03 Oct 2015
BRADFORD Bulls’ season-long charge back to Super League fell at the final hurdle – suffering a heartbreaking 24-16 defeat at the hands of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the Million Pound Game.
James Lowes’ men showed a never-say-die attitude and fought their way back into the game on a number of occasions but in the end, fell agonisingly short against their Super League opponents.
03 Oct 2015
FOR the first time all year, James Lowes’ Bradford Bulls are at full strength ahead of the Million Pound Game.
Following his cameo appearance off the bench against Halifax last weekend, Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Year Lee Gaskell starts in the halves alongside Harry Siejka.
Australian trio Jake Mullaney, Dane Nielsen and Adrian Purtell, as well as Danny Williams, all return to a full-strength backline.
In the pack, Adam O’Brien, Adam Sidlow, Tom Olbison, Dale Ferguson and Danny Addy all start, with Jay Pitts and Epalahame Lauaki reverting to the bench.
Richard Silverwood will take charge of the winner-takes-all clash at Belle Vue.
Sponsored by Access Northern Solutions (ASN Doors) – here is this afternoon’s starting line-up:
1. Jake Mullaney – Sponsored by BMG
4. Matty Blythe – Sponsored by Smith Harrison
37. Dane Nielsen – Sponsored by Phoenix Gates and Metal Fabrication
3. Adrian Purtell – Sponsored by Brian Widdop
5. Danny Williams – Sponsored by Robert Watts
6. Lee Gaskell – Sponsored by Hudson Foster
7. Harry Siejka – Sponsored by Karen and Jordan Fisher
8. Paul Clough – Sponsored by Ian and Barbara Illingworth
9. Adam O’Brien – Sponsored by the Monro Family
10. Adam Sidlow – Sponsored by Gareth Rider: Manager at Thornton Lodge Nursery
11. Tom Olbison – Sponsored by Chef Up North
12. Dale Ferguson – Sponsored in memory of Helen Butterworth
13. Danny Addy – Sponsored by Chef Up North
14. Jay Pitts – Sponsored by John Fountain
17. Jean-Philippe Baile – Sponsored by George Timberley, Amelia and Jayden Cuffe
31. Epalahame Lauaki – Sponsored by Charlotte Sweeney Associates
32. Steve Crossley – Sponsored by The Top House
02 Oct 2015
HEAD coach James Lowes is feeling optimistic ahead of tomorrow’s Million Pound Game – which will see his Bradford Bulls tackle Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for a place in First Utility Super League for 2016.
A memorable victory over Leigh Centurions in the penultimate round of the Super 8s The Qualifiers guaranteed Bradford’s place in the inaugural, all or nothing Million Pound Game.
And Lowes has his strongest team available to him for the first time this season, ahead of the biggest game in the club’s recent history.
“It is a big game and we are looking forward to it,” said Lowes, who is sponsored in memory of Joyce Dobby.
“We are going to bring a big section of the crowd and it feels like a final.
“The mood in the camp is good and the players are in high spirits. They have been all week.”
Lowes, who took over the coaching reins last year following a stint in rugby union with Leeds Carnegie, appeared in a number of finals during his playing days as a Bull.
He knows exactly what it takes to get the job done on the biggest stage – even as an underdog.
That is what the Bulls will be on Saturday, with the brand-new Super 8s format pitting Lowes’ men against an established Super League side, at the Belle Vue Stadium.
“In one off games, anything can happen,” added the England assistant coach.
“There is a less nervy way to go up and I would have liked to have gone up as one of the top three.
“But a great performance against Leigh put us in a position where can have a go at going up in this Million Pound Game.
“It is going to be all about how we control our mentality in the game.”
PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of tickets will be available from the Wildcats' ticket office prior to kick-off, with the game heading for a sell-out!
02 Oct 2015
THE latest BIG ONE Lottery draw has been made and we are delighted to announce the latest list of winners.
A Dean (2313), Roger Merrington (9667), K Wilson (3988), E Booth (4712), C Chemicals Ltd (3719), Turner (909), D Green (5654), S Lazenby (4343), P Parker (412) and M Middleton (5950) have each bagged £5 cash prizes.
S Binns (3287), N Conroy (46), C Noutch (5845), N Storr (3879), The Northern (3068) have won £100 cash prizes, while agent K Johnson will enjoy a meal at Cue Gardens.
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S Tommis (2501) will enjoy FOUR free pints at The Top House D Arran (2036) and D Smith (4439) will do the same at The White Swan and The Market Tavern.
There is no Jackpot Winner this week, meaning the £750 prize rolls over to NEXT WEEK making it a whopping £850!
Numbers Drawn – 3. 14. 22. 29
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02 Oct 2015
WORK conducted this year, in partnership with the British Armed Forces, culminated last month in Bradford Bulls being presented with a special award for the club's 'Brothers In Arms' initiative.
The club was awarded the all-new Project of the Year prize at the recent Kingstone Press Championship awards evening.
Efforts included the staging of an Armed Forces Weekend game – when the club designated a round of its Kingstone Press Championship campaign to pay tribute to the services of the British military – and the unveiling of a bespoke charity kit, played in by the Bulls against Batley Bulldogs.
On the Sunday afternoon, a spitfire flew above the Provident Stadium, Odsal, while the two sides and everyone in attendance paused for a minute’s silence.
The Birch Lane Heroes project, operated by the Bradford Bulls Foundation, was launched earlier this year and has provided an ongoing backdrop for the club’s fundraising efforts.
The project, supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, was designed to research and engage people in the history of the people who played for Bradford Northern during World War I.
To date, a total of six names have been unearthed, which has enabled the club to pay tribute to its fallen heroes of the early 1900s.
Since then, the club has acted to commemorate their services by unveiling a plaque, situated within the club’s Legends Suite.
The auctioning of official playing shirts worn by the squad over Armed Forces Weekend, which resulted in victory over Batley for James Lowes’ men, in addition to various other fundraising activities staged, has helped raise a significant five-figure sum for the Royal British Legion.
Bulls chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul said: “We are immensely proud of what has been achieved this year, working in conjunction with the British Armed Forces to strengthen the club’s ties with the military, while supporting the Royal British Legion.
“The award given to the club last month is something everyone involved in the club is thrilled to have been handed.
“It is just reward for the hard endeavour of those who worked to ensure our efforts proved a success.
“We are delighted to be working with the Armed Forces and are hopeful of ensuring a long and successful partnership for many years to come.”
Kathryn Hughes, the club’s Heritage Officer, added: “The Birch Lane Heroes project has uncovered previously unknown stories of the role Bradford Northern played in the First World War.
“It has been great to share these stories with the fans though The Bulletin and to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on our WW1 plaque which was unveiled by Brigadier General Frank Nobel, the chairman of Army Rugby League, on Armed Forces Day.”
Furthermore, the club is delighted to announced that it is set to implement an all-new player pathway system, which is to provide an alternate route to employment for players, who choose a career away from rugby league, during their initial Academy years or following the close of their careers.