Wibsey out to ensure Hustler swansong has silver lining
Holders Wibsey Warriors will not only be aiming to retain the Jack Senior Memorial Bradford Cup when they meet Bank Top Harriers at Odsal tomorrow (3.30pm), they will also want to give retiring coach Rob Hustler a unforgettable end to his 17-year stint as first-team supremo.
The Warriors have marked their first season in the Pennine Premier Division by finishing in the top five, taking a number of memorable scalps on the way, and they are at full strength for the return to the wide open spaces of the Odsal Bowl.
Wibsey have a galaxy of possible match-winners in their squad and in-form pack leader Chris Vogel and ace try-poacher Nick Fontaine will figure prominently in every move they make.
The Harriers have been clicking their heels in anticipation following a two-month break after completing their Division One promotion-winning commitments.
They also have a full squad on parade, with former Keighley Cougar Adam Mitchell a proven threat to any defence.
Giant centre Jason Gelder consistently finds the whitewash and ex-Dudley Hill hooker Gareth Walker has bags of experience in the big occasion.
Wibsey Warriors’ second string are also seeking to retain the Hudson Foster Supplementary Bradford Cup when they stage a repeat of last year’s clash against Queensbury A (1.30pm).
Warriors hooker Brad Tattersall was the star of the show in a 30-18 success in 2011 but Bury will be a much tougher prospect this time out, with youngsters Tom Hainsworth and Billy Naylor coming through the ranks alongside old timer Darren Brown, who will be calling the shots.
The Bradford Bulls have once again showed their support for the local amateur game by donating the ground facilities despite their difficulties and all the profits will be shared between the clubs - a major boost in the present financial climate.