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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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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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