Match report Sunday 1st October
Another new season starts and a tough opening fixture with local rivals Brodleians making the short journey. Most of the games were very even as in the past. The under 7s made an impreesive start with their first competitive game but the under 12s struggled mainly due to the new players not quite up to speed yet.
Rishworthians Young Guns squad travelled to Ilkley with two teams, the Maroons and the Blacks against Ilkley who had three teams. All the games were close affairs but the Rishies Young Guns played really well in only the second match this season. The squad improved as the games went on with Milo Witeoak leading the scoring with 5 tries. Ethan Murphy and Milo Whiteoak were the top players today.
Rishworthian Maroons 3 - 6 Ilkley A
Rishworthian Blacks 6 - 6 Ilkley B
Rishworthian Maroons/Blacks 9 - 9 Ilkley C
The tries scored were Milo Whiteoak 5, Charlie Anderson 4, Ethan Murphy 4, Alfie Cartwright 3, Elsie Fenton 2, Ben Ingham 2, Joe Lister 2
Waiting for report.
Leah's team The Bears:- Leah Ashurst, Charlie Fenton, Jean Peron, Declan O'Callaghan, Freddie Sharp
Lewi's team The Bulls:- Lewi Whiteoak, Reuben Misselbrook, Harry Smurthwaite, Claudia Grogan and William Thorp.
On a warm sunny Sunday morning the u9s travelled to Ilkley with enough players to face a large Ilkley squad with enough players for 4 teams.
With only one team plus subs it seemed to be a daunting task but by using subs wisely the Cougars and Jaguars ran out winners in three games and drawing the last in beautiful Yorkshire sunshine.
Rishworthians Cougars 5 - 1 Ilkley A
Tries from Josh Cooke 3, William Hamilton and Oscar Marsden ensured the Cougars were in control in this game with solid defending to restrict Ilkley to one try.
Rishworthians Jaguars 5 - 3 Ilkley B
A much closer game with tries from Cooke, Hamilton 2, Oliver Boyd and Marsden.
Rishworthians Cougars 4 - 2 Ilkley C
Cougars defence won this game after scoring tries through Cooke, Boyd, Rocco Hirst and Hamilton Ilkley with fresher legs were on top in the later stages and pressing for a draw but the defence held firm.
Rishworthian Jaguars 2-2 Ilkley D
Tired legs were beginning to show after tries from Cooke and Hamilton the Jaguars hung on for the draw.
Rishworthian Cougars and Jaguars won by a combined score of 16-8 with the defence for Rishes fantastic throughout. Top try scorer was Josh Cooke 6, William Hamilton 5, Oscar Marsden 2, Oliver Boyd 2 and Rocco Hirst 1. Solid defensive displays came from Logan Marshall and Man of Match Seth Brooks.
No time for match reporter this week as travelling with work. Rishies travelled with two teams and with similar numbers Ilkley fielded two teams to allow a round robin of games.
The results were as follows:
Cheetahs 4 v 1 Ilkley A
Cheetahs 6 v 1 Ilkley B
Leopards 8 v 2 Ilkley A
Leopards 5 v 1 Ilkley B
Bailey Newsome 6 tries and Daniel Smith 5 tries were the top try scorers this week.
.Overall another fantastic effort from all the Old Rishworthian under 10s player led to the teams winning all their matches.
On a warm sunny Sunday morning the u11s arrived at Ilkley with enough players for two teams which gave our coaches the opportunity to field Pumas and Panthers sides.
Rishworthians Panthers 3 - 3 Ilkley A
The Panthers got off to a great start to go into a 2 - 0 with a brace of tries by Archie Sykes. Ilkley came back into the game scoring just before half -time.
Ilkley scored twice at the start of the second-half then used the breeze clear their lines with long kicks. Panthers kept pressure on the Ilkley line and Tristan Woodhouse levelled the scores breaking through the strong Ilkley defence.
Rishworthians Pumas 11 - 3 Ilkley B
The Pumas played very well in the second game with Dawson Walsh opening the scoring from Mylo Whiteoak distributing the ball well from the ruck. Then the Pumas hit a purple patch with another Archie Sykes brace and further tries from Henry Hirst and Flynn Moody also scoring in the first half to give the Pumas a 5-1 half-time lead.
Archie Sykes scored a further 4 tries in the second half with Dawson Walsh and Harry Greenwood adding a try apiece. Player of the match was captain Archie Sykes and the Coaches award went to Seth Gee. Most Improved player was awarded to Henry Hirst for his impressive carries following the coaches advice at half-time
Tries Archie Sykes 8, Tristan Woodhousse, Dawson Walsh 2, Henry Hirst, Flynn Moody, Harry Greenwood
Due to injuries the u12s just managed to get 12 players on the pitch for the early start at Ilkley. Ilkley had a large strong squad and the game was played on a big pitch in stamina sapping warm weather. Special mention should be given to Ethan Cooke who wasn't feeling 100% but still turned out for the squad and played the full 40 minutes.
Rishworthians 2 - 2 Ilkley
The Rishies worked well together as a team, especially after going a try down early in the match. Gradually they worked their way back into the game and rewarded with a try against an effective Ilkley defensive unit with a characteristic long distance effort from Leo Kemp followed up by a tenacious forwards try from Oliver Morris. Ilkley came back again to tie the match at 2-2 .
All the players put in a great effort, playing throughout without the benefit of any substitutions. Man of the Match for being involved at the heart of things throughout was Oliver Morris.
Try - Leo Kemp, Oliver Morris.