Germany Presidents XIII 16-28 American Armed Forces Europe

This was an unusual game at SV Calbach, north east of Frankfurt, central Germany. A Rugby League 9s event warmed the players up before playing the normal 13 v 13 game. For the 9s 3 teams entered. Local boys Calbach Raccoons, American Armed Forces Europe and finally a Combined Hochspeyer (Kaiserslautern)/NRW (Cologne)team.Allö 3 teams wanted to play a 9s comp as some guys from both sides had never played before or had very little Rugby League experience. The results from the 9s was as follows: 

American Armed Forces 24-22 Calbach Raccoons 
American Armed Forces 18-16 Hochspeyer/NRW 
Calbach Raccoons 20-20 Hochspeyer/NRW. 

The Presidents side fielded 6 players new to Rugby League and they had never trained together but gave the fitter and stronger Americans a tough game. German National players Thomas "Panzer" Isaak and Artur Schein were in the middle of it for the Presidents XIII side. One of the new players to Rugby League, Felix Bedorf was unlucky not to get a try on a good kick and chase he put in. The American Armed Forces Europe are used to playing Rugby Union and train regularly together. Finally they went over after learning from some of their early mistakes. Junior Faavae working is way through the President XIII´s defence. The Presidents XIII got back in to it with Isaak smashing his way through a couple of tacklers. Kevin Lipton was the next to score for the Americans. This was followed by a Chad King. Mazeb Harb, from Lebanon, but currently studying in Munich got the President XIII back in to it with a try after good work from Liam Doughton, Benny Lauer Thomas Isaak, and Artur Schein. 12-18 at Half time. 

The Americans added another try just after half time. Jonas Burkhardt was held just short as was Ben Beyh-Heyder which frustrated the Presidents side. The Americans also gave away some silly penalties for some clumsy tackles. The Presidents side did manage to get over but it was not enough to upset the fitter Americans. The fitness of the Americans, saw them grab a try wide out by captain Owen Ryckman. Congrats to the American Armed Forces Europe who deservedly won the 9s and the full game. Many of the players come from the Ramstein base and the word will soon get around that RUgby League is a great game to play and the Americans have promised to support further Rugby League events in Germany starting with the Ingolstadt 9s next week.