Vauxhall stunned, D'Park unbeaten in rugby

P Burrowes

Friday, August 17, 2012

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A stirring Jamaica Rugby League Association's National Club Championship beckons this weekend on account of a sensational one at the last when favourites Vauxhall Vultures suffered a setback and players wee red-carded for verbal abuse and punching.

GC Foster Lions, spearheaded by giant prop forward Antonio Baker, who smashed his way to two tries, shocked perennial favourites Vauxhall, 40-18.

The Lions have now joined only Duhaney Park Red Sharks and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Warriors as teams to beat Vauxhall in a rugby league game.

Marlando Anderson, Steve Miller, Robert Smith, Chevaughn Bailey and Ryan Grant each contributed four points for GC Foster, with Grant booting in three conversions.

Jahdeek Clarke hit back for Vauxhall with two tries and centre Jackeba Grant added another.

Tiege Jackson, who kicked three conversions, failed to bottle up his frustration with Vauxhall's loss when he picked up a red card for verbal abuse on the referee.

Meanwhile, defending champions Duhaney Park ran riot in the second half to master Maxfield Star Steppers, 44-20, and keep their unbeaten record in the championship.

Double tries from Kemoy Whyte and Claude Yen and single tries from Jermaine Pinnock, Andre Reid, Fabion Turner, Jason Gooden, Navare Harriott and Khamisi McKain powered the Red Sharks to the top. Roy Calvert and Whyte struck conversions.

For Maxfield, Owen Linton, Ackeno Frater and Barrington notched tries with Frater adding two conversions.

Spanish Town Vikings, despite losing their talented centre Gawayne Mighty to a red card for punching, survived a 22-20 thriller against Portmore Suns at Ellerslie Pen.

Kevon Vassell (two), Rajiv Haughton and Basil McFarlane carried through tries for the Vikings and Lemar Ellis dispatched three conversions.

For Portmore, Russell McPherson, Tevin Phillips and Paul Walker who scored a brilliant hat-trick, had tries while Phillips executed the sole conversion.

In another match JDF, through tries from Orien Smith (two), Jason Bineham, Hubert Thomas, Jerome Laird, Allen Folkes, Shaneal Brown, Marco Nesbeth and Lennox Butler pounded St Andrew Renegades 54-16. Rohan Edwards kicked seven conversions for the military men.

For St Andrew Renegades, Troy Hinds (two), Donovan Jackson and Kamau Brown got the consolation tries.

The competition continues Saturday with St Andrew

Renegades hosting Maxfield at 2:30 pm, followed by Vauxhall taking on Duhaney Park at 4:30 pm, both at Campion College.

On Sunday, GC Foster Lions will host Portmore Suns at GC Foster College.




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