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Honor James

Member Since 14 Apr 2004
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#3035295 Ref attacked in amateur rugby league game

Posted by Honor James on 20 November 2014 - 08:01 AM

For me the respect to referrees began to decline when refs started calling players 'mate' or referring to them by their first name or nickname.

IMHO refs are not 'mates' of players when officiating.


I agree one hundred percent.  And the same comment could be equally appropriate applied to teachers ......... parents ........ foremen at work ........ matrons in hospitals ...... police officers ........ (politicians ?) ................  


Great topic.  It goes straight to fundamentals doesn't it.


All of us, especially when we are young, need to have confidence in our mentors if we are to benefit fully from them.


We need fair, firm, consistent guidance, instruction where necessary, and a strong sense of reliability and trustworthiness in our mentors just as much as we need kindliness, encouragement, approval and support from them ..... and of course (especially where essential) appropriately expressed love.


An effective mentor can certainly be a good friend, in my view, but in my experience not ever (usefully) `one of the boys' (or the girls).


It may be a very fine line that we cross (between friendliness and mateyness) but if, as a mentor, you once step over that line there is roll on effect, and you had better be pretty super-human to roll with it and yet remain fully effective as a nurturer, guide and mentor.



#2991944 Is Zak Hardaker set for another lengthy ban? (Merged threads)

Posted by Honor James on 10 September 2014 - 12:55 AM

There is a lot in what you say in your last three paragraphs, Dave T, and I am happy to concede that.


However, I do not know the facts behind the media `frontage' of this matter so all I can rightly say is that Zak Hardaker has been perceived to be offensive while on camera, on two occasions.


Also that he admitted, after the first perceived offence, to having offended (though not intentionally) against any or all in our society whose sexual preference and ability to love, finds the object of its best fulfilment in a person or persons of the same sex.


That having offended Zak apologised, was punished, and of his own free will made further reparation by actively engaging in an opportunity to meet, learn about, understand and befriend a group of such people.


Homosexual people, they are called.  That's the formal word we use to describe them in English if they are male - all of them- homosexual.  Or if they are female - lesbian.


And yet, though I am not one of them and cannot know their personal truth, my own humanity suggests to me, that just one word to serve for all of each of two whole categories of humanity is surely a pitiful few.  One word to cover the entire gamut of types, styles, personalities and preferences that word is assigned to encompass? The myriad modifications of traits and self-images that lie dormant, a potential in all human lives, until a moment may arise to trigger one change or a hundred others.


Pitifully inadequate!  We are all of us potentially a great many shades of grey.  And not only in our sexual preferences, in every facet of our wonderfully individual, growing, changing, flowering or sometimes sadly shrinking, withering human nature.


I therefore assume that Zak Hardaker too, is a growing, changing, flowering and yes, potentially a withering human nature.  One who appears to be working on ways to contain and control, without entirely killing, the wild passion of youth that burns within him, unsuitably raw now that he is a man.  More so, in a man with a talent for playing so rugged a game as Rugby League, in which one man may, on occasion, hurt another more than was required or intended.  Until thud, it dumps him head first into trouble, this passion.


And no doubt it will again before he learns to channel it to his own best purpose.


But is he an evil young man?  A bad one?  A foolish one perhaps ..... but one deserving nothing but condemnation?  I don't think so.


I don't believe that Zak Hardaker, or any of a hundred other young men just like him are any of those things.  They are just young men born with a fierce nature and a fervent desire to win at their chosen game. There are lots of young men in the world like that. Some win through to become good, some good and dependable, and some go on to become very great men indeed.  And sad though it is, some do fall by the wayside.


You are what you make of yourself.  And although there are people to advise and guide along the way, the outcome is entirely in the hands of each young man.


So here we have Zak Hardaker - a semi-unbroken colt who is trying to make himself, unfortunate enough to be doing so with a camera pointing at him every time he trots into the ring.  I bet Prince Harry could find a few words of advice to help guide Zak through that particular minefield.  And a good few words of consolation too, I don't doubt.


Zak Hardaker is under the microscope over a perceived use of words, but there are shades of grey from black to white in everything that resides in the capability of man.  Was man of the west right in 1945 to drop two atom bombs on man of Japan, killing millions of men, women and children, in order to shorten the duration and loss of life inhered in further years of global war?


Seems to me we should try to maintain a reasonable level of rationality in determining the potential world impact of one use or perceived use of just one word.


It was mouthed, some say.  Some say it wasn't that word at all.  And there is no proof either way that it was or wasn't.  And anyway, although it is now deemed by majority consensus to be offensive, the matter of the  word `poof' being mouthed by one young player to another, in one match of one minority sport (one that only exists in any sizeable form in a few east-coast cities of Australia, the North island of New Zealand, various parts of Oceania and the north of England), whilst absolutely (as you say, Dave T) our business here on the Totalrl.com forum, cannot in world terms be any more than just a ripple on the surface of a tea-cupful of water.



Meanwhile, right now there are some pretty big waves blowing up in the world outside.

#2991385 Is Zak Hardaker set for another lengthy ban? (Merged threads)

Posted by Honor James on 09 September 2014 - 10:15 AM

Depending on the social context, you can call someone a poof without meaning that they are gay, e.g. one of your mates who puts gloves on to do the washing up or who actually owns a hairdryer. By the same token, there are plenty of gay blokes who are not poofs.


That's true.



I have been reading this thread and much of it has disturbed me enormously because of the intolerance expressed, at times, on what appears to be each of two sides of a self-defeating divide.



I'll try to explain by starting again with, “That’s true’ (as above), although I think that using the now generally less acceptable word `poof’ as a largely playful `condemnation’ may belong to an earlier generation.  People of my age, and to offer a specific example my brother and his friends.



I have often heard my brother call one of his mates (to his face) a `big poof'.  Or a mate pay him the same bluffly delivered `compliment’.  Let's say when a friend of his accompanied us on one of our childhood's (almost exclusively fishing) family holidays.


Woe betide anyone, mate or no mate in those days, who showed a tendency to gag at gutting a slippery, wet, fishy smelling fish, after happily helping to catch it.  That, for sure would have earned the offending, though unconcerned young ruffian a comradely biff on the shoulder and, "Poofter, come on!"  It was the way of talking.


Good grief, even in later years my elder daughter earned herself the fondly meant, and fondly spoken, nick-name `Powder Puff' from Uncle John, for determinedly defending her right to protect a weaker stomach than he (and Grandpa and several later teenage boyfriends) thought normal, in matters of fishing and fish.


It was a different time.  People were, on the whole, less self-consciously aware of themselves and therefore of any imaginable deleterious effect their own private behaviour might have on a less robust stomach than their own.


And I guess that even now, in civilised modern Britain, are places where kids still grow up less aware of a need to watch out for what they say, in case somebody, somewhere (say in England, for example), has decided at some stage (unbeknown to the wider world of ordinary mortals ), that because a certain way of speaking, or a certain word, has been declared offensive by somebody, somewhere, at some time, that word or way of speaking (no matter what, when or by whom) must thenceforth be condemned, hunted down and exterminated.


Potentially logical, I suppose, if a little Utopian and certainly dictatorial.  But defensible in principle on the same basis as the accepted norm that, in a court of law, ignorance of the law is no defence.



Poor young fellas then, out fishing by lakes, dams and rivers, in the wider world of nowadays less metro-sexually improved enlightenment.  I fear there may always be some in danger of offending one way or another.



Say we take another way off offending, for example.



There was a logical reason why girls were taken along on those bygone fishing trips.  Simple really - after a long hard day of waiting for fish to bite and occasionally reeling one in, there had to be someone to cook the fish.  Sushi hadn’t been invented then, not in those kinds of places, any more than superior sensibility in good-natured young ruffians had been.  And what's more, if you didn’t have a boat with a motor then two normal, healthy, happy, and unenlightened sisters to take turns rowing (while the `men' trawl for bass) made a perfectly serviceable substitute motor.


Primitive, perhaps, by modern standards but it was an equitable enough distribution of labour.  In fact I remember enjoying it no end.  Made you feel tough when you were finally deemed old enough to row a boat single-handedly up and down a lake.  Not just a lake but beautiful early morning stretch of water with the joy of a slight nip still piercing the brisk, early morning air, a new-risen sun glinting on the breeze-ruffled surface and the last strains of an African dawn chorus drifting slowly away, as birds went about their morning business.


I have wondered, at times, if those childhood sisters might have preferred the local equivalent of a bikini on the beach at Scarborough, Miami or Skegness (if they had ever sampled that kind of holiday), but in retrospect  “Yes possibly, but only once” is my conclusion.


It was men gut, women cook.  Men fish - women row.


Just a case of autre temps, autre gens, autre moeures really because I cannot remember it bothering me at all.


So perhaps we do all need to remember, in our zeal to create a world that conforms to our own image of perfection, that not everyone has been fortunate enough to grow up in a comfortably situated, liberal minded, middle-class family in urban Middle Britain.  The world is large and varied.  My truth may not be yours and my right may be someone else’s wrong.


Whereas,  in modern-day Britain I sometimes fear, there is a growing majority consensus so determined to enforce right (as we see it) and so strongly supported by the national media in its determination to do so, that perhaps unwittingly we have created a new perceived class-enemy: our own new-made `deviants’.  And we have forgotten that we forfeit all merit in our tolerance of those who were once (and are still by some) deemed deviant, and therefore anathema, if we do not extend the same level of understanding, tolerance and acceptance to those who we (rightly or wrongly) decide are offenders against our new articles of faith.


That’s the universal usage of the word `mankind’ up there, by the way.  I prefer it, just as I prefer the word `Chairman’ to the now more commonly used `Chair’ or `Chair Person’ (for example), both of which seem unnecessary to me, as well as clumsy. “People looked grave as the Chair walked in and sat down, grim faced, to open the extraordinary general meeting.”  Yea well – whatever!


I have chaired, and been Chairman of several committees in my lifetime, and I have never once felt in the least bit slighted because my language did not offer two sex-defining names for the person elected to ensure fair distribution of opportunity to all shades of opinion at a meeting.


Other women than me have found it offensive though, in great enough numbers to sway the balance away from the old to the new, which is a perfectly correct outcome and entirely acceptable to me.  But I suppose that in contrast, there will be those who, while reading this, will have positioned me (if only for preferring Chairman to Chair) if not quite so low as a new class-enemy, then certainly as old-fashioned, possibly dogmatic, and (at the extreme) “Probably a fascist anyway”.


The two questions that I find myself searching for an answer to these days are:

Can tolerance ever be tolerance that tolerates only what I/we believe is right? and

Can tolerance ever logically be reciprocal?


This is a long posting so I apologise for taking up a lot of space.  But I hope that members who have taken the trouble to read to the end will tolerate my demand on their reading time, even if they do not agree with my thesis, on the basis that I don't often write here but when I do, it is usually because something I have read seems important and I ought to have a point of view.


Like the Scottish referendum, for instance.

That's important too.

#2986988 Ghana Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by Honor James on 02 September 2014 - 10:54 AM

The RLEF has awarded Observer status to Ghana Rugby League, giving the sport its first official presence in West Africa.


The formation of GRL was initiated by the RLEF and UK Sport in June 2012 and an Association founded almost two years later by a Board of six Directors.


The inaugural Board is: President – Sylvester Wellington, Secretary – Eric Sena Adjeye, Treasurer – Alfred Attieku, Organizer – Marshal Nortey, Sponsorship Coordinator – Kofi Twumasi and Development Coordinator – Mohammed Rufei.


Sylvester Wellington, the driving force behind the sport’s progress in the country, is confident about its future in Ghana.


“Being Observers of the RLEF is a good reward for our hard work,” he said from Accra. “But we can't wait to achieve much greater things together with them and such as UK Sport International.”


“We will use this platform to achieve greater heights. The administrators and players who have come in contact with the sport have fallen in love with it.”


Remond Safi, RLEF Middle East Africa Regional Director, added: “it has been a great experience working with GRL and seeing the rapid growth rugby league has gained there. Many other West African nations can also follow the path set by them.”

#2982446 One in a Million - My Story, Steve Prescott MBE

Posted by Honor James on 25 August 2014 - 11:44 AM



One in a Million - My Story, Steve Prescott MBE 


Richard de la Riviere reviews this very moving story of a great man's life, in this morning's edition of League Express.


"Every so often a Rugby League autobiography comes along that sets the bar that little bit higher," he writes, in opening this sensitive, full page review.  And to round it off he ends:


"Quite simply, all Rugby League supporters should buy `Steve Prescott - One in a Million', and familliarise themselves with such an amazing story."


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#2981054 Denmark Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by Honor James on 21 August 2014 - 03:44 PM

A comprehensive 44-6 success over holders Sweden in Copenhagen last weekend, building on earlier victory against Norway in Oslo, saw Denmark pick up the 2014 Nordic Cup, becoming the first of the Scandinavian nations to hold it twice having won the inaugural tournament in 2011.


Try doubles from centre pairing Emil Borggren and Martin Pedersen-Scott laid the platform against the Swedes, leading Steve Davy, president of the Dansk Rugby League Forbund, to comment: “Sweden and Denmark both contributed to the highest quality rugby league game I have ever seen in Scandinavia. The intensity and focus in the run up to it was evident and seen in the determination and teamwork on the day.”


He continued: “It was a great day for Danish rugby league especially as there are more born and bred Danes making the team.”

Danish coach Nigel Kitching, formerly with London Skolars and Avignon added: “We went for a balance of youth and experience in what was the strongest Danish team we have fielded. Every one of the lads played with discipline and enthusiasm, which I hope we can carry forward.”


Three of Denmark’s starting 13 were teenagers, Borggren, Jesper Ika and try-scoring winger Christoffer Ellebirke. “It is really pleasing to see youth not just coming through but succeeding at international level,” said Kitching.


Man of the match Borggren commented: “It was a great experience representing my country in one of the finest sports. Our overall strength, speed, and skill is what led us to be successful earning the Nordic Cup. I'm very proud to be a part of this team and hope to watch rugby league excel in Denmark as a sport.”


Sweden coach Ash Brown acknowledged: “It was a brutal match that let the best of Danish rugby league shine.  We lost the soul of our side, Paul Briggs, in the first tackle of the match due to a heavy collision and the tone of the game was set from there.”


“The massive Danish forward pack laid the groundwork for some slick moves from the halves and outside backs. Our young side showed plenty of heart but was out gunned.”


Hooker Richard Groom opened the scoring for the hosts with a try and goal and Denmark were soon celebrating again when a precision kick from stand-off Justin Eyles was collected by Ellebirke in the corner of the in-goal area to make it 10-0.


Sweden hit back at the end of the first quarter, skipper Fabian Wikander - their best performer - going over and converting his own try.


Pederson-Scott responded with his first touchdown but Sweden dominated territorially, Orveh Melchior and captain Eugene Hanrahan leading the home rear-guard.


Silas Mubanda’s explosive running was rewarded with the last try of the first half, Denmark going in to the break 22-6 ahead.


Borggren then took centre stage, twice going over on the right and Pedersen-Scott also picked up his brace with an excellent individual run that took him past several tacklers to the posts.


Neil Smith claimed the Danes eighth try, a worthy reward for all his hard work, Groom landing his sixth goal


Sweden now go on to their home fixture against Norway to establish second and third place.


DENMARK 44 (22)

Josh Whitehead, Morten Dam, Emil Borggren, Martin Pedersen-Scott, Christoffer Ellebirke, Justin Eyles, Viiga Lima, Jesper Ika, Rich Groom, Andrei Ungureanu, Orveh Melchior, Neil Smith, Eugene Hanrahan © Subs (all used) Rob King, Thor Thomsen, Silas Mubanda, Mark Bailey


Tries: Groom, Ellerbirke, Pedersen-Scott (2), Mubanda, Borggren (2), Smith

Goals: Groom 6/7, Bailey 0/1


SWEDEN 6 (6)

Chrstoffer Andreasson, Pontus Eriksson, Mafi Fakaosifolau, Christopher Vannerberg Rollet, Tobias Magnusson, David Lonsjo, Fabian Wikander, Victor Cordes Pettersson, Lars Hylander, Markus Lundin, Carl Lindblom, Paul Briggs, Iain Lednor Subs (all used) Thomas Olausson, Tobias Nilsson, Ben Gandy, Joakim Thilen.

Try: Wikander

Goals: Wikander 1/1


Referee: Craig Swanson

#2981051 Russian Rugby League Votes in New President

Posted by Honor James on 21 August 2014 - 03:40 PM

Following its AGM, the Russian rugby league (ARLK) has voted Dmitry Belov as its new president.


The unanimous decision sees long-serving administrator and the ARLK’s founding president Edgard Taturyan step down.


In February, Taturyan - who introduced rugby league to Russia in 1989 - was persuaded to resume the top job due to a perceived absence of suitable candidates.


The intervening six months was spent scouting for a potential successor with the necessary credentials to strengthen the sport’s position in the country.


Newly-appointed Belov is a Moscow-based director of logistics company RTK (Russian Transport Komplex), which has previously supported Russian youth camps and, more recently, the national team’s activities.


He joined the rest of the 18 voting members in thanking Taturyan for his long service to the sport and supported his candidature for the vice presidency to ensure wise counsel and continuity as ARLK embarks on what the members described as: “an aggressive strategy.”


The new president and vice president are joined on the ARLK Board of Directors by Igor Ovchinnikov (head coach of the national team), Vladimir Kuschnerchuk (the president of Conference South), Dmitry Nechaev (Conference North East) and Vadim Fedchuk (Moscow Rugby League Federation).


The assembly also agreed six dates for the play-offs of the Russian championship, spanning September to November, with the new North East Conference - centred around the city of Perm’s new four-club competition - qualifying alongside Moscow, Moscow Region and South.

#2977594 South Africa Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by Honor James on 15 August 2014 - 10:51 AM

The SARL has announced the inclusion of a new club in their competition.


Bethal Broncos will be based in Bethal, Mpumalanga, and play in the Mpumalanga regional competition as well as the National Club Championships, the Protea Cup.


Gerry Gendal, chairman of the Broncos, is excited about the year ahead and plans to mount a strong campaign. The club has some excellent credentials, with Gerry having played at all levels, including for the London Broncos in the early ‘90’s. He was also a prominent player and coach of the South African national team.

Kobus Botha, President of SARL, commented: “This forms part of the SARL’s strategy for expansion into undeveloped territories and I am very happy with the excellent work being done by so many unsung heroes to promote the sport.”

For queries and information, please contact news@sarugbyleague.co.za

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Bethal-Broncos

#2977546 Denmark Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by Honor James on 15 August 2014 - 09:06 AM

Danish national team coach Nigel Kitching has handed a debut to Jonas Damgaard Harreskov in the team to face holders Sweden on Saturday in Copenhagen, (kick off 2pm) in the second match n the 2014 Nordic Cup.


The Danes won their first-ever Test in game one away against Norway, 16-10 in Oslo, and looking to become the first of the Scandinavian nations to lift the Nordic Cup twice.


The 17 contains nine players from the Copenhagen Black Swan club and five from Jutland, along with three players who are currently based overseas.


Brian Brost, Morten Dam, Christoffer Ellebirke, Richard Groom, Eugene Hanrahan, Robert King, Nathan Smalley, Andrei Ungureanu, Josh Whitehead (Copenhagen RLFC), Martin Pederson-Scott (Gateshead Storm), Justin Eyles, Jonas Harreskov, Viiga Lima, Orveh Melchior, Neil Smith (Jutland RLFC), Jesper Ika (Leigh East), Emil Borggren (unattached)

#2973601 Have you got yours yet?

Posted by Honor James on 08 August 2014 - 12:48 PM

Seeing as the rugby leage didn't have the sense to leave that weekend blank I will be in Hemel watching my own team


There's an interesting point, and one that has been raised before I think.


Not being part of the RFL though, I have no idea why the most important weekends in the calendar are not left free.


Surely it must make  sense, so that fans of the whole game can attend these big events without negelecting their own club's vital need for as much support as any fan can give them.


I doubt then that we would see so many of these brilliant games being played in front of what all too often is a pitfully inadequate crowd.  The players  never let us down.



#2973486 Have you got yours yet?

Posted by Honor James on 08 August 2014 - 10:13 AM

It's Cup Semi-Finals weekend, have you got your tickets yet?

Go on then, make a point of it this year.

Don't just be an armchair whinger all summer.


And it's no good eitheR, just saying it's a fabulous game,

we need to go along and enjoy it live, the way it ought to be!



























:spruceup:      :girlwink:     :girlwacko:  



#2972273 Denmark Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by Honor James on 06 August 2014 - 10:45 AM

Denmark Announce Nordic Cup Squad to Face Sweden

The squad, which is coming off the back off a first-ever Test win - 16-10 against Norway at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo - contains 13 players from the Copenhagen Black Swans and nine from the Jutland team that competed in the East v West Origin series.

Head coach Nigel Kitching will pick the final game-day selection after training this weekend.

Gateshead Storm centre, Martin Pedersen-Scott said: ”I cannot wait to fly back to Denmark and play my part in the  Nordic cup.”

”Rugby league continues to grow in Denmark and Scandinavia as a whole and that is reflected in how competitive the Cup has become. It speaks volumes that in three years there have been as many winners. Bring on the Swedes - kom nu Danmark!”

In the opening clash, Norway led at the start of both halves but the Vikingen were twice pegged back and then overhauled by a resilient Danish side, a try and two goals from debutant Richard Groom proving to be the difference.
Winger Morten Dam, a former Vice President and one of the founding players commented: “To have our first officially sanctioned victory recorded is historic for Danish rugby league.”

“As a player who was there at the start, it is hugely significant and I am pleased to have played a role. This sport is all about the future, though, the Sweden match and beyond that - we are building solid foundations for the long term.”

Allan Llobel, the founding father behind rugby league in Jutland added: “I’m looking forward to going into battle again to prove that Denmark is something worth fighting for.”

DENMARK SQUAD:  Jawad Azir, Copenhagen;   Emil Borggren, Unattached;   Brian Brost, Copenhagen;   Morten Dam, Copenhagen;   Jonas Damgaard Harreskov, Jutland;   Christoffer Ellebirke, Copenhagen;   Justin Eyles, Jutland;   Rich Groom, Copenhagen;   Eugene Hanrahan, Copenhagen;   Jesper Ika, Leigh East;   Rob King, Copenhagen;   Viiga Lima, Jutland;   Allan LLobel, Jutland;   Orveh Melchior, Jutland;   Rich Naylor, Copenhagen;   Zanki Nicolajsen, Jutland;   Martin Pedersen-Scott, Gateshead Storm;   Nathan Smalley, Copenhagen;   Neil Smith, Jutland;   Tom Søgaard Bonde, Jutland;   Thor Thomsen, Copenhagen;   Thomas Tilsted, Copenhagen;   Josh Whitehead, Copenhagen;   Andrei Ungreanu, Copenhagen;   Malipo Yusufu, Jutland

#2963962 Canada vs Jamaica

Posted by Honor James on 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

#2963360 Swedish Side Wins 2014 Czech RL International 9S

Posted by Honor James on 22 July 2014 - 08:52 AM



The fourth annual CZRLA International 9s Tournament, held in Pardubice, has been won by the Skane Roosters ensuring that the competition has had a different victor from a different nation each time.


The Swedish club, who beat Hungarian side Elephants XIII in the final, follow in the footsteps of Lebanon’s American University, the British Amateur Rugby League Association Youth and Belgrade Select in claiming the trophy.


Both finalists went through the pool stages unbeaten while host club Pardubice Jets defeated Mikulov-HB to take out the third place play-off.


Budapest Select drew with Usti nad Labem in the fifth place play-off and the gallant Lodz Magpies, from Poland, went down to the Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels in the final play-off game.


This year’s tournament was notable for several firsts, including a clash in the group stage between two clubs who have forged an alliance with Australian powerhouse club and current World Club Champions, Sydney Roosters – Skane and the Czech Republic’s Mikulov - who both now carry their colours.


In addition, inaugural women’s rugby league matches were staged in the Czech Republic between local side Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels and a Budapest Ladies Select, the Hungarians coming out winners on aggregate.


It was also the first time that Poland’s only rugby league club, Lodz Magpies, have played outside of their country and, although they did not manage to an historic first win, they did break the club’s try-scoring drought, running in several during the course of the day and showing great spirit and enthusiasm.


Skane Roosters player/manager Paul Briggs was ecstatic about the victory, declaring: “Going through the tournament undefeated in the 35 degree heat was incredibly tough but also so rewarding for our young Swedish players. It was an awesome experience for the team on and off the field.”


Two of his tyros, Carl Lindblom and Christopher Vannnerberg, were named joint ‘Players of the Tournament’ in the men’s division.


Hungary’s Elephants XIII supremo Zsolt Lukacs praised the performances of all three Hungarian teams, saying: “We are all very happy about the games and the results. It was great development again.”


That was particularly evident in the women’s game where the skill level on show between the two rookie teams was best typified by a dazzling flick pass from Budapest’s Francesca Kiss, which set-up the decisive try in the second game.


Her all-round performances led to her being awarded the ‘Player of the Tournament’ for the women’s section.


Pardubice Jets head coach, CZRLA Board member and tournament organiser Darek Blatak summed up the ethos stating: ‘All our hard work was rewarded with a very good day for rugby league with teams from four countries participating and all of the matches being played in great spirit.”


CZRLA 2014 International 9s Results:

Pardubice Jets 14 – 12 Usti nad Labem

Elephants 36 – 6 Lodz Magpies

Skane Roosters 18 – 0 Budapest RL 

Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels 0 – 8 Mikulov Roosters / Orli Havlickuv Brod


Budapest Ladies 16 - 16 Vrchlabi Ladies


Pardubice Jets  4 – 6 Elephants 

Usti nad Labem 32 – 10 Lodz Magpies

Skane Roosters 16 – 12 Mikulov Roosters / Orli Havlickuv Brod

Budapest RL 8 – 4 Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels


Budapest Ladies 32 v 16 Vrchlabi Ladies


Pardubice Jets 26 – 0 Lodz Magpies

Usti nad Labem 6 – 22 Elephants 

Skane Roosters 28 – 4 Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels

Budapest RL 8 - 24 Mikulov Roosters / Orli Havlickuv Brod



Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels 14 – 4 Lodz Magpies

Budapest RL 16 – 16 Usti nad Labem

Pardubice Jets 24 – 6 Mikulov Roosters / Orli Havlickuv Brod

Skane Roosters 18 – 0 Elephants XIII

#2963358 Schools Rugby League Gaining Momentum in Lebanon

Posted by Honor James on 22 July 2014 - 08:46 AM

The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has pointed to its expanding school’s rugby league championship, sponsored by construction and telecommunications company GMEA for the third successive year, as an indicator of further growth of the sport in the country.


The LRLF is in the process of rolling out a new schools and community club strategy which divides the country into operational districts and linking the two strata, together with a concerted effort to engage more support in the local community. 


The recently concluded Schools Rugby League season is a promising marker for the strategy’s success. For the first time, the SRL was played under 13-a-side rules and although the competition was hit by the temporary withdrawals of Broummana High and Eastwood High – with parents unwilling to release their children to travel to sporting events because of the political situation – a total of 30 schoolboy matches were played. 


Lebanese rugby league pioneers Balamand, from the north of the country, were defeated in the national championship final by newcomers Antonine 48-18, while Al Malaab High restored northern pride in the Shield play-off, defeating Beirut region finalists Saint Joseph Kornet Chewan 24-20.


Teenage players Roy Taouk and Ray Sabaat were mentored by their club Jounieh RLFC – the national champions - while introducing the game in Antonine.


“The difficulty came from teaching a group of individuals a team sport they have never played before, let alone ever heard of,” said Taouk. “As the days went by, the knowledge of the players increased and, with a little bit of expertise from Ray Sabat and I, we managed to win the SRL silverware.”


Long-serving north Lebanon development officer Nader Mgheit, added: “The situation in northern Lebanon is challenging to say the least. With the conflicts and tension that exists between Sunnis and Alawites it has made it extremely difficult for the students to  securely travel to grounds for training and game day especially in  terms of securing a playing field.”


“With the hardship and struggles comes success and we were able to use a pitch in the small town of Chekka. It wasn't in the best condition we managed to get the turf to a standard which is acceptable for the students to enjoy the game which they love in a secure and safe environment.  And we are extremely excited that we managed to play the full SRL campaign.”