This Sunday August the 18th kick off at 3pm the University of Gloucestershire All Golds return to the Regentsholme ground in Lydney when they entertain Gateshead Thunder in the Kingstone Press Championship 1 clash. Rob Webber club CEO said ‘we really had no other option after the great success of our first venture at Lydney against Hemel Stags. The crowd and general welcome from the local populous was nothing short of moving and marvellous. We expect another great game and large crowd. Gateshead are very attractive opposition and are a side packed with dual registered Super League players from Hull Kingston Rovers.’
The knowledgeable local sporting public will have the chance to see the fastest man in Rugby League in action. Dual registered Hull KR player, Omari Caro, being the latest winner of the Rugby League’s Fastest Man competition. Also likely to be in the Thunder line up are other Super League players, notably Alex Brown, Chris Heil, Aaron Ollett and Oxfordshire born, George Griffin . The All Golds will be optimistic of a victory against the North East side after Brad Hepi’s men stunned league leaders Oldham last Sunday in Lancashire after coming back from an 18 – 0 deficit at half time to draw 24 all. According to 12 cap New Zealand Maori star and All Golds Head Coach, Hepi “the boys were magnificent and fought back superbly before a large and partisan local crowd. If the game had continued for another 5 minutes a victory would have been secured. Even so to draw at Oldham was a real red letter day for the All Golds in our short professional history.”
Gateshead Thunder sit just above the All Golds in the league table and are in a rich vein of form. Last week they almost toppled much fancied North Wales Crusaders and in their last outing succumbed by a mere 7 points to another famous Lancashire name, Rochdale Hornets. Medical checks will be carried out on a number of injured All Golds stars from the bruising encounter with Oldham but it is likely that Hepi will remain loyal to the 17 who performed so well against the league leaders. His son Tyla may again be absent as he performed well in the televised Humberside derby between Hull FC and Hull KR. However it is unlikely that All Golds captain and Scotland International, Mike Stewart, will have recovered from his hamstring injury. All Golds Head Physiotherapist, Abigail Greene, points out “Mike is making progress but it is unlikely that he will play again in Championship 1 this season. His target will be the World Cup in October when Scotland host Tonga.”
The All Golds will rely heavily on the outstanding playmaking quartet of Mark Barlow, Matt Bradley, Pat Smith and Steve Parry. Welsh star Parry and Yorkshireman Smith are probably the best 2 dummy half operators in the division. Former Dewsbury Ram Barlow and Italian International Bradley combined superbly at Oldham with the former being the All Golds Man of the Match after a 2 try performance and Bradley kicking the conversion to clinch the draw in the last moments from the touchline.
All Golds squad: Phil Cowburn, Maxime Claustres, Tim Bergin, Callum Mulkeen, Pat Evans, Curtis Cunningham, Matt Bradley, Mark Barlow, Chris Vitalini, Pat Smith, Steve Parry, Lee Kelley, Brendan Smith, Jordan Rice, Richard Jones, James Walter, Michael Venn, James Greene.
Ticket prices are: £5 per adult
£2.50 Concessions (Students, OAPs and disabled)
£1 Children under 16 years of age
Payment can be made on the day at the turnstiles.
For more information about the All Golds please visit www.allgoldsrugby.com