BARLA Great Britain coach Chris Middlehurst is looking forward to his first game in charge of the side against the British Police on Wednesday evening at Stanningley ARLFC despite having only one training session with them. He said that it was a getting to know session but there will be more before future games.?We were just getting to know the lads that?s all, there were just a couple of lads that we didn?t know so we mixed everything in when they all trained together. Hopefully we can get some more sessions in before the other International games against the Prison Service and the Students.?At that training session Anthony Broadhead of Thornhill Trojans and Danny Kilshaw of Leigh East were named as captain and vice captain respectively and Middlehurst thought it was a big lift for the squad as they are both seasoned International players.?Yeah it was a big lift for the squad when they were named as well as for the two players selected. They went on the tours of Russia and Australia in 2004 and they are both seasoned BARLA International players so it was good for them to get the nod as well.??In those selections we have a leader in the forwards and a leader in the backs and that was the reasoning for it really. They have been involved in the set up and they know what is required at that level so hopefully they will lead the side well on Wednesday. It also shows a bit of loyalty to the players from the staff.?Last weekend Middlehurst was prowling the touchlines at Leigh Miners Rangers and Leigh East watching some of his charges fingers crossed that all selected players came through games unscathed. But Skirlaugh?s Simon Kilby with an ankle injury, Martin Johnson of East Hull with a shoulder injury have pulled out and Middlehurst will not be naming his team until the night of the game.?We will not be naming the team until the evening of the game because we?re not quite sure about the injuries, We have lost Simon Kilby and Martin Johnson over the weekend with injuries and brought John Woods and Richard Squires in from Leigh Miners Rangers and Shaw Cross Sharks We will wait for any further telephone calls but we will have twenty players stripped for the game. That?s the criteria and with those substitutions we can look at the permutations on the night. We will not be adding to the squad should there be any other late cry offs.?BARLA Great Britain will be going into the game as favourites and Chris Middlehurst realises that it is important to reach the final and become a force to be reckoned with again.?Yeah it?s understandable that we will be favourites but I don?t know anything about the British Police or the players in that side so we will have to be at our best on the night. We will put in a good performance on the night and we have two further games over the next three or four months to finish tip of the table and qualify for the final.?It?s important to reach the final to prove that we are still here. There was talk that we might be disbanded for various reasons but we are still here. When we get to this final that will prove to be the case and show that we are still a force to be reckoned with in the amateur game.?
BARLA Great Britain Manager Mick Turner has named a 22 man squad to face the British police at Stanningley ARLFC on Wednesday 22nd February Kick off 7.30pm.There will be one training session before the game on Sunday 12th February at Shaw Cross Sharks ARLFC.The full squad is as follows:1 Dave Critchley - Eccles & Salford JNRS2 Chris Lee - West Hull3 Gavin Corfield - Wigan St Judes4 Andy Dobson - Blackbrook5 John Waldon - York Acorn6 Martin Ridyard - Leigh Miners7 Dave Patterson - Leigh Miners8 Danny Kilshaw - Leigh East9 Gary Lumb - Cutsyke10 Andy Sands - Oldham St Annes11 Jimmy Rogers - Saddleworth Rangers12 Simon Kilby - Skirlaugh13 Antony Broadhead - Thornhill Trojans14 Kevin Brown - Eastmoor15 Matthew Myers - Shaw Cross Sharks16 John Rourke - Shaw Cross Sharks17 Joe Elliot - Barrow Island18 Trevor Penrose - Cottingham Tigers19 Ian Madely - East Hull20 Mel Alker - Wigan St Patricks21 Paul Davidson - Wath Brow22 Scott Tear - Wath Brow
FIXTURES for 29.01.06Challenge CupHull 8 Hillside Hawks 40Keighley Cats 6 Castleford Panthers 26Bradford Thunderbirds 88 Warrington 6Wakefield Panthers byeFirst DivisionCopeland v Shaw Cross Sharks (No Result)Development LeagueMiddleton v Peterlee Pumas (No Result)Sheffield Hawks v Crofton (No Result)Rochdale Ravens v Pendle (No Result) Bradford Victoria v Stanningley (No Result)Brighouse Rangers v Swinton (No Result)
A match between Leigh Centurions and Halifax RLFC was dramatically postponed this afternoon after Halifax coach Anthony Farrell refused to play the game after referee Karl Kirkpatrick deemed the Hilton Park pitch playable. The contest should have been the Testimonial game for Centurion?s hooker Paul Rowley who has been a great servant to both clubs.On the Hilton Stand side of the ground there was a 30 metre by 10 metre patch of the ground that was found to be frozen and the ground staff of the club began to water that part of the ground to make it playable. The rest of the ground was bathed in sunshine and blue sky on a winter?s day. After Kirkpatrick had decided the game playable and the uncertainty gone, the gates were opened for the crowd half an hour to kick off.As kick off time approached the Leigh Centurion players were still warming up as Halifax coach Anthony Farrell and his coaching staff left the field, got onto the team bus outside ground were his squad was waiting for him. As the crowd were informed of the postponement the coach slowly drove away back to Halifax.Boos heard from the crowd after it was announced that the referee had said that the game was playable and that Halifax didn?t want to play it.The game will now be replayed this coming Wednesday evening with a 7.45pm kick off.Leigh Centurions general manager Mike Callaghan found the incident unusual and the first time something like this had happened to him in his long involvement with the game.?It?s very unusual I?ve got to admit,? Callaghan said.?It?s the first time in fourteen years being associated with rugby league that the referee calls the game on, not a problem. The coach of the away team decides that there isn?t a game, gets on the coach and promptly goes back to Halifax which is a bit perplexing to be honest with you.?Basically it?s been cold, everywhere has been slightly cold. We?ve got one small section of the pitch which had a little bit of frost in. I?ve got to say our players were fine with playing on it not a problem at all. The grounds men were working on it, the referee was fine with it, so as far as we?re concerned the game was on. The sun was out and the little bit of frost that was in it but I think there coach was forestalling that he didn?t want to play the game. It was getting later on in the day and by the time we would have finished it would have been around five to quarter past five and it would have begun to freeze again, I?m not happy about it?Callaghan was also disappointed that the postponement had spoiled Paul Rowley?s big day and the game being changed to Wednesday evening.?I am gutted for Paul because it?s his benefit game after being a good servant with Halifax and the Leigh Centurions and it?s something you don?t like to see. To be perfectly honest if Halifax had come here wanting to play a game, the game would have been on. No question about it.? There was no reason for it to be called off you play on a lot harder pitches in summer and I don?t take any excuse from any coach, we prepare the pitch as best we can and it was playable. The referee as I say was out there running up and down, walking up and down, [and] digging his heel in.?While the drama was unfolding Callaghan was trying to contact Emma Rosenthorne of the Rugby Football League.?I?m waiting for Emma from the RFL to contact me back because we?re not happy with the situation.? Callaghan said.?A game that could have been played postponed purposely because a head coach decides that he didn?t want to risk his players on a minor segment of pitch that had a bit of frost in it. I?ve just e-mailed Emma with the circumstances today because I am perplexed, the first time in fourteen years I?ve actually had this situation. I?ve been looking through all my various RFL notices, information rules and procedures and I can?t really find one to get an answer. I?ll have to wait for advice from Emma.?For referee Karl Kirkpatrick it was the first time he has been involved in as situation of this kind and he will be reporting the matter to the RFL.?I?ve never been involved in anything like this before and unlikely to be again.? Kirkpatrick said.?I inspected the pitch and deemed it to be playable however Halifax disagreed with my decision and refused to play.??I will be putting a report into the Rugby Football League.?Halifax coach Anthony Farrell was unavailable for comment as he, the rest of the coaching staff climbed onto the coach with the players for the trip back home.
UNDERDOGS Hopwood Hall College triumphed 18-14 over favourites St Helens College, who were unbeaten going into the final and had defeated Hopwood earlier in the season 17-10.But St Helens made them sweat when all looked lost, trailing 18-6 with seven minutes remaining, as they scored two tries in the closing minutes and were pushing for a match winner. Hopwood held on in a pulsating finale in which man of the match David Chrimes scored a brace and substitute Jack Burns scooted over for the decisive score on 73 minutes.Chrimes just edged out his stand off Jordan Turner who was a superb link for his forwards and backs with his passing and kicking game and made the two opening tries for his side.For St Helens it appeared to be a case of stage fright and they have now lost their second major final in the last twelve months. They found difficulty in completing sets of six, lost possession in good field position and on three occasions also failed to find touch when awarded. Although they gave there all it was only in the last five minutes of each half they came to life and posted points on the board.Hopwood opened the scoring on three minutes on their first set of six when on the last tackle Turner put a bouncing grubber into the in goal and Chrimes was first to the ball to touch down, with Turner adding the extras. On Hopwood?s next attack Chrimes made another barnstorming run but was stopped by a shell shocked St Helens. They slowly got back into the game and levelled the game up five minutes from the break following a Hopwood drop out, when winger Andrew Bethell scooted in from the play the ball in the corner. Ryan Rogers converted a magnificent touchline kick, but on the stroke of half time missed a relatively easy penalty which would have given them an 8-6 lead.The second half was a carbon copy of the first and Hopwood went 12-6 ahead on 43 minutes. Turner put a high bomb up on the last tackle, St Helens let the ball bounce and Hopwood regained possession and Chrimes in support scored his second try.Turner missed a penalty attempt seven minutes later and on 70 minutes his last tackle drop goal attempt was disallowed.On their next set Hopwood scored then continued to turn the screw, not giving St Helens any space. On 73 minutes they scored a third converted try as Burns drove through defenders close to the line from the play the ball.With five minutes remaining St Helens counter-attacked and kept the ball alive and winger Ian Lenton went in at the corner, but skipper and loose forward Craig Wilson missed the conversion. This breathed new life into the side and with a minute remaining Wilson went over the whitewash and hit the upright with the conversion to make it 18-14.St Helens stormed up field looking for the match winner but the referee's whistle brought to an end a dramatic final which was a credit to the student game.A name to remember for the future Jordan Turner who appears to have all the elements a stand off should have.HOPWOOD HALL COLLEGE 18 defeated ST HELENS COLLEGE 14Hopwood Hall College : 1. Fletcher, 2. M. Howley, 3. Chrimes, 4. Dewhirst, 5. Foy, 6. Turner, 7. Clough, 8. Cookson, 9. Whitmore, 10. Hopkins, 11. Duerden, 12. Gray, 13. McGriffin. Subs: 14. Burns, 15. Brandford, 16. Blackmore, 17. Moore, 18 P. HowleySt Helens College : 1. Quinn, 2. Bethell, 3. Smith, 4. Walsh, 5. Lenton, 6. Haggerty, 7. Rogers, 8. Mannion, 9. Forber, 10. Holland, 11. Taylor, 12. Manchester, 13. Wilson. Subs : 14. Gregory, 15. Leyland, 16. Appleton, 17. Harper, 18. Key.
KEIGHLEY Cats 0 Hillside Hawks 22Copeland Wildcats 0 Wakefield Panthers 44Shaw Cross Sharks Castleford Panthers No ResultYork Acorn Warrington No ResultDevelopment League:Crofton Cougars Rochdale Ravens No ResultSheffield Hawks18 Middleton 34Peterlee Pumas 50 Stanningley 0Swinton Ladies 46 Pendle 4Brighouse Rangers Bradford Victoria No ResultFixtures for 22.01.06:Hull v Shaw Cross SharksDevelopment League:Rochdale Ravens v MiddletonPeterlee Pumas v Shaffield HawksCrofton v Swinton LadiesPendle v Bradford VictoriaStanningley v Brighouse Rangers
WOMENS ResultsFixtures for 4.12.05.Hillside Hawks 8 Bradford Thunderbirds 4Keighley Cats 2 Wakefield Panthers 56East Hull 16 Castleford Panthers 10 York Acorn Shaw Cross Sharks (No Result)Warrington 44 Copeland Wildcats 4Development LeagueMiddleton 18 Stanningley 0Swinton Ladies 22 Pendle Panthers 0 Fixtures for 11.12.05;Copeland Wildcats v Wakefield PanthersYork Acorn v Castleford PanthersShaw Cross Sharks v Keighley CatsWarrington v East HullGirls ResultsFixtures for 3.12.05.U/13?sHull Girls 38 Halifax 32U/15?sYork Acorn 0 Chorley Panthers 42Allerton Bywater 0 Middleton Girls18
FOLLOWING the resignations of Chris Mawdsley, Chair and Bernie Senior, Treasurer of the Women?s Rugby League Association the WRLA Committee met at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC on Monday 28th November and John Cobb was elected as Acting Chair and Doreen Metcalf Acting Treasurer until the next AGM of the Association.It was also decided that at the end of the Qualifying Competition which concludes in January next year there will be a five team Premiership and First Division.Pendle Panthers and Sheffield Hawks, who currently have young inexperienced personnel in their squads have moved into the Development League and there results will be expunged forthwith from the Qualifying Competition.The draw was also made for the 2nd Round of the Challenge Cup:Keighley Cats v Castleford PanthersEast Hull v Hillside HawksBradford Thunderbirds v WarringtonWakefield Panthers ByeThe ties to be played in January 2006.
FIXTURES for 20.11.05.Bradford Thunderbirds 36 Keighley Cats 6Wakefield Panthers 26 Castleford Panthers 6Hillside Hawks 50 East Hull 0Shaw Cross Sharks P Sheffield Hawks PPendle 0 Warrington 50Copeland P York Acorn P Frozen pitchDevelopment LeagueCrofton Cougars 12 Swinton Ladies 6Middleton P Brighouse Rangers P Frozen pitch Rochdale Ravens P Bradford Victoria P Frozen pitchChallenge Cup 1st RoundCastleford Panthers v York AcornCopeland Wildcats v Keighley CatsWarrington v Shaw Cross SharksDevelopment LeagueBradford Victoria v StanningleyBrighouse Rangers v Swinton LadiesMiddleton v Rochdale Ravens
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