GHANA'S RUGBY LEAGUE EXTRAVAGANZA: WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP AND MEN'S ORIGINS CUP
RLFG ANNOUNCE NEW BOARD
Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) has announced their new board for the next two-year term, from 2023-25. In a historic appointment, Juliana Storey – lead consultant at the 360 Education Consultancy - has been elected the organization’s first female president.
Daniel Oko Djanie has been elected vice president, with Edinam Afi Yengbe as general secretary and Richard Tony Kweku Borsah the organization’s treasurer. Other board members are Augustine Amissare, senior assistant registrar at the University of Ghana Sports Directorate, and Robert Oram, managing director of PIL Ghana Ltd.
“As the newly appointed president of the RLFG, I am honoured to collaborate with my esteemed fellow board members to spearhead the growth and development of rugby league in Ghana,” said Storey. “We are set for an exciting future, embracing the opportunity to harness the full potential of the sport within the nation.”
She added: “The recent success of the men's 13s Championship emphasizes the immense potential of the game in Ghana. It showcased tremendous sportsmanship, respect, and camaraderie, exemplifying the core values of rugby league.”
Her election is a significant step towards fostering greater inclusivity and gender diversity within the federation and the RLFG board has confirmed in its mission statement that it is now well-positioned to embrace growth, encourage active participation and elevate the popularity and success of rugby league in Ghana to unprecedented levels.
The board will be overseen by a board of trustees who initially helped develop the sport in the nation, namely Kareem Captan, its chair, Remond Safi, Ibrahim El Hajji, Nana Farouk Prempeh and Andy Gilvary.
Skolars Crowned 2023 Men's Rugby League 13s Champions
Accra, Ghana - The 2023 Rugby League Men's 13s Championship came to a thrilling end at the University of Ghana Ajax Park, with Skolars emerging as the undisputed champions for the third year running. They secured their victory by defeating the resilient Accra Panthers with a scoreline of 22-10 in a gripping encounter during the round-robin format tournament.
The 10-week-long competition showcased the very best of rugby league talent in Ghana, featuring top teams like Skolars, Bulls, Nungua Tigers, and Accra Panthers.
Throughout the intense tournament, the Skolars displayed their dominance on the field, steadily securing crucial wins to claim the top spot on the league table with 18 points. While they suffered setbacks in two games, their overall performance demonstrated their determination and skill, leaving their fans filled with pride.
Nungua Tigers, known for their competitive spirit, put up a commendable fight and finished as runners-up with 15 points.
Bulls RLFC, the 2022 runners-up, faced a tougher challenge this time around and secured the third position with 12 points.
Accra Panthers, equally determined to make their mark, secured fourth place in the championship, also finishing with 12 points. Losing the third spot to Bulls on try difference.
President of the RLFG Madam Juliana Storey said: "Looking at the development over the years, I must say the possibilities for the sports is limitless and together we will get rugby league to greater heights".
The Greater Accra Regional Manager Riddick Alibah said, " It was an amazing season! The 13's delivered more than we imagined, with surprises, passion, and technicalities. "
Mr Alibah added that "We anticipate a better, tougher, and more intriguing season ahead, with Greater Accra leading the way for other regions. Congratulations to all teams, players, and officials. Our league is here to stay and grow!"
"Congratulations to Skolars and all participating teams for delivering an unforgettable championship season," the General Manager of the RLFG, Jafaru Mustapha said.
The 2023 Rugby League Men's 13s Championship was a thrilling spectacle, drawing massive crowds and generating excitement throughout the nation. Thanks to sponsors; Beaufort Properties, Respect, Jibu, Firm Foods, Domicile Climax, and WinMedia Advertisement for their support, Mr Awudu Mustapha remarked.
Victorious Panthers and Tigers Roar in Week 7 of RLFG 13's Championship
Accra Panthers and Nungua Tigers emerged victorious in an exhilarating round of matches during week 7 of the Rugby League Federation Ghana 2023 13's Championship. Accra Panthers showcased their dominance as they defeated Accra Bears, while Nungua Tigers outplayed the Bulls RLFC.
The first game of the day witnessed a spirited performance by Accra Panthers, who took an early lead by scoring a try, followed by a successful conversion, earning them an additional two points. The Accra Bears swiftly responded with a try of their own but failed to convert it before the end of the first half. In the second half, Accra Panthers maintained their momentum, adding two more tries to their tally. Panthers' captain, Darryl Amoatey, displayed exceptional accuracy by successfully converting both tries. The final score of the game stood at 18-4 in favor of Accra Panthers.
The second game of the day unfolded as a nail-biting encounter, with both teams exhibiting great determination. Bulls and Nungua Tigers entered halftime with a 6-6 score. Bulls managed to take an early lead in the second half but were unable to convert their advantage into points. Nungua Tigers swiftly responded, leveling the scores with a try of their own, albeit without a successful conversion. Despite the Bulls' relentless efforts to break through the Tigers' defense, they were unable to find the breakthrough they sought. In the dying minutes of the game, Nungua Tigers displayed remarkable skill as Kofi Monchon executed a crucial try. However, they fell short in converting the try, resulting in a final score of 10-14 in favor of the Nungua Tigers.
These matches showcased the intense competition and thrilling action that the Rugby League Federation Ghana 2023 13's Championship has to offer. Accra Panthers and Nungua Tigers demonstrated their prowess on the field, securing well-deserved victories against their formidable opponents.
Volta Region Embraces Rugby League's Passion
In a bid to expand the reach of rugby league in Ghana, the Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) Assistant General Manager, Mr. Emmanuel D. Akuklu, embarked on a two-day visit to the vibrant Volta Region. The visit, hosted by the RLFG's Volta Region Manager, proved to be a resounding success, igniting the passion for the sport among students and community members alike.
Mr. Akuklu spent the day engaging with SHS 1 students from Hohoe E.P. Senior High School, introducing them to the core skills of rugby league. Starting with the basics, the students quickly grasped the concepts and enthusiastically participated in tag small-sided games. Despite it being their first encounter with the sport, their adaptability and enjoyment were evident, hinting at the potential for rugby league to flourish within the region.
The following day, began with a significant meeting as Mr. Akuklu and the RLFG team paid a courtesy call to the headmaster of HEPSS. The headmaster displayed warm support and enthusiasm for the development of rugby league in the school. The sport had already made its mark during the school's recent 60th-anniversary celebrations, showcasing the institution's commitment to fostering the growth of the game.
Continuing the day's activities, a presentation and discussion session entitled "An Introduction to Rugby League Football" were conducted. The session aimed to acquaint new participants with the sport and its fundamental principles. Following a brief break, the participants eagerly engaged in a practical demonstration of core rugby league skills. The excitement reached its peak as a thrilling game of touch rugby ensued, captivating everyone involved.
The visit left a lasting impact on the six participants, who departed with a renewed passion for rugby league. They expressed their desire for further consultation and coaching to facilitate the successful implementation of the sport in the Volta Region. To ensure the sport's growth in the area, RLFG Regional Manager Karl Gator has been entrusted with the responsibility of recruiting and preparing volunteers who will oversee rugby league activities throughout the entire region. This commitment from the RLFG highlights their dedication to nurturing the sport at the grassroots level.
The visit not only laid the groundwork for rugby league development in the Volta Region but also served as a catalyst for action and enthusiasm among RLFG members. With the continued guidance and support from RLFG headquarters, it is anticipated that rugby league will gain significant momentum in the Volta Region, offering new opportunities for aspiring athletes and contributing to the sport's overall growth in Ghana.
RUGBY LEAGUE TAKES OFF IN AKROFROM D/A JHS, ASHANTI REGION
The Rugby League Federation (RLFG), in partnership with the Akrofrom D/A Junior High School (JHS), proudly launched the Rugby League in the Afigya Kwabre South District of the Ashanti region. This momentous occasion marked the official introduction of the sport to the local community, as part of the Salford Red Devils Rugby League Club partnership program.
The launch event featured an enthralling Tag Rugby League match, showcasing the talent and enthusiasm of four teams: Akrofrom D/A boys, Akrofrom D/A girls, Akrofrom D/A old boys, and a mixed team of teachers. The games included match-ups between female students and teachers, as well as a clash between the current male team and past students. After the matches, each player was presented with a certificate of participation, recognizing their involvement and dedication to the sport.
Julius Amevour, Ashanti Region manager, expressed his belief that the introduction of the Rugby League in the Kwabreh District would generate considerable attention and foster increased participation. He highlighted the district's reputation for being passionate about sports, emphasizing that the launch event would draw significant interest from schools and communities in the North Kwabreh area.
George Asamoah, coach of Akrofrom D/A JHS, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to pursue Rugby League following his participation in a workshop organized by the National Sports Authority, Ashanti Region in 2022. Asamoah acknowledged the positive impact of the RLFG and his fellow teachers in developing and promoting the sport within the Afigye Kwabreh South District.
Philip Asibey, the Physical and Health Education (PHE) coordinator for the district, acknowledged the initial challenges of starting the Rugby League due to a lack of equipment. However, he commended the support received from the RLFG, which has facilitated smoother progress. Mr. Asibey expressed his plans to introduce Rugby League to other schools in the district, to incorporate the sport as a curtain raiser for upcoming inter-school games.
Nana Kofi Krah II, the chief of Afigya Kwabre South District, was delighted about the launch of the Rugby League in the community. He recommended the establishment of an annual Rugby League event, further promoting the sport's growth and involvement within the district.
The launch event witnessed a delegation from the RLFG, including Selorm Sil Kuwornu (Brands Head), Hilaria Wuaku (Communications), and Oliver Puman (Member), and notable figures, including Nana Kofi Krah II (Afigya Kwabre South District), Philip Asibey (PHE Coordinator), Adu-Poku Christian (District Director of Education), as well as students, teachers, and community members from the district. The collective support and enthusiasm demonstrated by all involved indicate a bright future for Rugby League in the Akrofrom D/A JHS and the broader Afigya Kwabre South District.
With the RLFG's unwavering commitment and the collaborative efforts of educators and community members, the Ashanti Region is poised to become a vibrant hub for Rugby League, fostering a spirit of athleticism, teamwork, and sportsmanship for years to come.
Rugby League Week 5: Bulls End Round 1 as League Leaders
Round 1 of the 2023 Rugby League 13s Championship came to a close with captivating matches that showcased the talent and determination of the participating teams. The matches took place at the University of Ghana Ajax Park, and Bulls RLFC and Skolars emerged as winners in their respective fixtures.
In the first encounter, Bulls RLFC secured a 20-0 victory over Accra Bears, who faced unforeseen circumstances that prevented them from fielding a team. Bulls RLFC, displaying professionalism and understanding, accepted the walkover result.
The second game of the day witnessed an intense battle between Skolars and Accra Panthers RLFC. Both teams exhibited a strong desire to win, engaging in fierce
competition. In the end, Skolars emerged victorious with a final score of 18-4. The Skolars showcased their offensive prowess and maintained a solid defensive strategy that proved challenging for Accra Panthers.
Amidst the competitive display, the standout player of the match was Slyvanus Kofi Ayah from Accra Panthers RLFC. Kofi's exceptional performance on the field earned him the well-deserved title of Respect Man of the Match. His contributions were evident in both attack and defence, demonstrating his versatility and impact within the game.
Looking ahead, Round 2 of the championship is set to resume on June 4, 2023, at the University of Ghana Ajax Park. The upcoming matches promise to be another thrilling day of rugby league action, with teams vying for supremacy on the field. Spectators can anticipate an electrifying display of athleticism, teamwork, and sportsmanship as the championship progresses.
We encourage all fans and supporters to mark their calendars and join us at the University of Ghana Ajax Park to witness the excitement of Round 2 matches in the 2023 Rugby League 13s Championship.
For further updates, match highlights, and detailed reports, please visit our official website and follow our social media channels.
League Table : https://rlghana.com/table/2023-men-league-table/
Round 2 Resumes June 4, 2023
Skolars vs Nungua Tigers -1:00pm
Bulls vs Accra Panther - 3:00pm
Thrilling Showdowns in Rugby League Ghana: Panthers Triumph Over Tigers, Skolars Outlast Bears
In two thrilling matches of the ongoing Rugby League Championship, fans witnessed captivating showdowns that kept them on the edge of their seats. Accra Panthers emerged victorious over Nungua Tigers with a 14-6 scoreline. Starting strong, the Panthers took a 6-0 halftime lead, but the Tigers fought back bravely, equalizing the score at 6-6. Undeterred, the Panthers displayed their attacking prowess, scoring two more tries to secure the win. Matt Beer of the Panthers stood out and was named the Respect Man of the Match for his outstanding contribution.
In the second match, the Skolars faced off against the Accra Bears in another intense encounter. The Bears took an early 6-0 lead, but the Skolars quickly responded, trailing 6-4 at halftime. The match continued as a hard-fought battle, with both teams showcasing exceptional defense and unwavering determination. Eventually, the Skolars triumphed with a 16-12 victory over the Bears.
These thrilling matchups showcased the teams' strength, skill, and competitive spirit, leaving spectators captivated by their relentless pursuit of victory. With more matches to come, fans eagerly await further exhilarating clashes in Rugby League Federation Ghana's Week 4.
WEEK 4 RESULTS
Panthers 14-6 Tigers - https://rlghana.com/event/d-vs-a/
Skolars 16-12 Bears - https://rlghana.com/event/b-vs-c/
LEAGUE TABLE: https://rlghana.com/table/2023-men-league-table/
WEEK 5 FIXTURES| KICK-OFF 1 PM
Bulls vs Bears
Skolars vs Panthers
BULLS,TIGERS UPSET SKOLARS AND BEARS IN WEEK 3
Week 3 of the 2023 Rugby League 13s Championship at the University of Ghana Ajax Park saw two exciting games take place, with the first match being the most highly anticipated one. Defending champions, Skolars RLFC took on their rivals and last year's runners-up, Bulls RLFC. In a closely contested match, it was the Bulls who took an early lead and emerged victorious, with a final score of 24-6.
From the start, both teams were determined to secure a win, with Bulls RLFC taking the lead with a try and conversion early in the first half. Skolars RLFC fought back and scored a try of their own but failed to convert. Bulls RLFC quickly regrouped and scored an additional try but failed to convert, bringing the game to a 10-6 lead at halftime. In the second half, Bulls RLFC continued to dominate, scoring three more tries, converting one and effectively shutting down Skolars RLFC's attempts to make a comeback. The match ended with a final score of 24-6, with Bulls RLFC celebrating their well-deserved victory over their rivals.
In the second match of the day, Nungua Tigers took on Accra Bears, with the former securing their second win of the championship. Nungua Tigers dominated the game from start to finish, with a final score of 56-4. The team displayed great teamwork and skill, scoring tries consistently throughout the game. Accra Bears put up a strong fight but were ultimately unable to match Nungua Tigers' pace and precision.
Week 3 of the 2023 Rugby League 13s Championship at the University of Ghana Ajax Park was a thrilling display of rugby league talent and teamwork. With more matches still to come below are results from week 3 and fixtures for week 4
WEEK 3 RESULTS
Skolars 6 - 24 Bulls
Match Stats https://rlghana.com/event/c-vs-e/
Tigers 56 - 4 Bears
Match Stats https://rlghana.com/event/a-vs-b/
WEEK 4 FIXTURES | KICK - OFF 1PM
Panthers vs Tigers
Skolars vs Bears
SALFORD RED DEVILS AND RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION GHANA RENEW PARTNERSHIP FOR SECOND YEAR
OUR LEAGUE: RLFG Launches 4th Edition of 13’s Championship
The 4th edition of the Rugby League 13’s Championship has been launched by the Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) in a beautiful ceremony on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the University of Ghana Sports Directorate.
The tournament will run for 20 weeks, from April 23 to September 31, 2023, at the University of Ghana, under the theme, OUR LEAGUE. The aim is to promote unity, good health, and well-being through rugby league.
Mr Riddick Alibah, the Greater Accra Regional Manager of the RLFG, stressed the championship's importance and the anticipated impact it will have on Rugby League development in Ghana. Mr Alibah also emphasized the need to create more opportunities for young people to participate in rugby league to promote good health and well-being.
The launch of the championship was an exciting event, featuring a team parade, a trophy unveiling, Man-of -The-match prize package and speeches by dignitaries. It drew a large turnout of Rugby League fans, players, and officials.
The tournament which has generated a lot of excitement among Rugby League fans in Ghana will feature five teams Accra Bears, Accra Panthers, Bulls, Nungua Tigers and Ghana Skolars. Technical Manager, Marshall Nortey highlighted the significance of the championship, as it includes women and youth categories thus engendering equitable inclusion and youth development in rugby league. The championship provides an opportunity for women and young people to showcase their talent and compete at the highest level, which will help grow the sport's popularity in Ghana.
"The successful launch of the championship, which promises to be an exciting and competitive event that will showcase the best of Ghanaian Rugby League talent and Skolars will look forward to keeping the trophy once more". A rep from Ghana Skolars RLC remarked.
The RLG will organise a walk on March 18, 2023, to invite sports lovers to join the 13s Championship kickoff on April 23, 2023, with Nungua Tigers and Ghana Skolars playing the first match of the season.
Brand Manager, Mr Selorm Korwornu expressed his gratitude to Respect, Beaufort Properties, Myhealthcop, Win Media, Creative Pad, Firm foods, and Ghana Sports History for their support and encouraged corporate Ghana to invest in Rugby League.
Click here to see fixtures https://sites.google.com/view/rlghana/match-center
RLFG Donates Sanitary Towels To Epiphany Anglican Basic School
On February 18, 2023 the Rugby League Federation Ghana hosted its 3rd annual Love Tag event with a visit to Epiphany Anglican Basic School.
This year's event dubbed Pad A Girl, organised in partnership with Total Woman Network was to educate the students on menstrual hygiene, donate sanitary pads and introduce them to the sport of rugby league.
According to Edna Quartey, founder of Total Woman Network, the event would have a positive impact on the children and adults who participated, as it would help improve the knowledge and demystifying their fears about menstrual health and hygiene.
The assistant headmistress of Epiphany Basic School, Madam Paulina Adzim, expressed her gratitude for the donation and education provided at the event. She also stated that the donation came at the right time as many female students complain of not having enough education and resources to manage their menstrual cycle.
The Brands Manager of the Rugby League Federation Ghana, Selorm Kuwornu, also expressed his happiness with the success of the Pad A Girl initiative. He emphasized that the event was an opportunity for the Federation to give back to the community and introduce rugby league to the basic school, as approved by the Ghana Education Service (GES).
He also extended his gratitude to the Total Woman Network, MyHealthCop, Mays Crystal, Broni Travels, VN Luxe Kids Event and all the individuals who donated to the 2023 Pad A Girl initiative.
CENTRAL REGION WELCOMES RUGBY LEAGUE
The Central Region of Ghana has received a boost to its rugby league program thanks to the efforts of newly appointed Regional Manager, Clement Dennis and his team.
Mr. Dennis, who took on the role of Central Regional Manager in January 2023, was accompanied by development officer, Mr. Gyasi Hayford, to present rugby league balls to Mr Edward Edem Nartey (Chief Sports Coach, University of Cape Coast)
The presentation, which took place at the University of Cape Coast Sports Office, is a significant step towards the development of rugby league in the Central Region, as it will provide the necessary resources for the University's Rugby League team to train and compete going forward.
Hayford, who is an avid rugby league fan, said that he was thrilled to be able to contribute to the development of the sport in the region. "I've always been passionate about rugby league, and I'm excited to be able to give back to the community by supporting the development of the sport in the Central Region," he said.
The Chief Sports Coach at the University of Cape Coast, Edward Edem Nartey, expressed his gratitude for the donation, saying that it would go a long way in helping the University's Rugby League team to compete at a high level. "We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Clement Dennis and Gyasi Hayford, and we are confident that the rugby league balls that they have donated will set us up on our Rugby League journey. " he said.
Mr. Dennis, who is committed to promoting sports and physical activity in the region, said that he is pleased to be able to support the development of rugby league in the Central Region. "We believe that sports and physical activity are essential for the overall well-being of individuals and communities, and we are committed to supporting the development of all sports in the region, including rugby league," he said.
The donation of the rugby league balls is just the first step in a larger plan to promote and develop the sport in the Central Region. Dennis and his team are planning to work closely with the University of Cape Coast and other sports organizations in the region to provide training and support for coaches and players.
Overall, the presentation of the rugby league balls to the University of Cape Coast is an important milestone in the development of rugby league in the Central Region, and it is expected to have a positive impact on the growth and popularity of the sport in the region.
RUGBY LEAGUE TO BE PLAYED IN GHANA SCHOOLS
RLFG 2023 Calendar: Ghana Eyes World Cup Qualifiers and 13’s Championship
The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) announces the release of its 2023 calendar with eyes on the 2023 Rugby League 13s Championship which kicks off in March, and the 2025 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers to be staged in South Africa in October.
The year begins with a Love Tag event in February, followed by 13's championship league for men, women, and the youth.
The year will also see the maiden edition of a Kids' rugby league in April alongside the 13s Championship League. There will also be events collaboration in Global Wellness day in June, World Clean-Up day in September, and B-Power(breast screening and blood donation) in October.
The 2023 match season ends with a 9’s Championship in November, a Beach Rugby League game, and an awards night in December 2023.
“I am excited about our 2023 calendar of activities,” said Assistant General Manager, Emmanuel Akuklu.
“This year is shaping up to be a fantastic one for Rugby League in Ghana, with a full schedule of matches, tournaments, and events planned. I am confident that the 2023 season will see the sport continue to grow and thrive in our country” Mr. Akuklu added.
"I encourage all fans of the Rugby League in Ghana to join us in celebrating the sport and supporting our teams. Let's make 2023 a year to remember for Rugby League in Ghana" RLFG Brands Manager, Selorm Kuwornu said.
Mark your calendars and get ready for an exciting year of Rugby League in Ghana with the RLFG 2023 calendar.
GHANA RANKED 26TH IN WORLD RUGBY LEAGUE
2022 has indeed been a great year for rugby league in Ghana. From the 9s and 13s local leagues, playing with Oxford Univerity to the MEA
tournament where Ghana placed second to qualify to the next stage of the run towards the world rugby league championship.
Ghana has now been ranked 26th in the rugby league world ranking. This comes as the icing on the cake for what has been a splendid season.
The Official International Rugby League (IRL) World Rankings are calculated on each nation’s performance over the current season
and the three preceding seasons.
Points are awarded to each team for each match based on:
The result of the match i.e. win, lose or draw
The margin of victory (or defeat) - the larger the winning margin the greater the value to the rankings
The relative strength of opposition faced - if you play a higher ranked team that is of greater value than playing a lower ranked team
The date of the match – more recent matches are weighted more heavily - a result in the most recent 2 years is worth double a result 3 years ago and 4 times a result that is 4 years old
The importance of the match - World Cup matches are ranked top followed in order by World Cup Qualifiers, Regional Championships and one-off international matches
The points are then used to create the Official World Rankings by ordering the teams by virtue of the points gained over the four year period.
Only officially sanctioned matches played at senior level between two approved members are considered as part of the rankings.
Speaking with the Technical Director of the RLFG, Mr Marshall Nortey, this is what he had to say; "This feat could not have been achieved without
our sponsors, the media and supporters. Thanks for being part of our success and progress.
A big appréciation goes to all teams, coaches, managers, and players who are involved with the sports. You're the reason we have come this far. Thank you for an awesome season.
RLFG APPOINTS NEW VOLUNTEERS
The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG), as part of its development and expansion agenda, has appointed 10 volunteers to run the affair of rugby league in Ghana.
Qualified individuals from across the country who applied for various positions were interviewed and approved for the positions of technical head, brand manager, finance, and regional directors.
In a discussion with the General manager, Jafaru Mustapha said " I am overwhelmed by the number of individuals who applied for the various positions when the news was announced. This means rugby league in Ghana is gradually coming of age."
"We are also glad to have reps in other regions who applied to manage rugby league within their regions which will help spread the sports within the country."
The appointees are as follows;
Technical Manager - Marshall Keeble Nortey.
Finance Manager - David Kotey Abossey
Brands Manager - Selorm Kuwornu
Greater Accra - Riddick Alibah
Ashanti - Julius Amevor
Eastern - Francis Boateng
Northern - Adiza Mohammed
Volta - Carl Gator
Central - Clement Dennis
Western - Noble Young
The Northern region manager, Adiza Mohammed said, "I am grateful to the RLFG for the opportunity and I look forward to developing the sport in my region"
"The appointed individuals have gone through the necessary procedures and we are hopeful to have a very effective and successful year", Jafaru Mustapha added.
WOMEN OF RUGBY FEDERATION GHANA ACHIEVER AWARD
On Saturday, September 24 2022, the women's wing of the Rugby League Federation Ghana was awarded for their hard work and the efforts at growing women's rugby league in Ghana during the 2021/2022 season.
The Women in Sports Achievers Awards is organized by the Women in Sports Association (WISA) under the leadership of Madam Gloria Commodore. The association devotes a period of four (4) months to observe each nominee to ensure that they indeed merit the awards before they are given out. Having keenly monitored the Rugby League Federation Ghana for a while, and attending a couple of games, WISA found the women's wing worthy to receive such an award.
Representing the women of RFLG at the event were Judith Edinam Afi Yengbe, Women's Coordinator (RLFG) and her noble assistant, Nadia Lillian Enyan. The award included a beautiful citation, together with packs of drinks and water to refresh the team for their hard work.
Judith Edinam Afi Yengbe, Women's Coordinator of the Rugby League Federation Ghana, shared this in a brief interview after the event; "we are indeed humbled that our efforts at making rugby league a household name in Ghana has been noticed and rewarded. This means so much to us, and is very good motivation for all of us to keep up the good work. We are extremely grateful to the Rugby League Federation Ghana, all our coaches and technical handlers, and all individuals and institutions who are committed to supporting our growth. We couldn't have come this far without you. Special appreciation goes to every single lady in the Federation whose activities has contributed to this big win. Though the task is daunting, I encourage that we all to keep the zeal as we reach for the skies".
In sharing her final words, Nadia Lillian Enyan, Assistant Women's Coordinator of the Rugby League Federation Ghana, made the following observations; "This is only a stepping stone to greatness. We are grateful and excited for this award, as it shows that our hard work is getting noticed. We are pleading with individuals and institutions to support the growth and development of our beloved sport in Ghana and in the international arena. Finally, I entreat all women out there who have some interest in the sport to get on board so we grow together, in numbers and achievements".
GHANA SKOLARS CROWNED 2022 CHAMPIONS
Ghana Skolars Rugby League Club has been crowned champions with a 22-18 defeat over rivals Bulls RLFC in the Men's final of the 2022 13s Rugby League Championship at the University of Ghana, Ajax Park.
The Skolars, being anxious to defend their title won in 2021, took the lead in the first half with an Elvis Ayertey early try. The Bulls gave a quick response through Hakeem Sugri after missing one earlier to end the first half at 4 points each.
In the second half, Desmond Geotrah put the Bulls in the lead with an unsuccessful conversion but the Bulls were stopped by the Skolars as they replied with three tries and a conversion. The Bulls later put 8 points on the board in the 71st and 78th minutes through Nigel Sackey and captain Collins Ofosu with a conversion by Abdul Rahman Moussa for an 18-18 score before 80 minutes.
Ghana Skolars RLC showed their prowess and aggression to retain the title as they made a golden try in the dying minutes of the extra time. The game finally ended 22-18 in favour of Skolars.
Speaking with the captain of the Skolars, Riddick Alibah, he said his team prepared adequately for this match and has reaped its benefit. He added that despite the Bulls’ loss, they were worthy opponents.
Captain of Bulls RLC Collins Ofosu shared his thoughts on the game; "it was a great game. The lads showed a lot of heart and effort. We go again next year".
The Marketing and Brands Manager of the RLFG Daniel Oko Djanie expressed his appreciation to sponsors "It was a good league with support from several sponsors".
Mr Djanie added that, for the game to grow and have a great impact on the youth, there will be a need for more support from corporate Ghana and philanthropists."
"I would like to use this opportunity to call on companies to support the Ghana national team for this year's MEA Tournament", Mr Djanie said.
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THE LEOPARDS DEFEAT OURLFC
Ghana has received a confidence boost ahead of the 2022 Middle East Africa Rugby League Championship in Accra with a 52-30 defeat of the touring Oxford University Rugby League Football Club (OURLFC).
The Ghanaian team took the game to Oxford University right from the blast of the whistle with Jonathan Adotey scoring as early as the 3rd minute after a John Bless Mensah break. Team Ghana kept the momentum on heading into the shed with a 24:10 lead to end the first half.
In the second half, it was the touring team who started a comeback but were stopped in their tracks with the Ghanaians finding their feet again.
The game ended at 52:30 in favour of The Leopards.
Speaking with the captain of the Leopards, Riddick Alibah, he said his team prepared adequately for this match and has reaped its benefit.
He added that despite OURLFC's loss, they were worthy opponents.
Captain of OURLFC Ryan Parry shared his thoughts on the game.
" A tough game for the dark blues yesterday. The Leopards came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders with high intensity and good wide play. While we narrowed the score line a couple of times, the leopards kept putting the extra work in".
"As it was my last game as captain, I want to say a huge thank you to all the lads who came out on this amazing tour and showed great heart across all three games". Mr Parry added.
Mr Parry finally appreciated the RLFG for making their Tour a memorable one.
"Finally, the club owes a huge amount of gratitude to the RLFG for being such a welcoming host and Behwe Gh for allowing us the opportunity to experience such an amazing country".
General Manager of the RLFG, Jafaru Mustapha shared his excitement about the win.
"I am happy the national team won this match as the team trained towards this day. Oxford is a really tough side yet we pulled through"
Mr Mustapha added that the win for the national team is a boost in confidence for the team ahead of the 2022 Middle East Africa Rugby League Championship in October.
RLFG will like to show its appreciation to all media partners and sponsors for making the Oxford Tour to Ghana memorable.
Sponsor were: A1 Diesel,Long Chips, Voltic Water, Radical National, MyHealthCop,Firm Foods
Media Partners: GTV Sports, UTV, Ghana Sports History, HSTV, CTV, JOY News, GhanaWeb, Ghana News Agency, Images Image, Reality Images, Ghanaian Times, City TV, Ghana Web, TV Africa, Kikisinare, Alliance Plus, Lyfe.
Find attached a match report
July 9, 2022 :
Ghana National Team (Leopards) vs Oxford University Rugby League Football Club - Mensah Sarbah Field
Ghana RL 52 (24) v (10) 30 Oxford RL
Ghana RL tries:
Jonathan Adotey (3rd), Chris Da Gama (20th, 68th), Desmond Geotrah (26th, 51st, 79th), John Bless (64th), Collins Ofosu (22nd, 80th)
Goals: Chris Da Gama (6/7) and John Bless (2/2).
Dan Haslett (14th), Archie Barraclough (61st, 76th), Brian Kwizera (36th, 56th), Jaidan Reeder (72nd)
Oxford RL Goals: Charlie Hewes (3/6)
Yellow card: Jaidan Reeder (46th)
William Pearce Biney, Yakubu Suleiman, Chris da Gama, Geotrah Desmond John Bless Mensah, David Nartey, Collins Ofosu, Nigel Sackey, Jonas Moorkaar, Tony Agbemenu, Emmanuel Acheampong, Jonathan Adotey, Riddick Alibah, Anane Benjamin, Kwasi Akuamoah Boateng, Bawa Bright, Philip Asomani.
Oxford University Rugby League Club
Archie Barraclough, Milo Wills, Dan Cotton, Max Peacock, Harry Folkard, Charlie Hewes, Jack Gordon, Joe Endacott, Jaidan Reeder, Ryan Parry, Dan Haslett, Zak Ball, Joseph Grosvenor, Brian Kwizera, James Milford, Oliver Bottle, Patrick Robinson
RLFG HOSTS WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY HISTORY
Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) on Sunday, July 3, 2022, at the Mensah Sarbah field of the University of Ghana, hosted the first-ever 13s Women's Championship and an international friendly between the University of Oxford and the RLFG President's Select side.
First-Ever 13s Women Rugby League Championship
History was made in rugby league with ladies officially playing the certified standard of the game - 13s.
The two teams that played were Giwa McNeil XIII and Safi XIII. After an exciting and trialing encounter, Giwa McNeil XIII came out victorious, winning 8-0.
University of Oxford Rugby League Football Club and the RLFG President's Select side
The second match and international friendly of the day were between Rugby League Federation Ghana's President XIII and Oxford University Rugby League.
After 80 minutes of exciting action, Oxford University Rugby League won 24-08.
Present at the Event
Mr. Keith McMahon
British Deputy High Commissioner of Ghana, Mr. Jeffery Owusu,
Director of Sports Promotion, National Sports Authority, Mr. Slyvester Wellington (Former President, Ghana Rugby League)
Nana Farouk Prempeh (President, RLFG), Alhaji Ibrahim Issaka, and Mr Wisdom Geotrah (Board members RLFG)
OXFORD UNIVERSITY TO TOUR GHANA
The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) after seven weeks of non-stop action has released the names of 37 players to represent Ghana in 2 international games against Oxford University Rugby League Club (OURLFC).
From July 1-11, 2022, the RLFG President's XIII and National Team will be hosting Oxford University Rugby League to a double duel scheduled for the days below at the Mensah Sarbah Field, University of Ghana, Legon.
Sunday, July 3, 2022: Oxford RL vs President XIII || 3:30 pm || University of Ghana
Saturday, July 9, 2022: National XIII vs Oxford RL || 3:30 pm || University of Ghana.
Below is the list of selected players.
David Nartey, Chris da Gama, William Pearce Biney, Riddick Alibah, Elvis Ayertey, Emmanuel Acheampong, Jordan Annan, Boateng Nana Kwasi, Francis Lawson.
Yakubu Suleman, Sadik Ahmed, Jalilu Mohammed, Osman Alhassan
Jonas Moorkaar, Mohammed Alhassan, Nathaniel Arday, Darryl Amoatey, Samuel Adu Sarpong Aboagye
Eric Sowah, Mohammed Yakubu, Isaac Bimpong
Iddrisu Sulemanu, Stephen Adinyira, Ekow Awenor-Williams
Anane Benjamin, Geotrah Desmond, Nigel Sackey, Collins Owusu, Bawa Bright, Kwasi Akuamuah Boateng, Buabeng Martin, Calvinson Accorlor.
Jonathan Adotey, John Bless Mensah, Anthony Agbemenu, Philip Asomani, Enoch Nikoi
As part of this year's tour, Oxford will visit and conduct sessions at Queensland and Englebert schools. They will also undertake a peer coaching session with the University of Ghana Rugby League team to share their experience with the rugby league community.
Ghana has been chosen as the destination for the OURLFC’s summer tour because of the enviable growth and visibility of the Federation in the world of Rugby League.
RLFG 13S CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF GAMES
After seven weeks of intense action, the 2022 Rugby League Men's 13s Championship round of games has come to end with Bulls RLFC topping the table with 18 points after winning all six matches.
Defending champions, Ghana Skolars are second with 15 points, while debutants Accra Majestics are third with 12 points
The second stage in this championship will see Ghana Skolars face off Accra Majestics in a "revenge or repeat" play-off on July 24 with the winner booking the only spot to meet the rampaging Bulls RLFC in the finals on July 31, 2022.
Below are the results for week 7 of the 2022 13s Rugby League Championship.
Accra Majestics 0-18 Ghana Skolars
African Warriors 20-0 Pirates
Bulls 38-12 Accra Panthers
Men's Coordinator of RLFG, Riddick Alibah shared his experience in round 1 of the 13s Men Championship.
"The championship has seen a lot of growth over the weeks. The intensity, game knowledge and discipline to time have been upheld". Mr Alibbah said.
Mr Alibah also acknowledged the efforts of all individuals who had round one a success.
"We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of all teams, their managers, the technical team and the hardworking organizing team for always showing up and working ahead of everyone". Mr Alibah added.
The 2022 Rugby League 13s Women and Juniors Championship will commence on July 3 2022. This will be followed by Oxford University who will also face off with the President's XIII team at 4 pm on the same day
The venue for the upcoming games will be the Mensah Sarbah field, at the University of Ghana at 2 pm.
A1 Diesel and Long Chips Partners with Rugby League in Ghana
A1 Diesel, dealers in electronic injectors, electronic fuel pumps, turbo chargers, and Long Chips, a potato chips distributor in Ghana have both signed a partnerships with Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG).
The partnership would support the RLFG development of Rugby League through its 2022 activities: 9s Championship, 13s Championship, Origins, Blood Donation and Breast Screening exercises and finally a Beach Tournament to climax the year.
In an interview with A1 Diesel LTD Director of Operations - Rolands Markus on why they supported Rugby League Federation Ghana, this is what he had to say;
"A1 Diesel LTD decided to offer sponsorship to Rugby League Federation Ghana because we are captivated by RLFG outstanding work and like to work with big organisations who are concerned about the welfare and lifestyle of people.
Similarly, Mr Philip A. Kwakye (Long Chips Director of Operations) reiterated that Long Chips (Snack Stock Ghana) wishes to help grow and ensure Rugby League grows even better, thereby demonstrating to everyone that Rugby League is for all.
"We want to keep supporting while we grow together (physically and mentally). We believe that if more big companies could come in, then we would have more teams and good players"
"As a young and vibrant Federation, the RLFG is grateful to A1 Diesel and Long Chips for seeing the potential in the sport and stepping forward to support" - Mr Daniel Oko Djanie (Marketing Manager, Rugby League Federation Ghana)
FROM FOOTBALLS TO RUGBY LEAGUE BALLS
George Asamoah is a teacher at Akrofrom D/A Junior High School (JHS) which is located in the Afigya Kwabre South District. He teaches from JHS 1-3. His field of teaching is Mathematics which happens to be a core subject in our Junior High Schools. Not only does Mr. Asamoah teach mathematics, but he also takes his students through both the theoretical and practical aspects of Physical Education and Health, mostly known by the general populace as “PE”.
Mr. Asamoah first got to know of the Rugby League through a workshop that was organized by the Ashanti Regional Sports Director at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi last year in 2021. During the workshop, physical education instructors were exposed to both the theoretical and practical aspects of the sport. This got Mr. Asamoah interested in Rugby League.
"I have grown fond of the game and I now happen to be the organizer in the Afigya Kwabre South District".
Not only do I organize rugby league training sessions, but I also happen to be a handball coach and also a footballer.
Mr. Asamoah has added rugby league into the school curriculum and he sometimes uses the PE period to teach the students. Teaching the students about this game hasn’t been easy as he has a lot of challenges. These challenges could not be relinquished without the right mentality to compromise especially when he first started teaching his students how to play rugby league. "We had to make use of footballs instead of standardized rugby balls and this made training very difficult especially when it came to the handling of the ball".
The rugby balls received from RLFG made training much easier and more understanding.
Currently, I have more than 60 students under my tutelage. These students are from the various cohorts that I teach.
"As of now rugby league is being taught three days a week and I can say that we’ve made substantive strides since I began teaching rugby league in the school".
These students aspire to become professionals and their dream is to one day make their families and the nation proud by not only representing Ghana but also winning trophies.
The support of colleagues in the school has been enormous. They sometimes share words of encouragement and motivate the students to keep working hard and help in taking coverage of training sessions which help Mr. Asomoah in analyzing areas to work on.
VISIT TO THE MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS
The Rugby League Federation Ghana paid a working visit to the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif on Tuesday, April 18, 2022.
The visit was to inform him about the activities of the Federation and its recent partnership with Salford Red Devils RLC.
The Rugby League Federation Ghana has signed an agreement with Salford Red Devils (a UK based Super League Club) to assist with the development of coaches, players and the sport in Ghana.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr Alex Appiah Mensah (Representative, Salford Red Devils RLC) in his submission, appealed to the Minister and his ministry to support this partnership to grow Rugby League in Ghana.
General Manager of the Federation, Jafaru Awudu Mustapha, gave a brief history about the sport, how it differs from other sports and also touched on the upcoming match against Oxford University Rugby League in July and the hosting of the Middle East Africa Championship from September 27- October 3, 2022.
The Minister, Hon Ussif Mustapha, in his response assured the delegation of his willingness to strengthen and promote Ghana sports and Rugby League in particular. He went further to applaud the Federation for a good job done and the initiative by Salford Red Devils RLC to partner with the Rugby League Federation Ghana.
Present at the meeting were the Honourable Minister for Youths and Sports Hon. Ussif Mustapha, Mr Alex Appiah Mensah (Salford Red Devils Representative) who also doubled as Chairman of Ghana Union of Greater Manchester, Jafaru Awudu Mustapha (General Manager Rugby Federation Ghana), Jamaludeen Abdullah (Executive Assistant to the Minister) and Mr Ernest Ampong (Office of the President).
2022 RUGBY LEAGUE 9s CHAMPIONSHIP
The Rugby League Federation Ghana is set to launch for a fifth season running, the annual Nines Championship slated for Sunday, March, 13 and 20 at the University of Ghana Ajax Park, Legon.
As part of this year's event, the Federation has confirmed plans to launch elite women and youth versions alongside the men’s competition to advance the women and colts sections of the game in the country.
The two-week tournament seeks to tickle rugby league enthusiasts with fascinating entertainment as well as establish a competitive hedge among clubs ahead of the 13s Championship this May.
Matches will be played under a three-round group basis with group toppers facing off for a final in the senior men’s whiles the women and youth division involve a single-round match format.
Competing clubs in the men’s division involves defending champions Accra Panthers, Skolars, Bulls Pirates, Nungua Tigers and debutants Accra Majestics and Africa Warriors Rugby League Club.
In the youth division, African Warriors are set to lock horns with Nungua Tigers and Firm Foundation.
The trial blazing women’s championship will be competed by Skolars, Bulls, Accra Panthers, Accra Majestics and Nungua Tigers.
“The women’s game is rapidly growing and has reached its attraction point hence the need to expand the championship. This competition will provide an opportunity for our clubs and players to showcase and unearth new talents, especially in the women’s game”- says Jafaru Mustapha, General Manager of the Rugby League Federation Ghana.
RLFG AT 1O
Today we celebrate 10 years since the phone call that changed Rugby League in Ghana, West Africa forever.
In 2012, London Skolars Founder Hector McNeil and his wife Sara had an idea to parachute Rugby League into the heart of Ghana. Linking in International Rugby League’s Secretary General Danny Kazandjian (then General Manager for the ERL) and UK Sport’s Clare Barrell, that idea quickly became a reality.
The conversation led to Danny and Clare travelling to Accra, meeting with the University of Ghana and interviewing candidates to coordinate Rugby League in the nation to ensure the game could flourish in the economic hub of Accra. With the continuous backing of the Giwa-McNeil family since day one, the rest as they say, is history.
Today we extend our thanks to Hector, Sara, Danny and Clare for all their support, and over the coming weeks we’ll be recognising the pioneers of the game in Ghana and what Rugby League Federation Ghana have achieved over the past decade.
THE MIDDLE EAST AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW IS COMPLETE
RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION GHANA TO HOST 2022 MEA CHAMPIONSHIP
Following a comprehensive bidding process, Ghana has been chosen to host the 2022 Middle East Africa Championship, which will run from 27 September to 2 October. Four nations will take part - Morocco, Nigeria, and Cameroon joining the hosts - in what will be the third edition of the championship.
There is greater incentive for the winners this time with victory seeing them join the qualification process on the continent for the 2025 Rugby League World Cup. Nigeria is the current holder of the trophy having triumphed in 2019, the last two scheduled competitions being postponed because of the global pandemic.
President of Rugby League Federation Ghana, Nana Prempeh, commented: “We are very happy to have won the bid to host the 2022 MEA Championship. This will aid RLFG in strengthening its relationship with the government, it also increases awareness to attract more players in various regions, and possibly investors to assist growing the sport. Ghana will be ready.“
RLFG general manager, Jafaru Mustafa, added: “After 10 years of being involved with the sport and with the commitment of the human resources around at the moment, I am very confident that the 2022 MEA Championship is in the right place. We will work assiduously to make this event one of the best Africa has ever witnessed. Any players with Ghanaian heritage who would like to get in touch, please contact us through our website.”
The Head of Marketing & Branding for RLFG, Daniel Oko Djanie expressed high level of excitement. He said this is a great opportunity for Corporate organizations, Individual philanthropists and sponsors to support Rugby League which will increase their brand connection and growth and also help develop the wonderful sport.
Details of the draw for the tournament will be announced soon and are likely to be linked to a Super League fixture.
European Rugby League interim chair, Graeme Thompson, who oversaw the bid process said: “The staging of the Championship in Ghana will mark another significant milestone for the nation and the sport. After many years of sustained development in Ghana, it will provide a high profile event and a great reward for all those volunteers who have done so much for the game there. Having witnessed first-hand the last Championship in 2019, this is a unique event. It will no doubt see high impact competition on the field and another step forward in Middle East Africa’s journey as a standalone confederation.”
RLFG Teams Up With Savannah International Academy
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB SET TO TOUR GHANA
The 2022 Rugby League Federation Calendar has been released with its first major event of the year being Touch Rugby scheduled for January 16th at the University of Ghana (UG), Legon.
According to the calendar, the Touch Rugby would be followed by a Long Tag Rugby League event on February 13th at the same venue.
There would also be a 9's Rugby League event from March 13th through to April 10th.
In between the series would be the UG Inter-Hall Games in March while the Men, Youth, and Women Championship between May 1st and June 1st.
July 1st is scheduled for a Friendly Match.
Aside from the competitions, the Origins would take their turn on August 27th while MEA 2021 would be in September.
A Blood Donation and Breast Cancer exercise would be staged on October 29 with Registration scheduled for November 1st.
December 5th is scheduled for Beach Rugby League.
Campaigns scheduled for the year on all social media platforms would include the Touch and rugby league ball to be held between October to December, while the Rugby League would be between May and July with green and fresh slated for January to February.
Tackle Like A Lady would be between March and April while XX power would be held between October to December.
Technical activities would also be held with the Coaching/Officiating events set for January 27-30.
Know your Laws Forum and other coaching and officiating courses would be held in April and June respectively with the last coaching event slated for Kumasi in February.
A national team training would also be held twice a month.
NSA LAUNCHES THE INTRODUCTION OF RUGBY LEAGUE IN KUMASI
RLFG LAUNCHES #XXPOWER
The Rugby League Federation Ghana(RLFG) has launched the XX Power campaign, an important stage in the pathway to establishing a women’s national team, following from an interesting and highly competitive series of full-contact games in the Origins Cup.
XX Power, the fourth stage of the pathway, is an introductory coaching and officiating course specially designed for women rugby league players in Ghana. It is designed to provide the women with basic coaching and officiating skills with the hope of them attaining Level 1 coaching status in the shortest possible time.
Nadia Lilian Enyan, Assistant Women’s Coordinator of the RLFG had this to say about XX Power.
“It is a good initiative and a good way to motivate the ladies and women in general. This will help women break the glass ceiling in sports, especially in rugby league, and will also boost our chances of taking up international roles. The ladies should take advantage of XX Power and make the most of the opportunity”.
Edinam Afi Yengbe, RLFG Women’s Coordinator and engineer of the programme sharing her thoughts, expressed her delight in the launch of the programme.
“I am excited that XX Power has started. The ladies are ready and are showing dedication to the course. At this rate, we would establish our national team sooner than anticipated. The future of women’s rugby league in Ghana looks so exciting and we are ever will begin put in the work to make this dream of ours a reality”, Miss Yengbe said.
General manager and leader for coaching, Jafaru Awudu Mustapha said he is overwhelmed about the steps and pace at which the female players are acquiring skill and knowledge in coaching and officiating.
Mr Mustapha said with this initiative, the ladies will have a greater advantage when the Salford partnership deal runs and also have an upper hand in understanding when taking up the Level 1 courses under the International Rugby League.
Technical Director of RLFG Marshall Nortey expressed his excitement to lead the session with the ladies.
"I'm excited to deliver a session in this program as the ladies have begun competitive contact and it's only fair that we complement their game knowledge off the field tMr"
Mr Nortey said the program will be the catalyst by which all ladies will wear national colours in competitions.
"Its success will mean a replication in all the other wings of the playing body ie. juvenile, youth, tertiary and men." Mr Nortey added.
Mr Nortey finally commended the women's Coordinator, Judith Yengbe and her team for this initiative and recommended other coordinators to do the same.
RLFG RESTARTS MILITARY ACADEMY CAMPAIGN
The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) on September 22, 2021 resumed rugby league sessions with the Military Academy. The session which looked at wiping the interest of personals at the Physical Training School seeks to raise an armed forces team and to secure more officiating and coach talents.
Speaking at a short ceremony to present balls to the School, head coach Andy Gilvary, performance coach, Adam Bromley and technical head of the RLFG, Marshall Nortey spoke to the 2021 intake about the prospects and possibilities that await them if they decide to try rugby league.
The course group which comprise personnel from various security services from across the country are currently, undergoing a physical training course at the Ghana Military Academy and Training Schools-Teshie, and as such presents the Rugby League Federation Ghana the opportunity to spread the sport across the length and breadth of the country.
The RLFG is focus on breaking new grounds with the Military to grow one of the greatest sports available. We believe partnership like this forged around common lines will help raise a team, develop officials and coaches as well as get an armed forces team to represent mother Ghana"- Marshall Nortey (Technical Head, Rugby League Federation Ghana)
RLFG ANNOUNCE NATIONAL TEAM
The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) has named a 20-man squad ahead of Sunday's game against the President XIII select side on September 26, 2021.
The selection was made after a three-game test series between Giwa-McNeil XIII and Safi XIII in the just ended Origins Cup, held at the Mensah Sarbah field of the University of Ghana. Players were selected based on their performance over the three games which started on September 5.
“With help from Sports Elite, we selected players based on strength, power, skills, tackles completed, knowledge of the game, tackle breaks, and discipline", technical head (RLFG) ,Marshall Nortey said.
National team coach, Andy Gilvary expressed his excitement with the development and future of the women and men rugby league in Ghana; “it is fantastic to see the development in both men and women's rugby league in Ghana and hopefully in a couple of years we’ll see both play in a high level international tournament”. He further threw light on the national team as they prepare for the Middle East Africa Rugby League tournament in 2022; “we will start training this thursday towards the Middle East Africa Rugby League champion next year, on the international level, when we start playing other African nations, our aim is to beat the number one team in Africa, and in the next five to ten years we fly up the world ranking.”
National Team Squad
Mensah John Bless - Accr Panthers
Moorkaar Jonas - Accra Panthers
Pearce-Biney William - Ghana Skolars
Annan Jordan -Ghana Skolars
Nartey David - Ghana Skolars
Amevor Richard - Ghana Skolars
Boateng Nana Kwesi - Ghana Skolars
Da Gama Chris -Ghana Skolars
Quaye Michael - Ghana Skolars
Mohammed Yakubu - Ghana Skolars
Alibah Riddick - Ghana Skolars
Acheampong Emmanuel - Ghana Skolars
Puman Oliver - Nungua Tigers
Agbemenu Anthony - Nungua Tigers
Adotey Jonathan - Nungua Tigers
Kwasi Akuamoah-Boateng - Bulls RLFC
Ofosu Collins - Bulls RLFC
Buabeng Martin Oko - Bulls RLFC
Sackey Nigel - Bulls RLFC
Geotrah Desmond - Bulls RLFC
The national team will begin training on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the University of Ghana Ajax 1 field . The team will play against the Presidents XIII on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at the University of Ghana, Mensah Sarbah field at 2pm.
In rugby league, Ghana is ranked third (3rd) in Middle East Africa and thirty-third (33rd) in the world.
ORIGINS CUP IS HERE
WHO MAKES THE SQUAD
RLFG SET FOR ORIGINS CUP
The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG), has called up several local players from the just-ended championship to participate in its Origins' Cup tournament set to commence on September 5, 2021.
The Origins' Tournament is a qualifying series that offers players the opportunity to compete with each other and get selected into the national team. With a set of two teams, this tournament is tipped to be a display of high performance from individuals and their allocated teams. It is primarily a stage for the called up players to justify their inclusion in the National Team.
The Two teams for the Origins Cup tournament, Giwa-McNeil XIII and Safi XIII have been named after Mrs Sarah Giwa-McNeil and MEA Director, Remond Safi. Three games will be played in all the justification process.
A total number of 20 players would be called up to the national team and presented with new jerseys donated by the Giwa-McNeil family.
According to the National Team coach; Andy Gilvary, the management team has been working closely with sponsors and other stakeholders to create its second national team designs. He believes that this new jersey would represent the Ghanaian colours and hopes it is accepted on the international stage.
“We have been working for some time now with our sponsors and designers to create our second National Team jersey since the 2019 MEA Championships in Nigeria. We believe we have now released a playing shirt Ghanaians can be proud of. By retaining the nation's colours, a leopard print to represent our men in the field and incorporating a more traditional rugby league test chevron, the hope is we will be well received on the international stage. Playing legacy is, and will always be an ambition for those who don the National Team strip and we look forward to seeing what this group can do and how they are remembered in this kit.”
The Federation’s General Manager, Jafaru Mustapha also shared that “As a Federation, the search for new jerseys has been long coming. We are grateful to all individuals who made it happen. We will wear them with your support in mind”.
The Origins Cup training is set to start on 22nd July 2020 at the Legon Rugby field.
INTERNATIONAL JERSEY LAUNCHED
RLFG are pleased to launch their new National Team Jersey and on field apparel that will be used for all upcoming competition.
RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP '21
New entrants threaten a take over:
May 23 to July 4, 2021, will see The Legon Rugby Field host the 2nd edition of the Rugby League Championship after the maiden in 2019.
The upcoming edition by fixture and participation poses to be a more exciting one as new entrants and new categories get welcomed.
Aside from Nungua Tigers who will be featuring in the 4 club men championship, RLFG has newly introduced the women and youth categories.
The campaign that saw the uprise in participation in Women's Rugby League in Ghana; Pretty Girls Play Rugby League, makes the upcoming Women's Rugby League Championship well-grounded and set to sail. Accra Panthers, Ghana Skolars and Nungua Tigers will cross swords in the Women's category.
2019 Champions, Bulls RLFC with 1st and 2nd Runners up, Ghana Scholars and Accra Panthers will welcome Nungua Tigers in the Men's category.
Though, having competed and being bullied by existing teams in competitions held a while ago, Nungua Tigers have maintained a firm posture of a hopeful take over in the RL Championship.
Jonas Moorkaar, President and coach of Accra Panthers shared his take on the upcoming tournament; "As a coach, nothing can make me prouder than knowing my players gave their best with what I taught them. Let this 2021 season be a display of talent, skill and growth of all my players in the league".
"The inclusion of the youth and the ladies in this edition is something to write home about. This year promises a bigger better Rugby League. May the best teams win"General manager, Jafaru Mustapha added.
Moreover, RLFG's Development Plan which initiates the Youth Championship with Two and First-Ever participants; African Warriors and Firm Foundation, will bring thrills to the entire championship.
RLFG will stream live all matches in a way of observing the covid 19 protocols.
RLFG WELCOMES S&C COACH ADAM BROMLEY
The RLFG welcomes Strength and Conditioning Coach Adam Bromley who will be helping to support the community game and National Team Head Trainer Marshall Nortey along with Jonas Moorkaar as we look towards the National Team's preparations for 2021.
Adam, who has worked with several professional clubs in England and currently with Stanningley, is bringing a wealth of experience to help grow the game in Ghana.
Adam is a qualified and certified trainer with an MSc in Strength and Conditioning (Leeds Beckett University 2016-2017), REPs level 3 personal trainer and Emergency First Aid at Work RFQ 2019.
He also has experience as a Sports Scientist.
(2020 -2021) for Pro Football Support, Strength and Conditioning Coach (2018- present) for A2B Conditioning, Head of Strength and Conditioning (2017-2018) for Hunslet RFLC.
RLFG is grateful for this kind gesture. We also like to seek more supports for organisations to help in the development of Rugby League in Ghana.
EACH AND EVERY TUESDAY - 3.30PM
CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED (MARCH 2021)
RLFG CALENDAR: YOUR MONTH BY MONTH GUIDE TO 2021 | (JAN 2021)
RLFG TURNOVER WEEKEND A GREAT SUCCESS
The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) wrapped up 2020 in style with the first edition of the rugby league weekend dubbed “Turn-over Weekend.” The purpose of the rugby league weekend, was to educate, teach and help the community through Rugby League.
The 2-day event started off with fun games at the University of Ghana Rugby Field on Saturday 5th December 2020. With the Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) pushing for the development of females in the sport, the ladies took to the field to showcase the game.
The men also had their turn, playing their first game of rugby league after 10 months, and it came as relief after being off the field for so long due to the pandemic. The children were not left out of the fun as Firm Foundation, Nungua Tigers and African Heroes also had kids participating in a game of touch rugby league.
The end of year dinner followed on Sunday 6th December 2020 at the Riklyn Hotel which brought players and staff of the RLFG together to celebrate their achievements. The event was graced by the President of the federation Farouk Nana Prempeh who was re-elected earlier this year to continue as the Head of the RLFG.
In an interaction with Men's Coordinator, Riddick Alibah he had this to say "This year was tough, regardless we as a federation didn't go down without a fight, as we were able to engage in a lot of activities off field. “Turn-over weekend” being the maiden edition gave us that big bang. An opportunity to engage and interact with ourselves off-field also to play and prepare ourselves for the year ahead which is quite bleak yet promising.”
“I am poised to do my all for next year's event and I am certain all executives, clubs and stakeholders are ready as well. We still need all the support we can get and call on all who can and have love for sport to join in. With little or nothing we are making history and we will definitely keep growing bigger and better.” He further stated
“Rugby League is not just here to stay but here to impact our community, incite growth in the kids and expand the sports horizon in Ghana." Riddick concluded
General Manager of the RLFG, Jafaru Awudu Mustapha also had this to say "With the splendid performance and solidarity I saw over the weekend, I must say rugby league weekend has come to stay. Am grateful to all member and well-wishers for embracing the initiative. I can’t wait for the January edition."
With 2020 being very bleak and challenging for most contact sports, The RLFG was not an exception, but they made the most of the year undertaking various exercises like a blood donation exercise in August with the National Blood Service and Decathlon Ghana, a breast cancer awareness programme which was themed “Women in Sports,” the Pretty Girls Play Rugby League campaign that was launched in July to combat the stereotyping of sports ladies and then the training of some military recruits to help establish an armed forces competition in the country in November.
The RLFG was finally approved as an Affiliate member of the International Rugby League (IRL) after demonstrating considerable growth of the sport in the country. The Rugby league 9s will begin a new season next year after being restricted to only two editions this year.
YOUTH ACTIVITY | JAN 2021
OUR LADIES TAKE TO THE FIELD
RUGBY LEAGUE TOUCHES MILITARY
The rugby league federation of Ghana engaged instructors of the Physical Training School in a five session training program in a bid to introduce rugby league to the armed forces.
The course group which comprise personnel from various security services from across the country are currently, undergoing a physical training course at the Ghana Military Academy and Training Schools-Teshie, and as such presented the Rugby League Federation Ghana the opportunity to teach the sport.
During the sessions the instructors were taught how to pass and catch, tackle, defend and play the ball. They were subsequently put into teams to play small sided games that improved their knowledge and skills.
At the moment, the federation has a target of engaging personnel from the security services in officiating and coaching and is hopeful that through this successful exercise the game will be wide spread across the nation.
In a conversation with the Officer-Commanding of the PT School Lt. Gershon Adasi ”Introducing rugby awoke the students' mind to the game of rugby league. The students, instructors and myself are happy to have learnt new things in the sport i.e. marking the field of play using cones and other suitable material, ball handling, utilizing space in attack and in defence. Playing the Touch game made them appreciate and practise skills acquired during the four sessions of their training. It was exciting to play rugby with professional players from the Ghana Rugby League team. Your team coming has added value to the existing games and sports the Training School teaches and we are willing to support Rugby League .”
Technical director of the RLFG, Mr. Marshall Nortey had this to say “It will surprise you to know how receptive people are to the different variations of Rugby League children, young adults, older adults and even the aged. The PT school of the Military Academy, Teshie and its students are no exception. The product from these 5 weeks of introduction to Rugby League has been telling with great display of game knowledge to the enjoyment and admiration of onlookers. I must say it has been very successful, RLFG has found new partners in RL development and we shall follow up on the students as they leave for their various units with coaching and officiating opportunities after graduation.
Moving forward, the technical unit will look at interested persons from the military to learn the sport and help them grow and develop in the discipline.
The current general manager Mr. Jafaru commented that, because of Ghana has attained affiliate status, the possibility of expanding the game is very high and as such the need for more coaches and referees who will take up the game and make it enjoyable for the players and supporters. There are opportunities coming requesting for people who are interested in coaching and officiating and I think this is one way that will help us get enough referees and coordinators. This is crucial looking that the number of lives that we are looking at impacting.