Halifax RLFC made a remarkable return to Super 8s: The Qualifiers, even bettering 2015 by finishing in third place under head coach Richard Marshall.
Once again, ‘Fax were heavily written off by the critics but they recovered from their slow start and finished their regular season in fine style!
Though they fared worse in the Qualifiers this time around, the Blue and Whites remain a work in progress as they still wish for a return to Super League.
Let’s have a look at their season in more depth and how they defied their numerous critics in one of their most memorable seasons yet!
Best performance: Halifax RLFC 28-6 Hull Kingston Rovers
This may cause controversy but ‘Fax’s most famous win of the season had to be their 28-6 home thumping of Kingstone Press Championship league leader’s Hull Kingston Rovers.
This clash proved infamous amongst some for Hull KR apparently allowing ‘Fax a win for a ‘more comfortable’ run in the Qualifiers.
Regardless of circumstances, ‘Fax produced a top performance against the top dogs to seal their Qualifiers berth 24 hours after Toulouse edged Featherstone and forcing the run down to the wire!
In the match, both sides exchanged early tries through Ben Johnston and Kieran Moss before ‘Fax ran riot towards the end of the first half, scoring through Ben Heaton, Will Sharp and loanee Michael Sio.
Steve Tyrer added two penalty goals to put the match beyond all doubt as ‘Fax celebrated one of their greatest wins since exiting Super League back in 2003.
Quite the achievement from the part-timers and though they remained winless in the Qualifiers, it’s still an experience they must build on, especially as the Championship is due to become much more difficult next season.