TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP FINALS: WEEK 1 LEAGUE TEAMS (Teams subject to change) Full details of teams and fixtures for week one of the Finals Series. Includes team line-ups, results of previous clashes, Leagueunlimited.com tip, and the match day weather forecast.
10 September � 12 September 2004 (AEST) Fri 8:30: PANTHERS V DRAGONS Sat 6:30: BRONCOS V STORM Sat 8:30: BULLDOGS V COWBOYS Sun 3:45: ROOSTERS V RAIDERS FOR SCORE UPDATES, CLICK ON THE LINKS=>
Friday 10th September 2004 ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS v PENRITH PANTHERS Penrith Stadium @ 8:00pm Referee: Sean Hampstead PANTHERS: Rhys Wesser, Amos Roberts, Ryan Girdler, Luke Lewis, Luke Rooney, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower (c), Trent Waterhouse, Shane Rodney, Joe Galuvao, Martin Lang, Luke Priddis, Joel Clinton Res: Richard Fa'aoso, Danny Galea, Garret Crossman, Paul Whatuira. DRAGONS: Ben Hornby, Reece Simmons, Shaun Timmins, Matt Cooper, Nathan Blacklock, Trent Barrett (c), Matthew Head, Ben Creagh, Lance Thompson, Dean Young, Jason Ryles, Mark Riddell, Brent Kite. Res: Ashton Sims, Lincoln Withers, Justin Poore, Luke Bailey, John Carlaw (one to be omitted). Head to head: 66 matches: Dragons 45 wins, Panthers 19 wins, 1 draw. Last two clashes: Dragons 28-8 (Rnd 14, Penrith); Dragons 44-18 (Rnd 6, Wollongong). Weather forecast: Clear, 7-21�C, 5% chance rain, Wind 14kph W Centrebet: Panthers $1.95 Dragons $1.85 Leagueunlimited.com tip: Both sides have players in doubt but should be fielding near to full strength teams. Saints have had the edge this year with two big wins but the Panthers are hitting form and will be playing in front of a sell-out home crowd. Expect a tough encounter up front and some attacking football out wide. Dragons by 4.
Saturday 11th September 2004 BRISBANE BRONCOS v MELBOURNE STORM Suncorp Stadium @ 6:30pm Referee: Stephen Clark BRONCOS: Karmichael Hunt, Scott Minto, Brent Tate, Shaun Berrigan, Stuart Kelly, Darren Lockyer, Casey McGuire, Tonie Carroll, Dane Carlaw, Gorden Tallis (c), Petero Civoniceva, Neville Costigan, Shane Webcke. Res: Darren Mapp, Paul Green, Tom Learoyd, Corey Parker, Ben Ikin, Brad Meyers, Nick Parfitt (three to be omitted). STORM: Billy Slater, Matt Geyer, Steve Bell, Ben MacDougall, Matt King, Scott Hill, Matt Orford, Dallas Johnson, Stephen Kearney (c), David Kidwell, Rodney Howe, Cameron Smith, Robbie Kearns. Res: Ryan Hoffman, Cooper Cronk, Alex Chan, Glen Turner, Kirk Reynoldson, Steve Turner, Glen Turner (two to be omitted). Head to head: 12 matches. Broncos 7 wins, Storm 4 wins, 1 draw. Last two clashes: Broncos 34-26 (Rnd 4, Suncorp); Broncos 26-22 (Rnd 19, 2003, Melbourne) Weather forecast: Clear, 9-25�C, 10% chance rain, Wind 11kph E Centrebet: Broncos $1.60 Storm $2.35 Leagueunlimited.com tip: With a number of stars returning for both sides, this promises to be a cracker of match. The Broncos are tipped by many to sneak home but with players being rested last weekend, the Storm may very well cause an upset. Storm by 2.
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS V NTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS Telstra Stadium @ 8:30pm Referee: Tim Mander BULLDOGS: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Ben Harris, Willie Tonga, Matt Utai, Braith Anasta, Brent Sherwin, Tony Grimaldi, Andrew Ryan, Willie Mason, Mark O'Meley Adam Perry, Steve Price (c). Res: Roy Asotasi, Sonny Bill Williams, Reni Maitua, Corey Hughes. COWBOYS: Matt Bowen, Ty Williams, Josh Hannay, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, David Myles, Nathan Fien, Travis Norton (c), Steve Southern, Luke O'Donnell, Shane Tronc, Aaron Payne, Paul Rauhihi. Res: David Faiumu, Rod Jensen, Leigh McWilliams, Mitchell Sargent, Kevin Campion, Glenn Morrison (two to be omitted). Head to head: 15 matches. Bulldogs 13 wins, Cowboys 2 wins, 0 draw. Last two clashes: Bulldogs 36-16 (Rnd 22, Syd Showground); Bulldogs 32-18 (Rnd 16, Townsville) Weather forecast: Overcast / possible thunder, 11-23�C, 40% chance rain, Wind 22kph NW Centrebet: Bulldogs $1.15 Cowboys $5.50 Leagueunlimited.com tip: Just happy to be there, the Cowboys will give this a real shake, but the Bulldogs won�t be denied and are expected to cruise in the latter stages. Bulldogs by 18.
Sunday 12th September 2004 SYDNEY ROOSTERS V CANBERRA RAIDERS Aussie Stadium @ 3:45pm Referee: Paul Simpkins ROOSTERS : Anthony Minichiello, Shannon Hegarty, Ryan Cross, Justin Hodges, Chris Walker, Brad Fittler (c), Brett Finch, Luke Ricketson, Craig Fitzgibbon, Michael Crocker, Adrian Morley, Craig Wing, Jason Cayless. Res: Chris Flannery, Chad Robinson, Anthony Tupou, Ned Catic, Stuart Webb (one to be omitted). RAIDERS: Clinton Schifcofske, Marshall Chalk, Adam Mogg, Joel Monaghan, Nathan Smith, Jason Croker, Brad Drew, Tyran Smith, Ian Hindmarsh, Terry Martin, Troy Thompson, Simon Woolford (c), Ryan O'Hara. Res: Josh Miller, Michael Hodgson, Mark McLinden, Ben Cross, Phil Graham (one to be omitted). Head to head: 39 matches. Roosters 21 wins, Raiders 18 wins, 0 draw. Last two clashes: Roosters 38-22 (Rnd 24, Canberra); Roosters 28-8 (Rnd 8, Aussie) Weather forecast: Clearing / possible showers, 11-19�C, 40% chance rain, Wind 20kph SSW Centrebet: Roosters N/A Raiders $7.25 Leagueunlimited.com tip: The Raiders may have clobbered the wooden spooner Rabbitohs last round, but have only sneaked into the top eight. Anything can happen but it�s hard to see them upsetting the minor premiers. Roosters by 20.