Cup draw raises possible club head to head
The Wakefield ARL cup competitions were annually reviewed last night at their members meeting. The Brian McDermott City Plasters cup will now be played for by the summer based sides in a round robin format with the winning taking on the winner of their winter counterparts Presidents cup competition.
The Presidents cup is for the top 6 ranked winter based teams and the Talbot and Falcon cup for the lower placed teams. The ranking is based on league division ordering and with Sharlston Rovers A being promoted into Pennine division one and the newly elected former Yorkshire league teams entering lower down the league structure, Rovers A will now play in the Presidents cup competition.
With both Sharlston teams in the hat the draw was always going to raise a possibility of a club head to head, and sure enough the balls raised it as a possibility if Sharlston first team can see off Crigglestone All Blacks in the first round.
Crigglestone were the first team out of the bag but the management decided that due to a no show last season Crigglestone should travel to Sharlston. The winner of that tie on 20th October will travel to Sharlston Rovers A scheduled 1st November. The other semi-final will be hosted by the winners of Ackworth and Westgate against Upton.
The Wakefield cup is not the only competition where Rovers two sides could face up. Again due to promotion Rovers are now entered into the Pennine Presidents cup with their first team instead of the middle tier cup competition (The Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy). Rovers A team have been drawn in the preliminary round at home to Knottingley Rockware due to be played Saturday 10th November.
Wakefield ARL Presidents Cup
1st Round – 20th October 2012
Sharlston Rovers v Crigglestone All Blacks
Westgate Wolves v Ackworth Jaguars
Semi Final – 1st November 2012
Sharlston Rovers A v (Sharlston Rovers or Crigglestone All Blacks)
(Westgate Wolves or Ackworth Jaguars) v Upton
Wakefield ARL Talbot and Falcon Cup
Crofton Cougars v Ryhill Hammers
Wakefield City v (Crofton Cougars or Ryhill Hammers)
Eastmoor Dragons v Kinsley Raiders