Press Release – 9 Team Jamaican Rugby League Championships Kicks Off Today

Romeo Monteith: JRLA Development Officer

Saturday May 7, 2011

The Jamaica Rugby League Association’s 2011 national championships will kick-off this weekend with 9 teams challenging for rugby league supremacy.

The competition will feature two parish divisions, with five teams based in Kingston and St. Andrew and four teams based in St. Catherine. Each team will play home and away fixtures in their respective parish zones, the team with the best record in each parish will be declared the 2011 parish Champions.

The top four teams from Kingston and St. Andrew will then face the four St. Catherine based teams in the national playoffs. The playoffs will feature quarter-finals, semi-finals and a Grand Championship game.

On Saturday May 7, defending champions Vauxhall Rugby Club will entertain debutants Denham Town All Stars at Vauxhall High School, at 4:00pm. Meanwhile, across town; the Duhaney Park Red Sharks will entertain the Jamaica Defence Force at the Duhaney Park mini-stadium; kick-off will be at 4:30pm.

On Sunday, the Spanish Town Vikings will host defending St Catherine champions Portmore Eliminators at Ellerslie Pen football field at 4:00pm. While the Gregory Park Maroons will visit the GC Foster Lions at GC Foster College for a 2pm kick-off.

The competition is expected to be of high quality as players will want to stake their to be included on the national team that will take on the USA and South Africa in Rugby League World Cup qualifying action between October 15 and 23 in Philadelphia, USA. All the clubs are enthused about the upcoming season and the coaches are especially thrilled.

According to coach of the Kingston based, Maxfield Star Steppers, Nicholas Wright, “Our aim is to get through to the quarter finals, that would be a major achievement, but to win a trophy would be even better. This season is all about building this club into an elite team that will be eventually become the number one rugby league club in Jamaica” said Wright.

Meanwhile Kemahl Russel, coach of the Gregory Park Maroons stated his pleasure with the direction of rugby league in Jamaica; “I am expecting the season to be a blast, especially in the St. Catherine zone, all the teams in this zone are equal in skill so expect anyone to win! The same cannot be said about the Kingston zone that is another story though”.

The JRLA Championships with culminate with the grand finals scheduled for August 27.


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