11:09am Friday 4th October 2013
Leigh Sports Village celebrated one of the most memorable days in its history as it hosted the Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day and the Conference Challenge Trophy in a feast of rugby league on Sunday.
On a sunny late September afternoon, supporters of all the teams involved praised LSV’s facilities and atmosphere, as fans flocked to the fanzone to pit their wits against the professionals and enjoyed three games of top class rugby league.
It was an absolutely fabulous day for Leigh Sports Village," said Chief Executive Simon Toon.
"We were delighted to host the finals day, and showcase the stadium at its very best. The atmosphere in and around LSV was fantastic, with extremely positive feedback from the fans, who were telling us they were really enjoying their day.
"We hope this will encourage everyone to join us for the Rugby League World Cup match at Leigh Sports Village on November 5 to recreate that amazing atmosphere again when Tonga battle it out with the Cook Islands. It's only a month away!"
In the showpiece tie, Sheffield Eagles made it back-to-back Championship Grand Final titles in a thrilling encounter with Batley. The Bulldogs were 12-0 up with 25 minutes to go, but Eagles winger Scott Turner made the breakthrough against the run of play, and after three more tries in nine minutes, Pat Walker’s drop goal sealed a 19-12 victory.
The Championship One Play Off Final was equally entertaining. Rochdale Hornets were trailing local rivals Oldham 18-12 early in the second half but three tries in the last 23 minutes won Hornets their first trophy in 91 years - and promotion to the Kingstone Press Championship.
The day began with another local derby - Leigh Miners Rangers taking on Wigan St Patricks in the Conference Challenge Trophy. Billed as the “Battle Of The Borough”, Leigh comfortably overcame their rivals, winning 42-14.
Glen Friel, sales and marketing director at Kingstone Press, said: “For us this year has been an incredible introduction to the sport and we’ve been overwhelmed by the support clubs and fans have shown us. Finals Day 2013 was a chance to give something back and we certainly felt it was a day to remember.”
And RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood congratulated Sheffield Eagles, Rochdale Hornets and Leigh Miners Rangers on their victories.
“It was a great day of Rugby League,” he said. “The atmosphere within Leigh Sports Village was terrific, and I’m sure that will again be the case when the stadium hosts Tonga v Cook Islands as part of the Rugby League World Cup on November 5.”
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