1 YORKS retain Naivalurua Cup

By Tim Holland

In a repeat of the 2016 Final 1 YORKS defeated 8 Trg Bn REME to retain the Naivalurua Cup in 2017.

8 Trg Bn REME and 1 YORKS both entered two teams into the 2017 Army Rugby League (Inter-Unit) Naivalurua (Nav) 9s, held in MOD Lyneham on Wed 24 May 17, where fifteen Unit teams took the field in an outstanding day of Rugby, in the four tier Cup, Plate, Shield and Bowl Competition. The 8 Trg Bn REME A Team reached the Cup Final narrowly losing by one try to two against the Cup winners 1 YORKS A Team; a repeat of the 2016 Nav 9s Final and result. That four of the six Semi Finals went to Golden Point extra time is indicative of the heated competition. All teams played at least four games in the Gp stages, with each team that reached a final playing six games on the day. All competition winners and the Cup Finalists received bespoke Army RL Nav 9s T-Shirts as did the Match Officials and event Support Staff. Entry to Unit Teams was at NIL cost, with the cost of the competition, including all presentations borne by Army Rugby League.

4 SCOTS beat 5 Regt RA to win the Bowl.
47 Regt RA beat 22 Engr Regt to win the Shield.
1 RIFLES beat 1 YORKS B (Hindustan) to win the Plate.
1 YORKS A beat 8 Trg Bn REME A Team to win the Army RL Nav 9s Cup.

Teams from the following Army Unit’s took part:

Bowl Winners - 4 SCOTS

Bowl Winners - 4 SCOTS

Gp 1
5 Regt RA
REDWINGS (33/101 Engr Regt EOD)
8 Trg Bn REME A

22 Engr Regt

47 Regt RA
32 Regt RA
8 Trg Bn REME B

WO2 (AQMS ) Graham Stott HQ DSEME organised and managed an excellent event as Asst Secretary Nav 9s. The Army Rugby League Yeoman (Inter-Unit) 13s Cup will take place in MOD Lyneham on Wed 5 Jul 17; again a four-tier competition of Cup, Plate Shield and Bowl, with NIL cost for entry to Units.

Shield Winners - 47 Regt RA

Shield Winners - 47 Regt RA

Cup Finalists - 8 Trg Bn REME

Plate Winners - 1 RIFLES

Where next?

Lawson Cup Update Wed 31 May 17 saw a full programme of fixtures in the 2017 Lawson Cup competition, with games in both groups.
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