Cornwall RLFC

Hunslet

Hunslet

Ground: South Leeds Stadium (4,000)
Coach: Alan Kilshaw
Captain: Duane Straughier
Last season: 6th League 1 (elimination play-offs)

With a full pre-season behind him, Parksiders supremo Alan Kilshaw will once again be targeting a play-off finish for his charges.

Hunslet bagged the sixth and final play-off spot in 2021 with Kilshaw steadying the ship at the South Leeds Stadium after it listed heavily when defeated by Coventry Bears in July, which resulted in coach Gary Thornton losing his job.

Despite making the play-offs last year, Hunslet fell at the first hurdle when they were defeated by Doncaster. 

Wanting to improve on that semi-final loss, Kilshaw has completely re-shaped his squad over the close-season with a big turnover of playing personnel.

And initially his recruitment policy seemed to have the desired effect after Keighley were defeated in the Challenge Cup. Hunslet made it through to round three when they eased past Siddal, one of the former clubs of Cornwall’s very own Liam Whitton before the Parksiders lost to North Wales Crusaders in round three. 

Quick Hunslet facts: 

  • The old incarnation of the Hunslet club, which was in existence until 1973, was the first winner of rugby league’s Four Cups. In 1907-08, captained by the legendary Albert Goldthorpe, Hunslet were crowned Division One, Challenge Cup, County League and County Cup (Yorkshire) winners.
  • In 1999, Hunslet defeated Dewsbury to win the Northern Ford Premiership but were denied promotion to Super League. 

Memorial Ground: Round 13; Saturday, July 2; 1.00pm
South Leeds Stadium: Round 7; Sunday, May 8; 3.00pm