We can go okay in the Championship — Ritchie

RITCHIE Hawkyard, man of the match in the Betfred League 1 promotion decider against Newcastle Thunder, has tipped Oldham to go well next season in a 14-team Championship.

“If we play with the enthusiasm and the togetherness we’ve had this year we’ll go okay,”

said the veteran full-back, who will be 34 by the time next season starts.

Oldham’s opponents in 2020 will be London Broncos, Toulouse Olympique, York City Knights, Leigh Centurions, Featherstone Rovers, Bradford Bulls, Sheffield Eagles, Halifax, Swinton Lions, Batley Bulldogs, Widnes Vikings, Dewsbury Rams and Whitehaven.

Hawkyard said the Promotion Final, in which Roughyeds won through with an 18-14 triumph against the Tynesiders, was a terrific advertisement for League 1.

He himself had a brilliant game despite pulling a calf muscle in the Captain’s Run on the day before the game and then damaging both an ankle and his back in the first half.
He added:

“My body’s broken. I’m 33 now and as far as the future is concerned I’ll have to give it a lot of thought.

“Even before I came to Oldham there was a place in my heart for Roughyeds where my uncle Colin played years ago. He often told me Oldham was a good club. He said they looked after their players and they had great fans. He was right.

“I always wanted to finish my career at Oldham and win something, like I did at Swinton and Keighley, and I did it in a side that it was a pleasure to play in.
“Colin was right about the fans. They’ve been terrific all season, our 18th man.

“The lads who are retiring or leaving have had a terrific send-off thanks to our win in this Grand Final.

“Thunder are an excellent side with some very good players. They got on the front foot but we wouldn’t go away. It was a great performance and a great match — an excellent advert for League 1.”

One of the players who is leaving the club is prop Scott Law who, at 34, is the oldest member of the squad. He is emigrating to Australia with his family .

Said chairman Chris Hamilton:

“Scott came to us after nine years at Keighley and he’s been an absolute rock.

“He was player of the season at Keighley last year and it was easy to see why — all this season he played for us as a no-nonsense, no frills type of prop. He knew only one way to play and one way to go, tough and direct.

“It goes without saying that we wish him and his family all the best in Australia.”

Said Law:

“It’s been a great season on which to sign off. To finish on a high like this is something I’ll always remember. A big thank-you to everyone at Oldham for giving me that opportunity.”

Office Hours

Now that the season and the pre-final rush are over, fans are reminded that the club will go back to its usual office hours which are 10am to 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The office phone number is 07904 898177 and you can email us at: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

Watch the website and our social media platforms for news and views about the club as we plan ahead for life in the Championship next year.

Club Cash Lottery

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

he 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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