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Buffaloes bulletin: Buffaloes are just champion!

By Paul Abraham

Huge congratulations to club chair Martyn Cheney, Bramley Buffaloes committee, the amazing coaching staff and every player who wore the amber and black with such pride this season on becoming The Yorkshire Mens League Division Four Champions.

From a wet February night when the club only had four players signed on for the rapidly approaching new season to reaching the YML Shield Final and winning the league in outstanding fashion. This season is nothing short of an amazing success story for everyone associated with the club, including the sponsors and die-hard supporters who kept the faith.

The 24-16 home victory against York St John Barbarians was not a classic, but all that mattered was the result and as the final whistle went then the celebrations began!  

The Buffaloes scorched into a 16-0 lead by scoring at a point a minute and it looked as though the young Buffs were going to run up a colossal score, however York dug deep and were able to keep the score the same as the half-time whistle went.  

Bramley’s first half points came from two Sam Marshall tries, a Jack Booth try and two conversions from Dan Booth.  

A scrappy first 20 minutes of the second period saw the Barbarians cross the line while Bramley replied with two Kasper Mroz penalties. The Bramley defence were under pressure before Colin Cobley scored a try to settle the Buffaloes fans nerve.  

The next match for the champion Buffaloes is a trip to Goole on 2 September with the final match of the campaign coming a week later with the return fixture at York St John Barbarians.  

Tom joins an exclusive club by Martyn Cheney, chair Bramley Buffaloes

The York match welcomed a new member to the Buffaloes ‘100’ Club. Since the Buffaloes were reborn as a Phoenix club in 2004, we have had six players, who have attained membership of the ‘100’ Club, so far.

We welcome Tom Langton into this exclusive club, as today marked his 100th appearance for the Buffaloes. We have marked this occasion with a special shirt for today.

Tom made his debut in the 2011 Rugby League Conference National season, away at Wilderspool, where the Buffaloes went down 66-6 to the Warrington Wizards. Since 2016, Tom has been ever-present in the team.

Along the way, Tom has been recognised by his peers, winning the Players Player Award in 2017 and 2018, The Supporters Player Award in 2021, Captains Player in 2022, and Man of Steel in 2017 and 2018.

On behalf of the club and supporters, I would like to congratulate Tom on this remarkable achievement, especially the way the Open Age Seasons are going.

The other members of the 100 club are;

  • Graham Harrison, 142 appearances,
  • Shaun Flynn, 138 appearances,
  • Paul Drake 122 appearances,
  • Danny O’Connor, 112 appearances,
  • Scott Pendlebury, 110 appearances and
  • Chris Gardner, 108 appearances.

Tom Langton’s career total after the match against York stands at:

Season      Games      Tries      Points

2011           7               1            4

2012          12              1            4

2016           8               1            4

2017           16              3          12

2018           14              3          12

2019           11              3          12

2020             1              1           4

2021             7              0           0

2022           12              1           4

2023           12              2           8

Total         100             16         64

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