BE OUR VALENTINE!

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Over the past 5 years the Batley Bulldogs family has raised over £71,000, for Breast Cancer Charities, as part of their Bulldogs in the Pink Campaign. It would be amazing if, in 2019, we could reach £29,000, to make an unbelievable total of £100,000.

Every penny raised is given to Breast Cancer Charities and everyone knows someone who has been affected by this cruel disease. In order to have a chance of achieving that £29,000 we need to hold more events and we have now organised a Pink Valentines Ball, something we have never done before, and are hoping that people will support the evening.

The Pink Ball will be on Friday 15th February, 2019, at Howley Hall Golf Club. To create the Ball atmosphere it will be a black tie event (although lounge suits will be fine if you don’t have a dinner suit) and an occasion for the ladies to dress up in all their finery too.

There will be a 3 course meal, live entertainment, and maybe a surprise or 2, and all in all it will be a great evening. Tickets are £40 and already selling quickly, so please don’t leave it until the last moment.

For more details please contact Beverley on 07711983123 or on beverley@batleybulldogs.co.uk

Please try and help us achieve this target and support our Breast Cancer Charities

HOLIDAY FUN FOR THE BULLDOGS COMMUNITY TEAM

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The Half term was a very busy week for the Bulldogs Community Team. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the community gym was open for anyone to come into and get into some fitness under instruction. The last three days of the week there was also an activity camp for young people aged 5 to 10. The days were great fun with activities including rugby skills, football, cricket, arts and crafts and of course a Halloween party to round the week off on the Friday.

Pictured are some of the young people preparing pumpkins for the party. On Thursday the Community Team and Battler the Bulldogs were surprise guests at the Halloween party for Downs and Special Friends where they handed out biscuits and mini rugby balls and Battler had a go at the limbo. The community team have met many of the young people and their families on previous projects and events and it was great to catch up. Batley Legend Danny Maun was also at hand for the week of activities.

There was also a family show called “Rabbit Girl” presented at the Bulldogs stadium in partnership with Creative Scene that provided fun for all the family.

BRETHERTON BACK FOR ANOTHER YEAR!

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Hugely popular Bulldogs’ star Alex Bretherton has committed yet another year to the club, signing a playing contract for 2019. Since joining Batley in 2011 Breth has made 196 appearances, scoring 47 Tries, and 1 goal!

A key part of the squad throughout his time with The Bulldogs, he has shown great versatility playing in a number of positions when called upon, and was instrumental in both the run to the 2013 Grand Final and qualification for the Super 8 Qualifiers, 2016.

Coach Diskin is delighted to have Alex back on board for another season “Breth brings a massive presence in the squad. His attitude is first class and his experience & flexibility are invaluable to us. We’re thrilled to have him with us again in the coming season”

TYLER NEXT IN FOR BULLDOGS

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Highly rated young Forward Tyler Dickinson has signed with The Bulldogs for the 2019 season.

The 22 year old Prop made a number of Super League appearances for Huddersfield Giants following his debut against Leeds Rhinos in 2016, and has added invaluable experience with spells on loan with Oldham and Halifax in the Championship.

Matt Diskin is delighted to capture the signature of Tyler after several other clubs showed interest, and with the pre-season fast approaching is happy with the way his squad is shaping up.

“Things are really coming together now, there are still a couple of steps to go but I’m very happy with the way we’ve progressed. We’re looking forward to having the boys back in and building towards the start of the new campaign”

VINNY IN THE RING

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We’d like to wish the very best of luck to Bulldogs sponsor, and friend of the club Vince Kerr, of Kerr Interiors, as he takes to the Boxing ring at an Ultra White Collar Boxing Event at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, on 17th November, all in aid of Cancer Research.

“This is the first time I have ever asked for sponsorship or donations for Charity but here goes ! I am putting my head on the block, If you would like to help me raise as much money as possible please donate to my just giving page, no matter how big or small every penny counts to donate to such a worthy cause. Thank you in advance”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vincent-kerr?fbclid=IwAR1Y8h34zHmZZg0CnIKf9o2Sv6xuf6FenvWNAXHdgODpgrP1kbQAwXqRH0o

MIDWEEK THEATRE AT THE BULLDOGS

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Coming to Batley Bulldogs on Wednesday 31 October, 1pm & 3pm

Rabbit Girl and the Search for Wonder
by 154 Collective in association with Creative Scene

Something impossible has happened, something no one saw coming.  So Rabbit Girl and her Dad have done what they do best – pulled on their boots, packed their tent and headed off into the wilderness.  Join them around the campfire to hear about some pretty awesome adventures from all over the world.

Rabbit Girl & The Search for Wonder is a new show for North Kirklees inspired by stories from local families about the joy of storytelling, coping with loss and finding wonder in the world again. Perfect for under 8s.

Capacity is limited so book early to avoid disappointment at www.creativescene.org.uk

BULLDOGS SWOOP FOR TAIRA

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Matt Diskin has moved to add further power to the pack with the signature of hard hitting Prop Forward Joe Taira, from Championship rivals Rochdale Hornets. The Fijian has impressed at The Hornets in recent seasons, making 21 appearances in 2018 and adding 4 tries

Welcome to Batley Joe!

CAFE VISIT FOR COMMUNITY TEAM

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On Wednesday 17th October 2018 members of the Batley Bulldogs Community Team visited the Forget Me Not Memory café In Woodkirk near Batley.

After enjoying coffee and cake with the members Jon and Sharaz spoke about the history of the Bulldogs before running a chair based exercise class. “We really enjoyed our visit to the café and meeting the members of the club. It is really important for people to keep active both mentally and physically and the club is promoting this in the community through a variety of projects” said Jon Humpleby, Community Manager.

Caroline, one of the volunteer coordinators at the memory Café, said “Thank you for an absolutely fab afternoon. We are looking forward to working with you again. Everyone really enjoyed it”.

The Forget Me Not Memory Cafe meet at St Mary’s Church, Woodkirk, the first and third Wednesday each month, visit their Facebook page for more information or to get in touch.

https://www.facebook.com/forgetmenottingley/

ENGLAND TO HONOUR WAR HEROES

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England to honour First World War heroes in
Remembrance Day Test

England will show their support for the Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ movement by wearing a special commemorative jersey in the Third Test of the forthcoming series against New Zealand at Elland Road which will be played on Remembrance Sunday, November 11.

The Royal British Legion is running a mass movement to say ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world during the First World War – honouring not only the 1.1 million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives, but also those who played their part on the home front, and those who returned to build a better life for the benefit of generations to come.

Hummel have produced a one-off shirt for the match featuring the poppy – the international symbol of Remembrance and hope – as well as the “Thank You 1918-2018” logo, with £5 from the sale of each jersey going to the RBL. A limited number of shirts will available to purchase from shop.rugby-league.com from November 5 and will be on sale at Anfield and Elland Road on match day.

Simon O’Leary, the Royal British Legion’s Assistant Director of Fundraising, said: “The First World War left so many legacies that positively impact our lives today, from ground-breaking social change to pioneering innovations. This Centenary of the ending of the First World War is a chance for us all to thank not only the British Armed Forces who fought and gave their lives, but also the thousands who fought alongside them from India and across today’s Commonwealth, and the many men, women and children who played their part on the home front.

“We are very grateful to the Rugby Football League for commemorating the Legion’s ‘Thank You’ movement and wearing the special branded shirts during England’s international matches against New Zealand.”

Jamie Peacock, the former England and Great Britain captain who is now the Team Manager, said: “The sport of Rugby League, and the England team, are proud to be associated with the courage and sacrifices of our Armed Forces, never more so than this year as we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

“We will be visiting the Western Front as a squad next weekend to reinforce that message ahead of the Test series against New Zealand, and I know the players will be proud to wear the poppy and to support the Royal British Legion’s Thank You movement on Remembrance Sunday.”

Tom and George Burgess, the Yorkshire-born twins who now play for South Sydney, launched the shirt with Peacock at the Imperial War Museum in Salford today – royalty-free images are attached.

Peacock and the Burgess twins were also presented with copies of a new book that has been published to signal the centenary of the end of the Great War, commemorating for the first time the 69 Northern Union players who did not return from the Front.

The Greatest Sacrifice – Fallen Heroes of the Northern Union, by Jane and Chris Roberts, is available from Scratching Shed Publishing – http://www.scratchingshedpublishing.com/products-page/biography/the-greatest-sacrifice/

For more information on the Thank You campaign, https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/thank-you/

England play four Tests this autumn, starting against France at Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday (October 17, ko 745pm).

TRY OF THE SEASON!!

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With some stunning Rugby League on show from Matt Diskin’s side this year we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to picking our Try of The Season!

Just for fun, please vote via our official twitter page. There will be 4 parts to the Try of the Season with the winner of each going through to the final!

The Final! You have 3 days to vote for your 2018 Try of the Season.

Jouffret V Leigh

Day V Toronto

Brown V Sheffield

Day V Toulouse