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How the play-offs work

Promotion from Betfred League 1 to the Championship at the end of this 2019 season will be via two routes.

Two clubs will go up and the bottom two from the Championship will be relegated.

The team finishing top of League 1 will go up automatically.

Joining them will be the winner of a five-club play-off, teams finishing 2 to 6 inclusive.

It works like this:

Round 1 (September 15):

Elimination Final, game A, 5 v 6 (losers eliminated)
Qualifying Final, game B, 3 v 4.

Round 2 (September 22):

First Semi-Final, game C, loser of QF (game B) v winner of EF (game A).
Second Semi-Final, game D, 2 v winner of QF (game B).

Round 3 (September 29):

Preliminary Final, loser of SF2 (game D) v winner of Semi-Final 1 (game C).

October 6:

Play-Off Final, winner of second Semi-Final v winner of Preliminary Final.

NOTE: The structure is so designed that if each game goes to form and league position it will produce a final of 2 v 3 with the Play-Off Final taking place at the home ground of club 2.

If Oldham were to finish 2, they would sit out September 15; be at home to the winners of 3 v 4 on September 22; and if they won that would go straight through to the Play-off final on October 6 which would be at the Vestacare Stadium.

The extent of the benefits to be gained from finishing 2 as opposed to 3 cannot be stressed too much.

Remaining games of the current six are s follows:

  • Whitehaven (28 pts): West Wales (h), Coventry Bears (a)
  • OLDHAM (26): Coventry Bears (a), Hunslet (a).
  • Newcastle (25): North Wales (h), Keighley Cougars (a)
  • Hunslet (22): London Skolars (a), Workington (h), OLDHAM (h)
  • Doncaster (20): Keighley (h), Workington (a)
  • Workington (19): Hunslet (a), Doncaster (h)

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Club Cash

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

The 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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