Greek Rugby League
Greek Rugby League

By Phil Caplan, Date: 24/3/14

With their fifth straight victory, Rhodes Knights has booked a place in the inaugural Greek Rugby League Championship final in May.

The Knights now stand on 15 points, three ahead of second placed Aris Petroupolis in the five-team league.

AEK Kokkinias are in third spot with six points followed by Pegasus Neos Kosmos and Promitheas Rendi.

“Before the start of the season we prepared the team using a good base of experienced players with the addition of new ones of some potential who seemed to want to get to know the sport,” explained Knights coach Mihalis Chatziioannou.

“The team became even stronger and more solid as the season went on. I’m very proud of my players, the way they played in every match and of course for securing our place in the championship final,” he added.

“We earned something more than victories through these games; my players got experience, especially the young ones, like Panagiotis Lambousis, Stefanos Bastas, Alvaro Zota and Nikos Bosmos. These players reacted in a mature way and they are also possible for the national team.

“Our next target is forming a full club, having women and kids teams.”

Chatziioannou’s is the only side with a positive for-and-against point’s difference having amassed a staggering 334 and conceded only 48. The island team is now preparing to finish off the season with three home games against Pegasus, AEK and Prometheus – making a perfect season a plausible target.

Fourteen regular season matches have been played so far, with six remaining.

Hopeful finalists AEK and Aris have played each other twice with both clinching a narrow home win, Aris by 32-24 and AEK victorious 24-20.