VB Premier League:
Sydney Airport Jets are at home to North Sydney
Henson Park, Saturday, 8th May, 3.00pm kick-off.
ROUND 3 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition has shown just how close things will be in 2004, with three out of the six results ending in a draw. All 6 games saw a great tussle in the 2nd half with some of the best league action you could hope to see anywhere in the world. The two newcomers in the competition this year, the Jets and Stallions, along with Marist Richmond Brothers now hold the lead on the ladder with 5 points each and no losses.
HILLCREST Hornets ground out a tough 26-20 victory over Pikiao in absymal conditions at Resthills Park in local premier rugby league action on Saturday. Down 14-4 at the break the Hornets showed character building play to push for the win.
THE Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions remain unbeaten after three rounds of New Zealand National Rugby League action after a 18 all draw with fellow competition leaders Marist Richmond.
THE Rugby League world has been saddened by the untimely death of leading League journalist Peter Frilingos. ?Chippy? as he was known to all and sundry in the League community worked as the leading rugby league writer for News Limited and also worked on the top rating Continuous Call Team on radio station 2GB and previously 2UE.
EELS forward leader Nathan Cayless has had a bad weekend. After a humiliating loss to North Queensland, the news just kept getting worse.
THE big movers in this week's Leagueunlimited player awards are all forwards with Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Danny Buderus (Knights) and Lance Thompson (Dragons) all putting in sensational efforts last weekend.
YOUNG Panthers forward Shane Rodney has signed a two-year contract extension with the Premiers, capping a great 24 hours after being included in the City Team announced yesterday.
IT has been officially announced that former NZ Warriors has signed on the dotted line with an English Super League Club.
MAY 3, 2004
ROOSTERS winger Chris Walker has been dumped from the Queensland State of Origin rugby league squad after being charged with assaulting police in Brisbane early today.
Police had to use pepper spray when they arrested the Sydney Roosters winger following an altercation at 4.15am in inner-city Fortitude Valley.
THE Newtown Jets RLFC take on the might of the Melbourne Storm NRL team this Saturday (March 6) at Henson Park, with the action getting underway at 5pm. This will be Newtown's first encounter with a full-strength First Grade opposition team since the Jets' final season in the former NSWRL Premiership competition back in 1983.
Newtown coach Colin Murphy, who played with the Jets from 1975-1983, admits this Saturday's game will be a big ask for his Premier League players, but says "it will be the pinnacle of my blokes' Rugby League careers and the absolute time of their lives. I hope thousands of Newtown supporters flock back to Henson Park next Saturday to cheer us on. This will be a really emotional occasion, and a huge moment in the history of our famous old club. What better time for Jets fans to get back to Henson Park than to see Newtown's long awaited return to the highest level of Australian Rugby League?"
Melbourne Storm officials John Ribot and Dean Lance will need no introduction to Newtown and Henson Park. They both played with the gritty inner-city club more than twenty years ago - Ribot from 1978 to 1979, and Lance from 1982 to 1983. Both were team-mates of the Newtown Jets present-day coach, Colin Murphy, and doubtless will have many stories to recall of their youthful pranks in the Harbour City.
All roads lead to historic Henson Park next Saturday (March 6), when the Sydney Airport Jets host 2003 NRL semi-finalists the Melbourne Storm in a "no holds barred" Rugby League trial match, with the kick-off timed for 5pm.
LONDON Broncos have suffered a set back ahead of Saturday night's Tetley's Super League 'home opener' against St Helens, but coach Tony Rea remains confident that his team will 'shift up another gear' at Griffin Park.
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and Tevita Vaikona look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 2 clash at Belle Vue when the Bulls take on the Wildcats.
ONE of London Broncos' eleven close season signings is a young man whose recent rugby league journey is quite complicated. But it's not so much the 'journey' that is causing confusion, but rather the 'name'.