1st and 2nd Teams Pitches Out of Action from 1 May

April 28th, 2017 Comments off
Would you please note that both the 1st and 2nd team pitches will be out of action for at least a month from Monday 1 May due to the application of weedkiller and the carrying out of various works by our contractor in readiness for next season. It is important that the pitches are not used at all during that period.
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Annual Players’ Dinner – Friday 5 May

April 28th, 2017 Comments off
This year's annual players' dinner will be held in the clubhouse on Friday 5 May. More details are available here
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Match Preview – Preston Grasshoppers v Wharfedale

April 27th, 2017 Comments off
The forecast for the Bank Holiday looks good and a trip along the A59 to Preston on Saturday is a must for all Dale supporters. If the Green Machine can match the levels they reached against Caldy last week then the long awaited away win is on. Preston will not give us a win and will be a strong outfit to play against so we need to transfer the shed to Lightfoot Green and cheer the lads to victory.

Hoppers now play on one of the new Artificial Grass pitches provided by the RFU and have sent guidance on what to wear etc on the pitch. They included the following: -

“In addition to the terms and conditions all users are expected to adhere to the following code of conduct when using the pitch: -

· No spitting
· No chewing gum
· Footwear must be clean
· No smoking
· No littering, please use bins
· Players must not be under the influence of alcohol
· No swearing

Hoppers look forward to welcoming you to Preston for good food, good beer and an enjoyable game of rugby.”

Does this mean that all the above can be done on a normal grass pitch??? Looking forward to seeing where the bins are placed. The hard one for some of our lads might be the alcohol one.

Tom Barrett returns to the team so Jamie Guy moves into the centre. Huw Morgan is therefore allowed to stay in London but can I voice my thanks to the effort Huw has put in to come north when needed. His contributions have always been excellent – especially the tackle of the season last week! Adam Howard starts at 3 in place of Toms Asejevs who will be on international duty. No Jordon Poole on the bench after his shoulder dislocation last week, we all wish him a speedy recovery. Jimmy Meehan rejoins the squad as front row replacement and Ralph Wellock joins him on the bench.

Address for Satnavs - Lightfoot Green, Fulwood, Preston, PR4 0AP

The match is due to kick off at 3.00pm.

The team selection is as follows: -

Harry Bullough; Josh Prell, James Tincknell, Jamie Guy, Scott Jordan; Tom Barrett, Phil Woodhead; Joe Altham, Dan Stockdale, Adam Howard, Richard Rhodes, George Hedgley, Rob Baldwin (c), Lewis Wilson, Josh Burridge.

Replacements Ian Larkin, Jimmy Meehan, Simon Borrill, Chris Swainson, Ralph Wellock

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Gordon Whitaker – Memorial Match 30/4/2017 (Updated)

April 26th, 2017 Comments off

A match is to be held at The Avenue on 30 April in memory of our former player, coach and long-time supporter Gordon Whitaker.

Gordon was born and bred in the Yorkshire Dales just a short distance from Wharfedale Rugby Club where he played rugby from a very young age after his father, Norman, helped set up the mini and junior section alongside Jimmy Harrison, John Loughlin, Ron Booth, David Baxter plus one other. Gordon helped his father construct the posts on 1st XV pitch which were the highest in the country until Cardiff Arms Park built some just a touch bigger. He played for Wharfedale from minis and juniors through to senior rugby, featuring in many 1st team games, until venturing off to play for Huddersfield for a few seasons during the 80’s whilst at university.

He returned to Wharfedale where injury drew a line through his playing days. When his son Harry took up playing for Wharfedale RUFC under 12s he decided he would like to put something back into the sport by taking up coaching. He teamed up alongside John Kirwin between them creating a very successful team. He finally hung up his coaching boots after 7 seasons.

Gordon enjoyed going down every other Saturday to support Wharfedale 1st XV right up the date of his passing.

The game will be between two Wharfedale sides mainly comprising of the team Gordon helped coach to much success (teams to be announced nearer the time). It promises to be a great occasion in his memory. Kick off will be at 3.00pm and there will be a BBQ afterwards.

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Men’s and Women’s County Championship Matches 2017

April 25th, 2017 Comments off
Details of the Senior Men's County Campionship matches are available by clicking here and the women's by clicking here.
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Result 22 April 2017

April 24th, 2017 Comments off
Wharfedale 19-20 Caldy - The full match report is available under the Fixtures tab.

The match photographs are available under the Photos tab - follow the Link to Flikr Album.

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British Police Rugby Tour to South Africa

April 24th, 2017 Comments off
Congratulations to Joe Altham who has been selected to tour South Africa with British Police Rugby from 17 to 29 May.

We understand, apart from matches against the Gauteng Provincial Police at the Ellis Park Stadium on 20 May, followed by an invitation to watch the Super 18 match between the Golden Lions and the Blue Bulls, and against the College Rovers at Kings Park, Durban on 26 May, as well as a training session with the Sharks, the tour will include a game drive. Clearly a visit to remember for always!

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Workforce Day – Saturday 17 June

April 14th, 2017 Comments off
A note for your diaries: -

this year, the annual workforce day will be held at the club on Saturday 17 June.

We hope that as many people as possible will turn up on the day to help prepare the club for the new season and enable us to repeat the successes of the previous events

More details will be published nearer to the time.
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Sponsored Cycle Ride

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
Club sponsors Matthew and Sarah Bell of Oldfield Electrical are about to embark on a cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for Manorlands Hospice, the Sue Ryder home in Oxenhope, that provides such fantastic service. Supported by family and friends, they aim to cover the 1,000 mile distance in 10 days – a huge physical and mental challenge.

If you would like to sponsor Matthew and Sarah, this can be done by clicking here.

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Help Wanted

March 20th, 2017 Comments off
Do you have 2 to 3 hours available each week? We need help usually on Friday mornings from about 9.30 to assist with work on the pitches.

If you do have the time available and would like to help out, please contact our Head Groundsman, Adam Pidgeon on 07921 016350 or e-mail adam.pidgeon@gmail.com

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Mini/Junior/Colts – School Details

March 11th, 2017 Comments off
We have been requested by the RFU to ensure that the details of the school attended by each of our Mini, Junior and Colt players are included within the RFU’s Games Management System database in order to assist them in identifying those schools that might benefit by being included in the RFU’s programme of school visits.

Would the parents of our mini and junior players and the colts themselves please advise me of the name(s) of the player(s) and the school(s) attended by e-mail to info@wharfedalerufc.co.uk

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Advertising Opportunities 2017/18 Season

March 5th, 2017 Comments off
There are various opportunities for advertising next season including in the matchday programme and pitch-side boards as well as ball sponsorship.

More information and details of who to contact are available here.

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