NORTH WALES CRUSADERS WHEELCHAIR RL

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NEWS

Touch Line Manager                                                                                                                            12th April 2019

Congratulations to Lynne Seller, Sophie Jones and Tracie Barber on completing their Touch Line Manager training today

New A Team Head Coach Anounced

North Wales Crusaders WhRL have appointed Crusaders and Wales Wheelchair veteran Harry Jones as their new A team head coach, starting from the 2019 season.

The Crusaders wheelchair veteran, Jones has built a strong reputation in Wheelchair RL and is recognised as being one of the top players in Wales after cementing his place in the North Wales & Wales teams in recent years.

Jones, who was one of the first Wheelchair RL players in Wales. A North Wales local, he began as one of the first registered players for the North Wales Crusaders shortly after their launch in early 2013. He then made his Wales international debut in late 2014 at the 4 Nations down in Medway and has since gone on to make 73 appearances for the Crusaders as well as a total of 23 international appearances.

He joined the Crusaders in 2013 after retiring from the ‘running game’ after suffering a series of knee and shoulder injuries, he played in the Wheelchair Premier Division in his first season where he helped guide the team to a 4th place finish.

He has also spent two years as assistant coach of former North-West Counties under 12’s side, the Clwyd based Wrexham Bradley Raiders, as well as being one of the most renowned youth officials in North Wales after becoming the youngest qualified RL referee in Wales in 2011 and going on to officiate international fixture, such as the Wales first team World Cup warm up fixture in 2013.

Jones said: “I want to help establish and develop new talent for North Wales Crusaders to feed into their premier rugby team as well as helping in building the foundations for sustained success for North Wales Wheelchair Rugby League.

“I will be bringing a good level of rugby league and wheelchair RL knowledge to the team to help develop new strong players and help guide them into our premier side, and meet the expectation of our all our players, followers and trustees”.

“I am very proud of being a member of North Wales Crusaders and see a great opportunity to help develop our great game within the club. I’m impressed with the passion and professionalism shown by all the players and the trustees of the charity and I’m excited to be a part of their plans moving forward.”

29th December 2018

Season Starts                                                                                                                                18th January 2019

Today saw North Wales Crusaders WhRL kick of their 2019 campaign with teams in both the newly formed super League as well as the Championship.
Head Coach Steve Jones said “this year we are so proud to be able to enter 2 teams into the leagues, the 2019 season has been the culmination of 6 years hard work both on and off the field and it is a testament to the hard work of the players, staff, volunteers and the charity”. Crusaders are looking forward to a great year.

28th December 2018

New Team Announced

North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair RL have today announced the club will launch a second team in the 2019 Wheelchair Rugby League Championship/ Championship One. The team, which will compete under the name of North Wales Crusaders A, just like main clubs reserve side. The launch of the ‘A’ side sets up a clear pathway for North Wales Crusaders WhRL players to progress their own development and also gives the opportunity for the youth and fringe players to gain valuable game time before making the step up to the premier division.

North Wales Crusaders WhRL Head Coach Stephen Jones said the establishment of the club's inaugural ‘A’ team was an important and exciting step forward for the club.

"We're delighted to launch our inaugural A team in the Championship/ Championship 1 for the coming season," said Jones.

"The launch of this team provides us with a number of exciting opportunities with new players arriving to the club, but crucially, it also allows us to continue to grow Wheelchair Rugby League throughout our catchment area and give juniors and fringe players a team they can call their own and aspire to play for our premier side in the years to come."

North Wales Crusaders have a number of players signed for the 2019 season and are still currently in the recruitment phase of the program.

The club is continuing to look for players and staff who are keen to join the team in 2019 and will be begin training for the 2019 season at Deeside Leisure Centre on Friday, February 1st at 6:00-8:00pm, for those interested in more information please contact North Wales Crusaders WhRL head coach: stevenjones26@sky.com.

Plate Cup Final

North Wales Crusaders have been awarded the final spot in this year’s Plate Cup Final

Following on from Dundee Dragons win over St Helens at the weekend putting them through to the Challenge cup finals this has left there spot in the Plate Final vacant.  As the loosing semi finalists this has meant that we have been given the now vacant spot.

We will once again be taking on Hereford Harriers who we have a fairly equal win loss tally against

The final this year is being played at:  Richard Dunn Sports Centre, Rooley Ave, Bradford BD6 1EZ. On Saturday 18th August, kickoff is at 11am

23rd July 2018

New Chairs

Thanks to the generosity of o3e a team building company we are now the proud owners of 10 brand new motivation sports wheelchairs

Vantage (investment banking) held the event at De Vere Latimer Estate organised by 03e.

At the event delegates we're split into 8 teams. They were given 4 tasks to earn points to get parts to build a Motivation sports wheelchair.

The 8 wheelchairs and 2 built on the 5th July are all donated to North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair and Disability Sports Association.

What a fantastic thing to do!  We will never be able to put into words how much this will mean to the club.

Click on the link to find out more about o3e      to see photos of the day click on the gallery             


10 July 2018

Playing in Style

The players are proud to show off their new playing kit for the rest of the 2018 season.

The new kit which was received in time for Sundays cup game will mean that the Wheelchair team are now playing in the same shirts as the running team.

20 April 2018

Insport Bronze Award

We are extremely pleased and proud to announce that we have been awarded the Disability Sports Wales insport Bronze Award.

Head Coach and the lead officer for the club said, “Following a year’s worth of hard work and meeting some very high standards we have had the award signed off as completed. This helps us to show that we are dedicated to our less able player and are always willing to work hard to ensure a safe and friendly club to be a part of.  This award is also special to us as we are the first Rugby League Club at any level in Wales to receive this award.”

We are now looking to start on the Silver award

17 April 2018

Wales Whrl

Wales WhRl announced their squad yesterday for the upcoming Celtic Cup.  Crusaders are proud to say that six of our squad have been included in a very strong selection.

Congratulations to Stuart Williams, Harry Jones, Gary Taylor, John Doyle and also to Lucie Roberts and Stephen Halsey on your debut for Wales.  Stuart Williams has also had the honour of being named captain for the squad.

Well done all of you and good luck

10 April 2018

04 April 2018

Mancunians

Mancunians WhRL have had a problem with their hall hire for our away game on 13th May.  Following a conversation with Dave Able we have decided to reverse the order of the fixtures, this means that on Sunday 13th may we will now be at home kick off at 3.30pm.  On the weekend 14/15th we will play at Mancunians ground.  Exact date and kick off TBC

Wheelchair Basketball

In an exciting step forward for North Wales Crusaders with the help of Mike Hayes of Rhyl Raptors wheelchair Basketball and North Wales Wheelchair Basketball tonight we held our very first Wheelchair basketball session.  The session saw 10 of our North Wales Crusaders take to the court and for many of them have their first ever taste of basketball.

The gruelling session involved various drills and ended with a tough match. Mike was very impressed with the ability of all the players and is looking forward to our next session.

The aim of the club is to introduce this sport with the hope of entering our own team into the Wheelchair Basketball North Wales league in the future and also to train our own coaches.

The next session is scheduled for Friday 13th April from 6 till 8pm

Photographs of the session are on the Basketball page

23 March 2018

Crusaders drawn Hull Fc in the quarter finals of this years wheelchair Rl Plate                                                                                                                      Cup

Yesterday saw the Plate cup draw for this year see the Crusaders pitted against Hull FC. The fixture will see Crusaders travel to Hull for the quarter Finals, this will be the second time Crusaders will face Hull Fc in a cup tournament as last year saw them pitted against each other at Brymbo where the Crusaders produced a steller performance that saw them beat Hull Fc  84 - 44.

Head coach Stephen Jones has said we have a very promising squad of both seasoned and new players for this year and there is no reason for us not to emulate last years victory

06 March 2018

MATCH CENTRE

North Wales Crusaders A Vs Bradford Bulls 2nd June2019

North Wales Crusaders ‘A’ had a tough day at the office against a very strong Bradford Bulls side.
Bradford were quickly into their stride and the Cru defence were unable to handle the Bulls build up play and pace. The Cru defence were unable to stop the Bulls race into a 70-0 halftime lead. The Bulls found where the space was early on and kept exploiting that and unfortunately it was similar for the Cru defence to handle in the second. The positive from the game is Cru did not give up throughout and went close on numerous occasions, Steve Jones getting the only try for the home team. Bradford Bulls won the game comfortable in the end, winning 138-6

North Wales Crusaders
1. Georgia Seller, 2. Hayley Mathews, 3. Mason Baker, 5. Mark Drakeford, 7. Stephen Jones, 8. Richard Dawkes, 9. Mike Griffiths, 10. John Doyle, 12. Amy Parker, 13. Rebecca Laing (C)
Try: S. Jones, Conversion: M. Baker 1/1

Bradford Bulls
1. Sam Stebbings, 2. James Parkin, 4. Jack Hall, 5. Kieron Johnson, 6. Rhett Johnson, 7. Stewart Walker, 9. George Herd, 12. Glen Parkin, 13. Richard Johnson
Tries: J. Hall, G. Herd x9, K. Johnson x7, R. Johnson x3, G. Parkin, J. Parkin, S. Stebbings, S. Walker
Conversions: R. Johnson 9/9, G. Parkin 2/3, J. Parkin 2/4, S. Walker 8/8

Match Officials, Steve Abel, Kim Abel
Halftime score: 0-70
Fulltime score: 6-138

Bradford Bulls Man of The Match:
North Wales Crusaders Man of The Match: Mason Baker

North Wales Crusaders  Vs Hereford Harriers 2nd June2019

A second win of the Super League season was recorded after a brilliant victory over Hereford Harriers.
A very composed performance from all involved. Cru played brilliantly and composed throughout the 80 minutes and creating some well worked tries. The game was played at a fast pace throughout working in the Cru’s favour with everyone working hard for the 80. Harry Jones will be wishing for taller venues in future after hitting the roof three times in the first half. The second half was a professional performance from Cru as they kept the ball alive most sets and worked the space behind the Hereford defence to win 63-23. The fixture also saw Crusaders ‘A’ players Mason Baker and Mike Griffiths make their Super League debut for the club.

North Wales Crusaders
1. Stephen Halsey, 2. Paul Southall, 7. Stuart Williams (C), 8. Gary Taylor, 14. Mason Baker, 11. Harry Jones, 15. Mike Griffiths
Tries: S. Halsey x2, H. Jones x3, S. Williams x5
Conversions: S. Halsey 9/10
Drop goals: S. Halsey x2, H. Jones x1
Penalties: S. Halsey 1/1

Hereford Harriers
4. Phil Davies, 8. Alan Caron, 9. Matt Wooloff, 17. Scott Turner, 20. Geraint Price , 15. Andrew Holley, 6. Dafydd Price, 10. Mark Williams
Tries: A. Caron, P. Davies, S. Turner, M. Wooloff
Conversions: S. Turner 3/4
Drop Goal: Matt Wooloff

Match Officials, Steve Abel, Kim Abel
Halftime Score: 31-7
Fulltime Score: 63-23

North Wales Crusaders Man of The Match: Stephen Halsey
Hereford Harriers Man of The Match: Matt Wooloff

North Wales Crusaders A Vs Medway Dragons 12th May 2019

Today saw the Crusaders A team back in action against Medway Dragons. After a very promising first few minutes by the Cru, Medway got on the score sheet with the first of many tries. Despite a valiant effort in attack and defence the team couldn’t halt the Dragons storming into a 66 – 0 score line at half time.
As they say it’s a game of 2 halves and today was no exception a much steadier Crusaders restarted the match and dominated the Dragons for most of the second half which saw Mike Griffiths score 4 tries of which 2 where converted. The final whistle saw Crusaders loose to Medway Dragons 82 – 20.
This was a much improved showing by the Cru with a lot of positives as well as some areas shown where more work will be needed over the rest of the season
Medway Dragons
Matt Bigsby, Seb Groves, Ruth Sauibb, Bryony Mardle, Matt Wass, Michelle Dewar, Arun Baines, Casper Wass, Patrick, Whitton, Sue Fletcher
Tries: Matt Bigsby x3, Seb Groves x6, , Ruth Sauibb x2, Bryony Mardle x3, Matt Wass x1, Arun Baines x2. Conversions: Matt Bigsby x2, Seb Groves x4, Matt Wass x1
North Wales Crusaders
Bex Laing (C), John Doyle, Michael Griffiths, Hayley Mathews, Richard Dawkes
Tries: Michael Griffiths x 4. Conversions Bex Laing x2
Match Official: Mark RoughsedgeHalf Time: 66 – 0
Full Time: 82 - 20
Medway Dragons Player of the Match: Bryony Mardle
Crusaders Player of the Match: Mike Griffiths

North Wales Crusaders A Vs Demi-Gods 14th April 2019

North Wales Crusaders ‘A’ progress to the next round of the Plate Cup with a victory over the Demi-Gods in the second round of the Wheelchair Rugby League Plate.
North Wales had a boost to their squad with John Doyle making his ‘A’ team debut, Gary Taylor and Harry Jones who are both recovering from injuries were granted special dispensation by the RFL to feature in the squad.
Despite being 18-10 down at half time, a very strong second half showing which saw the Crusaders score 47 points, North Wales were second best in spells of the first half but surged to victory with a very strong second half.
The home side defended excellently, particularly in the first-half, to keep the North Wales out and hung on in there until the very end, the second half saw John Doyle complete his hat-trick after going over in the first half along with Mike Griffiths complete his first ever North Wales Crusaders hat-trick after a first half try and player coach Harry Jones score 4 tries along with a 79th minute drop-goal.

North Wales Crusaders
Richard Dawkes, John Doyle, Mike Griffiths, Bex Laing (C), Georgina Seller,
Interchanges
Gary Taylor, Harry Jones, Hayley Matthews
Tries: Doyle x3, Griffiths x3, Jones x4. Conversions: Taylor 8/9, Laing 0/1. Drop Goals: Jones

Demi-Gods
Rob Cooper, Scott Cooper, Eddie Essex (C), Peter Johnston jnr, Freya Levy
Tries: Johnston jnr x3, Levy x2. Conversions: R. Cooper 5/5

Match Official: Tom Coyd
Half time score: 18-10
Full time score: 30-57
North Wales Crusaders Man of The Match: Mike Griffiths
Demi-Gods Man of The Match: Freya Levy

North Wales Crusaders Vs Halifax 7th April 2017

North Wales Crusaders were defeated by Halifax in the second round of the Wheelchair Rugby League Super League
Despite a very strong second half showing which saw the Crusaders score 40 points, North Wales were second best for large spells of the game and were at times out classed by a very strong and experienced Halifax side.
The away side defended excellently, particularly in the first-half, to keep the North Wales out and hung on after 40 points from the home side, which saw player coach Harry Jones score 4 tries and Stephen Halsey complete his hat trick and Gary Taylor finished the Crusaders scoring with his try
The opening exchanges felt a little cagey and you could tell North Wales were going to be in for a tough afternoon from the outset. But North Wales with some help from the cheering spectators kept in the game and never gave up.

North Wales Crusaders:
1. Stephen Halsey 7. Stuart Williams (C) 8. Gary Taylor 9. Lucie Roberts 11. Harry Jones
Interchanges: 2. Paul Southall 12. John Doyle
Tries: Halsey x3, Jones x4, Taylor Conversions: Halsey 6/8

Halifax
4. Nathan Mulhall 6. Jack Brown 8. Tom Martin 11. Robert Hawkins (C) 18. Tony Godward
Interchanges: 1. Wayne Boardman
Tries: Brown x5, Godward, Hawkins x6, Martin, Mulhall x3 Conversions: Mulhall 11/16

Match Officials: Kim Abel, Grant Jackson
Half time score: 4-36
Full time score: 44-86
North Wales Crusaders Man of the Match: Harry Jones
Halifax Man of the Match: Robert Hawkins

North Wales Crusaders Vs Rochdale Hornets 17 March 2019

Crusaders A opened there 2019 Championship campaign against Rochdale at home. Rochdale took an early lead in the game and despite the efforts of the team and the superb leadership of Bex Crusaders struggled to find an answer. Rochdale continued to have the edge over Crusaders despite some great defence as well as a couple of good attacks Crusaders went into the break 32 – 0 down.
The second half started as a repeat of the first but a determined Crusader’s finally saw captain Bex Laing go over the line for their first try of the game, Mason Baker stepped up and converted it.
Mike Griffiths in his debut game for Crusaders went over the line to give their second try of the game, unfortunately Bex failed to add the extra. Mason stepped up and punished Rochdale for a penalty in front of the sticks with a well struck kick. Rochdale firmly took the honours in the game with a final result of 72 – 12. Mason Baker was deservedly awarded Player of the match for the Cru.
Head coach Stephen Jones later said “despite the loss for a newly formed team with a couple of debutant players they gave a good account of themselves, yes we made a few silly errors but we also took a lot of positives away from the game”

North Wales Crusaders Vs Hull FC 22 April 2018

North Wales Crusaders firmly booked their place in the semi finals for the 2018 Cup with a convincing win over Hull Fc.

With Hull kicking off Crusaders safely fielded the ball and came back at Hull very strong. The next 5 minutes saw some great completed sets by both teams.  It finally dropped to Lucie Roberts to put the first score on the board after a fantastic passage of play, this was quickly followed up by the second try scored by Harry Jones which was then converted by Stephen Halsey. Hull then got on the score board with a converted try.  Harry Jones added his second try of the half again converted by Stephen Halsey, Stephen then put in an enviable performance with a hat-trick of tries one of which was converted.  Unfortunately whilst attempting her second try Lucie went head first into the wall and was removed from the game for the last 5 of the first half.  Crusaders ended the first half with a lead of 30 – 6.

The second half saw the return of Lucie after passing her HIA, Stuart Williams opened the Crusaders second half account with his first of two tries.  The second half also saw Lucie get her second of the day followed by Stephen getting his fourth try.  Harry also showed his kicking ability with a drop goal.  Mason Baker our youngest player converted two of the tries.

The game showed some solid performances from Captain Stuart with some great kicking from him, but not forgetting some superb over the top kicking from Stephen, Harry, Gary Taylor and Lucie.  Paul Southall had a superb game coming very close a couple of times to get on the score board also not to forget John Doyle who put in a great shift with some great defence.

All in all it was a great day for the Cru with some solid defence, imaginative attack but above all great effort and team work.

For the second tme lucie Roberts was voted as Player of the match

North Wales Crusaders Vs Leyland Warrios 2 18th March 2018

Crusaders opened there 2018 campaign against a very tough Leyland Warriors at Deeside.  the game was back and forth with both teams just missing out on the the first score with some great defence by both Leyland and the Crusaders.  it was finally Gary Taylor of the Crusaders who went over the line first and converted by Harry Jones to give the Cru a 6 - 0 lead.  Leyland where next to score bringing the score level.  Unfortunatley the Crusaders lost a bit of concentration for the last 10 minutes of the first half letting Leyland in for two more converted tries, the first half ended 18 - 6 to Leyland

A revitalised Crusaders came out in the second half and put on an outstanding performance which saw Stephen Halsey opening the scoring in the second half with the first of his two tries,  the second half also saw Stuart Williams and Harry Jones open there scoring accounts with a try each as well as Stephen Halsey and Gary Taylor adding the two points. Bex Laing, Georgina Seller and Mason Baker also had there debut run out with the first team.

Lucie Robers was the Crusaders player of the match.  Not forgetting best header of the match to Lynne Sellers

All matchday photographs have been taken and supplied by Richard  Long Photography

All Videos kindly taken and supplied by Paul Southall

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