Monday, 25 November 2013

Three and In - Friendlies Announced

Hornets will prepare for the exciting 2014 Championship season with three pre-season friendlies.

First-up in just 47 days time will be Keighley Cougars at Lawkholme Lane on 12th January. Hornets will then host St Helens on 2nd February, with supporter-owned Hunslet Hawks at Spotland a week later on 9th February.

The Eagles Have Landed - 2014 on the Launch Pad

Hornets start our 2014 Championship campaign at the Owlerton greyhound/speedway/Rugby League stadium - the new/old home of Sheffield Eagles.

In a mouthwatering clash of 2013 Grand Final winners, it's a little bit of history repeating. 

Those of us of a certain vintage will recall a dim and distant trip to Owlerton back in September 1984, where Hornets were served up as sacrificial lambs as opponents for Sheffield's first ever ever game in the pro ranks. Sheffield fielded a one-armed winger and Hornets' marquee Australian Import Derek Schafer broke his leg in a bizarre game that Hornets duly lost by 29-10.

More on that closer to the time. Meantime, get the fixtures stuck on the fridge and prepare for a season back in the... er ... medium-time playing real clubs with real fans at real grounds. Excited? Too right...

Hornets 2014 Kingstone Press Championship fixtures are:

Round 1
16/02/2014      Sheffield Eagles v Rochdale Hornets 2.00pm
Round 2
23/02/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Dewsbury Rams 3.00pm
Round 3
02/03/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Keighley Cougars 3.00pm
Round 4
09/03/2014      Featherstone Rovers v Rochdale Hornets 3.00pm
Tetley’s Challenge Cup
Round 3 – weekend of March 15-16
Round 5                   
23/03/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Batley Bulldogs 3.00pm
Round 6
30/03/2014      Leigh Centurions v Rochdale Hornets 3.00pm
Tetley’s Challenge Cup
Round 4 – weekend of April 6
Round 7
13/04/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Whitehaven  3.00pm
Round 8
18/04/2014      North Wales Crusaders v Rochdale Hornets 2.30pm
Tetley’s Challenge Cup
Round 5 – Weekend of April 27
Round 9
04/05/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Swinton Lions 3.00pm
Round 10
11/05/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Workington Town 3.00pm
Round 11
18/05/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Halifax 3.00pm
Round 12
25/05/2014      Doncaster v Rochdale Hornets 3.00pm
Round 13
01/06/2014      Barrow Raiders v Rochdale Hornets 3.00pm
Round 14
08/06/2014      Batley Bulldogs v Rochdale Hornets 2.00pm
Round 15
15/06/2014      Swinton Lions v Rochdale Hornets TBC 
Round 16
22/06/2014      Halifax v Rochdale Hornets 3.00pm
Round 17
29/06/2014      Keighley Cougars v Rochdale Hornets 3.00pm
Round 18
06/07/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Featherstone Rovers 3.00pm
Round 19
13/07/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Barrow Raiders 3.00pm
Round 20
20/07/2014      Workington Town v Rochdale Hornets  3.00pm
Round 21
27/07/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Leigh Centurions 3.00pm
Round 22
03/08/2014      Rochdale Hornets v North Wales Crusaders 3.00pm
Round 23
10/08/2014      Dewsbury Rams v Rochdale Hornets 3.00pm
Round 24
17/08/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Doncaster 3.00pm
Round 25
31/08/2014      Whitehaven v Rochdale Hornets  3.00pm 
Round 26
07/09/2014      Rochdale Hornets v Sheffield Eagles 3.00pm

Championship play-offs 
Start: weekend of September 13-14
Grand Final: weekend of October 4-5

Tetleys Challenge Cup
Quarter-finals – Weekend of June 8
Semi-finals – Weekend of August 10
Final – Saturday August 23