Following on from Kieran Buchanan’s inclusion in the Scotland squad, Greg Johnson is the latest Bulldog to receive an International call up as he joins the Jamaica Squad this week, the two could well meet each other in the forthcoming fixture between the sides. The England Knights squad named at the weekend, who will face Jamaica this Friday, also includes Batley lads Jack Broadbent and Levi Edwards, both of who proved very popular during loan spells at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
Jamaica director of rugby and senior head coach Romeo Monteith and lead coach Jermaine Coleman have named their 21-man squad for Friday’s representative clash with England Knights at Castleford’s Mend-A-Hose Jungle (kick off 7.45pm). The match is also being played for Reggae Warrior and Tiger Jordan Turner’s testimonial (pictured).
Craig Lingard has added even more pace and flair to his backs with the addition of Half Back James Meadows from London Broncos.
With Loan spells at the Skolars and Sheffield Eagles, James has made 40 appearances for the London Side, featuring 11 times in the 2018 campaign as the Broncos made promotion to Super League.
Equally comfortable playing in the Halves or at Full Back, he brings more versatility to the squad as The Bulldogs look to build on the 2021 season.
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Exciting youngster Oli Burton has signed a One Year Contract at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
The Hooker came to The Bulldogs on loan from Leeds Rhinos earlier in the season, and has made 4 appearances for Craig Lingard’s side. Having impressed with both his ability and attitude, Linners was keen to make Oli a permanent member of teh squad for the next campaign, and is delighted to have his man.
“Oli has been a massive addition to our squad this year. He’s a real talented young player with a fantastic attitude and bags of enthusiasm. We’re thrilled to have him with us for 2022”
Oli himself is also looking forward to the challenge ahead “I’ve had a great time at Batley and am really happy to be joining for 2022. Am excited to get going and kick on for the new season.”
Highly rated wingman Perry Whiteley has joined The Bulldogs for the 2022 campaign.
A product of the Huddersfield Giants youth academy, 2 years in Australia, Perry returned to the UK for spells with Workington and Sheffield before joining York City Knights in 2018.
During the 2019 season he made 20 appearances, scoring 8 tries, as the York side registered a 3rd place finish in the Betfred Championship. 2021 saw him again feature for the Knights and also spend a loan spell at Featherstone Rovers.
Equally adept at Wing or Centre, Perry adds valuable options for Head Coach Craig Lingard.
The Bulldogs’ 2021 campaign came to an end in France on Saturday afternoon as Craig Lingard’s men fell to a 51-12 defeat at the hands of Full Time Toulouse Olympique.
After leaving training at 8.30pm on Firday evening, with some players travelling back across the penines, the squad met again at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium for 6.15 on Saturday morning. A coach trip to Humberside airport and charter flight to Toulouse saw the group arrive at the Stade Ernest Wallon for midday UK time, with a 3.15 kick-off to come.
The visitors made a solid start to the game, resting Olympique close to their line but it was the hosts who broke away to open the scoring with 2 quickfire tries. Dane Manning then forced his way over after enterprising play from the Bulldogs, to marrow the deficit. Toulouse added a 3rd score before Greg Johnson again brought the scores closer with a finish in the corner after more excellent play from The ‘Dogs. Half time saw The Bulldogs trailing by just 4 points at 16-12 after a fantastic effort.
The second 40 saw the overwhelming favourites take control of the game, and run out 51-12 victors to cement their spot in the Betfred Championship Grand Final
Craig Lingard and his men can hold their heads high and be very proud of an outstanding season. Away wins at Newcastle, Widnes, and York City Knights were amongst the highlights as the side played some of the best Rugby League in the competition.
They can now take a well earned rest before preparation for 2022 starts again in just a few weeks time.
Video Courtesy of Joe Miller.
Bulldogs Head Coach Craig Lingard has been named Betfred Championship Coach of the Year at this evenings RFL Awards event.
The Bulldogs finished fourth in the regular season table, picking up 13 wins from the 21 fixtures, losing just twice away from the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, picking up incredible wins at Widnes, York and Newcastle along the way. In particular the difficult early tie at Newcastle when after issues with the team bus, the group arrived at the stadium just 15 minutes before the scheduled Kick-Off time.
Last Saturday another fantastic team performance saw the side progress to the Play-Off Semi Final with a pulsating win over Bradford Bulls, live on Sky Sports.
Bulldogs Half Back Tom Gilmore was also in line for the Player of The Year award, pipped at the post by Featherstone’s Craig Hall. Tom has had an outstanding season for the club, has played a huge part in the success on the field and can be very proud of his nomination.
The team travel to France on Saturday 2nd October for a Semi Final showdown with Toulouse Olympique, with a place in Super League just 2 games away.
Details are still being finalised for The Bulldogs’ trip to face Toulouse Olympique in Saturday’s Betfred Championship Play-Off Semi Final. The game is scheduled to Kick-Off at 4.15 French Time, 3.15 in the UK.
Craig Lingard’s men booked their spot in the final with a nail-biting victory over Bradford Bulls at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. First Half tries from Ben Kaye and Tom Gilmore, both converted by the latter who also added 2 penalties, put the home side 16-0 up at the break.
The hosts then had to survive a second half onslaught from a huge Bulls side, attacking down the hill and spending the majority if the half inside the Bulldogs 40m line. The ‘Dogs showed incredible resilience and defence, with the line breached twice before Elliot Hall burst the Bradford line on halfway and powered his way through the defence for a brilliant finish in the corner. Tom Gilmore added an incredible touchline conversion under pressure, before adding a 1 pointer 2 minutes from time to cap a Man of the Match performance and seal the win.
Head Coach Craig Lingard and Half Back Tom Gilmore are recognised with nominations at the upcoming RFL Awards Ceremony.
Players and coaches from 13 clubs are in the running for the Betfred Championship and League 1 Awards in 2021.
Votes have been polled from the head coaches of the 14 clubs in the Betfred Championship, and the 10 in Betfred League 1, to produce shortlists of three candidates for each of six categories – Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year* and Coach of the Year in each competition.
The voting in the Player of the Year category in each competition was so tight that a shortlist of four has been announced.
The winners will be revealed in a Betfred Championship and League 1 Awards Special to be streamed on Our League next Wednesday evening (September 29) from 745pm – free to an Our League membership which is now within a few hundred Rugby League fans of breaking the 200,000 barrier.
Batley Bulldogs and Featherstone Rovers each have two contenders in the Betfred Championship awards, with Bradford Bulls, Halifax Panthers, Oldham, Swinton Lions, Toulouse Olympique and Whitehaven also represented.
Toulouse’s captain Johnathon Ford is up against Batley’s Tom Gilmore and the Featherstone team-mates Craig Hall and James Harrison for the Player of the Year award.
The three nominees for the Coach of the Year award are all involved in this Saturday’s Elimination Play-Offs – Simon Grix of Halifax Panthers and Gary Charlton of Whitehaven, whose teams face each other at The Shay, and Batley’s Craig Lingard, whose Bulldogs host Bradford.
The Bulls forward Ebon Scurr is in the running for the Young Player of the Year award, but faces stiff competition from two players who have excelled in teams struggling at the wrong end of the table – Luis Roberts of Swinton Lions, and the Oldham prop Tyler Dupree.
In Betfred League 1, Workington Town have a nominee in each of the three categories, with Barrow Raiders, Coventry Bears, Keighley Cougars and North Wales Crusaders also represented.
Workington’s Jamie Doran is one of four contenders for the Player of the Year award with the Crusaders wing Rob Massam and two members of the Barrow team who have already sealed promotion and the League Leaders’ Shield – Jamie Dallimore and Tee Ritson.
Coventry’s Richard Squires is an eye-catching nominee for Coach of the Year alongside Workington’s Chris Thorman and Anthony Murray of the Crusaders.
Brad Holroyd is Workington’s nominee for the Young Player of the Year Award and is up against two Keighley Cougars players – Charlie Graham and Phoenix Laulu-Togaga’e.
In addition to these six categories, there will be three more winners revealed next Wednesday night – with a Club of the Year to be rewarded in each division, for a combination of their on and off-field performance, and a new award, the Our League Entertainer of the Year, to be decided by the votes of Our League members when a six-man shortlist is announced next Monday.
*Eligibility for the Young Player of the Year Award in each competition required a minimum of 10 first team appearances, and contenders had to have been 21 or under on January 1, 2021.
Bulldogs Chief Executive Paul Harrison has smashed his 100 mile run challenge, completing 10.miles each day for 10 days in a row, raising well over his target of £2k for Cancer Charities in the process!
See his final day below, and if you can help at all his fundraising page is at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/IRO100MILES?utm_term=re8rJ3Gbz