2019 London Series – Community Games
The 2019 London Series will be getting underway early thanks to a collection of community games showcasing the best of local, grassroots rugby. All games take place at Perth Road grass pitches, directly opposite New River Stadium
It all gets underway at 9:45AM when the Skolars Under 13’s clash with Hemel Under 13’s.
At 11AM, South London Silverbacks take to the field against a Rest of the World XIII in a Masters Rugby clash. Masters is a social form of the game that is rising rapidly in popularity and participation across the globe, with the Silverbacks at the forefront.
The Silverbacks ranks are filled by retired rugby players, complete beginners and experienced old hands, all with one thing in common: a love of Rugby League.
The Silverbacks will be bringing the first ever Rugby League Masters to North America in June when they visit Toronto for matches against local sides.
Following this battle of the Masters, London Skolars Reserves will welcome the Newham Dockers to Perth Road in a battle scheduled for 12PM.
At 12.45PM, London Chargers will then be facing Brixton Bulls for an encounter that will set up the featured fixtures of the 2019 London Series perfectly.
The Chargers were formed in 2013 and won the London Premier Competition from 2013-2015. They have finished runners up in consecutive seasons since and contested the last seven Challenge Cups.
With strengthened links to junior club Rutlish Raiders, the Chargers have established pathways reaching into the future. They are supported by a partnership with sister club Coastal Cougars from Vancouver, Canada.
The arrangement was created thanks to a link through a former player at London Chargers, who is now involved in the senior administration. The sister club link has been established due to sharing a common value of developing the game in less established areas and above all, a passion for the game. The Chargers will be providing advice to the Cougars on increasing player memberships, establishing links with a wide range of players who may not have played the game before and assisting with how to generate revenue.
The Chargers opponents, the Brixton Bulls, were established in 2004 as a junior club and has since grown to run multiple men’s, women’s and junior teams. The Bulls have a proud history in their local community and are committed to an open and inclusive environment for all to play sport.
In 2018, the men’s first grade claimed the London Championship for the second year running and the women’s team was also launched in the same season. The club is expanding in 2019, moving into the newly formed Southern Conference League and plans to grow its junior ranks through programs with local schools and community centres.
Anyone wishing to get involved with any of the community teams playing today can contact them through social media and are encouraged to do so.
9:45AM – Skolars U13’s vs Hemel U13’s
11:00AM – South London Silverbacks vs ‘Rest of the World’ Masters
12:00PM – London Skolars Reserves vs Newham Dockers
12:45PM – Brixton Bulls v London Chargers