Hunslet Club Parkside have made a great start to their National Conference League Premiership Division season, winning their opening seven fixtures to open up a four point lead at the top in what is their first season in community rugby league’s top flight.
South Leeds Life spoke to skipper Jamie Fields following the most recent victory, Saturday’s 26 – 0 success against League founder members Wigan St Patricks (St Pats).
South Leeds Life: Jamie how are things going in your first season in the NCL Premier Division?
Jamie: Well we’re 7 out of 7 which is a good start but it’s going to be a long season and as I keep saying we need to continue working hard and everyone at the club is prepared to do that to get success. We know there are no easy games and we know we’ve got to put the work in every week.
South Leeds Life: Did you expect to have such a good start?
Jamie: You can’t get promoted and expect to win your first seven games, that would be insulting to the other teams in the League. I maybe expected to win 5 out of 7 but we haven’t set targets. Nobody is talking past the next game, so now we’ll start working hard for next weeks home game
against Normanton Knights which will be a very tough game (Saturday ko 2.30, Beza Street opposite the Gardeners Arms).
South Leeds Life: There seems to be a good atmosphere in the club – on the pitch and off it. What do you put that down to?
Jamie: Everyone at the club puts in the effort week by week to achieve the success we have are having. It’s not just the 17 who play every week. There’s a big squad of players who all contribute and aswell as the coaching team, there’s all the other people who contribute in the background including physio Bianca who does a great job keeping the players fit when we all work full time, Glen, Frankie, Paul to name just a few. We’re a family as well as a rugby club.
South Leeds Life: Thanks Jamie and good luck for the rest of the season.
Saturday’s game was tougher than the final score line suggests, a point eloquently made by coach Martin Rowse at the after match presentations. Skipper Fields opened the scoring on 14 minutes driving over from short range and converting his own try for a 6–0 lead. A Fields penalty for a ball steal was the only other score in the first half which ended at 8 – 0.
Full back Craig McShane was the first to score in the second half chiming into the line to score a classy try out wide on the left which was brilliantly converted by Fields for 14 – 0. A quick fire brace from centre Dale Harris on 60’ – following smart handling out to wing Omar Alrawi whose inside pass put Dale over out wide, and again on 62’, both converted by Fields took the score to 26 – 0 which is how it finished.
There were strong performances from 1 to 17. Centre Kieran Murphy made a number of strong runs and as ever the basis for the victory was laid by powerful performances from all the forwards. This is a team well worth watching – and at just £3 (including programme) entry fee – great value too!
Hunslet Club Parkside: Craig McShane, Omar Alrawi, Kieron Murphy, Dale Harris, Micky Hole, Andy Hullock, Danny Rowse, Wayne Foster, Jamie Bradley, Jamie Fields, Michael Waite, Liam Thompson, Ben Shulver. Subs: Adam Biscomb, Jay Cunningham, George Clark, Jamie Milburn.
Tries: Fields, McShane, Harris (2)
Goals: Fields 5/5
HCP Man of the Match: Danny Rowse
Coaches: Paul McShane, Martin Rowse, Sam Thorpe
Wigan St Pats: Mike Scrivens, James Ratcliffe, Danny Ryding, Joseph Meninga, Harry Warburton, Connor Taylor, Josh Yates, Jamie Bristoe, Phil Glover, Kieron Harrison, Brad Storey, Afeez Oderinde, Ryan Braddock. Subs: Jake Alder, Jordan Gibbons, Andy Higham, Danny Grogan.
St Pats Man of the Match: Phil Glover
Coaches: John Ellis, Chris Wilby
Referee: N Woodward
By Phil Goodfield