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Player Focus — Aaron Jones-Bishop

Our next player focus is on our Jamaican international winger and brother of Wakefield Trinity centre Ben Jones-Bishop.

Aaron played twice for Jamaica last year in their victories over Canada and the USA. He has always been around rugby league. He used to watch his brother’s games and started playing as soon as he was old enough, writes JENNY McGRANE.

Cricket bored him and when he tried football he got sick of players diving all over the floor, pretending to be hurt.

He said:

“Once you get the rugby league bug, no other sport compares”

Aaron signed for Oldham because he felt he wasn’t getting enough game time at Doncaster. He needed a change and after he spoke to his friend and former Oldham player Jamel Chisholm he decided Oldham would provide him with a good opportunity for him to get decent game time at a great club. Unfortunately, he suffered a serious knee injury early in the season.

His rugby hero is Leeds Rhinos legend and now Hull KR player Danny McGuire. Best players he has played against are also Leeds Rhinos legends — Rob Burrow, Joel Moon and Ryan Hall.

His hobbies are eating sweets and winding people up. He describes himself as smiley and annoying.

He also says he is the youngest old man of the team . . . just the opposite to Lee Kershaw.

Zack McComb would be his choice of team mate on a desert island because he always rose to a challenge and would do anything if you said he couldn’t or you would time him.

Season so far?

“I think we’ve done okay. We’ve let a few games get away from us but we sit in second so that says it all and I’m confident that we will finish at least where we are.”



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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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