ANNE Kearns, our leader while Chris Hamilton is on sick leave, has urged local and national media outlets to give fans who watch rugby league’s third tier — Betfred League 1 — the service they deserve.
“Rugby league in general doesn’t get a fair crack. Even local TV sports news rarely mentions our sport if it isn’t Super League,” she said.
Interviewed on the Betfred League 1 podcast, which goes out weekly, this former NHS nurse said her decision to get involved with Roughyeds was “the best thing I ever did.”
“I’m experiencing a massive learning curve (looking after the club on a day-to-day basis), but I’m loving it.
“One of the sport’s main issues right now is trying to get more fans through the door.
“I honestly think that lots of people don’t know what they’re missing. It’s a family game; we have a friendly, safe environment; team mates and opponents alike have a great camaraderie; we have a phenomenal team spirit; and it’s a relatively cheap day out.
“A couple of weeks ago I launched a Female Challenge (in a bid to get more women watching) and I’ve had some positive feedback. Girl power and all that !”
Asked if she had a message to the people of Oldham ahead of tomorrow’s clash with North Wales Crusaders at the Vestacare Stadium, she said:
“Come and have a brilliant day. Trust me. If you don’t like it blame me.”