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Player Focus — Lee Kershaw

Our second player focus this week is on our on-loan winger from Wakefield Trinity, Lee Kershaw.

Lee first started playing rugby union and he remained in the 15-a-side code from the age of eight until he was 15 when he changed codes and joined Keighley Albion.
He played centre for a year with the Albion and then moved on to Wakefield amateur side Eastmoor for a year, playing full-back.

He was being courted by Trinity throughout these two seasons and the following year he he left amateur rugby to sign a full-time deal with Wakefield and to play in the Super League club’s under-19s side.

Oddly, he says he only started league with Keighley Albion in order to keep fit during rugby union’s off season, having played union for Baildon, Bingley, Skipton and West Yorkshire.

Fast forward to his Trinity days and he was completely surprised when Trinity told him he would benefit from a spell on loan with Oldham in Betfred League One.

He is thankful for the opportunity, however, and has told JENNY McGRANE that he can hopefully repay Roughyeds for giving him experience in the upper reaches of Betfred League 1.

He said:

“The Oldham fans seem very passionate about their club and I want to do the best I can so that we can get promoted this year.”

Outside of rugby, he said he enjoyed playing on his Ps4, but he didn’t have time for hobbies, given that he was full-time at Wakefield, part-time at Oldham and also had university work to do.

Lee never watched rugby when he was young so he doesn’t have a hero, but he has met some great players, including Scott Grix, a skilful player with a great work ethic and attitude, whom he holds in the highest regard.

He named St Helens star James Roby as the best opponent he has played against.

He liked to think he was committed and honest while there were some people at Wakefield who sometimes called him “mad Lee”.

“They must think I’m a bit nuts, so I’ll go with that,” said Lee, who added that if he was to be marooned on a desert island he would take Zack McComb with him as ‘I could use a laugh on a desert island’

He got a Mr Strong book when he left school but his girlfriend says it should be Mr Wrong.

Because of his Wakefield commitments he hasn’t played a lot of games at Oldham this season, but enough to know that Roughyeds can be very dangerous when they play at their best.

He added:

“We’ve five games left now in the regular season and each one needs to be regarded as must-win.

“We’re in the business end of the season now and we shouldn’t have to rely on other results going our way.”

Oldham have two home league games still to go and there’s no doubt that the Vestacare Stadium crackers against second-placed Newcastle Thunder on August 11 and against fifth-placed Doncaster a week later will be crucial, not-to-be-missed occasions for all Roughyeds supporters.

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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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