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Hicks to referee First Test

Robert Hicks has been appointed as referee for Saturday’s first Test between England and New Zealand at the KCOM Stadium in Hull.

Hicks has already refereed both the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final and the Betfred Super League Grand Final this season.

The same team of officials have been appointed as for the Grand Final with Chris Kendall and Richard Thompson – a 46-year-old solicitor who will be on home territory in Hull – as touch judges, and Ben Thaler as video referee.

The appointment of Oldham-born Robert is not only the third top honour for him in the space of a few weeks (he handled the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley and the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford) but recognition also for the Oldham RL Referees Society and the game locally.

As most people will know, Robert is the son of Ray Hicks, a former Oldham prop and now a leading light in the Oldham Players’ Association, who hold their annual dinner at St Herbert’s on Broadway on Friday, November 2.

For more information about that event, and for tickets, ring Bernard Halford on 07714520063.

Saturday October 27, England v New Zealand, first Test at KCOM Stadium, Hull (2.30pm).

Referee – Robert Hicks
Touch Judges – Chris Kendall, Richard Thompson
Video Referee – Ben Thaler
Reserve Referee – Gareth Hewer
Reserve Touch Judge – Marcus Griffiths
Match Commissioner – Tony Randerson
Time Keeper – Stuart Marshall



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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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