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Club Statement

28 October 2014 - 06:59 PM

<p>Club Doncaster can confirm that from 2015 a fourth team will be using Keepmoat Stadium as their home as Sheffield Eagles have agreed a deal to play their 2015 matches at the facility.</p>
<p>The new deal will generate significant revenue for Club Doncaster and means that Sheffield Eagles will join Doncaster Rovers, Doncaster RLFC and Doncaster Rovers Belles in playing home games at Keepmoat Stadium in 2015.</p>
<p>Kingstone Press Championship matches at Keepmoat Stadium will be played as &lsquo;double headers&rsquo; with Doncaster RLFC kicking off at 2pm and Sheffield Eagles kicking off at 4:15pm.</p>
<p>Chief executive of Club Doncaster, Gavin Baldwin said: &ldquo;The deal is great news for Doncaster and further highlights the excellent facilities we have at Keepmoat Stadium - there is real demand to use this facility.&nbsp; The revenues generated from this agreement will be used to improve activities across Club Doncaster, which includes playing budgets and the visitor experience.</p>
<p>&ldquo;As we know, rugby league matches mainly fall at a time when the grass is actively growing and therefore the pitch has a quicker recovery time between games.&nbsp; Having consulted with our own ground staff, we&rsquo;ve been assured that having the additional matches played as &lsquo;double headers&rsquo; will not only be a great spectacle for the fans but also have no impact on the rest days between pitch usage.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Carl Hall, chief executive of Doncaster Rugby League said: &ldquo;We were approached by Sheffield about the possibility of a ground share and have spent a vast amount of time considering the proposal.&nbsp; Our main concern was ensuring that the pitch wouldn&rsquo;t suffer from the extra matches taking place and, having taken advice from some of the top people in grounds maintenance, we&rsquo;ve been assured that it will not.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;With Doncaster being the hub of rugby league for South Yorkshire in 2015, we&rsquo;re hopeful that this agreement can help increase the knowledge of rugby league in the area and help generate new fans of the sport locally.&rdquo;</p>

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Kittrick’s Keepmoat Confidence

28 October 2014 - 10:29 AM

Half back Josh Kittrick (above, right) has lauded the facilities at the Keepmoat Stadium upon signing from the ranks of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The exciting five eighth, recently joined the club along with fellow teenagers Sam Doherty and Brad Foster.

“The pitch is tremendous, you don’t get much better,” said Kittrick.

“It’s better than some Super League pitches and that’s where you want to play with top class facilities around too.”

“As soon as Paul Cooke asked me to come down I was quite excited because of where he’s been and what he’s done. I’ve had a few offers but this was the one that stood out and after speaking to him for an hour and went home even though I wanted to say yes straight away.”

The influence of the Doncaster head coach has clearly had an impact on the youngster who was impressed by the Championship Coach of the Year’s ‘no nonsense’ approach.

“Cookey’s told me I’m not going to play every game but to take my chance when it comes and I could keep my shirt.

“Now he’s got the coach of the year award, it’s going to be big for me on the training field and on game day to watch him.

“I know I’ll make mistakes and I can learn from those and going forward I want to get better and better. I like to play off confidence. If someone who gives me a pat on the back I’m likely to play better than if someone’s shouting at me.”

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More success for Gavin McDonnell

27 October 2014 - 05:28 PM

Everyone at Doncaster RLFC would like to congratulate Gavin McDonnell (above left) after becoming WBO International super bantamweight champion on Saturday.

McDonnell defeated three-time world title contender Vusi Malinga over 12 rounds at Hull Ice Arena.

The judges were unanimous in their decision, awarding McDonnell the victory.

McDonnell extends his fine record of 14 fights without defeat and the club would like to wish Gavin the best of luck in his future bouts.

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Lottery Results (Week 44)

27 October 2014 - 10:28 AM

<p>Winning Number &ndash; 5235</p>
<p>No winner this week&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Next weeks&rsquo; Top Prize &pound;2000</strong>&nbsp;</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Four &pound;50 Winners&nbsp;</span></p>
<p>2374- J Heeley- Doncaster &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>1361- C Butler- Warmsworth&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>2061- D Lewin- Wheatley&nbsp;</p>
<p>2107- J Barrer- Rossington&nbsp;</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Eight &pound;25 Winners&nbsp;</span></p>
<p>9310- A Race- Woodlands&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>2297- M Redshaw- Doncaster &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>9175- A Sutton- Thorne&nbsp;</p>
<p>9273- D Sykes- Woodlands&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>1496- C Smith- Wheatley&nbsp;</p>
<p>0586- P Freebury- Armthorpe&nbsp;</p>
<p>0455- S Willard&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wheatley&nbsp;</p>
<p>3215- P Gregory- Doncaster&nbsp;</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sponsored Prize Winners&nbsp;</span></p>
<p>2912- R Fotherby- Frankie &amp; Benny&rsquo;s Meal Voucher&nbsp;</p>
<p>1298- M Potts- Superbowl 4 Free Games&nbsp;</p>
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<p>0867- G Middleton- Two Complimentary Match Tickets</p>

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Leaf latest to sign

25 October 2014 - 12:24 PM

Shaun Leaf has become the latest Dons player to sign up for the 2015 Kingstone Press Championship campaign.

Due to injuries last season, Leaf was restricted to just 13 appearances in all competitions in the 2014 campaign, scoring two tries.

The centre, who has also been used in a utility role by player coach Paul Cooke is one of the most experienced members in the squad.

Leaf, 30, initially joined the club in 2002 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances in a Dons shirt.

He joins LIAM WELHAM who this week committed his future to Dons this week.

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