Bradford and district cup finals will NOT be at Odsal

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Birkenshaw, seen after their 2013 triumph, may retain the Jack Senior Memorial Cup - but they won't be plaing the final at Odsal Birkenshaw, seen after their 2013 triumph, may retain the Jack Senior Memorial Cup - but they won't be plaing the final at Odsal

It is the penultimate round of the Bradford Amateur Rugby League Jack Senior Memorial Cup tomorrow (2.00).

But the winners of the semi-finals between West Bowling and Wibsey Warriors and Birkenshaw and Queensbury will not have the benefit of playing at Odsal Stadium, as has been the case for the last decade.

Finals-day crowds have been the envy of many professional clubs and have provided much-needed revenue for the community clubs.

However, Bradford League secretary Tom McCarthy explained: “We have been in touch with the Bradford Bulls by letter and in person with no result as to the use of the stadium for the finals.

“We will therefore have to seek an alternative venue to stage the games on the traditional date in May.”

West Bowling have no injury worries when they host Pennine League Premier Division rivals Wibsey Warriors at Emsley’s Recreation Ground.

The Warriors, however, will be without influential scrum half Luke Helliwell, free-scoring
centre Nick Fontaine and barnstorming prop Chris Vogel.

Holders Birkenshaw welcome Queensbury to East Bierley in another knife-edge tie.

Championship Division One Birky are having a frustrating time as a number of their players have left to play in summer leagues, while ’Bury are riding a crest of a wave, having qualified for the semi-finals of the BARLA National Cup last time out.

Queensbury, however, can roll out a bevy of big guns, including the return of
player-coach Andy Senior and front-rower Lee Kelly.

John Farr and Callum Murgatroyd miss out through injury but the loss will be tempered by the addition of Gareth Crowther and Rob Nagy.

In the Hudson Foster Supplementary Bradford Cup, Wibsey Warriors A face Queensbury A at Northfield Road.

The Warriors start as slight favourites due to their Second Division status, which is one jump ahead of the visitors.

However, the league standings will be of no concern to either team, both packed full of promising youngsters who will be straining at the bit to make it a double appearance for their respective clubs on cup final day - wherever it may be.

* Bradford Dudley  Hill welcome back a wealth of experience for the trip to Kingstone Press National Conference League Division Two strugglers Leigh East on Saturday.

Kenny Smith has the injured trio of Neil Wall, Charlie Herbert and Kyle Carter available once again, while Adam Jefferson faces a late fitness test and is only a 50-50 chance.

Forwards Lee O'Connor, Tony Huby and Anthony Lawton definitely miss out, while Louis Singh, Joshua Chamberlain and Gareth Ramsden may be once again be involved after impressing against Kells last time out.

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6:34am Fri 11 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

How to get along with the amateur community , stop their big day, well done new owners at least it won't embarrass you if they had got bigger crowd than a bulls game now.
How to get along with the amateur community , stop their big day, well done new owners at least it won't embarrass you if they had got bigger crowd than a bulls game now. axelf1963
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7:07am Fri 11 Apr 14

1964gc says...

I suspect recent events have taken priority ,I m sure next year we will see them again at odsal
I suspect recent events have taken priority ,I m sure next year we will see them again at odsal 1964gc
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7:12am Fri 11 Apr 14

low moor bulls says...

Have to agree with the above comment, as a bulls supporter for over 40years I feel very let down by them. Many of these local Bradford amateur clubs did there upmost to raise money for the bulls in their difficult times. The revenue they would get beind the bar would help them out in these difficult times, they should be having good links with local clubs.
Have to agree with the above comment, as a bulls supporter for over 40years I feel very let down by them. Many of these local Bradford amateur clubs did there upmost to raise money for the bulls in their difficult times. The revenue they would get beind the bar would help them out in these difficult times, they should be having good links with local clubs. low moor bulls
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8:26am Fri 11 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Viking put a stop to it by all accounts
Viking put a stop to it by all accounts axelf1963
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1:10pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BierleyBoy says...

Hopefully someone at the club realises the value of community links....
Hopefully someone at the club realises the value of community links.... BierleyBoy
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9:30pm Tue 15 Apr 14

bradfordbronco says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Viking put a stop to it by all accounts
Even you missed by bored by your daily Viking mention by now!
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Viking put a stop to it by all accounts[/p][/quote]Even you missed by bored by your daily Viking mention by now! bradfordbronco
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9:02am Thu 17 Apr 14

nosher says...

Both Wibsey teams in the finals. Unfortunately, they have a free week, sanctioned by the pennine league on the planned cup final day lol. The Bradford league have made a blunder here.
Both Wibsey teams in the finals. Unfortunately, they have a free week, sanctioned by the pennine league on the planned cup final day lol. The Bradford league have made a blunder here. nosher
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