Congratulations to Bulldogs No7 Dominic Brambani on reaching an impressive 350 proffesional career appearances last Sunday. The game against Swinton was his 85th in a Batley shirt since joining the club in . Previously Dom has played 176 times for Sheffield Eagles, 52 for Dewsbury, 21 Halifax, 7 Featherstone and 8 for Castleford Tigers.
As with all players reaching a significant career or club landmark, Coach Matt Diskin arranged for a bespoke playing shirt to be presented prior to the match, this time by Bulldogs stalwart Sam Haigh.
Head Coach Matt Diskin thanked his squad and backroom staff for their outstanding efforts after yesterday’s game, as the club held the Player of the Year awards in front of a packed crowd behind the Driver Hire Glen Tomlinson Stand.
In a season riddled with long term injuries the players and medical team had to dig deep at times to raise a 17 man squad, but finished the campaign with 6 straight wins, including an impressive victory over Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village.
Without doubt it’s been a full squad performance this season more than any, however individual awards for the campaign:
Leading Try Scorer (14) – BRAD DAY
Man Of Steel – DANE MANNING
Rear of the Year – WAYNE REITTIE
Supporters Club Player of the Year – DAVE SCOTT
Coaches Player of the Year – JAMES HARRISON
Players Player of the Year – BRAD DAY
Woodman Travel Club Best Away Player – MICHAEL WARD
Matt Diskin’s side finished their season on a high with a stylish win against a tough Swinton Lions team, as their explosive passing proved far too much in the end.
Prop Adam Gledhill was the first Bulldog to force himself across the try line, that came from Swinton leaking too much field position with penalties setting up a perfect chance to get over. Dave Scott laced up his boots once more this season, converting successfully.
On the 15th minute Stuart Littler’s side did find themselves on the score sheet, as Aaron Hall swooped down through a small gap opening in the Bulldogs defence. Jack Hanson converted for the visitors.
Sam Smeaton scored the final try in the first half completing a successful move by Louis Joufrett who placed a beautiful pin pointed kick. Walker slotted over the conversion.
HALF-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 12 – 6 Swinton Lions
No mercy was shown in the remaining 40 minutes as the score line became highly in the favour of the hosts. Quick hands by Dominic Brambani allowed him to setup Wayne Reittie on the wing. Walker couldn’t convert.
Dave Scott was next on the scoreboard with a stunning length of the field Try. Jouffret collected a kick in his own in goal, weaved through the oncoming Swinton defence and sent Scott racing clear from just inside the Bulldogs half. Walker converted.
Louis Joufrett sliced through the opposing teams line twice on the bounce, as his weaving in and out broke down their defence too quickly for them to handle. Walker converted both.
The last try of the season for the Bulldogs came through Dominic Brambani taking a support pass from Wayne Reittie to complete a fantastic day at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. Alex Rowe bowed out with a kick from in front, seeing the hosts finish on a six-match winning streak.
FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 40 – 6 Swinton Lions
Batley Xlll – Dave Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Smeaton, Lewis Galbraith, Johnny Campbell, Louis Joufrett, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Alex Rowe, Brad Day, Alex bretherton and James Brown.
Interchange – Patrick Walker, James Davey, Keenen Tomlinson and Michael Ward.
Swinton Xlll – Elliot Cane, Michael Butt, Rhodri Lloyd, Andrew Thornley, Ryan Gray, Robert Fairclough, Jack Hansen, Aaron Hall, Luke Waterworth, Ben Austin, Chris Worrall, Kyle Shelford and Hayden Hanson.
Interchange – Patrick Jones, Thomas Gallagher, Brad Billsborough and Joshua Ganson.
Flying wingman Wayne Reittie reached a personal landmark last Sunday at Leigh Centurions as he made his 250th career appearance.
Wayne has played 135 games in two spells with Batley, 2011 & 2014-2018. Between these dates he was with Halifax where he featured 44 times before returning to The Bulldogs.
He also appeared 16 times for York, 10 for Hunslet and played 42 games for Doncaster
In addition Wayne has 3 international caps appearances for Jamaica (2011 & 2016).
Matt Diskin’s men produced a fabulous performance to overcome full time opponents Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village.
After racing into an 8 point lead with tries from the ever impressive Lewis Galbraith and Johnny Campbell they found themselves on the wrong side of a 10-8 scoreline at halftime after the home side rallied. Dave Scott levelled the scores with a penalty just after the break before a Ben Reynolds Try put the hosts back in front.
From then on The Bulldogs regained control and some scintillating rugby saw Dave Scott dive over to level the scores, Johnny Campbell grabbed his second from a perfect Jouffret kick after a brilliant break from Brambani, and Frenchman Jouffret put the seal on the win with a stunning individual try.
Coach Diskin was thrilled with the performance. “I thought today from 1 to 17 we were magnificent. We dominated a very string Leigh side for the majority of the game. The pack was outstanding and some of the play from our backs a pleasure to watch”
The Bulldogs will look to finish the 2018 campaign wth 6 straight wins this coming Sunday when Swinton Lions are the visitors to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, 3pm Kick Off.
Huddersfield Giants young Centre Sam Wood is to join The Bulldogs on a season long loan.
The 21 year old is a graduate of the Giants Academy Scholarship programme and has made a number of Super League appearances this season against opposition including Wigan, Warrington and St. Helens. This came on the back of the 2017 campaign where Sam scored 6 Tries in 9 first team games for Huddersfield.
In a similar agreement to that which saw Izaac Farrell spend 2018 at Batley, the player will be a permanent member of Matt Diskin’s squad.
Welcome to Batley Sam!!
Second Row Forward Jack Downs is the latest to join Matt Diskin’s men for the 2019 campaign.
A former Cottingham Tigers youngster, Jack made his Hull FC debut in 2015, away at St. Helens, and followed with a number of Super League appearances for the Black & Whites. He featured for the first team 7 times in 2018, has Championship experience with Doncaster, and comes with a reputation for a high work rate and a great offload.
Welcome to The Bulldogs Jack!
With still a few small amounts to come, we are able to confirm this year’s Pink Weekend, raising funds for cancer charities, has surpassed a record £20100. This takes the total raised by Batley Bulldogs supporters and friends over five years to beyond an absolutely incredible £71000.
The initiative is the project of Beverley Nicholas, wife of Bulldogs’ Chairman Kevin, with the first events taking place in 2014. Since then we’ve had sponsored walks, player calendars, family fun days, afternoon tea and of course the infamous Ducking Stool! The team have played one game each of the five seasons in a specially designed Pink Kit which has then been auctioned to raise further monies.
Beverley is understandably thrilled with the latest acheivements
“Well what can I say? Apart from the fact that we have the most amazing fans in Rugby League, How can I say that, easy!
“There is no Ruby League club that we know of that has raised such an amount in just 5 years.
Yes they have fund raising days raising money for various charities which is great but we have continued to hold our Pink Weekend each year and each year it just gets better and better and I call it Our Pink Weekend because it is thanks to everyone at our Club who have been involved by sponsoring, donating, walking, cake making and cake eating, gin drinking, being dunked and generally supporting such a great cause.
All these companies agreed for their logos on the Pink kits without hesitation and a big Thank You to them all.
As I have said previously, Morley Waste Traders have sponsored the kit for the past 5 years and again their generosity is wonderful. All the Pink kits were again ordered before the kick off and orders for next years kits are already going well, so don’t be left out.
A list of walkers for next year’s march to Wembley has already started too, so again get in touch if you’re interested in joining us.
To commemorate the success so far a gallery of the Pink Shirts is now on view in the Bulldogs Bar, waiting to be added to in 2019!
Matt Diskin has moved to further strengthen the pack at Batley Bulldogs with the addition of powerful forward Toby Everett.
After 21 appearances for London Broncos and spells at Hemel & Skolars, Toby moved to Toronto Wolfpack at the beginning of this season, making a number of appearances for the Canadian side before injury forced a return to England. Once recovered he joined Bulldogs’ near neighbours Dewsbury Rams, becoming a main stay in the side with 20 outings to date, including an impressive showing in the recent fixture at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
At 6’3 Toby adds size and strength to the squad and can play at Prop or Loose Forward though has been signed mainly to feature in the front row.
“We’re really pleased to have Toby on board” said head coach Diskin, “He’s a powerful athlete with a wealth of experience already and will be a strong addition to our squad”
The signing comes hot on the heels of the capture of Half-backs Louis Jouffret and Danny Yates, and wingman Iliess Macani as The Bulldogs continue to build for 2019.
James Brown made his 100th appearance for The Bulldogs in yesterday’s home victory over Sheffield Eagles, adding a late try to cap the celebrations! He made his Batley debut as a substitute in a 30-6 Championship home win against Workington, on 15 February, 2015.
A no nonsense approach and some silky skills quickly made the forward a fans favourite at Batley and the crowd will be looking forward to more of the same as James will be staying with the club for a fifth season in 2019.