Physical Opening Round in the AMNRL

By Daniel Andruczyk

The much anticipated opening to the AMNRL season got under way today. Rugby League International Scores was able to get to the two matches played. In a day of physical and brutal matches where one player was taken to hospital, the upset of the season so far was sprung.

Bucks County Sharks 28 – 10 New York Northern Raiders

The Bucks County Sharks return to the AMNRL and Rugby League. Though they have a new home ground this year, the first round was played at the Fall Township Community Park. The opponents were New York Northern Raiders who fielded a new look team this year. Both teams went in hard from the start and the Sharks raced out to an early 10-0 lead. It could have been more if not for some sloppy handling from them where they dropped the ball as placing it down. Also the Raiders were able to hold them up several times. Soon after the Raiders were able to hit back with a try of their own. It then went tit for tat into the half as the Sharks went into the break with a 20-10 lead.


The second half saw the Sharks get a try very early on to go to a 24-10 lead. The Raiders then muscled up for  75 minutes. They basically didn’t allow anything through their defence. The last 20 minutes both teams were tiring and mistakes started to creep in. though the hits didn’t let up. It seemed that no more points would be scored until in the last moment the Sharks went over again to take the score finally to 24-10


Connecticut Wildcats 42 – 40 New York Knights

Across town in Drexell Hill there was meant to be a double header between the New York Knight and Delaware Vipers and then the Connecticut Wildcats and Aston Bulls. Unfortunately the Delaware Vipers were not able to field a team and while the Aston and Wildcats would have played it would have been a wasted trip for New York. It was decided that Aston would take a Bye and that New York and Connecticut would play the match.


Getting from Levittown to Drexell Hill took me over an hour so I missed the first 30 minutes of the match unfortunately. It was 12 – 12 when I arrived and Both teams were pushing hard. The lines that both teams were running looked very sharp. The knight were able to run in 2 more tries with one conversion and the Knights went into half time 22 – 12.


The second Half saw one of the more serious moment of the match. After the Wildcats were able to get one try back to 24-18 one of their players, while going up for a bomb game down hard. In a triple whammy he landed on his head, got concussion which made him lose consciousness for over a minute, had spasming and also dislocated his shoulder. It was a hard blow and the game was stopped till the paramedics were able to take him to hospital. But on the back of this  the Wildcats seemed to lift.


Both teams went try for try right up until the 70th minute mark. The Knights had a 16 point headway with a commanding 40 – 24 lead. However the the Wildcats were able to lift and under the weight of their constant barrage the knight defence started to crumble. Two tries saw the Connecticut team get to 36 – 40 with 2 minutes to go. In one last play in the dying seconds they were able to get over to tie it up. With the conversion it was 42-40 and all over and an upset win indeed to the Wildcats.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Bucks County 1 1 0 0 1 18 5
2 Connecticut 1 1 0 0 1 2 5
3 New York 1 0 0 1 2 -2 2
4 Aston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Delaware 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 New York Northern 1 0 0 1 0 -18 0


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15 Responses to “Physical Opening Round in the AMNRL”

  1. Interested Observer says:

    Great to see the Sharks back playing rugby league. Looking at the picture of the team, it looks like Fred Backhaus is in the photo. Can you confirm that he played Druzik? If so, that’s great to see him back in action at his age! He has been a great player over the years.

    It is concerning though that the Vipers forfeited. This looks pretty poor considering the hype behind the AMNRL saying this will be their biggest and best year yet and low and behold, a team forfeits their very first match as a club. There aren’t enough teams in the AMNRL comp as it is to have teams not turning up to play, lets hope that improves.

    Good luck to the Sharks this year.

    • druzik says:

      I am not sure if that is Fred, it could well be mate, sorry. I can try and find out.

      The Sharks are my sentimental team in the USA, but I have to say the Knights and Connecticut teams look the goods this year.

      As for the Vipers, I never was able to get any word from Niuy or anyone as why they never showed, actually Niuy left after the 1/2 time break, which surprised me considering the injury and all that happened.

    • fatwing15 says:

      Yes, that is the ageless wonder Freddy Backhaus!

  2. dragons4eva says:

    Hey thanks for the wrap up Druzik! Bit of a…interesting start to the AMNRL season but good to see action from it!

  3. Ian Volante says:

    They all look offside in that picture! Do they not retreat ten yards for the play-the-ball?

  4. Interested Observer says:

    Awesome to know Fred is back playing with the
    Sharks. He has been such a stalwart for their club for probably 14 or 15 years and a great contributor to rugby league in the USA. Not sure where he played but stick him in the number 7 now that he’s maybe not the flyer he once was at #1 or #2.
    weird about Niuy leaving and no info about the Vipers but I did see someone ask about why the Vipers forfeited on the AMNRL site and the comment was removed. Glad you don’t do that Druzik.

    • druzik says:

      Yes, I was hoping to catch up with him… but unfortunately was not to be the case. I tried calling him today while driving from Philly to Champaign (a good 12 hour drive … I had a hands free set don’t worry) but all I got was his answering machine.

      Do you remember the comment on the website? I did hear some rumours on the actual reason, but till I know anything substantial then I won’t comment on it.

      IO… Occasionally I do need to make edits if there is unacceptable language used or if there are legally liable comments made.

  5. Interested Observer says:

    On the new site, after each story or news item there is a comments section and under the round 1 news, someone asked something like “Why did the Vipers forfeit?” and it was removed. I see it’s been re-asked so it will be interesting to see if it is removed a second time.

    It is a fair question and I would have thought it was not offensive in anyway but clearly whoever is moderating the comments section of the new site doesn’t want people asking about forfeits or anything that may highlight a problem in the AMNRL.

    This is one of the reasons teams got frustrated with the AMNRL because of the lack of transparancy. So a team forfeited, why should that be a secret? Let fans and players know why. I want to see the AMNRL succeed this year but I would like to see them lift their game in the way the go about things off the field.

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