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Aston Bulls

Aston Bulls
Club information
Full name Aston Delco Sports Club Bulls
Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) Bulls
Founded 1998
Current details
Ground(s)
  • Sun Valley High School
CEO(s)
Coach Markus Vassilakopolous
Competition American National Rugby League

The Aston Bulls are a semi-professional rugby league football team based in Aston Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The team currently plays in the American National Rugby League (AMNRL), the United States' oldest competition. Previously known as the Glen Mills Bulls, the team was founded in 1998.

The Bulls began play in the 1998 season as a charter member of the competition now known as the AMNRL. Originally known as the Glen Mills Bulls, the team was affiliated with the Glen Mills Schools in the Glen Mills area of the Delaware Valley from 1998–2006. For the 2007 season they relocated to nearby Aston Township and adopted their current name. Since their inception the Bulls have been the AMNRL's most successful team on the field, winning a total of six league championships, more than any other team. Additionally they have competed in the league playoffs every year of play, advancing to the Grand Final every year from 1998–2008.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Uniform and colors 2
  • Current roster 3
  • Honors 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

The team was founded in 1998 by Australian retired rugby league player David Niu. Niu had been involved in promoting rugby league in the United States since the early 1990s, and introduced the sport to the Glen Mills Schools in the Glen Mills area of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where he was employed as a teacher.[1] In 1998 Niu's former teammate, Matthew Elliott, coach of England's Bradford Bulls team, visited Philadelphia and saw Niu's plans for the sport. Elliott and the Bulls agreed to support the Glen Mills club in its first year, providing them jerseys and the Bulls name.[1] For the first nine years of operation the Bulls team and staff were made up of employees of the Glen Mills Schools, and the team played its games at the school's Jack Pearson Stadium in Concordville.[2]

The Bulls were one of the charter franchises of Super League America, now the American National Rugby League, and quickly became the most dominant team in the competition. They won the league championship six times: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005.[3] Additionally, they competed in the Grand Final in 2002, 2003 and 2006,[3] when they hosted the 2006 American National Rugby League championship match, at which they lost narrowly to the Connecticut Wildcats in front of a crowd of 2,500.[4]

After the 2006 season the Bulls ended their affiliation with the Glen Mills Schools and relocated to nearby Aston Township, renaming themselves the Aston Bulls. Since the relocation they have continued their uninterrupted streak of playoff appearances, advancing to the Grand Final in 2007 and 2008.[3]

Uniform and colors

In their inaugural season the Bulls wore jerseys donated by the Bradford Bulls.[1] Thereafter they adopted the colors of blue and white with the uniforms being predominantly blue,[5] similar in style to the National Rugby League team the Canterbury Bulldogs, after the two clubs agreed to an affiliate partnership with each other.[6] After the name change to the Aston Bulls, the club adopted the new colors of gold and white for their home uniform.

Current roster

No. Position Player
HK John Grace (Captain)
WG John Blythe
PR Mike Brazill
SR Bryan Confer
CE John Convery
SR Chris Craig
FB Tom Ellis
WG Geno Gillombardo
PR Rick Heist
WG Dan Kateuse
WG Jason Kitchen
SR Andrew Kneisly
CE Darren Lewis
No. Position Player
WG Lou Mansi
PR Conway Maraki
SR Corey Mayo
LK Mike Mertz
FB Matt Shannon
LF Marc Statler
LK Matt Stauffer
LK Greg Stelluti
PR Brian Trotter
CE Louis Tulio
CE Michael Garvey
PR Rob Ubele
WG Alex Valentin

Honors

The club won 6 AMNRL titles when known as the Glen Mills Bulls. They have additionally advanced to the Grand Final 3 further times.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Hannan, Tony (April 2002). "Niu York, Niu York!". Rugby League World. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  2. ^ About the Aston Bulls RLFC
  3. ^ a b c Aston Bulls RLFC Records & Achievements
  4. ^ Wild Cats - Official Homepage
  5. ^ http://www.amnrl.com/graphx/teamphoto_bulls.jpg
  6. ^ AMNRL - American National Rugby League

External links

  • Official page
  • Aston Bulls at amnrl.com
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