Review of 2009 - 2010 Season

P W D L For Ag Dif
League 21 18 0 3 567 260 307
Cup/Friendly 7 6 0 1 221 91 130
Total 28 24 0 4 788 351 437

Rishworthians are going through the most successful period in its 80 year history. Both on and off the field, great advances are being made to develop the playing side and the infrastructure of your Club.

In June 2007, Jamie Bloem became Player/Coach of the Club and asked where would we like to be in three years time?' We thought that Yorkshire 3 would be a suitable league to aim for and that was agreed by all. Little did we realise that with John Clough on board as forwards coach, the team would exceed all expectations and next season will be playing in Yorkshire 2, having achieved promotion for the 3rd successive season. It has been an exciting time, but all players and coaches involved have worked hard to achieve the success they thoroughly deserve.

Next season six games will be played against clubs in the Leeds area (Roundhegians, West Leeds, West Park Leeds, Moortown, Leodiensians, and Yarnbury) and a local derby against Huddersfield YMCA.

The 1st XV captained by Gary Morris and coached by Jamie Bloem and John Clough has over the past 3 years played 65 league matches, won 59, lost 6 (5 away and 1 at home), scoring 2,076 for and 521 against. This season Jamie Bloem is the leading points scorer with 187, closely followed by Aaron Canning on 170. Anthony Shoesmith has scored the most tries (16) and James Clarke scored 15 tries. The Team won the Yorkshire Silver Trophy Final 25-22 against Leeds Corinthians at Pontefract, although it was a nail biting finish, with Aaron Canning scoring the Golden Penalty in injury time. The squad consisted of 10 former junior players.

Yorkshire 3 consisted of some old rivals, including, Baildon, Wath on Dearne, Old Otliensians and Aireborough. The team was top of the league at Christmas for the third successive season, and only a narrow away defeat against Roundhegians (14-11) was the one blemish on a very successful first half of the season. Unfortunately the bad weather in January and February hindered our progress and when we played the next game on January 23rd 2010 we lost narrowly to Old Otliensians 20-22. However it was a match we did not deserve to win and a defeat by Wath on Dearne (15-3) on February 23rd on their heavy pitch was however the last defeat of the season. The team continued to surprise the opposition, ending the league season at home on April 24th with a workmanlike defeat of league Champions Roundhegians (26 - 25), and making sure that Bramley Phoenix could not overtake us. Unfortunately our home game with Bramley Phoenix could not be played owing to their involvement in the semi final of the Junior Vase. 39 players represented the 1st XV during the season, 18 players from the junior section. Injuries to James Clarke, Nick Faulkner and James McDonnell towards the end of the season reduced our options but the team enjoyed a Silver Trophy Cup run, beating Aireborough at home ( 46-17), Old Otliensians away (14-8) and eventually defeating Leeds Corinthians in the final (25-22).

The 1st Team playing record in the league was P21 W 18 L 3 D 0 For 567 Against 260


Yorkshire 2 will be another step up and we are looking to strengthen the squad and aim to gain a mid table place. Success brings its own challenges and we will play in the Yorkshire Shield (bye in the 1st round, then the winners of Ilkley v Keighley away).

We are lucky to have Physios and First Aiders at the Club and our thanks go to Katie Wood, Helen Jones, Fiona Billing and Annie Fawcett.

The second team played in the Yorkshire 4 Merit Table again under the captaincy of Paul Savage and the team was successful in playing 22 games, although ended up bottom of the Merit Table. The encouraging fact about this season was that the team played on most Saturdays. The 2nd team playing record is P 18 W 6 L12 for 289 against 420. It is the team's intention to play in the Yorkshire 4 merit table again next season. The following awards were presented at the player's dinner:-

The showers have been improved and the additional changing facilities in the portakabin have been very successful. However we are still short of space and we are conscious that the number of male toilets needs increasing. The committee will seek alternatives to this problem. Other projects are ongoing including the additional floodlight pylons on the training area and the clearing of the land at the far end to create mini pitches. A new score board will be built before the start of the season. The pitches at Hollas Lane have been used successfully by the minis and juniors and the first game was played there in November.


Team P W D L F A Diff Pts Adj
Roundhegians 22 19 2 1 743 193 550 40 0
Old Rishworthian 21 18 0 3 567 260 307 36 0
Bramley Phoenix 20 15 1 4 595 243 352 29 -2
Aireborough 22 12 1 9 505 498 7 25 0
Wath Upon Dearne 22 11 1 10 418 347 71 23 0
Thornensians 21 11 0 10 442 386 56 22 0
Old Otliensians 22 10 0 12 428 555 -127 20 0
Halifax Vandals 21 7 1 13 259 527 -268 15 0
Northallerton 22 7 0 15 330 428 -98 14 0
Baildon 22 6 0 16 324 521 -197 12 0
Old Modernians 22 5 1 16 292 593 -301 9 -2
Garforth 21 4 1 16 343 695 -352 5 -4

Date Competition Opponents Venue Result Man of Match
August 15th Friendly Goole Away Lost
August 22nd Friendly Fylde 4th XV Home Won
September 5th League Baildon Away W 10 - 6 Photos The Pack
September 12th League Wath on Dearne Home W 19 - 15 Photos James Clarke
September 19th Friendly TBA
September 26th League Roundhegians Away L 11 - 14 Photos
October 3rd League Old Otliensians Home W 20 - 19 Photos Wes Aldridge
October 10th Friendly Ossett Away L 12 - 24
October 17th League Bramley Phoenix Away W 20 - 15
October 24th Silver Trophy R1 Old Modernians Home W 42 - 3 Photos
October 31st League Garforth Home W 43 - 10
November 7th League Halifax Vandals Away W 26 - 16
November 14th League Northallerton Home W 29 - 3 Aaron Canning
November 21st Silver Trophy R2 Hornsea Away Walk Over
November 28th League Old Modernians Away W 36 - 17
December 5th Friendly Colne and Nelson Home W 61 - 0
December 12th League Thornensians Away W 20 - 12
December 19th League Aireborough Home W 35 -5
December 26th Xmas No Game
January 2nd Friendly TBA
January 9th League Wath on Dearne Away P - P Snow
January 16th League Roundhegians Home P - P Snow
January 23rd League Old Otliensians Away L 20 - 22
January 30th League Bramley Phoenix Home P - P Frozen pitch
February 6th Friendly No Game Home
February 13th League Garforth Away W 33 - 0
February 20th League Halifax Vandals Home W 37 - 13
February 27th League Wath on Dearne Away L 3 - 15
March 6th League Northallerton Away W 18 - 12
March 13th League Old Modernians Home W 29 - 9
March 20th League Thornensians Home W 48 - 0
March 27th Friendly Leodiensians XV Away W 21 - 17
April 3rd Friendly TBA
April 10th League Aireborough Away W 37 - 19
April 17th League Baildon Home W 47 - 13
April 21st Silver Trophy Qtr Final Aireborough Home W 46 - 17
April 24th League Roundhegians Home W 26 - 25
April 29th Silver Trophy Semi Final Otliensians Away W 14 - 8
May 8th League Bramley Phoenix Home C - C
May 12th Silver Trophy Final Leeds Corinthians Away W 25 - 22

Saturday 5th September
Roundhegians34 - 10Northallerton
Otliensians43 - 6Halifax Vandals
Bramley Phoenix44 - 0Garforth
Aireborough21 - 16Thornensians
Wath on Dearne15 - 0Old Modernians
Baildon6 - 10Old Rishworthians
Saturday 12th September
Old Modernians3 - 51Roundhegians
Old Rishworthians19 - 15Wath on Dearne
Thornensians56 - 15Garforth
Aireborough16 - 10Baildon
Halifax Vandals7 - 24Bramley Phoenix
Northallerton8 - 17Otliensians
Saturday 26th September
Roundhegians14 - 11Old Rishworthians
Wath on Dearne23 - 26Aireborough
Baildon19 - 36Thornensians
Garforth34 - 34Halifax Vandals
Bramley Phoenix31 - 17Northallerton
Otliensians41 - 3Old Modernians
Saturday 3rd October
Aireborough16 - 30Roundhegians
Baildon9 - 8Wath on Dearne
Northallerton10 - 32Garforth
Old Modernians0 - 7Bramley Phoenix
Old Rishworthians20 - 19Old Otliensians
Thornensians34 - 6Halifax Vandals
Saturday 17th October
Bramley Phoenix15 - 20Old Rishworthians
Garforth22 - 26Old Modernians
Halifax Vandals20 - 19Northallerton
Otliensians31 - 7Aireborough
Roundhegians26 - 5Baildon
Wath on Dearne22 - 10Thornensians
Saturday 31st October
Aireborough30 - 23Bramley Phoenix
Baildon15 - 31Otliensians
Old Modernians6 - 13Halifax Vandals
Old Rishworthians43 - 10Garforth
Thornensians31 - 6Northallerton
Wath on Dearne17 - 17Roundhegians
Saturday 7th November
Bramley Phoenix32 - 22Baildon
Garforth11 - 40Aireborough
Halifax Vandals16 - 26Old Rishworthians
Northallerton33 - 6Old Modernians
Otliensians20 - 14Wath on Dearne
Roundhegians27 - 0Thornensians
Saturday 14th November
Aireborough35 - 5Halifax Vandals
Baildon38 - 26Garforth
Old Rishworthians29 - 3Northallerton
Roundhegians20 - 11Otliensians
Thornensians40 - 3Old Modernians
Wath on Dearne20 - 26Bramley Phoenix
Saturday 28th November
Bramley Phoenix5 - 5Roundhegians
Garforth8 - 13Wath on Dearne
Halifax Vandals23 - 29Baildon
Northallerton21 - 17Aireborough
Old Modernians17 - 36Old Rishworthians
Otliensians13 - 19Thornensians
Saturday 12th December
Aireborough43 v 15Old Modernians
Baildon8 - 11Northallerton
Otliensians8 - 31Bramley Phoenix
Roundhegians36 - 5Garforth
Thornensians12 - 20Old Rishworthians
Wath on Dearne43 - 0Halifax Vandals
Saturday 19th December
Bramley Phoenix38 - 10Thornensians
Garforth58 - 21Otliensians
Halifax Vandals0 - 50Roundhegians
Northallerton27 - 12Wath on Dearne
Old Modernians25 - 8Baildon
Old Rishworthians35 - 5Aireborough

Saturday 9th January
Baildon8 - 25Aireborough
Bramley PhoenixP - PHalifax Vandals
GarforthP - PThornensians
Otliensians20 - 14Northallerton
Roundhegians29 - 7Old Modernians
Wath on Dearne15 - 3Old Rishworthians
Saturday 16th January
Aireborough29 - 28Wath on Dearne
Halifax Vandals20 - 12Garforth
Northallerton24 - 20Bramley Phoenix
Old Modernians18 - 34Otliensians
Old Rishworthians26 - 25Roundhegians
Thornensians25 - 12Baildon
Saturday 23rd January
Bramley Phoenix69 - 5Old Modernians
Garforth13 - 10Northallerton
Halifax Vandals14 - 13Thornensians
Otliensians22 - 20Old Rishworthians
Roundhegians51 - 17Aireborough
Wath on Dearne21 - 20Baildon
Saturday 30th January
Aireborough50 - 5Otliensians
Baildon7 - 38Roundhegians
Northallerton7 - 10Halifax Vandals
Old Modernians34 - 17Garforth
Old Rishworthians v Bramley Phoenix
Thornensians20 - 10Wath on Dearne
Saturday 13th February
Bramley Phoenix38 - 10Aireborough
Garforth0 - 33Old Rishworthians
Halifax Vandals3 - 9Old Modernians
Northallerton13 - 15Thornensians
Otliensians27 - 7Baildon
Roundhegians39 - 7Wath on Dearne
Saturday 20th February
Aireborough36 - 17Garforth
Baildon7 - 34Bramley Phoenix
Old Modernians22 - 23Northallerton
Old Rishworthians37 - 13Halifax Vandals
Thornensians3 - 31Roundhegians
Wath on Dearne34 - 10Otliensians
Saturday 6th March
Bramley Phoenix24 - 22Wath on Dearne
Garforth20 - 27Baildon
Halifax Vandals25 - 13Aireborough
Northallerton12 - 18Old Rishworthians
Old Modernians25 - 7Thornensians
Otliensians0 - 61Roundhegians
Saturday 13th March
Aireborough22 - 15Northallerton
Baildon13 - 5Halifax Vandals
Old Rishworthians29 - 9Old Modernians
Roundhegians23 - 3Bramley Phoenix
Thornensians45 - 12Otliensians
Wath on Dearne34 - 5Garforth
Saturday 20th March
Bramley Phoenix42 - 5Otliensians
Garforth14 - 47Roundhegians
Halifax Vandals0 - 3Wath on Dearne
Northallerton12 - 5Baildon
Old Modernians10 - 10Aireborough
Old Rishworthians48 - 0Thornensians
Saturday 10th April
Aireborough19 - 37Old Rishworthians
Baildon36 - 23Old Modernians
Otliensians17 24Garforth
Roundhegians58 - 0Halifax Vandals
Thornensians8 - 13Bramley Phoenix
Wath on Dearne15 - 9Northallerton
Saturday 17th April
Garforth0 - 76Bramley Phoenix
Halifax Vandals39 - 19Otliensians
Northallerton26 - 31Roundhegians
Old Modernians26 - 27Wath on Dearne
Old Rishworthians47 - 13Baildon
Thornensians42 - 18Aireborough

Yorkshire Silver Trophy

Preliminary Round 19th Sept
Knaresborough 14 - 36 Wetherby
Wensleydale 17 - 19 Richmondshire
Otley Knights 0 - 28 Leeds University
Ossett HWO Old Grovians
Wibsey 0 - 28 Burley
Stanley Rodillians 0 - 8 Halifax Vikings
Mosborough 34 - 3 Sheffield Oaks
Rawmarsh HWO~ Rotherham Phoenix
Sheffield Medicals 32 - 5 Rossington Hornets
Stocksbridge 31 - 13 Pontefract Pythons

1st Round 24th October
Hornsea 15 - 13 Marist
Stocksbridge 8 - 24 Northallerton
Rotherham Phoenix 14 - 15 Guisborough
Aireborough 24 - 3 York RI
Sheffield Medicals 57 - 3 Adwick Le Street
Leeds University 53 - 3 Thornensians
Ossett 8 - 3 Garforth
Bramley Phoenix 55 - 3 Mosborough
Leeds Medicals 16 - 25 Roundhegians
Baildon 10 - 23 Harrogate Pythons
Halifax Vikings 7 - 14 Wath on Dearne
Old Rishworthians 42 - 3 Old Modernians
Old Otliensians 36 - 8 Burley
Richmondshire 26 - 39 Halifax Vandals
Hemsworth 22 - 8 Wetherby
Leeds Corinthians 16 - 15 Whitby


Yorkshire Silver Trophy

2nd Round 21st November
Harrogate Pythons v Sheffield Medicals
Bramley Phoenix 51 - 13 Wath on Dearne
Roundhegians 6 - 11 Old Otliensians
Hornsea AWO Old Rishworthians
Ossett 6 - 30 Leeds University
Hemsworth 23 - 30 Halifax Vandals
Aireborough 21 - 17 Guisborough

Qtr Final
Old Rishworthians 46 - 17 Aireborough
Old Otliensians 32 - 12 Halifax Vandals
Leeds Corinthians/ 15 - 10 Northallerton
Harrogate Pythons 48 - 13 Bramley Phoenix

Semi Final
Old Otliensians 8 - 14 Old Rishworthians
Harrogate Pythons 33 - 22 Leeds Corinthians

Final
Leeds Corinthians 22 - 25 Old Rishworthians