FOUR training squads and two gruelling hours was the scene on Saturday morning at Palm Beach in Northern Sydney. Steve Carter?s Jersey Flegg squad joined the Clubs? Premier League & S G Ball teams as well as Asquith?s Jim Beam Cup side in one of the hardest training sessions yet.Renowned fitness trainer Rob Roland-Smith (the Sand Hill Warrior), who?s other trainees include Kelly Slater and the Wests Tigers NRL team, combined up hill sand running with core resistance exercises and motivational talk.Typical of the talk was Rob?s opening words. ?I will give you 100% of me and I expect 100% back. I want positive talk. I want you to train as a team, if some of your team mates are falling behind help each other out?.Bears Jersey Flegg coach and Penrith great Steve Carter was keen to see how his team coped with the workload, commenting ?This will sort the fit players from the rest?. Steve has mentored many players during his career and is looking forward to 2006, ?It?s great to work with the young players and see them develop?.At the end of one of the toughest sessions the Sand Hill Warrior gave the Bears his fitness score card. ?You did very well out there today. I said I would give you some feedback; you need to work harder on your endurance, watch your diet and I can tell from the core exercises you did that you need to do more resistance exercises. It?s been great training with you and great meeting you today?.The Bears will return to Palm Beach in two weeks time when Rob claims he will up the anti!Rob has been running his personnel training business out of Palm Beach for many years. At over 50 years old why does he still do it? ? ?I love it? he states.PHOTO: The Bears slug it out in their toughest training session under the guidance of 'the Sandhill Warrior'. Photo: Steve LittleTo see more photos of the Bears training hard at Palm Beach go to the photos section of the Bears website http://www.northsydneybears.com.au.The North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website athttp://www.northsydneybears.com.au.
THE St.George Leagues Club and Kogarah Council have applied to amend a Development Application that was approved in February to install permanent tiered seating to the northern and southern ends of Oki Jubilee Stadium.The amendment includes additional seating above the proposed new toilet and kiosk at the northern end of the ground. The submission period closed on December 1 and Kogarah Council is expected to make a decision on this application in early 2006.On Monday evening, Kogarah Council is expected to approve another Development Application to demolish the eastern toilet block and to relocate the operation centre adjacent to the existing scoreboard and to construct a new kiosk and garage.SX Projects, the building company that successfully tendered for the Jubilee refurbishment contract, have published some brief information on their website in relation to the upgrade that includes 4,750 new seats. Details can be found at:http://www.sxprojects.net/news.php?action=view&id=7
CASTLEFORD Tigers have signed Tongan international back row forward Richard Fa'aoso from Sydney Roosters on a two-year contract.A regular in the Roosters line-up this year, Fa'aoso is an exciting young player who can play in either the second row or at loose forward.The 21-year-old was under contract with the Roosters but the Tigers have worked hard to capture a player who made a try-scoring debut for Tonga in their clash with Samoa a couple of months back.Although qualified to represent Tonga, Fa'aoso was born in Queensland, making his NRL baptism with Penrith Panthers before joining the Roosters this past season.Tigers coach Terry Matterson said: Richard is a tremendous prospect and we feel that he will be a big hit with our fans. He is a big, strong and aggressive back rower with plenty of pace who will boost what we feel is already a very strong looking pack.He is a player who I knew as a youngster when he played junior rugby in Queensland. I have followed his progress since then and am very happy to have been able to recruit him for the Tigers.The Tigers are still in talks with four other players, three of them backs, as they look to finalise their 2006 squad.
TIM Mander has today announced his retirement from refereeing but will remain with the NRL in 2006 as a video referee.The 44-year-old has refereed the last two NRL Grand Finals and was named the Referee of the Year in the 2005 Golden Boot awards. Mander said he was ready to focus on his career in Christian ministry as well as remaining close to the game of rugby league.
RUGBY League 2 is the much anticipated sequel to 2003's record breaking NRL Rugby League. Featuring lifelike player graphics, highly realistic gameplay and a brand new 'Franchise' management mode, Rugby League 2 is sure to be the favourite this gaming season!Look at these features:Players: 1 ? 8 playersOnline Support: Online play supportedMultiplayer online play for all platforms, allowing competitive and friendly play over the Internet, player rankings, and statisticsAll major teams and competitions including the NRL, SuperLeague, State of Origin, City versus Country, and a range of International TeamsBrand new gameplay features including ball stripping, shoulder barges, diving on and kicking the loose ball, contesting the high ball, pass to playmaker and moreNew multi year Franchise Mode, including player contract management, injuries, judiciary, and mid season representative gamesHighly realistic, individually modelled likenesses for over 500 players and refereesLifelike animation, motion captured by Weta Digital, the VFX wizards behind The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy40+ accurately modelled stadia from around the worldAll new commentary from Andrew Voss of Channel 9Highly customisable game rules and gameplay slidersSignificantly higher fidelity in-game graphicsRL2 is available on both PC and PS2 formats and is available now from LeagueUnlimited.comPlus, as a part of a special Christmas offer, we're giving away a beaut LeagueUnlimited.com mousemat with every purchase - absolutely FREE.For screen shots, more info, and purchase information, click on the image below:
AFTER announcing a deal today which secured its financial future, Newcastle chairman Mike Tyler has admitted the NRL club was close to going into receivership just eight months ago.
PENRITH has given Lee Hookey an opportunity to resurrect his NRL career, offering the former South Sydney prodigy a one-year contract.The speedy three-quarter, who has scored 44 tries in a 109-game career with the Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra, was off contract after making just 11 first-grade appearances for the Rabbitohs in 2005.Penrith coach John Lang says Hookey will bring some much-needed experience to the Panthers' outside backs next year.
COME visit the North Sydney Bears Merchandise stall at the North Sydney Markets this Saturday 10th December 2006.North Sydney Markets are on every 2nd Saturday of every month (from 9 am to 4 pm), you can wander through the parkland environment with 160 stalls offering: arts, crafts and plants clothes, hats and jewellery, books, bric a brac and antiques, freshly baked cakes, jams, honey, and preserves, massage treatments and of course BEARS MERCHANDISE.Also enjoy the live entertainment from 11 am to 1 pm.Where: Miller Street, North Sydney (between Ridge and McLaren Streets). On rainy days the markets will be on the top floor of the Ridge Street carpark. Parking: plenty of free parking in Ridge Street carpark.
CITY rivals Hull FC and Hull KR have fallen out over the proceeds of a planned pre-season friendly next year.
MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford was the toast of Olympic Park tonight as he scored the matchwinning try with just 20 seconds remaining as the Melbourne Storm beat the Parramatta Eels 22-16 in a tough and thrilling encounter at Olympic Park this evening.
THE Sydney Roosters have defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs tonight at Aussie Stadium 22-12 in front of over 13,000 fans.
SCOTLAND A coach Kevin Rudd has kept faith with the squad that went close to beating England, for the clash with Wales A at Hamilton RFC on Saturday 3 July. Scotland must beat the holders to have any chance of lifting the Parkhouse Recruitment Four Nations Cup for the first time.
THE New Zealand Warriors have lost an outstanding member of their organisation with the passing yesterday of Tony Whitworth. Tony had been bravely fighting a lengthy battle against cancer but passed away peacefully in a hospice in Auckland with family by his side.
IT appears Stacey Jones will remain a Warrior after all, the star halfback has turned down an approach from the Wigan Warriors to see out his contract with the New Zealand Warriors until the end of 2006.
This news will please a lot of Warriors fans, who have seen their club disintegrate before their eyes over the past few months. But with their best player committing himself to the next two seasons beyond 2004, the club has a chance to refocus and rebuild a club that just last year treated the league world to a style of play that left you on the edge of your seat.
Hopefully this is the first of a number of 'good news' stories out of Auckland, as the NRL's silly season heats up.
THE NRL have confirmed that the St.George Bank Dragons will play the Sharks on Sunday, the 25th of July at Oki Jubilee Stadium. Kick-off has been scheduled for 3:00pm as it's the Channel Nine game.