The 2017-18 Season is Upon us.

We as a Committee must offer - all the best to all for a successful season.

Last season was not the best I think I'm right in saying. Whilst the Leagues were possible the most competitive, we endured too many concessions (10% plus) and consequently too many sides having to leave us.

You are aware our Rules are pretty severe in some cases but the object of them is to get games played. There is nothing worse than players turning up for a game or even preparing for a game to find the game is off. I would say there is no need for any side to reach a situation where they might have to leave us. The Rules are set for a side to travel with only 5 players, games have taken place with this number after player exchanges to meet the required numbers i.e. 9 players versus 10. Sounds "crazy" but it will keep you with us !!!

You might have only 5 players one week but find you have surplus a week or two later.

During the past few weeks Groups have met to set up Refereeing cover for our games that are not covered by the Societies. A number of Gentlemen are involved with us for these games and in fact we do have a number of new Gentlemen joining us this season. We must ask that you provide these Gentlemen with the utmost respect - Club-wise and certainly player-wise - they are providing neutral Refereeing for all so please welcome them to your Clubs and respect what they are offering.

You will note we are now The Halbro North West Leagues not the Raging Bull Leagues.

Note the calling off, of games must be a last resort, we are at 177 sides and at the end of April 2018 we need to be still at 177.


All success to all as we K.O. this Saturday the 2nd September.


Latest Match Reports

The Cottopn Traders Championship Rossendale 2nd XV 15 pts v 33 pts Vale of Lune 2nd XV

After losing earlier to the Rossendale XV earlier in the season the Vale XV wanted to come out with a victory over at their Marl Pitts ground

Unfortunately due to the Vale XV unable to play a complete front row the game proceeded with uncontested scrummaging !!

Some great pictures sent by Rossendales Paul Kilshaw


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Sale Sharks Div. 4 North Vale of Lune 4th XV 19 pts v 25 pts Fylde 4th XV

A great game played on the vast expanses of Vale of Lunes Powderhouse Lane ground !!!!

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The Cotton Traders Championship Vale of Lune 2nd XV 7 pts v 22 pts Lymm 2nd XV

A great Championship battle at Vales Powderhouse Lane Ground. Conditions not amenable to open Rugby but the Lymm side used these difficulties to their advantage to take over top place in the table from the Vale of Lune 2nd XV.

Pictures by Vale's Chief photographer Mr. Tony North !!!!

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County Couriers Services Division 2 North Vale of Lune 3rd XV 0 pts v Leigh 2nd XV 86 pts

Some great pictures from the above fixture at Powderhouse Lane from Vale's,


Chief Photographer Mr. Tony North.

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The Cotton Traders Championship Rossendale 2nd XV 26 pts v 25 pts Vale of Lune 2nd XV

A rousing game at Marl Pitts, Vale bringing a remarkable record to Rossendale but to lose in the last minute of the game to a physical Rossendale XV. Rossendale produced a strong XV reversing a loss at Powderhouse Lane earlier in the season.

Referee Mike Hayward refereed a difficult game with patience, towards both sides. Actually it was a great game !!!

Some descriptive pictures taken by Steve Hyams and thanks to him for taking the time to send over for publication.


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(Trafford Metrovick 3)
(Glossop 3)
Points 7 11
League Position 12 2