Storm facing $15,000 fine

THE Melbourne Storm is facing a $15,000 fine over its criticism of the National Rugby League judiciary after suspended second rower Michael Crocker claimed he was victimised because he is a Queensland Origin contender.

Decision looms for Gasnier

MARK Gasnier's playing future should become clearer today with the Australian Rugby Union's lucrative offer to switch codes reaching its deadline this afternoon. The ARU tabled an improved offer to the Kangaroos centre last week, but wants a decision on whether he will accept it by today.The governing body says it's holding Gasnier to its deadline of 3pm today to decide whether he'll switch codes - unless there are new circumstances. ARU chief operations manager Rob Clarke says the deadline has already been extended once to allow Gasnier to concentrate on last Friday's rugby league Test against New Zealand.Clarke has told Sydney radio station 2KY the deadline is there for a reason, as Gasnier's decision impacts on others the ARU must make, and it stands unless it hears from his management that there are new circumstances or factors to consider. He says the ARU won't be extending it for a matter of weeks and if Gasnier is to seek another week he'll want to know why.St George Illawarra last night made a last-ditch bid to keep Gasnier in rugby league, with Dragons chief executive Peter Doust meeting with the sought-after three-quarter and his manager.

Gasnier Negotiations Are Continuing

THE St George Illawarra Dragons are still in the process of constructing a competitive contract offer for Mark Gasnier to stay at the Club.

Round 10 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 12th April 2006 City v Country at Apex Oval, Dubbo, 7.30pm

Dragons Premier League & Flegg teams, round 10

PREMIER Leaguev Manly Sea Eagles3:30pm Saturday 13 MayWIN StadiumCoach: Steven Price 1. Reece SIMMONDS2. Josh MORRIS3. Keith LULIA4. Daryl MILLARD5. Tom HEWITT6. Reece BLAYNEY7. Chris SHEPPARD (c)8. Jamie DUNNING9. Jamie KEITH10. Chris HOUSTON (c)11. Tom HABERECHT12. Beau MUNDINE13. James JIMENEZ14. Dan HUNT 15. Willie TUPOU16. Bryson GOODWIN17. Beau RYAN18. Brian WESTJersey Fleggv Central Coast RIP1:50pm Saturday 13 MayWIN StadiumCoach: Corey Pearson1. Jason NIGHTINGALE2. Ian CATANIA3. Rota SETU4. Jason WHITE5. Tyson MUSCAT6. Richard WILLIAMS7. Matt SEAMARK (c)8. Peter WAKLEY9. Daniel JARVIS10. Chris FARRELL11. James KEELAN12. Matt PRIOR13. James GREHAN14. Francis LANGIFISI15. Nathan WYNN16. Greg NICHOLS17. Lewis McPHAIL

Dragons v Warriors teams for round 10

ST George Illawarra Dragons coach Nathan Brown has named back rower Danny Wicks to make his NRL debut for the Club against the Warriors at WIN Stadium this Saturday night.Wicks, 20, played in the Club?s 2005 Premiership winning Jersey Flegg team and is the sixth rookie Dragon from that side to play NRL this year. The round 10 Dragons will include five players from the same Jersey Flegg side.Michael Henderson will start in the front row in the place of the injured Ashton Sims.Centre Mark Gasnier has been named despite suffering a hip injury in last weekend's Dragons v Sharks clash.Unavailable Dragons are: Luke Bailey (Suspension), Jason Ryles (Hand), Sam Isemonger (Knee), Mathew Head (Knee), Wes Naiqama (Ankle), Andrew Price (Quad), Corey Payne (Eye Socket), Ashton Sims (Wrist).New Zealand Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has made changes to his line-up with former Roosters premier league halfback Grant Rovelli being promoted to start in the No. 7 jersey. Regular half back Nathan Fien will switch to hooker where he played for 11 of his 22 matches last season. Simon Mannering, who debuted this year, will start in the centres while Sione Faumuina will start at lock.Regular hooker George Gatis and Kiwi test centre Clinton Toopi will move to the bench while international Louis Anderson is being rested this week. NRL TeamsSt George Illawarra Dragons v New Zealand Warriors5.30pm Saturday 13 May 2006WIN Stadium, WollongongDRAGONSCoach: Nathan Brown 1. Clint GREENSHIELDS2. Colin BEST3. Mark GASNIER4. Matt COOPER5. Brett MORRIS6. Trent BARRETT (c)7. Ben HORNBY8. Justin POORE9. Aaron GORRELL10. Michael HENDERSON11. Ben CREAGH12. Dean YOUNG13. Shaun TIMMINS14. Danny WICKS15. Matt BICKERSTAFF16. Charlie LEAENO17. George NDAIRA18. Lee TE MAARI(One to be omitted)WARRIORS1. BRENT WEBB 2. TODD BYRNE 3. TONY MARTIN 4. SIMON MANNERING 5. MISI TAULAPAPA 6. JEROME ROPATI 7. GRANT ROVELLI 8. RUBEN WIKI (V-C) 9. NATHAN FIEN 10. STEVE PRICE (C) 11. AWEN GUTTENBEIL 12. WAIRANGI KOOPU 13. SIONE FAUMUINA 14. GEORGE GATIS 15. EVARN TUIMAVAVE 16. CLINTON TOOPI 17. MICHEAL LUCK 20. MANU VATUVEI (one to be omitted)

Suspended Crocker hits out at NRL

SUSPENDED Melbourne second rower Michael Crocker claims he has been victimised by the NRL judiciary because he is a Queensland Origin contender.

Dykes requires ankle surgery

CRONULLA five-eighth Adam Dykes will miss up to three months of rugby league with a ruptured ankle ligament. Dykes will require surgery later this week after he injured his ankle in the closing stages of the Sharks' NRL victory over St George Illawarra on Sunday and he won't be able to play for up to 12 weeks.

Sharks side to face Raiders

THE Cronulla Sharks have named their side to play the Canberra Raiders in Canberra this weekend with Adam Dykes not consdiered for selection due to an ankle injury.

Dogs name side to face Eels

MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs team to meet the Eels this Sunday contains two changes from the team that defeated the Roosters last week.

Eels name side to face Bulldogs

THE Parramatta Eels have named a strong side to face the Bulldogs this weekend as they try and breathe life into their ailing premiership campaign.

Raiders name 19 man squad for Sharks clash

LIKE fish in a barrel

Smith dumped from first grade

ENGLISH referee Russell Smith has been dropped from NRL first grade following his controversial performance in the match between Manly and Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

Crocker to miss entire Origin series

QUEENSLAND back rower Michael Crocker will miss the entire State of Origin series after accepting a nine match suspension from the NRL judiciary.

Robbo Reckons

WELL it?s November and as us couch potatoes are sitting back having a few cold beers watching the cricket on the TV the boys are back on the training paddock under new head coach Anthony Griffin and his staff. And while his staff are new to the club for 2005 they are certainly no strangers to the Dolphin Oval faithful. A Grade coach will be Ian ?Iggy? Graham captain of our 1994 premiership side and there has been no prouder man to run out with a dolphin chest. Coaching the Colts will be Waverley Stanley, when he played he gave nothing less than 200% and I can just hear it now the Colts defending on their own line and out will come the red dog call. Last but not least is strength and conditioning Coach Tony Guilfoyle. Gilly played for the club as a junior and a senior. He played first grade in the late 80?s under ?Shovels? Olling and played with club until the early 90?s before heading over to Brothers for a few years. Over the years we?ve had a few guys play international footy everyone knows our Australian reps but we also have a proud history of players representing other nations such as Tommy O?Reilly (Papua New Guinea), Duncan Naawi (Papua New Guinea) and Bertie Campbell (Russia) and joining these guys in the last month has been Chris Bond who played for PNG against the Kangaroos in Townsville and Pete Delaivuna who played for Fiji against Malta at Parramatta Stadium. And coach of the Fijians for that match and the next few years leading up to and including the World Cup is David Simpson so well done guys. In October the second most important awards in the Club behind the Robbo?s were awarded and congratulations to Adam Starr for winning the Peter Leis Medal from a fast finishing Cowboy Lindsay. One of the more popular award winners was Clubman of the Year Garry ?Foo? Worden one of our long time trainers. The Silver Fox has been involved with the Club for a very long time when he started with juniors in 1981 before moving to the seniors in 1987. And I think he hit the nail on the head when he said in his acceptance speech ?I?d hate to be the first team that has to travel across the Houghton Highway and play us next year?. There will be of a host of new players in the Red and White next year but like the staff some will be familiar to the Dolphin supporters Nick Emmert who played colts here in 1999 before heading down to Parramatta and Nathan Herbener who spent 3 or 4 seasons here before returning home to Roma. But on a sadder not we will be without Andrew Wynyard who has decided to retire due to a back injury, while I like to have a bit of fun in this column at Andrew?s expense he will be sorely missed when fit and in form there is no better back rower in the Queensland Cup than Wynny. Well that?s me done and dusted for another month and remember if you are looking the best deal on a new or used car pop out Keystar and see the friendly team. Because we have the keys to your new car. Until next month Cheers Robbo.

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