Trio Head to Hunslet

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Trio George Senior, Wayne Reittie and Anthony Bowman are heading to South Leeds for a loan spell under former Bulldogs Coach Gary Thornton, and assistant Mark Cass, at Hunslet.

Wingman Reittie and Loose Forward Bowman are yet to feature for The Bulldogs this campaign and are both now ready for action after recovering from injuries, whilst George Senior has made 1 appearance in 2021, away at Featherstone Rovers in The Betfred Challenge Cup.

The group will join up with more former Batley men, Dom Brambani, Alex Rowe, Brad Hey and Niall Walker, on a minimum 2 week loan period.

Aiden Returns to Moor

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Young Bulldogs Half-Back Aiden Ineson will return to Dewsbury Moor as he looks to secure valuable game time with his local club.

With the Batley side on a winning streak, and relatively injury free for now, chances have been limited at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. Head Coach Craig Lingard feels it’s crucial for his men to be playing whenever possible, and still sees the player as part of the bigger picture at Batley.

“Aiden has great ability and a fantastic attitude. It’s vital to keep playing and to enjoy playing. He remains part of our plans going forward, we wish him well and will be watching his progress.”

100 Career Tries for JC

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EAGLES 18-30 BULLDOGS

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Match Report by Luke Winner.

Batley secured their 4th consecutive win after defeating Sheffield Eagles 18 – 30 in a competitive game of Rugby League.

Fullback Luke Hooley was to scoop the first try of the evening with a storming dive to the line collecting a quick pass from Kieran Buchanan. Tom Gilmore couldn’t add the extras.

However, Rob Worrincy for the hosts did reply adding his 200th career try successfully crashing over on the wing. Isaac Farrell converted.

Just before half-time increasing pressure saw an Eagles loose carry with Tom Gilmore gathering to complete a stunning defence to offence move. Gilmore converted his own try, gifting the Bulldogs a narrow lead of 6 – 10.

Aston’s men started the next half like the first seeing them challenge all aspects of the Bulldogs defensive line for any potential breaks. Rob Worrincy and Jordan Bull found those gaps swiftly placing the scoreboard into their favour. Isaac Farrell converted one out of the two.

Although, that would be the last try for the hosts as the visitors saw four tries come through in a matter of the final 17 closing minutes. Luke Hooley claimed his second, Dane Manning with a busting run, Johnny Campbell picking up his 100th career try and rocket Elliot Hall collecting the last. Gilmore converted one out of the first three and Morton taking the kicking duties for the last, however placed it just wide.

FULL-TIME: Sheffield Eagles 18 – 30 Batley

Next up the Bulldogs host London Broncos in a highly anticipated clash where they will look to continue their strong start to the season.

Sheffield Eagles: Josh Guzdek, Rob Worrincy, Ryan Johnson, James Glover, Ryan Millar, Izaac Farrell, Anthony Thackeray, Scott Wheeldon, Greg Burns, Matt James, Olly Davies, Frankie Mariano, Aaron Brown.

Subs: James Davey, Tyler Dickinson, Brad Knowles, Jordan Bull.

Batley Bulldogs: Luke Hooley, Johnny Campbell, Dale Morton, Jack Logan, Jodie Broughton, Ben White, Tom Gilmore, Adam Gledhill, Ben Kaye, Jack Blagbrough, Kieran Buchanan, Dane Manning, Lucas Walshaw.

Subs: Elliott Hall, Alistair Leak, Michael Ward, Tom Lillycrop.

 

Bulldogs To Stand With Media Boycott

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This weekend, Batley Bulldogs will proudly stand alongside the Rugby League Family, and wider sporting community, as we support the boycott of Social Media.

As a club we have zero tolerance for racism, abuse and harassment, online, or in any circumstance.
Our Social channels will be silent between 3pm today, Friday 30th April, and 2359 Monday 3rd May.

Dr Rimla Akhtar MBE, the Chair of the RFL Inclusion and Advisory Board:

“Rugby League is committed to fighting racism and discrimination through its Tackle It action plan and supporting the many people involved in making change happen. As Non-Executive Director of the RFL and Chair of the RFL’s Inclusion Board, I am proud to see Rugby League joining the sporting world in sending out a very clear message that online hate and abuse will not be tolerated. I encourage all of the Rugby League community to join us for this weekend’s social media boycott, and to support our continuing efforts to fight this evil.”

 

Louise Foster-Wilson, GMB Equality and Inclusion Officer – on behalf of Rugby League Players’ Association:

“Social media can play a huge part in spreading awareness of this game we love but players and officials must feel able to use these social media platforms without facing abuse and discrimination. GMB supports all those in Rugby League and the wider sporting world in general who are joining the social media boycott this weekend. Lets work together to end discrimination once and for all #TackleIt”

 

Ken Davy, Executive Chairman of Super League:

“Super League and its clubs take a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of racism and are united in our cause to end discrimination in Rugby League. Social media can be a place for Rugby League fans to enjoy the best the sport has to offer, but too often players, coaches, match officials and fans face online abuse. We are proud to join with the sporting world this weekend to send a message that more needs to be done to eradicate this.”

 

RLWC2021 CEO, Jon Dutton:

“Rugby League World Cup 2021 stands together with the Rugby League community and other sporting governing bodies to underline the message there is no place for abuse, discrimination, hate or racism in sport.”

White on the Spot

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Looking back on THAT win and looking forward to another difficult test with Half Back Ben White

Brilliant Bulldogs Blitz Vikings

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Match report by Luke Winner.

Batley scooped a fantastic win against opponents Widnes Vikings after a try fest in the second half saw the hosts run out 48 – 16.

It was a sloppy first 10 minutes for Lingard’s side with Widnes being quick off the mark. Eribe Doro and Kenneth Baker both scored not far from one another with Steve Tyrer converting both successfully.

However, the Bulldogs seemed to have flicked a switch with Hooley placing a chip over to find the hands of Jonny Campbell and bulldozer Josh Tonks carrying multiple defenders to stretch out to score shortly after. Dale Morton converted one out of the two.

Before half-time the Vikings did manage to extend their lead seeing Owen Buckley crossing over. Tyrer couldn’t convert and the score stood at Batley 10 – 16 Widnes.

The second half was nothing but short of some stunning Rugby League. The Bulldogs came out all guns blazing having seven unanswered tries.

Prop Michael Ward with a strong charge down and half-back Ben White riding a tackle over, were the first two to add their names on the score sheet. Morton converted one out of the two.

Dale Morton turned his defence quickly into an offence after a brilliant goal line interception running the full length to touch down. Luke Hooley also wanted to find himself over the line and did just that following on by some beautiful fluent back and forth passing to finally score. Morton converted one out of two.

Campbell executed a fantastically positioned chip kick to gain his 99th career try, Jodie Broughton sliced through the opposing teams defence and Dane Manning finished off the last try of the evening with a busting move to reach the whitewash. Morton converted one out of the three.

FULL-TIME: Batley 48 – 16 Widnes

The Bulldogs efforts once again were nothing but short of brilliance and will look to continue building their efforts against Newcastle away.

Batley: Luke Hooley, Jonny Campbell, Dale Morton, Jack Logan, Jodie Broughton, Ben White, Tom Gilmore, Adam Gledhill, Ben Kaye, Jack Blagbrough, Kieran Buchanan, Dane Manning and Josh Tonks.

Subs: Elliot Hall, Alistair Leak, Michael Ward and James Brown.

Widnes: Joe Lyons, Owen Buckley, Steve Tyrer, Lloyd Roby, Deon Cross, Danny Craven, Matty Smith, Paul Clough, Brad O’Neill, Kenneth Baker, Shane Grady, Ellis Robson and Eribe Doro.

Subs: Lewis Else, Adam Lawton, Owen Farnworth and Will Tilleke.

 

IN THE CHAIR

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We were obviously delighted by last week’s performance and result which got us up and running in the table. Dewsbury going to Widnes and getting a result was good for them but perhaps it will have increased the determination of Widnes to seek a win today. So it promises to be a cracking game and with good weather forecast  it would have been great atmosphere with a decent crowd which we could all have enjoyed and made a few quid to pay our way. Alas not to be. So OuRLeague it is for most people which is disappointing but i must say the quality of the images and production is pretty good.

I mentioned last week about having to be  “relevant “ for 2022 and one factor being OuRLeague members. If we could get another 500 people to sign up to the App and put BatleyBulldogs as their Club i can assure you that would make a big difference to our standing. It costs nothing to join and once you have become a member you can use the App as much or as little as you like so it’s not a big ask. If every supporter could get a few friends to join we could easily achieve that and apart from taking the time to do it there is no cost. Has anybody got any other ideas how we could achieve this? Just let us know by contacting the Club or email me on [email protected]k

I should add that we are pretty good  on membership as it is but another 500 would make a significant difference.
The pitch yet again looks magnificent. Our long standing groundsman Jim Morley retired before the season started so we have no groundsman at the moment which makes it an even better achievement. This is more hard work by volunteers. We have been spot weeding this week both on the pitch and around the ground which is about as boring a job as you can get but it needs doing to keep on top of everything and when the weedkiller takes effect it will be one more thing to make us look the best we can. Also Vinny Kerr of Kerr Interiors donated a superb piece of grass cutting equipment which would have cost us thousands of pounds so massive thank you to one of our great sponsors as this is yet another reason for the pitch looking good. For years we have neglected our groundsman’s equipment but as part of our reboot we have had everything serviced and repaired and again a big thank you to another top sponsor Dick from RM Motors. We have some more small items coming this week to complete the overall.

Any supporter needing their car repaired or serviced please think of RM Motors who will do an excellent job at a reasonable price and we all need to look after each other.

Anyway for now hopefully enjoy the game on OuRLeague and support our draw in these difficult times.
Kevin

Half Time Draw In Memory of John Wells

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This week’s Half Time Draw is sponsored In Memory of John Wells who passed away one year ago.

A huge figure in the local Rugby League scene, John was known and loved by many, and of course he was a stalwart Batley supporter as well. He coached at Batley boys for over 13 years, running various age groups up to Under 16s with many of his players turning to the professional game.

John also collected the daily draw for Batley for over 25 years and only stopped when his health prevented him from getting about as easily as he had. All this on top of working at Staincliffe Hospital for 16 years. He gave Jack Broadbent his first rugby ball when he saw him collecting the daily draw, even though Jack was very young when he started playing he always thanked John.

After John passed away the family were overwhelmed with messages from his past players, a perfect tribute to his outstanding work in the community game.

“I’m sure you’ve had many messages to say the same things, and I’m sure you don’t need telling, but what an amazing bloke he was! A true gent. A pillar of the Batley community who touched so many peoples lives! There’s not many a man that can say the same!”
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“I am so sorry to hear the news it was an honour to play for such a great coach and a greater man I am sorry for your loss he will be missed by many.”
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“John was a great man he turned me from a skinny shy lad that couldn’t catch into a rugby player and a more outgoing person , he was like a dad to me.”
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“Another great man gone but never forgotten. Be proud pal because your dad was one of the greatest blokes I’ve ever known while we were growing up.”
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“He was a top bloke , I believe your Dad, Pete and Steve guided me to become a professional rugby player , and my best memories at amateur rugby was at Batley boys on and off the field they were great times”
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“When I missed training or went missing he would turn up at our house and make sure I went back to train god knows with out your dad not guiding me in right direction what road I would have gone down in those times but brilliant memories a great coach and even better bloke all I can do is thank him.”

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“A true Gentlemen who was always support and encouraging to me and massive influence to me as player at my time at Batley under 15,s and through out my professional career.” (Keith Mason)

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our Season Tickets ahead of our first home game v Oldham. Of course initially our games are Behind Closed Doors until 17th May but Adult & Concession season ticket holders will be sent a code to enable them to view streamed games at no cost. This season we have 11 Championship home games in total.

Our prices are-
Adults            £150
Concessions ÂŁ120
Juniors – Under 16 – Free

Tickets can be purchased on our ticketing site.

New Season Ticket Cards will then we posted to you. Those supporters who were season ticket holders in 2020 should simply retain their season ticket card and once payment is made the old card will be activated for use in 2021.

At Checkout, IF YOU ARE RENEWING A PREVIOUS SEASON CARD PLEASE SELECT E-TICKET in DELIVERY OPTIONS

For new orders please select Post. A postage and packaging fee of ÂŁ2 will apply.

An email will then be sent to you so that you can watch streamed games with a code at no cost.
We then hope to see you at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium as soon as possible

To purchase  your tickets now go to – bulldogs.mysportstickets.co.uk

Junior tickets do not qualify fro free match streaming.