Match report Sunday 22nd 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 continued their good start to the season with two teams, the Maroons and the Blacks against Wharfedale. All the games were close affairs but the Rishies Young Guns played really well.
Rishworthian Maroons 6 - 5 Wharfedale A
Rishworthian Blacks 6 - 6 Wharfedale B
The tries were by Milo Whiteoak, Charlie Anderson, Ethan Murphy, Alfie Cartwright, Elsie Fenton, Ben Ingham, Joe Lister
Half term holidays in the Dales meant the under 8s were unable to travel.
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.
Rishworthians continued their good start to the season with a tough game against a strong Wharfedale squad and despite the strong wind and driving rain they produced an entertaining game.
Rishworthians Cougars 7 - 6 Wharfedale
Wharfedale travelled with just one team and fewer players than usual with half term a week earlier than in Halifax. In a end to end game with plenty of phases of play the Cougars came away with a 7-6 victory against a well drilled and disciplined Wharfdale team who actually played the better rugby in poor weather conditions.
The difference in the match was Rishies Josh Cooke who was in unstoppable form and helped himself to the first six tries. Not satisfied with six of the best he was involved in the build up of play and allow Oscar Marsden to receive a try scoring pass and secure the winner with two minutes to go.
There were also some solid performances from other squad players notably Thomas Sheenan, Oliver Boyd, Seth Brookes, Liam Bryne, Logan Marshall and Arron Lapsley.
Sorry we didn’t keep scores in our match this week. We leant them a couple of players as they only turned up with 7. It was a close match but think Wharfedale won. Not sure of the score, possibly a try or two in it.
With half term arriving a week earlier in the Dales only seven players travelled from Wharfedale but Rishworthians had plenty of players and were able to loan them three players and still have lots of players on the bench.
Rishworthians Panthers 5 - 3 Wharfedale
The Panthers opened the scoring early on with Archie Sykes scoring a fine try. Wharfedale took a while to settle with their loan players and managed to level the scores. Panthers stepped up a gear and hit a purple patch with tries from Sykes and Jimbob Brooks to take a 3-1 lead at the break.
In the second half time Harry Greenwood made it 4-1 and soon after Flynn Moody made it 5-1. It seemed the flood gates were about to open so the coaches stepped in and made some player changes to stiffen up the Wharfedale side and produce a competitive second half.
Panthers try scoring machine Sykes pulled on a shirt for Wharfedale and the flow of tries was stemmed. Sykes began to make an impact for Wharfedale with some strong runs and delivered two try scoring passes for the Green Machine make the score 5-3 to the Panthers.
Player of the Match went to Ted Battye, Coaches Award to Dawson Walsh and Most Improved to new recruit Rocco De Vittoris.