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,
Gary Taylor, Harry Jones, Hayley Matthews
Tries: Doyle x3, Griffiths x3, Jones x4. Conversions: Taylor 8/9, Laing 0/1. Drop Goals: Jones

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

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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