Greek Rugby League

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…

Greek Rugby League

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.

Greek Rugby League 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.

7 Responses to “Greek Rugby League”

  1. 1 Stefano Garbin Nov 26th, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    Good luck to rugby in Greece!
    I’m an italian fan (from Padova) who lives now in Greece. Please, let me know about the next matches of the GRL scheduled in Athens

    Thank you so much

    Stefano Garbin

  2. 2 Stefanos Moraitis Dec 28th, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Yes, Good luck to rugby in Greece! I have been playing for 5 years now in Canada and i have always wished there was a league based in Greece. Good to see it finally come into shape!

  3. 3 john billiris Apr 1st, 2008 at 10:26 am

    yes finally. go the bgreek titans and hopefully it will become big and attract crowds in the future. i hate rugby union its too slow with too many stoppages in play. rugby league is fast and free flowing and i encourage everyone to get out there and learn more about the game!!!!!!!!!

  4. 4 Autoversicherung Sep 20th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    My Favorit Blog. Very thanks and best regards from Germany. Thanks

  5. 5 Alitis48 May 28th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Good to see Rugby League is now in Greece. I hope it works because no other team sport exemplifies the courage,tenacity,toughness and commadrie as rugby league.

  6. 6 Jim Polyzoidis Sep 10th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Please give me contact details for the Greek Rugby League team based in Sydney. I have a 16 year old relative who is an Illawarra rep player and keen to join the Greek youth or senior squad.

  7. 7 Jim polyzoidis Sep 23rd, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Could the game of Rugby League finally awaken the dormant Spartan Warrior that resides within all Greeks?

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