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Congratulations to Sheffield Eagles winning Autism Cup


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:21 PM

<p>Doncaster RLFC would like to congratulate Sheffield Eagles on winning the Autism Plus South Yorkshire Cup on Sunday.</p>
<p>The Autism Plus Trophy came about in 2012, that season both Doncaster RLFC and Sheffield Eagles supported Autism Plus.&nbsp; This was a double first for rugby league.&nbsp; It was the first time that two rugby league teams had supported the same charity in the same season, and the first time that the Dons and Eagles had teamed up.</p>
<p>The Dons were in Championship 1 that year and went one to win the League Leaders Shield and Play off Final.&nbsp; The Eagles were in the Championship and won the Championship play off final.&nbsp;</p>
<p>In a preseason friendly, the Dons hosted the Eagles and to celebrate the unique partnership Autism Plus provided a trophy &ndash; The Autism Plus South Yorkshire Cup. &nbsp;Made in Sheffield from pewter, the trophy has been played for on the first meeting of the two teams ever since.&nbsp; It is now a hotly contested event.&nbsp;</p>
<p>But because of Sheffield&rsquo;s move from Don Valley and logistical issues the trophy was not played for when the two teams met at Owlerton Stadium earlier this season.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Autism Plus is a registered charity, that supports people with autism and disabilities.&nbsp; The charity works across the north of England, with it&rsquo;s main bases in Thorne and in Sheffield.&nbsp; The trophy has helped to raise the profile of Autism Plus and awareness of autism.&nbsp;</p>

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