Bradford avenged last season's Super League Grand Final loss with a battling win over Leeds at Old Trafford. The deal includes a 20-team competition in 1998, reduced to 16 teams in 1999 and 14 teams in 2000. December 4, 1997 Expectations of a united competition are raised by reports of a deal between pay TV operators Optus and Foxtel. It is played between two teams who have qualified via the Super League Play-Off series.. December 21, 1995 Super League contracts of Bulldogs quartet Dean Pay, Jason Smith, Jim Dymock and Jarrod McCracken declared void in NSW Industrial Court, enabling them to join ARL-aligned Parramatta. September 20, 1997 Brisbane beat Cronulla 26-8 in the inaugural Super League grand final. Last month Whitehaven beat Castleford 32-22 in the qualifying semi-final, attracting a record crowd of 6,143 to the Recreation Ground. February 6, 1995 News Ltd executive David Smith addresses a meeting of ARL clubs about the Super League concept. Evidence that rugby league is becoming more competitive across the board can be seen in the National League One Grand Final when ... year's Super League Grand Final. McCormack, who was named National League One coach of the year last week, has already brought the Cumbrian side their first silverware since their formation in 1948 with the League leaders trophy. March 22, 1996 Seven games in the opening round of the ARL competition result in forfeits after Super League players refuse to play. Among the findings were that the clubs were bound by loyalty agreements to the ARL, which owned the rights to club colours, logos, names and jerseys, and that both News Ltd and the Super League companies had acted with "dishonesty" and "duplicity". Sat 8 Oct 2005 19.44 EDT. February 27, 1997 A Supreme Court injunction is issued against Illawarra's John Cross and Manly's Jack Elsegood playing for Super League clubs. October 2, 1997: Super League players Anthony Mundine, Phil Adamson and Carl MacNamara ordered to return to ARL clubs by NSW Industrial Relations Court. Expect another highly-charged contest in front of a packed Old Trafford with the refreshed Rhinos enjoying a slight edge. Watch match replay footage of every NRL Grand Final from 1966 to 2018. February 3, 1995 Broncos start Federal Court action against NSWRL over salary cap rules. No team has ever won the Grand Final after finishing third in the League so Bradford will have to create a bit of history. Evidence that rugby league is becoming more competitive across the board can be seen in the National League One Grand Final when Whitehaven take on the Castleford Tigers at the Halton Stadium, Widnes for a place in Super League. February 28, 1997 Ken Arthurson resigns as ARL chairman. 'It promises to be another nailbiting affair.'. September 25, 1995 Federal Court trial begins before Justice James Burchett, lasts 51 days. The crucial factor could be the week's rest the Rhinos have enjoyed because while Bradford were battling close to exhaustion in their 23-18 win over St Helens on Friday, Leeds had their feet up.