Cornwall RLFC

Squad Announced for Rochdale Clash

Cornwall RLFC head coach Mike Abbott has announced his 21-man squad for Sunday’s Betfred League 1 round eight clash away to Rochdale Hornets – 3.00pm.

New signing Courage Mkuhlani goes straight into the Choughs’ travelling party after he joined on a month’s loan from Midlands Hurricanes earlier this week.

Also up front, Harry Boots returns after missing two weeks with a concussion injury.

Cornwall vs Midlands – Match Gallery

Cornwall RLFC hosted Midlands Hurricanes at the Memorial Ground yesterday as Betfred League 1 moved onto its sixth round.

The best of the action was captured bu Cornwall Sports Media’s Colin Bradbury.

Cornwall RLFC Lottery Prize Draw Winners

Cornwall RLFC is pleased to announce the prize winners from our club lottery sign up prize draw.

Every player in our weekly cash draw that signed up before 6.00pm on Thursday, November 24 was entered into a separate prize draw with a number of fantastic prizes up for grabs.

The prize winners were:

Mr Nick Pritchard: 2 x 2023 Cornwall RLFC season tickets

Mr Phil Carrivick: 2 x 2023 Cornwall RLFC season tickets

Mrs Joanne Bratt: 2 X 2023 Betfred Challenge Cup final tickets

Mr Andy Gwillam: 2022 Cornwall RLFC replica shirt

Mr Jerald Sharp: 2022 Cornwall RLFC commemorative t-shirt

Mr Robert Kilby: 2022 Betfred League 1 Match ball

All winners have been contacted via e-mail and we thank all players for signing up to our weekly lottery where a guaranteed £1,000 is up for grabs every week.

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Neil Kelly Pre-Hunslet

Cornwall RLFC head coach Neil Kelly – Patrick Tod

Head coach Neil Kelly is expecting ‘a really tough challenge’ for Cornwall RLFC at Hunslet this afternoon.

The Choughs make their first ever visit to the South Leeds Stadium to take on the Parksiders on the back of a home reverse against Rochdale Hornets last time out.

Hunslet, meanwhile, snuck past Midlands Hurricanes 22-16 in Birmingham to record their second win of the campaign and first since defeating London Skolars in the capital in round one.

“Hunslet are a recognised League 1 side we can’t expect anything other than a really tough challenge,” Kelly told “Hunslet are not without their weaknesses but we have to go in and exploit those.

“Every team we have played so far this season have had weaknesses but we just haven’t been able to exploit them for long enough to trouble the scoreboard.”

Despite his side suffering their biggest reverse of 2022 so far at the hands of Rochdale at a rain-lashed Memorial ground seven days ago, Kelly praised the efforts of his side against a visiting outfit that contained former Man of Steel Rangi Chase amongst others. 

“When I sat back and watched the game, I got a different impression to that I felt on the day actually,” Kelly added. “I got a real appreciation for the hard work and effort from the players and I thought we did really well to a point.

“On a wet day, with a slight slope to the field,I felt we should have done a little bit better, but I am not going to criticise my team because of where we are in our development.

“The experience Rochdale had in their ranks with Rangi Chase, Patch (Sean Penkywicz), Greg McNally and players of that ilk, I think they knew how to play the conditions.

“We just didn’t have the experience to finish off the good work that our middles did with a positive outcome. That has been a big part of our work at training this week is to give ourselves an outcome at the end of our sets.

“Obviously we didn’t score last week but a try, forcing a repeat set or handing the ball over on the opposition’s line is a good outcome.”

Thankfully Kelly’s troops suffered nothing more than bumps and bruises after the Hornets defeat. But still shorn of both Jack Ray and Aaron Thomson, the Choughs’ chief moved to secure a deal to bring former Huddersfield Giants academy prospect Will Odgers to the Duchy. 

“Will is a good kid who has played in some good academies – not least at Huddersfield Giants,” Kelly remarked. “I have got good reports about him from my brother (Andy Kelly) who works at Huddersfield Giants and we feel that Will has further improvement in him as a player.

“I am expecting him to contribute against Hunslet and Will’s signing is a consequence of the injuries we have suffered. It is part and parcel of the game and we expected to get injuries and they have materialised which has left gaps in our squad.”

Doncaster v Cornwall RLFC – Gallery

Cornwall RLFC’s Betfred League 1 match ended in a 52-16 at the hands of Doncaster at the Eco-Power Stadium yesterday.

Despite the loss, there was further signs of encouragement for the new-look Choughs with yesterday’s match perfectly captured by our club photographer Patrick Tod.