We’ve had junior league sides from all over London at Trailfinders this season, but Sunday sees two more London sides visit, with a little bit more rugby league experience.
South London Silverbacks take on Hammersmith Hills Hoists at 1pm on Sunday the 23rd of July, and with the Broncos academy side kicking off against Newcastle Thunder at 12pm, and the first team taking on Batley Bulldogs at 3pm, it promises to be a festival of rugby league here in the south.
The Hills Hoists were established at the end of 2008 by Australian ex-pats living in the areas of Hammersmith, Acton and Shepherds Bush which lacked a Rugby League team at the time, but possessed many potential players. Since the club’s founding, the Hoists have grown in to a premier team, and are proud to have had players from over 20 countries wear the club’s colours. London Broncos Scholarship coach, Yoni Charlupski, is a proud Hills Hoist player, and has been with the side for a while now.
The Silverbacks, however, have a different history.
After three successful but difficult seasons with the Beckenham Bears, former committee members Michael Farrow, Christian Loveday and Jody Freeman decided to form the Silverbacks in 2015, to create a fresh start for Rugby League in the Bromley area.
Starting afresh eventually took eighteen months, but the club successfully launched this season, with its colours and styling attracting attention far beyond London and the South East. More importantly, players from across the region have descended upon Beckenham and bought into the project.
The Backs are currently on an eight-match winning run but have put that streak on the line today to face competition from a higher tier in front of the Broncos faithful.
We look forward to building further partnerships in and around London, here at London Broncos, and hope that we can continue to make a difference in rugby league across all age groups from grassroots to Super League.
Tickets to Sunday’s game are available for pre-purchase online, please click here.