Roughyeds update

Date published: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
OLDHAM have rescheduled their two games against South Wales Scorpions so that they have a match at Whitebank on the Saturday of Super League’s Magic Weekend.
They were due to travel to The Gnoll in Neath on Sunday, May 27, but Scorpions will now come to Oldham the day before (1pm kick off) and Roughyeds will go to South Wales on Sunday, July 22 (3pm).
Magic Weekend will be staged at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester over two days with three Super League games on Saturday, May 26 and four more on the following day.
Saturday will feature Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Wildcats (1pm), Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings (4pm) and Hull FC v Hull KR (7pm).
On the Sunday fans can watch Catalan Dragons v London Broncos (noon), Huddersfield Giants v Salford City Reds (2pm), Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos (4pm) and St Helens v Wigan Warriors (6pm).
“To be away in South Wales when all that rugby league was taking place on our doorstep would have been an opportunity missed,” said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton.
“We are grateful to Scorpions for their co-operation.
“It means followers of the sport in Oldham — our own fans and others — can watch us at Whitebank and still get down the road to the Etihad to watch two of the three games there on the Saturday.
“We hope to generate a decent crowd and with that in mind we will soon be launching match-day initiatives aimed at, among others, the many Super League followers who will be in the area that weekend.”
Scorpions are selling a rugby day out to the sport’s northern heartland, taking in their game at Whitebank and then moving on to the Etihad Stadium to watch Warrington v Widnes and the Hull derby.
Said chairman Phil Davies: “It gives our fans an opportunity to have a rugby day out, watching Scorpions but also getting involved with Magic Weekend.
“We had no hesitation in reversing our fixtures to make all this possible when Oldham put the request to us.”
Ahead of tomorrow night’s reserve team game against Halifax at Whitebank (7.45pm), Roughyeds point out that they are the only Championship One club to run a second team and the only Championship One club to boast an under-18s scholarship squad.
They were the only club from the third tier to feature also in the last 16 of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.
Seven of the 17 players who turned out in the fifth-round clash with St Helens came through the reserves — Michael Ward, Jamie Dallimore, Alex Thompson, Shaun Robinson, Matthew Fogarty, David Cookson and Chris Clarke.
Said Roughyeds chief Chris Hamilton: “We are proud of our player development work, especially at a time when we seem to be going it alone at our level.
“It continues to work well and is testament to the efforts of everyone who has been associated with it in the last few years.”
The current crop of reserves will be aiming for their fourth win in six outings this season — and their third victory in a row — when they entertain Halifax tomorrow night.