Students look to regain Skanska crown
Skanska Cup Final 2009
British Police v Great Britain Students
Wednesday 24th June
Broughton Park, Manchester
Kick Off 7.30pm
Admission £3 – Concessions £1
The Great Britain Students will be looking to regain the Skanska Cup when they take on the British Police at Broughton Park, Manchester next week.
The final – which kicks off at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th June – sees the Students take part in their third consecutive final. After playing the opening group encounters as England and Scotland, the students re-grouped as Great Britain in their final group game and will line up as GB in the final.
Student Head coach Paul Fletcher is excited by the prospect.
“This will be our third Skanska Cup Final on the bounce and we always look forward to the occasion no matter who we're playing,“ said Fletcher.
“We've come through some bruising encounters with BARLA over the last few years and I’m sure this will be just as tough.
“The Police have four or five ex-student players in their ranks so we know that they'll be very capable, but after our recent European tour we’ll go into this clash full of confidence.
“We've a strong Welsh presence in the side this year and the boys have really gelled, their attitude on tour was excellent and they can’t wait for kick off.”
However the holders will certainly not have it all their own way.
The British Police have progressed to the final with some impressive performances, notching wins against the RAF, Army and England Lionhearts on the way.
“It’s certainly a big game for us”, said Jon Hamer, British Police Team Manager.
“As holders the Students will probably go into the game as favourites, but we’ve played well so far in this competition and we’ll go into the game confident of coming away with the spoils.”
Adam Fogarty, Keiron Maddocks, Daniel Adams, Alex Clemie, Rob Gallagher (all Greater Manchester), Steven Brown (Lancashire), Christopher Sheffield, (Cheshire), Adam Newton, Nicholas Smart, Jamie Dixon, Christopher Cowling, Daniel Burton, Nathan Owen, Jason Southwell, Paul Hughes, Paul Smith, Paul Riley, Ryan Heeley, Alex Daniels (all West Yorkshire), Owen Fisher (South Yorkshire), Darrell Rotherham, Paul Grimes, Kieron Spruce (all Merseyside), Paul McMillan, Paul Salmon (Cumbria), Daz Birch (Leicestershire), Gary Johnson, Richard Spence (both Metropolitan)
Great Britain Students
Nick Walker (England), Vinny Finigan (England), Rhys Griffiths (Wales), Jason Mossop (Wales), Curtis Cunningham (Wales), Lloyd White (Wales), Jy-Mel Coleman (England), Matt Carbutt (England) capt, Lee Hudson (England), John Trickey (Wales), Danny Vento (Ireland), Steve Hall (Wales), Kris Hodson (England), Owain Brown (Wales), Liam Duffy (Ireland), Paddy Barcoe (Ireland), Tim Bergin (Ireland), Dan Kerr (England)
2009 Skanska Cup Results
RAF 24 v 34 British Police
British Police 22 v 20 Army
British Police 22 v 10 Lionhearts
Great Britain Students
England Lionhearts 4 v 54 GB Students
GB Students 18 v 44 RAF
Army 6 v 28 GB Students
P W D L Pts Diff Pts
Students 3 2 0 1 46 4
Police 3 2 0 1 20 4
Army 3 2 0 1 -12 4
RAF 2 1 0 1 16 2
Prisons 1 0 0 1 -8 0
Lionhearts 2 0 0 2 -62 0
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