Information is not easy to come by, but we have found out that Bradford and Bingley will play Hull on 29 April, the winners to play Otley – then the winners of that will meet Wharfedale in the Final. But goodness knows when.
Wharfedale make the long trip to Worthing on Saturday knowing that there is nothing at stake: while the Greens have already secured a 19th season in National One, the home side is resigned to an immediate return to National Two (South).
Despite their relegation, Worthing have graced the division with some fine performances albeit with little consistency. They have scored 101 tries compared with Wharfedale’s meagre total of 72 (from one match fewer), but they have conceded an average of 4.6 tries against Wharfedale’s 4.0. They play an exciting brand of rugby, which many Wharfedale fans will recall from the opening match of the season, which Wharfedale won by 38-34, despite being outscored by six tries to four – a try deficit which was to become a feature of Wharfedale’s season.
With talismanic number 8 Rob Baldwin on maternity leave and captain Chris Steel on the bench while he recovers from injury, Philip Woodhead takes over the captain’s role. Will Bell is given another chance to show his credentials at fly-half, Tom Barrett continuing at full-back, and North Under-20s Josh Prell and Josh Burridge return to the starting lineup. Aaron Myers moves to number 8, with younger brother Nathan on the bench.
Wharfedale: Tom Barrett; Josh Prell, Joe Donkin, Tom Davidson, Scott Jordan; Will Bell, Philip Woodhead; Matthew Beesley, Luke Cole, Adam Howard, Richard Rhodes, Alex Powell, Josh Burridge, Jack Barnard, Aaron Myers. Replacements: Chris Steel, Dan Stockdale, Nathan Myers, Matt Dudman, Will Davidson.
For this, our third “Cavalry Club on Wheels” event, we will cycle 350 miles over 3.5 days, from Wharfedale RUFC in the Yorkshire Dales to Worthing RUFC on the south coast, in search of some sunshine and in time for the fixture between the two clubs on 26 April.
In the past two seasons, we have raised £13,000 for Wharfedale Fell Rescue and Yorkshire Air Ambulance, with rides from Cambridge RUFC and Richmond RFC to Wharfedale. This year, we are aiming to raise £10,000 for Manorlands hospice, our local Sue Ryder care home. Everyone knows someone who has needed care at some time in their lives. Sue Ryder cares for all and needs our support. So – please dig deep and sponsor us. However much you can afford, rest assured we will have earned it!! And, by the way, we are paying all our own costs, so everything you give will go to Sue Ryder / Manorlands. Thank you!
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Team Members: Matthew Bell, Sarah Bell, Rob Burnett, Alex Driver, Robert Fort, Nick Gains, Tim Lockett, Ian Moulding, Jennie Routley, Dave Townson
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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.