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Offline Sporty

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O.P. « 2009-Feb-16, 11:56 AM »
Gold Coast Titans.....  :noteworthy:   :noteworthy:   :noteworthy:



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« 2009-Feb-16, 11:58 AM Reply #1 »
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« 2009-Feb-16, 12:37 PM Reply #2 »
I must be number 3 RHT supporter then hey ?

GO THE TITANS  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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« 2009-Feb-16, 01:17 PM Reply #3 »

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« 2009-Feb-16, 01:20 PM Reply #4 »
Sporty, I seen your name on their forum for something. Just forget what.

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« 2009-Feb-16, 01:25 PM Reply #5 »
Sporty, I seen your name on their forum for something. Just forget what.


Was  prob a thread i put up there a good while ago grats ...on horse racing and punting...:
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« 2009-Feb-16, 05:25 PM Reply #6 »
Titans to make 4 and then win grand final, also reds to win grand final, I can only dream

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« 2009-Feb-17, 07:51 AM Reply #7 »
 by Luke Turgeon from...The Gold Coast...bulletin

February 17th, 2009

TITANS skipper Scott Prince will head into the 2009 season with just 80 minutes of match practice, after yesterday revealing he would miss the club's final trial against the Warriors in Lismore.

Prince has a long-standing family commitment on February 28, meaning Saturday's hitout against the Sharks in Darwin will be his only test run before Round 1.

But the Australian and Queensland No.7 is not concerned by his limited preparation.

"It is a long year," said Prince. "You don't win the premiership in March, so as long as I get a hitout under my belt I will be happy with that.

"For me it is the only one so I have to go out there and start the season well. Come Round 1 you want to be playing some good football but it is a very long year and hopefully around June, July, August we will be hitting our straps."

The fact this weekend will be Prince's only run with the squad before the start of the season proper adds extra weight to an already highly anticipated Sharks trial, which will see coach John Cartwright unveil his first string side for 2009.

Cartwright yesterday named a 21-man squad for the Sharks encounter.

Hulking speedsters Esi Tonga and Jordan Atkins will have first crack at the hotly contested Titans wing spots, while Newcastle recruit Matt White will partner Luke Bailey in the front row.

Prince is excited by the prospect of having two big boppers on the flanks this season in Tonga (190cm, 100kg) and Atkins (189cm, 96kg).

"The good teams have the big outside men," said Prince. "So we need those guys in our team. It is one area where we were lacking a bit last year and that is no disrespect to the wingers that played but it is exciting to know there are young guys there that are tall and a lot bigger this year.

"Not only for our kicking game, in particular tries off kicks, but it will also allow us to counteract opposition teams with big outside backs in defence."

Fullback Preston Campbell is in doubt after rolling his ankle at training yesterday, while international backrower Anthony Laffranchi is battling a niggling hamstring complaint. But both are expected to play at this stage.

Cartwright said the Sharks clash was a 'dress rehearsal' for the season opener against Newcastle at Skilled Park on March 15.

"We want to get as much out of this game as we can," said Cartwright. "We want to go out and put a really good performance on against the Sharks, and the guys that do that put themselves in a good position to be picked for the first game.

"But guys can still play their way into the team.

"Nothing is set in stone at the moment."

Former State of Origin winger Chris Walker, who is on the comeback trail from injury, will line up against the Central Comets in Rockhampton on Saturday in a Titans side made up of under-20s players and the likes of Shannon Walker, Kevin Gordon, Brenton Bowen and Ian Donnelly. That team will be coached by under-20s assistant coach Peter Gill.

The Titans leave for Darwin on Thursday and will return to the Gold Cast on Sunday to prepare for next Saturday's final trial against New Zealand in Lismore.

Titans: Preston Campbell, Jordan Atkins, Josh Graham, Brett Delaney, Esi Tonga, Mat Rogers, Scott Prince, Luke Bailey, Nathan Friend, Matthew White, Anthony Laffranchi, Mark Minichiello, Luke O'Dwyer. Interchange: Brad Meyers, Will Matthews, William Zillman, Kayne Lawton, Sam Tagataese, Bodene Thompson, Brad Davis, David Mead.

 


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« 2009-Feb-19, 08:45 AM Reply #8 »
Titans can win title, says O'Dwyer

Pat McLeod ....from the gold coast bulletin

February 19th, 2009

TITANS foundation player Luke O'Dwyer is not frightened to talk about a premiership in 2009.

The experienced 26-year-old is part of a top line Gold Coast squad that flies out for Darwin today for Saturday night's trial against the Sharks.

Despite the pre-season being the domain of unrealistic expectation, the Gold Coast original believes the Titans can go all the way this season.

"No, I don't think it's silly to talk about a premiership," said the straight-talking O'Dwyer yesterday.

"You have to have your goals, and obviously one of our goals is the top eight. Then the top four, and if you are there, then of course a premiership is not out of reach."

Titans fans will be buoyed by O'Dwyer's confidence. Many were shattered when the home team's sensational start to 2008 -- first place midway through the season -- fizzled to a dismal 13th placing. Hopes had even been high in the club's opening year, 2007, but the back end of the season was fatal there as well.

O'Dwyer played his junior football on the Tweed before heading to Parramatta and then returned home to the Coast with the Titans.

He says there is definitely the scent of change at the still-young club.

"I can smell something different," he says. "There are the core players who have been here for three years now, then there are the young blokes and a couple of new faces who are putting on more and more pressure.

"Nobody's position is safe, and that is a great place for the club to be. Consistency will be the key, and if we get that down pat, we will have a good year."

The Titans top squad will have their first hit-out on Saturday with O'Dwyer emphasising the importance of getting combinations just right.

"It would be good to have a win, but it is more important getting the combinations in sync," he said. "We have to get our timing back and make sure everything is crisp and clean -- our ball handling, timing and tackling."

O'Dwyer is comfortable with his shift back to the utility position, where he is expecting to play a crucial role off the bench in '09.

"I have tried to lose the utility tag, but at the end of the day it suites my style of football," he said. "If I help to take the team to the top four and a premiership then it is worth it.


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« 2009-Feb-22, 08:22 AM Reply #9 »
Titans rain on Trent Barrett's homecoming

 From...David Riccio February 21, 2009 11:00pm ..The courier Mail

THE TITANS ruined Trent Barrett's NRL homecoming in Darwin last night with a performance coach John Cartwright has waited almost four months for.

In his first match back after two years spent with Wigan in the English Super League, Barrett's Sharks were left floundering by a Gold Coast outfit that boasted greater size and speed following an off-season makeover.

Cartwright identified the need to increase muscle across his entire squad during the off season and claimed last night the fruits of the players summer slog had paid off.

"I think physically we didn't aim up in a few games last year, so it's good to see that even just to look at us physically we looked comparable to the Sharks," Cartwright said.

"I was happy with combinations so early in the season. As far as signs go, the attitude of our boys was fantastic."

Cartwright's hardline stance over the off-season allowed the Gold Coast to skip out to a 12-nil lead in as many minutes with tries to Luke O'Dwyer and Mark Minichiello.

The fact that three of the Titans first four tries were scored by forwards gave the locals an insight into the Titans' intentions this season.

In comparison to the disjointed Sharks, the Titans under the guidance of Scott Prince and veteran Mat Rogers proved much more rescourceful with the football.

The one-sided scoreline failed to extinguish the excitement of Barrett, who last night spoke of his relief surrounding his NRL comeback.

The former Dragons star received a raucous cheer when he emerged from the tunnel in his new colours, but he was handed just two 20-minute quarters by coach Ricky Stuart.

"It was good to get a run under the belt. It's just good to know the feeling again, to do some defence and get through a half," Barrett said. "It's good to get through the first one, clean out the cobwebs. I'm looking forward to playing next week."

In his second 20-minute stint, Barrett grabbed an intercept and a raking 60m kick into the Titans in-goal was evidence of an off-season spent furnishing his skills in preparation for his NRL comeback.

GOLD COAST 40 (O'Dwyer, Minichiello, Delaney, Donnelly, Tonga, Graham, Tagataese tries; Prince 6 goals) d CRONULLA 16 (Snowden, Hughes, Simmons tries; Brown 2 goals).



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« 2009-Feb-22, 09:07 AM Reply #10 »
  :biggrin:  good luck Sporty.            (but trial wins are like kissing your sister,   :lol: )     

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« 2009-Feb-22, 09:29 AM Reply #11 »
 :biggrin:  good luck Sporty.            (but trial wins are like kissing your sister,   :lol: )     


Kissing my sister.... yuk...no thanx only on birthdays.... :p

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« 2009-Feb-23, 07:28 AM Reply #12 »

Kissing my sister.... yuk...no thanx only on birthdays.... :p

Twice a year is two too many   :lol:

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« 2009-Mar-02, 09:08 AM Reply #13 »
whacked by Warriors

 from Luke Turgeon ...gold coast bulletin

March 1st, 2009

THE Gold Coast Titans rugby league showed there was still plenty of room for improvement before the start of the NRL season after going down to the New Zealand Warriors 34-12 in Lismore tonight.

In front of 5156 fans at Oakes Oval, the Warriors showed they will again be a force in 2009 with a strong performance.

While the Warriors made the most of their attacking chances, the Gold Coast struggled to score points without halfback and skipper Scott Prince, who missed the match due to a long-standing family commitment.

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Warriors fullback Wade McKinnon and winger Denan Kemp each bagged doubles while Titans no.7 Brad Davis and fullback Shannon Walker scored the Titans only tries.

In the curtain raisers the Titans under-20s drew 34-all with the Warriors under-20s, while Ipswich Jets defeated Tweed Heads Seagulls 18-16.

The Titans open the NRL season against the Newcastle Knights at Skilled Park on March 15.

At Oakes Oval, Lismo Warriors 34 (Wade McKinnon 2, Denan Kemp 2, Brent Tate, Sam Rapira, Joel Moon tries; Denan Kemp 2, Joel Moon conv.) d 12 Titans (Brad Davis, Shannon Walker try; Chris Walker 2 conv)



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« 2009-Mar-06, 08:38 AM Reply #14 »
Prince urges fans to back Titans

Pat McLeod ..from the gold coast bulletin

March 6th, 2009

'WELCOME to my jungle.' That was the call to arms from Titans supremo Scott Prince for fans to rally behind the Gold Coast club in their opening salvo against the Knights on Sunday week.

"We are a young club but already we have a passionate fan base," said Prince at last night's club launch at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

"But we need those fans now more than any time in the past two seasons. Our aim is to create history and be a part of September football.

"For that to fall into place we need to start with a bang, and that means a big performance against the Knights in Round 1.

"Until we were smashed by injuries last year we had a home record at Skilled that was the envy of every team in the league (seven wins from the opening seven home games), and that was largely because of the fanatical fan base we have on the Coast.

"We need them again."

Gold Coast Titans news and photo galleries Have your say on the feedback form below The Titans home crowd aggregate last year (259,421) was second only to the Broncos (401,108), but every club in the league is concerned about what effect the global financial crisis will have on attendances in 2009.

"We know there are a lot of people out there hurting financially," said Titans general manager of operations and media Ian Buchanan.

"We have tried to structure our pricing this year to help fans out, but across the board there has been reduced memberships.

"I know we have not been hit as hard as some other clubs but we are tracking below where we were last year. At the moment we are heading towards a first-up home crowd for the Knights of about 18,000, but we hope sales will pick up next week."

The Gold Coast opened 2008 with a sellout crowd and a win against the Cowboys, which was the first game staged at Skilled.

Prince said fans can't under-estimate how crucial they are to the Titans success this year.

"Skilled is an amazing stadium and when it is packed it has a real State of Origin feel to it," he said. "I know the boys get a real lift when they come out there. When you hear the Welcome to the Jungle anthem belt out you can't help but be in your best frame of mind."

Titans managing director Michael Searle reminded club faithful of 'the journey' at last night's launch.

"On March 15 when we play Newcastle it will be 10 years to the day since (club chairman) Paul Broughton and I met with community leaders in Southport to rally support for an NRL licence," he said.

"Tonight is a reminder of how important community is to this club. We have not faked our existence, we have had to work hard to get where we are."

Searle also emphasised how important crowd support is.

"Big crowds, that is what the boys thrive off," he said. "Sometimes we take for granted the existence of our footy team. People need to understand how important atmosphere is.

"I know the people of the Gold Coast are not fair weather followers. They've been with us from the first trial games that made the NRL realise we deserved a team here."


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« 2009-Mar-15, 10:51 AM Reply #15 »
Go you mighty titans this arvo   :noteworthy: ....i'll be there...   :)  :p



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« 2009-Mar-15, 11:28 AM Reply #16 »
Going to be hot mate

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« 2009-Mar-15, 11:36 AM Reply #17 »
Going to be hot mate

Stinker grats was yesterday to....thats alright i'll just have to get some more of that  lovely XXXX up me.... :p

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« 2009-Mar-15, 11:42 AM Reply #18 »
Stinker grats was yesterday to....thats alright i'll just have to get some more of that  lovely XXXX up me.... :p

Hint. It is better to drink than use as some sort of sex toy !

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« 2009-Mar-15, 11:47 AM Reply #19 »
Hint. It is better to drink than use as some sort of sex toy !


Don't drink long necks....  :lol:   :lol:   :lol:

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« 2009-Mar-15, 07:35 PM Reply #20 »
Bit tardy out of the gates the boys where...but finished off in fine style....   :noteworthy:  

FULL TIME

Titans: 34
Knights: 20

Titans Tries:
Mat Rogers 31m
Luke O'Dwyer 34m
Nathan Friend 38m
Scott Prince 44m
Brad Meyers 54m
William Zillman 70m

Knights Tries:
Akuila Uate 7m
Jarrod Mullen 22m
Matt Hilder 47m

Conversions:
Scott Prince 5/6
Kurt Gidley 3/3

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« 2009-Mar-15, 08:50 PM Reply #21 »
Titans start season in style with 34-20 victory over Knights
By Laine Clark | March 15, 2009

A wonderful 80m run by William Zillman sealed the Gold Coast Titans 34-20 NRL season opening win over Newcastle Knights at Skilled Park.

He has been dubbed "TP" - or total package - by his new Gold Coast teammates since moving from Canberra in the off-season.

And he certainly looked it as he ran around some tired Knights defence to score the match-winner and bring the 16,203-strong crowd to their feet.

With the Knights on the attack, Titans winger Esi Tonga cleverly regathered a kick and set Zillman loose on a fantastic run that ended under the posts in the 72nd minute.

After coming back from 14-0 down to lead 16-14 at half-time, the Titans went further ahead in the 44th minute when Scott Prince's dummy baffled Ben Rogers and the Gold Coast skipper waltzed over for a try.

But the Knights hit back in a passage of play that seemed to sum up the scrappy game.

Newcastle regained possession quickly after the re-start when Titans backrower Mark Minichiello lost the ball.

Veteran Knight Adam MacDougall then appeared to be held by four defenders only to deliver a ball to reserve Matt Hilder who dived over in the right corner in the 47th minute.

Kurt Gidley's sideline conversion cut the deficit to just 22-20.

Enter Brad Meyers.

With his bushy red beard, the former international looks more like a mountain man than a glitter strip resident.

But the Titans forward certainly looked at home at Skilled Park as he bulldozed over Isaac De Gois and then Gidley in a thundering 25m run to score in the 54th minute.
Zillman then put the result beyond doubt.

The Knights appeared to be laughing when they led 14-0 by the 29th minute.

Newcastle drew first blood through Fiji's World Cup star winger Akuila Uate's strong run in the seventh minute.

Knights half-back Jarrod Mullen did it all himself in the 22nd, bumping off Prince before taking over another three defenders.

Newcastle captain Gidley's 29th minute penalty gave the visitors the 14-0 buffer.

Then the Titans were sparked by a man who believes he is unwanted at the club - hooker Nathan Friend.

He is set to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season after falling out with the club over their high profile - but ultimately failed - talks with superstar rakes Cameron Smith and Robbie Farah.

However, Friend hardly looked distracted with his first half performance that sparked three tries in six minutes.

First Friend darted out of dummy half to set up pivot Mat Rogers in the 31st minute.

Luke O'Dwyer juggled a Prince pass before regathering and burrowing over in the 34th before Tonga's quick thinking gave the Titans the lead.

After a Prince break, Rogers grubbered into the in-goal only for Knights winger James McManus to fumble the ball.

Tonga then pounced, flicking the ball back as he fell out of bounds to give Friend the easiest of tries.

AAP

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« 2009-Mar-16, 07:11 AM Reply #22 »
Post match press conference...

http://www.titans.com.au/index.php?page_id=tv

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« 2009-Mar-16, 07:22 AM Reply #23 »

After a Prince break, Rogers  :censored: bered into the in-goal only for Knights winger James McManus to fumble the ball.



Why is the word 'g r u b' censored?

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« 2009-Mar-16, 08:03 AM Reply #24 »
Dissapointing loss by the knights. They just faded after the good start. Still can't complain too much, I am hoping for a top 8 finish but ultimately a top 10 finish will set us up nicely for next two years. Losing Buderus is a big blow but losing Bailey to manly this year is not a good omen as Bailye is a very good utility. As long as we have Mullen, Gidley, Simpson and Patterson around, we can still be competitive especially at home...


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