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AB Sundecks 1895 Cup, Semi Finals

AB Sundecks 1895 Cup, semi final draw

Thursday June 27

Leigh Centurions and Widnes Vikings, the two teams to have been relegated from the Super League in the last two seasons, will square off in a heavyweight semi final of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup on Sunday July 28 – with the carrot of a Wembley appearance the following month.

The Centurions will have home advantage at the Leigh Sports Village as the old rivals clash for the third time this season, with honours currently even after Widnes claimed a comfortable victory in the Betfred Championship on Good Friday, before Leigh bounced back in the Summer Bash in Blackpool last month.

The other semi final, which will also be played on July 28, is a clash between South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, as Sheffield Eagles – the last team outside the current Super League to have played at Wembley, with their famous Challenge Cup triumph against Wigan in 1998 – have been drawn at home to Batley Bulldogs.

Batley were the first winners of the Challenge Cup in 1897, and lifted the trophy twice more in the next four years – but that was well before the final was first played at Wembley in 1929, meaning the club are within one win of a first ever appearance at the stadium.

The AB Sundecks 1895 Cup has been introduced this season to guarantee that two non-Super League clubs will reach Wembley on Coral Challenge Cup Final Day on August 24. AB Sundecks 1895 Cup, Semi Finals (both to be played on Sunday July 28): Sheffield Eagles v Batley Bulldogs; Leigh Centurions v Widnes Vikings.

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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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