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Law changes for 2019

ALTHOUGH most of the discussion about this season’s law changes has revolved around Super League, many of them will apply in the Championship and some will also be relevant to all levels of the game, such as the abolition of Free Play and a reduction in the number of interchanges.

The changes en bloc are aimed at increasing entertainment value and dismissing any suspicion of time wasting.

Super League will have visible clocks to deal with time-related changes, but at Championship level they will be monitored by the time-keepers and in Betfred League 1 the referee will adjudicate.

SUMMARY

  1. When a scrum has to be formed both teams must be bound and packed within 35 seconds. If it doesn’t happen, the offending team will be penalised.
  2. A goal-line or 20-metre drop out must be performed within 30 seconds. Again, an offending team will be penalised.
  3. Referees will call ‘time off’ one minute and 20 seconds after a try has been scored and after a penalty has been awarded and the side opts to go for goal. Teams will NOT be penalised for failing to comply, but times will be monitored and regular transgressors will be warned or fined.
  4. In the last five minutes the clock will be stopped after conversions (successful or not); after successful penalties or drop goals; and after failed penalties or drop goals if the ball goes dead. It will also be stopped 80 seconds after a try has been scored.
    IN BETFRED LEAGUE 1 THESE TIMINGS WILL BE MONITORED AND ENFORCED BY THE REFEREE.
  5. Each team can make eight interchanges from the four replacements named on the official team sheet.
  6. Free Plays will be removed and we will revert to regular advantage. The referee will be sole judge of what constitutes advantage, tactically or territorially.
  7. Golden point will apply to Championship and League 1 only in play-offs, Challenge Cup and 1895 Cup. Extra time will be played in five-minute sessions, but the first point or points will win the game. In Championship and League 1, matches that are level at full time will be drawn with each team receiving one competition point.

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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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