Lebanon marred in Violence.

By Daniel Andruczyk

The end of the last week and results have come through for the Maltese, Lebanese and French competitions. In Australia historical events are unfolding with an independent commission to run the sport in that country, while in Lebanon war broke out again… but this time on the Rugby League field.

New Rugby League Commission in Australia

This week the top Rugby League clubs in Australia signed off unanimously on a New Rugby league commission to be set up to run the game in that country.

But the clubs themselves are now putting pressure on the commission to be installed and running by the time the new season start in march. We shall wait and see what happens.

In good news for the New South Wales Origin team, Neil Henry quit the Maroons this week. Well that’s one less tormenter.

Bank Of Beirut Championships

As mentioned in the introduction last weekend Bank of Beirut Championships in Lebanon was marred in violence. 38 minutes into the match between AUST and AUB Rabie El Masri was winded in a tackle and his brother Ahmad El Masri took offence to it. Long live the biff hey. The match was 6-4 to AUB at the time. No word on what will happen with the results.

In the other match the Wolves fought on bravely but were defeated in the end by Jounieh 34-14 in their match. The table stand currently as:

Team P W D L PD PT
1 LAU 4 4 0 0 276 8
2 Balamand 5 3 0 2 58 6
3 Jounieh 3 3 0 0 40 6
4 AUB 4 2 0 2 -7 4
5 USJ 4 2 0 2 -58 4
6 Wolves 5 1 0 4 -113 2
7 AUST 5 0 0 5 -158 0

On another happier note for Lebanese Rugby League, this week saw the latest Club team play their forst game. The LIU (Lebanese International University) played a game against the Balamand team. They played well but were outclassed by the veteran team 54-0.

Also in Qatar the Lebanese U16’s squad played the Qatar Schools select team and in an absolute thriller went down 34-32 in Doha.

France is Heating Up

Round 11 was completed and pretty much matches went to script except maybe for the Carcassonne match. They beat the number 1 team Lezignan in a thrashing 40-14. Limoux had a good win over Avignon 52- 12. Pia also thrashes bottom dwellers St. Gaudens 50-10 while Villeneuve and UTC played out a tight contest 23-18. Carpentras had the bye this week. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD PT
1 Lezignan 10 8 0 1 1 90 25
2 Pia 10 7 0 2 1 139 23
3 Carcassonne 10 6 0 3 1 83 21
4 Limoux 10 5 0 4 1 89 19
5 Villeneuve 10 4 1 4 1 14 18
6 UTC 10 4 0 5 1 -29 17
7 Avignon 10 2 1 6 1 -132 14
8 Carpentras 10 2 0 6 2 -26 12
9 St. Gaudens 10 1 0 8 1 -194 11

Maltese Championships Round 3

Round 3 of the Maltese championships was played and South came out very close winners once again in a very high scoring match, 56-52. They lead the table against North 2-1 now. Table is:

Team P W D L PD PT
1 South 3 2 0 1 8 4
2 North 3 1 0 2 -8 2

New Series of Blogs

Soon I will be starting a new monthly series of blogs where I will talk about some of my travels to exotic places in Europe to watch rugby league. It will be called The Travellers and Food Lovers guide to Rugby League. I will talk a bit about the city and what to do there, how to get there, places to see and eat and what games I saw or can be seen there. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed going there!

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: info@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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3 Responses to “Lebanon marred in Violence.”

  1. wain says:

    love your stuff as always druzik. keep it up! shame about the brawl in lebanon, but good to see regular competition happening there.


  2. sportsmad says:

    any idea of the crowds in any of these countries dan?

    • druzik says:

      No, I dont know anything concrete, I have heard in the past that Lebanon is usually a couple hundred, but I can find out easily enough.

      France, I remember when I went to several of the matches, probably averages 2-3,000 people.

      Now some of you may think that is not much, but do remember that French Rugby League sits in the small town where the populations are no more than 10,000. Lezignan is a classic example where its a 10,000 population but will regularly get 3,000 people to home games and when I saw them in 2008 at the LER Grand final in Beziers there were 7000 Lezignan fans out of the 9000 there… that is 70% of the population. Lezignan won that match and apparently at 3 am when the team arrived back the whole town was out in the streets celebrating for the next two days! Wish I was there as I had an open invite to go with the team back to Lezignan in their bus, but alas I had other engagements the next day! Didn’t make that mistake in Paris thats for sure.

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