out on Tuesday, June 6 at all good newsagents for $3.50. Here?s what?s in store for league fans in this edition:Bellamy to remain with StormMelbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy is expected to agree to a two-year contract extension. Contracted until the end of 2007, the lucrative new deal would keep Bellamy in Melbourne at least until the end of the 2009 season.Knights turnaroundAt the mid-point of the season, the NRL ladder is starting to take a definite shape, and there are some intriguing points to note in comparison with the ladder at the same time last season.Newcastle have been the biggest improvers since the corresponding time last year. Find out who has improved and who has slipped in 2006.South Sydney heading for unwanted recordSouth Sydney's 12th consecutive loss is the club?s worst start since losing all 14 matches during the 1946 season. The club lost 22 matches in a row from 1945 until the second game of the 1947 season when the Bunnies defeated newcomers Parramatta 35-22.Willie back to his brilliant bestFor a 26 year-old, Willie Mason has had his fair share of ups and downs. Debuting for the Bulldogs in 2000 against Penrith the versatile forward has taken the road less travelled. He was soon recognised as possessing a powerful running game and good offload, making a solid impact from the bench for Canterbury each week.The best way to guarantee your copy of RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW is to take out a subscription. It costs $35 for 10 issues or $65 for 20 issues to have RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW sent out to your address.Check out www.rugbyleaguereview.com for more details.
THE Powergen Challenge Cup Quarter Final got underway on Saturday afternoon when St Helens romped to victory over the Catalans Dragons. A hat-trick from Ade Gardner and two tries from prop Paul Anderson were amongst the scorers for the hosts 10 tries. Stacey Jones did score early on to give the Dragons a shock 6-4 lead, but the Saints? power and pace shone through to end the French clubs hopes in this year?s competition.
PARRAMATTA halfback Jeremy Smith faces a minimum four weeks on the sidelines for allegedly shoving referee Sean Hampstead, while Sydney Roosters forward Lopini Paea is looking at 10 weeks for his part in a spear tackle after the NRL match review committee charged eight players today.Smith was charged with grade five contrary conduct while Paea was hit with a grade five dangerous throw charge. Melbourne's Billy Slater, who returned from a seven-match ban on the weekend, is likely to miss two more weeks for a dangerous throw and New Zealand Warriors prop Ruben Wiki is facing a six-week ban for kneeing.St George Illawarra's Matt Cooper is another star set to be outed after being charged for a dangerous throw that will sideline him for two weeks with an early guilty plea. The Roosters also had winger Amos Roberts and lock Ashley Harrison charged with grade one dangerous throws.South Sydney's Shannon McPherson will not miss any matches with an early plea after also copping a grade one dangerous throw charge.
THE ongoing redevelopment of Kogarah's Oki Jubilee Stadium received a massive boost today with a $7 million contribution from the NSW Government.NSW Premier, Morris Iemma announced the funding today, coinciding with the first appearance of the St George Illawarra Dragons at Oki Jubilee this year.He said the funding would help the Dragons club complete its Masterplan for a modern, spectator friendly Stadium seating over 20,000 patrons."The St George Illawarra Dragons are one of the most famous brands in any code of football anywhere in the world," Mr Iemma said."The club has a huge support base and the community, fans and players deserve a stadium that meets the standards expected of a modern 21st century sporting venue."The recent upgrade work at Oki Jubilee added new lighting and replaced outdated bench seating with more than six thousand individual seats."This $7 million injection of funding will help the club to complete a stadium that will serve the needs of the community for many years to come."The NSW Government funding will go towards further development over the next two years, including:Construction of a new two-tiered extension to the seating north of the existing grandstand, with provision for day-hire corporate facilities;Construction of a new two-tiered extension to the southern terrace, expanding capacity from a few hundred seats to approximately 2,000;Improvements to spectator access to the main grandstand, making way for future expansion; The creation of a building facing Park Street to house football offices, a function room and upgraded dressing rooms; andUpgrade work on the southern hill with the construction of a single tiered grandstand with seating for up to 1,000 patrons, and provision for new commercial rooms. Mr Iemma was joined at today's announcement by St George Illawarra Dragons CEO, Peter Doust, the Member for Kogarah, Cherie Burton and the Member for Georges River, Kevin Greene.Ms Burton said the funding recognised the importance of Oki Jubilee Stadium to the Kogarah community."This Stadium has such a proud history that dates back more than a century, and is listed with Kogarah Council as an item of local heritage significance," she said."Bringing the Stadium up to a standard where football fans can enjoy matches in a safe and comfortable environment will ensure a proud future as well."Mr Greene congratulated local councils and the local community who supported the bid to upgrade the Stadium."Jubilee Oval is a much loved community facility and there has been enormous local support to ensure that Dragons' home games could continue to be played here," Mr Greene said."The Masterplan project will be of major benefit to the whole St George area including a range of sporting groups, schools and community organisations." Dragons CEO Peter Doust welcomed the announcement and expressed his appreciation to the Premier and Local Members. "The Premier and his colleagues were part of the initial funding commitment which allowed re-development works to commence at Oki Jubilee in 2002," said Doust. "This allowed us to return our Sydney home games to our local community the following season."To see the Government provide us a further opportunity to develop spectator facilities recognises their support of the community of St George and all at the Dragons are very grateful for their support".
THE Newtown Jets held on to narrowly defeat the North Sydney Bears by 22-16 in the VB Premier League match played at Henson Park on Saturday. The game finished on a controversial note with the Bears having a try disallowed late in the game that would have led to the match finishing in a draw.The Jets had led 18-0 midway through the first half and had to pull out all stops in a gruelling second half when the Bears dominated both possession and field position. The Newtown players found the going tough in the swirling winds and bitterly cold playing conditions against a team desperate to stay in the finals race. Newtown?s best were forwards Mickey Paea, Luke Gordon and Daniel Dumas, with five-eighth Josh Lewis once again outstanding in attack and defence. Lewis saved a try in the second half when he gave start to and ran down a Bears player who was in the clear and certain to score. Skilful Jets centre Lelea Paea was primarily involved in Newtown?s first try scored by Mitchell Pearce but unfortunately Paea was forced off with a knee injury early in the first half and will miss several more games. In the Jim Beam Cup match played at Belrose on Sunday, the Jets came from 14-0 down with only ten minutes remaining to grab a 14-all draw, literally in the final seconds of what was an exciting game. Newtown?s lack of discipline in conceding penalties had cost them dearly throughout the match and the Jets were probably glad to settle for the one competition point gained through the late draw. Newtown?s best forwards were Ritchie Parker and Khalid Deeb while Andrew Le Breton and Anton La Vin were the best of the Jets backline.The Newtown Jetettes winning run came to an end when they were well beaten by the Redfern All Blacks 30-10 on Saturday. In Group 11, the Parkes Spacemen stayed in finals contention when they won a thriller against last year?s premiers Narromine 40-36 at Pioneer Oval.Both Newtown Jets teams are in action in critical matches at Henson Park this Saturday (June 10th). The Jets play the Sydney Bulls in the Jim Beam Cup at 1.15pm, while Newtown takes on the strong Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks team in the VB Premier League main game at 3.00pm.
QUEENSLAND DEAF RUGBY LEAGUE 2006QUEENSLAND Deaf Rugby League side to play New South Wales Deaf RL at Mackay this Sunday, June 11.Kick-off is at 5pm at Mackay?s Junior Rugby League Showgrounds, Casey Avenue.1. Zeth Brien2. Ronald Franklin3. Daniel Auer4. Clifford Johnson5. Trent Hansen6. Rohan Wharton7. Tuan Chiem8. Adam Walker9. Vinh Chiem10. Simon Crust11. Anthony Parlour12. Paul Erickson13. Cameron Miller14. Cain Batten15. Tyson Kilpatrick16. Abiu Ware17. Graham BettsNSW Deaf side (NSWRL website):The New South Wales Deaf Rugby League has announced their squad for 2006 Interstate Match against Queensland Deaf Rugby League on Sunday 11th June. The clash will be played at Mackay Junior ground in Northern Queensland.1. Djaan Jarrett 2. Anthony Hinton 3. David Page 4. Paul Welch 5. Steve Milligan 6. James Marlor 7. David Steele 8. Andrew Pelasio 9. Ian Slinn 10. Stuart Clear 11. Alofa Solitua 12. Ronny Papallo 13. Craig Martin Interchange 14. Matthew Thornley 15. Nicholas Marlor 16. David Wimble 17. Marytn Doe Head Coach: Craig Robinson Assistant Coach: Danny Holmes Coaching coordinator: Sean Johnston Head Trainer: Graeme Handley Trainer: Mark Reid Team Manager: Dean Hanagan
THE full match reports for Round 12 of the Queensland Wizard Cup.TOOWOOMBA 32 d TWEED HEADS 24A SKINNY teenager studying for a diploma in church ministry stood tall in a brutal encounter at the Piggabeen Complex on Sunday, helping Toowoomba fend of fast-finishing Tweed Heads 32-24.Tipping the scales at 75kg and playing just his second game of Wizard Cup, 17-year-old halfback Jacob Fauid was amongst the thick of it in a torrid battle between third and fourth on the table.The former Wavell State High playmaker directed a first half blitzkrieg by the visiting Clydesdales, allowing them to lead 24-8 at halftime.Although the Seagulls responded well in the second half, stern try-line defence by Toowoomba meant the margin could never be bridged.?I thought Jacob set up the win really well,? Gee remarked.?He took good options and his running and kicking was great. He put on three of those tries in the first half when we got on a roll.?Certainly Fauid appears to be one of the rare players who has out-lived the hype of his schoolboy reputation and forged respect in the senior ranks.While his astute kicking has long been a feature, he has exhibited a more mature, team-orientated game than years past, carrying on strong form from the pre-season to playing Colts for Aspley and now to State League with Toowoomba.Another player in the same age bracket, David Taylor, also continues to impress, despite matching it in the front row with vastly more experienced rivals each week. Gee called Taylor the ?most dominant forward on the park? against Tweed and suggested it was possibly his best display for the club yet.Brisbane Broncos fans have already begun enthusing about the duo as long-term prospects, but despite being happy to give praise, Gee is also putting things into perspective for all his young stars.?It?s true, many of these guys weren?t playing State League last year and they?ve done a good job,? Gee said.?But they?re brought here with the expectation that they can play at this level at the very least. It?s not a bonus that they can do it.?Courtesy of the win, Toowoomba has now opened up a six-point buffer on Tweed on the table. The Clydesdales are equal with Redcliffe and Toowoomba on wins, but are third on for-and-against.As could be expected, prolific speedsters Leon Bott (Toowoomba) and Nat Barnes (Tweed) both added to their try-scoring tallies for the year, each scoring two tries in the first half. Barnes now has 14 tries for the season, while Bott has 10. It remains to be seen whether a knee injury to Tame Tupou will allow a member of the Clydesdales? backline to be promoted to the Broncos next week. On the injury front Dane Carlaw made a successful return from knee injury, while Neville Costigan was again rested despite being named to start the match.Tweed Heads hosts Souths Logan next Sunday, while Toowoomba has the bye. TOOWOOMBA 32 (Joel Moon 2, Leon Bott 2, Fraser Anderson, Nick Parfitt tries; Nick Parfitt 4 goals) d TWEED HEADS 24 (Jay McDermott 2, Nat Barnes 2, Scott Ella tries; Brad Davis 2 goals) at Piggabeen Complex.REDCLIFFE 48 d IPSWICH 18IT?S almost half-a-season away from finals football, yet Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin was still dirty on his players for denting the club?s for-and-against record in a 48-18 win over Ipswich on Sunday.The Dolphins continue to lead the league on points differential from North Queensland and Toowoomba, even increasing the margin with the weekend?s 30-point victory.Yet North Queensland is just 18 points in arrears, maintaining pressure and boasting a side that can quickly rack up tries.That factor had a significant bearing on Griffin?s mindset when he entered the sheds at halftime on Sunday, his players having squandered a 16-0 lead to allow three cheap tries to Ipswich before the interval.?For-and-against is definitely something we are aware of,? Griffin said.?Every point is vital when you?ve got three teams tied for the competition lead.?While I was reasonably happy to win, I was very disappointed with the last 20 minutes of that first half. I thought at 16-0 we should have gone on with it and put our stamp on the match. Our defence was lacking in intensity?As it turned out, Ipswich got as close as 22-12 at halftime; the Jets? inability to convert their tries the only thing keeping the scores so far apart.To Griffin?s delight the second half brought greater application and finesse from Redcliffe, although the final scoreline was perhaps on the flattering side.While still not back to his brilliant best, fullback Ryan Cullen finished the day with three tries for the Dolphins, providing encouraging signs after being recently sidelined with an ankle injury.Backline ally Kaine Manihera grabbed a double and was impressive, while Nick Emmett continued to build a reputation as one of the most consistent three-quarters in the Cup.In the middle of the paddock it was the likes of Pat Gardner and Danny Burke who shone for the Dolphins, with Michael Roberts orchestrating play wonderfully.The next five weeks sees Redcliffe tackle Central, Easts, Burleigh, Norths and Wynnum Manly ? all clubs in a tight cluster of aspirants fighting for spots four and five on the ladder.?They?re all going to be real tough,? Griffin said.?All those sides are playing for their survival and they?ll be desperate. I think it will be good for us, playing those kind of teams.?With one win from its last eight games, Ipswich hosts Wynnum Manly next Sunday at QLD Group Stadium.The Jets beat the Seagulls 18-10 in Round Four of this season. REDCLIFFE 48 (Ryan Cullen 3, Kaine Manihera 2, Nick Emmett, Gerard Parle, Shannon Fish, Alwyn Simpson tries; Greg Bourke 6 goals) d IPSWICH 18 (Geoff Chalk, Ben McFadgean, Matthew McPhee, Travis Baker tries; Travis Baker goal) at QLD Group Stadium.BURLEIGH 42 d CENTRAL 4 BURLEIGH has re-entered the Wizard Cup top five for the first time in almost three months after a 42-4 hammering of Central at Pizzey Park on Saturday night.Marking the club?s biggest win since Round 13 of the 2005 season, the Bears scraped back into fifth spot with a resounding win.Central sprang a number of changes in the lead-up to the game and shifted former Kiwi international Matt Rua to the starting pack, but it all proved to no avail.Significantly, Central had been the first team to beat Burleigh this year, upsetting the Bears 36-22 in Rockhampton in Round Two and sending them on a four-game losing streak. It was fitting then that the Bears should regain a place in the top five against a side which originally sent them spiralling out of it.The theme of coming full circle was heightened by the likeness of the match to last year?s corresponding game at Pizzey Park, won 46-10 by Burleigh.On that occasion electric winger Trent Purdon scored four tries for the Bears, while Reggie Cressbrook amassed 18 points.In the latest bout Purdon only managed two tries for the home side, although Cressbrook again worked his way to a tally of 18 points.Remarkably after such a poor start to the season, Burleigh now boasts the best defensive record of all teams in the Wizard Cup ? even better than leading sides Redcliffe, North Queensland, Toowoomba and Tweed Heads.The Bears are also just one win behind fierce rival Tweed and could realistically overtake the Seagulls for fourth spot next week should results go their way.Burleigh faces Easts in Saturday?s televised game at Langlands Park, while Tweed meets ?hoodoo? team Souths Logan at the Piggabeen Complex on Sunday. Currently Tweed?s for-and-against is 28 points better than the Bears?.For Central the coming weeks will be make-or-break for its finals chances.The Comets have not qualified for the pre-season since 1997, but have their best chance in years under coach Matt Parish and with a squad yet to reach its potential.Next week the Rockhampton-based club hosts Redcliffe on Saturday evening, followed by an away match against Wynnum Manly the next week. The Comets are presently three points outside the top five.This coming fortnight gives players from both Burleigh and Central their last opportunity to impress representative selectors, ahead of the City v Country match at Cloncurry on June 24.BURLEIGH 42 (Trent Purdon 2, Reggie Cressbrook, Jordan Atkins, Adam Hayden, Robert Apanui, Jamie Russo tries; Reggie Cressbrook 7 goals) d CENTRAL 4 (Shannon Stitt try) at Pizzey Park.NORTHS 36 d EASTS 18NORTHS coach Wayne Treleaven has promoted Aaron Bulow?s name for the upcoming City Country clash in Cloncurry, following the Devils? 36-18 win against Easts at Langlands Park.After a forgettable five-game losing streak, Norths now has back-to-back wins and is on the verge of re-entering the top five.Despite their recent history the Devils led the Tigers 30-6 at halftime on Saturday, with Treleaven surprisingly stating that his team went to Stones Corner expecting a win.?We knew if we put it together we could do it,? Treleaven said.?They (Easts) are a bit knocked around with injuries at the moment, whereas we?ve probably had our bad stretch and it?s time for us to lift again.?A major boost for Norths in the past month has been the return to prominence of backrower Bulow, who sat out the beginning of the season to concentrate on starting his own personal training business.Still as fit and dedicated as ever, the 24-year-old has quickly earned himself a starting role and was described by Treleaven as ?outstanding? in the victory against Easts.?I?d think Bulow would have to be a very big chance of slotting in for City,? said Treleaven.?He?s your hardworking backrower type that you need in every team.?While not likely to gain the same sort of attention after a season that has been hampered by injury, centre Steve Franciscus also received praise from Treleaven.The elusive PNG talent created havoc out wide and not only starred with his ability to test the line, but also created chances for teammates with some sneaky offloads.Franciscus is one of half-a-dozen Devils that has experienced knee troubles this year. Another player in the same category, utility Colin Wilkie, is a possibility of returning next week against North Queensland.The Tully talent could be needed, as the Devils expect to be without four of their best players on account of sister-club Melbourne?s likely Origin contingent. North Queensland will be similarly depleted.For Easts, Round 13 will bring a televised clash against Burleigh at Langlands Park on Saturday.Only one competition point separates the Tigers and Bears on the ladder.A rough preliminary squad for City is likely to be formed this week, although the final 17 will not be settled upon for another fortnight.This year?s City v Country match in Cloncurry will take place on Saturday, June 24. Kevin Walters will coach City, while Tweed?s Steve Murphy will coach Country.NORTHS 36 (Jackson Nicolau 2, Steve Franciscus, Aaron Morgan, Will Chambers, Chad Leach, Sika Manu tries; Jackson Nicolau 4 goals) d EASTS 18 (David Tyrrell 2, Mark Cantoni tries; Luke Branighan 3 goals) at Langlands Park.NORTH QUEENSLAND 40 d SOUTHS LOGAN 22NORTH Queensland has left Souths Logan to tough out an agonising seven weeks before its next home game, having dealt the Magpies a 40-22 loss at Brandon Park on Saturday.Maintaining an equal share of the competition lead, the Young Guns cruised through the first half to lead 30-0 at one stage and then 30-6 at the break.With both teams seeming to prefer to score at one end of the paddock, Souths Logan fought back strongly in the second stanza to trail 30-18.However, it was to be as close as the underdogs got, unable to match the Young Guns? firepower across the park and cohesion in defence.The Magpies? fourth successive defeat threatens to turn their fairytale start to the year into a pumpkin, leaving them seventh on the ladder and vulnerable to a number of teams on the improve.They are also at the mercy of unfavourable scheduling in the coming month-and-a-half, which sees them play just four games, all away from home.Next week Mark Gliddon?s men face one of the toughest road trips in the competition ? Tweed Heads at the Piggabeen Complex.Then the following week they encounter the bye, followed by a televised match on June 24 against Ipswich at QLD Group Stadium. Although the Jets are last on the ladder, Souths Logan runs the risk of being without several key players due to the City v Country representative match on the same weekend.Another weekend off will follow the Ipswich game before the black-and-whites play Central at Blackwater in Round 16; a home game that the Magpies have elected to relocate.Round 17 has Souths Logan facing traditional rival Easts at Langlands Park, before they finally return home on July 22 against the resurgent Burleigh Bears.While the whole competition will monitor the Magpies? progress, there will be particular interest in teenager Mase Laulu Togagae, scorer of two tries in his Wizard Cup debut against the Young Guns.The eye-catching efforts of the youngster came a week after he posted four tries playing back-to-back matches in the FOGS Cup and FOGS Colts Challenge.Laulu Togagae?s display brought a neat contrast of the old and new at Brandon Park, with experienced journeyman Jason Barsley also making his mark for North Queensland with a double. Barsley has now moved to 65 career tries in the competition, ranking him 14th all-time and just one try behind Aaron Barba.The Young Guns take on Norths at Bishop Park next Sunday in a contest where both sides will be without key players, called up to the NRL to cover for Origin representatives.NORTH QUEENSLAND 40 (Brent McConnell 2, Mark Henry 2, Jason Barsley 2, Brett Firman, Jamie Frizzo tries; Neil Sweeney 3, Brent McConnell goals) d SOUTHS LOGAN 22 (Mase Laulu Togagae 2, Brandon Costin, Tyrone Coppedge tries; Tim Cannard 2, Brandon Costin goals) at Brandon Park.
QUEENSLAND Wizard Cup - ROUND 12 RESULTSThree-time consecutive grand finalist Burleigh is now back in the top five for the first time since Round 1 of this season.Saturday 3 June NORTH QUEENSLAND 40 (Brent McConnell 2, Mark Henry 2, Jason Barsley 2, Brett Firman, Jamie Frizzo tries; Neil Sweeney 3, Brent McConnell goals) d SOUTHS LOGAN 22 (Mase Laulu Togagae 2, Brandon Costin, Tyrone Coppedge tries; Tim Cannard 2, Brandon Costin goals) at Brandon Park.NORTHS 36 (Jackson Nicolau 2, Steve Franciscus, Aaron Morgan, Will Chambers, Chad Leach, Sika Manu tries; Jackson Nicolau 4 goals) d EASTS 18 (David Tyrrell 2, Mark Cantoni tries; Luke Branighan 3 goals) at Langlands Park.BURLEIGH 42 (Trent Purdon 2, Reggie Cressbrook, Jordan Atkins, Adam Hayden, Robert Apanui, Jamie Russo tries; Reggie Cressbrook 7 goals) d CENTRAL 4 (Shannon Stitt try) at Pizzey Park.Sunday 4 June TOOWOOMBA 32 (Joel Moon 2, Leon Bott 2, Fraser Anderson, Nick Parfitt tries; Nick Parfitt 4 goals) d TWEED HEADS 24 (Jay McDermott 2, Nat Barnes 2, Scott Ella tries; Brad Davis 2 goals) at Piggabeen Complex.REDCLIFFE 48 (Ryan Cullen 3, Kaine Manihera 2, Nick Emmett, Gerard Parle, Shannon Fish, Alwyn Simpson tries; Greg Bourke 6 goals) d IPSWICH 18 (Geoff Chalk, Ben McFadgean, Matthew McPhee, Travis Baker tries; Travis Baker goal) at QLD Group Stadium.BYE: Wynnum ManlyPOINTS TABLE AFTER ROUND 12REDCLIFFE 18NORTH QLD 18TOOWOOMBA 18TWEED HEADS 12BURLEIGH 10--------------EASTS 9SOUTHS LOGAN 9NORTHS 9CENTRAL 7WYNNUM MANLY 6IPSWICH 4NEXT WEEK?S GAMES ? ROUND 13SATURDAY 10 JUNEEASTS V BURLEIGH LANGLANDS PARK 2.00PM*CENTRAL V REDCLIFFE BROWNE PARK 7.30PMSUNDAY 11 JUNETWEED HEADS V SOUTHS LOGAN PIGGABEEN COMPLEX 3.00PMNORTHS V NORTH QLD BISHOP PARK 3.00PMIPSWICH V WYNNUM MANLY QLD GROUP STADIUM 3.00PMTOOWOOMBA BYE*Denotes ABC TV Live telecast.
SAM Rapira may be the youngest member of the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions rugby league squad but he is already making big impressions.
RUBEN Wiki looks likely to skipper the Kiwis in the end of season Tri-Nations series against the Kangaroos and Great Britain.
CANBERRA is facing an international tug-of-war for the services of their forward leader Ruben Wiki.
THE Sydney Roosters and the National Rugby league on Tuesday dismissed a rumour the league leaders were under salary cap investigation as betting agencies suspended gambling on the 2004 season wooden spoon.
NSW Origin prop Jason Ryles has accepted a reduced contract to extend his relationship with the Dragons a further three years, agreeing to terms today until the end of 2007.
DR. Geoff Askin has given Broncos skipper Gorden Tallis the green light to resume playing after he spent the past three weeks on the sidelines suffering from a neck injury.
FRIDAY 2nd July 2004