St Ives Roosters

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St Ives Roosters
Rooster
Club information
Website www.stivesroosters.co.uk
Colours Red and white hoops
Founded 1991
Current details
Ground(s)
  • Somersham Road on the edge of St Ives
Competition Rugby League Conference East Division

St Ives Roosters are a rugby league club from St Ives in Cambridgeshire. They were founded in 1991 as one of the first rugby league clubs in East Anglia. Currently they play in the Rugby League Conference East Division.

History[edit]

The club were founded in 1991 as St Ives Sharks. Their first game was against Newmarket at the St Ivo Outdoor Centre. It was a friendly fixture with both clubs having very little experience in their sides. The Sharks won 56-8 [1]. The club then joined the Eastern Counties League.

After the brief Shark era, the club relocated in the 1995 / 6 season to Huntingdon and thus were renamed Huntingdon Bombers. In 1995-96, the Eastern Counties League was absorbed into the London League. In the 1991-2002, Dan McCormack was the top-points scorer with a total of 118 points broken down into 24 tries and 11 goals.

Eventually in 2001 they returned to St Ives after sorting out agreements with the ground and fixtures with the local rugby union club [2].

In 2003 the first team moved up to the Rugby League Conference from the London League. After being requested to adopt a nickname "Roosters" was chosen after a competition in The Huntingdon Post [3]. They have been in the Rugby League Conference ever since.

In 2005, Roosters made it to the RLC Shield final at the Butts Park Arena, Coventry where they played Blackpool Sea Eagles with Blackpool running out 74 - 10 winners. St Ives made to the regional grand final in 2006 but were beaten by Bedford Tigers.

St Ives Roosters returned to the St Ivo Outdoor Sports Centre for the 2011 season as St Ives rugby union club was unavailable due to refurbishment works taking place.

St.Ives Roosters have enjoyed many successful seasons at California Road. After their fifth successive Grand Final appearance in 2014, they finally lifted the trophy after beating Bedford Tigers, 42-30.

Coach Paul Ashbridge works hard to keep the club running and is backed up by Roosters captain, Mickey Blackley. They continue to move the club forwards so they're able to compete at the highest level possible.

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