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9th May 2016, 16:22 | Community

Club of the Week | Siddal ARLFC

Club of the Week | Siddal ARLFC

The form team in the country, with over 350 players signed up…

This week's rugby-league.com Club of the Week is Siddal, after their NCL side thrashed Hull Dockers 52-0 to become the only NCL Premier Division club with a 100 per cent record.

The Halifax-based side are arguably the form team in the country having won all six of their league fixtures so far, alongside a notable run in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup which featured a remarkable 30-4 thrashing of League 1’s Newcastle Thunder, before it came to an end with a 48-20 defeat at high-flying Rochdale Hornets.

Gareth Greenwood's men had been vying for top spot with Leigh Miners Rangers until this weekend when the reigning champions slipped to a surprise 36-20 defeat against lowly Pilkington Recs, meaning Siddal’s huge home win moved them to the summit of Community Rugby League’s top flight.

"This must be the best start a Siddal team has had in a long, long time," said Greenwood after the win, which was delivered without eight first team stars such as former Batley Bulldogs captain Byron Smith.

In total, the hosts on Saturday scored nine tries, including six in the last 25 minutes, with former rugby union player Gavin Stead kicking eight goals.

Northern Rail Trophy winner Byron Smith (back) was unavailable on Saturday

Siddal have bounced back from last year's Grand Final loss in style

Club Chairman Marc Lovering said: "There is a real buzz around the club at the moment.

"The junior section is going from strength to strength and the standards are really high - that’s largely down to the quality of the coaches we have.

"From our under 7s through to our First Team, we have an exceptionally strong group of coaches who understand the game, understand the players and buy into the club's ethos.

"A couple of years ago, we restructured the way we do things and introduced an Academy-style set up by introducing an under 19s and and an under 23s team, who play in the Yorkshire Men's League.

"The Academy teams, as well as being very strong teams in their own right, provide a pathway into our First Team and gives Head Coach Gareth Greenwood a pool of players to call upon when injuries and suspensions bite.

"The current NCL side have won six from six so far this season including some very tricky away games - I don't want to jinx them by saying too much, but they are as strong a squad as I can remember.

"By the time the season is over, I think they will be regarded as one of the strongest NCL sides of all time and it’s a privilege to be involved with them.

"With most clubs charging £2 or £3 admission, the NCL offers the greatest value in sport in this country," he added.

"You can expect to pay four or five times the amount to watch an equivalent standard of football or rugby union and it’s an inferior product!

"Anybody who gets the chance should pop along to their local club and watch an NCL game - you won't be disappointed."

Luke Robinson is arguably Siddal's most famous product

Club of the Week - Siddal ARLFC

Siddal ARLFC are one of the county’s biggest community Rugby League clubs, with over 350 players signed on across all ages.

They have produced a raft of players for the professional game, such as Luke Robinson, Liam Finn, Niall Evalds, Scott Grix and Kruise Leeming amongst others.

They host 16 teams in total, with three open age teams, two academy teams (under 19s and 23s) and a Masters (over 35s) team, alongside youth and junior teams from tots through to under 16s.

They are currently on the lookout for new players of all ages.

For more information, visit their club website HERE.

The Halifax club host a wide range of age groups

Siddal have a long history - pictured in 2001

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