Rovers ace Rooney notches his 1,000th point

FEATHERSTONE Rovers half-back Jamie Rooney has passed the 1,000-point barrier.

The 22-year-old scrum-half rattled up 20 points with a try and eight goals in Sunday's 56-6 win at Gateshead to take his tally to 1,009.

Rooney has scored 48 tries and 426 goals (including 35 drop goals) in 98 matches since making his professional debut off the bench in a 19-10 defeat in Limoux, France, in the Treize Tournoi on October 3, 1998.

The former Featherstone junior made one more substitute appearance in the ill-fated competition before kicking two goals on his full debut in a 48-24 defeat at St Esteve on October 17 that year.

Rooney, who holds the longest unbroken points-scoring sequence a 35-match run dating back to March 11, 2001 scored four points in four appearances in 1998.

In 1999 he made 18 appearances (one as a substitute), scoring 172 points from nine tries and 72 goals (including eight drop-goals).

The 1999-2000 campaign was his most prolific when he scored 331 points in 31 appearances. Last season Rooney made 29 starts, scoring 14 tries and 130 goals (including nine one-pointers) for a total tally of 307.

This year he leads the Northern Ford Premiership's points scoring chart with 195.

Rooney is also heading the goal-scoring list with 81.

Meanwhile, a night at the dogs and a day of golf are the latest events on offer to supporters as part of Rovers back-rower Danny Evans' testimonial season.

There are two packages available to watch the dog racing at Kinsley Greyhound Stadium on Tuesday, May 14.

The first, costing 15, includes admission, a four-course meal and return travel from Featherstone. These tickets are limited and must be booked as soon as possible.

A cheaper package, priced 8, includes admission, a programme, a basket meal, a pint of lager (or equivalent) and a 1 bet on the Tote. Coach travel is also included.

Anyone wanting to provide sponsorship also has two choices.

Race sponsorship includes admission, a programme, two four-course meals, presentations to the winning owner of your own race and to the sponsor of the winning dog and a photograph of the presentation. Price is 120.

A fiver will sponsor a dog, with each winning sponsor receiving a prize from the race sponsor after the race.

Telephone the Featherstone club shop on 01977-702386 for details of how to book.

There are still places available for a Tetley Golf Day at Normanton Golf Club, Stanley, Wakefield, on Wednesday, June 12.

Three-man teams will be accompanied by a guest player from Featherstone Rovers.

The cost of 150 per team includes a buffet, tea and coffee and an evening meal. There are prizes for the best team score, the longest drive, nearest the pin and the best individual score.

For more details, telephone Craig Booth on 01977-519050 or 07903-241243 (mobile).