Year 11 Cup Final

Date published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

WHITEBANK will score another ‘first’ this Thursday afternoon when the Oldham Schools’ Year 11 rugby league cup final between Bluecoat and Saddleworth will be staged at the home of Oldham RL Club. Kick-off will be timed for between 4pm and 4.15.

The corresponding final last year was held at Hollinwood and in 2009 and 2010 at Manor Park, home of Oldham RU Club.

Inter-school rugby league in Oldham and Tameside falls under the auspices of that region’s Service Area which felt it was appropriate this year for cup finals to be staged at the home of the town’s professional rugby league club.

Service Area official Steven Nield, the Roughyeds’ reserves team full-back or winger, said there were plans to have four more age-group finals at Whitebank over the course of the next few weeks.

The Service Area will be back at Whitebank on Friday night for town team under-18s training ahead of their game against Manchester and Salford at Salford City Reds’ new stadium on Tuesday, May 29 (6pm).

The game will be a curtain-raiser to a match between Adrian Morley’s all-star team and the Manchester and Salford open-age squad for the Don Preston Memorial Trophy, which kicks off at 7.30pm.