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Red Sharks set to Compete in USARL 9s

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”.




Red Sharks lose to Vauxhall in Grand Finals, again.

September 8, 2012


The 8th JRLA National Grand Finals lived up to its hyped expectations with a bruising and pulsating encounter between bitter rivals Vauxhall vultures and Duhaney Park Red Sharks on Saturday.


After the dust settled, it was the Vauxhall players and coaches who celebrated a 30-16 victory over the men from Duhaney Park.

Tiege Jackson, Sandino Hastings, Robert Johnson, Everton Richards, Kemar Grey and Andrew Fong all scored tries for Vauxhall, Grey kicked 3 conversions and 1 penalty kick.


The first half was a tight affair with Vauxhall leading edging ahead 12-8 at the break. However, a high energy performance in the second half including back to back tries, in the 60th and 61st minute saw them run out comfortable winners. As Duhaney Park tried to make their trade mark late game rally, they were plagued by handling errors which saw them muff countless scoring opportunities.


Vauxhall is celebrating their 5th National Title from 6 appearances, while Duhaney Park is left to wonder about another disappointing finals showing, having now lost 6 of their 7 Finals appearance.


Director of Rugby Romeo Monteith had high praise for both teams and the overall standard of the National Competition, he said, “There was a lot of talent on display throughout our Championship, and these two teams were deserving finalists. Rugby League as a sport continues to draw massive fan and community interest so we are pleased with our progress. We have been going 5 seasons now without a major sponsor and we would love to have that change in 2013 so that these clubs and players can get even better”.


Red Sharks Claim League Leaders Trophy

National Rugby League Semi-Finalist Decided

Tuesday Aug 28, 2012


Duhaney Park Red Sharks won the JRLA League Leaders Trophy today with a 36-28 result over a fighting Jamaica Defense Force team at Up Park Camp last Saturday. The soldiers held 20-6 half time lead, but failed to hold on, as a furious second half rally saw the Reds rush to an exciting 36-28.  After completing their 7 regular season games the Reds are on 19 points, three more than second place Vauxhall Rugby Club.

GC Foster secured third place finish with 15 points in the League with a 38-12 victory over Spanish Town Vikings.  Antonio Baker (2), Adrian Myers (2), Ryan Spence and Steven Wynter all scored tries for the victors and Grant kicked 7 conversions. For Spanish Town, Kevon Vassell and Lemar Ellis each scored a try with Ellis kicking the conversions. The result left the JDF Warriors and Maxfield Rookies Star Steppers tied on 12 points each; however, Maxfield goes into the playoffs in 4th position as they beat the Army men in their regular season encounter, thus topping the tie-breaker.

New team St. Andrew Renegades celebrated their first win by outpointing Portmore Sons 42-14. The new club has shown much promise with good displays despite being inexperienced and undermanned, they handed Portmore the wooden spoon with a clinical display. Both teams have completed their regular season campaign and will now look to next year. Renegades end on 3 points and Portmore never got off the mark losing all 7 games.

The semi-finals will be on Saturday September 1st when Vauxhall  face GC Foster Lions at 1pm at Up Park Camp in game 1, meanwhile Duhaney Park Red Sharks face the speedy Maxfield Rookies Star Steppers in game 2 at 2:40 at the same venue.


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