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Cup Draws Coming Up on Wednesday

The draws for the Semi Finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup, and the Quarter Finals of the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup, will be held next Wednesday, April 28, at 5pm.

Both draws will be streamed live on the RFL’s Our League web and app, on the AB Sundecks Facebook page and on TheSportsman.com.

The draw will be held in the stunning surroundings of Ullswater Heights, the Leisure Resorts site in the Lake District.

Four clubs from the Betfred Championship are now only 80 minutes from an appearance at Wembley Stadium connected by EE in the Final of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup – the knockout competition for clubs outside the Betfred Super League, which was introduced in 2019 with Sheffield Eagles the inaugural winners.

Featherstone Rovers, Swinton Lions, Widnes Vikings and York City Knights earned their places in the Semi Finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup in 2021 by coming through the first two rounds of the Betfred Challenge Cup, in a new structure for the competition enforced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Widnes will be aiming to return to Wembley for the second time in three years, having lost to Sheffield in the inaugural AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final; Featherstone have not played at the national stadium since their famous 1983 Challenge Cup Final triumph over Hull FC; York made their single Wembley appearance in 1931, when they were beaten by Halifax in the third Challenge Cup Final at the stadium; while Swinton have never played at Wembley, having made the last of their four Challenge Cup Final appearances in 1928, the year before the Final was taken south to Wembley for the first time.

The Semi Finals are scheduled for the same weekend as the Betfred Challenge Cup Semi Finals, June 5-6.

The Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup will kick off this weekend with a new structure enforced by the Covid-19 pandemic, with only the 10 teams from the Betfred Women’s Super League involved.

There will be two First Round ties on Sunday, both at the Asics Stadium, Victoria Park: at noon, a meeting of the two Super League newcomers, Warrington Wolves versus Huddersfield Giants, which will be streamed live on Twitch, with a full match replay following on Our League, and highlights on Sky Sports next Monday night; followed by York City Knights versus Wakefield Trinity, kicking off at 3.30pm.

The winners of those two ties will join the top six from the 2019 Betfred Women’s Super League in the Quarter Final draw: Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers, St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos, who will launch their defence of the competition they won for the first time in front of the BBC cameras at the University of Bolton Stadium in July 2019.

The Quarter Finals will be played on Sunday May 9, with the Semi Finals scheduled for Sunday May 23, and the Final for the weekend of June 5-6.

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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