IT HAS been a tough trot for the Afflick brothers at Souths, racking up a combined five weeks worth of suspensions in the opening half of the Newcastle Rugby League season.
Justin Afflick will be sidelined for the next two matches after entering an early guilty plea on Wednesday to a grade two dangerous throw charge from Saturday's 8-0 win over Macquarie.
* APPROACHING the midway point of the season Wests halfback Luke Walsh leads the player of the year standings from Cessnock's Steve Waetford, Central's Brad Murray and Maitland's Geordie Connelly.
* DIARY dates from around the district clubs: Souths sportsman's lunch with Greg Ritchie on June 28; Lakes race day at Newcastle on June 29; balls for Cessnock and Maitland both on July 13; and Central's trivia night on July 27.
* NEWCASTLE will be well represented at women's State of Origin at North Sydney Oval on June 21.
Olivia Kernick, Caitlan Johnston and Joeli Morris were this week named in the Blues team for the inaugural under-18 women's match against Queensland.
This follows CRL Newcastle quartet Isabelle Kelly, Kylie Hilder, Hannah Southwell and Holli Wheeler making the final senior squad.
* RON Massey Cup side the Guildford Owls claimed the NSW Challenge Cup title with a 42-16 victory over country side Dubbo CYMS at Apex Park on Saturday, reversing last year's final result.