Successful Rugby League Stampede

The Medway Rugby League Stampede was a fantastic success, great Rugby League and loads of fun in the sunshine at Medway Park and The Garrison.

Photo of Medway Dragons rugby league playersThe Stampede started with a wheelchair rugby league game at Medway Park between Medway Dragons and Mersey Storm. The match was an end-to-end thriller, still in the balance as the clock counted down the last 60 seconds. A Storm attack was thwarted with a Dragons interception and the home side charged upfield and Rob O'Brien scored a beauty to seal a 40-34 win.

On Saturday morning, The Dragons Under 12s provided the opposition for the newly formed Newham Dockers Under 12 team and enjoyed a great game at The Garrison.

Photo of Medway Dragons and Elmbridge Eagles players ahking hands before the gameThe Girls then graced The Garrison Stadium pitch for the first of The RivaL Five Series featuring West London Jets and Brixton Bulls. All the matches were fiercely contested and showed great skill levels and set up a great season ahead.

Over at Medway Park, The Liontrust London RL Junior League Challenge Cup Finals were kicking off with The Dragons Under 14s up against Elmbridge Eagles. The momentum of the match swung from side to side and Elmbridge pulled away in the dying minutes to win by 32-24. The Dragons showed some good form and will have learned much in defeat.

Greenwich Admirals won the Under 18s match with a 35-30 win over Barking & Dagenham Bulldogs in a thriller and Elmbridge won the Under 12s final against a valiant Staines Titans team.

Photo of a Medway Dragons player running with the ballMedway Dragons Under 16s brought the Challenge Cup Finals to a close with a 52-4 demolition of Barking & Dagenham Bulldogs. An excellent performance, fast and furious attack coupled with fierce defence sealed a fine win.

Medway Dragons Men were next up at Medway Park and recorded their first win of the season with a gritty and tough victory over Sussex Merlins in the Southern Premier League. The Dragons pushed out a lead in the second half but The Merlins hit back hard and forced The Dragons to tough it out for the win by 32-30.

Bringing down the curtain on a fabulous day were the redoubtable and wonderful Dragons Masters who hosted The Royal Air Force Masters in a return match having been to RAF Cranwell late in 2011. A wide and expansive game was a fitting end to day two of The Stampede.

Photo of rugby league crowd at Priestfield StadiumSunday morning saw Mini rugby league teams from all over London and the south converging on Medway Park for the Liontrust Primary RL Festival. This was a brilliant climax to the community element of the Medway Rugby League Stampede.

Later on Sunday the regional rugby league players, their fans, families and supporters made the short journey to Priestfield Stadium, the home of Gillingham Football Club for the eagerly awaited Super League clash between London Broncos and Hull FC.
Photo of a London Broncos player playing at Priestfield StadiumThe game was the first professional rugby league match to be played in Kent and it attracted  fans. The Broncos put in a solid performance against an in-form Hull side and were unlucky to lose 14-12. Rob Powell, Broncos head coach, said bringing the game to Kent worked well for his team and worked well for ruby league.
Medway Council wishes all visiting teams and players the very best for the future and looks forward to welcoming them back to Medway soon.
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