Bulldogs launch new supporter initiative

Batleys Alex Rowe looks to fend off Sheffield defenders during last Sundays terrific Championship victory.
Batleys Alex Rowe looks to fend off Sheffield defenders during last Sundays terrific Championship victory.

Batley Bulldogs will launch a new initiative to get more of their supporters attending away matches, starting with Sunday’s trip to Halifax.

Batley have made a terrific start to the new Kingstone Press Championship campaign, beating highly-fancied sides Leigh Centurions and Sheffield Eagles, while pushing Featherstone Rovers close in their opening away game.

Batley travel to Halifax for another tough fixture on Sunday (ko 3pm) bidding for a third win against a side who reached the Super Eights last season and the club will use the match to re-launch their official away supporters bus.

Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas explained: “The Woodman pub are doing a great job in running buses to away games but our own supporters club have struggled to make their bus financially vialble in recent seasons.

“We would like to take at least two coaches, including the Woodman coach, to every away game if that is possible.

“We have decided to trial a ‘Battle Bus’ for the Halifax game and see if we can get enough people to support it.”

The coach will pick up at Birstall Library at noon, followed by Branch Road and the Tapps pub in Batley before going to Mount Pleasant, where Ron’s Lounge will be open.

Pie and peas, along with coffee will be served, while the bar will also be open before the coach leaves for Halifax at 1.15pm to arrive at 2pm.

The cost of the trip for a seat ticket at the ground (ticket value £20 adults, £15 concession), coach travel and pie and peas will be £25 for adults, £20 concessions or £8 for coach travel and pie and peas for supporters who wish to pay on the gate at The Shay.

Anyone is welcome to travel and can book a place by e-mailing paulharrison@batleybulldogs.co.uk or telephone Kevin Nicholas on 07831 230999.

Batley and Halifax have both won two of their opening matches, with Bradford Bulls the only unbeaten side after an enthralling opening three rounds of the season.

Batley had five key players ruled out through injury last week but still managed to overcome a second full-time team when they beat Sheffield Eagles 20-8.

Dominic Brambani scored two tries against his former club and was named just behind North Queensland’s Jonathan Thurston and Brisbane Broncos star Kodi Nikorima in an online player of the week poll.