LOWES CALLING FOR FURTHER IMPROVEMENT

27 Apr 2015

HEAD coach James Lowes is calling for further improvement from his Bradford Bulls, despite seeing them overcome basement strugglers Doncaster – in their ninth-successive Kingstone Press Championship triumph.

Man of the match Lee Gaskell bagged an impressive hat-trick, with Etu Uaisele and Dale Ferguson notching up braces in a contest which saw front-rower Steve Crossley make his second Bulls bow. 

Bradford led 34-16 at the break but were forced to battle hard late on in order to seal success at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“We did not operate at the levels we have set ourselves in previous weeks  and that was disappointing,” said Lowes, who is sponsored in memory of Joyce Dobby.

“We got the win and, in some respects, got out of jail because Doncaster performed admirably.

“There is certainly room for improvement, aspects of our game were way off the mark.

“We have looked to pride ourselves on our defence this year and, in most games, have kept our opposition to one score.

“But I felt we tired during parts of the game, coming off the back of a huge effort against Hull Kingston Rovers and a tough week of training.

“We will learn, though, and at the end of the day we came away with the win, which is the important thing.

“With Sheffield on the horizon, we have got to come some way in terms of getting our game right.

“But I am confident in our players’ ability and expect us to do so.”

Tickets for Sunday’s visit of Sheffield Eagles can be secured by CLICKING HERE, or calling a member of our team on 08448 711 490 (option 1).

Meanwhile, hospitality packages are now available for the round-11 clash, priced at £24.95 for members of The 1863 Club and £44.95 for non-members.

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GASKELL STARS AS BULLS SEE OFF DONS IN TRY FEST

26 Apr 2015

LEE Gaskell was the star of the show as Bradford Bulls stretched their unbeaten run to nine games, despatching basement strugglers Doncaster in a dramatic 17-try affair at the Keepmoat Stadium. 

Gaskell provided three scores, crossing either side of the interval, and James Lowes’ men were in control from the outset.

Despite Doncaster’s best efforts, the visiting Bulls were ahead from the start and at no point trailed their winless opponents.

Bradford were 34-16 up by half-time and, although the Dons got themselves back within range on more than one occasion, a strong finish was enough to ensure victory.

CLICK HERE to read a full match report.

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CROSSLEY TO DEBUT AS HALAFIHI RETURNS

26 Apr 2015

RETURNING front-rower Steve Crossley will make his second Bradford Bulls bow this afternoon, after being named in James Lowes’ line-up to face Doncaster.

Crossley lines up on the interchange bench alongside Vila Halafihi, Alex Mellor and Dan Fleming.

Ryan Shaw starts at full-back, with wingers Etu Uaisele and Adam Henry appearing on the wings, outside centres Chev Walker and Jean-Philippe Baile.

Lee Gaskell again partners Danny Addy in the halves, with Paul Clough, Adam O’Brien and Adam Sidlow making up the front row.

Tom Olbison, Dale Ferguson and Jay Pitts complete the Bulls’ starting 13 in the back row. 

THE STARTING LINE-UP – In association with ASN Doors:

27. Ryan Shaw

2. Etu Uaisele

22. Chev Walker

17. Jean-Philippe Baile

20. Adam Henry

6. Lee Gaskell

13. Danny Addy

8. Paul Clough

9. Adam O’Brien

10. Adam Sidlow

11. Tom Olbison

12. Dale Ferguson

14. Jay Pitts

INTERCHANGES:

32. Steve Crossley

26. Vila Halafihi

23. Alex Mellor

15. Dan Fleming 

CLICK HERE for regular, live updates from the Keepmoat Stadium, with the action getting underway from 2.00pm.

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PLACES STILL AVAILABLE ON FREE 'LITTLE LEAGUERS' TASTER CLASS

25 Apr 2015

PLACES are still available for the FREE ‘Little Leaguers’ taster session this Tuesday April 28.

Following the launch of the classes in February, ‘Little Leaguers’ has been enjoyed by many 4 – 7 year olds with these classes set to continue into its second semester whilst being joined by a BRAND-NEW class for children aged 8 – 11 years.

 ‘Little Leaguers’ is a fun, non-contact exercise class based on the core skills of rugby league lead by Bradford Bulls talents, Vila Halafihi and Dave Petersen.

Halafihi and Petersen are joined each week by different members of the Bulls' first-team squad and the world-famous Bullman.

The classes are a joint initiative between the club and it’s official charity, The Bulls Foundation (reg. charity number 1106608), aiming to provide an accessible and fun way for juniors to become involved in rugby league at a young age.

The intermediate class (8 – 11 years) will take place at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre between 5:45pm – 6:30pm following the mini class (4-7 years) which will continue from 5pm.

To celebrate the launch of this new class, we are inviting children aged between eight and eleven to attend the first session ABSOLUTELY FREE!

But you must act fast if you wish for your child to be involved as there are just 40 places available.

CLICK HERE to book your child’s place on this limited, free-taster session today.

Meanwhile, Little Leaguers mini classes are still recruiting youngsters.

Block bookings of up to five classes can be secured for just £25, though booking 10 sessions can mean big savings at cost of just £40.

For more information on Little Leaguers or to book your child’s place, please call us on 08448 711 490 (option 5) or get in touch via e-mail: CLICKING HERE.

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GAMEDAY GUIDE: DONS VS BULLS

25 Apr 2015

TOMORROW will see James Lowes’ Bradford Bulls head to South Yorkshire to take on Doncaster RLFC in round ten of the Kingstone Press Championship (Kick Off 2pm).

Tickets for the fixture will be available from the Bulls’ Ticket Office until 5pm today (Saturday) with both ‘single game entry’ and ‘double header tickets’ available.  

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

Those wishing to ‘pay on the gate’ can enter via the turnstiles at either end of the SMTXTRA East Stand (cash only).

Stadium car parking is available for £4 per car.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink within the stadium for all supporters within the concourse areas whilst the bar and restaurant at the top of the East Stand is available to supporters on a first come first served basis.

Travelling to The Keepmoat Stadium 

By Road:

From the A1(M) join M18 Eastbound at Junction 35 (signposted Hull).

Once on the M18, leave at Junction 3 and take the A6182 towards Doncaster (the stadium is well signposted from Junction 3 and is about one and a half miles away). You will pass a retail park on your left and then at the next island (which has the Lakeside Pub visible behind it) turn left onto White Rose Way. The Lakeside Shopping Centre is now on your right (the stadium is located directly behind the shopping centre). At the next island turn right into the industrial estate, and after passing the Tesco distribution centre on your right, turn right at the bottom of the road and the stadium is further down on your left.

By Bus or Train:

Keepmoat Stadium has excellent public transport links and there are several park and ride facilities in Doncaster that use the stadium. Regular busses are available from Doncaster town centre to the stadium both before and after the game.

Itinerary:

1.00pm – Turnstiles open and family fun begins inside the stadium, with table football, face painting, movies, players and mascots in attendance 

2.00pm – Kick-off: Doncaster v Bradford Bulls

4.15pm - Kick-off: Halifax v Sheffield Eagles

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