Castleford Tigers are now in the sixth week of running their Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) competition.
They have two pitches with three sets of matches taking place each Tuesday evening. The first kicks off at 6pm, the next at 6.45pm with the final game at 7.30pm and currently have 10 teams taking part.
In week four Chris Chatten one our Play Touch Rugby League Media assistants came down to see the headline match between Ponte’ Rhubarb v Bootroom Tigers. It proved to be a close contest with the sides level at 3-3 going into the final minute. Ponte’ claimed the victory when Jack Hailey going over in the corner for the winning try.
Other scores for Ponte were Kevin Till (ex-Gateshead Thunder), Craig Moss (ex-Hunslet, Keighley, Featherstone and Wales) scored twice. The team was well ‘marshalled’ by Colin Maskill, 50, formerly with Wakefield, Leeds, Doncaster, Castleford and Featherstone. There was also a smattering of other ex-professionals in their squad.
Bootroom Tigers scorers were Gavin Lightowler, John Monks and Ben Campsall. Lightowler impressed throughout and scored a fine interception try. Bootroom were 3-1 down at half-time and came back strongly but Ponte just shaded it. Bootroom have significantly improved over the last three years and are now taking the competition more seriously thanks to some expert skills sessions from Lightowler.
The 5 Town Terriers team was set up via social media and meant to represent Wakefield, Castleford, Normanton, Knottingley and Pontefract. Helen Scales, 21, who was the driving force behind the side said: “Last year we played for a team in Wakefield but started off at Featherstone and then recruited some lads to join the Cas league. We also play for a team at Featherstone on a Monday night.”
John Monks, 18, who plays for Bootroom Tigers, said: “We not only play here but also at Hunslet and Featherstone on different nights of the week. We are just a group of lads who support Cas Tigers and spend time together in the Bootroom Pub (across the road from Castleford Tigers ground).
We have been doing it about three years now.”
Jake Lord, 20, who plays for Stanley Linda’ Wicka’s in the competition, said: “I also play for Stanley Rangers first team, anywhere from prop, second row to loose forward. My Dad encouraged me to play in the Leeds PTRL competitions and it just went on from there, then we came down here.”
Emma King, 31, who plays for 5 Town Terriers, said; “I played a bit last year and the year before down at Belle Vue (Wakefield). I have always played Rugby League with Castleford Panthers and Normanton Knights. Last week I was up against someone I coached at under 8s!”
Competition organiser Keith Bullimore would like to hear from anyone else who would be interested in playing PTRL, either getting a team together or sponsoring one of the teams in the competition. There are often a number of spectators particularly “WAGs” and family of the Bootroom Tigers players and next week they will be watching Silcoates play against Unison, WSTS Exiles versus Bootroom Tigers, Ponty Rhubarb play Old But Gold, Stanley Linda Wickers take on a Leeds Akkies Masters and in the first fixture of the evening on the 3rd June 5 Town Terriers play against Fryston.
If you like the sound of these sessions register online at www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk or turn up at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford, WF10 2SD on a Tuesday evening at 6pm or contact Keith Bullimore, Email Keith@castiger.com or Mobile: 07925 170426
Written by Chris Chatten, Play Touch Rugby League Media Assistant