Amateur RL: City rivals kick off with showdown

Jake Southern. PIC: Paul ButterfieldJake Southern. PIC: Paul Butterfield
Jake Southern. PIC: Paul Butterfield
EAST LEEDS and Hunslet Warriors will make a delayed start to their National Conference Division Two season with a derby showdown tomorrow.

Rob Roberts has taken over as Easts’ coach and will be assisted by Tom Sheldrake, who hung up his boots at the end of last year along with Jordan Normington, Ryan Holmes and Lee Priestley.

Jake Southern, Tom Boardman and Connor Jordan are all set to make their debut for visitors Hunslet and Daryl Gaunt has returned from from rugby union. They will be looking to fill the boots of retired Warriors stalwarts Gary McLelland and Caldon Bravo.

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Elsewhere in Division Two, Stanningley, who won at Leigh East last week, play host to Dewsbury Moor.

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Connor Jordan

Milford Marlins begin their Division One campaign against newly promoted Dudley Hill at Leeds Rhinos’ training ground in Kirkstall.

Marlins have been boosted by the return of Joe Ramsden who spent last season in Australia playing for Southport Tigers.

Australian half-back Jacob Skinner will be making his competitive debut having arrived in the closed-season from Kyogle Turkeys. Ross Hammill has earned his starting shirt following an impressive pre-season and the leadership group of James Barker, Tom Wilson and Andy Barker are all fit and available for the league opener.

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Josh Parle and Ryan Oxtoby miss out due to work commitments and Matthew Brocksom is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Zac Snelgrove is suspended and Richard Hulme and Mark Judge are on a coaching course.

Daryl Gaunt, back in the fold after a spell in rugby union.Daryl Gaunt, back in the fold after a spell in rugby union.
Daryl Gaunt, back in the fold after a spell in rugby union.

Promoted Oulton Raiders will be looking to continue the good form they showed in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup when they begin their Conference Division One season at home to Thornhill Trojans.

Hunslet Club Parkside make their Premier Division debut away to last year’s league leaders Siddal. Hunslet will be without Mark Stubley (work commitments), but Kieran Murphy, Kelvin Nielson, George Clarke and Ryan Campbell are added to the squad named for last week’s postponed game against Normanton Knights.

All games are scheduled to kick-off at 2.30pm.