The home matches planned for this Saturday, the Development XV v Old Brodleians and the Rams v Ossett, have both been cancelled due the opposition having pulled out.
It has not been possible to arrange a replacement fixture for the Development XV but an away match has been arranged for the Rams at Skipton (KO at 2pm).
If you are not traveling to Richmond, do not forget that the Foresters are playing at West Park Leeds (KO 2.15) where your support would be greatly appreciated.
Poor recent form makes Wharfedale firm second favourites as they make the long journey to Richmond.
Clubs in London and the Home Counties fill all six of the top places in the division, which may illustrate that no matter how hard other clubs work to develop home-grown talent, the tilting of the country to the south-east seems inexorable.
By way of example Richmond, lying second and ambitious to return to their place at the top of the English game, have lost only twice this season, and are on a winning streak of six matches, culminating last week when they overpowered Ampthill by 46 – 10, by far the home side’s biggest defeat of the season.
The Wharfedale selectors ring the changes after the team failed to register on the scoreboard last week. Max Labasse takes over at full-back and Dan Tai returns from injury to the wing; Will Bell makes his first start of the season at fly-half, and injuries to Howick and Solomi present an opportunity to Tom Whyte to fill the number seven shirt. The returning Steve Graham starts at hooker.
Wharfedale: Max Labasse; Oliver Fewtrell, Cameron Hudson, Huw Morgan, Dan Tai; Will Bell, Harry Skelton; Joe Altham, Steve Graham , Chris Steel, Simon Willet, Alex Powell, George Hedgley, Tom Whyte, Josh Burridge (c). Replacements: Ali Wade, Dan Stockdale, Matt Beesley, Will Davidson, Harry Bullough.
Would you please note that Upper Wharfedale School will be charging for car parking at THEIR SITE during the period of the Dickensian Festival. This will affect the 1st team home matches against Plymouth and Fylde on the 5th and 19th December.
Our Colts will play the Giggleswick School 1st XV at the Avenue this Friday. KO is at 7.00pm. It should be an interesting game.
Please come along to support the Wharedale stars of the future.
There are still a few opportunities for match day ball sponsors where you can have a great day out at the Avenue and dine with friends, colleagues or family on match day.
£25 per head (or £15 per head for Cavalry Club members and Patrons/Season ticket holders) which includes: –
2 course lunch
Free ground entry
Sponsorship acknowledgement in complimentary match day programme
(Minimum of 6, numbers limited to 20)
If you or your company are considering this please contact: –
John Utley – Chairman, Marketing and Advertising Committee
Telephone – 01535 631631 or 07932 689435
E-mail – email@example.com
1st XV 0 – 45 Hartpury College – a selection of photographs is available under the Photos tab.
Foresters 45 – 5 Yorkshire U20s
West Leeds 2nd XV 38 – 29 Wharfedale Dev XV
Rams 21 – 36 Bradford & Bingley Veterans
Match reports for all these games are available under the Fixtures tab.
The club’s safeguarding policy is available for viewing under the Club tab near the top of this page.
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The book Riverball! by Simon Ravens, which is all about our club, is available for collection from our shop priced at £16.99. To encourage patrons to also buy them as gifts (Christmas is coming!) the club is offering two copies for £30. With the second copy you will also receive a complimentary match ticket. All profits from sales in our shop go direct to the club.
Payment methods for the book Riverball for those unable to visit our shop: –
(1) By Cheque: send a cheque for £20 (which includes P&P) made payable to Wharfedale RUFC Merchandise together with your name and address to Club Shop, Wharfedale RUFC, Wharfeside Avenue, Threshfield, Skipton North Yorkshire, BD23 5BS.
(2) By Card or BACS: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and a contact telephone number. We will ring you to take your details etc.
Do you want to help develop Wharfedale’s stars of the future? KYBO is an RFU initiative to encourage people to get involved in refereeing or coaching rugby. We don’t seem to be too badly off for coaches across the club but we, and the game as a whole, are desperately short of qualified referees, without whom there will simply be no game to watch.
At present, Wharfedale makes zero contribution to refereeing rugby in Yorkshire. Yes, we have some qualified referees but they are already involved in other aspects of the club and are not available to referee on a weekly basis. We are dependent on volunteer referees travelling from other parts of Yorkshire to referee our matches, whether at senior level or junior. We need more qualified referees to manage our junior matches and to work with the coaches on the refereeing perspective, in order to improve playing skills. Without designated referees at each age group, we will no longer be able to enter teams in the Yorkshire age group cups from U13 to U16 and we will struggle to host league matches at senior and junior Colts level (U17 and U19). We can not afford to damage our player supply lines.
It is not just about the club but about our contribution to the game in Yorkshire. As the leading community club in the county, we need to do more. By being involved as a referee, you will contribute to the development not only of Wharfedale’s future stars but to the health of the game in the county and ensuring that our senior teams can continue to play a meaningful level of competitive rugby.
And then there are personal benefits – it will keep you fit, keep you involved in the game we all love, give you a better rapport with the players and IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
So – whether you are a current or retired player, parent, or just someone with a love of the game who wants to put something back, male or female, young or “mature”, please speak to one of the club’s referee members – Robert Fort, Anthony Davies, Jon Stockton or Morgan Davies – for starters and have a look at http://keepyourbootson.co.uk/ to find out how to get involved!