Summer Bash sees repeat of Championship Grand Final

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KINGSTONE Press Championship Champions Leigh Centurions will take on Featherstone Rovers in the first ever Summer Bash weekend in Blackpool.

It’s a repeat of this year’s Grand Final and the sides will do battle again on Sunday, May 24 kicking off at 5.15pm.

Tickets for the eagerly-anticipated seaside feast of rugby league are now on sale.

The action kicks off on Saturday at 12.00pm with the League 1 Cup Final, the pinnacle of a new competition which features all 14 League 1 teams alongside West Hull and East Leeds from the National Conference League.

The Summer Bash fixtures begin with the Cumbrian derby, Workington Town v Whitehaven at 2.30pm followed by Sheffield Eagles taking on former Super League club London Broncos at 4.45pm.

Saturday will conclude with a West Yorkshire derby between Bradford Bulls and Halifax, two clubs with a long and proud historic rivalry who are guaranteed to provide a memorable ending to Day 1.

More local rivalry will get Sunday off to a mouth-watering start with the clash between Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams at 12.45pm.

Newly-promoted Hunslet Hawks will face Doncaster at 3.00pm before Summer Bash reaches a spectacular finale with a replay of this year’s Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final at 5.15pm, with Featherstone Rovers looking to avenge their defeat to champions Leigh Centurions.

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “The Summer Bash is a tremendous addition to the new-look Championship and I am sure Rugby League fans everywhere will embrace the event and take the opportunity to spend a weekend at a venue which has a rich tradition of creating fantastic memories for the sport.

“Blackpool is the perfect home for the Summer Bash: not only are there plenty of accommodation choices but the resort offers our fans many other attractions over the extended Bank Holiday weekend.

“With the dawn of a new era for Rugby League and the restoration of promotion and relegation in 2015, every minute of every game matters and that will ensure the Summer Bash will produce drama of the highest quality.”

Tickets for Summer Bash 2015 go on sale from 9.00am on Thursday November 20 from the 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs and can also be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.

Championship club season ticket holders are advised to check with their clubs for the best offers. Tickets for the full weekend for adults are £50 for reserved seating and £30 for unreserved seating and concession prices are £25 (reserved) and £15 (unreserved). Tickets for adults per day are £30 (reserved) and £20 (unreserved) with concession ticket prices £15 and £10.

There is an early bird discount of £5 until Monday December 8th on regular adult priced tickets. To claim this discount call 0844 856 1113 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk and enter promo code earlybird01.

The 2015 Summer Bash schedule in full is as follows:

Saturday May 23

12.00pm - League 1 Cup Final

2.30pm – Workington Town v Whitehaven

4.45pm - London Broncos v Sheffield Eagles

7.00pm – Bradford Bulls v Halifax

Sunday May 24

12.45pm - Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs

3.00pm - Doncaster v Hunslet Hawks

5.15pm – Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers