Rochdale News | Sports News | Rochdale Hornets to host Challenge Cup third and fourth round draws



Date published: January 27, 2022


Rochdale Hornets will hold the draw for the third and fourth rounds of the 2022 competition at the Crown Oil Arena on Tuesday February 1.

The draws will be carried out by Victoria Molyneux and Paul Sculthorpe MBE, from Rochdale, and will be broadcast live on BBC Sport from 6pm.

Molyneux plays for Wigan Warriors in the Betfred Women’s Super League and marked an unusual slice of history in 2021 when she was called up for her second and third England caps 14 years after making her debut in 2007.

She is therefore in line to play for England at the Women’s World Cup this autumn – and has retained close ties to her hometown Rochdale, as she has been involved in Women’s Rugby League coaching and feminine.

Victoria Molyneux
Victoria Molyneux

Paul Sculthorpe, a four-time Challenge Cup winner with St Helens, is now a member of Shaun Wane’s England coaching staff. He will return to the Crown Oil Arena in that role in October when England take on Fiji in their final warm-up match ahead of the Rugby League World Cup.

The draw comes on the centenary of the Hornets’ only Challenge Cup victory in April 1922, when they beat Hull FC 10-9, following victories over Broughton Moor, Leeds, Oldham and Widnes to reach the final.

Steve Kerr, CEO of the Hornets, said: “We are delighted to host the Betfred Challenge Cup draw to mark our centenary since winning in 1922.

“It was a special moment in the club’s history that we are determined to mark this year – it would be great if we could progress and maybe even draw against Hull FC in the final rounds of the competition.

“Cup dreams are always possible, but of course we have to beat the Midlands Hurricanes as our first opponents on Sunday week – a game we are really looking forward to, as it will also be a special occasion for our visitors as their first cup-tied with the Hurricanes.

Currently in Betfred League One, the Rochdale Hornets will take part in the Betfred Challenge Cup 2022 in the second leg of the round on Sunday January 30, against a new name in the competition, the Midlands Hurricanes, a tie which will be broadcast live by BBC Sport .

The game marks the first competitive game for the other Hurricanes in League One since renaming the former club the Coventry Bears this winter.

Tickets are on sale now, with adult tickets priced at £12, concessions are £10 and students £5. Free for children under 16 (the ticket must be reserved in advance).

The winners of this tie will take their places with 11 other second-round winners in the third-round draw, with ties to be played over the weekend of February 12-13.

Sculthorpe and Molyneux will also conduct the fourth round draw, when all 14 Betfred Championship clubs enter the competition – including 10 clubs who have already won the Challenge Cup.

These matches will be played on the weekend of February 26 and 27.

Ruth J. Leeds