“Duahaney Park have really matured as a unit on the field and are now deservedly winning championships, after years of finishing second,” commented JRLA director of rugby, Romeo Monteith. The Red Sharks will be chasing their second silverware tomorrow (Saturday) when they face the Jamaica Defence Force in the JRLA National Cup final.
So far undefeated in 2016, they have won 15 consecutive games, and a win to join their 50-0 triumph over GC Foster College in last week’s Grand Final (which gave them their fourth title) will see them take the double this season.
Performing well in the Grand Final was charged with added significance this year, as ex Great Britain coach Brian Noble and other staff of the Toronto Wolfpack (soon to enter the English professional leagues) were watching, scouting potential players for next season.
The Red Sharks were excellent, with man of the match Ryan Grant claiming 20 points from two tries and seven goals against his former team. He was well supported by Nathan Campbell with two tries and Leon Thomas, Kenneth Walker and Mathew Simms who crossed for one each.
GC Foster’s points came from Keita Bryan who scored a try and Kareem Harris with two conversions.
“We are happy with the competition this year,” added Monteith. “There are a lot of young, enthusiastic players who have a bright future in the game and it was refreshing to see a new club Washington Blvd. Bulls not oly join the competition but get in the mix.”