Thunder look to defence for glory

Gateshead Thunder begin their National League Two season at Kingston Park this afternoon when they face York City Knights with coach Dave Woods hoping to kick on from a strong defensive display in the Challenge Cup last weekend.

Netball: Hopes in the balance

Northumbria are fighting for their play-off lives following a second Netball Super League defeat in six days at London-based Mavericks on Saturday.

Salford clash switch

North East rugby league fans have been denied the chance to see a Super League side on Tyneside for the first time since Gateshead's solitary top-flight season in 1999.

Thunder land big guns

Gateshead Thunder have been drawn at home to Super League club Salford City Reds in the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup on April 1.

Thunder targeting a Super Cup tie

Gateshead are dreaming of a plum tie against a Super League club when the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup is drawn in Leeds tonight.

Thunder ease to season's first win

Gateshead Thunder produced a fine display to beat French Elite division club Limoux by 16 points in the third round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

Thunder bidding for Challenge Cup glory

Gateshead Thunder are hoping to go one better than in 2004 when they narrowly lost 26-22 against Limoux in the Challenge Cup under Seamus McCallion.

Thunder face tricky Cup hurdle

Gateshead Thunder face a Carnegie Challenge Cup third round tie against French outfit Limoux on Tyneside tonight with prestige and a possible financial windfall at stake, writes JEFF BOWRON.

Paul in salute to Saints' triumph

Returning hero Paul Sculthorpe hailed his side's "great team performance" after inspiring St Helens to victory in the World Club Challenge Trophy at Bolton's Reebok Stadium last night.

Wigan make their Mark

Wigan coach Brian Noble has returned to his old club Bradford to sign 18-year-old stand-off Mark Flanagan.

Coach predicts exciting times

Gateshead Thunder, whose prospective new coach Dave Woods flies into England tomorrow, will face York City Knights in both their Northern Rail Cup and National League Two opening fixtures in 2007.

Thunder latest

Gateshead Thunder's prospective new coach Dave Woods will fly into England on Wednesday and take his first training session on Tyneside the following night.

We're in excellent nick, say the Lions

Great Britain skipper Jamie Peacock has described his side's preparation this week as perfect ahead of the Tri-Nations opener against New Zealand in Christchurch tomorrow.

Thunder in move for new coach

Gates-head Thunder are closing in on their first Australian coach since Shaun McRae steered the town's original Super League club to sixth spot in 1999.

Saints march to greatness

St Helens showed all their class to see off the brave challenge of Grand Final debutants Hull and confirm their Super League supremacy.

More to come from Saints

Daniel Anderson, coach of treble-chasing St Helens, has warned their Grand Final opponents: "You haven't seen the best of us yet."

Hull 19, Bradford Bulls 12

Hull are through to their first Super League Grand Final after dashing Bradford's bid for a sixth successive trip to Old Trafford.

Briggs counts himself out at Thunder

Gateshead Thunder's protracted search for a new coach has been narrowed down to three following the withdrawal from the running of their former captain, Carl Briggs.

Thunder in talks on deal

Gateshead Thunder, in limbo regarding the appointment of a new coach, are in negotiations with an unnamed national company regarding a substantial three-year deal.

Thunder ready for play-off test but not promotion

Gateshead Thunder chairman Bill Midgley believes promotion to National League One via the play-offs this year would come too early for the reformed Tynesiders.

Thomas aims to go out with a bang

Departing Gateshead Thunder coach Dean Thomas takes charge of his last game at the Thunderdome when his side complete the regular season at home to Swinton Lions tomorrow.

Thunder take on Crusaders

Gateshead Thunder play Welsh opposition for the first time when they take on Celtic Crusaders at the International Stadium today.

Former coach is axed

Former St Helens, Hull and Gateshead Thunder coach Shaun McRae has lost his job at National Rugby League wooden spoonists South Sydney.

Aiming to end on a high

Gateshead Thunder coach Dean Thomas is determined to end his two-year reign on Tyneside on a high with three games of the regular season remaining.

Thunder all set for final push

Gateshead Thunder are ready for a final push for the National League Two play-offs after a week of turmoil.

Troubled Thunder in play-off hunt

Gateshead Thunder face their last National League Two away game of the summer at London Skolars tomorrow after an eventful week at the Thunderdome.

Thomas bolt for Thunder

An eventful 24 hours has seen Gateshead Thunder coach Dean Thomas quit the club and Australian trio Joe Burley, Joel Barnes and Trent Gocher all fined and banned.

Thomas decides to leave

A day of drama at the North-East's only professional Rugby League club, Gateshead Thunder, ended with coach Dean Thomas announcing he will leave at the end of the season and Australian trio Joe Burley, Trent Gocher and Joel Barnes being fined and banned.

Paddy has put his business on ice

North-East ice hockey franchise Mobilx Vipers rose Phoenix-like last year to clinch top spot in the national league after a decade in the doldrums.

Wigan take vital points

Wigan ended a miserable week on a high note by edging past Leeds at Headingley Carnegie last night to breathe new life into the bid for engage Super League survival, writes.

Salford tame Wolves

Salford produced a second-half masterclass to claim a thrilling third engage Super League victory of the season against play-off rivals Warrington.

Century is up for Thunder

After a traumatic, roller-coaster ride, Gateshead Thunder stage their 100th home game since Super League first came to the town in 1999, when they face London Skolars on Sunday.

The perfect present

Birthday boy Neil Thorman provided the icing on the cake with a 74th-minute drop goal which saw Gateshead Thunder clip the wings of high-flying Sheffield Eagles.

Thunder unleash Aussies on Skolars

Gateshead Thunder will have six Australians in their starting line-up for their important Powergen Challenge Cup third round tie at London Skolars today.

Early Christmas presents for Thunder boss

Gateshead Thunder coach Dean Thomas has secured the services of overseas stars Wade Liddell and Tabua Cakacaka.

It's third time lucky for Harris in final triumph

Bradford made amends for their defeat by Leeds in the 2004 Grand Final and for ex-Rhinos skipper Iestyn Harris revenge was sweet.

Target is reached as Davis retires

Veteran half-back Brad Davis retired last night with his mission accomplished after guiding Castleford back into Super League.

Bulls set up derby final after clinching thriller

Jon Wilkin's first hat-trick for St Helens was in vain as Bradford squeezed through to their fifth successive Super League Grand Final.

Smith never doubted side would go through

Leeds coach Tony Smith claimed he never believed a shock was on the cards after his side disposed of French part-timers Toulouse 56-18 to reach their second Powergen Challenge Cup final in three years.

Thunder can't afford to lose

Gateshead Thunder coach Seamus McCallion and chairman Bill Midgley both agree that tomorrow's basement trip to London Skolars is a must-win game.


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