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Joe (11) wins our picture competition

WE are delighted to announce the winner of the competition in which fans were invited to take action shots on their mobile phones at the home game against West Wales Raiders on July 8.

There was a healthy response from many fans and some of the best entries were used in the 24-page, full-colour match magazine, Roughyed Review, which was on sale at the match against North Wales Crusaders on July 22.

The winning entry was selected by members of the club’s media team, Roger Halstead, Dave Murgatroyd and Dave Naylor plus Anne Kearns, who is running the office during chairman Chris Hamilton’s absence on sick leave after major heart surgery.

The winning picture was of Ben West crossing the line and preparing to score one of our record-breaking 18 tries in a 102-6 win.

It was submitted by 11-year-old Joe Snape, a junior season-ticket holder, whose prize will take him into the hospitality suite with two adults at the home game against Coventry Bears on September 2.

He will be away on holiday when we play Whitehaven at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, August 12, so his big day will be at the Coventry game when he will be photographed with Roary on the pitch at half-time.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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