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Phil’s 150 reasons for Joy

PROP Phil Joy is one game away from the personal milestone of 150 games for his home-town club.

If he makes it on Sunday, what a game in which to chalk up 150 not out!

Oldham-born Phil, reared on rugby at Waterhead, played a couple of seasons in our then reserve team before making his senior debut against Gateshead Thunder in the North-East on September 2, 2012, just two days before his 21st birthday.

Roughyeds won 56-12 and Phil marked his big day with a try, not knowing then that seven years later he would still be thundering his big frame into opposition defences in the service of his home-town club.

He made his bow in this team: Miles Greenwood; Lucas Onyango, Michael Ward, Mark McNully, Mark Brocklehurst; Neil Roden, Jamie Dallimore; Jason Boults, John Clough, Chris Clarke, Paul Smith, Sam Cunningham, Alex Thompson. Subs: Paul Noone, Danny Whitmore, PHIL JOY, Liam Gilchrist.

Roughyeds go into Sunday’s big match, aware that Doncaster have beaten them twice already this season . . . and that was before Rangi Chase was available to them!

But they have no need to have an inferiority complex. No team in the division has scored more wins than the Roughyeds, who have won two more games than Donny; scored 59 more points; and boast a better for-and-against difference, 230 against 219.

The Roughyeds’ record also stands up to close scrutiny when compared with leaders Whitehaven.

Both have won 12, ‘Haven’s two-point advantage coming from a couple of draws.

The leaders have a better defensive record but Scott’s boys have rattled up an astonishing 143 points more ‘Haven, giving them a ‘difference’ of 230 against 130.

Moreover, they’s won six of their last seven league games, knocking over Keighley Cougars at home (28-4), Workington Town away (26-16), West Wales Raiders at home (56-6), North Wales Crusaders at home (46-30), London Skolars away (15-14) and Newcastle Thunder at home (28-20).

With a string of results like that there’s no need to fear anyone, especially at home.



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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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