25th November 2018, 11:55
Eagles to continue Raiders rivalry at Summer Bash
Sheffield Eagles will face Barrow Raiders for the second consecutive year at the Summer Bash, which will take place at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool.
The Eagles have won their last two Summer Bash matches against Swinton Lions (2017) and Barrow Raiders (2018) and Mark Aston’s men will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s triumph.
The Eagles and Raiders open up the second day of proceedings by the seaside, with Batley vs Dewsbury and Leigh vs Widnes also taking place on Sunday.
The opening four matches will see Rochdale play Swinton, Toronto face Toulouse, York go up against Featherstone before Halifax and Bradford bring down the curtain on Saturday’s action.
The Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer commented: “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.”
By Dan Fowler