Here's our round up of the seasons for the region's rugby union teams:

Hawcoat Park

Hawcoat started this season on the up with several great wins including over local rivals Furness, Windermere and Millom, playing some great rugby on the back of a very hard pre-season.

With unavailability due to work, injuries and hair appointment, the season didn’t continue in the same vein. Finishing mid table wasn’t a bad end of season for the maroon and whites with the 'A' team having to step up to the plate on numerous occasions to fill the gaps, and their west and north county members pulling in a few favours from professional rugby league clubs, it was tough going at times. This also had an effect on the A team, having to play short on a couple of occasions but showing what they can do when with a full squad beating some of the top teams in the league.

Top points scorers for the 1st team were George Smith, Alfie White, Chris Burn and Rodni Odandi, who played really well through the season pulling a shift on for both the 1st and A team as and when required. John Donnan, Benji Platt, Chris Burns, Andy Kent and Adam Grainger all made a great effort in playing more times than most for the club.


It had been a number of seasons since Furness had faced their closest rivals Hawcoat Park in a competitive fixture, so the opening fixture of the 2019-20 Cumbria One Division at the Strawberry Ground was eagerly anticipated. Unfortunately for Furness they came up short and had to settle for a losing bonus point. However, the opportunity to host a competitive local Barrow derby was savoured by players, coaches and officials alike. With the rugby league season still in full swing the early part of the season proved difficult for Furness to field a regular team, and this set the pattern for the rest of the season with no consistency in the team from week to week.

The club continued to introduce new players to rugby union, with Dave Finlayson establishing himself at outside half, regularly setting free the dangerous outside backs. The Furness pack, led by captain Corne Els and ably supported by the Mallinson brothers, Joe and Will, were dynamic and abrasive, provided decent ball on occasions and allowed the team to play an exciting brand of rugby, one which the coaching team will aim to see more of next season. Whilst some notable victories were achieved during the season, realising the full potential of the talented group of players at Furness remains the number one priority for the coaching team for next season.


Millom have had another up and down season but they are seeing new players joining the squad, which is a big plus for the Wilson Park side. They are improving year on year which in the main has been down to coach Adam Redhead, who unfortunately has had to stand down due to person circumstances.

Trevor Dixon and Keiran Coulson have led the squad well this year but like most clubs in Cumbria Division One, they've had to travel light on the odd occasion. Ian Cummings came out on top of the try scorers which is a great effort by the utility forward, with young guns Daniel Hartley, Jamie Maguire and Luke Coulson showing well in their first season of open age rugby union. The table shows Millom finishing ninth in the table, ahead of Furness and Windermere, which shows how far they have come. Some notable victories are the 62-7 win at home against Furness and the 36-33 victory against Egremont. Onwards and upwards for Millom next season once it gets underway.


The Ambers of Windermere and Dawes Meadow have had a very tough season, but they are another team that seem to producing new players. They have been up and down all season and their second-from-bottom league standing doesn't reflect the hard work going on at the club, namely coach Damien Armstrong who has been pivotal in everything going on at Windermere. Mere are highly encouraged about how competitive they have been in a majority of their games and that was clear to see in games against local rivals Hawcoat, Furness and Millom. It’s been a tough league this season but a league that Windermere will grow into and there's no doubt they will be a different proposition next season.