Yorkshire Men’s League set for record breaking season

Drew Darbyshire

The Yorkshire Men’s League is receiving a lot of interest in the build-up to the start of the 2018 summer season.

It has been reported that a 10% increase in teams will see at least 72 participate while there are still three other applications pending, and it still receiving more attention.

The teams will play across eight divisions, six of which will end in Grand Finals, alongside the Forty20 Cup.

Lindley Swifts, Upton, Newsome Panthers, Crofton Sports, Sheffield Forgers, Kirkburton Cougars, Underbank Rangers A and Yorkshire Scalpels, a team made up of doctors.

Stuart Sheard, Yorkshire Men’s League chairman, said: “It is very encouraging that our strong and vibrant competition continues to provide meaningful playing opportunities for clubs at all levels of the community game, across the length and breadth of the county.

“The exploits of Batley Boys in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, for example, is an indication that we have been able to provide a high standard in the Premier Division, together with a format for all our clubs to enjoy a meaningful league programme.

“The management committee anticipate another successful season of summer rugby, building on the last seven years of continuous growth and expansion.”

The Yorkshire Men’s League has also signed a three-year agreement with Serbia Rugby League, which includes tours there in 2018 and 2020, with the SRL coming over the England for the first time in 2019.