Welsh legend supports Bath Rugby League Club

The family of the late Trevor Foster MBE sponsored a player at Bath Rugby League Club last season through their family connections with the city.

Trevor Foster captained Wales RL on many occasions during an illustrious career after moving North to Bradford Northern from Newport RU in 1938. He toured Australia and New Zealand with the British Lions on the famous “Indomitables” tour in 1946.

Trevor was a spectacular ball running forward scoring over 140 career tries and 6 in one game v Wakefield Trinity, a quite remarkable record for a back row forward.

He was well known for his long (67 years) service at Odsal the home of the the Bradford Bulls and after his retirement as a player he devoted much of his life to developing young players at the club.

In the 1980`s Trevor`s son Simon a qualified RL coach, was employed as a teacher near Bath and became heavily involved in the formation of a rugby league team in the city.

Simon recalls “To have a rugby league team playing competitively in Bath was quite an achievement in those days and my dad travelled down from Bradford a few times to lend his support. He loved the city, having played there several times for Newport and for the legendary Captain Crawshaw`s “All Stars RU XV” West country touring team. He often recalled the very warm welcome the players had received from the people of Bath. it meant a great deal to him”.

Simon continued “The recruitment of players in the 80`s was our biggest challenge and I know some of the lads found it difficult to find the cash for subs and travel and the like. The same applies today for the fledgling Bath RL team who are making great strides forward and so I am pleased we are able to maintain a family link with the club and to give some support in a small way to enable a young player to enjoy his rugby league”.

The club have developed a sponsorship/partnership brochure for 2019, if you or your business are interested in developing a partnership with a club please have a look and contact Chris for further details on Mob: 07810 552196 or email: info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk

Bath Rugby League Sponsorship & Partnership Packages 2019

Bath Rugby League are currently competing in the West of England League and travel all over the South West of the country to play fixtures. The club is highly ambitious and aim to progress up the Rugby league structure in the medium term.

The club would also like to establish an additional open age team in the near future to give more people the opportunity to play the sport along with youth development and a ladies squad.

Bath Rugby League are looking for partners and sponsors for the 2019 season, and would like your business to be part of the team. Take a look at some of the highlights from the past seasons, events and awards, and our involvement in local business and media.

How can you get involved and be part of this exciting, ever growing sport -click below to find out….

Bath Rugby League Sponsorship & Partnership Packages 2019

 

 

Coaching Staff announced for 2019 season


The club are happy to reveal their coaching and backroom staffing structure for 2019.

The Rugby side of the club will be headed up by Director of Rugby Alex Burns who is promoted from Head Coach in 2018 after leading the club to winning the West of England Championship. Alex will focus on shaping a wider vision for the club and its continued growth on and off the pitch.
On his appointment Alex Burns, said “Achieving success as a club on and off the pitch last season will act as a springboard towards the ambitions of Bath Rugby League. Our coaching restructure will allow us to get the best out of everyone at the club. Matt Bodey has shown excellent potential as a young coach, and taking on the Head Coach role will give him further opportunities to develop. As DoR, I will be able to work closely with Club Coordinator Chris Chatten to establish and implement a wider vision for the club and align our on pitch performance with our strong club culture.”
Matthew Bodey steps up to Head Coach in 2019 after a successful stint as assistant to Alex in 2018, a year in which he also gained his Rugby League Level 2 coaching qualification and finished off the year being appointed by the Rugby Football League as Assistant Coach for the South West Universities Rugby League squad who had a successful win against their counterparts in the South East at Maidenhead on 2nd December, Matt also assisted coaches as part of the West of England regional squad this year. Matt was brought up with Rugby League in Sheffield, then played for the University of Swansea team while studying there and even gained honours playing for the West of England Representative squad playing against a Wales Presidents select 13.
Matthew Bodey, Head Coach, commented on his appointment, “It’s really exciting to see the club develop over the last year, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it moving forward. I’m really looking forward to improving further as a coach under Alex as DoR, and I for one will be looking forward to working with the squad towards the improvement that will come from last year’s solid season”
Matt Warnock takes on the role of Assistant Coach and was the Club Captain for the 2018 campaign and has played Rugby League for 4 seasons, a ‘dual-coder’ who also plays for Frome RFC where he won Clubman of the year in 2017 and also won the Bath Rugby League Clubman of the year award for 2018. Matt also does a lot of work behind the scenes promoting the club on social media channels, designing graphics as well as a number of other key tasks which ensures the club operates smoothly.
Matt Warnock, commented, regarding his new Assistant Coach appointment “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for me and I can’t wait to start coaching alongside Matt & Alex with Bath Rugby League.
Rugby League is such a fast growing sport in the South, and I’m looking forward to working with a group of players who are keen to develop alongside this. I think my previous experience in playing and knowledge from being such a long term fan of the game will add another dimension to the coaching team at Bath RL and the Coaching Staff are already keen to start planning pre-season and the months ahead as we look forward to a successful 2019 campaign.”
Clare Avenell has been appointed Lead Therapist again for the 3rd year running and has been with the club since it was launched prior to the 2017 West of England season. Clare also works for Bath Rugby and performs a similar role for Chippenham RFC during the winter season with their first team squad.
Clare Avenell, commented on her reappointment, “With Chris’s ambition it is exciting to see where the club could go in the future. There is a friendly atmosphere with a good bunch of lads and I’m looking forward to working with them next season”
Chris Chatten, Club Coordinator, said “Alex was fantastic for the club in 2018 establishing an inclusive and engaging environment/culture around the group, making training sessions fun. With Alex the club also get the benefit of his experience as an RFU Level 3 qualified coach working with Bath Rugby’s Developing Player Programme and his full-time role with Lewis Moody’s (former England RU international forward) Maddog Sports as Director of Rugby, Alex will be moving to a new full-time role in 2019 as Head of Rugby Development, Downside School, which is part of the rational behind him taking a more strategic role in the club with Matthew Bodey stepping up to take a more hands on coaching role.
As a club we want consistency with our culture and both Matt’s stepping up in the coaching structure with Matt Warnock having played since the club began will ensure this. Clare is the longest serving member of the team, her commitment is second to none and she also gives helpful hints and tips to improve other areas of the club which is exactly what we want as we strive and drive improvements in all areas. This is a solid structure to move forward with for 2019, but we are always looking for good people to join the club so won’t rule out further appointments if appropriate personnel can be identified, and they are willing to buy into and commit to the club vision and objectives.”
The clubs partnership with York City Knights will continue in 2019 after their successful promotion to the Championship. The club are always on the look out for good people who are keen to learn the sport and work hard to be better, the club aim to develop on and off the field building towards the 2019 campaign. If you are interested in playing for the club please get in touch.

For further information and details regarding the club, please contact Chris on Mob: 07810 552196 or email info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk

BATH RUGBY LEAGUE CELEBRATE WINNING THE WEST OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL WITH THE MAYOR OF BATH

The squad had the fantastic opportunity of meeting Mayor of Bath – Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones at the Guildhall yesterday evening, the club also presented the following awards:

Clubman – Matt Warnock
Coaches Player – Rob Sully
Most Improved Player – Joe Wildman
Players Player & Man of Steel – Brandon Ball



The players put in a great shift this season working together as a cohesive unit. Thanks to the coaching staff Alex Burns and Matt Bodey for shaping a strong culture and environment within the group.

Thank you to Melksham Rugby Club for hosting us matchdays and Avonvale RFC for hosting our training sessions. Thanks also to partner club York City Knights RLFC for their advice and guidance.

Thanks to Strategic Partner Salters Garage who are now in the second year of supporting the club. Thanks also to the following player sponsors:

Oldland Electrical Services Ltd- Alex Dare M’Connell
Richard Griffin – Leigh Wheatley
Searle (Painting & Decorating) – Geoff Taylor
C2C Fitness – Luc Thomas
Dragonfly Education Trust – James Noott
Elite Tyre & Autocare Ltd – Brandon Ball
The Trevor Foster Award – Huw Parks
JD Services Ltd – Jordon Talbot
Lawes Steel Fabrication – Connor Breen
Lawes Steel Fabrication – Shai Bonnick
Suave Owl – Kieran Harvey
Auto Air Con – Rob Sully
Mike Bullen – Steven Grant
NKS Contracts Limited – Ben Thyer



Planning for 2019 season has started and we are looking for more good people to join the club as players, off field personnel, and sponsors/partners. We are really happy to discuss bespoke packages.

For more information contact Chris by email:
info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk or PM

Bath crowned Championship Fives Grand Final winners


WEST OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP FIVES GRAND FINAL 

Cheltenham Phoenix 30 

T: Alex Ratcliffe (5), Zack Taylor (15), George Jewell (43), Munro Third (77), Joe Hart (79) 

G: Sam Hughes 5 

Bath Rugby League 42 

T: Ali Frost (10), Connor Breen 2 (12, 49), Luke Cador (27), Ben Thyer 2 (40, 74), Jordan Talbot (54), Jack Burnett (71) 

G: Leigh Wheatley 2, Connor Breen 3 

(report by Matt Anniss)



Bath RLFC produced an entertaining display of expansive, attacking rugby to beat Cheltenham Phoenix 42-30 in a memorable West of England Championship Fives Grand Final at Shaftsbury Park, Bristol. 

The Melksham-based side scored eight tries in total, which was more than enough to secure the club’s first ever silverware. 



It was Cheltenham who started the brighter, though, opening the scoring on five minutes when Alex Ratcliffe crossed following a fine break by Hugh Howes. Sam Hughes slotted the extras. 

Bath hit back hard, taking the lead thanks to two tries in as many minutes. First, Ali Frost crossed unopposed, before man-of-the-match Connor Breen dived over following a thrilling break by impressive second-rower Ben Thyer. Leigh Wheatley converted both to give Bath a 6-12 lead. 

Less than three minutes later Cheltenham were once again level, Sam Hughes converting a fine solo score from Zack Taylor. An even period of forward-dominated play followed, before Bath once again edged ahead with two scores in the closing 13 minutes of the first half, both converted by the nerveless Breen. First, winger Luke Cador finished off an exhilarating team move, before Thyer barged his way over from 10 metres out on the stroke of half time. 



Cheltenham raised hopes of a brilliant second-half fight back when George Jewell dived over in the right corner just three minutes into the second half, with Sam Hughes adding a brilliant touchline conversion. 

However, Bath quickly reasserted their authority via the first of four consecutive tries that all but secured the game. First Breen scythed through the Cheltenham defence, before another unconverted score from Jordan Talbot stretched their lead to 32-18. Then, with valiant Cheltenham fading fast, scores from Jack Burnett – who received a superb inside pass from Breen – and Ben Thyer secured victory. 

There was still time for Cheltenham to pull two tries back – both converted by Hughes – with Munro Third and Joe Hart crossing the whitewash in the final three minutes. They were more than deserved on the balance of play, but sadly little more than consolation scores. 

The victory secured the Melksham-based side’s first trophy since their formation in January 2017. 

Man of the Match: Connor Breen (Bath, scrum half)

Referee: Ian Waters (Southern RS)

(report by Matt Anniss)




 

Bath Rugby League make the Final!

Bath Rugby League secured their place in the West of England Championship Fives Final with a home win over Swindon St George ‘A’




On Saturday Bath Rugby League welcomed Swindon St George ‘A’ for the West of England Championship fives Semi Final in what would be the sides last home fixture of the season at Oakfields.

The two sides had met only a week earlier when Bath travelled to Swindon, coming out on top securing the Home Semi Final with 108 – 10 win, but going into the Semi Final Bath knew that Swindon would carry more of threat with a Final in sight.

From the kick off Bath would show there intentions early on and it wasn’t long before some good plays that Ben Thyer was able to break the defensive line and cross over for Bath’s first points of the day, Connor Breen was on kicking duties for the day and added the extras. (6-0)

Like the previous week; Swindon would put together some good plays themselves and capitalised on a Bath error, the following set saw Swindon St George’s Richard White cross over, the kick going just wide. (6-4) Bath soon bounced back and from the Kick Off Winger Luke Cador caught wide and broke multiple would be tackles to run through untouched and score under the posts, Breen adding the kick. (12-4)

Bath were completing sets and beginning to dominate the defence and it was Thyer who scored his second of the day with a strong carry from close range, Breen converting. (18-4) with Luc Thomas and Michael Harrison orchestrating the plays it was Cador who found himself wide and sprinted through with a jinking run to cross for his second of the day, Breen adding the kick. (24-4)

The visitors forwards would continue to batter the home line but the home defence remained strong ad the result set saw Bath build on the scoreline when Joe Wildman crossed in the corner, followed shortly by a hatrick Cador try and Centre Kyle Johns scoring an interception try. (38-4)

It was the returning Stevan Randall who would cross the line next with one of his trademarks carries which saw him break the defensive line and sprint to score under the posts. Breen added the extras and the half time whistle was blown. (44-4)

Half Time: Bath Rugby league 44 – 4 Swindon St George ‘A’


 


Swindon St George would score first in the second half with another from White, catching the home defence napping (44-8). However the score for the visitors was short lived when after a well built set from Bath saw Breen feed the ball to the hard running Mike Rutt who crashed his way over the line, Breen following up and adding the extras. (50-8)

The visitors were able to gain some territory with their next set and following a Bath error were able to score there final points of the day in the corner. (50-12)

Connor Breen showed some excellent footwork for Bath’s next points of the day when weaved his way through the line to go over the line under the sticks, following up and converting his own try. (56-12) From the restart Harrison challenged the line feeding a pass to Prop Brandon Ball who went the length of the field breaking multiple tackles to score his first try of the day. (62-12)

No to be out done by Luke Cador, Ben Thyer was next on the score sheet getting his hat trick for the day following a line break from the kick, Breen kicking the extras. (68-12) The final points of the day came from Forward Tom Culshaw who found himself out wide and sprint down the side of the pitch and dot down, Breen kicked the extras and the final whistle was blown. (74-12)

Final Score: Bath Rugby League 74 – 12 Swindon St George ‘A’




Head Coach Alex Burns commented on the sides win “I’m proud of the performance we put together against a much improved Swindon side. It is great going into the Final too having faced some difficult and testing periods in the game with Swindon on top. We knew this week will be a battle and that has prepared us physically and mentally. It’s fantastic to see this Squad have the opportunity to create a legacy with Bath Rugby League this early in the inception of the Club”.

Club Coordinator Chris Chatten, said, “It is fantastic to finish the season with a final. I know the lads will give it everything they have to bring some silverware back to Bath. I would like to thank Melksham RFC our host club, they have done everything they can to support us at their fantastic facilities, we look forward to growing our relationship with the club even further in 2019. Avonvale RFC have also been a huge support to the club allowing us to train there, which has also acted as a good central point for the player base. If you have not had the opportunity to watch Rugby League live yet, I would encourage you to get down to Dings RFC, Shaftesbury Park on Saturday 11th August it should be a cracker”.


Bath Rugby League will now face Cheltenham Phoenix on Saturday, 1pm Kick off at Dings RFC, Shaftesbury Park in the West of England Championship Fives Final – a side they know well having played them earlier in the season.



 

Bath Rugby League secure home Semi Final with win over Swindon St. George ‘A’

Bath Rugby League secure home Semi Final with win over Swindon St. George ‘A’



Bath Rugby League have had a mix season of results with some extremely close games during the earlier West of England pool stages of the competition and most recently the West of England Championship Fives competition – a win against Swindon St George ‘A’ would see Bath Rugby League take a Home Semi Final against the same opposition on August 4th.

Bath came flying out of the blocks from the kick off showing their intent with two quick tries in the opening minutes coming from Winger Arbury and Halfback Michael Harrison, Captain Leigh Wheatley was kicking duties for the afternoon but missed the first from wide but converted the second. (0-10)

Swindon St George ‘A’ would soon have a run attack and put the visitors under some pressure before being able to turn over ball and build there way out of the half. The ball was moved wide and the young Winger Joe Wildman was able to cross over, Wheatley adding the extras. (0-16)

The next score came from a trademark run from Prop Brandon Ball when he was able to crash his way through to carry several would be tacklers across the line, Wheatley again on hand to add the extras. (0-22)

It was the home side who would be on the scorecard next as they continued to battle hard when Swindon St George’s halfback was able to put his Centre through a gap, the extras being added. (6-22)

Unforced errors would continue to give Swindon St George more territory but Bath’s defence held strong – and during the next set Bath’s Ali Frost was able to run a hard line in off Halfback Harrison and he’d run in from the 30 evading the fullback to dot down fr his first try for Bath. Wheatley adding the extras. (6-28)

It was the mercurial James Arbury who was on the score sheet next with three converted showcasing his evasiveness and speed to cross the line, Wheatley adding the extras (6-46) however a lapse in concentration Swindon St George were able to get a try of their own with the strong carries and runners breaking through the Bath line. (10-46)

Bath continued to build well in the sets and were soon giving another try when Hooker Luc Thomas sniped from the base of a tackle and sprint to the try line, Wheatley again adding the extras. (10-52)



Half Time Score: Swindon St George ‘A’  10 – 52 Bath Rugby League



Bath continued the second half as they’d finished the first with Arbury once again showing his pace and strength to cross over for a further two more tries (10-62)

The visitors were now playing expansive rugby with Wheatley and Harrison orchestrating the plays, strong carries from Johnny king and Alex Dare-McConnell would gain the side huge metres before the ball was played wide across the back line.

Centre Kyle John and Prop Brandon Ball scored would break through to score next with the centre breaking down the wide channel and Ball with another signature strong carry. (10-74)

A brace of tries from Fullback Steven Grant, Forward Ben Thyer and another two tries from Harrison culminated again from some great possession and building of plays.

Forward Johnny King was able to find a gap and break through and just before being tackled was able to put a wide pass away to Winger Wildman who dived over in the corner.

The final try of the day came from Halfback Harrison who crossed the white wash with Wheatley adding the extras before the final whistle was blown.

A special thank you to Swindon St George ‘A’ who battled hard during game and thanks to their hospitality after the game.

Final Score: Swindon St George ‘A’ 10 – 108 Bath Rugby League

Head Coach Alex Burns commented “This season has seen Bath make huge strides forward both on and off the pitch. The resilience the side has shown through a period difficult results has been outstanding and something the boys should take huge pride in. It has been evident from the sidelines the progress we have made, which is hard for the players when dealing with the disappointment of losses. However Saturday was a culmination of all the hard work the players have put in all season. It’s a perfect springboard for the play-offs and an opportunity for us to improve on last season by making the grand finals.”



Bath Rugby League will now face the same side (Swindon St. George ‘A’) in the West of England Championship Semi Final at Home (Melksham RFC) on Saturday 4th August with the winners taking on Cheltenham Phoenix RL in the West of England Plate Final at Dings RFC on Saturday 11th August

Ben Thyer sponsored by NKS Contracts Ltd for 2018 season

Ben Thyer sponsored by NKS Contracts Ltd for 2018 season



  • NKS Contracts Ltd was established in 1992 and has grown to employ a staff of more than 100 people.
  • NKS Contracts Ltd mobilizes daily over 35 fully equipped vans to service our client’s needs

Our clients include: Registered Social Landlords, Health & Education Authorities, commercial / retail facilities, plus many other blue chip organizations. The main geographical areas covered include, City of Bristol, Bath and NE Somerset, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Duo secure Player Sponsorship


Bath Rugby League duo Shai Bonnick & Connor Breen secure new Player Sponsorship for the 2018 season from Trowbridge based company Lawes Steel Fabrication LTD.

Professional, local steel fabricating business with a fast turn around. Find out more details at https://m.facebook.com/LawesSteelFabricaton/

The Club would like to thank Lowe’s Steel Fabrication for their support and look forward to working with them in the future.

There are still lots of ways to get involved with Bath Rugby League – contact us at info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk

Bath lose in tough battle to Cheltenham Phoenix



Bath Rugby League welcomed Cheltenham Phoenix to Oakfields on Saturday in the first round of the Championship Fives, the sides hadn’t met before but like Bath the visitors had held their own in a very tough Pool Group with the All Golds, Forest Bulldogs & Swindon St. George ‘A’.

The home side were still searching for their first win of the season following many close battles with some of the top teams within The West of England league and had prepared well during the week.

It was Bath who were on the scoreboard first after a fantastic set which saw Hooker Luc Thomas score in the corner, unfortunately the kick just going wide. It was only a few minutes later that Bath scored there second of the day when Prop Brandon Ball crashed through multiple would be defenders to cross over the line, this time Leigh Wheatley adding the extras.

The home side were able to pin Cheltenham deep into their own 20 following good sets and accurate kicking from the halves.

The visitors always looked threatening when they had ball in hand and caught the defence napping from a scrum which lead to Cheltenham first try of the day, which was duly converted.

Winger Steven Grant looked to have dotted down in the corner following a kick through from Wheatley but was deemed to have knocked out of play.

With a scheduled water break at the 20 min marker (due to the extremely hot day) Bath attacked again with Half Back Connor Breen darting through the defensive line to score under the posts, Wheatley adding the kick.

The well needed water break gave Cheltenham Phoenix a much needed rest bite and with that came out firing after the 20 minute marker taking control of the remainder of the half crossing 3 times with all kicks being successful and now holding onto a narrow lead going into the half time break.


Half Time: Bath Rugby League 22-24 Cheltenham Phoenix




Bath came out well in the second and it didn’t take long before the side were able to get themselves into good field position, where Jack Williams found himself crossing over after bursting through the tackles. Although Cheltenham replied to this shortly after with a converted try of their own.

Bath were able to soak up the next set of plays and it was on the return set Kieran Harvey was able to get himself across the line with Breenadding the kick from wide. With the next few sets of play being held in the centre of the pitch it was Cheltenham who next scored with a break wide, the kick being added.

It was a tight contest in the run up to the next water break but Winger Grant was able to latch onto a wide pass from Centre Mike Rutt to dive into the corner. However the yo-yo’ing of tries between the two sides hadn’t stopped and the visitors were next on the scorecard adding another 3 tries before Bath answered with Second Row Connor MacPherson finding the gap to cross over, Connor Breen kicking well added the extras. Unfortunately time was running out for Bath to make up for the earlier lapses and the final whistle was blown.

Full Time:  Bath Rugby League 42-60 Cheltenham Phoenix



This Saturday Bath travel to Southampton Spitfire in Round 2 of the Championship Fives hoping to make up for the loss and put in a solid 80min fixture. The last time the two sides met Bath came out eventual winners at home but know that a trip to Southampton is always never an easy fixture.

If you are interested in playing, sponsoring, partnering or getting involved with the club in other way please contact Chris tel: 07810 552196 or email: info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk – The club train at Avonvale RFC in Bath, training nights have now moved to Monday’s 7pm

The club work in partnership with York City Knights who play in League 1 so have the opportunity to offer players a pathway into the professional game.

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