Greenwich Admirals Rugby League - July 2008 London

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Greenwich Admirals Rugby League 2008

Saturday 12th July 2008  - Admirals 78 - 0 Thetford Titans

Greenwich continue their dominance of the Rugby League Conference with another clinical performance against last seasons “Grand Final” semi finalists, Thetford Titans.

Carl Jones, Thetford’s coach said after the game, “We came to southeast London confident we could get something out of today’s game. We were well aware of the Admirals reputation as a very strong, well organised and professional team”.

“But we believed, if we got it right we could cause an upset. What we didn’t expect was for the Admirals to be on top of their game. They were awesome, both attack and defense and just took us apart. Jason (Head Coach – Admirals) has created a team that works for each other, he should be very please with the way they performed today”.

The Admirals dominance was evident from the initial whistles, receiving the ball from the kick off they were in the Titans half after just two tackles. The Titans defense held off the initial onslaught but their defense finally gave way after five minutes when Jim Spark broke three tackles to open the home sides account.

The remainder of the first half saw the Admirals continue to break the visitor’s defense, with tries from Craig Wooldridge, Dane Wilson, Ed Easter and Matt Whitmore supported by the boot of Paul Jackson the Admirals went in at half time leading 30-0.

In the second half the Admirals step up the intensity of their game and the Titans defense had no answer to the continued onslaught.

Tries from Chris Geary, Chris Jones, Craig Wooldridge, Victor Okpevba, Anthony Johnson and a hat trick from Guy Adlam, his first for the club, all converted by Paul Jackson saw the Admirals comfortably home 78 - 0.

Coach Henley commented, “Today we showed the capabilities and depth of our squad. I rested five first team players to give others who have been knocking on the door all season the opportunity to show me they have what it takes to compete at this level. They didn’t disappoint me”.

“We have been working hard in training to get the basics right and today’s result confirmed what I have been telling the players all season,  if you’re  prepared to put in the effort the rest will follow as a matter of course. It was a tremendous performance all round.”

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Video filmed by Erick De Chavez, text written by Steve Kiely

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Rugby League Conference

The Rugby League Conference (RLC) (also known as the Co-operative Rugby League Conference as a result of sponsorship from the Co-operative Group), is a series of regionally based divisions of amateur rugby league teams spread throughout England, Scotland and Wales. There are 13 divisions in 2008 (1 National, 4 Premier (Northern, Midlands, Southern and Welsh) and 8 Regional (Scotland, North West, Cheshire, Yorkshire, South Yorkshire & Lincolnshire, West and West Midlands, South West and East).

The RLC was founded as the 10 team Southern Conference League in 1997, with teams from the southern midlands and the south east, but has subsequently, rebranded and expanded both geographically and numberswise to include around 90 teams stretched across almost the whole of Great Britain from Lossiemouth in northern Scotland down to Plymouth.

The aim of the RLC was initially to provide regular fixtures for new clubs based outside the 'heartland' of rugby league, although as the playing standards have raised it now also accepts teams from the 'heartlands'. The hope is that at least some of these clubs will eventually progress to become semi-professional clubs that could one day join the 'traditional' clubs in the national leagues to date only London Skolars have done so.

Confusingly, the top (winter) league administered by BARLA is also titled conference: the National Conference League. Although many of the clubs are affiliated to BARLA, the RLC is run, not by them, but by the Rugby Football League.