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Another pat on the back for ORSA

​ORSA was again mentioned in dispatches from the front line after agreeing to pay for a players’ bonding session in Manchester this Saturday night.

“They do a great job for us and I can’t stress that too much, while expressing our appreciation,” said head coach Scott Naylor.

“All the money they raise goes to the players or the coaching staff for things that will help us to be as strong as we can be.

“This isn’t the first time this season that we’ve done some ‘bonding’ thanks to ORSA and the players want it to be known that thy are very appreciative.”

Ahead of the Final Push, that starts with the first of five remaining league games at London Skolars next Saturday, August 3 at 3pm, Naylor will take his squad for some ten-pin bowling at the Dog Bowl in Manchester.

“These things count for a lot; more than anyone would ever realise,”

added the Roughyeds’ boss.

ORSA is Oldham’s Roughyeds Supporters Association, which non-playing squad members are now helping to raise funds at home games.

After 11 days off the players were back in training last night (Thursday) on one of the hottest days ever in the North of England.

While the country enjoyed its day in the sun, Oldham players were in work during the day and then sweating buckets in a tough training session in the evening.

Said Scott:

“After a period of time off it was always going to be a toughie, one the lads won’t forget in a hurry.”

He said everyone was fit and ready to go at Skolars apart from Aaron Jones-Bishop, Ben Davies and Anthony Bowman.

Bowman trained last night, however, and if he doesn’t suffer an adverse reaction to a knee injury he might be available for the London game.

Chris Hamilton, meanwhile, was a Radio Manchester studio guest, taking part in a programme fronted by Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt and also including St Helens forward Kyle Amor.

Asked about League 1 this season, the Roughyeds chairman said:

“It’s tougher than its ever been.

“Seven teams are capable of beating each other.

“Whitehaven have had a great season and fair play to them.

“Workington, on the other hand, have invested heavily yet have lost as many games as they have won and are only just inside the play-off group as things stand currently.

“We are third behind Whitehaven and Newcastle, who come to the Vestacare Stadium on August 11.

“We’ve a lot of work to do and we feel its in our own hands as we strive to finish in the top two.”

He confirmed that two clubs would go up — the team that finishes top and the winner of the play-offs — and the bottom two from the Championship will come down.

On another topic, he said:

“There is a definite realisation among clubs at all levels that we have to smarten ourselves up. The next TV deal is going to be vital.”

After next week’s trip to London, Roughyeds have two crucial games on successive Sundays at the Vestacare Stadium.

Newcastle are here on August 11 and Doncaster on August 18; two games that should be the best two of the season and not to be missed by the Roughyeds faithful.

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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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