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Player focus — Anthony Bowman

One of our player focuses this week is Anthony Bowman, who joined Oldham this season but is no stranger to the Roughyeds, having played for us on loan from Halifax in 2013.

He has also played for Swinton alongside Ritchie Hawkyard but,more recently, he played for Rockingham Sharks in Western Australia.

He has been playing rugby since he was aged about six and at the age of 14 he had a choice to play football or rugby. He chose rugby and let his ‘unbelievable football skills” go to waste.

Anthony Bowman

Fast forward to a few months ago and Anthony chose to sign for Oldham because he thought it would give him a great chance to win a league.

His rugby league hero is ex-Wigan and Great Britain star Andy Farrell and the best player he has played against is St Helens hooker James Roby. They played against each in other in a Halifax v St Helens friendly.

Outside the rugby world, Anthony was a school shot-putt champion in year 7 and his hero was Manchester United legend George Best.

He describes himself as the best-looker in the squad and adds: “We’ve got people like Scott Law in there too but I must be in the top three !”,

To quote himself, the three words that best describe him are: “The Committed One”.

He said he would take Emmerson Whittel to a desert island because:

“If a lack of food didn’t kill me, talking to Emmy for two weeks certainly would !”.

His thoughts on the season so far?

“Very patchy. Good thing is we are third in the league and we can still go up another two or three gears. I believe we will finish top of the pile if we can start putting 80-minute performance together.’

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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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