Archive | May 2013

GB Student Rugby League Pioneers to head to Morocco

GB Student Rugby League Pioneers to head to Morocco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Britain Student Pioneers, who tour emerging countries in an effort to promote and develop rugby league will venture outside Europe for the first time since their formation in 2005, when they head to Morocco in June. 

 

The Squad is assembled from players representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales students and has so far been to Estonia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Ukraine, Norway, Kazakhstan, Greece and Poland.

 

This year a squad of 20 has been selected from 14 different universities with inclusion criteria considering not only their ability to play the sport to high standard but also a proven track record in undertaking rugby league development activity.

 

GB Pioneers Team Manager Keith Sandhu said, “It is an exciting prospect to go over to North Africa and work with the Moroccans already playing rugby league as well as introducing it  to new communities

 

Steve Curtis, the Tour Manager, added, “All the players and staff are excited about the tour this year, heading outside of Europe in a World Cup year is a fantastic opportunity for all involved to help spread the rugby league word. I hope we can give the Moroccans the tools to grow the sport and cement their own foundations.”

 

“Throughout their history the Pioneers have toured across Europe providing the opportunity for students to develop themselves as well as the game,” noted Kate Hebden Education Services Manager at the RFL

 “The 2013 tour to Morocco offers another exciting opportunity for players within the student game to experience a new culture and pass on their knowledge of the game.”

 

The Rugby League European Federation has also been an important conduit in getting the tour up and running. Danny Kazandjian General manager at the RLEF commented, “The RLEF has long considered Morocco an important country, with its ties to France and standing in the MENA region, and it’s our belief that given the right structure it can grow to be a formidable rugby league nation.”

 

“The Federation Marocaine de Rugby League (FMRL) is a relatively new organisation, having achieved recognition in 2012, but they have been very proactive in organising this tour, with matches set for the capital, Rabat, as well as in Casablanca and Berrechid. I thank the GB Pioneers for their ground-breaking visit and hope it can pave the way for the Moroccans to establish a club championship.”

 

The upcoming tour  has created some excitement and seen as an opportunity to grow the game in Morocco, Mustapha Jedoual, FMRL president said, “2013 is a decisive stage in the life of the FMRL, which has witnessed sustained growth and a constant rise in the number of participants. When we welcome the GB Pioneers it will mark a major international event for our young federation.”

 

Fans can keep up to date with the tour please visit www.GBpioneers.co.uk of follow the GB Pioneers on Twitter @GBPioneers

 

GB Pioneer Squad:

 

Joe Warrick (University of Essex), Richard Squires (Northumbria University) , Daniel Bedford (Liverpool John Moores University), Finn Turley (Brunel University), Mike Butcher (University of Nottingham), Harry Kaufman (Coventry University), Charlie Stockhill (University of Essex), Maddhav Kolthari (University of Bradford), Ed Karawieckwicz (University of Bath), Sam King (University of Leeds), Dave Lewis (University of Hull), Stefen Archer (Brunel University), Jonny Morris (University of Leeds), Billy Griffiths (University of Huddersfield), Richard Kirk (University of Northampton), Alex Mills-Baker (University of Exeter), George Smith (Swansea University), George Bryant (Swansea University), Owen Henderson (Oxford Brookes University), Josh Dickson (Leeds Metropolitan University)

 

 

 

GB Pioneers Tour Dates:

Thursday 20th June to Sunday 30th June 2013

 

 

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Rugby League Ireland qualify first batch of new coaches

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RUGBY LEAGUE IRELAND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE RLEF TECHNICAL STRATEGY

Ireland have become the latest nation to graduate from the European Commission-backed RLEF Technical Strategy, following European Federation Coaching Manager Martin Crick’s five-day visit to Dublin where he conducted Phase 3 of the two-year project.

Coach tutor candidates Brendan Guilfoyle and Gordon Matthews spent two days with Crick receiving additional training before the duo ran a two-day Level 1 Course at Dublin City University, where they qualified seven new coaches and picked up their certificates. The scheme is part funded by the Leonardo da Vinci project, which specialises in vocational-educational training in Europe.

The new Irish coaches include former international player Wayne Kerr (Curragh RLFC) as well as Brian Curtis (Tallaght Tigers), Tony Dale (Athboy Longhorns), Cathal O’Reilly (Treaty City Titans), Peter Carr (Barnhall Butchers), Richard Willson and Conor Kelly (Ballyfermot Bears).

Brendan Guilfoyle said: “It was great to be part of the culmination of three years’ work between Rugby League Ireland and the RLEF which saw the first rugby league coaches qualified on Irish soil. All the candidates left the course ready to spread the game and to recruit new coaches for the future.’’

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Regional rugby league round up – 25th May

Regional rugby league round up – 25th May

SCOTLAND

A Ruchin Filander hat trick was not enough for AYRSHIRE STORM to overcome EDINBURGH EAGLES at Marress, the champions victorious 44-16. After a robust opening from both teams, the Eagles opened the scoring through a well-taken try by Nick Broere, converted by James Bird who landed six goals from eight attempts. Storm hit back through centre Filander’s first touchdown midway through the first half. The Eagles finished the opening forty strongly, however, adding further tries through Lewis Clarke and Bird, who converted his own score to open up a 16-4 half time lead. After near misses at both ends at the start of the second period, tries by Gareth Walker and Colin Jarvis for the Eagles were matched by scores from Storm captain Scott Robertson and Filander, making it 28-12 as the hour approached. Loose forward Broere’s second of the afternoon, again converted by Bird, was followed by Filander’s hat trick score. But the Eagles made the game safe with a length-of-the-field effort by Dave Vernon and a second from Jarvis to complete the scoring.

NORTH WEST

Despite a terrific start which saw them 10 points up in seven minutes through tries from Keith Hillman and Mark Forster and a Chris Forster goal, BANK QUAY BULLS were eventually over-run by WIDNES ST MARIES who claimed a 40-22 win. By the break Maries were 22-16 in front, hooker Chris Lunt opening their account, although that was countered by Matt Wilson’s score and a second Chris Forster goal. Craig Lawson and a seven minute Anthony Hollins brace eased the visitors ahead and full back Dean French’s clever step and go extended their lead just after the break. Liam Lawton continued to keep the Widnes pressure on, Mark Forster with his second and a third Chris Forster goal enabling the Bulls to stay in touch. Nine minutes from time impressive Maries stand off Scott Yates claimed his side’s seventh touchdown and added his sixth goal for a 16 point haul.

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RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN SHIELD GAME 8 MATCH REPORT – SERBIA 10 RUSSIA 24

RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN SHIELD GAME 8 MATCH REPORT

SERBIA 10 RUSSIA 24 Makis Stadium, Budapest, Saturday

Victory over Italy at the end of June will see Russia claim the European Shield after a win over Serbia in a feisty clash in Belgrade, in front of a partisan crowd.

Two-try prop Sergey Konstantinov was the star, the Russian powerhouse ending the game with a suspected broken arm.

We knew it would be tough, he said. Serbia gave everything, they are so hard to play against but we managed to get some go forward.

The hosts were in contention until Aleksandr Lysokons second try six minutes from time but too often they lost their composure in promising positions.

That was evident in the 19th minute when Serbia full back Milo Zogovi made a 50 metre break only to find his pass intercepted by Alexey Mikhaylov.

Zogovi then fumbled a clearing kick and Konstantinov powered over for the opening score, Bears player/coach Eduard Ososkov converting.

Dmitriy Bratko lost possession in his own quarter, Dalibor Vukanovi and Stefan Nedeljkovi just held out on Serbias first meaningful foray; Vojislav Dedis kick just running dead.

Stevan Stevanovi made a 50 metre break down the left and although the hosts gained a repeat set from it and forced Bratko to concede a drop out, they could not turn their pressure into points.

A minute before the break, on the back of a forward pass from the base of a scrum by Ososkov, Serbia struck, Nedeljkovi with a long pass sending in Zogovi out wide for an unconverted try.

Tactically more astute, Russia took control in the opening quarter hour of the second period.

Bratko was just forced into touch in the corner after a thrilling run from half way but, on the back of consecutive penalties, Konstantinov crashed over from the tap, Lysokon goaling.

Mikhaylov made ground, Vukanovi with a despairing tackle, Lysokon then stepping his way to the line and converting to make it 18-4.

Serbia changed tactics with Nedeljkovi running wider and becoming more of a threat and, on the back of it, Stevanovi crossed in the 65th minute, Zogovi adding the extras.

With the home crowd becoming increasingly impassioned, Lysokons superb dummy and go sealed the outcome, his third goal completing the scoring.

As time ran out and with their high hopes dashed, Serbian skipper Vukanovi was sent off for dissent.

SERBIA

1 Milo Zogovi (Car Lazar)

2 Marko uk (Military Academy)

3 Milo ali (Red Star Belgrade)

4 Stevan Stevanovi (Military Academy)

5 Neboja ivanovi (Red Star Belgrade)

6 Vojislav Dedi (Red Star Belgrade)

7 Dalibor Vukanovi (Dorol)

8 Mile Podkoljnjak (Radniki Nova Pazova)

9 Vojislav Dedi (Red Star Belgrade)

10 Vladica Nikoli (Red Star Belgrade)

11 Marko Milenkovi (Ni)

12 Nemanja Boi (Radniki Nova Pazova)

13 Stefan Nedeljkovi (Dorol)

Subs (all used)

14 Strahinja Jevti (Soko Vranje)

15 Velibor Srekovi (Military Academy)

16 Mirko Boovi (Dorol)

17 Filip Stoi (Soko Vranje)

Tries: Zogovi (39), Stevanovi (65)

Goal: Zogovi 1/2

RUSSIA

1 Maksim Suchkov (Vereya Bears)

2 Rustam Bulanov (Vereya Bears)

3 Alexey Mikhaylov (Storm)

4 Vadim Fedchuk (Storm)

5 Dmitriy Bratko (Storm)

6 Aleksandr Lysokon (Vereya Bears)

7 Eduard Ososkov (Vereya Bears)

8 Sergey Konstantinov (Vereya Bears)

9 Vladimir Vlasyuk (Vereya Bears)

10 Anatoly Grigorev (Vereya Bears)

11 Alexey Nikolaev (Vereya Bears)

12 Grigory Esin (St Petersburg)

13 Sergey Gaponov (Vereya Bears)

Subs (all used)

14 Igor Chuprin (Storm)

15 Sergey Beliavskiy (Storm)

16 Andrey Sevostianov (Vereya Bears)

17 Kirill Nechaev (Vereya Bears)

Tries: Konstantinov (21, 47), Lysokon (55, 74)

Goals: Ososkov 3/3, Lysokon 1/1

Men of the match: SERBIA – Nemanja Boi RUSSIA – Sergey Konstantinov

Half time: 4-6

Referee: Adam Gill (RFL, England)

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ISC PARTNER WITH RUGBY LEAGUE CARES

ISC PARTNER WITH RUGBY LEAGUE CARES

Leading apparel manufacturers ISC, who supply some of the world’s leading rugby league teams, have become the latest company to partner with Rugby League Cares, the sport’s official charity here.

ISC has produced a range of bespoke RLC branded clothing, proceeds from the sale of which will go to the organization which looks to fund grants, welfare, heritage and benevolent projects.

As part of the agreement, launched at Headingley Carnegie by, among others, Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington, Sky Sports’ Mike Stephenson and RLC trustee Bev Risman, ISC and RL Cares are working together to create discounted kits for community teams.

Clubs, schools, colleges and university outfits will all benefit in a programme that is linked to the successful community game raffle. Those who sell raffle tickets will now have the opportunity to generate discount towards their next kit purchase.

RL Cares Chairman Terry Flanagan welcomed the association. “We are delighted that ISC has come on board as a sponsor of Rugby League Cares,” he said at the unveiling.

“ISC are becoming established as rugby league’s premier clothing brand and it’s fantastic to have their organisation behind our work. The connection they have here and in Australia is immensely helpful to us, both in raising awareness of Cares and assisting us with our work helping people throughout the game.”

He added, “Now that the Cares clothing range is out there, we hope that all Rugby League fans will get behind us and wear it with pride while at the same time aiding such worthy causes.”

Dan Drew, General Manager of ISC UK effected the link up. ‘’We are excited and honoured to become an official partner of RL Cares, it really opens up the ISC brand to the heart of the game,” he noted.

“The partnership reinforces our commitment to the game from top to bottom and we look forward to working with RL cares in developing the range and further links between us.’’

The logo’d t-shirts and sweat tops are available to buy at https://www.superleaguefans.com/shop/rugby-league-cares/ and www.rugbyleagueonline.co.uk and will be on sale at the Magic extravaganza at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester this weekend.

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Rugby League European Shield 2012-13: Game 8 Preview – Serbia V Russia

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EUROPEAN SHIELD 2012-13: GAME 8 PREVIEW – SERBIA v RUSSIA

Competition leaders Russia travel to Belgrade to face an in-form home side that, after an impressive 46-10 win over Germany last week, will be looking to take over top spot.

To do so Serbia must beat Russia for the first time in five meetings, although the trend of results has seen the Bears margin of victory diminish each time, culminating in last Septembers 21-20 victory in Naro-Fominsk.

We are looking forward to the game against well-known and highly motivated opponents, said Serbia coach Marko Jankovi. The atmosphere in the squad is excellent; the players dont feel at all fatigued or over-worked after two weeks of hard training and matches.

Jankovi makes two changes to the squad that beat Germany a week ago. Mihailo Bokovi (shoulder injury) and teenager Nemanja Petrovi (unavailable) are replaced by Red Stars Velibor Srekovi, who played twice in last years fixtures, and debutant Filip Stoi.

Were under a different kind of pressure than against Germany, continued Jankovi. We carried the favourites burden and we carried it well. Now we have history against us and we havent forgotten two thrilling finishes in the most recent clashes. Nevertheless, we know that it is going to be a hard battle for every inch of the pitch; we have a big desire to win, but we have to keep calm during the game.

The Serbs are expecting a sizeable crowd at the Makis Stadium, the site of Russias victory in their world cup qualifying match in 2011. Then, strike centre Petr Botnarash scored a hat-trick, but the powerful three-quarter is unavailable in what remains a largely tried and tested Russian squad, 11 of them from Vereya Bears including debutant Kirill Nechaev, and led by influential player-coach Eduard Ososkov.

"I think that the game is going to be very difficult, admitted Ososkov. It will be intense and physical for both sides. Serbia is the most physically powerful and highly motivated team in the European Shield. They have had a good training programme including trial matches and the big score against Germany will only add to their optimism. We expect them to attack us from the very beginning of the match.

Russias championship season has started, prefaced by a Moscow 9s championship and the national squad played a trial match against a student XIII. Ososkov is already looking to the future. We plan to have new players in August against Germany to start preparation for next two-year period, he added.

SERBIA 20-MAN SQUAD

Milo Zogovi (Car Lazar), Mirko Boovi, Stefan Nedeljkovi, Stevan Stevanovi, Dalibor Vukanovi (Dorol), Marko uk, Velibor Srekovi, Radovan Tajsi (Military Academy), Marko Milenkovi (Ni), Igor Vratnjan (Podbara), Nemanja Boi, Mile Podkoljnjak (Radniki Nova Pazova), Milo ali, Vladislav Dedi, Vojislav Dedi, Ivan Djordjevi, Vladica Nikoli, Neboja ivanovi (Red Star Belgrade), Strahinja Jevti, Filip Stoi (Soko Vranje)

RUSSIA 18-MAN SQUAD

Sergey Beliavskiy, Alexey Mikhaylov, Sergey Zuev (MGPU), Dmitriy Bratko, Igor Chuprin, Vadim Fedchuk (Storm), Grigory Esin (St Petersburg), Rustam Bulanov, Sergey Gaponov, Anatoly Grigorev, Sergey Konstantinov, Aleksandr Lysokon (c), KirillNechaev, Alexey Nikolaev, Eduard Ososkov, Andrey Sevostianov, Maksim Suchkov, Vladimir Vlasyuk (Vereya Bears)

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South Africa rugby league set to host NSW Country tour

SARL PRESS RELEASE – NEW SOUTH WALES COUNTRY RUGBY LEAGUE TO TOUR SOUTH AFRICA IN OCTOBER

South Africa Rugby League have announced that the New South Wales Country League will tour there in October 2013.

The visitors will land on 9th October and play two games, against a Combined Clubs select and the national side.

The match against the Rhinos will form part of a showcase day which will include the SARL Students facing an invitational side and, in a new development, the SARL Masters coming up against an Invitational Sables.

The Sables is an initiative to promote the game to ex‐league players and the multitude of internationals principally from Australia, England, Scotland and the Pacific Islands who were denied the chance to play against South Africa in the 1980s and ‘90s because the sport was banned in the country, and lifted after 1994’s historic democratic elections.

While there, the New South Wales squad will be travelling to schools to promote the sport in conjunction with the Gauteng Sports Council.

Kobus Botha, President of SARL, commented, “Rugby league has been through a transformation in the past few years and tours such as this show what we are capable of.”

“Our students are participating in the forthcoming Student Rugby League World Cup and South Africa is in the running for the rights to host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, which are significant milestones here.”

He added, “Other tours are being planned for the next 18 months and this will bring significant growth to the sport.”

Terry Quinn, Chief Executive Officer of the Country Rugby League of NSW commented, “We are looking forward to bringing the best of the Country NSW to South Africa to showcase the game.”

“All the players eligible are very excited about the groundbreaking concept and can only see the benefits it will bring in South Africa.”

For more information, contact Chris Botes on chris.

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Rugby League European Federation stalwart moves on

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DAVIS STEPS DOWN FROM RLEF ROLE

After six seasons at the helm, RLEF Match Officials Manager Steve Davis has decided to relinquish his post. Davis, the Federation’s inaugural match officials chief, will return to his native Sydney having spent the last 13 years in England.

“My time with the RLEF has been extremely rewarding and I am very pleased to know that after my departure the systems we’ve implemented will continue to improve the standards of match official development among our member nations,” he said. “European rugby league has progressed to a point that is unrecognisable to when I joined the RLEF in 2007. I leave knowing that a large number of member nations are now qualified to internally deliver match officials development.”

Davis was responsible for coordinating the appointments of match officials to RLEF competitions, facilitating education courses, assessing performance and, from 2011, writing and delivering the match official strand of the RLEF Technical Strategy. He has also championed the advancement of Continental match officials into official RLEF competition, a trend that is set to continue, thereby enhancing the European dimension of the Federation and the sport itself.

RLEF General Manager Danny Kazandjian praised Davis’s contribution. “Steve has played a huge but largely un-publicised part in European rugby league’s continuing development,” he said. “He has always demonstrated first class leadership, is highly respected by all his peers and is singularly responsible for creating the foundation on which all future European match official development will thrive.”

Recent graduate Holland’s Jason Bruygoms was keen to credit Davis’s role. “The endless knowledge Steve has of the game is amazing,” he added, “and his ability to explain the laws to those who are new to it is truly inspiring."

The RLEF will advertise for applicants for the Match Officials Manager role in due course.

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Ukranian Rugby League Federation acceted as full members of RLEF

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FROM: RLEF MEDIA DEPARTMENT

DATE: 21 May 2013

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

UKRAINIAN FEDERATION ACCEPTED AS FULL MEMBER

Ukraine has joined European rugby league’s top table after the RLEF board of directors granted the UFRL full member status.

Jubilant UFRL president Artur Martyrosyan commented, "This is a great victory for Ukrainian rugby league. My heartfelt congratulations go out to all the fans, players and federation staff who have contributed to this historic event. I would like to express my gratitude to the RLEF directors for their trust and support of the sport in Ukraine. Now begins a new and more advanced stage of development here."

The UFRL, formed in 2006, and which received government recognition in March 2012, has engineered exceptional growth since the relatively recent launch of the Ukrainian Championship in 2009. This year sees the federation operating two six-team senior divisions, six-team divisions at U14, U16 and U18 levels, the ‘First Capital Cup’ for U20s, as well as 24 teams at U12. The national team will be looking to perform strongly in the European Bowl, against Norway and the Czech Republic, as they seek promotion to the European Shield.

RLEF Central and Eastern Europe Regional Director Jovan Vujosevic is pleased with the progress the UFRL has made. “This is a major plus for the whole Eastern European region. In the last few years – especially the last two – Ukraine showed huge development through the RLEF strategy and this is the reward for all the work the UFRL has done in that time,” he said. The UFRL will apply for RL International Federation Full Member status this year, along with Jamaica and Russia.

At the same meeting, the Belgian Rugby League Association was accepted as an Observer, signalling the recommencement of the sport, where it was briefly played in 2009. The new Belgian rugby league leadership recently attended coaching and match officiating courses in Holland, impressing the RLEF tutors.

Yves-Michael Kazadi, President of the BRLA noted, “We are delighted to be a member of the RLEF. It will certainly be a great opportunity and we will do our best to continue to develop rugby league through our community and, in the coming years, a challenging national team for other countries."

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Regional Rugby League Round Up – 18th May

Regional Rugby League Round Up – 18th May

SCOTLAND

Two tries from prop Stuart Gray eased ABERDEEEN WARRIORS REDS to a 42-8 success over improving MORAY TITANS at Hazlehead Academy. Shane Clark, who posted their final try of eight was also a standout performer for the Reds who led 26-0 at the break. Billy Bissett, Dominic Wallen, Jack Burnett, Jordan Robertson and Tom Aplin, who also kicked two goals – Doug Russell with the other – were their scorers. Jiute Tupua was the Titans’ best, Adam Harrison and loose forward Phillip Abbott with their touchdowns.

MIDLANDS

BIRMINGHAM BULLDOGS bounced back with an emphatic 68-18 victory over NORTH EAST WORCESTERSHIRE RAVENS. Bulldogs scored straight from the kick-off, full back Matt Dudley’s break ending with stand-off Nic Evans crossing in the left corner. That was followed by a scorching run and try from debutant Dan Ventrella, centre Sam Edgar goaling. Good work by Gadd saw centre Adam Burton race to the posts for a try, Edgar converting and skipper Dudley broke through to touch down to make it 24-0 in little more than 15 minutes. Ravens got some good possession and Jay Edwards went over following a scrum, David Wimbury goaling. Dudley and Edgar added another try and goal for the hosts, John Freeman and Wimbury replying in kind for Ravens. Birmingham then rounded off the half with a good run from Walker, Edgar joining the try-scorers, and adding the goal himself. Edgar added six more points early in the second half, before Dudley claimed his hat-trick try. Brum’s next two tries came from kicks, Dudley being first to a loose ball in-goal, then a skidding catch and touch down from debutant James Weller from Harry Baldock’s cross kick leading to similar reward. A storming break from Hunt yielded six more points for Edgar, before Ravens’ Anton Taylor ran strongly to register a deserved score for the visitors, who battled to the end. Last word went to the Bulldogs, as centre Chris Bell scored on the right.

Unbeaten SLEAFORD SPARTANS came away with the spoils from their trip to NORTH DERBYSHIRE CHARGERS after a topsy turvy encounter between two sides with contrasting styles. Dave Brown posted a hat trick in vain for the hosts in their 44-30 defeat. It was only 16-10 to the Spartans at the break and level soon after but four converted tries in a blistering seven minute spell ensured victory. Highlight for the Chargers was a superb solo try by 17 year old Josh Rymell. Rob Howarth was outstanding for the Spartans.

NORTH WEST

A Danny Price drop goal two minutes from time saw HALTON SIMMS CROSS edge a thriller at CLOCK FACE MINERS 9-8. Matt Norton opened the scoring for Miners, Martin Hutton converting, Price with a try and Shaun McWhirter’s goal levelling. Just before the break a Hutton penalty edged Clock Face in front and they held the advantage until four minutes from the end when McWhirter levelled, Price with the coup de grace.

Two tries and three goals from centre Andy Ball were behind ASHTON BEARS’ 26-10 triumph over HARESFINCH. Tom Williams gave ‘Finch an early lead, Chris Rothwell and Peter Shaw responding, Ball goaling both. Ball’s first touchdown made it 16-6, Danny Beckett and Ball again extending the lead to 26-4, Mark Slater with a consolation try for the visitors, goaled by Ste Abrams.

A late try to Scott Johnson, goaled by Rob Sexton saw HAYDOCK emerge victorious, 24-10, at SHEVINGTON SHARKS. Dean Dollin opened the scoring for Haydock, Sexton with the extras, Keiron Edwards replying for the hosts. Karl Dingsdale and Dollin with his second, both goaled made by Sexton it 18-4 at the break. Shevington dominated territory in the second half and full back Brandon Wallace crossed 12 minutes from time, Andrew Brannan goaling, for the Sharks to set up a tense finish.

Gary Richardson’s 79th minute drop goal saw HALTON FARNWORTH HORNETS edge home 25-24 in a superb clash with BANK QUAY BULLS. Paul Cragg and a Nick Braide goal put the Bulls ahead in the 17th minute but the hosts led 18-10 at half time. Lewis Hulme – on his way to a hat trick claimed two tries in eight minutes, Rob Conroy the other, Matt Smith goaling all three. In reply, just before the whistle, Dan Woods crossed for the Bears. By the 64th minute, Bank Quay were in front, Phil Stephens and Braide with the tries and Braide a goal to make it 20-18. Hulme’s hat trick score seven minutes from time, goaled by Smith, looked to have sealed it but Sean Boyd levelled, Braide off-target with the conversion. Scrum half Richardson then stepped up to dramatically claim the spoils.

FORTY-20 YORKSHIRE MEN’S

A try from full back Terry Brown five minutes from time gave BRAMLEY BUFFALOES a welcome 8-6 win at HUNSLET WARRIORS. It was 0-0 at half time, Chris Thompson breaking the deadlock for the Buffaloes in the 45th minute with an unconverted touchdown. Prop Adam Smith replied on the hour for Warriors, Jamie Thurlwell goaling to edge the hosts ahead but Brown pounced to seal the win.

Hooker Ryan Pinder’s 66th minute try, his second, proved to be the match winner as MILFORD MARLINS defeated WEST HULL 22-12. Craig Harrison gave the Marlins an early lead, Martin Currie following him over, Taff Williams’ goal making it 10-0 inside six minutes. Winger Ashley Rout replied for Wests, Lewis Colrein with the extras to make it 10-6 at the break. Pinder went over in the 54th minute, Williams converting but Rout hit back with a second score, Colrein on target nine minutes later before Pinder’s intervention.

SOUTH WEST

DEVON SHARKS ran in nine tries to defeat NORTH DEVON RAIDERS 42-18. Josh Bowler opened the scoring in the first minute for the Sharks, Scott Warren and Mike Sumner with converted scores putting the Raiders ahead on the quarter hour. Matt Hodgson, Andy Smeaton and Carl Turner replied but Lee Ryan levelled for the visitors. Laim Boyd edged Raiders ahead in the 36th minute and they dominated the second half with tries to Jack Knapman, Boyd with his second, Chris Easson and another to Hodgson.

CORNISH REBELS were highly impressive on their debut with an 80-6 triumph at EXETER CENTURIONS in a clinical display. Rebels were lead to victory by player-coach Jonny Platt who, along with Darren Pellow picked up a hat-trick on their first outings in black and gold. Platt shared kicking duties with Paul Saberton who also ran in two tries as did Matt Williams, Ethan Pattison and Royal Navy prop Kye Beasley.

An astonishing six tries and 13 goals for stand off Ossie Flower saw PLYMOUTH TITANS overwhelm SOMERSET VIKINGS A 116-12. Tom Warboys claimed a hat trick among the 18 touchdowns, with doubles for Connor Wallace Simms, Dan Telford who also kicked a goal and Gaz Williams. Sam Pengelly, Sean Trebble and Scott Galloway also registered four-pointers for the Titans. Chris Bloomfield, Cat Stevens and Sam Trebble crossed for the Vikings, who were 74-0 down at the break, Jamie Grant with two goals.

WEST OF ENGLAND

GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARRIORS’ greater rugby league nous won the day over CHELTENHAM OLD PATS as Pat Hanslow’s try in the final seconds of a terrific game snatching a 25-24 victory. The result was a little harsh on Old Pats who deserved at least a draw following an impressive performance particularly from their pack who drove forward strongly and offloaded intelligently to have the Warriors defence floundering at times. Simon Brown’s two tries looked to have secured Old Pats’ first win but Hanslow’s score at the end of the Warriors’ best move of the game sent them home without reward. Following a positive opening Pats took an early lead as Rob Webber squirmed over from a quick tap close to the Warriors line and added the goal. Warriors responded ten minutes later with a well-worked try from Joe Toft who found himself on the end of a swift passing move to score. Ash Lewis could not convert and Brown’s first try following a powerful and direct run seven minutes afterwards extended the visitors’ advantage. The hosts levelled matters with ten minutes of an absorbing half remaining. Jamie Vizor made a half break down the wing and when the ball came back inside, Ed Hayles crossed for a try converted by Lewis. However, Old Pats took a lead into the break thanks to Ben Tupper who was on hand as part of a four man overlap to touch down between the posts, Webber adding the goal. The Warriors had the best of the third quarter as they dominated possession thanks to some basic errors from Pats and Hayles dummied over from close range to close the gap to just two points after Lewis’ kick went wide. Ten minutes later, they were ahead as Dave Tomlinson’s cross-field kick fell perfectly for Hanslow who scooped up the ball to score. Again Lewis was off-target with the conversion. The lead lasted a further ten minutes as Pats regrouped and Brown powered over for his second try and, shortly afterwards, James Pettigrew did likewise from a scrum as the Warriors struggled to get out of their own 20. Webber’s conversion would have given Pats a two score lead but his attempt struck the underside of the crossbar and the Warriors were still in the game with eight minutes left. Warriors battled back and Chris Hall crossed as the Pats defence finally broke out wide after surviving some concerted pressure. Lewis couldn’t convert but Pats cracked again on the next set. Hanslow’s chip ahead, bounced cruelly for fullback Zac France and Hanslow regained possession to race away to the line for the clinching score.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST

The two leading clubs in the London Premier League, HEMEL STAGS A and LONDON SKOLARS A, fought themselves to a standstill in a 34-34 draw while HAMMERSMITH HILLS HOISTS won 28-16 at EASTERN RHINOS in a classic game of two halves.

The Rhinos dominated the first half against last year’s champions to build a 16-4 half time lead but Hammersmith regrouped in the second half to blitz the Rhinos with 24 unanswered points, including five tries, to secure victory. Bottom club ELMBRIDGE EAGLES went down 72-10 at SOUTH WEST CHARGERS.

The biggest upset of the season came in the South East division where SUSSEX MERLINS inflicted the first regular season defeat on PORTSMOUTH NAVY SEAHAWKS in three years. After their 40-30 home win, the player/coach of the Brighton-based side, James Szymik said: "That’s probably the best display in our history. Our game was built on a solid defence of teamwork against some large human beings.”

The Merlins raced into a 10-0 lead with tries from Aaron Beezley and Charlie Mears with Ben Messmer adding another before half time to make it 18-0at the interval. Portsmouth hit back in the second half and scored 26 unanswered points to lead 26-18 going into the final quarter.

But tries from Ben Carter and Tom Lemehaute, plus another superb touchdown from Messmer, swung the game back in the Merlins’ favour before hooker Keiron Robertson sealed victory with a dart from dummy half. They head the table with a 100 per cent record.

SOUTHAMPTON SPITFIRES overcame some stubborn resistance by WEALD WARRIORS to record a 26-10 home victory over the division’s new boys. The Spitfires led 8-0 at the break thanks to tries from James Bovett and Adam Kidd.

The Warriors opened their account with a try early in the second half but Southampton raced into a 26-4 lead with three converted tries the best of which was created by Chad Marshal with a strong run and offload enabling Frank Bagnall to touchdown.

Weald had the final say with a converted try but the game ended on a sour note with Southampton down to 11 men after a heated exchange saw Spitfires Kevin Cant yellow carded along with one of the Warriors and Tom Colling sent off.

In the division’s other game MEDWAY DRAGONS had a comfortable 76-10 home win over GUILDFORD GIANTS.

In the Entry League it was a good day for the east London clubs with MUDCHUTE UNCLES winning 28-12 away at South West Chargers A while NEWHAM DOCKERS claimed a 24-10 victory at home against Greenwich Admirals.

Phil Caplan

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