Review of 2010 - 2011 Season

P W D L For Ag Dif
League 24 0 1 23 235 868 -633
Cup/Friendly 1 0 0 1 16 27 -11
Total 25 0 1 24 251 895 -644
Rugby 1st XV

Well, three successful seasons had to end at some stage and season 2010-11 was unfortunately the worse in terms of results in the club`s history.

For the record the statistics for the 1st XV are P 27 W 0 D 1 L 26 F 258 A 928 and means that we are playing rugby in Yorkshire 3 next season, which is where we need to consolidate. Our promotion to Yorkshire 2 was always going to be a step too far, but the number of injuries and player unavailability meant that without the core of the side which had served us so well, in previous seasons, each game became harder and harder. The moral of the players was always high and each Saturday was a different challenge. We should have won five matches but lacked that extra power.

We must all remember that four seasons ago the club was in the bottom Yorkshire league and now we were playing against town teams with big forwards and fast threequarters. The jump from Yorkshire 3 to 2 proved to be too difficult. Roundhegians, who were promoted as champions of Yorkshire 3 have also been relegated.

The season was also known for the number of injuries which we had. Simon Edmundson, James Clarke, Richard Turner, Gerard Rollings, Tom Clough, Ben Robinson, Nick Faulkner, Fraser Davidson, Aaron Canning, Reuben Pollard, Matthew Hunt-Brown(3), Ryan Mudd, Lee Atkinson, Kurt Sutcliffe, Lance Hamilton and James Mcdonnell, were all injured at some stage during the season and with a small squad of players, we missed them. We hope that James Clarke, Simon Edmundson, Reuben Pollard, Matthew Hunt Brown and Kurt Sutcliffe are all playing again next season.

The 1st XV was captained by Gary Morris for the sixth season. Jamie Bloem had announced at the Players Dinner in March that he would not be playing this season, but he remained as coach. Unfortunately his Rugby League commitments meant that he was unable to attend matches on Saturdays and he resigned in November. The club will always be thankful for the help and assistance which Jamie provided and we wish him well in his refereeing commitments. John Clough took over as head coach and along with Michael Piper, who had joined from Castleford, started to develop a team for the matches ahead.

However, our first game in the league against Pocklington, the eventual league winners, on September 4th was a first in many ways. It was our first league game in Yorkshire 2 and against Pocklington and the first where a try bonus point was scored - by the opposition. The Yorkshire President Richard Matthews was in attendance and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The defeat by 20-12 was seen as a positive sign although defeats in the next three games did not look too good, but a draw against West Leeds (the final conversion kick was missed) and a narrow defeat at West Park Leeds meant that we were still awaiting our first win.

Unfortunately the worse winter for years meant that no match was played at Copley from November 27th until January 10th. The rest of the season is too painful to mention and after the resumption of games following the snow, heavy defeats were inflicted by Yarnbury, Hullensians, Leodiensian, Moortown, Pocklington and Ripon. Our last league game against Huddersfield YMCA was declared a walk over and for the record, there were five players who played against Huddersfield who played in the 1st league game against Pocklington, Robinson, Morris, Piper, Davidson and Billing. Some turnover! The age of the team reduced significantly over the season (exceptions to Glenn Rika - Rayne). Training numbers very rarely dropped below 20 and the introduction of Lance Hamilton, Glen and Michael, provided more experience to a team that was lacking in size. Michael Piper was the top points scorer on 133 and he also played in every game.

The Team were drawn against Ilkley (the eventual winners) in the 2nd round of the Yorkshire Shield but the match did not take place owing to the club not having sufficient front row players. The Club represented Yorkshire in the National Senior Vase, drawing Barnard Castle at home, and Blyth away. Blyth cancelled their game against Barnard Castle and we entertained them at home losing 16-27. The Blyth match was cancelled.

We are lucky to have Physio`s and First Aiders at the Club and our thanks go to Katie Wood, Fiona Billing and Annie Fawcett

Rugby 2nd XV

The second team played in the Yorkshire 4 Merit Table again under the captaincy of Ian Teasdale with Andy Wickham carrying out the managerial duties. They played 24 matches winning 6 and were 9th in the merit table. Next Season the structure of the competition is changing and the 2nd XV will play in a combined Aire Wharfe West District League with promotion being an added incentive. It is important that as many second team players train on a Tuesday and Thursday evening.

House and Ground

Two new gents toilets have been installed and the kitchen now has a state of the art fan. The portakabin is a welcome but it should be made into a more permanent structure.

Yorkshire Water wish to move the Copley SPS to another site on the club`s land and we are negotiating with them with the help of John Haigh of Lister Haigh, Knaresborough. We will keep you informed regarding this project. The new scoreboard has almost been completed and will be ready for the new season. The club sign is being renewed and more local companies are being encouraged to sponsor a sign board around the perimeter of the pitch.

The pitch at Hollas Lane has been used most weeks by the minis and juniors and we are discussing with British Waterways the opportunity of acquiring more land for another pitch.

The bar continues to remain busy although a number of functions were cancelled owing to the bad winter and this reflected in our turnover as Dan Atkinson will report. The 200 club is another income provider and helps fund capital projects. the other. Our thanks go to President Fred Dawson, Julie Zientek, Dave Morley and all the volunteers for helping to run the bar.


Sheard Packaging continue to sponsor the 1st team jerseys and we are grateful for their support. The company has been a consistent help to the Club and we would like to thank John and Barbara Whitaker and Sam & Claire Greenwood for their increased participation at Copley.

Richard Porter again organised a Dinner/Dance at the Club in October. It was very successful and a similar event is taking place on October 22nd. A race trip to York was held and it was so successful that another visit is being organised this summer to Thirsk.


I must thank all the volunteers who run the various sections of the club, from Dave Butler as web master and Junior Chairman, John Hopkinson who builds projects before anyone else had thought about them, Derek Lister and Peter Bramley who assist Dave Morley and Fred Dawson on the ground works, Roy Greenwood for his press reports, and Julie for her stirling work in the kitchen and behind the bar. Club`s like ours depend upon volunteers and we need more but without them the club would not continue to function.

P G Morgan
Hon Secretary
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adj
Pocklington 26 24 1 1 790 323 467 13 111 0
Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. 26 20 1 5 673 438 235 15 97 0
Barnsley 26 17 2 7 814 432 382 17 89 0
Yarnbury 25 16 0 9 723 604 119 10 74 0
Skipton 26 15 1 10 631 455 176 16 73 -5
Leodiensian 25 14 1 10 641 470 171 11 69 0
Moortown 26 13 0 13 488 555 -67 11 63 0
Hullensians 26 12 1 13 557 511 46 13 63 0
Ripon 26 11 1 14 481 550 -69 11 57 0
Doncaster Phoenix 26 10 1 15 596 618 -22 15 57 0
West Leeds 26 9 1 16 492 729 -237 7 45 0
West Park Leeds 26 7 2 17 433 647 -214 10 42 0
Roundhegians 26 6 1 19 389 717 -328 10 36 0
Old Rishworthians 26 0 1 25 242 901 -659 4 6 0

Date Competition Opponents Venue Result Man of Match
August 7th 7's Comp Halifax 7's Away Photos
August 14th Friendly Fylde XV Away D 24 - 24
August 21st Friendly Goole Home L 7 - 12
August 26th Friendly Halifax Vandals Away C - C
September 4th League Pocklington Home L 12 - 20
September 11th League Ripon Away L 8 - 35
September 18th League Roundhegians Home L 17 - 24
September 25th League Skipton Away L 0 - 43
October 2nd League West Leeds Home D 21 - 21 James Clarke
October 9th League West Park Leeds Away L 7 - 10
October 16th League Barnsley Home L 18- 34 Photos
October 23rd League Doncaster Phoenix Away L 14- 30
October 30th League Huddersfield YMCA Home L 6 - 45
November 6th Friendly TBA
November 13th League Hullensians Away L 6- 32
November 20th League Leodiensians Home L 11 - 16
November 27th League Moortown Away P - P
December 4th League Yarnbury Home P - P
December 11th League Ripon Home P - P
December 18th League Roundhegians Away P - P
December 25th Xmas No Game
January 1st New Years Day No Game
January 8th League Skipton Home L 6 - 24
January 15th League West Leeds Away L 6 - 23
January 22nd League West Park Leeds Home P - P
January 29th League Barnsley Away L 0 - 38
February 5th League Doncaster Phoenix Home L 12 - 15
February 12th Senior Vase Barnard Castle Home L 16 - 27
February 19th League Huddersfield YMCA Away P - P
February 26th League Yarnbury Home L 9 - 47
March 5th League Hullensians Home L 5 - 47
March 12th League Leodiensians Away L 0 - 50
March 19th League Moortown Away L 5 - 56
March 26th League Moortown Home L 19 - 29
April 2nd League Roundhegians Away L 15 - 23
April 9th League Yarnbury Away L 19 - 78
April 16th League Pocklington Away L 7 - 90
April 23rd League Ripon Home L 12 - 38
April 30th League West Park Leeds Home L 7 - 33
May 7th Friendly Huddesfield YMCA Away L 19 - 89

Yorksire Shield 1st Round Draw
Malton & Norton 39 - 10 Scarborough
Bye v Bridlington
Hullensians 11 - 22 Pocklington
York HW Selby
Dinnington 28 - 21 Barnsley
Doncaster Phoenix 7 - 45 Sheffield
Redcar 12 - 13 Ripon
North Ribblesdale v Acklam
Bye v Old Rishworthians
Ilkley 11 - 10 Keighley
Bradford Salem 17 - 26 Huddersfield YMCA
Heath 39 - 3 Skipton
West Leeds 16 - 35 Leodiensians
Knottingley 35 - 25 Castleford
West Park Leeds 33 - 0 Yarnbury
Moortown 26 - 13 Roundhegians

Yorkshire Shield 2nd Round Draw
Malton & Norton 60 - 0 Bridlington
Pocklington 21 - 27 York
Sheffield 53 - 25 Dinnington
Ripon 26 - 19 North Ribblesdale
Ilkley HWO Old Rishworthians
Heath 30 - 37 Huddersfield YMCA
Knottingley HWO Leodiensians
Moortown 17 - 14 West Park Leeds

Yorkshire Shield 3rd Round Draw
York 36 - 3 Malton & Norton
Ilkley HWO Ripon
Sheffield AW Huddersfield YMCA
Moortown 18 - 34 Knottingley

Yorkshire Shield Semi-Final
York 10 - 8 Huddersfield YMCA
Ilkley 28 - 21 Knottingley

Yorkshire Shield Final
York 10 - 26 Ilkley

Yorkshire 2 Results
Saturday 4th September
Barnsley60 - 0Yarnbury
Doncaster Phoenix22 24West Park Leeds
Huddersfield YMCA29 - 3West Leeds
Hullensians13 - 18Skipton
Leodiensians64 - 7Roundhegians
Moortown12 - 19Ripon
Old Rishworthians12 - 20Pocklington
Saturday 11th September
Barnsley24 - 24Doncaster Phoenix
Ripon35 - 8Old Rishworthians
Roundhegians13 - 15Moortown
Skipton29 - 18Leodiensians
West Leeds53 - 39Hullensians
West Park Leeds14 - 39Huddersfield YMCA
Yarnbury23 - 33Pocklington
Saturday 18th September
Doncaster Phoenix49 - 18Yarnbury
Huddersfield YMCA23 - 23Barnsley
Hullensians38 - 17West Park Leeds
Leodiensians62 - 26West Leeds
Moortown22 - 15Skipton
Old Rishworthians17 - 24Roundhegians
Pocklington38 - 18Ripon
Saturday 25th September
Barnsley10 - 29Hullensians
Doncaster Phoenix23 - 27Huddersfield YMCA
Roundhegians10 - 23Pocklington
Skipton43 - 0Old Rishworthians
West Leeds8 - 22Moortown
West Park Leeds21 - 34Leodiensians
Yarnbury45 - 3Ripon
Saturday 2nd October
Huddersfield YMCA46 - 24Yarnbury
Hullensians38 - 25Doncaster Phoenix
Leodiensians17 - 8Barnsley
Moortown28 - 22West Park Leeds
Old Rishworthians21 - 21West Leeds
Pocklington27 - 25Skipton
Ripon18 - 19Roundhegians
Saturday 9th October
Barnsley27 - 28Moortown
Doncaster Phoenix35 - 24Leodiensians
Huddersfield YMCA16 - 14Hullensians
Skipton14 - 14Ripon
West Leeds23 - 15Pocklington
West Park Leeds10 - 7Old Rishworthians
Yarnbury59 - 7Roundhegians
Saturday 16th October
Hullensians39 - 13Yarnbury
Leodiensians19 - 28Huddersfield YMCA
Moortown37 - 26Doncaster Phoenix
Old Rishworthians18 - 34Barnsley
Pocklington24 - 5West Park Leeds
Ripon20 - 13West Leeds
Roundhegians13 - 31Skipton
Saturday 23rd October
Barnsley27 - 29Pocklington
Doncaster Phoenix30 - 14Old Rishworthians
Huddersfield YMCA25 - 20Moortown
Hullensians24 - 24Leodiensians
West Leeds30 - 20Roundhegians
West Park Leeds25 - 30Ripon
Yarnbury52 - 5Skipton
Saturday 30th October
Leodiensians22 - 28Yarnbury
Moortown25 - 23Hullensians
Old Rishworthians6 - 45Huddersfield YMCA
Pocklington14 - 10Doncaster Phoenix
Ripon23 - 38Barnsley
Roundhegians15 - 21West Park Leeds
Skipton29 - 36West Leeds
Saturday 13th November
Barnsley65 - 0Roundhegians
Doncaster Phoenix36 - 18Ripon
Huddersfield YMCA6 - 11Pocklington
Hullensians32 - 6Old Rishworthians
Leodiensians18 - 16Moortown
West Park Leeds8 - 27Skipton
Yarnbury23 - 10West Leeds
Saturday 20th November
Moortown5 - 23Yarnbury
Old Rishworthians11 - 16Leodiensians
Pocklington21 - 19Hullensians
Ripon18 - 21Huddersfield YMCA
Roundhegians10 - 7Doncaster Phoenix
Skipton17 - 15Barnsley
West Leeds18 - 28West Park Leeds
Saturday 27th November
Barnsley v West Leeds
Doncaster Phoenix v Skipton
Huddersfield YMCA v Roundhegians
Hullensians v Ripon
Leodiensians v Pocklington
Moortown v Old Rishworthians
Yarnbury v West Park Leeds
Saturday 4th December
Old Rishworthians v Yarnbury
Pocklington v Moortown
Ripon v Leodiensians
Roundhegians v Hullensians
Skipton v Huddersfield YMCA
West Leeds v Doncaster Phoenix
West Park Leeds v Barnsley

Yorkshire 2 Results
Saturday 11th December
Doncaster Phoenix v Barnsley
Huddersfield YMCA v West Park Leeds
Hullensians v West Leeds
Leodiensians v Skipton
Moortown v Roundhegians
Old Rishworthians v Ripon
Pocklington v Yarnbury
Saturday 8th January
Huddersfield YMCA21 - 20Doncaster Phoenix
Hullensians18 - 15Barnsley
LeodiensiansP - PWest Park Leeds
MoortownP - PWest Leeds
Old Rishworthians6 - 24Skipton
Pocklington27 - 7Roundhegians
RiponP - PYarnbury
Saturday 15th January
Barnsley28 - 6Leodiensians
Doncaster Phoenix37 - 0Hullensians
Roundhegians8 - 17Ripon
Skipton3 - 20Pocklington
West Leeds23 - 6Old Rishworthians
West Park Leeds6 - 22Moortown
Yarnbury0 - 3 AHuddersfield YMCA
Saturday 22nd January
Hullensians11 - 19Huddersfield YMCA
LeodiensiansP -PDoncaster Phoenix
Moortown0 - 17Barnsley
Old RishworthiansP - PWest Park Leeds
Pocklington62 - 8West Leeds
RiponP - PSkipton
Roundhegians18 - 53Yarnbury
Saturday 29th January
Barnsley38 - 0Old Rishworthians
Doncaster Phoenix57 - 29Moortown
Huddersfield YMCAP - PLeodiensians
SkiptonP - PRoundhegians
West Leeds15 - 20Ripon
West Park LeedsP - PPocklington
Yarnbury34 - 17Hullensians
Saturday 5th February
Leodiensians26 - 10Hullensians
Moortown5 - 31Huddersfield YMCA
Old Rishworthians12 - 15Doncaster Phoenix
Pocklington34 - 17Barnsley
Ripon16 - 15West Park Leeds
Roundhegians31 - 10West Leeds
SkiptonP - PYarnbury
Saturday 19th February
Barnsley v Ripon
Doncaster Phoenix v Pocklington
Huddersfield YMCA v Old Rishworthians
Hullensians v Moortown
West Leeds v Skipton
West Park Leeds v Roundhegians
Yarnbury v Leodiensians
Saturday 5th March
Moortown v Leodiensians
Old Rishworthians v Hullensians
Pocklington v Huddersfield YMCA
Ripon v Doncaster Phoenix
Roundhegians v Barnsley
Skipton v West Park Leeds
West Leeds v Yarnbury
Saturday 12th March
Barnsley28 - 23Skipton
Doncaster Phoenix40 - 23Roundhegians
Huddersfield YMCA31 - 11Ripon
Hullensians0 - 27Pocklington
Leodiensians50 - 0Old Rishworthians
West Park Leeds13 - 20West Leeds
Yarnbury23 - 12Moortown
Saturday 26th March
Old Rishworthians19 - 29Moortown
Pocklington37 - 10Leodiensians
Ripon12 - 11Hullensians
Roundhegians15 - 17Huddersfield YMCA
Skipton57 - 0Doncaster Phoenix
West Leeds19 - 43Barnsley
West Park Leeds13 - 18Yarnbury
Saturday 2nd April
Barnsley25 - 17Huddersfield YMCA
Ripon5 - 20Pocklington
Roundhegians23 - 15Old Rishworthians
Skipton11 - 7Moortown
West Leeds16 - 46Leodiensians
West Park Leeds26 - 8Hullensians
Yarnbury14 - 3Doncaster Phoenix
Saturday 9th April
Barnsley v West Park Leeds
Doncaster Phoenix v West Leeds
Huddersfield YMCA v Skipton
Hullensians v Roundhegians
Leodiensians v Ripon
Moortown v Pocklington
Yarnbury v Old Rishworthians
Saturday 16th April
Pocklington v Old Rishworthians
Ripon v Moortown
Roundhegians v Leodiensians
Skipton v Hullensians
West Leeds v Huddersfield YMCA
West Park Leeds v Doncaster Phoenix
Yarnbury v Barnsley