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  1. Are we destroying the Championship?

    Last season in Championship One the home matches with the expansion clubs didnt bring many away supporters but the new League One Structure allows for the return of three strong local derby's for us Rochdale, Swinton and NW Crusaders, that brings in much needed revenue. The cost of travelling to expansion teams means clubs like ours lose money on away matches and we don't make that much from away supporters, so the new league structure is a good thing for us but I think the same clubs with bounce between the difference divisions and without investment most League One clubs will stay in that division.
  2. I hated the idea of the new league structure at first but I think it is quite ingenious It is very simply to follow Three leagues, 2 of 12 and 1 of 14, the 2 of 12 play 23 games before becoming 3 leagues 8 and the 1 of 14 remains the same. 1 league of 8 stays the same, 1 league of 8 as 4 promotion places with the final placed decided with 2 teams playing for a million dollars or something, one goes into the 1st league of 12 and the loser joins the 2rd league of 12, the 3rd league of 8 as 2 relegation places to the league 1 of 14. The 1 of 14 with see 2 promoted not to 3rd league of 8 but back to the 2rd league of 12. The play offs couldn’t be simpler, in the 1st league of 8, 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3, in the 2nd league of 8 1, 2, 3 all go to the 1st league of 12 and 4 plays 5, the winner goes to the 1st league of 12 and the loser returns to the 2nd league of 12, the 3rd league of 8 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3 winners of both games play for a Champion shield. In the league of 14 1st plays 2nd and the winner goes into the 2nd league of 12, the loser plays 5th and 3rd plays 4th, the winners join 1 in the 2nd league of 12, the following season we start again with 2 12’s and a 14. Got it, Good!
  3. 2015 League Fixtures

    http://www.therfl.co.uk/matchday/fixtures 2015 League 1 fixtures
  4. Dale Bloomfield joins Rochdale again

    Former Rochdale and Oldham winger re joins Rochdale Hornets
  5. News reports are suggesting the RFL have received an application from a Canadian Rugby League team based in Toronto to join Championship one in 2016. RUGBY LEAGUE EXCLUSIVE: . The seven-man consortium has put forward an application to join the Rugby Football League and the subject was well-received at a meeting of Championships representatives in Leeds. One of the seven businessmen in the consortium, Eric Perez, told News & Star Sport: “Rugby league didn’t exist in Canada four years ago. “In 2010, my business partner and I were working in Birmingham. We watched the game on Sky TV and thought what an incredible game this is – the best. “When we returned home, without any supporters, players, kit or stadium we challenged the USA to a game. And within six weeks, we got together the players and lost the game by just one try in front of 1,200 spectators. “From there, the game has gone from strength-to-strength. “We are now averaging almost 7,000 for every Test and have our own TV programme ‘The Rugby League Show’ which has 90,000 viewers every week and 170,000 per Test match,” he added. “We have excellent corporate sponsorship deals with companies such as Fosters (brewery) and Booster Juice (a giant Canadian smoothies company) and a lot of people will look at this and think ‘How are teams going to be able to afford to play in Canada’. The answer to that is easy – it will not cost them a penny. “We will fly them out on a Thursday, play on Saturday and they will fly back on Sunday, all expenses paid. “And they will even have the chance to make money – we will give each club a block of seats in the stand, and any ticket money that’s made will go back to the club. “It’s an opportunity for the clubs to offer travel packages and make money. “We are also offering to sponsor the competition to the tune of £200,000.” The consortium has been working on the proposal with the RFL for more than 12 months and coming into the game at League One level is not going to put the dampeners on the application. Perez added: “Going into League One can give us time to build, find our feet, gain promotion and prove our worth to the game. We would stay in the UK for a block of six or seven games and then travel home to play six or seven games there. “The idea of promotion and relegation is intriguing to Canadian fans. We don’t have that here. All the major sports, ice hockey, baseball, basketball and Major League Soccer, are franchise-lead. Sometimes teams don’t worry about doing so well because they know they’ll be there in the league next season.” Town vice-chairman Mark Fryer was excited at the proposal, and said: “I’ve spoken to Eric and he has a passion for the game. “They have some serious business backing and it could be a fantastic opportunity for rugby league itself. “I’m positive about it but we have to be realistic and work it through. “The worst thing that can happen is for them to gain membership and be gone in a couple of years.” An RFL spokesman said: “We have received an application from a Canadian consortium to enter a team into League 1 [the current Championship 1] in the 2016 season. “The consortium delivered a presentation to the Championship clubs at a meeting in Leeds, on Wednesday, which was well-received by the club representatives present. “The RFL will now produce a report into the proposal for consideration by the governing body’s independent board of directors who will make the final decision.” "going to the match dear, see you next week"
  6. 2015 league format

    http://www.loverugbyleague.com/news_16069-video-the-new-structure-explained.html 2015 explained in video format.
  7. I need a current contact for ORSA

    I will private message you Shiela and Grants email address
  8. Oldham under 20's v Fax

    Final Score Oldham 24 Halifax 27 Very good game indeed and Oldham were very unlucky to lose. Oldham outscored Halifax 5 try's to 4 but with Oldham scoring out wide they missed 6 points in conversations, coupled with gifting Fax some very generous field position ay critical times meant to was 24 each with 5 mins to go but a drop goal and a penalty in the last min meant Fax took the points. The penalty count was heavy stacked in Halifax favour but the Oldham pack dominated and the "Cookie Monster" had a very good 80 mins. Neil's boys are a very good team unit with a strong pack and some speedy backs Well Done Boys
  9. Double Home Match Weekend (oh no a rugby topic)

    Edwin” back in 18 TEENAGE centre Edwin Okanga-Ajwang may be given his home debut in Oldham’s first game at Whitebank for five weeks. Aged 19 and the ‘baby’ of the Roughyeds’ senior squad, ‘Edwin’ is named among 18 players from whom Scott Naylor will pick his side for Gateshead Thunder’s visit on Sunday (3pm kick off) in Kingstone Press Championship One. He made his first appearance off the bench in the cup win at Egremont on March 15 and got a full game in the next outing at London Skolars, where he scored his first Oldham try by racing home on the intercept from deep inside his own half. Naylor chose not to expose him to Super League opposition in the Bradford cup-tie, but he is back in contention this weekend while young prop Paddy Mooney stands down —- the only change. Alex Davidson was 18th man (reserve) at London and Bradford, but it’s difficult to envisage Naylor leaving him inactive for the third game in a row. He would appear to be the obvious replacement for Mooney. Naylor will announce his side at training tomorrow from these: Whitehead, Agoro, Wood, Gee, Bloomfield, Palfrey, Robinson, Ward, Whitmore, Boults, Crowley, Langtree, Hobson, Joy, Hughes, Tyson, Okanga-Ajwang, Davidson. Key to selection will be the boss’s decision as to who will be 18th man. Since the last home against Hemel Stags on March 9, Naylor’s men have done well on their travels, winning at Egremont (Cumbria) in the cup and at London in the league before putting up a valiant show in defeat in last week’s fourth round Tetley’s Challenge Cup tie at Bradford. As one of only two unbeaten clubs in the division, Roughyeds believe their performances on the road in recent weeks are worthy of solid support from fans when the team gets back on home soil on Sunday. Said Naylor: “It’s important we perform well at home for numerous reasons, not least that we want to encourage fans to come back for more. “We had three comfortable wins against Gateshead last year, but they have come on a lot since then. We need to guard against thinking that we are going to be playing the team we beat last season. “After the Bradford cup-tie, we’ve got to get back on the Championship One horse and focus entirely on winning league games. “Starting on Sunday, we face a very important five days, but whatever happens we can’t start thinking about Hunslet until the Gateshead game is in the record books. “As I’ve said before, I’ll be using the full squad over the two games.” Thunder, coached by Stanley Gene, have won one of their three league games and have also picked up a bonus point, but Gene isn’t impressed by his side’s defence, which has leaked 93 points, equal to 31 a game. “If we don’t improve, and quickly, we’ll be going out looking for other players to come in,” said the former Papua New Guinea international. Thunder (from): Blades, Booth, Brown, Heil, Capper, Stamp, Beharrell, Clarke, Hough, Stoker, Payne, Bowring, Essiemont, Fewlass, Cockburn, Barron, Powley. * FIRST-TEAM squad players Steven Nield, Mooney and David Cookson (back after injury) play in the under-20s side against Halifax at Whitebank tomorrow (2.30pm kick off). Having seen his side beaten in the league by the second teams of leading Championship clubs Leigh, Sheffield and Featherstone, coach Neil Roden hopes it’s Oldham’s turn to win. He’s named a 19-man squad, but he fears Richard Joy will be ruled out by injury after going over on an ankle in training last night. He went to hospital for x-rays. “It will be a blow if he is out because he has been playing exceptionally well,” said Roden, of the younger brother of first-team prop Phil Joy. Under-20s (from): Singleton; Bickerstaff, Cookson, Nield, Whitfield, Dempsey, Hughes, Mooney, Ball, B Roden, Haney, Partington, Fitzsimmons, Sargeant, Boardman, Wareing, A Joy, Walker, R Joy. * NAYLOR described as ‘great news’ the latest medical report on young hooker Adam Files, who is recovering from knee surgery. There were early fears that he might miss much of the season, but the operation has been successful and the latest prognosis is highly encouraging. Said Naylor: “He’s coming along really well with his rehab. Best of all, we are hopeful that he could be available again within the month.” source www.oldhamroughyeds.co.uk
  10. Double Home Match Weekend at Whitebank Stadium Saturday 12th April, Your Under 20's Championship Team are playing Halifax at Whitebank kick off time 1430hrs. Sunday 13th April , Your Oldham Roughyeds face Stanley Gene's Gateshead Thunder kick off time 1500hrs If you haven't been for a while come down and support one or both of YOUR teams. Gateshead will prove to be strong opposition, they are very strong on offence but they have also shipped in 93+ points on defence, it could be an high scoring match but Oldham's Strong Defence could be tested against Gene's men. Promises to be a cracker, Get Down and Cheer on Your Oldham Roughyeds The Weather is looking good, so bring your Sun Glasses, Hat and Sun Cream WE ARE OLDHAM ROUGHYEDS
  11. Under 20's Championship Today 2:30pm

    With no first team game this weekend and another away match next week at Bradford, Come on down to Whitebank and watch the reserve grade boys play. The matches are fantastic, the guys play with commitment and passion. Neil's team are playing some exciting rugby and this is the ideal opportunity to give the Under 20's a try. WHITEBANK 2:30PM
  12. Ryan Bailey joins Hunlets Hawks

    Hunslet Hawks RLFC have announced the dual registration signing of Great Britain international front row forward Ryan Bailey & Chris Clarkson. Bailey’s most recent appearance for the Rhinos was a try scoring one against Widnes in a comprehensive victory just 2 weeks ago at Headingley. Second Row Clarkson has appeared in four of the Rhinos 6 Super League games so far this season and will make his second appearance for the club following 1 appearance also on dual registration in 2013.
  13. Season 2014

    The RFL is implementing a re structure in 2015 and for many clubs this will be a challenging season. Two relegated from Super League, 5 down from the Championship and one club can move from the third tier directly into SL 2. My main interested is in Oldham RLFC - Can we really be playing in SL2 in 2015? ? ? (At Boundary Park) or are will we be consigned to the new 14 team Championship One League, I understand Coventry Bears are likely to be given league status in 2015. Championship One --- Favourites for the Grand Final and subsequent promotion are Hunslet and Oldham. (Promotion is via a play off match, our record is at least very consistent in the Grand Finals ha ha !!!!) Championship One Play off teams Hunslet, Oldham, York, London and Gateshead (Stanley Gene will have a positive impact at the Thunder) Championship bottom five Rochdale, Swinton, Workington, Barrow and Whitehaven or Dewsbury SL bottom two, The Broncos and ?? (not sure) Could be any one of four of five teams. What are peoples opinions of who will finish were by the end of the 2014 season?
  14. London Skolars v North Wales 1830pm

    http://www.rugbyleaguelive.co.uk/?9226 Live scores on this link. Do London Wasps have a B team?