In November last year, it was announced that Coventry Bears would now go by the name of Midlands Hurricanes to attract a wider support base from the Midlands region.
Having renamed themselves and settled on a squad for the 2022 season, their preparations for the new era at the club truly got under way last night in their first game as the Hurricanes as they lost 46-6 to Championship side York City Knights.
York are being tipped as one of the dark horses for Super League promotion in 2022 having signed Pauli Pauli and with fantastic coach James Ford at the helm and against League 1 opposition, they dominated the evening. Debutant Olly Butterworth crossed for two tries on the night.
Ford named a relatively strong side, however there was no place for Pauli Pauli in it nor former Hull FC man Jack Logan who was one of three players to miss out due to Covid-19 reasons. However, former Wakefield star Danny Kirmond featured as did Jamie Ellis.
First half tries from Myles Harrison, Danny Kirmond, Butterworth’s first and a brace from Liam Harris gave York a 28-0 halftime lead with Jamie Ellis kicking four conversions.
Midlands kept going however scoring the first try of the club’s new era in the 58th minute through Broadman. That came when the score was 34-0 and by the end of the night York had wrapped up a 46-6 win in the first game of 2022.
Despite the defeat, Midlands CEO Alan Robinson voiced his pride on Twitter: “Proud of tonight’s effort against a top Championship club. A fantastic facility and event at York. It was an early hit out for us but we stood tall in the second half and with the Cup at the end of January and League 1 not starting till late March, this will stand us in good stead.”
Proud of tonight’s effort against a top Championship club. A fantastic facility & event at @YorkKnightsRLFC It was an early hit out for us but we stood tall in the second half and with the Cup at the end of Jan & L1 not starting til late March this will stand us in good stead. https://t.co/nhM3kOG9hV
— Alan Robinson (@HurricanesCEO) January 7, 2022
Clearly optimistic after last night’s performance, perhaps both clubs can look forward to a big year in 2022 in their respective leagues.