Burnley and Pendle rugby league team considers switch to competitive leagues (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Burnley and Pendle rugby league team considers switch to competitive leagues
A RUGBY league team that has played summer friendlies for the last four years could become a permanent winter fixture.
Burnley and Pendle RL team has just completed the most successful campaign of its short history – winning five of their seven fixtures in the North West Rugby League’s Entry Division.
The team is largely made up of rugby union players from Burnley, Colne and Nelson, Wharfedale and Pendle Phoenix – the main reason why the club play in the Entry Division in the summer and not the North West Counties League.
However, due to the team’s increasing popularity – which includes a number of players from other sports – officials are looking into perhaps one day playing in the winter.
“In respect of the lads who play rugby union we withhold from playing in the North West Counties League,” said coach Brian Foley. “So the team play in what is described as an entry league where they can play friendly games as and when against league opposition.”
More than 40 players turned out for Burnley and Pendle during the two month summer campaign scoring a total of 55 tries – a strike rate of seven per game.
That success means the club could change from summer to winter.
“A vast majority of the players wish to play throughout the year as they have really taken to the game which does endorse their style of play,” added Foley. “But the club wish to respect the players commitments to other clubs throughout the winter season.
“However, because of the popularity and demand, the situation may be reviewed as time goes on.”
All but one of the players come from the Burnley and Pendle area and club has an emphasis on youth underlined by the fact that 20-year-old Matt Crowley – who scored 10 tries – is captain while Will Holden, 18, is vice captain.
Adam Healey, Shane McCullough, Chris Wall, Will Farnworth, James Henderson, Richard Murray and Howard Metcalf have been the back bone of a youthful squad, with many of the players in the teens or early twenties.
“Burnley and Pendle have assembled a young squad of players which is good for the future,” said Foley. “The club prides itself not only teaching the correct skills but being fine ambassadors for the game of Rugby League.”
The club will be looking for a big turnout to celebrate its season at its first annual dinner to be held at the ACE Centre in Nelson on Friday, October 18.
Tickets are £20 and are available from club manager Bob Lennard on 07772 600729. The club is also on the lookout for new sponsors. Contact Bob for details.
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