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6th September 2016, 12:49 | community

Community | Five things you may have missed

Community | Five things you may have missed

Featuring Barrie McDermott, a Challenge Cup winner, and a new team for Wheelchair Rugby League...


Farnley Falcons Girls team launched

Leeds-based community club, Farnley Falcons, have launched a Girls team.

The Falcons, who already host under 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s and 11s alongside a thriving Open Age side, are inviting any Girls from school years six to nine to head along to their Butt Lane home on Thursday, September 29, from 6pm, for an open training session.

Farnley Falcons are one of West Yorkshire's fastest-growing clubs

They are currently on the lookout for new players at all levels


A Farnley Falcons Club Spokesperson said: "We are delighted to be launching a Girls team.

"With a number of talented Girls already signed up at the club in Primary age groups, launching a new Girls team was the next natural step.

"As a club, we can't wait to start our journey into the fast-expanding female game."

For more information, email Club Secretary Jonny Adams:


Thursday, 29 September


Butt Lane Playing Fields

LS12 5DB


Rochdale Hornets Wheelchair play first game

Back in April, Rochdale Hornets' Foundation officially launched the club's new Wheelchair Rugby League team.

With Mayor of Rochdale Surinder Biant in attendance, the England WhRL squad kicked off the launch with a training session.

And, after months of hard work, this weekend saw the Hornets' Wheelchair Rugby League team make their debut.

On Saturday, the new team took on Halifax in a friendly match, hosted at Robin Park in Wigan with help from Link4Life and the Corporate Covenant.


The England Lions Youth side returned from a successful tour of Canada this week after racking up three wins in games hosted across the country.

The tour kicked off with a 54-4 win over a Canada Youth side on August 28.

Brad Gotts, Callum King (2), Jack Sharrat, Tom Brown, Jake Calum (2), Joey Brady, Dec Sheridan, Robert Crompton and Conor Taylor were all on the scoresheet in a huge win, before they eased past Ontario State 70-16.

Ryan Grey (2), Gav Roden (2), Crompton, Joey Brady (2), Calum and Conor Taylor all scored tries as they ran out big winners against Ontario.

The Lions picked up three wins from three games in Canada

Try time against Canada Youth

Finally, they came up against the Canadain National Team on September 4, and were pushed all the way in a 22-18 win against the local products at Lamport Stadium.

Tries from Daniel Tufou and Nick Haks, as well as two Steve Piptek goals, saw the hosts go in 12-6 up at Toronto Wolfpack's Lamport Stadium.

But, after a first-half try by Jake Calum, converted by Jack Sharratt, the Lions stuck back through Josh Oakes, Peter Valentine and Dec Sheridan to put them 18-12 up.

Though Shaun McKenzie scored, Piptek converting to level the scores with eight minutes to play, Conor Taylor's try snatched the win in the dying embers of the game.

Marcus St Hilaire is back in Rugby League

Former Leeds, Huddersfield and Bradford winger Marcus St Hilaire has taken up a coaching role with Huddersfield University.

The now 39-year-old enjoyed a varied playing career...

He came off the bench in the first-ever Super League Grand Final, scored a try Leeds Rhinos 56-12 win over London Broncos in the last Challenge Cup Final at the 'old' Wembley and was part of the England Sevens team at the 2002 Comonwealth Games, but this week marked a new dawn for his career.

The Huddersfield-born star will be taking over as Head Coach at Huddersfield University's growing Rugby League team, alongside former Huddersfield Uni' student Ricky Wilby.

The Huddersfield 'Blue Ghosts' finished fourth in Northern 2B last season and have big plans for 2016/17.

Barrie McDermott plays Touch RL!

Sky Sports' very own Barrie McDermott found time this week to get involved with Play Touch Rugby League.

The popular session at Waterhead in Oldham has been going from strength-to-strength this summer, and Barrie, who last played professionally in 2006, 'rolled back the years' by making an appearance at the session last night (Monday).

Also in the community game this week...

Castleford Tigers launch Women's team

A new Rugby League club is born