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2018 Betfred Super League Dream Team

St Helens’ domination of the Betfred Super League season has been recognised by the selection of seven of their players in the Betfred Super League Dream Team.

Captain James Roby is selected for a sixth time, and the first since 2016, and is joined by winger Tommy Makinson and centre Mark Percival who are each making a second appearance, and a quartet of Dream Team debutants – full-back Ben Barba, scrum-half Jonny Lomax, half-back Danny Richardson, and forward Luke Thompson.

The rest of the team, selected by a panel of the sport’s broadcasters and journalists in a secret ballot, comprises three players from Wakefield Trinity, two from Wigan Warriors, and one from the Catalans Dragons.

Tom Johnstone, Bill Tupou and Matty Ashurst are the Trinity trio, all making their Dream Team debut; Wigan second-row John Bateman is the eighth debutant, joining his club captain Sean O’Loughlin who has maintained his remarkable consistency with selection for the seventh time in nine seasons since 2010; and Remi Casty represents the Catalans for the second time, six years since his previous appearance, after leading his side to Challenge Cup glory in August.

Nine of the Dream Team selections will be involved in the Super League semi-finals later this week, when St Helens face Warrington Wolves on Thursday night, and Wigan Warriors take on Castleford Tigers on Friday – with the winners earning places in the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday October 13.

Betfred Super League Dream Team 2018:

  1. Ben Barba (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2018)
  2. Tommy Makinson (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2014, 2018)
  3. Mark Percival (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2017, 2018)
  4. Bill Tupou (Wakefield Trinity) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2018)
  5. Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2018)
  6. Jonny Lomax (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2018)
  7. Danny Richardson (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2018)
  8. Luke Thompson (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2018)
  9. James Roby (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 6 (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018)
  10. Remi Casty (Catalans Dragons) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2012, 2018)
  11. John Bateman (Wigan Warriors) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2018)
  12. Matty Ashurst (Wakefield Trinity) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2018)
  13. Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors) Dream Team appearances: 7 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)

Tickets for the Betfred Super League Grand Final on Saturday October 13 (6.00pm) at Old Trafford, Manchester cost from just £20 for adult tickets and £15 for concessions.

Tickets can be purchased from www.rugby-league.com/tickets/<www.rugby-league.com/tickets/betfred_super_league_grand_final>

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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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