Mid-Season Wheelchair RL Meeting

Here’s the key info to come out of last Wednesday’s Mid-Season Wheelchair RL meeting, including the powerpoint pages of the meeting and the spreadsheet with post-split fixtures.

In addition, there are plans to host a development day between the end of season and the beginning of the World Cup where we will host the Level 2 Wheelchair RL Coaching Course and simultaneously a referee course.

Your club needs to know if you want to attend the session.

Remaining Fixtures – From June 11th Onwards

Date: 11 th /12 th June TBC by Phil asap
Venue: TBC by Phil asap

Magic Weekend
versus Leeds
Date: Saturday 9 th July
Venue: National Basketball Centre Manchester
Kickoff: Times to be announced.

HOME: London
Date: Sunday 24 th July
Venue: Sedburgh LC Bradford
Kickoff: 2pm access from 1pm to set up

Date: 30 th /31 st July TBC
Venue: TBC
Kickoff: TBC

HOME: Wigan
Date: Sunday 21 st August
Venue: Sedburgh LC Bradford
Kickoff: 2pm access from 1pm to set up

AWAY: London
Date: 3 rd /4 th September TBC
Venue: TBC
Kickoff: TBC

17 th / 18 th Sept TBC………1 st v 4 th and 2 nd v 3 rd

FINAL: UCLAN Preston Saturday October 1 st

Muhall Receives Bursary Boost

The Rugby Football League announced on Saturday 28 May 2022 that Nathan Mulhall, EnglandRL Wheelchair international and Halifax Panthers regular is to be the inaugural recipient of the Matt King Educational Bursary. Here’s what they had to say about the award:

The RFL are delighted to announce Nathan Mulhall, an England Wheelchair international who plays for Halifax Panthers, as an inaugural recipient of the Matt King Educational Bursary – an award which has been introduced in memory of the former London Broncos Academy player who became such an inspiration after suffering a life-changing spinal injury.

Mulhall, who is 23 and has cerebral palsy, works as an Additional Needs Specialist at Ryburn Valley High School in Sowerby Bridge, and has been awarded the inaugural Matt King Educational Bursary after an application in which he pledged to use his influence as a teacher to promote the positive impact of playing Rugby League, and especially to encourage others to take up Wheelchair Rugby League, regardless of their ability.

His award will be presented at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium today before the Betfred Challenge Cup Final. As Nathan is attending an England Wheelchair training weekend in Preston as part of the preparations for this autumn’s Rugby League World Cup, his mother, Ann Jackson, and sister, Georgia Mulhall have been invited to accept the award on his behalf.

The award is for £7,000 towards Nathan’s tuition fees to complete his teacher training. The remaining £3,000 of the £10,000 available annually through the bursary has been shared equally between two other strong applications.Lauren Chapman, who works as a sports therapist with Wakefield Trinity’s Women’s and Scholarship teams, has been awarded £1,500 to “upskill her medical qualifications.”

Taylor Prescott has been awarded the same sum to support his tuition fees and living expenses as he follows in the footsteps of his inspirational father raising funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation and the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

Ralph Rimmer, the RFL Chief Executive, said: “There could be no more uplifting start to Challenge Cup Final day. The introduction of the Matt King Educational Bursary, which has been made possible by the generous support of a private benefactor who is a truly unsung Rugby League hero, is a cause for celebration in itself, as it allows us to remember the remarkable, inspirational life of Matt King.

“To see three such outstanding young people as Nathan Mulhall, Lauren Chapman and Taylor Prescott receiving recognition and significant financial assistance as a lasting legacy of Matt is the sport of Rugby League at its very best.

“I have been privileged in my RFL role to spend time with Nathan and the rest of the England Wheelchair squad. They are an inspirational group, and watching them in the Rugby League World Cup promises to be one of the highlights of the year.“It is wonderful to hear Nathan’s determination to encourage others to share in the unique experiences and challenges of playing Wheelchair Rugby League.”

First Defeat for Panthers

Halifax Panthers suffered their first defeat of the season, going down at home to London Roosters, 40-30, who consolidated a top four slot.

The visitors overcame a six point half time deficit to record a landmark win in their inaugural season, Lewis King again leading the way for them with four tries. Halifax played their first game at Sedbergh Sports Centre in Low Moor, coming up against a Roosters team growing in confidence.

The sides traded tries in the first period with Halifax just edging in front at the break, two try and five goal Rob Hawkins dominant. King struck early in the second period to make it a two point game, but the Panthers extended their lead to ten points, Tom Martin with two tries and player/coach Wayne Boardman one.

Joe Coyd led the Roosters comeback with his second try and the game changed with a couple of key plays from Jack Linden, who also crossed twice, King wrapping up the win to seal a milestone victory; Joe Coyd with one goal and Jason Owen three for the visitors.

Full report on www.rugby-league.com

Leeds Promo Event

As anticipation grows for the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup, there’s a RLWC2021 Groups Evening on Tuesday 14th June at 7pm. The event, hosted by Alex Simmons, will give you the opportunity to learn about Group Sales and how they can bring your team to any of the 61 fixtures this Autumn. What’s more, the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair trophies will be on display and available for you to take pictures with. Attendees will also be joined by RLWC2021 Ambassadors and stars of the Jamaican side.
Tuesday 14 June 7pm – 9pm
Leeds Irish Centre, York Road, Leeds LS9 9NT
To confirm your attendance please email shaun.tennant@rfl.uk.com

Halifax To Tackle Hull With Under-Strength Line-Up

Halifax Panthers Wheelchair rugby league team travel to Hull on Saturday 7 May as league leaders. However they are without 3 internationals , Tom Martin on Irish duty as the Celtic Cup between Wales, Ireland and Scotland takes place in Wrexham.

Their two French signings are unavailable. However its an opportunity for the younger players who haven’t had much game time, Thomas Green, Jordon Holt and Coral Batty to impress coaches Wayne Boardman and Nathan Mulhall.”

BBC To Cover Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final

BBC Sport will provide another huge boost to Wheelchair Rugby League in this World Cup year by covering the Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final in June – and Catalans Dragons are hoping to be there, having entered the competition for the first time.

The Final will be played at Hull’s Allam Arena on Saturday June 25, kicking off at 230pm – completing a hat-trick of Challenge Cup Finals for the BBC in 2022, as it follows the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup Final between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos at Elland Road this Saturday (May 7), and the Betfred Challenge Cup Final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in May 28.

Leeds Rhinos are the holders of the Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup, having beaten the Argonauts Skeleton Army from Kent in last year’s Final in Sheffield.

But this year they will face fresh challenges from three new names for the competition: Wigan Warriors, who have replaced the 2021 Super League Grand Finalists Leyland; London Roosters, who have been formed as a south-east super club; and Catalans Dragons, who will be keen to underline France’s status as favourites for the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup this autumn.

They will all join the Rhinos and four other clubs from the Wheelchair Super League – Hull FC, North Wales Crusaders, Warrington Wolves and the three-times Cup winners Halifax Panthers – in a Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup Festival on Saturday May 14, also at the Allam Arena, from which the two finalists will emerge.

Martin Coyd OBE, the General Manager of England Wheelchair Rugby League, said: “We are thrilled that the BBC will again cover the Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final – more fantastic exposure for the Wheelchair game as we prepare for the World Cup later this year.

“The Betfred Wheelchair Super League has gone to another level this season with the involvement of the Wigan Warriors, a new focus for the game in the south in London Roosters, and Halifax Panthers claiming some notable results.

“We are also delighted to welcome Catalans Dragons to the competition for the first time. France’s leading role in the development of Wheelchair Rugby League is a wonderful story for our sport to celebrate, and we saw with the performances of the France national team against England at Medway last autumn that they remain a formidable force, underpinned by a strong and genuinely national domestic competition.

“We are also pleased to be taking two major events in the Betfred Wheelchair Rugby League Challenge Cup to the great Rugby League city of Kingston-upon-Hull for the first time.”

The format of the Festival will see each of the eight teams play four matches, with the top four teams then qualifying for semi finals which will produce the Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup finalists for 2022.

A Trophy competition will also be staged on the day with five teams from outside the Super League – Dundee Dragons, Gravesend Dynamite, Mersey Storm, Sheffield Eagles and Woodland Warriors.

*England’s Wheelchair squad have another squad session this weekend as they continue preparations for the Mid-Season International against France in Manchester on June 19, and for the World Cup this autumn.

Betfred Wheelchair Rugby League Challenge Cup 2022

Festival (May 14, Allam Arena, Hull)

Challenge Cup: Catalans Dragons, Halifax Panthers, Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, London Roosters, North Wales Crusaders, Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors.

Trophy: Dundee Dragons, Gravesend Dynamite, Mersey Storm, Sheffield Eagles, Woodland Warriors

Final – Sunday June 25, Allam Arena, Hull (230pm kick-off) – live on BBC Sport

#PanthersAreInTown #ChooseFax #MoreThanAGame

Video: 86-52 Win over Crusaders

Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League carried on their unbeaten run against North Wales Crusaders yesterday, coming out as 86 to 52 winners, despite having a slightly reduced playing squad.

The win leaves them Top of super league as both their nearest rivals , Leeds and Wigan drew against each other. Their next league game is away to Hull on Saturday 7th May.”