Christmas action in Hull…

THE Hull & District League offers plenty of Yuletide entertainment this week, with two major finals taking place. The first is on Boxing Day, when Brownies Bulldogs take on East Hull in the BOCM Cup Final at West Hull, with a noon start. And on Saturday West Hull is again the venue, on this occasion for the Tom Beautiman Cup…

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Bears complete a cracking first year

Northumberland’s newest Rugby League club, Alnwick Bears, has enjoyed a successful first season writes Jeff Ball. Launching in February, even the Beast from the East could not dampen the enthusiasm, with snow games replacing normal training. When the thaw came, the club’s U8s and U10s exploded into action, with almost 40 children signing up alongside the club’s Bear Cubs for…

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Doncaster Toll Bar thrown out of Yorkshire Cup Final

The BARLA Yorkshire Cup Final at the LD Nutrition Stadium, Post Office Road, Featherstone on Sunday 30 December will be contested by Upton and Lock Lane. Upton, who were beaten 22-16 by Doncaster Toll Bar in the semi-final, have successfully appealed against the result on the basis that the south Yorkshire outfit fielded ineligible players. Toll Bar were called before…

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Dave gives the low-Downes on the Lions

DAVE DOWNES, who has had a major impact since joining his local amateur club Featherstone Lions, has one simple, overriding aim. “I want the Lions to be amateur in status but professional in attitude,” is his goal after having introduced on-field improvements as a ground-breaking wrestling coach, and a host of off-field innovations that should sustain Featherstone for many years.…

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COLUMN: Grassroots clubs should be given more assistance

A tide, we sense, is changing. Not astronomically, perhaps, but certainly trickles of a future of partnerships between grassroots and professional clubs. For too long, has there been a harsh divide between the NCL and the professional game, with the only time the two worlds collide being through the Challenge Cup. But, now, the future seems to be pointing towards…

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BARLA to investigate Yorkshire Cup semi-final

The BARLA Disciplinary Committee will convene on Monday (17 December) over last Saturday’s Yorkshire Cup semi-final between Doncaster Toll Bar and Upton. Toll Bar, who prevailed 22-16, have been asked to answer allegations that they fielded an ineligible player. Holders Lock Lane accounted for Cutsyke Raiders 32-24 in the other semi-final. The final will take place on Sunday 30 December…

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