What a fantastic weekend for the community level of our sport!
The curtain went up on the National Conference League & the Yorkshire Mens League continued on its vibrant path forward.
Our Dewsbury based NCL clubs all emerged from the weekend massively encouraged.
Pride of place goes to Dewsbury Celtic who triumphed 52-18 in their cross valley home clash against Batley Boys. Harry Copley claimed a hat trick, Charlie Heaton & Jack Kelly notched braces with other tries coming from Pat Foulstone, Nathan Waring, Anthony Dunford & Jermaine Akadaire. Charlie Heaton also kicked four goals.
Shaw Cross Sharks emerged from their trip to the far north east with a 28-22 win at Gateshead.
Sharks touchdowns came from a Nathan Wright brace, Joe Russell, Eoin Bowie & Harry Scholes.
Gateshead also scored 4 tries but Brad Baines was the Cross hero as his 4 goals proved the difference.
Thornhill Trojans made the shorter trip to Drighlington & enjoyed a 44-10 victory.
The Trojans established early control & never lost their grip. Harry Woollard notched a hat trick of touchdowns with other tries for the Overthorpe Park men coming from Joel Gibson, Jake Wilson, George Woodcock, Adam Bird & Declan Kaye.
Five goals from Joel Gibson & one from Kaye completed the scoring.
Our only defeated side on opening day still emerged with massive credit, Dewsbury Moor Maroons made the daunting trip to Siddal.
The Halifax based side are long standing giants of the amateur game but Moor put up a massive battle before going down 32-10.
Kieran Dean & Tobias Richardson crossed with Aiden Ineson adding one conversion.
So what does this weekend offer in the flagship league of the community game- Actually quite a lot!
It all starts on friday night with a mouth watering local derby as the green & whites of Dewsbury Celtic climb the hill to Leeds Road to take on Shaw Cross Sharks.
On Saturday afternoon Dewsbury Moor Maroons host Gateshead whilst Skirlaugh travel from East Yorkshire to take on Thornhill Trojans in Overthorpe Park.
On to the Yorkshire Mens League & it is Mirfield Stags who claim the plaudits after a 54-18 Division one victory at Ovenden.
There was a titanic Division two battle that saw Ossett Trinity Tigers go down 24-19 against visiting Doncaster Toll Bar.
In Division Four Dewsbury Moor went down 40-12 to powerful visitors Kirkburton Cougars.
Our two Division five clubs both had narrow losses – Shaw Cross Sharks lost 20-14 at Eastmoor Dragons & Thornhill Trojans went down 18-12 in home clash against Todmorden.
Here are the Yorkshire Junior League results involving our local clubs.
Dewsbury Moor 12-22 Fryston Warriors
Newsome Panthers 18-20 Shaw Cross Sharks Blacks
Shaw Cross Sharks 18-24 York Acorn
Dewsbury Celtic 50-4 Brotherton Bulldogs
Milford 10-20 Shaw Cross Sharks Blacks
Emley Moor 36-6 Shaw Cross Sharks Reds
Featherstone Lions 16-6 Shaw Cross Sharks Blacks
Dewsbury Moor 6-18 Kippax Welfare
York Acorn 42-6 Thornhill Trojans
Shaw Cross Sharks Reds 18-28 North Leeds Leopards
Girls Premier Division Culcheth / Orrell 24-8 Dewsbury Moor
Girls Premier Division Dewsbury Moor 42-0 Stanningley
Girls Dewsbury Moor 34-0 Cutsyke Raidettes
Shaw Cross Sharks 36-4 Hull KR
Finally I am sure everyone from our local community clubs wishes Dewsbury Rams all the best for this weekends trip to the capital when we take on London Broncos.