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Bulldogs vs Halifax PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 September 2011 14:55


Batley Bulldogs’ captain Paul Handforth is confident his side can topple defending Co-operative Championship 2010 title holders Halifax when they meet in Thursday’s Elimination Play-off at Mount Pleasant (7.30pm).

Batley have already beaten Fax twice in the league this season. Handforth said: “For a club like Batley to finish third in the Championship is a big achievement, but it was one of the goals we set ourselves as a side at the start of the season.

“We said we wanted to finish in the top four and wanted to retain our Northern Rail Cup trophy. Obviously we failed with the Northern Rail, but we’ve got a massive opportunity now in the league and have secured a home play-off, which is what we wanted.

“After we won the Northern Rail Cup in 2010 we sort of imploded and we lost a lot of momentum, but that experience made us even more determined coming into this season and all the lads are hungry to win.”

By finishing third, Batley secured a home play-off tie at Mount Pleasant but Handforth knows things do not get much tougher than taking on the defending champions in the first knock-out contest.

“There are no easy games in the competition at this stage and Halifax are a really good side with quality throughout the squad,” he said. “We know that in order to win we have to beat the best teams and it’s doesn’t get much tougher than starting against the defending champions.

“We’ve had a few weeks off to rest and we’ll be going into the game refreshed.”



Halifax talisman Ben Black says the defending champions are ready to take the first step towards a second successive Co-operative Championship final by defeating Batley Bulldogs.

Halifax face a tough away trip in the first Elimination play-off fixture of the season to opponents who have already beaten them three times this year, but the half-back believes his side are ready for the challenge.

“It’s been a tough year for us and an up and down season, so in many respects we’re quite lucky to be involved in a play-offs at all,” said Black.

“The lads are all ready for the game on Thursday and we’re looking forward to it. I’m pretty sure that any of the other teams in the six will know that we have the ability to win.

“Batley will come out firing. They’ve beaten us three times this season and they’re always a tough side to play away from home. But we’re big game players and we thrive on the big challenges.

“We’re a really close bunch of players and we all know just how good we can be on our day. We know that this is the most important part of the season.”

Having tasted the success of winning last year’s Co-operative Championship Grand Final in dramatic fashion against Featherstone Rovers, Halifax were forced to endure the sour taste of defeat in this season’s Northern Rail Cup final and Black says that experience has been a catalyst for the squad.

 “We re-grouped after that and recorded some good results off the back of that defeat. Now we’re at the business end we’re ready to go that extra mile,” he said.

 “We want to finish the season in style because everyone in the squad knows that this could be our last season together. There will be a new coach coming in next year who may make changes and we want to win for each other and re-capture the thrill of winning which we experienced last year and that all starts against Batley on Thursday.

York City Knights vs Halifax (Sky Sports 2, 7:30 pm) PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 12:32

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York City Knights v Halifax (Sky Sports 2, 7.30pm)

Thursday 18 August
Chris Thorman could make a surprise return for York’s crucial Co-operative Championship clash with Halifax in the midweek Sky Sports game.

The former Huddersfield, Parramatta and Hull FC ace has been out with a broken thumb, but coach Dave Woods revealed: “Chris trained on Tuesday and came through OK. We'll make a final decision on Thursday.”

York go into the Halifax game second bottom of the Championship on 16 points, level with Hunslet and two points behind Dewsbury. All three trams have two games to play with York’s last game at the Eagles on Sunday 4 September. A win for Halifax will put them three points ahead of the Eagles but with only one game to play.

Woods, who has been further boosted by the news that Kristian Brining has agreed a new two-year deal with the club, wants his squad to learn the lessons from their recent 76-38 defeat against Halifax.

Woods said: “Halifax embarrassed us at their place, and we were also embarrassed the last time we were on Sky Sports. We’ve got two games left, and we need to take something out of this game. We need to compete with them early on, and then lift that level and kick on as the game progresses.”

Fax coach Damian Ball will be hoping for good news on a string of injuries that decimated his squad for last week’s 26-24 triumph over Widnes.

Jim Gannon, Sam Barlow, Sean Penkywicz and Jon Goddard were all missing for the Vikings match.

Last week's win means Halifax are sure of a place in the Co-operative Championship play-offs, but they could still finish as high as fourth if other results go in their favour

League News 14th August 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 August 2011 13:18

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Co-operative Championship

Dewsbury Rams v Hunslet Hawks (3.00pm)

Dewsbury coach Warren Jowitt has likened the relegation battle with Hunslet to a Grand Final.

Jowitt said: “It’s a big game. It's massive for both teams, and arguably it’s like a final for us. We’ve got a fully fit squad to pick from, and that gives us a bit of a selection headache, but that's a good position to be in.”

Rams lost 16-8 against Toulouse last week, and Jowitt has highlighted where he expects improvements. He said: “Our forwards went really well. They paved the way and dominated the game, but our half backs had a bad day at the office.”

Stuart Kain, Steve Dooler and Neil Lowe are all in contention for Hunslet, although David March is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Hawks’ coach Paul March said: “We’ve got a bit of competition in the squad, but I want to find a consistent team to keep performing well and pick up some points. I might not change anything, it depends how we go in training.”

He added: “Myself and the team know this is a massive game. With relegation battles comes pressure. Last year we had a different kind of pressure, but we can't go away from what we've been trying to do all year.”


Leigh Centurions v York City Knights (3.00pm)

Adam Higson and Sam Hopkins could feature for Leigh as the Centurions look to rotate their squad against York.

Leigh assistant coach Paul Rowley said: “We may change a couple of things around this week. Against Widnes last week we were a bit loose in the first half with the ball in hand, but we defended very well. It’s coming to the end of the season and our defence is going OK, which is a good sign.”

York could be unchanged as they look to secure a win that would keep them out of the relegation places for another week at least.

Knights lost 44-16 against Featherstone last week, but coach Dave Woods saw enough to be pleased. He said: “Our effort and commitment was really good, and we'll probably run with the same squad.”


Co-operative Championship One

Doncaster v Whitehaven (3.00pm)

Coach Tony Miller will assess Dean Colton later in the week before making any decision whether to include the Dons winger following a recent groin problem.

Kyle Kesik and Craig Robinson are expected to return, but Jamie Bovill (groin) is believed to be struggling.

Whitehaven's Lewis Palfrey has an outside chance of playing on Sunday after making positive progress from a recent elbow injury.

Haven coach David Seeds said: “The only concern is Martin Wilson – he's struggling with a heel injury – but other than that we're trying to fit 23 or 24 guys into 17 shirts.”

On Doncaster, he added: “They're a big, physical and enthusiastic side. There willl probably be a reaction from their Keighley game, and we're expecting maybe the toughest game of the season so far.”


Gateshead Thunder v London Skolars (2.00pm)

Rochdale Hornets v Oldham (3.00pm)

Swinton Lions v South Wales Scorpions (3.00pm)

Workington Town v Keighley Cougars (3.00pm)

Widnes up to Fourth PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 July 2011 10:09

Widnes Vikings 36-22 Dewsbury Rams

Widnes Vikings 36-22 Dewsbury Rams
Widnes up to fourth

Super League-bound Widnes move up to fourth with a 36-22 success against the Dewsbury Rams in the Co-operative Championship.

The Vikings led 24-10 at the break as Grant Gore, Logan Tomkins, Ben Kavanagh and Steve Tyrer all claimed tries.

Kevin Penny and Kavanagh went over in the second half as Tyrer kicked six goals for a personal haul of 16 points.

The Vikings led 24-10 at the break as Grant Gore, Logan Tomkins, Ben Kavanagh and Steve Tyrer all claimed tries.

Kevin Penny and Kavanagh went over in the second half as Tyrer kicked six goals for a personal haul of 16 points.

Championship Preview PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:28


(League games only)
1 = Andy Ballard (Barrow Raiders) 8
Andrew Bostock (Featherstone Rovers) 8
3 = Bryn Powell (Featherstone Rovers) 7
Stuart Donlan (Leigh Centurions) 7
5 = Rob Worrincy (Halifax) 6
Jamie Ellis (Leigh Centurions) 6
Mick Nanyn (Leigh Centurions) 6
Darren Nicholls (Toulouse Olympique) 6
Simon Finnigan (Widnes Vikings) 6
1 = Liam Finn (Featherstone Rovers) 33
Steve Tyrer (Widnes Vikings) 33
3 Mick Nanyn (Leigh Centurions) 32
4 Simon Brown (Sheffield Eagles) 27
5 Jamie Rooney (Barrow Raiders) 26
6 Graham Holroyd (Halifax) 25
7 Dominic Brambani (Dewsbury Rams) 22
8 Paul Handforth (Batley Bulldogs) 16
9 Elliot Kear (Hunslet Hawks) 13
10 Darren Nicholls (Toulouse Olympique) 10
1 Mick Nanyn (Leigh Centurions) 88
2 = Liam Finn (Featherstone Rovers) 86
Steve Tyrer (Widnes Vikings) 86
4 Jamie Rooney (Barrow Raiders) 69
5 Simon Brown (Sheffield Eagles) 55
6 Dominic Brambani (Dewsbury Rams) 53
7 Graham Holroyd (Halifax) 51
8 = Paul Handforth (Batley Bulldogs) 44
Darren Nicholls (Toulouse Olympique) 44
10 Elliot Kear (Hunslet Hawks) 42
(League games only)
1 Gavin Dodd (Swinton Lions) 11
2 Andy Saywell (Rochdale Hornets) 10
3 Craig Calvert (Whitehaven) 9
4 = Andrew Gay (South Wales Scorpions) 8
Ian Mort (Swinton Lions) 8
Chris Smith (Whitehaven) 8
1 Ian Mort (Swinton Lions) 48
2 Lewis Palfrey (Whitehaven) 40
3 Danny Lawton (Keighley Cougars) 36
4 Paul Crook (Rochdale Hornets) 35
5 Scott Spaven (Doncaster) 23
1 Ian Mort (Swinton Lions) 128
2 = Danny Lawton (Keighley Cougars) 96
Lewis Palfrey (Whitehaven) 96
4 Paul Crook (Rochdale Hornets) 90
5 Scott Spaven (Doncaster) 66
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