The Pennine Amateur Rugby League, or Pennine League is a rugby league competition for amateur open-age clubs that runs from September to April. The clubs are drawn from West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the east of Lancashire.
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Following the formation of British Amateur Rugby League Association in 1973, local District Leagues got together and pooled their resources. The Pennine league was formed by a merger of Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Oldham and Rochdale districts.
For the 2011–2012 season, there will be 106 teams within the Pennine League structure, organised into nine divisions. The number of teams has increased by 24 over the past four years in large part due to the demise of the CMS Yorkshire League.
There are also three cup competitions:
The winners of the Premier League are entered into the Challenge Cup First qualifying round in the following season.
The current league structure is as follows:
Division Six West 2014/15
Notes: Siddal, Shaw Cross, Eastmoor Dragons and Castleford Panthers enter their first team in the National Conference League.
The 2006 Challenge Cup (also known as the Powergen Challenge Cup due to sponsorship from Powergen) was the Xth tournament played for rugby league's Challenge Cup. It features teams from across Europe including England, Scotland, Wales, France and Russia.
The competition started in January 2006 with the preliminary round where the Gloucestershire Warriors from the Rugby League Conference surprised an established Pennine League team in Illingworth. The final was scheduled to be played at the new Wembley Stadium but in March 2006 it became apparent that the stadium would not be ready for the final on 26 August so it was switched to Twickenham.
In the final St. Helens proved too strong for the Huddersfield Giants, winning by 42 points to 12. It was Huddersfield's first final since 1953, when they also faced St Helens.Bradford Dudley Hill
Bradford Dudley Hill Rugby League Club is an English rugby league team based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Originally formed after the First World War, the club was re-established in 1948, and since 2006 has played in the National Conference League.Clayton A.R.L.F.C.
Clayton Rugby League Football Club is an amateur rugby league club in Clayton, West Yorkshire, currently competing in the Pennine League.
Clayton play at Lidget Green Cricket Club's ground in a home kit of striped burgundy and amber; their away kit is blue.
The club has several teams including those for under-16s.Dewsbury Celtic
Dewsbury Celtic is a rugby league club in the town of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. They play in the National Division of the Rugby League Conference and have a thriving junior section. Their second team, known as the Shamrocks, competed in the Pennine League in 2005/2006 but had to withdraw after British Amateur Rugby League Association rule changes meant that players could not overlap summer and winter seasons.Hillsborough Hawks
Sheffield Hawks ARLFC is a rugby league club based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The Open Age team plays winter rugby in the Pennine League. They also field junior teams from age 6 up to 16.
The club has a strong junior setup, with teams at seven different age groups.Newsome Panthers
Newsome Panthers ARLFC is an amateur rugby league club based in Newsome, Huddersfield. The club was founded with only two junior teams in 1995 and has since grown into one of the largest clubs in Yorkshire with teams for children of all ages. More recently the club founded an open-age team into which the junior players could progress. The club has eleven junior teams playing the West Riding League and Yorkshire Combination League. The open age team currently play in division 1 of the Pennine League.Thornhill Trojans
Thornhill Trojans are an amateur rugby league club situated in Thornhill, West Yorkshire; they currently compete in the National Conference League.
The current head coach is James Ratcliffe, former York City Knights coach.Underbank Rangers
Underbank Rangers are a rugby league team based in Holmfirth near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. They play in the National Division of the Rugby League Conference. The club also competes as Underbank Rangers in division 1 of the Pennine League.Yorkshire Men's League
The Yorkshire Men's League is a rugby league competition for clubs in Yorkshire. It is a successor league for the Rugby League Conference also comprising clubs from the CMS Yorkshire league, Pennine League and Hull & District League.
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