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23 Feb, 2024

LIONS PAY TRIBUTE TO ITS FANS’ TRUST

Swinton Supporters' Trust given headline status for big cup tie With our Betfred Challenge Cup 4th round local derby against Oldham looming this coming Sunday, this is an opportune time to highlight the invaluable contribution of our Supporters' Trust. For the past 22 years the Trust has provided direct and indirect financial input, and all manner of practical volunteer assistance. In specific reference to the Oldham cup-tie, the Trust even stepped in a short notice to sponsor the match. If you're a Swinton Lions fan who currently isn't a member (at a mere £2 per month by the way), then please consider signing up as soon as possible! Below is a broad outline of what the Trust stands for, and the fantastic work they do:- The Trust's Mission * To give the supporters a direct say in the policy making mechanism at the club, by offering financial and practical support in exchange for a shareholding and seats on the board. * To promote links with the Swinton and wider community i.e. through the local authority, the amateur game, schools, and businesses. * To provide a long-term vision in an effort to galvanise all Swinton supporters past and present. How we do it: * The Trust is represented at club board level by Trust Chairman, Stephen Parker. * Trust Members and Trust Board officials carry out numerous and essential voluntary roles around the club and match days, providing valuable workforce to the Club. * The Trust produce, publish and sell the official match day programme, and our volunteers sell Golden Gamble tickets at Heywood Road. * The Trust are responsible for the management of the match-day merchandise shop for Club and Trust and online auction page, and assisting match ticket sales. Recent activities: * The purchase of vital medical equipment and supplies for the 2024 season, supporting our medical staff and providing them with the appropriate items to provide first class care. * The Trust will continue to cover the cost of the Men’s team away coach travel in 2024, as in previous years, alongside provision of analysis software for use by the coaching staff and players. * A refurbished Trust website, which now includes the Lions Tales Heritage Project, and an extensive statistics archive detailing match results team line ups and scoring records going back to 1877! * We recently hosted our annual quiz night, hosted by our friends at Folly Lane ARLFC. Attended by teams representing the supporters organisations of several other clubs alongside Swinton fans and also a team from the club Board, it was a great night of friendship and networking. Look out for new fundraising events which include another of the very successful Cheese and Wine Evenings and Bingo Events. These activities are made possible via the subscriptions of members alongside proceeds from Trust events and merchandise sales. For more information and to join please visit http://www.lionstrust.co.uk/

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14 Feb, 2024

LIONS IN CUP SUCCESS OVER GALLANT WEST HULL

Betfred Challenge Cup - Third Round SWINTON LIONS 50 WEST HULL 6 IAN RIGG at Heywood Road, Sunday 11 February 2024 A ten try performance saw Swinton progress into the next round and a mouthwatering tie against Oldham. West Hull played some entertaining Rugby and never have up from minute one. The visitors were on the attack straight from the kick off when the home side were judged offside with the very first kick of the game and put some good pressure on the Swinton line in the first set. Dan Abram put Swinton in the lead in the fifth minute when he took a lovely short pass from Brad Hammond to score on the right and Abram converted. West Hull had some more pressure on the line before Gav Rodden crossed for Swinton only to lose the ball over the line, but they did go further ahead on twenty minutes when Andy Badrock broke down the left to score by the posts and Abram converted again. Ben Bradshaw thought he had scored under the posts for West Hull after a nice pass from Elliott Jones, but it was judged forward. However, a couple of minutes later they won the ball back and some good pressure on the line saw Ryan Wilson score by the posts and he also added the conversion. From the restart the ball was lost, and Daniel Spencer-Tonks reacted quickly to collect the ball and score by the posts with Abram adding the conversion. Swinton got two early penalties just after the restart and this put them in a good position for Hammond to slip the pass for Abram to score by the corner, but he was unable to convert. Hammond then scored a try of his own finishing some good pressure on the right, but Abram again was off the mark. Richard Lepori added the next try finishing off another good move down the right but again no conversion. Playmaker Josh Eaves scored under the posts just after the hour when Abram made a break from his own twenty to feed him to race away to score and the conversion was on target as the visitor’s defence was under constant pressure. Jack Stevens added the next try on sixty-five minutes when Abram spotted a gap in the defence to send him in from short range and again the conversion was good. Winger Rhys Williams scored the nineth try with nine minutes left after a penalty in the final twenty and the ball flowed through seven sets of hands as he went in at the corner. The visitors were still giving it all and had a good chance to score with four minutes left, but the Swinton defence held out. The final try came just seconds from the hooter when Stevens and Joe Purcell combined well down the left to put Williams in at the corner, but Abram was unable to convert from the touchline, but praise must go to the young West Hull side for giving it their all in an impressive performance. LIONS 1 Dan Abram 25 Richard Lepori 28 Brad Hammond 21 Andy Badrock 5 Rhys Williams 18 Jack Stevens 7 Jordy Gibson 13 Mikey Wood 14 Josh Eaves 10 Gav Bennion 11 Gav Rodden 22 Cole Oakley 17 Matty Fletcher Subs (all used) 23 Joe Purcell 8 Liam Cooper 15 Daniel Spencer-Tonks 12 Mitch Cox Tries: Abram (5,44), Badrock (20), Spencer-Tonks (37), Hammond (51), Lepori (59), Eaves (61), Stevens (65), Williams (71,80) Goals: Abram 5/10 WEST HULL 1 Mason Palmer 2 Keiron Masike 3 AJ Chambers 4 Leon Stewart 5 Jay Hampshire 6 Josh Wood 7 Elliott Jones 14 Zeus Silk 9 Nathan Powley 18 Oscar Ellerington 20 Ryan Wilson 12 Benn Arbon 13 Ryan Steen Subs (all used) 15 Ben Bradshaw 10 Robbie Jones 16 Kieran Welburn 17 Scott Howlett Tries: Wilson (34) Goals: Wilson 1/1 Penalty count: 10-8 Half-time: 18-6 Referee: Tara Jones Attendance: 441

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8 Feb, 2024

Brad swaps Cairns for Swinton!

Hammond signs one year contract with Lions We are delighted to confirm the signing of Brad Hammond on a permanent contract which extends for the duration of the 2024 season. Brad has been on trial with the Lions, during which time he’s not only impressed in training, but also played well and scored a try against St Helens in the recent friendly. Brad is a 21 years old centre and is the son of former Widnes player Karle Hammond. He has spent the past two years playing in Australia, with Queensland outfits Wynnum Manly Seagulls, and Cairns club, Northern Pride. Brad said, "I wanted to come over to the UK and look for an opportunity. I was offered a trial here at Swinton Lions, and it's been a great pre-season with the squad. I'm delighted to have now signed, with lots of footy to be played, with the cup games continuing and then of course looking forward to the start of the League campaign." Swinton Head Coach Alan Kilshaw added, "We've been really impressed with Brad during pre-season. It's great to see a player back themselves, take a chance, and bring themselves over from Australia looking for an opportunity. He's worked incredibly hard during his trial period, fitting in easily with the group. I'm delighted to welcome him officially into the squad and we are all excited to see him on the field.” Brad has been allocated the 28 squad number and is available to sponsor. Please email [email protected] for more information.

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