On a bright and warm Thursday evening I took the opportunity to meet with our new Head Coach to ask him about a few things pertinent to Wharfedale and the way forward. In my conversation with Head Coach, Simon Verbickas. I asked him to speak about the following….

Coaching – Tom Davidson – attack and backs, Matty Williams – defence, George Hedgley and Josh Burridge – line out, Matt Beesley and Joe Altham – scrummaging, Rob Baldwin – rucks, Phil Woodhead – Strength and conditioning. We will all work together as a group on everything else.

One club philosophy – …

Membership documents – Member Handbooks, Season Tickets etc – are all ready and if you are able to get to the friendly game against a Billingham squad today, you will be able to pick them up.

Unfortunately I am having to rush off down to Worcestershire this morning so I can’t get to the game. However, My wife, Claire, has very kindly agreed to be there to give things out.

She will be in the clubhouse from about 1pm (kick off is 2pm), so if you are there, please do go and see her and pick up your documents. She …

Rugby returned to the Avenue with a double header. A good crowd enjoyed the sunshine and were entertained by first the Foresters playing Old Rishworthians and then 1st Team taking on old friends, Macclesfield. The results preseason are not the most important thing but it is important for the coaches to see players on the field against good opposition.

Macclesfield played some good rugby and, despite the score, were strong opponents. The match gave the players the chance to impress Wharfedale’s new Director of Rugby, Simon Verbickas. All players took the chance and played some superb eye-catching rugby.

Dale …

(Thank you to Fred Bullough for kindly providing this!)

To the solid band of Foresters supporters, do not be alarmed. The final score does not truly represent what you have come to expect from the Foresters normal squad of players. The Club itself were very short of players for the two matches that took part on the 6th of August and consequently it was very difficult to field two teams against the Old Rishworthians and later the first team against Macclesfield. Therefore, to even consider playing both games, several players turned out for both of the Wharfedale sides. Yes, …

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