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Local rugby league: Some good news for Blue & Golds

The Blue & Golds have just returned to pre-season training, commencing weekly sessions on the Longcroft 3G pitch at 7pm every Thursday evening. Head Coach Scott Taylor is currently on World Cup duty in Austrailia so Assistant Coach Duncan O’Connor and Director of Rugby Pat Howdle are holding the fort.

The 2018 season will start a little earlier for Beverley as they have just received some good news from the RFL – they will be the Yorkshire Men’s League’s only entry in the first round draw of the Rugby League Challenge Cup. Ties will be contested on the weekend of the 27th and 28th January.

The entry may well evoke memories of Beverley’s run to the last 16 of competition almost 23 years ago. They were eventually knocked out by Batley at the Boulevard in front of over 3,000 spectators.

A second piece of good news came with two representative selections: Jack Howdle has been included in the open age squad for Yorkshire v Lancashire and Luke Shaw has been selected for Yorkshire under 19’s, who will also face Lancashire. Both games took place as a double -header at Stanningley ARLFC on Sunday (5th November).

And finally, Beverley are still awaiting the most important news of all, concerning their National Conference League application. Their entry has been recommended by the NCL committee alongside West Riding outfit Queensbury. The entry now requires rubber stamping, which will require the other 46 NCL clubs to vote on the matter.

All being well Beverley will take their place in NCL Division 3 alongside the following clubs: Barrow Island, Blackbrook, Clock Face, Dewsbury Celtic, Eastmoor Dragons, Gateshead Storm, Oldham St Annes, Queensbury, Stanley Rangers, Waterhead Warriors and Woolston Rovers. They will also enter an ‘A’ team in the Yorkshire Men’s League in either Division 5 or the Alliance League.

A vey busy close season is anticipated for club officials at Beverley ARLFC. preparing for 2018. The NCL may well require the club to have either temporary or permanent perimeter fencing around their pitch at the Leisure Centre. The pitch is overlooked by the Potting Shed which will act as a clubhouse providing the after match hospitality and refreshments.

The club’s AGM is scheduled for Monday December 11th and any potential restructuring should be announced after that meeting.