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End of season Awards Evening

“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.

Autumn International Tickets

SATURDAY 3rd November 2018 KICK-OFF 3pm
£115 £105* £90* £72* £50*
*Under 15 concession price of £20.00 available at these price categories

SATURDAY 10th November 2018 KICK-OFF 3pm
£160 £137* £115* £95* £70*
*Under 15 concession price of £20.00 available at these price categories
Max of 4 Tickets per Club Member

SATURDAY 17th November 2018 KICK-OFF 3pm
£60 £48 £42 £32 £25
Juniors £15.00

SATURDAY 24th November 2018 KICK-OFF 3pm
£115 £105* £90* £72* £50*
*Under 15 concession price of £20.00 available at these price categories

Contact Geoff Hartley to apply for tickets
07711 517 715 OR
Tickets on a first come first served basis

Upcoming fixtures & Events

When our car park is full please be considerate and respectful to our neighbours in the Village. If possible please avoid parking on Village streets and do not in any event block driveways. There is parking space available towards the bridge and by the side of the pitch. Thank you.

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Next weekends mini, Junior and senior fixtures and latest results
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Players Dinner Photos

Here we go folks some mug shots from the players dinner. Thanks to Jade for takling the photos. Nobody qualifies for the beauty contest but several entries for the gurning contest at Egremont Fair.>View Photos

Rishworthians 27-41 Scarborough
Yorkshire Shield Final

Rishworthians just came up short after a brilliant 2nd half performance to lose 27-41 to Scarborough in the Yorkshire Shield final. Scarborough ran in four tries to lead 26-10 at half time but Rishworthians produced a great second half fightback scoring three tries in an attempt to overhaul Scarborough but two further tries gave Scarborough a Yorkshire Shield victory six tries to four. Rishworthians try scorers were Faulkner, Shoesmith, Bullough and Bake.....
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Colts Cup Final
Rishworthians 14-21 Sheffield

Two late tries sunk Rishworthians who were leading 14-7 in the Yorkshire Colts Cup Final.

Rishworthians went behind to an early Sheffield converted try but just before half time Kian Stewart scored an interception try which was converted to go in at the interval 7 - 7.

Rishworthians scored early in second half with a second try from Kian Stewart to take the lead 14-7. It looked as if Rish would hold out but Sheffields strong pack took control of the game to add two late tries.

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Lewis Hilton

The club has been greatly saddened to learn of the loss of Lewis Hilton at the young age of 19. Lewis was admitted to Huddersfield ICU with suspected meningitis on Friday 26th January and sadly passed away on the morning of Sunday the 28th after failing to respond to medication.

He has been at the club since the age of 6 and was in the first training sessions when we set up our junior section with only 4 or 5 players. Lewis played through every age group through to Colts and was a mainstay of this season's Development (2nd) team. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Morley, Tracy and relatives.

The family request no flowers, but donations to the charity, Meningitis Now, would be appreciated.

Donations to Meningitis Now can be made through the Lewis Hilton Forever Fund
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NatWest Rugby Force weekend 23-24 June

We have been successful in obtaining a grant of £750 towards materials for improving our house and ground facilities during the close season. The grant is awarded by NatWest and there is a condition that it should be used during their Rugby Force volunteer weekend. We are now looking for volunteers to help over the weekend of June 23-24 to "spruce up" some of our house and ground facilities.

If you can help over the weekend for a couple of hours or a morning or afternoon please click on the link to view the list of jobs and call one of the contacts to JOIN THE FORCE
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U14s ERDPP Yorkshire trials

Congratulations to four of our u14s who took part in the u14 ERDPP Yorkshire trials

The lads left to right Seb Fahey, Jon Baker, Ted Grogan and Jacob Chadwick represented West Yorkshire ERDPP district and played 4 short games against North, East, South and Central districts. All four lads played well

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