Hunslet Hawks will usher in an extraordinary new era for the Kingstone Press Championship in 2015 with an away fixture against Featherstone Rovers at the Bigfellas Stadium.
The Hawks will then face Heavy Woollen opposition in consecutive homes games as we welcome both Batley Bulldogs and Dewsury Rams to the South Leeds Stadium.
Our first encounter against former world club champions the Bradford Bulls will take place on Sunday 8th March when we make the short trip to the Provident Stadium, Odsal. The return fixture will take place on Sunday 5th July at the South Leeds Stadium.
Hawks Head Coach Barry Eaton commented “In terms of difficulty, opening day fixtures certainly don’t come much harder than a trip to Featherstone, but we are all looking forward to the challenge. The reason we worked so hard to gain promotion from Championship One was so that we could test ourselves against quality opposition week in week out. The Kingstone Press Championship will certainly give us that platform and we cant wait to get going.”
Hunslet Hawks Fixtures 2015:
1 15/02/2015 Featherstone Rovers v Hunslet Hawks 3pm
2 22/02/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Batley Bulldogs 3pm
3 01/03/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Dewsbury Rams 3pm
4 08/03/2015 Bradford Bullsv Hunslet Hawks 3pm
5 15/03/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Doncaster 3pm
6 29/03/2015 Sheffield Eagles v Hunslet Hawks TBC
7 03/04/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Leigh Centurions 2pm
8 06/04/2015 Halifax v Hunslet Hawks 3pm
9 12/04/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Whitehaven 3pm
10 26/04/2015 Workington Town v Hunslet Hawks 3pm
11 03/05/2015 Hunslet Hawks v London Broncos 3pm
12 10/05/2015 Dewsbury Rams v Hunslet Hawks 3pm
13 17/05/2015 Leigh Centurions v Hunslet Hawks 3pm
14 Summer Bash fixtures to be played on weekend of the 23rd/24th May
15 29/05/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Sheffield Eagles 8pm
16 07/06/2015 Whitehaven v Hunslet Hawks 3pm
17 12/06/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Halifax 8pm
18 21/06/2015 London Broncos v Hunslet Hawks 3pm
19 28/06/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Featherstone Rovers 3pm
20 05/07/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Bradford Bulls 3pm
21 12/07/2015 Doncaster v Hunslet Hawks TBC
22 19/07/2015 Batley Bulldogs v Hunslet Hawks 3pm
23 26/07/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Workington Town 3pm
The club can also confirm our pre season schedule for 2015:
Hunslet Hawks Pre Season Fixtures 2015:
04/01/2015 Featherstone Rovers v Hunslet Hawks 3pm Gareth Swift Memorial Trophy
18/01/2015 Hunslet Hawks v Leeds Rhinos 3pm Lazenby Cup
25/01/2015 Doncaster v Hunslet Hawks 3pm John Sheridan Trophy
08/02/2015 Rochdale Hornets v Hunslet Hawks 3pm Supporters Direct Shield
On the new league structure, RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “The new league structure allows for the return of sustainable promotion and relegation across all competitions and with so much at stake for every club, 2015 promises to be the greatest Championship season of all.
“The Super 8s and Summer Bash will each bring their own exciting new dimension to a year where every minute of every match will matter for every club.”
Each team will play 23 games in the regular season: home and away against the other 11 clubs plus, and in an exciting new addition to the Rugby League calendar, one additional fixture in the Summer Bash at Bloomfield Road in Blackpool over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 23 – 24. Details of fixtures and ticket availability for the Summer Bash will be announced in mid-November.
The Summer Bash sees a whole round of Kingstone Press Championship fixtures, three on each day take place over two action-packed days at the world’s most famous seaside resort. As well as the Championship games, Blackpool will also host the final of the new League 1 Cup on the Saturday and feature a fantastic package of activities off the field to keep the whole family entertained.
After all 23 rounds have been played, the top four Championship clubs will join the bottom four of Super League in a Super 8 pool called the Qualifiers. The remaining eight Championship clubs will go on to a Super 8 pool called the Championship Shield.
After playing each other once, the top three Qualifiers will be awarded Super League status in 2016 with the final promotion spot determined by the Million Pound Game involving team four and five.
The Championship Shield will culminate with play-off final at the Kingstone Press Championship Finals Day on October 4, an event which will also feature two other matches: the League 1 play-off final and the Conference Challenge Trophy final.
The teams finishing seventh and eighth in the Championship Shield after seven fixtures will be relegated to League 1 for 2016.
Sky Sports will screen selected matches from the Kingstone Press Championship in 2015, including all six matches from the Summer Bash at Blackpool.
Full details of the new league structure, including an easy-to-understand video, can be found by visiting www.extraordinaryrugby.com