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Just One Last Time for Bazza
Posted by southstander on January 26 2006 - 15:58:24

One Last Time

By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos play their third pre-season game in the build up to engage Super League XI with the return trip to Oldham that was organised as part of the agreement for the testimonial match at Headingley last year.

This game will also mark the last on field appearance of Barrie McDermott, although he will be in red and white, not Blue and Amber.

We preview the game here.....

It's a very young Rhinos side that travels across the Pennines tomorrow night for the game at Boundary Park. From the team named on the official site I hear that Ashley Gibson has had to withdraw with the injury he picked up at York. Dave Tootill will be looking to impress against his home town club, where he played two matches on loan last season. This team is built around the almost successful Under 18's side that was unfortunate to lose its Grand Final against the Wigan Warriors. Jordan Tansey gets another chance to impress at scrum half and without some of the more experienced players around him he takes a greater responsibility onto this shoulders, including the goal kicking in the possible absence of Gibson. Senior Academy player of the year Chris Buttery gets his first action of pre-season after recovering from injury.

The original team line up was, Gibson, Fox, M Brown, Ratu, Williams, Briggs, Tansey, Feather, J I'Anson, Burgess, Kirke, Tootill, Buttery, Watts, Hart, Faal, Brook, Harris, Halliday, Endersby.

Barrie McDermott of course will get the Number 10 jersey for the Roughyed's on Friday night. But with this being Oldham's final trial game before their season opens at Spotland in the Northern Rail Cup I can't see Barrie getting an awful lot of game time. Oldham were by all accounts very poor in their heavy defeat in the AJ Law cup against Rochdale last Sunday but young hooker James Kirkland put in an excellent performance in the circumstances. Oldham, under new coach John Pendlebury, are a much changed outfit from last season's encounter at Headingley. The Corcoran brothers, Oldham born and bred, arrived "home" from Halifax, as did new club captain Alan Hadcroft. Andy Bailey, who spent last season at Castleford, arrived to boost the pack as did ex-Warrington player Mike Callan. Oldham have injury doubts over full back Andy Gorey, John Hough and Lee Wingfield and a decision will be made on their fitness pre-game.

Three Red and Whites to watch;

Ged Corcoran

Andy Bailey

Alan Hadcroft

Barrie McDermott and Oldham's Gareth Barber have been round the schools handing out free tickets to children and over 3,000 have been distributed in the past couple of days. Hopefully this will mean a decent crowd will be in Boundary Park. Only two stands will be open, the Rochdale Road End, which is behind the goals and for those who like a side view the George Hill (Main) Stand is open.

If you are going to the game, please ensure you wrap up well. It is forecast to be 1 degree but feeling like minus four. Before redevelopment, the Rochdale Road End used to be known locally as "Ice Station Zebra". Not much variety on the drinking is available near the ground but if you need to quench your thirst the Clayton Arms will be open pre-game. After the game, the players will return to the Oldham RLFC Social Club which is situated about 1.5 miles away from Boundary Park on Alfred Street.



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