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Emmett: It's Not Over

Yesterday, 01:20 PM

Doncaster – and in particular loose forward Mike Emmett - believe that a win at the Summer Bash could turn their season around.

The Dons, who are without a win in 13 and parted company with head coach Paul Cooke only last week, face Hunslet Hawks on Sunday (3.00pm) but are hoping that the new surroundings and atmosphere at Bloomfield Road will inspire them to claim their first points of the season.

Emmett told http://www.rugbyleaguechampionships.co.uk/: “It’s been very tough to be honest, something hasn’t dropped this year. It’s hard to put your finger on and it’s obviously resulted in Paul (Cooke) losing his job.

“I think everybody’s low on confidence. The games which we should have been competing in, we didn’t seem to raise our game, we only seemed to do that against the big teams.”

But Emmett, who is in his fifth season with the club, believes that if Doncaster pick up a win this weekend they’ll kick on. “Everybody will get that little bit of belief back,” he said.

“Without sounding harsh, it’s like a fresh start for everybody. Nobody has played at the Summer Bash before, so everyone will be excited; it’s on television so that might raise a few people to go that little bit more. The lads are looking forward to it, it’s up to us.

“We need some points on the board. We’ve still got the season to finish and the Super 8s, so it’s still not over.

“At Doncaster we’ve always had a good group of guys, a tight group. This weekend we’ve got to take it upon ourselves to raise our game and put in an extra 10 per cent.”

Tickets for the Summer Bash are still available with day tickets for adults starting from £20 and £10 for concessions. Weekend tickets start from £30 for adults and £15 for concessions. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk/ or calling the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113.

The 2015 Summer Bash schedule in full is as follows:

Saturday May 23

12.00pm – iPro Sport Cup final, North Wales Crusaders v Swinton Lions                          

2.30pm – Workington Town v Whitehaven                 

4.45pm - London Broncos v Sheffield Eagles                            

7.00pm – Bradford Bulls v Halifax     

Sunday May 24

12.45pm - Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs

3.00pm - Doncaster v Hunslet Hawks

5.15pm – Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers

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ITD: Carl Hall pre-Hunslet

21 May 2015 - 12:40 PM

Carl Hall spoke on his regular ‘In The Dugout’ feature to address the latest issues regarding the club.

The Chief Executive has come out fighting after the club made the “difficult” decision to part with popular head coach Paul Cooke and said that the players will be “raring to go” come Sunday’s fixture against Hunslet Hawks at the Summer Bash weekend in Blackpool.

“We need to go out and give it everything. I was blown away by the amount of tickets we’ve sold for the day and we want to take 300 people across to help us get that first win – the players will respond to that!”

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It’s a sell out!

20 May 2015 - 04:57 PM

Doncaster RLFC have SOLD OUT their unreserved seating allocation for the Summer Bash.

In what will be a monster feast of rugby league in Blackpool, The Dons have exhausted their tickets meaning only reserved tickets remain.

With over 250 people making the journey across the Pennines for the Bank Holiday fixture, fans are urged to buy now from the Keepmoat Stadium ticket office by the end of Thursday or CLICK HERE.

The club are delighted with the response from supporters and hope that you will join us in this unique occasion in rugby league and back the boys to show your support for the blue and gold jersey.


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Carl Hall “Business as Usual”

19 May 2015 - 07:44 PM

<p>Following the <a href="http://www.doncaster...arts">departureof Head Coach Paul Cooke on Monday</a>, Chief Executive Carl Hall has insisted that it is &lsquo;business as usual&rsquo; for the Dons as they head into the weekend in desperate need of a win against Hunslet Hawks.</p>
<p>Speaking at Lindholme Training Complex, Hall said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important that we get on with things as normal and the boys know that their priorities haven&rsquo;t changed.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Paul [Cooke] left us just yesterday and already the search for a new Head Coach begins.</p>
<p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s only been 24 hours and already applications are flooding in from all over.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The interest shown from abroad in the position has been huge.</p>
<p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very forward thinking and we want the club to go in a new direction but there&rsquo;s lots to look forward to.</p>
<p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to take our time over the decision as it&rsquo;s important we get it spot on, but we are hoping to have someone in place within two to three weeks.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The boys know what their priorities are. Everyone&rsquo;s focus is fully on Blackpool at the weekend but at the moment we&rsquo;re all positive about the future of this club.</p>
<p>&rdquo;Dons season ticket holders can take advantage of <a href="http://www.doncaster...ge-of--off">50%off at this weekends Summer Bash</a> as the Dons take on Hunslet in Blackpool.</p>
<p>Tickets can be purchased online <a href="http://www.keepmoats...">HERE</a>.</p>

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McDonnell an Inspiration

19 May 2015 - 03:14 PM

Carl Hall has said that Doncaster-born World Boxing Champion Jamie McDonnell should get the recognition he deserves after his win over highly rated Tomoki Kameda.

The local bantamweight successfully defended his WBA World Bantamweight title via a unanimous decision in Texas recently and Doncaster RLFC’s CEO says he has “encouraged us all”.

“The town should be proud of him and hopefully he’ll get the recognition that he deserves.”

“He’s encouraged us all has Jamie. He got put on the floor in the third round and he showed determination, grit and toughness and that’s what Doncaster people are about.

“He slogged for the last six rounds – we all watched it – and we’re really proud of him and his brother Gav.”

The Dons will need to show their battling qualities, following the recent departure of Paul Cooke, when they head to the Summer Bash tournament in Blackpool on Sunday as they come up against Hunslet Hawks.

“It’s a unique thing, it’s the first time it’s happened and it’s a great game for us. It’s involving someone in and around us in the league and we want to make it a home game and take as many fans over as we can,” said Hall.

“We urge them to get their tickets at the Keepmoat Stadium because there will be no cash turnstiles at Blackpool and we want as many ticket sales through the Keepmoat ticket office as possible because we’ve had to pay a contribution to go in to the Summer Bash.

“Jamie put him [Kameda] to the sword and looked good doing it so congratulations to him and we’re hoping that that can inspire us.”

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