John Mooney: Weekend Rugby Preview!
After last weekend's wholesale shut-out, the amateur game moves into top gear this weekend as the NCL Premier Division kicks off belatedly with several outstanding ties. The highlight should be the clash between NCL giants Siddal at home to last year's Division 1 champions Hunslet Club Parkside, who produced an outstanding performance to run Workington close in the Challenge Cup and are many people's idea of table-toppers this season. West Hull could hardly have a more difficult start away to champions Thatto Heath Crusaders while Myton Warriors, whose Cup run was halted at Doncaster, take on Kells at Cranbrook Avenue.
In Division 1 Skirlaugh will be hoping to bounce back from last season's relegation though a trip to Lock Lane would hardly be anyone's idea of easing themselves in and the Castleford side are strongly tipped to have a big campaign.
Dockers, with a new coach in place, begin their campaign in Division 2 with a trip to Warrington-based Crosfields while in their inaugural Division 3 season, Beverley, already on the scorecard with an emphatic victory over Barrow Island, are at home to St Helens' side Blackbrook.
The Hull And District League returns after a long absence with the Council Cup semi-finals. Brownies take on North Hull Knights at Massey St while Sirius West is the venue for Three Tuns v Lambwath Lions.
Several of our local clubs are in action in the Yorkshire Men's League's Forty-20 Cup though Hull Wyke and Beverley Academy are the only teams at home.3