Tuesday 28 September
Workington Town coach Ged Stokes was delighted to get through a “war of attrition” against Hunslet Hawks to reach National Two’s final eliminator at York.
Stokes used all 12 inter-changes for the first time this season, saving nine of them for a torrid second half.
“I think we deserved to win but it was a very hard game and I was pleased that we were able to ring the changes so much in the second half,” said Stokes.
Town beat Hunslet 27-13 to set-up a final eliminator next Sunday at York City Knights with the winners going on to play Halifax in the Grand Final at Widnes on October 10.
Town only led 15-13 approaching the final quarter but pulled away with tries by Scott Chilton and Jonny Limmer. Martyn Wilson and Lusi Sione had crossed in the first half.
Whitehaven’s Australian scrum-half Sam Obst is one of three nominations for the National League One player of the year award.
His coach Steve McCormack and Barrow’s Peter Roe are also among the nominations for the respecting coaching awards in National One and Two.
National Two champions Barrow have Darren Holt nominated for Player of the Year with Barry Pugh in for the Young Player of the Year.
Disappointed Whitehaven coach Steve McCormack has admitted Leigh were the best side in their National One play-off defeat at Hilton Park.
The 30-16 defeat means Whitehaven have to beat Featherstone at the Recreation Ground next Sunday to tackle Leigh again in the Grand Final.
“All credit to Leigh for getting right through but nobody should write-off our lads and we will get them up again for Sunday,” he said.
Ryan Tandy and Craig Calvert scored tries for Whitehaven who were level 14-14 at half-time.
Friday 24 September
Workington Town centre Stephen Dawes is in line for a surprise call-up for Sunday's National Two Play-Off against Hunslet Hawks at Derwent Park. Dawes was carried off with a suspected broken ankle during Town's win at Swinton last weekend. However, x-rays have shown it to be only sprained and Dawes could be fit enough to make the starting thirteen.
Whitehaven hope winger Craig Calvert will have recovered from a bout of illness in time for Sunday's National One play-off at Leigh. Meanwhile, second row Brett McDermott has returned to training with the squad this week but is unlikely to figure at the weekend as he recovers from a groin injury.
Oldham have recommended their two Cumbrian players for consideration ahead of the county’s game with a combined Australia/New Zealand side next month.
The club has put forward centre Jon Roper and half-back Will Cowell for the match at Workington on 27 October.
Both players started their careers in west Cumbria in amateur rugby league and have both been attached to Super League clubs before finding their way to Oldham.
Thursday 23 September
Workington Town centre Stephen Dawes is in contention for a place against Hunslet – despite being stretchered-off at Swinton last week.
Dawes was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle but was relieved to hear it was only badly sprained.
Coach Ged Stokes said: “It’s much better now and he’s got a chance of playing against the Hawks which didn’t look possible last Sunday.”
Whitehaven will be staying overnight in Lancashire ahead of Sunday’s National One play-off semi-final at Leigh.
The west Cumbrians normally travel on the same day but are to repeat the match plans which proved successful for an earlier trip this season to Hull KR.
Chairman Barry Richardson said: “We gave an excellent display that day after an overnight stop and we want to give the players the best chance of reaching the final.”
Tuesday 21 September
Axed Barrow centre Damien Reid could be offered a lifeline by Super League giants St. Helens.
Reid, who was released by the Craven Park club during the season for taking an impromptu holiday, is playing trials for Saints Under-21’s.
The former Gateshead star has had a troubled time in Barrow, recently bound over in court after an assault charge.
Workington Town will be at home to Hunslet Hawks on Sunday in the National Two elimination semi-final.
While Town were winning 44-38 at Swinton the Hawks were springing a surprise with a 39-16 win at Sheffield.
“It doesn’t matter we beat them just over a week ago because they’ve showed what they are capable of at Sheffield,” said Town coach Ged Stokes.
In an excitiong game against Swinton Town scored seven tries through Graeme Lewthwaite (2), Jonny Limmer (2), Brett Smith, Richard George and Tane Manihera, who also kicked eight goals.
Monday 20 September
Workington Town are celebrating as they progressed through to the next round of the National Two play-offs following their 44 points to 38 victory over Swinton Lions.
Friday 17 September
Workington Town's rugby league side go to Swinton on Sunday for their National two play-off tie. Around 300 Town fans are expected to make the trip to Greater Manchester.
Thursday 16 September
The draw for the quarter finals of the rugby league's BARLA Cumbria Cup has been made.
After beating Barrow Island at the weekend, Broughton the Red Rose make another trip to the south of the county to play Ulverston on October the 9th.
Other ties see Egremont or Glasson against Kells, Ellenborough host Salterbeck Storm and Lowca will be at home to Great Clifton.
A renewed plea for more referees to officiate in the Cumberland ARL has produced three volunteers.
Development officer Peter Gaston is particularly looking for ex-players and former coaches to swell the shrinking list of whistlers.
“We’ve got a referees course coming up next month and we want to see a good attendance to help us get our fixtures in for the rest of the season,” said Gaston.
Monday 13 September
Barrow Raiders rugby league club are celebrating promotion to National League One this morning.
The Craven Park club sealed the National League Two title with a 26-12 win at Dewsbury yesterday afternoon.
In National Two, Workington Town's 24-6 home win over Hunslet saw them finish fifth to earn a play-off with Swinton.
Whitehaven agonizingly missed out on the National One League Leaders title as their 24-16 home win over Featherstone and Leigh's 29-22 win at Batley saw the two sides finish level at the top - Leigh taking the honours on points difference.
Carlisle Centurions gave a much improved display in National Three before going down 38-18 at home to Bramley Buffaloes.
Martin Stalker marked his return from Workington Town with a try for Carlisle along with Paul Southward and Richard Massey.
Andrew Dalton, a novice kicker deputising for Callum Irving, won the man of the match award for Carlisle.
Saturday 11 September
Trialist Richard George could get another chance to show his potential when Workington Town host Hunslet Hawks.
The Seaton amateur, who can play loose-forward or stand-off, has been involved in two of Workington’s last three matches.
“He still wants to stay in the amateur ranks but when he completes his month we’re going to discuss all the options,” said Town coach Ged Stokes.
Former Halifax forward Paul Davidson is set to start for Whitehaven in their final National One home game with Featherstone.
Davidson has impressed coach Steve McCormack with his performances when coming on as substitute.
Centre Mick Nanyn and winger Craig Calvert picked-up knocks at Leigh last week but have been cleared to play.
Former Great Britain international Hugh Waddell is helping-out Carlisle Centurions in their National Three game with Bramley Buffaloes today.
The Centurions also welcome back Martin Stalker who has been playing for Workington Town.
Club spokesman David Tucker said: “We are looking to bolster our squad with quality players who want to play for the Centurions, league or union, Cumbrian or otherwise.”
Friday 10 September
In National One, two teams are leading the table on 26 points. Whitehaven who are second entertain third place Featherstone and hope that Leigh slip up at Batley, who need the points themselves
In National Two, a win at Dewsbury Rams will see Barrow promoted to National League One .
A win for Workington will see them consolidate a place in the top six.
Monday 6 September
In yesterday's local rugby league, there was disappointment as Whitehaven failed to take the National One title, following their 21 points to 14 defeat at Leigh's Hilton Park.
In National Two, there was no game yesterday for Workington Town as they were beaten on Saturday by 44 points to 24 at York City Knights.
But the Barrow Raiders made hard work of seeing off bottom side Gateshead Thunder 45-34 in yesterday's match at Craven Park.
A win for Barrow next weekend at Dewsbury would now seal promotion to National One.
Friday 3 September
A big weekend for Whitehaven, Barrow Raiders and Workington Town rugby league clubs.
Whitehaven can seal top spot in National One with victory at their nearest challengers Leigh on Sunday. Forward Brett McDermott misses out through injury, while scrum-half Sam Obst looks to have overcome a thigh injury.
In National Two, Barrow can secure promotion if they beat Dewsbury and York lose to Workington Town tomorrow. A Town win would also seal their place in the play-offs. Lusi Sione will miss the game due to religious beliefs.
Saturday also sees unbeaten Wath Brow host Siddal in the National Conference Premier Division, Walney Central open their Division One campaign back at Central Drive to Eccles & Salford, Askam go to East Leeds, in Division Two, Millom host Stanningley.