Archive | September 2014

Lokomotiva Beroun win 2014 Czech Rugby League championship

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FROM: CZECH RUGBY LEAGUE ASSOCIATION

DATE: 30.9.14

CONTACT: Andy Mulhall – andy.mulhall@rlef.eu.com

LOKOMOTIVA BEROUN WIN 2014 CZECH CHAMPIONSHIP

Lokomotiva Beroun have won a third successive Czech Rugby League Championship. The first club to be established in the country, in 2007, they dropped only one game – their first round clash against the Czech Rabbitohs – on their way to securing their fourth title.

The Rabbitohs finished runners up, losing only to Teplice Dragons on the road and battling their way to a draw with the Roosters of Mikulov, also away.

Mikulov and Teplice followed on the table with Slavia Hradec Kralove fifth in their first year in the Czech First Division while Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels – after being Grand Finalists in 2013 – finished the regular rounds a disappointing sixth. Orli Havlickuv Brod’s young squad were solid improvers on their 2013 performances and, after a strong finish to the season, look capable of making an impression on the extended Czech finals series.

The 2014 CZRLA finals is a mini-championship that involves all seven First Division clubs as well as the leading Second Division outfit – Usti nad Labem Blades – and will culminate in the Grand Final on the first weekend of November.

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Greek Rugby League Championship kicks off

HELLENIC FEDERATION OF RUGBY LEAGUE – PRESS RELEASE

Date: 30 September 2014

Contact: George Stilianos | media

GREEK CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS OFF

The Hellenic Federation of Rugby League’s second domestic season kicked off at the weekend, with the five first division teams in action and a second division taking place beneath the premier competition.

In the opening round AEK Kokkinias, led by national team coach Matthew Ashill, defeated last season’s runners up Aris Petroupolis 44-26, while defending champions Rhodes Knights crushed Athenians Pegasus Neos Kosmos 46-0 despite heavy rain in the Dodecanese and Pyrrihios Aspropyrgou had the bye.

Ashill commented of his charges: “It was probably the best domestic game we’ve seen so far in Greece between two great teams, played in front of 200 spectators, most of them watching a rugby league match for the first time. The level has risen sharply and everyone involved in the Greek Rugby League deserves congratulations”.

The Greeks will use the early games in the championship to select the national squad which will play the Czech Republic in Athens on 11 October in the final match of European Championship C.

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YML Premier Division Grand Final – Bramley Buffaloes 30 West Hull 22 – Report

YORKSHIRE MENS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION GRAND FINAL

BRAMLEY BUFFALOES 30 WEST HULL 22 – Mend-a-hose Stadium, Castleford, Saturday

In front of a vociferous crowd of over 300, Bramley’s early points blitz – which saw them register four tries inside the opening quarter – and determined goal line defence in the second half, saw them claim the Premier Grand Final prize.

Darrel Forster, one of three who remain at the Buffaloes from their National 3 days, and who finished with five goals, was instrumental in the defining spree, Wests leaving themselves too much to do but outscoring their opponents from there on in.

Buffaloes signalled their intent in the opening set, a massive hit by Jonny Bradley stopping Benn Arbon in his tracks.

But Wests responded, Liam East, Ash Shaw and Lennox Green combining to set Dan Cure free but Arbon’s kick on the last was too strong.

From there, Buffaloes dominated, Nathan Hammond’s break allowing Forster’s long cut-out pass to put Jerome Malcolm over for the opening score, Forster goaling.

Bramley doubled their lead in the 11th minute, winger Liam Copland showing terrific footwork with two superb sidesteps and the pace to race clear to the posts from half way, Forster with his second goal.

Four minutes later, Wests lost the ball on half way and, from the free play, Hammond twice hacked on and re-gathered to touch down, Forster again on target.

Wests put the restart out on the full and, as the amber and black tide rolled remorselessly forward, scrum half Ben Dean dummied and nipped over, Forster’s goal making it 24-0 in 18 minutes.

Callum Ling got Wests on the front foot and East manufactured a back-to-one call from a kick on the last but the Buffaloes goal-line defence was superb, surviving three sets as big Ben Parler, Sam Baker and Green went close, Tom Blakey’s grubber too long.

Buffaloes responded, Steve Suddards and Dean setting up Forster but he was held up over the line, Malcolm also denied.

Bramley full back Terry Brown then went on a tremendous 70 metre run but could just not pick up his supports.

East continually prompted and worked hard to get West Hull into the game, his excellent short pass looking to have put Blakey over as half time approached but the hooker dropping the ball over the line, and Arbon’s subsequent ball to Kail Arnott was forward.

Wests showed renewed vigour at the start of the second half as the sun came out, Ellerington and Shaw with drives, Blakey and East finding Arbon whose kick was scrambled dead by Malcolm.

From the drop out, Cure and Callum Lane darted, Green danced but East’s kick on the last was too strong as Bramley’s defence held.

Another Buffaloes knock on saw Shaw with a great offload find East and Arbon forced a second drop out but Wests lost possession cheaply, Cure then sin binned after a needless scuffle near the touchline.

That seemed to galvanise the Humbersiders, East with a great ball on the inside for Ben Parler, whose superb slipped pass saw Baker across between the posts in the 56th minute, Green with the extras.

Hammond led the Buffalo charge and, even though Suddards was hit late from a kick, advantage saw Omar Alrawi hack on and win the race to the ball, Foster again good with the boot to make it 30-6.

West Hull regained the kick off and, after Arbon had done well, Blakey’s short ball saw Ben Parler crash over and Green goal as Cure returned.

Ben Parler again led the charge in a tremendous cameo role, Lane going close and East held up as the Bramley defence remained resolute.

Forster and Bradley made ground but Suddards was wide with a field goal attempt as the game entered the closing stages.

Joe Staples put in a couple of crushing tackles for West Hull, they forced a drop out and Ellerington and Caluin Parler went close, but Jack Watt’s pass to Cure went into touch.

There was still time for late drama, Shaw was brought down by a fine tackle from Bradley but Ben Parler crashed over for his second try from close range for determined Wests.

From the restart, Caluin Parler and Ling got Dylan Price free down the left touchline and his inside ball saw Blaine Goulton go over but Green could not add the extras.

It was too little, too late for Wests, their slow start ultimately undoing them.

BUFFALOES

1. Terry Brown

2. Jerome Malcolm

3. Nathan Hammond

4. Omar Alrawi

5. Liam Copland

6. Steve Suddards

7. Ben Dean

8. Dave Parker

9. Craig Boot

15. Jonny Bradley

11. Alex Brier

12. Daz Forster

13. Robin Wilks

Subs (all used)

10. Gaz Hudson

16. Ryan Jackson

18. Ryan Campbell

19. Andrew Hepworth

Tries: Malcolm (6), Copland (11), Hammond (15), Dean (18), Alrawi (60)

Goals: Forster 5

WESTS

1 Lennox Green

2 Dylan Price

3 Callum Ling

4 Jack Watts

5 Dan Cure

6 Ben Arbon

7 Liam East

8 Oscar Ellerington

9 Tom Blakey

10 Kail Arnott

11 Callum Lane

12 Caluin Parler

13 Ash Shaw

Subs (all used)

14 Joe Staples

15 Sam Baker

16 Blaine Goulton

18 Ben Parler

Tries: Baker (56), B. Parler (63, 78), Goulton (79)

Goals: Green 3

Men of the match: BUFFALOES – Darrel Foster WESTS – Ash Shaw

Half time: 24-0

Referee: Phil Lawley

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YML Division 1 Grand Final – Scarborough Pirates 38 Hunslet Club Parkside 32 – Report

YORKSHIRE MENS LEAGUE DIVISION 1 GRAND FINAL

SCARBOROUGH PIRATES 38 HUNSLET CLUB PARKSIDE 32

Fine performances from loose forward Jack Hawkins and scrum half James Millward, combined with the pace of two-try winger Tom Jenkinson, saw Scarborough Pirates win the inaugural YML Division 1 Grand Final at the Mend-a-hose Stadium, Castleford.

They were pushed all the way by a never-say-die Hunslet outfit, superbly led by Jamie Graves, who nearly staged a dramatic fight back; the recent league game between them having ended as a draw.

Scarborough got off to the worst possible start, knocking on from the kick off and giving away a penalty for offside on their line, hooker David Medley going over from dummy half for Parkside, Michael Waite goaling.

Pirates, with a loud following behind them, got back into the match on the back of three successive penalties – two for ball stealing, livewire rake Nick Brinning across but James Millward wide with the conversion attempt.

Millward made amends in the ninth minute, his pinpoint crosskick picking out Jenkinson to put Scarborough in front, Millward with the extras.

A forward pass from the re-start put Parkside back in possession, the half backs combining well for Chris Boyce to send in Graves out wide to level, Waite missing with the conversion attempt.

Scarborough regained the lead after Millward was taken high; Keith Paddock went close and Adam Lee’s reverse pass sent in Jack Hawkins between the posts, Millward goaling to make it 16-10.

Millward became increasingly influential, linking with Oliver Battye and then Jack Hawkins to set the position for Brinning to burrow over for his second try just before the half hour, Millward again on target with the boot.

Hunslet got back into it soon after, Conner Dunbar’s pass sending Anthony Addinall on a mazy run to the line, Waite converting to bring the gap back to six points.

But they undid that with a penalty from the restart, Lee’s precise grubber to the corner allowing Regan Stirk to touch down, Millward with the touchline conversion.

Having withstood a spell of Hunslet pressure on their own line, Jenkinson thought he had collected a brace from Lee’s clever kick but he was deemed offside as the half time whistle sounded.

Six minutes into the second half, Parkside were back in it, Addinall again the threat on the left and Boyce’s cross kick seeing Ben Jacques gather and go over but the goal was missed.

The clash became feisty with plenty of pushing and niggle in the tackle in midfield, but when Scarborough moved the ball wide, Battye’s fine pass sent Jenkinson racing through from 45 metres for a lovely score, Millward adding the conversion to establish a 14-point lead.

Hunslet refused to accede, Graves going close before Ben Thorpe crashed over, Luke Medley goaling, and Boyce’s clever kick then causing havoc but Harry Sleep diffused the danger with an excellent run to clear his in-goal.

Spilt possession cost Parkside, though, Jenkinson’s burst out of defence and good work by Jack Hawkins and the Pirates half backs seeing Brinning chip to the corner, Battye gathering and taking it to 38-26 with 11 minutes remaining.

Still the Parksiders pressed, Graves going close and – after the Pirates lost the ball in their own quarter – the tricky scrum half weaved his way over, Luke Medley goaling to narrow the gap to a converted try.

Graves again made a break looking for parity but the ball was lost and the chance gone.

PIRATES

1 Harry Sleep

2 Tom Jenkinson

3 Oliver Battye

4 Jack Johnson

5 Regan Stirk

6 Adam Lee

7 James Millward

8 Alex Cowlin

9 Nick Brinning

10 Liam Braithwaite

11 Dave Douthwaite

12 Alex Collins

13 Jack Hawkins

Subs (all used)

14 Nathan Hawkins

17 Joe Hitchcock

19 Carl Stephenson

20 Keith Paddock

Tries: Brinning (6, 29), Jenkinson (9, 52), J. Hawkins (24), Stirk (35), Battye (69)

Goals: Millward 5

PARKSIDE

1 Luke Medley

2 Danny Harrison

3 Phillip Marshall

4 Anthony Addinall

5 Dean Bowles

6 Chris Boyce

7 Jamie Graves

8 Melvyn Brown

9 David Medley

10 Scott Armitage

11 Jack Raby

12 Ben Thorpe

13 Michael Waite

Subs (all used)

14 Ben Benton

15 Ben Jacques

16 Conner Dunbar

18 James Silverblade

Tries: D. Medley (2), Graves (12, 77), Addinall (32), Jacques (56), Thorpe (56)

Goals: Waite 2, L. Medley 2

Men of the match: PIRATES – Jack Hawkins PARKSIDE – Jamie Graves

Half time: 28-16

Referee: Andy Howe

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Greece rugby league unveil squad for clash with Czechs

HELLENIC FEDERATION OF RUGBY LEAGUE

PRESS RELEASE

Date: 26 September 2014

Contact: George Stilianos | stilianos.george

GREECE GEARS UP FOR CZECH CLASH

Table-topping Greece have named a powerful 30-man squad for the third and final European Championship C match, in Athens, on 11 October.

Coach Matt Ashill, a Welshman by birth but long-time resident of Athens, is keen to see the local players mix further with some of the elite overseas-based ones such as Michael Korkidas and Gateshead Thunder half-back Jordan Meads.

“The local players have performed very well in the domestic championship and, as they get more experience, they are going to be very helpful for the national team” he said. For most it is going to be a reward for their efforts in a short time as they only started playing 10 months ago”.

Hellenic RL president, Tasos Pantazidis added: “The match will take place in Aspropyrgos, the home of a new rugby league club and that will be a strong motivation for the new players and the local community who will be present in the match”.

The Czechs, who lost at home to Malta in their first match, will be battling to avoid relegation which would end a four-year spell in the competition, previously known as the Euro Bowl.

GREECE 30-MAN SQUAD

Grigorios Koutsimpogiorgos, Neofytos Christou, Panagiotis Karefilis, Giorgin Syti, Vasilios Venduras (AEK Kokkinias), Konstantinos-Aris Dardamanis, Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, Manolis Katalaktakis, Thomas Lymberios, Ioannis Roussoglou, Ioannis Valassas (Aris Petroupolis), George Tsikrikas (Canterbury), Michael Korkidas (Dapto), Jordan Meads (Gateshead Thunder), Vasili Tsikrikas (Kingsgrove Colts), Pantelis Arfaras, Stefanos Bastas, Nikolaos Bosmos, Konstantinos Kotiadis, Panagiotis Lambousis, Alvaro Zota (Knights of Rhodes), Sebastian Sell (Mittagong), Konstantinos Lambrakis (Neapoli Lakonias), Ioannis Nake (Pegasus Neos Kosmos), Liam Sue-Tine (Pine Rivers), Nathan Hughes (Redfern All Blacks), Clinton Hughes (Sandgate Brighton),Terence Constantinou (Sunbury United), Jake Vrahnos (Sydney University), Jordan Kidis (UTS Tigers)

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Latvia hosts latest leg of European rugby league project

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LATVIA HOSTS LATEST LEG OF EUROPEAN PROJECT

The Latvian Rugby League has hosted the latest activity in the Leadership Devolution Project, as three Spanish, two Polish and one Scottish coach tutor-trainees joined their two Latvian colleagues in the beautiful setting of Sigulda, 50km north east of the capital Riga, nestling on the edge of the Gauja national park.

The training was run by RLEF Coach Manager Martin Crick and Rodrigo Molina, the Spanish association’s man in Madrid, said: “The whole experience was very rewarding. The multicultural environment in which the course was conducted generated a very positive atmosphere, with all of us seeing how the others work.”

“Undoubtedly, this course lets the Spanish rugby league face the proper development of rugby league in our country with some optimism. For Madrid, it is even more important because we currently have one club and we are now on the path to being able to train more coaches. Madrid has always been great in many sports, and rugby league should be no different.”

The LDP is co-funded by the RLEF, the Rugby League International Federation and the senior donor, the European Commission, which has committed €195.000 to the project.

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Oslo Capitals crowned 2014 rugby league champions of Norway

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OSLO CAPITALS CROWNED 2014 CHAMPIONS OF NORWAY

Defending champions Oslo Capitals retained their trophy with a 36-12 win over Flekkefjord Tigers in the Norwegian Grand Final staged in Arendal, Edwin Ohana their star performer.

The sides were locked at 12-all at the break, Joachim Larsen in fine form for the Tigers, but the Capitols’ great experience shone in the closing stages.

The venue was specifically chosen to help launch a recruitment drive for the new side in the competition for 2015, Arendal Pikes who’s chairman Daniel Fosseli arranged the hospitality for the sides; Norway national team manager Anne Haigh, who flew in from the UK especially, presenting the medals.

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New coach Kear names Wales Rugby League European Championship Squad

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DATE: 23 September 2014

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NEW COACH KEAR NAMES WALES EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD

New Wales head coach John Kear, who has taken over the role from Iestyn Harris, has named his first 23-man squad, for the 2014 Rugby League European Championships this October and November.

The line-up is picked from 14 clubs across four professional leagues, with players from the table-topping sides of both First-Utility Super League and the Kingstone Press Championship represented.

Matty Fozard from St Helens is one of 10 potential debutants while ex-Saint Jacob Emmitt, from Championship league leaders’ Leigh Centurions, retains his Wales squad place after playing in last year’s World Cup.

Also included for the first time since the 2000 World Cup is prop Garreth Carvell, who has put his hand up to play for his old Hull boss Kear.

Kear said: “Garreth enjoyed playing for the Welsh team all those years ago and when I spoke to him about it, I was pleased with his response and how keen he was to come back. I’m expecting him to be a stalwart in the side. At 33, he is our oldest player, while Connor Farrer, at only just 19, is the youngest. It’s good that we have old hands helping through the up-and-coming lads and it bodes well for this tournament and the future of Wales Rugby League as we continue to build towards Rugby League World Cup 2017”.

Five of the newcomers are from South Wales Scorpions – captain Phil Carleton, player-assistant coach Paul Emanuelli, Pontypool-born Kyle Scrivens and youngsters Farrer and Jordan Sheridan. They join team mate Ashley Bateman who is selected for Wales for the first time in four years.

Also in line to make their full debuts are Joe Burke and Dalton Grant who both played this season with Barrow Raiders; Haverfordwest-born Yannic Parker, who appeared for Oxford RL and Brecon-born Izaak Duffy, who is with University of Gloucestershire All Golds in Kingstone Press Championship One.

North Wales Crusaders are represented by Rob Massam and Christiaan Roets, both of whom starred for and scored tries in last year’s World Cup. North Wales born Rhys Williams from Mynydd Isa – who will be at London Broncos in 2015 – returns from a season in Australia to pull on the Welsh shirt, as does Bridgend-born former Leeds Rhinos junior Ollie Olds.

“We’re naming an exciting squad for this tournament with many home grown Welsh players which indicates true progress for the game here”, Kear added.

“I see the tournament very much as a marker for their development, giving the young players a chance to put their hand up to mix it in future years.”

World Cup squad members Peter Lupton from Workington Town and ex-Bradford Bulls’ Cardiff-born full-back Elliot Kear will provide experience while Gateshead’s Matty Barron, who last played for Wales in 2009 and Batley’s Byron Smith, previously capped in 2007, also make welcome returns.

Wales face Scotland in the opening game of the tournament in Workington on October 17th.

The winners of the round-robin competition are set to take part in the 2016 Four Nations tournament alongside England, Australia and New Zealand.

Tickets for Wales v Ireland will be on sale soon at www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk. More information will be posted when these are available.

WALES SQUAD:

Joe Burke, Dalton Grant (both Barrow Raiders), Byron Smith (Batley Bulldogs), Elliot Kear (Bradford Bulls), Garreth Carvell, Daniel Fleming (Castleford Tigers), Rhys Williams (Central Queensland Capras), Matty Barron, Ricky Hough (Gateshead Thunder), Izaak Duffy (Gloucestershire All Golds), Ollie Olds (Ipswich Jets, Australia), Jacob Emmitt (Leigh Centurions), Rob Massam, Christiaan Roets (both North Wales Crusaders), Yannic Parker (Oxford), Ashley Bateman, Phil Carleton, Paul Emanuelli, Connor Farrer, Kyle Scrivens, Jordan Sheridan (all South Wales Scorpions), Matty Fozard (St Helens), Peter Lupton (Workington Town)

RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 – FIXTURES

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
17 Oct – Scotland v Wales, 8pm.

Derwent Park Workington

25 Oct – Ireland v Scotland, 2pm.

Tallaght Stadium, Dublin

31 Oct – Scotland v France, 7.30pm.

Netherdale, Galashiels

18 Oct – Ireland v France, 2pm.

Tallaght Stadium, Dublin

25 Oct – France v Wales, 3pm.

Albi Stadium, Albi

2 Nov – Wales v Ireland, 2.30

Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

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GB & Ireland Students complete South African rugby league tour unbeaten

GB & IRELAND STUDENTS COMPLETE SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR UNBEATEN

Four tries from Anthony Squires saw the GB & Ireland Students complete their three-match South African tour unbeaten, defeating the South African Students 56-8 in a Test match at the Groenkloof Stadium in Pretoria.

The hosts last came together at the Student World Cup in summer 2013, the core of that squad having graduated to the senior ranks, and the more experienced Academic Lions – buoyed by emphatic wins over Western Cape and league champions Tuks – raced to a 32-0 half time lead in the hot conditions.

The Student Rhinos rallied, their best performer winger Rupert Wells crossing for a brace of tries, but the GB & Ireland boys had the final say with two late touchdowns that again took them over the half century mark.

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Ukraine Rugby League Championship heads for Finals Day

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FROM: UKRAINE RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION

DATE: 22 September, 2014

CONTACT: Artur Martyrosyan (arturrugby)

UKRAINE RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP HEADS FOR FINALS DAY

Under the slogan ‘Unity in Sport’, the Ukrainian Rugby League has scheduled their Grand Finals day, to climax the Championship season, at the prestigious Star Stadum in Kharkiv, on the 4th and 5th October.

Four teams have made the deciders from the two pools of regular season competition, encompassing eight sides in all, the semi-finals seeing Legion XIII, Kharkiv taking on RC Kivvy Rog Rhinos and Titans, Donetsk facing CEPU, Simferopol on the Saturday.

The following day the losers will play for third and fourth place while the winners contest the title.

In the lead-up, URL took part in a sport fair in Freedom Square, Kharkiv, with more than 1500 athletes and 50 federations in attendance.

It began with a parade in front of the major’s deputy Alexander Popov, the head of the department of the Youth, Family and Sport Affairs who commented that not only did the event unite those with a love of sport but that, hopefully, it would attract more youngsters to get involved in what was now the sport capital of the country.

The square was divided into six sectors and included the best coaches, sport fitness instructors and popular players from each sport who held master classes, with rugby league heavily represented and extremely popular.

One of the main events in the programme was official congratulations to Ukraine RL skipper Aleksanedr Skorbach and his wife Irina on the occasion of their wedding.

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