Tetley’s Challenge Cup draw

Saddleworth Rangers are at home to Milford Marlins in the first round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup to be played over the weekend of February 1 and 2.

Roughyeds enter the competition, with all other clubs in the two Championship divisions, on the weekend of March 15 and 16 at the third-round stage.

The enduring appeal of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious competition was highlighted when the first round draw was conducted live on BBC Radio Humberside. continue reading

Palfrey keeps captain’s role

LEWIS Palfrey, Oldham RL Club’s attacking architect, will continue to wear the captain’s armband in his second season at Whitebank.

The 23-year-old half-back has accepted an invitation to shoulder leadership responsibilities for another year, describing his reappointment as an “honour and a privilege”.

Hooker Sam Gee (26) will continue as vice-captain.

Palfrey says supporters should be aware, however, that he and his right-hand man will also have the backing of other ‘leaders’ and ‘talkers’ within the group, whose input will be encouraged. continue reading

Tetley’s Challenge Cup draw

The draw for the first round of the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup, which includes Saddleworth Rangers, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Humberside this evening (Wednesday) between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

The draw sees 44 teams set out on the road that ultimately leads to Wembley Stadium and the 2014 final of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition on Saturday August 23.

Rugby League fans around the country can listen to the draw as it happens live on the BBC iPlayer by visiting www.bbc.co.uk/radiohumberside continue reading

Centurions to march on Whitebank

OLDHAM RL Club’s programme of pre-season games will conclude with a visit by Leigh Centurions to Whitebank on Saturday, February 15, kicking off at 2.30pm.

Each of the Roughyeds’ three warm-up matches will be against Championship opposition from the higher division —- Barrow Raiders away and Swinton Lions and Leigh, both at home.

Diary dates:

Sunday, February 2, Barrow v Oldham at Craven Park, kick-off 2pm.

Sunday, February 9, Oldham v Swinton at Whitebank, kick-off 3pm.

Saturday, February 15, Oldham v Leigh at Whitebank, kick-off 2.30pm. continue reading

Neil’s new job

NEIL Roden, who retired as a player at the end of last season, starts a new challenge tonight in his long and illustrious career with Oldham RL Club.

Having scored 113 tries in 296 cup and league appearances for the Roughyeds — both records for the ‘new’ Oldham club — 33-year-old Roden succeeds Phil Costin as coach of the under-20s squad.

Club captain for four of his 12 seasons at Oldham, and a player who gave outstanding service on and off the field from the day he first walked into the club as a 19-year-old, Roden will address the Roughyeds’ youngsters before they start pre-season training at Oasis Academy this evening. continue reading