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By early June we had signed up 6 former Rishworth School boys and the momentum had begun with a further 5 players joining before training had started. All we needed was a player coach, we heard Jamie Bloem was available and following a meeting on June 25th Jamie agreed to become the Old Rishworthians player coach. Jamie was introduced to members at the AGM and John Clough was asked to join the coaching team. Gary Morris was appointed as 1st team captain for the second season, Chris Mitchell was captain of the 2nd team and so the foundations for the season were in place.

Two pre season wins against Bolton and a Heath XV put the team in a good frame of mind for the opening EDF Junior Vase Cup fixture away to Burley. The game almost went according to plan as the Copley men were leading 16-3 but Burley then scored 17 points down the hill and the defeat meant that a trip to Twickenham would not feature in our plans this season. However spirits were high when we visited Stanley Rodillians for our first league game which they won 39-12. Further matches in September saw the team score 181 points and concede only 3. Defence was one of our major strengths especially in midfield, with Fraser Davidson, Andrew Morgan, Morris and Bloem excelling.

October fixtures included a tricky match at Rotherham Phoenix, who were defeated 13-0, a preliminary round match in The Silver Trophy at Wibsey which we struggled to win 17-12 and victories over Old Grovians and Adwick le Street. November saw Stanley Rodillians visit Copley and trounced 87-0. However a Silver Trophy 1st round match at Stanley Rodillians saw a surprise defeat 24-28. The team showed 6 changes and did well considering that two players were injured during the game. Back to the league and victories over Marist and Rossington Hornets saw the team end the year unbeaten scoring 501 points and conceding 21. The team was top of the league and intended to stay there.

January 2008 will be remembered in Copley for the torrential rain and the effect it had on the Old Rishworthian`s pitches. Two victories over Old Grovians and Adwick Le Street was followed by flooding on Monday January 21st.The game against Mosborough, on January 26th was postponed. February 2nd was an important day. The Old Rishworthians, who were top of the league, played their main rivals Rotherham Phoenix. Whilst snow had fallen overnight, a local referee confirmed that the game could go ahead. Rotherham Phoenix was confident of an upset although the Copley men had other ideas and the Phoenix did not rise from its ashes! The following Saturday saw our local rivals Halifax Vandals visit Copley for the first game in Yorkshire 5C. Old Rishworthians did not disappoint the large crowd at this derby game. A wonderful controlled kicking game by Jamie Bloem and a superb defensive display by the team ensured that the home side received all spoils and the victory 17-10 was celebrated long into the night.

Winning all games was becoming the main focus. The next three games saw the team score 116 points and concede 3. During the game against Pontefract Pythons Jamie Bloem beat the club point's record of 282. The game against Sheffield Medicals had a significant effect. If the Copley men could defeat the Medics and Halifax Vandals defeated Rotherham Phoenix then the Champions title would go to the Old Rishworthians. That is exactly what happened.

Club records were starting to be broken and against Sheffield Oaks, the team scored a further 31 points and exceeded the club points record of 1004. The final game against Wetherby appeared to be straight forward, but the team struggled to win 12-3 confirming that they had won all their league games and had the best defensive record of any club in England!

The most encouraging feature of the season was in the Sheffield Oaks league match where 7 players were 20 years of age or under: - Hedley Stirk, Gerard Rawlings, Wesley Aldridge, Nick Faulkner, Lee Atkinson, Jack Butcher and Joe Billing. This is exactly why the club decided to set up a Mini and Junior section and the hard work is slowly starting to pay off.


Results 2007-08

Date Competition Opponents Venue Result Man of Match
August 11th Pre Season Bolton XV Away W 54 - 7 Fraser Davidson
August 18th Pre Season Heath XV Home W 26 - 5 Jioti Bakoso
September 1st EDF Vase 1st Round Burley Away L 16 - 20
September 8th League Rodillians Away W 39 - 12 Chris Fox
September 15th League Wibsey Home W 72 - 0 Nick Faulkner
September 22nd League Marist Away W 31 - 0 Dave Morley
September 29th League Rossington Hornets Home W 78 - 3 Max Prashad
October 6th League Rotherham Phoenix Away W 13 - 0 Max Prashad/James Clarke
October 13th Silver Trophy Wibsey Away W 17 - 12 Jioti Bakoso
October 20th League Old Grovians Away W 24 - 3 Chris Fox/Ken Ranton
October 27th League Adwick Le Street Home W 71 - 0 Joe Billing
November 3rd League Rodillians Home W 87 - 0 Andrew Morgan
November 10th League Wibsey Away W 40 - 3 Andrew Bull
November 17th Silver Trophy Rodillians Away L 24 - 28 .
November 24th League Marist Home W 14 - 3 .
December 1st League Rossington Hornets Away W 62 - 0 Chris Fox & James Clarke
December 8th Friendly Eccles Home Postponed .
December 15th League Rotherham Phoenix Home Postponed .
December 22nd Friendly Halifax Vandals Away Cancelled .
December 29th Friendly Heath 2nd XV Away L 3 - 13 .
January 5th League Old Grovians Home W 38 - 8 .
January 12th Friendly No game .
January 19th League Adwick Le Street Away W 24 - 0 Dave Morley
January 26th League Mosborough Home Postponed .
February 2nd League Rotherham Phoenix Home W 13 - 3 Chris Fox
February 9th League Halifax Vandals Home W 17 - 10 Chris Fox
February 16th League Pontefract Pythons Away W 67 - 0 Chris Flanagan
February 23rd League Mosborough Home W 24 - 3? Jioti Bakoso
March 1st League Harrogate Pythons Home W 25 - 0 Andrew Bull
March 8th League Sheffield Medicals Away W 19 - 8 Chris Fox & James Clarke
March 15th Friendly? Colne & Nelson Away L 3 - 27 .
March 22nd Friendly? Burley Home W 29 - 0 Hedley Stirk
March 29th League Ossett Home W 23 - 0 .
April 5th Friendly? Huddersfield YM 2nd XV Home W 43 - 6 .
April 12th League Sheffield Oaks Away W 31 - 12 .
April 19th League Wetherby Away W 12 - 3 .

Playing Record 2007-08

P W D L For Ag Dif
League 22 22 0 0 824 71 753
Cup/Friendly 9 5 0 4 215 118 97
Total 31 27 0 4 1039 189 850

Player Statistics 2007-08


Points and Appearances as at 30/04/2008

Player Starts Tries Cons Pen DG Total
J Bloem 24 19 86 35 1 375
A Fearnley 19 16   80
N Faulkner 18 15 2   79
J Billing 23 7 9 1   56
J Clarke 13 11   55
F Davidson 26 10   50
A Morgan 11 7   35
C Flanagan 9 6   30
N Reddyoff 6 6   30
C Fox 31 5   25
L Atkinson 12 5   25
J Lock 4 5   25
J Butcher 7 3 3   21
J Mc Donnell 19 4   20
A Shoesmith 6 3   15
G Morris 24 3   15
J Bakoso 21 2   10
D Cardiss 2 2   10
M English 2 2   10
M Prashad 16 2   10
G Rollings 4 2   10
J Baker 1 2   10
D Morley 19 1   5
S Greenwood 7 1   5
W Aldridge 14 1   5
R Turner 12 1   5
D Conroy 3 1   5
C Ferneyhough 2 1   5
R Wilde 1 1   5
H Stirk 3 1   5
M Brook 22    
S Edmundson 10    
I Teasdale 23    
A Bull 21          
K Ranton 13          
D Dawson 9        
P Thomas 8          
M Shaw 5          
C Lowe 2          
S Lord 1          
L Dowson 1          
M Ryall 1          
L Flanagan 2  
C Mitchell 2        
T Wood 1        
K Mitchell 1        
P Savage 2        
J Holmes 1        
R Ranton 2        
A Aldridge 2  
B Collins 1        
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