EUROPEAN officials meet with interested parties and witness local snow league tournament in Riga.
NORWAY rugby league gets own logo on back of school development tournaments.
FOUR Serbian international sign one-year deal with Vereya to further their progress.
NEXT Saturday, 14th October - while Great Britain gears up for the engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford and the Gillette Tri-Nations begins in Auckland - a party from LHF Healthplan National League 3 side St Albans Centurions will travel to Estonia to help continue the spread of the code there.
HANNESTAD primary school in Sarpsborg, south east Norway has staged the first junior rugby league tournament in the country, with eight teams taking part in a day-long extravaganza.The initiative was organised by Australian-born teacher Justin Ryan who has been coaching between 70 and 80 youngsters in the sport since last February. ?I started off by showing rugby league videos to the pupils every week, during their break? he said.?From February until April, the children were taught the rules and laws of the game. In April, the snow melted, and the children no longer wished to watch the sport they wanted to play it.??Thanks to the RFL and Oztag, I have received a lot of equipment, such as rugby balls, law books and tag belts which has enabled me to continue teaching these children the basics.?By the end of September, his pupils ? based an hour?s drive from Oslo - were thirsting for competitive action and Ryan organised an eight team event, which culminated in the winning side claiming a thrilling 24-20 victory with ten seconds of the ?Grand Final? remaining.?At the end, all players received their diploma? Ryan continued. ?Also, the winning team received a copy of a Super League game on dvd featuring Leeds and Hull from Headingley, which was played in 2005. They loved it!??The tournament, which featured boys and girls, was a great success and the kids want to have another one really soon.? Source: www.rlef.eu.com
WESTS Tigers prop-forward John Skandalis played his last game in Australia when he skippered the Greeks but his experience wasn't enough as Fiji A finished strongly to win 34-12 at Oki Jubilee Oval.Greece led 6-4 at the interval thanks to a 39th minute try from York Antoniou after the Fijians opened the scoring with a 23rd minute try to full-back Marika Koroivue.With a strong wind behind them, the Fijians dominated the second half, scoring four tries in 11 minutes to lead 24-6 after 55 minutes.Max Bainivalu was first to score just four minutes into the second stanza when he collected a bomb that was dropped by Peter Vardis.Alipate Vereti was next to score after a break from Kinikini Nacinieli and the latter added one himself soon after. Wes Naiqama, from the Sydney Bulls, raced over for the other four-pointer.The Greeks stopped the flow with a try to Paul Salamakis in the 62nd minute but Fiji A finished the game with tries to Esala Vute and Naiqama.A number of the Greek players will be heading over to Greece to link up with domestic players for their October 28 clash with Serbia in Athens.Fiji A 34 (Wes Naiqama 2, Marika Koroivue, Max Bainivalu, Alipate Vereti, Kinikini Nacinieli, Esala Vute tries; Koroivue 3 goals) d.Greece 12 (York Antoniou, Paul Salamakis tries; Stuart Philpott 2 goals) at Oki Jubilee Oval. Referee: Ben Everill. Crowd: 1103.Source: www.rlef.eu.com
IN a massive boost for international rugby league, Lebanon have confirmed that they will be taking their place in the forthcoming 2008 World Cup qualifiers.After the recent military conflict in the country there were fears that the LRL would have to relinquish their spot in the competition but they have emerged bruised and unshaken in their bid to reach the final stages in the southern hemisphere. LRL president Mohammed Habbous said: "We are looking forward to showing our determination and resolve through sports and that our spirits remain high even though the past two months have been extremely difficult for all Lebanese. We would like to show the world that the Lebanese rugby league is steadfast and will endure in times of hardship, a true characteristic of the sport which we love." In preparation for the qualifiers, the Cedars 'A' team will take on Malta for the ?Phoenician Cup? in Western Sydney on 8th October. Lebanese rugby league official George Elias, who will lead the side, commented: "Sport unites a nation and Lebanon will be united as we progress with our mission to reach the Rugby League World Cup in 2008." Rugby League European Federation Development Officer Kevin Rudd added, ?We are absolutely delighted that Lebanon will be able to fulfil their fixtures, it is a massive tribute to their organisation and they deserve our total admiration for their courage. Their attitude to not be beaten by outside forces represents everything that is best about the code.? The original 2006 World Cup qualifier schedule, which saw Lebanon hosting Ireland on 28th October, is being altered to accommodate the Cedars? build up with the revised fixtures to be released by the RLEF imminently.Source: www.rlef.eu.com
EURO DEVELOPMENT TRI NATIONS Match 3: Austria vs. EstoniaPaternion Stadium, Austria, Saturday 2nd September, KO 2pmAustria will try to confirm their promising performance displayed in June against Germany, where they have been narrowly defeated 34-32 for the opening match of this inaugural Tri Nations tournament. Paternion Rugby club will host the event on what is considered to be ?the best Rugby pitch in Austria?, situated in the heart of this outstanding Alpine resort.Selected for the RLEF IX?s President team who competed in last week end?s London MX9?s tournament, Christoph Kaltenboek from Austria is eager to face his Estonian ex-team mates who were also invited in London, European Skipper Petrik Mottus and promising full back Dmitri Myskiv.The Estonian will battle to get their first victory on the international stage after their convincing debut in Tallinn against eventual Development Tri Nation Winners Germany. All the players are travelling from their homeland, and it is already a great achievement to be able to send a strong squad on the other side of Europe.As previously for all development international fixtures, the RLEF will send a representative who will assist the locals, in order to encourage the development of Rugby League in Austria.Source: www.rlef.eu.com
CZECH REPUBLIC 28 SERBIA XIII 36at RC Slavia Praha, Vladivostocka, PragueSerbia withstood a spirited rearguard action from the rapidly improving Czech Republic to take the inaugural Slavic Cup in Prague.Taking advantage of a disappointing start by the hosts, and inspired by man of the match Mate Granic, Serbia scored 18 unanswered points in the opening spell, capitalizing on the home team's handling errors.Down 24-4 at the break, the Czechs gave a much improved performance in the second half, inspired by tough-tackling Andrew Mulhall, an Australian-born Czech resident, and Michal Kucera, who the Czech RL association named as their outstanding player.Thanks to three late tries, two of them to Kucera, the gap was eventually reduced to eight points, as the visitors began to tire.Delighted Serbia RL official Jovan Vujosevic commented, ?I am delighted with the victory as we blooded several new players to build up our strength in depth.??It has been the most challenging year yet for Serbia RL but we have competed successfully at a number of levels and we hope to start further work at under 16?s next year.?CZECH REP. 28: Tries: Ku?era M.-2, Priputen, Paukner, Brabec.Goals: Ku?era M.-4.SERBIA 36: Tries: Pe?i?-2, Novakovi?, Jankovi?, Grani?, Anti?, Vojvodi?.Goals: Grani?-3, Novakovi?-1.Sent-off: Novakovi? (Serbia)CZECH REP.: Priputen, Ciporanov, Mana, Mulhall, Paukner, Ku?era M., Poledna, Br?dle, St??brn?, Holovsk?, Verbich, Kurka, Prokep. Subs (all used): Hencl, Benda, Ku?era J., Brabec.SERBIA: Miti?, Vojvodi?, Milinkovi?, Anti?, Rakovi?, Grani?, Vujo?evi?, Novakovi?, Pe?i?, Jevti?, Jankovi?, Tom?i?, ?ebeljan. Sub (used): Risti?.Source: www.rlef.eu.com
EUROPEAN FEDERATION DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONALNEDERLAND TASMAN 34 CZECH REPUBLIC 28A superb try saving tackle by outstanding Dutch full back Rudy Stanford-Smyth prevented the Czech Republic from a possible share of the spoils on their first foray onto foreign soil.There were huge positives for both nations in a terrific, flowing encounter; the Dutch fielding a predominantly home-based side showing great resolve to secure victory while the European newcomers proved that they have the talent to be competitive.Holland made a great start, racing to a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter hour as the Czech?s failed to complete their sets of six giving good field position to the men in Orange. Nottingham Outlaws? Phil Parkinson opened the scoring, with the excellent Stanford-Smyth crossing twice in three minutes as he linked decisively from the back.The visitors, initially suffering from the after-effects of a 1000km bus journey, began to find their feet, with stand off Mikhal Kucera at the heart of their best work.Prop P?emek Br?dle skittled the defence to power his way over and strong running second rower Josef Kucera posted the first of his three tries to reduce the gap to four points.On the stroke of half time, experienced Dutch scrum half Jorik Moree skipped clear and away for a fine solo try, Aaron de Jager?s second conversion making it 20-10 at the break.Within ten minutes of the re-start the Dutch had doubled their advantage, confidently spreading the ball wide to create touchdowns for wingmen Cameron Stewart and Jamie Groeneweg.Mikhal and Josef Kucera replied, with Mikhal converting both efforts to bring the score to 30-22, only for Moree to produce another expertly timed dart on the 70th minute for the hosts.Josef Kucera deservedly completed his try treble to set up a tense finish, Standford-Smyth securing victory with his heroic late tackle.European Rugby League Development Officer Kevin Rudd, who oversaw the clash, commented; ?I would like to pay tribute to the Czech squad who conducted themselves superbly on and off the field and made great efforts to play the match. Their sporting spirit was admirable and they are a welcome addition to the growing European Rugby League family.?Czech General Secretary Milan Mrtynek added, ?That was a great learning experience for us and all the guys enjoyed the game. We look forward to more Rugby League and welcoming more teams to Prague to give us further experience.?Netherlands RL President Ian Thompson was equally enthusiastic, ?It was a fantastic display of open rugby with great flair and attacking play from both sides. With ninety per cent of our squad from Holland, that was a great development for us? he said.Source: www.rlef.eu.com