Siddal U15: Band Of Brothers
Siddal U15 Band Of Brothers ft Joe Moriarty and Kai Morgan.
Siddal. You don't have to be a veteran of Amateur Rugby League to know the name of this giant club.
Super producers of professional talent, Siddal for a long time now have dominated rugby league. People would argue that the power has shifted slightly based on the performance of the open age team in the NCL and the emergence of Hunslet Club Parkside. But Siddal have consistently fielded teams in the highest divisions across every age group!
Keen to explore the reasons behind the success at the West Yorkshire club, I reached out to Joe Moriarty and Kai Morgan of Siddal under 15s. A team I recently named in my top 10 anticipated teams for 2019. Here's what they had to say to GRM:
Joe Moriarty | 15 years old | Siddal U15 | Wing/ Centre.
Coaching and philosophy
I have played for siddal for 3 years now, my two coaches are Ben Jackson and Steve Copley. Ben is a great coach because he’s able to toughen up the side, and prepares us before big games. Steve is a great coach as his Rugby League knowledge is extensive and has really helped the teams structure, and the pair have helped instil a band of brothers mentality throughout the side, meaning that no one lets their teammate down.
Siddal is a successful club because of the whole nature and culture surrounding us. A good example of this is all age groups go down and support one another throughout the ages, whether it is simply a league match, or a national cup final.
My rugby league memories.
My best rugby league memory has to be winning the Barla cup at under 13s, as we went into the game as the massive underdogs against a strong Batley side, and came out on top 42-22 winners. That match has set up what has followed for the next few years, and the success we have achieved.
The best team Siddal have faced is, in my opinion, Batley Boys, as we have always had competitive and closely fought out games against them whether we have been victorious or not.
Building for the future
In 5 years time, I will be hoping to play in the first team at a professional club, hopefully that being Bradford as I am enjoying my time on scholarship there, or even on the outskirts of the England Knights squad, as I hope to take after one of my idols, that being Tom Davies. However, I would be just as happy playing for Siddal Open Age in the next five years.
Kai Morgan| Siddal U15| Half Back
I have played at Siddal for the past 5 or 6 years now, and my great memories are winning the National and Challenge Cup within 2 weeks of each other! As an individual I have been told I bring a lot of character to the team and I also try and get the lads pumped up for each game.
The playing style here at Siddal is just quality, the coaching staff is the key factor which sets us apart from other clubs, and our standards of players are a different class. We’re hoping to go unbeaten again, just like last year and achieve the same accolades!