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Challenge Cup semi-finals prove their worth

RUGBY League’s credibility and relevance in the wider sporting world was cranked up by several notches thanks to the two Coral Challenge Cup semi-finals which went across the nation on terrestrial television.

Can anyone ever again cast doubt on the Challenge Cup’s status in the rugby league calendar after what we saw in Warrington’s 22-14 defeat of Hull and especially in Halifax’s magnificent effort when going down 26-2 to runaway Super League leaders St Helens?

As the pundits were quick to point out, Halifax did themselves, their club, the Championship and the sport itself proud by their fierce determination against astronomical odds not to be over-run and humiliated by the best Saints side we have seen for years, writes ROGER HALSTEAD,

Isn’t that what the Challenge Cup is all about?

Try telling the part-timers in blue and white that they weren’t worthy of gracing such a special occasion.

Try telling their fans that they had no right to have the chance to get behind their lads on the big stage.

And try telling this magnificent Saints side that they should have walked it into the final at Wembley on August 24.

To their immense credit, Saints and their Aussie boss accepted they had been given a rough ride by a mid-table Championship side and were fulsome in their praise of the Yorkshire part-timers.

It took a master craftsman like James Roby to break Fax hearts a couple of minutes before half time but even in the second half, when Saints played the wet conditions better and looked more like their old selves, the underdogs worked and worked and kept on working to walk off at the end with heads held high.

They’re not quite on a million quid a week these guys; nor are Saints for that matter; but that’s another story for another time.

For now, let’s savour the magic of the Challenge Cup; recall what Oldham did to Hull KR at Craven Park a year or two back; and dish out the plaudits to Halifax for proving beyond any shadow of doubt that the nerve, the heartbeat and the bedrock of our great sport extends far beyond Super League and the elite competition.

It’s the pinnacle, of course it is, but there’s a lot more to rugby league than Super League — and a big thank-you to Halifax for again ramming that message home (as Roughyeds did at Craven Park) on a day when rugby league showed the sporting world that it has such a lot going for it.

Those who have cast doubts about the relevance of the Challenge Cup, and of Wembley, in the modern era, will surely have revised their thoughts after watching these two semi-finals.

This was Halifax’s final — not so for Saints, Warrington and Hull.

They wanted Wembley so much that it hurt. For the winners, and losers, it was a day packed full of emotion and a burning desire to get there.

At the end of the first semi, a Warrington player broke down and shed bucketfuls of tears.

And he was a winner . . . doesn’t that say it all ?


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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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