PDRL Grand Final weekend!

It is with some considerable excitement we approach the end of season Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) Grand Final this week, after an interesting season.

 

It’s been great to watch the combined team of Bradford Bulls and Salford Red Devils come together and grow in confidence and ability over the course of the season, this growth looks set to continue with Leigh Centurions hoping to join in 2023.

Our Warrington Wolves PDRL side have finished a third with strong competition from top-of-the-table Wakefield Trinity, and also second place Leeds. The playoff format sees the games kick off as below and this is how the table looks ahead of the weekend:

The combined team of Salford Red Devils and Bradford Bulls were a welcome addition to this year’s festivals

League Standing

Final Position               Points

1 Wakefield                      28

2 Leeds                             22

3 Warrington                  20

4 Castleford                    18

5 Wigan                            4

6 Bradford                        2

The event will take place 10am to 3pm at Belle Vue Sports Village, Kirkmanshulme Lane, Manchester M12 4TF with free access for spectators with spectator parking available. The Festival Running Order is:

11:00 Game 1: Castleford vs Wigan

11:30 Game 2: Warrington vs Bradford

12:00 Semi-final 1: Wakefield vs lowest placed qualifier

12:30 Semi-final 2: Leeds vs highest placed qualifier

13:00 Bottom 2 playoff: game 1 loser vs game 2 loser

13:30 3rd/4th play off: semi-final 1 loser vs semi-final 2 loser

14:00 Final: Semi Final 1 Winner vs Semi Final 2 Winner

We spoke with Mat Barber, Head Coach of Warrington Wolves PDRL team, as we look for our third consecutive season Grand Final win. Mat said:

“This year it’s been more than just winning games, we’ve tried to come a bit closer as a group and we’ve achieved that. I’d like to thank the assistant coaches and other volunteers with their help over the 2022 season. Whatever happens this weekend, win or lose, I’m proud of how far the team have come in the last 18 months since I took over.”

Best of luck to you all Mat, for live updates of our matches on the day, follow us on Twitter at @WWRLFoundation

Our 2021 Grand Final winning team – all photographs by Vicky Outen Photography