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Rangers receive favourable cup draws


The draw for the E Lamb and son amateur cup and the SJR Building contractors cumberland cup was kind on Seaton Rangers as they were given home draws in both compeitions albeit against tough opposition that will require the team to be on top form in order to make further progress


E Lamb and son amateur cup round one

 Seaton Rangers v Kells A - Date to be confirmed

  SJR Building contractors Cumberland Cup round one

 Seaton Rangers v Glasson Rangers


Quarter Finals

 Seaton Rangers or Glasson Rangers v Cockermouth titans


Dates of games are to be confirmed and will be update on the website as soon as known


5 a-side Touch Rugby

-- Forwarded Message ---

From: Matt Jefferson <>
Sent: 5 January 2012  11:38
To: Peter Gilmour

Subject: Indoor social touch

Hi Peter,
Im sure you have picked up my previous emails with regards to the upcoming 5 a-side Touch Rugby 10 week programme starting on Thursday 19th January @ St Benedicts. I was just wondering if you had mentioned it to any of the Seaton players, and if you have had any feedback/interest?
I will give you a call soon to talk about this further but it would be excellent pre season training for the teams to get involved with the summer league not far around the corner.
If you haven't already spoke to the club about it then i have attached a poster with the information on.
Kind Regards
Matthew Jefferson
League for All Officer
Furness College, Channelside, Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 2PJ
Phone -
Fax -
Mobile - 07775022799<mailto:><>
Add us on Facebook - 'Touchrugbyleague cumbria'
NW Touch Rugby League-!/pages/North-West-Touch-Rugby-League/155671207820049


 The 2012 Carnegie Challenge Cup preliminary and first round draws have been made at Leigh Miners Rangers Rugby League club.

The draw was as follows:

22 preliminary round ties to be played on the weekend of February 4 and 5.

Nottingham Outlaws V Yorkshire Cup Winners
Egremont Rangers V Bank Quay Bulls
York Acorn V Norland Sharks
Rochdale Mayfield V University of Gloucestershire All Golds
Normanton Knights V Milford Marlins
Loughborough University V Hunslet Warriors
Bradford Dudley Hill V Castleford Panthers
Warrington Wizards V East Leeds
Castleford Lock Lane V Elland
Wigan St Cuthbert’s V Northumbria University
Kells V Widnes West Bank
Sharlston Rovers V Edge Hill University
Shaw Cross Sharks V Valley Cougars
University of Hull V Waterhead
Eastmoor Dragons V Wigan St Jude’s
Millom V British Police
Oldham St Annes V Bentley Good Companions
Featherstone Lions V Askham
Seaton Rangers V Huddersfield Underbank Rangers
Blackbrook V Eccles and Salford Juniors
Leeds Metropolitan University V Ovenden
Stanley Rangers V Edinburgh Eagles


11 first round ties to be played on the weekend of February 18 and 19.


Castleford Lock Lane OR Elland V Sharlston Rovers OR Edge Hill University

Shaw Cross Sharks OR Valley Cougars V York Acorn OR Norland Sharks

Egremont OR Bank Quay Bulls V Leeds Metropolitan University OR Ovenden

Wigan St Cuthbert’s OR Northumbria University V Eastmoor Dragons OR Wigan St Judes

Loughborough University OR Hunslet Warriors V Oldham St Annes OR Bentley Good Companions

Nottingham Outlaws OR Yorkshire Cup Winners V University of Hull OR Waterhead

Seaton Rangers OR Huddersfield Underbank Rangers V Stanley Rangers OR Edinburgh Eagles

Blackbrook OR Eccles and Salford Juniors V Warrington Wizards OR East Leeds

Millom OR British Police V Rochdale Mayfield OR University of Gloucestershire All Golds

Kells OR Widnes West Bank V Normanton Knights OR Milford Marlins

Bradford Dudley Hill OR Castleford Panthers V Featherstone Lions OR Askam

For more information about the Carnegie Challenge Cup visit


Leigh Miners Rangers Rugby League club will host the draws for the preliminary and first rounds of the 2012 Carnegie Challenge Cup on Monday, December 19.

Andy Coley and Gareth Hock from 2011 Wembley winners Wigan Warriors will conduct the draws which feature 44 community Rugby League clubs, all of whom have been invited to attend.

The entrants have been placed into one pool which comprises 22 National Conference League Division 1 and 2 clubs, five regional league winners, the Yorkshire and Lancashire County Cup winners, a Cumberland ARL nomination and the British Police.

Also in the draw are the Scottish champions and a Welsh representative, four additional teams from the 2011 Rugby League Conference National, six Student RL teams and a North West men’s League representative.

The 44 teams will enter at the preliminary round with 22 games being drawn. The 22 winners from the preliminary round will then progress to the First Round where 11 games will be drawn.

These 11 winners then progress to Round Two where they meet the 14 National Conference League Premier and the three Armed Forces teams who enter at this stage to total 28 teams playing in 14 games.

A total of 14 community clubs will progress to Round Three, where they will be joined by the Co-operative Championships clubs as well as Toulouse Olympique and FC Lezignan.

The preliminary round ties will be played over the weekend of February 4 and 5 with the first round ties scheduled to be played over the weekend of February 18 and 19.

For more information about the Carnegie Challenge Cup visit

Community Rugby League teams competing in the 2012 Carnegie Challenge Cup:

Bank Quay Bulls - North West men’s League representative
Bentley Good Companions – Yorkshire League
Blackbrook - Lancashire Cup
Hunslet Old Boys/ Thornhill Trojans - Yorkshire Cup
Kells - Cumberland representative
Norland Sharks – Hull and District Champions          
Sharlston – Pennine League champions
Seaton Rangers - Cumberland Champions
Wigan St Cuthbert's - North West Counties Representative  
Askam - NCL  
Bradford Dudley Hill - NCL     
Castleford Lock Lane - NCL   
Castleford Panthers - NCL     
East Hull - NCL           
East Leeds - NCL       
Eastmoor Dragons - NCL       
Eccles - NCL  
Egremont Rangers - NCL       
Elland - NCL   
Hull Dockers - NCL    
Hunslet Warriors - NCL          
Ince Rose Bridge - NCL         
Leigh East - NCL        
Leigh Miners Rangers - NCL  
Milford Marlins - NCL
Millom - NCL   
Myton Warriors - NCL            
Normanton Knights - NCL      
Oldham St Annes - NCL         
Oulton Raiders - NCL
Ovenden - NCL          
Rochdale Mayfield - NCL       
Saddleworth Rangers - NCL  
Shaw Cross Sharks - NCL     
Siddal - NCL   
Skirlaugh - NCL          
Stanley Rangers - NCL          
Thatto Heath Crusaders - NCL           
Waterhead - NCL        
Wath Brow Hornets - NCL      
West Hull - NCL          
Widnes West Bank - NCL       
Wigan St Judes - NCL            
Wigan St Patricks - NCL        
York Acorn – NCL
Featherstone Lions – RLC National       
Huddersfield Underbank Rangers - RLC National     
Nottingham Outlaws - RLC National  
Warrington Wizards - RLC National   
Edinburgh Eagles - RLC Scotland champions          
Valley Cougars - RLC Wales
British Police
Armed Forces Army
Armed Forces Navy
Armed Forces RAF
Leeds Met University - Student RL      
Loughborough University – Student RL
Northumbria University – Student RL    
University of Gloucestershire All Golds – Student RL           
Hull University – Student RL      
Edge Hill University – Student RL   




Rookie Brett Phillips has been drafted in to the Cumbria squad for next week’s clash with England Knights – just five weeks after turning pro with Workington Town.

It is a staggering promotion for the ex-Seaton back-rower, who will be facing some of the top young Super League players in the country at the Recre if he makes the final cut.

But coach Paul Crarey, who worked with Phillips in the county’s amateur set-up, believes he has a huge future.

“He’s a big, robust lad who can play, and he’s a great signing for Workington,” said Crarey.

“We haven’t yet decided if he will play next week, we’ll see how it goes in training, but we are giving people a chance.”

Crarey noted how Egremont amateur John-Paul Brocklebank stepped up to the plate for Cumbria against a full England side at the Recre last year, scoring a try.

“Brocklebank didn’t look out of place,” added the coach. “Hopefully lads who play will be inspired and go back to their clubs as stronger players.”

Phillips, 22, penned a two-year deal last month and is likely to debut for Town early next year.

The 16-stone forward enjoyed a glittering international amateur career, playing in Australia, Serbia, Russia and Dubai before turning to the pro game.

He is one of eight Town players named in the county squad with veteran playmaker Darren Holt’s huge contribution this term noted with a call-up.

“Players on form have come in to the squad,” said Crarey. “Darren Holt had a great year and was nominated for player-of-the-year. He’s as keen as mustard to have a go.”

The RFL confirmed yesterday that the match will be played on Saturday next week at the Recre at 3pm.

“It will be a great test for us,” said Knights head coach Kieran Purtill. “They are very passionate about rugby league in Cumbria and they’re very passionate about playing for their team. it’s great for the sport up there and I hope the crowd will come out in support like they normally do.

“I spoke to a few of the lads who played in the England game last year and they’ve all said that it was a very physical game. You don’t get the chance to play against England all the time so we know they’ll be pumped up and ready to go for it.”

The Knights take on France at Leigh Sports Village tomorrow.

Cumbria squad: Miller, Mossop, Low, Coward, Olstrum, Holt, Phillips, Whitehead (all Town); C Smith, McAvoy, Sice, S Miller, Cullnean (all Haven); Campbell, Larkin, Harrison, Butler, Finch (all Barrow); Wilkes (Wakefield), Sharp (Hull), Amor (Wakefield), Singleton (Leeds), M Gardner (Widnes).



BARLA Champions Cup - Disciplinary
BARLA held a recent disciplinary hearing to discuss the issue of Seaton Rangers decision to withdraw from the final of the BARLA Champions cup competition at there Headquarters at West Yorkshire House, Huddersfield. The club have been informed of the BARLA decision which will be discussed by the club rugby committee with a view as to whether to accept the decision or to follow through further due process and lodge an appeal.
No further comment will be made by the club with regards to the above matter



Seaton Rangers head coach Ricky Wright has announced his decision to step down from his role as head coach of the Seaton Rangers ARLFC open age section with immediate effect. Ricky has left the club on amicable terms to allow him to spend time with his family and focus on other commitments. Ricky joined the club at a low ebb 2 and a half years ago and with the assistance of Paul Slone overseen the transition from also rans to being a force to be reckoned with culminating in winning the Amateur cup and Cumberland cup in his first full season in charge of the team and narrowly lost out in the final of the BARLA Cumbria cup. In his second full season in charge the team swept all in front of them winning the League, Cumberland cup, BARLA cumbria cup and top four play off final with the strength of the squad resulting in the A team winning the Second division and Dale Campbell-Savours cup.
Ricky leaves the post with the distinction of being the most succesful coach in the club history and all at Seaton Rangers ARLFC would like to place on record there thanks for his incredible service of the club that he came through the ranks of before signing professional. In the meantime the clubs existing coaching staff will take charge of team affairs through to the end of the current truncated season. Once the season has ended the coaching job will be advertised with a view to appointing a coach for the 2012 season


Seaton Rangers stand out second row forward Brett Phillips has signed for Workington Town with immediate effect on a two year contract and will go straight into there squad for the forthcoming championship one play off games. Brett has been an outstanding servant of the Seaton Rangers club through both thick and thin and has been a top performer in every single game that he has played in. His attitude and dedication have been a major part of that and earned him honours with the Great Britain community Lions and BARLA Great Britain under 18s as well as a tour to Russia with BARLA under 21s and eventually full BARLA honours firstly going to Dubai and then touring Western Australia on the back of great performances for both club and county.
Brett has been undoubtedly one of the best players ever to pull on a Seaton Rangers shirt and leaves with the best wishes and thanks of all connected with Seaton Rangers for his efforts in achieving great success for the club



BARLA have confirmed the revised date and time of kick off for the BARLA Champions cup game between Yorkshire cup and Pennine League king pins Queens who qualified with a 24 21 win over Bank Quay Bulls and Cumbria cup and CARLA Champions Seaton Rangers, The game will take place at Stanningley Rangers ARLFC, Leeds on Sunday 25th September with a 14:30pm kick off and will also see the teams with the two best defences in the country clashing in what should be a tremendous advert for amateur rugby league.
Secretary Peter Gilmour commented " The club would like to take this opportunity to thank BARLA and in paticular Roger Fagge and Mick Turner for the co-operation in finding a date that is agreeable to all parties. We are all aware that Queens provide a formidable challenge and that is only made all the more difficult by the final being played in Leeds, however we have a top quality group of players and we look forward to giving it our best shot. This game sees the two best defensive teams in the country come head to head and promises to be a fantastic game at what is a first class facility. One thing is for certain - we are going there to represent our league and our village and we wont be going down simply to make up the numbers, we will be going there to win the competition"

Seaton Rangers 2011 season signed on List

The following players have currently signed on with Seaton Rangers for the 2011 interim season:
Stuart Ackerley
Jamie  Atkinson
Paul  Bell
Callum  Bell
Shaun  Bigrigg
Ryan  Blair
Miguel  Blanco-Charters
Rangi  Comp
Tom  Curwen
Rickie  Denver
Matthew  Dixon
Richard  George
Chris  Highton
Lee  Hodgson
Adam  Hodgson
Stephen Hodgson
Stephen  Hopper
Paul  Hopper
Craig  Humphreys
Keith  Hunter
Lee Hunter
Shaun  Johnsen
David Liddington
Paul  Lowery
James  Mackay
Jonathan  Martin
Alex  McDonald
Paul  McGee
Tom  McGeen
Andrew  McGlasson
Adam  McGlasson
Warren  Morton
Duncan  Moyle
Jamie  Nixon
Chris  Nixon
Ben  Nixon
Nicky  Penrice
Brett  Phillips
Callum  Phillips
Scott  Rooke
Mark Rooke
Tony  Roper
Marc Taylor
Kevin  Thompson
Daniel  Watson
David Watson
Nicky  Williamson
Martin  Wilson


Club secretary Peter Gilmour commented
" In addition to the players that we have already signed up we expect to make a few more quality additions to what is already a very strong squad. Several players have taken the opportunity to have the shortened season to rest up injuries and explore other avenues ahead of them returning for the inaugural season, and we also wish Bryan Park well on his return to his original club Clifton Lions. As a club we are delighted with the number of players that have signed on and committed to the club in what has been a sluggish start for most CARLA clubs, and look forward to a good season ahead. I have taken the unusual step of naming our squad to stop the unfounded rumours, emanating from sources that should know better, in an attempt to destabilise our A team. The message is clear it is business as usual at Seaton Rangers and we look forward to fielding two competitive teams in the first and second divisions"



The Seaton A v Hensingham game taking place this wednesday at Seaton welfare will now kick off at 18:30pm NOT 18:15pm as previously stated. Hensingham requested the amended kick off time and due to the distance and the midweek status of the game Seaton were happy to accommodate this request.


BARLA Agree to Seaton request to play Champion of Champions final at a later date

Seaton today received confirmation from BARLA via its secretary Roger Fagge that the BARLA Champions cup final against either Bank quay bulls or Queens will now be played at a later date. The change of date was at Seaton Rangers request as a result of player unavailability in what is traditionally the pre-season.
Commenting on the decision rugby secretary Peter Gilmour commented " As a club we are delighted that BARLA have ruled in our favour and will be playing the final at a different time. The 20th August is traditionally the off season and some players who have been absolutely pivotal to our success would have been missing from the game and given that the competition is champion of champions we felt that we would be unable to do justice to ourselves as a club or to what is a superb competition that we are honoured to be a part of. We will now await the new date and confirmation of choice of venue and can promise that we will go into the final with all guns blazing and would like to thank BARLA who have been receptive of the points we raised and reached the correct decision"







SEATON "A" WIN DIVISION 2   photos here



Ricky Wrights end of the Season Review...


As the 2010/2011 Season has came to a close resulting in the club winning 6 out of 8 available trophies making it easily the most successful season in the club history we take time to catch up with Ricky Wright the man who has guided the club to unprecedented levels of success to get his thoughts on the season gone:


Q At the start of the season the club had an influx of new players, initially how hard to gel the team together was it and what were your goals for the team at the start of the season?


To be honest the influx of players never really had a bearing on how I thought we were going to do. I thought that the season prior we achieved what we set out to do, but by the end of that first season I felt we could have achieved more. Come the start of this season we did have a stronger side more people wanted to be part of what we were doing and people’s expectations were higher. Initially I found it very hard to manage everyone expectations as 17 excellent players don’t always make a good team. I Felt it was about balance and different people for different games, but it was how I dealt with the players that had to play out of position or missed out what was what i thought was the most important part of the team gelling

Goals-  we Initially set out with goals to win the Cumbria Cup and League as priority but deep down I knew we should achieve more!!!


 Q The first real test of the team came with a superb win away from home against the reigning champions Kells, What are your recollections of that game and in light of the result (a 20-10 victory) did that lead you to re-evaluate your goals for the rest of the season?


I always knew that Kells would be our toughest test of the season I remember vividly that we just lost out the season before by 2 points and it was going to be a tough test. I put what I thought was our strongest team out defensively but before Kick-off we lost Bryan Park so we went into the game with 16 players. On the day I thought we were outstanding and Andy McGlasson was exceptional taking two balls in every set. In the end we won comfortably and it should have been more.



Q The First teams winning run came to an end away to a big, physical Bank Quay Bulls team looking back was it may be a blessing in disguise that the Challenge cup was no longer a distraction from the teams real aims?


I think it showed me a lot of character within the team we had players missing it was a long trip and we were a lot smaller than them. However on the day we just lost out to a team full of ex and current professional players that got away with so much foal play it was unbelievable. But we gave as good as we took and they even said we were the best team they had faced.

Maybe it was a blessing because we had a fixture backlog and our priorities were in our league.



Q The national cup run this season was a real pleasure to watch with the team beating very good outfits such as Ince Rose Bridge and West Bowling before losing narrowly at Bradford Dudley Hill. How big a loss were the likes of Stephen Dawes and Matt Tunstall and do you believe if the draw had been kinder and the team had stayed together winning the BARLA national cup was achievable?


I think out of everything this season the lost to Bradford Dudley Hill was the most disappointing part of the season again we lost players because it was an away fixture and others had gone back to the Pro Ranks But the team was still capable of winning. The team we played I thought were very average and it took us 50 mins to realise that by that time the game was out of our reach, with some silly mistakes from individuals costing us. I don’t think that having Tutty and Dawesy would have made a massive difference but there experience could have be important to the teams composure and patience

With regards to winning it I thought we had a good chance the team was strong enough, and if the draws had been a bit kinder e.g.: home advantage you never know.



Q The biggest test locally was probably provided in the BARLA Cumbria cup final were the team were pushed all the way by Distington, What are your recollections of the game and do you believe that the game provided the players with the impetus to go on and win the rest of the finals they played in?


I think that this final was a kick up the backside we had to many players thinking that they just had to turn up and we would win because we had been so dominant up until this game. We gave Distington no respect and listening to the reports in the papers about how the trophy had already been won by Seaton.

Finals are a one off event and players can lift their game. We dominated the first half and looked like we were going to run away with the game at 22-4. We were starting to get up to speed and then half time came. I thought as am sure the players did that the second half would be a walk over but Distington got a few lucky calls and edged their way back into it. Come the last 5 mins we were looking shaky with a 6 point lead but overall we were definitely the best team on the day but overall maybe it did give us the reality check that we needed.



Q The only blot for the first team was the game against Kells in the amateur cup, where a lack of players in key positions seemed costly, How disappointed where you and what are your views on the use of the amateur cup competition?


I’m always very disappointed when we lose but if there was a game that I thought we would lose all year it would have been the amateur Cup only because we had to make 12 changes to our regular team and we struggled for personnel in the half back position which created problems for the team. On the day we could and still should have won but a young Kells team out enthused us. On paper we had a very strong team but the problem for me was the balance within the team we had to many players that were very similar in skill and style and no leader. This is for me the only real blip throughout the season but overall maybe it was good for the game it gave people a bit of belief that we weren’t unbeatable.


Q The final cup games against Glasson saw the team produce one steady and one solid performance, after the recent run of results that had seen Glasson become the main challenge how did you approach the finals?


Our approach to both games was respect. Throughout the season Glasson proved to be our toughest test and although we beat them comfortably they like Distington could cause an upset on the day if we were focused on our game.

The first game proved to be an excellent defensive performance from Glasson with us not taking our chances. We were way too physical and skilful and it was just a matter of time before we took control. We hadn’t had a game for 2 weeks and we were a bit rusty with our finishing in that game. Come the second game Glasson were down to their last 17 due to our defence in the previous final and us as a team were back up to speed. We totally dominated every part of the game and finished the season on a high running out 68-8 winners and could have been more.



Q The team went unbeaten all season in the league, but the A team also had a dream season winning a further two trophies but most importantly providing players for the first team ensuring the team was always strong, How important have the A team been in the Seaton success story?


The Second team has been pivotal in our season!! The strength within the second team this season made my job easier; this allowed people who were left out of the first team to still play at a very good standard of rugby with some very skilful player’s week in week out.

Although this season my focus was on the first team it was still important for me to ensure that we had a strong second team and everyone was treated the same throughout the club. I knew at some point due to injuries and people playing well, players from the second team would get their chance in the first team, that’s what happened.

When I took over as coach there was a divide between first and second team thankfully we are now back as a club and not individual teams. What they and we really as a club have achieved is excellent but with the quality we have I would have expected nothing less. As a club were all pulling in the right direction both on and off the field and were definitely seeing that with what we have achieved over the last two seasons



Q How much pride do you take in the achievements of individual players? All of the players have been superb this season but lads like Martyn Wilson have got a spring back in there step, while Paul McGee, Chris Highton and Brett and Callum Phillips have represented their country on the back of some fantastic rugby played


This Season has seen players raise their expectations. It also gave the players the opportunity to play with better players, test their own ability against other players and also their own team mates.

Competition for places has been hard and people have fought for places this year, when other years they’ve been part of the furniture of the club and just expected to play week in week out.

It’s always good to see lads enjoy what they’re doing and you can tell that with their performance on the pitch and how they train. This season has seen some individuals regain form from earlier years and other players achieve international Honours for me it’s about the team, winning and winning in style it’s always nice to see individuals within the team rewarded for their hard work but we have a club of 40 players that at some point throughout the season have played a huge part in what we have achieved so I think it’s unfair to talk about one or two individuals when together we have achieved so much.


Q What has been your personal highlight of the 2010/2011 season


My personal highlight of the season was the performance against Kells away in the Cumberland Cup for me we were outstanding in every department and looked a class above everyone else in our league winning 0-36. It was as near to a perfect performance both in defence and attack for me and for the first time throughout the season I had found what I thought to be my strongest most balanced team. Unfortunately I never managed to play that team again during the season due to injuries, however overall there have been a few different highlights that I’ve been proud off throughout the season from an exceptional bunch of players in both teams


Q Finally, Is there anything else you would like to say to the players, or the spectators who have turned out in big numbers every time the team has played this season?


Without sounding disrespectful there’s not a lot I would like to say. The supporters like their rugby and like their team to be successful and I really think we’ve delivered in that department. People see our team and think we just need to turn up and we’ll win but we have worked as hard if not harder than all the teams this season with all the lads and coaches giving a lot of commitment and time to the cause to enable us to achieve what we have. I really hope the supporters have enjoyed what they’ve seen this year and come back to see us again next season hopefully achieve what we have this year if not more.

In regards to the player’s thanks for all your effort throughout this long demanding season we have had the best season in the clubs history and you were a part of it.

I was once told that the easiest thing in life was getting something but the hardest was keeping hold of it. Let’s see if that’s the case see you all for next season and we’ll find out.




Referee Bob Southward is to hang up his whistle after over two decades at
the forefront of the local and national game.

 Bob Southward The Carlisle-based official will end his refereeing career in
a special charity match at Maryport on Saturday week.

"I've been in the game for 48 years," said Bob. "I started playing at 13,
finished at 38 and have refereed since then. I'm now nearly 61 so I think
I've done my time. It's time for young lads to come through.

"I've enjoyed every minute of it and still do, but your body tells you when
you've had enough."

The ex-Maryport amateur had a couple of years in the pro ranks with
Workington Town in his early 20s, though as understudy to all-time great
full-back Paul Charlton, his opportunities were limited. And he later spent
three years at Wigton as player-coach

When I stopped playing I thought I'd put something back in to the game," he
added. "I like talking to players and meeting supporters, and I've made a
lot of friends in rugby league over the years. I'd like to think I'm
well-respected and not hated."

Bob, originally from Aspatria, appeared regularly as a touch judge in Super
League for around a decade after its inception and also ran the line in the
1996 World Cup.

And he has long been a familiar face in the Cumberland League, where he is
immune to verbal abuse from the touchline.

"When you first start you hear it, but after five or 10 years you've heard
it all before," he said.

"It goes over my head. You don't take it personally and let it affect your

He plans to spend more time with his grandchildren but is also keen to
remain involved in RL.

"I would like to get back in to coaching, if possible," he revealed.
"Aspatria are starting a new team and I've put my name forward. I'm keeping
my ears open."

Bob will bring down the curtain on his refereeing career with an Allerdale
Select versus Copeland Select clash, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

"It will be a bit emotional, especially going back to Maryport. I hope
people come down to support the charity. And they can abuse me for one last
time," joked the ref, who plans to share a few post-match pints with
colleagues and supporters.



BARLA Champions Cup Draw

The Semi finals of the BARLA Champions cup has been made and for once the draw has been kind on Seaton. Having endured a tough season in the North West Counties League Halton Simms Cross have informed BARLA that they do not wish to defend the trophy they currently hold, The Semi finals are as follows:
Bank Quay Bulls (BARLA Lancashire cup champions, Warrington) v Queens (BARLA Yorkshire cup Champions, Leeds)
Seaton Rangers have a bye to the final
The final of the competition will be played on Saturday August 20th 2011 at a venue to be confirmed. Further details will be posted here first as they become available




Any season where you win a trophy is a fantastic season, to win 6 of the 8 available trophies is virtually unprecedented and is a testimony to the fantastic work that has gone on throughout the club in the 2010/11 season. In the game of rugby league skill alone will only get you so far and the reason for the success of both teams this season has been the desire and hard work of all of the players who have trained in numbers even on winters nights when the easiest option would be to stay at home

The team may contain several ex pros but all of them are Seaton lads who have been encouraged by the club to go and be the best they can be, the fact that they decided to return to the club is a testimant to the environment that has been created to play in at Seaton rangers and whilst there are three players in the squad who have not come from the youth ranks at Seaton the rest of the players have. These are the facts and what has been achieved has been done over a decade with plenty of bumps in the road

On behalf of Paul Hodgson and the commitee, and all the coaching staff, Ricky Wright, Paul Slone, Nicky Williamson and Craig Rumney who have been tremendous all season thank you to each and every player who has pulled on the Seaton Rangers ARLFC shirt this season for all your efforts what you have done has written a new chapter in the history books of our proud club that will be talked about for years to come and will never be forgotten

Roll on next season!



Seaton Rangers under 12s face Kells this coming Monday 6th June 2011 at Seaton welfare in a clash between the leagues top two sides. The under 12s are a pleasure to watch with the continuous excellant coaching of John Banks ably assisted by Gary Williamson making them a team to watch
The game kicks off at 18:30pm, so come along and give the future of Seaton Rangers your encouragement and support


Champions Cup

BARLA are now in a position to make the draw for the semi finals of the Champions cup which will be played as a season curtain raiser. The draw will be made this coming Sunday 5th June 2011 following the BARLA AGM 
The four teams involved are;


Halton Simms Cross (holders)

Bank Quay (Lancashire champions)

Seaton Rangers (Cumbria champions)

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Season of the switch
By Martin Morgan

 Wednesday, 23 March 2011
CUMBERLAND League clubs have agreed an historic switch of their season to avoid the worst of the winter weather.
Not stuck in the mud: ARL clubs hope the switch will lead to less cancelled games and better conditions
The new format will be launched on a trial basis next year, with the season running from March to October, with a short break over summer.
The league will run a truncated season up until the end of this year.
"We'll be working the trial in conjunction with BARLA," said Paul Williamson, the league's assistant secretary, who produced the proposal.
"We'll be sitting down and working out the best way to take it forward.
"We will take on board the concerns of a couple of clubs about finances and will look in more depth at ensuring they continue to have income streams coming in. It's a big step and the last thing we want to do is alienate clubs, so we'll be working closely with them to make sure their concerns are addressed.
"We have to try to address the decline in sport in general and amateur rugby league in Cumbria, and raise standards at the same time."
Eight clubs voted for the March to October option, four supported a September to June campaign and two voted to retain the current set-up. Two clubs did not attend the Maryport meeting.
"If the trial doesn't work, we will revert back," Williamson added. "I don't think we will lose momentum if that happens.
"But we'll put 100 per cent effort in to making sure it's done properly."
Clubs suffered badly from postponed fixtures around Christmas, and in the new season, clubs no longer play in December and January.
Firm plans for the summer break have yet to be agreed, but it's likely to mirror school holidays.
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As a matter of record Seaton Rangers as a club balloted all of there players to gain there views on summer rugby and out of all of the replies received the vote was overwhelming with only three players voting in favour of remaining in winter. As a result the vote of the club was to revert to a season running from March to November


Four Seasons Rugby BARLA Statement

The BARLA Board of Management has deliberately delayed the issuing of a
statement making their intentions clear, so as not to appear obstructive
while the Four Seasons consultation period was taking place.
However this has sent out a wrong message and led much of the amateur game
including leagues, clubs, teams, players, officials and many volunteers into
wrongly believing that summer rugby is a done deal to commence in 2012.
"Any league, club, player, official or volunteer who wishes to remain
playing in their present season will be given the full support from BARLA
and the RFL. Clubs and players will be made aware of this. David Gent is on
record as saying,  
"Whatever the outcome of what time of year rugby will be played, the RFL
simply cannot force teams to play summer rugby."
Provisions will be made by BARLA which will allow clubs and players to
continue playing under the standards and criteria that they enjoy at present
should their league management make the decision and opt to play a March to
November season."
David Gent has complemented the BARLA stance and statement on the 'Four
Seasons' issue on numerous occasions when attending meetings debating this.
David Gent, RFL Director of Participation and Strategic Partnerships said,
"The proposals are called Four Seasons to allow the opportunity to play the
great game of Rugby League throughout the year.
BARLA in line with the agreed Community Board policy on this issue wishes to
remind any league, club, player, official or volunteer who wishes to remain
playing in their present season that they will be given the full support
from BARLA and the RFL. Clubs and players will be made aware of this.
The proposals recognise that should the decision be made to start a fully
operational March to November programme those who wish to continue in the
existing September to May season can do as at present.
It is for individual clubs and their members to decide when they wish to
play and I am delighted that BARLA and the RFL are working together to move
forward with this.
The BARLA Board has confirmed that provisions will be made by BARLA to allow
clubs and players to continue playing under the standards and criteria that
they enjoy at present should their league management make the decision and
opt to play a March to November season."
BARLA will not require clubs to apply for a license to play in its
respective playing leagues at all age levels. It will continue to implement
its highly successful and traditional National and County Cup competitions.  
Those would continue at both Open Age and Youth & Junior levels which are
contrary to the RFL's Four Season's blueprint.  
The BARLA Open Age Board would like to invite Open Age Council Members,
District Leagues and Playing Leagues to the Shaw Cross Sharks ARLFC on
Wednesday 26th January at 7.00pm for their input in taking the BARLA
Strategy forward.
BARLA Open Age Chair Steve Manning said,
"Following our meeting last month we are now making a clear statement to all
our leagues, clubs, teams, players, officials and many volunteers who wish
to continue playing during the winter season from September to May. BARLA
will be there support them. As David Gent has quite rightly said the RFL
simply cannot force teams to play summer rugby.
"We need to put structures in place ready for any oncoming change and need
input from Open Age Council Members, District Leagues and Playing Leagues
who wish to continue to play during the winter and are welcome to attend our
Open Age Meeting later this month."  

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