Toronto fixture confirmed

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The Bulldogs’ away fixture with Toronto Wolfpack will take place at KCOM Craven Park, homoe of Hull KR, on Sunday 17th March with a 5pm Kick-off.
The tie will be part of a double header held on the day with Rovers facing Challenge Cup Winners Catalans Dragons at 3pm.

One ticket will allow access for both games, full details to be confirmed.

It has also been confirmed the Batley v Toulouse game at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on March 23rd will be streamed live on the RFL Our League app.

Battling Bulldogs run out of time

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A much improved performace from The Bulldogs saw them come back to within 2 points of a very strong Halifax side despite trailing 0-18 at Half-Time.
Matt Diskin’s side were finishing the stronger of the two but couldn’t grab the crucial score before the hooter sounded.

Final Score: Halifax 20-18 Bulldogs

Match highlights below.

Bulldogs Raided

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Match Report by Luke Winner

Batley Bulldogs welcomed Barrow Raiders in the opening fixture of the Betfred Championship season, the afternoon seeing the hosts fall short in a tough battle, 18 – 22.

Diskin’s men were the first team to grab themselves on the score sheet as Sam Wood barged over from close range after constant pressure proved too much in the end. David Scott converted.

Barrow were soon to hit back though with Jake Spedding taking an interception to run the full length and score. Jamie Dallimore converted.

Alistair Leak added more points onto the tally seeing the Bulldogs make use of their extra man after Jamie Dallimore was sent to the bin. David Scott added the extras.

It eventually became tit for tat as Barrow responded twice, with a Bulldogs try in the middle. Johnathon Smith and Jake Spedding stampeded across for the visitors as well as Dominic Brambani for the hosts diving over from some quick hand. Barrows’ Jamie Dalimoore converted one out of the two and Batley’s David Scott added their extras.

HALF-TIME was called and Diskin’s side held a narrow lead at 18 – 14.

In the second half, the Bulldogs were unable to get on the score sheet again. Ward, Dickinson and Brown went close but were unable to break a formidable opponent defence.

Lewis Charnock brought the Raiders back into the game after multiple sets took their toll on what was becoming a tired Batley line. Jamie Dallimore converted.

Paul Crarey’s side soon secured the win shortly after their previous try with a penalty goal as just a few minutes remained.

FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 18 – 22 Barrow Raiders.

Overall, it was a physical and testing season opener as Matt Diskin’s team will now focus on Featherstone Rovers away at the LD Nutrition Stadium on 10th February.

Batley Xlll: David Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Wood, Lewis Galbraith, Johnny Campbell, Louis Jouffret, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Toby Everet, Dane Manning, Jack Downs and Tyler Dickinson.

Interchange: James brown, Jo Taira, Michael Ward and Keenen Tomlinson.

Barrow Xlll: Theerapol Ritson, Stargroth Amean, Deon Cross, Jake Spedding, Thomas Loxham, Jamie Dallimore, Lewis Charnock, Thomas Walker, Wartovo Puara, Joshua Johnson, Johnathon Smith, Jordan Walne and Martin Aspinwall.

Interchange: Ryan Johnston, Jarrad Stack, Willie Minoga and Ryan Duffy

Full Report to follow

BULLDOGS AND RAMS JOIN IN SEASON TICKET OFFER

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Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams are to join in a reciprocal offer which will see Season Ticket holders admitted to each other’s Betfred Championship fixtures, for a reduced admission of £10, on production of the ticket.

The two clubs usually have home ties on different weekend or days and the offer will ensure those who don’t always travel to away fixtures have local Rugby League on their doorstep.

Bulldogs’ Chairman Kevin Nicholas told us “There is of course a fierce rivalry between the two clubs, but a friendly and healthy rivalry. Both need to prosper and working together is always a positive move.”

“A number of supporters visited rival fixtures last year, and the success of the K2 Yorkshire Cup shows the appetite for Rugby League in the area, A high number of “neutral” supporters attended the fixtures”

The offer comes on the back of previous deals offered independently by the clubs, with Batley’s successful offer to Super League clubs set to continue for 2019, also at £10.

“The Betfred Championship is a fantastic competition with high quality teams, and this season is set to be as competitive as ever.”

The Bulldogs open their campaign at home to Barrow Raiders this Sunday, 3rd February, while The Rams first home encounter sees York City Knights visit on February 10th.

The offer will apply for all Betfred Championship League fixtures, with the exceptions of those between the two clubs.

Broadcast boost for Betfred Championship and League One

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The Rugby Football League is delighted to confirm that in 2019 there will be more broadcast coverage of the Betfred Championship and League One in the UK and around the world than ever before.

Sky Sports will broadcast games from the Championship Play-Offs at the end of the season culminating with the £1Million Game that determines promotion to the Betfred Super League in 2020 – the Betfred Championship Play-Off Final.

Toronto Wolfpack have also secured a deal to produce all of their games in the UK and Canada – and after discussions ongoing since the end of last season involving the Rugby Football League, the Wolfpack and Sky Sports, agreement has been reached for all the matches to be available for live broadcast on Sky Sports platforms in the UK with distribution deals around the world to be confirmed over the next few weeks.

In addition, the Rugby Football League have secured agreement from Sky Sports to show live matches from the Betfred Championship and League One through the Our League membership platforms (app & web) in 2019.

The additional coverage was announced at today’s RFL season launch in York – where the Wolfpack begin their Championship campaign against the newly-promoted City Knights at Bootham Crescent on Sunday week (February 3).

The first live Our League match will be the Betfred League One opener between Newcastle Thunder and Doncaster at Kingston Park Stadium on Saturday February 16 – which is the first part of a double header, followed by the Toronto-Widnes Betfred Championship fixture that will now be shown live on Sky Sports.

With the Our League platforms also showing matches from the Coral Challenge Cup, the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup, the 1895 Cup and the Women’s Super League, that means at least one live match per week will be available for Our League members.

And Our League will also carry a magazine show dedicated to Betfred Championship and League One, featuring a compilation of the best action, and focusing on the biggest personalities and talking points in the game.

“This is fantastic news for all the fans and clubs of the Betfred Championship and League One with both competitions being broadcast more than ever before,” said Mark Foster, who heads the RFL’s commercial department.

“It couldn’t have happened without the co-operation and support of Sky Sports and the Toronto Wolfpack and we wish to thank both organisations for helping us to tell the story to millions in the UK and around the world of what will be a fantastic 2019 season for the Betfred Championship and League One in 2019.

“We saw with the reaction to Sky Sports’ live coverage of the £1M Game between the Wolfpack and London Broncos in Toronto last autumn what a massive boost that was to the profile of the Betfred Championship.

“So we are delighted that Sky Sports are committed to showing this year’s £1M Game, to determine who earns promotion to the Betfred Super League in 2020.

“And with Our League now able to extend last season’s coverage of Betfred League One into the Betfred Championship, members will be able to follow the story of the season with live matches every week and also the magazine programme which we believe the competitions deserve.

“With the Summer Bash in Blackpool, and the 1895 Cup, there’s so much to relish in 2019 – starting with the first round of seven matches in the Betfred Championship on Super Sunday, February 3, and now featuring live coverage of the York-Toronto match.

“We are proud of the development of the Our League Membership Scheme and its digital platforms, which now has almost 90,000 members just over a year after its launch. It also allows us to provide regular coverage of the Women’s Super League and the community game – so members can look forward to a feast of Rugby League this year.”

To join Our League simply visit membership.rugby-league.com or download the Our League app via the App Store or Google Play

Coral to sponsor men’s and women’s Challenge Cups

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  • Historic deal includes women’s competition for the first time
  • Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final to be staged with men’s semi finals in a triple-header at University of Bolton Stadium in July
  • Catalans Dragons confirmed to defend the Coral Challenge Cup

The Rugby Football League have agreed an historic commercial partnership with Coral to include both the men’s and women’s Challenge Cups in a two-year, seven-figure deal.

The two competitions will come together when the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final shares the stage with the men’s semi finals in a triple header at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday July 27.

The men’s Coral Challenge Cup Final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24.

“This is a really significant day both for the Challenge Cup, and for women’s Rugby League,” said Ralph Rimmer, the RFL chief executive.

“The men’s Challenge Cup is one of the iconic competitions and trophies of British sport, with more than 120 years of history, and the famous Wembley final televised live to the nation and the world by the BBC.

“The Women’s Challenge Cup may not have that history, but Coral’s enthusiasm for it to be part of a joint sponsorship deal confirms our determination that it is set for a really exciting future.

“With Coral’s name now linked to both the men’s and women’s Challenge Cups, it’s equally exciting to be able to extend the double header for the men’s semi finals that proved such a big hit last year, and now incorporate the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final.

“The University of Bolton Stadium proved a popular venue for the sold-out double header last summer, so we’re delighted to be going back for a triple header in 2019.

“We are confident that thousands of the supporters of the teams who reach the semi finals of the men’s Coral Challenge Cup will also take the opportunity to watch the outstanding spectacle provided by our best women’s teams – and that will ensure their skills and athleticism are seen by the record audience they deserve.”

Adrian Osman, the Head of Sponsorship and Events at Coral, said: “The Rugby League Challenge Cup and the final at Wembley are flagship events in British sport, and we are delighted that Coral’s name will now be associated with them in this significant deal. In addition, the opportunity to get involved with women’s sport and the development of women’s Rugby League as the first title sponsors of the Women’s Challenge Cup is hugely exciting for us – and combining the final with the semi finals of the Coral Challenge Cup should produce another great event. We’re really looking forward to seeing the two competitions unfold through the spring and summer.

Leeds Rhinos are the Women’s Challenge Cup holders, having beaten Castleford Tigers in a classic final at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium last summer.

The RFL also confirmed today that the 2018 Wembley winners Catalans Dragons will defend the Coral Challenge Cup, after reaching an agreement with the French club to end recent uncertainty about their participation.

They will enter the competition at the Sixth Round stage in May, having finished in the top eight of the Super League in 2018.

The teams who finished in the bottom four will enter in the Fifth Round in April.

The Road to Wembley begins this weekend, with 52 community clubs competing in First-Round ties from Portsmouth to Wallsend, and featuring Sunday’s meeting on the Cumbrian coast between the oldest amateur club in the country, Millom, and the Challenge Cup newcomers Red Star Belgrade – which will be streamed live on the BBC Sport online platforms.

The Trans-Pennine battle between Orrell St James and Holmfirth’s Underbank Rangers will be shown live on the RFL’s Our League membership App and Website the previous day.

Tickets for the triple header at the University of Bolton on Saturday July 27 go on sale today, and are available here – https://rugbyleague.tickethour.co.uk/seatingPlan.html?idProduct=560.

Tickets for the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24 are available here – https://www.rugby-league.com/tickets/challenge_cup_final

 

Coral Challenge Cup, 2019

First Round Jan 26-27, Second Round Feb 9-10, Third Round March 9-10, Fourth Round March 30-31, Fifth Round April 13-14, Sixth Round May 11-12.

Quarter Finals June 1-2.

Semi Finals – Saturday July 27, University of Bolton Stadium (triple header, also including Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final)

Final – Saturday August 24, Wembley Stadium, 230pm.

(Dates for earlier rounds of Coral Women’s Challenge Cup to be confirmed shortly)

Brave Bulldogs edged out in thriller

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A fantastic effort from The Bulldogs ends in narrow defeat to John Kear’s full-time Bradford Bulls, in the K2 Yorkshire Cup Final.
Match report to follow

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.”