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Law Amendments 2019

The Rugby Football League today confirms amendments to laws and playing conditions that will be introduced for the Betfred Championship and League One, the Challenge Cup and the 1895 Cup in the 2019 season.

These changes will be implemented from mid-January – meaning fixtures played over the Christmas and New Year period will be played under the laws as they applied in the 2018 season (although clubs will have flexibility on interchanges, as they are non-competition fixtures).

The RFL have acceded to the majority view of the Championship and League One clubs that Golden Point extra time should not be introduced for regular league fixtures – meaning matches can still be drawn at full-time.

Further details will follow about the implementation of a number of other amendments to laws and playing conditions for the Betfred Super League, which will also be applied at other levels, and these will be announced early in the New Year.

Amendments

Applies in Betfred Championship, Betfred League One, the Challenge Cup, and the 1895 Cup.

1. Free Play: Free Play will revert to regular advantage. The referee is the sole judge of what constitutes an advantage, be it tactical or territorial.

2. Interchange: Each team will be allowed to make a maximum of eight interchanges from the four replacements that are named on the official team sheet. In the event of a Golden Point game (see below), each team will receive an additional two interchanges, alongside any unused interchanges.

3. Golden Point For Play-Off matches in the Championship and League One, and in all Challenge Cup ties, and all matches in the new 1895 Cup, Golden Point extra-time will be played. In all cases, extra time will be played in periods of five minutes, with the game ending when a point is scored.

Interchange rules are explained above. For league matches in the Championship and League One, a match with scores level at full-time will be drawn, with each team taking one competition point.



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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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