WINTER GAME IS BACK
Rugby League in winter? And on the east coast? Yep. And it won’t be the first time.
AMNRL Atlantic Conference rivals Pennsylvania Bulls and Northern Virginia (NOVA) Eagles are set to face off in the ‘Winter Game’ in Virginia in December.
NOVA, who returned to the AMNRL this past season after a one-year hiatus, will host the Bulls in Chantilly, VA, on December 8 in a renewal of what was previously an annual event.
“The winter game is something the Eagles have always held or played in and I wanted to carry on with that tradition,” said NOVA club president Christian Seaman.
“Winter games are a great opportunity to introduce new players into the game of Rugby League. There are no playoff points to worry about, but rather a group of dedicated rugby leaguers who want to get another game in between their fall and spring union ball.”
The idea for the cold weather matchup was hatched after a fixture between the two teams during the regular season. Coincidentally, the Eagles and Bulls played in the last winter game in Downington, PA, in 2010.
“I really respect the job he [Christian] has been doing with the Eagles and how he is making the Eagles a successful Rugby League team,” commented Bulls captain Bryan Confer.
“As for the game aspect, Rugby Union will be over by December, so what else would be better than showcasing the GREATEST game! It will bring more people to understand what Rugby League is all about and will help the AMNRL promote the game throughout the entire Virginia region.”
The Winter Game is set to be played on a turf field on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Ellanor C Lawrence Park in Chantilly, VA.