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

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We are pleased to confirm that season tickets are now on sale and the prices are:

ADULT             £185
CONCESSION £135
JUNIORS         FREE

A big thank you to sponsors of our season tickets FRANKIE’S who have enabled us to continue to offer our new Kids tickets free.
Also season ticket holders can present their ticket at FRANKIE’S and receive a 10% discount on their bill so that’s great news for everybody.

We have now installed our new online ticketing system to access through our website which enables supporters to purchase season tickets on line whilst sat at home and we will arrange delivery to your home address. The new tickets are credit card style, which easily fit in your wallet or purse or pocket, and are scanned on the turnstiles at each game. Alternatively you can still buy the tickets at the Club.
The season ticket covers admission to all our 13 home Championship games and allows the purchase of a half price ticket to the Summer Bash. It represents excellent value for money as the cost is equivalent of 9/10 game admissions.

Season Tickets are now available online at https://bulldogs.mysportstickets.co.uk/
Please note, if you are ordering Junior tickets only, and for click and collect, there is no fee to pay. You will be asked to enter card details for verification, however, no charges will be made to your card.

ADMISSION PRICES 2019
Matchday Prices
ADULT             £20
CONCESSION £15
KIDS.                £3

Online Discounted Advance Prices (not available on match days)
ADULT.             £18.20
CONCESSION  £13.20
KIDS.                 £2.20

Tuesdays at Club 9am – 12pm
ADULT.            £18
CONCESSION £13
KIDS                 £2

Clearly we are moving towards no cash on match days and use of our online facility to obtain a discount on advance purchases which we expect to trial in our friendlies to be ready for our first home game v Barrow on 3rd February.
Tickets can be printed to present on the turnstiles to be scanned or can be downloaded and scanned from your phones.
We are also making provision for those with no ready access to computers to still purchase a discounted ticket in advance at our Breakfast Club each Tuesday although we do not have staff to sell discounted  advance tickets at other times.

The online advance discounted ticket includes a 20p booking fee.

Finally, we appreciate the prices represent a small increase from 2018 but it has been a number of years since our last price increase and we believe with all our escalating costs these are fair prices representing good value in what promises to be an exciting 2019 season.

Thank you for your support!

Don’t forget, thanks to our fabulous sponsorship from Frankie’s, Season Ticket holders can claim a 10% discount at their Restaurant on Bradford Road, Batley

2019 BULLDOGS FIXTURES

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Matt Diskin’s men will begin the 2019 Betfred Champioship Campaign at home to Barrow Raiders before away trips to Featherstone and Halifax.

Promoted Bradford Bulls make their return to The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on March 10th whilst hot favourites Toronto Wolfpack visit Batley on June 30th.

The Bulldogs’ Away fixture against The Wolfpack is scheduled early in the campaign, for 17th March, with a venue to be confirmed.
It is likely this fixture will be in the UK and so we advise against making any travel plans until further notice.

As previously announced the Heavy Woolen Derby will be our game at the Summer Bash in Blackpool and our regular season will end as it started, against Barrow Raiders.

Rd Date Day Stadium KO
1 03/02/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Barrow Raiders The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
2 10/02/2019 Sunday Featherstone Rovers Batley Bulldogs LD Nutrition Stadium 3pm
3 17/02/2019 Sunday Halifax Batley Bulldogs Mbi Shay Stadium 3pm
4 24/02/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Rochdale Hornets The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
5 01/03/2019 Friday Sheffield Eagles Batley Bulldogs Olympic Legacy Park 7.45pm
6 10/03/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Bradford Bulls The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
7 17/03/2019 Sunday Toronto Wolfpack Batley Bulldogs TBC TBC
8 23/03/2019 Saturday Batley Bulldogs Toulouse Olympique The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
9 07/04/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Widnes Vikings The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
10 19/04/2019 Friday Dewsbury Rams Batley Bulldogs Tetleys Stadium 3pm
11 22/04/2019 Monday Batley Bulldogs Swinton Lions The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
12 28/04/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Leigh Centurions The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
13 05/05/2019 Sunday York City Knights Batley Bulldogs Bootham Crescent 3pm
14 19/05/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Dewsbury Rams Bloomfield Road TBC
15 26/05/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Halifax The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
16 09/06/2019 Sunday Bradford Bulls Batley Bulldogs Odsal Stadium 3pm
17 16/06/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Sheffield Eagles The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
18 23/06/2019 Sunday Widnes Vikings Batley Bulldogs Halton Stadium 3pm
19 30/06/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Toronto Wolfpack The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
20 07/07/2019 Sunday Swinton Lions Batley Bulldogs Heywood Road 3pm
21 14/07/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs York City Knights The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
22 21/07/2019 Sunday Leigh Centurions Batley Bulldogs Leigh Sports Village 3pm
23 04/08/2019 Sunday Rochdale Hornets Batley Bulldogs Crown Oil Arena 3pm
24 11/08/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Dewsbury Rams The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
25 17/08/2019 Saturday Toulouse Olympique Batley Bulldogs Stade Ernest Argles 8pm
26 01/09/2019 Sunday Batley Bulldogs Featherstone Rovers The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium 3pm
27 08/09/2019 Sunday Barrow Raiders Batley Bulldogs Craven Park 3pm

SUMMER BASH RETURNS TO BLACKPOOL

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Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique will take their French-Canadian rivalry from Newcastle to Blackpool as one of the feature matches in the Betfred Championship’s Summer Bash, which will return to Bloomfield Road in 2019 for the fifth consecutive year.

The Wolfpack beat Toulouse 43-30 having been invited to launch Super League’s Magic Weekend earlier this year, and will be aiming for another victory under their new coach Brian McDermott on a packed first day of the Betfred Championship’s trip to the seaside next May.

Rochdale Hornets and Swinton Lions will kick things off on Saturday May 18, with the first of four local derbies over the course of the weekend, before Toronto and Toulouse take centre stage.

Then York City Knights will make their first Summer Bash appearance as a Championship club – having lost to Keighley in the League One Cup Final in Blackpool in 2016 – against a Featherstone Rovers team who will be determined to break their duck at Bloomfield Road, after losing on each of their previous four appearances.

Saturday’s programme ends with the traditional West Yorkshire rivalry between Halifax and Bradford Bulls – the first time they have met in Blackpool since the first Bash, when the Bulls won 18-4.

Day Two kicks off with Barrow facing Sheffield Eagles, before Batley and Dewsbury meet for the fifth consecutive year at Bloomfield Road – with Dewsbury currently holding a 3-1 lead, although all four previous meetings have been tight with the aggregate score 76-70.

Then it will be down to two of the heavyweights in the Betfred Championship with recent Super League experience, Leigh and Widnes, to bring the Summer Bash to a rousing climax – with the Vikings making their first Bash appearance.

Ralph Rimmer, the chief executive of the Rugby Football League, said:

“The fixture list for next year’s Summer Bash sums up why we’re so excited about the Betfred Championship in 2019.

“We’ve got the international appeal of Toronto and Toulouse, with more big-name players and coaches than ever.

“Bradford Bulls, Widnes Vikings and the York City Knights are three new clubs to the Championship next year who will add so much. They’re all involved in cracking games against Halifax, Leigh and Featherstone respectively, and I’m confident their supporters will relish this chance to get involved in the Bash, and get behind their team in Blackpool.

“It’s down to the supporters that we are going back to Bloomfield Road for a fifth consecutive year. We had a number of other strong applications to stage the Summer Bash in 2019, showing how the concept has established itself as a real celebration of what the Championship has to offer, on and off the field.

 “But all the analysis we did showed that our supporters wanted to go back to Blackpool. Everybody knows the special range of attractions available to fans of all ages which makes it perfect for a Rugby League weekend away.”

 Tickets for the 2019 Betfred Championship Summer Bash go on sale today – link.

The full fixture list for the 2019 Betfred Championship and Betfred League One will be published at 6pm – including further details of the 1895 Cup, the new knockout competition for Championship and League One clubs which has opened up a second path to Wembley Stadium in 2019, with the final to be played on Challenge Cup Final Day, August 24.

Betfred Championship Summer Bash, 2019 – fixtures (kick-off times TBC)

Saturday May 18
Rochdale Hornets v Swinton Lions

Toronto Wolfpack v Toulouse Olympique

York City Knights v Featherstone Rovers

Halifax v Bradford Bulls

Sunday May 19

Barrow v Sheffield Eagles

Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams

Leigh Centurions v Widnes Vikings

SPONSORS TO THANK FOR GYM SUCCESS

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As pre-season is now well underway the benefits of our on-site gym are there for all to see.

In 2016 thanks to major sponsorship from Riva Homes and Henley Stone we were able to create a brand new purpose built gym under the now K2 Stand.  Included in that gym was a new wrestle area created thanks to help from Centurian and this was a first for the Club. In the first season we equipped the gym with again help from one of our established sponsors Powerhouse Fitness. The following year saw us continue to improve the facility and now in readiness for the 2019 season we have given it an industrial clean thanks to MTM Consultancy group and improved equipment further thanks to sponsorship from Powerhouse Fitness and from End to End gym services.

Our Head Coach Matt Diskin expressed his delight “ This facility must be one of the best on site gyms at any Rugby League ground and it is certainly paying dividends having such a gym at our Club. It is improving our pre-season and will further help us tremendously throughout the season as we have all the equipment we need at our own stadium. A massive thank you to all our sponsors who made this happen. This is an excellent legacy for the Club and I am proud that we brought it to fruition whilst I am Head Coach”.

Chairman Kevin Nicholas added” It was Matt’s idea and he has worked hard to make it a reality with help from Danny Maun . However clearly it could not have happened without our superb sponsors and we are eternally grateful to them. We wanted an improved gym but the facility we have now has far exceeded our expectations and we are very proud of what has been achieved. It will serve us well for years to come and undoubtedly improves the standard of our preparation for all games”

Once again the Club would like to thank our sponsors:
Riva Homes
Henley Stone
Centurion Rugby
Powerhouse Fitness
End to End Gym Services
MTM Consultancy Group

HEMINGWAY STAYS WITH BULLDOGS

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Popular utility Tom Hemingway is to stay with The Bulldogs for the 2019 campaign.

Tom made just 8 appearances for Matt Diskin’s men in 2018 before a serious injury, sustained against Leigh Centurions, ended his playing season, though with a wealth of experience he remained a key member of the squad in training and match preparation for the remainder of the campaign.

Playing mostly at Hooker or Half-Back Tom also has an outstanding kicking and is a crucial addition at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

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”