This Sunday see’s four Wakefield Wildcats players involved in the Championship Grand Finals as Sheffield Eagles face Featherstone Rovers and Doncaster play Barrow Raiders.
Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium is the host for the double header as 23-year-old Trinity hooker James Davey is expected to feature for the Eagles as they look to win the Championship final after he’s been a regular in Mark Aston’s team throughout 2012 after arriving on dual registration from the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, with the move becoming a permanent one from 2013.
Davey has signed a one-year deal with the Eagles having made 17 Super League appearances for the club since his debut in 2009 at Hull KR.
However, the Championship One Grand Final will get the action underway with a 2pm kick off as Doncaster take on the Raiders for a place in the 2013 Championship in. The Trinity trio of Danny Cowling, Lucas Walshaw and the soon to be departing Russ Spiers are all expected to play in the historic match for the Dons.
The South Yorkshire club have already won the league this season for the first time in their 61 year history in what has already been a season to remember for the ambitious club.
Wildcats centre Cowling signed on a dual-registration at the Keepmoat Stadium in April and has impressed under Championship One Coach of the Year Tony Miller and he cannot wait to run out on Sunday afternoon.
“These are moments for me to savour,” said Cowling.
“It is a massive occasion and something I’ve witnessed before as a junior but not at this level and in my first year as a professional.
“We are approaching it the same as we have all year which has obviously been successful. We know we can win and despite losing key players we are confident going into the final. We are not looking at it in terms of revenge as they beat us in the first week of the play-offs because this is very much a one-off game.
“It is going to be slightly different, there is no hiding away from that and we have to make sure we play the game and not the occasion,” said the 20-year-old.
The Dons have already made history in 2012 and Cowling admits the move down the A638 has been more than he ever imagined.
“Winning the league was massive because it was the first time the club has ever done that so to win the Grand Final really would top the year off.
“I never expected this when I joined the club. It’s all been a shock because I didn’t know too much about the club or the group of players and coaching staff when I arrived but I am so glad I made the move here.”
All three Wakefield players started in the 20-0 victory over Workington last Sunday and all three are hoping to keep their place with the young centre explaining how having Trinity players in the Doncaster side has helped him.
“It does help playing with Lucas and Russ because I know them so well and in that sense I suppose I have a head start in playing with them and I can link up with them so well. Lucas has been in my second row since he’s got here and that really benefits me because I know his game and I can play off the back of that.”
The former Featherstone Lions man made his Super League debut this season in the dramatic 31-30 victory over St. Helens which included forcing a crucial knock on in the closing stages. Trinity head coach Richard Agar will be in attendance to watch both finals and Cowling knows if he continues to perform then next year he will get a further chance in the top flight.
“I was speaking to Rich Agar quite often and he was telling me how he was happy with my form and he showed confidence in me. That helped me in making my debut against Saints where hopefully I made an impression.
“Next year I am hoping to break through and get more games in Super League and be a more dominant player. If I can’t force my way in the team straight away then it would be nice to come back to Doncaster and get some more experience but I am confident in featuring more next year.
“You can see Rich has confidence in playing youngsters this season and that really helps knowing as long as you perform in training then you will get a chance. From there then you know it is on your own back, if you do well then you know you will get a run.”
If you can make your way to Cheshire to support our academy products then tickets to the Co-operative Championships Finals Day on Sunday September 30 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington cost from just £16 adult, £8 concessions and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.
Alternatively both finals are being screened live on Premier Sports.
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