RUGBY OLDHAM CHALLENGE 2011 - 2012

TROPHY PRESENTATION FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2012

This years presentation, made at a Special Event held in the offices of sponsor Joseph Parr (ALCO) Ltd Builders Merchants went to WATERHEAD, who having been 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, was on hand to receive the piece of silverware from Rugby Oldham counterpart lain 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.

lain Taylor, Chairman of Rugby Oldham, 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.

'Also, Rugby Oldham would like to place on record that they are extremely  grateful  to Joseph Parr (Alco) Ltd for their ongoing sponsorship of the Man-of-Steel competition, which we are pleased to confirm has been renewed for the
2012·13 season."   

 

WELL DONE WATERHEAD! - CROWNED CHAMPIONS OCTOBER 2012

Rugby Oldham are proud to congratulate Waterhead on their success in winning the Challenge Trophy this season.

Splitting the seasons between a Winter and a Summer competition certainly caused complications for the Rugby Oldham Amateur Club Challenge this year. An early decision was taken to exclude results from the ‘Interim Season’ played by those clubs opting for a Summer competition although for the sake of interest such a table was compiled to see if any significant difference would ensue. As it happened there was barely any difference except that St. Annes would have finished higher because their relatively successful Interim campaign was not matched when the Summer league proper got underway.

The main competition saw Hollinwood post a respectable return which put the onus on the Summer participants to overhaul them. As things turned out the challenge soon developed into a one horse race, the success of Waterhead in National Conference Division Two resulting in an early lead which was never threatened. Indeed so dominant were Waterhead that their points per game average exceeded 7.00 for most of the year and finished on 7.04, the highest return ever in the history of the competition.

Final Table 2011 - 2012

TEAM P W D L L (U12) ABP DBP TOT %AGE
WATERHEAD 24 18 0 6 4 72 39 169 7.04
HOLLINWOOD 18 7 0 11 3 18 16 58 3.22
SADDLEWORTH 26 5 2 19 6 43 14 82 3.15
ROCHDALE COBRAS 20 5 0 14 4 28 14 61 3.05
FITTON HILL 38 10 1 26 8 37 23 100 2.63
ST. ANNES 26 2 0 24 9 32 14 61 2.34
HIGGINSHAW 22 3 0 19 4 14 10 37 1.68
TABLE AT 20-10-12
ABP = ATTACKING BONUS POINTS
DBP = DEFENSIVE BONUS POINTS

MAN OF STEEL AWARD 2011 - 2012

Once again sponsored by our excellent long time sponsors Joseph Parr (ALCO) Ltd Builders Merchants, the competition has been shared for the forst time in it's history. The joint winners are Waterhead's Dale Lowe and Jordon Galloway of St. Annes. Well done to both players.

As with the Amateur Club Challenge the Man-of-Steel competition was divided between the two different seasons. The early running was set by Peter Davies of Hollinwood but by the end of the Winter campaign the target had been set by Jordan Hanley of Higginshaw who was his team’s outstanding player on 5 occasions.

Eight weeks into the Interim season Jimmy Rogers of Saddleworth had already equalled this but as this season was not to count towards the award it was all in vain. Strangely, Rogers was then nominated only once again as his side’s Man of the Match when the Summer season got underway.

Any challenge from a Saddleworth player was undermined by a sharing of the honours with Adam Walker, Matthew Bottom and Ben Wood regular nominees. Meanwhile, Waterhead’s Dale Lowe emerged as a front runner and once he got going St. Annes’ Jordan Galloway became a serious challenger. As the season progressed it was neck and neck and in the end both contenders finished with identical records of 7 Man of the Match awards in 23 appearances meaning that for the first time the Joseph Parr (Alco Ltd.) sponsored Man-of-Steel award will be shared by Dale Lowe and Jordan Galloway who will receive £250 each. 

RUGBY OLDHAM JUNIOR CHALLENGE 2011 - 2012

2011 / 2012 SEASON OVERVIEW - WELL DONE AGAIN TO ST.ANNES!

The Rugby Oldham Junior Club Challenge incorporated all fixtures played whether Winter or Summer. St. Annes established an early lead which they never relinquished, an achievement to be proud of as they were the only club fielding sides at each of the qualifying levels of U13, U14 and U15.

The final table for this season reads

TEAM P W D L L (U12) ABP DBP TOT %AGE
ST. ANNES 79 40 5 34 16 128 125 399 5.05
WATERHEAD 49 17 3 29 14 62 63 196 4.00
DADLEWORTH 32 13 1 18 3 34 33 111 3.47
ROCHDALE COBRAS 58 20 0 38 10 60 63 193 3.33
ABP = ATTACKING BONUS POINTS
DBP = DEFENSIVE BONUS POINTS

RUGBY OLDHAM CHALLENGE TROPHY
20011 – 12 Season Preview

The prestigious RUGBY OLDHAM CHALLENGE TROPHY won last season by Rochdale Cobras is again being competed for by the Higginshaw, Hollinwood, Rochdale Cobras, Saddleworth Rangers, Oldham St Annes, Waterhead and Fitton Hill clubs.
Whilst it has always been the case that each of the seven sides is eligible to pick up points from every league match in the division in which they play the problem this time around is that clubs aren't just competing in different competitions which have historically been run simultaneously but will be playing at different times of year. Higginshaw and Hollinwood will be turning out in the North West Counties' winter leagues kicking-off in September and running through to spring of 2012 whilst Saddleworth Rangers, Oldham St Annes, Waterhead, Fitton Hill and Rochdale Cobras will be playing summer rugby firing-up in March 2012.
This year's Rugby Oldham Challenge Trophy will therefore commence with the kick-off of the winter season in September and continue until the last match of the summer season has been completed in the autumn of 2012.
The Interim Competition which features the Saddleworth Rangers, Oldham St. Annes and Waterhead clubs being played between August and November 2011 will NOT qualify for points towards the Rugby Oldham Challenge Trophy.
Points are awarded as follows:
3 points for a win
2 points for a draw
1 bonus point for a loss by 12 points or less
There are also extra bonus points for both defensive and attacking prowess:
1 extra bonus point is awarded for every 10 points scored in a game.
1 bonus point for conceding 30 points or below.
2 points for conceding 20 points or below.
3 points for conceding 10 points or below.
In the event of clubs playing an uneven amount of fixtures at the end of the season points totals will be adjusted on a percentage basis.
Again, just as last season, league matches for the forthcoming weekend will be formatted in a RUGBY OLDHAM advert printed each Thursday in the Oldham Evening Chronicle. League tables will also be printed regularly in the Oldham Evening Chronicle along with match reports and other features.
Spice is added by the Man - of - Steel competition worth £500 to the winner again sponsored this season by local builders' merchants JOS. PARR (ALCO) LTD.

 

RUGBY OLDHAM CHALLENGE 2010 - 2011

ROCHDALE COBRA'S CROWNED CHAMPIONS - MAY 2011

Rugby Oldham wishes to congratulate Rochdale Cobra's on becoming this season's competiition winners - well done to all concerned at the club - see below for the seasons overview.

Trust Chairman Iain Taylor is pictured below presenting the trophy at the Oldham League's Annual Dinner.

The final table is shown below 

TEAM P W D L L (U12) ABP DBP TOT %AGE
ROCHDALE COBRAS 18 11 1 6 3 46 33 117 6.50
HOLLINWOOD 20 11 2 6 3 55 28 123 6.15
ST. ANNES 22 9 0 13 5 47 18 97 4.41
SADDLEWORTH 26 11 1 14 6 46 23 110 4.23
HIGGINSHAW 20 7 0 13 6 24 15 66 3.30
WATERHEAD 22 7 0 15 3 29 16 69 3.14
FITTON HILL & HATHERSHAW 26 6 0 19 2 18 12 52 2.00

 

ABP = ATTACKING BONUS POINTS
DBP = DEFENSIVE BONUS POINTS

 

RUGBY OLDHAM CHALLENGE 2010 - 2011

2010 / 2011 SEASON OVERVIEW – 2nd MAY 2011

The Rugby Oldham Senior Club Challenge was quite different to the competitions of previous years. This stemmed from the fact that both Saddleworth Rangers and St.  Annes had been promoted and were therefore less likely to produce the stunning results of previous years at a higher level of competition. This opened up the Challenge to the Oldham amateur Leagues other member clubs which is just what it was designed to do. Two clubs in particular took advantage and it became clear fairly early that Rochdale Cobras and Hollinwood were going to enjoy good seasons.

The lead in the Challenge changed hands several times and was a ding-dong tussle until the last few games when Hollinwood finally ran out of steam. Although Hollinwood outscored Cobras in the points for column the situation was reversed in the points against. So in the end it could be said that’ it was the defence wot won it’. Hollinwood perhaps succumbed to a good cup run and injuries that depleted their resources. However in a season that fell into two distinct phases because of the winter weather Rochdale Cobras showed the consistency required to carry off the trophy.

Our congratulations on their achievement and thanks to all our amateur clubs for the sterling work they do to keep the game alive and well in the town.

RUGBY OLDHAM JUNIOR CHALLENGE 2010 - 2011

2010 / 2011 SEASON OVERVIEW - WELL DONE ST.ANNES!

The Junior Club Challenge in 2010-11 was a close fought affair right through the season. All four competing clubs were in with a chance of taking the honours at some point during the campaign. This was particularly gratifying for newcomers Milnrow Cobras whose two sides at U14 and U13 levels acquitted themselves well and whose results promise a bright future.
In the end Oldham St. Annes were worthy winners because consistency accumulates points . Not only were St. Annes consistent in their results and scores but they did it across three different age groups and were in fact the only club with teams at each of the qualifying age ranges. To have three good sides at each of U15, U14 and U13 levels is a tribute to a well structured club with good coaches and commitment. Of course similar sentiments apply to all the competitors because it takes great dedication and organization to provide the facilities and training our youngsters enjoy. Everyone involved is deserving of the highest praise.

The final table is below.

TEAM P W D L L (U12) ABP DBP TOT %AGE
ST. ANNES 55 32 1 22 12 94 100 304 5.33
SADDLEWORTH 37 22 1 14 4 46 66 181 4.89
WATERHEAD 35 17 2 15 7 53 53 168 4.80
MILNROW COBRAS 42 21 2 19 8 67 55 197 4.69

ABP = ATTACKING BONUS POINTS
DBP = DEFENSIVE BONUS POINTS

Rugby Oldham Challenge 2010 - 2011

Rugby Oldham are pleased to announce that they will again be sponsoring the challenge trophy (Rugby Oldham Challenge) which will be competed for throughout the 2010-11 season by amateur sides affiliated to the Oldham Amateur League irrespective of which league and division they participate in. Teams competing will include Saddleworth Rangers, St Annes, Waterhead, Rochdale Cobras, Higginshaw,  Hollinwood and newly formed Fitton Hill and Hathershaw. The Rugby Oldham Challenge Trophy will be presented to the winning club at the annual Amateur League Dinner to be held in May.

Rugby Oldham also organize the Man of Steel competition which carries with it a £500 prize kindly donated by local builders & timber merchants Joseph Parr (Alco) Ltd. Again, the award is made at the prestigious Amateur League Dinner which, in 2010 was held at the White Hart, Lydgate. In 2010 the winner was Danny Kay from Oldham St. Annes and in 2009 David Sweeney from Higginshaw.

The competition will again be driven forward by an advert being placed by Rugby Oldham in the Oldham Evening Chronicle each Thursday throughout the season promoting the weekend’s fixtures.

Without doubt the profile of the matches played last season was enhanced by this advertising support backed by regular updates and match reports featured in the Chronicle each Thursday.

To complement the Amateur Club Challenge  Rugby Oldham also runs the Junior Club Challenge. This is competed for by all clubs running teams at U13, U14 and U15 age groups. In 2010-11 this means the competing clubs are Milnrow Cobras, Oldham St. Annes, Saddleworth Rangers and Waterhead with previous competing club Higginshaw having seen their youth team graduate to a higher age group.

This years structure is as follows

Each of the six sides will be eligible to pick up points from every league match in which they play. Because clubs compete in different competitions - Higginshaw and Cobras in the North West Counties, Hollinwood in the Pennine and Saddlworth Rangers, St Annes and Waterhead in the National Conference leagues a min-league will again be created.

Points will be awarded as follows:

3 points for a win

2 points for a draw

1 bonus point for a loss by 12 points or less

There are also extra bonus points for both defensive and attacking prowess:

1 extra bonus point is awarded for every 10 points scored in a game.

1 bonus point for conceding 30 points or below.

2 points for conceding 20 points or below.

3 points for conceding 10 points or below.

 

Rugby Oldham Challenge - Past Winners

The competion was initially established as a Tri Team Challenge, when three of our local clubs, St. Annes, Saddleworth and Waterhead were all in the same division of the National Conference League. The following season the competion was expanded to feature all our local clubs and was renamed. The competion now continues to grow seaon by season.

The past winners are

RUGBY OLDHAM AMATEUR CLUB CHALLENGE

2007-08 - Saddleworth Rangers,

2008-09 - Saddleworth Rangers,

2009-10 - Oldham St. Annes

2010-11 - Rochdale Cobras

RUGBY OLDHAM JUNIOR CLUB CHALLENGE

2009-10 - Saddleworth Rangers,

2010-11 - St. Annes

RUGBY OLDHAM AMATEUR CLUB CHALLENGE 2010-11 -

FINAL TABLE 22nd MAY 2011

 

TEAM P W D L L (U12) ABP DBP TOT %AGE
ROCHDALE COBRAS 18 11 1 6 3 46 33 117 6.50
HOLLINWOOD 20 11 2 6 3 55 28 123 6.15
ST. ANNES 22 9 0 13 5 47 18 97 4.41
SADDLEWORTH 26 11 1 14 6 46 23 110 4.23
HIGGINSHAW 20 7 0 13 6 24 15 66 3.30
WATERHEAD 22 7 0 15 3 29 16 69 3.14
FITTON HILL & HATHERSHAW 26 6 0 19 2 18 12 52 2.00

 

 

RUGBY OLDHAM AMATEUR CLUB CHALLENGE 2010-11 -

UPDATED 4th MAY 2011

 

TEAM P W D L L (U12) ABP DBP TOT %AGE
ROCHDALE COBRAS 18 11 1 6 3 46 33 117 6.50
HOLLINWOOD 20 11 2 6 3 55 28 123 6.15
ST. ANNES 22 9 0 13 5 47 18 97 4.41
SADDLEWORTH 26 11 1 14 6 46 23 110 4.23
HIGGINSHAW 20 7 0 13 6 24 15 66 3.30
WATERHEAD 21 7 0 14 3 28 16 68 3.24
FITTON HILL & HATHERSHAW 26 6 0 19 2 18 12 52 2.00

 

TABLE AT 05-04-11

ABP = ATTACKING BONUS POINTS

DBP = DEFENSIVE BONUS POINTS    

****NOTE - WATERHEAD STILL TO PLAT ONE FINAL MATCH 21st MAY 2011 ***

 

 

 

Rugby Oldham Challenge Update 14th Feb 2011

Following this weekends round of matches, please see below for the up-to-date league tables. The match reports and latest Joseph Parr Builders Merchants Man of Steel standings, will appear in Thursday night's Oldham Evening Chronicle

RUGBY OLDHAM AMATEUR CLUB CHALLENGE 2010-11

TEAM                         P       W        D         L     L  (U12)  ABP    DBP    TOT.   %        

                                                                                   

ROCHDALE COBRAS        13           9              1              3              2              31           27           89           6.85

HOLLINWOOD                   11           5              2              4              2              28           17           66           6.00       

ST. ANNES                           14           6              0              7              2              27           12           59           4.21

SADDLEWORTH                 17           6              1              10           6              27           15           68           4.00

WATERHEAD                      13           4              0              9              2              18           9              41           3.15

HIGGINSHAW                    13           4              0              9              4              10           10           36           2.77

FITTON HILL &                   13           1              0              12           0              6              7              16           1.23       

HATHERSHAW

TABLE AT 12-02-11

ABP = ATTACKING BONUS POINTS

DBP = DEFENSIVE BONUS POINTS

 

RUGBY OLDHAM JUNIOR CLUB CHALLENGE 2010-11

TEAM                          P          W         D          L      L (U12)  ABP      DBP     TOT     %                                                                                          

 

ST.ANNES                               44           25           0              19           10           72           77           234         5.32

WATERHEAD                         25           12           2              10           5              43           41           129         5.16

SADDLEWORTH                    28           15           1              12           3              32           51           133         4.75

MILNROW COBRAS              32           16           2              14           6              48           42           148         4.63       

 TABLE AT 13-02-11

ABP = ATTACKING BONUS POINTS

DBP = DEFENSIVE BONUS POINTS

 

Rugby Oldham Challenge Update 7th Feb 2011

Following this weekends round of matches, please see below for the up-to-date league tables. The match reports and latest Joseph Parr Builders Merchants Man of Steel standings, will appear in Thursday night's Oldham Evening Chronicle

RUGBY OLDHAM AMATEUR CLUB CHALLENGE 2010-11

TEAM                         P          W        D         L       L  (U12)   ABP    DBP    TOT.   %                                                                                           

ROCHDALE COBRAS        12           8              1              3              2              29           24           81           6.75

HOLLINWOOD                   10           5              1              4              2              28           14           61           6.10       

ST. ANNES                           13           5              0              7              2              22           10           49           3.77

SADDLEWORTH                 16           5              1              10           6              26           13           62           3.87

WATERHEAD                      12           3              0              9              2              15           7              33           2.75

HIGGINSHAW                    12           3              0              9              4              9              8              30           2.50

FITTON HILL &                   12           1              0              11           0              6              7              16           1.45       

HATHERSHAW

TABLE AT 05-02-11

ABP = ATTACKING BONUS POINTS

DBP = DEFENSIVE BONUS POINTS           

 

RUGBY OLDHAM JUNIOR CLUB CHALLENGE 2010-11 

TEAM                          P          W         D          L       L (U12)  ABP      DBP     TOT     %                                                                                            

WATERHEAD                         24           12           2              10           5              43           41           129         5.37

ST.ANNES                               42           23           0              19           10           68           72           219         5.21

SADDLEWORTH                    25           14           1              10           3              31           47           125         5.00

MILNROW COBRAS              30           15           2              13           5              45           39           138         4.60       

 

 

TABLE AT 06-02-11

ABP = ATTACKING BONUS POINTS

DBP = DEFENSIVE BONUS POINTS