The fourth season of Lebanon schools competition is set to kick off on Saturday, 6th February, when the GMEA Mount Lebanon Championship will see four teams in action, in a double-header at University Libanise stadium.
Notre Dame de Louaise and Saint Joseph Schools begin the campaign, followed by Broumana High School against Antonine International. All have been in training since the beginning of the school term, in October 2015.
“This has been exciting for me,” said Gaby Haddad, Mount Lebanon’s new development officer, “going from being a former player, to becoming part of the LRL Federation developing the game. I look forward to working with all four schools and introducing the game to new ones, as well as to the general public.
“With Lebanon qualifying in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, other schools have shown interest in learning about the sport. Hopefully this year will be a great championship, and we have many other events coming up too, including a 9s tournament.”
Current champions St Joseph’s, who have won two titles, will again start as favourites and AIS will also be keen to get back into the winner’s enclosure. Broumana High return, under Fransesc Rossel who joined them from Spain, and Notre Dame are newcomers to the competition.