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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Netherhall is so much more than just a rugby club

Maryport's Netherhall Rugby Union Football Club is a name but certainly not a description of one of the busiest sports clubs in the town.

In recent years it has lost some of its players to other clubs and its senior team is struggling.

John Shimmings, secretary, said he had heard people describe it as a failing club.

But, he said: “It is anything but. For a start, we are really grateful to the players who have remained loyal and who will help build up our senior team again – and we have some fantastic players coming up.

“Our under-14s team, for instance, has not been beaten in two years and is coming up through the ranks.”

He said there was a very strong youth section led by Neil Carruthers and a newer mini section organised by Ronnie Spencer.

Netherhall has two club houses – the larger one at the grounds on Netherhall Road and a smaller one, known locally as Old Boys, on Crosby Street.

The official club is mainly used on match day and for functions.

The more intimate Crosby Street club is a venue for live entertainment and to watch sport on wide screen TV.

The club supports a football team run by Jimmy Irving. Tom Wilkinson organises the club gym and there is also an archery club.

The new Nemesis Boxing Club is being run out of the Old Boys and Paul Wilson’s Elbra Runners 10k event is organised at the Netherhall Road club.

Those are the sporting events, but Netherhall also runs a caravan and camping club, attracting campervan rallies and offering pitches to visitors to the town’s annual blues festival in July or those just passing through.

Each year it has a visit, too, from the Road Runners, a bikers’ club who last year gave £50 towards youth rugby.

With rugby at its heart, Mr Shimmings said he was delighted at the players there now and would welcome any others to join a club that is anything but a failure.

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