The action at the BCU International Stadium is so hot that players are forced to slip, slop, slap. Here Steven Raymond from the
The action at the BCU International Stadium is so hot that players are forced to slip, slop, slap. Here Steven Raymond from the

CREAM RISING TO THE TOP



THE 2007 Seniors NTL tournament has produced some high-quality clashes across the seven contested divisions at the halfway mark of the four-day tournament.

Teams representing the 12 permit areas from all over Australia have battled in out on the opening two days of the prestigious event and the wheat is starting to get sorted from the chaff.

The event's premier division, the Men's 30s sees big guns Rustlers,, led by Australia Men's Open captain Gavin Shuker, and Southern Suns, spearheaded by 2007 World Cup Australian Men's Open player Matt Curran, at the top of the leader board.

In the Women's 30s division, defending champions Suns and the North Queensland Cyclones have the early form on the board with three wins from three starts.

Three time champions Scorpions are dominating proceedings in the Women's 40s division with North Queensland Cyclones, South Queensland Sharks and Southern Suns in hot pursuit.

The Men's 35s competition is being closely contested by three teams. The Sydney Scorpions, Brisbane Cobras, and the South Queensland Sharks have all shown good early form.

The Sharks are fielding a team with seven former national Open representatives including former Sydney Roosters, Papua New Guinea and Queensland State of Origin captain Adrian Lam and look to be the team to beat with emphatic form early in the tournament.

In the Men's 40s division, back to back champions Scorpions and the Southern Suns have opened up a break on the rest of the field and look to be the teams to beat with four wins from four starts at the halfway mark in the competition.

The Northern Eagles have raised some high hopes for supporters of the local team in both the Men's 45s and 50s divisions.

The 45s are being dominated by three teams locked at the top of the leader board, Northern Eagles, Suns and Sharks.

In the Men's 50s section, the Northern Eagles find themselves in the top four but competition at the top is tight. The Cobras, Mets and Suns are all in contention to snaffle the 2007 title at the halfway mark of the competition.

Games continue today at the BCU International Stadium from 9.20am with the finals to be played tomorrow from 8am in all seven contested divisions.



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