I told you about them yesterday. Let’s find out a bit more today with the key moments of their history.
- November 2002: Greek Rugby League is founded by Colin Mylonas, a former junior player with Eastern Suburbs and lllawarra.
- Sunday August 31st 2003: Greece play a trial match against New Caledonia and NSW Students Opens. They beat New Caledonia 26 – 10 but sadly loss to NSW Students Opens 34-0.
- Saturday September 27th 2003:Greece play Italy for the Ionio Cup at Oki Jubilee Oval. The Cup was won by the Italians 26-24. Italy won the game in the final 3mins of the game. With a crowd of over 4,000 the future looks bright for Greek Rugby League
From there, the GRL team has been defending the Greek colors and flag around the world…
For the first time the GRL boys made their way to Athens when Greece held out a determined and much improved Serbia to win 44-26. Greece played the game with no less than eight local-based players, with many of them playing only their second ever game of 13-a-side football.
The historic match came on top of the news that the first domestic match was staged three days earlier. Ten Australian-based Greek players linked up with 25 local players to witness the first Rugby League match played on Greek soil. The Olympus Eels defeated the Attica Tigers 24-16 after leading 12-4 at the break. The Aussie players led the way in the first half, scoring four tries but it was the locals that took control of the second half to register all six tries. A number of plans for the Greek Rugby League have been put into place with a regular domestic competition to commence in 2007.
After the development of the union, I hope the league will attract even more players.