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AndrewG
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Saturday 5th August 2017 (ko 1525)
at Aspatria War Memorial Recreation Ground - aka St. Mungo’s Park
Cumberland Rugby League
Aspatria Hornets 32 Cockermouth Titans 30 (ht 16-22)
Admission - Donations collected
Programme - 16 pages, no charge (see note in text below)
Attendance - 160 (estimate)


A top of the table clash persuaded me to dip into the lowest tier of amateur open age rugby league in Cumberland, and a third visit to the small town of Aspatria, having twice previously visited Bower Park, the well appointed rugby union ground, once for football and once for rugby union. Rugby League is played at a different venue on the northern edge of town, and one that I think may well have also staged football at some point. Public transport links are quite straightforward, with both bus and train services to Carlisle, the bus proving the more convenient option for me today.

There are no clubhouse facilities at the ground, so the club use a local pub as their base. Previously this was The Grapes, which is currently closed and up for sale, so they are now at the Letters Inn, which is no more than a five minute walk from the pitch. A real ale option was available in the shape of Cross Bay Halo. Pre match food, pie and peas, was being served to club officials and sponsors, and, with supplies seemingly plentiful, other customers were invited to partake, myself included. Very welcome it was too, as there are precious few other lunch options in town. It was in the pub that I picked up a programme, which were scattered on several tables, and I saw none at the ground. It is a season long issue, similar to the outer shell often used by rugby union clubs, and is not match specific. They seem to have been issuing in this format for a few years, as issues from previous seasons can be found on their website.

The pitch sits in an attractive tree lined recreation ground that also features a bowling green and children’s play area. I assume it is council owned, but I would guess the club play a hand in maintaining it, as the pitch and surrounds were in immaculate condition, and looked far too neat and tidy for my experience of what you can expect to receive from a council run venue. A changing room building sits about 100 yards back from the pitch, and an old bandstand is sited right next to the corner flag, and would provide a little cover in wet weather. Pathways provide some hard standing on one side and at one end, but, despite a rather wet week, underfoot conditions on the grassed areas were very good. The pitch is roped off only on the south side, were most of the home support gathered, whilst the opposite side has a natural grass bank which gave a good elevated viewpoint. The slope continues to give the pitch a noticeable cross field gradient. On an idyllic afternoon weatherwise, it is a very pleasant setting.

Four teams started the day still in contention for the title with two rounds of fixtures to go, with Aspatria trailing joint leaders Cockermouth by two points. Unlike last week I got a game as close as it looked like it should be on paper, but not without a pre match scare when the appointed referee failed to arrive. The hosts were able to secure a qualified replacement, though not without a substantial delay as I was told he had to travel from the Whitehaven area, and they had to get the agreement of the visitors to the wait. One of the benefits of picking a crucial fixture is that both teams are more likely to be keen to get it played. It was well worth the wait as the teams shared twelve tries, with a stoppage time try and conversion from the touchline seeing Aspatria come from behind to claim victory, having lead for just three of the previous eighty minutes.


Feversham Lens
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A Crusaders fan I know was told the game is very unlikely to play at the stadium by one of their committee. That was before today's game so hopefully their fans were told today where that game will play. Memories of Oxford not telling their fans a game v York had been shifted to Henley and several fans turning up at IIffley Road mind.....

Crusaders' Facebook account says the club are "in the final stages" of confirming the venue for Sunday's Shield game with Hunslet. So, it won't be at Queensway.


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cherryhopper
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Aug 8, 2017, 11:58 PM

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Now confirmed the game will be played at Queensway Stadium.
http://www.northwalescrusaders.co.uk/...e-queensway-stadium/


Feversham Lens
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Wednesday 9th August 2017
Seaton Rangers 8 Hensingham 18 (HT 6-6)
Cumbria League (6.45pm)
Admission £2
Programme (w/a) 4pp
Attendance 204 (h/c)
No refreshments available


Tries in the 62nd, 73rd and 78th minutes saw Hensingham claw back an 8-6 deficit and maintain their 100 per cent record. The Whitehaven side are now joint leaders with Distington, whom they host next Wednesday in a potential title decider.

This was a bruising, energetic encounter between hugely committed opponents. On a pleasant evening, the action was enjoyed by a good sized crowd. Seaton scored a 25th-minute try and kicked two penalties. Hensingham also crossed in the 15th minute for the only try their stand-off converted.

Seaton's ground is on a shelf above the clubhouse, an impressive structure built on the site of the village's former railway station. The line, a seven-mile branch known as the Northern Extension, closed as recently as 1992, along with the Admiralty armaments factory it served. The trackbed is now a cycleway.

This evening the pitch, on the small side, was taped along each touchline. There isn't any permanent furniture, though a superb view across the Solway to the Kirkcudbrightshire hills is ample compensation.

Rangers have long-term ambitions to join the National Conference League. Before the game, the short, narrow pitch was occupied by juniors of all ages, undergoing skills drills. Workington is only two miles away, but there wasn't a single Workington Town shirt to be seen. St Helens, Warrington and Wigan replicas appeared to be the apparel of choice.


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National Conference League - Division 3
Dewsbury Celtic 12 Dewsbury Moor 36
atten 500+

This was a rip roaring,mega feisty, and explosive local Dewsbury derby. As one lady spectator told me 'they dont like each other' . Understatement of the year as these two 'ripped' into each other from start to finish. The game ened 11 v 11 as a result of several major 'rumbles' with legs, heads and fists flying everywhere. But on a damp evening in West Yorkshire it was perfect playing conditions for a most enjoyable encounter. Brilliant entertainment.

Dewsbury Celtic is one of the most famous names in amateur rugby league with a long and proud history. It is one of the oldest Irish sports club in Yorkshire and possibly Britain. The origins of Dewsbury Celtic can be directly linked to Ireland’s Great Famine of 1845. The main clubhouse is decorated with plenty of historical memorabilia and is recommended to visit in this rugby league 'bonkers' town.


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Feversham Lens
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Aug 12, 2017, 10:27 PM

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Handy Thursday evening fixture coming up...

August 17 (6.30)
Yorkshire League, Division Three
Allerton Bywater Bulldogs v Farnley Falcons

Might get along to this if the weather is decent.


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Aug 13, 2017, 1:28 AM

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The Qualifiers
Warrington Wolves 52 Catalan Dragons 24
Free ticket, prog £3
Chicken Balti pie £3, lots on sale
Att 8.5k


Dominant display from Wire and no prob halfway to retaining Super League status.

Good ale courtesy of Real Ale Shack, Lower Angel Barley Mow and Blue Bell the last two a first visit for many years.

Home in good time as on an evening out.


AndrewG
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Saturday 12th August 2017 (ko 1430)
at King George V Playing Fields, Widnes
North West Rugby League Division One
Halton Simms Cross 14 Halton Farnworth Hornets 14 (ht 6-4)
Admission - No charge
Programme - None issued
Attendance - 180 (estimate)


Simms Cross are a long established name in amateur rugby league circles, BARLA National Cup winners in 2007, whilst four years before that a run to the 4th Round of the Rugby League Challenge Cup was rewarded with an away tie at Wigan. However, despite its undoubted status as a rugby league stronghold, it is probably fair to say Widnes based amateur clubs have not faired that well since the switch to a summer season, being without representation in the National Conference, and with Simms Cross outside the top tier of the North West League. However, this year both they and neighbours Halton Farnworth Hornets are challenging at the top of the division, although they may be battling for runners up spot as Folly Lane’s games in hand should give them the edge.

Home venue is a council owned playing field, with the Halton Corporation Club providing their clubhouse and changing rooms. Whether the council retain any interest in running the clubhouse I do not know, but it feels very much like a rugby club, with plenty of Simms Cross memorabilia on the walls. The bar is upstairs, but, not unexpectedly, no real ale available. The changing rooms are downstairs, and are also playing host to Warrington League Premier Division side Halton Borough FC on the opening day of their season, their pitch, a couple of hundred yards beyond the rugby one, appeared from a distance to be taped off along the touchlines, although the crowd watching them was a fraction of the size of that watching the rugby.

The rugby pitch runs away lengthways immediately outside the clubhouse, the closeness of the nearest set of posts explaining the need for metal grilles on the upstairs windows. There is no pitch side furniture, however, with the playing area not even roped off. In reasonable weather conditions it is a pleasant enough, partly tree lined, setting, and being on slightly elevated ground it offers fine views of the supports of the new Runcorn-Widnes crossing, obviously designed to resemble a ship’s sails.

A crucial fixture and a local derby obviously help to boost the crowd numbers, with a slight majority of those present seemingly supporting the visitors. They were all treated to a cracking contest, with three tries apiece, and the game always as close as the scoreline suggests, with never more than six points between the teams. Discipline always seemed to be an issue for the hosts, but they survived two sin binnings without conceding during those twenty minutes. Given the very basic nature of the facilities, probably a ground to do on a nice day and for a crucial fixture, and today certainly ticked all those boxes and provided a very enjoyable afternoon.


Feversham Lens
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Aug 18, 2017, 6:23 PM

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Handy Thursday evening fixture coming up...

August 17 (6.30)
Yorkshire League, Division Three
Allerton Bywater Bulldogs v Farnley Falcons

Might get along to this if the weather is decent.

Rearranged for the 23rd. Probably too sunny an evening on the 17th…


IAN S
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Aug 19, 2017, 9:32 PM

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Also down for 23rd is

Boothtown Terriers v Leeds Akkies

in same division



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Aug 21, 2017, 10:17 AM

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Sunday 20 August 2017
Whitehaven 36 Keighley 4
Admission £16
Programme £2.50
Attendance 551

Over priced Rugby League in this division. £6 more expensive than other clubs. Tough physical encounter with Keighley lucky to keep 13 players on the pitch. They also had players mouthing at the crowd. Nothing like a bit of concentration boys!

Whitehaven appear to have invested heavily to get out of this division. You have to wonder where the money is coming from with such low crowds.


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Thursday 17th August 2017
Cumbria Mens League
Seaton Rangers 33 Ellenborough Rangers 22
Att 215 (h/c)
Admission £2 including basic 4pp prog.

Ground recently covered by FL but worth a mention for the rip roaring game in front of a good crowd and the midweek prog, albeit little more than glorified teamsheet.

Well worth the midweek drive.


AndrewG
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Saturday 19th August 2017 (ko 1500)
at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow
North East Rugby League Grand Final
Cramlington Rockets 22 Wallsend Eagles 34 (ht 6-18)
Admission - £2.00
Programme - double sided A4 teamsheet, free with admission
Attendance - 140 (estimate)


I doubt anyone could seriously claim that the RFL’s attempts to expand rugby league beyond its heartland areas have been a resounding success, but the north east seems to have worked out better than most, with a number of clubs, including both of today’s grand finalists, having established some real roots with thriving junior set ups. This seaon’s North East League featured eight teams, splitting into two sections of four after each side had played each other once. The top two from the top section contested this game, with the top two from the lower section contesting the Shield final that preceded it. The 12.30pm kick off for that first game was too early a start for me to consider a double header, but Catterick Crusaders were receiving their winners medals as I arrived.

Venue is an athletics stadium, that is also the regular home to Jarrow Vikings rugby league club, and it was their volunteers who were manning the facilities from which hot food and drinks could be purchased. No bar facilities, although canned alcoholic drinks were amongst the items on sale. The rugby league pitch is on the site of the original 1930’s stadium, on what might now be viewed as an outside pitch, as the venue was redeveloped in the 1980’s, with a modern athletics track built alongside the original one, with spectator facilities focused in a stand comprising five rows of seats that runs the length of one side. However, the afternoon stayed dry, so the lack of cover on the pitch used today was not an issue.

The old running track is still in place, a little worn in places, but I would guess still used for training and warm up purposes. Its main claim to fame is as the track where a schoolboy called Steve Cram started his athletics career. The rugby pitch is fully taped off inside the track, so spectators could watch from pitch side, or make use of the number of benches that are scattered around the outside of the track. The setting is tree lined and pleasant, the backdrop probably more scenic from this pitch than from its next door neighbour.

Cramlington make a bright start, forcing a goal line dropout, and then receiving a 10m penalty when the dropout was kicked out on the full - not a rule I would have been sure of as I don’t recall ever seeing it happen before. However, Wallsend repelled that spell of pressure, and then took control with three tries by the half hour mark. Cramlington pulled one back before the interval, and again reduced the deficit to twelve points early in the second half, but that was as close as they got. Wallsend wrapped the win up as they stretched the lead to a four score margin, two stoppage time scores from Cramlington bringing the final try count to 4-6, but coming too late to threaten to change the outcome.

An enjoyable afternoon played out in front of a crowd who seemed, by and large, to have a decent rugby league knowledge. The ground is about a mile south of Jarrow town centre, with a plentiful bus service from the metro interchange. I took the opportunity for a call at Jarrow’s only GBG entry, McConnell’s Gin and Ale House. Three hand pumps, albeit none dispensing local brews, but the Derby Brewing Company Triple Hop was a new one to me, and very pleasant. Also spotted what looked like a new microbar on the station platform at Newcastle, close to the booking office - didn’t have time for a call today, but it is in the memory banks for future reference.


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Saturday 26th August.

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final.

Hull FC 18 Wigan Warriors 14.

Add £22
Prog £8
Carlsberg £4.95

Made a couple of mistakes today (1) getting ticket off RFL instead of Wigan (housed in level 5) and (2) using it!! If anything good is to come of this it has to be the end of Shaun Wane. Falling crowds, out-numbered in S/F and again today.

Things were going ok with pre match lagers in JDW Battersea and JJ Moons Wembley with The Liquer Station on High St in between. Down hill from there on in.



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IAN S
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Underbank Rangers 18 Hunslet Club Parkside 26
National Conference One
h/t 12-10
admission & programme £3


After a blistering start by Rangers one of the locals was heard to say, "This could be a high score". He should stick to farming. HCP pulled two tries back before HT and I feared for Rangers down the slope in the second half. So it proved as HCP were nearly permanently camped on the Rangers line. It took some time though before they got the try they needed. A brave decision from the touch judge gave them a penalty try and another try shortly afterwards sealed the win and the Championship. Rangers got a late consolation try.

The only “improvement” that I could see at The Cross was two new dugouts on the far side.



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Also at Underbank along with Norwich 6 and almost 300 others, my rough headcount was 290. Underbank were already promoted and this win for HCP sealed them promotion but not the championship, they are still behind Underbank on points difference but do have a game in hand so they are in pole position.

The Cross is a lovely picturesque ground surrounded by hills and farmland bordered by a stone wall behind the dugouts on the far side which is a no go area for spectators. The highest point of the pitch is the middle with the most noticeable part of the slope down towards the dugouts, presumably the this is one of the reasons the ground fails NCL Premier requirements and Rangers have to play home matches elsewhere (probably Huddersfield RUFC) next year. The last chance to see a first XIII game here is on 16th September when relegation threatened Featherstone Lions are the visitors.

On the way to and from the game I passed a nice scenic looking football ground a mile to the south in the village of Hade Edge with advertising boards in front of the clubhouse in one corner, presumably a team in the Huddersfield League plays there.


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Without wishing to state the obvious, Hade Edge play there. Well worth a visit if you're in the area. Nice little clubhouse with an impressive lot of old photos on the walls.

Doubt if HCP's game in hand will be played unless something is riding on it, it's against Blackbrook and they look like they're going down anyway.



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Saturday 23 September 2017
Super 8's - The Qualifiers
Catalans Dragons 10 Widnes 12
Attendance ?
Programme - none
Admission - 25 euro

Well the winner takes all game to avoid the £1 million game. A tense evening in Perpignan but in truth a poor game. Technically in attack Widnes were far better than the Dragons and a deserved win. I don't know what has gone wrong at the Dragons on the field. Rumours of a division in the squad between the French and Antipodean players. I would add that Steve McNamara was a disastrous appointment as coach but overall there are some extremely overpaid show ponies who should be ashamed of themselves and how they have played this season. If the Dragons are relegated no doubt these merchenaries will be trotting off to lucarative new contracts elswhere. There again the club will be well rid of Inu, Myler, Walsh and the rest. The Dragons recruited poorly and it has showed.

Going back to McNamara. He has coached any creativity out of the team but what an error. One minute to go and the Dragons got a penalty in front of the posts. This would have levelled the scores and given them a home tie in the £1 game. Instead they ran the ball and knocked on. So now they travel to Leigh.

A large crowd today at the Brutus with everyone given a free flag. No programmes today which was crap. As ever at the Dragons everything is expensive and even more so due to the fall in value of the pound. Didn't bother with food or drink due to the delay in buying Jetons then the queques to get the food and drink.

Where do the Dragons go from here? They appear to be massive underdogs to get a result at Leigh and I have to agree with that assessment.


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Super League Play Off's - Semi Final
Castleford 23 St Helens 22
(sudden death)
atten: 11,300 full house

WOW ! .... just Wow ! Quite simply this was as good as it gets for non stop , pulsating , end to end , topsy turvy, high octane, top quality sporting entertainment.
Wheldon Road is an iconic british sporting venue and the place was absolutely rammed. The atmosphere was electric all night and the finale was one of those "I was there" moments. The scoring unfolded ... 6-0,6-4,8-4,8-10,20-10,20-22,22-22,23-22.

In my opinion Castleford Scrum half Luke Gale should be tested post match for the size of his 'Cojones' because they must be massive. The way he stepped up after the hooter had sounded for the end of the game to take a tricky conversion attempt to tie the game to take it into sudden death was so impressive. But minutes later in sudden death he trumped that and let fly a winning drop goal.

But hats of to St Helens because they played a fantastic match. To score three tries in 7 minutes in that 'pressure cooker' situation was unbeleivably impressive.
Their fifth try with under two minutes remaining which made it 20-22 was simply world class. But alas there was a very late sting in the tale , albiet as a result of a poorly timed obstruction by a Saints player. Then upstepped the afore mentioned Luke 'Big Cojones' Gale.

Cas now go to the Grand Final next week at Old Trafford for the first time in their history. Based on this whole season who can stop them ?
Rugby League , unlike football, never produces a poor game and tonight was magical down in the Jungle with my good buddy Gulliver.




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Glad there was no mention of the size of my 'cojones'!!! Suffice to say I concur completely with OB, it was a simply stunning game which will live long in the memory.


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Super League Play Off's - Semi Final
Castleford 23 St Helens 22
(sudden death)
atten: 11,300 full house

WOW ! .... just Wow ! Quite simply this was as good as it gets for non stop , pulsating , end to end , topsy turvy, high octane, top quality sporting entertainment.
Wheldon Road is an iconic british sporting venue and the place was absolutely rammed. The atmosphere was electric all night and the finale was one of those "I was there" moments. The scoring unfolded ... 6-0,6-4,8-4,8-10,20-10,20-22,22-22,23-22.

In my opinion Castleford Scrum half Luke Gale should be tested post match for the size of his 'Cojones' because they must be massive. The way he stepped up after the hooter had sounded for the end of the game to take a tricky conversion attempt to tie the game to take it into sudden death was so impressive. But minutes later in sudden death he trumped that and let fly a winning drop goal.

But hats of to St Helens because they played a fantastic match. To score three tries in 7 minutes in that 'pressure cooker' situation was unbeleivably impressive.
Their fifth try with under two minutes remaining which made it 20-22 was simply world class. But alas there was a very late sting in the tale , albiet as a result of a poorly timed obstruction by a Saints player. Then upstepped the afore mentioned Luke 'Big Cojones' Gale.

Cas now go to the Grand Final next week at Old Trafford for the first time in their history. Based on this whole season who can stop them ?
Rugby League , unlike football, never produces a poor game and tonight was magical down in the Jungle with my good buddy Gulliver.



I watched it on TV, cracking game and remarkably Luke Gale had only just recovered from an appendix operation. If rugby league does do poor game I've yet to see oneCool


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I watched it on TV, cracking game and remarkably Luke Gale had only just recovered from an appendix operation. If rugby league does do poor game I've yet to see oneCool


You are correct Isaac , RL never produces a poor game , unlike football.



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I watched it on TV, cracking game and remarkably Luke Gale had only just recovered from an appendix operation. If rugby league does do poor game I've yet to see oneCool


You are correct Isaac , RL never produces a poor game , unlike football.


Really??? So a blow out win which happens a lot in RL is exciting? If it's such an entertaining game then surely it would be played to a high standard outside of the M62 corridor and Cumbria and wouldn't need a FOOTBALL ground to host it's showpiece final, it would have it's own venue?



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I watched it on TV, cracking game and remarkably Luke Gale had only just recovered from an appendix operation. If rugby league does do poor game I've yet to see oneCool


You are correct Isaac , RL never produces a poor game , unlike football.


Really??? So a blow out win which happens a lot in RL is exciting? If it's such an entertaining game then surely it would be played to a high standard outside of the M62 corridor and Cumbria and wouldn't need a FOOTBALL ground to host it's showpiece final, it would have it's own venue?

This from someone who likes gridiron - the dullest, and most ignored, sport on the planet. You might also want to look up how correctly to use its and it's...


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Steelback
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What a compelling argument for RL never having a boring game, criticising spelling? Is that the best you've got?

The NFL is ignored?? Hmmmmm, must be why it is the highest grossing Sports League in the world then huh?



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