Following a successful first domestic season, which culminated in a visit to Accra and two-game series for the national side against the touring GB Student Pioneers, Ghana Rugby League is ready for its new campaign.
The centrepiece will be the championship which will see the same six teams - Legon Skolars, Widnes Vikings Bulls, Madina Bulls, Nima Rhinos, Eck Force RL and Kaneshie Rugby League Club – face each other on a home and away basis, meaning each club will play 10 matches.
Ghana Rugby League has appointed Andy Gilvary as their national team head coach in preparation for the 2019 Middle East Africa Rugby League Championships, to be held in Nigeria from the 2-6th October.
Skolars defeated Jamestown Pirates 18-12 in the inaugural final of the Accra 9s in Legon, Ghana - but only after the replayed decider had gone to golden point extra time. The initial tournament final a week before could not see the sides separated after they were locked at 6 a-piece, despite extra time, until fading light intervened.
January 26th saw the start of a President’s 9s tournament in Ghana involving four clubs, with the champions crowned in December. In a bid to welcome newcomers into the sport, the 9s will feature on the last Sunday of each month at Legon Rugby Field and involve existing sides; Bulls, Pirates, Panthers and Skolars.
Ghana Rugby League has elected a new Board of Directors, signalling a revamping for the sport in the country, following a high level mission led by RLEF Middle East Africa director Remond Safi, RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer and senior members of UK Sport International.
The members of the Rugby League Development Fund would like to congratulate the Ghana Rugby League on playing their first international test match against a touring GB Pioneers team.
Ghana Rugby League was the recipient of the 2012 - 2013 Rugby League Planet Rugby League Development Fund grant. With the assistance of the Rugby League European Federation the RLDF were able to provide much needed Steeden footballs to assist with the development of rugby league at local schools in Ghana.
The Great Britain Student Pioneers have already made a significant impression on their tour to Ghana, and not just in beating the All-Stars 48-10 in their opening game at the Presbyterian Boys’ School in Legon.
In the aftermath, the squad ran two 90 minute coaching sessions, introducing the sport to around 180 children aged from 12 to 17.
A total of 78 players, many of them new to the sport, took part in the first University Of Ghana rugby league competition which encompassed six halls.