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Thunder making a statement — Scott

​OLDHAM expect to face one of their toughest games of the season at Newcastle Thunder on Sunday.

They were beaten 24-18 at Kingston Park last season — a game in which Oldham’s current loanee half-back Adam Brook partnered French international Remy Marginet in Thunder’s halves — after leading 18-6 with quarter of an hour left.

It was Brook’s long kick to the corner from midfield which laid on the try for full-back Theerapol Ritson to spark the avalanche that produced three converted tries for Thunder in the last 13 minutes.

Ritson has since left for Barrow, but Thunder’s other match-winners on that occasion, ex-Oldham winger Mo Agoro and French half-back Marginet, are still there.

They have since signed several new players, including:

Jared Blanke, an Aussie second-row forward from Lezignan in France’s Elite League 1.

Keal Carlile, a hugely experienced hooker from Featherstone Rovers.

Jy-Mel Coleman, brother of London Skolars head coach Jermaine Coleman and a half-back who helped Jamaica to qualify for the 2021 World Cup alongside Oldham’s Aaron Jones-Bishop.

Carne Doyle-Manga, New Zealand-born prop who has played club rugby in Australia and represented New Zealand Maori and the Cook Islands.

Kieran Gill, a young centre who needs no introduction to Oldham fans, having had two spells on loan with Roughyeds from Castleford Tigers. He is on season-long loan at Thunder.

Misi Taulapapa, a Samoan international centre from Featherstone Rovers. He had three seasons with NZ Warriors, then spells with Cronulla Sharks, Sheffield Eagles and Featherstone.

After a couple of surprise losses in early-season, they parted company with long-serving club stalwart Jason Payne, put his No 2 in temporary charge, and brought in ex-Widnes Vikings boss Denis Betts as director of rugby.

They have followed that up only this week by naming Toronto Wolfpack No 2 Simon Finnigan as new head coach to work side by side with Betts in their puah for promotion from Betfred League 1.

They currently lie in fifth place with two wins from five games and two points behind second-placed Roughyeds who are in second spot behind Hunslet with three wins from four.

“They certainly don’t do things by halves,” commented Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor.

“They’ve spent big money and they make no secret of their intention to get into the Championship and maybe even further.

“They’ve got Betts to steer the ship and Finnigan to do the coaching. Add to that the players they’ve signed and they’ve clearly put their cards on the table and made a statement of intent.

“They’ve got new money, new players, new men in charge; they’re like a new club, not the Newcastle of the past few seasons.

“We expect one of the toughest games of the year and that’s what we’re preparing for.”

He said everyone should be available apart from Brook (broken wrist), Danny Grimshaw (groin) and Danny Bridge, whose suspensions runs to the end of this month.

Discounted Kit

The Roughyeds office inside the Vestacare Stadium will be open for the sale of heavily discounted merchandise between 10am and 3pm today (Friday), but fans should note that there has been a run on stock this week and that the club is currently out of extra-large polo shirts and medium-sized home and away replicas.



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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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