Player movements: Souths & Storm

SOUTH Sydney has boosted its forward pack for next year by announcing the signing of New Zealand international David Kidwell to a three-year deal.

Jets shine in win over Sharks

THE Newtown Jets gained two valuable VB Premier League competition points when they defeated the strong Cronulla-Sutherland team 28-10 at Henson Park on Saturday. Given the extent of selection disruption in the preceding days to the Roosters NRL squad and consequently to the Jets Premier League line-up, it was expected that the youthful Newtown side would struggle to contain the more experienced Sharks.With Henson Park?s floodlights blazing from virtually the opening minutes of play, the young Jets dug deep to turn in one of their most disciplined and controlled team displays of the season, underpinned by an outstanding defensive effort right across the Newtown team-sheet. The Jets grabbed an early 6-0 lead and withstood a period of extended pressure from the Sharks, during which Newtown winger Aaron Lai cleverly defused two dangerous cross-field kicks. Newtown led 12-6 at the break following what had been a good exhibition of wet weather football from both sides.The Jets took control of the match with two converted tries in the first fifteen minutes of the second half, although Cronulla stayed in the contest with their second converted try twelve minutes out from full-time. Newtown?s halfback Jeremy Gordon, promoted from the Roosters Jersey Flegg team late in the week, capped a superb VB Premier League debut when he ?ghosted? through the Sharks defenders for the match-sealing try three minutes from the final siren.Gordon was deservedly voted Newtown?s man of the match and he played with all the poise and execution of a much more experienced player. His kicking in general play put great pressure on the Sharks, his defence was flawless and his goal kicking maintained the high standards seen in this department at Henson Park this season.On a day when every player contributed to the team?s defensive effort, lock Grant Millington was the best forward and he received strong support from front-rower Danny Williams and second-rowers Adam Schubert and Mark Edmondson. Hooker Luke Gordon once again made a lot of valuable ground from dummy-half. Jeremy Gordon was the standout backline performer, while full-back Aidan Kirk and centres Andrew Le Breton and Sam Perrett were also prominent. Stand-in five-eighth Daniel Dumas had some dicey moments with his handling but compensated for this with some truly punishing hits on Cronulla ball carriers.There were several eminent Rugby League and sporting personalities in attendance at Henson Park on Saturday. Australian Rugby League Hall of Famers John Raper and Graeme Langlands had presented the Jets players with their jerseys prior to the match, and the two Immortals were then joined in the Jet Set Lounge by former NSW Rugby League President Kevin Humphreys and leading boxing trainer Johnny Lewis.The Newtown Jets return to Henson Park next Saturday (June 17th) for another meeting with fellow 1908 foundation club Western Suburbs. This VB Premier League match is set down to commence at 3.00pm. In the Jim Beam Cup competition, Newtown travels to Cabramatta where this Saturday evening fixture will kick off at 5.00pm. The Jim Beam Cup match against the Sydney Bulls set down for last Saturday was postponed to a date to be announced.Up in the central west the Parkes Spacemen were brought undone in their Group 11 local derby with Forbes on Friday night, with the Magpies winning by 30-16.

Player movements: Roosters

SYDNEY Rooster's centre Ryan Cross has signed a two-year deal with the Western Force rugby union side. Cross has chosen the Force over the Brumbies and Waratahs because of the opportunity to be involved with an emerging new team.He says he is disappointed at not being offered a new deal by the Roosters, but has moved on after getting a positive reaction from his rugby league colleagues when informing them of his decision yesterday.He will join the Force after completing his commitments with the Roosters. A former Australian rugby union schoolboy's fullback in 1997, Cross says he is looking forward to playing in the centres alongside Wallaby Matt Giteau at the Force.

Player movements: Storm

MELBOURNE backrower Ryan Hoffman has re-signed with the Storm for a further three years, extending his contract with the NRL club until 2009.

Judiciary results

PARRAMATTA forward Fuifui Moimoi has escaped punishment after pleading not guilty to biting Storm prop Brett White. Moimoi, who has a chequered past at the judiciary, was exonerated after the allegation could not be proven.

Melbourne Supporters Info - Dragons v Broncos AND SOO 2

DRAGONS Supporters, What a massive week for sport in this great nation of ours! The mighty Socceroos snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in Kaiserslauten last night, the Blues head to Suncorp stadium on Wednesday night to attempt to wrap up the 2006 Origin series, and then Friday night the mighty Dragons take on Brisbane in another grudge match for the Saints. Does it get any better?? Crown Casino will be hosting the MBDS screening for both this week's big League matches, the State of Origin Wednesday night and the Dragons match on Friday night football. After the issues Telstra had with transmitting the first SOO from Sydney Channel Nine, we have been back for a number of screenings on Friday nights and all is definitely resolved. We have been assured the screening will be fine Wednesday night and see no reason to think otherwise. EVENT 1WHAT: Blues v Maroons, SOO 2WHEN: Wednesday 14th June, 8pmWHERE: SteakOut, Level 1 Crown Casino EVENT 2WHAT: Dragons v BroncosWHEN: Friday 16th June, 8:30pmWHERE: SteakOut, Level 1 Crown Casino Looking forward to seeing you there for both events!! GO THE DRAGONS!

State of Origin II Preview

THREE weeks have passed since the first Origin encounter of 2006 and it has been one busy and interesting little period. Let?s take a look at Wednesday?s match-up.Queensland?s WaterlooAfter more than 25 years of war the Maroons are in an unfamiliar position. Their coach is declaring that should they lose this year?s series, the entire fate of Origin football is at stake. This makes Mal Meninga not too dissimilar from Napoleon.Big Mal has rallied his troops, the Grand Armee, into war after a period of exodus on a remote Mediterranean island. But I fear he has injected the Old Guard into proceedings a little too early. The criticisms of the Queensland team have been widespread so I thought I might as well add my two cents worth.Firstly, they went out of their way to pick a young back row in the first game upon the understanding that they would develop and mature in their exposure to Origin football. So, why on earth would you drop fit, young men for Tonie Carroll and Chris Flannery? Carroll was coming back from injury when facing the Warriors, in which he was subsequently injured again, and Flanno has done nothing but tape up his shoes all year and run out onto the field.Next they decide to drop Bowen because they think Hunt will be a better custodian. Not sure what the story is there, but I doubt Hunt is up to Origin football, and Bowen?s attack will be sorely missed.Then there?s the real joker in the pack: Adam Mogg. He?s been playing well all year for the Raiders but surely he must have thought someone was pulling his leg when the Queensland selectors picked him to cover the loss of Greg Inglis. Anyone for Wesser, Schifcofske, Bowen?A few things I think the Maroon selectors have picked right is the choice of Storm three-quater Steve Bell at centre in this match. He will be dangerous when given the ball and can also defend well out wide. Carl Webb?s presence in the run-on side should also provide some much needed mongrel. The Maroon?s desperately require someone who can unleash a bit of pain at the drop of a hat and he?s just the man to do it.Looking at their bench though, it would have to be one of the most ineffective of all time. Thaiday may provide some impact if used correctly in this game, but the rest of reserves are a bit strange if you ask me. Why would you pick Lillyman ahead of the dumped Scott or Stagg? He?s only had 3 first grade games this year?is it to save face? And I?m still unsure of Shaun Berrigan?s role in match, he did very little in Game I.New South Wales?s Desert Storm 2Graham Murray will stride out into the lush surroundings of Suncorp Stadium with one mission in mind ? destroy the Maroons. The Blues know they have weapons of mass destruction hidden somewhere, they?re just been unable to find them over the past three series.With only one change to their line-up it?s hard to see New South Wales struggling for cohesion in this contest. Luke O?Donnell has been forced out with a hand injury making way for the ever-reliable Luke Bailey to come onto the bench.It?s never easy winning at the ground formerly known as Lang Park and I think that the Blues have a sound opportunity to wrap-up the series in style, disappointing all those fans in Victoria who are hoping for a decider in the Southern Capital.Hindmarsh and Buderus will provide the Blues with lots of go-forward and if they can distribute the ball to their backs, Gasnier, Tahu, Grothe and King will have a field day.The DecisionWhen all is said and done Origin football is a very different beast in reality than on face value. Queensland only lost by one point last game but I think it should have been by plenty more. But that won?t affect the Maroons, they?re happy to be under-dogs and will thrive on the pressure placed on NSW to win the series outright.Plus, most people think that there should always be a decider and sometime these things will themselves to happen. I?m bucking the trend though, I think New South Wales will win by 4 points and carry the shield off home south of the border.

Round 15 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 16th June 2006Brisbane v St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium, 7.30pmBroncos: Karmichael Hunt, Tame Tupou, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate, Darius Boyd, Darren Lockyer (c), Shane Perry, Shane Webcke, Shaun Berrigan, Petero Civoniceva, Dane Carlaw, Corey Parker, David StaggInterchange: Brad Thorn, Ben Hannant, Sam Thaiday, Ian Lacey, Greg Eastwood, Casey McGuire, Brett Seymour (three to be omitted)Dragons: Clint Greenshields, Colin Best, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Brett Morris, Ben Hornby (c), Matthew Head, Luke Bailey, Dean Young, Justin Poore, Sam Isemonger, Ben Creagh, Matt BickerstaffInterchange: Michael Henderson, Jason Ryles, Danny Wicks, Aaron GorrellReferee: Tony ArcherSaturday, 17th June 2006Wests v Sydney at Telstra Stadium, 5.30pmTigers: Brett Hodgson (c), Taniela Tuiaki, Dean Collis, Shane Elford, Michael Crockett, Benji Marshall, Scott Prince, Ryan O'Hara, Robbie Farah, John Skandalis, Anthony Laffranchi, Todd Payten, Jamaal LolesiInterchange: Shannon McDonnell, Chris Heighington, Bryce Gibbs, Ben Galea, Keith GallowayRoosters: Shaun Foley, Amos Roberts, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Vince Mellars, Braith Anasta, Brett Finch, Adrian Morley, Craig Wing, David Shillington, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Chris FlanneryInterchange: Ashley Harrison, Shane Shackleton, Heath L'estrange, Charles TongaReferee: Gavin BadgerCronulla v Manly at Toyota Park, 7.30pmSharks: David Simmons, Darren Albert, Nigel Vagana, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Brett Kearney, Brett Kimmorley, James Stosic, Kevin Kingston, Luke Douglas, Lance Thompson, Greg Bird, Paul GallenInterchange: Hutch Maiava, Matt Hilder, Reece Williams, Beau ScottSea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Kylie Leuluai, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c)Interchange: Shane Dunley, Luke Williamson, Jason King, Mark Bryant, George RoseReferee: Sean HampsteadParramatta v South Sydney at Parramatta Stadium, 7.30pmEels: Wade Mckinnon, Jarryd Hayne, Brett Delaney, Timana Tahu, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Glenn MorrisonInterchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Daniel Wagon, Michael VellaRabbitohs: David Peachey, Nathan Merritt, Todd Polglase, Luke MacDougall, Paul Mellor, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Peter Cusack (c), Shane Walker, Manase Manuokafoa, David Fa'alogo, Mark Minichiello, Shane RigonInterchange: Jaiman Lowe, Joe Lichaa, Ben Rogers, Shannan McPherson, Michael Greenfield (one to be omitted)Referee: Russell SmithSunday, 18th June 2006New Zealand v Newcastle at Ericsson Stadium, 12pm (AEST)Warriors: Brent Webb, Patrick Ah Van, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Grant Rovelli, Ruben Wiki, Nathan Fien, Steve Price (c), Awen Guttenbeil, Louis Anderson, Sione FaumuinaInterchange: Lance Hohaia, Evarn Tuimavave, Wairangi Koopu, Micheal LuckKnights: David Seage, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Josh Perry, Steve Simpson, Clint Newton, Reegan TannerInterchange: Luke Davico, Adam Woolnough, Todd Lowrie, Riley Brown, Kirk Reynoldson (one to be omitted)Referee: Jarred MaxwellMelbourne v Canberra at Olympic Park, 2.30pmStorm: Steve Turner, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Jake Webster, Chris Walker, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Garret Crossman, Cameron Smith, Brett White, David Kidwell, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Ian Donnelly, Jeremy Smith, Antonio Kaufusi, Nathan Friend, Adam Blair, Smith Samau, Jamie Feeney, Ben Cross. (four to be omitted)Raiders: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Craig Frawley, Phil Graham, Adam Mogg, Adrian Purtell, Todd Carney, Lincoln Withers, Michael Hodgson, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Marshall Chalk, Ben Jones, Jason Williams, Michael Weyman, Alan Rothery, Trevor Thurling (two to be omitted)Referee: Shayne HayneCanterbury v North Queensland at Carrara Stadium, 3pmBulldogs: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Sonny Bill Williams, Cameron Phelps, Matt Utai, Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin, Mark O'Meley, Tony Grimaldi, Roy Asotasi, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c), Reni MaituaInterchange: Daniel Irvine, Nate Myles, Chris Armit, Dallas McIlwainCowboys: Matt Bowen, Brenton Bowen, Josh Hannay, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Shane Muspratt, Jonathan Thurston, Shane Tronc, Aaron Payne, Carl Webb, Justin Smith, Jacob Lillyman, Travis Norton (c)Interchange: Rod Jensen, David Faiumu, Matthew Scott, Mitchell Sargent, Brett Firman (one to be omitted)Referee: TBA.The Panthers have the bye in Round 15.

Dragons P.L. side rd 15

ST George Illawarra Dragons have named their Premier League side to take on the Canberra Raiders this Sunday at Oki Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah.The Dragons Jersey Flegg team have the bye this week.Premier League Dragonsv Canberra Raiders2:00pm Sunday 18 JuneOki Jubilee StadiumCoach: Steven Price 1. Jason NIGHTINGALE2. Bryson GOODWIN3. Daryl MILLARD4. Keith LULIA5. Reece SIMMONDS6. Richard WILLIAMS7. Chris SHEPPARD (c)8. Charlie LEAENO9. George NDAIRA10. Chris HOUSTON (c)11. Tom HABERECHT12. Lee TE MAARI13. Aaron WHEATLEY14. Jamie DUNNING15. Willie TUPOU16. Lagi SETU17. Reece BLAYNEY18. James JIMENEZ19. Jess CAINE20. Brad DAVIDSON

Head Returns for Broncos Clash

HALFBACK Mathew Head will make his return from injury to boost a re-shuffled Dragons team for their clash with the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium this Friday night.

Player movements: Storm & Knights

MELBOURNE Storm has added to its burgeoning collection of exciting backs by signing Newcastle winger Anthony Quinn on a three-year NRL deal.

Broncos team to play Dragons

CASEY McGuire is set to be dropped from the Ergon Energy Broncos line-up ahead of Friday night?s clash against St.George-Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium.

Parra team to play Bunnies

EELS: Wade McKinnon, Jarryd Hayne, Brett Delaney, Timana Tahu, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Glenn Morrison Interchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Daniel Wagon, Michael Vella

Souths team to play Parra

PAUL Mellor will start the match this weekend on the wing, replacing the suspended Adam MacDougall in the Rabbitohs? backline. Joe Lichaa will start the game from the interchange bench with Michael Greenfield also being named on a five-man bench. Rabbitohs: David Peachey, Nathan Merritt, Todd Polglase, Luke MacDougall, Paul Mellor, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Peter Cusack (c), Shane Walker, Manase Manuokafoa, David Fa?alogo, Mark Minichiello, Shane Rigon Interchange: Jaiman Lowe, Joe Lichaa, Ben Rogers, Shannan McPherson, Michael Greenfield

Manly team to take on Sharks

FOR the first time in over a month the Sea Eagles have a full squad to select from. Jason King returns from a hand injury and takes a position on the bench. The State Of Origin stars, Kennedy, Kite and Bell will back up 3 days after playing in Brisbane.

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