New sponsor and new venue as Ovenden face Greetland in final

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A new era in the history of the Halifax Amateur Rugby League’s Challenge Cup starts on Monday when Greetland All Rounders take on Ovenden in the final at Siddal (2.30).

It will be the first final in more than 40 years that has not been sponsored by the Fee family, who used Old Brodleians RUFC for the showpiece games.

The Halifax ARL have expressed their thanks to the Fee family for their long-running support and are grateful to new sponsor Eddie Goulding-Smith, the Siddal president.

A side from Goulding-Smith’s club won last year’s final when Siddal beat Boothtown Terriers 23-10 at Woodhead with Chris Brooke to the fore.

Ovenden will be favourites to complete a treble after winning the Pennine League Championship and President’s Cup.

The Four Fields side hope to be at full strength with Chris Geoghegan back in the squad after missing the Pennine final a couple of weeks ago.

Graham Charlesworth was man of the match on that occasion and he, Sean Dyson and Chris Holroyd may hold the key to unlocking the Greetland defence.

Skipper Sean Smith will be leading the Ovenden pack around the field.

Greetland All Rounders, who have finished runners-up in Division Two West, go into Monday’s game with a couple of injury concerns centred around young player Sam Robinson and Mark Bolger.

Player-coach Christopher Robinson will be a key player alongside Jordan Whippey while veterans Alan Hindle and Daniel Wilkinson will hope to help the Spring Rock forwards get on top.

Ovenden’s assistant coach Steve Taylor said: “We will not be underestimating Greetland. Chris Robinson will have them fired up and Greetland have nothing to lose.”

Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions with under 16s free.