posted on 15 May 2013

Wednesday evening sees the second and third Wakefield & District ARL Finals to be held at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium throughout the summer months.

The Brian McDermott Memorial Cup is one of the trophies up for grabs tonight.

Crigglestone All Blacks and Eastmoor Dragons kick off proceedings at 6pm in the under 17′s Cup Final, sponsored by the Wakefield Community Trust, followed by Sharlston Rovers and Westgate Wolves in the open age, Brian McDermott Memorial Cup Final, sponsored by City Plasterers which kicks off at 7.30pm.

The under 17′s final has been brought forward from the summer finals series to allow the winter teams a continuation of their season and finish their season on a high with a Rapid Solicitors Stadium final. This season the All Blacks have finished fourth in their Yorkshire Combination Youth League Premier Division with the Dragons finishing in tenth position of Division One. The two have met previously in this season’s competition with the All Blacks triumphing 54-10 in the round robin rounds.

For the second year in succession, Sharlston and Westgate meet in the end of season final. Rovers have been triumphant in the last nine district finals, and beat the Wolves in both last seasons’ finals. Sharlston have also just won the Pennine League Presidents Cup, lead the Pennine Premier Division with two games to go and have just qualified for the BARLA National Cup Final, playing Wibsey in June.

The Wolves lie in sixth position in the Pennine Championship League (division below Sharlston) and have had a fairly successful season winning twelve of their twenty league games this season, finishing with a fine 34-16 win at King Cross Park in Halifax last Saturday. The two teams have met this season, with Sharlston taking the honours, 36-18 in the Yorkshire Cup fourth round tie at ‘Back o’ Wall’, despite the Wolves leading 18-10 at half-time.

This year’s trophy is again sponsored by City Plasterers, the local plastering company run by Mark McDermott and family, the business set up by his late father Brian, whose name is synonymous with tonight’s final and trophy which bears his name

The Wakefield ARL are working closely with the Wildcats this year which sees all their finals being played at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and all the Youth and Junior Finals are, this year, being sponsored by the Wakefield Community Trust

Entrance fee is £3 with £1 for concessions.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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