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Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon – Raising Funds for WRUFC

May 24th, 2016 Comments off

The Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon will take place at 11.00am on Saturday 4 June. It will start and finish at the Clubhouse in The Avenue.

Help on the day, possibly as a checkpoint steward, is always appreciated – if you would like to offer your services then please contact Jill Heseltine on 01729 830110.

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Wharfedale U17s Win Yorkshire U17 Junior Colts League Div 2

May 21st, 2016 Comments off

Congratulations to our U17s who have won the Yorkshire U17s Junior Colts League Division 2 and have been awarded the shield shown below.

As a result, they have won promotion to League Division 1 for the next season.

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Rugby Pitches Re-surfaced with the Help of Tarmac Ltd

May 20th, 2016 Comments off

It’s been a tough year at Wharfedale Rugby Club both ‘on the field’ and also on the fields. Not only have results led to First Team relegation for the first time in 20 years but also the pitches themselves have taken a battering from the seemingly endless rainfall over the winter months. Thankfully one of the long standing sponsors of the Club is local company, Tarmac Ltd, who operate quarries at various locations in the Dales, including Swinden Quarry just a couple of miles from the rugby ground. Desperately in need of help with pitch revitalisation, head groundsman, Roger Toseland put 120 tons of specialist topsoil at the top of the Club’s ‘wish list’ and Tarmac delivered.

“We are extremely grateful to Tarmac Ltd and their hauliers, Eddie B Webster & Sons of Cracoe, for generously donating and delivering the topsoil without which we would have struggled to maintain the turf” said Club Secretary, Howard Whiteley.

One of six lorry loads of topsoil being delivered by Websters.

Spreading the topsoil on the 2nd team pitch.

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Retirement of Head Groundsman Roger Toseland

May 20th, 2016 Comments off

Our Head Groundsman Roger Toseland has retired from his duties at the club after 26 years in the post as well as previously having held the position of Membership Secretary.

Roger on his tractor about to commence the repair of the 2nd team pitch
following the ravages of the recent exceptionally wet winter.

It has been a tough year at Wharfedale Rugby Club both on and off the field. Not only have results led to First Team relegation for the first time in 20 years but also the pitches themselves have taken a battering from the seemingly endless rainfall over the winter months. Due in no small measure to Roger’s efforts not a single first team match had to be cancelled due to the weather.

Hon Sec, Howard, on behalf of the Club, said “Wharfedale is known as one of the prettiest rugby grounds in the English leagues and Roger can take enormous credit for his part in maintaining the high standards so admired by visiting spectators. We wish him well in his retirement but we have a sneaking suspicion that he will be keeping a watchful eye on his hallowed turf for a few years to come.”

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Plymouth Albion

May 20th, 2016 Comments off

Dear Member,

You may be aware that there was a slim possibility that Wharfedale RUFC would not be relegated after all. The scenario being that Plymouth Albion, who entered financial administration during the season, had to prove to the RFU that their new corporate structure had a viable business plan which would sustain them through the next season in National One. If they could not show financial security, their place in National One would be in jeopardy.

In this regard we received the following message: –

“From: NCA RUGBY Secretary
Subject: Plymouth Albion
Date: 19 May 2016 11:41:20 BST

Morning

I have had confirmation that the RFU Board have agreed that Plymouth Albion will be allowed to participate in National 1 next season.

Regards

Alan McCreadie
Secretary
National Clubs Association”

Now we officially know that the slim possibility of an eleventh hour reprieve is history and so we can ‘crack on’ and plan for next season, where we will be competing in National Two – we may also be out of the EU and Donald Trump could be President and Leicester City may win the Champions League ……. but hopefully support for the beloved Green Machine will continue as normal. indeed, it could be the only ‘normal’ aspect remaining in this topsy turvy world!!

Enjoy your breather, take a rest, there is so much to look forward to and wow are we are going to enjoy it when the jamboree kicks off again next September.

Have a great summer,

Howard
secretary@wharfedalerufc.co.uk

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1st XV & Foresters 2015/16 Squads Photographs

May 19th, 2016 Comments off

Photographs of both the 1st XV and the Foresters 2015/16 squads are now available under the Photos tab near the top of this page.

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Wharfedale’s 20 years of Level 3 Rugby

May 18th, 2016 Comments off

Sadly the game on Saturday 30th April 2016 at home to Coventry brought to a close a breathtaking 20 seasons in Level 3 National rugby for the Green Machine.

It all started back on 31st August 1996 with a trip to the West Midlands to play Walsall. We began our journey in the higher echelons with a 34-24 victory.

Over the past 20 seasons we have played a total of 549 games, winning 250, losing 279 and drawing 20. At The Avenue we have played 274 games, winning 160, losing 102 and drawing 12. Away from home it’s played 275, won 90, lost 177 and 8 drawn. We have scored a total of 12,107 points, 6,727 at home and 5,380 away. Against it’s a total of 12,568 points, 5,256 at home and 7,312 away. The amazing thing is that in those 549 games we have only failed to trouble the scoreboard on 4 occasions.

Our biggest victory came on 26th September 2009 when we thumped Manchester, a club in freefall, by 124 points to 5. On 10th January 2015 we ourselves were on the wrong end of a drubbing. Ealing Trailfinders beat us by 78 points to 12. Certainly one to forget!

We’d also like to think that over the past two decades we, and in particular The Shed, have been instrumental in the advancement of many of today’s top referees. International whistle blowers Wayne Barnes, J P Doyle and Dave Pearson have all officiated at Wharfedale games, as have current Premiership officials Craig Maxwell-Keys, Tim Wigglesworth, Greg MacDonald, Ian Tempest, Matt Carley and Tom Foley. It would be wrong not to mention former Rugby Super League referees Karl Kirkpatrick and James Leahy.

So, 20 wonderful years of living the dream have come to and end. Happy memories and fantastic players.

A total of 211 players have appeared in the famous green shirt over that time. Mark Bedworth, scorer of a record 1024 league points, Andrew Hodgson with his club record of 102 tries, Hedley Verity, David Lister, Chris Malherbe, Rob Baldwin and the late Anthony Capstick to name but a few.

Next season will bring new challenges with highs and lows along the way. We’ll be reacquainted with old friends from the likes of Tynedale, Otley and Stourbridge, and meet new adversaries such as Caldy, Leicester Lions and Luctonians.

Let’s reflect on 20 years of memories but look forward with hope and ambition to the coming season in National 2 North.

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Matchday Programme Adverts/Pitch-side Boards/Ball Sponsorship 2016/17

May 15th, 2016 Comments off

If you or your company are considering placing an advert in the matchday programmes, having a pitch-side advertising board or becoming a matchday ball sponsor details are available here.

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Wharfedale Players in the Yorkshire Squad to Play Eastern Counties

May 20th, 2016 Comments off

A total of seven Wharfedale players have been included in the Yorkshire squad that is due to play Eastern Counties at Cambridge University tomorrow, Saturday 21 May.

They are: –

Alastair Allen, Josh Burridge, Dan Salomi, Rob Baldwin (Capt), Robbie Davidson, Joe Altham & Steve Graham.

The match is due to kick off at 3.00pm.

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