Greetland back on top of the Halifax pile

Greetland All Rounders under 15s regained the Halifax Cup trophy they lost to Siddal last season with a 34-4 success over Brighouse.

Even though Greetland had several key players out through long term injuries, they were still regarded as the favourites having won a one-sided affair between the two sides 74-0 earlier in the season.

Brighouse, however, with the addition of some new players, did not make it so easy this time round.

From the outset Greetland were met with some stern defence, Hayden Smith and Thomas James trying their best to break through the line. Greetland also showed that they could defend just as well as their opponents after having to protect their own goal line for six sets with Adam Firth and Brad Taylor putting in some great cover tackles.

Greetland scored the first try, Elliot Foster hitting a sweet pass from Alex MacDonald at pace to scythe through the defence and go over untouched beneath the posts.

Greetland started to take control, turning Brighouse on several occasions and making them return the ball from deep in their own half. It wasn’t long before Greetland scored their second try. Hard working centre Ellis Akhurst received the ball 60 metres out and barged his way through the would be tacklers to score out wide. Greetland scored their third try from the kick-off when Josh Gilbert collected the ball on the full and returned it straight through the defensive line to score untouched beneath the posts, Issac Riley added the extras.

Connor Walker had what appeared to be a valid try ruled out by the touch judge after diving on his own kick through before Issac Riley went over after great defence kept Brighouse in their own 20 and forced them into a desperate kick downfield. However, the ball could only find the legs of Riley who dribbled the ball over the line to score out wide.

Greetland’s final try of the first half was another long range effort, this time from Matty Thomson, collecting the ball on the halfway line and skirting his way around the defence to score to the right of the posts. Riley added the extras for a 24-0 interval lead.

The heavens opened at the start of the second half which turned the pitch into a mudbath and led to players from both sides making mistakes.

Brighouse applied pressure on the Greetland defence but they were however unable to break through with Matthew Rigby making some strong tackles. Greetland regrouped and Ellis Akhurst strode through a tiring defence to score under the posts, Riley adding the extras.

Brighouse responded with a try when a kick through was not cleared by the Greetland defence allowing an unconverted try out wide before Joe Pittaway completed Greetland’s success by picking up from acting half and scoring out wide.

BRIGHOUSE Rangers under 15s eased to a comfortable 50-14 Halifax Cup final win over a brave Siddal team in horrific weather conditions.

A healthy crowd saw Brighouse take an early lead before a fight back from the Bulldogs kept the score interesting going into the break.

Coach Andrew Ambler gave his team a blasting at half time, which seemed to do the trick as Rangers slipped into top gear and blew Siddal apart.

ILLINGWORTH junior rugby league club are looking to recruit more players at under 14 level. Due to increasing numbers at training the club are looking at possibly setting up another team for next season’s Yorkshire Junior League summer season at the under 15 age group.

Anybody in years 8 or 9 at school and would like to join Illingworth then attend a training session either on a Tuesday or a Thursday at 6:30pm at their Mason Green ground or contact Mark Barlow on 07775900786 for more information.

Players are also needed at under eights and under nines. Training takes place every Saturday morning at 10:00 at the rugby club, contact Mick Lovelady for more details on 07876735280.

Fixtures

Under Eights: Dearne Valley v West Bowling B; Meltham v Wyke; Odsal Sedburgh v West Bowling A; West Bowling C v Slaithwaite; Huddersfield St Joes v Ovenden.

Under 10: Queensbury v Harehills B; Sheffield HH v Huddersfield St Joes; Wyke v Ovenden; Harehills A v Meltham; Underbank v Slaithwaite.

Under 11: Brighouse v Farnley; Dearne Valley v Guiseley; Queensbury v West Bowling; Sheffield HH v Ovenden.