WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LEAGUE

14th August 2019, 14:48 | set_of_six

Set of Six | Grand Finals, training camps and deadline day...

Set of Six | Grand Finals, training camps and deadline day...

LDRL Super League Festival

The latest Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Rugby League Festival was held this past Sunday at Hull Kingston Roves’ KCOM Craven Park. 

In addition to the hosts, Castleford Tigers, St Helens, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, York City Knights and Leeds Rhinos all competed at the event between 11am-1pm.

The event was also attended by a host of Hull Kingston Rovers first team players and was followed by the Robins’ Women’s side earning a convincing 50-16 victory over West Leeds Eagles Ladies in Women’s League 1. 

Transfer Deadline Day

On Friday, Rugby League’s transfer deadline day passed and while there were only a handful of moves on the day, the week leading up wasn’t short of activity. 

Leigh Centurions signed two half-backs before the deadline passed with the acquisitions of Ben Reynolds from Wakefield Trinity and Kevin Brown on loan from Warrington until the end of the season.

Trinity did bring in Adam Tangata in a straight swap deal with Keegan Hirst heading to the MBi Shay in return. 

There were also a number of other signings with Widnes Vikings extended Patrick Ah Van's stay until the end of the season before confirming Jordan Johnstone will leave the club in 2020. Swinton Lions brought in Deane Meadows and extended Sami Kibula’s loan deal, Oldham brought in three new additions while Hunslet and Dewsbury exchanged half-backs.   

England Wheelchair Training Camp

Over the weekend, England’s Wheelchair team enjoyed a training weekend at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. 

The weekend encompassed plenty of on court training as well as in-depth video sessions as the side look to build on their 1-1 series draw with France in June with the 2021 Rugby League World Cup firmly in their sights.  

Sheffield offer FREE Entry for next fixture

Ahead of their return to Wembley Stadium as part of the inaugural AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final against Widnes Vikings, Sheffield Eagles have confirmed there will be no ticket pricing for their final home game of the 2019 Betfred Championship season against Barrow Raiders. 

The club confirmed that fans can simply make a donation upon entry at the Olympic Legacy park for the game on Sunday 18th August, 3pm kick-off.

Sheffield are still pushing for a play-off spot in the Betfred Championship, trailing 5th placed Featherstone Rovers by four points with three games of the season remaining. This means the Eagles could still potentially be fighting for a play-off spot when the relegation threatened Raiders visit.

North West Mens Finals

This past weekend saw the three respective cup finals in the North West Mens league take place at Blackbrook ARLFC, St Helens. 

There was drama in the North West Shield Final as Blackpool Scorpions and Newton Storm went to extra-time Golden Point after finishing 20-20 after regular time. It was the Scorpions who would cross for the decisive try in the second half of extra-time to seal their Shield victory. 

In the North West Trophy Final, it was a comfortable victory for Chorley Panthers who were 40-8 winners against Wigan Spring View.  

The final game of the afternoon saw West Bank edge out Orrell St James 10-8 to lift the North West Cup, rounding off a fantastic day of action at Blackbrook ARLFC. 

Midlands Grand Final 

There was Grand Final Rugby League in the Midlands as Sherwood Wolf Hunt beat Birmingham Bulldogs 36-10. 

Wolf Hunt progressed to the Grand Final as winners of the Midlands North division while the Bulldogs won the Midlands South league finishing with an unbeaten record.