Neal back home on two-year deal

ADAM Neal, Oldham’s promotion-year pack leader, is back at the club where his peers voted him their top player in 2015.

The 26-year-old front-for forward, a full-time pro at Sheffield Eagles last season, becomes the Roughyeds’ fifth new signing behind Scott Leatherbarrow, Ben Davies, Nathan Chappell and David Hewitt.

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Club’s Appreciation of fans reflected in 2017 prices

AS a thank-you to fans for helping them to defy all odds in the KP Championship, Oldham RLFC have announced that 2017 match-day prices will stay the same.

And on a pro-rata basis, given that unlike last year they include the Summer Bash derby clash with Rochdale Hornets at Blackpool on May 27, season tickets will be marginally CHEAPER.

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WOW — Look at this for a fixture list !

A FIXTURE list that has the WOW FACTOR . . . that was the reaction of everyone in the Oldham camp when games, dates and kick-off times for the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship season were released by the RFL.

“You can look at practically every one of our games and see something special or intriguing,” said upbeat club chairman Chris Hamilton. “We thought last season was great; 2017 has the potential to be even better.”

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Scott welcomes Summer Bash derby

SCOTT Naylor has welcomed the RFL decision to pair Oldham with neighbours Rochdale Hornets in next season’s Summer Bash event at Blackpool.

“They’re our arch-rivals, so who better ?,” said the Roughyeds boss, of a Hornets outfit that won promotion to the second tier as League 1 champions at the end of last season and have since signed Lewis Palfrey and Gary Middlehurst.

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New deal for unlucky Briscoe

OLDHAM have re-signed long-term injury victim Craig Briscoe in the knowledge that he won’t play again until he has fully recovered from a surgical reconstruction of his right knee.

It’s a show of faith in the desperately unlucky 23-year-old former Leigh and Barrow back-row forward, whose first season with the Roughyeds was restricted to four starts and another three appearances off the bench.

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On track to do well—Chris

WITH 18 players already contracted for next season or beyond, including new boys Ben Davies, Scott Leatherbarrow, Nathan Chappell and David Hewitt, Oldham are well ahead of schedule, said chairman Chris Hamilton at the club’s 2016 awards dinner.

Likening this time of year for rugby league clubs to New Year’s Eve, he said it was a time for taking stock, looking back and preparing for new challenges that lie ahead.

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Ladbrokes Four Nations – Match Officials

Match Official appointments for Ladbrokes Four Nations opening two rounds announced

An international panel has announced the match official appointments for the first two rounds of the Ladbrokes Four Nations.

Robert Hicks

The opening weekend will see two Super League referees appointed for the first two games of the tournament. Ben Thaler will take charge of the opening fixture on Friday night between Australia and Scotland at the Lightstream Stadium in Hull and Robert Hicks will referee the game on Saturday between England and New Zealand, in front of a capacity crowd at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.

Two NRL referees will take charge of the second round of Ladbrokes Four Nations games, the international double header at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Saturday 5 November. Gerard Sutton will take charge of England v Scotland and Ben Cummins will be the man in the middle for the game between New Zealand and Australia.

For the first two rounds games have been graded according to world ranking, with the Super League and NRL Grand Final referees (Hicks and Cummins) allocated the ‘top’ two games. As the more experienced international referee Ben Cummins has been awarded the highest ranked game between New Zealand v Australia and Robert Hicks the next game between England and New Zealand.

The match official appointments for the third round of games and the Ladbrokes Four Nations Final at Anfield, will then be awarded on merit, based on the performances of the four referees in the first two rounds of games. The three-person panel making these decisions consists of Steve Ganson (RFL Head of Match Officials), Tony Archer (NRL General Manager Officiating) and Luke Watts (NZRL National Referee Development Officer).

It has also been confirmed that Australian Bernard Sutton will join the Match Officials group as a Video Referee along with Touch Judge Anthony Elliott from New Zealand.
Speaking about the appointments, Ladbrokes Four Nations Tournament Director, Jon Dutton, said: “A tremendous amount of work and thought has gone into the appointments process and I am very grateful to Steve, Tony and Luke for their vision and collaboration.

“The tournament has appointed four high performing world-class referees who will be joined by an excellent team of support officials. The decision to award matches based on merit rather than country neutrality is a progressive move by all concerned and shows the confidence we have in officials and the focus on recognising and rewarding good performance.”

The 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations featuring England, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland starts on Friday, October 28 and more than 50 per cent of tickets are priced at £25 or less. Buy tickets here or call the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113 (calls to this number will cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.)

Full 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations schedule is as follows:

Friday October 28 (8.00pm): Australia v Scotland, Lightstream Stadium, Hull
Saturday October 29 (2.30pm): England v New Zealand, The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield – GENERAL ADMISSION SOLD OUT
Saturday November 5 (5.30pm): England v Scotland, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Saturday November 5 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Australia, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Friday November 11 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Scotland, The Zebra Claims Stadium, Workington
Sunday November 13 (2.00pm): England v Australia, The London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Sunday November 20 (2.30pm): Final, Anfield, Liverpool

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Kingstone Press Championship 2017 fixtures released

Hull Kingston Rovers will begin their quest to make an immediate return to the Betfred Super League against Bradford Bulls, in one of six games kicking off the Kingstone Press Championship across the weekend of 4th and 5th of February 2017.

The Bulls who narrowly missed out on promotion to the Super League in 2015 with defeat in the £1M Game will face Hull KR at the Lightstream Stadium on Sunday February 5 whilst Batley Bulldogs will kick off the new season the day before, beginning life under new coach Matt Diskin away against newly promoted Toulouse Olympique XIII on Saturday 4 February.

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