The teams for this years annual Colonial Cup series between the USA Tomahawks and Canada Wolverines have been announced. Also I have come across some interesting articles, history wise once again, via our good friend Steve Mascord. He posted an article written by Lyle Beaton on the French Domestic competition back in the 1950’s. Also things have got to the point in PNG where the government have stepped in to sort things out there and get the sport back to its number 1 spot.
The 8th of September will see the Canadians take on the USA team at Lamport Stadium in Toronto. The Canadians have named a strong team with a good mix of East and West coast players. Canada has lots of momentum this year with two solid wins against the Jamaicans and also the Lebanese and are looking to get one back on the Americans. The Americans lead the over all head to head 11-2 but last year saw the Wolverines square the Colonial Cup 1-1 but lose over all on Aggregate.
Read article here.
The USA tomahawks have names an 18 man squad for Saturdays match. Its very much dominated by only three clubs, the top three in the competition: The New York Knights with 7 players, Connecticut Wildcats with 4 players and Philadelphia Bulls with 4 players. There are also two players from Hawaii. The most notable aspect of the team is the omission of three of the stalwarts of the team, Apple Pope Kenny Britt and Akarika Dawn.
Also, the Bucks County Sharks and Northern Raiders, who made the play offs this year, have no representatives on the squad, playing all season. Yet, Hawaii, which has not had any domestic competition this year, has two. This has raised some eyebrows in the community once more. Surely there are at least 1 player from each team that are good enough to make it?
Though no captain has been named for the Tomahawks, money would be on Curtis Cunz to get it.
Read article here.
Canada Wolverines Squad
Jamie Lester (c)
USA Tomahawks Squad
Game 1 of the Colonial Cup 2012 kicks off at Lamport Stadium, Toronto, Canada, 7pm EST.
Article Source, here.
THE O’Neill government has taken matters into its own hands to get rugby league back to where it should be, as the number one national sport. This sentiment was echoed by Public Enterprises Minister Ben Micah, Minister for Sports and Pacific Games Justin Tkatchenko and Sports Vice-Minister Labi Amaiu at yesterday’s presentation of Telikom’s K500,000 commitment to the Papua New Guinea Kumuls, reaffirming their naming rights of the team. The government will add another K500,000, making the total K1 million in funding for the Kumuls to prepare for the Prime Minister’s XIII match this month and the World Cup next year. Telikom acting chief executive officer Charles Litau handed the cheque over to PNGRFL interim administrator Ivan Ravu.
“We are here for you, we don’t care what happens in court or in administration, we just want to ensure that our national team has the support to play at the next level, and today’s presentation confirms this,” Litau said. Micah was positive but firm in his appraisal on the game’s prospect. “The Kumuls and their loyal fans deserve better than the mess that has existed in rugby league this season,” Micah told a packed Telikom boardroom.
“This Government will put a stop to such nonsense.” “We will ensure that sporting administrations, many of which receive some form of government support, are no longer fighting it out in court. If we have internal issues, they will be required to settle them through compromise and mediation, the Melanesian way.” “Rugby League is a game for the people and we can’t allow individuals to spoil the game for the rest of the rugby league fraternity and the country,” Tkatchenko added.
“We’re going to sort this once and for all, and make sure the right thing is done.” Micah, present too on behalf of the PM as patron of the annual challenge, further pledged an additional K500,000 from the Government, which would be handed over by the Prime Minister at a later date.
The total of K1million has been earmarked especially for the Kumuls preparations for the upcoming Prime Minsters XIII match, now confirmed for September 23, and their lead up preparations for Rugby League World Cup 2013. Part of the money would also be used to bring Lloyd Robson Oval, the premier rugby league venue in the country, to a standard fit to host the national showcase, as well as get the games administration working again.
Ravu thanked Telikom for their ongoing support of the rugby league and committed on behalf of the office to work towards reinstating its standard and quality off and on the field.
Present at the conference were representatives from the National Gaming Control Board, Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited, and Telikom senior management and staff.
An interesting piece that Steve Mascord put up, one for the history books. Its definitely one to read and realise just how strong the French Rugby League actually was back in the 1950s!
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