Boxing Day Preview

By Dave Picken - December 22 2016
Boxing Day Preview Hopefully Storm Barbara will have abated and we can get back to our normal balmy Boxing Day for the first West v Rovers game at the new clubhouse kick off at 2.00   - preceded of course by the Gingers v Stashers at 11.00.

We will once again be missing  Andrew Rollins and Adam Coates, who is off to Vegas, while  Aaron Myers is unfortunately working away over Christmas.

Fortunately, we will have Lee Maddison back to face his former teammates after he was one of half a dozen regulars who missed the defeat at Driffield last week.

Top try scorer Liam Checksfield has been selected for Newcastle Falcons Under 18’s - who face Yorkshire Carnegie on New Year’s Eve - so he will also miss the Boxing Day game.

However, we will have a clutch of other 17 year-olds who have all figured in league games. Jake Linighan has been doing well in trhe second row and he’ll be joined in the squad by  Matt Siddle, Jordan Foulds, and Adam Brown. The latter duo are actually front row specialists but can’t play there in senior rugby until they are 18.

Carl Robinson has been drafted back into the front row as Tim Blades is also likely to be missing -  Jonny Hunter stepping up as front row cover after some excellent perfromances for the Stags

The game will also be notable for having Gareth Foreman as ref. He is getting very good reviews as he works his way up the  ladder and will surely make some kind of history having previously represented both clubs in this fixture.

West: Zac Southern, Rob Thorn, Eldon Myers, Peter Youll, Luke Mallinson, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Michael Hogan, Ross Wood, Carl Robinson, John Bunter, Dan Boatman (capt), Carl Miller, Lee Maddison, Sam Miller.

Replacements from : Jonny Hunter, Matt Siddle, Adam Brown, Jordan Foulds, Joe Willis, Jake Linighan, Alex Barker, Joe Rafferty, Greg Edwards, Paul Moss.

Rovers: 15 Michael Railton 14 Stephen Flounders 13 Chrissy Harrison 12 Ian Coulson 11 Alex Rochester 10 James Evens 9 Taz Pelser 1 Ian Flounders 2 Oliver Dakers 3 Tony Ross  4 Dylan Langley 5 Mick Ryan 6 Patrick O'Callaghan 7 Liam Wood 8 Andrew Dring (c)

 Reps: 16 Daz Fawcett 17 Billy Lloyd 18 Matty Stephenson 19 Scott Buttery 20 Matty Lidster 21 Michael Barnfield 22 Joe Little


Boxing Day Preview
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
22/12/2016 22:42
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Re: Boxing Day Preview
Hardwick Man (IP Logged)
23/12/2016 07:06
Looking forwRd to it.....please don't rain

Re: Boxing Day Preview
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
24/12/2016 07:58
Looks like rain and gales, however wishing everybody a great day and to all involved with WEST a Very Merry Christmas and the best and successful New Year.

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