How the play-offs work

​As Oldham continue to push for position in the final Betfred League 1 table, with five games left, here is a quick guide to how the play-off structure works.

The team finishing top, which is the ultimate aim of several clubs, including Roughyeds, goes up automatically.

They will eventually be joined in the Betfred Championship in 2020 by the team that wins a five-club play-off involving the teams that finish 2 to 6 inclusive.

  • Round 1 (Sunday, September 15): Game A, 5 v 6 (Elimination final); Game B, 3 v 4 (Qualifying final); the team finishing 2 in the regular season gets a free weekend.
  • Round two (Sunday, September 22): Game C (first semi-final), loser of qualifying final v winner of Elimination final; game D (second semi-final), 2 v winner of QF.
  • Round three (Sunday, September 29): Game E, Preliminary final, loser of SF2 v winner of SF1;
  • Final (Sunday, October 6): Game F, League 1 play-off final, winner of SF2 v winner of preliminary final (winner of game D v winner of game E).

Oldham have five games left, of which two are at the Vestacare Stadium and promise to be real crackers — Oldham v Newcastle Thunder on Sunday, August 11 and Oldham v Doncaster, the last home game of the regular season, on Sunday, August 18.

There will be special announcements about both these games shortly. Watch this space.


Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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