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Play-off structures for Betfred Championship and League 1

Both the Betfred Championship and League 1 will have six appeal this season, with clubs aiming to finish in the top six of each competition to qualify for promotion play-offs.

The Betfred Championship, which kicks off over the Easter weekend at the start of next month, will adopt the same top six play-off system which was used in the Betfred Super League in 2020.

That means the top two in the final table will earn a bye through the first round of the play-offs before playing the winners of sudden death fixtures between teams three to six – and the winners of those two semi finals will meet in the Million Pound Game to determine promotion to the Betfred Super League in 2022.

The games will be played over a three-week period from September 25 to October 10, and will be shown live on Sky Sports.

In Betfred League 1, which kicks off in May, the team finishing top of the table will earn automatic promotion. The teams finishing second to sixth will play in a five-team play-off series culminating in a Promotion Play-Off Final.

That will run for four weeks, starting the weekend before the Championship play-offs (September 18-19).

Clubs will be required to have played 70% of their league fixtures (16 out of 22 in the Betfred Championship) to qualify for the play-offs.

The bottom two teams in the Betfred Championship will be relegated – irrespective of how many fixtures they have played.

The clubs had already agreed that league positions will be determined by points percentage – again, as in the Betfred Super League in 2020.

This is to allow for the possibility of teams being forced to withdraw from fixtures because of Covid-19 – they will be allowed to do so if seven or more players are ruled out either after testing positive, or as close contacts of a positive test following test and trace analysis.

The RFL and clubs will attempt to rearrange postponed fixtures where possible, but there are very limited opportunities to do this given the delayed start to the season, and the impracticality of midweek fixtures.

There are specific challenges around the involvement of Toulouse Olympique in the Betfred Championship following the latest changes around quarantine for elite sports teams returning to the UK from France – and an announcement about the impact on Toulouse’s early-season fixtures will be made in the coming days.

The clubs had also already agreed to remove golden point for the 2021 season, to reduce the demands on players who will have gone almost a year without competitive action, and many of whom are part-time.

Details of the fixtures and streaming schedule for rounds 2-4 in the Betfred Championship will be released soon.

Betfred Championship, Round 1 fixtures:

Good Friday, April 2:

Oldham v Swinton Lions (515pm), Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs (730pm).

Easter Saturday, April 3:

York City Knights v Toulouse Olympique (430pm), Dewsbury Rams v Whitehaven (730pm).

Easter Sunday, April 4: Sheffield Eagles v Bradford Bulls (1245pm), Halifax Panthers v London Broncos (3pm), Newcastle Thunder v Widnes Vikings (515pm).

All matches streamed live on Our League, for early bird price of £4.95, with day and weekend passes available – details here Rugby-League.com (rugby-league.com)

Betfred League 1, Round 1 fixtures:

Saturday May 8: London Skolars v North Wales Crusaders (330pm)

Sunday May 9 (all 3pm): Coventry Bears v Barrow Raiders, Hunslet v Workington Town, Keighley Cougars v Doncaster, Rochdale Hornets v West Wales Raiders.

(details of Our League coverage tbc)

Club Cash

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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