At an RFU disciplinary hearing held on Wednesday 20 May at Brighouse the citing brought by Wharfedale against Samuel Brady of Harrogate alleging a dangerous tip-tackle on Wharfedale’s James Doherty in the Yorkshire Cup Final was upheld.
The RFU Panel, chaired by Ian Unsworth QC, accepted Wharfedale’s submission that Mr Brady took hold of Mr Doherty late and off the ball, lifted him beyond the horizontal, inverted him and drove him with force head-first into the ground, landing with Mr Brady’s weight on top of him. This caused James to be removed from the game and attend hospital, where he was diagnosed as suffering from concussion.
Mr Brady denied throughout that he had carried out any act of foul play as alleged by Wharfedale.
At this level it is incumbent upon the citing club to prove the case. The Panel expressed that it had no difficulty in finding that the citing, which was prosecuted by Wharfedale’s disciplinary officer, had been made out to the required standard of proof.
The Panel further found that the tip-tackle was of ‘a very serious nature, carried out on a highly vulnerable and defenceless victim, causing serious injury.’ It categorised the offence as at the top end of seriousness and imposed a sanction of 15 weeks’ suspension to be served between 20 and 27 May, then between 30 August and 5 December inclusive; he may play again on 6 December 2015.
Mr Brady has 14 days to appeal against the finding and/or the sanction.
The following pre-season fixtures have been agreed: –
Saturday 15 August – Stourbridge (away) – 1st XV and Foresters
Friday 21 August – North Ribblesdale (home) – Foresters
Saturday 29 August – Tynedale (home) – 1st XV and Foresters
Further details will be available nearer the time.
A note for your diaries: –
This year’s Natwest Rugbyforce day will be Saturday 27 June. So please keep that day clear in your diaries. We will need all possible help to assist with the variety of tasks that need doing.
More details to follow.
Volunteers are required to increase the size of our pool of qualified First Aiders who would be available from time to time particularly on match days.
If you are already a qualified First Aider (or are willing to be trained as such) and are interested in helping our club in this important role by providing support to the spectators/visitors etc as required, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Ed Williams by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at 07793 408910.
The Wharfedale Beer Festival is to be held in Grassington Town Hall on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November 2015.
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Full details are available at wharfedalebeerfestival.com
The rugby club will be one of the core beneficiaries from the event, therefore volunteers to help with setting up and running the event would be appreciated. In addition, there are sponsorship opportunities for anyone or any company wanting to help support the event.
If you would like to assist with or sponsor this event, please contact Wharfedale RUFC Chairman by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Due to his promotion at work, Jon Feeley has relinquished his role as Head Coach but he will remain as an important part of the coaching set-up at the club as and when he is available. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking him publicly for all that he was done for the club.
His successor as Head Coach will be Tom McGee who is returning to his former role at the club after a spell at Yorkshire Carnegie.
Yarnbury 2nd XV 25 – 23 Wharfedale Development XV
A selection of photographs is available here.
The results from the Raging Bull Colts Cock o’ the North finals which were held at Wharfedale last Sunday are as follows: –
U18 Challenge Bowl – Carlisle 7 – 52 Chester
U18 Challenge Trophy – Bury 22 – 49 Billingham
U19 Challenge Cup – Lymm 45 – 14 Wharfedale
Before a Bank Holiday crowd at the Bedford Blues ground, Wharfedale Colts came from behind to score a last-minute winner against a star-studded Havant side.
In a match of high quality and high tension, the smaller Wharfedale side matched Havant in every phase of the game, exhibiting enough tactical nous to keep the match tight as it moved into its final stage; held up over the Havant line no fewer than three times, the Greens held a lead of 18-16 with a quarter of the match to go, only for Havant to score an unconverted try for a 21-18 advantage. Then with the clock moving into injury time Joe Gill outpaced the Hampshire side’s defence to crash over in the corner for the narrowest of victories.
Wharfedale’s other tries came from Adam Stockton and James Otulakowsi; Gill added a conversion and two penalties.
The triumph sets up the Wharfedale Colts for a grand finale to their season when next Sunday (10 May) they take part in the Cock o’ the North tournament, held this season at the Avenue, when as champions of Yorkshire they will play the North West champions Lymm. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 pm.