Double postponement leaves Rangers players frustrated

Brighouse Rangers v Lindley Swifts. Stuart Proctor.
Brighouse Rangers v Lindley Swifts. Stuart Proctor.

With a great day of rugby league in perfect conditions to look forward to last Saturday, everyone at Brighouse Rangers was left frustrated and kicking their heels following a double postponement blow.

After preparing for a tough Pennine ARL Championship Division One game against Batley Boys, chairman Dave Barnes received a phone call around 10.30 on Saturday morning to say that the game was off.

The Batley Boys chairman had called to say that their pitch was waterlogged and the referee had deemed it unplayable.

As a reult the attention focused on Richard Flynn’s A team, who were entertaining Huddersfield side Slaithwaite Saracens A.

“The team was buzzing and raring to go, and in the process of getting changed when Slaithwaite rang the club to say, sorry but they wouldn’t be able to come and play as they were struggling to raise a side,” said Barnes.

“We know only too well how hard it is sometimes to raise a team, as we have experienced it ourselves in the past and again this season.

“What was more disappointing when we had forgotten to tell a couple of our supporters who travelled to Batley to find no game. They rang the club to find out why?

“And, when told the reason, were totally shocked as there was no water on the pitch and it was perfect for playing on.

“The really strong sun must have dried up all the excess water in a couple of hours.”

With the World Cup final being played this Saturday at Old Trafford, the Pennine League have elected not to have any games.

Brighouse Rangers Juniors are planning a tour to Australia in August 2015 and would like as many people and local business as possible to help them achieve their target of £30,000, writes Charlotte Henbest.

Around 20 children from the Under 16s and five coaching staff are commited to the 15 day trip of a lifetime, with deposits paid and fundraising events already planned.

Clarke Bailey, who is well underway with plans for fundraising said: ”This really will be a trip of a lifetime for these lads. Over the 15 days they will get to play games in Sydney and Brisbane as well as see some of the sites. The experience will not only improve their game but will be trip they will never forget.

“We have already ready raised over £5000 but there is still a long way to go. This coming Saturday (November 30) we have a race night starting at 7.30pm at the Railway pub in Fartown and we would love as many people as possible to come out and support the evening.”

Anyone who can assist can contact Andrew Ambler on 07703191143, Clarke Bailey 07775886282 or Kim Salm 07786175300.

Two entrepreneurs from Wyke have set up a new business and aim to help Wyke ARLFC along the way.

Karen Hodgson and Karen Reid are the owners of Travel with Kare based at Drake Fold, Wyke, and offer everything from honeymoons and cruises to theatre breaks and attraction passes.

Anyone who books a holiday through them and mentions that they are a player or supporter of Wyke ARLFC then they will donate £10 to the club.

You can call them on 01274 601936.