Champs win Calder tournament again

Hebden Royd Red Star's Lewis Cockcroft (left)
Hebden Royd Red Star's Lewis Cockcroft (left)

Ryburn United took the main honours for the second time in three years at Calder ‘76’s third annual six-a-side tournament at Brearley Playing Fields, Mytholmroyd last Saturday.

A full complement of 16 teams took part and Ryburn, who are the Halifax AFL champions, were 3-2 winners over holders Hebden Royd Red Star in the final.

Calder fielded two sides and one of them improved after a slow start to win the plate competition, beating a side containing several Stump Cross players by 2-0.

Calder spokesman Simon Stansfield said the decision to cut the event from two days to one had proved a success.

“The weather held and it was better all round,” he said.

“We had quite a lot of people down and made a decent amount of money for club funds.”

The only downside for the hosts was injuries picked up to three of their new signings from Wadsworth.

Sam Cartwright, who has been earmarked as left back, suffered suspected ligament damage while Nathan Sim and Adam Brown also hobbled away from Mytholmroyd.

Four pitches were used for the tournament and the teams were split into four groups of four.

The top two from each group played off the main trophy while the other eight teams took part in the supplementary competition.

The action spanned from 1.30 pm to around 7 pm and Stansfield said there had been “a bit of a party” at the venue afterwards.