TOOWOOMBA v REDCLIFFEWizard Cup Major Semi (Winner to Grand Final - Loser to play Easts Tigers next week)Clive Berghofer Stadium, Saturday September 2, 2.00pm *Live on ABC TVReferee: Justin EastwoodTHE STORY: Back from a week?s break, Toowoomba is boosted by the return of Steve Michaels and David Taylor. Redcliffe will make a last-minute decision on whether centre Nick Emmett (quadriceps) will play, with coach Anthony Griffin describing his injury as ?only 80 per cent right?. Toowoomba is not expecting Ian Lacey back this season.THE STAT: A rich rivalry between these two clubs includes three Wizard Cup grand finals (1996, 2000, 01). On each of those occasions the clubs faced off in the major semi final a fortnight beforehand. A curious statistic is that in every instance the team which won the major semi went on to lose the grand final.THE STAR: Opposing five-eighths Greg Eastwood and Chris Fox are both former Junior Kiwis who played in teams which beat the Australian Schoolboys. Eastwood has shown what a threat he is with the Brisbane Broncos this season, while Fox set up a marvellous try for Ryan Cullen with fancy stepping in his last televised appearance.CHANGES: TOOWOOMBA ? In: Steve Michaels, David Taylor. Out: Gideon Mzembe, Luke Brosnan. REDCLIFFE ? No announced changes.CHARGES: None.Toowoomba Clydesdales Players: 1. Scott MINTO 2. Denan KEMP 3. Jason MOON 4. Jamie SIMPSON 5. Steve MICHAELS 6. Greg EASTWOOD 7. Ben GREEN13. Derricke WATKINS12. Joe CLARKE11. Chris MUCKERT10. Ben VAEAU 9. John TE REO 8. Nick KENNY (c)Interchange: 14. David TAYLOR15. Lynden MURPHY16. Lachlan MORGAN17. Nick PARFITTCoach: Mark GEE Redcliffe Dolphins Players: 1. Ryan CULLEN 2. Chris GIUMELLI 3. Greg BOURKE 4. Mark SHIPWAY 5. Rory BROMLEY 6. Chris FOX 7. Marty TURNER13. Gerard PARLE12. Danny BURKE11. Grant FLUGGE10. Adam STARR 9. Michael ROBERTS 8. Troy LINDSAY (c)Interchange: 14. Nick WALKER15. Shannon FISH16. Danny GREEN17. Pat GARDNERCoach: Anthony GRIFFIN Source: qrl.com.au
A TRY to rookie David Tyrrell five minutes from fulltime has propelled Easts to within a game of the Wizard Cup grand final, eliminating North Queensland 28-18 at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Friday.
A KEEBRA Park blitz has sent the Gold Coast school cart wheeling into the national Arrive Alive Cuo final on Friday September 22, beating St Dominic?s Penrith 20-6 in Friday?s semi final at Townsville.Against bigger opposition Keebra scored three tries in the opening 13 minutes to all but seal the result, establishing a 14-0 advantage by the halftime break.The highlight of the game came just three minutes in when former Gladstone junior Damon Harth scored a scorching try from dummy-half, running 40m to bring the Dairy Farmers Stadium crowd alive.Equally at home in the centres or forwards, Harth started at lock and danced confidently through a stack of defenders as he plunged over for the opening try.His incision was followed five minutes later with a try to centre Kyle Bos down a narrow blindside. At first glance it appeared Bos had bombed a certain try to the open side, but made amends with his determination to find the line.As has been the case all season, the well-drilled Keebra side showed maturity beyond their years, responding well to adversity and quickly recovering from errors.Their line speed in defence was again something to behold and they took the match to their southern rivals with a fierce intensity.When centre Kingi Akauola ? a prominent figure throughout the school?s charge ? dived over for Keebra?s third try, it was all one way traffic.Yet to St Dominic?s credit they hung on until halftime with a passage of football which saw them give as good as they got.St Dominic?s had beaten highly-rated St Gregory?s Campbelltown 28-20 the previous week and there was enough to suggest they would lift in the second stanza.Unfortunately for them, before they could muster a response, the elusive Robert Lui pounced for Keebra.Playing in front of his old home crowd, the Townsville Centrals and Upper Ross junior made it 18-0, extended to 20-0 when Matt Parata added the extras.Not long after St Dominic?s notched their first points with a slick try to winger John Feiloakitau, finishing off a backline movement. Backrower Michael Mate converted for a 20-6 difference.With almost 20 minutes left on the clock there was plenty of time to bridge the gap, but poor ball handling from both sides took the sting from the match, the scoreline remaining unchanged.Although not featuring on the scorer?s sheet, Keebra?s front row of Stu McGill, Lio Vaiga and Jimmy Poland deserved much of the credit. McGill and Vaiga punched holes in attack and hit hard in defence, while skipper Poland gave good direction and a steadying influence to his side.Keebra?s opponents in the national final, to be held in Sydney, will be either reigning champs Endeavour Sports High or Patrician Brothers Blacktown.KEEBRA PARK SHS 20 (Damon Harth, Kyle Bos, Kingi Akauola, Robert Lui tries; Matt Parata 2 goals) d ST DOMINIC?S PENRITH 6 (John Feiloakitau try; Michael Mate goal) at Dairy Farmers Stadium.Source: qrl.com.au
GRAND Finals in Mackay, Bundaberg, Roma, the Central Highlands and the Mid West are among the highlights of this weekend's Queensland Rugby League Schedule.
100 years ago this Friday (Sept. 1), rugby league was played for the first time with its signature features ? 13-a-side and the play-the-ball.Born in England in 1895, the first League matches used rugby union rules and 15-aside.Rugby union though was primarily a scrummaging game. In a manner akin to American football, (which also evolved from rugby), a scrum was formed after every tackle.For much of the time, spectators and backs alike could only watch on, wondering where the ball was under the mass of forwards scrummaging around the field.Finally in 1906, the League decided to introduce reforms to bring about attacking ball-passing football, radically reduce the number of scrums, and ensure the ball could always be seen by the paying public.Space was created on the field by reducing teams to 13 men. This alone though could not stop the endless scrum battles.The highly open and visible play-the-ball was adopted to replace the mandatory scrum after every tackle.The effect upon the game was instantaneous. Being able to see the ball, crowds flocked to matches as they could become ?involved?, cheering or booing the actions of the players and officials.While rugby union rules created a game for the enjoyment of the players, rugby league had evolved into a game for players and spectators alike.It was a timely change, for just over a year later, rugby league arrived in Australia.Off-field dramas beset the new code, but its matches were an instant favourite with the sporting public. One paper observed: ?What saved the League is that the game it controls is spectacular and popular?.With their new freedom, teams experimented with 5-man and 7-man packs, new positions such as ?wing-forwards? and ?rovers?, while others used back-lines with 2 half-backs, 2 five-eighths or even 5 players in the three-quarter line.Meanwhile, faced with competition from League, over the following decades rugby began to allow rucks and mauls rather than stop play for a scrum.The reforms introduced to rugby league a century ago this week, continue to be integral features of the game today.More detailed articles on the 1906 changes are available at:
THREE weeks out from the Grand Final of the Lion Red Fox Memorial and a fascinating afternoon of football tomorrow is promised.
NORTH Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston has rushed back from injury to press his Kangaroo Test selection chances in tonight's round 26 clash with Parramatta at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
WEEK 2 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup play-offs will have the supporters on the edge of their sets I'm sure.Top of the table Auckland Lions enter the finals for the first time when they take on 2nd placed Canterbury Bulls at Western Springs on Sunday afternoon.The Bulls had to fight hard last week against a determined Waitakere side, and know they have a tough ask in Auckland away from home, however the winner is straight into the Final.Expect plenty of action in this match.BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? QUARTER FINAL FIXTURESSunday 3 September 2006 (1st vs 2nd)Auckland Lions vs Canterbury Bulls Western Springs Stadium, Auckland 2.30pm Kick OffAuckland Lions:PAUL FISI?IAHI MALOFOU SOLOMONAMIGUEL STARTANTHONY SWANNROWAN BAXTERSTEVE BUCKINGHAM (C)KELVIN WRIGHTDYLAN DAVISREGAN WIGGSIONE POUHAEDDIE PURCELLFABIAN SOUTERWAYNE McDADELEE WETHERILLWILLIAM SORENSONLUI TOIMOANAHARRY AONGA Coach:BRIAN McCLENNAN Management:BRENT GEMMELL PETER LAVEANIGEL RATTRAYMARK DENNISSTEPHANIE MARR CANTERBURY BULLS: LUSI SIONE SCOTT HURRELLDONAVAN AITKENLEE FIDOWLUCAS TAMAKAHAJOSH REUBENDUANE WINETIVINCE WHARESHANE BEYERS (C)ALEX TIMOJONNY LIMMERDANIEL METCALFCOREY LAWRIEGARETH COOKCLINTON FRASERROSS TURILOUIS FANENE Coach:PHILIP PRESCOTTManagement:BRENT STUARTDAVE PERKINS BRUCE MILNEANDY WIHARESTEVE WOOD Referee: CRAIG PASCOETouch Judges: PHIL CRUMPE & ALAN CADDYThe second game in this week's Bartercard action is another evenly matched line-up when Watakere Rangers go up against the Tamaki Leopards at Albany on Monday night. Both sides put on top performances last week against their opposition.The Rangers pushed the Bulls all the way in Christchurch while the Leopards put on an excellent 2nd half performance to knock the Jetz out of contention. Once again, there'll be plenty of talent and action on show in this finals match.Monday 4 September 2006 Live And Free-To-Air On Maori Television (3rd vs 4th)Waitakere Rangers vs Tamaki Leopards North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 8.00pm Kick OffWAITAKERE RANGERS:CLIFFORD BEVERLEY WILLIAM (Billy) CLARKENLEE TAMATOAROBINSON GODFREYMANA TUIPULOTUGAVIN BAILEY (Co-C)BERNARD PERENARAKARL EDMONDSONDEAN SHEPHERDHAMISH BARCLAYHENRY TURUA (Co-C)KARL GUTTENBEILSCOTT JONESJUNIOR FIUMARK TOE?LAUJAYE PUKEPUKEROB SEUALA Coach: BERNIE PERENARA Management: LELE SIPELI-SCHAUMKELWAYNE FLOYEDBOB VERCOEMOHAN JEYAKUMARBRENT CORINGMICHAEL GRANT TAMAKI LEOPARDS:PAUL ATKINS TAAVILI LEAUNOAAIROE BOAZACONSTANTINE MIKACOOPER VUNAWILLIAM HETA (Co C)DARIN KINGIGEORGE TUAKURATROY BECROFTSINAVE FAITALE (Co C)LEESON AH MAUFRED TURUWHENUAGEOFFREY RUAPORORICHARD JOHNSONSIONE NIUILAISSAC LIAVAAISAAKO HAGAITOA KOTISI FAKALATACoach:DEAN CLARKManagement:VINNIE CLARKKEVIN HAWKINSJACK PRENDERGASTRICK WILLIAMSJOHN BOCKETTWILLIE TAUATEVALUBOB NEWALDRHYS CULLEN Referee: GLEN BLACKTouch Judges: ARTHUR CLARK & AARON KESHA
EURO DEVELOPMENT TRI NATIONS Match 3: Austria vs. EstoniaPaternion Stadium, Austria, Saturday 2nd September, KO 2pmAustria will try to confirm their promising performance displayed in June against Germany, where they have been narrowly defeated 34-32 for the opening match of this inaugural Tri Nations tournament. Paternion Rugby club will host the event on what is considered to be ?the best Rugby pitch in Austria?, situated in the heart of this outstanding Alpine resort.Selected for the RLEF IX?s President team who competed in last week end?s London MX9?s tournament, Christoph Kaltenboek from Austria is eager to face his Estonian ex-team mates who were also invited in London, European Skipper Petrik Mottus and promising full back Dmitri Myskiv.The Estonian will battle to get their first victory on the international stage after their convincing debut in Tallinn against eventual Development Tri Nation Winners Germany. All the players are travelling from their homeland, and it is already a great achievement to be able to send a strong squad on the other side of Europe.As previously for all development international fixtures, the RLEF will send a representative who will assist the locals, in order to encourage the development of Rugby League in Austria.Source: www.rlef.eu.com
THREE weeks to go before the play-offs and with the Challenge Cup safely in the St Helens trophy cabinet, teams are jostling for position at the top and bottom of the table, and players are now desperate to impress and earn representative spots. As this weekend marks the 100 year anniversary of rugby league being played with 13 players instead of 15, here are six more 13-a-side matches to get your teeth into. Game on!
IN news this week:Great Britain second rower Paul Johnson will join Warrington next season on a three year deal. Johnson is currently with Bradford but owing to injury has not played since May.Prop Danny Ward will not use a get out clause that would allow him to play in Australia, but instead has committed to staying at Castleford next season, even though they are battling possible relegation. Castleford have also signed young Hull prop Liam Higgins on a two year deal . St Helens second rower Mike Bennett has signed a new two-year deal with the club. His year has been interrupted by shoulder injuries but he is expected to make his comeback for Saints this week. Willie Poching has confirmed his retirement at the end of this season. The former Samoan international is currently out with a knee injury and hopes to land an off-field role in the Rhinos set-up.And finally Wakefield have given short-term coach John Kear a contract for next season. Kear, who left Hull earlier in the season, stepped in at the Wildcats to try and steer them clear of relegation following the departure of coach Tony Smith, the ex-GB international. Source: superleague.co.uk
WE?VE arrived at the final hurdle for 2006 with some clubs still skipping around chairs waiting for the music to stop. Melbourne obviously can?t be displaced and I?m pretty sure Canberra will meet them in week 1 of the semi?s, but there?s more complexity in this one than you?re average garden compost heap.
VICTORIOUS Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga has rubbished newspaper reports linking him to English Super League power club St Helens next year.
HAMILTON has pulled out of its three-year agreement to host the Parramatta Eels' NRL "home games" against the New Zealand Warriors.
DRAGONS Supporters, Only one week of the season proper left and the Dragons are stringing some important wins together. Can they keep this run going until the 1st Sunday in October.....time will tell. One thing is for sure, whilstever Mark Gasnier is out there we are a chance, his form has been brilliant this year and he seems to create something with every touch of the ball. This week the Dragons take on the Roosters for a chance to jump into 4th position and a home semi. The MBDS event last week was back at the Grosvenor Hotel and the fans turned out to watch the local derby. The Grosvenor once again turned on a great Saturday night event, and we expect the same this Saturday night for the 9:20 game. Get in there early and have a meal in the restaurant or for a few drinks before kick off at 9:20 on the big screen. WHAT: Dragons v Roosters WHERE: Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Road East St Kilda WHEN: Saturday 2nd September, 9:20pm GO THE DRAGONS!