Newsome Panthers Under 14 side have enjoyed a busy spell taking on touring French side Baho XIII Les Geckos as well as playing two Yorkshire Munior League Division Four matches.
A Panthers Combined team, watched by Huddersfield Giants and former Newsome player Leroy Cudjoe, were beaten 25-16 by the touring Under 15 side from France.
The Panthers mix of Under 14 and Under squad members kept within distance of the French team and only a couple of late scores stretched the visitors lead.
The Newsome lads are now looking forward to the rematch in France – but this time they will play their own age groups.
In the league Panthers drew 18-18 away at Drighlington before scoring a 28-14 win at Lindley Swifts.
Drighlington fielded their strongest side and they crossed over twice to lead 8-0, but the Panthers replied through Thomas Spiliotis and Billy Haywood to close the gap to 14-10 at half-time.
Newsome maintained the momentum in the second half and took the lead through tries from Daniel Jessop and Billy Haywood, but the hosts ended the game with a touchdown to ensure a share the points.
The opposition coaches award went to Billy Haywood, Joe Hughes and Thomas Spiliotis.
The local derby against Lindley again brought a slow start from Newsome and they were trailing 14-4 at halftime with only Leighton Davis scoring.
In the second half excellent defence and tries from Billy Haywood, Joe Hughes, Davis and Scott Dearnley earned victory as they kept the Swifts scoreless.
The opposition coaches’ points were awarded to Billy Haywood, Joe Hughes and Scott Dearnley.
Newsome’s Under 15 side were beaten 24-16 at Hunslet Warriors.
The Panthers were hit by injuries but put up a good display, but Innes Senior scored Newsome’s only points of the first half.
Five minutes into the second half the Panthers were 24-4 down, but they rallied with quick tries from Harry Newman and Luke Hanson, who won the man-of-the-match award.
At Under 13 Panthers were 64-10 winners at Eastmoor Dragons in Division Four of the Yorkshire League.
There were eight different scorers with the team on the scoresheet after three minutes and the shocked home defence never recovered.
Panthers Under 11 side took on Elland at Hall Bower and put the away side under pressure early on.
Joint man-of-the-match winners were Rhys Kirrane-Perrin, who produced a good kicking game, created the opening try, but Elland hit back with three converted touchdowns before half-time.
The second half saw deadlock with both sides defending welland a penalty gave Newsome an opportunity as Cole Martyn took advantage of a napping Elland defence to make ground from a run from dummy half, Jayden Dayes took the ball in and jinked his way through the defence to score a converted try.
Some brilliant tackling from Walker kept out Elland, but a mistake from Newsome deep in their territory gifted the home side a late try.