NEWSOME PANTHERS have just completed their most successful season.
All the older age groups can hold their heads high in full knowledge that they've succeeded, not just with their impressive tally of victories, but personal achievements for players and coaches alike.
Starting with the Under 18s, this squad have been the victim of their own success since its first contracted player, Ryan Heeley, left for Huddersfield Giants two season's ago.
They have subsequently seen Jason Crookes go to Bradford Bulls with a first-team place and Michael Lawrence, Luke Broady, Luke Roberts, Ben Good, and Sam Housley join the Giants.
Despite losing these key men, they have consistently recruited, and all credit to new players Tom Summers, Jordan Brook, Danhi Simpson, Matthew Bravo and Ben Heneghan and Ben Jowett, who, at 16-17 years of age, chose the toughest of age groups to start playing in.
A mid-season lull was soon displaced and the team bounced back to close their season on a high with a superb Challenge Cup victory.
Coaches Adrian Brooke and Darren Fleary have proved themselves to be a formidable force in recent years and, thankfully, the club can rest easy in the knowledge their skills will be put to good effect as they succeed current coach Andy Miller to train next year's Under 14s.
It's not all over for the players either. Under 16s coaches Steve Cuttell and Steve Walker have agreed to merge their Under 16s with the remaining 18s players to form next years Under 18s.
The new team will be made of Under 17s and 18s (under current rules up to eight players born in or after January 1989 are eligible to form part of the team), including the current non-contracted Academy players Tom Guinan, Ben Cuttell and Nathan Chappell, Tom Good and Austen Barrowclough.
This season has been something of a learning curve for the Under 16s who, having suffered only one defeat in the previous campaign, played in the Yorkshire Combination League for the first time.
Their season started well. Both Alex Chatterton and Josh Cuttell had trained with the Yorkshire camp over the summer, with Josh going through to play for both Yorkshire and England.
Finishing mid-table in the Premier Division didn't really indicate their true potential. They did, however, get to the semi finals of the West Riding Cup only to be knocked out by eventual winners Dudley Hill.
Next season the Under 15s will join their older clubmates in the Yorkshire Combination League.
Their unbeaten record in this year's Premiership League enabled them to leave all opponents trailing as they stormed to 22 wins from 22 games!
So effective were they that they had a mid-season run of not conceding a single point for five matches.
They also beat Sheffield in the final of the West Riding Challenge Cup.
However, coach Anthony Kendall says his greatest achievement is that every member of his 18-strong squad scored a try during the season.
And, with Joe Haywood and Chris Kendall having already been selected for Huddersfield Giants Scholarships, the team frequently attract the attention of professional clubs, so next season will surely see more of this capable team being snapped up.
The team would also like to thank new sponsor Longley Park for their continued support.
Also maintaining an unbeaten record, the Under 14s completed a clean sweep of the Yorkshire Cup, West Riding Challenge Cup, Huddersfield Cup and the West Riding Premiership title.
Like the Under 15s, they have also conceded few points – true testimony to coach Andy Brewster's abilities.
But he's quick to point out he's been helped by ex–international Paul Dixon, a fact he feels has also played a part in their success.
Players Scott Farnsworth, Darren Lamb, Tom Eidson and Curtis Todd have already been selected for Giants Scholarships and the squad can boast 12 of the 22 players in the Kirklees Service Area Squad.
Thanks must also go to new sponsor Tom Nelmes for his support.
Victory in the Huddersfield Cup put the stamp of success on the Under 13s' season.
Coaches Andy Miller and Anthony Farrell have worked hard with the squad this season and it's paid off!
The figures speak for themselves. Undefeated Division I winners with 642 points scored and 18 conceded!
This is all from a squad which boasts a healthy number of Kirklees Service Area players in its ranks – Joel Farrell, Will Smith, Patrick Oates, Levi Adams Ben Marchington, plus Teo Deveney and Ben Warrilow who are both in their first season of rugby league.
A brief mention must also go to the other age groups from Under 12s down to Under 8s, all of whom have continued to succeed and improve.
In fact, if league tables were run for these younger age groups, most of them would have finished as front or near frontrunners.
These age groups offer a secure basis from which the club can confidentially help maintain their high standards as the largest and most successful club in Huddersfield.