Rochdale Hornets’ Wheelchair RL team competed in their first ever competitive league match on Saturday 22nd April, as they faced established outfit Mersey Storm.
It was a promising debut as they registered 20 points at home to their experience opponents, who boasted no fewer than three internationals.
All of the hard work the club’s Sporting Foundation has put in to get the team this far was celebrated by their first ever league fixture and coach Michael Ratu was delighted with the afternoon.
“We have come a long way since day one and it was a proud moment for the team to compete in their first ever league match on Saturday,” commented Ratu.
“It was a promising debut but ultimately our thin squad lacked experience, but that is something we will gain over time as we compete in this division.
“It’s definitely something to build on, the fixtures are coming thick and fast now so we want to see a some big turnouts at Kingsway High School supporting the team.
“The game was played in great spirits and we want to thank our opponents Mersey Storm for the contest.”
Storm number 13 and assistant coach Ste Lever was full of praise for the Hornets side, and has extended the club’s best wishes for the season.
“Although the score was 92-20 I’d like to congratulation our opponents as they played really well and in good spirit throughout the entire game,” he added.
“We hope that the Hornets are not disheartened by the result, we had three players who have played at international level and you will become competitive after a season or two in the division.
“If we can help the club in any way then please don’t hesitate to contact us.
“Personally I thought it was a great game, well done to everyone involved.”
For any existing players or those looking to get involved, please be aware that from Saturday 13th May training sessions will take place on Saturdays at Kingsway High School from 10.30am until midday.
Players of all abilities are welcome and for more information contact email@example.com or watch our video below.
Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation is established to get more people plying more Rugby League more often – for more details visit www.hornetssportingfoundation.com