Last week I wrote about the fantastic news that training & playing had resumed at all age groups within our local community clubs.

Until that magical date of 17th May when people are allowed to be spectators at live sport our clubs cannot publicise their games but I can let you know how their progress is unfolding.

Our Dewsbury based National Conference League clubs all played pre season friendlies last Saturday with one of the games being a keenly fought local derby.

Thornhill Trojans emerged victorious over Dewsbury Moor Maroons by 36-14.

The Overthorpe Park men built on a narrow 12-8 interval advantage. 

Former Ram Matthew Tebb was amongst the Thornhill try scorers with other touchdowns coming from a Jacob Holmes brace, George Woodcock, George Stott, Casey Johnson, & Harry Woollard. 

George Woodcock also kicked 3 goals with a further two pointer coming from Joel Gibson.

Brad Adams,  

Kieran Dean & James Samme crossed for the Moor with Brad Foster slotting a conversion. 

Shaw Cross Sharks welcomed Hunslet Warriors to Leeds Road. Nick Wright crossed the whitewash for the Sharks but they ultimately went down 34-4 after trailing 18-0 at the break.

Dewsbury Celtic were pipped 20-12 by visitors Underbank Rangers.

Competitive action started in the Yorkshire Mens League & opening day saw a significant win for Mirfield Stags who beat Bramley Buffaloes 26-8 in Division One. The Buffaloes are the modern day reincarnation of the former Bramley professional club.

Ossett Trinity Tigers put up a spirited effort at Farnley Falcons in Division Two but were pipped 12-10.

Division Four saw a fruitless trip to Castleford for Dewsbury Moor as they went down 86-0 to Lock Lane.

It was a much better away day for Thornhill Trojans in Division Five West as they triumphed 32-0 at Halifax based King Cross Park.

After such a long period of inactivity it was magnificent to see the junior age groups kick off again 

Here are results from last weekend involving our local teams:

Yorkshire Junior League Under 18s, Central 2 Division 

Emley Moor 6 Shaw Cross Sharks Reds 24

Under 16s, Division Two

Dewsbury Moor 12 Shaw Cross Sharks Blacks 16

Under 15s, Division Two

Thornhill Trojans 0 Dearne Valley Bulldogs 0

Lock Lane 28 Dewsbury Moor 22

Under 14s, Division One 

Stanley Rangers 10 Dewsbury Celtic 38

Division Two

Dewsbury Moor 48 Newsome Panthers 10

Birstall Victoria 26 Shaw Cross Sharks Blacks 8

Under 13s, Division Two

Drighlington 22 Shaw Cross Sharks Blacks 18

Under 12s, Division One

Dewsbury Moor 22  Siddal Blues 0

Division Two

Elland 30 Shaw Cross Sharks Blacks 18

Division Five

Shaw Cross Sharks Reds 8 Crigglestone All Blacks 40

Batley Boys 38 Dewsbury Celtic 22

Totally heartwarming too to see the girls game flourishing in our town with more opportunities emerging as clubs form teams. There is no doubt that a strong female presence can only add strength to the clubs & game as a whole.

Dewsbury Moor girls Under 18s feature in the Premier Division & crossed the pennines to Thatto Heath Crusaders & although they went down 42-0 these are exciting times at the Moor as it is good to note that their Under 14 girls had a 48-0 home win against Culcheth & Orrell whilst their under 13s also triumphed on home soil 24-0 against high profile opponents Hull Kingston Rovers. 

It was a double away day in Dewsbury for the Hull KR girls as their under 14s provided the opposition for Shaw Cross Sharks. This was a close call with the Robin’s winning 10-4.

Thus a busy weekend locally & as the magical date of May 17th draws nearer we will soon be able to stand on a touchline and witness the action unfold.