Club of the Week | Siddal

1st November 2016, 12:01


Club of the Week | Siddal

An incredible year for one of country's leading sports clubs...

This week's Club of the Week is Siddal, after they capped off a remarkable year by claiming the community game's biggest prize.

The West Yorkshire club are the new National Conference League champions after a stunning 42-4 demolition of last year's winners, Leigh Miners Rangers.

Miners scored a late try to seal a dramatic 22-20 win over Siddal in 2015, but substitute prop Iain Davies' hat trick helped make sure there was no repeat result this time around.

Kyle Ackroyd, captain Shaun Garrod, Man of the Match Sean McCormack and youngster Jack Georgiou were all on the scoresheet, alongside six goals from six attempts by Gavin Stead, plus one Gareth English goal, made sure of breaking two records in the process - the highest-ever winning margin, and the highest points total in NCL Grand Final history.

The club's Open Age side enjoyed a double success in 2016, finishing top the the Premier Division table by six points to claim the League Leaders' Shield.

The NCL Grand Final winners, backed by 200 fans who traveled across on supporters' buses and many others, were all flanked by mascots from the club's under 7s team, with 30 of their 40 registered players from that age group in attendance at Widnes on Sunday.

In a remarkable year across all age groups, under 15s coach Martin Scrimshaw won the Coach of the Year Award at the RFL's Community Awards, after guiding his side to a stunning under 16s BARLA National Cup title - a feat which has never been achieved before.

Siddal also took the top gong that night, named RFL Club of the Year for 2016.

The season is not over just yet for some of their victorious NCL side, with five of their leading stars selected for the English Lionhearts' tour of Fiji this month - they will be captained by Siddal's Shaun Garrod.

With over 400 players signed up from Tykes (aged 4-6) to four Open Age sides and a Masters (over 35s) team, the club hosts 17 teams in total.

All junior age groups play in the top division of their respective Yorkshire Junior League.

50 four to six year olds are signed up for the Tykes programme, while both their under 19s and under 23s Academy sides play in the Yorkshire Men's League.

The first team has played at the highest level of the community game for decades and is one of the of the most successful clubs in the history of the NCL.

An average of eight young players each season join Super League Scholarship Programmes, with George King, Liam Finn, Niall Evalds and Oliver Roberts all amongst the current crop of Super League stars who started their careers at Chevindedge.

They also stole headlines in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup earlier this year as they thrashed Kingstone Press League 1 side Newcastle Thunder 30-4 back in March.

They are currently welcoming players across all age groups. For more information, click HERE.