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North Premier / Unofficial opening Saturday
« on: June 11, 2019, 11:57:10 AM »

Week 1 07 Sep 2019


Sandal
v   
Kirkby Lonsdale


Billingham   
v   
Wirral


Blaydon   
v   
Macclesfield


Ilkley   
v   
Harrogate


Lymm   
v   
Blackburn


Morpeth   
v
Carlisle


Rossendale   

Alnwick

Information courtesy of Rolling Maul

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North One / Rising without trace
« on: December 02, 2018, 10:10:58 AM »
After all the talk about York and Scarborough on here, no one ever seems to mention the current table-toppers. Now where did THEY spring from ?

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North Premier / North Premier 18/19
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:49:43 AM »
Might as well get something started... teams for next season ( subject to level transfers etc etc )

Blaydon
Sheffield
Hull
Harrogate
Lymm
Rossendale
Billingham
Ilkley
Kirkby Lonsdale
Wirral
Kendal
Sandal
Vale of Lune
Alnwick
Wilmslow

That's one too many... Sheffield to the Midlands I suspect, or possibly Wilmslow.

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Other Senior Rugby / Personal memories
« on: August 24, 2016, 03:51:16 PM »
As we've being comparing the various merits and demerits of just four Clubs, I thought I'd open a new topic...

Scarborough

My last first XV (non) appearance as sub at the old ground, which I never particularly liked. Rickety old Clubhouse, very black on the outside. I think the last time Ilkley played there was the year before we went up into NE1, not of fond memory. We played very well that day.

The new set-up was impressive from the start, apart from the pitch, which was poor for the first season, unsurprisingly, as it was brand new. Generally great facilities and always a warm welcome. The players were nice too : their Captain gave a very pretty speech wishing us luck in our Twickenham game and we have always done pretty well there.

Selby

The Yorkshire Shield Final was played there in 1976, when Ilkley lost to Pocklington. having followed that Shield run from the touchline, I started playing for Ilkley the following September. I recall Selby always being that bit better than Ilkley, especially in the lower teams, but in League rugby, Selby have never beaten us.

Great pitches, decent teas, awful beer. Proper rugby shirts too.

Sheffield

One of those Clubs that were mentioned on Grandstand, so obviously, one to be respected !

Abbeydale is a bloody awful place to get to and I recall that Sheff always played their April games away, the cricketers having kicked them out. They brought both first and second XV's to Ilkley for the end of season game and always partied well.

More recently, we have played well against them and are always well looked after in the shared Clubhouse. Sorry we won't be playing them this season, unless we bump into them in the Cup.

So - fond memories all round !

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Other Senior Rugby / Scotland v Japan
« on: September 23, 2015, 03:16:51 PM »
Is it me, or are Japan getting pinged for stuff Scotland are not ? And has there been a straight feed yet ?

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North One / Well done Sheffield
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:48:44 PM »
Seems to have been a hard fought game - Sheff win 35.29

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North One / Defining moments of the season
« on: April 20, 2015, 09:56:16 AM »
A few defining moments of a wonderful league season for Ilkley RFC...

1. The ref conjuring up 7 minutes of injury time at Abbeydale, during which Sheffield touched down and went into the lead for the first time in 86 minutes. 1 point instead of 4.
2. The nightmare at Northern. Played like drains and went down 22-16. With a penalty given our way on the 5m line with two to go, a stray slap had the pen reversed. Game over. I wrote in the report that at least Ilkley would not play so badly again - they didn't !
3. Sheffield at home. With two Ilkley players in the sin-bin and one flat on his back, Sheff managed to knock on with a two-man overlap in the final minute. Ilkley win 20-16 and 4 points instead of 1.
4. Ash Smith's penalty for Percy Park in the last 5... a 3 point lead at the top.
5. The last of umpteen whistles at 4.32 on Saturday afternoon.

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Alnwick v Northern - Northern lose, but get a point. That'll do.
Bradford & Bingley v Dinnington - desperate times for the Bees. Passion gets them 4 points - not enough      
Horden v Driffield - Driffield safe after an early scare. Kelleythorpe Crisis Canned.
Ilkley v Pocklington - Ilkley anxious to avenge their September defeat : they do. Oh, and.....
Rochdale v Percy Park - PP did the necessary last week. Barbarians rugby at 'dales last NE1 match
Sheffield v West Hartlepool - Abbeydale will be more on edge than Stacks Field. With good reason - just the 4 points as West's late form continues.
Wheatley Hills v O. Crossleyans - just enjoy yourselves,lads. WH to finish with a flourish.
   

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North One / Driffield v Ilkley
« on: April 12, 2015, 11:47:29 AM »
A great game to watch and I imagine to play in too. The wind did its best to spoil things and certainly did influence the way the game was played.

The final score of 22.27 was an entirely accurate reflection of the match - Ilkley did deserve the bonus-point win, but equally, Driffield did deserve to get something from the day with a really committed display.

Marvellous pre and post-match hospitality.

Report on the game available on both websites and you can actually recognise it's the same game !

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North One / Predictions - April 11th
« on: April 08, 2015, 03:48:18 PM »
A big weekend ahead... will anything be decided ?

Bradford & Bingley v West Hartlepool - West need just one point to ensure safety : Bees need a lot more - 4:1
Dinnington v Wheatley Hills - S. Yorkshire love-in with Dinno on top - 5:1
Driffield v Ilkley - Driff in dire straits if they lose. Ilkley daren't lose. Bring on Mark Knopfler - 1:5
Northern v Horden - 5 points against Horden not so nailed on as earlier... if Northern lose...as above ! - 4:1
Old Crossleyans v Alnwick - a long way to come for Alnwick to wave au revoir to Crocs - 0:5
Percy Park v Sheffield - come on PP, fingers out ! No ? Damn ! - 1:4
Pocklington v Rochdale - throw it about, boys. A home win try-fest - 5:2



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North One / Old Crossleyans v Ilkley
« on: March 21, 2015, 06:27:49 PM »
Ilkley secure second place with a 7 try bonus win at struggling Crocs. The home side had a good first half, but a second half blitz sealed the win. Rochdale's loss at Northern - Ilkley's next opponents - means a play-off place at least is nailed on.

Seven different Ilkley scorers today and a very welcome return for Stewart Brewer.

Will Sheffield drop two points in three matches ?

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North One / 20 points to play for
« on: March 16, 2015, 11:19:50 AM »
With just four games to go, it's getting tense at the top and bottom. I'd say Alnwick are just about safe now after a good performance at Rochdale, which leaves two from the next five below to go down...

Driffield at 9th with 50 points have the top three to play, albeit at home to both both Sheffield and Ilkley, with an away trip to Rochdale sandwiched between. I think they'll win one of these and take 5 at Horden, increasing their points to 60 and safety.

West Hartlepool at 10th on 48 points have three tricky away fixtures at Hills, the Bees and Sheffield and an equally tough home one against Percy Park. Difficult to see them getting more than 5 points from these on current form , leaving them with 53 points and facing the drop.

Northern at 11th with 43 points should fare better, with Rochdale and Horden at home, but they won't like the thought of Ilkley away and then finishing at Alnwick. They need 10 points just to gain parity with W. Hartlepool and even if they get them, the number of wins could decide it - in this case, it'd be Northern to go on points difference.

Bees at 12th on 42 points have the easiest of the runs-in, with three home matches - Alnwick, West Hartepool and Dinnington. The one away match is at Hills. I can see them winning all of these, the thought of having to play Bradford Salem next season acting as the main spur. 17 out of 20 and safety with 59 points.

Finally, 13th placed Crocs on 35 points. Of the five clubs featured here, the best losing performers at Ilkley and victors over Sheffield. Home to Ilkley first and then Horden away - 6 points from these two ? Alnwick at home and Hills away - another 8 perhaps, if they can fire on all cylinders. Still not enough though, ending with 49.

In conclusion, Crocs and Northern to join Horden

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North One / Scores today
« on: March 07, 2015, 04:36:15 PM »
Ilkley 36.24 Dinnington. Great game. 6 tries to 4

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North One / Predictions for March 7th
« on: March 05, 2015, 12:13:46 PM »


Alnwick v Wheatley Hills - a home win to keep Alnwick safe from the following pack.
Horden v Bradford & Bingley - Bees to forget last week's disappointment with a 5-pointer.
Ilkley v Dinnington - home record maintained - just.
Percy Park v Driffield - Park need this to stay in contention at the top. A narrow win for them...
Rochdale v Old Crossleyans - ...as do Rochdale... and a narrow win for them too.
Sheffield v Northern - squeaky-bum time at Abbeydale. They need a bonus point, but fail by one try in their win.
West Hartlepool v Pocklington - I fancy an improving Pock for this

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North One / Predictions 28.2.15
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:40:39 PM »
Alnwick v West Hartlepool - two big packs, so a bit of a slug-fest. Alnwick to edge it...
Bradford & Bingley v Ilkley - surely Bees can't come back onto form so late in the season... can they ? Hope not !
Dinnington v Rochdale - two very hospitable clubs, but Rochdale have more to play for. Narrow win for 'dale.
Driffield v Pocklington - local pride at stake. Driff to bounce back after their disappointing trip to W.Hartlepool.
Northern v Percy Park - more local pride. Can you have score-draws ? No ? PP then....
Old Crossleyans v Sheffield - getting desperate for the Old Boys and I fear it will stay that way. Close though.
Wheatley Hills v Horden - another forward battle. But only for 50 minutes, then Hills to cruise home.

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