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.
|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 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|
|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||.|
|J Mc Donnell||19||4||20|