25th July 2016, 16:41 | Community

Club of the Week | Crigglestone All Blacks

Club of the Week | Crigglestone All Blacks

Hundreds of players in action, with money raised towards a life-saving defibrillator...

Crigglestone All Blacks are this week’s Club of the Week, after they celebrated their 35th birthday with a hugely successful Rugby League Festival on Saturday.

The Wakefield-based club kicked off proceedings with a number of under 9s and 10s games, before 7s and 8s got underway alongside an under 13s clash.

Crigglestone All Blacks are one of West Yorkshire's leading Rugby League clubs

All Primary players picked up medals for their efforts in the festival

Then an Open Age tie between 'past' and 'present' players took place, with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Ladies also facing off with the All Blacks' Girl's team in a Touch Rugby League match.

The on-field action continued in the evening with live local bands taking centre stage in a 'Party on the Pitch' which lasted long into the evening.

The day-long celebration included a tombola, a barbecue, ice cream stalls and much more, while long-distance travelling teams were able to camp overnight.

All money raised at the event went towards funding a new defibrillator for the club, with over 100 Rugby League players and many more volunteers engaged in events during Saturday.

Founded in 1981, Crigglestone All Blacks recently made history as three bothers took to the field for the club in an Open Age game for the first time during a Pennine League clash in February, where they beat Hanging Heaton 26-16 on home turf.

They host under 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s, 13s and under 16s teams, plus a Girl's team, alongside their Open Age side, who finished second in the winter Pennine League Division Three last season.

Crig', who also host and a Yorkshire Men's League team during the summer, are an ambassador club of Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi finalists Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and they are currently on the lookout for new players at all levels.

For more information on the club, click HERE.