Crook relishing derby final

Date published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rochdale Hornets half-back Paul Crook is relishing the chance to play local rivals Oldham in the Kingstone Press Championship One Play-off Final at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday (2.00pm).

Crook landed a last-minute drop-goal to give the Hornets victory over Oldham when the sides met in a play-off encounter on September 15 and he’s expecting another tough contest when they meet again in Sunday’s competition finale .

“It’s fantastic that we’re playing Oldham, it will mean that both teams will raise their games and with it being against our local rivals, it’ll definitely add something to the final,” said Crook.

“It’s a final and both teams will be going all out to get that promotion which is at stake and that promises for a great game and I’m sure the fans will really get behind the team.

“We have stuck to our targets all season. We had a game plan against Oldham in the first match and we will probably use a game plan again at the weekend. As long as we can get on top of their forwards we have a good chance.”

Crook was quick to praise the impact of Rochdale coach Ian Talbot, after the manager had to bring in a plethora of new faces in the close season and Crook says everybody is now targeting the same thing.

“I’ve been here for four years but at the start of the season we had basically an entirely new team. Ian Talbot has made some fantastic signings and we’ve managed to build a side again,” he said.

“I think there’s the perfect blend of old and young players and Ian has done really well to get everybody to gel so quickly.

“Everyone at the club has one goal in mind, that’s promotion to the Championship, and we’ll be going all out to ensure we get that this weekend.”

Get your tickets to Kingstone Press Championship Finals day and see all three live games of Rugby League from as little as £15 for adults. To purchase tickets, please either visit or call the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113.

To ensure you are sitting with other Oldham supporters get your tickets from the Roughyeds. They are on sale each day this week up to and including Friday from the refreshment van at Whitebank, from 10am to 1pm and from 5pm to 6.30pm.

You can also book coach travel to Leigh from Whitebank at a cost of £10 and also book a champagne breakfast in the Whitebank clubhouse which includes a glass of champagne and a bacon sandwich. This AND coach travel is available at £15. Breakfast without the coach is £10.

The Whitebank social club on Sunday will be open from 10am to noon (showing a DVD of last week’s Oldham v London Skolars game) and from 5pm to welcome back fans and players after the game.

For further information or to book coach and/or breakfast ring Janet at the club on 0161 624 9630, extension 70552.

Match commentary is available for visually impaired supporters. The equipment is ‘wireless’ and can be used in all areas of any stadium that host one of our events. The system is fully portable and as such fans may sit anywhere they choose in the stadium, alongside their family, friends and other club supporters. It is advisable to reserve these at least 48 hours prior to a match as quantities are limited.

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