The Mountie’s are Coming!

By Daniel Andruczyk

News from Canadian Rugby League. Also the Fijian secondary schools finals were played. News about the Jamaican competition as well. Round 12 of the Super League has been completed and some controversy in Lebanon to go with the Storm.

Canada

This week the Canadian rugby league announced that the team moniker will be the Mountie’s. This is a change from when they first played rugby league and were the Cougars. The Canadians will also field a team in the AMNRL’s war on the shore in July 31 to publicise and push the sport in Canada and North America.

If anyone wants to have some interaction with the Canadian Rugby League they have launched a competition for a new logo. The designs are up on their website  http://www.canadarugbyleague.com/vote.php and you can select and vote for which Logo you like. The one with the most votes will be chosen.

England Super League

Round 12 of the Super League has been completed with a shock loss to Wigan. The Londoners Harlequins cam back from a 24-6 deficit to beat the Cherry and whites 38-26. Catalans bad run of runs continues looing to Warrington 40 – 6. Rovers didn’t fair much better against Bradford also going down 40 – 4 while their cross city rivals Hull beat Wakefield 12-8. Castleford had a solid win against Salford 30-12 and crusaders were no match for Huddersfield going down 38-10. In the massive clash of the round, the last three years champions Leeds suffered a heavy defeat against their fellow finalists from the last three years, St Helens. St Helens won very comfortably 41-20 and relegate Leeds to outside the top 8.

Team P W D L PD Pt
Wigan 12 10 0 2 224 20
Warrington 12 9 0 3 200 18
St Helens 12 9 0 3 134 18
Hudersfield 12 8 0 4 166 16
Bradford 12 7 1 4 16 15
Hull FC 12 7 0 5 24 14
Hull KR 12 6 0 6 -22 12
Wakefield 12 6 0 6 -46 12
Leeds 12 5 1 6 46 11
Castleford 12 4 0 8 -98 8
Crusaders 11 4 0 7 -99 8
Salford 12 3 0 9 -138 6
Harlequins 11 2 0 9 -197 4
Catalans 12 2 0 10 -210 4

A reminder also to everyone in the UK and Europe, that next round is the famous Magic weekend. This year its being held at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium again and features a full round of super league from the one venue. There will also be the Scotland domestic season opener features and a Scotland A vs. France A international on the Friday night. So get out there and experience some great Rugby League!

Fiji

The Fijian secondary schools competition came to an end on Saturday. With 5 age divisions Nasinu proved to be a very successful team. Results are: U15s QVS Knight 18 defeated Lelean Bulldogs 10, in the U16s Lelean Bulldogs beat Suva Grammar 14 to 4. The U17s the Nasinu Panthers kept their pants scoring a point against the QVS Knight. They lost 1 – 16, the U18s Nasinu Panthers lost to the Lelean Bulldogs 12-18. Finally in the main event, the U19s saw the Nasinu Pnathers finally win with a comprehensive win against Suva grammar 20 to 8. However the U19s final was marred by a massive braw and a member of the public is also under police investigation after punching one of the linesmen. It was a very unfortunate event since it was an outstanding and exciting final and the brawl was totally uncalled for.

Lebanon

Jounieh this year will not make the play offs in the BoB championships having had 4 points stripped for bringing the game into disrepute. They walled off the field in their 22-0 defeat to LAU last week. For his part in the whole thing, Lebanon international Ghassan Dandach has been suspended for 5 matches as well for abusive language towards an official un leaving the technical area reaching the Fracas.

Jamaica

News from Jamaica is that on the 29th of May their domestic competition will start. The draw has been done but still needs to be finalised and passed by the board so hopefully latter this week will have the draw up. The local Jamaicans also were grounded due to the volcano in Iceland and so weren’t able to make it out to the Cheltenham 9s this weekend. Also news that the Dunhaney Park Sharks have twinned themselves with the Salford reds in the Super League. At the moment this means they will get technical and coaching help as well as some equipment, something vitally needed in Jamaica.

Storm Controversy and reminder

By now everyone would have heard about the Storm Salary Cap rorting. In my next blog post I will have views, not just mine but from others, on the whole Salary Cap and what happened.

Also a reminder that there are a couple days left for anyone wanting to submit a design for the Rugby League International Scores logo competition. The competition is being run through http://99designs.com/logo-design/contests/catchy-unique-logo-rugby-league-business-42633 and has some very good designs submitted already. The prize in US$200, so if you think you can do the winning design have a go.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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5 Responses to “The Mountie’s are Coming!”

  1. C.T.SANDERS says:

    GREAT TO SEE RUGBY LEAGUE IN CANADA AGAIN AND WHY ISN’T RUGY LEAGUE A COMMONWEALTH GAMES SPORT LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE INCLUDING TWIDDY WINKS.IS IT BECAUSE US RL FOLKS GOT 2 HEADS.

    • druzik says:

      Because there needs to be a minimum number of nations in the Commonwealth (like in the Olympics) playing it. Currently I dont think it meets the criteria.

      Not sure what the Commonwealth number is but in the Olympics it needs to be something like 70 nations at a minimum.

  2. C.T.SANDERS says:

    PRODUCE THE EVIDENCE THAT RUGBY LEAGUE HAS TO BE PLAYED IN 70 COUNTRIES BEFORE IT MEETS THE CRITERIA AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT.UNLESS YOU CAN PRODUCE THE LEGAL DOCUMEMTATION THAT RUGBY LEAGUE GOT TO BE PLAYED IN 70 COUNTRIES BEFORE IT COULD BE CONSIDERED AN OLYMPIC SPORT IT MEANS JACK SHITE.SOME PEOPLE HAVE TOLD ME THAT IT HAS TO BE PLAYED IN 40 COUNTRIES BEFORE IT MEETS THE CRITERIA OTHERS SAY UP TO 105 YET I NEVER EVER SEEN IT IN WRITING EITHER.THE FACT OF THE MATTER,WHETHER PEOPLE LIKE YOU LIKE OR NOT,RUGBY LEAGUE HAS ALREADY BEEN SEEN AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT.IN 1998 RUGBY LEAGUE WAS ACCEPTED AS A DEMONSTRATION SPORT AT THE WORLD YOUTH GAMES IN MOSCOW WHICH ALSO DOUBLES UP AS THE CHILDREN OLYMPICS FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGES OF 16.THIS IS SEEN AS PART OF THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT AND FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH AUSTRALIA SENT 2 TEAMS TO THOSE GAMES,ONE A NSW COMBINATION LED BY TAS BAITERI AND THE OTHER A QUEENSLAND REPRESENTATION WHICH DENNIS WARD LED.THE OPENING CEREMONY DREW A CROWD OF OVER 80000 AT THE OLYMPIC STADIUM IN MOSCOW AND OF COURSE RUGBY LEAGUE WAS CONSIDERED A SUCCESS BY ALL THE OLYMPIC ORGANISERS OF ALL THE EVENTS AT THE GAMES YET THE RUGBY LEAGUE AUTHORITIES CONSIDERED IT A WASTE OF TIME ONLY BECAUSE THEY WERE JEALOUS.AT THOSE GAMES IN 1998 MARTIN KEARNEY WHO HAPPENED TO BE ON THE RUSSIAN RUGBY LEAGUE BOARD OF CONTROL AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME PUT THE QUESTION TO SAMARACH THE IOC PRESIDENT WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR RUGBY LEAGUE TO BE ACCEPTED AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT AT SENIOR LEVEL AND HE REPLIED THAT AS LONG AS IT WAS PLAYED IN 3 OF THE 5 CONTINENTS THAT MAKE UP THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT AND THAT THE SPORT’S GOVERNING BODIES AGREED TO IT THEY[THE OLYMPIC OFFICALS] WOULD CONSIDER IT EVEN AS A DEMONSTRATION SPORT.SADLY OUR OFFICIALS NEVER TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE AT THE TIME BECAUSE THEY HAD A HUGE INFERIORITY COMPLEX ABOUT THEIR OWN SPORT BECAUSE THEY CONSIDER OUR GAME AS ONLY A CLUB THING THAT IS JUST PLAYED IN 2 COUNTIES OF THE NORTH OF ENGLAND,2 STATES OF AUSTRALIA,POCKETS OF FRANCE AND IN 2 SUBURBS OF AUCKLAND.

  3. C.T.SANDERS says:

    OVER 20 COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES PLAY RUGBY LEAGUE NOW DANIEL.THER ARE ONLY 25 COUNTRIES IN THE COMMONWEALTH

  4. C.T.SANDERS says:

    see that rugby league wasn’t featured as a sport at the world youth games in singapore recently but it was featured at the world youth games in moscow in 1998.Is that what you call progress?

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