BULLDOGS 20-38 EAGLES

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A fantastic day at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium ended in defeat for The Bulldogs, going down 20-38 in a tough physical encounter in front of a crowd of 2328

Golden Gamble 19667. Full report to follow.

TRANSPENNINE TROPHY CELEBRATION DINNER

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As part of the Heritage Project a dinner will take place on Friday the 10th of August to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Batley winning the TransPennine cup.

The celebration meal will take place at the fabulous venue of Howley Hall golf club and will be attended by members of the winning team from the game as well as head coach and Rugby League legend, David ward.

Fans are invited to share in this experience and celebrate the occasion in what is an important part of the recent heritage of Batley Rugby Club.

If you would like to attend the event, which includes a 3 course meal, interviews with players and coaching staff as well as many other activities throughout the evening, tickets are priced at £25 per person. This is s a family friendly event so everyone is welcome.

Please contact Craig Lingard on 07886760819 or at craiglingard@hotmail.com to reserve your seat/table.

Great Rugby League Get Together this weekend!!

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We’re delighted to be once again joining forces with #MoreInCommon for our Betfred Championship fixture against Sheffield Eagles this Sunay, 17th June. To celebrate the life and work of our former MP, and friend of the club, Jo Cox, we’ll be having a feast of family fun and activities at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

As part of this year’s Great Get Together, gates and bars will be open at 1230. From 1pm we’ll see the British Asian Rugby Association take on the British Bulldogs. More rugby action follows with Ladies RL, we have live music from local band Gods of Fortune, and cheerleaders from across the area come together in the Dance For Jo.

With kids rides, and more activities for the youngsters in the Fox’s Fanzone, plus stalls and attractions, it’s a packed day for all ages, and as last year admission for all is FREE OF CHARGE!!!

The Bulldogs and Eagles clash as the main event of the day with a 3pm Kick-off, and the carnival atmosphere continues post-match and into the evening.

The Great Get Together is an initiative created by Jo’s family and friends and see a series of events held nationwide.

Jo’s sister Kim Leadbeater told us

“It is an honour to be working in partnership with the Batley Bulldogs to organise ‘The Great Rugby League Get Together’ including the Jo Cox Memorial game, on 17th June, as part of this year’s national Great Get Together campaign. Jo loved the club and I would like to thank them for their support during the last two years. My background is in sport and physical activity, and I feel passionately about the role it has in not only our health and wellbeing but also in bringing communities and people together.

“The Bulldogs is a welcoming family club with great fans and a big heart, so please do join us on Sunday 17th June for this FREE day of Rugby League, friendship and fun.”

Last year’s event was a huge success with a bumper crowd enjoying a fabulous day and a thrilling encounter on the field.

“Jo Cox was a great friend and supporter of the club, becoming more and more involved in our off field activities before her untimely passing. It’s a privilege to have her family and friends join us at any time, and for the club to be part of the Great Get Together celebrations is fantastic.” said Bulldogs Director John Miller

“We have the best supporters in Rugby League and we know they’ll be right behind the day once again. This special occasion will attract a wider audience giving us the perfect opportunity to showcase our facilities, Rugby League in Batley, and the brilliant family atmosphere here at The Bulldogs, of which we’re very proud, whilst at the same time celebrating Jo’s achievements and legacy.”

EARLY DEFICIT TOO MUCH FOR BULLDOGS

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A flying start from the visitors proved the difference in a thrilling game at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. Halifax raced into a 22-0 lead thanks to tries from Butler, Saltonstall, Johnston and Heaton before Joel Farrell struck back for the home side on the stroke of half time.

Farrell again scored early in the second half before Heaton registered his second for the visitors. Smart movement from The Bulldogs sent James Harrison over close to the posts to narrow the margin once again but as Matt Diskin’s men pushed to find the next crucial score in a spirited fightback, Stephen Tyrer capped a fine performance for Halifax to put them beyond the reach of injury hit Batley.

No shortage of effort from The Bulldogs who showed great determination but a poor opening quarter proved too much in the end.

FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 22 – 32 Halifax RLFC

Attendance – 1,002

Batley Xlll – Izaac Farrell, Dave Scott, Sam Smeaton, Lewis Galbraith, Jason Crookes, Patch Walker,
Daniel Sowerby, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Tommy Holland, James Harrison, Joel Farrell and Brad
Day.
Interchanges – Michael Ward, Alex Rowe, Reiss Butterworth and Alex Bretherton.

Halifax Xlll – James Woodburn-Hall, James Saltonstall, Stephen Tyrer, Edward Barber, Ben Heaton,
Scott Murrell, Ben Johnston, Dan Fleming, Ben Kaye, Elliot Morris, Chester Butler, Shane Grady and
Jacob Fairbank.
Interchanges – Brandon Moore, Adam Tangata, James Green and Will Maher.

RFL NEWS – CHALLENGE CUP DOUBLE HEADER

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The Rugby Football League is delighted to announce that the 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-finals will be played as a double header at Macron Stadium, Bolton on Sunday August 5.

For the first time in Challenge Cup history the semi-finals will be played at one venue on the same day with every minute of the fast paced action broadcast live on the BBC. Macron Stadium, which has a capacity of just under 30,000 is no stranger to Rugby League with three World Club Challenge games and three international Test matches being played there between 1998-2007.

Rugby Football League interim Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, said: “The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup is one of the most prestigious competitions in sport and the introduction of a semi-finals double header is a fantastic opportunity to showcase two of the biggest games of the year at one event. Fans rarely get the chance to watch two games on one day that have so much riding on them and I am sure that everyone attending will have a fantastic time.

“The Dacia Magic Weekend, Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final and the Betfred Super League Grand Final are all huge events in the sporting calendar and we know that they attract fans who do not regularly attend Rugby League games. We believe that this unique event will offer another opportunity for the sport to showcase itself to a wider audience of event goers and casual sports fans. We believe that by creating the double header for the semi-finals that we will elevate the games and create a memorable experience for all those involved.

“Rugby League prides itself on being innovative and trying new concepts meaning we are one of the very few sports who can put together an event with four semi-finalists at one venue, creating what we hope will be a fantastic occasion. Our thanks as ever go to our broadcast partner for the semi-finals, BBC Sport, who have worked to give us five hours of Rugby League coverage on their channels in one afternoon.”

Philip Bernie, Head of TV Sport, BBC said: “BBC Sport and the Rugby Football League have been working for some time on this innovative idea and we are delighted the semi-finals of the most famous cup competition in Rugby League will be showcased in this way. It will be a five hour feast of Rugby League on Sunday August 5th , with that huge prize at stake – a Wembley final.”

The first semi-final will kick-off at 12.30pm with the second game kicking off at 2.45pm.

Tickets for the double header start at £25 for adults and £12.50 for Juniors. Fans will get great value for money being able to watch the two highly anticipated clashes on one day with over 70% of tickets being available in the cheapest price category.

All four semi-finalist clubs will go on sale on Wednesday June 6 at 10am with club season ticket holders / members entitled to a £4 discount in all categories but these tickets must be purchased directly from the participating clubs.

As a benefit of Our League, the free membership for Rugby League fans, a small allocation of tickets are available to purchase now in Categories 1 and 3. These can be purchased from rugbyleague.tickethour.co.uk Our League members also qualify for a £4 discount off tickets and should check their inbox for details.

Fans can still get 10% off adult tickets in categories 4 to 7 for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 25, by purchasing before June 19 at www.rugby-league.com/tickets

SEASIDE WOES FOR BULLDOGS

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Match Report by Luke Winner.

Batley made the journey to Blackpool this weekend facing neighbours Dewsbury Rams in what was a thrilling SummerBash contest, with Diskin’s side losing closely 20 – 18.

The SummerBash, started off brilliant with both teams showing off their skill. Dewsbury scored early doors within the game, after some slick passing from the opponents saw Aaron Brown crashing over. Sykes converted.

Diskin’s men, needed to respond quickly against Neil Kelly’s side who were forcing Batley to make errors along their line. Michael Ward took on the Dewsbury line towards the end of their last set, to then pass out near completion of the tackle sending James Harrison over. Izaac Farrell converted.

Following the Bulldogs try, Dewsbury became rattled struggling to keep their composure making themselves vulnerable. Batley managed to gain two goal line drop outs on the bounce, with Reiss Butterworths cheeky grubber kick claiming the second.

Butterworth then danced his way through a compact Rams defence to touch down, Farrell converted.

HALF-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 12 – 6 Dewsbury Rams

The second half got underway with a bang as Sam Day stretched out, just reaching across the Batley line. Sykes added the extras; meaning the scores aligned.

Forward Michael Ward was back at his powering tactics, busting through a firm Ram wall gaining what was essential yards. Reiss Butterworth once again was involved in the play, from sending out a swooping pass to Izaac Farrell to then Joel Farrell, who skipped across easily into the left corner. Farrell couldn’t convert.

The neighbours showed their flare as Daniel Igbinedon, broke down the Bulldogs defensive line to stroll through a small gap and score. Sykes converted.

Izaac Farrell converted a penalty goal, bringing the scores even once more. Towards the end the game it soon became tit for tat, with both teams earning even yards.

Sykes’ sealed the win for the rivals after successfully converting a penalty goal from in front of the sticks as only minutes remained.

FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 18 – 20 Dewsbury Rams.

Batley Xlll – David Scott, Keenan Tomlinson, Sam Smeaton, Lewis Galbraith, Jason Crookes, Daniel Sowerby, Izaac Farrell, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Alex Rowe, Alex Bretherton, Joel Farrell and Bradley Day.

Interchanges – Reiss Butterworth, Tommy Holland, Michael Ward and James Harrison.

Dewsbury Xlll – Josh Gudzek, Gareth Potts, James Glover, Macualey Hallett, Dale Morton, Paul Sykes, Aaron Brown, Shannon Wakeman, Dominic Speakman, Jack Teanby, Kyle Trout, Michael Ward and Jordan Crowther.

Interchanges – Samuel Day, Martyn Reilly, Toby Everett and Daniel Igbinedion.

Injury Headache for Diskin

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The injury list seems to be growing by the day for The Bulldogs.

Shaun Ainscough is awaiting a scan but could well be out for the rest of the season following a bad ankle injury at the weekend. James Davey has a slight groin strain, Patch Walker will have a fitness test before Sunday’s tie, Dom Brambani could be out for up to 6 weeks with a foot injury.

Add these to the already missing Dane Manning, James Brown and Tom Lillycrop who are still  a few weeks away from a return, along with Wayne Reittie, also awaiting another scan in the next few days.

The club have today moved to bring in two exciting youngsters to add depth to the squad, with Hooker Reiss Butterworth joining on loan for a month from Bradford Bulls, and Half-Back Danny Sowerby, who has already spent a great deal of time with the squad, signing a contract with the Bulldogs

BULLDOGS MOVE TO SIGN COVER

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In the midst of a deepening injury crisis at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium Head Coach Matt Diskin has recruited cover in the shape of two highly rated youngsters.

Reiss Butterworth joins on a one month loan from Bradford Bulls. A prduct of The  Bulls Academy, Reiss is a Hooker by trade and also plays in the Halves. He has already made a number of appearances for Bradford following his debut in last season’s Challenge Cup against Featherstone Rovers. Reiss is already looking forward to join the Bulldogs’ squad “I’m very excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to get started”

Danny Sowerby spent time in the junior ranks at Castleford Tigers before also moving to the academy at Bradford Bulls where he quickly grabbed the attention of Matt Diskin. An exciting Half Back, Danny has been training with the Batley squad this season and playing at Castleford Lock Lane and has now signed a contract with the club. Diskin told us “We have had a development plan in place all along for for Danny who is already familiar with our squad and our philosophies having trained with the boys all season. He’s a real talent and fully deserves his chance to step up.”

“We’re fortunate to be able to bring this kind of talent in at short notice and we have to thank BISSA for their help with the loan of Reiss from Bradford”

Both players are expected to travel to The Summer bash at Blackpool this week where The Bulldogs face Dewsbury Rams on Sunday evening, 5.30pm.

Picture © Bradford Bulls.

BULLDOGS GRIND OUT VICTORY

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Match Report by Luke Winner.

Rochdale visited the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium looking for revenge. However, the Bulldogs proved too much for a young Hornets side once again, defeating them 23 – 14.

5 minutes into the first half, Declan Kay sent out a long cut-out-ball pass to Robert Massam to start their tally on the score sheet. Whittaker couldn’t convert.

Dominic Brambani managed to break down the opposing defence quickly, weaving himself around various defenders to stamp over the line. Walker converted.

What was a great start from the Hornets was soon put to the test by Diskin’s men. Alex Rowe bulldozed his way through a tough oppositions line, drawing in the full back to put a supporting James Harrison over. Walker converted.

Rochdale pushed Batley to their limits, forcing Joel Farrell to knock the ball forward. Daniel Yates gathered the ball straight away keeping the game alive sending Robert Massam to run the full length and pass out to his support Deon Cross. Whittaker converted.

Alex Bretherton followed in similar fashion to Brambani seconds earlier, moving left to right diving over the line. Walker converted

HALF-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 18 – 10 Rochdale Hornets

The second half didn’t see many more tries occur, however it did see some great ferocious, speeding ball play along the line. Izaac Farrell, Dominic Brambani and Patrick Walker caused issues with their fast-paced decisions, reaffirming pressure on the visitors.

Isaac Farrell claimed his first try at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, after coming out of dummy half to speed across on the left-hand side. Walker struggled to make the conversion.

As Batley looked to secure the double over Rochdale, Izaac Farrell laced his boots up once more adding a well-placed drop goal.

Kilshaw’s men didn’t go down easy though, as winger Robert Massam went over following some great work down the line. Whittaker converted.

Despite what was a late comeback from the Hornets, Batley managed to hold on successfully claiming the double.

FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 23 – 14 Rochdale Hornets.

Batley Xlll – Dave Scott, Shaun Ainscough, Danny Cowling, Lewis Galbraith, Jason Crookes, Izaac Farrell, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, James Davey, Alex Rowe, James Harrison, Joel Farrell and Patch Walker.

Interchanges – Michael Ward, Sam Smeaton, Alex Bretherton and Joe Chandler.

Rochdale Xlll – Declan Kay, Richard Lepori, Earl Hurst, Deon Cross, Robert Massam, Tyler Whittaker, Daniel Yates, Patrick Moran, William Brickhill, Lewis Hatton, Setareki Talatoka, Lee Mitchell and David Allen.

Interchanges – Jonah Cunningham, Jordan Syme, Matthew Hadden and Alex Gaskell.

IMPRESSIVE BULLDOGS BACK TO WINNING WAYS

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Match Report by Luke Winner.

Matt Diskin’s men got the double header underway at the Rochdale Hornets, Crown Oil Arena, winning 48-10 with a rematch soon to follow next week at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

Batley’s start to the game wasn’t the prettiest, with the hosts making ground into the visitors’ half quickly. It didn’t take long for the Hornets to place themselves on the scoresheet as Declan Kay collected the ball from some fast passing to send him over. Whittaker failed to convert.

10 minutes in and Batley shook up the hosts by responding, as they began to take full control of how the game flowed. Alex Rowe came close to the line, after causing a ruckus among the oppositions line but was deemed to be held up. Fellow prop Michael Ward, rammed his way through from close range moments later taking multiple defenders across with him. Walker added the extras.

Rochdale couldn’t seem to cope with what was a rampant Bulldogs pack, leading their way to the score line. A quick play the ball from Joel Farrell enabled Patrick Walker to go down on the short side and pass to Crookes who completed with a dive into the corner. Walker converted.

Brad Day and former Hornets player Lewis Galbraith increased the score, just before half time after slicing through their hosts defence. Walker managed to keep his 100% record, converting both.

HALF-TIME: Rochdale Hornets 4 – 24 Batley Bulldogs.

Unfortunately for Rochdale, things were only going to get worse, despite Galbraith being sinbinned early into the second half for backchat to referee Stavely. Shaun Ainscough ran 50m after intercepting a wide pass by the Hornets who attempted to keep the game alive. Walker converted.

Izaac Farrell made his re-appearance after missing last week’s game, dancing left to right scoring from close range. Walker slotted the ball over again.

Alan Kilshaw’s side showed a glimpse of their skill, breaking down the Bulldogs defence slowly, for Declan Kay to reach over and score his second of the day. Whittaker converted.

Jonah Cunningham was sent to the bin for a professional foul due holding down too long on Ainscough in the tackle. Fullback Dave Scott, made the break for the Bulldogs which saw him being tackled just inches from the line. In the next set Izaac Farrell found Adam Gledhill on his shoulder, that sent him bulldozing over. Farrell this time added the extras.

Alex Rowe and Dominic Brambani showcased some brilliant Batley teamwork as Rowe drove the ball forward to fling a pass out to Brambani in support silencing the hosts for the final time. Farrell converted.

FULL-TIME: Rochdale Hornets 10 – 48 Batley Bulldogs

Batley Xlll – Dave Scott, Shaun Ainscough, Daniel Cowling, Lewis Galbraith, Jason Crookes, Patrick Walker, Izaac Farrell, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Alex Rowe, James Harrison, Joel Farrell and Brad Day.

Interchange – Michael Ward, Sam Smeaton, Dominic Brambani and Joe Chandler.

Rochdale Xlll – Declan Kay, setareki Talatoka, Deon Cross, Jordan Symes, Rob Massam, Tyler Whittaker, Danny Yates, Blake Turner, Jonah Cunningham, Patrick Moran, Lee Mitchell, David Allen and Billy Brickhill.

Interchanges – Morgan Smith, Jovilisi Taira, Matthew Hadden and Luis Johnson.