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#1 Honor James

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 10:52 AM

The Jamaica Rugby League Association has announced their 22-man initial squad to face Canada at the Lamport Stadium in Toronto on Saturday (July 19) kick off 7pm.


The Reggae Warriors will battle the Wolverines for the fourth annual Caribbean Carnival Cup, currently held by Canada after their 38-14 victory last time out.


The Jamaican squad departs the island today and will return on Monday July 21.


Canada, currently ranked 16th in the world and having had a number of warm up matches against touring opposition, will enter the game as favourites, their opponents 23rd in the standings.


However, Jamaica national coach Romeo Monteith expects his side to be in the contest.  “Our aim is to compete for 80 minutes,” he said on departing Kingston. “We have prepared well and have a squad that is hungry for success. The coaching staff is confident that our boys will put in a good effort and make Jamaica proud.”


The squad, which is drawn from eight clubs, features two English-based players in Sheffield Eagles’ Corey Hanson and Hamish Barnes from Siddal. Adding extra spice, four members currently play in the Canadian Rugby League Championship: Orlando Jones, Donald Walters, Kenneth Walker and Greg Hall.


Jamaica Squad:


Andre Reid, Jason Gooden, Jermaine Pinnock, Joseph Shae, Khamisi McKain, Marvin Thompson, Renaldo Wade, Robert Rodney, (Duhaney Park Red Sharks), Adrian Mckenzie, Ryan Grant, Chevaughn Bailey (GC Foster College) Alec Harris, Antonio Baker, Kenardo Morgan (Mico University College), Corey Hanson-(Sheffield Eagles), Greg Hall, Kenneth Walker, Orlando Jones, Donald Walters (Toronto City Saints), Nathan Campbell (University of Technology), Hamish Barnes (Siddal), Tyronie Rowe (Vauxhall Vultures)


Romeo Monteith
JRLA Development Officer

Tel: 1-876-460-9901, Email: romeocbar@yahoo.com  Romeo.Monteith@rfl.uk.com

Website: www.jamaicarugbyleague.com 

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

#2 Honor James

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:47 AM



In front of a crowd of over 3,000 despite heavy rain, Jamaica just missed out on claiming the fourth annual Caribana Trophy, losing 24-20 to Canada in Toronto.


Nevertheless, JRLA head coach Romeo Monteith felt his team gave it their best effort. “The conditions were harsh with the wet ball but the boys dug deep and gave themselves a chance at the end,” he said.


“If a few calls had gone our way and we had been more careful with the ball we would have done better but it was an entertaining game for the fans and the Reggae Warriors continue to improve. I'm very proud of this team and all Jamaica should be too.”


Jamaica started strongly when second rower Nathan Campbell bust through three tackles and sprinted 40 metres for a try after 20 minutes, Ryan Grant landing the conversion.


Canada responded soon after through Tom Clancy with a sneak over from dummy half, Steve Piatek adding the extras.


There was controversy two minutes later when referee Paul Byrne allowed Canada a quick tap close to Jamaica's line while the visitors were still retreating, Cam Grace racing over despite the protests and Piatek goaling.


Joe Perez-Bangay scampered through a tiring Jamaica defence and again Piatek kicked the conversion to give Canada a commanding 18-6 lead but Jamaica responded in the run up to the break, through centre Hamish Barnes, with a blistering long range run to make it 18-10.


Canada scored the final points  of the half when Piatek slotted over a penalty.


Canada opened strongly in the second period when speedy winger Brett King latched on to a grubber kick from Matt Wyles in the 54th minute to make it 24-10.


Jamaica then had the lion share of possession but were thwarted by strong defence from the Wolverines and handling errors.


In the final 10 minutes, Sheffield Eagles’ Corey Hanson powered over in the right corner and Renaldo Wade scored on the left hand side, with Hanson converting to make it 24-20 and set up a nervy finish.


Canada 24 (20)


Tries: Tom Clancy, Cam Grace, Joe Perez-Bangay, Brett King

Goals: Steve Piatek 4


Danny Tupou, Brett King, Christian Miller, Lukas Silver, Tony Felix, Matt Wyles, Steve Piatek, Rob Autagavaia, Adam Moody, Cam Grace, Tom Clancy, Billy Skidgmore, Denny McCarthy (Subs – all used) Chad Bain, Erick Alvarado, Braden Stubel, Joe Perez-Bangay


Jamaica 20 (10)


Tries: Nathan Campbell, Hamish Barnes, Corey Hanson, Renaldo Wade

Goals: Ryan Grant 1, Corey Hanson 1


Joseph Shae, Adrian Mckenzie, Hamish Barnes, Corey Hanson, Renaldo Wade, Ryan Grant, Robert Rodney, Antonio Baker, Marvin Thompson, Alec Harris, Nathan Campbell, Khamisi McKain, Jermaine Pinnock (Subs – all used) Chevaughn Bailey, Greg Hall, Tyrone Rowe, Kenardo Morgan


Referee - Paul Byrne (Eng)


Attendance - 3,129

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