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Craig Mullen 1<br />

Jack Johnson 2<br />

Jesse Dee 3<br />

Gideon Boafo 5<br />

Jake Shorrocks 6<br />

Josh Woods 7<br />

Nathan Wilde 8<br />

Josh Eaves 9<br />

Mitch Clark 10<br />

Alex Foster 11<br />

Brad Day 12<br />

Connor Bailey 14<br />

Ted Chapelhow 15<br />

Jay Chapelhow 16<br />

Ukuma Ta'ai 17<br />

Dan Coates 18<br />

Pat Moran 19<br />

Brad Gallagher 20<br />

Lewis Peachey 21<br />

Alex Donaghy 22<br />

Isaac Nokes 23<br />

Jake Anderson 24<br />

Nathan Clemmitt 25<br />

Josh McDermott 27<br />

Ellis Robson 36<br />

Ollie Roberts 39<br />

Tyler Hepple 40<br />

Thomas Lacans 51<br />

REFEREE: J. Vella<br />

TOUCH JUDGE 1: S.Houghton<br />

TOUCH JUDGE 2: S. Jenkinson<br />

RESERVE REFEREE: M.Clayton<br />

TIME KEEPER: R. Connolly<br />

1 Luke Cresswell<br />

2 Tee Ritson<br />

3 Declan Hulme<br />

4 Hakim Miloudi<br />

5 Shane Toal<br />

6 Jarrod Sammut<br />

7 Ryan Johnston<br />

8 Adam Walne<br />

9 Nathan Mossop<br />

10 Carl Forster<br />

11 Danny Langtree<br />

12 Jarrad Stack<br />

13 Jordan Walne<br />

14 Jake Carter<br />

15 Dan Toal<br />

16 Charlie Emslie<br />

17 Bradd Crellin<br />

19 Connor Terill<br />

20 Gary Wheeler<br />

21 Ellis Gillam<br />

22 Josh Wood<br />

23 Sam Brooks<br />

24 Anton Iaria<br />

25 Danny Morrow<br />

26 Ryan Shaw<br />

27 Ethan Kelly<br />

28 Brett Carter<br />

30 Connor Saunders<br />

31 Danny Wright<br />

32 Matt Costello<br />

35 Greg Burke

<strong>Thunder</strong> revert to<br />

Part-time status<br />

in 2023<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Thunder</strong> will revert to a parttime<br />

status from 2023.<br />

The club has spent the <strong>2022</strong> season as a full<br />

time environment as it looked to build<br />

on preserving its Betfred Championship<br />

status.<br />

Following a thorough review of operations<br />

at Kingston Park Stadium,the decision has<br />

been made to return to running a part-time<br />

model from next season.<br />

Club chair Keith Christie said:<br />

“<strong>2022</strong> has been a disappointing season with<br />

significant investment made into the club<br />

not translating into results on the pitch.<br />

“We will engage with our players and<br />

staff regarding the way forward and will<br />

communicate all updates in due course.”<br />

After a superb day on Friday, Super<br />

League’s Magic Weekend went on to<br />

enjoy a similarly successful instalment<br />

as six thrilling games from the top<br />

-flight were played out at St James’<br />

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Quay location for<br />

Rugby League World<br />

Cup Fan Village<br />

With fewer than 50 days to go until the opening<br />

fixture of Rugby League World Cup 2021 at St James’<br />

Park, organisers have released further details of<br />

what fans can look forward to in <strong>Newcastle</strong>.<br />

Taking place on both Friday 14th and Saturday 15th<br />

October, fans and residents can expect a carnival<br />

atmosphere with the Official RLWC2021 Fan Village<br />

being set up on <strong>Newcastle</strong> Quayside.<br />

Running from underneath the Tyne Bridge, through<br />

to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the RLWC2021<br />

Fan Village will have a range of family-friendly<br />

activities, food and drink stalls, activations from<br />

RLWC2021 partners,music, and big screens, plus a<br />

fireworks display on Saturday evening to complete<br />

the festivities.<br />

The opening fixture for the Rugby League World<br />

Cup will be played between England men and Samoa<br />

men at St James’ Park, with organisers recently<br />

revealing that the fixture is on course to sell out.<br />

With Scotland v Italy in the men’s tournament at<br />

Kingston Park on Sunday 16th October, plus a rugby<br />

league festival involving over 200 teams, it is set<br />

to be a big opening weekend for the tournament in<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong>.<br />

The city will enjoy a significant economic boost<br />

with tens of thousands offans attending from all<br />

over the UK and across the globe.<br />

The Official RLWC2021 Fan Village will begin on the<br />

afternoon of Friday 14th October and will be open<br />

between 1000 and 2230 on Saturday 15th October.<br />

More information about the full programme will be<br />

revealed closer to the tournament.<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> United<br />

Women’s FC set for<br />

Kingston Park date<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> United Women will play<br />

at Kingston Park Stadium on Sunday<br />

afternoon as they host Stockport County<br />

Ladies in their first home outing of the<br />

FA Women’s National League Division One<br />

North season.<br />

The game is a 2pm kick-off, with tickets<br />

available on the gate priced at £3 for<br />

adults, or £1 for juniors and concessions.<br />

It has been a big week for the Lady Magpies<br />

who opened their league campaign<br />

on Sunday with a 4-1 away win over<br />

Merseyrail Ladies, as they became part of<br />

the <strong>Newcastle</strong> United set up for the first<br />

time and announced a new sponsorship<br />

deal with north east construction<br />

Straightline NE Ltd.<br />

Entry is pay on arrival at the Kingston<br />

Park Stadium turnstiles.<br />

Sunday will be the second time <strong>Newcastle</strong><br />

United Women have played at Kingston<br />

Park Stadium,with a crowd of 2,700 in<br />

attendance for last season’s Vitality<br />

Women’s FA Cup clash against Ipswich<br />

Town.<br />

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ST JAMES’ PArK<br />

Men’s<br />

ENGlANd v SAMoA<br />

Sat 15 Oct <strong>2022</strong><br />

MS<br />


Men’s<br />

SCoTlANd v ITAly<br />

Sun 16 Oct <strong>2022</strong><br />

Men’s<br />

FIJI v ITAly<br />

Sat 22 Oct <strong>2022</strong><br />

Men’s<br />

FIJI v SCoTlANd<br />

Sat 29 Oct <strong>2022</strong><br />

Adults from:<br />

£30<br />

Conc. from:<br />

£15<br />



<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Thunder</strong>’s residential<br />

summer camp returned to Barnard<br />

Castle School this summer, as<br />

<strong>Thunder</strong> Community delivered five<br />

days of rugby league fun.<br />

Open to players at U13/14 and U15/16 age groups,<br />

the camp held at the famous County Durham<br />

school provided five hours of coaching a day for<br />

the youngsters attending.<br />

Combining with participants of the <strong>Newcastle</strong><br />

Falcons residential camp, over 175 kids enjoyed<br />

the experience.<br />

As well as learning from coaches from the<br />

<strong>Thunder</strong> Community team, the aspiring players<br />

also enjoyed a visit from <strong>Thunder</strong> first team<br />

players Alex Donaghy and Isaac Nokes.<br />

Products of the club’s academy system, the duo<br />

passed on plenty of coaching tips to the boys who<br />

may one day become the next home-grown<br />

<strong>Thunder</strong> stars.<br />

It was a successful week with plans already<br />

coming together for an even better experience<br />

in 2023!<br />

Squads on the Tyne<br />

This October, we are excited to host one of the<br />

biggest-ever festivals in rugby league to kick<br />

start the World Cup in style. We have teams from<br />

across the country signing up to be a part of<br />

Squads on the Tyne, running 14th-16th October<br />

and your team could be in with the action.<br />

Thanks to the support from <strong>Newcastle</strong> City<br />

Council and the North of Tyne Combined Authority,<br />

Squads on the Tyne will be hosted at the home of<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Thunder</strong>, Kingston Park Stadium.<br />

We are calling teams from across the rugby<br />

league community, including primary and<br />

secondary schools, Junior rugby league clubs,<br />

touch rugby, PDRL, LDRL and Masters (35+).<br />

The festival is free to enter and there is still<br />

time to secure entry. To sign up, please head to<br />

https://www.rlwc2021.com/squads-on-the-tyne<br />

Book onto our Summer<br />

Coaching Camps for only £19!<br />

Places still available for our summer coaching<br />

camps, held at Kingston Park, <strong>Newcastle</strong> Magpies<br />

and Yarm Wolves training ground. Calling girls<br />

and boys aged 6-14 years old to get involved in<br />

our ever-popular summer coaching camps. Each<br />

day of camp runs from 10am to 3pm and includes<br />

a range of rugby skills, games and multi-skills.<br />

We had the biggest number of participants<br />

attend our May coaching camps, and we can’t<br />

wait for the return of our camps.<br />

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<strong>Thunder</strong> Community are calling girls and<br />

boys aged 6-14 years old to get involved in<br />

their ever popular coaching camps!<br />

Taking place at three venues over the<br />

final week of the summer holidays,<br />

the camps run from 10 am to 3 pm and<br />

includes a range of rugby skills, games,<br />

and multi-skills.<br />

After welcoming the most participants<br />

ever to the camps hosted in May, the<br />

coaches can’t wait to welcome this<br />

summer’s cohort for a final blast of fun<br />

before the new school term starts.<br />

No experience in rugby league is<br />

required, and the camps are a great way<br />

for kids to have a run-around and get<br />

active in the holidays.<br />

Use promotional code: 25CLUB to get<br />

25% off camp!<br />

Dates and Locations:<br />

30th August– Kington Park<br />

31th August– <strong>Newcastle</strong> Magpies<br />

1st September–Yarm Wolves<br />

To book, please head to https://<br />

www.rugbycamps.co.uk/thunder.For<br />

more information, please contact<br />

community@newcastle-thunder.co.uk<br />

Camp participants receive five hours<br />

of coaching from DBS-cleared, RFLqualified<br />

community coaches, a <strong>Thunder</strong><br />

camp t- shirt, and a £5 credit which<br />

can be redeemed in the club shop,<br />

ticket office and selected drink outlet<br />

throughout Kingston Park Stadium.<br />


MOODY CUP <strong>2022</strong><br />

<strong>2022</strong>’s Moody Cup was a resounding<br />

success at the last match day at<br />

Kingston Park Stadium, as more than<br />

650 junior players enjoyed a morning<br />

and early afternoon of games at the<br />

home of <strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Thunder</strong>.<br />

After completing their games, all<br />

participants were able to take their<br />

place in the crowd to watch <strong>Newcastle</strong><br />

<strong>Thunder</strong> do battle with league leaders<br />

Leigh Centurions in round 22 of the<br />

Betfred Championship.<br />

Moody Logistics & Storage<br />

Long-term supporters of <strong>Newcastle</strong><br />

<strong>Thunder</strong>’s biggest grassroots festival<br />

of the year, Moody Logistics and<br />

Storage is currently marking its 75th<br />

anniversary having been founded in<br />

1947 by David Moody on returning home<br />

after serving in the Second World War.<br />

He bought a household coal round and<br />

began collecting sea coal from the<br />

Northumberland coast, also delivering<br />

to local businesses before branching<br />

out into transporting bricks.<br />

By 1953 he was operating five trucks,<br />

which included Bedford’s like Peggy – a<br />

restored vintage truck named after the<br />

Chairman Alan’s mother, that frequents<br />

local truck shows and museums during<br />

the spring and summer.<br />

Today, Moody’s remains a family-owned<br />

business lead by the third generation<br />

with Managing Director Caroline<br />

Moody working alongside her brother<br />

Richard Moody,<br />

Operations Director, and brotherin-law<br />

Gavin Cape who runs sister<br />

company Heathline Commercials Ltd,<br />

a truck service and maintenance<br />

workshop that looks after the Moody<br />

fleet as well as servicing customers<br />

throughout the north east.<br />

Moody Logistics and Storage<br />

specialises in overnight pallet<br />

distribution for customers, while also<br />

offering storage and warehousing<br />

solutions, and dedicated haulage<br />

services across the UK.<br />

Shareholder members of the Pall-Ex<br />

network, the firm currently holds FORS<br />

Bronze accreditation, operating a fleet<br />

of 30 trucks from a seven-acre site in<br />

Bolam Business Park, Cramlington.<br />

The fleet comprises vehicles from<br />

3.5T and 7.5T to 18T and 44T, including<br />

standard curtain-sided vehicles ,<br />

double deck curtain-sided trailers<br />

and skeletal trailers for the movement<br />

of containers.<br />

The seventh instalment of the biggest<br />

grassroots rugby league festival held<br />

in the north east once again welcomed<br />

clubs from the region and the wider<br />

rugby league heartlands ahead of the<br />

Betfred Championship clash with Leigh<br />

Centurions.<br />

Starting from 11am, games took over<br />

the whole of Kingston Park, with teams<br />

from U6 to U14s levels playing across<br />

the main, North and West pitches with<br />

each team enjoying three matches each<br />

in the group stages.<br />

It contributed to a superb crowd of<br />

2,127, the second highest of the season<br />

showing the best ofgrassroots rugby<br />

league and its key role in growing<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Thunder</strong> into the future.<br />

Moody Cup <strong>2022</strong>–Participating Clubs<br />

Aspatria Hornets | Catterick Crusaders|<br />

Cramlington Rockets | Gateshead Storm |<br />

Lowca ARLFC | Ince Rose Bridge | <strong>Newcastle</strong><br />

Magpies | Oulton <strong>Raiders</strong> | Sheffield Hawks |<br />

Ulverston | Wallsend Centurions | Wath Brow<br />

Hornets | Wigan St Cuthberts | Yarm Wolves<br />

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Ball Steal<br />

Not 10<br />

Rugby League is played by two teams of 13<br />

players, playing on a pitch that is 100m<br />

long.<br />

Games are played in two 40-minute halves,<br />

with the team with the highest score after<br />

the combined 80 minutes winning the game.<br />

You may run forwards with the ball, and you<br />

may kick the ball forwards, but as in rugby<br />

union, you can only pass the ball backwards<br />

or sideways.<br />

If you pass the ball forwards or knock the<br />

ball on (that is deflect the ball towards the<br />

opposition, try line by contact with the<br />

body or arms) possession is handed over to<br />

the opposing side.<br />

In rugby league, teams are allowed up to six<br />

tackles to score. Once a player is tackled,<br />

the tackler must let go of the ball carrier<br />

and his teammates must retreat 10 meters.<br />

The ball carrier is allowed to stand up and<br />

then play the ball back to a team mate to<br />

start the process again.<br />

If a team is tackled a sixth time, possession<br />

of the ball is handed over to the defending<br />

team who gain possession of the ball from<br />

the spot of the tackle.<br />

Try – Worth four points a try is scored when<br />

downward pressure is applied to the ball on<br />

the ground in the opponents in-goal area.<br />

The ball can either be ran into the in-goal<br />

area or kicked through and touched down.<br />

Conversion – After scoring a try teams<br />

can add additional points by successfully<br />

kicking a goal called a conversion. Taken<br />

from a spot 20 meters from the goal line<br />

and perpendicular from where the try was<br />

scored. Kicking the ball over the crossbar<br />

and between the posts scores two points.<br />

Penalty – If the opposition commits a foul,<br />

teams can opt to attempt to score a goal<br />

by kicking the ball between the posts and<br />

over the crossbar from the spot where the<br />

infringement took place, this also scores<br />

two points.<br />

Drop Goal – A drop goal can be scored by<br />

kicking the ball through the posts and any<br />

point in open play. To score these, the ball<br />

must be dropped onto the ground before<br />

being kicked. Worth just one point, a drop<br />

goal is rarely seen, but in close games it<br />

can be the difference between victory and<br />

defeat.<br />

In summary, if you can count to six, you are<br />

going to enjoy a game of rugby league.<br />

When two or more people are involved in<br />

a tackle, a ball steal occurs when a player<br />

from the defending team takes the ball off<br />

the attacking player who has been tackled.<br />

Dissent<br />

If a player disputes decisions taken by the<br />

referee or verbally abuses the officials<br />

then a penalty for dissent may be awarded.<br />

Double Movement<br />

If the ball carrier is tackled and held before<br />

the try line and then lifts their arm<br />

to reach out and place the ball over the try<br />

line, this is classed as a double movement<br />

with a penalty awarded to the defending<br />

team<br />

High Tackle<br />

If a defending player contacts the head of<br />

the attacking player carrying the ball, a<br />

penalty for a high tackle will be awarded.<br />

Late Tackle<br />

If the attacking player passes the ball to a<br />

team-mate and the defender has had time<br />

to pull out of his attempted tackle but carries<br />

through, he has committed a late tackle<br />

and will be penalised.<br />

When a player doesn’t retreat behind the<br />

next 10m line or goes too early when defending<br />

the next tackle of a set, a penalty<br />

will be awarded. This can also be awarded<br />

as an offside penalty.<br />

Obstruction<br />

When an attacker prevents a defender from<br />

getting to the ball carrier to effect a tackle<br />

by getting in between the two players, a<br />

penalty is awarded for obstruction<br />

Offside<br />

As well as an infringement around being<br />

10m from the play the ball, offsides can also<br />

be awarded in instances where players are<br />

in front of a kicker.<br />

Tackle in the air<br />

If a player has jumped to take the ball in the<br />

air and the defending player makes no attempt<br />

to play at the ball, but instead goes<br />

straight for the player or makes a tackle<br />

before the gathering player returns to the<br />

ground, a penalty will be awarded<br />

For a host of other offences, referees will<br />

simply reset the tackle count bay awarding<br />

a “Six Again”<br />

This is signaled by the referee waving a<br />

clenched fist above his head from left to<br />

right.<br />

To make it more difficult for the other team<br />

to score, the attacking team will usually<br />

kick the ball away on the fifth tackle to<br />

increase the distance between the opposition<br />

and the try line.<br />

A team will run with the ball, get tackled,<br />

play the ball backwards and repeat this<br />

process up to six times in the attempt to<br />

score up to six points at a time, before the<br />

other team will have a go.<br />

The object of the game is to score more<br />

points than the opposing team with several<br />

ways to do this during a match.

<strong>2022</strong><br />


The countdown to<br />

Rugby League World<br />

Cup 2021 is entering<br />

the final furlong!<br />

The biggest, best and most inclusive<br />

tournament in the sport’s history is<br />

set to kick off in under 50 days’ time<br />

at St James’ Park as hosts England<br />

welcome Samoa men on 15 October.<br />

It’s the start of five weeks of world<br />

class sporting action with 61 games<br />

across the Men’s Women’s and<br />

Wheelchair World Cups being staged<br />

across the UK.<br />

The north east plays a pivotal<br />

role in delivering the showpiece<br />

tournament, with the opening game<br />

at the home of <strong>Newcastle</strong> United<br />

joined by a further four matches in<br />

the men’s competition.<br />

There is a lot to look forward to,<br />

including a carnival atmosphere in<br />

the <strong>Newcastle</strong> fan zone and a huge<br />

grassroots festival allowing the<br />

community game to get involved.<br />

Get the lowdown on what happens<br />

when;then get your tickets to make<br />

sure you are part of rugby league’s<br />

big show.<br />

”<br />

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RLWC Fan Village<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> Quayside, Friday 14th October<br />

–Saturday 15thOctober<br />

Taking over <strong>Newcastle</strong>’s Quayside, the Fan<br />

Village will be open from Friday evening<br />

with bars, games, live music,and a big<br />

screen all set to be part of the experience.<br />

It will be the place to be ahead of the big<br />

kick-off at St James’ Park, with fans<br />

encouraged to be part of the build- up<br />

before making their way to watch England<br />

take on Samoa in the first game of the<br />

tournament.<br />

The fan village is then set to be the best<br />

place in the city to catch all the action<br />

from Headingley as Australia clash with<br />

Fiji, before a show- stopping finale closes<br />

the attraction.<br />

England v Samoa<br />

St James’ Park, Saturday 15th October<br />

Five years on from Rugby League World<br />

Cup final, England will get theirfirst home<br />

World Cup since 2013 underway at St<br />

James’ Park in what tournament organises<br />

anticipate will be a sold-out tournament<br />

opener.<br />

Shaun Wane’s team will face a stern test<br />

from Samoa as they aim to get their<br />

campaign off to a winning start, with<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> United’s colosseum providing a<br />

fitting stage on which to open this edition<br />

of the tournament.<br />

A 14:30 kick off, it is the must- see game<br />

of the opening weekend and with a second<br />

game in the city just 24 hours later, offers<br />

the chance to make a weekend in one of<br />

rugby league’s most popular destination<br />

venues.<br />

Squads on the Tyne<br />

Kingston Park Stadium,<br />

Friday 14th October–Sunday 16th October.<br />

Getting events underway, the <strong>Newcastle</strong><br />

Rugby Foundation will be hosting one of<br />

the largest ever three-day rugby league<br />

festivals as the Squads on the Tyne kick st<br />

arts the biggest and best Rugby League<br />

World Cup to date.<br />

Taking place at Kingston Park Stadium,<br />

the festival is an opportunity for teams<br />

across the rugby league community to be<br />

part of RLWC2021’s blockbuster opening<br />

weekend.<br />

Teams from schools (primary and<br />

secondary), junior Rugby League clubs,<br />

mixed touch rugby and masters RL (35+)<br />

teams, PDRL (Physical Disability Rugby<br />

League) and LDRL (Learning Disability<br />

Rugby League) who will all be taking part<br />

across the weekend with entries still<br />

open for those who want to be part of this<br />

unmissable event.<br />


RLWC2021 @ Kingston Park<br />

October 16 / 22 / 29<br />

The main stay of the region’s hosting of<br />

the Rugby League World Cup, Kingston Park<br />

Stadium will host a trio of games over<br />

consecutive weekends in the group stages.<br />

Scotland, who may boast former <strong>Thunder</strong><br />

favourite Sam Luckley within the ranks,<br />

Italy and Fiji are the sides who will duke it<br />

out at the home of <strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Thunder</strong>.<br />

After the big kick off the day prior,<br />

Scotland v Italy gets things underway on<br />

October 16 ahead of the Fiji v Italy clash on<br />

Saturday October 22nd.<br />

Fiji and Scotland meet on the evening of<br />

Saturday October 29th in the final match<br />

in NE13.<br />

Tonga v Cook Islands<br />

Riverside Stadium, October 30th.<br />

While Tyneside kicks off Rugby League<br />

World Cup in the north east, Middlesbrough<br />

draws it to a close with the all-Pacific<br />

Island clash taking place at the Riverside<br />

Stadium.<br />

Tonga are expected to be one of the form<br />

teams in the competition after making it<br />

through to the semi-finals in 2017, pushing<br />

England all the way as Wayne Bennett’s side<br />

advanced to the final by just two points.<br />

Having shocked the international Rugby<br />

League world by beating number one ranked<br />

side Australia in 2019, they will arrive on<br />

Teesside having faced Papua New Guinea<br />

and Wales in their other group fixtures.





A familiar face to some, Tee Ritson returns to face his former side<br />

<strong>Thunder</strong> in this Saturday’s clash against <strong>Barrow</strong> <strong>Raiders</strong>. Ritson<br />

is having a stellar season so far for the Cumbrian side and will<br />

definitely be on the radar of many of the <strong>Thunder</strong> lads.<br />

The 26-year-old winger who hails from Thailand boasts an<br />

impressive try scoring record for the <strong>2022</strong> campaign, where from<br />

27 appearances he has returned 28 tries. This includes a brace last<br />

time out, in their loss against title chasers Featherstone Rovers.<br />

Alongside a year at <strong>Thunder</strong> in 2018, featuring 22 times for<br />

the North East outfit, Ritson has also enjoyed a stint at fellow<br />

Cumbrians and Championship side Workington Town, where across<br />

four seasons from 2014 to 2017, he made 39 appearances. Ritson<br />

signed for the <strong>Raiders</strong> in 2019 and has been there since.<br />

<strong>Barrow</strong> <strong>Raiders</strong> are today’s opponent as Betfred<br />

Championship action returns to the North East<br />

over the August Bank Holiday weekend.<br />

A 3pm kick-off on Saturday, August 27, it is the<br />

first meeting between the two sides at the<br />

ground since 2017.<br />

The <strong>Raiders</strong> have enjoyed a successful campaign<br />

this year where they currently sit fifth in the<br />

Betfred Championship, and firmly entrenched<br />

in the battle for third with Halifax Panthers,<br />

Batley Bulldogs and York City Knights.<br />

They have already guaranteed their place in the<br />

end-of-season play-offs with a comfortable<br />

30-12 win over Batley Bulldogs the other week.<br />

Founded in 1875, <strong>Barrow</strong> have been operating<br />

for a mere 147 years and play their home games<br />

out of Craven Park.<br />

Originally formed as <strong>Barrow</strong> Football Club,<br />

they re-branded as <strong>Barrow</strong> <strong>Raiders</strong> as late as<br />

2002 after stints under the names of <strong>Barrow</strong><br />

Braves and <strong>Barrow</strong> Border <strong>Raiders</strong>. They were<br />

promoted back to the Second Division in 2021<br />

and have seen a very successful return to the<br />

Betfred Championship.<br />

The club have a decorated history where they<br />

have secured several honours including a<br />

Challenge Cup title back in the 1954/55 season.<br />

They have three Second Division titles under<br />

their belt from the 1975, 1983 and 2009 seasons<br />

as well as two League One titles in 2004 and as<br />

previously mentioned as early as 2021. The club<br />

also secured the League One cup in 2017.<br />

The <strong>Raiders</strong> are currently led by former player<br />

Paul Crarey. The 56-year-old played over 170<br />

games for <strong>Barrow</strong> at hooker before taking the<br />

reigns as coach in 2005.<br />

Crarey is in his second stint at the <strong>Raiders</strong>, with<br />

a season at Whitehaven for the 2007 campaign in<br />

between. Crarey rejoined <strong>Barrow</strong> in 2014 and has<br />

headed the club since.<br />

<strong>Barrow</strong> have 14 wins to their name so far this<br />

season alongside eight losses and one draw. This<br />

sees them sitting at fifth in the table.<br />

They also enjoyed a rather successful Challenge<br />

Cup run, reaching the Round of 16 where they put<br />

in a gallant display against Huddersfield Giants.<br />

<strong>Thunder</strong> have faced <strong>Barrow</strong> twice already this<br />

season. Both times at Craven Park with one being<br />

a pre-season friendly and the other a Betfred<br />

Championship fixture.<br />

On both occasions, <strong>Thunder</strong> fell short, with a preseason<br />

friendly that ended 34-22 in <strong>Barrow</strong>’s<br />

favour whereas the Betfred Championship fixture<br />

was a much more closer affair with <strong>Thunder</strong><br />

narrowly losing 14-6 in appalling conditions.<br />

<strong>Barrow</strong> will be full of confidence heading into<br />

the fixture at Kingston Park, knowing they have<br />

secured their play-off place already and with<br />

<strong>Thunder</strong> looking to take a morale-boosting win,<br />

we can expect a fiery affair with plenty of good<br />

rugby league on show.<br />


Jarrod Sammut is another Raider who will be one to watch in<br />

our latest Betfred Championship clash. The utility back, who<br />

can feature at scrumhalf, standoff, fullback and hooker has<br />

enjoyed an impressive first season at the Cumbrian side where<br />

in 23 appearances he has returned 18 tries and scored over 160<br />

points. This includes a try last time out in their loss against<br />

Featherstone Rovers.<br />

The 35-year-old has enjoyed a lengthy career that includes<br />

stints in the NRL with Penrith Panthers, the Super League<br />

with Crusaders RL, Bradford Bulls, Wakefield Trinity and Leigh<br />

Centurions and the Betfred Championship with Workington<br />

Town and London Broncos.<br />

Sammut has also earned international honours being capped by<br />

Malta Rugby League, where in 17 appearances he scored 11 tries.<br />

Sammut also crossed-codes and earned national honours for<br />

Malta in Rugby Union but the endeavour was short-lived being<br />

capped only once.<br />


Featuring heavily in his first season at <strong>Barrow</strong> <strong>Raiders</strong>,<br />

Ellis Gillam is another ‘one to watch’ for this Saturday’s<br />

Betfred Championship clash at Kingston Park.<br />

The second-row joined the <strong>Raiders</strong> ahead of the <strong>2022</strong><br />

campaign, having previously played for Cumbrian rivals<br />

Whitehaven across four seasons between 2018 and 2021.<br />

Gillam also enjoyed a short stint at League 1 side, Rochdale<br />

Hornets for the best part of the 2019 campaign.<br />

The 24-year-old has been a regular on the team sheet for<br />

<strong>Barrow</strong> so far this season, where he has appeared in 28<br />

games, crossing the white-wash four times.

ourselves that we need to do more, and<br />

we need to be better.”<br />

“One positive is it is a very young<br />

squad and we are going to be a year<br />

older with that experience, but that is<br />

something we can’t say going forward.<br />


“We can use this year to take a lot and<br />

learn a lot from it, but it is a matter<br />

that it has to kick on now which is on<br />

us, the lads.”<br />


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players in the group you have to take<br />

more responsibility on and that means<br />

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“That’s one thing that Denis tries to<br />

instil in us and you’re only ever two<br />

results away from the mood in a camp<br />

completely changing.<br />

“We have a group that can do it, we just<br />

need to all be on the field and playing<br />

consistently together.”<br />

While the season may be done for<br />

himself, Johnson is backing his teammates<br />

to keep pushing over the next<br />

month as they aim to demonstrate<br />

progress has been made over the<br />

course of <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

“There are still five games left for the<br />

lads who are still playing and involved<br />

so we can’t give up.<br />

“We need to show there is a plan and<br />

building in place to kick on and show<br />

the fans to keep them interested for<br />

next year.<br />

“They do turn up for us and they need<br />

to see and everyone involved needs<br />

to see that we are going in the right<br />

direction.”<br />

“<br />

We have a group that<br />

can do it, we just<br />

need to all be on the<br />

field<br />


STATS<br />

27th Aug <strong>Barrow</strong> <strong>Raiders</strong> Kingston Park Championship<br />

3rd Sept York City Knights Kingston Park Championship<br />

10th Sept Whitehaven RLFC The LCL Arena Championship<br />

Date Opponent Venu Competition Result Score<br />

Fullback<br />

Wing Centre Centre Wing<br />

Scrum<br />

Half<br />

Stand<br />

Off<br />

Prop Hooker Prop Back Row Back Row<br />

Loose<br />

Forward<br />

Interchange Interchange Interchange Interchange<br />

30th Jan<br />

Workington<br />

Town<br />

Derwent Park Championship W 6 - 20 Mullen Johnson Dee Nokes Boafo Shorrocks Bailey<br />

Wilde Eaves Moran Foster Gallagher Hallas Clark Peachey Nicholson Donaghy<br />

6th Feb Batley Bulldogs Kingston Park Championship L 14 - 32 Donaghy Johnson Dee Halsall Boafo Shorrocks Woods<br />

Wilde Eaves Moran Foster Gallagher Hallas O'Neill Bailey Peachey Clark<br />

13th Feb <strong>Barrow</strong> <strong>Raiders</strong> Craven Park Championship L 14 - 6 Mullen Johnson Dee Halsall Boafo Bailey Woods<br />

T Chapelhow Eaves Moran Nicholson Gallagher Hallas O'Neill Peachey Clark Sutton<br />

19th Feb<br />

Whitehaven<br />

RLFC<br />

Kingston Park Championship W 40 - 24 Mullen Johnson Halsall Foster Boafo Bailey Woods<br />

Moran Eaves T Chapelhow Nicholson Gallagher Hallas Clark Peachey O'Neill Sutton<br />

28th Feb<br />

York City<br />

Knights<br />

LNER Community<br />

Stadium<br />

Challenge Cup L 42 - 13 Mullen Donaghy Sutton Nokes Boafo Shorrocks Woods<br />

Moran Eaves T Chapelhow Nicholson Gallagher Hallas Peachey J Chapelhow Wilde Bailey<br />

6th Mar<br />

Leigh<br />

Centurions<br />

Leigh Sports<br />

Village<br />

Championship L 34 - 18 Mullen Hanley Halsall Nokes Boafo Shorrocks Woods<br />

Wilde Eaves T Chapelhow Dee Foster Hallas Moran Peachey Day Nicholson<br />

20th Mar Dewsbury Rams Tetley's Stadium Championship W 22 - 24 Mullen Donaghy Nokes Dee Boafo Shorrocks Coates<br />

Clark Eaves T Chapelhow Day Gallagher Wilde Clemmitt Bailey Moran Hepple<br />

4th April Widnes Vikings Kingston Park Championship W 12 - 6 Mullen Boafo Nokes Halsall Miski Shorrocks Dee<br />

T Chapelhow Eaves Clark Gallagher Nicholson Hallas Peachey Bailey Wilde O'Neill<br />

16th<br />

April<br />

York City<br />

Knights<br />

LNER Community<br />

Stadium<br />

Championship L 36 - 6 Johnson Hanley Nokes Costello Boafo Shorrocks Coates<br />

T Chapelhow Eaves Clark Day Nicholson Wilde Moran Peachey Bailey Gallagher<br />

22nd<br />

April<br />

Sheffield Eagles<br />

Millenium<br />

Stadium<br />

Championship L 34 - 20 Johnson Hanley Nokes Sutton Boafo Shorrocks Coates<br />

T Chapelhow Eaves Clark Day Gallagher Bailey Wilde Peachey Nicholson Clemmitt<br />

30th Apr Halifax Panthers Kingston Park Championship L 10 - 30 Donaghy Boafo Croft Nokes Sutton Bailey Coates<br />

T Chapelhow Eaves Clark Nicholson Day Wilde Peachey Field Clemmitt Adebiyi<br />

13th May London Broncos Cherry Red Records<br />

Stadium<br />

Championship W 22 - 52 Sutton Boafo Foster Croft Nokes Shorrocks Woods<br />

T Chapelhow Eaves Clark Day Gallagher Wilde Bailey Ta'ai Adebiyi Bailey<br />

21st May Bradford Bulls Odsal Stadium Championship L 36 - 20 Mullen Boafo Croft Nokes Johnson Shorrocks Woods<br />

Wilde Eaves Clark Foster Day Gallagher Ta'ai Bailey Moran Peachey<br />

2nd June<br />

Featherstone<br />

Rovers<br />

Kingston Park Championship L 10 - 46 Donaghy Boafo Croft Nokes Johnson Coates Dean<br />

Clark Hepple Wilde Bailey Gallagher Robson McDermott Moran Peachey Clemmitt<br />

5th June Sheffield Eagles Kingston Park Championship L 18 - 31 Mullen Johnson Halsall Croft Boafo Dean Woods<br />

Wilde Eaves Moran Foster Day Robson Ta'ai Clark Peachey Bailey<br />

12th June Batley Bulldogs Fox’s Biscuits<br />

Stadium<br />

Championship l 58 - 18 Hanley Nokes Croft Foster Johnson Dean Woods<br />

Clark Eaves Wilde Gallagher Day Robson Bailey Ta'ai Peachey Clemmitt<br />

26th<br />

June<br />

Workington<br />

Town<br />

Kingston Park Championshi W 66 - 22 Mullen Johnson Nokes Halsall Hanley Dean Woods<br />

Roberts Eaves Wilde Foster Day Robson Clark Peachey Bailey Ta'ai<br />

2nd July<br />

Featherstone<br />

Rover<br />

Millenium<br />

Stadium<br />

Championshi L 58 - 22 Mullen Boafo Nokes Halsall Johnson Bailey Woods<br />

Roberts Eaves Wilde Foster Day Robson Clark Peachey Ta'ai Forber<br />

8th July Bradford Bulls Kingston Park Championship W 53-10 Mullen Boafo Halsall Hanley Johnson Shorrocks Woods<br />

Roberts Eaves J Chapelhow Foster Day Peachey Clark Ta'ai Gallagher Forber<br />

17th July Widnes Vikings DCBL Stadium Championship L 26 - 33 Hanley Boafo Halsall Nokes Johnson Mullen Woods<br />

J Chapelhow Eaves T Chapelhow Foster Day Roberts Gallagher Clark Ta'ai Forber<br />

23rd July Dewsbury Rams Kingston Park Championship D 24 - 24 Mullen Boafo Nokes Halsall Johnson Shorrocks Bailey<br />

J Chapelhow Eaves Peachey Day Robson Roberts Ta'ai Clark Gallagher Forber<br />

31st July<br />

York City<br />

Knights<br />

Headingley<br />

Stadium<br />

Championship L 18 - 27 Mullen Boafo Nokes Gallagher Donaghy Shorrocks Bailey<br />

T Chapelhow Eaves J Chapelhow Roberts Day Wilde Forber Robson Clark Ta'ai<br />

14th Aug<br />

Leigh<br />

centurions<br />

Kingston Park Championship L 0-60 Mullen Boafo Hanley Nokes Donaghy Bailey Woods<br />

T Chapelhow Eaves J Chapelhow Gallagher Robson Wilde Clark Forber Ta’ai Peachey<br />

21st Aug<br />

Halifax<br />

Panthers<br />

The Shay<br />

Stadium<br />

Championship L 10-42 Hanley Boafo Bailey Nokes Donaghy Eaves Woods<br />

T Chapelhow Lacans J Chapelhow Gallagher Clemmitt Wilde Peachey Clark Ta’ai McDermott<br />


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- Fullback<br />



- Wing<br />


3. JESSE DEE<br />

- Centre<br />



- Wing<br />


- Back Row<br />


- Back Row<br />

17. UKUMA TA’AI<br />

- Back Row<br />

19. PAT MORAN<br />

- Prop<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

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1.<br />

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- Stand Off<br />


Bryn Thomas<br />

Cranes<br />

7. JOSH WOODS<br />

- Scrum Half<br />


- Prop<br />

9. JOSH EAVES<br />

- Hooker<br />


Rob Gardner<br />


- Back Row<br />


- Prop<br />

Ludwell<br />

Electrical<br />

22. ALEX DONAGHY<br />

- Fullback<br />

23. ISAAC NOKES<br />

- Centre<br />


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1.<br />

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1.<br />

1.<br />

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10. MITCH CLARK<br />

- Prop<br />

11. ALEX FOSTER<br />

- Back Row<br />


12. BRAD DAY<br />

- Back Row<br />



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- Prop<br />



- Back Row<br />


Blakelaw<br />

Pharmacy<br />


- Hooker<br />


MEET THE<br />


Ukuma has gone through his return to play<br />

in training, so we have gradually built up<br />

his running load and taken him into full<br />

training which has seen him go into live<br />

contact and live skill.<br />

We’ve been mindful of how much load<br />

that we have been putting him through<br />

and we’ve been using a brace to off-load<br />

his knee a little bit when he hasn’t been<br />

training just to give him a little bit more<br />

time to settle and recover.<br />

We’ve then been using the Physio Lab<br />

equipment post-training to settle down<br />

any swelling that might have been going<br />

on in there.<br />

He’s built up his training minutes and<br />

we’re happy to have him included in the<br />

squad for the game down in London.<br />

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