PNRL Press Release – Date: 22/10/12
The PAL Tamaraws created Rugby League history by winning the first Asian Cup, Rugby League International in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday the 21st October.
The final scoreline of 86-0 reflected the dominance of the PAL Tamaraws against the national Thailand Stars Rugby League team.
With the PAL Tamaraws comprising of players from the elite Australian, National Rugby League (NRL) competition, with Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon playing for the Gold Coast Titans, and supported by a host of lower grade NRL, Queensland Cup and A grade players. The rugby league experience of the Philippines National team proved to much for the Thailand Stars team, who were made up of expatriate and local Thai players and some Thai-Australians with A grade Rugby League experience.
The PAL Tamaraws now head to the Philippines to introduce “the greatest game of all” to local Filipinos, with local Rugby League clinics at Nayon ng Kabataan Orphanage, Don Bosco Technical College Makati and a number of Maritime companies, culminating in the Clark 9s on the 27th October, the first ever Rugby League tournament in the Philippines.
Back Row (l-r) Jason Van Putten (NSW RL Referee), Ned Saunders, Edward Smith, Steve Bernstrom, Sam Bernstrom, Dennis Gordon, Chris Everingham, Nathan Rolstone (PNRL asst)
Mid Row (l-r) David Hilyander (PNRL Strapper), Richard Goodwin, Jay Dreves, Mke Holt, Kevin Gordon, Rez Philips, Matt Srama, Jake Smith, Glenn Power, Erick Elefante (PNRL Secretary), Tom Simpson (PNRL Manager)
Sitting (l-r) Rene Payne, Justin Wrigley, Fred Colina, Clayton Watene (PNRL VP & Head Coach), Luke Srama (Capt), Ron Pena (VC), Mark De Ubago (PNRL Asst Coach), Mark Reyes, Ashley Black & William Dreves phot courtesy of David Hilyander.
The Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) is the governing body of Rugby League Football in the Philippines. Its mission is to enable all Filipinos to have a healthy lifestyle through their participation in Rugby League Football and to be competitive amongst the Asian Rugby League playing nations. The PNRL focus is the promotion, development and efficient administration of Rugby League in the Philippines. The PNRL is a non-stock, Non-profit Volunteer organization. The Philippines is a member of the Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC) and an observer member of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).