1997 Super League Draw
 


Team: Adelaide Rams at Adelaide Oval. Coach: Rod Reddy.
Team: Auckland at Ericsson Stadium. Coach: John Monie (1-9),
       Frank Endacott (10-?).
Team: Brisbane at ANZ Stadium. Coach: Wayne Bennett.
Team: Canberra at Bruce Stadium. Coach: Mal Meninga.
Team: Canterbury at Belmore Oval. Coach: Chris Anderson.
Team: Cronulla at Shark Park. Coach: John Lang.
Team: Hunter Mariners at Topper Stadium. Coach: Graham Murray.
Team: North Queensland at Stockland Stadium. Coach: Tim Sheens.
Team: Penrith at Penrith Oval. Coach: Royce Simmons.
Team: Perth at WACA Ground. Coach: Dean Lance.

Premiership Round 1, Saturday 1st March 1997.

Brisbane 14 (Michael Hancock, Steven Renouf, Brad Thorn tries;
  Darren Lockyer 1 from 3 goals) beat
Auckland 2 (Matthew Ridge 1 from 1 goal)
at ANZ Stadium.
Half time: 8-2. Scrums: 15-11. Penalties: 7-4.
Crowd: 42,361. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: ABC.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Hancock, Anthony Mundine,
  Steven Renouf, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer;
  Andrew Gee, John Driscoll, Glenn Lazarus, Peter Ryan,
  Gordon Tallis, Darren Smith; Brad Thorn, Shane Webcke,
  Tonie Carroll, John Plath.
Auckland: Matthew Ridge; Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Marc Ellis,
  Anthony Swann; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Grant Young, Syd Eru,
  Joe Vagana, Denis Betts, Stephen Kearney, Logan Swann;
  Brady Malam, Mark Horo, Iva Ropati, --.

North Queensland 24 (Steve Walters 2, Tyran Smith,
  Luke Phillips tries; Luke Phillips 4 from 5 goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 16 (Kerrod Walters, Brett Galea tries;
  Kurt Wrigley 4 from 4 goals)
at Stockland Stadium.
Half time: 4-16. Scrums: 9-9. Penalties: 6-6.
Crowd: 17,738. Referee: Brian Grant.
Pay Television: FOX.
North Queensland: Scott Mahon; Luke Phillips, Bert Tabuai,
  Kyle Warren, Ray Mercy; Andrew Dunemann, Jason Ferris;
  John Lomax, Steve Walters, Martin Locke, Tyran Smith,
  Ian Roberts, Owen Cunningham; Jason Death, Peter Jones,
  Ian Dunemann, Dion Cope.
Adelaide Rams: Michael Maguire; Wayne Simonds, Solomon Kiri, Elias Paiyo,
  Joe Tamani; Kurt Wrigley, Stuart Topper; Andrew Hick,
  Kerrod Walters, Marty McKenzie, David Boughton, Brett Galea,
  Cameron Blair; Kevin Campion, Chris Quinn, Steve Stone,
  Bruce Mamando.
Cited: Tyran Smith (North Queensland), G2 careless high tackle,
  warning (95).


Premiership Round 1, Sunday 2nd March 1997.

Canterbury 20 (Matthew Ryan 2, Daryl Halligan,
  Rod Silva tries; Daryl Halligan 2 from 4 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 16 (Paul Marquet, Noel Goldthorpe tries;
  Nick Zisti 4 from 4 goals)
at Topper Stadium.
Half time: 14-10. Scrums: 15-10. Penalties: 4-6.
Crowd: 6579. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Television: ABC.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Daryl Halligan, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Hazem El Masri; Travis Norton, Craig Polla-Mounter;
  Mitch Newton, Jason Hetherington, Darren Britt, Simon Gillies,
  Solomon Haumono, Steve Reardon; Michael Smith, Robert Relf, --, --.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Keith Beauchamp, Nick Zisti, Brad Godden,
  Gavin Thompson; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe (c); Tim Maddison,
  Robbie McCormack, Justin Dooley, Paul Marquet, Tony Iro,
  Neil Piccinelli; Troy Stone, Willie Poching, Richard Swain, --.
Sin bin: Michael Smith (Canterbury), 30.

Penrith 30 (Steve Carter, Ryan Girdler, Greg Alexander,
  Sid Domic, Peter Jorgensen tries; Ryan Girdler 5 from 6 goals) beat
Perth 20 (Greg Fleming 2, Jon Grieve, Robbie Kearns tries;
  Damien Chapman 2 from 2, Chris Ryan 0 from 2 goals)
at Penrith Oval.
Half time: 12-8. Scrums: 10-5. Penalties: 7-8.
Crowd: 8398. Referee: Tim Mander.
Pay Television: FOX.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Sid Domic, Ryan Girdler,
  Bobby Thompson; Steve Carter, Greg Alexander; Carl MacNamara,
  Craig Gower, Paul Johnson, Jody Gall, Matt Adamson, Darren Brown;
  Phil Adamson, Brett Boyd, Gordon Falcon, --.
Perth: Greg Fleming; Matthew Daylight, Paul Bell, Chris Dever,
  Chris Ryan; Scott Wilson, Damien Chapman; Rodney Howe,
  Matthew Fuller, Robbie Kearns, Peter Shiels, Mark Geyer,
  Dale Fritz; Jon Grieve, Brett Green, --, --.


Premiership Round 1, Monday 3rd March 1997.

Cronulla 26 (Mathew Rogers 2, Andrew Ettingshausen,
  Richard Barnett, Geoff Bell tries;
  Mathew Rogers 3 from 6 goals) beat
Canberra 4 (Damon Booby try; David Furner 0 from 1 goals)
at Sydney Football Stadium.
Half time: 22-0. Scrums: 10-10. Penalties: 6-3.
Crowd: 22,653. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: NINE.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Richard Barnett, Geoff Bell,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Mathew Rogers; Mitch Healey, Paul Green;
  Les Davidson, Dean Treister, Danny Lee, Sean Ryan, Nathan Long,
  Tawera Nikau; Jason Stevens, Chris McKenna, Tiaan Strauss,
  Adam Dykes.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Damon Booby, Ruben Wiki, David Boyle,
  Noa Nadruku; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart; Quentin Pongia,
  Simon Woolford, Luke Davico, Brett Hetherington, David Furner,
  Bradley Clyde; Jason Burnham, Ben Kennedy, David Westley,
  Matt Gaffa.
Man of the match: Tawera Nikau.


Premiership Round 2, Friday 7th March 1997.

Perth 22 (Greg Fleming 2, Jeff Doyle, Dale Fritz tries;
  Chris Ryan 3 from 3, Julian O'Neill 0 from 2 goals) beat
North Queensland 20 (Jason Ferris, Ian Roberts, Jim Ahmat tries;
 Luke Phillips 4 from 5 goals)
at Stockland Stadium.
Half time: 14-12. Scrums: 7-9. Penalties: 3-7.
Crowd: 15,745. Referee: Tim Mander.
Perth: Greg Fleming; Chris Ryan, Paul Bell, Chris Dever,
  Matthew Daylight; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Robbie Kearns,
  Matthew Fuller, Rodney Howe, Jon Grieve, Peter Shiels, Dale Fritz;
  Brett Green, Darren Higgins, Jeff Doyle, Julian O'Neill.
North Queensland: Scott Mahon; Luke Phillips, Mark Shipway,
  Dion Cope, Jim Ahmat; Andrew Dunemann, Jason Ferris;
  John Lomax, Steve Walters, Martin Locke, Tyran Smith,
  Ian Roberts, Owen Cunningham; Peter Jones, Aaron Ketchell,
  Bert Tabuai, Reggie Cressbrook.


Premiership Round 2, Saturday 7th March 1997.

Auckland 18 (Sean Hoppe 2, Syd Eru tries;
  Matthew Ridge 3 from 3 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 14 (Paul Marquet, Gavin Thompson, Tony Iro tries;
  Nick Zisti 1 from 3 goals)
at Ericsson Stadium.
Half time: 12-10. Scrums: 8-8. Penalties: 8-7.
Crowd: 20,300. Referee: Brian Grant.
Auckland: Matthew Ridge; Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Marc Ellis; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Joe Vagana, Syd Eru,
  Mark Horo, Denis Betts, Stephen Kearney, Logan Swann;
  Grant Young, Brady Malam, --, --.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Gavin Thompson, Brad Godden, Nick Zisti,
  Keith Beauchamp; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe (c); Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Tim Maddison, Tony Iro, Paul Marquet,
  Neil Piccinelli; Willie Poching, Justin Dooley, Mike Dorreen,
  Anthony Brann.


Premiership Round 2, Sunday 9th March 1997.

Brisbane 28 (Wendell Sailor 3, Steven Renouf, Darren Lockyer,
  Kevin Walters tries; Darren Lockyer 2 from 6 goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 12 (Rod Maybon, Marty McKenzie tries;
  Kurt Wrigley 2 from 2 goals)
at ANZ Stadium.
Half time: 24-6. Scrums: 11-8. Penalties: 5-8.
Crowd: 16,279. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Television: ABC.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Hancock, Steven Renouf,
  Tonie Carroll, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer;
  Shane Webcke, John Driscoll, Glenn Lazarus, Brad Thorn,
  Gordon Tallis, Darren Smith; Peter Ryan, Andrew Gee,
  John Plath, Shane Walker.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Wayne Simonds, Elias Paiyo, Solomon Kiri,
  Joe Tamani; Kurt Wrigley, Stuart Topper; Kevin Campion,
  Kerrod Walters, Andrew Hick, Andrew Pierce, David Boughton,
  Cameron Blair; Bruce Mamando, Neil Schifilliti, Marty McKenzie,
  Chris Quinn.

Penrith 33 (Craig Gower 2, Steve Carter 2, Peter Jorgensen,
  Andrew Hinson tries; Greg Alexander 4 from 7 goals;
  Greg Alexander field goal) beat
Canberra 20 (Noa Nadruku, Luke Priddis, Damon Booby,
  Ben Kennedy tries; David Furner 2 from 4 goals)
at Bruce Stadium.
Half time: 13-6. Scrums: 5-6. Penatlies: 6-7.
Crowd: 10,849. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Andrew Hinson, Sid Domic,
  Bobby Thompson; Steve Carter, Greg Alexander; Paul Johnson,
  Craig Gower, Carl MacNamara, Jody Gall, Matt Adamson, Darren Brown;
  Phil Adamson, Gordon Falcon, --, --.
Canberra: Damon Booby; Matt Gaffa, Ruben Wiki, Jason Burnham,
  Noa Nadruku; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart; Luke Davico,
  Simon Woolford, Quentin Pongia, Brett Hetherington, David Furner,
  Bradley Clyde; Ben Kennedy, David Westley, Luke Priddis, --.
Sinbin: Quentin Pongia (Canberra).


Premiership Round 2, Monday 10th March 1997.

Cronulla 13 (Les Davidson, Chris McKenna tries;
  Mathew Rogers 2 from 2 goals; Mitch Healey field goal) beat
Canterbury 12 (Solomon Haumono try;
  Daryl Halligan 4 from 5 goals)
at Belmore Oval.
Television: NINE.
Half time: 12-10. Scrums: 8-8. Penalties: 6-8.
Crowd: 14,490. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Richard Barnett,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Bell, Mathew Rogers; Mitch Healey,
  Paul Green; Les Davidson, Dean Treister, Tiaan Strauss, Sean Ryan,
  Nathan Long, Tawera Nikau; Jason Stevens, Chris McKenna,
  Stuart Pierce, Adam Dykes.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, John Timu,
  Matthew Ryan, Daryl Halligan; Travis Norton, Craig Polla-Mounter;
  Mitch Newton, Jason Hetherington, Darren Britt, Solomon Haumono,
  Simon Gillies, Steve Reardon; Michael Smith, Robert Relf,
  Shane Marteene, Barry Berrigan.


Premiership Round 3, Friday 14th March 1997.

Adelaide Rams 10 (Cameron Blair try; Kurt Wrigley 3 from 4 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 8 (Gavin Thompson try; Nick Zisti 2 from 2 goals)
at Adelaide Oval.
Half time: 10-2. Scrums: 4-7. Penalties: 5-7.
Crowd: 27,435. Referee: Brian Grant.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Joe Tamani, Kurt Wrigley, Chris Quinn,
  Wayne Simonds; Neil Schifilliti, Steve Stone; Kevin Campion,
  Kerrod Walters, Mark Corvo, Andrew Pierce, David Boughton,
  Cameron Blair; Bruce Mamando, Elias Payo, Brett Galea,
  Andrew Hick.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Gavin Thompson, Brad Godden, Nick Zisti,
  Keith Beauchamp; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe (c); Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Tim Maddison, Tony Iro (c), Paul Marquet,
  Neil Piccinelli; Willie Poching, Anthony Brann, Justin Dooley,
  Richard Swain.


Premiership Round 3, Saturday 15th March 1997.

Penrith 19 (Andrew Hinson 2, Sid Domic tries;
  Ryan Girdler 3 from 4 goals; Greg Alexander field goal) beat
North Queensland 12 (Kyle Warren, Luke Phillips tries;
  Luke Phillips 2 from 3 goals)
at Stockland Stadium.
Half time: 14-6. Scrums: 8-15. Penalties: 5-9.
Crowd: 18,003. Referee: Tim Mander.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Andrew Hinson, Bobby Thompson, Sid Domic,
  Jason Williams; Ryan Girdler, Greg Alexander; Paul Johnson,
  Craig Gower, Carl MacNamara, Jody Gall, Matt Adamson, Darren Brown;
  Phil Adamson, Gordon Falcon, Brad Drew, Chris Hicks.
North Queensland: Scott Mahon; Luke Phillips, Mark Shipway,
  Dion Cope, Jim Ahmat; Andrew Dunemann, Jason Ferris;
  Peter Jones, Steve Walters, John Lomax, Ian Roberts, Tyran Smith,
  Owen Cunningham; Martin Locke, Jason Death, Aaron Ketchell,
  Kyle Warren.


Premiership Round 3, Sunday 16th March 1997.

Canterbury 38 (Matthew Ryan 2, Shane Marteene,
  Travis Norton, Simon Gillies, Jason Hetherington tries;
  Daryl Halligan 7 from 8 goals) beat
Canberra 26 (Noa Nadruku 2, Todd Payten, Bradley Clyde,
  Brett Hetherington tries;
  Craig O'Neall 2 from 3, David Furner 1 from 2 goals)
at Belmore Oval.
Half time: 24-10. Scrums: 11-4. Penalties: 12-10.
Crowd: 9025. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: ABC.
Canterbury: Matthew Ryan; Hazem El Masri, John Timu,
  Shane Marteene, Daryl Halligan; Travis Norton, Craig Polla-Mounter;
  Darren Britt, Jason Hetherington, Mitch Newton, Solomon Haumono,
  Simon Gillies, Steve Reardon; Robert Relf, Michael Smith, --, --.
Canberra: Noa Nadruku; Geoff MacNamara, Ruben Wiki, Jason Burnham,
  Craig O'Neall; Laurie Daley, Simon Woolford; Quentin Pongia,
  Luke Priddis, Luke Davico, Brett Hetherington, David Furner,
  Bradley Clyde; David Westley, Ben Kennedy, Todd Payten, --.
Sinbin: David Furner (Canberra), 39.
Cited: Quentin Pongia (Canberra), reckless tackle, 4 weeks.

Brisbane 26 (Allan Langer, Darren Smith, Darren Lockyer,
  Wendell Sailor tries; Darren Lockyer 5 from 6 goals) beat
Perth 16 (Chris Ryan, Scott Wilson, Paul Bell tries;
  Julian O'Neill 2 from 3 goals)
at WACA Ground.
Half time: 10-16. Scrums: 6-8. Penalties: 11-6.
Crowd: 11,109. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Devere, Michael Hancock,
  Steven Renouf, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer;
  Glenn Lazarus, John Driscoll, Andrew Gee, Peter Ryan,
  Brad Thorn, Darren Smith; Gordon Tallis, Dennis Scott,
  John Plath, Ben Walker.
Perth: Julian O'Neill; Chris Ryan, Paul Bell, Greg Fleming,
  Matthew Daylight; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Robbie Kearns,
  Matthew Fuller, Rodney Howe, Mark Geyer, Peter Shiels, Dale Fritz;
  Jon Grieve, Brett Green, Darren Higgins, Chris Dever.


Premiership Round 3, Monday 17th March 1997.

Cronulla 34 (Geoff Bell 2, Dean Treister, David Peachey,
  Danny Lee tries; Mathew Rogers 7 from 7 goals) beat
Auckland 8 (Denis Betts try; Matthew Ridge 2 from 2 goals)
at Shark Park.
Half time: 10-6. Scrums: 7-1. Penalties: 6-4.
Crowd: 16,860. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: NINE.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Richard Barnett,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Bell, Mathew Rogers; Mitch Healey,
  Paul Green; Danny Lee, Dean Treister, Les Davidson, Sean Ryan,
  Nathan Long, Tawera Nikau; Tiaan Strauss, Jason Stevens,
  Stuart Pierce, Adam Dykes.
Auckland: Matthew Ridge; Marc Ellis, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Sean Hoppe; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Grant Young, SxeEqv
  Mark Horo, Denis Betts, Stephen Kearney, Logan Swann;
  Brady Malam, --, Schofield, --.


Premiership Round 4, Friday 21st March 1997.

Adelaide Rams 16 (Cameron Blair, Wayne Simonds tries;
  Kurt Wrigley 3 from 5, Luke Williamson 1 from 1 goals) beat
Auckland 12 (Stacey Jones, Tony Tuimavave tries;
  Marc Ellis 2 from 5 goals)
at Ericsson Stadium.
Half time: 8-10. Scrums: 4-5. Penalties: 8-11.
Crowd: 13,000. Referee: Tim Mander.
Adelaide Rams: Chris Quinn; Wayne Simonds, Solomon Kiri, Luke Williamson,
  Joe Tamani; Kurt Wrigley, Steve Stone; Mark Corvo,
  Neil Schifilliti, Kevin Campion, Andrew Pierce, David Boughton,
  Cameron Blair; Bruce Mamando, Elias Paiyo, Brett Galea, --.
Auckland: Phil Blake; Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Marc Ellis; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Mark Horo, Syd Eru,
  Grant Young, Denis Betts, Stephen Kearney, Logan Swann;
  Joe Vagana, Tony Tuimavave, Steve Buckingham, --.
Cited: Grant Young (Auckland), G2 striking, 1 match (100).


Premiership Round 4, Saturday 22nd March 1997.

Hunter Mariners 38 (John Carlaw 2, Gavin Thompson, Neil Piccinelli,
  Tim Maddison, Keith Beauchamp, Nick Zisti tries;
  Nick Zisti 5 from 8 goals) beat
North Queensland 10 (Luke Phillips, Kyle Warren tries;
  Luke Phillips 1 from 3 goals)
at Topper Stadium.
Half time: 10-10. Scrums: 4-9. Penalties: 6-4.
Crowd: 6080. Referee: Brian Grant.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Gavin Thompson, Nick Zisti, John Carlaw,
  Keith Beauchamp; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe (c); Tim Maddison,
  Richard Swain, Troy Stone, Tony Iro (c), Paul Marquet,
  Neil Piccinelli; Anthony Brann, Troy Miles, Stuart Collins,
  Mike Dorreen.
North Queensland: Scott Mahon; Luke Phillips, Dion Cope,
  Mark Shipway, Paul Bowman; John Doyle, Jason Ferris;
  Ian Roberts, Steve Walters, John Lomax, Bert Tabuai, Peter Jones,
  Owen Cunningham; Kyle Warren, Tyran Smith, Reggie Cressbrook,
  Jason Death.


Premiership Round 4, Sunday 23rd March 1997.

Penrith 38 (Darren Brown 2, Peter Jorgensen, Andrew Hinson,
  Ryan Girdler, Jason Williams tries;
  Ryan Girdler 7 from 7 goals) beat
Cronulla 10 (Brett Howland 2 tries;
  Mitch Healey 1 from 3 goals)
at Penrith Oval.
Half time: 20-6. Scrums: 7-6. Penalties: 4-9.
Crowd: 8138. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Television: ABC.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Bobby Thompson, Sid Domic,
  Andrew Hinson; Ryan Girdler, Greg Alexander; Paul Johnson,
  Craig Gower, Carl MacNamara, Morvin Edwards, Matt Adamson,
  Darren Brown; Steve Waddell, Gordon Falcon, Brad Drew,
  Chris Hicks.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Richard Barnett,
  Geoff Bell, Andrew Ettingshausen, Brett Howland; Mitch Healey,
  Paul Green; Les Davidson, Dean Treister, Danny Lee, Sean Ryan,
  Nathan Long, Tawera Nikau; Jason Stevens, Chris McKenna,
  Stuart Pierce, Ben Sammut, Adam Dykes. #???

Perth 34 (Julian O'Neill 4, Eamann Edgar, Mark Geyer tries;
  Julian O'Neill 5 from 8 goals) beat
Canterbury 6 (Robert Relf try;
  Daryl Halligan 1 from 2 goals)
at Perth Oval.
Half time: 18-6. Scrums: 5-12. Penalties: 5-5.
Crowd: 7135. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Perth: Julian O'Neill; Eamann Edgar, Paul Bell, Greg Fleming,
  Matthew Daylight; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Robbie Kearns,
  Matthew Fuller, Rodney Howe, Mark Geyer, Peter Shiels, Dale Fritz;
  Jon Grieve, Brett Green, Darren Higgins, Chris Dever.
Canterbury: Matthew Ryan; Hazem El Masri, Shane Marteene,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Travis Norton, Craig Polla-Mounter;
  Mitch Newton, Jason Hetherington, Darren Britt, Simon Gillies,
  Solomon Haumono, Steve Reardon; Robert Relf, Michael Smith,
  Steven Price, Kevin Schraader.
Sinbin: Simon Gillies (Canterbury) 16.
Record: Julian O'Neill (Perth), 4 tries in a match.
Record: Julian O'Neill (Perth), 26 points in a match.


Premiership Round 4, Monday 24th March 1997.

Brisbane 24 (Wendell Sailor, Gordon Tallis, Allan Langer,
  Michael Hancock tries; Darren Lockyer 4 from 5 goals) beat 
Canberra 8 (David Westley, Ben Kennedy tries;
  David Furner 0 from 2 goals)
at ANZ Stadium.
Half time: 12-4. Scrums: 8-9. Penalties: 3-8.
Crowd: 26,103. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: NINE.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Hancock, Tonie Carroll,
  Steven Renouf, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer;
  Andrew Gee, John Driscoll, Glenn Lazarus, Peter Ryan,
  Gordon Tallis, Darren Smith; Brad Thorn, John Plath,
  Dennis Scott, --.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Craig O'Neall, Ruben Wiki, Noa Nadruku,
  Geoff MacNamara; Laurie Daley, Simon Woolford; Brett Hetherington,
  Jason Burnham, David Westley, David Furner, Ben Kennedy,
  Bradley Clyde; Luke Davico, --, Barry Lea, Todd Payten.
Man of the match: Kevin Walters.


Premiership Round 5, Thursday 27th March 1997.

Perth 18 (Matthew Daylight, Scott Wilson, Julian O'Neill tries;
  Julian O'Neill 2 from 3 goals; Julian O'Neill 2 field goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 16 (Kurt Wrigley, Chris Quinn tries;
  Kurt Wrigley 4 from 4 goals)
at Adelaide Oval.
Half time: 12-4. Scrums: 5-6. Penalties: 8-11.
Crowd: 16,294. Referee: Brian Grant.
Perth: Julian O'Neill; Matthew Daylight, Paul Bell, Chris Dever,
  Chris Ryan; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Rodney Howe,
  Matthew Fuller, Robbie Kearns, Peter Shiels, Mark Geyer, Dale Fritz;
  Brett Green, Jon Grieve, Tim Horan, Darren Higgins.
Adelaide Rams: Chris Quinn; Wayne Simonds, Kurt Wrigley, Luke Williamson,
  Joe Tamani; Neil Schifilliti, Steve Stone; Mark Corvo,
  Kerrod Walters, Kevin Campion, Andrew Pierce, David Boughton,
  Cameron Blair; Elias Paiyo, Alan Cann, Marty McKenzie, Bruce Mamando.
Cited: Mark Geyer (Perth), eye gouging and head high tackle, ? ().
Cited: Cameron Blair (Adelaide Rams), G3 spear tackle, ? (*400).


Premiership Round 5, Saturday 29th March 1997.

Auckland 16 (Tea Ropati, Sean Hoppe, Denis Betts tries;
  Matthew Ridge 1 from 2, Marc Ellis 1 from 3,
  Gene Ngamu 0 from 1 goals) beat
Penrith 14 (Ryan Girdler, Brad Drew tries;
  Ryan Girdler 3 from 3 goals)
at Ericsson Stadium.
Half time: 8-2. Scrums: 7-5. Penalties: 6-7.
Crowd: 19,400. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Auckland: Matthew Ridge (c); Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Marc Ellis; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Mark Horo, Syd Eru,
  Brady Malam, Denis Betts, Stephen Kearney, Tony Tuimavave;
  Bryan Henare, Joe Vagana, Iva Ropati, Shane Endacott.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Bobby Thompson, Sid Domic,
  Andrew Hinson; Ryan Girdler, Greg Alexander; Carl MacNamara,
  Craig Gower, Paul Johnson, Gordon Falcon, Matt Adamson,
  Darren Brown; Steve Waddell, Duncan MacGillvray, Fred Petersen,
  Brad Drew.
Sent off: Gordon Falcon (Penrith), 48, G1 contrary conduct, ?.


Premiership Round 5, Sunday 30th March 1997.

Canberra 18 (David Furner, Craig O'Neall, Ben Kennedy tries;
  David Furner 3 from 5 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 12 (Troy Miles, Keith Beauchamp tries;
  Nick Zisti 2 from 2, Richard Swain 0 from 1 goals)
at Bruce Stadium.
Half time: 8-6. Scrums: 7-9. Penalties: 7-4.
Crowd: 15,650. Referee: Tim Mander.
Television: ABC.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Craig O'Neall, Ruben Wiki, Noa Nadruku,
  Geoff MacNamara; Laurie Daley, Jason Burnham; Bradley Clyde,
  David Furner, Ben Kennedy, Luke Davico, Luke Priddis,
  Brett Hetherington; David Westley, Todd Payten, Simon Woolford, --.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Keith Beauchamp, John Carlaw, Nick Zisti,
  Gavin Thompson; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe; Neil Piccinelli,
  Tony Iro, Paul Marquet, Tim Maddison, Richard Swain, Troy Stone;
  Anthony Brann, Troy Miles, Craig Kimmorley, --.


Premiership Round 5, Monday 31st March 1997.

North Queensland 16 (Scott Mahon, Mark Shipway, Paul Bowman tries;
  Luke Phillips 2 from 3 goals) beat
Canterbury 14 (Matthew Ryan 2 tries;
  Daryl Halligan 3 from 5 goals)
at Belmore Oval.
Half time: 12-6. Scrums: 12-6. Penalties: 12-5.
Crowd: 9830. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Television: NINE.
North Queensland: Scott Mahon; Luke Phillips, Mark Shipway,
  Paul Bowman, Dion Cope; John Doyle, Jason Ferris; Martin Locke,
  Steve Walters, John Lomax, Peter Jones, Ian Roberts,
  Owen Cunningham; Ian Dunemann, Reggie Cressbrook, Tyran Smith, --.
Canterbury: Matthew Ryan; Hazem El Masri, Shane Marteene,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Travis Norton, Craig Polla-Mounter;
  Mitch Newton, Jason Hetherington, Darren Britt, Robert Relf,
  Simon Gillies, Steve Reardon; Michael Smith, Steven Price, --, --.
Sent off: Steve Walters (North Queensland), 66, G3 striking, ?.
Cited: John Lomax (North Queensland), G3 careless high tackle,
  ? (*200).
Cited: Peter Jones (North Queensland), G3 striking, ? (*200).
Cited: Darren Britt (Canterbury), G4 reckless high tackle,
  ? (*350).
Cited: Craig Polla-Mounter (Canterbury), G1 striking,
  ? (*200).

Brisbane 14 (Kevin Walters, Darren Smith tries;
  Darren Lockyer 3 from 3 goals) beat
Cronulla 12 (Mathew Rogers 2 tries;
  Mathew Rogers 2 from 2 goals)
at ANZ Stadium.
Half time: 8-12. Scrums: 6-7. Penalties: 4-0.
Crowd: 17,294. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Devere, Steven Renouf,
  Tonie Carroll, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Glenn Lazarus, John Plath, Andrew Gee, Brad Thorn,
  Gordon Tallis, Darren Smith; Peter Ryan, Shane Webcke,
  John Driscoll, --.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Bell, Richard Barnett; Mitch Healey,
  Paul Green; Jason Stevens, Dean Treister, Danny Lee, Nathan Long,
  Sean Ryan, Tawera Nikau; Chris McKenna, Tiaan Strauss, Stuart Pierce,
  Adam Dykes.


Premiership Round 6, Friday 4th April 1997.

Penrith 36 (Jason Williams 2, Greg Alexander, Phil Adamson,
  Matt Adamson tries; Ryan Girdler 8 from 8 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 24 (Robbie Ross 2, Willie Poching, Nick Zisti tries;
  Nick Zisti 4 from 7 goals)
at Topper Stadium.
Half time: 16-8. Scrums: 11-9. Penalties: 9-11.
Crowd: 8926. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Note: Crowd given is larger than ground capacity.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Sid Domic, Bobby Thompson,
  Andrew Hinson; Ryan Girdler, Greg Alexander; Carl MacNamara,
  Craig Gower, Steve Waddell, Duncan MacGillvray, Matt Adamson,
  Darren Brown; Paul Johnson, Phil Adamson, Fred Petersen,
  Brett Boyd.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Keith Beauchamp, John Carlaw, Nick Zisti,
  Gavin Thompson; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe; Troy Stone,
  Richard Swain, Tim Maddison, Paul Marquet, Tony Iro,
  Neil Piccinelli; Troy Miles, Anthony Brann, Darrien Doherty,
  Willie Poching.


Premiership Round 6, Saturday 5th April 1997.

Brisbane 42 (Tonie Carroll 2, Steven Renouf 2, Peter Ryan 2,
  Darren Smith, Michael Devere tries;
  Darren Lockyer 4 from 6, Michael Devere 1 from 1 goals) beat
North Queensland 16 (Jason Death 2, Reggie Cressbrook tries;
  John Doyle 2 from 2, Luke Phillips 0 from 1 goals)
at Stockland Stadium.
Half time: 22-4. Scrums: 9-4. Penalties: 11-7.
Crowd: 30,122 (ground record). Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Devere, Steven Renouf,
  Tonie Carroll, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Glenn Lazarus, John Driscoll, Andrew Gee, Brad Thorn,
  Gordon Tallis, Darren Smith; Shane Webcke, Peter Ryan,
  John Plath, Ben Walker.
North Queensland: Scott Mahon; Luke Phillips, Mark Shipway,
  Paul Bowman, Dion Cope; John Doyle, Jason Ferris; Martin Locke,
  Jason Death, Ian Roberts, Tyran Smith, Paul Galea, Owen Cunningham;
  Aaron Ketchell, Luke Scott, Reggie Cressbrook, Andrew Dunemann.
Sinbin: Wendell Sailor (Brisbane).
Sinbin: Paul Galea (North Queensland).


Premiership Round 6, Sunday 6th April 1997.

Canterbury 34 (Solomon Haumono 2, Shane Marteene,
  Steven Price, Simon Gillies, Rod Silva tries;
  Daryl Halligan 5 from 8 goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 22 (Bruce Mamando 2, Joe Tamani, Wayne Simonds tries;
  Luke Williamson 3 from 4 goals)
at Belmore Oval.
Half time: 14-16. Scrums: 3-2. Penalties: 3-4.
Crowd: 7234. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: ABC.
Canterbury: Matthew Ryan; Hazem El Masri, Shane Marteene,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Travis Norton, Duncan McRae;
  Mitch Newton, Jason Hetherington, Solomon Haumono, Steven Price,
  Simon Gillies, Glen Hughes; Robert Relf, Barry Ward, Rod Silva,
  Barry Berrigan.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Wayne Simonds, Chris Quinn, Luke Williamson,
  Joe Tamani; Neil Schifilliti, Steve Stone; Marty McKenzie,
  Kerrod Walters, Mark Corvo, Kevin Campion, Andrew Pierce,
  David Boughton; Bruce Mamando, Brett Galea, Andrew Hick, Alan Cann.

Cronulla 20 (Nick Graham, Chris McKenna, Geoff Bell,
  David Peachey tries;
  Mathew Rogers 2 from 4 goals) beat
Perth 6 (Peter Shiels try; Julian O'Neill 1 from 2 goals)
at WACA Ground.
Half time: 12-4. Scrums: 7-9. Penalties: 4-8.
Crowd: 9200. Referee: Brian Grant.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Bell, Richard Barnett; Mitch Healey,
  Paul Green; Tiaan Strauss, Dean Treister, Stuart Pierce,
  Chris McKenna, Sean Ryan, Tawera Nikau; Nick Graham, Wade Forrester,
  Russell Richardson, Matthew Clifton.
Perth: Julian O'Neill; Matthew Daylight, Barrie-Jon Mather, Paul Bell,
  Chris Ryan; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Rodney Howe, Matthew Fuller,
  Robbie Kearns, Darren Higgins, Peter Shiels, Dale Fritz;
  Brett Green, Jeff Doyle, Tim Horan, Damian Chapman.


Premiership Round 6, Monday 7th April 1997.

Auckland 31 (Stephen Kearney, Iva Ropati, Sean Hoppe, Stacey Jones,
  Bryan Henare tries; Marc Ellis 5 from 6 goals;
  Marc Ellis field goal) beat
Canberra 24 (Laurie Daley 2, David Furner, Geoff MacNamara,
  Simon Woolford tries;
  David Furner 2 from 5, Craig O'Neall 0 from 1 goals)
at Bruce Stadium.
Half time: 14-14. Scrums: 2-3. Penalties: 8-8.
Crowd: 15,061. Referee: Tim Mander.
Television: NINE.
Auckland: Marc Ellis; Iva Ropati, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Sean Hoppe; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Mark Horo, Syd Eru,
  Grant Young, Stephen Kearney, Denis Betts, Tony Tuimavave;
  Joe Vagana, Bryan Henare, --, --.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Craig O'Neall, Brett Mullins, Ruben Wiki,
  Geoff MacNamara; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart; Brett Hetherington,
  Luke Priddis, Luke Davico, Ben Kennedy, David Furner,
  Bradley Clyde; David Westley, Jason Burnham, Simon Woolford,
  Todd Payten.


Premiership Round 7, Saturday 12th April 1997.

Hunter Mariners 18 (Neil Piccinelli 2, John Carlaw 2 tries;
  Nick Zisti 1 from 3, Noel Goldthorpe 0 from 1 goals) beat
Auckland 10 (Sean Hoppe, Iva Ropati tries;
  Marc Ellis 1 from 1, Matthew Ridge 0 from 1 goals)
at Topper Stadium.
Half time: 8-0. Scrums: 6-7. Penalties: .4-7
Crowd: 7719. Referee: Tim Mander.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Keith Beauchamp, John Carlaw, Nick Zisti,
  Gavin Thompson; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe; Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Anthony Brann, Paul Marquet, Neil Piccinelli,
  Richard Swain; Darrien Doherty, Willie Poching, Brad Godden, --.
Auckland: Matthew Ridge (c); Sean Hoppe, Anthony Swann, Tea Ropati,
  Marc Ellis; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Grant Young, Syd Eru,
  Mark Horo, Denis Betts, Stephen Kearney, Tony Tuimavave;
  Bryan Henare, Joe Vagana, Iva Ropati, --.

Perth 6 (Paul Bell try; Julian O'Neill 1 from 1 goals) beat
North Queensland 4 (John Doyle 2 from 4 goals)
at WACA Ground.
Half time: 0-4. Scrums: 7-4. Penalties: 13-9.
Crowd: 9701. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Perth: Julian O'Neill; Matthew Daylight, Paul Bell, Greg Fleming,
  Chris Ryan; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Robbie Kearns,
  Matthew Fuller, Rodney Howe, Peter Shiels, Jon Grieve, Dale Fritz;
  Brett Green, Darren Higgins, Tim Horan, Damian Chapman.
North Queensland: Scott Mahon; Marshall Miller, Mark Shipway,
  Paul Bowman, Justin Loomans; John Doyle, Ian Dunemann;
  John Buttgieg, Steve Walters, Ian Roberts, Peter Jones, Jason Ryan,
  Owen Cunningham; Luke Scott, Glen Murphy, Adam Warwick, Jason Death.


Premiership Round 7, Sunday 13th April 1997.

Brisbane 20 (Allan Langer, Darren Smith, Michael Devere,
  Phillip Lee tries; Darren Lockyer 2 from 4 goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 10 (Wayne Simonds, Andrew Pierce tries;
  Kurt Wrigley 1 from 4 goals)
at Adelaide Oval.
Half time: 14-4. Scrums: 2-2. Penalties: 5-7.
Crowd: 17,633. Referee: Brian Grant.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Devere, Darren Smith,
  Tonie Carroll, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Glenn Lazarus, John Driscoll, Andrew Gee, Brad Thorn,
  ?, Peter Ryan; Shane Webcke, John Plath,
  Ben Walker, Phillip Lee.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Wayne Simonds, Chris Quinn, Kurt Wrigley,
  Joe Tamani; Neil Schifilliti, Steve Stone; Marty McKenzie,
  Kerrod Walters, Mark Corvo, Kevin Campion, Brett Galea,
  Andrew Pierce; Bruce Mamando, Andrew Hick, Michael Maguire,
  Alan Cann.

Canberra 30 (Ben Kennedy 3, Luke Priddis, Royston Lightning tries;
  David Furner 3 from 4, Royston Lightning 1 from 1,
  Craig O'Neall 1 from 1 goals) beat
Penrith 20 (Craig Gower 2, Jason Williams tries;
  Ryan Girdler 4 from 4 goals)
at Penrith Oval.
Half time: 14-14. Scrums: 7-7. Penalties: 6-6.
Crowd: 7134. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: ABC.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Royston Lightning, Brett Mullins, Ruben Wiki,
  Geoff MacNamara; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart; Luke Davico,
  Luke Priddis, David Westley, Brett Hetherington, David Furner,
  Ben Kennedy; Simon Woolford, Jason Burnham, Todd Payten,
  Craig O'Neall.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Bobby Thompson, Sid Domic,
  Andrew Hinson; Ryan Girdler, Garen Casey; Carl MacNamara,
  Craig Gower, Paul Johnson, Duncan MacGillvray, Matt Adamson,
  Darren Brown; Phil Adamson, Fred Petersen, Brett Boyd, --.


Premiership Round 7, Monday 14th April 1997.

Canterbury 16 (Hazem El Masri 2, Matthew Ryan tries;
  Daryl Halligan 2 from 3 goals) beat
Cronulla 6 (Mathew Rogers 3 from 4 goals)
at Shark Park.
Half time: 12-4. Scrums: 9-14. Penalties: 3-12.
Crowd: 15,108. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: NINE.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Craig Polla-Mounter, Duncan McRae;
  Mitch Newton, Jason Hetherington, Solomon Haumono, Steven Price,
  Simon Gillies, Glen Hughes; Robert Relf, Barry Ward, Barry Berrigan,
  Shane Marteene.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Bell, Richard Barnett; Mitch Healey,
  Paul Green; Danny Lee, Dean Treister, Tiaan Strauss,
  Chris McKenna, Nathan Long, Tawera Nikau; Wade Forrester,
  Stuart Pierce, Adam Dykes, Russell Richardson.
Sinbin: Duncan McRae (Canterbury), 31.


Premiership Round 8, Friday 18th April 1997.

Hunter Mariners 36 (Noel Goldthorpe 2, John Carlaw 2,
  Keith Beauchamp, Robbie Ross, Robbie Bannister tries;
  Nick Zisti 0 from 2, Richard Swain 2 from 3,
  Noel Goldthorpe 2 from 2 goals) beat
Perth 16 (Darren Higgins, Greg Fleming, Matthew Daylight tries;
  Julian O'Neill 2 from 3 goals)
at Topper Stadium.
Half time: 8-0. Scrums: 5-3. Penalties: 6-7.
Crowd: 4139. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Keith Beauchamp, John Carlaw,
  Nick Zisti, Robbie Bannister; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe;
  Troy Stone, Robbie McCormack, Anthony Brann, Darrien Doherty,
  Neil Piccinelli, Richard Swain; Brett Kimmorley, Willie Poching,
  Tim Maddison, Steve Ebrill.
Perth: Julian O'Neill; Matthew Daylight, Greg Fleming, Paul Bell,
  Eamann Edgar; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Rodney Howe,
  Matthew Fuller, Robbie Kearns, Peter Shiels, Cameron Lewis, Dale Fritz;
  Brett Green, Darren Higgins, Tim Horan, Damian Chapman.


Premiership Round 8, Saturday 19th April 1997.

Adelaide Rams 29 (Kevin Campion, Kurt Wrigley, Stuart Topper,
  Steve Stone tries; Luke Williamson 6 from 6 goals;
  Kurt Wrigley field goal) beat
Cronulla 18 (Richard Barnett, Mitch Healey,
  Andrew Ettingshausen tries; Mathew Rogers 3 from 4 goals)
at Shark Park.
Half time: 26-8. Scrums: 5-4. Penalties: 6-9.
Crowd: 10,112. Referee: Tim Mander.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Wayne Simonds, Chris Quinn, Luke Williamson,
  Joe Tamani; Kurt Wrigley, Stuart Topper; Andrew Hick,
  Kerrod Walters, Mark Corvo, Andrew Pierce, Kevin Campion,
  Cameron Blair; Bruce Mamando, Steve Stone, Danny Grimley, Alan Cann.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Bell, Richard Barnett; Mitch Healey,
  Paul Green; Craig Greenhill, Dean Treister, Danny Lee,
  Chris McKenna, Nathan Long, Tawera Nikau; Tiaan Strauss,
  Wade Forrester, Ben Sammut, Russell Richardson.
Sinbin: Mark Corvo (Adelaide Rams), 39.
Sinbin: Nathan Long (Cronulla), 39.


Premiership Round 8, Sunday 20th April 1997.

Canterbury 38 (Hazem El Masri 2, Daryl Halligan 2,
  Rod Silva, Matthew Ryan, Jason Hetherington tries;
  Daryl Halligan 5 from 8 goals) beat
Auckland 24 (Syd Eru, Stacey Jones, Iva Ropati, Tea Ropati tries;
  Marc Ellis 4 from 5 goals)
at Ericsson Stadium.
Half time: 20-14. Scrums: 5-6. Penalties: 9-12.
Crowd: 17,000. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Television: ABC.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Craig Polla-Mounter, Duncan McRae;
  Mitch Newton, Jason Hetherington, Solomon Haumono, Steven Price,
  Simon Gillies, Glen Hughes; Robert Relf, Barry Ward, --, --.
Auckland: Marc Ellis; Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Iva Ropati; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Joe Vagana, Syd Eru,
  Grant Young, Denis Betts, Stephen Kearney, Tony Tuimavave;
  Brady Malam, Bryan Henare, --, --.

Canberra 40 (Brett Mullins 2, Ricky Stuart, Geoff MacNamara,
  David Furner, Ben Kennedy, Ruben Wiki tries;
  David Furner 4 from 5, Geoff MacNamara 1 from 1,
  Laurie Daley 1 from 1 goals) beat
North Queensland 16 (Luke Phillips, Steve Walters,
  Kyle Warren tries; Luke Phillips 2 from 3 goals)
at Bruce Stadium.
Half time: 22-10. Scrums: 7-9. Penalties: 5-7.
Crowd: 10,071. Referee: Brian Grant.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; David Boyle, Ruben Wiki, Brett Mullins,
  Geoff MacNamara; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart; David Westley,
  Luke Priddis, Luke Davico, Ben Kennedy, David Furner, Bradley Clyde;
  Quentin Pongia, Jason Burnham, Simon Woolford, --.
North Queensland: Scott Mahon; Luke Phillips, Mark Shipway,
  Kyle Warren, Justin Loomans; Peter Jones, John Doyle;
  Glen Murphy, Steve Walters, Ian Roberts, Tyran Smith, Luke Scott,
  Owen Cunningham; John Buttgieg, Dion Cope, --, --.


Premiership Round 8, Monday 21st April 1997.

Penrith 27 (Garen Casey, Jason Williams, Ryan Girdler,
  Andrew Hinson tries; Ryan Girdler 5 from 5 goals;
  Craig Gower field goal) beat
Brisbane 26 (Tonie Carroll, Darren Lockyer, Michael Hancock,
  John Plath, Wendell Sailor, Darren Smith tries;
  Darren Lockyer 1 from 6 goals)
at Penrith Oval.
Half time: 20-12. Scrums: 3-3. Penalties: 6-2.
Crowd: 12,648. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: NINE.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Sid Domic, Bobby Thompson,
  Andrew Hinson; Ryan Girdler, Craig Gower; Paul Johnson,
  Brett Boyd, Carl MacNamara, Duncan MacGillvray, Matt Adamson,
  Garen Casey; Danny Farrar, Phil Adamson, Brad Drew, --.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Hancock, Darren Smith,
  Tonie Carroll, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Glenn Lazarus, John Driscoll, Andrew Gee, Brad Thorn,
  Gordon Tallis, Peter Ryan; John Plath, Shane Webcke, --, --.
Sinbin: Glenn Lazarus (Brisbane).


Premiership Round 9, Saturday 26th April 1997.

Cronulla 26 (Mathew Rogers 2, David Peachey,
  Chris McKenna tries; Mathew Rogers 5 from 7 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 0 (Noel Goldthorpe 0 from 1 goals)
at Shark Park.
Half time: 10-0. Scrums: 7-4. Penalties: 8-10.
Crowd: 12,284. Referee: Brian Grant.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Russell Richardson, Geoff Bell, Richard Barnett; Mitch Healey,
  Paul Green; Craig Greenhill, Dean Treister, Danny Lee,
  Sean Ryan, Nathan Long, Tawera Nikau; Chris McKenna,
  Tiaan Strauss, Wade Forrester, Ben Sammut.
Hunter Mariners: Gavin Thompson; Keith Beauchamp, Nick Zisti, John Carlaw,
  Robbie Ross; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe; Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Anthony Brann, Richard Swain, Darrien Doherty,
  Neil Piccinelli; Robbie Bannister, Craig Wise, Tim Maddison,
  Willie Poching.


Premiership Round 9, Sunday 27th April 1997.

Adelaide Rams 22 (Rod Maybon, Bruce Mamando, Steve Stone tries;
  Kurt Wrigley 5 from 5 goals) beat
Penrith 16 (Brad Drew, Andrew Hinson tries;
  Ryan Girdler 4 from 4 goals)
at Penrith Oval.
Half time: 2-14. Scrums: 6-6. Penalties: 6-6.
Crowd: 5815. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: ABC.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Jason Donnelly, Chris Quinn, Danny Grimley,
  Joe Tamani; Kurt Wrigley, Stuart Topper; Andrew Hick,
  Kerrod Walters, Mark Corvo, Andrew Pierce, Kevin Campion,
  Cameron Blair; Bruce Mamando, Neil Schifilliti, Alan Cann,
  Steve Stone.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Ryan Girdler, Sid Domic,
  Andrew Hinson; Steve Carter, Craig Gower; Phil Adamson,
  Brett Boyd, Carl MacNamara, Duncan MacGillvray, Matt Adamson,
  Darren Brown; Paul Johnson, Danny Farrar, Garen Casey, Brad Drew.

North Queensland 30 (Reggie Cressbrook, Luke Phillips, Peter Jones,
  Steve Walters, Luke Scott tries;
  Luke Phillips 5 from 6 goals) beat
Auckland 22 (Shane Endacott, Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati tries;
  Marc Ellis 5 from 5 goals)
at Stockland Stadium.
Half time: 14-4. Scrums: 6-1. Penalties: 5-12.
Crowd: 12,464. Referee: Tim Mander.
North Queensland: Reggie Cressbrook; Adam Warwick, Scott Mahon,
  Mark Shipway, Luke Phillips; Ian Dunemann, John Doyle;
  John Lomax, Steve Walters, Ian Roberts, Peter Jones,
  Owen Cunningham, Kyle Warren; Luke Scott, Glen Murphy, Bert Tabuai,
  --.
Auckland: Marc Ellis; Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Paul Staladi; Shane Endacott, Stacey Jones; Brady Malam, Syd Eru,
  Mark Horo, Denis Betts, Stephen Kearney, Tony Tuimavave;
  Phil Blake, Bryan Henare, Gene Ngamu, --.


Premiership Round 9, Monday 28th April 1997.

Brisbane 34 (Tonie Carroll 2, Michael Hancock, Allan Langer,
  Darren Lockyer, Wendell Sailor tries;
  Darren Lockyer 5 from 7 goals) beat
Canterbury 16 (Matthew Ryan 2, Hazem El Masri tries;
  Daryl Halligan 2 from 3 goals)
at ANZ Stadium.
Half time: 12-10. Scrums: 8-4. Penalties: 9-3.
Crowd: 17,921. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: NINE.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Hancock, Darren Smith,
  Tonie Carroll, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Glenn Lazarus, John Driscoll, Shane Webcke, Brad Thorn,
  Gordon Tallis, Peter Ryan; Andrew Gee, John Plath, Phillip Lee,
  Ben Walker.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Craig Polla-Mounter, Duncan McRae;
  Mitch Newton, Jason Hetherington, Robert Relf, Steven Price,
  Simon Gillies, Glen Hughes; Solomon Haumono, Barry Ward,
  Barry Berrigan, Shane Marteene.
Sinbin: Mitch Newton (Canterbury), 35.

Canberra 30 (Brett Mullins 2, Ruben Wiki, David Boyle,
  Royston Lightning tries; Royston Lightning 4 from 5 goals;
  Laurie Daley 2 field goals) beat
Perth 10 (Julian O'Neill, Jarrad Millar tries;
  Julian O'Neill 1 from 2 goals)
at Bruce Stadium.
Half time: 13-10. Scrums: 5-1. Penalties: 10-9.
Crowd: 10,270. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Royston Lightning, Brett Mullins, Ruben Wiki,
  David Boyle; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart; Quentin Pongia,
  Luke Priddis, Todd Payten, David Westley, Ben Kennedy,
  Jason Burnham; Simon Woolford, David Atkins, Tim Van Dalen, --.
Perth: Julian O'Neill; Greg Fleming, Paul Bell, Jarrad Millar,
  Eamann Edgar; Tim Horan, Matthew Rodwell; Robbie Kearns,
  Damian Chapman, Brett Green, Cameron Lewis, Peter Shiels,
  Dale Fritz; Darren Higgins, Peter Trevitt, Barrie-Jon Mather,
  Tristan Brady-Smith.
Sent off: Peter Trevitt (Perth), ?, careless high tackle, ?.


Premiership Round 10, Friday 2nd May 1997.

Adelaide Rams 14 (Joe Tamani 2, Luke Williamson tries;
  Luke Williamson 1 from 4 goals) drew with
North Queensland 14 (Ian Dunemann, Mark Shipway,
  Reggie Cressbrook tries; Luke Phillips 1 from 4 goals)
at Adelaide Oval.
Half time: 8-6. Scrums: 6-4. Penalties: 6-3.
Crowd: 15,970. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Jason Donnelly, Danny Grimley, Luke Williamson,
  Joe Tamani; Kurt Wrigley, Steve Stone; Andrew Hick, Kerrod Walters,
  Mark Corvo, Kevin Campion, Andrew Pierce, Cameron Blair;
  Bruce Mamando, Alan Cann, Chris Quinn, ?.
North Queensland: Reggie Cressbrook; Adam Warwick, Scott Mahon,
  Mark Shipway, Luke Phillips; Ian Dunemann, Jason Ferris;
  Ian Roberts, Steve Walters, John Lomax, Owen Cunningham,
  Peter Jones, Kyle Warren; Luke Scott, Glen Murphy, Bert Tabuai,
  Andrew Dunemann.


Premiership Round 10, Sunday 4th May 1997.

Brisbane 34 (Wendell Sailor 2, Kevin Walters, Darren Smith,
  Brad Thorn, Darren Lockyer tries;
  Darren Lockyer 5 from 7 goals) beat
Auckland 18 (Sean Hoppe 2, Tea Ropati tries;
  Marc Ellis 3  from 3 goals)
at Ericsson Stadium.
Half time: 10-12. Scrums: 6-3. Penalties: 6-6.
Crowd: 9,125. Referee: Brian Grant.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Hancock, Darren Smith,
  Tonie Carroll, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Glenn Lazarus, John Driscoll, Shane Webcke, Brad Thorn,
  Gordon Tallis, Peter Ryan; John Plath, Andrew Gee, Michael Devere,
  --.
Auckland: Marc Ellis; Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Paul Staladi; Shane Endacott, Stacey Jones; Brady Malam, Syd Eru,
  Mark Horo, Bryan Henare, Stephen Kearney, Logan Swann;
  Joe Vagana, Gene Ngamu, Grant Young, --.

Perth 35 (Greg Fleming, Chris Ryan, Paul Bell, Tim Horan,
  Peter Shiels tries;
  Damian Chapman 6 from 8, Chris Ryan 1 from 1 goals;
  Damian Chapman field goal) beat
Penrith 20 (Ryan Girdler, Craig Gower, Jason Williams tries;
  Ryan Girdler 4 from 4 goals)
at WACA Ground.
Half time: 18-8. Scrums: 8-5. Penalties: 6-11.
Crowd: 7042. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: ABC.
Perth: Greg Fleming; Chris Ryan, Paul Bell, Jarrad Millar,
  Eamann Edgar; Scott Wilson, Tim Horan; Brett Green, Damian Chapman,
  Robbie Kearns, Peter Shiels, Cameron Lewis, Dale Fritz;
  Darren Higgins, Jon Grieve, Matthew Fuller, Matthew Rodwell.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Bobby Thompson,
  Andrew Hinson, Robbie Beckett; Ryan Girdler, Steve Carter;
  Carl MacNamara, Craig Gower, David Alexander, Danny Farrar,
  Lee Hopkins, Jody Gall; Fa'ausu Afoa, Tony Puletua, Darren Brown,
  Fred Petersen.


Premiership Round 10, Monday 5th May 1997.

Canberra 22 (Brett Mullins 2, Laurie Daley, Luke Priddis tries;
  Royston Lightning 3 from 5 goals) beat
Cronulla 8 (Paul Green try; Mathew Rogers 2 from 2 goals)
at Bruce Stadium.
Half time: 12-6. Scrums: 5-8. Penalties: 4-5.
Crowd: 13,875. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Television: NINE.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Royston Lightning, Brett Mullins, Ruben Wiki,
  David Boyle; Laurie Daley, Andrew McFadden; Luke Davico,
  Luke Priddis, Quentin Pongia, Ben Kennedy, Jason Burnham,
  Bradley Clyde; Simon Woolford, Todd Payten, Darren Shaw,
  Tim Van Dalen.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Bell, Richard Barnett; Mitch Healey,
  Paul Green; Danny Lee, Dean Treister, Martin Lang,
  Nathan Long, Sean Ryan, Tawera Nikau; Tiaan Strauss, Chris McKenna,
  Russell Richardson, --.


Premiership Round 10, Monday 12th May 1997.

Canterbury 48 (Hazem El Masri 4, Simon Gillies 2,
  Robert Mears, Matthew Ryan tries;
  Daryl Halligan 8 from 10 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 36 (Willie Poching, Darrien Doherty, Nick Zisti, Robbie Ross,
  Brett Kimmorley, Craig Wise, Tony Iro tries;
  Noel Goldthorpe 4 from 5, Willie Poching 0 from 2,
  Nick Zisti 0 from 1 goals)
at Belmore Oval.
Half time: 18-12. Scrums: 9-7. Penalties: 5-6.
Crowd: 7,126. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Television: NINE.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Craig Polla-Mounter, Duncan McRae;
  Mitch Newton, Robert Mears, Darren Britt, Solomon Haumono,
  Simon Gillies, Glen Hughes; Robert Relf, Barry Ward, --, --.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Keith Beauchamp, Nick Zisti, John Carlaw,
  Craig Wise; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe; Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Tim Maddison, Darrien Doherty, Willie Poching,
  Neil Piccinelli; Anthony Brann, Brett Kimmorley, Brad Godden,
  Tony Iro.
Note: 36 is the highest losing score ever by a team in a
  Sydney top grade.


Premiership Round 11, Friday 16th May 1997.

Hunter Mariners 30 (Craig Wise 3, Brad Godden, Nick Zisti,
  Neil Piccinelli tries;
  Brett Kimmorley 2 from 5, Nick Zisti 1 from 1 goals) beat
Penrith 6 (Ryan Girdler try; Ryan Girdler 1 from 1 goals)
at Topper Stadium.
Half time: 10-6. Scrums: 9-8. Penalties: 6-3.
Crowd: 2198. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Nick Zisti, Craig Wise, Brad Godden,
  Gavin Thompson; Scott Hill, Brett Kimmorley; Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Tim Maddison, Darrien Doherty, Paul Marquet,
  Neil Piccinelli; Willie Poching, Anthony Brann, Justin Dooley,
  Tony Iro.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Sid Domic,
  Ryan Girdler, Andrew Hinson; Steve Carter, Craig Gower;
  David Alexander, Danny Farrar, Carl MacNamara, Duncan MacGillvray,
  Jody Gall, Darren Brown; Phil Adamson, Tony Puletua, Brett Boyd,
  --.
Note: this game should have taken place at Penrith Park--why was
  it moved?.


Premiership Round 11, Friday 23rd May 1997.

Canterbury 42 (Rod Silva, Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  Daryl Halligan, Simon Gillies, Steven Price, Robert Relf tries;
  Daryl Halligan 7 from 8 goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 22 (Rod Maybon, Kerrod Walters, Mark Corvo,
  Luke Williamson tries; Luke Williamson 3 from 5 goals)
at Adelaide Oval.
Half time: 24-0. Scrums: 6-4. Penalties: 6-6.
Crowd: 15,022. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Craig Polla-Mounter, Duncan McRae;
  Mitch Newton, Robert Mears, Darren Britt, Steven Price,
  Simon Gillies, Glen Hughes; Barry Ward, Robert Relf,
  James Pickering, Shane Marteene, Solomon Haumono.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Jason Donnelly, Danny Grimley, Luke Williamson,
  Joe Tamani; Kurt Wrigley, Stuart Topper; Andrew Hick,
  Kerrod Walters, Mark Corvo, Kevin Campion, Andrew Pierce,
  Cameron Blair; David Boughton, Dean Schifilliti, Bruce Mamando,
  Alan Cann.
Note: Canterbury appear to have used five replacements!!!.


Premiership Round 11, Saturday 24th May 1997.

Cronulla 32 (Chris McKenna 2, Russell Richardson 2,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Bell, Mathew Rogers tries;
  Mathew Rogers 2 from 8 goals) beat
Perth 2 (Damian Chapman 1 from 2 goals)
at Shark Park.
Half time: 10-2. Scrums: 7-4. Penalties: 6-12.
Crowd: 9184. Referee: Brian Grant.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Bell, Russell Richardson; Mitch Healey,
  Paul Green; Danny Lee, Dean Treister, Jason Stevens, Nathan Long,
  Chris McKenna, Tawera Nikau; Wade Forrester, Martin Lang,
  Ben Sammut, Nick Graham.
Perth: Greg Fleming; Chris Ryan, Paul Bell, Jarrad Millar,
  Eamann Edgar; Scott Wilson, Tim Horan; Brett Green, Damian Chapman,
  Robbie Kearns, Cameron Lewis, Peter Shiels, Dale Fritz;
  Jon Grieve, Darren Higgins, Matthew Fuller, Matthew Rodwell.
Cited: Jason Stevens (Cronulla),
  reckless high tackle grade 3, ?.


Premiership Round 11, Sunday 25th May 1997.

Brisbane 20 (Darren Lockyer, Steven Renouf, Brad Thorn,
  John Plath tries; Darren Lockyer 2 from 4 goals) drew with
North Queensland 20 (Andrew Dunemann, Mark Shipway,
  Ian Dunemann tries; Luke Phillips 4 from 5 goals)
at ANZ Stadium.
Half time: 0-8. Scrums: 5-7. Penalties: 3-7.
Crowd: 14,167. Referee: Tim Mander.
Television: ABC.
Note: Brisbane's lowest ever crowd at ANZ Stadium.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Hancock, Steven Renouf,
  Tonie Carroll, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Andrew Gee, John Driscoll, Shane Webcke, Gordon Tallis,
  Brad Thorn, Peter Ryan; Glenn Lazarus, Darren Smith, John Plath,
  Anthony Mundine.
North Queensland: Reggie Cressbrook; Luke Phillips, Scott Mahon,
  Mark Shipway, Adam Warrick; Ian Dunemann, Andrew Dunemann;
  Ian Roberts, Steve Walters, John Lomax, Owen Cunningham,
  Peter Jones, Kyle Warren; Glen Murphy, Luke Scott, Shane Vincent,
  Tyran Smith.
Cited: Peter Ryan (Brisbane), striking grade 2, ?.


Premiership Round 11, Monday 26th May 1997.

Canberra 20 (Ben Kennedy, David Boyle, Ruben Wiki tries;
  David Furner 4 from 4 goals) beat
Auckland 10 (Matthew Ridge, Marc Ellis tries;
  Marc Ellis 1 from 4 goals)
at Ericsson Stadium.
Half time: 8-6. Scrums: 6-6. Penalties: 5-5.
Crowd: 15,100. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: NINE.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Royston Lightning, Brett Mullins, Ruben Wiki,
  David Boyle; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart (c); David Westley,
  Luke Priddis, Luke Davico, Ben Kennedy, David Furner,
  Bradley Clyde; Jason Burnham, Brett Hetherington, Simon Woolford,
  Todd Payten.
Auckland: Matthew Ridge (c); Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Marc Ellis; Shane Endacott, Stacey Jones; Grant Young, Syd Eru,
  Joe Vagana, Bryan Henare, Stephen Kearney, Denis Betts;
  Brady Malam, Logan Swann, Gene Ngamu, Paul Staladi.


Premiership Round 12, Friday 30th May 1997.

Hunter Mariners 24 (Nick Zisti 2, Keith Beauchamp 2, Robbie Ross tries;
  Brett Kimmorley 1 from 4, Noel Goldthorpe 1 from 3 goals) beat
Brisbane 6 (Kevin Walters try; Darren Lockyer 1 from 1 goal)
at Topper Stadium.
Half time: 6-0. Scrums: 5-6. Penalties: 4-4.
Crowd: 7124. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Keith Beauchamp, Craig Wise, Brad Godden,
  Nick Zisti; Scott Hill, Brett Kimmorley; Tim Maddison,
  Robbie McCormack, Troy Stone, Paul Marquet, Darrien Doherty,
  Neil Piccinelli; Anthony Brann, Tony Iro, Noel Goldthorpe, --.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Hancock, Steven Renouf,
  Tonie Carroll, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Shane Webcke, Gordon Tallis, Brad Thorn, Andrew Gee,
  John Driscoll, Glenn Lazarus; Anthony Mundine, John Plath,
  Phillip Lee, Michael Devere.


Premiership Round 12, Saturday 31st May 1997.

Cronulla 24 (Andrew Ettingshausen 2, David Peachey,
  Geoff Bell tries; Mathew Rogers 4 from 5 goals) beat
North Queensland 10 (Scott Mahon 2 tries;
  Luke Phillips 1 from 3 goals)
at Stockland Stadium.
Half time: 12-10. Scrums: 12-9. Penalties: 6-4.
Crowd: 16,095. Referee: Tim Mander.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Russell Richardson, Richard Barnett;
  Mitch Healey, Paul Green; Danny Lee, Dean Treister, Martin Lang,
  Chris McKenna, Nathan Long, Tawera Nikau; Nick Graham,
  Wade Forrester, Geoff Bell, --.
North Queensland: Reggie Cressbrook; Luke Phillips, Mark Shipway,
  Scott Mahon, Adam Warrick; Ian Dunemann, Andrew Dunemann;
  John Lomax, Jason Death, Ian Roberts, Peter Jones,
  Owen Cunningham, Kyle Warren; Luke Scott, Tyran Smith,
  Shane Vincent, Glen Murphy.


Premiership Round 12, Sunday 1st June 1997.

Canberra 34 (Ken Nagas, Royston Lightning, Ruben Wiki, Laurie Daley,
  Andrew McFadden, Ben Kennedy tries;
  David Furner 5 from 7 goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 18 (Michael Maguire, Bruce Mamando, Steve Stone tries;
  Luke Williamson 3 from 3 goals)
at Adelaide Oval.
Half time: 14-18. Scrums: 5-4. Penalties: 11-5.
Crowd: 13,894. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Television: ABC.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Royston Lightning, Brett Mullins, Ruben Wiki,
  David Boyle; Laurie Daley (c), Andrew McFadden; Luke Davico,
  Luke Priddis, Brett Hetherington, David Furner, Ben Kennedy,
  Bradley Clyde; Simon Woolford, David Westley, Jason Burnham, --.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Michael Maguire, Luke Williamson, Solomon Kiri,
  Danny Grimley; Chris Quinn, Dean Schifilliti; Mark Corvo,
  Kerrod Walters, Alan Cann, Kevin Campion, David Boughton,
  Cameron Blair; Bruce Mamando, Steve Stone, Kurt Wrigley, --.

Perth 24 (Scott Wilson, Matthew Daylight, Damian Chapman,
  Tim Horan tries;
  Chris Ryan 2 from 4, Damian Chapman 2 from 2 goals) beat
Auckland 12 (Syd Eru, Sean Hoppe tries; Gene Ngamu 2 from 2 goals)
at WACA Ground.
Half time: 12-0. Scrums: 12-13. Penalties: 5-3.
Crowd: 10,203. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Perth: Greg Fleming; Chris Ryan, Paul Bell, Tim Horan,
  Matthew Daylight; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Brett Green,
  Matthew Fuller, Robbie Kearns, Darren Higgins, Peter Shiels,
  Dale Fritz; Jon Grieve, Corin Ridding, Matthew Geyer, Damian Chapman.
Auckland: Gene Ngamu; Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Marc Ellis; Shane Endacott, Stacey Jones; Tony Tuimavave, Syd Eru,
  Joe Vagana, Logan Swann, Bryan Henare, Denis Betts; Brady Malam,
  Hitro Okesene, Meti Noovao, --.


Premiership Round 12, Monday 2nd June 1997.

Penrith 28 (Matt Adamson, Ryan Girdler, Jody Gall, Danny Farrar tries;
  Ryan Girdler 6 from 7 goals) beat
Canterbury 20 (Hazem El Masri, Daryl Halligan,
  Duncan McRae tries; Daryl Halligan 4 goals)
at Belmore Oval.
Half time: 18-10. Scrums: 5-7. Penalties: 9-11.
Crowd: 12,431. Referee: Brian Grant.
Television: NINE.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Sid Domic, Ryan Girdler,
  Andrew Hinson; Steve Carter, Craig Gower; Jody Gall, Tony Puletua,
  Matt Adamson, Carl MacNamara, Danny Farrar, Phil Adamson;
  Darren Brown, Fa'ausu Afoa, Bobby Thompson, Brett Boyd.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Craig Polla-Mounter, Duncan McRae;
  Simon Gillies, Steven Price, Solomon Haumono, Darren Britt,
  Robert Mears, Mitch Newton; Robert Relf, Barry Ward,
  Barry Berrigan, --.
Note: Ryan Girdler's miss ended a sequence of 36 in a row for Penrith
  (he missed one in the Tri Series).


Premiership Round 13, Friday 27th June 1997.

Hunter Mariners 16 (Willie Poching, Brett Kimmorley, Scott Hill tries;
  Neil Piccinelli 2 from 4 goals) beat
Canberra 12 (Noa Nadruku, Ben Kennedy tries;
  David Furner 2 from 2 goals)
at Topper Stadium.
Half time: 12-6. Scrums: 6-9. Penalties: 8-8.
Crowd: 7404. Referee: Brian Grant.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; John Carlaw, Kevin Iro, Brad Godden,
  Keith Beauchamp; Scott Hill, Brett Kimmorley; Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Tim Maddison, Paul Marquet, Neil Piccinelli,
  Willie Poching; Tony Iro, Anthony Brann, Nick Zisti,
  Noel Goldthorpe.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Noa Nadruku, Brett Mullins, Ruben Wiki,
  Jason Croker; Laurie Daley (c), Ricky Stuart; Luke Davico,
  Luke Priddis, Quentin Pongia, Ben Kennedy, David Furner,
  Bradley Clyde; David Westley, David Boyle, Jason Burnham,
  Simon Woolford.

Premiership Round 13, Saturday 28th June 1997.

Canterbury 29 (Matthew Ryan, Craig Polla-Mounter,
  Simon Gillies, Robert Relf tries; Daryl Halligan 6 from 6 goals;
  Craig Polla-Mounter field goal) beat
North Queensland 22 (Adam Warrick, Ian Roberts, Kyle Warren,
  Kris Tassell tries; Luke Phillips 3 from 6 goals)
at Stockland Stadium.
Half time: 16-12. Scrums: 5-7. Penalties: 9-11.
Crowd: 14,176. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Canterbury: Matthew Ryan; Hazem El Masri, Shane Marteene,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Travis Norton, Craig Polla-Mounter;
  Darren Britt, Robert Mears, Steven Price, Barry Ward,
  Simon Gillies, Glen Hughes; Robert Relf, Mitch Newton,
  Solomon Haumono, Barry Berrigan.
North Queensland: Scott Mahon; Luke Phillips, Mark Shipway,
  Paul Bowman, Adam Warrick; John Doyle, Andrew Dunemann;
  Ian Roberts, Steve Walters, Martin Locke, Owen Cunningham,
  John Lomax, Kyle Warren; Glen Murphy, Peter Jones,
  Kris Tassell, Luke Scott.


Premiership Round 13, Sunday 29th June 1997.

Penrith 26 (Steve Carter 2, Craig Gower, Jody Gall tries;
  Ryan Girdler 5 from 6 goals) beat
Auckland 22 (Syd Eru 2, Stacey Jones, Paul Staladi tries;
  Gene Ngamu 3 from 4 goals)
at Penrith Oval.
Half time: 12-6. Scrums: 7-4. Penalties: 8-10.
Crowd: 4446. Referee: Phil Houston.
Television: ABC.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Sid Domic, Ryan Girdler,
  Robbie Beckett; Steve Carter, Craig Gower; Darren Brown, Jody Gall,
  Matt Adamson, Carl MacNamara, Danny Farrar, Phil Adamson;
  Fa'ausu Afoa, Duncan MacGillvray, Bobby Thompson, Brett Boyd.
Auckland: Marc Ellis; Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Paul Staladi; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Brady Malam, Syd Eru,
  Joe Vagana, Bryan Henare, Stephen Kearney, Logan Swann; Mark Horo,
  Shane Endacott, --, --.
Sinbin: Ryan Girdler (Penrith), 68.
Sinbin: Paul Staladi (Auckland), 79.

Adelaide Rams 28 (Kurt Wrigley, Kerrod Walters, Brett Galea,
  Rod Maybon tries; Luke Williamson 4 from 5,
  Kurt Wrigley 2 from 2 goals) beat
Perth 4 (Chris Ryan try; Chris Ryan 0 from 2 goals)
at WACA Ground.
Half time: 10-0. Scrums: 4-5. Penalties: 11-4.
Crowd: 7204. Referee: Tim Mander.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Wayne Simonds, Solomon Kiri, Chris Quinn,
  Kurt Wrigley; Luke Williamson, Dean Schifilliti; Andrew Hick,
  Kerrod Walters, Mark Corvo, Brett Galea, David Boughton,
  Cameron Blair; Bruce Mamando, Steve Stone, Danny Grimley,
  Elias Paiyo.
Perth: Greg Fleming; Matthew Daylight, Paul Bell, Tristan Brady-Smith,
  Chris Ryan; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Brett Green,
  Matthew Fuller, Robbie Kearns, Peter Shiels, Mark Geyer,
  Dale Fritz; Darren Higgins, Corin Ridding, Wayne Evans,
  Damian Chapman.
Cited: Mark Geyer (Perth), reckless tackle G2, 3 weeks.


Premiership Round 13, Monday 30th June 1997.

Cronulla 32 (Geoff Bell 2, Tawera Nikau, Adam Dykes,
  Andrew Ettingshausen tries; Mathew Rogers 6 from 7 goals) beat
Brisbane 4 (Gordon Tallis try; Darren Lockyer 0 from 1 goals)
at Shark Park.
Half time: 14-4. Scrums: 2-4. Penalties: 7-7.
Crowd: 12,240. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: NINE.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Richard Barnett, Russell Richardson;
  Mitch Healey, Paul Green; Danny Lee, Dean Treister, Jason Stevens,
  Craig Greenhill, Chris McKenna, Tawera Nikau; Geoff Bell,
  Martin Lang, Les Davidson, Adam Dykes.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Tonie Carroll, Steven Renouf,
  Anthony Mundine, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Glenn Lazarus, John Driscoll, Shane Webcke, Gordon Tallis,
  Brad Thorn, Peter Ryan; Darren Smith, John Plath, Andrew Gee,
  Michael Hancock.


Premiership Round 14, Friday 4th July 1997.

North Queensland 33 (Ray Mercy 3, Luke Phillips 2,
  Justin Loomans tries; Luke Phillips 4 from 7 goals;
  Andrew Dunemann field goal) beat
Penrith 26 (Steve Carter, Ryan Girdler, Sid Domic, Danny Farrar tries;
  Ryan Girdler 4 from 4, Craig Gower 1 from 1 goals)
at Penrith Oval.
Half time: 13-6. Scrums: 5-4. Penalties: 5-6.
Crowd: 5335. Referee: Brian Grant.
North Queensland: Kris Tassell; Luke Phillips, Paul Bowman,
  Ray Mercy, Justin Loomans; John Doyle, Andrew Dunemann;
  Ian Roberts, Steve Walters, John Lomax, Peter Jones,
  Owen Cunningham, Kyle Warren; Glen Murphy, Luke Scott,
  Mark Shipway, Martin Locke.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Sid Domic, Ryan Girdler,
  Robbie Beckett; Steve Carter, Craig Gower; Phil Adamson,
  Danny Farrar, Carl MacNamara, Matt Adamson, Jody Gall,
  Darren Brown; Brett Boyd, Duncan MacGillvray, Fa'ausu Afoa, --.


Premiership Round 14, Saturday 5th July 1997.

Hunter Mariners 10 (Keith Beauchamp, Tony Iro tries;
  Noel Goldthorpe 1 from 1, Neil Piccinelli 0 from 1,
  Richard Swain 0 from 1 goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 2 (Luke Williamson 1 from 1 goals)
at Topper Stadium.
Half time: 4-0. Scrums: 7-7. Penalties: 10-12.
Crowd: 2043. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Hunter Mariners: Gavin Thompson; Nick Zisti, John Carlaw, Brad Godden,
  Keith Beauchamp; Scott Hill, Brett Kimmorley; Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Tim Maddison, Tony Iro, Paul Marquet,
  Neil Piccinelli; Willie Poching, Anthony Brann, Noel Goldthorpe,
  Richard Swain.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Wayne Simonds, Solomon Kiri, Chris Quinn,
  Jason Donnelly; Luke Williamson, Dean Schifilliti; Alan Cann,
  Kerrod Walters, Mark Corvo, Brett Galea, David Boughton,
  Cameron Blair; Andrew Hick, Steve Stone, Kevin Campion, --.


Premiership Round 14, Sunday 6th July 1997.

Auckland 11 (Marc Ellis try; Matthew Ridge 3 from 4 goals;
  Stacey Jones field goal) beat
Cronulla 8 (Adam Dykes try; Mathew Rogers 2 from 2 goals)
at Ericsson Stadium.
Half time: 4-2. Scrums: 7-4. Penalties: 9-6.
Crowd: 12,400. Referee: Phil Houston.
Auckland: Matthew Ridge (c); Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati, Anthony Swann,
  Marc Ellis; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Joe Vagana, Syd Eru,
  Brady Malam, Bryan Henare, Stephen Kearney, Logan Swann; Mark Horo,
  Awen Guttenbeil, Lee Oudenryn, --.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Russell Richardson, Geoff Bell;
  Adam Dykes, Paul Green; Jason Stevens, Ben Sammut, Les Davidson,
  Craig Greenhill, Chris McKenna, Tawera Nikau; Martin Lang,
  Wade Forrester, Brett Howland, --.
Sinbin: David Peachey (Cronulla).

Brisbane 50 (Michael Devere 2, Shane Webcke 2, Wendell Sailor 2,
  Allan Langer, Anthony Mundine, Darren Smith tries;
  Darren Lockyer 7 from 10 goals) beat
Perth 14 (Paul Bell, Scott Wilson tries; Chris Ryan 3 from 3 goals)
at ANZ Stadium.
Half time: 14-8. Scrums: 7-4. Penalties: 2-4.
Crowd: 11,806. Referee: Tim Mander.
Television: ABC.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Devere, Steven Renouf,
  Darren Smith, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Glenn Lazarus, John Driscoll, Brad Thorn, Peter Ryan,
  Gordon Tallis, Anthony Mundine; Shane Webcke, John Plath,
  Andrew Gee, Tonie Carroll.
Perth: Matthew Geyer; Tristan Brady-Smith, Chris Ryan, Paul Bell,
  Matthew Daylight; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Robbie Kearns,
  Matthew Fuller, Brett Green, Wayne Evans, Darren Higgins,
  Dale Fritz; Peter Shiels, Corin Ridding, Jon Grieve,
  Shaun Devine.


Premiership Round 14, Monday 7th July 1997.

Canberra 28 (David Furner, Luke Priddis, Ruben Wiki,
  Royston Lightning, Luke Davico tries;
  David Furner 4 from 5 goals) beat
Canterbury 10 (Barry Berrigan, Daryl Halligan tries;
  Daryl Halligan 1 from 2 goals)
at Bruce Stadium.
Crowd: 7,791. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: NINE.
Canberra: Laurie Daley; Noa Nadruku, David Boyle, Ruben Wiki,
  Royston Lightning; Jason Croker, Ricky Stuart; Quentin Pongia,
  Luke Priddis, Brett Hetherington, Ben Kennedy, David Furner,
  Bradley Clyde; David Westley, Luke Davico, Jason Burnham,
  Simon Woolford.
Canterbury: Barry Berrigan; Hazem El Masri, Shane Marteene,
  Matthew Ryan, Daryl Halligan; Travis Norton, Craig Polla-Mounter;
  Darren Britt, Jason Hetherington, Steven Price, Solomon Haumono,
  Barry Ward, Simon Gillies (c); Mitch Newton, Robert Relf,
  James Pickering, Robert Mears.


Premiership Round 15, Friday 11th July 1997.

Auckland 18 (Lee Oudenryn 2, Tea Ropati tries;
  Marc Ellis 3 from 5 goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 8 (Wayne Simonds try; Luke WIlliamson 2 from 3 goals)
at Adelaide Oval.
Half time: 12-2. Scrums: 8-5. Penalties: 4-6.
Crowd: 13,278. Referee: Tim Mander.
Auckland: Marc Ellis; Sean Hoppe, Anthony Swann, Tea Ropati,
  Lee Oudenryn; Shane Endacott, Stacey Jones; Brady Malam, Syd Eru,
  Joe Vagana, Stephen Kearney, Awen Guttenbeil, Logan Swann;
  Aaron Whittaker, Bryan Henare, Mark Horo, --.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Wayne Simonds, Solomon Kiri, Chris Quinn,
  Kurt Wrigley; Luke Williamson, Dean Schifilliti; Mark Corvo,
  Kerrod Walters, Alan Cann, David Boughton, Brett Galea,
  Cameron Blair; Andrew Hick, Bruce Mamando, Andrew Pierce,
  Steve Stone.


Premiership Round 15, Saturday 12th July 1997.

Cronulla 44 (Mathew Rogers 2, Geoff Bell, Danny Lee,
  Russell Richardson, Chris McKenna, Paul Green tries;
  Mathew Rogers 7 from 9, Paul Green 1 from 1 goals) beat
Penrith 20 (Robbie Beckett, Bobby Thompson, Darren Brown tries;
  Ryan Girdler 4 from 4 goals)
at Shark Park.
Half time: 12-14. Scrums: 5-3. Penalties: 5-4.
Crowd: 11,914. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Russell Richardson, Geoff Bell;
  Adam Dykes, Paul Green; Danny Lee, Dean Treister, Jason Stevens,
  Les Davidson, Chris McKenna, Tawera Nikau; Martin Lang,
  Craig Greenhill, Brett Howland, --.
Penrith: Bobby Thompson; Peter Jorgensen, Ryan Girdler, Sid Domic,
  Robbie Beckett; Steve Carter, Craig Gower; Brett Boyd,
  Danny Farrar, Matt Adamson, Jody Gall, Duncan MacGillvray,
  Darren Brown; Tony Puletua, Phil Adamson, Jason Williams,
  Carl MacNamara.


Premiership Round 15, Sunday 13th July 1997.

Canterbury 38 (Matthew Ryan 2, Hazem El Masri,
  Shane Marteene, Robert Mears, Solomon Haumono tries;
  Daryl Halligan 7 from 8 goals) beat
Perth 26 (Matthew Rodwell, Jared Millar, Wayne Evans, Peter Shiels,
  Tristan Brady-Smith tries; Chris Ryan 3 from 5 goals)
at Belmore Oval.
Half time: 16-10. Scrums: 9-6. Penalties: 5-3.
Crowd: 4290. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Television: ABC.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  Shane Marteene, Daryl Halligan; Glen Hughes, Barry Berrigan;
  James Pickering, Robert Mears, Steven Price, Robert Relf,
  Simon Gillies (c), Travis Norton; Darren Britt, Solomon Haumono,
  Paul Mellor, --.
Perth: Matthew Geyer; John Wilshire, Greg Fleming, Chris Ryan,
  Tristan Brady-Smith; Scott Wilson, Matthew Rodwell; Brett Green,
  Matthew Fuller, Robbie Kearns, Wayne Evans, Darren Higgins,
  Jared Millar; Fred Sapatu, Peter Shiels, Tim Horan, --.

North Queensland 33 (Ray Mercy 2, Andrew Dunemann 2, Justin Loomans,
  Glen Murphy tries; Luke Phillips 4 from 7 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 14 (Brad Godden, John Carlaw, Neil Piccinelli tries;
  Richard Swain 1 from 2, Willie Poching 0 from 1,
  Nioel Goldthorpe 0 from 1 goals)
at Stockland Stadium.
Half time: 20-4. Scrums: 7-9. Penalties: 5-7.
Crowd: 11,480. Referee: Brian Grant.
North Queensland: Reggie Cressbrook; Luke Phillips, Ray Mercy,
  Paul Bowman, Justin Loomans; John Doyle, Andrew Dunemann;
  Ian Roberts, Steve Walters, John Lomax, Owen Cunningham,
  Glen Murphy, Kyle Warren; Martin Locke, Jason Death,
  John Skardon, John Buttigieg.
Hunter Mariners: Gavin Thompson; Nick Zisti, John Carlaw, Brad Godden,
  Keith Beauchamp; Scott Hill, Noel Goldthorpe; Tim Maddison,
  Robbie McCormack, Troy Stone, Paul Marquet, Tony Iro,
  Neil Piccinelli; Darrien Doherty, Willie Poching, Richard Swain,
  Tyran Smith.


Premiership Round 15, Monday 14th July 1997.

Brisbane 19 (Peter Ryan 2, Wendell Sailor tries;
  Darren Lockyer 3 from 4 goals; Allan Langer field goal) beat
Canberra 4 (Simon Woolford try; David Furner 0 from 1 goals)
at Bruce Stadium.
Half time: 9-0. Scrums: 8-8. Penalties: 1-12.
Crowd: 13,067. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: NINE.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Devere, Steven Renouf,
  Anthony Mundine, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Glenn Lazarus, Andrew Gee, Brad Thorn, Peter Ryan,
  Gordon Tallis, Darren Smith; Shane Webcke, John Driscoll,
  John Plath, Tonie Carroll.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Noa Nadruku, Ruben Wiki, Jason Croker,
  David Boyle; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart (c); Quentin Pongia,
  Luke Priddis, Brett Hetherington, Ben Kennedy, David Furner,
  Bradley Clyde; David Westley, Simon Woolford, Luke Davico,
  Brett Mullins.
Sinbin: Gordon Tallis (Brisbane), 15.
Sinbin: Laurie Daley (Canberra), 40.
Sinbin: John Plath (Brisbane), 59.


Premiership Round 16, Friday 8th August 1997.

Cronulla 28 (Russell Richardson 2, Mathew Rogers,
  Geoff Bell, Adam Dykes, Wade Forrester tries;
  Mathew Rogers 2 from 6 goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 6 (Kurt Wrigley try; Kurt Wrigley 1 from 1 goal)
at Adelaide Oval.
Half time: 14-6. Scrums: 7-8. Penalties: 3-5.
Crowd: 7231. Referee: Tim Mander.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Russell Richardson, Geoff Bell;
  Mitch Healey, Paul Green; Jason Stevens, Adam Dykes, Danny Lee,
  Les Davidson, Chris McKenna, Tawera Nikau; Martin Lang,
  Craig Greenhill, Wade Forrester, Brett Howland.
Adelaide Rams: Chris Quinn; Jason Donelly, Solomon Kiri, Luke Williamson,
  Wayne Simonds; Kurt Wrigley, Stuart Topper; Mark Corvo,
  Kerrod Walters, Kevin Campion, David Boughton, Andrew Pierce,
  Cameron Blair; Brett Galea, Michael Maguire, Joe Tamani, --.
Note: RLW gives Campion twice: at forward and on bench.

Premiership Round 16, Saturday 9th August 1997.

Canberra 22 (Noa Nadruku, Ben Kennedy, Ken Nagas,
  Brett Mullins tries; David Furner 3 from 4 goals) beat
North Queensland 14 (Paul Bowman, John Lomax tries;
  Luke Phillips 3 from 3 goals)
at Stockland Stadium.
Half time: 10-8. Scrums: 7-13. Penalties: 4-13.
Crowd: 22,026. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Noa Nadruku, Brett Mullins, Ruben Wiki,
  Royston Lightning; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart (c); Luke Davico,
  Luke Priddis, Quentin Pongia, David Furner, Ben Kennedy,
  Bradley Clyde; Jason Croker, Jason Burnham, Brett Hetherington,
  Simon Woolford.
North Queensland: Scott Mahon; Luke Phillips, Ray Mercy, Paul Bowman,
  Justin Loomans; John Doyle, Andrew Dunemann; Martin Locke,
  Steve Walters, John Buttigieg, Owen Cunningham, Luke Scott,
  Kyle Warren; Glen Murphy, Peter Jones, John Skardon, John Lomax.


Premiership Round 16, Sunday 10th August 1997.

Perth 30 (Matthew Rodwell 2, Dale Fritz, Chris Ryan,
  John Wilshere tries;
  Shaun Devine 3 from 5, Damien Chapman 2 from 2 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 22 (Nick Zisti 2, John Carlaw, Paul Marquet, Kevin Iro tries;
  Brett Kimmorley 1 from 4, Neil Piccinelli 0 from 2,
  Richard Swain 0 from 1 goals)
at WACA Ground.
Half time: 14-8. Scrums: 6-8. Penalties: 9-4.
Crowd: 5083. Referee: Brian Grant.
Perth: Matthew Geyer; John Wilshere, Chris Ryan, Greg Fleming,
  Tristan Brady-Smith; Shaun Devine, Matthew Rodwell; Brett Green,
  Matthew Fuller, Robbie Kearns, Wayne Evans, Darren Higgins,
  Jared Millar; Mark Geyer, Dale Fritz, Corin Ridding, Damien Chapman.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Keith Beauchamp, Kevin Iro, Brad Godden,
  Nick Zisti; Scott Hill, Brett Kimmorley; Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Tim Maddison, Darrien Doherty, Paul Marquet,
  Neil Piccinelli; Anthony Brann, Tony Iro, Richard Swain,
  John Carlaw.

Brisbane 54 (Kevin Walters 2, Steven Renouf 2, John Plath,
  Anthony Mundine, Michael Devere, Darren Smith, Andrew Gee,
  Wendell Sailor tries; Darren Lockyer 7 from 12 goals) beat
Penrith 12 (Steve Carter, Sid Domic tries;
  Ryan Girdler 2 from 2 goals)
at ANZ Stadium.
Half time: 26-6. Scrums: 6-3. Penalties: 9-3.
Crowd: 13,921. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: ABC.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Devere, Steven Renouf, Darren Smith,
  Wendell Sailor; Anthony Mundine, Kevin Walters (c); Andrew Gee,
  John Driscoll, Shane Webcke, Gordon Tallis, Brad Thorn, Peter Ryan;
  John Plath, Philip Lee, Tonie Carroll, Ben Walker.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Ryan Girdler, Sid Domic,
  Robbie Beckett; Steve Carter, Craig Gower; Phil Adamson,
  Danny Farrar, Carl MacNamara, Jody Gall, Matt Adamson,
  Darren Brown; Tony Puletua, Brett Boyd, Duncan MacGillvray,
  Bobby Thompson.


Premiership Round 16, Monday 11th August 1997.

Canterbury 40 (Hazem El Masri 3, Robert Mears 2,
  Peter Ryan, Rod Silva tries;
  Daryl Halligan 6 from 8 goals) beat
Auckland 18 (Anthony Swann, Lee Oudenryn, Sean Hoppe tries;
  Matthew Ridge 3 from 3 goals)
at Belmore Oval.
Half time: 14-12. Scrums: 8-3. Penalties: 6-1.
Crowd: 5126. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: NINE.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Glen Hughes, Craig Polla-Mounter;
  Steven Price, Robert Mears, Darren Britt, Robert Relf,
  Simon Gillies (c), Steve Reardon; Mitch Newton, Barry Ward,
  Barry Berrigan, Solomon Haumono.
Auckland: Matthew Ridge (c); Sean Hoppe, Shane Endacott,
  Anthony Swann, Lee Oudenryn; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Joe Vagana,
  Syd Eru, Brady Malam, Logan Swann, Stephen Kearney, Denis Betts;
  David Bailey, Mark Horo, Awen Guttenbeil, --.


Premiership Round 17, Friday 15th August 1997.

Penrith 44 (Ryan Girdler 3, Peter Jorgensen 2, Craig Gower,
  Jody Gall, Phil Adamson tries;
  Ryan Girdler 6 from 8 goals) beat
Canterbury 8 (Hazem El Masri try;
  Daryl Halligan 2 from 2 goals)
at Penrith Oval.
Half time: 14-2. Scrums: 6-7. Penalties: 5-4.
Crowd: 8213. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Sid Domic, Ryan Girdler,
  Robbie Beckett; Steve Carter, Craig Gower; Phil Adamson,
  Danny Farrar, Carl MacNamara, Jody Gall, Tony Puletua,
  Darren Brown; Duncan MacGillvray, Brett Boyd, Gordon Falcon,
  Bobby Thompson.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Glen Hughes, Craig Polla-Mounter;
  Steven Price, Robert Mears, Darren Britt, Simon Gillies (c),
  Steve Reardon, Travis Norton; Mitch Newton, Robert Relf,
  Barry Berrigan, Paul Mellor.


Premiership Round 17, Saturday 16th August 1997.

Cronulla 34 (Mathew Rogers, Paul Green, Adam Dykes,
  Wade Forrester, David Peachey, Russell Richardson tries;
  Mathew Rogers 5 from 7 goals) beat
North Queensland 12 (Luke Phillips, Luke Scott tries;
  Luke Phillips 2 from 3 goals)
at Shark Park.
Half time: 12-2. Scrums: 7-5. Penalties: 6-5.
Crowd: 11,640. Referee: Tim Mander.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Russell Richardson, Brett Howland;
  Mitch Healey, Paul Green; Jason Stevens, Adam Dykes, Danny Lee,
  Les Davidson, Chris McKenna, Tawera Nikau; Craig Greenhill,
  Wade Forrester, Dean Treister, Bryan Laumatia.
North Queensland: Reggie Cressbrook; Luke Phillips, Paul Bowman,
  Ray Mercy, Kris Tassell; Peter Jones, Andrew Dunemann; Ian Roberts,
  Steve Walters, John Lomax, Luke Scott, Owen Cunningham,
  Kyle Warren; John Buttigieg, Martin Locke, John Doyle,
  Justin Loomans.
Cited: Craig Greenhill, high tackle, exonnerated.

Auckland 30 (Matthew Ridge 2, Stephen Kearney, Denis Betts,
  Stacey Jones tries; Matthew Ridge 5 from 6 goals) beat
Perth 22 (Shaun Devine 2, Chris Ryan, Darren Higgins tries;
  Shaun Devine 3 from 4 goals)
at Ericsson Stadium.
Half time: 24-10. Scrums: 7-8. Penalties: 7-11.
Crowd: 11,000. Referee: Brian Grant.
Auckland: Matthew Ridge (c); Sean Hoppe, Tea Ropati,
  Anthony Swann, Lee Oudenryn; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Joe Vagana,
  Syd Eru, Brady Malam, Logan Swann, Stephen Kearney, Denis Betts;
  Jerry Seu Seu, Mark Horo, David Bailey, --.
Perth: Matthew Geyer; John Wilshere, Chris Ryan, Greg Fleming,
  Tristan Brady-Smith; Shaun Devine, Matthew Rodwell; Brett Green,
  Matthew Fuller, Robbie Kearns, Darren Higgins, Wayne Evans,
  Jared Millar; Mark Geyer, Corin Ridding, Dale Fritz, --.


Premiership Round 17, Sunday 17th August 1997.

Canberra 58 (Brett Mullins 3, William Kennedy 2, Ken Nagas,
  Albert Fulivai, Ricky Stuart, Simon Woolford, David Furner tries;
  David Furner 8 from 9, Royston Lightning 1 from 1 goals) beat
Adelaide Rams 16 (Rod Maybon, Luke WIlliamson tries;
  Luke Williamson 4 from 4 goals)
at Bruce Stadium.
Half time: 18-10. Scrums: 7-8. Penalties: 8-9.
Crowd: 7960. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Television: ABC.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Royston Lightning, Noa Nadruku, Brett Mullins,
  Albert Fulivai; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart (c); Quentin Pongia,
  Luke Priddis, Brett Hetherington, David Furner, Ben Kennedy,
  Bradley Clyde; Jason Burnham, Simon Woolford, Todd Payten,
  Jason Croker.
Adelaide Rams: Rod Maybon; Jason Donelly, Chris Quinn, David Kidwell,
  Joe Tamani; Luke Williamson, Steve Stone; Mark Corvo,
  Kerrod Walters, Andrew Hick, David Boughton, Andrew Pierce,
  Cameron Blair; Dean Schifilliti, Solomon Kiri, Brett Galea, --.


Premiership Round 17, Monday 18th August 1997.

Brisbane 34 (Steven Renouf 2, Gordon Tallis, Peter Ryan,
  Darren Lockyer, Wendell Sailor tries;
  Darren Lockyer 4 from 5, Michael Devere 1 from 1 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 16 (Neil Piccinelli, Keith Beauchamp, Mike Dorreen tries;
  Kevin Iro 2 from 2, Richard Swain 0 from 1 goals)
at ANZ Stadium.
Half time: 12-6. Scrums: 10-2. Penalties: 3-9.
Crowd: ?. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: NINE.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Tonie Carroll, Steven Renouf,
  Darren Smith, Wendell Sailor; Anthony Mundine, Kevin Walters (c);
  Andrew Gee, John Plath, Shane Webcke, Gordon Tallis, Brad Thorn,
  Peter Ryan; Michael Hancock, Philip Lee, Michael Devere,
  Ben Walker.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Keith Beauchamp, Kevin Iro, John Carlaw,
  Gavin Thompson; Scott Hill, Brett Kimmorley; Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Tim Maddison, Darrien Doherty, Paul Marquet,
  Neil Piccinelli; Tony Iro, Anthony Brann, Richard Swain,
  Mike Dorreen.


Premiership Round 18, Friday 22nd August 1997.

Adelaide Rams 36 (Solomon Kiri 2 (2,16), Joe Tamani (8), Kurt Wrigley (31),
  David Boughton (44), Cameron Blair (62) tries;
  Kurt Wrigley 6 from 7 (8,16,31,44,52,62) goals) beat
Penrith 16 (Jason Williams (19), Garen Casey (55),
  Chris Hicks (69) tries;
  Garen Casey 2 from 3 (55,69) goals)
at Adelaide Oval.
Half time: 22-4. Scrums: 4-6. Penalties: 6-4.
Crowd: 11,211. Referee: Brian Grant.
Adelaide Rams: Michael Maguire; Wayne Simonds, David Kidwell, Solomon Kiri,
  Joe Tamani; Kurt Wrigley, Dean Schifilliti; Mark Corvo,
  Kerrod Walters, Andrew Hick, Alan Cann, Brett Galea,
  David Boughton; Cameron Blair, Adam Peek, Chris Quinn, --.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Jason Williams, Ryan Girdler,
  Robbie Beckett, Chris Hicks; Steve Carter, Craig Gower;
  Phil Adamson, Danny Farrar, Carl MacNamara, Tony Puletua, Jody Gall,
  Darren Brown; Duncan MacGillvray, Gordon Falcon, Garen Casey,
  Brett Boyd.


Premiership Round 18, Saturday 23rd August 1997.

Canberra 36 (Ben Kennedy 2 (5,23), Noa Nadruku 2 (39,79),
  Ken Nagas (18), Luke Priddis (34), Royston Lightning (57) tries;
  David Furner 4 from 6 (18,23,39,57),
  Royston Lightning 0 from 1 goals) beat
Perth 16 (Matthew Rodwell (13), Tristan Brady-Smith (55),
  Robbie Kearns (60) tries;
  Damien Chapman 2 from 4 (13,60) goals)
at WACA Ground.
Half time: 26-6. Scrums: 11-9. Penalties: 8-13.
Crowd: 12,307. Referee: Stephen Clark.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Noa Nadruku, Brett Mullins, Albert Fulivai,
  Royston Lightning; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart (c); Quentin Pongia,
  Luke Priddis, Brett Hetherington, Ben Kennedy, David Furner,
  Bradley Clyde; Jason Croker, Jason Burnham, Todd Payten,
  Simon Woolford.
Perth: Matthew Geyer; Tristan Brady-Smith, Chris Ryan, Greg Fleming,
  John Wilshere; Damien Chapman, Matthew Rodwell; Robbie Kearns,
  Matthew Fuller, Brett Green, Mark Geyer, Wayne Evans,
  Dale Fritz; Jared Millar, Corin Ridding, Ricky Taylor, --.


Premiership Round 18, Sunday 24th August 1997.

Auckland 50 (Marc Ellis 3, Stacey Jones 2, Anthony Swann, Sean Hoppe,
  Lee Oudenryn, David Bailey tries;
  Gene Ngamu 7 from 9 goals) beat
North Queensland 22 (Kyle Warren, Ray Mercy, Luke Scott,
  John Skardon tries; Luke Phillips 3 from 4 goals) 
at Ericsson Stadium.
Half time: 28-12. Scrums: 5-6. Penalties: 7-6.
Crowd: 12,000. Referee: Tim Mander.
Auckland: Marc Ellis; Sean Hoppe, Anthony Swann,
  David Bailey, Lee Oudenryn; Gene Ngamu, Stacey Jones; Joe Vagana,
  Syd Eru, Brady Malam, Logan Swann, Stephen Kearney, Denis Betts;
  Mark Horo, Awen Guttenbeil, --, --.
North Queensland: Reggie Cressbrook; Luke Phillips, Ray Mercy,
  Paul Bowman, Justin Loomans; John Doyle, Andrew Dunemann;
  John Lomax, Jason Death, Ian Roberts, Owen Cunningham, Peter Jones,
  Kyle Warren; Martin Locke, Glen Murphy, Luke Scott, John Skardon.

Cronulla 28 (David Peachey 3, Geoff Bell,
  Richard Barnett tries; Mathew Rogers 4 goals) beat
Hunter Mariners 16 (Nick Zisti, Scott Hill, Troy Stone tries;
  Willie Poching 1 from 1, Richard Swain 1 from 2 goals)
at Topper Stadium.
Half time: 24-6. Scrums: 7-5. Penalties: 3-4.
Crowd: 5122. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: ABC.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Bell, Richard Barnett; Adam Dykes,
  Mitch Healey; Jason Stevens, Dean Treister, Danny Lee, Sean Ryan,
  Les Davidson, Tawera Nikau; Wade Forrester, Nick Graham,
  Paul Fisher, --.
Hunter Mariners: Robbie Ross; Keith Beauchamp, Kevin Iro, John Carlaw,
  Nick Zisti; Scott Hill, Brett Kimmorley; Troy Stone,
  Robbie McCormack, Anthony Brann, Willie Poching, Paul Marquet,
  Tyran Smith; Richard Swain, Darrien Doherty, Mike Dorreen, --.


Premiership Round 18, Monday 25th August 1997.

Brisbane 32 (Michael Devere, Tonie Carroll, Shane Webcke,
  Anthony Mundine, Darren Locker, Peter Ryan tries;
  Darren Lockyer 4 from 6 goals) beat
Canterbury 24 (Robert Mears 2, Rod Silva,
  Matthew Ryan tries; Daryl Halligan 4 from 4 goals)
at Belmore Oval.
Half time: 20-18. Scrums: 5-3. Penalties: 1-7.
Crowd: 9781. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: NINE.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Devere, Darren Smith, Tonie Carroll,
  Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c); Brad Thorn,
  John Driscoll, Andrew Gee, Shane Webcke, Gordon Tallis,
  Anthony Mundine; Peter Ryan, Michael Hancock, Ben Walker,
  Philip Lee.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Glen Hughes, Craig Polla-Mounter;
  Steven Price, Robert Mears, Darren Britt, Simon Gillies (c),
  Solomon Haumono, Travis Norton; Mitch Newton, Robert Relf,
  Barry Berrigan, Steve Reardon.


Premiership Major Preliminary Semifinal, Saturday 30th August 1997.

Cronulla 22 (Mathew Rogers 2, Andrew Ettingshausen,
  Russell Richardson tries; Mathew Rogers 3 from 5 goals) beat
Canberra 18 (Luke Priddis, Jason Croker, Albert Fulivai tries;
  David Furner 3 from 3 goals)
at Shark Park.
Half time: 16-6. Scrums: 7-9. Penalties: 3-6.
Crowd: 17,137. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: NINE.
Note: Originally scheduled for Sydney Football Stadium
  on the Monday.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen, Russell Richardson, Richard Barnett;
  Mitch Healey, Paul Green; Danny Lee, Dean Treister, Jason Stevens,
  Chris McKenna, Les Davidson, Tawera Nikau; Geoff Bell, Martin Lang,
  Craig Greenhill, Adam Dykes.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Noa Nadruku, Brett Mullins, Albert Fulivai,
  Royston Lightning; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart (c); Quentin Pongia,
  Luke Priddis, Brett Hetherington, David Furner, Jason Croker,
  Bradley Clyde; David Atkins, Simon Woolford, Jason Burnham, --.


Premiership Minor Preliminary Semifinal, Monday 1st September 1997.

Penrith 15 (Robbie Beckett, Tony Puletua tries;
  Ryan Girdler 3 from 3 goals; Ryan Girdler field goal) beat
Canterbury 14 (Jason Hetherington, Rod Silva tries;
  Daryl Halligan 3 from 4 goals)
at Belmore Oval.
Half time:14-8. Scrums: 7-10. Penalties: 6-6.
Crowd: 10,492. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: NINE.
Note: Originally scheduled for Stockland Stadium on the Saturday.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Robbie Beckett, Ryan Girdler,
  Bobby Thompson, Jason Williams; Steve Carter, Craig Gower;
  Phil Adamson, Danny Farrar, Carl MacNamara, Matt Adamson, Jody Gall,
  Darren Brown; Tony Puletua, Duncan MacGillvray, Brett Boyd,
  Garen Casey.
Canterbury: Rod Silva; Hazem El Masri, Matthew Ryan,
  John Timu, Daryl Halligan; Craig Polla-Mounter, Barry Berrigan;
  Steven Price, Jason Hetherington, Darren Britt, Solomon Haumono,
  Simon Gillies (c), Travis Norton; Robert Relf, Steve Reardon,
  Robert Mears, Mitch Newton.


Premiership Semifinal, Saturday 6th September 1997.

Brisbane 34 (Steven Renouf 2, Michael Devere, Wendell Sailor,
  Kevin Walters, Brad Thorn Tries;
  Darren Lockyer 5 from 7 goals) beat
Cronulla 2 (Mathew Rogers 1 from 1 goal)
at Stockland Stadium.
Note: Originally scheduled for Sydney Football Stadium on Monday,
   should have been moved to ANZ Stadium but it was booked.
Half time: 30-2. Scrums: 5-5. Penalties: 4-9.
Crowd: 26,356. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: NINE.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Devere, Steven Renouf,
  Anthony Mundine, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Shane Webcke, Andrew Gee, Brad Thorn, Gordon Tallis, Peter Ryan,
  Darren Smith; John Driscoll, Michael Hancock, John Plath,
  Tonie Carroll.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers, Geoff Bell,
  Russell Richardson, Bryan Laumatia; Mitch Healey (c), Paul Green;
  Danny Lee, Dean Treister, Jason Stevens, Les Davidson,
  Chris McKenna, Tawera Nikau; Adam Dykes, Sean Ryan, Craig Greenhill,
  Nathan Long.


Premiership Semifinal, Monday 8th September 1997.

Canberra 32 (Ken Nagas, Albert Fulivai, Luke Priddis, Simon Woolford,
  Laurie Daley tries; Laurie Daley 6 from 8 goals) beat
Penrith 12 (Steve Carter, Robbie Beckett tries;
  Ryan Girdler 2 from 2 goals)
at Bruce Stadium.
Note: Originally scheduled for the Saturday.
Half time: 16-6. Scrums: 4-4. Penalties: 8-4.
Crowd: 10,153. Referee: Graham Annesley.
Television: NINE.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Noa Nadruku, Brett Mullins, Jason Croker,
  Albert Fulivai; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart (c); Brett Hetherington,
  Luke Priddis, Quentin Pongia, Bradley Clyde, David Furner,
  Jason Burnham; Simon Woolford, David Atkins, Luke Davico,
  David Boyle.
Penrith: Peter Jorgensen; Robbie Beckett, Ryan Girdler,
  Bobby Thompson, Jason Williams; Steve Carter (c), Craig Gower;
  Carl MacNamara, Danny Farrar, Phil Adamson, Matt Adamson, Jody Gall,
  Darren Brown; Tony Puletua, Duncan MacGillvray, Gordon Falcon,
  Brett Boyd.


Premiership Preliminary Final, Saturday 13th September 1997.

Cronulla 10 (Mathew Rogers try;
  Mathew Rogers 3 from 4 goals) beat
Canberra 4 (Jason Croker try; Laurie Daley 0 from 1 goals)
at Shark Park.
Note: Originally scheduled for Sydney Football Stadium.
Half time: 8-0. Scrums: 6-10. Penalties: 5-6.
Crowd: 17,638. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: NINE.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen (c), Russell Richardson, Geoff Bell;
  Mitch Healey, Paul Green; Jason Stevens, Dean Treister,
  Danny Lee, Chris McKenna, Craig Greenhill, Tawera Nikau;
  Sean Ryan, Les Davidson, Adam Dykes, Paul Donaghey.
Canberra: Ken Nagas; Noa Nadruku, Brett Mullins, David Boyle,
  Albert Fulivai; Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart (c); Brett Hetherington,
  Luke Priddis, Luke Davico, Jason Burnham, Jason Croker,
  Bradley Clyde; Simon Woolford, Todd Payten, Andrew McFadden, --.


Premiership Grand Final, Saturday 20th September 1997.

Brisbane 26 (Steven Renouf 3, Michael Hancock tries;
  Darren Lockyer 5 from 6 goals) beat
Cronulla 8 (Russell Richardson try;
  Mathew Rogers 2 from 2 goals)
at ANZ Stadium.
Half time: 10-2. Scrums: 4-7. Penalties: 4-6.
Crowd: 58,912. Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Television: NINE.
Note: Originally scheduled for Sydney Football Stadium
  or ANZ Stadium.
Brisbane: Darren Lockyer; Michael Devere, Steven Renouf,
  Anthony Mundine, Wendell Sailor; Kevin Walters, Allan Langer (c);
  Brad Thorn, Andrew Gee, Shane Webcke, Gordon Tallis, Peter Ryan,
  Darren Smith; John Plath, Tonie Carroll, Michael Hancock,
  Ben Walker.
Cronulla: David Peachey; Mathew Rogers,
  Andrew Ettingshausen (c), Russell Richardson, Geoff Bell;
  Mitch Healey, Paul Green; Danny Lee, Dean Treister,
  Jason Stevens, Craig Greenhill, Chris McKenna, Tawera Nikau;
  Les Davidson, Sean Ryan, Adam Dykes, Nathan Long.

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