Hertfordshire set for showpiece Rugby League day

The East Rugby League is set for its showpiece event as three Cup Finals take place at The Colosseum, St Albans, today (Saturday, July 8) writes Oliver Roby.
Kicking off proceedings at the home of St Albans Centurions is the Vase Final at 1.00pm as Eastern Rhinos, formerly Ipswich Rhinos, take on Kings Lynn Black Knights.
A remarkable 100-18 win at Cambridge Lions proved to be the highlight of the Rhinos’ cup run, while Kings Lynn secured their place in the final with a 32-20 semi-final win at Bedford Tigers A.
At 3.00pm, Brentwood Eels face off with North Herts Crusaders in the Shield Final.
Brentwood won 28-22 in a thriller at home to Southend Spartans in the semi-final, while Crusaders saw off St Albans Centurions 38-16 on their own patch to reach the final.
Finally, East Rugby League’s biggest Cup competition, the East RL Cup, rounds off the afternoon.
Kicking off at 5.00pm, Hemel Stags and Bedford Tigers will fight it out for the accolade.
Kingstone Press League 1 club Hemel’s East RL team began their journey to the final in May, winning a qualifying match 36-24 against Kings Lynn, while reigning East Rugby League champions Bedford Tigers eased past North Herts, 36-12, to secure their place..
Entry to the finals day is free and RFL National Club and Competition Manager John McMullen said: “Saturday marks one of the biggest days in the East Rugby League calendar.
“With three great games in prospect, it should be a fantastic afternoon to showcase what Rugby League in the east of England is all about.”
Admission to the event is free.