Review of 2006 - 2007 Season

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The season will be remembered for the impact of the Junior Section to slowly bear fruit, but what a season of contrasting fortunes. Old Rishworthian RUFC looked forward to the challenge of league rugby and felt that the 1st team would be promotion contenders in Yorkshire 5 North West after coming 3rd and 4th in the previous seasons.

In fact, after some difficult friendly matches, the team lead again by Gary Morris, ended October top of the league having played four and winning three scoring over 141 points and conceding 68. The start also included two games in the EDF Junior Vase, one against Helsby who were defeated 66-0 and Hullensians (the eventual winners of Yorkshire 4) who beat us 21-12. Then disaster struck. Having lost two players to Halifax, others were injured or unavailable and the team struggled and did not win again until February. Gary Morris rallied his players however and considering the devastating effect of losing nine regular 1st team players, the team finished 7th in the league table. Three long serving players, Simon Wadsworth Alex Fearnley and Toby Wood retired at the end of the season. During the season 9 Players aged 18 or under were registered for the Club to play League Rugby and of these Nick Faulkner, Joe Billing and Wesley Aldridge were 1st team regulars.

The teams record for the season was P 22 W 7 D 1 L 14 Points For 346 Against 460. The number of games played is the lowest in the clubs history and reflects the shortage of players within the 1st team. The team did not play in the Yorkshire Silver Trophy against Knaresborough owing to a shortage of front row forwards. The club is now seeking players at open age level and are liasing with the school to see if any former rugby-playing pupils of Rishworth School are still living in the area. We Need You Urgently.

The second team entered the Division 5 Merit Table League and was ably lead by Chris Mitchell. The team fielded regular sides in all but two Saturdays up to the middle of November. Shortages in the 1st team meant that a number of second team players were brought in, probably too soon, but notable victories were gained over Heath 3rd XV, Wibsey and Ossett. The teams record for the season was: P 17 W 7 L 10 For 204 Against 251.


Date Competition Opponents Venue Result
August 26th  Friendly Baildon Home Cancelled
September 2nd  Friendly Old Otliensians Away L 0 - 33
September 9th Friendly Old Crosslyeans 2nd XV Home L 0 - 54
September 16th Junior Vase Helsby Home W 66 - 0
September 23rd League Ossett Home W 36 - 0
September 30th League  York University Away W 28 - 15
October 7th Junior Vase Hullensians Home L 12 - 21
October 14th League  Thirsk Home W 67 - 3
October 21st League Harrogate Pythons Away L 10 - 40
October 28th Silver Trophy Knaresborough Away Cancelled
November 4th League Halifax Vandals Home L 11 - 20
November 11th League Rodillians Away L 12 - 13
November 18th Friendly West Leeds 2nd XV Away Cancelled
November 25th League Wibsey Home L 3 - 12
December 2nd League Burley Home L 10- 13
December 9th Junior Vase No Game    
December 16th League Garforth Away L 6 - 41
December 23rd Silver Trophy Knaresborough Away Cancelled
December 30th Friendly TBA    
January 6th League Wibsey Away Postponed
January 13th Friendly Rodillians Home L 10- 39
January 20th Junior Vase TBA
January 27th League Halifax Vandals Away L  7- 17
February 3rd League Rodillians Home D  5 - 5
February 10th League Wibsey Away Postponed
February 17th League Harrogate Pythons Home W 15 - 13
February 24th League  No Game Away
March 3rd League York University Home W 25 - 22
March 10th League Wibsey Away W 18 - 15
March 17th League Ossett Away L 0 - 20
March 24th Silver Trophy W/O to Knaresborough Away Cancelled
March 31st League Garforth Home L 0 - 34
April 7th Friendly  No Game  
April 14th League Burley Away L 5 - 30
April 21st Friendly Colne & Nelson Away  
April 28th Play off League 4 Play off