BREARLEY BULLDOG!

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Ahead of this Sunday’s Yorkshire Cup Final, towering forward Paul Brearley has signed a one year contract with the club.

The 6″7 back row man joined the squad as a trialist, and has played in each of the pre-season games so far. A former Rochdale Mayfield player, he has been impressive in all appearances so far, scoring a fine try against Hunslet at Odsal to cup a stand-out performance on the day.

Paul is delighted to be joining the squad for the season and looking forward to playing his part.
“I’m really happy to be here, it’s a great set of lads with a lot of quality. I’m learning a lot and hope to be able to get as many games as I can under my belt.”

Coach Matt Diskin told us “Paul has been a revelation to the group, both in training and on the field. His performances have been very good, we’re delighted to have him with us”

Bulldogs 22-18 York City Knights

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The Bulldogs secured a place in the K2 Yorkshire Cup Final, coming from 0-18 behind, in a pulsating tie against a superb York City Knights.
As with all the Yorkshire Cup ties so far, the game looked nothing like a friendly as both sides gave everything with the home side grabbing the win just minutes from time.

Report to follow.

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The inaugural Yorkshire Cup has so far been a huge success with combined attendance of almost 5000 for the two double headers last weekend.

The Knights secured their place in the semi-final with victory over Hunslet Club Parkside 34-4  last weekend, whilst The Bulldogs overcame Hunslet RLFC with a 36-0 victory, and will now face York City Knights at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday 13th January. Kick Off 2pm.

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Bulldogs’ Head Coach Matt Diskin was pleased with this side’s performace at Odsal Stadium in the opening Yorkshire Cup fixture, and is looking forward to a difficult tie this Sunday.

“I was really happy with our shape against Hunslet, We defended well against a quality attack and to keep a score to zero against any opposition is impressive. With the ball I thought we played some great rugby.
We were fast and created lot of problems for Hunslet. We still have work to do for the start of the league campaign, but things are coming together and the progress so far is very good.”

“York will present us with different challenges and this is sure to be a tough and exciting game. It’s one we’re really looking forward to.”

Yorkshire Cup victory for Bulldogs

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Batley Bulldogs moved into the K2 Yorkshire Cup Semi-Finals with a hard fought victory over Hunslet, in a tough game at Odsal Stadium.

Both sides were reduced to 12 men early on as Richard Moore (Hunslet) Joe Taira (Batley) were shown red cards for violent conduct after an off the ball clash. The opening quarter was tight with Hunslet having much of the ball but beung unable to break down a resolute Batley defence.

Sam Wood opened the scoring for The Bulldogs after a smart interchange, James Brown charged over from short range soon after before Wood added his secon of the day. Louis Jouffret and Adam Gledhill added further scores, with Scott converting 2 to give Matt Diskin’s men a 26-0 half time lead.

The second half was a close affair with defences on top until a rampaging break from trialist Paul Brearley extended the lead and within minutes the impressive Keenen Tomlinson completed the try scoring in the corner, Dave Scott added a magnificent conversion and The Bulldogs sealed a 36-0 win.

Batley will now face York City Knights at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium in the Semi-Finals on Sunday 13th January, 2pm.
Today’s other victors, Bradford Bulls will entertain Dewsbury Rams at Odsal, Saturday 12th January at 5.30pm

The remaining clubs will play a double header at the LD Nutrition Stadium, Featherstone on Saturday with Rovers taking on Hunslet Parkside at 1pm, and Halifax v Hunslet at 3pm

Super League Law Changes for 2019

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Super League will feature shot clocks, Golden Point extra time and a number of other changes to the laws and playing conditions in 2019 to introduce more speed and on-field drama for spectators and television viewers to enjoy.

The shot clocks will be installed this month at each of the 12 grounds that will regularly stage matches in the Betfred Super League, as a visible and pivotal part of the process of reducing the number and length of stoppages in matches and ensuring more action with the ball in play.

The new rules are explained in full today (January 1) on Super League’s digital channels, https://www.rugby-league.com/superleague/new_beginnings and will be introduced to players and spectators in selected pre-season fixtures.

And in less than a month, on Thursday January 31, the 2018 Grand Final winners Wigan Warriors will launch their defence of the Betfred Super League title at fierce local rivals St Helens as part of a blockbuster opening round which includes further televised matches between Hull KR and Hull FC (Friday February 1) and Warrington Wolves versus Leeds Rhinos (Saturday February 2).

Teams will be penalised if they fail to beat the shot clock for scrums (35 seconds) or drop-outs (30 seconds) – while sanctions will also be introduced to ensure that no more than 80 seconds of match time is used up by each kick at goal.

With the number of interchanges available to each team reduced from 10 to eight, the demands on Super League players will become even greater – emphasising the attritional nature of the contest, rewarding the fittest and most mobile players, and providing additional attacking opportunities for the most skilful.

In addition, in the last five minutes of each fixture, the clock will automatically be stopped following a penalty or a drop goal that goes out of the field of play, or a conversion – or after a try, if a team chooses not to take the conversion attempt.

That process will be extended if the scores are level at full-time by the introduction of Golden Point extra time, providing two five-minute periods in which to determine a winner.

The 12 Betfred Super League clubs proposed these law changes after extensive consultation with players, coaches, fans, commercial partners and the NRL, during and following the 2018 season.

Given the likely increased pressure on all match officials as a result of the quickening pace of the game, clubs gave their support for a second referee for all Super League fixtures. However, when considered alongside the other changes, and timeframes available, the Super League clubs agreed with the RFL to defer the introduction of the second referee – with trials to take place during 2019.

Super League chief executive Robert Elstone said: “There’s been a lot of talk about the changes we’re making for 2019, and New Year’s Day feels like the right time to confirm them, and to outline them in full.

“The changes to our rules and laws are there to highlight what’s different and special about Super League. Our competition will get faster, more intense and more dramatic.  They will provide our players with an even better platform to show their outstanding athleticism, courage and skill.

“There’s a growing frustration across sport with time-wasting, gamesmanship and a lack of transparency and integrity in time-keeping. We listened to our supporters and commentators, and the changes are focused on emphasising our sport’s key attributes of intensity, relentlessness and integrity.

“There’s so much to look forward to for Super League fans in 2019. We will be entertained by some great new players arriving from the NRL. These players will be tested, week-in, week-out by the ever-growing and ever-more talented crop of young homegrown players, many of whom debuted with such promise and confidence in 2018.

“Next month we’ll see the very best of the NRL in the World Club Challenge between Wigan Warriors and Sydney Roosters, followed in May by Super League taking over a great city and a great stadium with the Dacia Magic Weekend at Anfield.

“By June, Wigan fans will have been able to watch their team at Old Trafford, Anfield and the Camp Nou – what a journey, and what a prospect, to see the Catalans Dragons entertaining our 2018 champions at the home of Lionel Messi.

“We hope supporters will welcome the rule changes we’re announcing today as part of those New Beginnings – and cannot wait to get the season started.”

Bulldogs go green on plastic glasses

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Thanks to sponsorship from loyal Bulldogs supporter and sponsor Andy Robinson of the Cellar Bar we are launching our new reusable plastic pint glasses on Boxing Day which will then continue throughout the season including friendlies. The new plastic glasses are in two designs and also branded with our sponsors name.

The Cellar Bar is of course opposite Batley railway station on Station Rd and is the start of the famous and now very popular Ale Trail. As part of the deal we have supplied some plastic glasses to Andy as we seek to promote the branding of the Club to his customers be they local or from outside the town.Andy commented “ We have previously sponsored the Club in many different ways through the Cellar Bar and our Cattery business including being on the team shorts. This year I was asked to sponsor these new branded glasses and I agreed as I want to help the Club prosper in any way that I can. I hope supporters think this is a good idea.”
When purchasing your first pint at each game you will be asked to pay a refundable deposit of £1 for the plastic glass. If you buy any further drinks it can be reused or exchanged for another glass at no cost. If you return the glass undamaged you can receive a refund of £1 hence no cost to you. Alternatively you may wish to keep the glass to use at home and it then has cost you £1. The choice is yours and so there need be no cost to you at all..

Previously we used disposable plastic glasses which were only used for one drink then thrown away. Clearly that creates waste and with all the issues about plastic waste we think this is also a good way of doing our bit to reduce that waste.
Chief Executive Paul Harrison commented “ On a Monday after every home game we have a group of volunteers who carry out a clean up of the ground which can be a big operation especially after a big game. This initiative should make the job a little bit easier without all the throw away one use plastic glasses to clear up and should reduce our skip use so it’s good from a practical point of view. Also with our wind turbine, solar panels and now this we must be the most environmentally friendly Club in Rugby League! I like the look of the new glasses and they are a lot more sturdy than the old ones. Also I think people will want them as souvenirs and will be good for use in the garden at home as they do not break and can simply be washed and used again and again. I hope supporters will agree this is a great idea all round.

Finally Commercial Manager Danny  Maun added” This is a brilliant new idea at the Club and I especially want to thank Andy and the Cellar Bar for helping us make this happen. It is a great sponsorship and I am delighted that Andy never hesitated when asked to help. This is just one way sponsors can get involved and take the Club forward but this season I aim to get out there and make everyone aware of the Bulldogs and how they can also get involved with their local Club and enjoy being part of our community. I am excited as all sponsors I have spoken to so far are very positive and I am confident our sponsors will increase in 2019 to help us be a great traditional club playing an important role in the area.”

Law Amendments 2019

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The Rugby Football League today confirms amendments to laws and playing conditions that will be introduced for the Betfred Championship and League One, the Challenge Cup and the 1895 Cup in the 2019 season.

These changes will be implemented from mid-January – meaning fixtures played over the Christmas and New Year period will be played under the laws as they applied in the 2018 season (although clubs will have flexibility on interchanges, as they are non-competition fixtures).

The RFL have acceded to the majority view of the Championship and League One clubs that Golden Point extra time should not be introduced for regular league fixtures – meaning matches can still be drawn at full-time.

Further details will follow about the implementation of a number of other amendments to laws and playing conditions for the Betfred Super League, which will also be applied at other levels, and these will be announced early in the New Year.

Amendments

** – Applies in Betfred Championship, Betfred League One, the Challenge Cup, and the 1895 Cup.

1 – Free Play **

Free Play will revert to regular advantage.  The referee is the sole judge of what constitutes an advantage, be it tactical or territorial.

2 – Interchange **

Each team will be allowed to make a maximum of eight interchanges from the four replacements that are named on the official team sheet.

In the event of a Golden Point game (see below), each team will receive an additional two interchanges, alongside any unused interchanges.

3 – Golden Point

For Play-Off matches in the Championship and League One, and in all Challenge Cup ties, and all matches in the new 1895 Cup, Golden Point extra-time will be played.

In all cases, extra time will be played in periods of five minutes, with the game ending when a point is scored. Interchange rules are explained above.

For league matches in the Championship and League One, a match with scores level at full-time will be drawn, with each team taking one competition point.

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Bulldogs and Rams prepare for the Boxing Day Powerhouse Fitness Challenge.

Both Clubs are now gearing up for our traditional annual Boxing Day clash at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium ko 12pm.
On and off the field preparations are well advanced to make this a great event for all supporters and hopefully be a part of everyone’s Christmas celebrations.

We of course thank Powerhouse Fitness for their sponsorship of the game as they are indeed great sponsors of both Clubs.
The gate receipts for the game are shared equally by both Clubs and your support is absolutely vital as this is a major income for the survival of both Clubs. We are fierce competitors on the field but great friends off the field as we both want each other to prosper and keep Rugby League alive and kicking in the area for the benefit of both our communities.

We are hoping for a big gate so we would ask everybody to arrive early. Admission prices are the same as our new prices for 2019, apart from on Boxing Day kids under 16 are free, with Adults £20 and Concessions £15.

However both sets of supporters can buy tickets online in advance through our website at reduced prices up until midnight on Christmas Day so it may be a good last minute Christmas present!

*The online prices are Adult £18.00 and Concession £13.00
Tickets available at: https://bulldogs.mysportstickets.co.uk/

We are delighted to say that our hospitality boxes are sold out which hopefully indicates a lot of interest in the game and we hope that with our new ticketing system and rounded admission prices that everybody can get in the ground easier and quicker and make it a festive occasion that everyone will enjoy and remember.

Hope to see you there!

*A booking fee of 20p applies to each ticket.

Return of The Yorkshire Cup!

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In a press conference at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium this morning, Championship and League 1 Clubs announced they are to resurrect the Yorkshire Cup in 2019.

The competition commences in 2019 and will incorporate an 8-team competition played over three consecutive weekends in January. Each and every game will be full of the passion of a Yorkshire Derby as every side strives to win a most historic competition. It’s a battle for supremacy of the ‘trophy and will add extra spice to a traditional period of friendlies. Halifax will start the competition as favourites after their excellent 2018 season as they look to build to what may well be promotion to Super League in 2019. Featherstone, Batley and Dewsbury will be aiming for the silverware as they prepare for a hotly contested Betfred Championship 2019 season as will newcomers York City Knights and Bradford Bulls. Hunslet, who have recruited strongly for their challenge in Betfred League 1, will be out to cause cup upsets in what will be a hotly contested tournament. The introduction of the Hunslet Parkside team will provide neutrals with a team to follow and hopefully first sight of future superstars.

Kevin Nicholas, Chairman of Batley Bulldogs and past president of the RFL commented,

‘As part of a show of solidarity and to encourage supporters of all clubs to attend as many games as possible, the Clubs have agreed to share equally all gate receipts from every game over the 3 week period. In addition, we are expecting that the games in week 3 will all be played on a different day to the Yorkshire Cup Final to encourage everybody to attend the Final whether their team is in it or not, in the full knowledge that their support at that game will benefit their club financially as well as hopefully witnessing everything that a Yorkshire Cup Final will bring as a rugby league spectacle.

We are all proud Yorkshire people and this enables us to show our love of our sport and our county for all to see and become part of history as the Yorkshire Cup comes alive again’.

The Competition will have a new Trophy kindly donated by Berry’s Jewellers and will be a straight knockout with winners progressing through to the final of the Yorkshire Cup whilst those that lost their first fixture will play two further games in the schedule (all Clubs will play 3 games). The Competition will start with two double headers the weekend of the 5th and 6th of January 2019 as follows:

Andrew Chalmers, Owner of Bradford Bulls commented:

“We are delighted to reignite the Yorkshire Cup a Competition which resonates loudly within the Rugby League Community in the County. We ourselves last played in the Cup in the 1989/90 season against Featherstone.  Now wouldn’t that be a great throwback final!”

Hunslet Parkside Secretary Frankie Brown commented:

“We are overwhelmed in being able to participate in a Competition with professional clubs and we will not let either the competition or our Club down, we will throw our heart and soul into winning”.

Round 1 Double Header

  • Saturday the 5th of January 2019
  • Location: Tetley Stadium, Dewsbury
  • Game 1 – 1pm Kick Off – York City Knights vs Hunslet Parkside
  • Game 2 – 3:30pm Kick Off – Dewsbury Rams vs Featherstone

Round 1 Double Header

  • Sunday the 6th of January 2019
  • Location: Odsal Stadium, Bradford
  • Game 3 – 1pm Kick Off – Batley Bulldogs vs Hunslet RLFC
  • Game 4 – 3pm Kick Off – Bradford Bulls vs Halifax RLFC

Semi Finals line up will be drawn immediately following the Bradford v Halifax game at Odsal and will be played SF1 12th January & SF2 13th January 2019, details to be announced after draw.

The Yorkshire Cup Final will be played on Sunday 20th January 2019.

We wish to put on record our thanks to K2 Mechanical & Electrical Services Limited who are the 2019 Competition Sponsors and Berry’s Jewellers of Leeds who have kindly donated the Trophy.

Lee Kerr, Managing Director of K2 commented:

“We are delighted to be involved in the Yorkshire Cup, Rugby League runs throughout our values and with our partnership with Batley Bulldogs and our local community is a critical success factor for the Company”.

Simon Oxby, Operations Manager at Berry’s Jewellers and Operations and Retail Director at Halifax RLFC says of the Yorkshire Cup commented:

“Berry’s Jewellers are very pleased to be involved with the launch of the inaugural Yorkshire Cup, by way of supplying the new Trophy.
The Competition is a great idea and with Berry’s Jewellers having six of their stores based in Yorkshire, their connection is very close. The Directors of Berry’s wish all of the eight Yorkshire Clubs competing all the very best and may the best team win”.

2019 PLAYING SHIRTS REVEALED

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The 2019 Bulldogs shirts were revealed at the Season Launch in the Ron Earnshaw Lounge on Friday evening.

Designed and manufactyred by local suppliers Ravensport, The home shirt stays with the regular club colours whilst the away kit is a first for the club with an eye catchingugrey featuring the Bulldogs’ regular brand across the chest.

The evening also saw Matt Diskin introduce his new players to the room, and Chairman Kevin Nicholas discussed the 2019 ticket packages, including the new online system and season ticket costs, full details here

The new shirts, along with a range of Bulldogs clothing, are available from Ravensport now