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Latest News 15th March

Old Rishworthians are one of six clubs who play rugby union in Halifax, West Yorkshire. The seniors section run a 1st XV who now play in Yorkshire 1 and development XV who play in the North Championship Merit league. The development team is for players who are looking to develop their rugby skills further and push for 1stXV rugby. There will be a requirement for players to train at least once a week.

The coaches for this squad are
Head Coach - Chris Stone M 07743 417 958
e-mail cstone@rishworth-school.co.uk
Coach Jon Bake H 01422 349273 M 07525 763390
jon.bake@manufacturingexcellence.co.uk
Coach Morley Hilton M 07941 128572
morleyhilton1@gmail.com

Development Team Manager:
Dave McDonnell H 01422 361811
roddymac@sky.com

When do the squad train
Tuesdays and Thursday evenings 7pm - 8:30pm
Please check the web site on the home page for details of any changes to the schedule.

When do the squad play matches
During the playing season September - April matches are on Saturday Afternoons.

How do I join
We are always looking for new players to join the club. Anyone interested in playing rugby either socialy or wish to develop further and push for the 1st XV squad just come down on a training night.


End of season Awards Evening 2017-18

“We’re a club that’s on the up” was the message from officials when Old Rishworthians held their annual awards presentation evening. Player-coach Chris Stone praised all the players from the club for their achievements last season, when two teams won through to county finals. The first team had a “brilliant” season. After gaining promotion the previous season, the aim had been to ensure survival in Yorkshire One. “We went beyond all our initial expectations to finish sixth. We lost four games by three points or less and if we had managed to win those, who knows where we might have finished,” said Stone.

They also won through to the Yorkshire Shield final, where their side, depleted through injury and unavailability, went down 41 – 27 to already promoted Scarborough. It is anticipated the club will now be Yorkshire’s Level Seven representatives next season in the national Intermediate Cup. This has to be ratified by the Yorkshire Competitions Committee at a meeting on June 5. The club’s Colts side also reached the final of the Yorkshire Cup, eventually losing 21 – 14 to Sheffield. The Development team also had an excellent season especially after being rocked by the tragic death from meningitis at 19 of one its exciting young players Lewis Hilton.

Looking forward to next season, Stone said: “We now have to build on this season’s achievements and look forward to further success next.” He was particularly pleased with the performances of a number of young players who had emerged into the first team and said he hoped to see many more coming through from the club’s outstanding junior sides. Of the 49 players who made appearances for the first team last season, 32 had come through the junior ranks. He also praised the support players have received off the field from the supporters and the volunteers. “They are the heartbeat of this fantastic club,” he said.

The Geoff Eastwood Trophy for player of the year went to prop Harry Whitfield, who also picked up the players’ player trophy. Teenage fullback Sam Bake picked up the trophy for the most improved player, while the best newcomer award went to No 8 Jack Andrews, and the coaches’ award went to lock Callum Heseltine and was received in his absence by his brother Doug. First team ties were presented by captain Fraser Swarbrooke to Harry Whitfield, Ben Waud, Harry Robinson, Doug Heseltine, Jack Andrews and Harvey Keighley-Payne. Chris Stone received the Dave O’Boyle Memorial Trophy as clubman of the year.

Kurt Sutcliffe won the Development Team’s outstanding player award and also the players’ player trophy, while the most improved player award went to Lee Atkinson. The new Lewis Hilton Memorial Award went to Kris Hattam and was presented by Lewis’s father Morley, who also received a special commemorative display in memory of his son.

For the Colts, player of the year awards went to Ben Martin and Greg Withers. The most improved player was Henry Craven, the coaches’ award went to William Hilton and the players’ player to Toby Muscat-Brown.

View Photos by Jade

Next Games 16th March
home to Bradford Bees 2s KO 2:30pm

The last time the two teams met was the second game of the season back in September at Wagon Lane. The Dev boys dug in for a hard-fought win 12-6 in that game against a tenacious team who worked hard through the forwards and disrupted the flow of the Rish lads game. That game was played in persistent drizzle and although there were a few errors in play the majority of the play was well executed by both teams. Tomorrow is likely to be another damp encounter with persistent rain forecast again!

The squad is at full strength and the coaches deliberated long and hard into yesterday evening to pick the squad, with some unfortunate players having to miss out. Ryan Mudd is out of the front row with a swollen ankle so he is replaced by the popular and always jolly Bruce Karalo. Luke Illingworth also returns to the team after missing last week with a sore finger? In the forwards we have 4 lads from the colts turning out and one of the young colts’ players in the back’s unit. A quarter of the Squad is made up of young, talented home-grown players and last season’s Colts skipper Callum Bell is back from Uni this week and he also joins the squad to add more strength to the 2nd or back row.

The back line sees the return of Dev skipper Kurt Sutcliffe who will be partnering his brother Luke in the centres and they will no doubt be hoping that the weather isn’t as bad as expected and they receive quality ball from Leigh Billing. No doubt it will be a tough game as previously and if the skills sets are on show as the last game it should be an interesting and exciting encounter. (I hope I haven’t cursed them)

Please come down and support the lads, I’m sure they will relish playing in front of a good-sized crowd and you may even be tempted to stay for the International match shown afterwards in the clubhouse.
Jon Bake


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