Northern Rail Nines

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The Northern Rail Nines is a rugby league nines tournament held in Lytham St Annes and Blackpool Lancashire, England as part of a celebration weekend encompassing the Northern Rail Cup Final.

The inaugural tournament was held on 11 and 12 July 2009 and was won by Blackpool Panthers with Halifax winning the Plate final.

2009 tournament[edit]

The 2009 tournament was staged at Woodlands Memorial Ground, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes, the home of Blackpool Panthers, on the weekend of 11 and 12 July 2009, with the final at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool.[1]

The event was supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), complementing a three-year £3.5million funding package to support a programme of signature events in Blackpool announced by the NWDA in June 2007. Every English Co-operative Championship and Championship 1 sides not involved in the 2009 Northern Rail Cup Final entered full strength sides into the tournament.

The first day of the competition will saw all eighteen clubs playing in group stages, with the top eight sides going forward to a straight knock-out competition on the Sunday for the Northern Rail Nine's trophy. Meanwhile the ten remaining sides also competed on the Sunday in a competition to win the Northern Rail Nine's plate.

The finals of both the Northern Rail Nine's trophy and plate were played as curtain raisers to the 13-a-side Northern Rail Cup Final at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool on 12 July.

The winners of the competition were awarded a place in the Carnegie Floodlit Nines.

Group stages[edit]

The teams were divided into five groups on Saturday. The top two teams in group's A, B and C progressed to the Northern Rail Nines Trophy competition whilst the bottom two entered the Plate competition. Each team in Pool D played each team in Pool E with the top side from each group qualifying for the Trophy competition and the remaining teams contesting the Plate.[1]

Group A[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L F A D Points
1 Dewsbury Rams 3 3 0 0 76 40 36 9
2 Blackpool Panthers 3 2 0 1 58 44 14 6
3 Swinton Lions 3 1 0 2 34 52 -18 3
4 Rochdale Hornets 3 0 0 3 26 68 -44 0
  • Blackpool Panthers 20–8 Rochdale Hornets
  • Dewsbury Rams 22–4 Swinton Lions
  • Blackpool Panthers 26–10 Swinton Lions
  • Dewsbury Rams 28–14 Rochdale Hornets
  • Rochdale Hornets 4–20 Swinton Lions
  • Blackpool Panthers 12–26 Dewsbury Rams

Group B[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L F A D Points
1 Hunslet Hawks 3 3 0 0 48 18 30 9
2 Batley Bulldogs 3 2 0 1 52 22 30 6
3 Doncaster 3 1 0 2 34 60 -26 3
4 Keighley Cougars 3 0 0 3 28 60 -32 0
  • Batley Bulldogs 24–6 Doncaster
  • Hunslet Hawks 16–6 Keighley Cougars
  • Batley Bulldogs 22–10 Keighley Cougars
  • Hunslet Hawks 24–6 Doncaster
  • Batley Bulldogs 6–8 Hunslet Hawks
  • Doncaster 22–12 Keighley Cougars

Group C[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L F A D Points
1 York City Knights 3 3 0 0 62 30 32 9
2 Leigh Centurions 3 2 0 1 50 26 24 6
3 Gateshead Thunder 3 1 0 2 42 56 -14 3
4 London Skolars 3 0 0 3 30 70 -40 0
  • Leigh Centurions 22–0 London Skolars
  • Gateshead Thunder 10–20 York City Knights
  • Gateshead Thunder 10–20 Leigh Centurions
  • London Skolars 14–26 York City Knights
  • Gateshead Thunder 22–16 London Skolars
  • Leigh Centurions 6–16 York City Knights

Groups D & E[edit]

Group D

Rank Team Pld W D L F A D Points
1 Featherstone Rovers 3 2 1 0 48 36 12 7
2 Whitehaven 3 1 0 2 36 54 -18 3
3 Workington Town 3 0 0 3 26 70 -44 0

Group E

Rank Team Pld W D L F A D Points
1 Sheffield Eagles 3 2 1 0 72 40 32 7
2 Halifax 3 2 0 1 54 30 24 6
3 Oldham R.L.F.C. 3 1 0 2 44 50 -6 3
  • Featherstone Rovers 16–8 Halifax
  • Oldham 4–16 Whitehaven
  • Sheffield Eagles 26–8 Workington Town
  • Sheffield 24–10 Whitehaven
  • Featherstone Rovers 20–16 Oldham
  • Halifax 20–4 Workington
  • Halifax 26–10 Whitehaven
  • Featherstone Rovers 22–22 Sheffield Eagles
  • Oldham 24–14 Workington Town

Plate[edit]

  • Qualifying round
12 July 2009
Workington Town 10–26 Rochdale Hornets

12 July 2009
London Skolars 4–26 Keighley Cougars

  • Quarter-finals
12 July 2009
Swinton Lions 17–16 Whitehaven

12 July 2009
Gateshead Thunder 32–0 Doncaster

12 July 2009
Oldham R.L.F.C. 8–26 Rochdale Hornets

12 July 2009
Halifax 20–10 Keighley Cougars

  • Semi-finals
12 July 2009
Swinton Lions 18–40 Halifax

12 July 2009
Gateshead Thunder 36–30 Rochdale Hornets

  • Plate final
12 July 2009
Halifax 24–20 Gateshead Thunder

Trophy[edit]

  • Quarter-finals
12 July 2009
Dewsbury Rams 18–14 Batley Bulldogs

12 July 2009
Hunslet Hawks 12–28 Blackpool Panthers

12 July 2009
Featherstone Rovers 32–4 York City Knights

12 July 2009
Sheffield Eagles 50–10 Leigh Centurions

  • Semi-finals
12 July 2009
Featherstone Rovers 14–20 Sheffield Eagles

12 July 2009
Dewsbury Rams 8–10 Blackpool Panthers

  • Trophy final
12 July 2009
Blackpool Panthers 14–10 Sheffield Eagles

Winners[edit]

Trophy[edit]

Plate[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Northern Rail 9's". Northern Rail. Retrieved 12 July 2009.

External links[edit]