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Yorkshire Men's League 2015

 

Premier Division:

Bramley Buffaloes

Kippax Knights

Holderness Vikings

West Hull A

Skirlaugh A

York Acorn A

Hunslet Warriors A

Milford Marlins A

Oulton Raiders A

Siddal U23

 

Division 1

Scarborough Pirates

Birstall Victoria

Hunslet Parkside

Leeds Akkies

Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks

Airedale Cougars

Drighlington

Stanningley A

Lock Lane A

Elland A

 

Division 2

Moldgreen

York Lokomotive

Huddersfield YMCA

Castleford Panthers A

Stanley Rangers A

Bradford Dudley Hill A

Normanton Knights A

Heworth A

Scarborough Pirates A

Shaw Cross Sharks A

 

top 2 divisions have 18 fixtures, division 2 has 14. Entry league currently has 10 teams but the list isn't confirmed or available

The latest list excludes Airedale Cougars from division 1 and rechristens Siddal U23 as Siddal A

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London Cup preliminary draw was done on Monday night.  As double winners and Entry League winners, South West London Chargers and Newham have been given automatic byes to the quarters.  They're joined by Hemel Stags A and Eastern Rhinos, who drew byes from the hat.  Remaining ties are going to be played on the weekend of the 25/26 April:

 

Wests Warriors vs. Fulham Foxes
St Albans Centurions vs. Beckenham Bears
Staines Titans vs. Esher Exiles
London Skolars A vs. Elmbridge Eagles

 

There will be a cup and shield competition for the quarter finalists but what will become of the teams who bomb out at the Preliminary Round stage is yet to be decided.

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London Cup preliminary draw was done on Monday night.  As double winners and Entry League winners, South West London Chargers and Newham have been given automatic byes to the quarters.  They're joined by Hemel Stags A and Eastern Rhinos, who drew byes from the hat.  Remaining ties are going to be played on the weekend of the 25/26 April:

 

Wests Warriors vs. Fulham Foxes

St Albans Centurions vs. Beckenham Bears

Staines Titans vs. Esher Exiles

London Skolars A vs. Elmbridge Eagles

 

There will be a cup and shield competition for the quarter finalists but what will become of the teams who bomb out at the Preliminary Round stage is yet to be decided.

When i was at Kingston as was we used to draw players primarily from Esher and the odd few from Staines

Amazing to think they are now having their own derby!

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Not just that, there are now four teams in the area between the juniors at Richmond, the seniors of Esher and the all-ages clubs at Staines and Elmbridge. Add in St Mary's students team, is there just a mass of players or is everybody being spread too thinly?

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Not just that, there are now four teams in the area between the juniors at Richmond, the seniors of Esher and the all-ages clubs at Staines and Elmbridge. Add in St Mary's students team, is there just a mass of players or is everybody being spread too thinly?

It's a tricky one, would you rather have one premier division team or 2 division 1 teams in an area? Also inner west London has 3 teams at the Chargers plus 2 ANZAC social clubs. Probably spread too thinly is my answer, but we have slightly too few clubs in the rest of London (at the very least one in South East London is needed)

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Speaking to the Chargers, the B grade will be a very casual thing. Given they've had all their home matchdays aligned, it allows the flexibility to have guys do a little double duty from B to A and A to Firsts. The suburban teams seem to have their own development pipeline, be it through juniors or via linkups.

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North Wales Conference:

Wrexham Bradley Raiders

Conwy Celts

Flintshire Falcons

Dee Valley Dragons

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North East Division 1

Gateshead Storm

Jarrow Vikings

Wallsend Eagles

Cramlington Rockets

Catterick Crusaders

Darlington

East Cumbria Crusaders

Durham Demons

 

Division 2

Durham Tigers

Consett Steelers

Whitley Bay Barbarians

Winlaton Warriors

Peterlee Pumas A

Gateshead Storm A

Miners

North Yorkshire Wildcats

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Just picked up from Ian Ramsdale's blog that South London Storm hope to play some open age friendlies again in 2014. Talk of an Eastbourne Eagles seeing the light of day too down on the south coast.

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Just picked up from Ian Ramsdale's blog that South London Storm hope to play some open age friendlies again in 2014. Talk of an Eastbourne Eagles seeing the light of day too down on the south coast.

There's an open meeting tonight at their old ground Streatham-Croydon RFC, though it's my understanding this will not likely be the venue they're using right now.

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It was a good meeting with a pretty good turnout, and faces both old and new! Croydon Hurricanes were represented and we've agreed to work together on a number of issues.

 

Our aim is to participate in the Masters competition, and play a handful of Open Age friendly games this year as a precursor to re-joining competition proper next season. This year the team will be a mix of old-timers, former Storm-Academy players, current Hurricanes U17, and a handful of new recruits.

 

We've already acquired a kit and first sponsorship/donation, and will have some stash to sell very shortly. Website will be up and running soon. Level 2 coach is sorted.

 

As bbfaz writes, we won't be at Streatham-Croydon this year as we lost out to an American Football team that attracts crowds of 500-750 a game.

 

After a year long hibernation the club is back up and running. 1997 to 2014...

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Out of interest in the London area what is the history-longitivity of local clubs. Fulham-Broncos-Quins the longest entity with Hemel and Skolars in pursuit? Does news of London Storm re-forming form a sort of precedent. Does anyone think that having a cluster of clubs nearby assist in keeping the game more in the spotlight and strengthens the development base.

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Out of interest in the London area what is the history-longitivity of local clubs. Fulham-Broncos-Quins the longest entity with Hemel and Skolars in pursuit? Does news of London Storm re-forming form a sort of precedent. Does anyone think that having a cluster of clubs nearby assist in keeping the game more in the spotlight and strengthens the development base.

Elmbridge Eagles are a lot older than Skolars (unsure who was first out of them and Hemel) but have been known by loads of names. St Ives Roosters and Eastern Rhinos (again both have been known under different names) also predate Skolars

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Elmbridge Eagles are a lot older than Skolars (unsure who was first out of them and Hemel) but have been known by loads of names. St Ives Roosters and Eastern Rhinos (again both have been known under different names) also predate Skolars

Hemel go back to the early 80s IIRC, Skolars to the early 90s. Relatively speaking they are both ancient but I'm pretty sure that Hemel are older.

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I'm guessing the pre-cursors of Elmbridge (Surrey Heath Squirrels) go back to the late 80s

BJW would probably be the man for that

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Out of interest in the London area what is the history-longitivity of local clubs. Fulham-Broncos-Quins the longest entity with Hemel and Skolars in pursuit? Does news of London Storm re-forming form a sort of precedent. Does anyone think that having a cluster of clubs nearby assist in keeping the game more in the spotlight and strengthens the development base.

Not exactly London, but the first rugby league club in St Albans was launched in 1970 by the landlord of The Beehive pub, St Albans Beehive RLFC lasted four seasons and were followed by St Albans Waverley.  I believe they folded end of the 70's.  The St Albans Centurions was established in 1996.

 

Hemel were founded around 1980/81 I believe.

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One of the players of  St Albans Beehive RLFC was A P Deamer whose company was contracted by Heme lStags to lay the concrete foundations of their current social club at Pennine Way in 1991. Deamer had fond memories of  playing rugby league and also of the landlady of The Beehive.

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Hemel go back to the early 80s IIRC, Skolars to the early 90s. Relatively speaking they are both ancient but I'm pretty sure that Hemel are older.

Skolars is 1995, Hemel think it's 1981. Meant Elmbridge, although the above suggests that at junior level at least they predate Hemel.

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IIRC Elmbridge (in the guise of Wokingham) predate Hemel (formed 1978, entered league 1979) but only by year or so. Skolars date from early 1990s. Both Hemel and Elmbridge are from before Fulham  TGG has been played in London long before Fulham entered the pro game. Gordon Anderton used to tell stories of well known Z Cars actor playing but BBC not liking him appearing for filming with bruised face or black eye & this was early 1970s

BTW - It was Surrey Heath - The Squirrels (squirrel being the badge of the country park at Lightwater) with logo 'adapted' from Ottawa Beavers version with suitable amendments. Still have paper tape for embroidery in the garage and some of the club clothing from over the years (Rohan Olfios/Hippo polo shirts/Patrick jackets etc).

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Fulham founded 1980 predate Hemel (think it was 1981?) but the amateur game in London has a continuous existence since 1965 and a very occasional one before that

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Hemel played their first game on  5 April 1981 v McEntee (Walthamstow) at Pennine Way (Lost 38-0)

 

They have played all their home games at Pennine Way since then with the exception of three:

  May 1983 v Les Ulis (Paris) at Chaulden Meadow, Hemel as Pennine Way was being used for Hurling

  Feb 1999 v Featherstone Lions at WASPS RFC Sudbury - RL Challenge Cup

  Aug 2002 v Bedford Tigers (RLC) at Hemel RUFC - Pennine Way unplayable

 

They have always been called Hemel although the name Hemel Stags emerged in the late 90's in place of the cumbersome HHARLFC.

 

HHARLFC own the ground at Pennine Way where Hemel Stags Rugby League Club Ltd now play in Championship 1.

 

The club's original logo featured Henry XIII (don't ask -  Hemel FC are nicknamed 'The Tudors') and the first Stag logo appeared when the club joined the Rugby League Alliance in 1991

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