Whitehaven rompWhitehaven romped to an emphatic victory in Yorkshire , ending their league campaign with a morale boosting win leading the way for the Cumbrians was Papua New Guinea international Dion Aiye scored a pair of tries as Whitehaven ended their Kingstone Press Championship regular season with a 29-0 victory at Featherstone. Rovers hopes of reaching the Middle Eight were ended last week by defeat to Sheffield Eagles coupled with a Halifax victory and further tries from Chris Taylor, Scott McAvoy and Jordan Burns ensured the Cumbrian outfit eased to victory. Louis Jouffret added four goals for Haven with Grant Gore tagging on a last-minute drop-goal.
Rovers nil Haven 29..Report and teams.
After the great win at Featherstone on Saturday there was a tinge of sadness after the game. Chairman Tom Todd and Director in charge of ground improvements Gary Eilbeck bid Louis Jouffret 'bon voyage' on his return to France. Louis and Jourdan have added a truly Gallic flair to the side this season and the fans and town warmed to the two lads' honesty and integrity. Louis' father, Christophe, traveled to see his son play and spoke with the Whitehaven directors who impressed upon him how much the club would like to see them both back next season and that we progress this French connection.
Derby DaySunday July 12
Pic. Gary McKeating
The squads: Haven: Jouffret, J. Burns, D.Hulme, C.Taylor, C.Calvert, D.Aiye, G.Gore, R.Beaumont, T. Coyle, T.Chaplow, D. Allen, S.McAvoy, S.Brooks; J. Newton, T.Ancely,B.Davies and T.Hepi. Town: J.Murphy, E.Miller, I.Thornley, J.Mossop, L.Tierney,J.Sammut, J.Doran, K.Coward, C.Phillips, M.Shackley, J.Slack, K.Horton, L.McAvoy; C.Forber, K.Olstrum, T.Walker and R.Sutton.
Whitehaven run riot at Doncaster
June 21 2015: Haven 24...Batley 12..tries Calvert (2) Gore and Jouffret.
Whitehaven RLFC recently had the pleasure of hosting Christophe Jouffret to the Club ,the chief executive of Super League Catalans Dragon and father of Havens recent French signing Louis Jouffret . He received a very warm welcome and thought the people and the town were both amazing. As a result Whitehaven are now looking to build and develope links with Christophe and the Catalan Dragons: with Louis Jouffret and Jordan Sigismeau making a big impact at the club ,these links could potentially see future player recruitment from the Catalans Feeder club UTC X111 . There have even been talks of a possible 'mini' tour to the South of France that would involve playing possibly three French clubs and a pre-season Training camp . Of course the timing of such a tour would be a little difficult but it would a tremendous boost to the club and a great opportunity for the fans to visit France on a great trip and watch rugby league. Amanda Hewer General Manager.
Aiye on Team Sheet for 2016
Whitehaven RLFC have received a massive boost confirming that PNG International
Dion Aiye has signed a new contract for 2016 , Subject to Visa requirements
. Half back Aiye joined the club in the close season and has played in
16 games scoring 3 trys and has established himself as a big favoutite
of the Haven Fans . Football director James Robinson commented " We are
working really hard to hit the ground running next season . Dion is a
quality assett to the club and has setlled really wll into the local community
, and its great to have him , along with others already in place for 2016.
Haven 16-Leigh 46
Whitehaven Push High Flying Sheffield Eagles
Third-placed Sheffield tightened their grip on a crucial top-four spot with a hard-fought 26-16 victory over spirited Whitehaven in the Kingstone Press Championship.
Whitehaven, 11th in the table, trailed 16-4 at the break at Castle Park but fought back to level with two Scott McAvoy tries before touchdowns from Scott Turner and Misi Taulapapa - his second of the match - settled Eagles nerves.
Quentin Laulu-Togagae and three-goal Kyle Briggs also crossed for the South Yorkshire side while Whitehaven's other try came from Craig Calvert.
report by John Walsh
Second Half Slide....April 26 2015 Haven 12 Featherstone Rovers 36 Report.
Leigh 60...Haven 0..(29/3/15)
Bitter Disappointment in Second Half
It's probably too early to say this game was a relegation decider but Haven must be bitterly disppointed at losing this one as the Hawks fought back from a half time defecit to take the two valuable league points. Hunslet Hawks battle back from 12-10 down at half-time to beat Whitehaven 26-18 in their Kingstone Press Championship clash. Their five tries came from Jack Lee, James Duckworth, Mufaro Mvududu, Jimmy Watson and George Flanagan.
Richard Lepori, Rhodri Lloyd and Tyla Hepi claimed Whitehaven's tries and John Paul Brocklebank was accurate with the boot but they remain one place off the bottom.
Good Come Back against Dons
After Good Friday shocker hammered by Town, Haven responded well beating Doncaster ...Match report.
Whitehaven 12, Featherstone 36
Full match report...
Haven 16 Halifax 44..pics from the game
Tommy Todd steps in as ChairmanDetails of March 25th 2015 announcement....
Win over Broncos...Match report
Challenge Cup draw...
Haven tries: Burns, Johnson and Gore
Seymour kicking 2 goals.
Fax tries from Tyrer, Greenwood, Saltonstall (2), Brown (2), Robinson 2 and Ambler. Goal kicker Tyrer (4)
More Bad News?
After a poor pre season, losing two games and cancelling a third game at Newcastle ,Whitehavens plans for the 2015 were thrown into further turmoil with the apparent disappearance of Head Coach Steve Deakin from the club .
It is understood that Steve Deakin left the club on Friday afternoon and drove back to his home in Oldham.
As such Deakin did not take the normal Friday night Training Session at the Recreation Ground last night and that the Saturday Morning Training Session was cancelled today for the first time since pre season got underway in November. In his absence Assistant Coaches Brett Seymour and James Coyle took control of the session .Seymour who was at the Egremont v Wath Brow cup game today , refused to comment when asked if Steve Deakin had left the club .
No official comment from the club has been made .
Easy Win for Town
Workington regained the Ike Southward Trophy (25/1/15)with an easy win
over Whitehaven, scoring four tries to nil.For the second week running
Haven left their loyal fans hugely disappointed with a lack lustre display
Following on from last weeks defeat at Horror Show at Barrow , Haven once again were found lacking in all departments . In two games they have conceded 68 points and have scored only one try . Not the start that was anticipated , and Coach Steve Deakin and the player must now find a massive improvement in their performance for next weeknds trip to take on a resurgent Newcastle Thunder otherwise their pre-season record will show played 3 lost 3 ! Haven: Lepori, Wilde, Bannister, Holliday, Burns; Seymour, Aiye, Robinson, Newton, Hand, Allen, McAvoy, Brocklebank Subs: Hepi, T Coyle, Davies, Horner
Investment in Recreation Ground Approved
St Helens prop Hand is returning to The Recre on a season-long loan after spending the 2014 season as a dual-registration player. The 21-year-old made 20 appearances for Whitehaven last season, scoring two tries. Whitehaven boss Steve Deakin has labelled the return of loan star Jordan Hand as a Ďmassive endorsementí for the work the club is doing. ďHe has enough talent to be offered a new deal by St Helens and the fact that they are also prepared to loan him out to us endorses their faith in what we are doing up here,Iím absolutely delighted to get a prominent, up-and-coming prop as part of our side" Deakin said.
Ready for the Off
Whitehaven have appointed former Catalan Dragons reserve boss Steve Deakin as head coach on a two-year deal. More
Whitehaven stay up
Whitehaven started this game knowing that a win was a must, and that anything less would mean relegation. In the end they romped to an emphatic win over the Lions , but even then they had to rely on Keighley's by Featherstone to secure their Kingstone Press Championship status with a 44-18 win at Swinton. Scott McAvoy, Carl Foster, Jordan Burns, Jesse Joe Parker, Cain Southernwood, Lee Mitchell and James Newton scored tries for the Cumbrians and Australian half-back Brett Seymour kicked eight goals.
Tries from Martin Ainscough, Kevin Penny and Richie Hawkyard could not prevent Swinton ending the season with a 10th straight defeat. So it will be Championship rugby next season for the Haven and a fresh set of challenges, but for the moment Haven can savour this final day win in front of over 250 ecstatic travelling fans.
Sunday, Aug 31 Haven 48-(30-0) Rochdale 12
Gary McKeating's picture says it all...
Fans thank JJ Parker...picture via Facebook and Whitehaven Rugby League 2010
To place a plug for your website or shop just email us.
Away travel is organised through the Supporters Trust , or check The Trust Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/trustinhaven
Or contact Shaun 01946691942 or 07938863720
Season Tickets 2015... full details
Help the club and join the club's lottery draw...WRLC are keen to welcome new members for the Club lottery,please ring the office 9am to 2 pm Monday to Fridays or 1.30 to 2.45pm on home match days. Draw details and winners on Club website