European Results and Updates

By Daniel Andruczyk

This week the first of the years international tournaments kicked off. Even though it may be a low key affair by most standards the Malta 9s didn’t escape the eyes and ears of RLIS. They were played over the weekend at the Victor Tadesco Stadium in Hamrun Malta. The French and Lebanese seasons started up again after their mid season breaks. Also a correction from the New York Northern Raiders about something i said last week.

Malta 9s

Last weekend the Malta 9s kicked of their season for 2011. Three teams participated, a Malta Select with new local players that have taken up the game, a team from Cambridge University that flew in last week and also had a training session with the Maltese players. There was also the John Dimond select which is a team led by John Dimond from Wales. Results were: Malta Select 0-24 Cambridge, Cambridge 24-0 John Dimond and John Dimond 8-4 Malta Select.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Cambridge 3 2 0 0 1 48 4
2 John Dimond 3 1 0 1 1 -20 2
3 Malta Select 3 0 0 2 1 -28 0

In the final Cambridge took on The John Diamond select and the outcome was the same as in the group stage with the Cambridge lads running out winners with a 24 point margin again, 32-8.

French LER 1

Rounds 11 and 12 have been played in the new year already, with Lezignan leading the way once again. In round 11 Lezignan 32-19 Montpellier, Carpentras 22-24 Limoux, UTC 10-35 Carcassonne, Villeneuve 36-22 Pia and St Gaudens/Toulouse 22-24 Avignion. While in Round 12 played over the weekend Avignion 24-34 Lezignan, Pia 38-12 St Gaudens/Toulouse, Carcassonne 24-14 Villeneuve, Montpellier 12-28 Carpentras and Limoux 24-6 UTC. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Lezignan 12 11 0 1 0 258 34
2 Pia 12 9 0 3 0 178 30
3 Limoux 12 9 0 3 0 136 30
4 Avignion 12 7 0 5 0 10 26
5 Carcassonne 12 6 0 6 0 52 24
6 Villeneuve 12 6 0 6 0 -58 24
7 Carpentras 12 5 1 6 0 -49 22
8 UTC 12 3 1 8 0 -53 19
9 St Gaudens / Toulouse 12 2 0 10 0 -216 16
10 Montpellier 12 1 0 11 0 -213 14

Bank of Beirut

Two rounds in the Lebanese Bank of Beirut Championships have also been played in 2011 so far. However with some wild winter weather several games have been postpones with grounds being flooded out. In round 6 LAU beat AUB 48-8 while AUST lost 0-36 to the Wolves. While last weekends round 7 saw the Jounieh / Wolves game postponed and AUB beat AUST 48 – 8. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 LAU 5 3 0 1 1 106 6
2 USJ 4 3 0 1 0 46 6
3 Balamand 5 3 0 1 1 28 6
4 AUB 5 3 0 1 1 16 6
5 Wolves 4 1 0 3 0 -42 2
6 Jounieh 4 0 0 3 1 -48 0
7 AUST 5 0 0 4 1 -98 0

Updates and Correction

I received and email from the New York Northern Raiders correcting me on something I wrote last week so I want to get this up for people to read ”Real quick your article has a slight miss print . We  have  been  based out  of  NY for years at Wallkill, NY and  White Plains, NY and Central Park and Brooklyn at practices  and also Rockland County . We have 100 plus NY players . Our team name has  always  been the NY Northern Raiders . By saying that their is a name change it may  infers  that we  have any change in leadership .  There has been none ;  the seven raiders that run the  team are the same .  At  times  people drop the NY  or  drop the  Northern since it  is a long name “. So hopefully that clears things up for everyone and I apologise to the NYN Raiders for writing the wrong thing.

Last weeks articles on the USARL and AMNRL have certainly stirred some debate. I still have not got any official response from AMNRL about the whole split. Once I do get something then I will be certain to get it up. I have been in touch with a couple AMNRL teams about the upcoming season and they are all very keen and excited about the upcoming season.

I am hearing that in February the RLEF will have their early year meeting to talk about the years events in Frankfurt, germany. Also I am currently doing some research on an interesting development in the RLIF and World Cup. A very good positive development. I hope to have something up in a few days.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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