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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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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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