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Sunday 15th February 2015

Raging Bull Colts League leaders Hawcoat Park travelled to New Brighton on the Wirral for their last league game of the season last weekend, playing against arguably the biggest set of forwards in the league. As Hawcoat had already been crowned as Champions, New Brighton created a guard of honour onto the pitch which was real effort on their part to welcome their opposition onto the field of play.

It was clear from the off that Hawcoat still had the bus in their legs and it took a while for the squad to get up and running. Skipper Robert Shepherd had to leave the field of play early doors after picking up a niggling hip injury so it was left to Euan James to take the reins. Front three Tom Lavender, Jordan Garnett and Ethan Vial had to be on the top of their game to take on this big robust set of forwards. Luke Shaw and Jackson Glyn in the second row were real powerhouses not only in the tight 5 but in the loose with Glynn showing why the open age having been lording after him since he turned 17. It took a good 20 minutes until Hawcoat found there mojo when great work from Harrison O'Brien and Robbie Lennie allowed Tommy Milner to get his hands on the ball. Milner passed out to James who put Conner McDermott away to open the scoring with James adding the extras. A faze of scrum after scrum ensued when great work from Kane Fitch and Ryan Everett allowed Iestyn Humphries to crash over the line bringing half time with a converted try and a score line of 14-0.

Half time came as did the substitutions with Grady Slater, Blain Marwood, Jack Shannon, Austin Meadows and Kristian Rollinson taking to the field of play. It didn’t take long to get the Hawcoat Steam roller up and running and right from the kick off a great catch and set up from Meadows allowed the back line to get up and running. A superb running line from Ned McQuillan put the forward away from 50 meters out to score a great try converted by James. This seemed to be the catalyst and the game turned on its head. New Brighton were putting up a spirited fight but the Hawcoat side were having none of it when superb ball through hands put the outstanding Aaron Humphries away for the wing man to dance his way over the white wash with James once again putting the ball between the uprights. By this point in the proceeding Shannon was having a real effect from scrum half, taking on the back line and it was from this that Rollinson drove the ball up the centre of the park. Ball from the back of the ruck and through hands of Marwood put fly half James away from his 22 and although he eventually staggered over the line he finished off a great move. Grady Slater was causing all kinds of trouble in his unusual position of centre when he too broke through to score a try he also converted as James tried to get his legs back after his full lengther previous. Marwood was starting to run the game from full back with his mazy running game and superb ball distribution.
New Brighton were putting the Hawcoat line under pressure but the back row combination of Harrison, Meadows and Mcquillan were awesome in their pursuit of the ball. Aaron Humphries was off again, up to his try scoring tricks with  wonderful line through the defence which put the game way out of reach. McDermott and Humphries linked up well for the second last try when the two speedsters broke away and showed a nice touch popping the pass up to Jack Shannon to score his first try for the club with James now converting again. The game was finished off with the strong running Ethan Vial scoring a well-deserved try after good work on the ground by Meadows. With James converting the final score came in at New Brighton 0 Hawcoat Park 57.
Hawcoat Park have finished the league campaign as unbeaten champions which is a massive effort for the squad travelling an average of 100 miles for away games, this is the second time this has been achieved by the club and its junior section production line. Coach Gary James said ‘ this is a great achievement to go all season un-defeated and play some of the rugby that we have. The club are so proud of these lads, some of which have started their development into open age rugby already. The season isn’t over for us yet as we still have the Cumbria Cup Semi Final to play and we have just found out we have been nominated to play in the National Cup also which is a massive honour for the boys and Hawcoat Park. Big thanks got to New Brighton for their hospitality and the way they treat the lads both before and after the game. Also the work of Steve Slater, Ray Sayle and Jason Meadows cannot go un-noticed in helping coaching and bringing the side together.’
Hawcoat Park now look forward to the Cumbria Cup semi-final at home against either Cockermouth or Workington as they wait to find out who their opponents in the national’s which is drawn soon as the quarter finals are on 1st March.


Hawcoat Park League Champions

Aaron Humphries scoring his first try          

Grady Slater with the ball with Harrison O'Brien, Jordan Garnett and Jackson Glynn


Raging Bull Colts League leaders Hawcoat Park welcomed third placed Bolton to their ground this week in a game that could see them crowned as Champions. From the kick off it was clear the intent of the home side when huge hits from Ned McQuillan, Tommy Milner and Rob Shepherd rained down on the Bolton back line. A spilt ball in the first minute nearly saw Hawcoat take an early lead only for the ball to go dead. It wasn’t long how ever before the first points were on the board when a great run from strong man Ethan Vial backed up by Jackson Glynn and Tom Lavender took the ball into heart of the visitor 22. From here Milner pass out to Euan James saw a great pass out wide for Ross Clayton to get over the white wash. By this point, only 5 minutes into the game, Hawcoat were clearly the dominant force as everything Bolton tried to do was pushed to one side as the Hawcoat juggernaut continued to move forward. Great ball work from Blain Marwood and Robert Shepherd put the outstanding Conner McDermott away. The centre took on the home defence drawing the full back to him for pace man Aaron Humphries to go in out wide. Humphries was at it again soon after when hooker Jordan Garnet went close to scoring only to be hauled down 1 mtr from the line. Great ruck ball from Harrison Obrien, Steven Fagial and Grady Slater allowed Milner to pop a pass out for wing man Humphries to go in rounding the last man to score under the sticks for a try converted by James. An injury to Garnett and Milner saw them leave the pitch with Obrien switching from 8 to hooker with Austin Meadows and Jack Shannon from Hawcoat Park’s U16’s squad introduced to the proceedings. Bolton were trying allsorts and too there credit they never gave up but with people like Shepherd and McDermott in the centres something is always going to happen and it was the latter McDermott who went over after some great work from Marwood who was having one of his best games for the club. Half time came with the scores 22-0 to Hawcoat Park.
Second half kicked off with Bolton really starting to get the bit between their teeth and with some great rugby they became capped in the Hawcoat 22. By this point the Hawcoat defence was having to work as well as its attack with Clayton, Kris Rollinson and Luke Shaw working like horses in the loose. A big hit from Obrien and replacement Kane Finch allowed great opportunity for Meadows and Shannon to do their magic. Ball through hands put Marwood away for a well-deserved try for the full back which was converted by James. Bolton once again came right back at Hawcoat but the defence was on top form with no gaps anywhere on the field of play. When there was, Bolton’s superb centre broke the line and with the line begging was felled by Shannon under the stick with his partner in crime Meadows ripping the ball 2mtrs from their own line. This set McDermott off again with the centre beating man after man to make his way into the opposition half. Ruck ball to Slater and Vial put even more pressure and when the ball was cleared Euan James was on hand to pass out to Marwood who put McDermott away for his second of the game once again converted by James. The reds of Bolton could quite easily have folded at this but with great grit and determination they scored a great try from the kick off. Ball through hands and good ruck ball put the Bolton wing man away to score his sides first points of the game. The game was starting to open up a bit as the hard work both sides had put in was starting to take its toll. Bolton kicked off with Rollinson taking the ball right up the middle of the park into the Bolton half. Steven Fagial was of the same mind set when driving through opposition on coming tackles. A lucrative popped pass put Meadows away and with the line in his sites a great cover tackle allowed the wing forward to pop the ball out to Shannon who put Slater away for a great team try converted by James. There was still time for one last hurrah from Bolton with a late try bringing the final score to 41-10 to the maroon and whites of Hawcoat Park and crowing them as NW Colts League Champions.
Coach Gary James said ‘ I’m really chuffed for the lads as they have played superb rugby all season, this is the icing on the cake for them. The whole squad have really played to their skins out which all boas well for the future of rugby union in the town. Two of the lads Austin Meadow s and Jack Shannon from the U16’s have come along and played a couple of games now and fitted in well with Rob Shepherd, Jackson Glynn and Jordan Garnett having already played open age. Great effort. Thanks go out to Ray Sayle and Steve Slater for their work in coaching along with Jason Meadows’.
Hawcoat Park have one more game left in the league away at New Brighton but at the moment they are the only team in Colts Rugby unbeaten which may see them get invited into the National cup competition in the future. With Cumbria Cup Semi Final ahead and Colts League cup still to come there could be further silver ware heading its way off up the M6 to Cumbria.


Hawcoat Park Colts v Liverpool St Helens Colts

Hawcoat Park Colts were at home this week against a strong Liverpool St Helens side in what promised to be a great game, the support that turned up were not disappointed. The game was got under way by the visitors with the maroon and whites going straight on the offensive with Jordan Garnett, Ethan Vial and Kris Rollinson taking the ball on with great gusto. It wasn’t long before the home side ruck got to work with Robbie Lennie and Stephen Fagial clearing good ball for Blain Marwood. Superb ball through hands put Connor McDermott into space who then put second row Jackson Glynn away in the corner for the first points of the game. Hawcoat were taking the game by the scruff of the neck when from the kick off Ned McQuillan took the ball forward to be cut down short of the line and a penalty was awarded for an infringement at the ruck. Quick thinking from Euan James saw the stand-off take it quickly and beat 4 men to the white wash scoring a great try.

This seemed to lift the visitors when their pack drove the ball up the centre field. Not even the tackling of Ryan Everett or Harrison O'Brien could stop them going over for their first try putting pressure on Hawcoats' un-beaten record. Once again quick thinking from James saw a quick kick off ensue with Ross Clayton first to respond scoring a great try under the sticks with James converting. The maroon and whites were on fire by this point and every pass seemed to stick, up steps Aaron Humphries. The speedy wing man collected the ball after some tremendous work centre field by Robert Shepherd and Grady Slater. Ball through hands put Humphries away after great work from Marwood. In the throw of scoring the Liverpool centre tripped the Hawcoat player resulting in a penalty to Hawcoat at the restart. Slater took up the mantel and took a quick tap while the visitors were still recovering from the barrage of tries. Driving at the heart of the Liverpool St Helens team he took the ball to the 22 where McDermott took over to score a superb try out wide brining half time and a 31-5 to Hawcoat.


The second half kicked off as the first had finished with Hawcoat in the ascendancy. Second row Luke Shaw was on the park now taking the game on and taking the home side pack with him along with Tommy Millar and Joe Rea making their first appearances for the side from the U16 squad. The home team had real impetus in their game and with fresh legs on the pitch there was only going to be one result. The ball in hand and rucking from the home side was awesome when ball from the ruck Obrien broke the line with Fagial, the ball went to Marwood who took the back line passing a great ball wide to Shepherd to coast in to score.


The Liverpool St Helens stand-off looked like he was out on his own by this point trying all sorts to get more points on the board and a great jinking run did come up trumps when he took a great line from the half way line to score a wonderful individual try. This did lift the visitors for a while with the forwards starting to take the ball on but great tackling from scrum half Millar and Slater allowed Rea to get his hands on the ball. A pop pass released the back line for Humphries to bag another try. Hawcoat were not finished when under immense pressure skipper Shepherd took the ball from his own 22 and made his way up the touch line to finish the game and the scoring bringing final score to 48-10 to Hawcoat Park.
Hawcoat Park colts are still unbeaten and seem to have the league wrapped up with two games to go. They face Bolton at home in two weeks then down the M6 to New Brighton to finish the season, hopefully unbeaten.

Coach Gary James said " This was an awesome win for the boys considering the Christmas break and they should be proud of what they have achieved this season. Big thanks to Liverpool St Helens for coming up and trying right to the end but Hawcoat were just to strong today. Something a bit special is building in this team which is looking good for the future for the lads. The two U16’s that played today were great and a credit to their team. With two league games left then Cumbria Cup Semi Final to look forward to as well as Colts Cup matches, there’s still plenty to look forward to".

Hawcoat Park Colts v Penrith Colts Sunday 30th November 2014


The Undefeated Hawcoat Park Colts took to the park against an all conquering Penrith side who had beaten the maroon and whites twice last year. This season Hawcoat Colts are a different proposition all together having worked really hard in pre-season and on training nights under the guidance of Gary James, Steve Slater and Ray Sayle.
Early pressure from Park and their strong back division ,with Euan James and Blain Marwood controlling things, gave speedsters Kane Fitch and Aaron Humphreys plenty of ball to play with and space to set the scene for the rest of the game. The pack were playing their part in hitting the rucks hard with Ethan Vial, Jackson Glynn, Luke Shaw and Tom Lavender providing a great platform to work from. After 8 minutes Penrith took the lead with a penalty in front of the sticks but that was all they got as Hawcoat took the game by the scruff of the neck if what turned out to be one way traffic in the first half.
Man of the Match Connor McDermott was dominating everything in centre field and it wasn’t long before he crashed over to settle the home side nerves which James converted. 10 minutes later Hawcoat were at it again when great rucking from Jordan Garnett saw Grady Slater dictate the play around the breakdown and great hands through the team put Iestyn Humphreys away in the corner for a well-deserved try. Goods hand from the kick off then saw Milner, James and Marwood release skipper Rob Shepherd to score a superb team try down the blind side which James once again converted. Penrith began to fight their way back into the game trying everything to break down the home defence but sterling work from Ross Clayton, Steven Fagial and Ned McQuillan held them out before outstanding McDermott went in for yet another great solo try to bring half time scoring to 24-3 to Hawcoat Park.
Second half kicked off as the first had finished with McDermott dominating proceedings going over for his hat-trick try, a great accomplishment against a side like Penrith with James again stepping up to add the extras. This seemed to give the visitors the kick they needed as they came back at Hawcoat with two quick trys. Only for Harrison O'Brien, Kris Rollinson and Slater around the ruck getting really stuck in and putting hit after hit in to quell any thoughts of further tries by Penrith stopping there momentum in its tracks. Impact player Fasial made great yards stepping in and out of tackles getting the flying back line away once again with James linking well with Marwood to get Aaron Humphreys out wide away to finish an wonderful move with some top strong running finishing the game off with the final score 36-15 to Hawcoat.
Coach Gary James said ‘ the guys are working really hard on their game under the watchful eyes of Steve Slater and Ray Sayle which is now paying huge dividends and the team is gelling into an extremely strong unit. If they continue to develop as they are and play as a team they should have no worries about bringing the Cumbria Cup and the Raging Bull League back to South Cumbria where it belongs’.

Hawcoat Park U12

Team picture of the U12 attached also.

Back row left from right. Jack Stevens, Finn McDermott, Konstantinos  Varelis, Fraser Broadhead, Luke Broadbent, Dean Postlethwaite, Ollie Wren and Morgan Bell.
Front left to right: Evan Foster, Beth Lindsay, Ben Lindsay , Jake Croft, Kian Zaccarini 
Millom U12 v Hawcoat Park U12
A great performance from a team with a lot of new players merging kids from 5 local rival rugby league clubs. An opening try from the Millom squad sent Hawcoat the message it wasn't going to be a walk over win. Captain and Fly half Luke Broadbent came back with vengeance running rings around Millom and setting hooker Evan Foster up for the first try to set the teams level again. Awesome newcomers Konstantinos Varelis and Fraser Broadhead made mincemeat of the scrums being a Formidable front row. It was neck and neck throughout the first half. excellent rucking and mauling from the big second rows Dean Postlethwaite and Morgan Bell winning HP the ball. Scrum half and vice-captain Kian Zaccarini showed fantastic support and side stepping, feeding the nippy backs. Further tries came in the first half from Millom as well fullback Jake Croft and speedy sibling wingers Beth Lindsay and Ben Lindsay with Broadbent easily converting all the kicks. Hawcoat finished half time up by one try and a conversion. 
Both teams stepped up their defensive after the break. Some bone crunching tackles into touch from superb backs Ollie Wren and Jack Stevens with tries from both lads. The Millom team started to weaken and the lead Hawcoat had wasn't going to end there with more tries from man of the match Broadhead and Foster. Conversions made by Lindsay and Croft.
Final Score Millom 35 - Hawcoat 56
Next game November 9th at Home against Keswick.
Training Monday night at 6pm Hawcoat Park; for further info about joining up call Rosie on 07738623712.
Hawcoat Park U14 v Millom U14
A strong performance from Hawcoat Park U14s saw their first game of the season end with a resounding win. Perfect conditions led to a fast running rugby and a succession of quick first half tries from Hawcoat Park. Max dug the ball out of every breakdown and pushed the ball out to Joe who made yards at every opportunity and kept the ball alive by passing out to Khian, Saul, Ryan, Archie and Isaac. 
In the second half Millom’s defence became more effective through good work by Charlie Emslie although Hawcoat still managed to increase their tally through strong attacks by the forwards, Bailey, Mikee, Antoni, Harry and Brad, and fast play from the loose forwards Kaelyb, Jack and Josh. Subs Ben and Josh came on carried on the attack replacing Antoni and Isaac. At 50 – 0 the forwards from each team swapped sides and Millom got their first points.
Try scorers HP – Antoni Kudelski, Ryan Higgins, Kaelyb Woodend, Joe Dalton, Josh Holmes and Isaac Atkinson; Millom – Jack Lord (HP player playing for Millom).
Final score Hawcoat Park 67 – Millom 5
Next game November 9th at Home against Keswick.
Training Monday night at 7pm Hawcoat Park; for further info about joining up call Mike on 07912976687.




Hawcoat Park U16 v Millom U16

Hawcoat Park U16 welcomed close neighbours Millom to Barrow in a season open. Right from the off Hawcoat were on the front foot with Joel Buchanan, Jack Shannon and Luke Betty putting them under real pressure. Great link up play between Conner Doherty and Jonny Hutton saw James Lashmar power his way over. It wasn’t long before influential stand-off Rowan Smedley put Luke Harrison through the gap to Score Hawcoats second try of the morning.
Millom were beginning to find there game with Milloms Callum Loughran at the middle of every the Blue and Whites did, when a soft penalty in front of the sticks allowed Millom to get some points on the board with Robbie Pattinson slotting the points between the up-rights. Millom were not finished there and went on the offensive right from the off with Joe Fisher putting in the hard yards going forward with help from Jack Kendal and Jay Gilbert.
The Wilson Park side were beginning to find their feet when superb second row partnership of Kyle Waterson and Ted Jackson ripped the ball from the grasps of Millom’s hands for Harrison to score his second try and Hawcoats third which Will Coles converted. Millom to their credit came back at Hawcoat with some superb work in the back line dragging the home side defence all over but some great defensive work from Charlie Butterworth stopped any further points being scored bringing half time and a score of 17-8 to Hawcoat.
Second half kicked off with the immence back row partners of Austin Meadows, Jack Osten and Eric Hill taking control of not just every lineout but most of the contact situations getting hands on ball back up by Waterson who was having his best game for the Maroons. A Superb individual try from Smedley dancing round the defence and running 50 yards showing real pace kept the score board rolling on. Lashmar grabbed a second try with Coles converting before Millom pegged Hawcoat on their line and put them under real pressure before the pressure told when Joe Tomlinson (who was having a superb game) scored his first try of the day when great backs ball through the hands of Aaron Bradley, Sy Robertson and Conner Sykes put the rangy second row away. Betty and Jackson from the home side were getting their hands on the ball more driving with great intent at the Millom back line when skipper Hill broke through to score a great team try. Once again Millom showed why they are so dangerous as Hawcoat switched off with when Joe Tomlinson took it upon himself to strike out wide with some awesome forwards play from Hayden Stubbs and Michael Kirham.
From the kick off it was full back Hutton in on the try’s for Hawcoat with a great run from the 22 after the ball had gone through hands from some great work from Butterworth and Doherty which Coles converted. Hawcoat were not finished there with Harrison getting yet another hat-rick try for Hawcoat converted by Coles. Oliver Pike got on for the home side for the last 5 mins due to injury brining the final score to 48-18 to the Barrow side.
Next game November 9th at Home against Netherall.
Training Wednesday night at 6:30pm Hawcoat Park; for further info about joining up call Jason on 07540265574.


Hawcoat Park U17 V Heaton Moor U17

Top of the table clash had all the signs of a tough encounter and it didn’t disappoint, with 2 good teams, great weather and a pitch in top notch condition provided to be the perfect ingredients.
Hawcoat used the home advantage and took the game to the visitors Heaton Moor and with early exchanges it was first points to Park with the ever impressive Connor McDermott splitting the Heaton moor wide open, with some good hands and organisation work from Joe Satterthwaite, Euan James and Blain Marwood releasing Macca through a tight gap and to score under the post with James adding the extras
For the next 20 minutes it was much of the same with a barrage of attack from the impressive Hawcoat Park side, and after 15 minutes it was Aron Humphreys who went over in the corner, 1 minute later a powerful drive from Ethan Vial saw him crash over the whitewash
Heaton then came back and started to get a hold of the game, but with quick feet and some excellent rucking from Harrison O’Brien and Ned McQuillum allow the ball to be released for Grady Slater to score with some strong running and quick feet to round the full back, James adding the extras. Heaton’s response was just what the Park team expected and with less than a minute they were on the score sheet,
Not to be out done park scored what can only be described as the best try of the game, hard work from the fwds driving up field, main players again were, Jackson Glynn, Kris Rollinson and the ever improving Jordan Garnett, with 3 drives left and then came the work of the fastest set of backs in the league with James, Marwood and Robert Shepherd setting up Iesytn Humphreys to dive over in the corner to finish off a great move James adding the difficult extras well bring half time and a score line of 31-7
Second half started well with both teams putting in some big hits and leading the defence well were Shepherd, McDermott and Humphreys with Garnet and James both taking down the big number 3. Great rucking again from O’Brien saw the loose ball come in favour of park and with Marwood release James took the ball in to score out wide. For the next 15 minutes park defended with great honour and showed why they are top of the table, with only a small lapse of concentration which give Heaton an opportunist try it was a perfect team performance
Final score line of 36-12 to Hawcoat to maintain their 100% record, great game well controlled by Brad Morrow
Hawcoat coach Gary James added ‘this team is improving week in week out and have come a long way, more work around the ruck over the next few weeks and it will be a very close encounter for the Cumbria cup verses Penrith on the 30th November’.
Next game October 19th at Away against Liverpool St Helens.
Training Wednesday night at 6pm Hawcoat Park; for further info about joining up call Gary on 07801713661.



Hawcoat Park v New Brighton

Hawcoat Park Colts opening game of the season was played in bright sunshine against a very big New Brighton side from Birkenhead

Both teams came out strong with some big hits and runs in the opening 10 minutes with Robert Shepherd, Joe Phizacklea,  Ned McQuillum and Ethan vial leading from the front for the home side.

As park pinned back the visitors in their own 22, a charge down by Euan James gave an opening for last year's top try scorer Kane Fitch to swoop and touch down in the corner with James adding the extras from the touch line.  It didn't take much longer as Park took a hold of the game with Robbie Lennie crossing the whitewash and Connor  McDormott touching down for a brace in quick tries with James adding all the extras with first class kicking.  New Brighton came back at Park and as pressure built on the home side it took some good defending from Blain Marwood holding up the Brightons big prop forward on the field, Jackson Gylnn and Aron Humphreys doing their part to keep the visitors out, It took until the 25th minute for the visitors to score as the big Number 8 came from the back of a well worked scrum to score

Not to be out done before half time park scored the try of the game from the ever impressing Aron Humphreys, good hands from Tommy Milner, Euan James, Ryan Everett, and Robert shepherd resulting with Humphreys rounded the full back to score out wide, Euan James once again stepping up to add the extras from the touchline.

Second half started much like the first half, with both teams defending well, but this time it was the visitors who scored first, Hawcoat rallied back and scored 2 try's in quick concession from Ibuckan Bamigboye and rounding off a hatrick for man of the match for Connor McDermott, with James once again adding the extra points, some strong running from Jordan Garnett breaking 2 tackles and making good yards to hold back the visitors, but as Hawcoat started to lose their legs New Brighton fought back adding 2 late try's with the final score of
47-20 to Hawcoat

Best for park were, Connor McDermott, Kris Rollason and Euan James a great day, great weather and fairly reffed by Ciaran Trainor


Youth section Presentation Saturday 14th June

U11/12 Squad

U11/12 Coaches Award

Jack Stevens

U11/12 Most Improved Player

Morgan Bell

U11/12 Players Player of the Year

Rio Corkill


U11/12 Player of the Year

Dean Postlethwaite

U14 Most Improved Player

Noah Johnson

U14 Players Player of the Year

Robert Salt

U14 Coach's Award

Carmen Sayle


Eric did a great job against Sale Sharks and Leeds last week leading him to be selected to play against Northampton and Leicester academy sides on Bank Holiday Monday.

Well done again from at at the club and good luck.

Hawcoat Park U14  v Ottley U14

Round Robin tournament on 26.04.14

Hawcoat Park welcomed neighbours Millom and Cheshire based Winnington Park to their grounds this on Saturday in a round robin end of season competition.
The day got under way with Hawcoat Park taking on Winnington Park. It  was clear from the offset that Winnington were no push overs as their forward’s took control of the set pieces and breakdowns. Joel Buchanan, Jake Robertson and Tom Write were doing all they could to get on-top up front but the sheer power of the away side was immense and it wasn't long before Winnington were over the white wash with a converted try and a superb kit to make it 7-0 to the visitors.
Hawcoat were not going to take this lying down and went on the offensive right from the off. Kyle Waterson took the ball from the kick off and drove straight at the visitors defence backed up by second row partner Oliver Pike. Great passing from Jack Shannon under pressure saw Will Coles get his hands on the ball just outside the 22. Skipper Coles did a sublime dummy which threw the entire Winnington defence as he put the after burners on to burst through to score an unbelievable individual try which he stepped up to convert. The back row of Austin Meadows, Joe Rea and guest player Callum Loughran from Millom were immense tackling everything that moved and taking on the visitors at every opportunity, half time came with the score 7-7.
Second half kicked off with Winnington on the offensive but Meadows time and time again stopped attack after attack. Jonny Hutton out wide was having an immense game but just kept getting pulled down at the last minute. Centre partners Rowan Smedley and Luke Harrison were really putting pressure on the opposition defence when a great run from Benji Platt saw Smedley go on the attack. Ball through hands saw speed man Elliot Robinson run down the touchline evading tackles to score a superb try which Coles converted. Hawcoat introduced Jack Osten, Dan Stokes and Conner Doherty to the game to change things a little.
Once again Winnington came back at Hawcoat but tackling from Osten and Meadows stopped the attacks in their tracks. With Doherty and Stokes on form and running everything with great strength the final minutes were sure to be hard fought and it was Winnington to took the game on. Some great rucking by the visitors time and again put more pressure on the home side and the Hawcoat line but Waterson and Rea were having none of it until a pass out wide saw Winnington in at the corner.
With the final Whistle coming soon after the final score came with Hawcoat winning 14 to Winningtons 12.
Millom were next up for Winnington Park. Park must have been stung by the defeat to Hawcoat as they went on the front foot the soonest. Great work in the rucks by Kieron Coulson, Sy Robertson and Jay Gilbert saw that front foot taken away. Outstanding scrum half Robbie Pattinson was doing all he could to get the ball out to Jack Kendall but Winningtons pressure began to take its toll when Park took advantage of an overlap to score the first points of the game with a converted try.
Millom centres Jarty Robinson and Reece Robertson were starting to see plenty off ball when Joe Fisher and Callum Loughran took the ball on. Ruck ball won by Joe Tomlinson and Dion Atkinson allowed Pattinson to get his hands on the ball. Connor Penrite and Hayden Stubbs interlinked to release guest full back Benji Platt who ran 50 yards around Park defence to score a great well work try out wide.
Winnington took this try on the chin and put some great open play together when away side stand off split the Millom defence for the centre man to score under the sticks converting the try bring half time 14-5 to Winnington Park.
The second half started with Millom taking the game with great gusto. Michael Kirkham, and Jarty were at the middle of everything that was happening with Jarty really playing with great aplomb. Injuries to Milloms Reece Robertson and Connor Penrite saw Austin Meadows and Johnny Hutton from Hawcoat helping Millom out. The centre partnership of Jarty and Meadows really put Winnington on the back foot. Hawcoats Smedley was now on the pitch as well but not even he could stop a third try by Winnington. Coulson was having a superb game in the loose really running hard at Park defence with Loughran once again driving every ruck forward but the final pass just didn't stick and with Winnington defence on top form it just wasn't going to be Milloms day with the final whistle coming with Winnington Park beating Millom 19-5.
A third game was played with all sides taking part. The first half was a more full on game with a joint Millom/Hawcoat side taking on Winnington Park. Both sides played some great rugby but Winnington were on top at half time 12-7. The second half was played more for fun with both side picking numbers out of a hat with the player playing in that position associated to the number. Everyone played out of position but it was Millom/Hawcoat to came out on top winning 17-10.
Hawcoat Coach Jason Meadows said ' this was a great afternoon of rugby with every games and every players playing some great rugby. The Winnington lads were a superb bunch with our friends Millom coming along to really make a superb day of it. Jarty Robinson from Millom, Austin Meadows from Hawcoat and Winnington Stand off were voted as man of the match for there prospective teams over the three games by the coaches and presentations were made after the game which was done in good humour. A great day was had by players and spectators a like.

On another note, Hawcoat U15 captain Eric Hill was selected to play for Newcastle Falcons Academy side. He was selected to start at No.8 loose forward playing games against Sale Sharks and Leeds Carniege at Manchester Utd training grounds of Carrington Park. Playing four games in total Eric started 3 off them only being omitted from the final game due to an injury. Eric said ‘ it was a superb day on Sunday playing against some superb players, the tackles seemed to be a little harder as did the rucking and mauling but it was a great experience'. Everyone at Hawcoat Park are delighted with the news.


Congratulations Eric Hill


Huge congratulations go to Eric Hill from our U15's. He has been selected to play for Newcastle Falcons Academy against Sale Sharks and Leeds Carnegie at number 8.

Coach Jason Meadows expressed that he is "really chuffed for him and the club".

Well done Eric from all at Hawcoat Park Rugby.

Saturday 19th April 2014

Hawcoat Park. v Fleetwood


Sunday 23rd March 2014

Millom U15’s v Hawcoat Park U15's.

Hawcoat Park travelled up the coast to Millom on Sunday with a depleted squad but still had a point to prove for the 16 that travelled.
Will Coles got proceeding underway kicking with the wind. The chase from Dan Stokes put the Millom full back under pressure and forced a knock on straight away. From the resulting scrum Millom got the upper hand but this was to be the only scrum that Millom shoved Hawcoat back on. The front row combination of Tom Wright, Jake Robertson and Joel Buchanan were stepping up to the mark with some great body positions in the contact area, however it wasn’t long before superb centre Jarty Robinson from Millom pierced the Hawcoat back line sprinting in for a great individual try leaving Coles and Stokes in his wake. Milloms big pack were taking more and more control of the game but Hawcoat’s big Kyle Waterson and Oliver Pike were in the middle of every ball tuned over time and again. Returning scrum half Jack Shannon was having a sterling game from scrum half when the home sides Michael Kirkham burst the line evading tackle after tackle to score an unconverted try. The rucking and mauling from the Hawcoat side was great but from time to time the Millom side did get the upper hand.


Great prospect Lewis Petcher in his first game for Hawcoat was tackling like a demon at centre with Jack Littlehales outside him putting in some tremendous hits but not even they could stop a superb team try from Millom, some superb passing along the line put the forwards in control, Jack Osten and Jonny Hutton were making hit after hit but the Millom juggernaut kept moving forward. Great inter passing and movement from the Millom forwards saw big loose forward Callum Loughran dive over for the best try of the game bringing half time and the score at 15-0 to Millom.


Second half got under way and immediately Millom were quickest out of the blocks scoring a try through Michael Kirkham. From the resulting kick off Hawcoat went on the offence. Elliot Robinson got his hand on the ball in his 22 and ran at the home side defence. A great off load to Benji Platt set him on one of his jinking runs to make space for the outstanding Owen Woodburn who ran from full back into the line, tucked the ball under his arm and ran half the pitch to score under the post for Coles to Convert. The Hawcoat side seemed to be lifted and began to play more like the team we know but a loose pass saw Millom’s Ciaran Coulson pounce and score a try out wide. Austin Meadows was controlling the pack well from number 8 and tackling everything that moved, amply backed up by the Hawcoat Park pack but they couldn’t stop one last try from Milloms Jarty Robinson and with the final whistle being blown the final score was Millom 30 Hawcoat 7.
Hawcoat Coach Jason Meadows said ‘ Although were beaten here today, the coaching team at Hawcoat are more than happy with the way we played. The rucking and mauling along with the scrum and line out was unbelievable at times, we have worked hard at training on these areas and its really starting to bear fruits. Take nothing away from Millom who played some great rugby out there. Their third try was brilliant with some superb inter passing but we just couldn’t handle Milloms strong running Jarty Robinson and Callum Loughran who were brilliant today. We were missing 5 players today with the RL season starting but the lads today stepped up and really played well.’


SUNDAY 16th MARCH 2014

Hawcoat Park U15 travelled to Keswick on Sunday to play two games against Upper Eden and Keswick in a round robin event.

Hawcoats' first game was against Upper Eden from Kirkby Stephen. Hawcoat Stand off Will Coles got proceedings under way with a super kick off giving forwards Kyle Waterson and Oliver Pike something to run on to. Great ruck ball from Tom Wright and Joe Rea gave Austin Meadows the opportunity to release the dangerous Hawcoat back line. Rowan Smedley took the Eden defence on and popped a pass out to Luke Harrison who used all his power and agility to round the defensive line and score the first points of the game which Coles converted.

Upper Eden began to get a hand in the game but some great tackling from Conner Docherty and Dan Stokes stopped them in there tracks. The exciting Jonny Hutton was getting more involved in the game when some superb inter passing blitzing moves between Waterson and Joel Buchanan saw the stand in skipper Buchanan drive over for his first try for the club, Coles stepped up to add the extra's.

The Eden lads seemed sparked into life when some sloppy tackling from Park allowed a great move to evolve into one of the try's of the day scored by Eden putting the ball through many pairs of hands bringing half time score of 14-5 to Hawcoat.

Second started as the first had finished with Upper Eden in the driving seat. Eden were playing some great rugby when they went over the white wash to bring the scores even closer. Owen Woodburn playing full back was having an outstanding game taking every high ball and really taking on the Eden team when a break from Harrison from his own half saw the speedy centre score his second try which Coles once again converted. Eden scored a late consolation bringing the final score to 21-15 to Hawcoat Park.

Park didn't have time to rest as they still had one more game to play against the home team in Keswick. Keswick's team is full of experience which showed early on when they really began to put Hawcoat under immense pressure and but for superb tackling from Meadows, Smedley and Woodburn they would surely have scored early doors. The game was very static which second row partnership Waterson and Pike driving at the heart of the Keswick team with Buchanan and Rea tearing ball after ball from their clutches but some great work from Keswick saw them score a great unconverted try out wide. Two yellow cards for Hawcoat put the team under even more pressure and the inevitable happened when Keswick scored two quick try's just before half time brining half time to 17-0 to Keswick.

Second half kicked off with Hawcoat back to full strength which really showed. Harrison and Rea superb not only on attack but defence and this showed when Woodburn almost got away from the last man to score. Hutton and Wright seemed to be involved in everything at one point but the Hawcoat side didn't quiet get the rub of the green when the final whistle came bringing game to an end at 17-0.

Hawcoat's Jason Meadows said "The lads played some really good rugby today especially at the break down, the first game we were immense, were are all really chuffed for Joel scoring his first try for the club which he has worked hard for. We were missing a few lads today which I am sure would have made a difference but the boys that played today did themselves proud. Once again Joe Rea showed why the county team are looking at him with a strong game at prop".

Hawcoat Park U15's also had two of their squad representing them in the county squad away at Northumberland in skipper Eric Hill (left) and Benji Platt. They were both selected in the starting line ups and early reports they played brilliantly in what turned out to be a defeat for Cumbria but the Barrow lads played superb.

Not to be out done Hawcoat Park U16 had 4 lads of their own playing for Cumbria in Euan James (left), Iestyn Humphries, (right) Ethan Vial and Grady Slater (centre). They were also away at Northumberland though they were beaten but they were playing for Cumbria U17 which is a massive achievement alone. (Not pictured, Ethan Vial who couldn’t make the game this week).



Picture shows.

Back Row L-R Dave Ducie (Walney Wind farms kit sponsor - operations director), Coach Jason Meadows, Oliver Pike, Luke Harrison, Kyle Waterson, Benji Platt, Jonny Hutton, Jack Osten, Owen Woodburn, Dan Stokes, Elliot Robinson,

Front Row L-R Joe Rea, Joel Buchanan, Jack Littlehales, Eric Hill, Rowen Smedley, James Lashmar, Austin Meadows, Will Coles, Tom Wright, Jake Robertson, Conner Doherty, Coach Roger Coles


Netherhall U15's were the visitors to Hawcoat Park this weekend for the Cumbria Cup quarter finals in what promised to be a tough encounter.

In blustery conditions Netherhall got the game under way, from the kick off Oliver Pike and Kyle Waterson took the ball forward to the first ruck. Will Coles at scrum half was getting his hands plenty of ball when James Lashmar passed a great ball out to centre partner Luke Harrison. The big pacey centre took the away side defence on and broke it scoring a great and first try of the game.

Netherhall’s strong pack were really taking the game by the scruff off the neck driving at the heart of the Hawcoat side when great ball through hands saw Jordan Oster score a superb try out wide. He then took on a conversation from the touch line and in horrendous condition pulled a magical kick off by converting the try.

Jonny Hutton, Tom Wright and Eric Hill started to take on Netherhall at their own game but every attack was met with a great tackle from the away side. It wasn't until Joe Rea and Austin Meadows started to get involved in the game that ball turn over began to happen. Great rucking from the dynamic pair got Joel Buchanan into play. Buchanan having his best game for the Hawcoat Park U15 managed a great off load to Rowan Smedley who stepped out of tackle after tackle to score a great individual try for Benji Platt to Convert.

Once again Netherhall picked there game up and really passed the ball around with great aplomb but a stray pass and big hit from Owen Woodburn saw the ball bounce into Elliot Robinsons hands with the pacey wingman rounding the full back to score the final try of the half bringing half time and the home side leading 17 - 7.

The second half kicked off with Netherhall in the ascendancy really taking the Hawcoat Park to task. Ruck after ruck was won on the front foot with some great running from the front five until Jake Robertson and Jack Osten got their hands on the ball in their own 22. A speculative pass out to Dan Stokes had the away team at sixes and sevens. Stokes popped the ball inside for Harrison to out stride the defence to score his second of the day.

Netherhall were lifted and began what can only be said as playing some outstanding rugby running like their lives depended on it. Not even the tackling of work horses Jack Littlehales and Conner Doherty could stop outstanding Netherhall player Harry Tirrell from getting over the white wash..

Any thoughts of a comeback were soon quashed when Harrison, Rea and Smedley linked up for Harrison to go in for yet another hatrick try this season for Platt to convert again.

The game was beginning to run away from Netherhall when and attack turned into defence and not even there superb tackle and chase could stop Robinson going in for his second which Platt yet again converted. Platt wasn't just there for the kicking when he himself jinked his way around the away side defence to score the final points converting his own try to bring the final score to 43-12 to Hawcoat Park.

Hawcoat coach Jason Meadows said ' this was a really tuff game in some really strong winds which really put pay to our style of rugby but the lads stuck to their guns and came away with a great win. Buchanan was superb today with skipper Eric Hill tackling everything that moved. You cannot go without a mention for Luke Harrison score his 5 hatrick of try's this season coming in the same week Harrison also got selected for the county side. Netherhall had us under some real pressure and a big thanks goes to them for making such a good game of it'. Hawcoat now travel to Carlisle for a very tough semi-final which promises to be a great game. 

Anyone wishing to join Hawcoat Park U15 can either pop along to training on Wednesday evening 6:30pm until 8pm or call Jason Meadows for further info.


Hawcoat Park U15 v Millom U15

Hawcoat Park welcomed Millom to Barrow this Sunday in what promised to be great encounter against their old adversaries from across the Duddon estuary

Millom got the game underway with a great kick off which was collected by Jake Robertson, backed up by Joel Buchanan and Tom Wright. A drive centre field saw Jonny Hutton get his hands on the ball. Great rucking from Joe Rea and Austin Meadows cleared the way for scrum half Jack Shannon to release Elliot Robinson out wide who ran half the pitch to score the first try of the game.

Millom were not taking this laying down and began to put some great passes and phases together coming close on numerous occasion but were eventually snuffled out with new man Dan Stokes and Oliver Pike at the for front. Great turn over ball by Hawcoat put the ball back into the home side’s hands and influential stand off Will Coles. Coles passed out to outstanding prospect Rowan Smedley who then released Luke Harrison. Harrison then beat defender after defender to score a superb individual try. Hawcoat were beginning to get on the front foot when Coles chip kick to the corner was collected by Robinson who scored his second try of the day.

Millom were tackling like demons but they couldn’t stop a run by skipper Eric Hill right through the centre field for Coles to convert. This gave the Millom out fit the kick they needed as they began to take control of the play. From the kick off Millom went on the offensive with some searing runs and drives. The pack were playing like men possessed when a number of short drives from the ruck paid off when Kieron Coulson scored a well-deserved try. Millom kept up the hard work and would have surely scored a second but for some great cover tackling from Benji Platt.

Robinsons was in the mood when the pace man out wide went over out wide when a great ball from Harrison and Smedley put him away. A further try from Eric Hill brought half time with the scores standing at 34 – 5 to Hawcoat Park.

After a good talking to by Millom coaching staff the Millom youngster’s began to really take control of the game from the restart. The backs were linking well with the forward who were driving with all they had towards to Hawcoat line when Joe Tomlinson dived over the white wash to score. Millom had the bit between their teeth now with ruck after ruck putting Hawcoat onto the back foot and could do nothing when the superb Joe Fisher took matters into his own hands scouring Milloms second try of the half which outstanding stand off Robbie Pattinson duly stepped up to convert.

This was all the home teamed needed as they began to pull themselves back into shape. Back row of Meadows, Rea and Hill were beginning to win every ball with Meadows tackling everything that moved. Rea tore the ball from the Millom hands and passed to Shannon who popped the ball up to Harrison who showed great skill to score again, with Coles on hand to convert. From the restart Pike collected the ball and drove at the heart of the Millom defence. Jack Littlehales was on hand to tidy things up for Harrison to once again beat tackle after tackle to score his hatrick try.

Hawcoat were still not finished. Buchanan and Wright ran the ball strong from the kick off when hooker Robertson danced his way pass defenders. Coles took a pass from scrum half Shannon who the popped the ball to Smedley who showed quick feet to run past ensuing tackles to score under the sticks with Coles accepting the conversion.

There was still time left for full back Benji Platt to show his stuff. Littlehales took the ball out wide only to be stopped by a hard hitting tackle from the Millom Wing man. Platt retrieved the spilled ball and ran at the Millom defence to score a great try out wide. The final whistle came bringing the final score to Hawcoat 60 Millom 17.

Hawcoat coaches Roger Coles and Jason Meadows were full of praise for both teams ‘this was a great display of rugby from both teams. A big thank you has to go to Jack Littlehales and Dan Stokes who in his first game for the club played a half each for Millom to even the sides up. Oliver Pike was outstanding today along with Callum Loughran from Millom. We have to mention Luke Harrison and Elliot Robinson who both scored hatricks today as well but they could not have done this without the great work done by the team as a whole’.

This weekend sees the Hawcoat U15 in the Quarter Finals of the Cumbria Cup facing a brilliant side in Netherhall from the North of the county.

Anyone who would like to come along and give Hawcoat Park U15 a go can either come along to training Wednesday night 6.30pm until 8pm or call Jason Meadows on 01229 811856 for more information.



Hawcoat Park start the New Year as the Best team in the County





























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Following the announcement of the new IRB Scrum Directive we have received a number of requests for clarification around the appropriateness of referees touching children and or players of the opposite sex. Therefore please follow the guidance below.

IRB Laws Directive I

To support the new IRB Scrum Directive the following additional guidance is offered:

Ensure scrum half (and scrum half replacements) are briefed to the new protocol.

Ensure they are aware of how you will indicate that you are happy for them to put the ball in:

a)      If on the far side of the scrum to the put-in the referee will raise his hand and nod his head in a yes motion when he happy for the ball to be put-in.

b)      If on the same side as the put-in the referee should tap the scrum half on the back when he is happy for the ball to be put-in.

Guidance for those refereeing children and or players of the opposite sex

Below should be included as a protocol to be adopted if refereeing under age games and women and girls.

To support the new IRB Scrum Directive the following additional guidance is offered:

Ensure scrum half (and scrum half replacements) are briefed to the new protocol

With under age games suggest that when you brief the scrum half the coach is present so there can be no ambiguity regarding where and how you will touch the scrum half to indicate they can put the ball in.  Alternatively, if you are uncomfortable with this, manage the scrum from the far side to the put-in but please ensure the safety elements and need to move to put in side if the need arises.

With male referees refereeing women and girls matches please ensure a similar process is adopted to ensure there is no doubt about where the contact will be made.

If necessary, whilst the protocol indicates touching the scrum half on the back, at underage and women and girls games you may feel more comfortable touching the player on the shoulder but it is essential that the player is briefed accordingly



Quick word to let you know we had 2 lads make the U15 county squad in Eric Hill, Benji Platt and 1 lad made the U14 county squad in Rob Salt.

On top of that Eric and Rob have been selected to attend Newcastle Falcons Excel camps which is outstanding and adds to Grady Slater who has been there for some time from the club.

Doesn’t stop them playing for us but gets them some top drawer coaching etc.

Well done boys from at at Hawcoat Park!




The picture below is of our budding superstars of the future after representing Hawcoat Park U15 at county trials for the district.

They did brilliant! Left to right - Eric Hill, Austin Meadows, Will Coles, Benji Platt, Jonny Hutton.

3 lads also represented the club at U14 level in Henry Atwell, Nathan Postlethwaite and Robert Salt.


Hawcoat Park U16's before they played Cockemouth U16's  Sunday 3rd November 2013 which they won 27 - 5

HAWCOAT PARK U16 v LUTON U16 Thursday 31st October 2013

Pics above are.

 1. Grady Slater driving the ball in backed up by Luke Shaw, Joe Satterthwaite and Connor McDermot

 2. Hawcoat and Luton lock horns at the ruck with Euan James out wide.

3. Blain Marwood beating the defence with Mason McKeever from Hawcoat playing for Luton.

Hawcoat Park U16’s welcomed Luton to their club this week as the side were touring the area during school half term. Both teams being new to each other, the game as very much an unknown affair. Luton got the game under way but it was Hawcoat on the front foot with Luke Shaw, Robbie Lennie and Jordan Garnett taking the ball and running it up the field. Luton defence held strong as they repelled attack after attack but a strong drive from Kris Rollinson saw scrum half Joe Satterthwaite release the back line. A great pass to Euan James saw the influential Stand-off fire a ball out to Connor McDermott who then beat the oncoming tacklers to score near the sticks for James to convert. It wasn’t long before Hawcoat were at it again, Wing man Ibukan Junior collected the ball inside his 22 and went on a run only do be stopped at the half way line, Grady Slater collected the ball and drove the ball on further, Great ball through hands from Iesthyan Humphreys put wing forward Robert Shepherd away. the strong running from Shepherd allowed him time to run in at the wing and take the ball under the sticks for the conversion from James.

Harrison Obrien was having one of his best game for the club driving at the heart of the defence when Ethan Vial and Aaron Humphreys took proceedings into the own hands. Interchange passing between Blain Marwood and Mason McKeever put the Marwood away for a brilliant try out wide. Shepherd was at it again 5 mins later scoring yet another try with the help from Kane Finch.

Luton were getting their hands on the ball more and more with the superb front row beginning to clear ruck after ruck but great work from Joe Satterthwaite took him over from the half way line brining the half time score to 34 – 0 to the home team.

The second half kicked off as the first had finished with great handling and foot movement from Hawcoat. Ewan Holt and Ben Wallis were at the centre of everything when some wonderful work from Humphreys and Marwood put Kane Finch into space with the winger taking advantage of some poor defence work.

By no means were Luton giving up as they began to put some great work together linking well with their back and forward. Counter rucking from the outstanding Vial and Slater put Finch in again for his second try of the game. Iesthyan Humprhies was having a storming game at centre and seemed to be all over the park so it was no surprise when he powered his way through tackle after tackle to score under the post. Hawcoat gave Luton power houses Shepherd, Humphries and Slater to start to even things up. The game was much more of an arm wrestle but it couldn’t stop Jordan Ashton darting over out wide.

Luton were gaining in stature with the inclusion of the Hawcoat players and started to put the home team under immense pressure when Slater and Shepherd both score from close range for the visitors. Some further great work from the Luton side saw the ball go very clean through hands to the centre who was tackled just short of the line. A drive from the forwards cleared the ball for Luton to collect and score the final try brining the final score to 61 – 21 to Hawcoat Park.

Hawcoat coach Gary James was full of praise for his team “ these lads have come a long way in recent weeks and really look like they are gelling well. The future looks very bright for them building towards Colts rugby next season.” This weekend sees the team travel to Cockermouth which is going to be a real test for the young team.

Anyone wishing to Play for the U16’s can either pop along to training on Wednesday evenings 5pm until 6:30pm or call Jason Meadows on 01229 811856 for further information


Sunday 27th October 2013

Hawcoat Park U15 were the visitors to Davidson Park Keswick this weekend in horrendous weather conditions. Keswick got the game under way with Jonathan Hutton, Jack Osten and Elliot Robinson on the front foot. In a howling gale and torrential rain the Hawcoat side tried to make inroads into the wind with front row combination of Joel Buchanan, Conner Fox and Tom Wright driving the ball forward. But great counter rucking from Keswick saw the Keswick pace man at centre take on the home defence and score out wide.

Rob Salt was trying everything to get the ball away from the contact area but conditions were up against him. Kyle Watterson and Mitchel Thomas combined well to almost release Centre Austin Meadows but great cover tackling saw him cut down just outside the 22 metre zone. Keswick’s forwards were getting more and more into the game and it wasn’t long before the big prop trundled his way over the white wash for a converted try.

Once again Hawcoat tried everything with Adam Ford and Conner Doherty taking on the home team only to see a great defence thwart attack after attack. An arm wrestle ensued for the rest of the second half with wing men Dylan Fleming and Elliot Robinson looking to put Keswick to the sword but the half time whistle came with Keswick leading 12 – 0.

Second half kicked off with Hawcoat really taking the game to Keswick. Benji Platt had his dancing shoes on again beating on coming defensive tackles and but for the final pass would of surely scored. But it was Keswick who took the lead in that department scoring yet again out wide for an unconverted try.

This seemed to lift Hawcoat with Little Dave and Corey taking their turns on the wing but it was Jack Littlehales who made an immediate impact, in only his second game the pace man looked up to see stand-off  Will Coles post a kick into the corner. Littlehales sprinted for the corner to touch down out wide with Coles adding the extras in the strong wind. From the kick off man of the match and skipper Eric Hill took the ball to the heart of the Keswick defence setting up a ruck for Osten, Watterson and Buchanan to clear it out. Salt then got his hands on the out to Meadows and Ford who took the tackle for the outstanding Eric Hill to take the ball and drive over the white wash for Coles to convert again. The final whistle came with Keswick running out winners 17-14.

Hawcoat coaches all said ‘ The boys played in what I can only say as some of the worst conditions I have seen in some time but credit to both team and the Keswick staff the game went ahead. Our lads didn’t get off the bus today but showed some great work in patches. Eric Hill was superb today as was Jack Littlehales when he came on.’


Hawcoat Park U15 v Penrith U15

Sunday 20th October 2013

Hawcoat Park U15 welcomed Penrith to Hawcoat Park this weekend in what looked like a great game on paper. The large crowd were not to be disappointed.

Hawcoat got the game underway with the forward trying to get their hands on the ball from the off with Kyle Waterson and Johnny Hutton at the for front backed up by Joel Buchanan and Tom Wright. The well drilled Penrith side were having none of it when great work from the away team forwards say Penrith take an early lead. Rob Salt and Will Coles were linking up well trying to release the speedy back line but not even they could stop Penrith’s second with the forward and backs from Penrith linking up brilliantly to go over in the corner. The goal kicker was on song also converting a great kick.

An injury to Hutton saw influential centre Austin Meadows move to wing forward and Alex Wilkinson come into play on the wing. Other wing man Owen Woodburn was in superb form and would have scored but for a great cover tackle from the Penrith fullback. But yet again it was Penrith taking advantage of some poor passing and catching with yet another try. Some stern words behind the posts from captain Eric Hill say Hawcoat suddenly wake up and start to put the ball in play.

A great take from Benji Platt at full back saw the speedy back take on the Penrith defence. Beating attack after attack he, he took the ball into the Penrith 22. Great work from Conner Fox and Conner Doherty saw the defence on the back foot and this was all skipper Hill needed to drive over from 10 yards out scoring a great try converted by Coles brining the half time score to 7 – 21 to Penrith.

The second half kicked off with Hawcoat in the ascendancy Rowan Smedley was getting more involved really taking the back forward and it was long before big wing man playing centre Elliot Robinson took matters into his own hands scoring from inside his own half with Coles again adding the extras. Joe Rea was again in the middle of everything Hawcoat did, if he wasn’t tackling he was the driving force in the forwards. It was from his platform that Hill went over for his second try in a great effort by forward and back alike.

Penrith seemed spurred on and came back again scoring a wonderful try out wide bringing the score line to 19 – 26 with 10 minutes on the clock. Jack Littlehales was having a great game out wide in his first game for the club when a hamstring pull saw the wing man leave the field of play. This gave Penrith a further lift bagging a further two unconverted try but where most teams would falter, the Hawcoat team began to grow again. Big Dave Jones got the forward moving in the right direction with Meadows, Rea and Waterson taking every advantage they could, ball out the back to Coles saw Hill once again drive forward to score his hat trick try and the final whistle 26 – 34 to Penrith.

Coach Jason Meadows said ‘ we were beaten today by the better side but my word did we give them a game. Both sides played with great passion and players from both sides can be very proud of what they have did out there. It took the Hawcoat side 30 minutes to wake up but when they did they played some great rugby. Rob Salt had a great game under some huge pressure and Joe Rea was his usual superb self, he has really come on leaps and bounds and showing why he must surely be one of the top players in the county.’

Hawcoat travel to another hot bed of Rugby Union in Keswick this weekend it what promises to be yet another big test for the young Hawcoat side but the way they are playing at the moment a positive result must surely be on the cards.


Hawcoat Park U15 v Millom U15

Sunday 6th October 2013


Hawcoat Park U15 welcomed Millom to Hawcoat Park this weekend in a return fixture, which promised to be full of great rugby, if the fixture a couple of weeks was anything to go by.

Millom got proceedings under way with Kyle Waterson taking the kick off, great support play from Mitchell Thomas and Jake Robertson gave Robert Salt the perfect platform to get the backs up and running. Rowan Smedley got his hand on the ball and jinked his way over the white wash from the half way line, beating a number of players on his way. Influential stand off Will Coles stepped up to add the extras.

Millom seemed lifted by this and went straight on the offensive camping on the Hawcoat line. Great work from Alfie in defence backed up by Jack Shannon was immense and kept Millom out but a penalty gave great prospect Robbie Pattinson the opportunity to take three points which he did with great aplomb.

From the kick off the home team went on the attack against with Johnny Hutton and Thomas driving at the heart of the Millom side. Great ball through hands saw Owen Woodburn beat the pacey Millom back line from his own half to score under the stick with Coles converting. Once again Millom were having none of it and showed great resilience putting some great forwards work and from a great move from both back and forward Joe Tomlinson popped up to score near the sticks with Pattinson bagging the extra’s. Hawcoat’s tails were up when Tom Wright and Eric Hill inter passed out to Benji Platt. Platt took on the defence and passed a great floated ball out to Elliot Robinson to show a clean pair of heels and go in for a great try with Coles adding the extra points bringing the half time score to 21 – 10 to the home side.

Second half kicked off with Connor McDermott and Jack Osten in the thick of it taking on ball after ball backed up by Alex Williamson. Connor Fox was having and superb game in his first outing for Hawcoat taking every ball forward and showing great strength in every scrum. Millom came right back at Hawcoat with ball through hands and great ruck and mauling for the outstanding Callum Loughran driving his way over the line.

From the resulting kick off Hawcoat were at it again Shannon and Waterson combined well to set up Hill to take the team forward. Adam Ford out wide chased down a kick through and put the defence under real preasure. The resulting ball went through every set of hands for Elliot Robinson to go over for his second then again for his hat-rick try with Coles converting. Austin Meadows was having his best game at centre tackling everything that moved and releasing the pacey back division and it was from his hands that skipper Eric Hill scored taking the ball at pace to score a great try which Coles converting.

But Millom real tenacity came through yet again showing great heart to come back at Hawcoat putting the defence under pressure. Great driving mauls from the big pack took the away team to with in a yard of the line when Joe Fisher took the ball on to score a well deserved try and reliable Pattinson added the conversion.

Neither team were finished though when Corey took the ball wide to run at the defence from a line out. Great hands from Smedley and Meadows saw influential full back Benji Platt show great skill to dummy the entire Millom back line and dance his way passed the full back to score a superb try with Coles kicking a sublime kick from out wide.

The game was very nip and tuck for the final 5 minutes but it was Millom who came to the fore front once again driving with there big forward passing the ball out in a great move with Louis Bawden scoring the point for the ever improving Millom outfit brining the final score to 51 – 27 to Hawcoat Park in what was a great game of rugby for the good crowd to watch.

Coaches Roger Coles and Jason Meadows both said ‘ What a great game of rugby that was, both teams played some great stuff but the Hawcoat team were just to much to handle. Front row of Fox, Shannon and Wright were immense with Hill and Meadows also stand out performers. Coles kicking was brilliant but the two finishers out wide in Robinson and Woodburn will be a handful for any team. The team as a whole were superb and they should be very proud of there performance. Millom to their credit gave us a great game today as they always do and all credit to the players and coaching staff for that.’

Hawcoat Park U15 train Wednesday’s 6:30pm until 8pm at Hawcoat Park Sports Club, anyone wishing to come and give Rugby Union a go can turn up on a training night or call Jason Meadows on 01229 811856 for further info.


Millom U15 v Hawcoat Park U15

Hawcoat Park U15’s travelled to Millom to help in there 140 anniversary celebration playing in a curtain raiser for there 1st team and second teams in what promised to be a great game of rugby and the massive crowd were not disappointed.

Millom got the game under way with Tom Wright taking a great catch and Jonnie Hutton driving the ball up the middle. Some great rucking by Captain Eric Hill and Jack Osten gave Robert Salt the perfect stage to release the outstanding Hawcoat back line.

The ball to Will Coles got things going, a great pass to Austin Meadows saw a defence splitting pass out wide to Elliot Robinson who ran half the length of the pitch to score under the post in the first couple of minutes with Coles obliging with the extras. It wasn’t long before Robinson was back on the ball Scoring his second with Coles taking the conversion.

The Millom team came back at Hawcoat with great vim and vigour showing great ball skills and movement with the pack playing some great rugby but some great work in the loose from Jack Shannon, Elliot Campbell and Joe Rae stop attack after attack from the Millom side. The new centre partnership of Rowan Smedley and Meadows was really starting to bear fruits when the outstanding Smedley kick off the on coming defence for speedster Owen Williamson to take a superb catch and dive in at the corner in what was a great worked try.

Once again Millom came back at Hawcoat showing great heart with some great running out wide they took the ball into the Hawcoat 22. Driving close to the ruck to Millom ever closer and it wasn’t long until the immense pressure told with Millom crashing over for an unconverted try.

Hawcoat were not taking this game lightly and from the restart went on the offensive again. Adam Ford and Mitchell Thomas were playing some great rugby in there first U15 game when Benji Platt took over proceedings dancing his way to the try line to bring half time score 5 – 24 to Hawcoat Park.

Where most team would have given up Millom took to the second half like they were possessed. Taking the ball up time and again putting the Hawcoat team to the sword and it wasn’t long before they took control and scored there second try of the game.

This only seemed to spur Hawcoat on when Williamson went in for his second try from inside his own have showing great pace and agility to score under the post for Coles to convert.

Once again Millom were having none of it and took the game into the Hawcoat half. Great tackling and driving from Rae kept attack after attack at bay but some quick ball movement in the backs saw Millom in again out wide. Millom were now in ascendance taking control of ruck after ruck and the Maul situation when some great work in the tight from Kyle Waterson saw the rangy second row rip the ball and run half the length of the pitch to score and unconverted try.

From the ensuing restart it was Rowan Smedley’s turn to ratchet up the pressure. Salt passed to Coles who popped a great pass to Smedley. The superb centre then skipped through tackles and put on the after burners to score under the stick for Coles to convert.

Hawcoat were now on the up and it wasn’t long before Platt was up to his tricks again dancing his way to the line past all tackles to score a great converted try. Hawcoat came again from the restart with great work from Nathan Postlethwaite releasing Captain Hill to score under the posts and again for Coles to convert.

To there credit Millom came right back at Hawcoat in the final stages driving at the heart of the Hawcoat defence and some great work from the Millom forwards and backs saw them crash over for a converted try bringing the final score to Millom 22 Hawcoat 57.

Hawcoat coach Jason Meadows was full of praise for both sides. “Things really clicked here today for Hawcoat but Millom showed great heart and promise. For Hawcoat, the pack were immense with Elliot Campbell and Jack Shannon playing superb but Joe Rae was immense. Our back were really showing some great handling and pace which really took the whole team on with the Platt, Williamson and Robinson all bagging a brace but the team has a whole should be really proud. There’s great mix of Rugby Union and Rugby League in the squad which is starting to really come together. A big thanks you goes out to our close friends Millom for not only inviting us along to there 140 celebrations but for there superb hospitality they showed not only the players but the parents and coaching staff”.

Hawcoat Park U15 train on Wednesday evenings at Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club 6:30pm until 8pm – if you fancy coming along to give rugby union a go you can either pop along to a training night or call Jason Meadows on 01229 811856 for further information



Sunday 15th September 2013

Egremont U14 15 v Hawcoat Park U14 38


Sunday 15th September 2013

Upper Eden U15  v Hawcoat Park U15

Game abandoned due to injury (18 - 10 when abandoned)


Saturday 14th September 2013

Hawcoat Park U16 35 v Dunbar U16 10


Hawcoat Park Youth Section End of Season Presentations and BBQ

Saturday 29th June 2013

                                                      Haw coat Rugby U15 v Workington U15, Wednesday 24th April 


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Sunday 10th March 2013

Hawcoat Park U14 v Millom U14

Hawcoat Park Rugby Union U14 welcomed there close neighbours and friends Millom to Barrow for what promised to be a great game of rugby and the crowds were not disappointed.

The home side kicked off and went straight on the attack through Austin Meadows and Harvey Jeffery. Joe Rae and Kyle Watterson drove into the ruck backed up by Joel Buchanan and Henry Atwell. Meadows released the back line to take on the superb Millom backs but a great move from Benji Platt saw the speedy full back ghost in at the corner with Will Coles converting.

This seemed to spur Millom on as they took the game straight to the heart of the home side. Tom Wright and Jack Osten were tackling everything that moved but not even they could stop the superb run by Cane Carson who nipped in over the white wash with Rob Patterson converting bringing the side level.

Declan Rodgers and James Lashmar were getting there hands on the ball more and more and it was the former that latched onto a great ball from Johnny Hutton who scored an Coles converted try out wide. Millom again should great tenacity and came back again at Hawcoat but some good work out wide from John McLaughlin stopped a great move by the Millom side. From the resulting line out Coles spotted debutant Conner Doherty out wide and chipped a sublime ball into the corner, Doherty collected and ran in a great try in out wide to bring half time score line to 19 - 7 to Hawcoat Park.

From the restart Hawcoat were at it again with a further try from Doherty in virtually the same manner as his first before half time. Any other team would have started to crack but Millom showed great resolve in coming back at Hawcoat Park. Some slick moves in the back saw Millom player Shaun Bell dance his way to the line to touch down for a try once again converted by superb kicker Rob Patterson.

This seemed to fire Hawcoat on and from the restart James Lashmar produced a great run to score a try converted by Coles. At this point Hawcoat really had the bit between there teeth with Platt getting a further two tries to complete a great hat trick before Jacques O'Neill got in on the try scoring duties. Great work from the pack saw meadows pass out wide to Coles. Coles popped a ball back inside to Rea to drive the ball forward. O'Neill then showed some great footwork to go in under the sticks for a superb try converted by Coles.

The game was brought to an end with 10 mins to play when big man Steven Forster hurt himself putting his body on the line trying to stop another Hawcoat attack. Final Score 48-14 to Hawcoat Park.

Coach Jason Meadows said “ this was a great game of rugby played by to great teams that have a lot of respect for each other, its just a shame the game ended in the manner it did and every one at the club sends there best to Steven in his recovery from the knee injury"
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Under 8's & Under 10's v Penrith - Sunday 24th February 2013

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The Under 14's are at home in the semi-final of the Cumbria Cup on Sunday 17th March 2013. Go along and give them some of that great Hawcoat Park support.




Carlisle were the visitors to Hawcoat Park Under 14 this week end in the quarter finals of the Cumbria Cup in what was expected to be a really hard fought encounter and everyone in attendance were not to be disappointed.

Hawcoat kicked off in some shocking weather conditions and straight away went on the attack. The front row combination of Tom Wright, Henry Atwell and Joe Rea put the vastly more experienced Carlisle team under immense pressure. Robert Salt produced a great pass from the ruck to release Declan Rodgers who took the ball from 30mtrs out to score a great try out wide.

Carlisle were not having it and from the resulting kick off went on the attacked and camped in the home sides 22. Great work in the ruck from Jack Osten and Kyle Watterson kept attack after attack at bay with the outstanding James Lashmar backing them up. It wasn’t long before the pressure told and a great move by the Carlisle back line saw them score a converted try

Once again the travelling team went on the offensive but tackling machines Jacques O’Neill and Rowan Smedley would not let them through. Robert Salt had to leave the pitch with a hand injury and was replaced by Austin Meadows.

Some quick ruck ball from Carlisle saw them cross the white wash again before Hawcoat could catch there breathe. Wing men Harvey Jeffery and Nathan Postlethwaite were trying everything to pierce the away side defence when a great ball from stand off Will Coles released Second Row Eric Hall who ran half the length of the pitch to score one of his trade mark tries.

Once again Carlisle showed great strength to score another try in what was an excellent first half bringing the half time score to 10-17 to Carlisle.

The second half kicked off as the first had ended with Carlisle in the ascendancy and it wasn’t long before they had scored another great try.

This seemed to kick start Hawcoat Park U14's in what can only be said to be an unbelievable fight back

From the kick off Hawcoat had decided to throw everything at the game. Joel Buchanan got the pack moving in the right direction with John McLaughlin out wide driving at the heart of the defence when replacement centre Johnny Hutton ran a great line to score a converted try. Carlisle at this point were starting to realise they were in a game when they lost two of their team with injuries. Rodgers was getting his hands more on the ball when he went over for his second try. From the kick off a great move saw the pack take the ball to centre field with Wright, Jake Roberts and Watterson in the thick of it. O’Neill passed from the base of the ruck to Coles who released Smedley, his pass to Benji Platt was sublime and the full back beat defender after defender to score a converted try which now put Hawcoat into the lead.

Eric Hill was not to be out done when the pacey second row went half the length of the pitch again for his second try. By this time Carlisle were wondering what was happening as every attack from the away team was met by a great defence. From a hard tackle from Hutton and Rea the Carlisle team spilled the ball, enter Jake Roberts. Roberts picked the ball up from the half way line and stepped around 4 defenders driving for the line with two players hanging from his shirt. Jake was not to be stopped and the hooker went in under the sticks to be jumped on by all his team mates in congratulation.

The game came to an end with Hawcoat winning 39-22 in what was the best game the lads have had to date. Coaches Roger Coles and Jason Meadows were elated " that was a superb game where the Hawcoat side showed heart and belief in the own ability beyond belief. We couldn’t pick out any one player as man of the match as the whole squad were unbelievable but to see everyone jump on Jake after his try was a great moment for the squad as well for the lad. A mention has to go to Josh Zaccarini who didn’t get on the pitch and Rob Salt/James Lashmar who both played there part in this victory but left were injured during the game".

Pictures by North West Evening Mail - many thanks.

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Hawcoat Park U14 rugby squad welcomed Netherhall from Carlisle to their home grounds for what was expected to be a very hard encounter for the young side.

Hawcoat got the game under way and went on the offensive through Joe Rea and Henry Atwell backed up in the loose by Tom Wright and Jack Osten when a great ball from Austin Meadows put influential Declan Rodgers away for an unconverted try early in the game. Netherhall put their game plan into place and drove the ball hard at the Hawcoat line but superb tackling from Jordan Ashton and Jacques O’Neill kept the attacks at bay. A strong tackle from John McLaughlin forced a spilt ball which Benji Platt pounced on running half the length of the pitch to score a great try converted out wide by William Coles.

Netherhall to their credit were not about to roll over and through some great work from the forwards they got themselves on the score sheet with the conversion hitting the upright. James Lashmar was everywhere on the pitch driving the team forward with second row partnership of Kyle Watterson and Eric producing some unbelievable work in the tight when Hall broke away with the ball score a try right on half time bringing the score to 22-5 to Hawcoat.

The second half kicked off as the firs had finished with Hawcoat taking the ball forward. Harvey Jeffery was tackling everything that moved when he took a knock to the head and had to be substituted With Nathan Postlethwaite taking his place dancing his way around the ensuing defenders. From a ruck in centre field Robert Salt released the back line with great ball work from Euan James and Brad Wright put Rowan Smedley away near the sticks with Euan James converting. Ewan Holt was getting more into the game with some great running when Jake decided to take things into his own hands taking on the Netherhall team for Hill to take the ball and score his second try of the game with Rodgers converting.

The away team were still plugging away at Hawcoat and great ball work from their own half took the ball deep in Hawcoat 22. Josh Zaccarini put his body on the line to stop the attack and did a great job in bundling the attacker into touch. From the line out Netherhall got over the white wash for a converted try. After a few changes to the Hawcoat side Netherhall took advantage of the re-organising defence and score again.

This spurred Hawcoat on with man of the match Lashmar getting on the score sheet with James converting bringing the final score to 47-17 to Hawcoat.

Hawcoat coaches Roger Coles and Jason Meadows said' Give Netherhall there due they gave there all but we were to strong today. Eric Hill and Kyle Watterson are forming a formidable partnership in second row. All the lads are gelling really well and are looking good for the games to come'.

Hawcoat take on Carlisle this week at home in the quarter finals of the Cumbria Cup which promises to be a great game.

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U9 Hawcoat 35 – 0 Kirkby Lonsdale Red

Kirkby Lonsdale started with the ball but Hawcoat were all over them. Callum Postlethwaite stormed the Kirkby Lonsdale runner leaving a loose ball. Captain Rio Corkill recovered the ball and scored the first try of the match. Kirkby Lonsdale made some ground but just couldn’t break the Hawcoat line. Man of the match Dean Postlethwaite was all over the Kirkby Lonsdale side driving them back and getting them into touch for a turnover ball. A massive ducking and diving run from Luke Broadbent and a great pass to Callum Postlethwaite led to the second try of the game from Callum. Kian Zaccarini showed no mercy even though the side were ahead having a fantastic weaving run with team mate Evan Foster who then drove over the line for another try. The first half was topped off with a second great try from Rio Corkhill.

The second half started with a burst from forward Dylan Rusling. Kirkby Lonsdale won back the ball but it was short-lived with David Beck tackling like his life depended on it. Fin McDermott always there to back his team up, was there to receive a pass and have a good run to score another try. Dean and Dylan continued to gain yards leading to a further try from Rio. No sooner had the whistle gone Luke and Fin charged Kirkby Lonsdale defences catching Kirkby Lonsdale off guard to allow Evan to score another try.

U9 Hawcoat 25 – 0 Kirkby Lonsdale Yellow

Hawcoats’ string of success was to continue with Captain Evan Foster leading the lads to another victory. Luke Broadbent opened up the try scoring after a massive run within seconds of the whistle. Dean Postlethwaite made sure Kirkby Lonsdale ball was short-lived recovering a loose ball and doing a great job getting the ball out to David Beck who stormed over the line for the second try of the game. Kian Zaccarini showed that being one of the smallest lads on the team had huge advantages dipping and weaving to another victorious try. Recent newcomer Rio Corkill played extremely well and scored his first try of this match after a long run from the half way line. Kirkby Lonsdale came back at Hawcoat driving hard and making some great passes but Callum Postlethwaite, Dylan Rusling and Fin McDermott’s tackling and defending skills left the Hawcoat try line a no go zone, much to Kirkby Lonsdale dismay. An injury to tackling machine Callum left Hawcoat a man down. However the maroons braved on and a second try from Luke gave the Hawcoat side another good result.

U9 Hawcoat 20 – 10 Kirkby Lonsdale Blue

Captain Dylan Rusling was to lead Hawcoat to win their toughest challenge yet. The game opened with a sprint and a dive over the try line by speedy Kian Zaccarini. Kirkby Lonsdale Blue were a strong side who held Hawcoat back for some time. Kirkby Lonsdale runs were short lived with Fin McDermott marking their cards. After Luke Broadbent showed his tackling skills putting Kirkby Lonsdale into touch it was forward Rio Corkill's turn to skittle the Kirkby Lonsdale defence and get a try. Kirkby Lonsdale came back with avenge scoring great try. The Maroons were winded by the attack they faced and for the second timeKirkby Lonsdale broke through Hawcoats defence to score again. It was 10-10!

It was a battle, a loose ball was pounced on by both Luke and a Kirkby Lonsdale forward. The decision was a toss up, won by Luke. David Beck grabbed the opportunity to charge through the defence, tackled just before the line but a nifty pop pass to teammate Kian Zaccarini put Hawcoat back in the lead. Big forward Dean Postlethwaite dug in his heels, defending hard. Evan Foster made a break for it but faced with Kirkby Lonsdale defenders he made a swift pass to David who stormed the try line to ensure another fine victory.

The Hawcoat team had a great series of wins today. What shone was the respect for the referee and his decisions despite controversial decisions. Dean was man of the match as even though he was under the weather he held his head high and played extremely well - a true comrade.

Hawcoat Park U12s 14 – Kirkby Lonsdale U12s 12

Cold and hailstone met the Hawcoat Park under 12s as they arrived at Kirkby Lonsdale to play their second game since coming together in late November. It was obvious that the opposition were a big, well drilled side who had played together for some time and that this game was going to be about defence rather than the silky passing skills that had dominated the first game. A “proper” game of rugby followed for the first twenty minutes with the scores at deadlock for most of the half. Ruck met counter ruck and on it went as the game developed into a forwards battle that none of the Hawcoat front row in Bradz Middleton, Kaelyb Woodend and Jake Wall had experienced previously. Assisted by the rest of the pack in Jack Lord, Brandon Smith and Tom Cullen they gave an excellent account of themselves with rolling mauls being evenly contested and rucks being met with some determination allowing Lewis Burrows at scrum half to feed Skipper for the day Wyll Stanway at fly half some quality ball in an attempt to open up a gap in a solid defensive line. One of these moves resulted in a clean ball from the base of the ruck from Burrows to Stanway who found Bradz Middleton charging onto the ball and through a hole in the Kirkby Lonsdale defence to open Parks account with a try in the corner. The try was converted by Burrows. Kirkby Lonsdale quickly countered with some excellent pressure up the hill. A skilful interception when Hawcoat were battling for field position allowed the flying Kirkby centre to touch down unopposed in the corner. The try was converted to bring the scores level.

The second half saw Hawcoat playing up the slope and as the sun came out the centres in Archie Copeland, Kai Crane and Josh Marwood starting to give some width to the Hawcoat attack with full back for the day Louis Rourke providing cover across the pitch with some exceptionally hard work. Wings Ethan Marwood and Joe Dalton’s efforts were thwarted time and again by a solid Kirkby defence and the game returned to a battle up the middle. The Hawcoat scrumming ability was also an untested commodity before today’s game and again the players gave as good as they got against a much bigger and much more experienced side. One such scrum resulted in a try for Number 8 Tom Cullen who picked up from 5 metres out and drove over the line to put Hawcoat ahead once again, Burrows converted to maintain his 100% record. Kirkby replied with an unconverted try as the Hawcoat side grew more tired and colder in the wide positions. At the final whistle Park had the result 14-12 but they knew they’d been in a game and what an enjoyable game it was. Man of the Match went to Kaelyb Woodend who, as the only under 11 in the team led by example again and again in a gritty forwards game that was an excellent experience for the whole team.


Under 12's v Millom - 16th December 2012

A beautiful day for the Under 12s inaugural game at home to Millom saw the Maroons run in 18 unanswered and converted tries. From the kick off the 12s put together some silky passing moves to open their account with the first play of the game. After only three training sessions the impressive pack of Caleb Woodend, Jake Wall and a late replacement at prop in Bradz Middleton, Ben Pedley and Brandon Smith with Tom Cullen debuting at Number 8 contested ball after ball with text book rucking that saw long phases of possession. Millom put up a hearty defence and won the majority of scrums in the first half of the game and credit to them for continuing to put up a strong defence throughout. Scrum half Lewis Burrows released Fly Half Wyll Stanway time after time and the phases of play from the new centre / wing combinations of Louis Rourke and Kai Craine and Archie Copeland and the Marwood boys Jo sh and Ethan saw some confident passing moves that opened up the Millom defence time after time. Full back Jo e Dalton completed the line up and gained valuable yards for Park after every restart.

The combination of new players, experienced Rugby League kids and a smattering of Rugby Union experience meant that after three sessions together it was early days to play competitively but the team put in a comprehensive display doing everything the coaches had asked of them. Special mentions to Jo e Dalton for his straight no nonsense running, Lewis Burrows kicking 17 conversions without a miss, Archie Copeland on his return from a broken wrist and the lads who scored their first tries on a day that saw Hawcoat Park Under 12s arrive on the scene in some style. Millom played the game well and there was some great tackling in one on one situations. It was great to see so many girls enjoying the game and credit to them for never taking a backward step throughout.


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Under 9's, 10's & 14's at Millom 18th November 2012

Hawcoat Park U14 were on the road for the third week in a row with a hard game against Millom at Wilson Park. Millom started the strongest straight from the kick off putting the Hawcoat side under immense pressure but one thing that wasn’t creaking was the Hawcoat Pack. Lead by front row combination of Tom Wright, Henry Atwell and Joel Buchanan the pack kept the much bigger forwards at bay with great work not only in the scrum but in the loose also.

Millom were throwing everything at Hawcoat when great rucking on there own line from Joe Rea, Johnny Hutton and Jack Osten drove Millom off the ball, this allowed scrum Half Austin Meadows to release the back line. Euan James fed Harvey Jeffery who in turn passed out to Ewan Holt who ran the full length of the pitch repelling tackle after tackle to score a great try against the run of play.

It wasn’t long before Millom got the bit between there teeth and were back on the score board with some superb ball work from the forward releasing the back line putting there big centre away under the sticks for a converted try.

Full back Mason McKeever was getting more and more into the game with some superb individual running right at the heart of the millom team but great tackling by the home team kept him at arms length. The half time whistle came with Millom deservedly in the lead 7-5.

The second half kicked off with Millom trying everything they could to break the line but tackling machine Jake Robertson was having none of it. Not even Wingman John McLaughlin could prevent Millom from taking a further lead.

This spurred the away team on with Meadows and Rea producing some great work and it was the latter that took the ball on bouncing off tackler after tackler to go over under the sticks for a try converted by Declan Rodgers. Millom again got onto the front foot scoring a further two tries, one off which was converted. Not to be out Declan Rodgers decided it was time to turn on the class and score a great try from his own half which was converted by Hutton bringing the score ever closer with only 10 mins left.

Jordan Ashton was looking superb outside with some great jinking runs taking the ball on at every occasion backed up by Harvey Jeffery having one of his best games. The Hawcoat team were beginning to to get the upper hand of the Millom out fit when Meadows once again released his backs with centre Holt the recipient of a great pass. The centre once again ran half the pitch to score under the sticks for Rodgers to convert. The score was now 25-26 to Hawcoat with minutes left when from the kick off the Millom Full back spotted a gap and ran the full length to score out wide bringing the final score to 30-26 to Millom in what was a great game of rugby by the youngsters.

Coach Jason Meadows said ' this was a great day of rugby with both sides showing some great work in the loose and the tight. I am chuffed for the Hawcoat lads as they were very unlucky not to take the spoils today and but for some great work by Millom they surely would have. This is a team in early stages of development but showing some great skill sets to take forward into there next game.

Hawcoat U9 and U10 were also away this weekend at Millom playing in a round robin event with Egremont. The kids played some great rugby, growing ever confident with every game and training session they play and having a great time in the process. The U9 beat Egremont 15-10 and beat Millom 35-10 with the U10 loosing a very hard fought game against Millom 25-5. Coach Rosie Kent said ' The kids are doing really well and coming off the park with big smile on there faces which is exactly what the game is about.

A big thanks you has to go to Millom for there hospitality looking after nearly 60 kids along with coaches and parents alike. Great day out really enjoyed by all that were there.

Hawcoat Park is looking to hold a recruitment evening on 3rd of December 6:15 until 7:30 for the U9/U10 & U12 squads with special guest turning up to do some training with the boys. If you have never played rugby before or have played before rugby league or rugby union in the past, come along and give it a go. Hawcoat Park U9/U10 & U12 all train on Monday evenings 6:15 until 7:30 so please feel free to pop along on a training night or call Jason Meadows on 01229 811856 for further information



Sunday 28th October 2012

An exciting game played in terrible conditions that was close throughout, with never more than 2 scores in it, and ending in a deserved draw for Hawcoat Park against a big and fast Carlisle side  .  Carlisle  crossed for two early tries but Hawcoat found their feet and responded through an Evan Collier try. Hawcoat playing the better rugby constantly gained ground in attack through Kian Zaccarini, Morgan Bell and Fin McDermott whilst Alex Twiname stood out in defence. Tries continued for both teams as attack was on top.  Further try scorers for Hawcoat were  Kian Zaccarini (2), Fin McDonald, Dylan Rusling and Ross Barrett (2) - who did well to finish an excellent team try where the ball went through several pairs of hands. A well earned draw and a super team effort from all the boys


Sunday 28th October 2012

Hawcoat Park has had its numbers swelled in recent weeks by a merger with Furness Rugby Union Junior section. This has seen Hawcoat Park now able to put out teams at every age group which is something only bigger clubs have been able to do in the past. Head Coach Jason Meadows say's 'This is great for Hawcoat Park with junior rugby the life blood of the section at our club, this can be seen by watching the first team which is not only top of the league but has an average age of 22, we believe in developing youngsters at all age groups so they too can go on to play the game at a higher level in the future. We still need to bolster the age groups and are currently under going a recruitment drive in schools around Barrow and the South Lakes with help from Rugby Development officer Gary Holmes.

Team Sheet

1 - Tom Wright 2 - Euan Holt 3 - Joel Buchannan 4 - Joe Raey 5 - Ewan James 6 - Jack Osten 7 - Austin Meadows 8 - Johnny Hutton 9 - Lewis Burrows 10 - Will Coles  

11 - Jordan Ashton 12 - Harvey Jefferies 13 - Jacque's O’Neil 14 - Bradley Wright 15 - Benji Platt 16 - Conner Brown, 17 - Tommy Hogg 18 - Jordan Mutton 99- Declan Rodgers

Hawcoat Park welcomed and experience Egremont side to there club it what is only the third game for the young Hawcoat side still learning the game of rugby union.

The home side got proceeding under way with captain Will Coles dropping the ball onto the 10 yard line for his forwards to run onto. Great initial drive from prop forwards Tom Wright and debutant Joel Buchanan took the ball into Egremonts 22. Some great rucking from Ewan James and Johnny Hutton wasn’t enough as the ball came out from the side of the ruck and the speedy away teams back line took the opportunity to run nearly the full length of the pitch to touchdown for a converted try.

Lewis Burrows was trying time and again to release the back line but great pressure from Egremont kept Hawcoat at bay. Centre duo of Harvey Jeffery and Jacques O’Neil were giving it there all in attack and defence trying to break the Egremont line but all efforts didn’t quite come off. The away team soon got there hands on the ball and once again scored a great try from there own half with some great  ball work through hands for another converted try. Conditions at this point were horrendous with rain being blown across the pitch. Hawcoat tried to make the most of this with some great runs from Joe Raey and Euan taking ball into every ruck with great intensity. Egremont for there part were giving a great account of them selves and for some great tackling from Austin Meadows and Jack Osten they would of surely scored again.  

Wing men Bradley Wright and Jordan Ashton were doing all they could to keep the home team on the front foot but couldn’t quite get over the white wash. The introduction of influential Declan Rodgers seemed to spur Hawcoat on with the big number 8 taking every opportunity to get his hands on the ball. Full back Benji Platt was having a great time trying to pick holes in the Egremont defence but was caught at the last opportunity every time.

Half time came to an end with Hawcoat behind 14-0 to a superb Egremont team. Second half kicked off with Egremont doing all they could to keep Hawcoat at arms length. New man Tommy Hogg was jinking his way down the line but just seemed to get hauled back as he was about to score. Jordan Mutton and Conner Brown we driving the team deep into the away half with Burrows and Coles trying to get good ball out to the pacemen but Egremont were having non of it scoring another three tries.

From the resulting kick off the home team seemed to be spurred on with Buchanan, Meadows and Osten at the heart of it attack. Raey and O’Neill made the most of forced errors to secure possession, the forwards took control of the situation with Rodgers getting his hands on the ball to drive his way over to score for Hawcoat. The final whistle came with Egremont taking the honours 29-5. Coaches Jason Meadows and Roger Coles said ' these boys are at a very early stage of learning and played some great stuff out there in some appalling conditions. Take nothing away from Egremont today as they were brilliant but our lads really need to learn from this and what we work on in training and to take it forward to the next game. They will become a great team in the future but half to work hard to get there'.

Hawcoat also entertained Carlisle U9 and U10 this week with some great rugby on show for all to enjoy with Carlisle eventually taking the spoils. Hawcoat Park are looking to recruit more players to there ever expanding junior section with U9, U10, U11 & U12 training on Sunday mornings 11am until 12:30 and U13, U14, U15 and U16 training Wednesday evenings under flood lights 6:15pm until 7:30pm. Any one who fancies giving it ago can come along to training or call Jason Meadow on 01229 811856 for further information.



Sunday 14th October 2012

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Hawcoat Park Junior Rugby Union section is currently going through not only a major changes but major growth. Hawcoat junior rugby section has had great success over the last 10 years producing league champions, cup champions and national champions in rugby union. This has seen the section go from strength to strength with fruits being bore in the current Hawcoat Park senior section which has an average age of 22.  Recent communications between Hawcoat juniors and local rivals Furness juniors has seen the latter U9, U10 and U12's move to Hawcoat Park to merge with the current junior section on Hawcoat Park to make one of the strongest junior sections in the county. We are able to offer children rugby from ages U9, U10, U12, U14, U15 and U16 which is something that can be only offered at the bigger clubs in the county.

Jason Meadows said “This a great opportunity for kids of all age groups to come along and play rugby union in a safe environment utilising some great state of the art equipment and playing training facilities we have at the club, it is hoped we can link in with rugby league in the town at junior level to give kids a chance to play both codes and utilise the skills both games have to offer. This weekend saw nearly 100 kids at the club playing rugby union which I cannot remember happening at the club in my 27 years playing and coaching there, it’s great to see and really enjoyed by players and spectators alike.”

UNDER 14's

This weekend saw Hawcoat Park U14 take on a Penrith U14 side complete with Newcastle Falcon Academy players and elite county players who play in the Schools of rugby. This didn’t deter the new team from putting in an outstanding performance.

The game kicked off with Hawcoat kicking deep into Penrith half. Joe Rea and Euan James driving deep into the Penrith 22. Great work from Lewis Burrows fed the ball time and time again to Will Coles to try release the back line but they kept getting knocked back by the resolute Penrith defence.

I wasn’t long until the Penrith backs got there hands on the ball as they ran in two quick converted trys. This seemed to spur the Hawcoat side on with Jack Osten, Johnny Hutton and Austin Meadows tackling everything that moved and taking ruck ball after ruck ball destroying the Penrith forward play.

In the scrum the front row of Jordan Mutton and debutantes Euan Holt and Tom Wright dominated every scrum and line taking great ball not only in the tight plays but driving at the heart of the Penrith players. Once again Penrith managed to win the ball in the loose and great hands from the superb Penrith back line saw the away side score another two superb try's.

The game continued in this manner with Hawcoat back line getting more and more involved with Jack O’Neil and Harvey Jeffery producing some great tackles and going on jinking runs. Benji Platt was having one of his best games for the club playing at full back for the first time with great positional focus as well as running the Penrith side ragged.

Penrith at this point were starting to take control of the play as the Hawcoat side tired scoring further  trys in the process. Declan Rodger was carrying a slight knock but that didn’t hinder the superb prospect from saving his team mates from further points against them. Conner Brown was working his socks off out wide when the final whistle came bringing a defeat for the new Hawcoat side.

Coach Jason Meadows said 'I am really chuffed with the lads today. Tom Wright was immense up front with hooker Euan Holt really playing superb in there first games for the club. we were really up against a great Penrith side today who I am sure will go onto bigger and better things but our lads really stuck to there guns dominating scrums, rucks and line outs. Jack O’Neil tackled himself to a stand still at centre and Benji Platt was outstanding. These boys have a great future ahead of them and just have to learn from every game which will make them better players in the future'.

Under 9’s

Hawcoat Park 30 – Egremont 45

Egremont kicked off the try scoring but within minutes Hawcoat responded with a big run from Morgan Bell and a try from Dylan Rusling. Fin McDermott fed the ball out to player of the week David Beck to score a second try. Egremont came back fighting to get further tries but were hit hard due to Hawcoats forward Alex Twiname and wing man Joseph Horne. Kian Zaccarini and Captain Evan Collier tagged teamed Egremont defence to get another try. Josh Hallett Gerrard continued to prove himself a great back weaving through Egremont defence. Ross Barrett had a massive run to score a try much to the cheers of his team. In the last few second of the game Jake Cullen slipped a last try in at the corner. Hawcoat played a fantastic game but were just unlucky at the end.

Under 10’s

Hawcoat Park 20 – Egremont 25

From start to finish this game provided no end of entertainment. It was neck and neck throughout and showed how Hawcoat Park boys could learn from previous games and come back fighting. After last week they picked themselves up and showed Egremont what they were made of. The smallest of the team, Joseph Horne wowed onlookers with some cracking tackles on Egremonts massive prop forward. Egremont got the first two tries but Hawcoat were only warming up. A massive run from Josh Hallett Gerrard set up a try for David Beck boosting Hawcoat spirits. Evan Collier, Morgan Bell and Fin McDermott showed off their mauling skills to win Hawcoat many balls and feed it out to the backs so further tries followed. Alex Twiname and Dylan Rusling were forwards on a mission, skittling Egremont defence with their tackling skills. A try from captain Kian Zaccarini put Hawcoat in the lead. Ross Barrett and Jake Cullen won Hawcoat some ground with their speed and weaving skill. Hawcoat were unluckily pipped at the end with a last try from Egremont.

Great start to the season for our Under 14's who have won 37 - 66 away to Netherall

Hawcoat Park juniors were on the road this weekend with a long trip up the coast to Maryport team Netherall. Due to traffic the team were straight off the bus, changed and into the game.

Hawcoat were straight on the front foot scoring a try straight from the kick off through Grady Slater which was converted by William Coles. Rucks and Mauls were being keenly contested with Mike Bennet and Jordan Mutton at the fore front of most things.

Great work in the loose from Jack Osten and Jack Robertson saw scrum half Lewis Burrows release the back line. The ball went through hands and back again in a superb show of skill for Bradley Davis to crash over for another Coles converted try. This seemed to lift the home side and they came back with two quick tries bringing the scores all square. Hawcoat were beginning to find their feet when two further try’s from Grady Slater started to move the young team further away from their opposition.

Tyler McPherson, in his first game for the club, was making real ground driving Netherall back time and again when great hands from Austin Meadows and Will Stanway put the influential Benji Platt through the line for the pacey centre to go in under the sticks. There was still time for more points when Conner Brown danced his way around the defence and brought the game back into play. Great communication from Burrows saw debutant forward James Rae crash over to score a great individual try. Jack O’Neil was starting to find his feet making cracking tackle after tackle in a great first half display bringing the half time score to 40 – 10 to Hawcoat Park .

The second half kicked off with Hawcoat reduced to 14 with Bradley Davis retiring from the game with a head injury. This seemed to spur his team mates on with Slater diving over for yet another try. Robbo Robertson was having a fine game at hooker with Lewis Burrows really taking the team forward amply backed up by O’Neill, Osten and McPherson. Quick hands from the home team sent Netherall away for a great try which was converted. Hawcoat then took the step of reducing their numbers further to try to allow more game play and to stop Hawcoat running away with it. This allowed Netherall more time and space to express them self running in some great trys and keeping great shape in doing so. Hawcoat were not deterred with William Coles darting down the touch line and getting brought down short of the line. Some excellent backing up from Bennett and Meadows tried all they could to break the home defence but great tackle thwarted the attack.

The game came to an end with Benji Platt scoring a great individual try from the half way line beating tackler after tackler to go over and bring the game to an end 66-37 to Hawcoat Park .

Coaches Roger Coles and Jason Meadows were over the moon 'we are really chuffed for the boys today. They produced some great rugby at times but need to try to keep there shape a bit more, some that will come with training. We had some new lads in the squad today who performed superb and really did themselves proud’.

Any one wishing to come and play rugby union with the U14 squad can come along to Hawcoat Park Sport Club on Wednesday evenings 6:15 until 7:30 or ring Jason Meadows on 811856 for more information.


FIXTURES 2012 - 2013










Won 37 - 66









Keswick & Millom



Round Robin Event at Keswick


















Lost 29 - 5















Lost 26 - 30































Keswick & Millom



Round Robin Event at Keswick














Won 47 - 17



Carlisle   Won 39 - 22

 Cumbria Cup Semi Final
































07/04/13 *new

Kirkby Lonsdale



 Cumbria Cup Semi Final













Millom & Ashton 

Away (Millom)


Round Robin - U14 & 15's

Farewell to the Davies Family

On behalf of Hawcoat Park Youth Rugby we would like to wish ‘Bon Voyage and Good Luck’ to Rob, Lesley and family as they embark on their new life in Australia.

For many years Rob has worked hard in bringing on the younger members of the rugby section and has also helped out with coaching the Cumbria Junior teams. In spite of our sometimes having a lack of players or a lack of matches he has stuck with it and has been a most valuable member of our team. He made sure that the boys we had selected for the Cumbria squads got to training sessions and matches by driving the mini bus himself. Dedication like this is very hard to find.

His son Mason has also been part of our team and also the Cumbria squad, he had been chosen to represent Cumbria for this season and I’m sure they will miss him as much as we do.

Good luck to you all, keep in touch and again, Thank You

Hawcoat Park Youth Team


On the 5th May, we welcomed the West of Scotland to our club to play some end of season friendlies against our 14s & 15s teams, and luckily the weather was perfect for playing some rugby.

They were very well organised and experienced having played together from an early age, and a credit to their coaches. Both games were well contested but not without incident. Unfortunately in the first 10 minutes of the 14s game their winger got tackled out over the side line and dislocated his right knee, an ambulance had to be called to take him to Furness General. We all wish young Craig a speedy recovery, and I’d just like to add that he is one brave young man.

The 15s game started off really well and for the first 20 minutes Hawcoat ran the game well, with some hard running and big tackling coming from all members of the team. Ali McEwen made an excellent break and went over for Parks first try. This was shortly followed by a very well worked try with Kieran Barnes finishing off with some fantastic pace. Both tries were superbly converted by Luke (Jonny Wilkinson) McIntee. The big hits kept coming, (Jordan you know what I mean!), but as I’ve previously mentioned West’s were a very organised and experienced team and came back into the game on the back of some penalties and good rucking. West’s were also showing some good skills at set play, and soon, after some quick back to back tries by their very quick winger, were soon in the lead which they never lost. Later on Hawcoat had Jordan going over for a consolation try.

Hawcoat never lacked spirit or took a backward step with Danny Scott and Jordan Bayliff sharing the captaincy duties and both did a fantastic job. We had some lads who were new to union and in their first game they did a brilliant job. Jack Malone (scrum half), Brandon Howard (prop), Pete Matthews (prop), Kieran Barnes (wing), Luke McIntee (fly half), JackGreenhow (wing) , Jimmy Tucker (centre), and the experienced lads  Mason Davies, Grady Slater, Brendan Trainor, Ethan Vial, Brandon Bateman, Tyler Jesson, Rory Sayle, and Matty While all giving a 100% as ever.

The lads only had a few training sessions together and the performance and spirit they showed was a credit to themselves and the club, and im sure if they were to stick together the future would be very bright, and I for one am very proud of them all.

Also big thanks to all the helpers – Carmen, Ally, Cheryl, and Rosie.

Report Rob Davies - Photos by Rosie Kent

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