Bowman’s Shay career still alive

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HALIFAX have confirmed they have concluded disciplinary proceedings against teenager Anthony Bowman.

Bowman, the younger brother of the club’s former back rower Andy, had been carpeted for a still unspecified breach of club rules last month amid rumours he had already been sacked by the Co-operative Championship winners.

Fax chairman Michael Steele, who has steadfastly refused to discuss Bowman’s alleged offence or the probe into it, told Courier Sport yesterday that the “investigation had been resolved” and that the young playmaker was again available for selection.

Steele added there would be no further comment.

Bowman, a former Siddal junior who signed for Super League giants Wigan as a 16 year old but negotiated a release within a matter of months in order to join his hometown club, featured in Fax’s first two pre season fixtures, at Bradford and Batley.

He had also been pencilled in to start outside Ben Black against Super League outfit Hull KR in late January, only to withdraw on the day of the game.

Bowman’s reprieve apparently did not arrive in time for him to feature against Dewsbury in last night’s under 23 fixture at Rams Stadium.

Fax, with axed first team regulars Miles Greenwood, Graham Holroyd and Sam and Josh Barlow in the line up, were swamped in the second half, eventually losing 52-18.

Martin Gonzalez’s side led 12-10 three minutes before the break, but conceded two tries to trail 22-12 at the interval before the Rams ran away with the game in the final quarter.

Greenwood scored two tries and had a third chalked off, Jessjo Sheriffe touching down for Fax’s third.

Holroyd kicked three conversions.

Elsewhere, the odds on Featherstone’s star back Zak Hardaker being involved in next Thursday’s Grand Final rematch at the Shay appeared to lengthen last night when he was recalled by parent club Leeds.

The Rhinos, who snapped up the 17 year old at the end of last season before sending him back to Post Office Road on a dual registration deal, could give Hardaker a debut against St Helens this weekend after losing injured back Ben Jones-Bishop for four months.

Sheffield beat York 28-10 in the Championship last night, with former Fax player turned match official Jamie Bloem making his TV debut as a touch judge.

The draw for the last eight of the Northern Rail Cup will take place next Thursday, not last night as stated in yesterday’s Courier.