The Ukranian’s are on a two game tour of Serbia where they will play the next leg of the Slavic Cup. The South Africans are preparing for their World Cup Qualifiers with a warm up match against the Canadians. Also some news from the USARL AGM with more youth development.
The Ukrainian Rugby league team arrive in Serbia this week on a two match tour.
On Friday, 30th September they face Serbia at the Ada Ciganlija 3G stadium in the second game of the Milan Kosanovic Cup, named after the former Yugoslavian-born hooker who starred for Wakefield at Wembley in 1962 when Trinity defeated Wigan.
In the opening match of the Cup, Russia won in the Ukraine 36-4. The final tie sees Serbia play Russia in Belgrade as part of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup European Group Qualifiers in late October.
In the second game of their Serbian tour, Ukraine take on Red Star Belgrade on Sunday 2nd October.
Jovan Vujosevic, Rugby League European Federation Central European Regional Director, commented, ‘’This is a great opportunity for two nations to meet and play for the first time. The Serbian team highly respects the Ukrainians knowing of their athletic performance in other sports. Personally I would like to thank the Ukraine Rugby League Federation for the extraordinary effort they have invested in making this long and demanding trip.“
Ukraine player/coach Sergiy Kravchenko noted, ‘’This competition is a highlight of this season for the Ukrainian national team so we are preparing to ensure the result is a good one.”
South Africa face Canada on Sunday 9th October in a warm up game before their 2013 Rugby League World Cup Atlantic Group Qualifiers against USA and Jamaica later in the month.
If the Wolverines beat the Rhinos, however, they will have defeated all three of the World Cup aspirants at home in recent weeks having triumphed against USA in the Colonial Cup 18-16 and before that Jamaica 40-10, which was their first international win.
Newly appointed Canadian Head Coach Richie Moore is looking forward to his side’s next challenge.
“At times against the States we looked like a classy rugby league team,” he said. “We were hungry on defence and showed glimpses of brilliance on attack”.
“We know we need to improve and are continually striving to be the best we can be. The lads are ambitious, we have no idea how good South Africa are but this is their World Cup squad so I think it will be our toughest challenge”.
Canada Wolverines face the South Africa Rhinos at Fletchers Field in Markham, Ontario
At the USARL AGM in Providence Lawrence Almagno was appointed Director of Club & Youth Development, where there have been a few developments already.
Currently we have 7 Coaches for the After School Programs, 4 Teams at 2 Schools: Philip Henry (Boston 13s), Mik Shammas (Boston 13s), John St. John (RIR), Anthony Nardolillo (RIR), Lawrence Almagno (RIR), Josh Kent, Eric Hall
Secondly there is the possibility of the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) coming on board to also teach the sport in schools. Below is some information on PASA and other programs.
About the Providence After School Alliance
The Providence After School Alliance (PASA) has a mission to expand and improve after-school, summer, and other expanded learning opportunities for the youth of Providence. PASA’s AfterZone model is a resource-efficient expanded learning model that serves middle school youth with hands-on, experiential learning, as well as with a wide variety of sports, arts, and music activities. The AfterZone knits together a network of partners from the public and private sector that include the city, school department, community providers, and local non-profit and business organizations, creating a public/private system that draws on the strengths of the Providence community and contributes to student success while encouraging healthy social and emotional development in the city’s young people.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Providence
For 140 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Providence has provided safe and fun environments for children and youth in the neighbourhoods where kids live. We provide services through professionally trained full-time and part-time staff. Our mission is to enable and inspire children and youth, especially those from diverse or difficult circumstances, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and healthy members of their community, the State of Rhode Island, and the nation. Boys & Girls Clubs are open afternoons, evenings, and weekends; the times of the day when kids need us most. We provide programs and activities based upon a nationally recognized youth development strategy.
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