ATLANTIC CUP - Big test for the Tomahawks
The Atlantic Cup in Jacksonville in November will be a tremendous test for the USA Tomahawks when we take on Jamaica and Canada at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville. Last years victory over Jamaica was a fantastic result and real reflection of the hard work and dedication of our local teams, players and coaches. The Jamaican team had a number of foreign based players from the UK, so we knew we had to perform well to be competitive. With our squad comprised of all local players and a lengthy break from rugby league competition seeing our competition ended in August meant that we need to play well and have some good fortune to get a favorable result. I have seen the Jamaican lineup for this years tournament and they look stronger then last year and I am sure they will be looking to get a better result this time around. Add Canada to the tournament and we have some exciting matchups. Trust me on this, the Wolverines are no pushover despite the fact they have not being playing rugby league for some time. They have a great rugby union presence in Canada, so their rugby players are of a good standard and sprinkle in some foreign guys who live up north and you we get the type of performance we encountered recently in the Colonial Cup in Kingston, Ontario. The Wolverines were not only well organized, but tough and skillful. I am sure they will be happy that Jamaica and USA kickoff the tournament and they get a chance to play us both at the end of the week. The USA Tomahawks squad will be made up totally of local American based players. Something we are very proud of. The team will be announced in the next few days and I can assure everyone that considerable time and evaluation has been dedicated to making sure we look at numerous combinations and personnel to ensure we assemble a talented group that will capably represent the American National Rugby League. With an eye on the present and one on the future, the Atlantic Cup will be a great opportunity to look at furthering the development of some of elite young talent, along with maintaining the progress of our established internationals. We will have a few days to prepare for Jamaica, and the guys will look great sporting the new training and off field wear supplied by our sponsor Errea. I'm confident in the coaching staff and management preparing the team and it is great to see the players come together as a team in every assembly. It will be an exciting tournament and we will do everything we can to keep the trophy in our possession. Good luck to the Canadians and Jamaica. We look forward to seeing you all in Florida soon. Our guys enjoy the support we get in Jacksonville. I know last years crowd really gave the boys a lift and pushed us over the hump when the game was close. Enjoy the Atlantic Cup. If you are in the area, see you there! OR watch the games live right here at WAR! Go Tomahawks!