Photo Credit Lisa Ashman - Jenson Morris of Jamaica carries the ball. USA # 6 Sterling Wynn and Sean Hunt attempts the tackle.
The Jamaica Reggae Warriors defeated the USA Hawks 26-24 in a thrilling encounter at the UWI Mona Bowl Stadium on Saturday. The win was Jamaica’s second win over the powerful Hawks in 8 meetings. The match was played on the International weekend of rugby league and was historic in nature as it marked the USA’s first visit to Jamaica.
Jamaica has named nine debutants and USA seven in their squads for Saturday’s historic meeting at the Mona Bowl, University of West Indies, Kingston (kick off 3.30pm local time) - which is part of the sport’s international weekend. The match-up between the 14th and 15th world ranked nations will be the first between them on Caribbean soil.
Photo Credit: Shamoy Stewart of Washington Blvd. Bulls on their way to scoring a try in Round 1.
The 19th National Club Championship (NCC) kicked off on Saturday June 8, with seven teams vying for rugby league supremacy in Jamaica. The competing teams in this year’s installment of the top rugby competition in Jamaica sees new comers West Kingston Hyenas joining defending champions Duhaney Park Redsharks, GC Foster Lions, Liguanea Dragons, Spanish Town Vikings, Jamaica Defence Force Warriors and Washington Blvd. Bulls.
The 9th Intercollegiate rugby league Championship was claimed by Excelsior Community College Eagles on Saturday, when they defeated Caribbean Maritime University Spartans 22-18, at the UWI Mona Bowl.
History will be made on 22 June when Jamaica play their first-ever home international against the USA, at the Mona Bowl Field in Kingston (kick off 3.30pm), in an escalation of one of international rugby league’s burgeoning rivalries.
To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the inugural rugby league match played in the country, further history was made when Red Star Belgrade won the first-ever full contact girls match, beating Red Kangaroos 46-16 at the Ada Ciganlija stadium.
Cedar Grove Academy Tally-Hawks (pictured) defeated Ascot High 8-4 in the first full girls’ game held in Jamaica. The high school sides met in a 9s clash, with previous activity for girls having been a tag tournament.
Having qualified for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup for the first time in their history – and the naugural Caribbean nation to do so – the Jamaican Rugby League Association has appointed joint operations directors in the UK.
Jamaica’s Reggae Warriors, who became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the Rugby League World Cup when they defeated USA 16-10 in Jacksonville last weekend, have been feted by the nation’s sports minister.
Duhaney Park Red Shark Renaldo ‘WD’ Wade can’t wait to take his place at the 2018 Americas Championship, which will also act as qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. The Jamaican centre, who scored a hat trick for his side in the domestic Grand Final as they won the double in 2018, has more reason than most to want to make his name on the wider stage.