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26 Jun, 2022


IAN RIGG New River Stadium Saturday The Lions ran in eight tries to end the Skolars four match unbeaten run and keep the Lions in second place in the league. Despite the rail strikes and the travel problems brought with that the Lions had a large following of fans cheering them on. Mike Butt put the Lions ahead on six minutes after a nice reverse pass from Max Roberts and Dan Abram converted and Mitch Cox added a second on fourteen minutes after some nice build up play by Lewis Else again converted but Abram in the tricky wind. Three minutes later came try number three when Jayden Hatton finished off a move in the right corner again with Abram on target. The impressive George Roby made a nice break down the middle on twenty minutes and Roberts finished it off scoring in the left corner and yet again Abram added the conversion points. Roby got a rest on the half hour and within a minute his replacement Matty Wilkinson broke the Skolars defence and offloaded to the supporting Abram who raced in to score under the posts and he also added the conversion to his try. Skolars then hit back when the Lions were penalised twice near their line and Aaron Small forced his way over to score but Phil Lyon could not convert, but three minutes later they added a second when Abevia McDonald crossed in the right corner but Neil Thorman this time was unable to convert. Skolars added a third try just after the restart when again the Lions were penalised near their own line and Small again forced his way over and Thorman converted this one to put them within sixteen points of the Lions. Paddy Jones then hit Skolars with a brace of tries in a five-minute period and again Abram converted both. Skolars were not lying down and hit the Lions with two more tries with Lyon scoring an interception from halfway and McDonald making the most of a Lions ball handling error to score in the corner but again both converions were missed. The Lions had the final word when Mike Butt broke away in the final minute to feed Richard Lepori and he raced in by the posts with Abram again converting to send the fans home happy. LIONS Abram. Butt, J.Hatton, Roberts, Lepori, Gregson, Else, Brogan, Roby, L,Hatton, Lloyd, Cox, Charnock. Subs: Wilkinson, Case, Spencer, Jones Tries: Butt, Cox, J.Hatton, Roberts, Abram, Jones (2), Lepori Goals: Abram 8/8 Referee: Kevin Moore ,  Half-time: 8-30.  Pens: 11-5

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21 Jun, 2022

Lions’ Foundation expanding their reach in Partnership with Hideout Youth Zone

The Lions Foundation are further expanding the club reach by delivering Rugby League sessions in partnership with the Hideout Youth Zone in Gorton every Saturday morning. This engagement is part of a wider strategic community plan that has been supported by BBC Children in Need Fund who have invested a significant 5 figure sum to enable initial delivery for 3 years. Our two new community coaches Mark and Finlay have now been delivering a number of sessions weekly across Trafford Manchester and Salford since April. On Saturday our community coaching team delivered their 4th session at Hide Out in Gorton. The coaches set up 3 skill drills for the children to test themselves on. Over the past few weeks we have had over 30 different children trying our skill games. Week 4 saw Lionesses  Rebecca and Georgia come along and deliver 3 skill games to a girls only class. This class saw 20 different girls try the skill games and compete in an agility race. Mark Robinson, Swinton Lions Community Coach - The Hide Out runs where children can come in and out of games and tasks in the youth zone. We decided to do the skill games instead of it being like a rugby training session. This has worked well and each week our numbers have grown. To have the girls down this week was amazing and the girls in the youth zone really got involved. This is a small step in the right direction to grow our playing numbers in Manchester.

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20 Jun, 2022

Trafford RL Inspired by 9s Competition

Swinton Lions Community Sports Foundation hosted the Trafford RL Inspired by 9s competition @ Wellington High School in Timperley last week. The competition targeted by the RFL and RLWC for years 7/8 boys and girls to develop Rugby League in non-traditional communities was a great success, 5 schools and 11 teams were represented in the tournament for the 3 categories and all participated in a round robin tournament with the top 2 playing each other in a Grand Final. All 3 finals were participated between Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College and Wellington High, with BTH winning through to represent Trafford in the Girls Tournament and with Wellington going forward to represent Trafford in the boys year7/8  tournaments in the National Finals which take place in this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively at Victoria Park, Warrington. Swinton Lions staff will be attending to support the successful schools in the Finals. Damian Ridpath 'Lions Director of Development' " The event was excellent and every young person played their part in some exciting close games, considering the majority of the young people playing were new to Rugby League. There have been definite future stars of Rugby League on show. Over 100 young people played in the tournament and this definitely  gives our sport optimism as we look to grow RL at all levels. As the host professional club in the borough where the World Cup Final will take place it was fantastic to Swinton Lions CSF helping to provide playing opportunities for kids through their school. In the next academic year we are also looking to provide 13-a-side opportunities in addition to 9s Tournaments showing our commitment to working and supporting Rugby League in the borough where we play our home games."

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