An Interesting Weekend, While Silly Season is Upon Us

By Daniel Andruczyk

It’s State if Origin Time and so this means Australia’s Silly Season has arrived where NSW and QLD head to what can be described as Australia’s annual Civil War. Lots of domestic results from around the world and I have a great weekend with exciting news from Europe and experiencing the USA’s biggest spectator sport. But first results from around the world from this weekend.

NRL

It was a shortened round in the NRL once again because of State of Origin. Only 5 matches were played with Parramatta 40-6 Cronulla, Canberra 20-12 Canterbury, Sydney City 12-10 Newcastle, New Zealand 12-6 South Sydney and Wests 20-18 Penrith. All the other teams had the bye. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 St George/Illawarra 11 9 0 1 1 116 20
2 Melbourne 11 7 0 3 1 106 16
3 Manly 11 7 0 3 1 55 16
4 Nth Queensland 11 7 0 3 1 54 16
5 Brisbane 11 7 0 3 1 48 16
6 New Zealand 11 7 0 4 0 30 14
7 Wests 11 5 0 5 1 23 12
8 Canterbury 11 5 0 5 1 1 12
9 Newcastle 11 4 0 6 1 -8 10
10 South Sydney 11 4 0 6 1 -32 10
11 Parramatta 11 4 0 6 1 -84 10
12 Penrith 11 3 0 7 1 -42 8
13 Sydney City 11 3 0 7 1 -53 8
14 Gold Coast 11 3 0 7 1 -63 8
15 Cronulla 11 3 0 7 1 -65 8
16 Canberra 11 3 0 8 0 -84 6

State of Origin is this Wednesday and NSW are looking to break Queensland’s 5 year reign, and it’s my pick that they finally will.

Challenge Cup

The Round of sixteen was played out in the Challenge Cup. A few of the Championship teams came up against Super League teams and the miss match was evident with a few cricket scores posted. Huddersfield Giants 30-16 Catalan Dragons, Warrington Wolves 112-0 Swinton Lions, St Helens 70-0 Featherstone Rovers, Leeds Rhinos 40-20 London Harlequins, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 18-20 Castleford Tigers, Bradford Bulls 22-26 Wigan warriors, Widnes Vikings 26-50 Hull FC and Salford City Red Devils 0-25 Hull KR.

The Quarter Finals match ups are as follows: Warringotn Wolves v Wigan Warriors, Castleford Tigers v Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos and St Helens v Hull KR. This will be played on the 23-24th of July.

Wales

The first round of the Welsh Conference was played on the weekend with CPC v Titans match postponed, Cardiff 22-42 Valley and Torfaen 20-42 Bridgend. The table is:

Team P W D L B PD PT
1 Bridgend 1 1 0 0 0 22 2
2 Valley 1 1 0 0 0 20 2
3 CPC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Titans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Cardiff 1 0 0 1 0 -20 0
6 Torfaen 1 0 0 1 0 -22 0

Ireland

Ireland saw two of the provinces play on the weekend. Leinster saw Edenberry 12-38 Dublin City and Nth Dublin 30-34 Carlow while in Munster West Coast 6-46 Treaty City and Cork 22-26 Country. While Ulster had a break. The tables are:

Team P W D L B PD PT
Leinster
1 Carlow 2 2 0 0 0 44 4
2 Dublin City 2 2 0 0 0 38 4
3 Nth Dublin 3 1 0 2 0 -4 2
4 Edenberry 3 0 0 3 0 -84 0
Ulster
1 Treaty City 3 3 0 0 0 46 6
2 Country 3 2 0 1 0 16 4
3 Cork 2 0 0 2 0 -44 0
4 West Coast 2 0 0 2 0 -58 0

Scotland

In Scotland the conference is in its 3rd round with Moray and Carluke also being postponed,  Ayrshire 6-14v Edinburgh and Fife 40-20 Easterhouse. The Table there is:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Edinburgh 3 3 0 0 0 80 6
2 Fife 3 3 0 0 0 70 6
3 Ayrshire 3 2 0 1 0 32 4
4 Moray 2 0 0 2 0 -48 0
5 Carluke 2 0 0 2 0 -50 0
6 Easterhouse 3 0 0 3 0 -84 0

Czech Republic

Two rounds ended up being played in the Czech republic over the last month. In round 1 Pardubice 46-16 Prague and Beroun 34-4 Vrchlabi and then in round 2 Pardubice 20-34 Beroun and Vrchlabi 40-12 Prague. The next round is played on the 19th of June. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Beroun 2 2 0 0 0 44 4
2 Pardubice 2 1 0 1 0 16 2
3 Vrchlabi 2 1 0 1 0 -2 2
4 Prague 2 0 0 2 0 -58 0

Papua New Guinea

In PNG the third round of the Digicel Cup has been played with Lae still languishing on the bottom. Results are: Mendi 11-10 Hela, Kundiawa 20-14 Lae, Agmark 28-16 Gulf Isapea, Mt Hagen 4-22 Goroka and Port Moresby 18-10 Enga. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Goroka 3 3 0 0 0 52 6
2 Hela 3 1 1 1 0 23 5
3 Agmark 3 2 0 1 0 12 4
4 Kundiawa 3 1 2 0 0 6 4
5 Port Moresby 3 2 0 1 0 2 4
6 Mendi 3 2 0 1 0 -16 4
7 Enga 3 1 0 2 0 5 2
8 Mt Hagen 3 1 0 2 0 -39 2
9 Gulf Isepea 3 0 1 2 0 -22 1
10 Lae 3 0 0 3 0 -23 0

Philadelphia 9s

The draw for the Philadelphia 9s has been released. I have put it up in the USA section. I’ll be at the Philadelphia 9s next weekend and then be heading up to Canada and then returning to Phily for the opening round of the AMNRL season. For the 9s and the AMNRL season details you can go to the USA section (click here).

Polska Rugby XIII

Saturday was an exciting day for me. I had a very productive conference call with Lukasz Luska in Poland about setting up Rugby League in Poland. He has no no Union background and came across League searching around for new sports to try.

He wants to use Rugby league in a positive capacity to give the local underprivileged youth an outlet other than crime. So we discussed for 3 hours ways that we can work together and strategies. He is already going through all the official channels to set up Poland’s First Rugby League club in Lodz.

So finally after some time of struggling it seems there is finally some movement in setting up Polish Rugby League. Its something I am excited about being involved in and will fulfil a dream of mine of seeing the Greatest Game played in my country of heritage.

The Indianapolis 500 – WOOOOW!

May in America usually means that everyone start talking of the Indy 500. Its hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and is singly Americas biggest sporting event. Now I just went to the qualifiers on Sunday as I was told if there is one car race I will see in the USA its the Indy. I will be In Phily next weekend so I can’t see the actual race but the qualifiers have given me a surreal taste of what it is.

The IMS has a capacity of over 400,000 people and is considered the biggest single sporting venue in the world. As you arrive you don’t get a sense of the sheer scale of the place. Its not until you walk under the track and then into the middle of the stadium that you see the vastness of it

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In the middle is a small city, where there is the hall of fame and you can walk around the pits. My first thing was to get one of the Indy Hotdogs and a beer and plonk myself on the second corner on a grassy hill. The first thing you hear is the whine of the car coming and as fast as you see it in about a second its gone. the sound is deafening and you really feel it in your chest as they go. It was armed forces day which meant that the Army, ANG, Marines and Airforce had some of their toys out for the public to see. Its easy to see that the USA are proud of their military and those who serve it and the country.

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Moving up further in the stadium to look down the home straight (about a 15 minute walk from where I was) I was able to get up as high as I could. It was phenomenal seeing the cars rip out of the pits and start gunning it round. Qualification is the top 33 teams that get the highest average speeds over 4 laps. One lap is 2.5 miles, so 4 km and the cars were averaging around 225 mph which is about 360 km/h. These things were absolute missiles and have given me a whole new appreciation for motor sports.

I never was a rev head, and I wouldn’t say I am a convert, but certainly I have a new found respect for the sport. What the drivers put themselves through at the speeds they do it is just mind boggling and if it were me I would be need ing several sets of new pants a day doing it. Awesome experience and if you ever are in Indianapolis on Memorial weekend then definitely get out to the Indy 500.

 

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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6 Responses to “An Interesting Weekend, While Silly Season is Upon Us”

  1. dragons4eva says:

    Wow Druzik far out man…never seen so much news in one blog before (geographical speaking). Australia, Scotland, Ireland, PNG, USA, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Wales and Poland! Far out you’re the man with the plan alright!

    But good to hear about Poland. Good to see the game starting to emerge there…sure you won’t find a bit of bias towards them if in a Euro competition? lol

    Also good to hear stuff from the states too. Can’t wait to hear news from Canada and USARL/AMNRL competitions! Also great little info about the Indianapolis 500. Far out those cars go fast!

    Anywayz all the best with your travels bro.

    • druzik says:

      Yeah, its an awesome week of results. I worry sometimes when I miss out on a country… like Jamaica have not sent anything neither the Cookis.

      Well, I am Polish… so there will be Bias there in a match 😉

      • dragons4eva says:

        Hey just on PNG…since the sponsorship of Digicel has the standard of competition improved by what you have heard?

      • druzik says:

        That I have no idea on actually. I can see if I can find something out.

  2. Interested Observer says:

    Jacksonville Axemen play their annual cross code game this Saturday at UNF Stadium. 40 minutes of league and 40 minutes of union, against a select representative union team from Florida.

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