Rovers included in Challenge Cup
Sharlston Rovers are to be included in the 2015 Challenge Cup after an absence from the competition for the last 3 seasons. The draw for the first round of the 2015 Challenge Cup will take place at Wembley Stadium on Thursday January 8 from 12.45pm.
Rovers last competed in the prestigious competition in 2012 where they once again progressed to the 3rd round to face professional opposition in Doncaster. They couldn't replicate their 2004 giant killing of Dewsbury Rams and exited in the 3rd round after an entertaining day out at the Keepmoat Stadium.
All at the club are extremely excited to be involved in the competition once again after last years disappointment on not being invited despite winning every competition in the amateur game.
Club chairman Mick Taylor said "Its great news that Sharlston Rovers and the Challenge Cup reunite once again, we have a great history with the competition dating way back to 1946 when Sharlston defeated Workington Town. We all remember the great Dewsbury victory back in 2004 and it was disappointing that last season our latest crop of players couldn't try and replicate that achievement after a clean sweep of trophies in the amateur game.
The inclusion will boost the feel good factor at the club following the disappointment of several clubs withdrawing from the Pennine Premier. We are very much looking forward to the draw and here's hoping we can get to the first round proper once again."
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The draw sees a large geographical spread of 40 teams set out on the road that will lead back to the world's most iconic venue on Saturday August 29 for the final of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition.
All 40 clubs will participate in the country’s most prestigious club competition and will form the first two rounds, which will be played on the weekend of January 31 - February 1 and February 14-15 respectively.
The 10 winning teams from the second round will then face Kingstone Press League 1 opposition in the third round (March 7-8). Kingstone Press Championship clubs enter the fray in the fourth (April 21-22). The bottom four teams at the end of the 2014 First Utility Super League season enter in Round 5 (April 18-19) with the top eight Super League teams from 2014 joining in Round 6 ( May 16-17).
The third tier of the Rugby League pyramid has the most participants in the first round draw, with 23 clubs representing the Kingstone Press National Conference League. Leicester Storm and Nottingham Outlaws will represent Conference League South.
Scotland and Wales both have participating teams, as Aberdeen Warriors prepare for their second appearance in the tournament alongside Valley Cougars, the Conference League South Grand Final winners, whilst University and College Rugby League teams Leeds Beckett University and Loughborough University represent the education sector.
All three Armed Forces teams are represented – the Royal Air Force, British Army and Royal Navy – whilst Great Britain Police look to build on their extra-time second round exit last year.
From the game’s fourth tier, Cumbria Men’s League champions Walney Central are entered whilst, at the other end of the country, Harry Jepson Trophy winners, South West London Chargers are looking forward to their participation for a second successive season.
The North West Men’s League champions Widnes West Bank are entered along with Hunslet Parkside, Queens, Scarborough Pirates and Sharlston Rovers who complete the list.
Full list of participating clubs:
Great Britain Police Rugby League
Hunslet Parkside (previously Old Boys)
Leeds Beckett University
Leigh Miners Rangers
Royal Air Force
Shaw Cross Sharks
South West London Chargers
Thatto Heath Crusaders
Wath Brow Hornets
Widnes West Bank
Wigan St Judes
The first round ties will be played over the weekend of January 31 and February 1.
Tickets for the 2015 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 29 cost from as little as £20 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk