Despite there being no game at the weekend for the Old Brodelians, the grounds at Woodhead Park were still a hive of activity with good numbers of volunteers in attendance from early doors Saturday morning to late on Sunday evening.
Work was carried out on the pitches and surroundings as well as the clubhouse which has had several improvements undertaken in the close- season and include a new patio area adjacent to the clubhouse and the first-team pitch during the early summer months.
The grounds are looking tip-top with additional advertising boards in evidence around the venue.
Following the successful charity partnership with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance over the last two years in which over £10,000 has been raised, the club have agreed a new partnership for the next two-year period.
The new partners will be Overgate Hospice, Elland, a cause which has been supported in the past through the now popular annual music fest, Brodstock, and Angela Curran with the friends of Overgate Hospice.
The build-up to the new season continued last Thursday with a visit to West Leeds RFC who were the finalists at Twickenham in the National Cup competition in April.
Following the efforts and excellent result at Morley the previous weekend, Brods had a bit of a wake-up call losing by four tries to two.
West Leeds look like good candidates for promotion this year and their speedy backs tested the Brodleians’ defence.
Athough the game was lost the exercise was useful in that Brods were able to offer more match time to several returning players from their expanding squad of players.
Former first-team wing James Marshall, who has been playing for Elland ARLFC this summer in Division One of the National Conference League after performing in the National Rugby Union leagues with Cleckheaton for several years, was back in Brods’ colours and it was good to see former first team powerhouse Luke Scrimshaw enjoying the game again at first-team level.
This Saturday, the Brods have a bye in the Yorkshire Shield competition and no doubt many of the Brods faithful will be travelling to Standeven House to cast an eye over Crossleyans who will be their opponents on the opening day of the league season the following week.
Crossleyans will play Yarnbury (3.00) whom Brods heavily defeated in the last game of the season .