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Challenge Cup first round draw details confirmed

Bradford Bulls head coach John Kear, who led Sheffield Eagles to one of the biggest shocks in Challenge Cup history when they defeated Wigan Warriors in 1998 will be joined by Leeds Rhinos Women’s Captain Lois Forsell to conduct the 2019 Challenge Cup first round draw.

Forsell led her side to Women’s Challenge Cup final victory against Castleford Tigers earlier this year – one of two trophies Leeds Rhinos Women lifted in their first year since formation.

The draw, which will be held before the second international between England Academy and Australia Schoolboys at Emerald Headingley Stadium, will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website at 5.30pm on Friday, December 14.

52 sides from across the community game will go in to the draw to participate in one of the country’s oldest sporting tournaments with the first round of the 2019 Challenge Cup set to be played over the weekend of January 26-27.

First Round Draw Ball Numbers

  1. All Golds (Harry Jepson Winner)
  2. Army
  3. Batley Boys (Yorkshire Men’s League)
  4. Bentley (Yorkshire Men’s League)
  5. Beverley (National Conference League)
  6. Bradford Dudley Hill (National Conference League)
  7. Clock Face Miners (National Conference League)
  8. Crosfields (National Conference League)
  9. Dewsbury Moor (National Conference League)
  10. Distington (Cumbria Amateur RL Association)
  11. Drighlington (National Conference League)
  12. East Leeds (National Conference League)
  13. Edinburgh Eagles (Scotland)
  14. Featherstone Lions (National Conference League)
  15. Great Britain Police
  16. Hammersmith Hills Hoists (London)
  17. Haydock (North West Men’s League)
  18. Hunslet Club Parkside (National Conference League)
  19. Hunslet Warriors (National Conference League)
  20. Kells (National Conference League)
  21. Leigh East (National Conference League)
  22. Leigh Miners Rangers (National Conference League)
  23. Lock Lane (National Conference League)
  24. London Chargers (London)
  25. Longhorns (Ireland)
  26. Milford Marlins (National Conference League)
  27. Millom (National Conference League)
  28. Normanton Knights (National Conference League)
  29. North Herts Crusaders (Harry Jepson Runner Up)
  30. Orrell St James (North West Men’s League)
  31. Oulton Raiders (National Conference League)
  32. Ovenden (Pennine League)
  33. Red Star Belgrade (Serbia/Balkan Super League)
  34. Rochdale Mayfield (National Conference League)
  35. Royal Air Force
  36. Royal Navy
  37. Shaw Cross Sharks (National Conference League)
  38. Siddal (National Conference League)
  39. Skirlaugh (National Conference League)
  40. Stanningley (National Conference League)
  41. Thatto Heath (National Conference League)
  42. Thornhill Trojans (National Conference League)
  43. Torfaen Tigers (Wales)
  44. Underbank Rangers (National Conference League)
  45. Wallsend Eagles (North East)
  46. Wath Brow Hornets (National Conference League)
  47. West Bowling (National Conference League)
  48. West Hull (BARLA Cup Winners)
  49. Wigan St Judes (National Conference League)
  50. Wigan St Patricks (National Conference League)
  51. Woolston Rovers (National Conference League)
  52. York Acorn (National Conference League)


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Club Cash

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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