The Passing Of Tommy Taylor


BARLA have been informed of the passing of Cumbria stalwart and former BARLA Board of Management member Tommy Taylor who died at West Cumberland Hospital with his family by his side on Wednesday evening the 1st March

BARLA Chair Sue Taylor

“All our thoughts are with Tommy’s family at this sad time, he was a stalwart of the amateur game in Cumbria for many decades and was very supportive of me at meetings following my appointment of chair of BARLA a few years ago.”

Tommy’s funeral is to be held on Friday 10th March at St Mary’s Church on Trumpet Terrace, Cleator (just down the road from the Wath Brow Hornets club) at 9.10am followed by cremation at Distington at 10.30am, then back at the Wath Brow Club.

Steve Manning

BARLA Media Manager






Fryston Warriors of the Pennine League made it back to back Bartletts BARLA Yorkshire Cup wins after victory over Three Tuns of the Hull & District League with a 20-14 victory after leading 14-6 at the break.

But underdogs Three Tuns made them battle all the way following two tries in the last ten minutes and going for a converted try to send the game into extra time.

The Warriors showed their experience to hold on and were well served by prop Lee Land who gave a man of the match performance both in attack and superb defence and tackling with a bonus try his sides third which gave them a 14-0 lead.

The Warriors took the game to Tuns in the early stages and winger Andy Matthews would have been over if he could have taken an Adam Rothwell outside pass on ten minutes.

But they did go ahead four minutes later after they had been held on the line by Tuns. On the next play the ball Dale Cogan took the ball and jinked over from close range through three defenders in the corner.

Andy Speake who went on to kick two goals from four attempts hit the offside of the post from the touchline.

The Warriors forwards were making some significant bursts and Tuns were feeding on scraps and great defence, the side doubled their lead on 19 minutes following a penalty when this time Matthews redeemed himself taking the pass and scoring in the opposite corner.

Tuns came back into the game with some great play from their halfbacks Steve Batty and Ben Rowan looking for holes in the Warriors defence.

The Warriors though increased their following another penalty on 27 minutes when from the play the ball Land tore through the Tuns defence to score a six pointer giving his side a comfortable lead.

Things didn’t look good for the Hull side but they hit back with a superb individual try from standoff Rowan. Just in the Warriors half with nothing on from the play the ball he ran a few metres before chipping over the defence collecting the ball and beating the fullback and scoot over the line, then added the extras to cut the lead back to eight points.

Warriors thought they had scored their fourth try of the game in the last minute of the half but Wayne McHugh’s long cut out ball to Matthews was deemed forward.

Both sides went for it in the second half with Warriors pack just in control and on 58 minutes with a scrum ready to form in the warriors half Warriors and Tuns prop Jack Smith and Ash Shaw had words and swapped punches for a ten minutes rest in the sin bin.

Three minutes later Warriors scored the try of the game following a scrum deep in their own half. They threw the down the line and McHugh joined the line crashing onto the ball. He made an arching run to go through the cover, before straightening up and score untouched for a magnificent 70 metre try and Speake kicked his final goal for a 20-6 lead.

The Tuns still believed in themselves and had two great chances but Liam Crooks lost the ball going over the line and Phil Hargreaves had the ball punched out of his grip with the line beckoning as they went into the final ten minutes of the game.

With six minutes remaining there was another fracas after Warriors Jack Lee dangerous tackle on a Tuns player and he was subsequently sin binned leaving them down to 12 men for the remainder of the game.

Tuns responded with two tries in three minutes leaving the game on a knife edge. On 75minutes following the penalty and they ran the ball and winger Gaz Bennett scored in the corner. More Tuns pressure saw Lee Miller drive over from 15metes but Rowan's struck the post leaving them a converted try behind.

They continued to press until the final whistle but Fryston’s experience in finals saw them hold for victory which then saw all players and some rival supporters embrace each other after a classic final in front of three hundred supporters.

FRYSTON WARRIORS: Ben Strong, Ryan Meah, Adam Withington, Adam Rothwell, Andy Matthews, Dale Cogan, Andy Speake, Jack Smith, Jack Lee (Capt), Lee Land, Steve Scott, Craig Jones, Wayne McHugh. Subs: Adam Baxter, Sean Gee, Jack Pickerill, Jamie Chappell

Tries: Cogan, Matthews, Land, McHugh

Goals: Speake 2/4

THREE TUNS: Carl Pettman, James Sizer, Ben Coupland, Jamie Hawley, Gaz Bennet, Ben Rowan, Steve Batty, Ash Shaw, Nathan Powley, Tony Eccles, Dean Thompson, Dale Ellerby, Paul Shaw (Capt). Subs: Nathan Parkinson, Liam Crooks, Lee Miller, Phil Hargreaves

Tries: Rowan, Bennet, Miller

Goals: Rowan 1/3

Half time: 14-6

Referee: Neil Pascall

Touch Judges: Alex Cameron, Neil Horton,

Fourth Official Steve Reace

Man of the Match Lee Land (Fryston Warriors)

Attendance: 300

Steve Manning

BARLA Media Manager




BARLA are pleased to announce that the BARLA Xamax National Cup 2017 will take place again next year when National Conference League side and current cup holders Thornhill Trojans will be ready to defend their trophy against all opposition.


Thornhill, who earned a place in the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup through winning the National Cup 2016, will be hoping as will BARLA that fellow National Conference sides will have vision and pick up the baton to take part as last year’s runners up Myton Warriors and 2015 winners Egremont Rangers have done.


Not every club is invited into the Challenge Cup nor enter the National Conference Cup. For these clubs and all other clubs from all playing leagues it gives a chance to put into training onto the field competively until their respective seasons begin.


Through again working with the RFL dates have been put in place beginning with a preliminary round on Saturday 7th January to the final on Saturday 28th May at a ground to be announced early next year. The opening three rounds take place before the summer leagues commence and the three latter rounds are being played on Bank Holiday Saturdays which assist the club coffers of those competing clubs drawn at home at those stages.


BARLA have worked hard to cause minimal disruption to all playing leagues during their respective winter and summer season and alternative dates are in place for amateur sides involved in the early round of the Challenge Cup.


BARLA are hoping that as in previous years clubs outside it’s ‘heartlands’ will enquire and compete in the competition to test themselves against the best to make a name for themselves.


Clubs can enter the cup via their own District Leagues or through the 


BARLA Secretary and can download an entry form which is self explanatory from the BARLA website then send that back with the entry fee, to BARLA, 4 New North Parade, HD1 5JP.


For those clubs who are part of the BARLA Membership Scheme which was launched this October the entry is free and for none members it is £15 and the membership scheme is still open to all clubs and all District Leagues and playing leagues


Closing entry for clubs is 17th December 2016.


BARLA Vice Chair Steve Manning,


“Once again that time of the year has come around again as BARLA are inviting all amateur clubs from the country to play in the BARLA Xamax National Cup in 2017 to see who is the best in the country.


“Thornhill Trojans this year’s winners are looking to defend their trophy and expect a tough challenge from clubs from all leagues whatever time they play the game. We hope to make next year bigger, brighter and better and build on participants from this year’s blue riband event.


“Throughout the years it was the trophy that every club wanted to win and in many respects all clubs still do. We have worked hard with our governing body the RFL to come up with the dates for the rounds so as to cause minimal disruption.


“This see’s the opening three rounds before the summer leagues begin and the last eight clubs that reach that stage will see games in the final rounds played on Bank Holidays. Clubs part of the recent BARLA Membership Scheme gain free entry non members will pay a £15 entrance fee”.


The Dates:


Prel Round Saturday 7th January


Round one Saturday 28th January


Round two Saturday 11th February


Quarter Finals Saturday 15th April……Bank Holiday weekend


Semi finals Saturday 29th April…….Bank Holiday weekend


Final: Saturday 27th May……..Bank Holiday weekend.


Please note that any team that is in the RFL Challenge cup on the 28th/29th January will play on the 4th/5th then the next round on the 18th/19th of February.


Steve Manning


BARLA Media Manager


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