Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 06:48
The Duhaney Park Red Sharks will create history at 10:30 am today when they become the first domestic team to compete outside of Jamaica. 12 players made the trip from Jamaica to compete in the USA Rugby League 9’s to be held at the A.A Grathwaite Stadium in Conshohoken, Pennsylvania. The competition is the premier 9-a-side competition in the USA and will see teams from New Zealand, Australia, USA and Jamaica compete.
The Red Sharks team includes guest Carlyle Burger who plays for domestic National champions Vauxhall Vultures and the team will be joined by 3 USA based Jamaican players. The delegation is headed by club president Nastasia Hedge and club manager Peter Tapper.
The Red Sharks are grouped with American team, the Buck County Sharks and the Northwest Barbarians, an Aboriginal Australian side. The USARL 9s sees defending champions the New Zealand Police team return to defend their title. The Red Sharks will use the tournament to gauge their standard on the international scene as well as further promote the Jamaica Rugby League brand. The team consists of several former and current Jamaica national players such as current captain Roy Calvert and stand out Prop forward Romaen Campbell who is also on a full scholarship at local University champions. Jamaica national coach Romeo Monteith who helped to organized the tour, is optimistic about the about the chances the Red Sharks have in what is expected to be a tight competition.
According to Monteith:
"The Red Sharks will be competitive against quality teams from around the world; the players are excited and eager to represent Jamaica in a positive light. We have two very tough group games and must win at least one to advance to the quarter finals and that will be our goal. This will be the first time Jamaicans will play Australians in rugby league and so we are especially pumped to play that game. Our objective is to give to a creditable performance in all our games by playing an open and entertaining brand of rugby. We are also keen to have dialogue with the USA and Australian clubs to invite them to Jamaica for matches in the future”.
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