Saturday 20 April -- 1st XV v Stourbridge (H) KO 3.00pm -- Dev XV v Selby (A) KO 3.00pm ----

Wharfedale RUFC – Bike Ride from Peterborough for YAA – Bike for Blades and Balls

April 18th, 2019 Comments off

From 25-27 April, six of our members will be cycling from Peterborough Lions RUFC to Wharfedale to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance as a thank you for their role in rescuing Michael Harrison after his accident last year and, more recently, ensuring that young Jack Midgley was transferred swiftly to LGI after being badly injured in an under 14 match. Half the money raised will be given directly to YAA and half retained by the club to buy YAA branded match balls and other merchandise which will be used throughout the 2019/20 season to promote YAA as a constant reminder of the fantastic service which YAA provides to our rural community.

The riders are Matthew Bell, Robert Fort, Nick Gains, Alex Howarth, Tim Lockett and Dave Townson, supported by Michael Townson. They will also be joined by a friend of Tim’s from London, Alan Johnson. The group will arrive at the ground on Saturday 27 April in time for kick-off on our last 1st XV game of the season.

It costs £6,000 to keep a YAA helicopter in the air for a day; match balls cost around £40 each – and we get through a lot of them! – so we would like to encourage all members and supporters to dig deep to support this fund-raising effort. To donate online please go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bladesandballs. Remember – £40 will buy one YAA match ball or keep a YAA helicopter in the air for 5 minutes; £100 will keep a YAA helicopter in the air for 12 minutes – the average flight time for a single incident.

Many thanks

Robert Fort – Chairman

Rob Baldwin – Director of Rugby

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Result Wednesday 17 April – Aire-Wharfe Cup

April 17th, 2019 Comments off

Skipton 1st XV 8-7 Dev XV

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Stourbridge Match Sponsored by Mini & Junior Section

April 17th, 2019 Comments off

On Saturday the mini and junior section is sponsoring the 1st team game v Stourbridge.

Inviting all the coaches and helpers from the M & J section as a small thank you for the invaluable work they take on throughout the year. For many this is not just 1 or 2 year project but a 12 year effort, as many people get involved from U7s until the lads finish their junior rugby as U18s. A huge, but in most cases very rewarding commitment to take on.

We have also invited teachers from our local primary and secondary schools to give them an insight into what the Saturday afternoon atmosphere is like down the Avenue when there is a league game on.

Hopefully everyone will have an enjoyable and successful afternoon.

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Wharfedale RUFC in Rugby Club Magazine

April 17th, 2019 Comments off

Issue 84 of the Rugby Club magazine includes an article profiling Wharfedale – click here to see Rugby Club: Issue 84.

The Rugby Club magazine is a free publication funded by advertisements which seeks to promote community rugby clubs around the UK. We are grateful to Simon Ravens and our sponsors who agreed to be interviewed for the article.

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Match Preview – Wharfedale v Stourbridge

April 17th, 2019 Comments off

So, here we go again. Third time lucky we hope. This Saturday we welcome, for the third time of asking after two previous cancellations, our good friends from Stourbridge. The two sides have locked horns on 29 previous occasions, dating back to season 1994/95 in Courage League National 5 North, with the Greens winning 11, Stourbridge 17 and a 29 all draw at The Avenue back in October 2001. Of the 14 games in the Dales it’s played 14 and 7 victories for the hosts, 6 for the visitors and that solitary draw.

This season the clubs have very similar records and just three point separate the sides going into Saturdays encounter. The men from Stourton Park will be buoyed by a resounding 48-22 win at home to doomed Macclesfield last time out. In their last three league fixtures they have amassed 142 points which will give them the impetus going forward. However, Wharfedale, with 14 wins and 72 points from their 28 games played, will be hoping that home advantage will prove decisive and that the loyal followers will get behind the side in an effort to get them over the line.

For those in attendance last week the game against Huddersfield was very much a case of after the Lord Mayors Show. Our Colts were simply sublime in their National Colts Cup Semi Final encounter against a very strong and powerful Luctonians outfit. The tackling, handling, support play and intelligent use of the ball in all circumstances was a joy to behold. Total rugby played at pace and with precision. We wish them the best of luck in the final at Sixways, Worcester on 5th May.

Kick off for the penultimate game of this league season is at 3.00pm and the team selection will follow later in the week.

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2019/20 Coaching and Support

April 16th, 2019 Comments off

Jon Feeley

Jon Skurr

We are delighted to announce that coaches Jon Feeley and Jon Skurr have committed to the club for the next two seasons in order to build on the progress the team have made this year. This coaching duo, supported by Chris Black on fitness and our outstanding medical team of Dr Sam Lyles with physios Jill Alexander-Riley and Rachel Galley, are the envy of many higher-ranked clubs. Wharfedale RUFC has a proud track record of developing outstanding rugby players and we remain committed to investing in the development of players and giving them the best possible environment in which to perform.

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NatWest RugbyForce 2019

April 15th, 2019 Comments off

A note for your diaries: –

This year the NatWest RugbyForce Day will be held at the club on Saturday 22 June. We hope that as many players, supporters and parents will turn up on the day to assist with preparing the club for the new season.

More details will be available nearer the time.

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Women’s County Championship – Yorkshire v Cumbria

April 13th, 2019 Comments off

Women’s County Championship rugby is coming to Wharfedale.

More details will be available nearer the time.

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More Wharfedale Junior Players in County Teams

April 13th, 2019 Comments off

Congratulations to two more Wharfedale junior players who have represented Yorkshire in their age group.

Dylan Hanson made his debut for Yorkshire U15s at Morley against Lancashire. They won their game 40-10.Caleb McConville made his debut for Yorkshire U15s at Morley against Lancashire. They won 19-15.

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England’s Summer Internationals v Wales, Ireland, Italy

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

Please be advised that Club Members can now purchase tickets for England’s Quilter Internationals 2019 in August and September, against Wales, Ireland and Italy.

Eddie Jones’ side will play three matches in England as part of their final preparations ahead of the team’s departure for Japan. The Quilter Internationals 2019 will see England take on Wales (Sunday 11 August) and Ireland (Saturday 24 August) at Twickenham Stadium, before heading to St James’ Park in Newcastle for their final match against Italy (Friday 6 September), prior to the squad’s departure for Tokyo.

You can buy up to eight tickets. Demand is likely to be extremely high, so please expect to queue to enter the ticketing website. Please note that Wharfedale RUFC are not responsible for supplying these tickets and they are available to purchase by entering the RFU website by clicking here.

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