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STEPPING UP: Stephen Darby warms up ahead of City's friendly at Whitby

Bradford City skipper Darby hoping for drop of Claret

Adrian Purtell is mobbed after scoring a try earlier this season. He is one of a host of key players set to return for the Super 8s, at the end of which Bulls hope they will be celebrating

Bradford Bulls dream of being Super Gr-eights

Ryan Brierley will play a big part for Leigh as they bid to reach Super League

Bradford Bulls tipped to reach 'Million Pound' game: Club-by-club guide to the Super 8s

The Hawks were 113-3 after 12 overs when rain abandoned their match at Collingham

Rain foils Hawks

Mick Smith, standing, was in fine form for Pudsey A

Ladyhill triumph as home advantage rules

Bidding to reach Moorend

Stuart King qualified for another Pudsey Classic finals night, despite being called in as a late replacement

Late replacement King in regal form to reach Pudsey Classic finals

Odsal will host four of the Bulls' seven games in the Super 8s

All Bradford Bulls Super 8s fixtures announced: Sheffield Eagles home opener before trip to Wakefield

Nathan Clarke in action for City during last night's pre-season match at Whitby

Clarke hopefully not final Bradford City defensive addition

Dane Nielsen has joined the Bulls on a deal until the end of 2016

Lowes confirms dangerous new Bradford Bulls recruit will start at centre

Billy Clarke takes a tumble under pressure from former Bantams midfielder Lee Bullock during City's pre-season match at Whitby

Bradford City catch pre-season fever as numbers start to add up

NEAR MISS: Gary Ballance top-scored for Yorkshire with 77 but was dismissed with the finishing line in sight

Ballance blast not quite enough for Yorkshire

Yorkshire's young left-arm spinner Karl Carver took 2-40 from his ten overs at the Kia Oval

Yorkshire need 266 for victory

FULL OF PRAISE: Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale looks on as Steve Patterson fields off his own bowling

Gale backs Yorkshire to up the ante

The West Yorkshire 5 features a long downhill stretch through Hunsworth village

Hot pace in West Yorkshire 5

Birkenshaw (blue, black & yellow) in action against Batley Boys (white, blue, & yellow) at Hunsworth Lane, East Birerley

Birky to hold inaugural gala day

Full back Danny Belcher is Bradford Salem's first-team players' player of the year

Belcher wins Bradford Salem award

James Ickringill has qualified for the Aegon British Tour, winning three matches for the loss of only 14 games

Ilkley duo qualify in Aegon British Tour

Non-League round-up

Rain hampers pre-season preparations

The Bulls recently lost to Sheffield, who they will face in their opening Super 8s fixture

Bradford Bulls to open Super 8s campaign at home to Sheffield

Dane Nielsen has joined the Bulls until the end of 2016

Bradford Bulls snap up 'Danger' Nielsen ahead of Super 8s

Nathan Clarke, pictured (right, back row) in the stands for Saturday's friendly against Carlisle

Clarke signs for Bradford City

Nathan Clarke in action for City at Whitby tonight

FT: Whitby 1 Bradford City 0

LUKE'S GOOD: Mark Lawn has been impressed with on-loan Peterborough striker Luke James

Lawn: Bantams will be better all round this year

Lee Gaskell, pictured playing Hull KR in the Challenge Cup, holds the key to the Bulls' promotion hopes

Bradford Bulls star Gaskell raring to go as he eyes up Super League scalps

Flyweight boxer Muhammad Ali is targeting European glory

Ali is Sofia-ed up to bounce back in Euros

Keighley would not have to make the trek to Methley if the merger between the Bradford League and Central Yorkshire League went through as the two championship divisions would be regionalised

Back the merger says top Bradford League official

Martin Drury, right, was pleased with his side's display against Guiseley

Drury to rotate his Bradford Park Avenue side

Ilkley Harrier Tom Adams was the second counter for England in the Snowdon International Mountain Race Picture: Eileen Woodhead.

Finding friends helped Ilkley Harrier Sharon survive ultra run

Dave Robinson took 3-19 for Cullingworth

Bets still being Hedged by Oxenhope

Gulsheraz Ahmed (bowling) scored an unbeaten 50 for promoted Stonewhite

Smart Moves on the brink of title

Steeton wicket-keeper John Akrigg looks on as Otley's Jamie Pickering clips one into the leg-side Picture: Andy Garbutt

Quinlan leads from the front as Harden secure vital win

Haworth wicket-keeper Pete Gower is too quick for Embsay opener Morgan Davies as Jacob Hudson claims a wicket Picture: Andy Garbutt

Scarborough goes to town as he reaches 1,000 wickets

City boss Phil Parkinson leaves the field at half-time during Saturday's 2-0 pre-season victory at home to Carlisle – Picture: Mike Simmonds

Clarke 'one of a few' candidates for Bradford City defensive vacancy

Bulls debutant James Clare charges forward against Halifax at The Shay

Lowes disappointed with 'negative people' after Bradford Bulls' third loss in five games

RUNNING MEN: James Hanson, centre, and Lee Bullock, right, on a pre-season training jog at Apperley Bridge

Bully for you! Defender's delight for old Bantams pal Hanson

Lucas Walshaw runs at the Halifax defence

Halifax energy earns upper hand against Bradford Bulls

Gary Ballance laid the platform for Yorkshire's win

Falcons floored as Yorkshire Vikings open account

City striker James Hanson is sent flying during the pre-season match against Carlisle at Valley Parade – Picture: Mike Simmonds

Bradford City line-up getting closer to the real thing

Tom Craddock gives Guiseley more fire power

Former Oxford and Portsmouth striker Tom Craddock joins Guiseley

Gary Ballance made 69 off 70 balls in Yorkshire's 239-6 off their 42 overs

Yorkshire set Derbyshire 240 to win

Adil Rashid has his damaged finger assessed by the England physio during a nets session ahead of the second Ashes Test at Lord's

Yorkshire star Rashid ready to give his all if selected for Ashes battle

Jimmy Lowes' players will be involved in the latest Bradford Bulls Foundation summer camps

Bulls Foundation to hold five summer camps

Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel and Country Club are giving youngsters the chance to try golf over the course of a month

Roll up to learn the basics at Hollins Hall

'Dynamic duo' Derek Granger and his long-time sidekick Colin Myers, who seems to be having trouble with an umbrella on a wet and windy at Cure Hill. Colin is umpiring Sunday's Manorlands Plate final, which is a tribute day to Derek, who died in April

Plate finals day is tribute to 'Uncle Derek'

Jonathan Marcinczak was in the Italian team that secured their place in the 2016 European qualifiers for the following year's World Cup

Marcinczak helps Italy move closer to glory

Bees chief Martin Whitcombe has been in talks with Danish RFU technical director Mikael Lai Rasmussen for several weeks over a partnership

Bradford & Bingley in twinning deal with Danish RU

Nick Gomersall hits the last ball for four for hosts and holders Copley to defeat Jer Lane in a thrilling semi-final of the Foster's Halifax League Heineken-UK sponsored Twenty20 semi-final Picture: Alex Daniel Photography

Jer beaten in semi-final thriller

Live blog: Halifax v Bradford Bulls

Live FT: Halifax 20 Bradford Bulls 16

ALL SMILES: Yorkshire's Matthew Fisher shares a joke with Tim Bresnan, whose knock of 43 off 55 balls helped rescue his side's innings against Gloucestershire before the rain came

Top order disappoint Yorkshire coach Gillespie before rain ends proceedings

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