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Gregory Dolan and Thomas Grant appointed as full-time match officials

The Rugby Football League are pleased to announce that Gregory Dolan and Thomas Grant are the latest referees to be appointed as full-time match officials.

Dolan, who has taken charge of games in the National Conference through to Betfred Super League, joined Batley Referees Society in 1999 and made Grade 1 in 2009 but suffered an ACL rupture in the same year.

Since his injury, he has worked hard to make his way back up the ranks and in April 2018, he refereed his first Betfred Super League game taking charge of Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils on Easter Monday.

Grant, began refereeing when he was 16 years old as an active member of Leeds Referee Society and progressed through the Referee Pathway.

He refereed the Champion Schools Year 7 Boys Final at Wembley in 2012, and has been a regular in Betfred Championship and League 1. He has also been a touch judge in Betfred Super League and Championship, making his debut in the top tier of Rugby League earlier this year when Huddersfield Giants came head to head with Widnes Vikings.

Gregory Dolan said, “I have progressed a lot throughout this season and I am really looking forward to the new challenge ahead of working as a Full time Match Official.”
Thomas Grant said, “Over the last 12 months, I’ve continued to develop as both a referee and touch judge and I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that being a full time official will bring.”

Rugby Football League Match Officials Director, Steve Ganson said, “It’s fantastic to be able to promote both Greg and Tom to our team of full-time match officials.

“It’s a big step up to the full-time programme but we feel they are both improving all the time and are ready to take on the challenge.

“We can see a lot of potential in both Greg and Tom and it’s great to provide opportunities for high quality officials to follow a career pathway in refereeing.”



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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