End of Year 7's School Tournament

Last Friday morning, the 7th of July,  saw the Notre Dame de Jamhour (NDJ) u18 7's team host the Broumana High school (BHS) rugby team for a couple of games of Rugby sevens. On a very hot day the two teams contested two entertaining but tight games with BHS prevailing in the first one before the Jamhour came back to tie the second one and end the rugby day on a tied score. Both games were refereed by former Senegal international fly half Amady. The tournament show cased brilliant attack schemes that reigned supreme over any defensive measures by either teams. The temperature and humidity might have affected both of the teams defensive strategies with both teams struggling to move up on the line.  The day was a good preparation for the end of the year school tournaments.

 

Written by,

Laurent Zalloum

LEBANON CLINCH THE ARC DIVISION III WEST 2017

 Extracted from Asia Rugby.com and written by Khuram Haroon

 Extracted from Asia Rugby.com and written by Khuram Haroon

1 April, 2017 in NewsFeaturedAsia Rugby Championship by Khuram Haroon

Asia Rugby Championship 2017 Div 3 , what will arguably be one of the tightest championships in the history of Asia Rugby, Lebanon triumphed in the Division III West Championship today at Dustlik Stadium in Tashkent with a hard fought 24-24 draw with hosts, Uzbekistan.

Both teams entered the final round robin match with an eye on the crown after earlier results saw Uzbekistan draw with Iran 13-13 and Lebanon edging Iran with a final minute penalty kick from the sideline to clinch a 25-24 victory. And with 20 minutes left in the final match, it looked all but certain that Lebanon had the title in their hands as they controlled the game and the score board leading 24-10 through tries to Touma, El Chami and Bachour.

This control looked ever-more assured a couple of minutes later as Uzbekistan’s centre, Rustam Namirov received a second yellow card forcing the home team to play the final 17 minutes with 14 men. However, the numerical disadvantage seemed to spur the home side out of their slumber as they scored two quick consecutive tries by Bogachkin and Akramov and level the scores at 24-24 with 7 minutes left in a tense finish.

With the home crowd becoming more and more vociferous, Lebanon, through their captain Karim Jammal steadied the ship, kicking the ball long at every chance and played the game in the Uzbekistan half limiting the home sides attacking chances as they looked to defend stoically, knowing that a draw would be enough to clinch the title.

As the final whistle blew, Lebanon erupted in triumph, satisfied with the result, but not with the quality of rugby on display as they knew that they nearly squandered an almost unassailable lead.

Inter-school Rugby 10's Tournament (U18's & U16's)

The first 10's Schools Rugby Championship of 2017 was hosted on what was a beautiful sunny day at Sin El Fil pitch on the 4th of March 2017. 

The Day Kicked off with an U16 clash between the mighty Jamhour Lions and the up and coming IC Cougars, what was an end to end match and a tightly contested physical game with both teams playing open and expansive rugby the Jamhour Lions narrowly edged the tie by 2 single points with the game ending 12-10 in Jamhours favour. Followed the kickoff of the first u18s Championship game of the season, the lad's continued the hard work and dedication shown by the u16s previously to them and what was a bruising encounter with some huge hits put in by both teams and some fantastic skill the tie ended in a 12-12 draw which was a fair result to two very even teams. 

The day continued in this fashion with all the games very tightly contested with great sportsmanship shown by all sides. What was a hard and grueling day it came down to the last 3 games of the day. IC u16 and Jamhour u16 had won one game a piece and it came down to this last game to see who would end up winners of the 1st installment of the competition. The game kicked off and from the start you could tell the boys were incredibly focused and fired up. IC took the game to Jamhour with their brilliant offloading game beating the advantage line time and time again despite under the leadership of their captain who scored arguably the trie of the day with a fantastic tackle, strip off the floor, and a 60 meter burst to the try line, the IC Cugars couldn't beat the very resilient free flowing and attacking Jamhour Lions 20-12 to come top of the seedings. The U16 competition who we are hoping for more participants is looking extremely competitive and very close so we look forward to what lies ahead.  

The day finally came down to two games in the u18 tournament. Academy who were undefeated through the day playing against IC Cougars who were pushing hard to catch up to Jamhour who were sitting in 2nd place, alas with a spirited performance and a much improved side due to their coaches dedication and hard work they couldn't overturn the very well drilled and superb u18 Academy who showcased skill and talent with a squad with great depth . 

Jamhour who were pushing to secure 2nd place came up against a tired and depleted IC side and eventually the game ended with Jamhour clinching 2nd spot soundly beating IC 24-0. Great Rugby was shown by all sides on that day and we'd like to thank everyone who were involved especially the referees and the supports who made it a fantastic day. 

2017 LRUF Schedule

We are excited to release our 2017 Lebanon Rugby Union Federation schedule. It has been a busy beginning of the year updating our new website, social media sites and policies. Our schedule is listed in the "Schedule" drop down within our menu and also posted below.  

As our team prepares to regain our title at the Asian Rugby Championship this March 2017 we hope to support them equally off the pitch. Our online fan clothing store is up and running please check out it hereIf you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or looking to join a rugby team, please contact us below, we would love to hear from you! The LRUF prides itself in striving for better as we unite Lebanon through rugby! #OneNation

Sincerely,

LRUF Management

Melanie Freiha Jamhour Touch Tournament

Melanie Freiha Jamhour Touch Tournament

Last Sunday saw 32 teams converge in Jamhour for the Melanie Freiha Touch Tournament. Sunday the 3rd of May was a sunny spring day with young boys and girls, club players, school teams as well as veterans. While the final was played between two skilled senior teams, from Beirut and Graywolves, the centre piece of the tournament was the diversity of teams and the common joy in the game of Rugby.

The tournament was held in honour of Melanie Freiha, an ex Jamhour student as well as rugby player. Fittingly therefore, the tournament was a joyful celebration of family, friends, rugby and community which everyone enjoyed. It is hoped that it will, as a result of its success, become an annual event. The rugby tournament was followed by a concert in the grounds of Jamhour to top off a great event.

Lebanon’s Phoenix power to Victory in the West Asian Championship

Lebanon’s Phoenix power to Victory in the West Asian Championship

After a week of great rugby in Jounieh’s Fouad Chehab, the Lebanese team have emerged undefeated and the Champions of West Asia. Overcoming Jordan in their first game by 71 – 3 the Lebanese National team went from strength to strength. Their final game was against the Iranian national team. Not only was the game the decider of the West Asian Championship, but for many Lebanese it was a chance to get one back on the team that had beaten them in the Al Ain Sevens Final in 2014. This time however, the game was being played on home Lebanese soil.

Build-up to West Asian Championship

The build is well under way for this month’s West Asian Rugby Championship. The International Tournament will see the National teams of Jordan, Iran and Lebanon compete over a week of Rugby in Jounieh’s Fouad Chehab stadium, with only one able to finish as West Asian Champion.

Lebanon’s record against Jordan is strong, overcoming them back in 2010, as well as defeating them in recent 7s tournaments. However, this new Jordanian team, with plenty of fresh faces, will be a good test for Lebanon’s National team, the “Phoenix”. They go head-to-head in the first game of the tournament which will be held in Jounieh’s Fouad Chehab stadium. The Jordan v Lebanon game kicks off at 19:30 on the 14th of April, admittance is free, all welcome to come down and watch.

Iran may well prove the harder test, as the “Phoenix” lost out in their last encounter against Iran in the West Asian 7s in Al Ain, Dubai. However, the two sides have yet to meet in the full 15s game. It will surely be a massive test for both sides and is being tipped by some as the deciding game in this tournament. The two sides meet in Fouad Chehab on Saturday the 18th of April, in the tournament’s final game, kick off 17:00. An historic game being held in Lebanon, make sure not to miss it!

 

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