Junior Takeover Day 'a resounding success'

OLDHAM Rugby League Club beat North Wales Crusaders 46-30 at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, but lots of fans thought the real winners were children who took on various match-day roles as part of a club community initiative.

Children were invited to take part in Junior Take-Over Day and many of them got the jobs they wanted.

Like Orlaith MacCafferty (9), from St Anne’s RC Primary, who became chairperson for the day and took charge of the entire operation under the guidance of the real boss, Chris Hamilton.

Orlaith McCaffrey and Richie Hawkyard

Like Jessica Davies (9) and Lucy Highfield (11), both of Tameside, who shared duties as public address announcers.

Lucy Highfield and Jessica Davies

Like Evie Wood (7), of Hr Failsworth Primary and Bailey Howell (14) of Co-op Academy, Failsworth, who wore official bibs and took up touchline roles as club photographers under the watchful eyes of David Murgatroyd and David Naylor.

Evie Wood and parents, Bailey Howell with Ritchie Hawkyard

Like Stanley Simpson (10) of Friezland Primary and Harvey Hall (8) of Oasis Academy, Limeside, who were kit managers for the day.

Stanley Simpson and Harvey Hall

Like Amelie Betts (11), of Friezland Primary and Theo Black (9), of Widnes, who were ground safety officers, operating under the control of the real safety man, Phil Black.

Theo Black and Amelie Betts

Like Jasmine Tierney (7), of St Margaret’s CE Primary, who took on her dad’s job as programme seller — and for the first time this season sold out !

Jasmine Tierney with Ritchie Hawkyard and Lee Kershaw

Each of the children was escorted by his or her senior equivalent and each was invited into the boardroom after the game to receive a certificate and to have a picture taken with man of the match Ritchie Hawkyard and Magic Moment winner Lee Kershaw.

Pre-match, and in her dual role as sponsors suite host, nine year old Orlaith interviewed the real chairman Chris Hamilton and the head coach Scott Naylor.

Describing Junior Take-Over Day as a ‘resounding success’, Chris Hamilton said he couldn’t praise Orlaith enough for taking on the role of chairman.

“It’s seriously daunting for a nine-year-old to speak in public, but she was a little gem,” he said.

He added: “All the children did wonderfully well and I can’t thank them enough. Well done all of you. You were terrific.

“It’s been a fabulous time for all concerned and I hope the children will remember this day for a long time, as we certainly will.”

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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