A game but understrength Ionians side was ultimately outthought and outplayed by a Wharfedale side which took the opportunity to bring on some youngsters, unexpectedly available after yet another withdrawal by the opponents of the second-string Foresters.
A brave performance by Hull Ionians who kept in touch with Wharfedale until the last 15 minutes when Dale scored 21 unanswered points. Both sides reorganised their squads with Dale bringing players from the second team. Notably Will Bell at No 10, who proved that he could run the line and control the ball at this level, Chris Howick and Thomas Whyte, who both contributed to a fine win.
Wharfedale took the lead after three minutes with a superbly constructed try involving both forwards and backs; Adam Howard scoring a try which Tom Barrett could not convert.
Hull came back with a catch and drive forcing Joe Torrington over and taking the lead with an accurate conversion from Isaac Green.
Two Barrett penalties against one from Green gave Dale the edge 11-10.
A fine solo effort from Will Bell and a conversion from Barrett extended Wharfedale’s lead to 18-10 at half time.
Wharfedale were into action early in the second half and were exerting pressure on Hull. Two Hull players were sin binned and Rob Baldwin capitalised with a driven scrum. No conversion.
Hull down to 13 men came back and had their best period of the game spending most of the penalty time in Wharfedale’s half and scoring a try!
Only when Hull had 15 man back on the pitch did Dale start to dominate with tries from Joseph Donkin, Tom Barrett and Dan Stockdale. Barrett added the extras to two and Robbie Davidson converted the last one giving Wharfedale a well deserved win.
Full report to follow.
Just before the transfer window closed, Wharfedale signed three young players, all fully-registered, from the strong Leeds Metropolitan University side; they will be available once their successful University campaign is over at the end of the month.
Matthew Beesley is a prop who learned his rugby at Sandbach; Jack Ramshaw, who plays lock or back row; and centre Luke Peters has experience with London Irish and Worthing.
Meanwhile, it has been announced that prolific fly-half Tom Barrett has signed a contract to play next season for Rotherham Titans. In the match against Richmond Tom became Wharfedale’s leading points scorer in league rugby, passing the 280 points scored by Jonathan Davies in 2001/2; in the process he also equalled the 55 penalty goals kicked by Adam Mounsey in 1999/2000.
Coach Jon Feeley said “We wish Tom all success with his new club and thank him for his exceptional contribution. He will always be welcome at the Avenue.”
Antony Davies has stepped down after 14 years as the Club Honorary Secretary, due to the pressure of work commitments and his increasing responsibilities at
the pinnacle of the rugby judiciary, where he now serves as Judicial Officer at Six Nations matches.
He is succeeded as club secretary by Howard Whiteley, a resident of Appletreewick for ten years, who played his rugby at Halifax and later Old Rishworthians.
Antony, who will continue to help the club in a variety of ways not least as fourth official, said, “It has been an immense privilege to serve the Club as Honorary Secretary and I wish Howard all the best and will give him all the help he needs. I am particularly touched by the kind comments and thanks I have received from members and Committee members.”
Club members can make priority applications for RWC 2015. Application forms will shortly be displayed in the clubhouse, or you can download one here.
FRIDAY 20th JUNE 2014
Tickets are going like hot cakes for the Dales event of the summer!
All members have already been sent invitation forms and these need returning quickly to avoid disappointment. Ticket price is £70 each and for further details you can contact Adam Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DON’T MISS OUT
Listen to our match previews on Stray FM on Thursdays at 4:00 pm and again at 5:00 pm. We will also feature in the sports bulletins at 8:00 am and 9:00 am every Saturday morning, with the half-time and full-time results in the afternoon bulletins. You can pick up Stray FM, depending on where you live, on 97.2, 107.1 or 107.8 FM. And if you can’t make it to the match you can always listen to live updates on Drystone Radio, 106.9 FM.
This was (Upper) Wharfedale’s first ever season, but the earliest photo we can find is of the following season. Please if there is anyone out there with that first team photo in their attic, do let us have it!
At Wharfedale RUFC we rely on a whole host of volunteers who all play a key role in the success of the club – it’s not just about what happens on the field that makes us successful and we are very appreciative of the support.
From time to time though we need help, and that time is now. We need help for the next few home matches with coordinating car parking for example, and generally being available for a an hour or so before the game and / or after.
If you are able to help please email email@example.com providing your name and contact number and we will be in touch.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Bona fide paid-up club members are entitled to apply through the club for international matches at Twickenham. Here’s an application form.