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‘Langers’, Kershaw in team of the month

​MAN-OF-THE-MOMENT Danny Langtree keeps his place in the latest ‘Rugby League World’ magazine’s Betfred League 1 team of the month, but this time he is joined by on-loan Roughyeds winger Lee Kershaw.

It’s a huge accolade for the Wakefield Trinity youngster (20), whose fellow winger in the mythical line-up is Bradford’s Ethan Ryan (22), the new Betfred League 1 Young Player of the Year.

Bradford-boy Kershaw and Bulls academy product Ryan will be directly opposed in Oldham’s Betfred League 1 play-off semi-final at Odsal on Sunday (3pm).

Wakefield have high hopes of the exceptionally strong Kershaw, who clinched his place in the team of the month with a hat-trick of tries in Oldham’s 46-18 win against London Skolars last week.

Similarly, Ryan is being tipped by Bulls boss John Kear to be a future Super League star. He finished the regular season with more League 1 tries than anyone else, 32.

Their clash in the promotion semi-final will be one of several intriguing head-to-head duels, not least that of Hull FC-bound Danny Langtree and Bradford’s pack star Elliot Minchella in the second-row.

Like Oldham, the Bulls have only two men in the top team — Ryan and back-row man Matty Storton — while Newcastle Thunder, who finished the regular season in blistering form, have four: full-back Theerapol Ritson, centre Lewis Young, half-back Matty Beharrell and prop Jack Aldous.

Team: Ritson (Newcastle); Ryan (Bradford Bulls), Hunt (North Wales), Young (Newcastle), Kershaw (OLDHAM); Cockayne (York), Beharrell (Newcastle); Aldous (Newcatle), Ellis (York), Ryan (Coventry Bears), Storton (Bradford Bulls), Langtree (OLDHAM), Forster (Whitehaven).

Bulls, meanwhile, have named a 19-man squad which shows three changes from the league game at the Vestacare Stadium two weeks ago.

Gregg McNally, Matt Garside and Sam Hallas didn’t play at Oldham, but they’re back for this one as Kear goes for his strongest possible line-up.

Bulls (from): Chisholm, Crossley, Egodo, Flanagan, Garside, Gibson, Green, Hallas, Hitchcox, Keyes, Kirk, Lilley, McNally, Minchella, Peltier, Pickersgill, Ryan, Storton, Wood.

Said Kear:

“We don’t need reminding about the challenge we face — we found that out for ourselves a fortnight ago.

“Hopefully, we can have a fast game on a big playing surface in front of our own supporters, whom we need more than ever.

“Our support could be the difference.”

His club chairman Andrew Chalmers added:

“We saw enough in both our league games to know that Oldham have enough discipline and toughness to trouble anyone.

“Former Bulls player Scott Naylor has done wonders with the scant resources at his disposal, year after year producing competitive teams.

“Welcome to the drama of ‘seats of your pants rugby’ which is sudden-death rugby league.”



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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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