THE Fairbank family will be missing en masse when Elland host local rivals Siddal in tomorrow’s National Conference date at Greetland Community Centre.
A family wedding has ruled out all of Calderdale’s most famous rugby league dynasty, depriving Elland of half a dozen players and their coach.
Boss Karl, prop James, winger Oliver and forwards Miles, Jack, Jorge and Ben will all be missing, with injured prop Marc Shickell and director of rugby Darren Radcliffe taking charge on the day.
The loss of so many players has forced Elland to cancel their planned second team fixture in the new Yorkshire League and will make Lee Greenwood’s Siddal even hotter favourites than they would already have been.
“We tried to cancel the fixture when the list came out, but for some reason it never happened,” lamented Karl Fairbank.
“It’s left us a bit short, so the second team game has been called off and a few of those lads will probably end up playing.
“It’s a shame, because we’re at home and with a full strength side we would have expected to give them a good game.
“They have been chopping and changing their side a bit and you would have thought that would have helped us.
“The lads will still give it a good go, but it’s going to be difficult for them against a Premier Division side.”
Siddal coach Greenwood confirmed the Chevinedge side had been asked to move the fixture, but said the proposed alternatives - which included bringing the game forward to this evening - had all been impractical.
“I’m not sure we feel any more confident now than we would have done if they had been at full strength,” said Greenwood.
CALDERDALE College’s Development side, coached by Lee Greenwood, claimed a notable scalp this week, beating Leeds City College 28-10 at Leeds Rugby’s Kirkstall training ground in a pre season fixture.
Greenwood’s side begin their competitive season on Wednesday against Huddersfield’s Greenhead College.