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Saddleworth School year 10 through to national final

Looking smart for the big occasion in their former Oldham RLFC kit — a gift from the club — the year 10 lads of Saddleworth School won through to the National final with an outstanding 14-12 win against the renowned St John Fisher of Wigan in a semi-final played in Warrington.

The following match report is submitted by Mr N Jackson of Saddleworth School.


Earlier in the season, during apocalyptic storm conditions that only seem to apply to the Saddleworth region, our year 10 lads fought a tremendously tight battle with St John Fisher of Wigan. On that occasion we were defeated 6-0. Fast forward to May.

As we pulled into the Warrington Crosfields ground, the heavens opened once again, causing me to briefly contemplate that a repeat might be on the cards.It was not to be.

From the off Saddleworth were on their game. To a man we defended wave after wave of determined Wigan attack, leading to the sprightly Gosling seizing upon a half fumbled chance to go over the line and open the scoring in Saddleworth’s favour.

Due to the conditions, it was not a game for kickers, the usually deadly Eckersley narrowly missing with two of his three conversion attempts.

Saddleworth never lost the lead from that point, although we ended the half only 10-8 up after a try from the ever-confident Wilson. Brierley, Turner, Hibbert, sub Dransfield, Ashton and Pomfrey tackled relentlessly in the second half to keep the ‘pie-eaters’ at bay.

Campbell, Douglas, Ratcliffe and Taylor provided short bursts of genius to ensure we built solid formation attacks away from our line. John used his sidestep to great effect, skipping through the Wigan defence like an electric eel.

The victory was sealed by team captain Eckersley, who went in with minutes to go.

This match was played in a fine spirit and proved to all that school days are not just about academic study. There is clearly a place for achievement through sport in young peoples lives that transcends the attainment of isolated academic progress.

What these young men are learning is fair play, resilience and strength of character. We should all treasure these moments.

Onwards to the National Final in July against the formidable Brooksbank school of Yorkshire.



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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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