Rugby League Conference Yorkshire Premier

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The Rugby League Conference Yorkshire Premier is a division in the Rugby League Conference for teams in the Yorkshire area.

It was first contested in 2008 following the break-up of the previous North Premier into the North West and Yorkshire Premiers.


The Rugby League Conference was born in 1997 as the Southern Conference, a 10-team pilot league for teams in the South of England and English Midlands. Rotherham Giants became the first Yorkshire-based team to join when they entered the Northern division in 2000. Other teams followed playing in the North East and North Midlands divisions until a Yorkshire division was created in 2004.

The Premier Division were set up in 2005 for teams who had achieved a certain playing standard and were able to travel further afield to find stronger opposition. The new Premier Divisions included the North Premier, the South Premier, the Central Premier and the Welsh Premier. The Central Premier had two Midlands clubs and the rest of the clubs were from Yorkshire or Lancashire whilst the North Premier had clubs from the North East of England and Cumbria. The Premier divisions saw a change in boundaries in 2006 leaving the North Premier division covering a larger area to give the Midlands clubs their own premier division.

The Yorkshire Premier came into existence in 2008 when the North Premier was broken up into the North West and Yorkshire Premiers.

Rugby League Conference Pyramid[edit]

Above the RLC Yorkshire East and RLC Yorkshire West is the National Division and below is the Yorkshire & Humber Merit League.

Other Premier divisions are the South, Welsh, Midlands and North West.

2010 structure[edit]

Club Founded Location RLC Honours
East Leeds 1980 Leeds, West Yorkshire RLC Yorkshire Premier: 2010
Haworth Park 2006 Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire Midlands Merit League Play-Off Winners 2007
Milford Marlins 1967 Milford, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Moorends-Thorne Marauders 1976 or 2004 Thorne, Doncaster, South Yorkshire North Midlands Division: 2005, North Midlands & South Yorkshire Division: 2006, South Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Division: 2008, RLC Regional: 2008
Rotherham Giants 2000 Rotherham, South Yorkshire Northern Division: 2001
Scarborough Pirates Scarborough, North Yorkshire
York Lokomotive 2008 York, North Yorkshire

Teams play each other on a home-and-away basis. Each Premier division then has its own play-off series to determine the champion with the five divisional winners entering the national play-offs. The winner of the Yorkshire Premier first plays-off against the winner of the North West Premier to determine the overall RLC champion of the North of England. The winner of the national play-offs is awarded the Harry Jepson Trophy.

2011 structure[edit]

Instead of having a Yorkshire Premier and a Yorkshire regional league, the teams are split geographically into an East and West League. Each league has 8 teams giving a 14-game league season leading to play-offs.

For the play-offs the top 2 teams in the West will play off against the top two teams from the East (West 1 v East 2, East 1 v West 2) for a place in the Premier Grand final - the grand final winner will progress to the national Premier play-offs. Teams 3 and 4 from each division will play off (West 3 v East 4, East 3 v West 4 for a place in the Regional Grand final - the grand final winner will progress to the national regional play-offs.



League standings[edit]

Current Teams 2009 2010
Bridlington Bulls DNS x
Cottingham Phoenix x
East Leeds x 1st
Haworth Park1
Kippax Knights 1st x
Leeds Akkies x
Milford Marlins x
Moorends-Thorne Marauders
Rotherham Giants
Scarborough Pirates 2nd
York Lokomotive
  • 1 competed as East Riding Rangers in 2009


DNF Did not complete the season
x Did not participate
Divisional winner
Qualified for divisional play-off
Finished bottom


Predecessor competitions[edit]

  • 2005 North Premier: West Cumbria Crusaders
  • 2005 Central Premier: Leeds Akkies
  • 2006 North Premier: East Lancashire Lions
  • 2007 North Premier: Carlisle Centurions
  • 2008 North Premier: Carlisle Centurions

Yorkshire Premier[edit]

  • 2009 Kippax Knights
  • 2010 East Leeds

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