Here comes the RAF

Date published: Thursday, May 22, 2014
YOUNG players at Oldham RL Club will be given an unexpected opportunity to impress senior coaches Scott Naylor and Lee Spencer in a game against the Royal Air Force at Whitebank on Saturday, June 7 (2.30pm kick off).
The RAF requested a game as part of their preparations for a trip to Canada next month and for the annual Inter-Services Championships in September.
Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “The under-20s had no game on June 7, so we were delighted to invite the RAF to Whitebank.
“The game will provide our boys with a different type of challenge to the ones they normally face and it will be interesting to see how they handle it.”
The RAF will play the Canadian national side in Toronto on June 21, hoping to repeat their win of 2012 in the same stadium, watched by a crowd of nearly 10,000.
They will reach the pinnacle of their season in September when they play the Army and the Navy in pursuit of the inter-services trophy they last won in 2012.
“Oldham will give us a hard, fast, competitive test which will be superb preparation for the games we have coming up in the next month or two,” said Flight Sergeant Ozzy Hicks, RAF team manager.
Season-ticket holders will gain free admission. Other fans will be asked for normal second-team prices, £4 adults, £2 concessions.
Neil Roden’s under-20s go to Whitehaven on Saturday to play Cumbrian regional academy (2.30) before having two home games against Sheffield Eagles on May 31 and the RAF on June 7, both 2.30.
On Sunday, Oldham go to Cheltenham (3pm) to face a Gloucester All Golds side that won the Kingstone Press team performance of the week for winning at London Skolars.
Casey Canterbury (19), a hooker on loan from Hunslet, scored two tries on debut and won the KP player-of-the-week award.
Oldham had winger Dale Bloomfield and back-row forward Danny Langtree in the week’s top team:
Morris (Oxford); Brickwood (Hunslet), Ford (York), Wilson (Hunslet), Bloomfield (OLDHAM); T Coyle (Hunslet), Canterbury (Gloucester); Aldous (York), Farrer (South Wales), Hadden (Oxford), Muranfa (Gloucester), Langtree (OLDHAM), Bateman (South Wales).