Siddal defeat Aussie tourists

Siddal under 16s took a notable scalp as they defeated touring Australian side St Edwards Bears 40-0

It was the tourists’ last match and the fact they had already beaten Chorley, Barrow and a Scotland Rep side meant Siddal faced a daunting task.

As it turned out Siddal had way too much for there opponents, however the opening exchanges were as tight as expected and the scores were 0-0 after 25 minutes.

Early on St Edwards threw the ball around very well backed up by an equally good kicking game and the match looked like being a close one.

The Siddal pack started to dominate with explosive running from Bob Holroyd, Tyler Dickinson and Jordan Moana proving to be too much for the Bears to handle and the match was never in doubt from the 25 minute mark when Harry Craze scored Siddal’s first try.

From that point Siddal’s half backs Elliot Minchella and Joel McFarlane took control and found space for the likes of Aiden Hema and Zac McComb.

It was Siddal’s physical defence led by Canaan Smithies that was most impressive keeping the Australian side scoreless. Siddal try scorers were Harry Craze (2), Elliot Minchella (2), Joel McFarlane, Louis Hobbs, Aiden Hema. Josh Dean kicked six goals.

A LACKLUSTRE performance from Elland under 18s and a series of strange refereeing decisions resulted in an 18-12 defeat at Normanton.

Elland started well with strong runs by Gary Barnes, Greg Broadbent and man of the match Tom Harnett but slack defending allowed the Normanton scrum half to race away and score a 60 metre converted try.

Elland hit straight back with Pat Oakes and with Tom Hall dictating play the ball was fed to Judd Fairbank who crashed over, Jack Ledgard converting.

On 30 minutes a melee saw the dismissal of a player from either side after which Elland had to soak up a lot of pressure with fullback Olly Barrett making several good tackles and against the run of play Chris Middleton intercepted the ball on his own 20 and outpaced the chasing Normanton team to score, Ledgard again converting to give Elland a 12-6 lead.

It looked like Elland would go in at half time in front but right on the last minute a mix up on the Elland line let Normanton in for a try with the conversion making it all square.

The second half saw the game go from one end to the other with neither team being able to cross but a dubious penalty gave Normanton a two point advantage which was quickly followed up by a try in the corner.

Elland fought back and good runs by Chris Cullimore and Brad Radcliffe resulted in the ball being thrown out to winger Jack Booth who looked to have scored in the corner but was adjudged to have hit the corner flag. Elland were awarded a series of penalties but could not take advantage.

WEST RIDING YOUTH ARL

Fixtures

Under 14s: West Bowling v Wyke; Methley Warriors v Hoyland Vikings.

Under 13s: Slaithwaite Saracens v Lindley Swifts; Queensbury v Moldgreen; Siddal v Ovenden; Brighouse Rangers v Underbank Rangers.