15 February 2017

Next appointmens

Saturday 18th February, 1pm after Bumbles training, meeting about SPAIN TOUR, PLEASE ATTEND!
Parents, carers please attend or send a member of staff to gather information to assist players in making decisions about their likely involvement.

Saturday 25th February, Bumbles v Worcester Wanderers AT HOME. K.O. 2pm, please be at Bradford&Bingley at 12.30. Bring blue shirt, shower kit and money for drinks afterwards.

Saturday 11th March, Bumbles v Skipton AWAY. Meet 12noon at Bradford&Bingley. K.O. 2pm. Bring blue shirt, shower kit and money for drinks.

26 October 2016

Chip n Ern supports the Bumbles!

Massive thank you to Dave Morris and all the patrons of the Chip n Ern in Bingley for their ongoing support of Bumbles Rugby. On Saturday 22nd October prior to the home game against Skipton, Director of Fundraising Anthony Brooke and coach Daniel Cookson received what can only be described as "an enormous bag of cash" over the bar that had been collected on the Bumbles behalf. Once counted up this totaled £235.96.

This will be put towards new tackle bags and pads to be used at training. A special thanks must go out to patron Richard Hart that we know always enthusiastically encourages customers to part with a small amount of their change to have a game of "React" to help our cause. Cheers guys, your help is really appreciated!

27 March 2016

Coming soon....

Morley Select XV v Bumbles match report

20 February 2016

Match Report


A Morley select XV entertained the lads from Bumbles, England’s first mixed ability rugby team. It was a glorious Sunday afternoon in front of an expectant crowd. 

It was indeed a select XV from Morley, including the club chairman, committee member, junior parents, former junior players, former 1st team players, current 1st team players, current 2nd team players, current Saxons players, current VETS players and last but by no means least the current VETS manager. 

The crowd gathered, the sun shone the players were out on the pitch warming up, Well the Bumbles were running through drills whilst Morley just stood around watching!  The referee called the captains to the middle, or did he, no one seems to remember that bit.

Anyway the bumbles kicked off – not quite 10 metres.  There were shouts of “call that a kick” – from the Bumbles own players.  So the first scrum of the day was formed.  There was a bit of the usual chat from the two front rows especially from the Morley hooker reminding Kevin of the repeat fixture last year!  Morley won the ball and broke from the scrum.  The Bumbles, as usual, tackled hard and Morley could not find a way through some stern defence. Eventually handling errors handed the ball to the Bumbles.

Now it was a test for the Morley defence as Lee Hainsworth was on the field and none of the Morley lads fancied tackling him!  The Bumbles ran through their drills and took an early lead.  The game ebbed and flowed from then on with both teams crossing for tries.  No one had an idea of the score at the end of the first 20 minutes. 

Morley restarted the second 20 minute period and put the Bumbles under immense pressure and opened up a two try lead.  The Bumbles weren’t put off by this and bounced back closing the gap.  The end of the second 20 minute period came.

The final 20 minute period got underway and there were some tired legs out on the pitch.  Again both teams managed to cross for ties.  The whistle blew for the end of the game, or was it.  Someone shouted out “fancy another 20 minutes” there was a shout of ‘yes’ from somewhere and there we were playing another 20.

So the final 20 minutes got underway with more big tackles and strong running going in from both sides.  The final whistle eventually went.  “Ref, what was the score” “Very close” the ref said “39-38 to Morley”

Morley therefore got the prestigious trophy to look after for the next 12 months.  At the end of the day it isn’t about the score it’s about both teams taking part in what is becoming a regular fixture in the rugby calendar.

Try Scorers

Morley: Karl Scarth 3, Simon Bradshaw 3, Martyn Stringer

Bumbles: Ryan Kirby, Darryl Wilson, Stephen Rodhes 2, Ahsan Sakandar, Michael Whitaker

Martin Sands, Bumbles captain said “Thank you very much to Morley for hosting us, we would like to have a rematch at our ground to get our trophy back”

Ahsan Sakandar said “It was a very close and tough game.  The most important thing is that we had a good time!”

Paul Wyatt “Morley are a very nice bunch of lads to play, they played a very good game”

Michael Whitaker said “Now we have new friends in Morley”

Tim Calverley, the Morley captain replied “It is absolutely fantastic to see the work put in by the Bumbles and the opportunity they give to these lads.  What a great bunch they are, we really look forward to the rematch”

Mark Earnshaw the Morley chairman “It was a pleasure to host the Bumbles with the game played in excellent spirit.  Well done to all that guys involved and represented both clubs superbly, what an advert for this great game”

14 July 2015

Mosborough vs Bumbles Game

Mosborough  RUFC  ( with some SY Police players) waited patiently, excitedly, nervously. The changing rooms had been scrubbed clean, the grass had been mowed and the beer had been refilled (Very important).  At 11:30 (before planned) the convoy of ‘foreigners’ from the West of the region rolled into the car park. 
 Who were they? Could they play rugby? Could they be tackled? Could they run? 
 The opponents were not a type of team that Mosborough had previously faced. They were the Bumbles. A mixed ability team from Bingley that included players with and without learning disabilities. 
 The club had been prepared perfectly and reasonable adjustment had been considered, such as taking those who couldn’t walk a long distance, by car to the pitch. Despite all this, the Mosborough players still were wary of what the game would look like. Would it be just a jog and a cuddle? Would it be tokenistic? 
 After a warm welcome by Mosborough and far too much cuddling beforehand (by Bumbles new player, Giddy) the team changed. The away side emblematic of its namesake in bright yellow and black stripes and the home side in jet black with blood red flashes, they headed over to the pitch. I swear it was about a 15 mile hike there and this out of shape Bumble was ready for a rest.
 However, no rest for the wicked and both teams warmed up together. Mixed in as one, the home side were fantastic at integrating the away lads and ensuring no groins were pulled, no matter how many pretty ladies were on the touchline. 
 Next came the first real work. Mosborough as most team do when playing the bumbles, had a wide range of questions and the best way to answer these was to have a quick game of “pick and go” and touch and pass. The answers came quickly. 
 Yes you can tackle the Bumbles
 Yes they will tackle you
 Yes they do hit hard
 Yes they do have silky skills in the backline ( forwards are just battering rams)
 Yes they are just another team.
 Kick off came and the teams lined up. Prestigious premiership official Robin Goodliffe was in charge and from the outset drew his lines of authority. The teams had decided on 4 quarters of 20 minutes in the South Yorkshire Sun which enable them to take water on board, kindly provided along with bananas, by the local Asda.
 After pressuring the home line for a good 5 minutes, Mosborough got a little lucky. Running in two tries from distance and exploiting the commitment to attack from all 15 of the Bumbles. The Bumbles hit back with aplomb. 4 tries was the response, most converted by Big Lee Hainesworth and scored by backs and forwards. 
 The lead edged back and fore or the next 60 minutes with no team more than a try or two ahead. By now the home team were fully aware of the power and pace of the Bumbles and a few of the old boys were blowing out of their backsides after chasing and failing to stop new boys Giddy and Michael scoring on the wings. 
 Then came the last 10 minutes. With Mosborough leading by 5 the Bumbles scored the best try of their tenure as a rugby team. Some 7’s style magic ended with flanker and Italian love machine, Martino diving over the sacred line. 
 35 -35. 2 minutes left. The Bumbles forwards, relentless in pod work and pressure edged to the line. Two failed attempts ended with last season’s captain, Kevin Pringle ploughing over the whitewash. Big Lee converted for 42-35 and the ref blew the final whistle. 
 After many more hugs (from everyone this time) the Bumbles and Mosborough headed for the changing rooms and drink-up.
 In the bar afterwards, pie and peas (and beans) were consumed and beer was downed – well sort of. Men of the match (Big Lee of the Bumbles and the captain of Mosborough – Jake Eyre) and Dick of the day (Cookie for the Bumbles – a number 8 kicking??? – and  Jamie Hollis of the home side) took their places for the downing of the obligatory pint of something disgusting and dark. Big Lee won of course with Cookie second. The Home side so let down by their players that Big Lee even had to finish downing their pints!