Halifax Panthers New Wheelchair Rugby League ‘Development Team‘ got off to a winning start in our first outing as we travelled across the Pennines to face Rochdale Hornets Wheelchair Rugby League Club on Sunday 26th February 2023.
This game came about because of the boost in a desire to play the Wheelchair game after the England World Cup win and Halifax winning the Grand Final in 2022 both being televised to a wider audience.
Both teams held a minutes silence in memory of Zak Dewhirst, who was to be the new Panthers Coach until his untimely death a few weeks ago.
Tom Green scored the first ever development try with debutante Joe Calcott scoring 3 more in quick time, with his style emulating that of his older brother, England star Jack Brown. Rochdale got into the pace of the game but Fax would be in control at the break with a half time score of Rochdale 10 Halifax 38.
However, come the second half and Halifax monopolised possession and junior Tom Robinson scored his first ever tries with a brace. Jordan Holt, a former dual registered Rochdale player, finished with 5 and Tom Green 3 with 4 conversions from Calcott, Jordan with 5 as the game finished; Full Time Rochdale 26 Halifax 66
A fantastic introduction to a new generation of Wheelchair Rugby League players and a positive start for the Panthers