OK Jamaican Results and RLIF News

By Various

So as it was pointed out the other day, I forgot to put in the Jamaican results! So here they are. Also there is some wonderful news from the RLIF with Rugby league being recognised as a sport for the Commonwealth Games.

Jamaican Results

By Romeo Monteith

The Jamaica Rugby League Association’s 2011 National Championships got under way on Saturday with the Vauxhall Vultures and Duhaney Park Red Sharks winning in contrasting styles.

Vauxhall defeated Denham Town 80-1 in a one sided affair at Vauxhall High School. At half time the defending champions were already up 44-1 after a hat-trick from powerhouse second row Tyronie Rowe. Andrew Fong and Andrew Simpson also got three tries to their names to complete the rout. Shawn Creary kicked a drop goal for Denham Town’s single point.

Across town, the Duhaney Park Red Sharks overcame the Jamaica Defence 36-30 in a close one. The Red Sharks scored 3 tries in the opening 15 minutes through Robert Rodney, Ryan Grant and Romaen Campbell.

However a furious rally by the Army men saw them scoring three quick tries of their own in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, with Jason Bineham, Orien Smith and Santino Lawrence doing the damage.

The game was tied up at 30 all when the Army conceded a penalty for offside near their try line with only 5 minutes remaining. From the subsequent tap, Romaen Campbell scored his second for the day when he crashed through the defensive wall to give the Red Sharks their first points of the season.

The National Championship continues on Sunday May 12, with the St. Catherine teams bowing into action. GC Foster Lions will entertain Gregory Park at GC Foster College (2pm) while the Spanish Town Vikings host the Portmore Eliminators at Ellerslie Pen (4:30).

Match 1 Result

Vauxhall 80

Tries: Tyronie Rowe (4), Andrew Fong (3), Andrew Simpson (3), Sandino Hastings, Fabian Atkinson, Tiege Jackson, Robert Johnson, Jhadeek Clarke Conversions: Oniel McCalla (2), Tiege Jackson, Mohenjo Thompson (7)

Denham Town All Stars 1

Tries: Conversions: Drop Goal: Shawn Creary

Match 2 Result

Duhaney Park Red Sharks 36

Tries: Romaen Campbell (2), Robert Rodney (2), Ryan Grant, Renaldo Wade, Andre Reid, Conversions: Kemoy Whye (4)

Jamaica Defence Force 30

Tries: Orien Smith, Jason Bineham (2), Santino Lawrence, Hubert Thomas, Conversions: Jason Bineham (5)

Kingston Division

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Vauxhall 1 1 0 0 0 79 2
2 Dunhaney Park 1 1 0 0 0 6 2
3 Star Steppers 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 JDF 1 0 0 1 0 -6 0
5 Denham Town 1 0 0 1 0 -79 0

Rugby League secures Commonwealth Games recognition

RLIF Media Release

Rugby League’s success as a growing international sport has been recognised by the Commonwealth Games Federation at their meeting in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

The Federation today gave its unanimous support to an application for Rugby League to become a Category Three sport, an important step which will enable the sport to continue to expand and develop across the globe.

The application was presented to the Sports Review Committee of the Commonwealth Games Federation by a delegation from the Rugby League International Federation led by David Gent, Chairman of the RLIF’s Commonwealth Commission.

“This is an exciting day for Rugby League and I would like to place on record my thanks to the Commonwealth Games Federation for their support of our application,” said Gent.

“Rugby League has a long tradition of being played in Commonwealth countries and so this recognition by the CGF will ensure that the game continues to prosper in regions such as Europe and Oceania.

“Recognition by the Commonwealth Games Federation will also enable Commonwealth countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Caribbean to develop the game and help the RLIF strengthen competition at a Commonwealth and world level.”

Category Three recognition is an important first step towards presence at a future Games and will allow Rugby League to work with the regional Commonwealth Games associations on development projects.

Commonwealth Games Federation vice-president HRH Tunku Imran said: “Category Three sports are those that we recognise as working towards future inclusion and we are very pleased to see the high level of commitment by the Rugby League International Federation to further develop the sport across the Commonwealth.

“It is a key criteria that any sport on our programme is played widely across as many of our member nations as possible.”

Rugby League’s successful inclusion followed an eight-month application process steered by the RLIF’s Commonwealth Commission, representing all six regions of the Commonwealth Games.

Richard Lewis, the Deputy Chairman of the RLIF and Chairman of the RFL, said recognition by the Commonwealth Games Federation has deep significance for Rugby League.

“This is the first time we have had official recognition by a global multi-sports organisation and is a massive step forward for the sport,” said Lewis.

“Although it does pave the way for Rugby League to be played in future Commonwealth Games, that’s not what this application is about. In the short- to medium term, Commonwealth Games recognition will help us realise our ambitions to further establish Rugby League as a truly international sport.”

The officers of the Commonwealth Commission, which will now draft a Commonwealth development strategy, comprises Eric Perez (Canada Rugby League and Americas), Sue Morris (Jamaican Rugby League Association and Caribbean), Anthony Micallef (Malta Rugby League and Europe), Louis Fourie (South Africa Rugby League and Africa), Asia (no representative) and Colin Love (Australian Rugby League and Oceania); Richard Lewis (RLIF), Nadene Conlon (New Zealand Rugby League and ‘athlete representative’) and Danny Kazandjian (co-ordinator).


Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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