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Cooke ''We knew we had to be at our best''

18 August 2014 - 12:56 PM

Paul Cooke spoke to the official website following the Dons 22-16 win over Rochdale Hornets on Sunday.

"Obviously it’s been a big week for us. We had a chat about the situation on Saturday morning and it’s done with, there’s nothing we can change as players apart from what we do on the field. We’d spoken all week about the 3 points and how desperately we needed them.

"The match was every bit as tough as we expected, Rochdale aren’t a bad side when you look at personnel they’ve got, they’ve been in some really close games throughout the year and we’re thankful for the three points.

"It was greasy out there, the team that controlled the ball the best was probably going to win the game and play good field position.

"In the first half we were good and full value for the lead we had. Once we took the lead before half time I don’t think we were ever in danger of losing the game until possibly the last play of the game when they sliced through our left edge so we’re pleased with the three points.

"Their tries came from one offload and two kicks which is something we need to address but I thought we handled the conditions and territory really well.

"It’s tough playing a team that’s already relegated, the difficulty is now you play some carefree teams who’ve got nothing to lose and are planning for 2015 in a different division. It’s obviously difficult when we didn’t know some of their personnel from the last few games they’ve had as they’ve changed things around a bit.

It’s a box ticked off for us and we move on with a week off for a big game against Halifax."

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Club Doncaster first to partner with MyClubBetting.com

18 August 2014 - 10:26 AM

CLUB DONCASTER has teamed up with MyClubBetting.com (MCB) to launch its own bespoke betting website, clubdoncaster.myclubbetting.co.ukAs with any club that takes advantage of the service, Club Doncaster’s MCB website will feature club colours, logos and social media links to integrate with its existing club website.

The MCB service is open to all clubs no matter how small or large, and in any sport.

Importantly, this is at no cost to the clubs concerned.

Clubs also receive free kit and equipment depending on the number of members who sign up and use the service.

Andrew Whitham, Club Doncaster’s Commercial Manager, wants to encourage fans who already enjoy a wager to place their bets via clubdoncaster.myclubbetting.co.uk, as a significant percentage of any losses go directly to the club to help fund future development.

“We are pleased to announce the relationship with MyClubBetting.com,” said Whitham.

“We believe it’s a great solution for people who like to bet online and the beauty of it is that Club Doncaster receives a percentage of the losses that would have otherwise gone to bookmakers. This gives us an additional revenue stream which, as a strong community-based club, allows us to reinvest into Club Doncaster and community-related projects run by the organisation."

MCB Director of Sales, Ian Coburn, said: “MyClubBetting.com promotes both professional and grassroots sport by creating a facility which generates recurring revenue for clubs at zero cost to those clubs.

“We are proud to become the Official Betting Partner of Club Doncaster. An organisation synonymous with providing football and rugby in a thriving community scheme, so dovetailing with such a dynamic and forward-thinking club makes perfect sense for us.”


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REPORT: Rochdale Hornets 16-22 Doncaster RLFC

18 August 2014 - 08:26 AM

Rochdale Hornets 16 - 22 Doncaster RLFC

Rochdale: English, Langley, Littler, Casey, Robinson, Crook, Sheridan, Suffolk, Dandy, Walker, Baines, Tilley and Greenwood.

Rochdale bench: McClurg, Gilchrist, Richards and Trumper.

Dons: Scott, Hodson, Leaf, Cunningham, Sanderson, Cooke, Miller, Carbutt, Spaven, Robinson, Snitch, Waterman and Emmett.

Dons bench: Spiers, Castle, Welham and Dunn.


Rain before the match but the Sun crept through the clouds – interesting conditions.

A tough week for the Dons was improved with a 22-16 away victory over already-relegated Rochdale Hornets.

It was a tight and tense affair and the Dons began the match with some good pressing but a solid Rochdale defence prevented the away side from crossing the whitewash early on.

In fact, it took 15 minutes to break the deadlock, and surprisingly it was the home side who went over first. A lovely cross field kick from Crook wasn’t dealt with by the Dons, Robinson gathered out wide and popped the ball back inside to Sheridan who raced through a sparse Dons defence.

The Dons were looking for an instant response but Rochdale were dealing with anything and everything that came their way including a lovely move in which Cooke showed off his footballing skills and almost found Hodson out wide.

The Dons found a way to level the scores on the half hour mark when it seemed impossible to get through. More nice hands from the Dons moved the ball to Snitch who continued his fine form by breaking the line to stroll home near the posts.

There was drama before the half time hooter as a looping pass from Miller was met with calls of ‘forward’ from the Rochdale fans. The Dons turned on the style and showed great teamwork to work the ball out to the wing for Hodson to finish off the move superbly in the corner with a one –handed dive.

The Dons started the second half brightly and it appeared that Mark Castle had barged his way over the line, only to find that he was held up.

In a similar way to the first half, Rochdale surprisingly scored first out of nothing. Sheridan broke the line and sprinted almost half of the pitch and found Littler who strolled home.

It was another moment of controversy which set the Dons up for another try.

Welham intercepted a poor kick from Sheridan but was tripped by Trumper as he tried to break away. The resulting penalty gave the Dons good field position and another long pass out wide from Miller was picked up beautifully by Sanderson allowing the winger to sprint home with no one in front of him.

The Dons took control of the game, or so it seemed, after the hour mark as Steve Snitch went over for his second of the afternoon after the Dons worked the ball through the hands.

A try from the home side two minutes from time certainly gave the Dons fans a few sweaty palms. Dave Scott let a high bomb slip through his fingers and didn't deal with the loose ball. Crook pounced on it first to set up a nervy finish.

A length of the field run from Langley had the Dons defence scrambling on the last play but Welham managed to gather a high kick as the hooter sounded to make sure that the Dons held on and went back to Yorkshire with three valuable points.

Make sure you get down to the Keepmoat for 3rd vs 4th as the Dons take on Halifax on the 31st August.

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Batley and Doncaster deducted three points

15 August 2014 - 02:24 PM

Batley Bulldogs and Doncaster have been deducted three competition points each after an RFL Operational Rules Tribunal found them guilty of breaching RFL Operational Rules relating to dual registration by fielding ineligible players in Kingstone Press Championship fixtures.

Batley and Doncaster were found guilty of breaching Operational Rule B3.17 which states that dual registration players who have a salary cap value of £20,000 or more must have played in at least three league fixtures for the Championship club that season before the end-of-season registration deadline in order to play in games which fall after the deadline, whether they be regular season or play-off games.

The charges were heard by an RFL Operational Tribunal following complaints that Jacob Fairbank, a dual registered player from Huddersfield Giants, played for Batley against Sheffield Eagles, and that Ben Crooks, a dual-registered player from Hull FC, played for Doncaster against Keighley Cougars. Both matches were played on Sunday July 27, two days after the registration deadline for the Kingstone Press Championship closed.

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Dons to appeal RFL decision

15 August 2014 - 02:24 PM

Doncaster RLFC can confirm that they have received confirmation that following yesterday’s hearing, the club have been docked three points for fielding an illegible player.

The charge relates to Ben Crooks playing for Doncaster RLFC against Keighley on July 27.  As a dual registered player Ben must have played in at least three league fixtures prior to the end of season deadline in order to be eligible for any remaining fixtures.

Carl Hall, Chief Executive at Doncaster RLFC said

“Whilst we do not dispute Ben played in the game, based on communications and dialogue we have had with the RFL prior to the player participating in the game we are disappointed with the outcome of the hearing and the punishment that has been provided.

"We can confirm we will be appealing the decision."

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