Day 23 of our Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation Advent Calendar looks back on yet another successful year for our PDRL side as they reached a second consecutive Grand Final.
With the sport falling to the Covid-19 sword, Physical Disability Rugby League came back with a bang, as 2021 proved to be the most successful season yet.
With a record number of players and games, Trinity seemed to be in the best shape they had ever been, finishing the season with three players entering the international stage in 2022.
That being said, under the tutelage of head coach Lee Whiteley, the side navigated their way through the season with great dominance, hitting five wins in 10 games throughout the season, being pipped to the post by Warrington.
With a top-two place secured, the side entered the grand finale, heading North to York St John’s University’s Sports Centre to face the Wire in the second successive year.
It wasn’t to be for the side in the end, however, as comic Adam Hills’ side took a 10-0 victory in September, breaking Trinity hearts once again.
Nevertheless, reaching the final game of the season in 2021 is some achievement, capped off by having Callum Parkinson, Adam Fleming and Ben Nicholson called up to represent England Community PDRL Lions ahead of next year’s World Cup.
“Like most campaigns, 2021 has been a rollercoaster, but I think there have been a lot more ups than downs,” said Whiteley.
“To complete a season for the first time since 2019, reach a Grand Final and have three players called up to represent their country is some achievement.
“With a World Cup on the horizon, I am excited to see what 2022 might hold.”
For more information on how to sign up for our PDRL side for next year’s campaign, please email email@example.com.