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Awards Night little more than a week away

THE supporters organisation ORSA (Roughyeds Supporters Association) will again sponsor the fans’ player-of-the-year award at the Roughyeds Awards Night in the Vestacare Stadium social club on Friday, November 8.

The Awards Night will double-up as a promotion celebration for fans and players alike.

Tackling-machine Liam Bent was voted player of the year by fans in 2018 on the strength of his unbelievable work in defence.

Anne Kearns, who stepped into the breach to guide the club through chairman Chris Hamilton’s sick leave after major heart surgery, was named Unsung Hero 2018.

Three other awards — players’ player of the year; club-man of the year; and coach’s player of the year — were all carried off by triple winner Danny Langtree, who scored 18 tries from second-row in a brilliant season.

It earned him a two-year contract at Hull but it’s history now that he was back with us by Easter and, despite missing the first few games of the season, he still finished with 18 tries, all but one of which was scored in Betfred League 1, making him the highest-scoring forward in the division.

You don’t finish second and then clinch promotion via the play-offs if you’re a one-man side, so ‘Langers’ could have several rivals this time, among them Ritchie Hawkyard, Zack McComb, Dave Hewitt, who had his best season yet in the Oldham jersey, Phil Joy, Scott Law, Liam Bent and Danny Bridge.

Three awards are still available for sponsorship. Anyone interested is asked to ring the club on 07904 898177.

The format will be similar to last year’s, including stand-up bingo; raffle; the promotion season’s highlights; the awards; and pie and mash supper with a vegetarian option.

Lots of fans have already voted online for their choice of player of the year.

You can also buy tickets, £15, online or pay by cheque or cash only at the Roughyeds office tomorrow (Fri) between 10am and 3pm or on Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week between the same times. If you’re leaving it until Friday you would be advised to ring first on the above number to make sure there are some tickets still left.

Anne Kearns, the event organiser, said:

“We had a terrific Awards Night last year and given that we will have promotion to celebrate this time it should be even better,

“It’s a chance for players and fans to celebrate together and to look back on a fabulous season. Let’s not let this opportunity pass us by.”


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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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