Review of 2007 - 2008 Season


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

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.

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Results 2007 - 2008 Season

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 .
Yorks 5B P W D L F A Diff Pts Adj
Old Rishworthians 22 22 0 0 824 71 753 44 0

Rotherham Phoenix

22 17 0 5 710 167 543 34 0
Marist 22 9 1 12 365 301 64 19 0
Old Grovians 22 9 1 12 363 428 -65 19 0
Adwick le Street 22 6 2 14 139 511 -372 14 0
Stanley Rodillians 22 7 1 14 270 575 -305 13 -2
Wibsey 22 3 1 18 188 568 -380 5 -2
Rossington Hornets 22 4 1 17 166 696 -530 5 -4

Yorks 5C P W D L F A Diff Pts Adj
Old Rishworthians 8 8 0 0 218 36 182 16 0
Halifax Vandals 8 7 0 1 251 69 182 14 0
Ossett 8 6 1 1 174 68 106 13 0
Rotherham Phoenix 8 6 0 2 268 64 204 12 0
Sheffield Medicals 8 6 0 2 201 111 90 12 0
Mosborough 8 5 0 3 175 101 74 10 0
Harrogate Pythons 8 5 0 3 165 98 67 10 0
Pontefract Pythons 8 5 0 3 119 159 -40 10 0
Old Grovians 8 4 0 4 111 169 -58 8 0
Sheffield Oaks 8 3 0 5 103 159 -56 6 0
Marist 8 2 0 6 115 126 -11 4 0
Wetherby 8 2 0 6 57 188 -131 4 0
Rossington Hornets 8 2 0 6 87 234 -147 4 0
Adwick le Street 8 1 1 6 41 161 -120 3 0
Wibsey 8 1 0 7 58 196 -138 2 0
Stanley Rodillians 8 0 0 8 55 259 -204 0 0


Yorkshire 5B
Saturday, 08 September 2007
Marist RUFC 24 - 12 Rotherham Phoenix
Old Grovians 50 - 0 Adwick le Street
Stanley Rodillians 12 - 39 Old Rishworthians
Wibsey 39 - 12 Rossington Hornets

Saturday, 15 September 2007

Old Grovians 40 - 5. Stanley Rodillians
Old Rishworthians 72 - 0 Wibsey
Rossington Hornets 3 -13 Marist RUFC
Rotherham Phoenix 60 - 3 Adwick le Street

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Marist RUFC 0 - 31 Old Rishworthians
Rossington Hornets 0 - 40 Rotherham Phoenix
Stanley Rodillians 26 - 6 Adwick le Street
Wibsey 8 - 15 Old Grovians

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Adwick le Street 16 - 3 Wibsey
Old Grovians 5 - 5 Marist RUFC
Old Rishworthians 78 - 3 Rossington Hornets
Rotherham Phoenix 57 - 0 Stanley Rodillians

Saturday, 06 October 2007

Marist RUFC 18 - 5. Adwick le Street
Rossington Hornets 7 - 36 Old Grovians
Rotherham Phoenix 0 - 13 Old Rishworthians
Wibsey 15 - 15 Stanley Rodillians

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Adwick le Street 6 - 0. Rossington Hornets
Old Grovians 3 -24. Old Rishworthians
Stanley Rodillians 5 - 10 Marist RUFC
Wibsey 5 - 42. Rotherham Phoenix

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Marist RUFC P - P. Wibsey
Old Grovians 0 - 13 Rotherham Phoenix
Old Rishworthians 71 - 0. Adwick le Street
Rossington Hornets 8 - 13. Stanley Rodillians
Saturday, 03 November 2007
Adwick le Street 31 - 27 Old Grovians
Old Rishworthians 87 - 0 Stanley Rodillians
Rossington Hornets 13 - 7 Wibsey
Rotherham Phoenix 25 - 15 Marist RUFC

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Adwick le Street 7 - 49 Rotherham Phoenix
Marist RUFC 57 - 0 Rossington Hornets
Stanley Rodillians 22 - 19 Old Grovians
Wibsey 3 - 40 Old Rishworthians

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Adwick le Street 0 - 5 Stanley Rodillians
Old Rishworthians 14 - 3 Marist RUFC
Rotherham Phoenix 44 - 3 Rossington Hornets
Wibsey 5 - 15 Old Grovians

Saturday, 01 December 2007

Marist RUFC 31 - 19. Old Grovians
Rossington Hornets 0 - 62 Old Rishworthians
Stanley Rodillians 15 - 17. Rotherham Phoenix
Wibsey 3 - 5. Adwick le Street

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Adwick le Street 11 - 6. Marist RUFC
Old Grovians 10 - 19 Rossington Hornets
Old Rishworthians 13 - 3. Rotherham Phoenix
Stanley Rodillians 38 - 7 Wibsey

Saturday, 05 January 2008

Marist RUFC 8 - 10 Stanley Rodillians
Old Rishworthians 38 - 8 Old Grovians
Rossington Hornets 8 - 8 Adwick le Street
Rotherham Phoenix 29 - 0 Wibsey

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Adwick le Street 0 - 24 Old Rishworthians
Rotherham Phoenix 51 - 5 Old Grovians
Stanley Rodillians 49 - 3 Rossington Hornets
Wibsey P - P Marist RUFC

Yorkshire 5C

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Halifax Vandals 57 - 0 Adwick le Street
Harrogate Pythons 29 - 5 Old Grovians
Marist RUFC 49 - 5. Wetherby
Old Rishworthians 24 - 3 Mosborough
Ossett 34 - 0 Rossington Hornets
Rotherham Phoenix 64 - 0. Sheffield Medicals
Sheffield Oaks 15 - 13. Stanley Rodillians
Wibsey 10 - 16 Pontefract Pythons

Saturday, 09 February 2008

Adwick le Street 4 - 17 Harrogate Pythons
Mosborough 24 - 0 Wibsey
Old Grovians 30 - 18 Pontefract Pythons
Old Rishworthians 17 - 10 Halifax Vandals
Rossington Hornets 43 - 29 Sheffield Oaks
Sheffield Medicals 9 - 0 Marist RUFC
Stanley Rodillians 0 - 44 Ossett
Wetherby 0 - 59 Rotherham Phoenix

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Harrogate Pythons 42 - 0 Rossington Hornets
Marist RUFC 18 - 20 Halifax Vandals
Mosborough 17 - 28 Rotherham Phoenix
Ossett 12 - 12 Adwick le Street
Pontefract Pythons 0 - 67 Old Rishworthians
Sheffield Oaks 17 - 26 Old Grovians
Wetherby 24 - 12 Stanley Rodillians
Wibsey 5 - 37 Sheffield Medicals

Saturday, 01 March 2008

Adwick le Street 5 - 7 Wetherby
Halifax Vandals 43 - 5 Old Grovians
Old Rishworthians 25 - 0 Harrogate Pythons
Ossett 27 - 10 Marist RUFC
Rotherham Phoenix 42 - 15 Pontefract Pythons
Sheffield Medicals 62 - 0 Rossington Hornets
Sheffield Oaks 12 - 5 Wibsey
Stanley Rodillians 7 - 48 Mosborough

Saturday, 08 March 2008

Halifax Vandals 6 - 3. Rotherham Phoenix
Harrogate Pythons P - P Stanley Rodillians
Marist RUFC 5 - 15 Sheffield Oaks
Ossett 15 - 9 Old Grovians
Pontefract Pythons HWO Adwick le Street
Rossington Hornets 3 - 15 Mosborough
Sheffield Medicals 8 - 19 Old Rishworthians
Wetherby 8 - 21 Wibsey

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Adwick le Street HWO. Sheffield Oaks
Mosborough 18 - 5 Marist RUFC
Old Grovians 5 - 0 Wetherby
Old Rishworthians 23 - 0 Ossett
Pontefract Pythons 25 - 0 Rossington Hornets
Rotherham Phoenix 22 - 5 Harrogate Pythons
Stanley Rodillians 16 - 20 Sheffield Medicals
Wibsey 10 - 29 Halifax Vandals

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Halifax Vandals 69 - 0 Stanley Rodillians
Harrogate Pythons 46 - 7 Wibsey
Mosborough 22 - 24 Old Grovians
Ossett 18 - 14. Rotherham Phoenix
Pontefract Pythons 22 - 10 Marist RUFC
Rossington Hornets 25 - 10. Wetherby
Sheffield Medicals 40 - 0 Adwick le Street
Sheffield Oaks 12 - 31 Old Rishworthians

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Adwick le Street 10 - 28 Mosborough
Marist RUFC 18 - 10 Harrogate Pythons
Old Grovians 7 - 25 Sheffield Medicals
Rossington Hornets 16 - 17 Halifax Vandals
Rotherham Phoenix 36 - 3 Sheffield Oaks
Stanley Rodillians 0 - 23 Pontefract Pythons
Wetherby 3 - 12 Old Rishworthians
Wibsey 0 - 24. Ossett