Dickens targets Grand Final success

CAPTAIN captain Stuart Dickens (left) and fellow prop Tony Tonks celebrate Featherstone winning the League Leaders' Shield for the second successive season. PICTURE: BOB NUNN.
CAPTAIN captain Stuart Dickens (left) and fellow prop Tony Tonks celebrate Featherstone winning the League Leaders' Shield for the second successive season. PICTURE: BOB NUNN.

SKIPPER Stuart Dickens says Featherstone Rovers are determined to go one better than last season.

Rovers were pipped by Halifax in last year’s Grand Final after finishing top of the Co-operative Championship.

Featherstone clinched the League Leaders’ shield for the the second successive season by winning their final league game 44-4 at Widnes Vikings last Sunday and Dickens is now targeting Grand Final glory.

“Winning the League Leaders Shield is great, but it’s the team that win the Grand Final that gets remembered. It’s having that in our mind that provides the focus for our next efforts,” he said.

“I think it’s a better achievement to finish top than last year’s campaign. It’s been a much tougher challenge.

“We have spent the year being the team that other teams wanted to knock down, the team that other team wanted remove from what is now a two year period at the top of the league. We managed it, and we did even better than last year.

“I am not boasting or bragging. I’m just exercising my right as captain of this team to express the pride I feel on behalf of everybody. It was extremely important that we finished three points ahead of Leigh Centurions. That margin nullifies the points that they were deducted, and meant that we won the Shield entirely on our own merits.

“We couldn’t help but put in a big performance against Widnes Vikings. Not with over a thousand of our own fans cheering us, singing us and urging us on. They have been brilliant this year.”

This evening’s (Thursday) first team training session will be open to public viewing.

Afterwards, the Batley Bulldogs-Halifax play-off match will be shown live on the big screen in the clubhouse.