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Local Rugby League: Decision soon for Blue & Golds

Beverley’s Amateur Rugby League Football Club, the Blue & Golds, is anxiously awaiting news of the club’s application to join Rugby League’s National League next season. A decision is expected before the end of the month and possibly by the end of this coming week.

The club has just completed a successful season, which saw them finish fourth in the Premier Division of the Yorkshire League, defeating champions Batley Bulldogs on their way to a place in the end of season Grand Final. Unfortunately, on the day, the Blue & Golds went down 30 – 12 to Siddal Academy but both Director of Rugby Pat Howdle and head coach Scott Taylor remain very upbeat. “You have to lose a Grand Final to win one and when you consider the average age of our side their are many more occasions like this in them,” Taylor reflected after the game.

The club is now very much fixed on looking forwards and Howdle told Beverley FM they had their fingers very firmly crossed for some hopefully good news about the application to join the National League. “The National League came down to inspect our facilities and run the rule over our club and we believe they very much liked the look of what they saw,” he told Beverley FM on Friday (October 6th).

“We’ve been promised a decision by the end of October but we know there’s a meeting on Tuesday when the member clubs will have their say. We have to fulfil four criteria for membership and we’re confident we can do that,” he said.

The National League pyramid has four divisions in total – Premier Division and Divisions 1, 2 and 3 – and current division 3 sides include some famous names, including Oldham St Annes, Barrow Island, Gateshead Storm and Dewsbury Celtic. “It would mean a much bigger expenditure on thinks like travel, but we’ve factored all this in,” said Pat.“We regularly get 300 or 400 people watching us at the Leisure Centre and we have a great relationship with the Potting Shed, one of our sponsors.”

It was a very busy end of season day for the Blue & Golds. For after the Grand Final the club held its Annual Dinner and awards night with the special guest being Leon Pryce, formerly of Bradford Bulls, St Helens, Catalan Dragons and Hull FC. The main awards for the evening were the supporters player of the year going to Jack Howdle.

Bobby Howdle carried off the coaches player of the year and the young player of the year went to Luke Inglis. The Harry Jackson Memorial Trophy, which recognises an outstanding moment in a season, went to Ryan Anson. This was in recognition of a spectacular try from one corner of the field to the other beating several defenders on the way.