Plenty of exciting rugby league action in America this weekend with the Pacific Conference kicking off at Kapiolani Park in Oahu, Hawaii out west and the Atlantic Conference matchups continuing on the east coast.
Round 4 of the American National Rugby League competition is upon us this weekend and although it’s still relatively early in the season, it will be a pivotal week for several teams. The second-placed Bucks County Sharks (2-1) are set to clash with the fourth-placed Northern Raiders (2-1) in Congers, NY, in a game that could see one or the other take over first place. Only one point separates the pair in the standings and with frontrunners the New York Knights (2-1) having a bye week, it’s a golden opportunity for both sides to put themselves in the driver’s seat moving into the second half of the season. The other Round 4 fixture is a cross-town matchup that pits the two winless teams Aston Bulls (0-2) and the new franchise the Delaware Vipers (0-2) against each other in Pennsylvania. One of these two should come away with their first W of the 2011 season, while a loss will be a major setback for either one and could derail their postseason aspirations.
AMNRL Hawaii gets underway on Saturday as the Pacific Conference kicks off with a doubleheader in Hawaii. The All-Stars take on Marist in the early game, before the Islanders meet head-on with the Harlequins in the late game. Both matches will be played at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu. “Rugby League development in Hawaii has been an ongoing process for some time,” says AMNRL president David Niu. “Establishing a foothold for the sport in an area rich in athletic talent and rugby experience makes total sense. The launch of the Pacific Conference this weekend is an indication of the level of dedicated effort by Jack Breen and his team with AMNRL Hawaii, HARP, and the HRL to craft a strategic long term plan for the sport in the region. We look forward to a successful opening weekend that opens the door to many athletes of all ages to enjoy the sport of rugby league.”