Intercollegiate Rugby League 9s Championship Launched

The 14th season of the Intercollegiate Rugby League kicked off on Saturday with five of the six registered institutions for the 9-a-side Championship participating. Present were the University of the West Indies Pelicans, University of Technology Knights, Mico University Crocs, Excelsior Community College Eagles, and Caribbean Maritime University Spartans.

Debutants Browns Town Community College were unable to participate due to logistical challenges that arose late. For the second consecutive year, there will not be a 13-a-side Championship as institutions continue to rebuild their sports programs post-COVID.

The competition format involves institutions playing each other once in a round-robin format before the top four teams face off in semi-final matches to determine the finalists. EXED are defending champions. Saturday’s matches were hosted by MICO, marking a historic first for the prestigious university. The competition will culminate on Saturday, March 9, at the Mona Bowl.

In the matches played, EXED and UWI secured identical 12-4 wins over CMU and UTECH, respectively. In the third match, CMU overcame MICO with a score of 20-4. Following that, EXED prevailed over UWI with a score of 16-4, and UTECH claimed a 12-0 victory over MICO. The day concluded with an 8-all draw between UWI and CMU. The teams will compete in their remaining round-robin games on March 9.

Intercol Rugby League Chair Romeo Monteith remarked, “Rugby league continues its strong revival post-COVID. Last year, only UWI, EXED, and CMU participated. Now, we have six teams, with both UTECH and MICO restarting their programs and Browns Town joining the competition. This is great news for the Intercol Competition and for the national team, as Intercol traditionally contributes around half of the team’s makeup.”