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Bridge named in Ireland train-on squad

​DANNY Bridge and Oldham have received a boost in the build-up to Sunday’s big promotion decider against Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm) with the inclusion of second-row forward Danny Bridge in an Ireland train-on squad.

Roughyeds captain Gareth Owen was quick to go public with his heartiest congratulations to his fellow Oldhamer, who is expected to show his class on the big stage in his home town this weekend.

“He has had a massive season for us and on behalf of the whole Oldham squad I offer him our congratulations and best wishes for his continued involvement in the Irish set-up moving forward,” said Owen.

Bridge (26) forms an Oldham second-row with Danny Langtree which Roughyeds believe is the best in Betfred League 1 and which will have a significant influence on Sunday’s promotion decider.

The younger brother of former Bradford and Warrington centre Chris Bridge, Danny will be keen to follow in the footsteps of his sibling who, with dual qualification, played three times for Ireland in 2006/7 and twice for England three years later.

Like Chris, Danny started at Royton Tigers and then had spells at Wigan, Warrington and Bradford (on loan) before signing for Rochdale Hornets.

From there he had two seasons in Australia with Queensland Cup side Redcliffe Dolphins before returning to England where he signed for his home-town club ahead of the 2018 season.

He is included in head coach Stuart Littler’s 37-strong train-on squad for the European qualifying competition for the 2021 World Cup.

Ireland are in Pool A with Italy and Spain, the top two going through to the World Cup tournament draw on November 27.

They play Spain in Valencia on October 26 and Italy in Santra on November 9.

The train-on squad, which also includes Batley and former Oldham forward Michael Ward and Leigh’s former Roughyed Greg McNally, will be captained by Toronto Wolfpack hooker Bob Beswick.

It includes 11 players from the Irish domestic league plus Ward (Batley), Keyes (Bradford), Tierein (Coventry), Reilly (Dewsbury), Roberts, Michael (Huddersfield), Ryan (Hull KR), McNally (Leigh). Podestra (Manly, Australia), BRIDGE (OLDHAM), Pewhairangi (New Zealand Warriors), McCarthy (Salford), Bentley (St Helens), Halton (Swinton), Mullalley, Beswick, Kay (Toronto Wolfpack), Mackin (Tweed Heads, Australia), O’Sullivan (University of Gloucester), King (Wakefield), Brand, Moran, Dean (Warrington), O’Neill (Widnes), Byrne (Wigan), O’Donnell (Workington).

Promotion Final

Tickets for the Oldham v Newcastle Thunder promotion decider on Sunday will be on sale in the Roughyeds office between 10am and 3pm today (Thursday) and between 10am and 6pm tomorrow (cash or cheque only).

The match is NOT all-ticket but fans can help Roughyeds and help themselves by buying tickets in advance at normal league-match prices — £14 adults, £12 concessions and £2 under-16s with an additional £2 transfer to seats for adults and concessions and £3 for under-16s.

Hospitality places are also available at £35 which includes a seat for the game, three-course food, pre and post-match interviews and presentations, programme, team sheet and access to a pay bar.

To book or make further inquiries ring 07904 898177 between the times given above.

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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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