Oldham RL

Date published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

OLDHAM RL Club plan to break new ground by launching an amateur club for boys and girls, aged six to 11 inclusive, plus adults who would like to assist.

An open meeting will be held in the Whitebank Stadium social club this Friday, July 20 (6.30pm), at which full details will be announced.

Roughyeds are looking for adults — parents of participating children or otherwise — to fill a wide range of volunteer roles such as committee members, coaches, first-aid personnel, touchline managers . . . and even cooks !

All relevant training will be covered by the club.

Schools and youth groups in the area have been circulated.

A club spokesman said: “Friday’s meeting is open to everyone. People can also contact Janet at the Roughyeds office on 0161 628 3677.”

Roughyeds will be checking on the fitness of Miles Greenwood (back) and Paul Noone (ankle) when coach Tony Benson begins preparations this evening for Sunday’s game in Neath (3pm) against South Wales Scorpions.

Noone, who was out for weeks after damaging the ankle in the 20-20 draw at London Skolars in April, had more treatment on it during Sunday’s 25-24 win against Skolars at Whitebank, but returned to the field later.

Greenwood played the full game despite a sore back which came close to forcing him out of the side just before kick-off.

The reserves, who have scored 114 points in their last two games against York and Sheffield, will again be in the charge of Mark Brocklehurst against unbeaten league leaders Featherstone at Whitebank on Thursday (7.45pm).

The top three play off for the championship trophy and with three games to play Oldham are third behind Featherstone and Halifax.

After Featherstone, they go to Halifax on Thursday, August 2 and bottom-club York, provisionally arranged for Tuesday, August 7.

Featherstone will finish top and will be at home to the winners of 2 v 3 in the championship final.

Said Brocklehurst: “To finish second, and to get a home semi-final, we will probably need to win each of our three remaining games.

“With that in mind, the Featherstone game is huge. They are a strong side, but I’m quietly confident we can turn them over.”

2012 Under 23’s Championship P. W. D. L. For Ag. Diff. Pts.
Featherstone Rovers 12 12 0 0 612 154 458 24
Halifax 13 8 0 5 314 297 17 16
Oldham 13 7 1 5 362 322 40 15
Keighley Cougars 13 5 1 7 341 386 -45 11
Sheffield Eagles 13 4 0 9 294 534 -240 8
York City Knights 10 0 0 10 164 394 -230 0