Saturday, 18 January 2020

World Cup Draws : 2021


The draw was made by Prince Harry, the patron of the Rugby Football League. It took place at Buckingham Palace with the Prince along with alongside Dame Katherine Grainger DBE (former Olympic rowing champion) and Jason Robinson OBE (former Rugby League player). It covers men's, women's and wheelchair competitions.


Men's World Cup

Group A England Samoa France Greece

Group B Australia Fiji Scotland Italy

Group C NZ Lebanon Jamaica Ireland

Group D Tonga PNG Wales Cook Is



Women's World Cup

Group A England Brazil PNG Canada

Group B Australia NZ France Cook Is



Wheelchair World Cup (Men)

Group A England Australia Spain Norway

Group B France Wales Scotland USA



In the men's draw, Jamaica is a surprise package, qualifying ahead of the USA and Canada. So too is Greece, where the game is severely hampered at home by authorities. Hopefully, qualifying will help the situation there. 

For the women, Brazil is new to the game and the dark horse for that tournament. As for the Wheelchair games, it's nice to see three non traditional sides there in Norway, Spain and USA.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Queensland State Championship : 2019


The season has concluded and the 23 round regular season was followed by an eight team finals series. In all seasons previously the maximum number of finalists had been six.

League: 

The Sunshine Coast side won the competition easily enough with 43 points. That was quite a jump from 10th in 2018. Wynnum went from 12th to second, an equally impressive gain on the previous season. Burleigh was more consistent, dropping from 2nd to 3rd. The Central Capras were also similarly placed from the prior season, slipping from 13th to 14th. They are doing it tough.


Rk Team Pts

1 Sunshine Coast 43

2 Wynnum Manly 36

3 Burleigh Bears 34

4 Townsville 34

5 Norths Devils 30

6 Tweed Heads 28

7 Redcliffe Dolphins 26

8 Easts Tigers 21

9 Ipswich Jets 19

10 Souths Logan 15

11 Mackay Cutters 14

12 Northern Pride 10

13 PNG Hunters 9

14 Central Capras 3

Finals:

In the sudden death games, Tweed narrowly fell to Redcliffe 24-25 and Norths bowed out with a 20-24 defeat at the hands of the Easts Tigers. The other games had the Sunshine Coast lose to Townsville 12-20 and Wynnum going down to Burleigh 32-34.

In the next round, Townsville and Burleigh earned byes with their victories. Wynnum ended Recliffe's season with a 20-16 win and the Sunshine Coast did likewise to Easts 22-14. 

In the semi-finals Townsville week off didn't help them when they lost to Wynnum 14-26. Burleigh were happy with their rest when accounting for the Sunshine Coast 24-6. They carried that form into the grand final in taking the crown with a 28-10 triumph over Wynnum. 

Season summary:

The list below has points allocated for the league and finals, combined in the total column. On that basis Burleigh down on the Gold Coast was the most successful, ahead of the Brisbane outfit Wynnum. The team from the Sunshine Coast came in third. 


Rk Team Lge F Tot

1 Burleigh Bears 16 20 36

2 Wynnum Manly 18 16 34

3 Sunshine Coast 20 12 32

4 Townsville 14 12 26

5 Redcliffe Dolphins 10 8 18

6 Easts Tigers 9 8 17

6 Norths Devils 12 4 16

8 Tweed Heads 11 4 15

9 Ipswich Jets 8
8

10 Souths Logan 7
7

11 Mackay Cutters 6
6

12 Northern Pride 5
5

13 PNG Hunters 4
4

14 Central Capras 3
3
Picture source: Qld RL. 

Saturday, 23 November 2019

2013-19 World Rankings - Men

Looking back over these years gives an insight into the growth of the sport numerically. It also shows the challenge of creating depth in quality. Otherwise the list will be of a few successes and the rest stragglers. It's not an issue unique to RL and it takes money plus commitment to have any hope of lifting lower ranked countries to a stronger level.

Recently, quite a few countries have been dropped from the list. I don't see anything said about that as to what is the reason for that, although I'm sure there is a process that is gone through in determining who is eligible either way.

Because the number of games played is important on where a team sits on the ladder, it doesn't always reflect the level a nation is playing at. Looking over several years does give an idea of how a country is progressing or regressing.



Nation 19 18 17 16 15 14 13

New Zealand 1 3 2 2 1 2 2

Australia 2 1 1 1 2 1 1

England 3 2 3 3 3 3 3

Tonga 4 4 4 14 16 16 13

Fiji 5 5 5 7 7 6 5

PNG 6 10 10 15 14 11 7

Samoa 7 7 6 5 4 4 8

France 8 6 8 6 5 5 4

Scotland 9 8 7 4 9 8 11

Lebanon 10 9 9 21 20 23 20

Greece 11 19 23 28 24 22 28

Ireland 12 12 11 8 6 7 9

Italy 13 13 13 13 12 12 12

Wales 14 11 12 9 8 9 6

Serbia 15 17 16 11 11 13 17

Malta 16 16 18 20 18 24 22

Norway 17 20 22 26 26 19 19

USA 18 15 14 10 10 10 10

Poland 19 23





Jamaica 20 14 15 17 27 27 23

Hungary 21 18 29 38 33 32 32

Czech Rep 22 25 26 24 30 29 26

Cook Is 23 43 30 25 22 17 14

Turkey 24 31





Netherlands 25 26 27 30 28 25 24

Spain 26 28 21 19 21 28

Canada 27 21 17 12 13 14 16

Nigeria 28






Solomon Is 29 27 42 37



Sweden 30 38 31 29 29 30 31

Germany 31 30 28 23 19 18 18

Chile 32 32 32 34



Ghana 33






Morocco 34
48 40 35 34 33

Vanuatu 35 33 36 35



South Africa 36 37 35 31 31 31 25

Russia 37 29 19 16 15 15 15

Cameroon 38






Ukraine 39 35 25 22 23 20 21

Colombia 40 41 40




Brazil 41 45 43




Belgium 42 39 20 18 17 21 29

Denmark 43 44 34 27 25 26 27

Bulgaria 44 47 46




Latvia 45 48 47 36 34 33 30

Philippines
22 24 33



Niue
24 33 32 32


Japan
34 41




El Salvador
36 37 39



Hong Kong
40 45




Argentina
42 39




Uruguay
46 44




Thailand
38