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Six Broncos for Tri-Series
by Chris Cox
Monday October 4, 2004

The Australian Rugby League has included all six Broncos players from the train-on squad in the final 25-man outfit that will contest the Tri-Series in New Zealand and Britain over the next two months.

Victorious Bulldogs skipper Andrew Ryan, Clive Churchill medallist Willie Mason and teammates Willie Tonga and Mark O'Meley have also been chosen for their first international duty after Canterbury defeated the Roosters 16-13 in last night's Grand Final.

Coach Wayne Bennett said he was looking forward to coaching Mason for the first time on the tour. "He's been very, very good. I think when Steve (Price) got injured in the major preliminary game Willie stood up for his team."

Broncos well represented
by Chris Cox
Friday October 1, 2004

As many as eight Broncos could be involved for Australia in the upcoming Tri-Nations Series during October-November, with the team to be announced in Sydney on Monday.

Coach Wayne Bennett will be in charge on his second Kangaroos team, having coached Australia for two Anzac Tests at the end of 1998.

Darren Lockyer will be named captain for his second successive tour as national leader after leading the Kangaroos to a memorable 3-0 clean sweep of last year's Ashes series in Britain.

Carroll's Efforts Rewarded
by Michael McLucas
Tuesday September 21, 2004

Broncos' lock Tonie Carroll's hard work this season for his team has paid off with a call-up to the Kangaroos' Train-on Squad for their tri-series against New Zealand and Great Britain later on in the year.

Carroll is amongst 6 Broncos who have been named in the squad, with Darren Lockyer, Petero Civinoceva, Shane Webcke, Shaun Berrigan and Brent Tate also impressing the selectors enough to be picked.

Carroll has been in career best form for the Broncos this season, and is not an outsider of putting on his first Australian jersey. His hard-hitting defence and good line-breaking abilities have made him a front-runner for Broncos Player of the Year, and to pull on an Australian jersey will certainly make the Broncos' lock satisfied with his season.

Cowboys Knock Broncos Out of Title Race
by Michael McLucas
Saturday September 18, 2004

The Brisbane Broncos have been knocked out of the 2004 Telstra Premiership race by their fellow Queenslanders, the North Queensland Cowboys, in a high intensity match at Dairy Farmers Stadium. In a low scoring affair, the Cowboys ran out 10-nil victors in front of a euphoric home crowd, featuring atmosphere never seen before in North Queensland.

At the end of the day, the Broncos simply lacked the enthusiasm to match it with the Cowboys, whose on line defence was absolutely superb. Last tackle options were poor from both sides, but the Cowboys had the advantage in the go forward department, with Mitchell Sargent doing the damage with an outstanding performance off the bench. Sargent was supported by fellow forwards Luke O'Donnell, Shane Tronc and Paul Rauhihi, all taking advantage of a wounded Broncos forward pack.

Things weren't going right for the Broncos before they even stepped onto the field. Gorden Tallis led the team onto the field, then left them to do the job after heading back up the tunnel looking far from 100%. To Gordy's credit though, he came on and had a solid game. However, strong performances from him, Shaun Berrigan and Tonie Carroll weren't enough to get the Broncos over the line - literally. They didn't even score a point. That is the first time they have been held to 0 since 2001, where Newcastle belted them 44-0.

At half-time, the Cowboys definately went into the sheds looking the better team, but there was still light at the end of the tunnel for the Broncos. Carroll's defensive efforts in the first half were incredible, with 26 tackles to his credit, with a lot of them one on one. He was the only player the looked to be trying to match it with the Cowboys in the toughness department. In one word, he was - outstanding. The Broncos had so many opportunities it is a wonder how they managed not to score a point. The Cowboys only gave away one penalty close to their line, in which Lockyer made the decision to tap the ball and put the Cowboys under pressure early. That was the right decision, but it was clear from that set of 6 that the Cowboys meant business. The Broncos never looked like going over the line in a combination of poor attacking decisions and Cowboys defence. It was absolutely unbreakable.

Meyers heads for England
by Mike Aitken
Friday September 17, 2004

Brad Meyers has been released from his contract with the Brisbane Broncos so he can play with the Bradford Bulls in the English Super League next season. Meyers has been with the Broncos since he was seventeen years old and has played over one hundred first grade games in the NRL.

A towering back rower who has represented Queensland and Australia leaves the Broncos after two seasons littered with injuries and indifferent form. Wayne Bennett was quick to praise the decision by ‘Big Red’ saying “…Brad’s style of play is really suited to the English game, and I am sure he will make the best of the challenge that lies ahead”

This season Meyers has struggled to cement a starting position with the Broncos and this is no doubt the reason behind the switch to Bradford. Bruno Cullen who released Meyers from his contract agreed with him stating that “…he has had difficulty securing a permanent starting spot with the Broncos for the past two seasons, and has obviously assessed that his future might lie elsewhere”. Meyers will have a chance to cement a starting position with his new club under head coach Brian Noble and will no doubt become a better player from the experience.

Team for Cowboys clash remains unchanged.
by Mike Aitken
Tuesday September 14, 2004

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has named an unchanged side from last weeks lost loss to the Melbourne Storm. Bennett has refused to drop any players and will give them another chance to turn their season around in Townsville on Saturday night. A notable addition to the squad is work horse David Stagg. Stagg has been sidelined for five weeks with a serious ankle injury sustained a week after he made an NRL record of fifty-nine tackles in one game. Sam Thaiday and Brad Meyers are also included on an eight man bench.

Explosive Storm in Brisbane tonight!
by Mike Aitken
Saturday September 11, 2004

Tonight the Broncos continued the trend of leading their opposition into half time, only to fall asleep in the second. The Broncos started the game strongly, completing their sets, putting a clearing kick in away from Billy Slater, following with a good kick-chase game and throwing themselves around in defence. The Broncos scored a classic try from Tonie Carroll running a beautiful line off a Darren Lockyer short ball to crash over Billy Slater sending the crowd wild. Lockyer converted the try to lead the Storm six points to nil.

The Broncos continued to control possession and played in the Storm’s half for the remaining thirty minutes. The Storm continued to struggle with the Broncos speed of rucks, and in their effort to slow them down, gave away a penalty right in front of their goals. Lockyer added the two points and went into half time leading eight points to nil.

by Brisbane Broncos
Thursday September 9, 2004

The third 2004 issue of Bronco! - the official magazine of the Brisbane Broncos – is out NOW!

Focusing on the NRL finals – which again involves the Broncos – the magazine cover carries a banner headline “Batten Down the Hatches”, and features action photos of internationals Dane Carlaw and Brent Tate, as well as an image of Dane “ready for battle”.

Bronco also details the re-signing of champion Darren Lockyer, and pinpoints the records he is likely to conquer in his next five seasons with the Broncos. We also list all signings by the club for 2005 and beyond, including the return of Brad Thorn and Justin Hodges.

Lockyer and Hunt re-sign
by Michael Fedrick
Monday September 6, 2004

Some overdue good news emerged from the Broncos stable today, with the club announcing the re-signing of star five-eighth Darren Lockyer and young gun Karmichael Hunt.

Lockyer's five year contract will almost certainly make him the first 300-plus game player for the Broncos, while Hunt's position in the team is secure for the next two seasons.

Broncos CEO Bruno Cullen was obviously ecstatic with the news, after losing players like Gorden Tallis, Craig Frawley and Michael De Vere throughout the course of the 2004 season.

"We recently lost one champion in Gorden Tallis, so we are obviously delighted to announce today that we have Darren and Karmichael remaining with us in the Broncos stable," he said.

Broncos mauled by Panthers
by Mike Aitken
Saturday September 4, 2004

The Brisbane Broncos have completed one of their worst runs into a finals series in their sixteen year history, with a heavy loss to the Penrith Panthers. The Broncos were physically blown away by the Panthers with an intimidating score line forty six points to twenty, the Broncos have a lot of soul searching to do before next weeks home final.

With a scrappy draw over wooden spoon contenders; South Sydney, and a come from behind win against the Wests Tigers, tonight was a chance for the Broncos to turn their form around heading into the play-offs. Unfortunately the exact opposite happened; the Broncos defence crumbled against aggressive running forwards and quick plays the balls. The Broncos missed approximately one hundred tackles and only managed 5 line breaks.

Brisbane didn’t get off to the best of starts with Carl Webb and Craig Gower involved in a nasty head clash after taking a blind-side run. Carl Webb left the field and didn’t return while Gower stayed on and directed his team beautifully around the park. From that point on, the Broncos lacked any real intensity and enthusiasm. At the end of that set, Casey McGuire put a neat little grubber through, only to watch Rhys Wesser scooping it up and running thirty meters without any of the chasers laying a hand on him.

Penrith then started up the engine room, John Lang and Joel Clinton hitting it up the middle, while Joe Gulavo and Trent Waterhouse hitting the edges. They were able to play the ball quickly and the Broncos were finding it hard to gain authority in the ruck.

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