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Putting a kick into our half-time challenge

​CALLING all young rugby league fans, boys and girls, who like to show off their kicking skills in front of a crowd.

Our recently-introduced half-time challenge, in which young fans are invited to join John Davies in the centre of the pitch for a kicking competition, is growing in popularity with every home game.

At every remaining home game this season John will be inviting young fans out of the crowd to take part in the competition, the aim of which is to kick the ball from the 20-metre line and hit the crossbar.

It hasn’t been done yet . . . but that’s the challenge: there’s always a first time!

If you’re going to be at this Sunday’s game at the Vestacare Stadium when we play Doncaster in the second round of the new 1895 Cup (we’re aiming to get to Wembley for the first time ever) wear your red Roary’s Pride hat or (if you’re not yet a Pride member) make sure you wear your amateur club’s rugby shirt and either of those will give you a good chance of being invited by John to have a go at the competition.

Said John, who works hard for the club and is a member of the new management board:

“We are actively working with local businesses to find a prize sponsor because we feel the half-time challenge will get bigger and bigger as more people become aware of it.

“But in any event it’s a bit of fun at half-time; the youngsters like it; they get support and backing from the crowd; a big thank-you from the club; and the boost to their self confidence and esteem that comes from taking part in a public event.

“It also add to their game-day experience at the Vestacare Stadium and what a magic moment it will be when somebody finally hits the crossbar.

“It might get a roar to equal a Roughyeds try!”

Anyone who can assist commercially in supporting this junior initiative is asked to contact the club or John Davies directly.

John is our match-day announcer and can always be seen around the ground on match day, usually with microphone in hand.


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