The feelgood factor was flowing through the Woodhead clubhouse last Saturday as Old Brodleians fielded four senior teams simultaneously for the first time in a few years - and all of them won.
The firsts, aided by a good display with the boot from stand off Danny Wood, dug deep yet again to beat visitors Ilkley 17-14.
That made it four wins on the bounce for John Cole’s side and put them in the middle of a group of nine tightly-clustered teams who have pulled 11 points clear of the bottom five in Yorkshire One.
After a lean last two or three years, including a relegation for the firsts, Brods are working hard to turn the corner and make the most of their buoyant and long-standing junior section.
They turned out three teams at home on Saturday while the seconds won convincingly at Huddersfield YMCA.
Cole said: “It is the first time we have had four teams for three or four years.
“It’s great for the club. There is a better character about the place and people are staying late on a Saturday night.”
Brods have pushed out the boat for three overseas players this season - Kiwi centre Sam Deacon, Tongan prop Tipiloma Kivalu and Aussie lock James Waddington.
Another sign of their newly-found purpose is the rapid completion of their new stand after work seemed to have stalled on the project.
Cole added: “A lot of hard work is being done in different areas by different people.
“Instead of 15 people doing all the work, now 35 to 40 are doing it and there are some new people with a real enthusiasm about what they are doing.”
Cole’s team look to keep up the good work tomorrow at Selby, who are two places below Brods and inflicted a first defeat of the season on Scarborough last Saturday, by 22-20.
Ilkley offered more in the backs than some of the sides Brods have faced this season and Cole is expecting tomorrow’s hosts to try to play an expansive game.
He said: “Selby are a strong team. Because of their wider field, they tend to be a flair team. Ilkley threw the ball about and Selby are likely to do it even more.”
While Dan Wood showed the way against Ilkley with a fine kicking display, which included four goals from five attempts, Cole was also particularly pleased with the contributions of Kivalu and Waddington.
Strong-running centre Deacon has been the import to catch the eye so far but Cole felt Kivalu’s ball carrying had done much to check Ilkley’s attempted fightback last week while youngster Waddington was improving as he adjusted to Brods’ pattern of play.
Cole is still concerned that Brods are not retaining the ball and building phases of play as well as they should be but he is certainly not complaining about results.
“We have five wins out of seven in a very strong league and we are definitely ahead of schedule,” he said.
“But it is a season-long competition and we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas.
“We will work hard up to Christmas and see where we sit in the mix. Hopefully we will keep improving and be in the top half, then we can aim at going on to finish somewhere near the top.”
Brods will be checking on young winger Kris Sharples, who suffered a leg injury and had to be carried off in the closing stages of the Ilkley game, while lock Matt Willis could come back into contention after a neck injury.
Brods Colts proceeded to the next round of the National Cup with emphatic 54-5 second round win over Doncaster.
Within the first two minutes Brods got to work as Roper caught his own high ball and passed to Wilson who scored.Bell getting the first of his 6 conversions
Great work from Jeffrey released Wilson who went over for his second, unfortunately during this passage of play one of the Doncaster players suffered a nasty ankle injury and the game was held up whilst he received treatment.
Doncaster could not live with Brods and when Butler went over for his first try, things were looking ominous for Doncaster.
Doncaster did look impressive in the scrum and their powerful pack caused Brods problems, however apart from that area of the game the Brods were a different class, Krishnapillai ran in for Brods’ fourth. Brods’ forwards, led by Cracknell and Matty Smith, then started getting to grips in the scrum and this allowed Sheldrake in for a try.
A quick tap penalty by Wilson allowed him to pass to Bell who put Butler in for his second.
Brods were trying to play the ball too much and not concentrating by this point and a loose ball was kicked through by Doncaster and they scored a try under the posts.
Wilson then got his hat trick with a breakaway try.
Roper then wrapped up the win and converted.
Old Brods U9s entertained Scunthorpe and Huddersfield YMCA.
In the first game, at the break against a strong Scunthorpe side the things were tied at 25-25.
George Bannister (3) and Ben Parkin (2) burst through tackles to take their chances.
The second half was a close encounter with Harrison Lawton, Jasper Brown and Tyler Banks (2) scoring for the Brods, while Scunthorpe crossed three times. However, the young Brods held on for a fantastic 45-40 win.
Next up were Huddersfield YMCA and the hosts through Bannister (2), Blake Drury and Parkin scored while YMCA crossed for tries.
In the second half the visitors scored three more times, while Bannister and Parkin touched down for the hosts. On the last play of the game Parkin scored a match winning try to take the game 35-30.
In game 3 against Scunthorpe the Brods were defeated by 35-25, Banks (4) and Brown were the Brods scorers.