Wood hails ‘fantastic’ Summer Bash

Over 15,000 fans attended the maiden Summer Bash that has been well received by clubs and fans alike.

Bloomfield Road held host to the event which featured six Kingstone Press Championship fixtures and the iPro Sport Cup final, which North Wales Crusaders claimed following a 14-8 victory over Swinton Lions.

In a statement released by the RFL, Chief Executive Nigel Wood said; “Summer Bash has been an event that the whole sport should feel proud of, it has been a fantastic weekend showcasing the Kingstone Press Championship and League 1.

“I would like to thank the fans who turned out in their thousands to create a carnival atmosphere both inside and outside the stadium, they have really embraced the new concept and helped make the event a great success. Congratulations must go to North Wales Crusaders on their spectacular win in the iPro Sport Cup final.

“For the fans who couldn’t make it to Bloomfield Road they were able to enjoy the high quality drama on the field by watching the great coverage Sky Sports provided over the weekend.

“I am looking forward to next year’s event and we will confirm the date and venue in due course.”

Martyn Sadler’s take on the Summer Bash and match reports from all seven games are in this week’s League Express, available in stores today.