2009 Co-operative Championship

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Co-operative Championship 2009
League Co-operative Championship
Number of teams 11
Aggregate attendance 217,362 (average 1,874)
2009 Season
Season Champions Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders
League Leaders Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders
Runners-up Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC
Promotion and relegation
Relegated to Championship 1 Leigh Centurions
Doncaster
< 2008 Seasons 2010 >

The 2009 Co-operative Championship is a semi-professional rugby league football competition played in the United Kingdom and France one tier below the first tier Super League. The two worst performing teams during the season, with the exception of Toulouse Olympique, will be relegated to Championship 1.

There is no automatic promotion from this league to Super League, which uses a licensing system renewed every three years. Qualifying for the Grand Final is a prerequisite for Championship clubs to be able to apply for license in the next round of applications for the 2012–14 period.

The competition was very close with most teams having a chance of making the top 6 going into the final round. In the end Barrow Raiders topped the standings followed by Halifax. The Leigh Centurions were relegated on the final day of competition despite finishing only third to last and Doncaster were also relegated but their fate had been sealed for some time.

In the playoffs, Widnes Vikings and Featherstone Rovers advance from the first week to play each other. Featherstone won this game which gave them the chance to take on Halifax, who lost their game to Barrow, for a spot in the grand final. Halifax won and went on to play Barrow in the final but lost 26-18.

Table[edit]

2009 Co-operative Championship
# Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 20 13 0 7 632 261 271 5 44
2 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 20 13 0 7 714 476 238 4 43
3 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 20 11 0 9 635 447 188 9 42
4 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 20 11 0 9 649 438 211 6 39
5 Haven colours.svg Whitehaven 20 12 0 8 565 567 −2 3 39
6 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 20 12 0 8 619 524 95 1 37
7 Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder 20 9 2 9 610 657 −47 3 32
8 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 20 8 2 10 536 620 −84 6 32
9 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 20 9 0 11 426 572 −146 5 32
10 ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique XIII 20 9 0 11 556 582 −26 3 30(a)
11 Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster 20 1 0 19 257 955 −698 5 -1(b)
  Teams qualifying for the Play-offs
  Teams in relegation position

Source: Co-Operative Championship Table
Note (a): Toulouse were exempt from relegation. [1]
Note: (b): Doncaster lost 9 competition points for entering administration. [2]
Classification: 1st on league points; 2nd on match points difference.
League points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
Pld = Games played; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; PF = Match points scored; PA = Match points conceded; PD = Points difference; BP = Bonus Points; Pts = League points.


Play-offs[edit]

The Co-operative Championship uses a top 6 play-off system.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 26 – 21 Haven colours.svg Whitehaven 10 September, 19:30 GMT Stobart Stadium 2,375
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 8 – 32 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 11 September, 20:00 GMT Don Valley Stadium 808
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 35 – 12 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 17 September, 19:30 GMT Craven Park Thierry Alibert 2823
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 24 – 32 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 18 September, 20:00 GMT Stobart Stadium Ben Thaler 3,296
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 36 – 30 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 24 September, 19:30 GMT Shay Stadium Ian Smith 2,556

Grand Final[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 26 – 18 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 4 October, 17:30 Halliwell Jones Stadium P Bentham 11,398

Attendances[edit]

Team Played Highest Lowest Total Average
1 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 12 5,236 2,375 43,752 3,646
2 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 11 3,274 2,002 25,812 2,347
3 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 11 3,050 1,693 25,326 2,302
4 ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique 10 3,206 1,200 21,788 2,179
5 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 10 2,721 1,394 19,843 1,984
6 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 10 2,673 1,346 18,084 1,808
7 Haven colours.svg Whitehaven 10 2,708 1,175 16,698 1,670
8 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 11 1,457 809 12,546 1,141
9 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 10 1,430 580 8,952 895
10 Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster 10 1,096 275 6,693 669
11 Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder 10 1,033 405 6,470 647
Total 115 11,398 275 217,362 1,874

Rugby League Crowds - 2009 Co-operative Champs

See also[edit]

Team season articles[edit]

External links[edit]