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Nelmes, Joy look to be fit for Batley

WITH 15 days separating this evening’s Championship opener against Swinton Lions and our second league game at Batley Bulldogs, there are hopes that both Phil Joy and Luke Nelmes will be available for selection for the trip to Mount Pleasant.

The two biggest forwards at the club are currently on the casualty list, Joy with an injury picked up at Featherstone in our first game back after a year without a game and Nelmes with a knee strain sustained in the Challenge Cup win against Barrow Raiders.

“We are hoping they’ll be ready for Batley,”

said coach Matt Diskin, who was the Bulldogs’ boss before he came to Oldham.

After this evening our next three games are all on Saturdays, kicking off at times scheduled for Our League as part of the RFL’s plan to stream as many games as possible while fans are still locked out because of the pandemic.

We go to Batley on Saturday, April 17 (12.45pm); to London Broncos on Saturday, April 24 (2pm); and we’re at home to Halifax Panthers on Saturday, May 1 (12.45pm).

We hope as many fans as possible take advantage of the Our League promotions for obvious reasons — it helps us to recoup some of the money we are losing every time a home game is played behind closed doors.

At the same time, you can watch in the comfort of your own home for a bargain £4.95 if you buy before the day of the match and £10 if you leave it to game day.

That brings us to the fact that you can still watch this evening’s traditional Easter derby at Bower Fold for £10, still good value even if you’ve missed the Early Bird price.

It’s free, of course, for Oldham season-ticket holders.

Our League is not only becoming a massive RFL promotion, but a key and integral part of the governing body’s plan to fight Covid and to keep as many fans of the game as possible watching the action and supporting their clubs.

It’s an initiative for which the RFL deserves the support of fans and clubs and the way we can best do that is to encourage Roughyeds fans — season-ticket holders or not — to get on board and enjoy the digital coverage.

Describing the Betfred Championship as “this fabulous competition”, the RFL’s chief executive Ralph Rimmer said:

“Clubs have shown a real collegiate spirit in offering Early Bird, Day and Weekend passes at great value prices.

“With all seven matches this weekend scheduled to avoid clashing with Betfred Super League fixtures on Sky Sports there’s an opportunity for fans of all clubs to watch some fantastic action this Easter.”

If you’re not already booked in to watch us this evening (5.15pm kick-off) do it NOW and do it HERE.



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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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