NEW BOY MATHERS TO MAKE DEBUT

07 Feb 2016

TWO-TIME Challenge Cup winner Richie Mathers will make his Bradford Bulls debut in today’s Kingstone Press Championship opener.

Mathers, who put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the club last month, is to line up at full-back for this afternoon’s round one battle with West Yorkshire rivals Featherstone Rovers.

Fellow newcomers Ben Kavanagh and Kurt Haggerty also feature in the starting 13, appearing at prop and second row respectively.

Johnny Walker makes his competitive debut from the bench, while James Clare, Adrian Purtell and Omari Caro make up the three-quarter line.

Scotland star Danny Addy partners Lee Gaskell in the halves, with Adam O’Brien, Adam Sidlow, Tom Olbison and Jay Pitts making up Head Coach James Lowes’ starting pack.

Interchanges Matty Blythe, Dale Ferguson and Epalahame Lauaki complete the selected 17.

Oscar Thomas and Alex Mellor have missed out on selection this week.

George Stokes will referee today’s game, which is proudly sponsored by ISC.

This afternoon’s starting line up:

34. – Richie Mathers – available for sponsorship

22. – James Clare – sponsored by Captain Hornblower, Papa Holmes and the Hornettes

3. – Adrian Purtell – sponsored by Brian Widdop

4. – Kris Welham – sponsored by Stuart Readyhough at Maclean and Company

2. – Omari Caro – sponsored by Jennifer Bennison

6. – Lee Gaskell – sponsored by Hudson Foster Financial Services

13. – Danny Addy – sponsored by Bear Boating

25. – Ben Kavanagh – sponsored by B.M.G. Leeds

9. – Adam O’Brien – sponsored by The Monro Family

10. – Adam Sidlow – sponsored by Gareth and Ruth Rider

11. – Tom Olbison – sponsored by C & K Wood

28. – Kurt Haggerty – sponsored by Alexis Ridler

14. – Jay Pitts – sponsored by John Fountain

INTERCHANGES:

15. – Matty Blythe – sponsored by Smith Harrison Sampling

27. – Johnny Walker – sponsored by Double D Renovations

12. – Dale Ferguson – sponsored by In Memory of Helen Butterworth

21. – Epalahame Lauaki – sponsored by Vision On

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2016 SQUAD NUMBERS REVEALED

06 Feb 2016

BRADFORD Bulls can announce the full list of squad numbers for the 2016 Kingstone Press Championship.

Throughout the week, the players’ squad numbers have been released and after the final numbers were announced today, the full list can be unveiled.

New signing, Oscar Thomas, has been given squad number one, whilst fellow new recruit, Kris Welham, takes number four.

Mitch Clark takes 20, Ben Kavanagh claims 25, Johnny Walker gets 27 and Kurt Haggerty will wear 28.

Academy graduates, Ethan Ryan and Joe Lumb, have been given squad numbers 29 and 30, respectively.

Full list of squad numbers for 2016 season:

1 – Oscar Thomas

2 – Omari Caro

3 – Adrian Purtell

4 – Kris Welham

5 – Danny Williams

6 – Lee Gaskell

8 – Paul Clough

9 – Adam O’Brien

10 – Adam Sidlow

11 – Tom Olbison

12 – Dale Ferguson

13 – Danny Addy

14 – Jay Pitts

15 – Matty Blythe

16 – Dan Fleming

17 – Jean-Philippe Baile

19 – Steve Crossley

20 – Mitch Clark

21 – Epalahame Lauaki

22 – James Clare

23 – Alex Mellor

24 – Lucas Walshaw

25 – Ben Kavanagh

26 – Vila Halafihi

27 – Johnny Walker

28 – Kurt Haggerty

29 – Ethan Ryan

30 – Joe Lumb

31 – James Mendeika

32 – Jonny Campbell

33 – Etu Uaisele

34 – Richie Mathers

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LOWES EXCITED FOR SEASON OPENER

05 Feb 2016

TOMORROW sees Bradford Bulls get their 2016 Kingstone Press Championship underway with a home tie against Featherstone Rovers.

The Bulls, unlike last season, start the year at the Provident Stadium as they welcome Featherstone to Odsal.

It has been another long off-season and Head Coach, James Lowes, who is sponsored by In Memory of Joyce Dobby, cannot wait for the season to kick off.

“I’m very excited and can’t wait for tomorrow to finally get the season underway.

“Featherstone are a good side and will give us a good test.

“They’ve changed their squad by bringing in a few players and letting a few go. They also have a new Head Coach, who has had a full pre-season with them.

“Sunday will be a competitive encounter which we’re very much looking forward to. It'll be great to play at home in front of our brilliant fans, who are a huge part of this club.

“It would be nice to get off to a winning start with a good performance, but if we win or lose tomorrow the result won’t define our season.”

You can still buy tickets ahead of Sunday’s clash by visiting the Team Shop today, open until 5pm.

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PURTELL LOOKING TO BUILD MOMENTUM

05 Feb 2016

SUNDAY afternoon will see Adrian Purtell lead out Bradford Bulls for the first time as the 2016 captain.

The Australian, who is sponsored by Brian Widdop, was given the captaincy after Chev Walker’s retirement at the end of last season.

The Bulls kick off their 2016 campaign at home to Featherstone Rovers and Purtell is eagerly looking forward to running out onto the pitch.

“I’m excited about the season finally coming back around, as it’s been a long wait.

“It’s great that we kick off the season at home this year and leading the boys out will be a special moment.

“I'm looking forward to leading this team back to the top.

“You always want to start your season with a win, no matter if you’re home or away, you want to start with a win, which will help you build momentum during the season.

“It’ll be brilliant to hear the fans again because they are outstanding. Their support gives us an extra lift when we run out onto the pitch.

“Throughout last season they showed off their passion and support, which they bring to each and every game.

“Jimmy has put us through all of our paces, so we are ready to go and we feel very prepared – I can’t wait to get going on Sunday.”

You can still buy tickets ahead of Sunday’s clash by visiting the Team Shop tomorrow, open 9am to 5pm.

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THE BIG ONE: FIFTHTEENTH JACKPOT ROLLOVER

05 Feb 2016

THE latest BIG ONE Lottery draw has been made and we are delighted to announce the latest list of winners. 

Mr David Arran (2038), Mr David Helm (1485), Mr Sidney Bottomley (8805), Mr Steve Raine (1157), Mrs Helen Blythe (213), Alison Land (684), Sue Bentley (1411), Mr Gordon Boyes (3372), Mrs Jackie Lightowler (2002) and Mr Phillip Worsnop (3301) have each bagged £5 cash prizes. 

Mr Philip Greaves (6811), Mr Colin Couble (1676), Diane Gillen (423), Mr Cull (4813) and Mrs J Sharp (4153) have won £100 cash prizes, while agent Chris Dempsey will enjoy a meal at Cue Gardens.

Pat Priestly (3013), Joanne Bentley (1933), Mrs Pamela Gross (1018), Lesley Beeson (307), Wibsey Juniors (4290), Mr Paul A Broome (6248), Mr T Anderson (4411) and N Killip (250 will all enjoy meals at a host of different venues.

Jean Drozd (1258) will enjoy FOUR free pints at The Top House, while Mr Paul Brownlow (3923) and Mrs Linda Carroll (3250) will do the same at The White Swan and The Market Tavern, respectively. 

There is no Jackpot Winner this week, meaning the £1650.00 prize rolls over to NEXT WEEK to £1750.00

Numbers Drawn – 7, 25, 27, 28.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning £100 each and every day, whilst supporting the development of your #FutureBulls, CLICK HERE to email a member of our Big One team today.

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