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Great Britain Community Lions U18 team are preparing to face South Africa Students in Pretoria on Wednesday 29th June 2011, KO; 6.30pm.


The young Lions have selected what Head Coach Kelvin Lockett believes are the best players on the day to start. Changes include selecting tour captain David Pike at Loose Forward and switching loose forward Kenny Baker to link up on the right side with club mate Declan O`Loughlin.
Cumbrian Blake Mahovic will play on the left linking up with his club half Alistair Leak from West Cumbria. In the three quarters Jack Jones is selected to partner Nathan Skupski, Joe Bullock of Blackpool is retained on the right wing.

Sam Forester another West Cumbrian who scored a hat-trick on Saturday is preferred on the wing with Ryan Millar from Birmingham Bulls selected on the replacement bench.

Two try sensation on Saturday Jake Corney makes his full debut at full back. Other changes include the selection of Gareth Morgan to start in the front row with hooker Marcus O`Brien and solid front rower Brett Whitehead from Wigan.

Experienced half back Cumbrian Callum Phillips, holder of 16 Community Lions u18s caps and will end his u18 career with 17 caps, a record that will take some beating, is considered fit to start on the bench. All the boys on the bench will figure at some time during the game.

Head Coach Kelvin Lockett said "I expect the boys to do well on Wednesday, preparations have been first class, all the squad will play at some time, we expect this game to be our strongest test and have prepared for that outcome.".        

Game 2 Vs South Africa Students       

1.    Jake Corney            Hunslet Warrors        
2.    Sam Forrester            West Cumbria            
3.    Nathan Skupski             Thatto Heath                
4.    Jack Jones            Thatto Heath                    
5.    Joseph Bullock              Blackpool        
6.    Declan McLoughlin         Ince Rose Bridge        
7.    Alistair Leak             West Cumbria                    
8.    Gareth Morgan            Saddleworth        
9.    Marcus O`Brien             Millom            
10.    Brett Whitehead             Wigan St Patrick's      
11.    Blake Mahovic (Vice Captain)    West Cumbria        
12.    Kenny Baker             Ince Rose Bridge                
13.    David Pike (Captain)        Thatto Heath                    

14.    Jack Gay                 West Hull        
15.    Ryan Millar             Birmingham Bulldogs         
16.    Connor Nolan            Hunslet Warriors                
17.    Callum Phillips            West Cumbria        
18.    Nathan Lee            Bradford Dudley Hill           
 20. Michael Houghton            Ince Rose Bridge              
 22. Barry Clarke                                Chorley Panthers    




Western Australia .. 28 (12)
BARLA GB Lions .. 20 (10)

Jamie Hobbs at the nib Stadium, Perth

The BARLA Western Australia tourists were so close to reaching their goal of returning back home undefeated in all 4 games but were narrowly defeated in their final game by the WA state team 28-20 on Friday night.

The final game of the tour was the curtain raiser to the South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncoes which went on the road to nib Stadium in Perth for its third consecutive season in support of the WA's bid for a NRL team in 2013.

The Western Austalia state team which won the state championships on the week of BARLAs arrival named a strong squad from its domestic first grade competition and included 15 players from the 3 teams BARLA defeated en route to the final game. The majority of those 15 players however didn't feature in any of those warm-up games being able to rest after the state championships.

The WA team came out guns blazing while BARLA looked to be over oared by the occasion in the 20,000 seater stadium filling nicely for the NRL fixture. The hosts opened their account with a penalty conversion from scrum half Rowan Hastings 10 minutes into the 35 minute each way half, the game being cut by 10 minutes due to scheduling problems with the telecaster.

The WA state team looked to be well in control of the game with BARLA looking extremely fatigued in defence from a quick turnaround from Tuesday night's victory over Fremantle Roosters.

North Beach 5/8 Craig Phillis extended the hosts hold on the game with the first try of the match after a jinking run left the BARLA side flat footed, Hastings added the easy goal.

The elite GB amateurs showed real character to overcome the nightmare 20 minute start and began to make some inroads with ball in hand. Carl Booth, Dave Lowery and Trevor Penrose got over the advantage line and with that field position were able to turn around deeper into the WA half.

With 10 minutes left of the reduced half East Hull stand off opened the BARLA account with an attacking kick through from close quarters, the ball ricocheted of the defence and Puckering collected his own kick before going under the posts to make his own attempt at goal a formality.

Now only 2 points behind the tourists were truly back in the game and found the confidence they'd shown in the previous 3 victories. Ryan Fieldhouse showed the from the Leigh East fullback has enjoyed throughout the tour with several deceiving breaks from his own half.

Only 3 minutes before the interval BARLA took the lead when Shaw Cross wingman and tour top scorer Pat Foulstone finished off a flowing move in the corner to add his 4th try of the tour on the touchline.

BARLA looked to have turned the game in their favour but with just 20 seconds left on the clock WA broke down field. Despite BARLA stopping the primary attack the next play exposed gaps on the edge when Blane Edwards went in at the corner to regain the lead going into the interval 12-10.

To add insult to injury over the last minute score in the first half the next score 3 minutes after the restart further deflated BARLAs hopes of victory. Delane Edwards proved to be a continuous thorn in the tourists side in attack and got over for his second try of the evening. Rowan Hastings adding the extras to go 18-10 up.

BARLA stuck at their task as Kells forward Dave Lowery made a massive impression from the interchange. The tourists got back into the game 10 minutes into the second half when Myton's Carl Booth continued his hard work breaking down his centre crossing the try line or a much needed score. Carl Puckering added the conversion and his side was back in the game trailing by only two points 18-16.

Just like the first half BARLA couldn't get a consistent roll on the hosts and were left heart broken when they let the game slip with two quick-fire tries from Delane Edwards and Blake Champion, Hastings converting one of the efforts to propel them to a 12 point lead with 15 minutes left to play.

BARLA to their credit never threw in the towel despite the obvious fatigue from the pace of the game and a 2 day quick turnaround. Seaton Rangers towering second rower Brett Phillips managed to give the tourists a glimmer of hope as his outside angled run put him over to reduce the deficit. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful which meant they would need more than a converted try to push for extra time.

With around 8 minutes left to rescue the game the heavens opened with torrential rain which would flood the game for the NRL game following the curtain raiser.

The conditions didn't help BARLA's cause with a few handling errors but managed to enjoy some long periods close to the line but WA defended resolutely.

Steve McDermott came close to scoring near the end to setup a grandstand finish. The Halton Simms Cross' hooker chipped through close the line and collected himself but couldn't ground cleanly and it wasn't to be BARLAs dream close to a superb tour.

1 Tyrone Cranston - North Beach Sea Eagles
2 Jason Godecke - North Beach Sea Eagles
3 Taj Mailata - Fremantle Roosters
4 Josh Benjamin - Kalamunda Bulldogs
5 Billy Coughlan - Fremantle Roosters
6 Craig Phillis - North Beach Sea Eagles
7 Rowen Hastings - Fremantle Roosters
8 Nathan Searle - Joondalip Giants
9 Matt Doeg - North Beach Sea Eagles
10 Jon Phipps - South Perth Lions
11 Rick Williams - North Beach Sea Eagles
12 Delane Edwards (C) Fremantle Roosters
13 Blake Champion - Willagee Bears
14 Luke Heath - North Beach Sea Eagles
15 Arlin Paki - South Perth Lions
16 Peter Worth - Rockingham Sharks
17 Sam Jacobson - Rockingham Sharks
18 Blane Edwards - Fremantle Roosters
19 Ben McCrone - Fremantle Roosters
20 James Blake - North Beach Sea Eagles

1 Ryan Fieldhouse - Leigh East
2 Mike Johnson - Skirlaugh
4 Carl Booth - Myon Warriors
3 Scott Lofthouse - Kells
16 Pat Foulstone - Shaw Cross Sharks
6 Carl Puckering - East Hull
7 Tim Elliott - York Acorn
8 Mick Ledger - Thatto Heath Crusaders
9 Garry Phillips - Wigan St Patricks
10 Trevor Penrose - Skirlaugh
11 Brett Phillips - Seaton Rangers
17 Craig Jeffels - Castleford Lock Lane
13 Jon Paul Brocklebank - Egremont
14 Stuart Smith - Skirlaugh
19 Steve McDermott - Halton Simms Cross
22 Tom Radley - West Hull
12 Sam Radford - West Hull
15 Lee Fewlass - Myton Warriors
18 Dave Lowery - Kells
23 Mick Randall - Halton Simms Cross

Men of the Match
BARLA : #1 Ryan Fieldhouse
WA : #6 Craig Phillis

Sin Bins: None

GAMEBREAKER : A lapse in concentration just on the half time hooter allowed WA to regain the lead with a try in the corner after BARLA had battled hard to come from behind.

GAMESTAR : #12 Delane Edwards made some breaks through shear stength and determination

Western Australia : Craig Phillis 18', Blane Edwards 35', Delane Edwards (38' 53'), Blake Champion 46'.
Goals : Rowan Hastings 4/7

BARLA GB Lions : Carl Puckering 28', Pat Foulstone 32', Carl Booth 43', Brett Phillips 58'.
Goals : Carl Puckering 2/2, Jon Paul Brocklebank 0/2

Scoring sequence: 2-0, 8-0, 8-6, 8-10, 12-10, HT, 18-10, 18-16, 22-16, 28-16, 28-20.

Penalty count :
GLDO Forced :
Half-time: 12-10
Attendance : 15,371



The BARLA Great Britain Lions go into the final game of their tour of Western Australia tomorrow Friday 24th June with the crunch Test Match

against Western Australia. It's the curtain raiser at the nib Stadium, Perth to the NRL clash between Russell Crowe's South Sydney and the Brisbane Broncos

in front of a sellout crowd.

It is the climax of the tour which has seen them play three games against the top three sides in Western Australia which they have come out on top in giving them a

100% record going into the Test Match, playing some superb running rugby to delight the crowds at their games.

In the opener they defeated third placed side Rockingham Sharks 32-14 coming back from 4-0 down, league leaders North Beach Sea Eagles 44-0,

and second placed Fremantle Roosters 42-16 recovering from 6-0 behind. They have scored 118 points averaging 39 points a game and conceded 30 averaging

10 points a game.

The biggest problem that Coaches John Fieldhouse and Kevin Thompson had is who to leave out. All the squad have come to the show in all three games and

 some will be very disappointed not to make the playing side tomorrow. As they have all bonded together though they will all be in this together and if not

selected will no doubt be involved as water boys or other capacity pitch side.

The BARLA GB Lions team is as follows :
1 Ryan Fieldhouse - Leigh East
2 Mike Johnson - Skirlaugh
4 Carl Booth - Myon Warriors
3 Scott Lofthouse - Kells
16 Pat Foulstone - Shaw Cross Sharks
6 Carl Puckering - East Hull
7 Tim Elliott - York Acorn
8 Mick Ledger - Thatto Heath Crusaders
9 Garry Phillips - Wigan St Patricks
10 Trevor Penrose - Skirlaugh
11 Brett Phillips - Seaton Rangers
17 Craig Jeffels - Castleford Lock Lane
13 Jon Paul Brocklebank - Egremont
14 Stuart Smith - Skirlaugh
19 Steve McDermott - Halton Simms Cross
22 Tom Radley - West Hull
12 Sam Radford - West Hull
15 Lee Fewlass - Myton Warriors
18 Dave Lowery - Kells
23 Mick Randall - Halton Simms Cross

So on paper the attack is lethal from any parts of the field and they have a mean defence to boot. But it will not be easy for the BARLA Great Britain Lions as

this is a Test Match and Western Australia will not want to lose in such a prestigious match and occasion for them on home soil. Fifteen of the Western Australia

side will come from the three sides that the BARLA Great Britain Lions have defeated and they will know what to expect from the tourists and they together

with the rest of the squad will want to right the wrongs of those games.

Western Australia Squad:

Tyrone Cranston North Beach Sea Eagles
Jason Godecke North Beach Sea Eagles
Taj Mailata Fremantle Roosters
Josh Benjamin Kalamunda Bulldogs
Billy Coughlan Fremantle Roosters
Craig Phillis North Beach Sea Eagles
Rowen Hastings Fremantle Roosters
Nathan Searle Joondalip Giants
Matt Doeg North Beach Sea Eagles
Jon Phipps South Perth Lions
Rick Williams North Beach Sea Eagles
Delane Edwards (C) Fremantle Roosters
Blake Champion Willagee Bears
Luke Heath North Beach Sea Eagles
Arlin Paki South Perth Lions
Blane Edwards Fremantle Roosters
Sam Jacobson Rockingham Sharks
Peter Worth Rockingham Sharks
Ben McCrone Fremantle Roosters
James Blake North Beach Sea Eagles



Fremantle Roosters .. 16 (10)
BARLA GB Lions .. 42 (14)

Jamie Hobbs at the Ken Allen Field, Hilton

The BARLA GB Lions retained their 100% success rate while on their tour of Western Australia with a 42-16 over Fremantle Roosters. The final club game of the 3 week tour proved to be the biggest workout of all 3 games which will stand them in good position for their final game on Friday when they play the Western Australia state team as a curtain raiser to South Sydneys Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncoes match in Perth.

It was nip and took for the opening stages of the game as both sides took measure of each other and Fremantle were able to enjoy some early pressure forcing 2 repeat sets from GB tourists. BARLA had the opportunity to open the scoring as Chris Walker and Danny Mason combined but a strong scramble defence from the Roosters denied them the try in the corner.

While Fremantle held the majority of ball possession they were always going to look to score and they gave their vocal support something to cheer for as Dylan Dwyer put the hosts in the lead when a dab kick through on the last tackle was deflected for the fullback to pounce on. Karl Mardune added the easy extras.

Some direct running from interchange props Trevor Penrose and Dave Lowery managed to get BARLA back within scoring distance and had several chances down the right handside which passed without success. Noticing the success in attack down the right flank BARLA continued to pressure that side of the field and near the half hour mark were rewarded for their efforts with an unconverted try.

Soft hands across from the left to the right found Leigh East fullback Ryan Fieldhouse linking in the line to give Skirlaugh's Stu Smith an extra yard of space and after looking to go alone supplied his Skirlaugh team mate Mike Johnson out on the wing.

With Fremantle's defence looking exposed down the flank BARLA used a similar play minutes later this time Jon Paul Brocklebank getting involved in the passing play to give Stu Smith the space to finish the try himself this time. With the conversion unsuccessful BARLA held only a slender 2 point buffer with 10 minutes until the interval.

The tourists were able further the lead on the 36th minute when the Roosters spilt the ball on the half way line and Ryan Fieldhouse showed no hesitation in turning defence to attack. The Leigh East fullback collected the loose ball and dipped and dived through the trailing grasps of the Roosters defence and went in under the posts. Egremont Rangers JP Brocklebank added the goal to give his side an 8 point lead with 4 minutes left of the half to play.

The BARLA side let that cushion slip moments before the half time whistle when a towering kick from scrum half Jake Treloar was split close to the line and former West Hull loose forward James Wright pounced on the loose ball to score against his country mates. Luckily for BARLA the kick from out wide was unsuccessful and the visitors held onto a slender 10-14 lead.

The late first half try for the hosts didn't do much to knock BARLAs confidence from the 3 try purple patch and they pushed on to give themselves a bit more comfort. A jinking run from Egremonts Rhys Davies put Chris Walker with space down the touchline side. The Oulton winger a former player for Fremantle in 2009 used the touch as his friend and burnt away his former team mates to go in for a satisfying score coming in under the posts to make JP Brocklebank's conversion a formality.

BARLA kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely but had to do it the hard way after several petulant decisions from the officials. Like in the game 6 days previous versus North Beach Carl Puckering floated a kick over from a scrum in their own 10 metres and Shaw Cross Sharks winger Pat Foulstone proved his electric pace to be the first to the ball. East Hull's Carl Puckering added the goal and BARLA were crusing with a 16 point lead.

That score was soon to be wiped out by the Roosters who sit a the top of the Harvey Norman Western Austria Premier league when the without a doubt Roosters best player Brad Gibon crossed after breaking several tackle attempts. Hooker Karl Mardune once again added the goal.

With 20 minutes remaining the hosts were maybe hopeful of a fight back only trailing by 10 but Seaton Rangers giant second rower Brett Phillips probably put paid to those hopes powering over the line close to the posts. Puckering added the conversion and BARLA looked safe 32-16 to the good.

In the closing 5 minutes of the game BARLA added some gloss to the final scoreline as Pat Foulstone went in for his brace at the corner after riding a big challenge before Brett Phillips added his own second try of the match at the death. Leigh Miners loose forward Tom Bradbury added the final points of the game.

Reflecting on the victory head coach John Fieldhouse said "I'm really pleased that we've kept our unbeaten record going into the final game. Their was a lot of provocation from the officials tonight with a 3 to 1 penalty count, it shouldn't ever be that, even the opposition acknowledged we were hard done by but if you look at the scoreboard 42-16 we played some great rugby and put in some great tries I was pleased how our halves Tom Elliott and Carl Puckering worked together."

"Possession won us they game I think, in the second half we were up in the high 70's with our completion. That's what I asked of the guys at half time and they gave everything I asked for in the second half. We will need the same sort of completion on Friday night against the WA side."

Johns assistant Kevin Thompson added "We'd lost a little bit of intensity with the 6 day break since the last game but I thought we got back into it very well. They coped with the early pressure very nicely and we were gradually wearing them down. We did find ourselves on the back foot a little from the brunt of the heavy penalty count meaning we were in our own half too much but we worked on that and we came out on strong terms and in control towards the latter of the game."

With the victory Tuesday evening and now only 2 games preparation time before the final game of the tour on Friday vs Western Australia as a curtain raiser to the South Sydney Rabbitoes v Brisbane Broncoes, Fieldhouse added "I think it's probably a good thing that we have to turn around quickly from this game into the state fixture on Friday. We'll keep our focus through to the last game."

"There's no easy games while over here, we had our weeks rest from the North Beach game and now instead of resting before the final game we'll just keeping the lads ticking over in training. Instead of doing extra things in training to get us ready for the state team I think this game was an excellent hit out for the lads and will stand us in good stead for an uncompromising game vs Western Australia."

The Western Australia 20 man squad named for the final game include 15 from the 3 domestic clubs BARLA have defeated. The state championship in which W.A were crowned winners was played just before BARLAs arrival and John Fieldhouse wasn't surprised many of those 15 didn't feature in the warm-up games saying
"I think they've realised that they'll need their strongest team out to beat our strongest team and to risk those players to injury in the warm-up games would probably be the wrong move. I think its going to be a fabulous game playing before such a spectacle NRL game in Perth. I hope people get down and support the game, it's going to be a massive occasion win or lose but I want to win to meet our goal of returning without defeat.

1 Dylan Dwyer
16 Caleb Voaga
3 Brad Gibon
4 Chris Turner
5 Jai Baker
6 Dale Stringer
7 Jake Treloar
8 Mark Langeridge
9 Karl Mardune
10 Dixie Harris
11 Rob Tahu
12 Jarryd Papa
13 Joe Skipper
14 John Vaiu
15 James Wright
2 Ben McKone
17 Hadian Papa
18 Mat Swane
19 Louie Luaiua
20 Ryan Foster

1 Ryan Fieldhouse - Leigh East
2 Mike Johnson - Skirlaugh
14 Stuart Smith - Skirlaugh
5 Danny Mason - Wigan St Patricks
26 Chris Walker - Oulton Raiders
6 Carl Puckering - East Hull
7 Tim Elliott - York Acorn
8 Mike Ledger - Thatto Heath Crusaders
19 Steve McDermott - Halton Simms Cross
23 Mick Randall - Halton Simms Cross
12 Sam Radford - West Hull
25 Adam Thomason - Leigh Miners Rangers
13 Jon Paul Brocklebank - Egremont Rangers
21 Rhys Davies - Egremont Rangers
10 Trevor Penrose - Skirlaugh
20 Tom Bradbury - Leigh Miners Rangers
9 Gary Phillips - Wigan St Patricks
11 Brett Phillips - Seaton Rangers
16 Pat Foulstone - Shaw Cross Sharks
18 Dave Lowery - Kells

Men of the Match
BARLA : # 6 Carl Puckering
Fremantle Roosters : #3 Brad Gibon

Sin Bins: 59' BARLA #20 Tom Bradbury - Offence at scrum.

GAMEBREAKER : Former Freemantle player Chris Walker's blistering score down the wing in the opening stages of the 2nd half seemed to start BARLA s dominance of the game.

GAMESTAR : Ryan Fieldhouse combined well in the line to assist in the opening scores and made the third try of the game from nothing at the half way line.

Fremantle Roosters : Dylan Dwyer 16', James Wright 39', Brad Gobin 59'.
Goals : Karl Mardune 2/3

BARLA GB Lions : Mike Johnson 28', Stuart Smith 31', Ryan Fieldhouse 36', Chris Walker 43', Pat Foulstone (53', 74') Brett Phillips (70', 76').
Goals : John Paul Brocklebank 2/2, Carl Puckering 2/5, Tom Bradbury 1/1.

Scoring sequence: 6-0, 6-4, 6-8, 6-14, 10-14, HT, 10-20, 10-26, 16-26, 16-32, 16-36, 16-42.

Penalty count : 6-15
GLDO Forced : 4-2
Half-time: 10-14
Attendance : 450



Serbia Under-21s .. 6
BARLA Young Lions .. 50

Saturday 11 June 2011

Richard de la Rivière at Dunav Football Club

The prospect of returning home with anything other than a 100-percent record was enough to ensure that a fired-up Young Lions side demolished every obstacle put in front of them as they put the game to bed in a clinical first 20 minutes.

Miles Fairbank, in particular, looked like he was playing in those opening stages as though his life depended on it. The Serbs simply couldnt stop the big prop from Elland who swatted off opponents with
consummate ease. Outwide, Ben Swift, the Cockermouth centre backing up from Wednesday, was superb in attack and defence as was his centre partner James Duerdan, while the halfbacks Jacob Crossland and Jamie Usher kept things ticking over.

Ashley Hutchinson also stamped his mark on the game with two tries in the opening 11 minutes, firstly supporting captain Lewis Wilsons break and then backing up Ushers mesmerising run. Crossland goaled both efforts.

Fairbank set up the third for Swift as he stormed into the Serbs half, arced left and found his centre who beat his man and scored outwide. With the Lions in this mood, it was game over.

Crossland droped the kick off, but the visitors goalline defence was superb - as it was for most of the game; in marked contrast to Wednesday when it was found wanting too often.

Up at the other end, Lewis Smith had a try disallowed thanks to a forward-pass call but made amends on the half-hour mark when Crosslands majestic long cut-out ball was snapped up by Tom Saltmer for his third try of the tour.

Four minutes later, hooker Sam Dowsett burrowed his way over for a short-range, dummy-half try, with Crossland‚s goal making it 34-0.

But the biggest cheer of the day ws reserved for the powerful Serbian prop Milan Strbac. The local butcher, with legs like plump sausages, produced a close-range surge that took a couple of defenders over the line with him as he gleefully slammed the ball down. Strbacs strong hit-ups had already caused the visitors a couple of problems and his four-pointer was just reward for his efforts. Milos Zogovic, who had a decent game at fullback, converted.

Despite conceding a handful of early penalties, the British started the second half the stronger, looking to finish off their tour in style. When their defence was tested, it held out, and when Wilson marauded upfield, the Serbian cover defence only just got back. The ball was moved to the left where Swift drew the last man and sent fullback Jack Ridsdill over the line.

Moments later, Ridsdill fulfilled the role of creator, as he put Crossland away at the end of a 70-metre move. Crosslands subsequent conversion was majestic - 30 metres back right on the touchline. And it
won him a satisfying post-match beer, with a local supporter betting him he would miss!

With 40 points in the bank, the visitors started to field their nine substitutes, one by one, and the fluidity of their performance waned.

Todd Appleby smashing the luckless halfback, Stefan Nikolic, as he had done on Wednesday, was the highlight of a drab, ten-minute lull, before Ross Gainford, the tour captain, on from the bench, weaved across the field to send his Kells clubmate Lewis Smith to the line.

Shortly after, Gainfords steepling bomb saw Nikolic all over the place and Matthew Meaden, another sub, picked up the scraps to stroll over under the posts. Applebys simple conversion brought an end to the scoring.

There were still 14 minutes to go, plus a sizeable amount of added-on time as the game petered out. A brawl saw winger Rafik Boudersa sin-binned for bizarrely launching himself into the action feet first,
and Gainford soon followed for questioning the referees subsequent decision to penalise the British. In truth, BARLAs frustration at the massive penalty count against them contributed to the lack of flowing
rugby played in the closing stages.

Ridsdill prevented a certain Serbian try with a magnificent cover tackle as Radovan Tajsic, brilliant with ball in hand on Wednesday, looked odds-on to score, before Nikolic‚€™s nightmare was compounded as he was binned for a high shot on Rob Wilson in the final moments.

Delighted with his sides performance, joint coach Mark Robb said: "The guys played really well and were a credit to themselves.
"The game was wrapped up early on but with so much going against them in the second half, particularly the huge penalty count, it was fantastic to see the lads keep the Serbians scoreless in that period.
"Its been a great tour and the players have conducted themselves magnificently."

1 Milos Zogovic
2 Rafik Boudersa
3 Stevan Stevanovic
4 Milos Calic
5 Radovan Tajsic
6 Filip Brkic
7 Stefan Nikolic
8 Milan Strbac
9 Niksa Unkovic
10 Mile Podkoljniak
11 Stefan Nedeljkovic
12 Lazar Gospavic
13 Vuk Turdisic (C)
Subs (all used)
14 Nemanja Bozic
15 Zarko Kovacevic
16 Marko Marinkovic
17 Slobodan Manak
18 Vojislav Andelkovic
19 Vladislav Dedic

BARLA Under 19s
17 Jack Ridsdill (West Hull)
2 Lewis Smith (Kells)
7 James Duerdan (Walney Central)
19 Ben Swift (Cockermouth)
18 Tom Saltmer (Skirlaugh)
20 James Usher (Lindley Swifts)
5 Jacob Crossland (Normanton)
15 Miles Fairbank (Elland)
6 Sam Dowsett (Askam)
11 Ashley Hutchinson (Wyke)
23 Rob Wilson (West Hull)
10 Tom Holmes (Walney Central)
22 Lewis Wilson (C) (Kells)
Subs (all used)
9 Chris Highton (Seaton Rangers)
16 Connor Myers (Skirlaugh Bulls)
8 Ross Gainford (Kells)
14 Matthew Meaden (Ince Rose Bridge)
4 Payden Candland (Eccles)
21 Mike Whittle (Wigan St Judes)
13 Jamie Martin (Wath Brow Hornets)
3 Adam Brummitt (Shaw Cross Sharks)
1 Todd Appleby (Leigh Miners Rangers)

Men of the Match
Serbia U21: Milan Strbac
BARLA: Miles Fairbank

Sin Bins:
Serbia U21: Rafik Boudersa - running in, Stefan Nikolic - high tackle
Young Lions: Ross Gainford - dissent

GAMEBREAKER: Ben Swift‚€™s classy finish rounded off an impressive opening
quarter for the tourists which left the Serbs with too much to do.

GAMESTAR: Among a string of top performers, Miles Fairbank was absolutely
magnificent with ball in hand, throwing in a couple of big defensive hits
for good measure.

TOP TACKLE: With Radovan Tajsic about to touch down in the corner, BARLA
fullback Jack Ridsdill pulled off a copybook cover tackle to deny him.

Serbia Students: Tries: Strbac (36). Goals: Zogovic 1/1

BARLA Young Lions: Tries: Hutchinson (3, 11), Swift (19), Saltmer (30),
Dowsett (34), Ridsdill (47), Crossland (50), Smith (62), Meaden (66).
Goals: Crossland 6/7, Appleby 1/2

Rockingham Sharks .. 14 (4)
BARLA GB Lions .. 32 (16)

Jamie Hobbs at the Unirig (Lark hill) Sportsplex

The BARLA Great Britain open age side opened up their 3 week Western Australia tour with a much needed victory. Head coach John Fieldhouse highlighted that an opening victory would stand the rest of the tour in good sted, and his 20 man team didn‚€™t disappoint with a 32-14 victory over Rockingham Coastal Sharks.

Despite the convincing score line at the fulltime whistle it was the west coast hosts that opened the scoring and after a 15 minute strong hold on the game fullback James Blackburn supported on the inside to evade the covering defence.

BARLA were battling hard to bring the arm wrestle in their favour and they thought they‚€™d levelled the scores when Leigh East fullback Ryan Fieldhouse supported a magnificent break but the referee pulled back play for a forward pass. BARLA were making some hard yards with Brett Phillips and Sam Radford doing some damage up the middle and winger Carl Booth came in to help out his forwards and looked strong with ball in hand.

The BARLA tourists had to wait until the 26th minute until they could register their first points and it was superb try that went through the several pairs of hands before Castleford Lock Lane loose forward Craig Jeffels went under the posts from 30 meters out on international debut. East Hull stand off Carl Puckering added the easy conversion to take the lead for the first time.

The Great Britain front rowers had run their blood to water for the opening 25 minutes and were given a fully deserved rest and the interchange forwards Myton‚€™s Lee Fewlass and man of the match Simms Cross Mick Randall carried on with that go forward.

With BARLA now in more control of the game they started playing with more flair and on the front foot were able to cross for 2 more scores. John Paul Brocklebank finished a flowing play that went through several hands before the Egremont stand off finished in the corner. Carl Puckering added the touch line goal to put 8 points in between the sides.

6 minutes before the interval Skirlaugh winger Mike Johnson showed fleet of foot to beat his man on the outside and race in down the touchside to go in for his second try of the match. Puckering wasn‚€™t able to add the goal from a similar position as the previous but BARLA took a comfortable 12 point lead into the interval but were looking more confident.

That confidence was evident from the restart when after some strong defence to force the error BARLA took advantage of the earned field position. From the scrum Ryan Fieldhouse wet on a jinking run and created a 2 on 1 on the wing and supplied Skirlaugh winger Mike Johnson who still had plenty to do to finish the try. Carl Puckering added the testing conversion and the Lions were 18 points to the good.

The Sharks hitback and through some hard yards from front row Wellington Tuililoa and Rayne Horrigan utilised some much needed field position. The kicking of former BARLA international Gudor set up the hosts respondent try, a testing kick from the Siddal amateur was spilt near the line and replacement hooker Alan Cowen was the first to collect the loose ball and dive over.

On the hour mark BARLA restored their attacking prowess again some excellent support rugby as Fieldhouse and Brocklebank combined to make the initial break with Jeffels offering support and then the final pass to Steve McDermott didn‚€™t stick with the interchange hooker being deemed to be tackled without the ball.

BARLA wanting to regain that 3 converted score buffer added the easy penalty conversion by Carl Puckering. Only minutes later the GB Lions were able to find the 18 point cushion with another Puckering successful attempt at goal when the Sharks were guilty of trying to find an extra couple of seconds at the play of the ball.

With the comfort of those 3 converted tries BARLA tried to pile on the points but to the hosts credit they held on heroically and made the Lions work for their points with West Hulls second rower Tom Radley being pulled down short.

With 8 minutes remaining BARLA added their final score with Leigh East replacement stand off Adam Holland ghosting through the line before supplying East team mate Fieldhouse who went under the sticks. Puckering closed his great day with the boot with the successful conversion.

The Sharks gave their crowd something to cheer for with the closing score of the game 2 minutes from time. The hosts used the ball well to supply centre Eddie Palelei who tied up several defenders before offloading to his wingman Vaiveni Talatala to cross in the corner. Hooker Luke Faulkner added the extras from the touchline to add a little more respectability to the final score line.

Reflecting on the victory head coach John Fieldhouse said
‚€œWe needed that victory, the boys worked hard for it and the lads got their rewards. It‚€™s a great start to the tour 1 down and 3 more to go. ‚€œ

‚€œI told the boys it would probably take 20 minutes to settle into the game and tire them and start with our game plan an keep to the structure I knew there wouldn‚€™t be a problem. Once we started playing them in the right areas of the field the performance started to come and the some of the passing and kicking was good and we scored some outstanding tries. ‚€œ

‚€œThe Sharks were everything we thought they‚€™d be and they tested us to start with and came strong again near the close but I thought we took control in the second half.‚€Ě

‚€œI still think there‚€™s alot more to come from us, there‚€™s some lads chomping at the bit on the touchline and that stands us well for hopefully another victory on Tuesday when we play North Beach RLC.‚€Ě

‚€œI thought as a team when we clicked we played well and I was pleased with our halfback partnership and Ryan (Fieldhouse) got us out of a few predicaments mopping up at the back. I thought our front row ran well and took us forward and when I swapped the full front row with Fewlass, Randall and McDermott our go forward improved even more.‚€Ě

1. James Blackburn
2. Ian Wood
3. Chris Tormay
4. Eddie Palelei
5. Vaiveni Talatala
6. Lee Gudor
7. Kevin Brown
8. Wellington Tuliloa
9. Luke Faulkner
10. Joel Leóta
11. Danny Smith
12. James Moala
13. Ethan Reynolds
Subs :
14. Alan Cowen
15. Graeme Cant
16. Kaine Buckwell
17. Michael Veverka
18. Rayne Horrigan
19. John Toelupe
20. Freddie Purcell

1 Ryan Fieldhouse - Leigh East
4 Carl Booth - Myton Warriors
14 Stuart Smith - Skirlaugh
3 Scott Lofthouse - Kells
2 Mike Johnson - Skirlaugh
6 Carl Puckering - East Hull
13 John-Paul Brocklebank - Egremont Rangers
8 Mike Ledger - Thatto Heath Crusaders
9 Gary Phillips - Wigan St Patricks
10 Trevor Penrose - Skirlaugh
11 Brett Phillips - Seaton Rangers
12 Sam Radford - West Hull
17 Craig Jeffels - Castleford Lock Lane
24 Adam Holland - Leigh East
5 Danny Mason - Wigan St Patricks
19 Steve McDermott - Halton Simms Cross
22 Tom Radley - West Hull
25 Adam Thomason - Leigh Miners
23 Mick Randall - Halton Simms Cross
15 Lee Fewlass - Myton Warriors

Men of the Match
BARLA : #23 Mick Randall
Rockingham Sharks : #6 Lee Gudor

Sin Bins: None

GAMEBREAKER : Mick Randall on international debut made a big impact from the bench and gave the pack that little bit more go forward and won every collision to get BARLA on the front foot at the play of the ball.

GAMESTAR : Ryan Fieldhouse cleared up some testing kicks at the back and in attacked created lots of space with his jinking runs.

TOP TACKLE : Mike Johnson had the confidence to show his opposing winger the outside and bundled him into touch when scorers were close in the first half.

Rockingham Sharks : #1 James Blackburn (17), #14 Alan Cowen (65), #5 Vaiveni Tulatala (75)
Goals: #9 Luke Faulkner 1/3

BARLA GB Lions : #17 Craig Jeffels (26), #13 John Paul Brocklebank (29), #2 Mike Johnson (32, 41), #1 Ryan Fieldhouse (72)
Goals : #6 Carl Puckering 6/7

Scoring sequence: 4-0, 4-6, 4-12, 4-16, HT, 4-22, 8-22, 8-24, 8-26, 8-32, 14-32.

Penalty count : 8-7
GLDO Forced : 0-3
Half-time : 4-16
Referee : Dave Wallis (Perth)
Attendance : 650



The BARLA Great Britain Lions fly from Manchester Airport this afternoon
Monday 6th June for their tour of Western Australia

When the BARLA tourists land in Perth Australia on Tuesday 7th June it will
be on the back of a gruelling 20 hours of flight time and head coach John
Fieldhouse has warned the players must be ready to get some genuine hard
work under the belt.

Once arriving and settling into their 3 week temporary home they will only
have 3 days to recover from the flight and get some quality match
preparation in before their fixture with Rockingham Sharks on Saturday 11th

Fieldhouse has earmarked the opening game as massively important for the
success of the overall tour saying

"We need to start as we mean to go on and the opening game will be real test
for us after the long haul flight. I've told our guys that they should be
upping their fitness programmes for the last 2 weeks not they've finished
their National Conference league club commitments."

With the National Conference League playoffs coming to an end with the Grand
Final where Thatto Heath Crusaders beat Siddal, all the squad but Thatto
prop forward Mike Randall have been able to concentrate on getting to their
peak fitness after a long and hard run in to the close of the season.

Fieldhouse went onto say

"We'll have 3 days of quality training and I want our guys to be ready to
put in genuine hard graft from the off. Most of the sessions will be match
preparation and going through the game plan myself and Kevin have put
together to hopefully win the opening match.

Although the Rockingham Sharks are the other side of the world and an
unknown entity to us, we do know that they'll be well drilled and fit with a
hard taskmaster in Martyn Wood at the helm."

A challenge cup winner with Sheffield Eagles when they over turned Wigan,
Wood also played at Halifax where he played a season with BARLA coach John
Fieldhouse. The former Sharlston Rovers amateur coach emigrated to Australia
several years ago and after settling into the culture became coach at
Rockingham Sharks.

The BARLA side will have to be on their toes against the Sharks who are all
unknowns other than 2 former BARLA tourists in their ranks Lee Gudor
(Siddal) and Kevin Brown (Eastmoor) who went 'down under' at the start of
their season after impressing in the NCL.

Fieldhouse said

"Lee and Kev both played for BARLA last season and were in the Dubai 7s
squad. They are quality players and from the match reports I've seen are
showing the same qualities for the Sharks. We'll have to keep our eye out
for Lee Gudors kicking game and Kev is very elusive and crafty."

The opening game played on Saturday 11th June at Rockingham Sharks ground
Unirig (Lark hill) Sportsplex kicks off 6.30pm local time. Score updates
will be available on twitter follow '@barlaontour'.


BARLA GB Lions ready for Western Australia test


The BARLA Great Britain lions are all set for their June 6th departure to Western Australia for the chance in a lifetime UNISON sponsored tour.

The highlight of the 4 match tour will be the final game against a Western Australia representative side being played as a curtain raiser to the NRL clash between Russell Crowe’s South Sydney and Brisbane Broncos as they take their game on the road to the nib Stadium in Perth.

Head coach John Fieldhouse assisted by fellow Lancastrian Kevin Thompson had their final session last Sunday in preparation for the 3 week tour and the former GB international Fieldhouse believes his 26 man squad are geared up to deliver the tour mission of returning undefeated.

John Fieldhouse,

“The squad we’ve assembled is one filled with ability and were equipped to do the job in hand. Since the last major open age tour 2 years ago to the South Pacific we’ve had a high turnaround of players with many furthering themselves into the pro game. From that tour we have 7 players with great experience and I’ll be looking to them to lead the debutants throughout the tour.”

Fieldhouse and his management have named Skirlaugh prop forward Trevor Penrose as the tour captain and Leigh East fullback Ryan Fieldhouse as the on field captain. The pair will be joined by Kells centre Scott Lofthouse to make a trio of team leaders that will offer guidance and tour tutorage throughout the 3 weeks stay.

On the appointment Penrose said “It’s a great honour to captain the tour squad and something I’m very committed to doing to the best of my ability. The guys have gelled together very well and we’re all confident we can go over to Australia and give a good account of ourselves both individually and as a team of amateur players.”

The touring party will depart from Manchester airport on Monday 6th June arriving in Perth late Tuesday evening after a gruelling flight which includes a brief change at Dubai.

Head coach Fieldhouse has warned his players to be ready to hit the ground running as they prepare for their first game versus Rockingham Sharks 4 days after their arrival.

Fieldhouse said “We’ll have to look after ourselves on the flight and I’m looking for some genuine hard work. It’s important that we get a good start to the tour and that stems from the effort I expect from the lads in training when we arrive.”

International manager Mick Turner has passed his thanks onto the Western Australia Rugby League for the invitation to visit, the organisation is looking to develop the code in the west and hopeful to launch a NRL club bid in the not so distant future.

Turner said “It’s a massive opportunity for the players and management and I’m thankful to WARL and our sponsors for making the tour happen. The chance to play in front of 20,000 spectators as a NRL curtain raiser is to be a truly momentous occasion and the perfect spectacle to conclude the tour. ”

Interested parties can keep in touch with all the developments on the tour through various media outlets. Follow @barlaontour on twitter, like ‘BARLAontour’ on facebook or visit the dedicated touring website to keep up to date with all the touring news and video highlights.

Full Touring Squad

Trevor Penrose tour captain (Skirlaugh)

Ryan Fieldhouse team captain (Leigh East)

Stuart Smith (Skirlaugh)

Michael Johnson (Skirlaugh)

Carl Booth (Myton Warriors)

Chris Walker (Oulton Raiders)

Rhys Davies (Egremont Rangers)

John-Paul Brocklebank (Egremont Rangers)

Brett Philips (Seaton)

Scott Lofthouse (Kells)

Pat Foulstone (Shaw Cross Sharks)

Tom Radley (West Hull)

Sam Radford (West Hull)

Gary Philips (Wigan St Patricks)

Danny Mason (Wigan St Patricks)

Adam Holland (Leigh East)

Lee Fewlass (Myton Warriors)

Craig Jeffels (Castleford Lock Lane)

Steve McDermott (Halton Simms Cross)

Mike Randall (Halton Simms Cross)

Mike Ledger (Thatto Heath Crusaders)

David Lowery (Kells)

Tim Elliott (York Acorn)

Carl Puckering (East Hull)

Tom Bradbury (Leigh Miners)

Adam Thomason (Leigh Miners)

Tour Management

Mick Turner - International Manager

John Jefferson - Team Manager

John Fieldhouse - Head Coach (Leigh East)

Kevin Thompson - Assistant coach (Thatto Heath Crusaders)

Stephen Thompson - Physio (York Acorn)

Spen Allison - Chairman

Jamie Hobbs - Media Manager (Sharlston Rovers)

Chris Mulgrew - Equipment Manager

Tour Itinerary

Mon 6th June - Depart Manchester Airport 14.15 to Perth via Dubai

Tues 7th June – Arrive Perth 17.15

Sat 11th June – GAME 1 vs Rockingham Sharks

Weds 15th June – GAME 2 vs North Beach Sea Eagles

Tues 21st June – GAME 3 vs Fremantle Roosters

Fri 24th June – GAME 4 vs Western Australia, curtain raiser to

South Sydney Rabbitoes v Brisbane Broncoes at nib Stadium Perth.

Monday 27th – Arrive Manchester Airport




BARLA has confirmed a 21-man squad for the Over 35s fixture with the Army Vets at Whitehaven on Sunday 10th July.

Coach Paul Crarey will put the following players through their paces at Shaw Cross Sharks ARL, Dewsbury on Sunday 22nd May.

Jimmy Walker West Hull

Johan Windley West Hull

Mark Hewitt West Hull

Paul Heaton Dewsbury Celtic

Steve Morton Queens

Steve Perry Barrow Island

Steve Holgate Frizington

Lee Charlesworth Drighlington

Nigel Halmshaw West Bowling

Lee Frank York Acorn

Richard Pearson Siddal

Sean High Kells

Craig Chambers Kells

Paul McGee Seaton Rangers

Terry Reid Crosfields

Paul Dean Roose Pioneers

Ste Long Egremont Rangers

Andy Eatock Leigh East

Mick Whiteside Leigh East

Steve Reed Cockermouth

Craig McKinnon Barrow Island



Chris Highton to Tour Serbia

Ross Gainford, the nephew of Whitehaven coach David Seeds, will captain the BARLA Young Lions on their week long, two match tour of Serbia which departs these shores on the 5th June.

Gainsford toured South Africa a year ago with the Young Lions and captained the side to a 76-0 win over the South Africa Junior Development in the second match of the tour.

His Kells clubmate Lewis Wilson is the other member of the squad to have toured last year.

Dave Roberts will again manage the tour with Mark Robb and Colin Phillips sharing the coaching duties.

The side warm up with a match against the Army ‘A’ team at Shaw Cross Sharks ARLFC tomorrow, kick off 2.00pm.

The Young Lions Squad:

Ross Gainford (C) Kells

Todd Appleby Leigh Miners Rangers

Lewis Smith Kells

Adam Brummit Shaw Cross Sharks

Payden Candland Eccles

Jacob Crossland Normanton Knights

Sam Dowsett Askam

James Duerdan Walney Central

Chris Highton Seaton Rangers

Tom Holmes Walney Central

Ashley Hutchinson Wyke

Andy Lea Thatto Heath Crusaders

Jamie Martin Wath Brow Hornets

Matthew Meaden Ince Rose Bridge

Jack Morrison Ince Rose Bridge

Connor Myers Skirlaugh

Jack Ridsdill West Hull

Tom Saltmer Skirlaugh

Ben Swift Cockermouth Titans

James Usher Lindley Swifts

Mike Whittle Wigan St Judes

Lewis Wilson Kells

Rob Wilson West Hull


Dave Roberts Manager

Robert Nicholson Assistant Manager

Mark Robb Coach

Colin Phillips Coach

Andrew Scaiffe Physio

Richaed de le Riveire Media Manager



Dave Roberts the Unison BARLA Great Britain Under 19s manager has named a
twenty two man squad to take part in the proposed two game tour of Serbia
following an invitation by them. The side will fly out on the 5th June and
return home on the 15th June.

The squad, chosen from last year's BARLA Counties U19's Tri-Series features
six players from Lancashire and eight from Yorkshire and Cumbria

Dave Roberts the Unison BARLA Great Britain Under 19s Manager said,

"We have named a good squad using the 'Three Counties Under 19 Championship'
scenario as we did last year. We still have a couple of players which toured
South Africa last year which is great. I have been out and about the last
few months with those County games seeing the guys myself and sat down with
the coaching staff and put this strong squad together

"With Garry Schofield having gone to Barrow we have kept his partner Mark
Robb as coach and he is joined by Colin Phillips who was my assistant
manager last year. His background is that he is a qualified coach and it
made sense to keep everyone together and we have rewarded him for his
efforts and he will be joint head coach with Mark.

"Robert Nicholson who I have known for a number of years was assistant
manager at Yorkshire. He picked up last year's Conference Secretary of the
Year and is meticulous in his work; he has put so much hard work into the
game so it's nice to reward someone like that.

"Should we get the nod we'll be ready, I've personal experience of Serbian
players coming over and playing for my club for a couple of months and we
know they are of a good standard. We want to play and win the games but part
of the tour is to spread the word as BARLA does. We are making sure that we
can get to the schools, local clubs and take across our experience and
coaching knowledge to help them continue their development".

The Squad:

Todd Appleby (Leigh Miners Rangers), Anthony Bate (Thatto Heath Crusaders),
Adam Brummit (Shaw Cross Sharks), Payden Candland (Eccles & Salford
Juniors), Jacob Crossland (Normanton Knights), Sam Dowsett (Askam), James
Duerdan (Walney Central), Ross Gainsford (Kells), Chris Highton (Seaton
Tom Holmes (Walney Central), Ashley Hutchinson (Wyke), James
Martin (Wath Brow Hornets), Matthew Meaden (Ince Rose Bridge), Jack Morrison
(Ince Rose Bridge), Connor Myers (Skirlaugh), Jack Ridsdill (West Hull), Tom
Saltmire (Skirlaugh), Ben Swift (Cockermouth Titans), Mike Whittle (Wigan St
Judes), Lewis Wilson (Kells), Rob Wilson (West Hull).
Mark Robb (Coach), Colin Phillips (Coach), Andy Scaife (Physio), Dave
Roberts (Manager), Robert Nicholson (Assistant Manager), Richard de la
Riviere (PRO/Press).



The Lions went out at the quarter final stage of the International Open to Kenyan side Goal Attained Select but gave their all in a superb effort against a side who had wracked up 104 points in their previous three qualifying group games.

The Lions played some superb attacking rugby but were once again done by the techniques of the game at the rucks, mauls as well as the hot conditions and penalties.

It was from a penalty in the opening minute that the Lions went behind as the Select ran the ball and Theo Cronje went in at the corner.

The Lions responded a minute later after Lee Gudor (Siddal), John Paul Brocklebank (Egremont Rangers) and Pat Foulstone (Shaw Cross Sharks) forced the Select to kick dead.

The Select knocked on as the Lions attacked and from the scrum scored a cracking try as Gudor found Brocklebank and Foulstone crashed onto his pass and go under the posts and finish it off with a crowd pleasing somersault. Gudor added the extras and the Lions led by two points.

On five minutes Select regained the lead as they kept the ball alive looking for the opening as the Lions tried to mark them man for man. But Alshaun Gerswon went forward before slipping an inside ball to Cronje for his second and Egon Seconds added the extras.

On the stroke of half time the Lions were badly done to as Foulstone chased and caught a Gudor chip with clear grass in front of him, but the referee called it back for offside against Foulstone.

From the penalty Lionel Curtis broke away but was superbly tackled by Brocklebank but Curtis flicked the ball up for Benjamin Adams to take and score to make it 17-7 at the break.

In the opening minute of the second half the Lions were undone by yet another penalty and this time Adams registered his second and Seconds added the extras to make it 24-7.

Two minutes later Foulstone made a superb 60 metre break down the middle of the field and was tackled 20 metres out but the supporting Lions failed to form the ruck in time to get the ball and Select took possession of it.

Trevor Penrose (Skirlaugh) then took a pass with the ball and his arms behind him and as he drove forward he juggled the ball to the front of him before losing possession with him in a good position to score.

The Lions battled away and they were rewarded for their superb effort a minute from time when Gudor did a run around with Chris Walker (Oulton Raiders) to score under the posts with Gudor adding the extras.

The referee blew for time as the Lions attacked once again and although beaten they gave their all and the rugby league family can be proud of their efforts for the code.

UNISON BARLA Great Britain Lions: 1. Pat Foulstone (Shaw Cross Sharks), 2. Michael Johnson (Skirlaugh), 3. Stuart Smith (Skirlaugh), 4. Rhys Davies (Egremont Rangers), 5. Chris Walker (Oulton Raiders), 6. Lee Gudor (Siddal), 7. Ryan Robinson (Queens), 8. Brett Phillips (Seaton Rangers), 9. Kevin Brown (Eastmoor Dragons), 10 Trevor Penrose (Skirlaugh), 11. John Paul Brocklebank (Egremont Rangers), 12. Thomas Radley (West Hull).

Tries: Foulstone 3, Gudor 13

Goals: Gudor 2/2

GOAL SEAL SELECT: 1. Benjamin Evans, 2. Lionel Curtis, 3. Theo Cronje, 4. Alshaun Gerswon, 5. Terry Jacobs, 6. Jonathon Mokuena, 7. Abongo Nkwelo, 8. Neil Parker, 9. Wilfred Whilhelm Pieterse, 10, Gareth Rowe 11. Egon Seconds, 12. Jeffrey Williams.

Tries: Cronje 1,5, Evans 7, 8

Goals: Seconds 2/4

The Lions went down for their first defeat in the tournament but moved into the quarter finals of the International Open competition rather than the plate. To make matters worse they failed to trouble the scorer for the first time since they entered the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.

They were hit by the penalty count and a try against run of play on the stroke of half time as they battling to get back into the game. Having said that when Ukraine opened up and attacked and were slick with the ball in their hands and scored five unanswered tries.

In the opening minutes following a penalty Ukraine took the lead from the tap by Alexsey Novrreschenos. The ball went to Oleg Kosariev who put Sergey Yanghiy in at the corner for a 5-0 lead.

The Lions responded and on three minutes kept the ball alive and Chris Walker‚€™s (Oulton Raiders) kick and chase was kicked dead forcing a drop out.

But Ukraine forced the Lions to do the same and Lee Gudor‚€™s (Siddal) 70 metre drop out bounced into touch.

Then in the last seconds of the half as Ukraine attacked they appeared to knock on but the referee allowed play on and Kosariev doubled their lead.

In the opening minute of the half Kevin Brown (Eastmoor Dragons) kicked the ball dead but this time Ukraine made them pay and Taras Marchenko‚€™s arching run saw him score in the corner.

Pat Foulstone (Shaw Cross Sharks) tried to hit back with a quick fire sprint down the middle for a forty metre run but was well tackled by the Ukraine.

The Lions were then hit with a brace of tries in the last two minutes both coming off penalties. On 12 minutes Sergey Monastrev scooted over and also added the extras and Marchenko drove over for his brace in the final seconds.

UNISON BARLA Great Britain Lions; 1. Pat Foulstone (Shaw Cross Sharks), 2. Michael Johnson (Skirlaugh), 3. Stuart Smith (Skirlaugh), 4. Rhys Davies (Egremont Rangers), 5. Chris Walker (Oulton Raiders), 6. Lee Gudor (Siddal), 7. Ryan Robinson (Queens), 8. Brett Phillips (Seaton Rangers), 9. Kevin Brown (Eastmoor Dragons), 10 Trevor Penrose (Skirlaugh), 11. John Paul Brocklebank (Egremont Rangers), 12. Thomas Radley (West Hull).

UKRAINE: 1. Pavel Masurov, 2. Denis Masurov, 3. Sergey Tsboroyni, 4. Sergey Monastrev, 5. Oleg Kosariev, 6. Sergey Yanghiy, 7. Vitaliy Krasnodemskiy, 8. Taras Marchenko, 9. Alexsey Novrreschenos, 10. Georgi Gegipze, 11. Sergey Garravyi, 12. Artur Fserasimchur.

Tries: Yanghiy 1, Kosariev 7, Marchenko 8, 14, Monastrav 12,

Goals: Monastrev 1

After having a bye in their first game after the late withdrawal of a side the Unison BARLA Great Britain Lions got onto the field after a five and half wait in the hot sunny weather in Dubai.

In a ding dong first half against the Kuwait Saracens, which saw the sides level at half time the Lions closed out the game with two converted tries in the last four minutes of the game and know that victory over Ukraine tomorrow morning will see them top their group going into the knock out stages in the main competition.

The Lions got off to a sensational start scoring the quickest try of the day after 25 seconds. From the kick off Trevor Penrose (Skirlaugh) jumped high to take the ball and instinctively passed it down the blindside to Kevin Brown (Eastmoor Dragons). He passed outside to Pat Foulstone (Shaw Cross Sharks) seventy metres out. From nothing he burst down the wing and put a delicate chip over the defence. Accelerating past a static defence he collected his kick and scorched down the wing before going under the posts.

But the Saracens hit back on two minutes when they counter attacked, kept the ball alive and Dane Lynch went over in the corner to pull the lead back to two points.

Three minutes later the Saracens took the lead on the back of back to back penalties and from the second a quick tap by Laitia Vateitei saw the ball go out to Lynch who beat the cover and then went under the sticks. Aminiasi Umu added the extras and his side led by two points.

The Lions responded and a bit of magic from skipper Lee Gudor (Siddal) levelled the game up. There seemed nothing on as he took the ball on the halfway line but his sublime chip kick left the Saracens defence flat footed. He hacked the ball on and won the foot race over the tryline. His conversion unluckily hit the post and bounced back into play.

The Saracens had the better of the opening of the second half and were camped on the Lions line and stout defence held them out and they were then undone on the Lions line. Pressing they dropped the ball and Stuart Smith (Skirlaugh) collected the loose ball. He ran crossfield before straightening up to run around the defence going 60 metres before drawing the fullback and passing unselfishly to John Paul Brocklebank (Egremont Rangers) went 40 metres untouched under the posts and Gudor‚€™s extras made it 19-12.

This deflated the Saracens as the Lions took control and they cemented the win in the last minute when Brett Phillips ((Seaton Rangers) bust downfield before passing outside to Smith who this time put his winger Michael Johnson (Skirlaugh) in at the corner for their fourth and final try of the game.

UNISON BARLA Great Britain Lions; 1. Pat Foulstone (Shaw Cross Sharks), 2. Michael Johnson (Skirlaugh), 3. Stuart Smith (Skirlaugh), 4. Rhys Davies (Egremont Rangers), 5. Chris Walker (Oulton Raiders), 6. Lee Gudor (Siddal), 7. Ryan Robinson (Queens), 8. Brett Phillips (Seaton Rangers), 9. Kevin Brown (Eastmoor Dragons), 10 Trevor Penrose (Skirlaugh), 11. John Paul Brocklebank (Egremont Rangers), 12. Thomas Radley (West Hull).

Tries: Foulstone 30secs, Gudor 7, Brocklebank 10, Johnson 14

Goals: Gudor 2/4

KUWAIT SARACENS: 1. Kaminieli Balesaga, 2.Matthew Hendricks, 3. Dane Lynch, 4. Waldonoordermeer, 5. Saimoni Rokini, 6. Waisake Panoui, 8. Aminiasi Umu, 9. Laitia Vateitei, 10. Amena Vateitei, 11. Josefa Yacokilodoni, 12. Buresova Joeli.
Tries: Lynch 2, 5

Goals: Umu 1/1




Its all systems go for the BARLA Open Age and Over 35‚€™s squads who have completed their pre tour preparations and both squads are injury free as they prepare to fly out to Abu Dhabi for the Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens on Sunday 28th November.

They leave Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport that morning and arrive at their base, the Almanar Hotel Apartments, Dubai at 11.00pm that evening to begin their build up for their respective tournaments which commence on Thursday 2nd December.

The UNISON BARLA Great Britain Lions are competing in the International Open and the BARLA Bulldogs are playing in the International Veterans events.

BARLA Great Britain International Manager Mick Turner said,

”We have once again been invited to this prestigious blue riband event and will be representing the rugby league family giving our great game further exposure as it is being developed in this country. As well as competing in two competitions we are here to spread the word of our great sport as others have done.”

”Both squads have gone through a rigorous selection policy and have been learning the playing skills and rules of rugby union and put them into practice on the training field. We will continue that training and acclimatize ourselves to the hot weather in the build up to the start of the competition on Thursday.”

Sevens is a running game and we have plenty of pace in both squads. We know what to expect this year and both teams hope to build on what they achieved last year and we hope that the rugby league family will get behind us.”

The Squads:


Kevin Brown Yorkshire
John Paul Brocklebank Cumbria
Rhys Davies Cumbria
Pat Foulstone Yorkshire
Lee Gudor Yorkshire
Mike Johnson Yorkshire
Trevor Penrose Yorkshire
Brett Phillips Cumbria
Tom Radley Yorkshire
Ryan Robinson Yorkshire
Stuart Smith Yorkshire
Shaun Squires Yorkshire
Chris Walker Yorkshire

Mick Turner BARLA GB Lions Manager
John Jefferson BARLA Bulldogs Manager
John Fieldhouse Head Coach
Chris Squires Coach
Denis Sunman Physio
Steve Manning Media Manager


James Bell Lancashire
Paul Dean Cumbria
Andy Eatock Lancashire
Joe Harte Lancashire
Mark Hewitt Yorkshire
Sean High Cumbria
Peter Livett Lancashire
Steve Long Cumbria
Steve Morton Queens
Steve Perry Cumbria
Steve Reed Cumbria
Terry Reid Lancashire
Jimmy Walker Yorkshire
Johan Windler Yorkshire
Gary Woodcock Yorkshire







Callum ready for Schoolboys test

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After facing the Australian Schoolboys down under last year, Callum Phillips is looking forward to facing them on home soil this time round.

The Seaton youngster was part of the Great Britain Community Lions tour party which took part in a six-game trip last year and he’s now preparing to take on the schoolboys in their 2010 tour of the UK.

”Going out to Australia was an amazing experience and despite us not getting the results we wanted in the two test matches we still had a great tour winning three of our games,” said Callum.

An electrician by trade, Callum has returned to club rugby with a renewed confidence and his West Cumbria side have been the ones to benefit as he led them to the 2010 Gillette National Youth League title and also scooped the GNYLs Player of the Year in the same season.

”I’ve been happy with my form for West Cumbria and we had a really good season this year,” said the 18 year.

”The form we’ve shown as a unit has been rewarded with myself and a few of my team mates getting selected for the national side so its really a big credit to all the coaches and players back at Wests.”

Despite been a Community Lions veteran with 12 caps to his name already, Phillips has targeted at least one more appearance for the GB Community Lions, a test match clash against the Schoolboys at Whitehaven on 1 December.

”I’ve been lucky to have played for both the England and Great Britain Community Lions, but to get selected for a test match that’s been played in my local area would be a great way to finish,” said the 18 year old.

”Hopefully if I can perform well in an England shirt then I’ll be asked to play for Great Britain as well and I know that would be really good for my family and friends as they‚€™d all want to come along and cheer us on.”

As for the future Callum is also keen to get as far as he can in the game.

”I’m 18 now so have not got long left at the age group, but if possible I’d really like to make it as a professional if possible.”

”I’ve had a few games for the Whitehaven reserve side and they went pretty well, so I’ll just keep training hard and working on my game and hopefully I’ll get a chance to progress my career.”


England Community Lions U18s
Jacob Blades (Holderness Vikings)
Nathan Slater (Myton Warriors)
George Leng (Leicester Storm)
Tom Tunstall (Blackbrook)
Joe Bullock (Blackpool Scorpions)
Dave Pyke (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
Corey Lee (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
Adam Swift (Blackbrook)
Callum Phillips (West Cumbria)
Jack Bussey (Leeds Stanningley)
Liam Fishwick (Bold Miners)
Jack Gay (Hull Dockers)
Jack Francis (Saddleworth Rangers)
Gareth Morgan (Saddleworth Rangers)
Sam Baker (West Hull)
Ryan Green (Holderness Vikings)
Barry Clarke (Chorley)
Alistair Leak (West Cumbria)
Luke Willings (Widnes West Bank Bears)
Nathan Skupski (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
Blake Mahovic (West Cumbria)
Leon Crellin (West Cumbria)
Jamie Love (Durham)
Sam Hull (North Derbyshire)
Jamie Acton (Hemel Hempstead)
Sam Archibold (Holderness Vikings)
Ryan Millar (Birmingham Bulldogs)

Australian Secondary Schools
Lachlan Burr (Picnic Point High School, NSW)
Paul Carter (Homebush Boys High School, NSW)
Michael Chee-Kam (Erindale College, ACT)
Cameron Cullen (Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, QLD)
Matthew Eisenhuth (St Paul‚€™s Catholic College, Greystanes, NSW)
Anthony Gadd (Wavell State High School, QLD)
Jacob Gagan (Westfields Sports High School, NSW)
Christopher Grevsmuhl (Ignatius Park College, Townsville, QLD)
Matthew Groat (St Gregory‚€™s College, Campbelltown, NSW)
Sam Irwin (Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, QLD)
Trent Jennings (Westfields Sports High School, NSW)
David Klemmer (Westfields Sports High School, NSW)
Gerard McCallum (The Hills Sports High School, NSW)
Tautau Moga (St Peter Claver College, Ipswich, QLD)
David Nofoaluma (John Therry Catholic College, Rosemeadow, NSW)
Luke Pickerd (St Patrick‚€™s College, Sutherland, NSW)
Chad Redman (Hunter Sports High School, NSW)
Iain Riccardi (Wavell State High School, QLD)
Harry Siejka (Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown, NSW)
James Tedesco (St Gregory‚€™s College, Campbelltown, NSW)
Vaipuna Tia Kilifi (St Dominic‚€™s College, Kingswood, NSW)
Francis Veukiso (Kirwan State High School, QLD)
Henare Wells (Keebra Park State High School, QLD)
Jack Wighton (Erindale College, ACT)


Friday 26 November
v England Community Lions
KO 7.30pm
Adults  £3 Concessions  £1

Wednesday 1 December
v Great Britain Community Lions
KO 7.30pm
Adults £3 Concessions £1



The Wales and England under 18 sides fought out a thrilling 26-all draw at Caerphilly on Wednesday night but both sides know that they must lift their game when they both come up against the might of Australia in their next games.

Wales take on the Australians in Caerphilly again next Tuesday while the English will face them at Featherstone Rovers ground three days later on Friday 26th November. Both games kick-off at 7.30pm.

 England came into the Welsh game on the back of a 34-8 defeat to France Juniors in Bordeaux and it looked like they were going the same way in Caerphilly in the first 20 minutes when Wales dominated. 

 But England pulled the game back, taking the lead in the second half before a late Chris Davies try, his second of the game, ensured that the spoils were shared.  

 An early England chance was wasted when Ryan Smith attempted to set up Blake Mahovic but the centre fumbled and possession was lost.

 But Wales took the lead from their first attack when Dale Evans set up South Wales Scorpions new signing Chris Davies who twisted his way over. Courtney Davies added the easy conversion.

 England struck back on eight minutes when Birmingham Bulldogs Ryan Millar pounced on a loose ball following a grubber kick. Luke Willings kick was centimetres wide to leave the visitors two points behind.

 Wales extended their lead on the quarter hour. Jean Baptiste Bruzhulier, from Cardiff would you believe, set up the score by running 60 metres breaking free of the England backline.

He laid off to Dafydd Carter who in turn set up James Griffiths to score in the corner. 

Straight away Wales scored again when Dale Evans completed a fine attacking move involving most of the backs. Courtney Davies had missed the previous conversion but made no mistake this time to make the score 16-4 to Wales. 

England came back again when Millar scored his and England‚€™s second in exactly the same position as the first on 24 minutes. David Pyke converted.

 And four minutes later they were level when Jacob Blades set up Nathan Slater to go in just left of the sticks and Pyke goaled again.

 But Wales went into half-time with a 20-16 lead when Dafydd Carter set up Matthew Crane to go over. Davies kick was only just wide of the posts.

They almost extended their advantages six minutes into the second half but Michael Channing was pulled into touch by Jacob Blades when diving for the line.

 England recovered, worked their way up the field and Jack Francis broke through to sprint the last 20 metres to the line to level the scores again. Pyke missed the kick.

 From then on it was end to end as both sides tried to get a winner. Englands Joe Bullock fumbled behind his own line but Wales didnt take advantage on the resulting set of six.

 The visitors took advantage from their next attack as Blake Mahovic scored a fine individual try with Pyke converting for England to take the lead for the first time on 55 minutes.

 Wales pushed for another equaliser. Courtney Davies kicked a cheeky grubber but Morgan was beaten to the ball by his opposite number Jacob Blades.

 Morgan was then denied for a second time from the restart, being pushed into touch ten metres from the try-line by a pack of England defenders.

 But Wales finally crossed the line three minutes from time with Chris Davies getting his second under the sticks and Courtney Davies converting.

 “Credit to the lads that they fought hard to earn a draw but we were disappointed not to have won,” said Wales coach Stuart Williams.

”We know were playing catch-up with England all the time with the amount of experience they have, but we’ve not lost to them in the last four outings now which is some achievement. And to be disappointed to earn a draw shows how far we’ve come in the last few years”

1. Jacob Morgan (Cardiff Demons/Crusaders)
2. James Griffiths (CPC Bears/Crusaders)
3. Michael Channing (Harlequins)
4. Jack Pring (Crusaders)
5. Rhys Fenton (Newport Titans/Crusaders)
6. Dafydd Carter (Blackwood Bulldogs/Crusaders)
7. Courtney Davies (NPT Steelers/Crusaders)
8. Chris Davies (Valley Cougars/South Wales Scorpions)
9. Dale Evans (Crusaders)
10. Dan Crimmins (Newport Titans)
11. Matthew Meek (Harlequins)
12. Matthew Crane (Penallta Storm/Crusaders)
13. Rhodri Lloyd (Penallta Storm/Crusaders)
15. Kyle Blackmore (Crusaders)
16. Michael Griffiths (CPC Bears/Crusaders)
19. Rhys Watkins (Penallta Storm/Crusaders)
20. Jean Baptiste Bruzhulier (Cardiff Demons)


Tries: Chris Davies (2, 67), J.Griffiths (15), Evans (18), Crane (32)
Goals: Courtney Davies 3/5


1. Jacob Blades (Holderness Vikings)
2. Joe Bullock (Blackpool Scorpions)
3. Jamie Acton (Hemel Hempstead)
4. Blake Mahovic (West Cumbria)
5. Ryan Millar (Birmingham Bulldogs)
6. Adam Swift (Blackbrook)
7. Nathan Slater (Myton Warriors)
8. Jack Francis (Saddleworth)
9. Callum Phillips (West Cumbria)
10. Jack Gay (Hull Dockers)
11. Luke Willings (West Bank)
12. Dave Pyke (Thatto Heath)
13. Jack Bussey (Leeds Stanningley)
14. Nathan Skupski (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
15. Ryan Green (Holderness Vikings)
16. Sam Baker (West Hull)
17. Alistair Leak (West Cumbria)


Tries: Millar (8, 24), Slater (28), Francis (43), Mahovic (55)
Goals: Willings 0/1, Pyke 2/3, Bussey 1/1


Referee: Haydn Edwards


Half-time: 20-16

Scoring Sequence: 6-0, 6-4, 10-4, 16-4, 16-10, 16-16, 20-16, 20-20, 20-26, 26-26


England Community Lions U18s     

The England Community Lions will complete a final training session this weekend before they set of for the south of France on Monday.

Coach Kelvin Lockett has named an 18-man squad that will travel to Bordeaux for the one off test match against France Juniors on Wednesday November 3.

The travelling squad has been named from a larger 26-man party that will reconvene for further training sessions ahead of the sides two other games this autumn against Wales and the touring Australian Schoolboys.

Both England and Wales players will be looking to perform in the coming weeks ahead of the selection of a Great Britain side that will also face the Australian tourists.

England Community Lions U18s     18-man squad to play France Juniors

Jacob Blades (Holderness Vikings)
Nathan Slater (Myton Warriors)
Jack Gay (Hull Dockers)
Sam Hull (North Derbyshire Chargers)
Marcus O‚€™Brian (Millom)
Dave Pike (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
Corey Lee (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
Adam Swift (Blackbrook)
Callum Phillips (West Cumbria)
Jack Bussey (Leeds Stanningley)
Liam Fishwick (Bold Miners)
Jack Francis (Saddleworth Rangers)
Barry Clarke (Chorley)
Alistair Leak (West Cumbria)
Luke Willings (West Bank Bears)
Nathan Skupski (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
Blake Mahovic (West Cumbria)
George Leng (Leicester Storm)

France Juniors v England Community Lions
Wednesday November 3
Kick Off TBC


article courtesy of Cumberland Amateur Rugby League (CARLA)

At Millom
CUMBRIA and Yorkshire will meet at College Grove, Wakefield, on Sunday 21 November with the 2010/11 BARLA County Championship at stake.
...The winner will lift the title following victories for both sides over Lancashire in the opening two fixtures.
Cumbria had to wait until the 39th minute yesterday at Millom before taking the lead, a try by substitute David Lowery of Kells, converted by loose forward and club colleague Tony Burns, helping establish a 16-12 interval lead.
The home side, orchestrated to fine effect by Egremont stand-off John Paul Brocklebank, the man of the match, went on to have the better of the second period, stretching their lead when Egremont benchman Peter Bewsher crashed over 10 minutes after the resumption.
That was how it stayed until five minutes from time, when Wigan St Cuthberts stand-off Jamie Dallimore crossed for Lancashire and added his third goal. The visitors, however, never looked like snatching the try that would have denied Cumbria.
It had all been so very different in the early stages, when the Red Rose men had led 10-4 with the help of tries by scrum-half Steve McDermott, of Simms Cross, and Leigh East winger Andrew Groves.
Kells centre Scott Lofthouse and Barrow Island winger Sam Jones hit back for Cumbria, Burns converting the second score, crucially in the event, from the touchline.

CUMBRIA: Rhys Davies (Egremont), Jonathan Walsh (Dalton), Scott Lofthouse (Kells), Ryan Amor (Wath Brow), Sam Jones (Barrow Island), John Paul Brocklebank (Egremont), Richard George (Seaton), Craig Wilson (Millom), Graham Lupton (Wath Brow), Paul Cullnean (Kells), Brett Phillips (Seaton), Johnny Goulding (Cockermouth), Tony Burns (Kells). Subs: Lee Edmondson (Roose), Peter Bewsher (Egremont), Andrew Dawson (Millom), David Lowrey (Kells).

LANCASHIRE: Carl Lloyd (Rylands Sharks), Andy Groves (Leigh East), Mark Ballard (Leigh East), Gavin Hunter (Leigh East), Terry Bridge (Wigan St Cuthberts), Jamie Dallimore (Wigan St Cuthberts), Steve McDermott (Halton Simms Cross), Mike Ledger (Thatto Heath), Stuart Arkwright (Golborne Parkside), Tom Eckersley (Leigh Miners), Matt Cunningham (Ince Rose Bridge), Alex Trumper (Thatto Heath), Shaun Foster (Wigan St Cuthberts). Subs: Mark Cahill (Leigh East), Andy Bennett (Golborne Parkside), Linden Robertson (Leigh East), Payden Candland (Eccles).


article courtesy of  Cumberland Amateur Rugby League (CARLA)

At Millom

CUMBRIA must beat Yorkshire by at least nine points, when the sides meet at College Grove, Wakefield, on Sunday 21 November in the final game of the series, to secure the 20...10/11 BARLA Under 19s County Championship.
Thats the reality facing the youngsters from the far north west after Lancashire kept their own hopes alive yesterday by bouncing back in stunning style from 36-10 down at the break to snatch a draw. The Red Rose side will top the table if Cumbria fail to manage a nine-point victory, if Yorkshire prevail, or should the sides draw.
Cumbria, with Wath Brow prop Jamie Martin outstanding as man of the match, looked on course for a huge win when they sucked on their interval lemons reflecting on two tries for Broughton Red Rose winger Shane Cusack and touchdowns by scrum-half Callum Phillips and winger Chris Highton - both of Seaton - supported by efforts from second row Matthew Bewsher (Egremont), Askam hooker Sam Dowsett and Walney Central centre James Duerden.
Kells stand-off Ross Gainford had landed three goals, and Millom loose forward James Newton had kicked an early conversion, but the expected rout failed to materialise in an incredible reversal of fortunes.
Lancashire, who had beaten Yorkshire 28-19 in late September, could only muster tries by Wigan St Judes winger Kevin Lindley and Ince Rose Bridge prop Jack Morrison in the first half. But the Red Rose outfit, inspired by the front row of Morrison and St Judes duo Mick Whittle and Aaron Smith, posted five unanswered touchdowns in the second period.
West Bank Bears centre Oliver Fay, Whittle, Lindley and outstanding Ince scrum-half Matty Meardon all swept over, Meardon adding three conversions to his first half goal, to reduce the deficit to four points.
With six minutes left, Leigh East substitute Kieron Johnson crossed to level matters; but Meardons testing shot, which if successful would have secured the title outright, drifted wide, leaving shattered Cumbria with a lifeline still in place.

CUMBRIA U19S: Lewis Smith (Kells), Chris Highton (Seaton), Ben Swift (Cockermouth), James Duerden (Walney Central), Shane Cusack (Broughton Red Rose), Ross Gainford (Kells), Callum Phillips (Seaton), Lewis Wilson (Kells), Sam Dowsett (Askam), Jamie Martin (Wath Brow), Matt Bewsher (Egremont), Tom Holmes (Walney Central), James Newton (Millom). Subs: Ryan Baines (Dalton), James McDonald (Egremont), Lewis White (Kells), Jake Pennington (Millom).


LANCASHIRE U19S: Andy Riley (Wigan St Jude‚€™s), Kevin Lindley (Wigan St Jude‚€™s), Josh Rogerson (Wigan St Jude‚€™s), Oliver Fay (West Bank Bears), Connal Bevan (Wigan St Jude‚€™s), Todd Appleby (Leigh Miners), Matt Meardon (Ince Rose Bridge), Jack Morrison (Ince Rose Bridge), Mick Whittle (Wigan St Judes), Aaron Smith (Wigan St Jude‚€™s), Andy Lea (Thatto Heath), Payden Candland (Eccles), Stuart Banks (Wigan St Judes). Subs: Tommy Parkinson (Wigan St Jude‚€™s), Jamie Waters (Leigh East), Kieron Johnson (Leigh East), Ben Hardman (Crosfields).




BARLA Cumbria County .. 10         BARLA Vice Presidents Select .. 46


Steve Manning at The Copeland Stadium, Whitehaven


The BARLA Vice Presidents Select side made up of players from Lancashire and Yorkshire took the spoils against the BARLA Cumbria side in “The Garry Purdham Memorial Trust Game” and the skills on display by both sides auger well for the start of next months BARLA Counties Tri Series.

 Watched by the RFL President Bev Risman, who saw a tough physical encounter especially in the first half the Presidents led 12-0. Two tries in the opening ten minutes of the second half gave them the momentum they needed, although the biggest cheers of the game came from Cumbria’s brace of tries scored by John Paul Brocklebank (Egremont Rangers) and Paul Culneen (Kells).

 Amongst the Presidents scorers was captain Ryan Fieldhouse (Leigh East) who crossed for two four pointers one from supporting play and the second a fine individual effort in his man of the match performance.

 For Cumbria second row tough as teak forward Brett Phillips (Seaton Rangers) never took a backward step and looked threatening every time he drove forward.

 After both sides completed a number of sets Cumbria created the first real pressure on the back of quick fire four penalties but after losing possession near to the line frustration saw themselves conceded one which led to the Presidents opening try against run of play on ten minutes.

 From the play the ball they attacked down the short side with a superb scoot from hooker Gary Phillips (Wigan St Patricks) who had to duck under a Cumbria tackle to break away. He drew the cover before passing out to Lee Rientoul (York Acorn) for the first of his brace. Shaun Quinn (Thatto Heath Crusaders) added the first of his six from seven goals.

 The game became a forward driven contest with Cumbrias Brocklebank probing for the opening with his distribution and kicking game. Cumbria forward Peter Beucher (Egremont Rangers) thought he had opened his sides account when he went over following an inside pass only for it to be crossed off for a forward pass.

 The Presidents doubled their lead from nothing on the half hour mark. Brocklebank spiralling bomb was superbly taken by winger Mike Johnson (Myton Warriors) on his own twenty line. He then stormed 60 metres down the touchline before cutting inside and pass to Fieldhouse who went under the posts for a converted try.

Tim Elliott (York Acorn) had a half chance on 35 minutes but couldn’t take the pass ten metres from the line and on the stroke of half time Dean Balmers (Leigh Miners Rangers) ankle tackle stopped Brocklebank as he was getting into top gear charging for the line.

 The visitors took control with two tries in five minutes on the 42 and 47 minutes. Following a flowing handling move Trevor Penrose (Skirlaugh) who started the move finished it off taking an inside pass and crossing under the posts and another fine attack was finished by Sean Squires in the corner when Quinn missed his only shot at goal.

 The Presidents fifth try came on 51 minutes following a penalty for a dangerous tackle on Penrose. Lee Gudor (Siddal) and Jamie Dallimore (Wigan St Cuthberts) combined to give Fieldhouse the ball who first went to his left before switching back with an angle run which found a hole in the Cumbria defence for him to dance through and score a converted try to make it 28-0.

 Gudor then put the first of his 30-20 in but they were penalised on the next set and as a result Brocklebank went over after supporting a Grant McLaughlin (Kells) break on 57 minutes with Tony Burns kicking his solitary goal.

 Six minutes later Stuart Smith (Skirlaugh) picked Ryan Amours (Wath Brow Hornets) pocket following a Gudor kick to score in the corner which Dallimore converted before Paul Culneen drove over from close range for Cumbria.

 The Presidents finished the game off in style in the last seven minutes when Lee Fewlass (Myton Warriors) crashed over from close range following Tommy Harrisons (Skirlaugh) bullet pass after a Gudor 30-20 and Rentoul went over in the corner with the last play of the game.


CUMBRIA: Ryan Amour (Wath Brow Hornets), Jon Walsh (Dalton), Jamie Devine (Wath Brow Hornets), Mark Haycock (Cockermouth), Rhys Davies (Egremont Rangers), John Paul Brocklebank (Egremont Rangers), Grant McLoughlin (Kells), Andrew Dawson (Millom), Lee Edmundson (Roose Pioneers), Paul Culneen (Kells), Peter Beucher (Egremont Rangers), Brett Phillips (Seaton Rangers), Tony Burns (Kells). Subs: Jason Graham (Salterbeck Storm), David Lowry (Kells), Jonny Goulding (Cockermouth), Carl McBain (Barrow Island).

 Tries: Brocklebank, Culneen

 Goals: Burns 1

 VICE PRESIDENTS SELECT: Ryan Fieldhouse (Leigh East), Mike Johnson (Myton Warriors), Sean Quinn (Thatto Heath Crusaders), Stuart Smith (Skirlaugh), Lee Rientoul (York Acorn), Lee Gudor (Siddal), Jamie Dallimore (Wigan St Cuthberts), Aaron Bradley (Hull Dockers), Gary Phillips (Wigan St Patricks), Trevor Penrose (Skirlaugh), Ben Kendall (Siddal), Sean Foster (Wigan St Cuthberts), Jonathon Milner (Queens). Subs: Tim Elliot (York Acorn), Leon Brennan (Leigh Miners Rangers), Dean Balmer (Leigh Miners Rangers), Danny Jones (Leigh Miners Rangers), Lee Fewlass (Myton Warriors), Sean Squires (Shaw Cross Sharks), Tommy Harrison (Skirlaugh).

Tries: Rentoul 2, Fieldhouse 2, Penrose, Squires, Smith, Fewlass

 Goals Quinn 6, Dallimore 1

 Referee: Gareth Hewer (Whitehaven)

 Cumbria Man of the Match: Brett Phillips

 Presidents Man of the Match: Ryan Fieldhouse

BARLA Great Britain under 21's v The British Army


The BARLA Great Britain under 21s team at Walter Simpson Park Hull

BARLA Great Britain Under 21s  48
The British Army ..14

Mark Chestney reports from Walter Simpson Park, Hull

BARLA Great Britain Under 21s scored am emphatic victory over the British Army at Walter Simpson Park, in Hull as part of their “Help the Heroes” tour.

It was the Army who showed first to score with their first set of six with a try in the left corner for full back Marcus Turagh. Andy Gray failed to add the conversion and it shocked BARLA but who replied with two quick tries of their won.

Full back Ryan Amor scored them both with captain Tony Burns able to land both conversions for a 12-4 lead. It was then man of the match John Paul Brocklebank who darted through to the line with another from centre Jamie Devine seven minutes later. Nine minutes from half-time second row forward Adam Thomasson then crashed over for a 20 point half-time lead.

The opening minutes of the first half saw sustained Army pressure which paid off with a try from hooker Andy Kay. He got a somewhat lucky bounce to his own kick through to score with Andy Gray adding the conversion.

BARLA then upped the tempo to register four more tries as winger Shaun Robinson went in at the corner with an hour gone. Thomasson added his second four minutes later before Scott Clarke went on a 60 metre dash to the line and centre Daryl Flannery completed the scoring.

Brocklebank added three conversions but the Army had the final say on the scoreboard when in the last minute winger Isiai Bobo squeezed in at the corner. Gray failed to put over the conversion attempt off the touchline.

BARLA: Ryan Amor (Wath Brow Hornets), Shaun Robinson (Saddleworth Rangers), Jamie Devine (Wath Brow Hornets), John Dawes (Maryport), Daryl Flannery (Leigh Miners Rangers), Tony Burns (Kells), John Paul Brocklebank (Egremont Rangers), Chris Jones (Shaw Cross Sharks), Scott Clarke (Thatto Heath Crusaders), Jonathan Goulding (Cockermouth), Brett Phillips (Seaton Rangers), Mike Williams (Eastmoor Dragons) Subs: Mark Cahill (Leigh East), Stuart Brentano (West Hull), James Tindall (Skirlaugh), Steve Talbot ( Thornhill Trojans), Adam Masson (Shaw Cross Sharks), Aston Spears (Unattached), Sam Radford (West Hull)

The British Army: Marcus Turagh, Isiai Bobo, Madeg Matua, Colin Marangon, Zach Vabia, Gareth Slade-Jones, Andy Gray, Colin McKenzie, Andy Kay, John Wedlock, Bavou, Andy Evans, Dave Kearns Subs: Buli Ligane, Andy Parkin, Andre Zwijnen, Max Vane, Jamie Laing, Rydian Slade-Jones

Referee: Tony Randerson (Hull)



Brett Phillips  BARLA Unison U21s Russia 2010

Q You’ve just completed a successful tour of Russia with the BARLA Unison under 21s team, what are your impressions of Russia as a country and what state is the game of rugby league in Russia?

 Russia as a country is really good in the city centres like in St Petersburg the history and some of the buildings were really good to look at and in the centre of Moscow there’s quite a bit of wealth there and seeing the red square and changing of the guards at the war memorial was something that ill never see again. But on the outskirts of the cities it was quite a poor culture and not a lot there. The rugby league is not as big as union over there and they haven’t got that many teams but the Moscow Vereya team that we played were quite good, even though they got a lot of help from the Russian officials they were just quite physical and never stopped trying.

Q Your first games were cancelled due to unsuitable opposition what was the reason for the cancellation?

 This was because the Russian who was supposed to have organised it all when we were in St Petersburg had not organised it properly and out of three teams supposedly playing in the tournament only four players turned up and in addition to this the conditions of where we played at were awful and not suitable to play on.

Q You played the Russian champions Veraya who make up the bulk of the Russian national team, what was the game like and how did the speed and physicality compare to what you are used to?

 The speed and physicality was a bit more than when playing in the Cumbria league but we should have won, the officials kept them in it not letting us in there 20 for most of the game by giving penalties against us which led to a 18 - 5 penalty count to them which was frustrating. It was one of them things that you don’t know how bad the referee was unless you actually witnessed it. 

 Q  Is there anybody you would like to thank for making the tour possible? and now that you have been on a couple of BARLA tours and came very close to being selected for the full BARLA tour to Dubai what is next for yourself?

Just to try and push for full open age BARLA honours or a big tour. I would like to thank Alison and hotdog who sorted all the sponsorships and everyone at the club for supporting me on the tour and also to the sponsors who helped make it possible Happy Hours Nursery, A.A Carpets, C&D Roofing, West Cumberland Engineering and Shepley engineering.


Seaton Rangers Representative Player Honours

BARLA Great Britain under 18s

Brett Phillips                 Serbia Tour 2007

Stephen Wallace           Australia tour 2000, v Australia

Andrew McGlasson      New Zealand Tour 2002, France

RFL Great Britain community Lions Under 18s

Brett Phillips       Australia schoolboys/AIS 2006, France 2007

Callum Phillips Australia tour 2009, France 2009, France 2008

RFL England community Lions Under 18s

Callum Phillips  AIS, France, Wales 2009
     Callum Phillips team captain v AIS 1st test

BARLA Great Britain Under 21s

Brett Phillips                 Russia Tour 2010

Paul Hopper                 Russia Tour 2007

Stephen Hodgson         Combined services 2005

Richard George            Combined services 2005

      Richard George        team captain v Combined services

BARLA Great Britain Under 23s

Stephen Hodgson         Italy tour 2008, Combined services

Michael Melville           Combined services 2008

BARLA Great Britain Open Age

Roger Blair                   Tour of Australia 1978             

 Tour of south pacific 1986, v France

             Roger Blair   tour captain   South Pacific, v France                                

Richard George            South Pacific Tour 2009, South Africa 2009

The Following players have represented Seaton Rangers ARLFC and have subsequently turned professional from the club ranks:

(Pro clubs represented in brackets)

Russell Pepperell                      (Huddersfield)

Albert Pepperell                       (Huddersfield)

Stanley Pepperell                      (Huddersfield)

                                                          William “Billy” Ivison                (Workington Town 1958 Lance Todd trophy winner)

Micheal Taylor                         (Whitehaven)

Gary Edgar                               (Whitehaven)

Geoff Symes                             (Whitehaven)

Ian Bower                                (Whitehaven)

      Craig Barker                                (Workington Town)

                       Kevin Hetherington                   (Whitehaven, Workington Town)

Jamie Beaumont                       (Workington Town)

                                                         Ricky Wright                           (Workington Town, Leeds, Sheffield Eagles, W/Haven)

Mark Keenan                           (Workington Town)
Andrew Grima                             (Workington Town)

Adrian Petrie                            (Workington Town)

                     Neil Frazer                                (Whitehaven, Workington Town)

Paul Bond                                (Workington Town)

Paul Bell                                   (Workington Town)

Jamie Nixon                             (Workington Town)

Marc Taylor                             (Workington Town)

Stuart Ackerley                        (Workington Town)

Craig Rumney                           (Workington Town)

Kevin Wilson                            (Workington Town)

Stephen Wallace                       (Workington Town)

Martyn Wilson                         (Workington Town)

Andy McGlasson                      (Workington Town)

Mark Routledge                       (Workington Town)

Carl Stephenson                       (Workington Town)

                                                                                                              Carl Henderson                        (Carlisle)