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Jim Beam Cup - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 09 May 2008 09:51:00 GMT
Is it time for the Jim Beam Cup to be promoted on the side of Sydney Buses and on public transport in general throughout Australia, asks GRL editor Josh King.

This week questions were asked about why tickets for Friday’s Centenary Test between Australia and New Zealand weren’t selling as fast as professional wrestling events do in this city.

Some journalists cited “apathy” for the game by the sporting public and other excuses like the SCG running a distant third behind other venues as a preferred football stadium.

But if you read my editorial this week (which I hope you will if you haven’t), I argued that people were being economically responsible in response to the rising cost of living and were making financial sacrifices of which Test football was one of them.

I argued that two games of live football on the same weekend is unaffordable. But I was half-right and half-wrong.

It would be difficult on the wallet if those two football games were the Test on Friday and then one of the other first grade games being played in round 9 of the NRL.

But if you attended one NRL game, you could still afford to get to the greatest competition of all if you chose to watch a Jim Beam Cup game and not break the budget.

The WA Reds only a couple of weeks ago attracted 2,237 fans to Members Equity Stadium for their first home game of the season. Why can’t we get similar crowd figures for the other teams in the Jim Beam Cup?

Let’s pay State Rail to broadcast every Friday at various train stations that the Jim Beam Cup is on:

“Attention passengers who avoid advertising in other forms of media. Round 7 of the Jim Beam Cup is on this weekend. etc”

We need to do much more for a competition that sometimes exhibits games which display more entertaining finishes then some first grade fixtures.

The WA Reds grabbed their first loss at home in round 6 of the Jim Beam Cup but not without putting up a gallant fight before going down 36-28 at the hands of Windsor.

Reds lock-forward Shane McEnemy scored the opening try but soon found themselves trailing 24-12 at half-time due to some poor tackling, passing and defensive lapses.

Windsor built on top of their lead when Tim Hala scored his second try right after the break before the home side rallied through four pointers to Craig Phillis and Jason Godecke.

Cheap turnover and errors in the end haunted the impressive newcomers who conceded 4 of 6 tries to the Wolves off Reds mistakes.

The Perth outfit are now 3 for 3 this season and will face their toughest test of the year when they play the Sydney Bulls on Saturday afternoon at the Crest Stadium.

Campbelltown made a point last week in their one-point loss to Shellharbour. They are getting warmer in their search for win number 1.

Perhaps a phone call to South Sydney or Tweed Heads might give them a few ideas on how to break their duck this weekend against Southern Sydney who are in the same boat.

Mounties remain the envy of the Jim Beam Cup after defeating the Wentworthville Magpies 41-24 at Mounties Sports Ground in round 6.

A week after walking away with their smallest albeit most impressive win of the season, (22-18 against the Sydney Bulls), the home side bounced back to their scintillating best to remain the only undefeated team in the competition.

Cabramatta have lost two of their last 3 matches and were beaten by 44-points against the second-placed Sydney Bulls in round two.

Mounties score an average of 26.5 points per game whereas the Two Blues carry home 29. We’ve yet to see Cabramatta at their best this season I believe and this could be a season swinging game for them.

Shellharbour won under the pump and will be looking forward to tonight’s clash against Chester Hill whom they had some success against last season.

What sort of mood will Belrose be in this weekend?

Sometimes they score lots of points with ultimate ease and other days their attack is as slow as a camel crossing the desert.

Windsor at home are susceptible this season. They either lose by big margins on their turf or they snatch very small wins. Belrose can take this one if they have the right attitude on game day.

Erina remain undefeated against any of the bottom four teams in the Jim Beam Cup and I can’t see them straying from the scri pt against Wentworthville who are trying but struggling.


Shellharbour V Sydney Bulls
Friday May 9th, 8:00pm
Ron Costello Oval
Referee: Matt Cecchin
GRL Tip: Sydney Bulls

Shellharbour: Ian Catania, Jeff Zwolsman, Frank Samia, Kieran Stewart, Jace Brown, Brad Davidson, Blake Dureau, Matt Hillcoat, Ben Ellis, Jon Green, Eddie Hei Hei, Daniel Deaves, James Keelan Interchange: Hans Schuster, Jarrad Roberts, Nathan Reddy, Bryce Poisel, Joe Sang-Yum Coach: David Walsh.

Chester Hill: Don Thompson, Andrew Abounader, Ali Karouche, Nick Kassis, Mick Taouk,Ben Setephano, Ben Green, Tony Alo, Darren Brown, James Koloamatamgi, Travis Robinson, Rhys Ellis, Wayne Beh. Interchange: AJ Pesamino, Dan Howard, Tini Tuitama, JJ Wright, Azziz Nanouh Coach: Geoff Robinson

Sydney Bulls V WA Reds
Saturday May 10th, 2:00pm
Crest Stadium
Referee: Adam Gee
GRL Tip: Sydney Bulls

Sydney Bulls: Dane Gilmore, Toufic Nicolas, Mark Butler, Danny Barakat, Paul English, Steve Jolly, Nathan Wynn, Charlie Farah, Brett Finn, Dean Vicelich, Paul Winterstein, Danny Swindells, Chris Salem ©. Interchange: Nathan Debartolo, Troy Bushby, Chris Salem, Suli Koroibulileka, Tommy Mansour, Wes Naiqama, Charlie Nohra Coach: David Bayssari.

WA Reds: Ben Lindegaard, Tyrone Coppedge, Michael Kestel, Heath Egglestone, Jason Godecke, Craig Phillis, Ryan Dickson, James Blake, Isaac Thomas, Michael Small, Jon Phipps, Stephen Gherardi, Shayne McMenemy. Interchange: Nathan Searle, Sio Mailangi, Ben McCrone, Zac Keating, Pikari Te Wara, Delane Edwards Coach: Chris Dever

Southern Sydney V Campbelltown
Saturday May 10th, 3:00pm
Sutherland Oval
Referee: Grant Atkins
GRL Tip: Campbelltown

Southern Sydney: Chance Bunce, Jay Thomas, Danny Godinet, Brackin Henry, Sharlon Taki, Chris Kerr, Joey Pakerura, George Ghazal, Peter Prime, Wendell Wilson, Steve Stewart, Atelea Vea, Trent White. Interchange: Jake Farragher, Josh Pickard, Fred Pakutoa, Daniel Rehmie Coach: Luke Goodwin

Campbelltown: Tyler Aitken, Paul Neville, Grant Lahey, Stephen Harding, Pele Leuluai, Luke James, John Da-Silva, Samson Mariner, Samual Hoare, Apolo Tiaeloia, Ryan Owen, Clark Gondola, Troy Gibbs. Interchange: Mathew Veve, Tukia Muli, Sanele Fauula, Kurt Austin, Jason Gangaram, Pat Franks, Mathew Blunden Coach: Daniel Draper.

Windsor V Belrose
Saturday May 10th, 4:00pm
Windsor Sports Complex
Referee: Rickey McFarlane
GRL Tip: Windsor

Windsor: Dan Randall, Daniel King, Chris Barlow, Danny Chiha, Tim Hala, Ben Harden, Craig Trindall, Tito Nuimata, Ryan Russell, Jason Wrigley, Shennelle Haumono, Ashley Hazelton, Lee Hopkins Interchange: Ben Stewart, Ryan Tramonte, Fatualua MuMu, Alister Taua’a, Wiremu Weipu Coach:Trent Rosa.

Belrose: David Pangai, Lee Cameron, Greg Hilton, Michael La Manna, James Cameron,
James Mortimer, David Marando ©, Shannon Cameron, Peter Delaivuna, Adam Shaw, Jim Curtis, Mailangi Styles, Steve Carew. Interchange: Martin Cook, Teariki Noovao, Bedy Tuohy, Francis Langifisi, Andrew Needham, Phillip Ranga Coach: Peter Camroux.

Wentworthville V Erina
Sunday May 11th, 1:30pm
Ringrose Park
Referee: Leon Williamson
GRL Tip: Erina

Wentworthville: Tim Mortimer, Simon Micallef, Paul Ivan, Tim Clayton, Astro Waetford, John Paul Hawach, Jacob Byrne, Luke O’Callagah, Ben Bailey, Brad Capovilla, Tim Wynn, Brett Sargent (c), Jesse O’Neill. Interchange: Todd Eriha, Mathew Raftery, Justin Wood, Nathan Cleaver, Duan Poaneki. Coach: Brett Cook.

Erina: Josh Lewis ©, Tim Smith, Matt Riddle, Chris Liggins, Vita Hemmings, Danny Lawrence, Jon Tavinor, Mark Meredith, Zac Jones, Nigel Townsend, Brad Barrett, Jacob Martin, Alan Munroe Interchange: Hayden Karena, Luke Mears, Petros Thanos, Daniel York Coach: Mark Horo.

Mounties V Cabramatta
Sunday May 11th, 2:30pm
Mounties Sporting Complex
Referee: David Munro
GRL Tip: Cabramatta

Mounties: Channarath Ly, Anthony Dalton, Peter Lett, Wayne Dargan, Jamie Burns, Damien Mostyn, Drew Dalton ©, Pat Galea, Anthony Farah, Ben Weir, Justin Coveney, Mathew McConnell, Blake Champion. Interchange: Demetrius Ainnu, Adham El-Zabedeih, Inoke Amone, Chester Paselio, Abraham Pritchard, Cassiano Aiga, Chris Saab, Fillipo Polaiga Sauvao, Lucas Riely Coach: Steve Ghosn.

Cabramatta: Sammy Agia, Louis Vaiotu, James Trotter, Alan Burns, Francis Vaiotu, Aaron Fluke, Brett Rimmer, Chris Yates ©, Scott Jones, Casey Ellis, Si’ikaeha Teaupa, Ross Brown, Keith Heckenburg Interchange: Jonothan Russell, Apelua Poto, Albert Tuara, Richie Parker, Dean Lamb Coach: Lenny Stacker. - Read More, Here