NATIONAL CONFERENCE LEAGUE:

The big kick off for the 2020 season for Division Three clubs saw the programme decimated by the weather. The much anticipated local derby across the valley between Batley Boys & Shaw Cross Sharks fell to the sword wielded by Storm Dennis!

Hopefully milder conditions will prevail this coming Saturday 29th February when the Sharks are scheduled to take on Eastmoor Dragons. Eastmoor will come into that fixture battle hardened by their opening day 14 – 12 victory at Gateshead Storm.

PENNINE LEAGUE: 

Last Saturday did see plenty of action, a repeat of the recent Yorkshire Cup Final saw Drighlington gain some measure of revenge with a 32 – 24 defeat of Mirfield Stags in Division One. Drighlington are coached by Dewsbury Rams player Martin Reilly & he will have surely enjoyed downing the Stags on their own patch.

Also in the top division Hanging Heaton were beaten 22 – 12 on their visit to Illingworth. In Division Two it is fair to say that Eastmoor Dragons will be fed up of visiting Dewsbury – they were beaten 12 – 6 in Overthorpe Park by Thornhill Trojans just a week after losing at Shaw Cross. Shaw Cross made the always difficult trip to Fryston Warriors last Saturday & put in a creditable display before going down 24 – 12.

There is some cracking action on the agenda for this coming Saturday 29th February as Hanging Heaton make the journey to Drighlington for a 2:30pm kick off in Division One. Meanwhile it is a battle of the Sharks in the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy Semi Final on Saturday as Shaw Cross Sharks take on Seacroft Sharks in a 2pm kick off on home soil.

BARLA NATIONAL YOUTH CUPS: 

Round one of the Under 16’s National cup saw progress for Dewsbury Moor as Hull Dockers forfeited their first round tie.

SHAW CROSS PRODUCTION LINE: 

I am old enough to remember the time when you turned up at Crown Flatt to cheer on Dewsbury and around eleven of our starting thirteen players had been signed from Shaw Cross, those days are unlikely to return as young players seeking a full time career in the game head off to Super League clubs.

The production line is still working well though & this week saw Wakefield Trinity announce the capture of 16 years old Wesley Bruines from Shaw Cross.

WORLD CLUB CHALLENGE:

The big event last week was the world club Challenge & Dewsbury Celtic would no doubt take much pride in the fact that their former player Alex Walmsley was one of the most impressive players on show.

This article was written by Rams supporter David Hyomes. Comments made on this article do not represent the views of Dewsbury Rams RLFC.