Post match comments

Date published: Monday, September 13, 2010

THE attendance of 1,275 at the Oldham-York game was the best so far at Whitebank, beating the previous best of 1,110 set when York provided the opposition for the Roughyeds’ historic first game at the ground on May 9.
 
At the post-match presentations in the club, both chairman Chris Hamilton and coach Tony Benson applauded the supporters for their backing, not only at that game but throughout the season.
 
Roughyeds have only one game left now and that will be in the Grand Final at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on Sunday week, September 26.
 
Chris said the players and coaching staff had pulled off a “fantastic” achievement to reach the club’s fourth Grand Final in a row. “We didn’t play particularly well today,” he said, “but we dug deep and battled for each other and that has been a hallmark of the side all this season.”
 
Tony said: “At the start of the year we didn’t have anything — no team, no ground. But once we were up and running we had phenomenal support week in and week out, home or away. In getting to the Grand Final the boys have done their bit for everyone at the club and for everyone, including you the fans, who have helped to get us where we are.
 
“We have learned a lot of lessons in today’s game that will stand us in good stead at the Halliwell Jones. We have two weeks now to prepare and we will be doing our best to go there and get the job done.”
 
Earlier, in his post-match media interviews, Tony said: “It was a tough game, but we expected that. York are big, well-organised side with a game plan to play to their strengths, and it nearly paid off for them.
 
“I was happy to be only two points behind at half time, given that we would be playing down the slope in the second half. What we didn’t know at half time was that York would have all the ball for the first 10 to 15 minutes of the second half.
 
“We hung in during that period and then the game started to turn in our favour. In the end it was the sort of game that provided us with ideal preparation for the Grand Final. We went 13 points up with only six or seven minutes left and then got giddy and excited and they came right back at us.
 
“We have a lot of lessons to learn from this match, and we will learn them that’s for sure. We have two weeks now in the lead-up to the final and we must spend those weeks wisely. To be honest we will have learned more from this game today than we could ever do in two weeks of training.
 
“I don’t care who we play in the final. That’s not being over-confident. I know there is a lot of work to do. We have given ourselves an opportunity and what matters is how we approach that opportunity in order to take advantage from it.
 
“The magnitude of what we have achieved has not sunk in yet, but the boys have a real hunger for success and that’s an appetite we need to feed.”