In an exciting new partnership local business Driver Hire Wakefield become the latest to back The Bulldogs.
Following a number of meetings with Batley’s Danny Maun, a new sponsorship deal has been agreed which will see the company branding across the “Driver Hire Glen Tomlinson Stand” at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium
Based in the Batley Business Park and run by brothers Craig and Danny Shuttleworth, Driver Hire offer recruitment services to the driving sector with full and part time vacancies, permanent or temporary available on their website www.driverhire.co.uk
The Shuttleworth family have a long history in Rugby League in Batley and a main inspiration behind the sponsorship is the memory of the brothers’ Grandfather, Malcolm Shuttleworth, who played 186 times for The Gallant Youths between 1955 and 1967, scoring 14 Tries. He then held a role as Assistant Coach at Batley before later becoming a key figure at local amateur club Batley Boys.
“We’re incredibly proud of our Grandfather’s achievements in the sport, and this represents a fabulous opportunity to support the club in his honour” Craig told us.
Alongside the Driver Hire branding the stand will also feature a tribute to Malcolm.
Initially a 2 year agreement, both parties hope this will be the beginning of a longer venture which could also include another family business, a property investment company, purchasing local properties for renovation & rental.
Bulldogs Chairman Kevin Nicholas said of the deal “This is another example of a fantastic local business supporting the club. Ground development has always been high in our priorities and we’re thrilled to have Driver Hire on our side, especially considering the heritage of Malcolm’s time at Batley RLFC. It’s great news and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
Sunday’s Golden Gamble prize of £104 has now been claimed. The winning number was 14827, thank you for taking part.
Due to the time spent working on the stadium at the weekend we were unable to catch up with the War Chest draws, the plan is to bring everything up to date this Sunday before our Betfred Championship tie with Featherstone Rovers. Once again, thank you for your patience.
In the first two years of The War Chest we have raised almost £30,000. towards helping to pay winning pay and this year, as finances are challenging again, with some Super League Clubs trying to take monies from the Championship, it is vital that we seek to maximise all income streams. We wish to ensure that we are financially stable and able to prosper should we achieve our goals of winning games. Last Season we had 147 Members but this year we have a target of 200 Members and so we are hoping people will renew or join the Scheme for the first time.
We therefore ask you to consider joining. Members either pay £100.for the Season as we target 20 wins or sponsor £5. every time we win a game. If we do not win there is nothing to pay, as we do not need the finances to pay winning pay. Once we know you wish to be a Member we will give you a Membership number and send out envelopes in the post to your home address. The envelopes will have your Membership number on them. We have a War Chest on the Bulldog Bar and on the Bar in Ron’s Lounge and you can post your envelopes with £100. or £5. in there when we win.
As an added bonus War Chest Members get 50p a pint off drinks in Ron’s Lounge pre-match and after every win there is a free Members’ draw with a prize of £100. drawn pre-match in Ron’s Lounge at the next game after the win. This year we will email winning numbers and post them on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts so that you know if you have won but were not in Ron’s Lounge when the draw was made.
That’s it really so if you have any queries or wish to join then email your name, address, telephone number and preferred email address to contact you to email@example.com and we will send you your Membership in the post. Please indicate whether you wish to pay £100. for the Season or £5. per win.
Match Report by Luke Winner
A heroic effort by supporters and staff cleared the stadium of snow to enable The Bulldogs to entertain Leigh Centurions in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup but despite an equally brave performance from the home side the visitors held out to progress in the competition.
The game started off strong for the Bulldogs, who put in some great moves, placing the visitors under some intense pressure. Batley were the first ones to get on the score sheet, with Patrick Walker converting a penalty goal early on from a high tackle on Michael Ward. Batley 2 – 0 Leigh.
A few minutes passed and the score still stood at 2 – 0 with the conditions making it hard to control the ball flow. Leigh once again, struggled to cope with Matt Diskin’s men and eventually they were penalised for a ball steal. Patrick Walker opted for the two and converted. Batley 4 – 0 Leigh.
Despite Batley’s early lead, it was soon going to change; as Frederick Bailey raced to the line from a quick succession of passes to score. Jack Owens converted for the visitors. Batley 4 – 6 Leigh.
Every player eventually became unrecognizable, with the pitch being churned over making it a mud bath. Just before half time, both teams had a fair amount of possession, however no-one could make it across the line.
HALF-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 4 – 6 Leigh Centurions.
As the second half got underway, it was a reverse switch; the visitors this time started off strong testing the Bulldogs defence multiple times. Batley came close on various occasions, with Wayne Reittie, Alex Rowe and Brad Day edging close near the try line.
Leigh and Batley both had goal line drop outs earned from brilliant defensive efforts, but despite their best efforts the scores still stayed the same. Moments later, the Bulldogs were pulled for a high shot and Jack Owens’ opted for the two, managing to convert extending the visitors lead by 4.
Neither team managed to get themselves on the score sheet again. However, this doesn’t quite tell the story of a well fought out battle at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium with Batley falling narrowly in the Challenge Cup clash to Leigh Centurions
Full-time: Batley 4 – 8 Leigh.
Batley Xlll – Dave Scott, Wayne Reittie, Danny Cowling, Jason Crookes, Lewis Galbraith, Patrick Walker, Dominic Brambani, Alex Rowe, James Davey, Michael Ward, James Harrison, Brad Day and Joe Chandler.
Interchanges – Tom Hemmingway, James Brown, Keenan Tomlinson and Sam Smeaton.
Leigh – Peter Mata’utia-leifi, Matthew Dawson, Ben Crookes, Rhys Evans, Frederick Bailey, Jack Owens, Drew Hutchison, Paterkia Vaivai, Liam Hood, Nathan mason, Kyle Lovett, Bodene Thompson and Nicholas Gregson.
Interchanges – Micky Higham, Jordan Thompson, Jordan Dezaria and Harrison Hanson
We are now able to confirm our Good Friday Heavy Woollen Derby fixture against Dewsbury Rams, 30th March, will
kick-off at 6.30pm at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
In addition the home tie against Toulouse Olympique will be played on Saturday 14th April at 3pm.
It’s also Grand National Day and the race will be shown in the Bulldogs Bar after the game, starting at 5.15.
A tough day at the office for The Bulldogs who came up against a fast and powerful London Broncos outfit.
The opening stages were even until the hosts opened the scoring on 10 muntes through Kieran Dixon, the first of four tries in the game for the winger.
Shaun Ainscough was forced to leave the game with an ankle injury with less than 15 minutes played, Dave Scott moving to the wing and Izaac Farrell coming on to make his Batley debut at Full Back.
The visitors then had a good spell of possession and picked up a deserved try though James Brown. London finished the half strongly though and led 36-6 at the break.
The game was more even in the second half and James brown registered his second for the Bulldogs with a strong angled run. At 44-12 the visitors were competing well and having the better of the play. Alex Rowe looked to have scored but the ball was ruled to have been stolen before grounding and a penalty given to Batley. Wayne Reittie then appeared to ground a kick from Walker but again the score was disallowed. The frustration was evident and Brambani saw red for his protests.
With a man short the task became almost impossible and the pace of the Broncos proved too much for a tiring Batley side, running in a further four tries to complete a convincing victory.
A result which can’t be argued with but the scoreline doesn’t quite tell the full story of the game with The Bulldogs at times more than matching their hosts. Ultimately though the Broncos were a formidable opponent and it’s difficult to see any Championship side leaving the Trailfinders Stadium with a win.
Broncos 68-12 Bulldogs
London Xlll – Alex Walker, Kieran Dixon, Ben Helliwell, Matt Fleming, Rhys Williams, Api Pewhairangi, Jarrod Sammut, Tom Spencer, James Cunningham, Mark Loane, Jay Pitts, Will Lovell and Matt Davis.
Interchanges – Matt Gee, Rob Butler and Sadiq Adebiyi, Sam Davies
Batley Xlll – David Scott, Wayne Reittie, Jason Crookes, Lewis Galbraith, Shaun Ainscough, Thomas Hemmingway, Dominic Brambani, Bradley Day, James Davey, Alex Rowe, James Harrison, Joel Farrell and Patrick Walker.
Interchanges – Izaac Farrell. Tom Holland, Joseph Chandler and James Brown.
London Broncos 68-12 Batley Bulldogs.
Full back Dave Scott is the latest Bulldog to extend his contract with the club until the end of 2019.
A huge crowd favourite, Scott has barely missed a game since joining Batley in 2016 and has already registered 3 tries in 3 appearances this term. It’s a great boost for Matt Diskin and his men ahead of tomorrow’s trip to face London Broncos at the Trailfinders Stadium.
A group of members of the ‘Batley Bulldogs Independent Away Travel’, Nick Sowerby, Mick Binks, Mick Gothard, Steve Curnin, Ha Nif Akudia and Ben Thirkill, are embarking on a four day, one hundred and
five-mile walk to Barrow in advance of the Bulldogs game with the Raiders on Sunday 5th May.
The team will be taking in places such as Skipton, Ingleton and Ulverston on the way.
The objective to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. This is in alignment with the magnificent ‘Pink Weekend’ Charity event that the club now runs on an annual basis.
The event has received the full backing and support of the Batley club, with the group liaising with Chairman, Kevin Nicholas and Director, John Miller on a regular basis.
Rather than enjoying the luxuries of hotels, the group will camp out each night and cook their own food as part of the ‘survival’ style experience.
Nick Sowerby told us “We’re very excited about the walk. It’s in respect of an amazing cause and for something that means a lot to me personally.”
Nick and his colleagues are fabulous supporters of The Bulldogs travelling to away games from their base at The Woodman pub.
Your support for a fantastic cause would be massively appreciated. Please see below for the Just Giving site details:
Johnny Campbell has decided to take time away from Rugby League for personal reasons.
Johnny had returned to The Bulldogs following a 2 year spell at Bradford Bulls. In his previous time at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium he appeared 128 times for Batley, registering 63 Tries. He currently holds the club record for the number of Tries scored in a single season, crossing 30 times in 2010, playing a crucial part in The Bulldogs’ Northern Rail Cup Victory the same season.
The club are fully supportive of his decision and he remains a Batley Bulldogs player.
Exciting Centre Lewis Galbraith has extended his contract until the end of the 2019 season.
After joining the club from Rochdale for the start of this year Lewis has impressed in his 2 appearances scoring twice at Swinton Lions and is quickly becoming a crowd favourite.
Who’s Your Pick??
Only 3 games to choose from in February but some outstanding ball play and cracking Tries, just for fun, which is your favourite?
Sunday 25th February 2018
Batley Bulldogs 32 – 12 Barrow Raiders.
A special thank you to the British Army Rifles Buglers for a fantastic performance pre-match and at half-time.
Match Sponsors: Ravensport, RM Motors. Watson’s Property Services, Nick Powolny and Friends
Sunday 18th February 2018, Swinton Lions 28 – 48 Batley Bulldogs