Red Devil Hema joins Halifax but it’s frustration for Wyke’s A-team

Aiden Hema scores one of his two tries on debut for Halifax under 21s in a recent  40-8 win over South Wales Scorpions at Siddal.
Aiden Hema scores one of his two tries on debut for Halifax under 21s in a recent 40-8 win over South Wales Scorpions at Siddal.

A FORMER Rastrick High School head boy has signed for Halifax RLFC.

Aiden Hema, 20, who has for the past five seasons been with Salford Red Devils, has joined the Championship club to initially play in their Under-23 side.

However, with his ambition and family connections, back-rower Aiden is looking to force his way into the first team.

His father Arnie hails from New Zealand and came over three decades ago to play for Sheffield Eagles and later Bramley, Huddersfield and Nottingham City.

He is also a former Maori international forward and his cousin is Jared Waerea Hargreaves, the Sydney Roosters co-captain and New Zealand international forward.

Aiden, whose younger brother Jordan(Buster) plays for Brighouse Rangers U-14s and attends Rastrick High, started out with Rangers before moving to Siddal ARLFC and then onto Salford when they signed him on scholarship forms.

His father and mum Jane are off to Buckingham Palace in May for a Queen’s Garden Party in recognition not only for what Arnie and his colleagues do at their practices based in Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Eccleshill, but right across the country for children in need of support. He also served as a special constable in Brighouse for 17 years.

West Bowling A 12

Wyke A 8

Wyke’s A team were slow to start in the Bradford and District Amateur RL’s Hudson Foster Trophy semi-final with West Bowling A team’s Ben Cousen leading the way.

Sean Kelly, James McGibbon and Aaron Priestly took the fight back but it was Bowling who scored first with ex- Bradford Bulls junior full-back Joe Simpson setting up their score in the corner. Bowling came again with a long range interception to make it 12-0 and Wyke were looking like they weren’t at the races at all. Wyke full-back Brett Grey hitback after some good pressure but the conversion was missed. Some honest, hard work from Wyke’s pack saw them start to dominate Bowling, and when Keiron Helliwell showed some nice feet to score in the corner it was game on.

Had there not been a forward pass on the stroke of half-time Simpson would have had his second try assist of the first half.

The second half was all Wyke but despite some real pressure they could not make the last pass or kick count.

Wyke’s head coach Warren Pitman said: “Bowling tackled really well and had some experienced players like Joe Simpson and Lee Hutchinson who led by example for them when it got tough.

“I can’t knock our effort; it’s our last pass that is letting us down as no disrespect to Bowling, with the amount of possession and field position we had, we should have been in the final.”