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Skolars start their Kingstone Press Championship 1 campaign tomorrow (Good Friday) when they host southern rivals and league newcomers Hemel Stags. When the two teams met three weeks ago in the group stages of the Northern Rail Cup Skolars emerged as victors with a 26-4 scoreline.

One new match day feature the club are keen to introduce this season is a guest real ale or two. This started with the Hemel and Gloucestershire games and proved to be very popular.

For Friday’s game we have two ales on sale and they are:

Wharfebank Tether Blond:     A pale/straw coloured and highly drinkable American hopped beer, with a resinous character and a very distinctive citrus top note.

Loddon Shrimpers:          A traditional ale using 4 different malts and 4 different English hop varieties leaving a well balanced finish on the palette.

The match kicks off at 3pm so be sure to come along early and enjoy a glass or two of our ales to warm the body before battel commences!

Please note that tickets for Northern Rail Cup Finals day, which Skolars have qualified for, will be on sale tomorrow.

The RFL has hailed the success of London Skolars in reaching the first final in the club’s history – the inaugural Northern Rail Bowl at Halifax on Saturday July 20.

Despite having their final game of the Northern Rail Cup group stages postponed due to adverse weather, the Skolars are already guaranteed to finish top of Group B and will meet the winners of Group A in the Bowl Final, which will be played as part of the historic Northern Rail Finals Day.

The Skolars also remain in contention to contest the main event on Finals Day, the 2013 Northern Rail Cup, and will join all 14 Kingstone Press Championship clubs alongside the winners of Group A in the knock-out stages which begin on the weekend of May 18 and 19.

Their opponents in the Bowl will be either North Wales Crusaders or Oldham as Group A goes down to the last match to determine the league positions and finalist. Oldham won a bruising encounter against a courageous South Wales Scorpions side at the weekend to keep themselves in with a chance of progressing.

“On behalf of the RFL I’d like to congratulate London Skolars on securing their place in the Northern Rail Bowl,” said Rimmer.

“London Skolars continue to work hard and have established a strong identity within their local community, with the Friday Night Lights fixture a particular highlight of the Rugby League calendar. It is a just reward that the club are now in with a chance of securing some silverware – although I am certain they will also be hoping to go ever further in the competition.

“The geographical diversity now reflected in its make-up has seen many new players brought into the competition and yet each team has remained competitive. On that basis the Northern Rail Cup, even before it enters the sudden-death stages, has been tremendously successful. The competition this season has produced some fantastic Rugby League with every team registering points.

“We have already seen some fantastic action in the Northern Rail Cup so far and I feel certain that the action on Finals Day, which will deliver two games of top class Rugby League, will continue to establish this competition’s reputation as one of the most entertaining around.”

Should either London Skolars or the winners of Group A reach the Northern Rail Cup final, the club placed second in their respective group will play in the Northern Rail Bowl final.

Tickets for the 2013 Northern Rail Finals Day at The Shay Stadium, Halifax, on Saturday July 20, cost from just £15 adult and £10 concession and can be purchased directly from London Skolars or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113.

After discussions between the two clubs this morning it has been agreed that London Skolars postponed Northern Rail Cup group match at Rochdale, which was postponed due to bad weather, will now be played on Easter Monday, the 1st April. Kick-off time will be 3.00pm.

Commenting on the new date Skolars General Manager Howard Kramer said: “With a home league fixture on Good Friday it is far from ideal to be playibg this match on Easter Monday but Joe Mbu is keen to get the game played and avoid a potentail fixture backlog. Rochdale also play an important league fixture on Friday so were equally reluctant to play three days leter but agree it is the best option available to the two clubs”.

Following yesterday’s group result at South Wales Skolars have already qualified for the knockout stages and the Bowl Final at Halifax on Northern Rail Cup Finals day. Rochdale will not be able to qualify from their group due the points difference between them and Crusaders.

Even though Skolars game at Rochdale was postponed today South Wales defeat at home to Oldham means that Skolars have finished top of their group. This means that Skolars have not only qualified for the next round, to be played on the 19th May, we are also guaranteed a place in the Bowl Final on Northern Rail Cup Finals day at Halifax on the 20th July.

Unless Skolars get through to the Northern Rail Cup Final itself they will face the winners of the other group, currently lead by Crusaders, in the Bowl Final which preceeds the main match.

We will publish ticket details for Finals day shortly

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