21 Apr 2015
BRADFORD Bulls are delighted to announce that the Provident Stadium, Odsal, is to play host to this weekend's Bradford Amateur Rugby League Finals Day.
On Saturday, from 1.30pm, top local amateur rugby league action – sponsored by Hudson Foster Financial Services of Ilkley – will be played our at the home of the Bulls, with Queensbury, West Bowling and Victoria Rangers all taking part.
Queensbury A will tackle Victoria Rangers A in the Hudson Foster Trophy final, at 1.30pm, with West Bowling battling Queensbury in the Jack Senior Memorial Final from 3.30pm.
Gates open at 1.00pm and admission is priced at £6 (adults) and £3 (students/concessions). Under-14s will be able to gain free admission, with car parking available at just £2.
Proceeds will be shared between participating clubs, in addition to fellow local sides Clayton, Odsal Sedbergh, Wibsey Warriors and Wyke.
A Bulls spokesperson said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Bradford Finals Day back to the Provident Stadium, Odsal, for 2015.
“These clubs are the very fabric of rugby league in our city and we are looking forward to hosting two exciting cup finales.”
Organiser John Piercy added: “Most of these clubs have been at the heart of their local communities for decades, running both youth and senior teams.
“Wyke, for instance, were founded in 1892 and are possibly the oldest amateur club in existence anywhere in the world.
“Our finals have been played at Odsal for well over 50 years and we are delighted to be back this year.”
20 Apr 2015
CLUB officials have today launched a full investigation following damage sustained to vehicles during yesterday's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup clash between Bradford Bulls and Hull Kingston Rovers.
Three cars were broken into and damaged within the Richard Dunn Sports Centre car park, situated opposite the Provident Stadium, Odsal, and the Bulls are now appealing for witnesses and further information regarding the incidents.
The Bulls' stadium manager, Mark Leadbeater, has been in contact with West Yorkshire Police, Bradford Council and staff at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre seeking to obtain CCTV evidence.
The club will make every effort to support police inquiries in a bid to find those responsible.
The incidents took place between 3.20pm and 4.00pm on Sunday April 19.
Leadbeater said: “We are working closely with Bradford Council, Richard Dunn Sports Centre and West Yorkshire Police in order to get to the bottom of this.
“Since this morning we have been informed of similar incidents which have occurred recently, in local car parks throughout the area.
“However, we are now doing all we can to ensure the Richard Dunn Sports Centre car park remains an ideal, safe place for supporters to park their cars in on gamedays.
“Going forward, we will be significantly increasing the amount of security staff working within our car parks.
“Rest assured we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help find those responsible for the damage and in ensuring our car parks are fully secure in the future."
If you witnessed any of the incidents or have any information to add, please contact Mark Leadbeater via e-mail by CLICKING HERE.
The club will be making no further comment on the matter at this time.
20 Apr 2015
YOU can now secure special double-header tickets ahead of this weekend's Kingstone Press Championship battle with Doncaster.
Bradford Bulls take on the South Yorkshire strugglers from 2.00pm on Sunday, with Sheffield Eagles welcoming Halifax to the Keepmoat Stadium from 4.15pm.
And we are delighted to announce that you now enjoy both games for just £20 (adults), £16 (concessions), £16 (young adults) and £5 (juniors)!
If you have already secured your place for the Doncaster-Bradford clash but would prefer to watch both games, simply give us a call – on 08448 711 490 – and we will upgrade your ticket for just £5!
'Junior Swaps' are not available for the double-header but can still be secured for the Bulls' round-ten tie.
Return coach travel is also available for those wishing to watch just our game, priced at £15 for members of The 1863 Club and £18 for non-members.
Doncaster v Bradford Bulls ticket prices are as follows (SMTXTRA East Stand):
Adults – £15
Concessions – £11
Young Adults – £11
Juniors (5-16) – £1
Under-5s – FREE
Double-header (Doncaster v Bradford / Sheffield v Halifax) ticket prices are as follows (SMTXTRA East Stand):
Adults – £20
Concessions – £16
Young Adults – £16
Juniors (5-16) – £5
Under-5s – FREE
To secure either single or double-header tickets today, simply CLICK HERE or, if you would like to exchange, upgrade, or book return coach travel, call 08448 711 490 (option 1) TODAY!
20 Apr 2015
HEAD coach James Lowes believes his side has learned a “great deal” from yesterday's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup battle with Hull Kingston Rovers.
The round-five contest provided Lowes' Bradford Bulls with their first taste of First:Utility Super League action in almost eight months.
But it resulted in a narrow defeat at the hands of Chris Chester's in-form Rovers, who are genuine play-off contenders in 2015.
With little more than a quarter of an hour remaining, however, the Bulls were two points clear of the top-flight club.
It took a mammoth late effort for the Robins to secure their place in the next round of the competition.
And boss Lowes was full of praise for his battling Bulls, insisting the contest will prove beneficial in the weeks and months ahead.
“The boys worked really hard and I was very pleased with what they served up, we played with a lot of pride,” said the Provident Stadium chief, who is sponsored in the memory of Joyce Dobby.
“Unfortunately, we offered a good team too many good opportunities and they took them. Hull KR were extremely clinical going forward and made us pay.
“We didn't exactly help ourselves at times, but I feel we have learned a great deal.
“The Rovers showed us the level we need to be performing at if we want to be a Super League side.
“The boys now have a much clearer picture of where we need to be and we can take a lot from our performance. We went toe-to-toe with them for the majority of the game.
“To be a top team you have to stay with them the duration. Come August and September we will be fully prepared for that.”
The Bulls return to action on Sunday afternoon, taking on winless Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium (kick-off 2.00pm).
Tickets for the round-ten Kingstone Press Championship tie are now available and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE or calling 08448 711 490 (option 1).
19 Apr 2015
BRADFORD BULLS battled bravely before going down to a narrow defeat at the hands of First:Utility Super League play-off contenders Hull Kingston Rovers, in round five of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
A blistering start to the contest saw James Lowes' men register successive scores, moving them into an early lead.
However, it was the travelling Rovers who led at the break, thanks to a trio of quick-fire tries.
The second half continued in a similar vein, with both the Bulls and Hull KR trading tries.
Back-to-back scores moved the home side into the lead with little more than a quarter of an hour remaining at the Provident Stadium, Odsal.
But the Robins finished the stronger and prevailed, as winger Josh Mantellato racked up 30 points – kicking seven goals and bagging four tries – to end Bradford's hopes.
CLICK HERE to read a full match report.