WALES 14 SCOTLAND 14The inaugural Rugby League European Federation Under 19?s Championship got off to a tremendous start with two superb opening ties between the four home nations sides in Canet en Roussillon, a prized beach resort in the suburbs of Perpignan.In the opening encounter Wales made a blistering start with tries from Gareth Moore and Adam Dawe in the opening ten minutes but Scotland battled back with hardworking forwards Tommy McColl and Wayne Rafferty both powering over for touchdowns.The Scots took the initiative just after half time with a clever break from hooker Scott Porteous, converted by Ross Bryan, while Welsh winger Dawe crossed for the second time to level a few minutes later.Both teams had chances for victory in the dying minutes but defences held firm and a draw was a fair result.WALES1 Kevin James2 Jason Kenneally3 Chris Vitalini4 Lee Williams5 Adam Dawe6 Oliver Hughes7 Garyn Lucas8 Matt Barron9 Tom Burnell10 Gareth Moore11 Billy Lavis12 Pat Howell13 Barrie PhilipsSubs (all used)14 Williams Jones15 James Davies16 Rhys Andrews17 Nicky GriffithsTries: Moore (2), Dawe (10, 52)Goal: HughesSin Bin: Lee Williams (31)Coach: Dan ClemensSCOTLAND1 Gary Thornton2 Greg Wallace3 Alisdair Carvers4 Matthew McNee5 Rob Sloman6 Paul Walker7 Ross Bryan8 Che Smith9 Scott Porteous10 Wayne Rafferty11 Tommy McColl12 Martyn Lowe13 Karl BeardshawSubs (all used)14 Jack Burns15 David Valentine16 Ben Parker17 Chris LyleTries: McColl (28), Rafferty (32), Porteous (39)Goal: BryanCoach: James GloverReferee: Richard Frileux (France)Ville de Canet, Man of the Match: Tom Burnell (Wales)ENGLAND 30 IRELAND 24In the following game, England hit Ireland with a devastating opening blitz of three quick tries from Daniel Whitmore, skipper Sam Gee and full back Darren Fletcher, all converted by Chris Tuson.The Irish got back into the game courtesy of a try from Davis Johnson; man of the match Chris Forster tagging on the conversion to leave the half time score 18-6.The Emerald Isle levelled at the beginning of the second half with well crafted touchdowns from Adam Wilson and Forster who again added both conversions.England responded and secured victory with two converted tries from Gareth Knowles and Adam Rudd.The Irish kept the tension alive when they crossed again in the last minute through their captain, loose forward Tyrone McArthy.Delighted Tournament Director Jean Eric Ducuing of the French RL Federation commented: ?This was a fantastic advert for Rugby League and a great opening to the European Championship?.RLEF Development Officer Kevin Rudd added, ?This promises to be a fantastic event and will hopefully pave the way for other future European age group Championships?ENGLAND1 Darren Fletcher2 James Haynes3 Daniel Chrimes4 Sam Gee5 Vinny Finnegan6 Chris Tuson7 Scott Low8 Gregg Mannion9 Daniel Whitmore10 Matt Barber11 Adam Rudd12 Gareth Knowles13 Kristian HodsonSubs (all used)14 David Rolt15 Jamie Hopkins16 David Cookson17 Rick JonesTries: Mannion (2), Gee (9), Fletcher (12), Knowles (52), Rudd (57)Goals: Tuson 5Coach: Matt CallandIRELAND1 David Heathwood2 Simon Atherton3 Adam Walsh4 David Johnson5 Sean Quinn6 Chris Forster7 Adam Wilson8 Neil Belshaw9 Daniel O?Brien10 Adam Boughen11 Daniel Newlove12 Mike Fairclough13 Tyrone McArthySubs (all used)14 Glenn Holland15 Paul Rigby16 Danny Gregory17 Craig FosterTries: Johnson (16), Wilson (44), Forster (49), McArthy (66)Goals: Forster 4Coach: Gareth JonesReferee: David Segura (France)Ville de Canet man of the Match: Chris Forster (Ireland)Source: www.rlef.eu.com
ROUND 18Sydney Roosters 16 vs Manly Sea Eagles 33at Aussie StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:Half back Matt Orford has made a stunning return to form in leading the Manly Sea Eagles to a comprehensive 33-16 victory over the Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium today.In ending their three match losing streak, the Sea Eagles have all but ended the Roosters slim hopes of making the finals, the home side crashing to their 11th loss of the year and are now six points adrift of the top eight.The match had plenty of fire with two fights breaking out in the opening minutes, Roosters front rower Adrian Morley finding himself in the middle of the first encounter before play settled down.Manly were first to score when forward Brent Kite busted through after 11 minutes. The visitors went to 12-0 ahead in the 19th minute when centre Chris Hicks began, and finished, a dashing 90 metre movement to score under the posts. A penalty goal from Orford gave the Sea Eagles a 14-0 lead at half time.Orford went up a gear in the second half, stepping through to run some 60 metres to score a brilliant solo try. With 30 minutes to go, the Manly side were in front by 20-0.The Roosters struck back in the 53rd minute through Mickey Paea, and again five minutes later through Iosia Soliola, the big centre scoring out wide to make it 20-10.But Orford injected himself into the play once again, setting up full back Brett Stewart with a kick in the 62nd minute. Orford's sideline conversion put Manly up by 26-10.Manly's George Rose then made his mark on the match, the big prop stepping and weaving, and then standing up an embarrassed fullback in Amos Roberts to score under the posts.With a minute to go, Roosters forward Ashley Harrison scored a consolation try with the conversion bringing up the full time score.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 16Tries: Mickey Paea, Iosia Soliola, Ashley HarrisonGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/2, Josh Lewis 1/1Manly Sea Eagles: 33Tries: Chris Hicks, Brent Kite, Brett Stewart, Matt Orford, George RoseGoals: Matt Orford 6/6Field Goals: Matt OrfordBy the Clock:A small crowd at the SFS on what is a chilly late afternoon. A couple of changes with Amos Roberts moving to full back for the Roosters, Shaun Foley is out. But the most significant change is the omission of Steve Menzies from the Sea Eagles who has a broken hand. His replacement is Luke Williamson. Both sides have had a reshuffle on their respective benches.Manly kick off and the match is underway!4 min: FIGHT Adrian Morley (Roosters), while in possession, lands a few on Manly's Jason King and King responds in kind. Looks like Morley had the initial brain explosion. Manly get the penalty.6 min: NEWS Morley gets the ball back for Easts with some bone crushing defence. His first target was King. Then Manly lose the ball in the next ruck as the ball carrier, Steve Matai, sees Morley coming again.8 min: FIGHT This time Steve Matai (Manly) and Ryan Cross (Roosters) having a dust up, Matai taking exception to a facial.11 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBrent Kite busts through from 20m out, brushes Roberts aside to score 7m in from touch. Conversion from Matt Orford is right on the money. Sea Eagles 6-019 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesChris Hicks scores a brilliant try. Hicks made the intial bust and ran 50m before finding Brett Stewart in support. Stewart is collared from behind by Roberts but delivers a tremendous flick pass inside to Hicks who scores a near 90m try. Orford converts from right in front. Sea Eagles 12-032 min: Possible TRY to Roosters as video ref looks at Craig Wing's effort in the corner.VERDICT: NO TRY. Wing forced into touch by the defence. Scrum.36 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesOrford slots a penalty goal from almost in front. Follows an intercept from Matai from 40m out, Roosters on the back foot and are found offside by the ref. Sea Eagles 14-0Half time: Sea Eagles 14-0Plenty of niggle early in this match before the players settled down to play some football. Manly have had the better run of play.Easts appear to be just hanging on at times, but had a good opportunity early in the half when Braith Anasta made a break. However, play broke down when Roberts was tackled without the ball. Roosters got the penalty but that was as close as they got.Manly are finding plenty of yards up the middle and just wide of the ruck. Roosters are not out of it and at times are playing well, but at this stage they appeared to be outclassed.Possession about evens, slightly favouring the Sea Eagles.Roosters kicking off. Second half underway...47 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesHalf back Matt Orford scores a sensational 60m solo try. He dummies first and then steps and weaves his way through the defence before standing up the full back. Orford converts his own try from right in front. Sea Eagles 20-053 min: TRY Sydney RoostersMickey Paea crashes over after the Roosters get repeat sets at the line. Fitzgibbon converts from almost in front. Sea Eagles 20-658 min: TRY Sydney RoostersIosia Soliola scores out wide to put the home side back in the match. Follows another repeat set after a towering bomb from Roosters half back Josh Lewis is fumbled by Stewart. An overlap develops soon after. Conversion unsuccessful. Sea Eagles 20-10Possible TRY to Manly. Video ref looking at possible knock on.VERDICT...62 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesStewart gets the nod and scores out wide. Follows a kick from Orford and Stewart picks up the crumbs. Orford conversion from the sideline is a ripper. Sea Eagles 26-1065 min: FIELD GOAL Manly Sea EaglesOrford slots a field goal. Follows a clean break from deep in own half, Orford carving them up with a 60m run before potting the field goal two rucks later. Sea Eagles 27-1076 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesProp forward George Rose steps his way through to score. Some woeful defence but a great run and taking nothing away from the big fella. Converted by Orford from right in front. Sea Eagles 33-1079 min: TRY Sydney RoostersAshley Harrison scores a consolation try for the Roosters. Conversion from almost in front by Josh Lewis. Sea Eagles 33-16Full time: Sea Eagles 33-16Manly just too good in outplaying the Roosters across the park for the majority of the match. Some big hits from the Roosters forwards to try and stamp their authority, and Roosters fans had something to cheer about with Adrian Morley being amonsgt their best. But the Sea Eagles pack handled it well while finding plenty of gaps around the ruck.Man of the match Matt Orford really carved them up in the second half and seemed to have a hand in everything. Full back Brett Stewart and centre Steve Matai were also standouts, taking full advantage of the hard yakka from the forwards, in particular Ben Kennedy and Brent Kite. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)1 - Steve Matai (Sea Eagles)-----------------------------------------
SATURDAY 8 July 2006 Auckland Lions vs Northern Storm Fowlds Park, AucklandAuckland Lions 68Tries: D.Fisi?iahi (3), M.Solomona, M.Start (2), M.Taufoou, D.O?Regan, S.Pouha, S. Fa?alogo, E.Purcell, R. Wigg triesGoals: S.Buckingham (10) Northern Storm 8 Tries: A.Kane, J. IoaneGoals:Halftime Score: 28 ? 4 to Auckland Lions
SOUTH Sydney Leagues Club suitor Mr Jerry Schwartz has made a payment to the South Sydney Football Club to acquire the South Sydney Leagues Club?s debt of $3.01 million today, a debt which was purchased by the Football Club last week from Perpetual Trustee Company.
TODAYS clash will take special significance for Roosters? star Craig Wing when he takes the field for his 200th first grade appearance.
BULLDOGS halfback Brent Sherwin and interchange prop Chris Armit have both been ruled out of Sunday's NRL clash against the Vodafone Warriors at Telstra Stadium.
The two players had been rated 50-50 propsects for the match but the club today announced they had both been forced out with injury.
Sherwin came out of last week's win over Wests Tigers with a foot injury while the Bulldogs say Armit damaged his shoulder in the same match.
Halfback/five eighth Ben Roberts, who two weeks ago made his New Zealand test debut against Great Britain, has been named as Sherwin's replacement in the halves. Roberts (20) made his NRL debut in the Bulldogs' win against the Vodafone Warriors at Ericsson Stadium on April 30. He has made three first-grade appearances so far.
Centre Andrew Emelio has been named as Armit's replacement.
Winger Hazem El Masri has also been troubled by an ankle injury but a decision on whether he'll play won't be made until tomorrow.
The Bulldogs had already lost winger Matt Utai and interchange prop Jarrad Hickey through suspension.
FORMER NRL players are making their mark in the try-scoring charts in the English Super League.
Of the current top 10, only four players are locals - Hull FC's Kirk Yeaman, Danny McGuire (Leeds), Ade Gardner (St Helens) and Richard Horne (Hull FC).
Yeaman with 21 tries and McGuire with 20 lead but six Australasian players - three of them from New Zealand - are making a big impact.
Former Vodafone Warriors winger Henry Fa'afili ranks third equal with 17 tries for his side Warrington while another ex-Warrior Shontayne Hape (Bradford Bulls) is eighth with 13 and New Zealand-born ex-Wests Tigers centre Gray Viane (Castleford Tigers) is ninth equal with 12.
Also featuring is former Vodafone Warriors winger Justin Murphy, the Australian having 17 tries for new club Les Catalans. Ex-Melbourne Storm winger Semi Tadulala has 15 tries for Wakefield Trinity and former St George Illawarra winger Nathan Blacklock - who also dabbled with rugby union - has 12 tries for Hull FC.
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WELCOME now my friends, to the round that never ends. That could actually describe this Round 13 of the Bartercard Cup as it struggles into it?s third (and hopefully final) week. Having a Bartercard selection (NZ Residents) playing a QRL country side and a Jim Beam Cup selection is a fantastic concept - just not in the middle of the season over two weekends.However, be that as it may, two games left in the round. Competition leaders, Auckland Lions take on the Northern Storm at Fowlds Park today. This should be little more than a training run for the Auckland side as the Northland side languish at the bottom of the table on five points. They have won a couple of games and are capable of upsetting any team - just not todayAuckland LionsDAVID FISI?IASIMALOFOU SOLOMONAMIGUEL STARTANTHONY SWANNLUI TOIMOANASTEVE BUCKINGHAM (C)DANIEL O?REGANTONY TUIALEE WETHERILLDYLAN DAVISSALA FA?ALOGOPALETASALA ALEFABIAN SOUTERREGAN WIGGEDDIE LEAVAISIONE POUHA TBANorthern StormBRENDON HIKAKADYLAN WERELINTON PRICEMASON PUREINOKE TAUFADALEY JOHNSONJOEL FREEMANFINAU MOALAHENRY GODINETHANS MASOEADAM DONALDSONVICTOR TUTUILAKAHURANGI HENAREBLAKE EWEJOE RAU ?JOSEPH TOOTU-IOANESTEVE RAUMonday nights Maori Television game is the match up between Harbour League and the Wellington Orcas at North Harbour Stadium. Not an easy game to tip, this one. Both teams are two points apart. Neither team is showing a lot of consistency and the Orcas took the points on their first meeting this year. Harbour seem to be travelling a little better now that they have veteran hooker, Sonny Cavanagh, back in the number nine jumper. Harbour by a couple.Harbour LeagueDYLAN RAMEKAJOE VAIFALESHAUN METCALFJEREMY GOLFHOPOATE TUIHALANGINGIEJARED TROTTDWAYNE GLASGOWDAMON TROTTSONNY CAVANAGHTANE HART (C)JEREMIAH PAIARTY SHEADJASON KAMARIERADANIEL BELLROCKY EDWARDSCHRIS TUPOUIVALA VAAELUAWellington OrcasDION LAULUMELI KOLIVAUTOLOVAE AUVAAOMPALUS KUADESTA BUCHANANASHLEY PARKERLEON BOYDTAYLOR PELENISEBEN TARAEKAMOSE MASOEDANIEL MISABEN MATULINOHAYDEN DAVISALEHANA MARAPAUL RUDMANJUSTIN CARNEGIEDALLAS RENNIE
WARRINGTON Wolves and Huddersfield Giants have announced their respective 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday.
ROUND 18 Melbourne Storm 10 v Brisbane Broncos 4at Olympic Park, MelbourneCrowd: 15,479Referees: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm have clung on to a six point lead to claim an enjoyable 10-4 win over the Brisbane Broncos in front of 15,479 fans at Olympic Park in Melbourne. The Storm led 6-0 at half time.Cameron Smith opened the scoring in the eighth minute with his only goal of the night following a penalty for a supposed high tackle. At this time the Storm had to make an early and unexpected change with Antonio Kaufusi having to leave the field with a leg injury. He would make a return shortly afterwards however. Only three minutes after Kaufusi was forced off the field the news got worse for the Storm when Scott Hill was forced to leave the field with a sternum injury. Hill was surprisingly pronounced able to return to the field after half time, but he wasn?t needed as the halves pairing of Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk were gelling particularly well. After 15 minutes Cameron Smith missed a tough penalty goal and the score remained 2-0. The game went from end to end with both teams having strong attacking opportunities, but it was a Broncos error that led to the first try after 28 minutes. Tonie Carroll knocked on and the ball ended up in Slaters hands. He set off and got around several defenders before the cover defence looked to have him wrapped up before he flicked a pass behind his back ? Benji Marshall style ? to a flying Steve Turner who raced away to score in the corner. The try was unconverted, and the Storm were up 6-0. Cooper Cronk almost made the Storm lead seven points, but he hit the crossbar with his field goal attempt on halftime.The second half was far sloppier than the first half. The Storm scored a decisive try 17 minutes into the half when Ryan Hoffman got the ball down out wide for a 10-0 lead. After this the Storm were almost constantly under pressure as they dropped the ball coming out of their own end plenty of times, as well as having fullback Billy Slater put under pressure. Brisbane winger Brent Tate was denied a try by the video referee after an hour, when he was knocked into touch before getting to the try line. The Broncos did score with seven minutes to go when Greg Eastwood benefited from some rare enterprising offloads from the Broncos. However the Broncos attack was largely nullified by the impressive Storm defence and the Storm comfortably held out late, desperate attack from the Broncos.The Storm go six points clear at the top of the ladder, at least temporarily. Next week they travel to EnergyAustralia Stadium to face the Knights, while the Broncos are assured of two points from the bye.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 10Tries: Ryan Hoffman, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 1/4Brisbane Broncos: 4Tries: Greg EastwoodHalf time: 6-0 StormBy the Clock:Good evening from Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne. Tonights is a much anticipated top of the table clash between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos. The Storm cannot be knocked off the top tonight, but the Broncos can move to within two points of them. Very impressive looking crowd in tonight. It's raining.1 min: The Broncos kick off!7 min: The Broncos are penalised for a high shot, and Matt King is warned for running in for a little push and shove. Penalty goal attempt to come...8 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormCameron Smith lands the goal for the Broncos high tackle. Storm 2-08 min: INJURY - Antonio Kaufusi off with a knee injury.11 min: INJURY - Scott Hill in injured in backplay.11 min: The Broncos first attacking chance ends with a Tate grubber going dead. The Storm already down to 15.15 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormWebcke is penalised for interfering with the play the ball. Smith hooks the rather difficult shot. Storm 2-020 min: The Broncos lose the ball, but they are saved after a poor Slater kick on tackle two.22 min: Storm put up a bomb, it comes down to Boyd who makes a 50 metre run before he is dragged down by Slater. The Broncos pick up a penalty a few plays later.23 min: The Broncos pick up a line drop out after Geyer just manages to knock a kick dead.24 min: The Broncos go very close, and on the next play Hoffman comes up with a fingertip intercept.26 min: Kaufusi is back on for the Storm.28 min: TRY Melbourne StormA classic Storm try. The Broncos knock on at one end of the field. Slater picks it up and sets off, as the cover comes across to get him, he throws a Benji pass to Steve Turner who races away and scores in the corner. Smith misses the conversion. Storm 6-034 min: UPDATE - Scott Hill has had a painkiller, he's got a sternum injury, and may be back tonight. Highly unlikely though. He's doing pushups in the sheds though.36 min: Melbourne make a mistake 20 out from their own line. Sustained Broncos pressure.40 min: Minto takes a bomb and then runs over the sideline, the Storm get a scrum 15 out with 40 seconds to go. The Storm pick up a drop out with 20 seconds to go.40 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Melbourne StormCronk attempts a field goal, and he hits the crossbar. Storm 6-0We go to halftime with the Storm up 6-0. The Storm have won 11 out of 11 this year when leading at halftime.StatisticsPossession: 51-49%Completions: Storm 21/24 Broncos 16/22Tackles/Missed: Storm 189/22, Broncos 182/16Offloads: Broncos 4-3Errors: Broncos 6-341 min: The second half is underway!43 min: UPDATE - Scott Hill will be right to return to the field for the second half.50 min: Both sides making a few errors at the moment.51 min: INJURY - Lacey coming from the field, looking very groggy.54 min: The Broncos hold out a stong Storm attack.55 min: Seymour puts a kick out on the full.56 min: A Slater kick on the third tackle nets a line drop out.57 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe Storm send the ball wide on the last, and find Hoffman who scores out wide. Smith misses the conversion. Storm 10-061 min: Slater knocks a bomb on 10 out from the Storm line.61 min: Video ref for an unlikely Broncos try...61 min: NO TRY - BroncosTate nearly goes in in the corner, but Slater hits him and knocks him onto the sideline just short of the try line.62 min: Brisbane run across the sideline early in the tackle count.65 min: Geyer comes down claiming a try, but the Storm are ruled to have knocked on.67 min: Slater knocks a Broncos attacking kick into touch.68 min: The Storm shut the Broncos down on the last tackle.70 min: Again the Storm hold the Broncos out on the last tackle. The Storm are making a lot of errors coming out of thier own end.71 min: Storm defending very well, although they are putting themselves under pressure.73 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosWebcke breaks through, he offloads to Berrigan who offloads to Lockyer who throws a great pass out to Eastwood who scores in the corner. Parker misses. Storm 10-475 min: CROWD - 15,47978 min: Thaiday can't hold onto the ball on the last tackle bare metres out.79 min: The Storm clean up a Seymour chip kick.80 min: The Broncos get one play to spin the ball wide, but they knock the ball on.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Billy Slater (Storm)1 - Ryan Hoffman (Storm)-----------------------------------------
THE Redcliffe District Rugby League Football Club Head Coach Mr. Neil Wharton has announced his resignation to the Club?s President Mr. Des Webb.
OUT of the hunt in the Queensland Cup, Redcliffe has remained alive in its defence of the Mixwell Cup, beating Norths 22-18 in Sunday?s elimination final.
ONE of the Redcliffe Dolphins' most promising players has joined the North Queensland Cowboys.
Boom second-rower Gavin Cooper will play the 2005 season with the NRL emerging force.
He will be joined by talented Redcliffe teenage centre Charles Vis, who already has turned out for the Dolphins in the Queensland Cup.
Cooper said the Cowboys, who had signed him for its 25-strong NRL roster, wanted him to start training in mid-October in Townsville.
"I signed with the Cowboys in late July when I was out with illness," he said. "I got glandular fever soon after the state under 19 match and missed six weeks of football."
The lanky backrower, who lost 13 kilograms from his 102 kilogram frame, has only just put the weight back on in recent weeks.
"I've been told I will be slotted into the second-row with the Cowboys depending how fit into the system of things there," said Cooper, who turned 19 on August 19.
"It would be great to get an early look in NRL calculations. Of course I know Shane Tronc up there, who is killing them, and a couple of the Queensland under 19s."
Cooper's brother Dustin also played for the Dolphins before joining the Melbourne Storm two seasons ago.
MOST rugby league followers realise that the hooker and halfback roles are fairly interchangeable in today's football.
Pepsi Dolphins No 9 Caleb McEniery fits that bill perfectly after graduating from the halves in the club's A grade to the man in the middle of the Premier League scrum.
By the time of the last regular season fixture, McEniery had racked up 12 top team appearances for 2004 after three previous outings in first grade last season and two in his first season at the club.
Most of his previous outings had been at halfback when Michael Roberts was out injured.
"I was playing five-eighth with Bertie Campbell's side when I was called up to Premier Grade this year," he said.
"I'd rather be at pivot because I like to be a playmaker, but maybe hooker is the position for me. Perhaps I could make it my own with the Fins."
McEniery's path to the No 6 jersey is halted by one S. Perry, a fixture since he joined the club.
"I've played 12 straight matches in the top side up until the last fixture against Norths and I've really enjoyed it," he said.
"You are always in the action and I've always been big on defence and that's my strength in the game.
"So that part of the game suits me and I find that once I get my defence right in a game the rest of it comes after that.
"Premier Grade matches are all tough and every team seems to step up a notch when they play Redcliffe.''
McEniery was one of several rakes for 2004 following in the boots of Nathan Black, Justin McKay and Matt Anderton as players tried in the spot.
Another Sunshine Coast product at Dolphin Oval, McEniery is still only 21 but in his three seasons with the Dolphins has notched two grand final appearances for a victory and a loss.
In 2002, he was a member of the Colts side downed by the Broncos-aligned Wests before claiming a title last side with the A grade against Wynnum.
At 87 kilograms, McEniery has the size to acquit himself well in the forwards, his darting runs and skill helping break up opposition defensive lines.
A Caloundra Sharks junior, some of his former clubmates include National rugby League regulars Casey Maguire, Craig Hall and Adam Mogg.
As for the future? "I've not decided what to do about next season," he said. "I'll see what comes around. I do know that I want to make a future out of football."
And if you think you have seen his surname before in a program, you are right. Caleb's older brother Drew played three seasons in the red and white before leaving for Perth the season his younger sibling arrived.
WELL for the first time since 1993 the Redcliffe first grade side isn?t in the semi finals and I?d be lying if I said it didn?t hurt but we?ll bounce back make no bones about that. The first grade and colts may be out of contention but Bertie Campbell?s A graders are still in there flying the flag, so all you supporters get along and cheer the boys home.
Injuries haven?t been kind to us but we won?t use that for an excuse we just were not good enough when it mattered. Losing Daniel Green and Andrew Wynyard was a negative but on the positive side we saw the emergence of the Texas Ranger Nick Walker who more than held his own in top company. An interesting comment was heard from the doctor that Wynny was carrying a few too many kilos around the mid rift so it looks like I?ll have to get on to Wally and get him to cut down Wynny?s muffin intake at smoko.
Words cannot describe the admiration I have for Troy Lindsay. Seeing him cart it in to the Burleigh pack time after time made we wish I could put a jersey on just to help him out. Cowboy is the first to training and last to leave and leaves no stone unturned in his preparation if he has an injury he gives himself every chance to play. And his form well I think the old bloke is playing as well as he ever has. I just wish he was 21 not 31.
When we were up in Rockhampton CEO James Hinchey and myself to catch up for chardonnay with our old mate Ross O?Reilly who popped into our hotel for chat to catch up on old times.
A funny story happened at the Club the other Friday Daley White was working in the garden when a patron come to reception and said there was a strange looking fella hanging about in the garden after three police cars and a motor bike turned up it was worked out that it was actually Daley who was the sus looking bloke.
As most of us oldies would remember Bob Geldoff?s band the Boomtown Rats who had a big hit with the song I don?t like Mondays well the Dolphins (And I think cruelly) have a group of players nicknamed the Boomtown Rats because they never train the first session of week. I?m sure it?s just coincidence that these guys are hurt or sick every Tuesday night of the season.
Quite a few of the Queensland Cup side have played their last game for the club with Ben Jones, Charles Vis and Gavin Cooper heading to the NRL while Brian Jellick and Matty Anderton head off to the land of red wine and crossoints for the next part of their careers, we wish the boys all the best and if something doesn?t work they?ll always have a home with the Red and White.
I have also heard a strong rumour that a future superstar of the game has been signed to long term deal with the Dolphins. He has signed a 16year deal lucrative contract with the Fins, 5 month old Angus Hinchey and strong as an ox already has a strong passing game which he must?ve learned from his mum because we all know he wouldn?t have got it from his dad.
Next month I will have the annual Robbo Reckons awards for the year and let me tell you there is no more prestigious award in the game than the Robbo.
I?ll have to love you and leave you I?m sure as you all know it?s Mad Monday.
Until next month