The Jamaica Rugby League Association’s 2012 National Club Champion will be decided on September 8 when old foes Vauxhall and Duhaney Park Red Sharks face each other at Up Park at 4pm. The two clubs have emerged from a pack of eight who began the campaign for National supremacy on June 23.
There were contrasting semi-finals on Saturday with defending champions Duhaney Park narrowly defeating Maxfield Rookies Star Steppers 31-30. Last year’s beaten finalist, and 4 times previous national champions Vuaxhall Vultures, dominated GC Foster Lions in a comfortable 26-12 win.
In the first semi-final on Saturday, Vauxhall’s 26 points came through Carlyle Burger, Andrew Fong, Fabian Atkinson, Jahdeek Clarke, Richardo Robinson and Everton Richards, each scoring a try, while Tiege Jackson kicked a conversion. GC Foster’s Ryan Grant scored two tries and kicked two goals to account for their total. Vauxhall’s victory was built around a superior set of forwards who battered their opponents with bruising runs from kick off. The hard work GC were asked to do on defense sapped much of their energy and they were very ineffective launching attacks of their own.
In the second game of the day Maxfied and Duhaney Park were evenly matched for most of their 80 minute contest. Maxfield had tries from Renaldo Wade, Allesandro Allen, Dushane Alfred, Akeem Trewick and Oshane Eddie. Eddie also kicked three goals and was joined by Joseph Shae with 2. Duhaney Park replied with tries from Robert Rodney, Jermaine Pinnock, Stephen Brown and Fabion Turner who scored a double. Marvin Thompson kicked 5 goals. After tying up the score at 30 all with 2 minutes remaining, the Red Sharks marched up field from the ensuing kick-off and found Roy Calvert who kicked the winning points with a drop-goal in the final minute of play.
The two finalists have met in the Grand Finals on four occasions with Vauxhall leading the series 3-1.
The tenth RLEF Annual Council Meeting was held in London with 20 nations in attendance, the highest number on record.
Morocco’s new ‘Federation Marocaine de Rugby League’ was accepted as an Observer while directors Graeme Thompson and Nebojsa Sretenovic, representing Scotland and Serbia respectively, were re-elected for a further two years on the Board and Brian Simpson MEP became the RLEF’s first official ambassador.
Maurice Watkins CBE chaired the meeting at Brunel University. “My first RLEF Council Meeting underlined what my short time with the Federation had already suggested; that rugby league in Europe and its affiliated territories is certainly making progress under the leadership of some extremely motivated and talented officials.,” he said.
“We had a number of new nations attending their first Council meeting, I look forward to working with them.”
Poland, Greece and Ghana were represented for the first time and used the occasion to network.
“It was a great experience, a very well organised exchange of ideas and knowledge,” said Tasos Pantazidis, Chairman of the committee for the establishment of a Hellenic Rugby League Federation.
“All this, will be very helpful in order to organise our development in a better way.”
Despite rugby league’s decades-long association with Morocco, there has never been an associated governing body in the country.
The government there recently changed its sports laws and the FMRL, supported by the French Federation, RLEF and Brian Simpson – who is interceding personally with the sports minister – will now seek an independently recognised federation.
The formal Council meeting was followed by the RLEF conference, now in its third year.
Commonwealth expansion in West Africa, the continuing progress of the RLEF’s Technical Strategy and social media planning were topics covered by the guest speakers.
The attending nations were the Czech Republic (CZRLA), England (RFL), France (FFRXIII), Germany (RLD), Ireland (RLI), Italy (FIRL), Jamaica (JRLA), Lebanon (LRLF), Norway (RLN), Scotland (SRL), Serbia (SRLF), Ukraine (UFRL), Wales (WRL), Latvia (LRL), Malta (MRL), Netherlands (NRLB), Greece (GRLF), Hungary (HRLF), Morocco (FMRL) and Poland (PRXIII).
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