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More gongs for Waterhead

Date published: 07 December 2012

RUGBY: WATERHEAD, promoted from Division Two of the National Conference League, had another cause for celebration after they clinched the 2011-12 Rugby Oldham Amateur Club Challenge.

Pete Beswick, chairman of the Peach Road club, received the silverware from Rugby Oldham counterpart Iain Taylor.

Waterhead, with 18 wins from 24 NCL matches, finished a long way ahead of Hollinwood. Saddleworth Rangers were third.

The Waterhead success story continued in the Rugby Oldham Man-of-Steel competition, sponsored by Joseph Parr (Alco) Ltd

Hooker Dale Lowe shared the honour and a cheque for £500 with Oldham St Anne’s loose forward Jordan Galloway.

Iain Taylor, chairman of Rugby Oldham chairman, said: “Waterhead were worthy winners of the Rugby Oldham Challenge Trophy.

“They were runners-up the Second Division of the National Conference League, playing some exciting football throughout the season.

OLDHAM St Anne’s won the 2011-12 Rugby Oldham Junior Club Challenge, from Waterhead, Saddleworth Rangers and Rochdale Cobras.

DALE LOWE missed out on an individual treble after being overlooked for the National Conference League Division Two player-of-the-year award.

The Waterhead hooker was on a short list of three, but the gong went to Dewsbury Celtic’s Liam Walmsley.

“League Weekly” — one of the sport’s trade papers — had named Lowe their Division Two player of the year.

THE John Burke under-18s Trophy final, scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed until next year.

Oldham St Anne’s were due to host Saddleworth Rangers at Higginshaw Lane.

Both sides are currently out of season.

Organisers, the Oldham Amateur Rugby League, are hoping to play the final next year in the build-up to the new season.

A spokesperson said: “We apologise to all players, officials and supporters for cancelling the game, but the league had no other option.”


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