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Lebanon takes out Hayne-Mannah Cup

The Lebanese Rugby League made history on Saturday by having 4 teams represent the LRLF for the first time in Australia. They were represented by our U/16'w, U/18's, U/20's and Cedars squads.
Lebanon takes out Hayne-Mannah Cup

The Lebanese Rugby League made history on Saturday by having 4 teams represent the LRLF for the first time in Australia. They were represented by our U/16'w, U/18's, U/20's and Cedars squads.

It was a fantastic day for LRLF with all 4 teams winning their games against Fiji RL in the inaugural Hayne/Mannah cup.

The U16's were clinical in their win today with the boys controlling the first 10 minutes of the game and setting up the win with a 16-0 lead. The boys controlled the game from then on and defended extremely well to hold the Fijians out on numerous occasions to go into halftime 16-6 up. The 2nd half started like the first with the boys controlling the game and extending their lead. The Fijians scored one more try but the boys stuck solid to hold them out and win 28-12.

The U18's were up next and had a very tough game on their hands. After leading early in the game they allowed Fiji back into the game and handed the lead to Fiji. In the 2nd half the boys came out firing and took control of the game and won the game on the buzzer with a great try 22-18.

The U/20's played the next game against a combined Pacific Islands team. In a hard fought 1st half the boys allowed the pacific islands to score just before halftime. Down 6-0 at halftime coach Paul Khoury gave the boys a good rev up in the break. A good start to the 2nd half was important and the boys scored the first try to even up the score. The rest of the half was very hard fought against a very big opposition. The boys stuck to the game plan and held the ball to take out the game out 30-12.

Finally the game that all were taking about to watch the Cedars taking on the Fijians.

The game started with both teams completing and getting to their kicks. After a tough 10 the Cedars posted first points with an 80 meter to Adnan Saleh. A couple more tries to the Cedars side had them head into halftime leading 16-0. The 2nd half started with the Fijians scoring the first points of the half to make it 16-4. Our boys fought hard for the next 10-15 minutes and finally took control of the game to score another 3 tries and take out the game 34-4.

Head Coach David Bayssari said, “A great effort by all 4 teams, coaches and their staff who prepared plays well. Players had done themselves and their family's proud. It’s Great start to the 2017 World Cup.”

Remond Safi COO said, “LRLF has laid the foundations and pathway to great 4 years to come with a start to a win in all four games today. It’s great to see so many of the Lebanese community sharing the same goals of the Lebanese back in Lebanon. It will be exciting to see the progress with both sides of the world working alongside each other to strength Lebanese Rugby League over the coming years.”

Well done and congratulations to all players, staff and volunteers on a very successful day.

We would like to thank all our volunteers who helped on the day and all our supporters and parents who came out and supported the teams.

Under 16
Lebanon 28 defeated Fiji Australia 12

U16 Lebanon 28
Tries: Ali Ellaz 3rd min, Saleh Masri 5th min, Justin Aboumelham 9th min, Abdallah Issa 29th min, Nicholas Khoury 39th min
Goals: Justin Aboumelham 4/5
Team: Justin Aboumelhem, Masoud El Essaraoui, Daniel Hadchiti, Yehya Mansour, Ahmed Mourad, Ali-redah Saleh, (Bankstown Bulls), Adam Elcheikh, (Berala Bears), Tony Tannous, (Brighton Seagulls), Phillip Kandalaft, (Dundas Shamrocks), Abdallah Issa, (Kingsgrove Colts), Christian Tarabey, (Holy cross), Georges Dagher, (Marconi Mustangs), Brandon Boumelham, Nicholas Khoury, (Parramatta Titans), Hassan Haddara, Imran Hayada, (Port Kembla Heights), Saleh Masri, (Revesby Heights), Ali Ellaz, John Paul Nakad, (St Johns), Anthony Mounannes, (Wentworthville).

U16 Fiji Australia 12
Tries: Bill Saukuka 26th min, Frank Tumatai 45th min
Goals: Monte Sheriff 2/2
Team: N/A

Half Time: Lebanon 22-12
Referees: Bilal Iskandar
Touch Judges Steven Cuscrane, Jason Waddell

Under 18
Lebanon 22 defeated Fiji Australia 18

U18 Lebanon 22
Tries: Josh Nohra (3) 11th, 50th, 58th min, Ali Allouche 5th min, Josh Abboud 39th min
Goals: Abbas Miski 1/3, Josh Nohra 0/2
Team: Abbas Miski [c] (Arncliffe Scots), Abdul Kadir (Bankstown Bulls), George Bou Serhal (St Johns Eagles), David Haddad (St Johns Eagles), Bilal Aboulhaf (Bankstown Sports), Joshua Nohra (Holy Cross Rhinos), Talal Krayem (Liverpool Catholic Club), Enes Erten (Arncliffe Scots), Ali Allouche [c] (Revesby Rhinos), Richard Coorey (St Johns Eagles), Dylan Makdessi (CVD Cobras), Joshua Abboud (Bankstown Bulls), Daniel Safetly (Bankstown Bulls). Interchange: Marwan Dadoon (Auburn Warriors), Adrian Hraibi (Bankstown Bulls), Jake Safetly (Bankstown Bulls), Nasser Merhi (Bankstown Sports), Joseph Kandalaft (Holy Cross Rhinos), Shadi Elhage (Wests Illawarra Devils).

U18 Fiji Australia 18
Tries: Marcelo Montoya 23rd min, Rowland 27th min, Samuel Tabuatamata 29th min, Tevita Cottrell 36th min
Goals: Drhys Miller 1/1, Tevita Rokolati 0/2, David Joe Senukat 0/1
Team: N/A

Half Time: Fiji Australia 12-10
Referees: Chris Chalkley
Touch Judges: Phillip Astill, Bryce Boyd

Under 20
Lebanon 30 defeated Combined Pacific Islands 12

U20 Lebanon 30
Tries: Peter Semaan 2, Anthony Akkary , Mark Daoud, Andrew Kazzi, Josh Khoury
Goals: Josh Khoury 1/1, Anthony Akkary 1/1, Mitchel Mamary 1/1, Andrew Kazzi 0/2
Team: Jordan Abouhaider, Anthony Akkary, Adrian Baysarri, Jean-Paul Boumelhem, Gabriel Chalhoub, Tony Chalhoub, Mark Doud, Khalid Elfas, Abraham Elzakhim, Jessy Entacky, John Habib, James Jabbour, Andrew Kazzi, Jamesray Khoury, Joshua Khoury, Nelson Khoury, Mitchell Mamary, Tony Sassine, Peter Semaan, Anthony Semrany, Nathan Scarano, Reece Scott, Yehya Masri.

U20 Combined Pacific Islands 12
Tries: Wallace Tangiti, Diamond Charlie
Goals: Zach Clay 2/2
Team: Diamond Charlie, Zach Clay, Taylor Fepuleai, Taylum Halls, Ezra Howe, Jayden Horo, Jake Kamire, Nicholas Lilomaiva, Cila Manu, Nelson Petra, Wallace Matutu-tangiti, Niko Rangiora, Tarrome Raru, Tokerau Raru.

Half Time: Combined Pacific Islands 6-0
Referees: Aaron Moller
Touch Judges: Jason Ndeira, Tim Rohinion

Test Match
Lebanon 34 defeated Fiji 4

Lebanon 34
Tries: Adnan Saleh 2, Danny Chia, James Boustani, Khaled Deeb, Liam Ayoub
Goals: Toufic Nicholas 5/6
Team: Soliman Jordan, (Blacktown), Steve Azzi, (Bulldogs), Jared Azar, Charlie Farrah, Chris Saab, (Guilford), Saleh Adnan, Jamie Clark, Ali Ellaz, Toufic Nicholas, (Lithgow),Nick Kassis, (Mounties), Khaled Deeb, Ray Moujali, (Newtown), Elias Sukkar, (North Sydney) Ali Hijazi, (QLD Cup), James Boustani, (Wentworthville), Liam Ayoub, Danny Chia, (Windsor).

Fiji 4
Tries: Pat O’Mealey
Goals: Simiti Sautu 0/1
Team: Chris Ahovelo, Billy Baleiloaloma, Sunia Bukalid, Jokatama Dokonivalu, Donis Gock, Jone Macila, Shalom Meo, Tim Nawaqatabu, Pat O’Mealey, Shaun O’Mealey, Iliesa Saukuru, Simiti Sautu, Suli Setokuli, Netani Suka, Oris Qaraniqio, Nemani Valekapa, Lepani Waqa.

Half Time: Lebanon 16-0
Referees: Damen Briseo, Bilal Iskandar, Phelix El Kek

Report courtesy of Lebanese Rugby League Federation.

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