The schedule for the Betfred League 1 Promotion Play-Offs has been confirmed – with all six games to be streamed live and free of charge to Our League members, starting this weekend and building to the Final on Sunday, October 10.
With Barrow Raiders having confirmed the first of the two promotion places to the 2022 Betfred Championship as they clinched the League 1 title at the weekend, the teams finishing second to sixth in the table will now contest the Promotion Play-Offs.
The action starts this Saturday evening (September 18) at 630pm when North Wales Crusaders, who finished third, have home advantage against the fourth-placed Keighley Cougars in the Qualifying Play-Off.
Then on Sunday afternoon (September 19) at 4pm, there will be no second chances for Doncaster or Hunslet, who finished fifth and sixth respectively, and clash in the Elimination Play-Off at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Workington Town receive a bye through the first weekend as their reward for finishing second in the table, and they will then host the winners of the Qualifying Play-Off – North Wales or Keighley – in the Qualifying Semi Final on Sunday September 26 (2pm kick-off), with the winners taking the direct route to the Final, and securing home advantage in it.
Also that weekend, the losers of the Qualifying Play-Off – North Wales or Keighley – will have home advantage against the winners of the Elimination Play-Off – Doncaster or Hunslet.
Details of that fixture will be confirmed in the coming days.
The winners of that game will then travel to the losers of the Qualifying Semi Final on the afternoon of Sunday October 3 (kick-off to be confirmed), to battle for the second place in the Betfred League 1 Promotion Play-Off Final the following week.
The Final will be played on the home ground of the winners of the Qualifying Semi Final with a 1pm kick-off – taking its place in an action-packed weekend of Rugby League which also includes the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday October 9, the Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final at the Emerald Headingley Stadium on Sunday from 3pm, and the Million Pound Game to determine promotion to the 2022 Super League from 6pm.
(Throughout the Play-Offs, the higher-ranked club will be determined by league placings unless those rankings have been reversed by a previous Play-Off result – for example if Keighley win at North Wales in the Qualifying Play-Off this weekend, they would overtake the Crusaders in the rankings)
Betfred League 1 Promotion Play-Off Schedule
- Saturday, September 18 – Qualifying Play-Off – North Wales Crusaders v Keighley Cougars (6.30pm)
- Sunday, September 19 – Elimination Play-Off – Doncaster v Hunslet (4pm)
- Sunday, September 26 – Qualifying Semi Final – Workington Town v winners of Qualifying Play-Off (2pm)
- September 25/26 – Elimination Semi Final – details tbc
- Sunday October 3 – Final Eliminator (kick-off tbc)
- Sunday October 10 – Betfred League 1 Promotion Play-Off Final (1pm)