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Local duo settling in to life at the Rams

Two young cousins are currently benefiting from the Dewsbury Rams philosophy of trying to bring through local players.

Brad and James Delaney both played their amateur rugby at Dewsbury Moor, before recently signing one-year deals for the professional rugby league side in January 2015.

Their surnames may sound familiar as Brad is the son of former Rams and Leeds Rhinos half-back Paul Delaney, who played 39 first team games for Leeds and made over 300 appearances for Dewsbury, all between 1985 and 2002.

Paul said: “I am very proud of them both as they have the ability to do well and have worked incredibly hard, so they deserve a shot in the professional ranks.

“Hard work and determination goes a long way, so hopefully they will get a chance at the Rams.

“How far they can go is up to them, they have got their foot on the ladder but now they need to work out what is required to become a first teamer.”

Paul also said he has many great memories at the club, and still goes to watch the Rams on a regular basis, claiming that the spectators are second to none and always give him a fantastic reception.

Left: Brad Delaney as a Dewsbury Rams player, Right: Brad with his dad Paul back when he played. Image courtesy of pitchero.com

Left: Brad Delaney as a Dewsbury Rams player, Right: Brad with his dad Paul back when he played. Image courtesy of Steven Horsfall Photography.

Brad, 19, who plays scrum-half, feels he is settling in great at the Rams, and added: “All the players and staff have made me feel welcome and there is always a great vibe around the place.

“I’m gaining a lot of valuable experience in training and in matches, as most of the time we all train together so I can learn a lot from  the more experienced players, and the coaching staff are always helping me in ways to improve.

“I am enjoying playing for the club my dad used to play for and I feel proud as he is well known throughout the club.”

The goal-kicking scrum-half went on to praise his father, who he says has played a massive part in the success in his career so far.

“My dad has been a massive factor and helped me most throughout my career, ever since I can remember we used to train in the gardens, he’s shown me how to pass, kick, side step and tackle.”

James Delaney as a Dewsbury. Image courtesy of pitchero.com.

James Delaney as a Dewsbury Ram player. Image courtesy of Steven Horsfall Photography.

Meanwhile James, a 23 year-old forward, realises that while he has earned a contract, there is still work to be done.

He added: “The games after have been relatively positive for me with the feed I have received, but there is still plenty of things I can improve on.

“It’s a great feeling playing alongside Brad, he’s a very talented player and the fact that he’s my cousin makes it that little bit more special.”

He looked back at when he watched the Rams as a youngster, and said: “I remember watching my uncle Paul playing as a young boy and wishing that one day I could be in his shoes, and now I feel as though I am heading in the right direction so hopefully one day I can make that dream.”

Heckmondwike confident they can challenge for the title again

The players at Heckmondwike and Carlinghow are confident they can go one step further this year and win the Premier Section of the Huddersfield Central Cricket League.

There was a tense finish to the 2014 season, with Heckmondwike just three points clear of second place Green Moor going into the final round of Premier Division games.

Moor managed to overtake their rivals and claim the league title with a comfortable victory against Upper Hopton, after Heckmondwike suffered a disappointing loss at home to Silkstone.

The West Yorkshire side finished the season runners-up on 212 points, just 11 points behind the title winners, and they expect to be challenging for the title again in the 2015 season.

Paul Cooper, last years first-team captain, said: “It was disappointing to be overtaken on the last day after being top of the table throughout the majority of the season.

“But I believe we can go one better next season and win the league, as the majority of last season we played some very good cricket but just let ourselves down in a couple of matches.”

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IN ACTION: Cooper batting in the victory against Edgerton & Dalton last season.

Cooper has recently decided to stand down as first team captain after nine years leading the team, with last season’s vice-captain Chris Allen set to take over if elected next week.

Cooper added: “It has been a thoroughly enjoyable nine years, with plenty of ups and downs.

“I’m disappointed not to have won any of the main trophies but it hasn’t been through the lack of effort in the team.

“I’m looking forward to being told where to bat and especially when I’m bowling during games,” he added.

Allen is hoping the club can win a major trophy this season, and believes both the first and second team has the quality to win both their leagues.

He added: “Last seasons league position did not quite reflect how well the team played and the quality of the individuals in the team, but to finish second place is a great achievement for any team.

“Overall the club should be happy with what was achieved”.

Jonathan Elstub, who finished the 2014 season 6th in the entire league’s bowling statistics claiming 30 wickets, said: “I believe with the talent we have and with a positive mindset, we can win the league, if not the league and the cup.”

Preparation for the upcoming season began this week, with the first of eight indoor net sessions at Heckmondwike Grammar School.

After setting up a junior section last year, this year the club will have an under nines and under 11s team in the Heavy Woolen Junior Cricket League, with the aim to produce potential first and second team players for the future.

New plans for Spenborough Sports Complex

Spenborough Pool and Fitness Complex is set to benefit from plans for a new extension, it has been revealed.

The new-build leisure centre is set to replace the existing Sports Centre facilities at Whitcliffe Mount, Cleckheaton, which will be closing towards the end of 2016.

Spenborough Pool and Fitness Complex how it currently looks. Image courtesy of the Spenborough Guardian.

Spenborough Pool and Fitness Complex how it currently looks. Image courtesy of The Spenborough Guardian.

With Whitcliffe Mount School being knocked down, this means the sports centre at Whitcliffe must close as both buildings are situated next to each other, sharing plumbing and electricity.

Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre. Image courtesy of The Spenborough Guardian.

Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre to be knocked down. Image courtesy of The Spenborough Guardian.

The controversial decision to close the Whitcliffe Mount site was made just before Christmas last year, and local residents were concerned the closure would deprive over 50,000 people in the area of access to a local sports centre.

With the support of Sport England, it is hoped the modular build units for studio and fitness will be in place before the closure of Whitcliffe Mount.

The current Spenborough swimming pool. Image courtesy of Kirklees Active Leisure.

The current Spenborough swimming pool.
Image courtesy of Kirklees Active Leisure.

Jo Cox, prospective parliamentary candidate for Batley and Spen, feels strongly against the closure of the Whitcliffe centre.

She helped convene two meetings at the centre to allow Cleckheaton residents and users to express their concerns and understand the decisions being taken.

“Many residents and users have grown up using the centre and remain reliant on these facilities not just for their physical and mental health but for a social life.

“At the meetings we heard very moving testimonies for people whom sport at the centre has been a lifeline, and these people deserved the right to express their views before a final decision was taken.”

The Labour candidate recognised that the decision had been forced on the council, and appreciated their efforts to try invest in sports provisions across the Spen Valley.

“The council have my full support in their efforts to find the resources needed to invest in the Spenborough pool – the pool I learnt to swim in and which so many schools, families and residents rely on.

“Even in the constrained financial times forced upon Kirklees Council by central Government we must protect this much loved facility for future generations.”

Looking at what is provided in various other establishments, the council are set to view the provision as a whole, analysing ways in which they can cover what the new centre does not.