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  1. Fan Engagement experts seek the thoughts of fans on how much clubs value them Think Fan Engagement (TFE) have launched their first-ever survey of Rugby League fans. TFE is the publisher of the popular Fan Engagement Index for English football, which ranks clubs in the top four divisions of the game, and which is driving change in the relationship between clubs and fans in the game. The Rugby League survey is aimed at fans of English and Welsh clubs in Super League, Championship, and League One, and is looking to understand how fans of those clubs feel about how clubs and the governing bodies, engage with their fans and consult on a range of issues including ‘rebranding’ and name changes. Kevin Rye, Founder, and Director of Think Fan Engagement, commented: “Rugby League is an important sport in the country’s life, and has passionate followers who are dedicated to the sport and to their clubs. In the year of the Rugby League World Cup, I think it’s a good moment to start trying to understand more about the views of those fans – particularly on issues like rebranding and identity changes to clubs, and how much they feel listened to. “It’s vitally important that the role of fans in sustaining their sport is better recognised, and better understood. I’m really excited at the launch of the survey, and I urge as many fans to take part as possible.” The survey applies only to supporters of English and Welsh clubs competing in Super League, RFL Championship and RFL League One. We are undertaking this research independent of any company or organisation, including The RFL, Super League or any commercial partners. NB: The survey is not seeking responses from fans of the two French clubs (Catalan Dragons and Toulouse Olympique) who play in Super League and Championship respectively. This is because research is currently confined to fans of English and Welsh clubs only. You can take the survey http://tinyurl.com/RL-Fans-Survey
  2. HUDDERSFIELD UNDERBANK END BUFFALOES GRAND FINAL HOPES IN TOUGH ENCOUNTER by Andy Coldrick Bramley Buffaloes 12 (6) v Huddersfield Underbank 24 ( Huddersfield Underbank secured their place in next week's RLCN Grand Final following their 12-24 victory at the home of last season's champions, the Bramley Buffaloes with a professional and well executed victory at rain swept Stanningley on Sunday. It was this time last season that the two clubs met in the final with the Buffaloes victorious on that occasion, however it was Huddersfield Underbank who held the upper hand for most of this game and they will now believe they have a real chance of securing silverware next week against Warrington Wizards. The Buffaloes team showed a number of enforced changes to that which took the field against the Wizards. Both centres, Matthew Booth and Mat Mulholland were missing due to broken hand and broken nose respectively and Paul Gledhill was unavailable. Dan Caston and Paul Drake moved into the centres whilst James Brown and Robin Wilkes came back into the pack. Influential stand-off Neil Barrett returned for Underbank, Joe Worthington moving onto the wing. Nathan Chappell returned from suspension to bolster an impressive Underbank pack. In front of a good sized crowd Underbank kicked off and there was nothing in the early exchanges. James Brown did well to charge-down a Barrett chip on 2 minutes but he was quickly tackled before he got going. Underbank opened the scoring on 7 minutes when a Buffaloes passing move saw Neil Barrett make an interception on half-way and then show good speed to out pace the covering defence and go over in the left-hand corner. There was no conversion. This score seemed to spark Huddersfield Underbank and on the back of several cheap penalties they were able to apply concerted pressure to the Buffaloes line. They duly doubled their lead on 12 minutes when Joe Worthington out jumped John Richardson to score in the opposite corner, again there was no conversion. Bramley Buffaloes were having problems getting out of their own half, every time they appeared to be about to apply some pressure there would be a mis-placed pass, lost ball of some very effective defending from the visitors. Once again the game, although not dirty, was littered with a series of minor infringements by both teams that stopped the game flowing. After conceding numerous early penalties, it was Underbank's turn to lose their discipline as they were penalised for a series of infringements. This allowed Bramley to finally mount some serious pressure on the Underbank line which paid dividends on 28 minutes when a Williams chip was brilliantly collected tight to the touchline by Andy McGann who then flicked an inside pass to Jimmy Waddington who went over unopposed from 10m. Drake converted to bring it to 6-8. The remainder of the first half was played out without further score. Bramley denied Underbank field position but due to some terrific tackling where unable to threaten the Underbank line. Bramley opened the second half in determined style. Tony Williams followed up his own chip kick to tackle Nathan Williams under his own posts and drive him back over the try line to force Underbank to drop-out for the second time. Moments later a high tackle on Junior Brandford saw Drake level the scores with an angled penalty. On 45 minutes Richard Hulme was sin-binned for a high tackle, Neil Barrett kicked the easy penalty to edge Underbank back in front. Four minutes later and great work from the Underbank forwards carved open the Buffaloes defence down the middle allowing Dave Valentine space to run through for a try under the posts. Barrett converted again, 8-16. The game remained tight as the hour approached, neither team creating any meaningful openings as the penalties continued to accrue. On 59 minutes the referee showed Buffaloes substitute forward Craig Green a straight red card for use of the knees much to everyone's surprise. Neil; Barrett kicked another penalty on 61 minutes to open a 10 point advantage, however the Buffaloes refused to go. Nathan Williams was sin-binned for Underbank on 66 minutes and Bramley made it count when almost immediately after some slick handling, Andy McGann went over for a try in the right hand corner, 12-18. Bramley surged forward looking for a levelling score, Graham Harrison and James Brown both went close, but there was no score forthcoming as Underbank's defence held firm. A couple of loose Buffaloes passes allowed Underbank to clear their lines and on 75 minutes centre Adam Ryder showed why he has been such a revelation this season when he held off several tacklers to score a crucial try in the corner. Barrett added the extras and the game was gone for the Buffaloes. Underbank came into this game on the back of some impressive form, exemplified by excellent away wins at Hemel and Bramley in the play-off's. They have quality players all over the field and look high on confidence, are the Wizards good enough to stop them in the final? The Buffaloes by contrast look to be down on confidence and short of their impressive mid-to-late season form that took them to the Minor premiership. Always tough to beat, the Buffaloes will come again in 2011 under the shrewd leadership of coach Mark Butterill. Congratulations and good luck to Underbank and well done to the Buffaloes on another entertaining season. Game star: Underbank hooker Adam Carroll gave a top quality all round display in both attack and defence. Game breaker: Adam Ryder's terrific try on 75 minutes where he showed great strength to get over in the corner, followed by Barrett's excellent touchline conversion sealed the game for Underbank. Bramley Buffaloes: 1. Jimmy Waddington, 2. Andy McGann, 3. Dan Caston, 4. Paul Drake, 5. John Richardson, 6. Tony Williams, 7. Jon Nicholls, 8. Junior Brandford, 9. Graham Harrison, 10. Simon Speight, 11. James Brown, 12. John Elliker, 13. Robin Wilkes, Subs (all used): 14. Craig Green, 15. Danny Mitchell, 16. Richard Hulme, 17. Richard Leese. Tries: Waddington (28), McGann (66) Goals: Drake 2/3 Huddersfield Underbank Rangers: 1. Nathan Williams, 2. Joe Worthington, 3. Alex Chatterton, 4. Adam Ryder, 5. Richard Aka, 6. Neil Barrett, 7. Tom Antony, 8. Dave Valentine, 9. Adam Carroll, 10. Sam Housley, 11. Nathan Chappell, 12. Craig Williams, 13. Lee St Hilaire, Subs: (all used) 14. Victor Smith, 15. Napoleoni Vinaka, 16. Paul Horsfall, 17. Sam Dalby. Tries: Barrett (70), Worthington (12), Valentine (49), Ryder (75) Goals: Barrett 4/7 Half-time: 6-8 Final score: 12-24 Penalty Count: 21(10)-20(10) Referee: Tom Mather Sin-Bin: Hulme (Buffaloes), 45 mins, Williams (Underbank), 66 minsDismissed: Green (Buffaloes), 59 mins Man of the Match: Bramley Buffaloes: James Brown Huddersfield Underbank: Adam Carroll
  3. SECOND CHANCE FOR BUFFALOES Bramley Buffaloes will get another chance to clinch a sixth consecutive place at the 2010 Co-operative Finals when they face Huddersfield Underbank Rangers at Stanningley
  4. shouldn't always believe what you're told old bean. ROFL. what for? is it a crime to have an opinion? didn't think so. The condems haven't turned this into a facist state yet.
  5. I tried to get my coach and some of the players on referees courses last year. I was told to contact one rfl employee, who initially told me that he was too busy too sort it out, despite that being his job. i spoke to him a week later and he said to contact another rfl employee, so i spoke to seond RFL employee who told me i needed to speak to the first rfl employee. at which point a gave up.
  6. I would hope that as your opinion of the hard work put in by the person who writes the reports is so low, you will be volunteering your services to the club to help by writing these reports? PM me or look up my details on the Bramley Website.
  7. WIZARDS EARN GRAND FINAL PLACE AFTER BUFFALOES SEE RED AND YELLOW by Andy Coldrick Bramley Buffaloes 16 (6) v Warrington Wizards 27 (19) Players and spectators alike expecting a tense struggle between these two teams in an effort to reach the Grand Final will have been ultimately disappointed with the game they witnessed as referee Luke Fellows brandished cards seemingly without consistency to reduce Bramley to, on occasions, 9 players. Given the hefty penalty count and that from the 27th minutes the Buffaloes never had a full team on the pitch, it came as no surprise that the Wizards eased to a 16-27 victory. Unfortunately the Wizards performance, who started very well and were steady throughout, will be overshadowed by the officials performance. There was no James Brown or Robin Wilkes in the Buffaloes 17 this week, however the team still looked strong with only Dan Caston, Alistair James, Nick Fontaine and Shaun Flynn missing. The Buffaloes were able to welcome back powerful second rower Paul Gledhill to the bench whilst Matthew Booth also made a welcome return in the centres. The Wizards meanwhile showed a number of positional changes from the team that played at Bramley just a few weeks ago. Chris Campbell moved to fullback and there were changes within the pack with Tom Wild and Simon McEvoy coming in to replace Matt Clarke and Matt Wilson. John Morley and Carl Leach were on the bench in place of Adam Knight and Dan Stubbs. The Buffaloes started brightly with Tony Williams making a half break inside the opening minute, however both teams turned over possession in their opening sets. The Wizards settled the quicker of the two teams and a looping pass on 3 minutes found winger Graham Healey in actress of space enabling him to score easily in the corner. Steady play from the Wizards and a good kicking game allowed them to force a Buffaloes drop-out on 7 minutes. On the back of this and some poor goal-line defence Jono Smith crashed over for a try on 9 minutes when an offload caught the Buffaloes defence asleep. Smith converted and further damage was done on 17 minutes when Campbell went over wide out. Buffaloes coach Mark Butterill made multiple substitutions and this paid dividends as Gledhill and Elliker started to make metres going forward, Gledhill in particular looking dangerous. Paul Drake was prompting the Buffaloes attacks and it was his deft inside pass to Gledhill on 25 minutes that allowed Gledhill to charge through 2 would be tacklers to crash over under the posts for a try. Drake converted. Any thoughts of a Buffaloes fight-back were dashed in the remaining 15 minutes of the half as the officials appeared to penalise the Buffaloes after every tackle. Richard Hulme was shown a straight red on 27 minutes for a high tackle , Jono Smith converting a penalty shortly afterwards, 6-16. Another Smith penalty on 35 minutes was followed moments later by John Elliker being sent to the sin-bin for punching. Smith coolly slotted a field goal on 38 minutes and then Graham Harrison was also sent to the sin bin on the stroke of half-time. Bramley finished the half 6-19 down and 2-11 down on the penalty count and with only 10 players on the pitch. The Buffaloes scrambled manfully at the start of the second half as they sought to keep the Wizards at bay, however when Richardson was shown a yellow card on 45 minutes, 9 man Buffaloes were never going to keep a slick Wizards team out. And so it proved on 46 minutes when following multiple off-loads Jono Smith scored again and landed the conversion. There appeared little way back for the Buffaloes at this point and it seemed only a question of how many the Wizards were going to score. As the Buffaloes got bodies back on them pitch they took the game to the Wizards and were rewarded for some good passing when Williams dived over from close range on 52 minutes. Once again any thoughts of a Buffaloes resurgence were quashed when Gledhill was dismissed for leading with the elbow on 55 minutes. Another Wizards penalty took them 17 points clear and the game entered the final quarter. Williams forced a drop
  8. LOL. I believe you may be a tad jealous that you aren't good enough to cut the mustard with the buffaloes.
  9. Bramley Buffaloes' bid for a sixth consecutive Grand Final appearance faces a tough test this weekend with Warrington Wizards the visitors to the Arthur Miller Stadium on Saturday 11th September (kick-off 2.30pm). Victory would assure Mark Butterill's side of a place at Warrington on Sunday 26th September but the Buffaloes coach is taking nothing for granted: "It's all going to plan. This is where we wanted to be at the start of the season and we hope this is our only play-off match but we will have to be on our guard against opponents who can turn on the style when they have to. There will be no complacency and I hope we get the Bramley supporters turning out in force. "We lost our last regular season game at Huddersfield Underbank and that was a stark lesson in not taking your eye off the ball. This is a fantastic group of lads who are all focused on the end goal and we'll need to maintain that for at least another 160 minutes this season if we are to repeat last year's triumph. "I've been delighted by the progress we've made in what has been a tough season with two teams withdrawing but I feel we've kicked on from last year and a win against Warrington would be fantastic. "We could be facing them again in the Grand Final but we'll worry about that if it happens. My major concern is Saturday and ensuring we get the job done," added Butterill who has no major injury concerns and expects to welcome back powerhouse centre Paul Gledhill back into the squad.
  10. Thursday nights planned game with Liverpool Buccaneers is Cancelled as the liverpool team have pulled out of the league. Bramley have been awarded the game 24-0.
  11. UNDERBANK TAKE THE SPOILS IN TIGHT CONTEST by Andy Coldrick Huddersfield Underbank Rangers 24 (14) v Bramley Buffaloes 22 (16) Huddersfield Underbank won their seventh consecutive victory to maintain their good form going into the play-offs as they beat Bramley Buffaloes 24-22 in a brutal encounter with no quarter asked or given at the Cross Ground. The Buffaloes stove manfully to secure their 15th league victory of the season, however a combination of excellent second half defence from Underbank, at time some indifferent play by the Buffaloes and a shocking display from the match officials meant that the Buffaloes slipped to only their second league defeat of the season. The Buffaloes have now finished the league season, they have won the Minor Premiership for a fifth successive season, with a 4 point gap and superior points difference between themselves and second placed Warrington. Underbank meanwhile had all to play for as they strove to finish third in the league, a win was therefore vital for them before the game started. There was a welcome return to the team for Nick Fontaine and Andy McGann. Underbank fielded a near full strength team. Rangers started the game at a furious pace hitting Bramley with some ferocious defence. However, Bramley were first to post points. A cross field bomb from Paul Drake was spilt by the home team and the ball was worked to lock Dan Caston who burst through two would-be tacklers to cross the whitewash. Drake kicked the conversion, the first of five successful kicks on an afternoon when he was once again faultless with the boot. Another good move moments later saw John Richardson and Andy McGann combine, McGann's chip kick well dealt with by Williams at the cost of a drop out. After Bramley conceded back to back penalties, Caston was binned for questioning the referee's decision and Rangers made Bramley pay as centre and man of the match Alex Chatterton, broke through and handed on to right wing Joe Worthington who crashed over. Neil Barrett kicked to touchline conversion to level the scores at 6 apiece. Buffaloes replacement James Brown thought had he regained the lead for the visitors, but he was adjudged to have obstructed a home defender leading up to touching down after another Drake high kick had been spilt. But that disappointment was cancelled shortly afterwards as the impressive Richardson sped over from 40 metres leaving several defenders in his wake. Drake added the extras and Bramley once again led by six. However, the Buffaloes subsequently knocked on in their own quarter in the following set and Underbank capitalised as the scrum half Tom Antony fired out a superb cut-out pass for Worthington to once more crash over in the right corner. Rangers took the lead as Antony and Nathan Williams combined to send Chatterton over the whitewash in a three man tackle. Barrett missed the conversions to both tries and the home side led by two. The Buffaloes finished the half strongly and Rangers conceded two penalties in the last three minutes of the half. Both long range penalties were converted by Drake to give the Buffaloes a two point lead at the break, 14-16. Antony was binned as a result of a melee leading to the second penalty and subsequently Rangers started the second half with twelve men. Even though down to twelve Rangers responded in style as they forced a knock on by the Buffaloes from the kick off. From the scrum the ball was moved swiftly to the left and powerful centre Adam Ryder held off his opposite number to score in the corner, too far out for the conversion. Rangers were then reduced to eleven men on 45 minutes as prop Victor retaliated to a strong challenge and was binned. Bramley threw everything at the home line in search of a score with James Brown and Richard Hulme both going close, but the scrambling home defence was very impressive and stood firm. Lee St Hilaire then made a great relieving break, but was held down as he tried to play the ball quickly and Barrett kicked the easy penalty on 51 minutes. The referee was in danger of losing control of the game as both sets of players became frustrated with the decisions. The Buffaloes repelled further Underbank attacks but for once their attacking options came up short in the face of some last ditch and Buffaloes-esque type defence. A further Barrett penalty on the hour took Rangers out to a 22-16 lead. Rangers were reduced to twelve players again when Vinaka was dispatched to the bin. However Underbank increased their lead further in his absence on 68 minutes when Barrett kicked another penalty after Hulme, who was badly injured with an ankle injury, was adjudged, to the dismay of all Buffaloes players and supporters, of lying on! This was a vital two points. The Buffaloes refused to lie down and mounted a massive effort to get back in the game with their man advantage, but Richardson dropped the ball with the line beckoning in front of him on 74 minutes, this proved to be a costly miss. Five minutes later Richardson did cross after receiving a great offload in the tackle from Brown. Drake converted magnificently from the farmer's field, but time ran out for the Buffaloes in their effort to snatch the win. A full blooded encounter witnessed by a large and vociferous crowd, which was ultimately a poor spectacle as a result of some poor officiating. Credit to Rangers though for a top effort and both teams could easily meet again in this season's Grand Final. Game star: Splendid defence work from Craig Williams, Dave Valentine and Sam Housley led the home side's rearguard with 35, 61 and 38 tackles respectively as they stifled the Buffaloes' potent offence. Great efforts from both Simon Speight and Robin Wilkes of the Buffaloes and once again James Brown proved difficult to close down. Game breaker: It is a toss up between the decision to penalise an injured Richard Hulme and thereby allow rangers to extend their lead to 8 points, or, uncharacteristically John Richardson's drop ball when a certain try looked on after 74 minutes. Huddersfield Underbank Rangers: 1. Nathan Williams, 2. Joe Worthington, 3. Alex Chatterton, 4. Adam Ryder, 5. Richard Aka, 6. Neil Barrett, 7. Tom Antony, 8. Dave Valentine, 9. Adam Carroll, 10. Victor Smith, 11. Sam Housey, 12. Craig Williams, 13. Lee St Hilaire, Subs: (all used) 14. Stephen Berry, 15. Napoleoni Vinaka, 16. Paul Horsfall, 17. Leon Alexis-Bailey. Tries: Worthington (15 & 30), Chatterton (33), Ryder (42) Goals: Barrett 4/7 Bramley Buffaloes: 1. Nick Fontaine, 2. Andy McGann, 3. John Richardson, 4. Jimmy Waddington, 5. Alistair James, 6. Paul Drake, 7. Graham Harrison, 8. Richard Leese, 9. Richard Hulme, 10. Danny Mitchell, 11. Simon Speight, 12. Robin Wilkes, 13. Dan Caston, Subs: (all used) 14. Craig Green, 15. James Brown, 16. Junior Brandford. Tries: Caston (6), Richardson (26 & 79) Goals: Drake 5/5 Half-time: 14-16 Final score: 24-22 Referee: Danny Tindall Penalty Count: 16(9)-12(7) Sin-Bin: Caston (Buffaloes) 11 mins, Antony (Underbank) 38 mins, Smith (Underbank) 45 mins, Vinaka (Underbank) 65 mins Man of the Match: Huddersfield Underbank Rangers: Alex Chatterton Bramley Buffaloes: John Richardson
  12. Nope your not right, i'm afraid. We've been minor premiers in the last five seasons (2006/7/8/9/10). i.e finishing top of the league. We've also been in the last five grand finals (2005/6/7/8/9), winning in '06 against Hemel, and '09 against Huddersfield Underbank. Lost to Dudley Hill in 05, Featherstone Lions in 07 and Crusader Colts in 08. as for where next. i wish i knew.
  13. BUFFALOES TAME LIONS AND CLINCH FIFTH MINOR PREMIERSHIP by Andy Coldrick Featherstone Lions 20 (16) v Bramley Buffaloes 30 (10) Bramley Buffaloes travelled to The Millpond on Sunday knowing a win would clinch their fifth successive Minor Premiership whilst the Lions needed the points to secure a top 6 finish. A fast open game was never in prospect between these two teams that have had a few spicy meetings in recent seasons, and Sunday proved no different as the Buffaloes eventually prevailed 20-30 and the Lions had a player dismissed. In any other competition a team that wins five successive Minor Premierships (league titles) would be acclaimed as a great club which has displayed a remarkable level of consistency over five successive seasons, this feat may have passed by without so much as a whimper within RLCN and Rugby League circles, but not by the Bramley supporters who acclaimed their team at the final whistle. It is indeed a remarkable feat to achieve this level of consistency and all the Buffaloes coaching staff and players over the years deserve the highest praise for performing at such a level and maintaining that level of desire. A rare feat indeed! Driven on by captain, Paul Drake, the Buffaloes fought back superbly from 16-6 down to record their fifteenth win out sixteen games this season. Drake was ably supported by Tony Williams, Richard Hulme, Graham Harrison and Robin Wilkes who all put in a great shift. The Buffaloes team showed some minor changes from the previous week. James Brown, Andy McGann and Junior Brandford were unavailable, whilst Dan Caston was on the bench but did not play as a result of the 15 stitches in his mouth from the previous game. In their place came Jimmy Waddington and Alistair James to the starting thirteen whilst Matthew Booth was on the bench and made a welcome return after injury. The Lions too had a number of changes from the team that lost narrowly at Nottingham the week before, however they fielded a tough looking team. Bramley made an ideal start to the game when on the back of good drives to the Lions line by both Williams and Mitchell, Paul Drake threw a pass out that fell between players, Richard Leese was the first to react; he collected the ball and made a diagonal run through a static Lions defence to score from 5m out. Drake converted and the Buffaloes were on their way. Any thoughts of an easy game were soon dispelled though as the Buffaloes lost the ball on the third tackle from the re-start and following a good set close to the Buffaloes line, Danny Richardson fell over the line from close range after some poor Buffaloes goal line defence. Jones converted from in front of the posts. Lions lifted as a result of their score and through their hard running forwards they began to make good metres going forward. Jon Nicholls relieved pressure on the Buffaloes line when on ten minutes he intercepted a pass and ran the best part of 60m before being hauld down. Robin Wilkes left the field briefly on fifteen minutes with a horrible looking dislocation to one of his fingers, he was quickly treated and returned to the field to play the remainder of the game, true grit! The Lions continued to press and the Buffaloes had to rely on Drake kicks to clear their lines. On twenty two minutes a Buffaloes attack came to nothing as Drake's high kick was collected over their own try line by a Lions player, from the twenty metre re-start Josh Hardcastle took a quick tap and out paced a Buffaloes defensive line that was not set. Josh made an arcing run, outpaced the chasing defence and held off Williams tackle to score a fine try in the corner. There was no conversion in the swirling wind and the Lions led 10-6. The Buffaloes responded with a Drake floated pass to James who scored in the corner on twenty six minutes, only to be chalked off for a forward pass. Bramley mounted a series attacks on the Lions line however they could find no way through a solid defence, Bramley tried high bombs, chips over the defence and grubber kicks, all were well dealt with by a solid defence. On thirty four minutes Richardson grabbed his second try as once he crashed over from close range, Jones conversion took the Lions out to a deserved 16-6 lead. However the Buffaloes responded in fine style by going back to basics, Drake's kick-off evaded the Lions players and forced a drop-out. From the drop-out the Buffaloes played out a solid set of six tackles and on the last tackle quick hands put Shaun Flynn over in the corner for a good wingers try. There was no conversion and half closed 16-10 to the Lions. Mark Butterill left his players in no doubt as to what he thought of their first half performance during the break, returning to the field early with assistant coach Jim Shuttleworth with him. The players responded in fine style to turn in a top quality second half display. Drake kicked a 40/20 in the first minute and Danny Mitchell was held up over the line. Drake put a short kick through the Lions defence and the on-rushing Tony Williams was tackled without the ball when he looked odds on to score. Referee Bloem did not more than talk to the offending player. From the penalty Drake took control again and chipped to the right hand corner where Alistair James brilliantly collected the ball to score his first try for the club. A popular try scorer with the fans and a try richly deserved for his performances so far this season. There was no Drake conversion this time. Shaun Flynn did well to collect a high bomb to his wing, Jimmy Waddington then ran strongly as the Buffaloes began to gain some momentum into their play. As so often has happened, the Buffaloes withstood pressure on their line as they raised the intensity of their efforts, this paid dividends on fifty four minutes as Hulme broke clear near half way, fed James who weaved past several defenders before passing to 'T' who showed great balance and speed to go over from 30m, Drake converted a wonderful try and the Buffaloes hit the front. Three minutes later and the Buffaloes had stretched their lead to 16-24 when James went over for his second in the corner. Bramley were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, Hulme took a quick tap and quick hands saw James over in the corner, in not dissimilar fashion to Shaun Flynn earlier. Two minutes later and the game was gone for the Lions when the outstanding Robin Wilkes ran hard and straight and crashed through three would-be-tacklers on half way, surging on he passed to the supporting Williams who stood the full back up and scored under the posts, another top drawer try which Drake converted, 16-30. John Smith was dismissed for the Lions on 68 minutes when he went Paul Drakes face with his head. Tempers became frayed as the referee struggled to control both teams as tempers began to flare. Sustained Lions pressure in the final ten minutes saw Ricky Wiiliams go over in the corner on 74 minutes; however there were no further alarms for the Buffaloes as they clinched the win they needed in order to retain the Minor Premiership. Game star: Several to choose from, Tony Williams and Alastair James had big games, as did Graham Harrison and Richard Hulme. Matthew Booth put in a top tackling effort on his introduction as did Danny Mitchell. For me though despite Tony Williams being voted man-of-the-match I thought Robin Wilkes had a terrific game, hardly missed a tackle and constantly ran the ball in hard, despite 'that' finger! Game breaker: Tony Williams second try just short of the hour and the third Buffaloes try in five minutes took them away from the Lions. Featherstone Lions: 1. Ian Jackson, 2. Josh Beecher, 3. Josh Hardcastle, 4. Ricky Williams, 5. Sam Wilson, 6. Richard Frankland, 7. Adam Jones, 8. Mark Kear, 9. Paul Watson, 10. Danny Richardson, 11. John Smith, 12. Steve Lawrie, 13. Jack Candlin, Subs: (all used) 14. Dean Gamble, 15. Ben Smith, 16. Gareth Jones, 17. Kyle Littlewood. Tries:Richardson (7 & 34), Hardcastle (22), Williams (74) Goals: Jones 2/4 Bramley Buffaloes: 1. Tony Williams, 2. Alistair James, 3. John Richardson, 4. Jimmy Waddington, 5. Shaun Flynn, 6. Paul Drake, 7. Jon Nicholls, 8. Richard Leese, 9. Richard Hulme, 10. Danny Mitchell, 11. John Elliker, 12. Simon Speight, 13. Robin Wilkes, Subs: (all used) 14. Graham Harrison, 15. Craig Green, 16. Dan Caston (not used sub), 17. Matthew Booth. Tries: James (42 & 57), Williams (54 & 59), Leese (4), Flynn (39) Goals: Drake 3/6 Half-time: 16-10 Final Score score: 20-30 Referee: Jamie Bloem Penalty Count: 10(5)-14(7) Dismissed: John Smith (Lions)
  14. BUFFALOES CLOSE IN ON A FIFTH SUCCESSIVE MINOR PREMIERSHIP TITLE by Andy Coldrick Bramley Buffaloes 32 (20) v Warrington Wizards 20 (4) Bramley Buffaloes took a huge step towards securing their fifth successive Minor Premiership title when they defeated their closest rivals, Warrington Wizards 32-20 at Stanningley on Saturday. The Buffaloes won their first Minor Premiership title in 2006, their third season in the league, and they have not looked back since; holding off challenges from Hemel Stags, Featherstone Lions, Crusader Colts, Huddersfield Underbank and now Warrington Wizards in the meantime. They can rightly claim to be the most consistent team in the league over the past 6 seasons (they finished second to Bradford Dudley Hill in 2005). With 3 games remaining of their regular season they need just 2 points to secure the title and travel to Featherstone next Sunday. The Wizards proved determined opponents and showed why they have gone so well so far this season, a Grand Final spot is clearly within their grasp this season. Dean Townend failed a late fitness test for the Buffaloes and Jimmy Waddington was unavailable. Tony Williams returned at full back and Dan Caston returned from injury to make up a strong looking bench for the Buffaloes. The Wizards welcomed back Jono Smith to their starting line-up and Buffaloes old boy Shaun Gilmour moved to the front row. Coach Chris Campbell moved to centre allowing Matt Taylor to move to his more familiar role in the second row. Both teams looked to have fielded strong teams. Special mention to Shaun Flynn as he became the first Bramley Buffaloes player to make 100 starting league/play-off appearances for the club, a superb clubman. In a game which Warrington had to win to stand any sort of realistic chance of finishing top of the table, they made the perfect start on two minutes when after a fine passing movement which covered half the length of the field and went from right to left ended with Chris Campbell scoring a fine try in the corner. There was no conversion from Ayres, however the Wizards had signalled their intent early. The Buffaloes started slowly, conceding some early penalties and failing to clear their own half through some loose play. This enabled the Wizards to mount plenty of early pressure and throw the ball about as they sought further points. Andy McGann made a good tackle on five minutes to put Campbell in touch and further Wizards pressure saw them held up on the line. Robin Wilkes, the Buffaloes loose forward who had a top game, made good metres coming out of his own 10m zone before he popped an offload to John Richardson who scooted 40m on a weaving run before being hauled down. On eighteen minutes a Wizards penalty failed to find touch and they paid the price as Richard Leese was held just short and Graham Harrison somehow reached out to touchdown under a mass of tacklers. Drake added the conversion. Bramley came again and Richardson was stopped short by some fine scrambling Wizards defence on twenty two minutes. Paul Drake was sin-binned by referee Bloem three minutes later for a head high tackle and Ayres missed the simple penalty shot at goal which rebounded off the upright. The Buffaloes re-gathered the ball and on the back of a couple of penalties moved quickly downfield leading to powerful centre Brown shrugging off several tacklers to score, Williams added the conversion. Straight from the kick-off the Wizards turned over possession and Bramley attacked again. Substitute Dan Caston scored a terrific try showing speed and strength as he crashed over, Williams added another fine conversion. Williams, who had a top class game at full back, attempted a 40/20 on 31 minutes, however the ball eventually came to rest in goal and a great Buffaloes kick chase ended with Cosgrove being tackled in-goal. Brown almost put Hulme over on thirty three minutes before a Drake penalty on thirty eight minutes brought the first half scoring to a close, 20-4. Bramley finished the half on the front foot, whilst little had been seen of the Wizards as an attacking unit in the final twenty minutes of the half. The Wizards came out in the second half determined to take the game to the Buffaloes, their plans were undone though within four minutes when they were penalised for stripping the ball and John Elliker fed centre John Richardson a great pass to allow him to go over under the posts. Drake converted again. Bramley continued to press the Wizards line, however to their credit the Wizards scrambled well and were rewarded for their efforts on fifty one minutes. Jono Smith caused the Buffaloes left hand defence problems all afternoon with his strong running and clever off-loads and it was he who burrowed over for a try, his own conversion coming back off the post. Buoyed by this success the Wizards closed the gap further six minutes later when Smith again scored from close range, this time successfully converting his own try. The Buffaloes were unlucky to lose the impressive Dan Caston midway through the half to a nasty head wound that required immediate hospital treatment. James Brown caused the Wizards all sorts of problems all afternoon and on the back of him stripping the ball in a one-on-one tackle, John Richardson showed excellent pace and footwork to get away from the covering defence to put Williams into space from 10m who needed no second invitation to score his sides fifth try of the afternoon on sixty four minutes. Drake kicked his fourth successful goal. Another Drake chip forced a second drop
  15. DRAKE GUIDES BUFFALOES TO KIPPAX DERBY WIN by Andy Coldrick Kippax Knights 10 (4) v Bramley Buffaloes 40 (20) Bramley Buffaloes maintained their three point lead at the top of the RLCN with another convincing victory over local Leeds rivals Kippax Knights with a 10-40 away victory on Sunday. Buffaloes coach MarkButterill spoke before the game about this derby not being about revenge for Buffaloes, after Kippax had inflicted the only league defeat of the season so far on the Buffaloes back in May, he was more concerned about his team
  16. Further to earlier discussions, the consultation period on the Davies Report is now open until March 5th 2010. As you will be aware, the Davies Report has recommended that the Rugby League Challenge Cup be removed from the list of free-to-air events. To remove the Challenge Cup from the free-to-air list would mean a huge and very significant drop in exposure for the game, which we believe will severely limit the ability of the sport to grow. For a sport which has proven to have benefits to health and wellbeing and is able to be adapted for almost any person (whether able bodied or not) to play, this could also have serious knock-on effects in health terms throughout the country. Further details of the consultation period can be found here http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_librar...tions/6496.aspx. After the closure of the consultation period, the Secretary of State will make a decision on whether to accept or ignore these recommendations which is being opposed by the RFL, the APPRLG (All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group) and Supporters Direct. He will take into account ALL available information and views. It is felt by all parties that a large number of responses opposing this recommendation could ensure the Challenge Cup remains on the protected list for future generations to enjoy and I would urge you to show your support for this campaign in one (or both) of two ways: Firstly, an online petition has now been set up at http://www.gopetition.com/online/32754.html Please add your name to this petition which will be forwarded to Neil Turner, Secretary of the APPRLG a week prior to the closure of the consultation. Secondly, you can send your response to David Patterson at the DCMS either via email on listedeventsconsultation@culture.gsi.gov.uk or via mail at: David Patterson Listed Events Consultation 5th Floor Department for Culture, Media & Sport 2-4 Cockspur Street London SW1Y 5DH I have drafted a letter (Below) to Mr. Patterson which you are free to use yourself or forward to other contacts who may wish to respond also. The Challenge Cup has provided some iconic moments in our country
  17. The Rugby League All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), the Board of the Rugby Football League and Supporters Direct oppose this recommendation. The RFL has given evidence to the Committee and responded to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to this effect. An Early Day Motion (EDM) has been tabled by Neil Turner MP as Secretary and the Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs who are Vice-Chairs of the Group, and we are seeking a debate in Parliament. As a Rugby League Supporter, you can help ensure that this proposal is defeated, and that the Challenge Cup remains available to all supporters to see on free to view television. Firstly as RL supporters, please write and encourage your local MP to sign the EDM (EDM48) to indicate their support for our view. To find your who your MP is and their contact details, check http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/. I should explain that only Back-bench MPs can sign EDMs, but your writing to your MP should they be a Government Minister or Opposition Spokesperson will show them the strength and depth of feeling on this issue within their constituency. Secondly, please respond to the consultation by writing to DCMS and making your views known. The number of letters they receive will be a major factor in their accepting or rejecting the report's recommendations. Once open, the consultation, and contact details for responses will be listed at http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_librar...ns/default.aspx. I believe that we can overturn this recommendation, but only if we act collectively as Rugby League fans in the way I have suggested. I hope your Trust and its members will help, and we can keep the Challenge Cup on 'free to air' television, and allow all those many fans who cannot see regularly televised Super League games live to enjoy one of our games greatest spectacles, and top teams battle for one of our country's oldest trophies. Once the consultation period is open we will be posting details of who to contact at the DCMS and how to sign the petition, we will send to the DCMS. Below is a sample email to send to your MP - Dear (Insert Name of MP), Davies Report and the RL Challenge Cup Final I am sure you will be aware that the Davies Committee has recommended that the Challenge Cup should no longer be on the 'A' list of events free to view on terrestrial television. The Rugby League All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), the Board of the Rugby Football League, Supporters Direct and the Rugby League Supporter Association oppose this recommendation. The RFL has given evidence to the Committee and responded to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to this effect. An Early Day Motion (EDM48) has been tabled by Neil Turner MP as Secretary and the Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs who are Vice-Chairs of the Group, and we are seeking a debate in Parliament. As a Rugby League supporter, I would urge you to sign the EDM and show your support for this campaign. Rugby League is one of the fastest growing sports in the country at grass-roots level and this growth can only gained with continued exposure from free-to-air TV. The Rugby League Challenge Cup has provided some iconic moments in this country's sporting history and will continue to do so in future as the country's top teams battle for one of sports oldest trophies. Best Wishes,
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