We can confirm popular Utility Back Tom Hemingway is returning to the club for the 2018 season

In his second spell at Batley as a key member of the 2013 squad, Tom made 21 appearances for the Bulldogs as the side reached the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final.

An exceptional goal kicker, Hemingway plays hooker or half back and will be a valuable addition to the squad as Matt Diskin’s plans for the coming season begin to take shape.



We’re delighted to confirm the signing of powerful Prop Forward Tommy Holland from Whitehaven. Having previously played at North Wales, Tommy featured 28 times for Haven in a thrilling 2017 season where the Cumbrians came within one game of promotion to The Kingstone Press Championship, scoring 7 tries along the way.

At 6”4 the 22 year old will add size and strength to an already formidable Bulldogs pack.



The Bulldogs 2017 Awards Night was a huge success at a packed Howley Hall Golf Club.

Full Back Dave Scott was the star of the show collecting 3 Awards, The Supporters Club Player of the Year, Bulldogs Forum Player of the Year, and Coaches Player of the Year.

Wayne Reittie was named Rear of the Year and retained the Trophy for Top Try Scorer, with a very impressive 21 Tries in 29 Appearances.

The BISSA Award for outstanding service to the club went to hard working kit man Jonny “Potts” Hooley whilst the Clubman of the Year award was given jointly to Stan & Ann Whitaker of Morley Waste Traders for their exceptional support of Batley Bulldogs over the past 7 years.

Tom Lillycrop was voted Supporters Club Man Of Steel, and the much coveted Player’s Player of the Year went to a very proud Dane Manning.
Supporters Club Awards:

Rear of The Year: Wayne Reittie

Man of Steel: Tom Lillycrop

Player of the Year: Dave Scott

Bissa Award: Jonathon Hooley

Bulldogs Forum Player of the Year: Dave Scott

Clubman of the Year: Stan & Ann Whittaker, Morley Waste Traders

Top Try Scorer: Wayne Reittie, 21 Tries

Coaches Player of the Year: Dave Scott

Players Player of the Year: Dane Manning

Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 award winners announced


Hull Kingston Rovers Captain Shaun Lunt was tonight (Monday, September 18) crowned Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Year for 2017.

After leading his side in their successful League Leader’s campaign and their charge through the Qualifiers Super 8s to gain promotion and return to the Betfred Super League in 2018, Lunt tops off an impressive 2017 season by receiving the award, ahead of team mate Chris Atkin and Toulouse Olympique’s Mark Kheirallah who were also nominated.

The 30-year-old received his award at the Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 Awards at The Midland Hotel, Manchester, where many of the other stars of the 2017 season were honoured.

London Broncos coach Andrew Henderson was voted the Kingstone Press Coach of the Year after his side secured a 2017 Qualifiers position. Voted for by his fellow coaches, Henderson beat off stiff competition from Hull KR’s Tim Sheens and Richard Marshall of Halifax.

Bradford Bulls forward James Bentley scooped the Kingstone Press Championship Young Player of the Year, ahead of Alex Walker of London Broncos and Halifax hooker Brandon Moore.

Kingstone Press League 1 Player of the Year was awarded to Toronto Wolfpack’s Captain Craig Hall, a fitting reward after they achieved promotion to the Championship for 2018. Hall also finished the season as Kingstone Press League 1 leading goal and points scorer across the regular season and Super 8s campaign.

Whitehaven’s player-coach Carl Forster was named Kingstone Press League 1 Coach of the Year in his first year in charge of the club. In a tight competition, he beat James Ford of York City Knights and Barrow Raiders’ Paul Crarey to receive the award.

Lewis Young of Newcastle Thunder was named Kingstone Press League 1 Young Player of the Year, fending off strong competition from York City Knights’ Ash Robson and Liam Harris.

The Kingstone Press Championship Club of the Year was awarded to Hull Kingston Rovers, after they secured a return to the Betfred Super League just one year after relegation in the 2016 Million Pound Game. Hull KR secured the Kingstone Press Championship League Leaders’ Shield following an impressive regular season and have fought off tough opposition in the Qualifiers Super 8s to gain promotion.

The Kingstone Press League 1 Club of the Year award was presented to Toronto Wolfpack. In their first season since formation, the Wolfpack have dominated League 1 and secured promotion to the Championship. The club have also captivated a new audience for the sport in North America attracting crowds of over 6000 to each home game.

The Project of the Year award recognises clubs who have shown an outstanding commitment to meeting the objectives of raising the visibility and profile of the competition and increasing attendance at one or more games through a special project. Featherstone Rovers and York City Knights were the winners of the Project of the Year award for the Championship and League 1.

Featherstone Rovers were chosen to receive the award for their Sky Try Rugby League programme. They have delivered a programme which is comparable to larger foundations, working in 20 primary schools and engaging over 1000 children in the local area.

York City Knights were selected for the League 1 Project of the Year award for their #UpTheKneets social media campaign which aimed to increase awareness and attendance at their home game against Toronto Wolfpack. York created a series of short videos with the match details with current players but also Super League stars from across the game that were shared through social media channels. The campaign generated York’s highest match attendance of the season with over 2600 spectators.

The Foundation of the Year award, which is awarded to the best foundation in both leagues, was presented to Newcastle Thunder in recognition of their continued commitment to developing Rugby League in the North East. The foundation has enjoyed its most successful year to date, delivering over 600 coaching sessions and engaging with over 3,000 participants.

Ray Abbey was named as the 2017 Community Champion sponsored by Supporters Direct. Former player and coach Ray is a fantastic ambassador for the sport and has devoted his limited spare time to a number of community and fundraising projects involving rugby league throughout his life.

The player of the year, coach of the year and young player of the year award winners are selected by a poll of every coach in the Kingstone Press Championship and League 1.  The Club of the Year and Project of the Year awards are determined by the Rugby Football League Board, whilst the Foundation of the Year is selected by Rugby League Cares.

The 2017 Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 award winners in full are as follows:

Championship Player of the Year: Shaun Lunt (Hull Kingston Rovers)
Championship Young Player of the Year: James Bentley (Bradford Bulls)
Championship Coach of the Year: Andrew Henderson (London Broncos)
League 1 Player of the Year: Craig Hall (Toronto Wolfpack)
League 1 Young Player of the Year: Lewis Young (Newcastle Thunder)
League 1 Coach of the Year: Carl Forster (Whitehaven RLFC)
Championship Club of the Year: Hull Kingston Rovers
League 1 Club of the Year: Toronto Wolfpack
Championship Project of the Year: Featherstone Rovers
League 1 Project of the Year: York City Knights
Foundation of the Year: Newcastle Thunder
Supporters Direct Community Champion: Ray Abbey



After going behind in the opening minutes a much changed Bulldogs’ side overcame rivals Sheffield Eagles in an entertaining game at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

Match report by Luke Winner.

A frail start from the Bulldogs as 2 minutes into the first half Patrick Flynn opened the scoring in the far-right corner. Jack Owens struggled with the conversion. Even though the visitors were the first team on the scoreboard, Batley were sure to respond forcing two Goal-Line-Drop-Outs on the bounce. As the pressure grew and grew Sheffield’s defence collapsed, making it perfect for Dane Manning to go crashing over the line. Dave Scott added the extras.

Sheffield were making it tough for themselves with multiple errors on their own line. A high placed kick from Scott went flying in the direction of Ryan Millar who grappled with the ball, after being challenged by James Harrison forcing the error, Joe Chandler then swooped in collecting the loose ball to score. Dave Scott converted. Matt Diskin’s men again were proving to be too much for the Eagles defence, fast flowing ball play being hard to cope with. After confusion from the visitors and Shaun Ainscough danced his way over. Dave Scott couldn’t convert. Batley 16 – 4 Sheffield.

Alex Rowe looked to have gone over the line, however Referee Race adjudged there was a knock on. Alistair Leak frustrated with the decision was sent to the bin for preventing a quick 20m tap. The frustration increased with Batley sending two penalties the Eagles way; Mark Mexico took advantage swiftly, speeding through from close range. Jack Owens converted.

Batley headed inside at half-time leading narrowly: Batley Bulldogs 16 – 10 Sheffield Eagles

Just 5 minutes into the second half, the ball was kept alive by the visitors, however Jack Owens on the last pass was called forward. Some short side play after a quick play the ball, Alistair leak went low and scored. Dave Scott converted making his conversion rate 3/4. Tensions rose again and the yellow card was shown to Jonah Cunningham for a professional foul. Despite being a man down Duane Straugher powered his way over, bringing his team back into the game. Owens missed the conversion.

After the restart, Manning went high on the Eagles prop Wheeldon seeing afters occur. Once again a card was flashed, this time it was red for Eagles’ Wheeldon and the penalty was awarded to Sheffield. Regardless that Mark Astons side were down to 11 men, they still posed a great threat in attack, with Menzie Yere landing a great finish in the corner. Jack Owens couldn’t add the extras.

The final two tries of the game came 5 minutes apart, Alistair Leak grabbing his second of the day and Alex Bretherton scoring by a short ball from dummy half. Dave Scott added the extras.

A tough and hard fought encounter with changes made by both sides but a victory for The Bulldogs making it 3 wins over Sheffield this season. Onto next week when the two sides meet again for a place in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield Final!

Full-Time: Batley Bulldogs 34 – 18 Sheffield Eagles.

Batley 13 – Dave Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Smeaton, Danny Cowling, Shaun Ainscough, Joe Chandler, James Davey, Will Maher, Alistair Leak, Adam Gledhill, Dane Manning, James Harrison and Joel Farrell.

Interchange – Jason Crookes, Alex Bretherton, Alex Rowe and Brad Hill.

Sheffield 13 – Ryan Miller, Patrick Flynn, Menzie Yere, Perry Whiteley, Ben Blackmore, Jack Owens, Matthew Fozard, Scott Wheeldon, Gregory Burns, Kyle Trout, Liam Johnson, Duane Straughter and Liam Cooper.

Interchange – Jonah Cunningham, George Milton, Sam Scott and Mark Mexico.



Match Report by Luke Winner.

The Bulldogs secured a home tie in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield Semi-Finals with an outstanding display to power past local rivals Dewsbury Rams.

Batley began down the hill, the early stages were tight with both sides defending well before the Bulldogs took control. Wayne Reittie opened the scoring on twenty minutes and charged over again five minutes later, both tries followng some brilliant play from left to right. Walker converted one out of two.

Batley’s defence was holding tight and firm keeping the Rams at bay. Even with multiple penalties on the Bulldogs line they still couldn’t break it. This lead to frustration for the Rams, as after three sets in the hosts ten, they had made no advances and penalties were starting to leak. With two penalties going in Batley’s’ favour, it was just a matter of time before Dane Manning dug deep taking three Dewsbury defenders over their line with him to score. Walker added the extras. Batley went into the break leading 16 – 0.

Matt Diskin’s side started the second half stronger than the first, placing an immense amount of pressure until the Rams broke and Sykes was penalised. Wayne Reittie went over for a hat-trick after more expansive play set him up perfectly down the wing. Walker converted. A few minutes ticked away until Wayne Reittie went speeding over the line again for his fourth try of the game. Walker missed the conversion.

A moment of weakness and Dewsbury had back to back sets again on the Bulldogs line. However, the defensive structure of Diskin’s men held well forcing a turnover.  Man of the Match Dane Manning crossed for his second try of the game on 75 minutes before Alex Rowe extended the lead further, crashing over taking at least four Dewsbury men with him. Walker added the extras.

With just a minute remaining Dewsbury went into a frenzy shipping the ball everywhere trying to find a gap and just before any break could be made, they were wrapped up.

Full-time: Batley Bulldogs 38 – 0 Dewsbury Rams.

Tries: Reittie (21,25,45,54), Manning (40,75), Rowe (79)

Conversions: Walker (25,40,45,75,79)

Batley – David Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Smeaton, Jason Crookes, Shaun Ainscough, Patrick Walker, Dominic Brambani, Will Maher, Alistair Leek, Tom Lillycrop, Dane Manning, James Harrison, Joel Farrell

Subs – Brad Day, Cain Southernwood, Alex Rowe, Adam Gledhill

Dewsbury – James Glover, Dale Morton, Macauley Hallett, Lucas Walshaw, Gareth Potts, Paul Sykes, Dom Speakman, Jode Sheriffe, Sam Day, Jack Teanby, Robert Spicer, Michael Knowles, Aaron Brown.

Subs – Mickael Goudemand, Aaron Ollett, Toby Adamson, Toby Everett



The Bulldogs came away from Rochdale with a hard earned victory in an ill tempered game which saw two red and two yellow cards.

Match Report from Luke Winner:

The hooter sounded and Rochdale Hornets kicked the game underway. Batley made it just near halfway on their first set of the game meaning a high kick on the last went into the air testing the Hornets catching abilities; the ball was taken well and Rochdale had their first set. Reittie looked to have gone flying over in the far corner after some brilliant Bulldogs effort, however the Referee called the play back and disallowed the try stating a forward pass occurred previously. Later, both teams were forcing too much pressure on each other, with Batley and Rochdale switching penalties for messing within the ruck; as Rochdale was the last to have the penalty, they were sure to make up for their past mistake with Foster feeding to Crowley, who then plays on to Eccleston, who dummied his way over on the right flank. Conversion failed. Score: Rochdale 4 – 0 Batley.

Batley came through with some great possession and defensive structure forcing Hornets deep in their half each time. Middlehurst had possession on the last and chips through but the ref spots an infringement and Rochdale gained a penalty under the sticks.  From the penalty Rochdale opted for the two and the conversion was successful by Yates. Score: Rochdale 6 – 0 Batley.

With the hosts taking the lead early on the Bulldogs had to hit back with a reply to prevent their opponents growing in confidence. Great hands created an overlap, as Scott stepped a defender to score. This brought the score to: Rochdale 6 – 6 Batley with the kick being converted by Walker.


Almost 15 minutes went by with both teams struggling to keep possession and have a full set with the ball, as the Hornets and Bulldogs traded knock on after knock on. Batley were handed a team warning as the pressure and frustration grew and grew; Hornets were handed back to back penalties which saw them on the visitors 20m line. Kevin Penney found space on the flank and dived in at the flag. The kick was struggled with by Yates. Score Rochdale 10 – 6 Batley.

Two minutes remaining since half time and Batley almost looked to be heading into the second half falling 10 – 6 after some strong offensive and defensive pressure from the hosts. Hands from right to left and Ainscough finished off the move from a Crookes offload. Walker added the extras. Score: Rochdale 10 – 12 Batley. The Bulldogs worked hard as the final seconds ticked and ended up just short of half way; the Referee awarded a penalty now placing the Bulldogs, 20m on the Rochdale line. The hooter sounds as the last play gets carried out.


Half-time: Rochdale Hornets 10 – 12 Batley Bulldogs


The hooter sounded and the second half is kicked underway by Wayne Reittie. It was a hard start for the hosts as Matty Hadden threw a forward pass, despite a simple error they were fast to react and grab the ball back after a wayward pass by the Bulldogs. From this point on it was the Batley ball as they gain multiple penalties on the Rochdale line, it was only a matter of time before a gap was found. Alex Bretherton lands beautifully in the corner, diving with the ball in one hand and his feet in the air. Walker Converted the kick. Score: Rochdale 10 – 18 Batley.

The Bulldogs went over again 10 minutes later as Walker kicked a well-placed grubber, which met Jason Crookes. Walker converts. Score: Rochdale 10 – 22 Batley. However, tempers flared as players from both teams are shown the cards: Jason Crookes (Red), Gary Middleshurst (Red) and Ben Moores (Yellow) with Jordan Case (Yellow) minutes later.

A knock on leaked in their opponent’s line after the penalty. With only 10 men on the field for the Hornets, they noticed an overlap out wide and Yates carried out the try. Foster failed the conversion. Score: Rochdale 14 – 22 Batley.

It goes from bad to worse for the hosts as Lewis Foster was helped off joining his team mate, Jono Smith who left earlier on due to a crunching tackle. Batley were now taking control of the flow of the game and scored on the bounce with Dave Scott and Alex Bretherton going over for the final tries. Walker nailed both conversions.


Full-time: Rochdale 14 – 34 Batley Bulldogs.


Rochdale 13 – Declan Kay. Kevin Penny, Jake Eccleston, Lewis Galbraith, Chris Riley

so: Lewis Foster, Danny Yates, Jovili Taira, Ben Moores, Anthony Walker, Jono Smith, Josh Crowley, Gary Middlehurst


Interchange – Ryan Maneely, Gavin Bennion, Matty Hadden and Jordan Case.

Batley Bulldogs 13 – Dave Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Smeaton, Jason Crookes, Shaun Ainscough, Pat Walker, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Tom Lillycrop, Dane Manning, Alex Bretherton, Bradley Day


Interchange – Alex Rowe, Joel Farrell, James Davey, James Brown


Tries: Jake Eccleston, Kevin Penny, Danny Yates,

Goals: Danny Yates,

Tries: Dave Scott 2, Shaun Ainscough, Alex Bretherton 2, Jason Crookes,

Goals: Pat Walker 5,

Pictures courtesy and copyright of Neville Wright.

Walker stays with Bulldogs!


Patch Walker will be with The Bulldogs until at least the end of 2018.

Walker’s influence has played a massive part in the side’s return to winning ways over recent weeks, with his goal kicking particularly key, and the new deal will see him spend a 3rd season with the club.

Head Coach Matt Diskin is excited to see one of his lieutenants committing to the next campaign. “This is great news, Patch is a crucial member of our squad. His calm approach and influence on the field is huge and he is without doubt one of the best kickers in the game, we’re thrilled he’s staying with us for another year.”

Walker’s signature comes thanks to the support once again of BISSA who have had a vital role in the development of the squad for over 14 years.

BISSA chair Colin Bottomley told us “BISSA are deighted to support the club with the re-signing of Patch Walker for the 2018 season despite fierce competition from other clubs.

“The funding allocated to support two season long loan deals for the current campaign has not been fuly utilised due to these players being needed by their parent club for a large part of the season, and so has been used for this purpose instead. It’s a fantastic boost for the club ahead of the upcoming Championship Shield play-offs.

“Thanks to all members for their ongoing support and dedication”

To learn more about the work of BISSA and to see how you can help, visit their website at www.bissa.co.uk

Picture © Neville Wright



The Bulldogs ground out a 3rd successive Kingstone Press Championship victory, against a determined Rochdale Hornets.

The home side made the perfect start as a Batley error from the kick-off handed them possession and a well worked move saw Lewis Galbraith score in the corner, the conversion attempt fell wide giving Hornets a 4-0 start.

After a tight opening quarter The Bulldogs took control with scores from Adam Gledhill and Shaun Ainscough, Walker converting both before adding a penalty. Jake Eccleston hit back after a series of penalties but again the conversion failed and the visitors led 14-8 at half time.

The second period was much closer with both sides sharing possession without really threatening the opponents line until Gary Middlehurst crossed for the Hornets, a conversion levelled the scores.

The Bulldogs held their nerve though despite Rochdale having the majority of possession and a towering kick from Walker saw Full Back Kay spill the ball after a fabulously timed tackle by Joel Farrell & Jason Crookes. From the resulting set The Bulldogs were awarded a penalty 10m in field and Walker kept up his perfect record to edge his side in front. Shortly after the Hornets spilled the ball in their own half, Jason Crookes raced away to be held short of the line before Alistair Leak burrowed over in the corner, Walker converted. From the resulting kick-off the ball went dead and Walker again coolly slotted over a penalty from halfway to give Matt Diskin’s side a hard earned victory.

Pink March to Wembley!





Our Pink Weekend this year will take place around 20th August, the week before the Challenge Cup Final. This is the 20th season since Ron, Andy and myself took over at the Club and 120 years since Batley won the first Challenge Cup Final and we want to combine these two milestones with a one off fundraiser for our Pink Weekend.

We need 120 people to help us achieve this and from comments on high others do not think we can do that so I want us to show them otherwise. Can you help?

Saturday 26th August we need 120 people to partake in a 10k sponsored walk from London Broncos ground to Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final. To take part you need to pay £20 (child or adult) and agree to get a minimum of £20 sponsorship. For your £20 you will receive coach travel from Batley to London (day return) a match ticket for the Challenge Cup Final and a Pink T-Shirt so that is unbelievable value in any event.

We will all walk in Pink T-Shirts to reflect the cause. Some shirts will have a letter or number on the front. 120 people will sit together in the stadium and the Pink Shirts will spell out “Batley 10 St Helens 3, 1897 Final.

TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST PLEASE EMAIL: kevin@nicholasandpartners.co.uk or call 07831 230999

Happy 120th Birthday Rugby League Challenge Cup”