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Player Focus- Harry Maders

Our next player focus is on the youngest member of the squad, Harry Maders.

The 19-year-old has signed his first professional deal with Oldham, his home-town club, and he thus follows in the footsteps of his grandad Denis and his dad Martin, who both played for Roughyeds in the 1960s and 1990s respectively, writes JENNY McGRANE.

Harry spent pre-season with Oldham in 2018 but returned to the community game with Waterhead before finally signing for Roughyeds at the start of this season.

He got into rugby at the age of four after the family returned to Oldham following a spell in Australia.

Even at such a young age his ambition was to play for Oldham like his dad and his grandad.

His rugby hero is New Zealand’s dual-code international star Sonny Bill Williams and in the wider world he has lots of time for Armenian-American internet personality Dan Bilzerian.

In his spare him, Harry likes going to the gym, and he has just started to play the guitar.

He describes himself as the baby of the team, unfunny, outgoing and clumsy.

When asked who he would take to a desert island he picked team mate Zack McComb.

“There’s never a dull moment with that lad,”

he said.

Thoughts on the season so far?

“Consistently inconsistent. We’ve started to play more consistently now and I believe we will finish second.”



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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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