Review of 2008 - 2009 Season

P W D L For Ag Dif
League 22 19 0 3 685 190 495
Cup 6 4 0 2 115 104 11
Total 28 23 0 5 800 294 506

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Old Rishworthians 1st XV looked forward to life in Yorkshire 4, but little did the players and members realise that the team would be successful in winning the league and achieving back to back championship victories for the first time in the clubs history.

Coaches Jamie Bloem and John Clough were reappointed for the season and Royal Marine, Andrew Morgan, provided fitness training. Gary Morris led the side for the fourth successive season with Paul Savage captaining the 2nd XV. The Club looked forward to several former Under 17 players joining the senior teams, and entering Division 1 of the Colts league, but 6 players decided to return to Old Brodleians and unfortunately the Colts and Under 17`s teams were disbanded.

The season started on a positive note with the team winning the plate trophy at the annual Halifax 7`s. Three friendly fixtures were arranged in August between, Halifax Vikings, Southport and the team suffered one defeat against Goole, who are in Yorkshire 3. Unfortunately Jamie Bloem injured his leg in the pre-season games and he was unable to play until mid October. The team travelled to Pontefract Pythons in the 1st round of the EDF Junior Vase and sneaked into the next round, thanks to a try by Anthony Shoesmith, winning 17-19.

The selection of the 1st team would still include a number of players who played in last seasons Under 17 side, including, Anthony Oxley, Tom Clough, Ben Robinson, James Kidd, and Ben Porritt and the first league match against Hornsea at home saw the young side defeat Hornsea 34-0. The next game was a potential banana skin when fellow promotion rivals Rotherham Phoenix visited Copley. The young home side scored the necessary points and won 18-5. The last match in September was against Port Sunlight in Round 2 of the EDF Junior Vase. Unfortunately the opposition gave the Copley men a walkover, so the team looked forward to a visit to Liverpool to play St Edwards Old Boys on October 18th in the 3rd round.

The team reached new heights on October 4th by defeating York RI at home 51-0. The following week the eagerly awaited local derby against Halifax Vandals, saw Aaron Canning make his return debut after playing at Halifax RUFC for 17 seasons. With Jamie Bloem still injured, Canning was selected at outside half and but for a difficult wind at Warley would have ensured that the Copley men returned with a draw, however the defeat by 16-13 was the jolt the team needed and proceeded to score 146 points in the next four games, conceding 25 and winning them all.

Things were really buzzing. Bloem returned from injury and the EDF Junior Vase 3rd round match against St Edwards Old Boys was unusual as the referee did not turn up! Both teams played using a home official and the Old Rishworthians proceeded to win 47-0. All players and spectators must be congratulated in their acceptance of the referee`s performance. A potentially difficult period up to Christmas was easily overcome when Old Modernians visited Copley in successive Saturdays. First of all in the EDF Junior Vase, and then in the league. The Cup game was a tight affair, but the home side turned on the gas in the second half to win 8-3. Old Modernians returned to Copley the following week in a top of the table clash, but had no answer to the speed of Canning and the boot of Bloem, winning 39-3. Leeds Corinthians were eventually thrashed 53-22 and the following week the team entertained Goole from Yorkshire 3 in the 5th round of the EDF Junior Vase. What a start! From the kick off Tom Clough scored a superb try to shock the visitors and only a few inches spared Goole from an unexpected exit. The last game before Christmas was a difficult fixture at Rotherham Phoenix, but the team produced the most professional defensive display of the season, whilst scoring 2 tries with a dropped goal from Canning. This victory ensured that Old Rishworthians were top of the Yorkshire 4 table by 5 points, a lead which they would not let go.

Over the next 7 weeks in 2009 only 3 games were completed owing to the inclement weather. A preliminary round Silver Trophy match at Leeds Corinthians, where the team got over its Christmas Spirit, was won 16-13, and a difficult game at Thornensians saw the team scrape home by the only score of the game a Bloem penalty. Unfortunately Bloem suffered a further injury to his leg and he was unable to play for a further 6 weeks. However the team which played at York RI was probably one of the youngest teams in the clubs history (22) and after a few unusual errors ran out winners 37-16. The team was believing in itself and the back row players of James Clarke, Tom Clough, Ben Robinson, Gerrard Rollings and Jioti Bakoso proved a handful, irrespective of the combination selected. The eagerly awaited return match against Halifax Vandals ended after 30 minutes owing to an injury to the referee. The next game on February 21st saw a rather rusty Copley side score easily in the first half to defeat Burley 34-12. The Halifax Vandals match was unusual as the appointed referee did not turn up. A communication problem between the referees society and the club, meant that David Brooksbank, the referees assessor, carried the whistle and did a grand job. Rishworthians did not intend to let this game slip away and they were deserved winners of the John Payne Trophy and two league points, over their local rivals with Canning kicking four penalties. Gary Morris was man of the match, sponsored by Copley Cricket Club.

The momentum to become back to back champions was gaining pace and victories in the next two fixtures against Bramley Phoenix and Northallerton would ensure that the team was promoted as Champions for the second successive season. The game at Bramley went according to plan, although not before the Copley men found themselves 10 - 0 down after 10 minutes. Sound work by the back row of Clarke, Ben Robinson and Gerrard Rollings, together with second rows Anthony Oxley and Jioti Bakoso, ensured that the Champions elect came away with a 15-10 victory.

On the following Saturday Old Rishworthians entertained Northallerton, and whilst the away fixture had been difficult in the first half, the team composed itself and ran away winners by 28-15. However the coaching staff and players had not allowed for an indifferent refereeing performance and a very strong wind blowing from the clubhouse end. The more street wise Northallerton pack kept the ball tight, killing it and frustrating the young Copley team. Jamie Bloem was yellow carded and after withdrawing through injury, was red carded by the referee for allegedly abuse of the referee. As if this was not bad enough Northallerton were given a penalty on half way and kicked the goal to win the game 17-20.

A victory at Old Modernians would have ensured that Old Rishworthians gained promotion as champions of Yorkshire 4, but what a performance. No one looked as if they wanted to play and the swifter, mobile home threequarters ran the show, but the Rishworthians defence only let in one try, and were defeated 6-14. So the champagne was on ice until the following Saturday when the Copley men entertained Leeds Corinthians in a match sponsored by Highland Spring. What a game to seal promotion as champions! The final score of 46-5 to the Copley men, included a hat trick by Lee Atkinson, who had been on the pitch for 10 minutes. Aaron Canning was man of the match. The team celebrated long into the night on the karaoke machine.

The penultimate match at Garforth was going to be difficult and so it was. Old Rishworthians were 5-0 up after 10 minutes with a lovely dummy from Joe Billing, but Garforth came back and scored 19 unanswered points. The Copley men`s superior fitness told in the second half and they scored 29 points down the slope. The final league match at Hornsea included a night at Scarborough with the players dressed as Vikings! First though the league match, and what an example of championship rugby. Hornsea had no answer to the pace of the Rishworthians play and the visitors won by 78 -0. A truly fitting end to a magnificent league season.

The Yorkshire Silver Trophy has not yet been completed and after winning the preliminary round game at Leeds Corinthians in January the team has been handed two walkovers by Wibsey and Leeds Metropolitan University. The quarter final match is scheduled to take place at West Park Leeds on May 9th.


Yorkshire 4 P W D L F A Diff Pts Adj
Old Rishworthian 22 19 0 3 685 190 495 38 0
Bramley Phoenix 22 16 1 5 548 255 293 33 0
Thornensians 22 14 0 8 455 295 160 28 0
Old Modernians 22 14 0 8 478 348 130 28 0
Halifax Vandals 22 13 1 8 339 314 25 27 0
Garforth 22 10 3 9 432 368 64 23 0
Northallerton 22 10 1 11 373 390 -17 21 0
Rotherham Phoenix 22 9 1 12 336 412 -76 19 0
Leeds Corinthians 22 7 2 13 344 437 -93 14 -2
York Railway Institute 22 5 2 15 257 550 -293 12 0
Hornsea 22 5 0 17 267 678 -411 10 0
Burley 22 4 1 17 222 499 -277 9 0

Date Competition Opponents Venue Result Man of Match
August 16th Pre Season Goole XV Home L 10 - 30  
August 23rd Pre Season Halifax Vikings Home W 15 - 5  
August 30th Pre Season Southport XV Away W 36 - 0  
September 6th Junior Vase R1 Pontefract Pythons Away W 19 - 17  
September 13th League Hornsea Home W 34 - 0 Dave Conroy /Fraser Davidson
September 20th League Rotherham Phoenix Home W 18 - 5 Tom Clough
September 27th Junior Vase R2 Port Sunlight Home HWO  
October 4th League York RI Home W 51 - 0 Wes Aldridge
October 11th League Halifax Vandals Away L 10 - 13 Joe Billing
October 18th Junior Vase R3 St Edwards OB Away W 47 - 0 Anthony Oxley
October 25th League Garforth Home W 51 - 0 Ben Porritt
November 1st League Burley Away W 45 - 5 Fluff Faulkner
November 8th League Bramley Phoenix Home W 22 - 5 The Pack
November 15th League Northallerton Away W 28 - 15 Chris Fox
November 22nd Junior Vase R4 Old Modernians Home W 8 - 3 Joji Bakoso
November 29th League Old Modernians Home W 39 - 3 Aaron Canning
December 6th League Leeds Corinthians Away W 53 - 22 Tom Clough
December 13th Junior Vase R5 Goole Home L 20 - 21 Gez Rollings
December 20th League Rotherham Phoenix Away W 18 - 0 Ben Robinson/Martin Brook
December 27th Friendly TBA    
January 3rd Silver Trophy PR Leeds Corinthians Away W 16 - 13 Richard Turner
January 10th League Thornensians Home P - P Frozen Pitch
January 17th League Thornensians Away W 3 - 0 The Pack
January 24th League York RI Away W 37- 16 Tom Clough
January 31st League Halifax Vandals Home A - A Referee injured during game
February 7th League Thornensians Home P - P Snow & Ice on Pitch
February 14th League Garforth Away P - P Pitch unplayable
February 21st League Burley Home W 34 - 12  
February 28th League Halifax Vandals Home W 12 - 9 Gary Morris
March 7th League Bramley Phoenix Away W 15 - 10  
March 14th League Northallerton Home L 17 - 20  
March 21st League Thornensians Home W 34 - 17 Ben Robinson
March 28th League Old Modernians Away L 6 - 14  
April 4th League Leeds Corinthians Home W 46 - 5 Aaron Canning
April 11th League Garforth Away W 19 - 34 Joe Billing
April 18th League Hornsea Away W 78 - 0  
April 25th Silver Trophy R1 Wibsey Away AWO Wibsey withdrawn
May 2nd Silver Trophy R2 Leeds Met Uni Home HWO Leeds Met Uni withdrawn
May 9th Silver Trophy Qtr F West Park Leeds Away L 5 - 50  

Saturday 13th September
Rishworthians 34 - 0 Hornsea
Garforth 10 - 10 Burley
Halifax Vandals 10 - 10 Bramley Phoenix
Rotherham Phoenix 17 - 10 Leeds Corinthians
Thornensians 34 - 7 Old Modernians
York RI 28 - 18 Northallerton
 
Saturday 20th September
Hornsea 61 - 5 Burley
Bramley Phoenix 37 - 13 Garforth
Northallerton 10 - 18 Halifax Vandals
Old Modernians 42 - 12 York RI
Leeds Corinthians 34 - 7 Thornensians
Rishworthians 18 - 5 Rotherham Phoenix
 
Saturday 27th September
Rotherham Phoenix 40 - 13 Hornsea
Thornensians 0 - 3 Rishworthians
York RI - Leeds Corinthians
Halifax Vandals - Old Modernians
Garforth 26 - 6 Northallerton
Burley 8 - 27 Bramley Phoenix
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Saturday 4th October
Hornsea 6 - 46 Bramley Phoenix
Northallerton 17 - 10 Burley
Old Modernians 25 - 17 Garforth
Leeds Corinthians 6 - 5 Halifax Vandals
Rishworthians 51 - 0 York RI
Thornensians 45 - 12 Rotherham Phoenix
 
Saturday 11th October
Thornensians 33 - 10 Hornsea
Rotherham Phoenix 52 - 0 York RI
Halifax Vandals 13 - 10 Rishworthians
Leeds Corinthians 29 - 7 Garforth
Burley 7 - 45 Old Modernians
Bramley Phoenix 44 - 6 Northallerton
 
Saturday 25th October
Hornsea 10 - 27 Northallerton
Old Modernians 49 - 17 Bramley Phoenix
Leeds Corinthians 24 - 5 Burley
Rishworthians 51 - 0 Garforth
Rotherham Phoenix 15 - 13 Halifax Vandals
Thornensians 50 - 5 York RI
 
Saturday 1st November
York RI 27 - 24 Hornsea
Halifax Vandals 20 - 14 Thornensians
Garforth 5 - 23 Rotherham Phoenix
Burley 5 - 45 Rishworthians
Bramley Phoenix 36 - 7 Leeds Corinthians
Northallerton 21 - 20 Old Modernians
 
Saturday 8th November
Hornsea 9 - 16 Old Modernians
Leeds Corinthians 25 - 8 Northallerton
Rishworthians 22 - 5 Bramley Phoenix
Rotherham Phoenix 20 - 17 Burley
Thornensians 10 - 7 Garforth
York RI 13 - 30 Halifax Vandals
 
Saturday 15 November 2008
Halifax Vandals 15 - 5 Hornsea
Garforth 14 - 13 York RI
Burley 15 - 24 Thornensians
Bramley Phoenix 17 - 25 Rotherham Phoenix
Northallerton 15 - 28 Rishworthians
Old Modernians 36 - 20 Leeds Corinthians
 
Saturday 29 November 2008
Hornsea 10 - 6 Leeds Corinthians
Rishworthians 39 - 3 Old Modernians
Rotherham Phoenix 10 - 32 Northallerton
Thornensians 3 - 14 Bramley Phoenix
York RI 20 - 15 Burley
Halifax Vandals 12 - 22 Garforth
 
Saturday 6 December 2008
Garforth 54 - 3 Hornsea
Halifax Vandals 27 - 7 Burley
Bramley Phoenix 27 - 7 York RI
Northallerton P - P Thornensians
Old Modernians 52 - 20 Rotherham Phoenix
Leeds Corinthians 22 - 53 Rishworthians
 
Saturday 20 December 2008
Burley 11 - 14 Hornsea
Garforth 24 - 11 Bramley Phoenix
Halifax Vandals P - P Northallerton
York RI 3 - 13 Old Modernians
Thornensians 21 - 3 Leeds Corinthians
Rotherham Phoenix 0 - 18 Rishworthians
 

Saturday 10th January
Hornsea v Rotherham Phoenix
Rishworthians v Thornensians
Leeds Corinthians v York RI
Old Modernians v Halifax Vandals
Northallerton 10 - 10 Garforth
Bramley Phoenix v Burley
 
Saturday 24 January 2009
Bramley Phoenix 55 - 5 Hornsea
Burley 17 - 0 Northallerton
Garforth 21 - 7 Old Modernians
Halifax Vandals 20 - 3 Leeds Corinthians
Yok RI 16 - 37 Rishworthians
Rotherham Phoenix 3 - 24 Thornensians
 
Saturday 31 January 2009
Hornsea 0 - 13 Thornensians
York RI 12 - 3 Rotherham Phoenix
Rishworthians A - A Halifax Vandals
Garforth 31 - 12 Leeds Corinthians
Old Modernians 5 - 20 Burley
Northallerton 0 - 29 Bramley Phoenix
 
Saturday 14 February 2009
Northallerton P - P Hornsea
Bramley Phoenix 15 - 3 Old Modernians
Burley 0 - 28 Leeds Corinthians
Garforth P - P Rishworthians
Halifax Vandals P -P Rotherham Phoenix
York RI 13 - 16 Thornensians
 
Saturday 21 February 2009
Hornsea 25 - 0 York RI
Thornensians 20 - 13 Halifax Vandals
Rotherham Phoenix 17 - 17 Garforth
Rishworthians 34 - 12 Burley
Leeds Corinthians 0 - 7 Bramley Phoenix
Old Modernians 15 - 5 Northallerton
 
Saturday 28 February 2009
Hornsea 20 - 10 Rotherham Phoenix
Bramley Phoenix 15 - 0 Burley
Leeds Corinthians 19 - 19 York RI
Rishworthians 12 - 9 Halifax Vandals
Saturday 7 March 2009
Old Modernians 39 - 10 Hornsea
Northallerton 27 - 26 Leeds Corinthians
Bramley Phoenix 10 - 15 Rishworthians
Burley 12 - 7 Rotherham Phoenix
Garforth 12 - 20 Thornensians
Halifax Vandals 18 - 0 York RI
 
Saturday 14 March 2009
Hornsea 7 - 21 Halifax Vandals
York RI 10 - 36 Garforth
Thornensians 22 - 5 Burley
Rotherham Phoenix 12 - 17 Bramley Phoenix
Rishworthians 17 - 20 Northallerton
Leeds Corinthians 3 - 15 Old Modernians
 
Saturday 21 March 2009
Rishworthians 34 - 17 Thornensians
Modernians 29 - 14 Halifax Vandals
 
Saturday 28 March 2009
Leeds Corinthians 36 - 17 Hornsea
Old Modernians 14 - 6 Rishworthians
Northallerton 25 - 3 Rotherham Phoenix
Bramley Phoenix 27 - 6 Thornensians
Burley 11 - 21 York RI
Garforth 42 - 3 Halifax Vandals
 
Saturday 4 April 2009
Hornsea 10 - 31 Garforth
Halifax Vandals 19 - 15 Burley
York RI 22 - 23 Bramley Phoenix
Thornensians 24 - 5 Northallerton
Rotherham Phoenix 17 - 6 Old Modernians
Rishworthians 46 - 5 Leeds Corinthians
 
Saturday 11 April 2009
Garforth 19 - 34 Rishworthians
Halifax Vandals 27 - 3 Rotherham Phoenix
Northallerton 81 - 8 Hornsea
 
Saturday 18 April 2009
Hornsea 0 - 78 Rishworthians
Leeds Corinthians 12 - 22 Rotherham Phoenix
Old Modernians 28 - 25 Thornensians
Northallerton 17 - 7 York RI
Bramley Phoenix 59 - 12 Halifax Vandls
Burley 15 - 14 Garforth
 

EDF Junior Vase 1st - 5th Round

Saturday, 06 September 2008 1st Round
Adwick Le Street HWO Sheffield Oaks
Halifax Vandals 32 - 17 Knaresborough
Harrogate Pythons 17 - 8 Burley
Hemsworth 13 - 6 Leeds Corinthians
Mosborough HWO Marist
Ossett 0 - 62 Leeds Metropolitan University
Pontefract Pythons 17 - 19 Old Rishworthian
Stanley Rodillians 5 - 11 Stocksbridge
Wetherby 17 - 46 Rotherham Phoenix
Wibsey 24 - 16 Sheffield Medicals

Saturday, 27 September 2008 2nd Round
Adwick Le Street 14 - 34 Old Modernians
Hemsworth 28 - 11 Halifax Vandals
Hornsea 15 - 53 Harrogate Pythons
Leeds Met University 121 - 0 Linley
Mosborough 10 - 32 York Railway Institute
Northallerton 14 - 29 Rotherham Phoenix
Old Rishworthian HWO Port Sunlight
Parkonians 20 - 21 Helsby
St Mary's O.B. (Lancs) AWO Bramley Phoenix
Stocksbridge 15 - 43 Thornensians
Wibsey HWO Merseyside Police

Saturday, 18 October 2008 3rd Round

Aireborough 37 - 14 Seaton Carew
Bramley Phoenix 12 - 22 Goole
Ellesmere Port 5 - 44 Hutton
Harrogate Pythons HWO South Tyneside College
Helsby 8 - 7 Newton-le-Willows
Hemsworth 21 - 18 Hessle
Holmes Chapel 54 - 13 Carnforth
Leeds Metropolitan University 86 - 3 Doncaster Phoenix
Liverpool Collegiate 23 - 8 Hawcoat Park
Marple 0 - 30 Oldershaw
Moore 46 - 12 Clitheroe
North Manchester 14 - 56 Eagle
Old Modernians 21 - 5 Guisborough
Old Otliensians HWO Jarrovians
Rotherham Phoenix 3 - 28 Barnsley
St Edward's O.B. 0 - 47 Old Rishworthian
Thornensians AWO Hullensians
Wath Upon Dearne 61 - 0 Wibsey
West Leeds 24 - 10 Blyth
West Park Leeds 33 - 3 Hartlepool B.B.O.B.
Whitby 15 - 10 Baildon
Windermere 39 - 3 Mossley Hill
York Railway Institute HWO Chester-Le-Street

Saturday, 22 November 2008 4th round
Aireborough 28 - 40 West Leeds
Barnsley 43 - 20 Hemsworth
Eagle 49 - 12 Helsby
Goole 57 - 0 Whitby
Harrogate Pythons 5 - 54 Leeds Metropolitan University
Holmes Chapel 23 - 32 Moore
Hullensians 42 - 0 Wath Upon Dearne
Hutton 25 - 17 Liverpool Collegiate
Old Otliensians 11 - 17 West Park Leeds
Old Rishworthian 8 - 3 Old Modernians
Oldershaw 65 - 5 Windermere
Roundhegians HWO York Railway Institute

Saturday, 13 December 2008 5th round
Barnsley 8 - 7 Hutton
Hullensians 79 - 0 Eagle
Moore 9 - 18 West Park Leeds
Old Rishworthian 20 - 21 Goole
Roundhegians 6 - 52 Leeds Metropolitan University
West Leeds 9 - 12 Oldershaw


Yorkshire Silver Trophy Draw

Preliminary Round
Thornensians HWO Rotherham Phoenix
Whitby HWO Wetherby
Adwick Le Street 10 - 21 Aireborough
Leeds Corinthians 13 - 16 Old Rishworthians
Stocksbridge AWO Sheffield Medicals
Leeds Medicals AWO Ossett
Leeds Met University HWO Sheffield Oaks

1st Rd to be played on or before 25th April

1st Round
Thornensians 23 - 43 Hessle
Stanley Rodillians AWO Leeds Met Uni
Wibsey AWO Old Rishworthians
Roundhegians HWO Marist
Harrogate Pythons AWO Aireborough
Bramley Phoenix HWO Rossington Hornets
Halifax Vandals 12 - 22 Garforth
Mosborough 10 - 32 York RI
Hornsea HWO Whitby
Old Otliensians 34 - 7 Pontefract Pythons
Ossett HWO Sheffield Medics
Burley 19 - 24 Baildon
Wath on Dearne 10 - 3 Hemsworth
Northallerton 37 - 21 Knaresborough
Old Modernians 10 - 29 West Park Leeeds
Richmondshire HWO Old Grovians

2nd Round
Hessle HWO Hornsea
Baildon 10 - 5 Roundhegians
Bramley Phoenix HWO York RI
Old Otliensians HWO Aireborough
Garforth 17 - 18- West Park Leeds
Old Rishworthians HWO Leeds Met University
Richmondshire 13 - 26 Northallerton
Ossett 10 - 26 Wath upon Dearne

Qtr Finals
Old Otliensians HWO Aireborough
West Park Leeds 5 - 50 Old Rishworthians
Northallerton - Hessle
Wath on Dearne 15 - 51 Bramley Phoenix

Semi Finals
Old Otliensians 10 - 40 West Park Leeds
Bramley Phoenix - Hessle

Final
Bramley Phoenix - West Park Leeds