On this day, a shattered Peter Sterling calls it a day, Aidan Guerra breaks his jaw, while a recovery swim at the beach goes all wrong for Scott Prince.
Parramatta legend Peter Sterling tearfully announces his retirement after dislocating his troublesome shoulder in the Eels' clash with Western Suburbs the previous day. Sterling won four premierships with the Eels and is still widely regarded as one of the game's all-time great halfbacks.
Melbourne prop Rodney Howe is rushed back into the Storm starting line-up after completing a 22-match suspension for steroid use, while North Sydney recall troubled forward Josh Stuart to first grade following a club-imposed suspension. There is controversy in New Zealand when the Warriors stand down rookie centre Peter Lewis "indefinitely" for allegedly abusing teammates during his team's loss to Balmain.
Melbourne stage a dramatic comeback to end Parramatta's 14-match undefeated run at Parramatta Stadium. The Storm fight back from a 30-10 halftime deficit to prevail 32-30.
Gold Coast halfback Scott Prince is caught in a rip off Kurrawa Beach during a team recovery session. Prince makes it back to shore safely to play out the remaining 18 months of his contract with the Titans and signs with the Broncos for one more year before retiring in 2013 on exactly 300 NRL games.
Newcastle chief executive Steve Burraston announces his resignation after four years in the job. Burraston's decision follows the successful takeover bid for the club by mining magnate Nathan Tinkler.
Sydney Roosters back-rower Aidan Guerra faces at least a month on the sidelines after suffering a broken jaw playing against Cronulla at Allianz Stadium. Sharks fullback Michael Gordon is cleared over the incident after the NRL's match review committee ruled that the winger's contact with his knees was accidental.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.