2011 RFL Championship

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Co-operative Championship 2011
2011 RFL Championship
League Co-operative Championship
Duration 22 Rounds (Followed by 4 round playoffs)
Number of teams 10
Broadcast partners Sky Sports
2011 Season
Grand Final winners Featherstone Rovers
League leaders Featherstone Rovers
Top point-scorer(s) Mick Nanyn (296)
Top try-scorer(s) Jamie Ellis, Mick Nanyn (22)
< 2010 Seasons 2012 >

The 2011 Rugby Football League Championship is known as Co-operative Championship due to sponsorship by The Co-operative Group.

The 2011 Co-operative Championship is a semi-professional rugby league football competition played in the UK 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 or winning the Northern Rail Cup is a prerequisite for Championship clubs to be able to apply for license in the next round of applications for the 2012–14 period.

All of the teams in the 2011 Co-operative Championship will also compete in the 2011 Challenge Cup where they will enter in the third round. All of the teams will also compete in the 2011 National League Cup which starts before the Co-operative Championship with the finals held mid season.

Teams[edit]

This competition features mostly the same teams as it did in 2010. The Hunslet Hawks and York City Knights were promoted from the 2010 Championship 1 while the Keighley Cougars and Whitehaven were relegated.

Legend
  Reigning champions
  Defending Northern Rail Cup Champions
  Promoted
Team & Current Season Stadium Capacity Location
Barrow Raiders Craven Park 7,600 Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Batley Bulldogs Mount Pleasant 6,000 Batley, West Yorkshire
Dewsbury Rams Tetley's Stadium 3,500 Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Featherstone Rovers Bigfellas Stadium 6,750 Featherstone, West Yorkshire
Halifax The Shay Stadium 6,561 Halifax, West Yorkshire
Hunslet Hawks South Leeds Stadium N/A Leeds, West Yorkshire
Leigh Centurions Leigh Sports Village 12,700 Leigh, Greater Manchester
Sheffield Eagles Bramall Lane 32,702 Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Toulouse Olympique XIII Stade des Minimes 4,066 Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Widnes Vikings Stobart Stadium Halton 13,500 Widnes, Cheshire
York City Knights Huntington Stadium 3,428 York, North Yorkshire

Season Standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Bns Pts
1 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 20 18 1 1 840 348 +492 0 56
2 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 20 18 1 1 776 368 +408 1 53
3 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 20 12 0 8 498 406 +92 0 41
4 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 20 12 0 8 577 488 +89 0 39
5 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 20 11 1 8 555 532 +23 0 38
6 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 20 10 0 10 569 543 +26 1 36
7 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 20 4 1 15 395 630 -235 3 20
8 Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights 20 5 1 14 416 788 -372 3 19
9 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 20 4 1 15 413 618 −205 0 18
10 ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique(R) 20 4 0 16 358 663 −305 0 15
11 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders (R) 20 9 0 11 527 540 -13 1 0
  Teams qualifying for the Play-offs
  Teams in relegation position

This table is correct as of 25 August 2010 (1:12pm). Source: http://www.cooperativechampionship.co.uk/table_nl1.php

Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: For win = 3; For draw = 2; For loss by 12 points or fewer = 1.

Season Results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

For the season results, see here.

Play-offs[edit]

Elimination play-offs

Qualifying semi-final

Elimination semi-final

Elimination final

Grand Final

2 October 2011
Featherstone Rovers 40 – 4 Sheffield Eagles
Tries: Spears, Finn (2), Hardman, Cockayne, Hepworth, Saxton
Goals: Finn 6/7
Tries: McDonald
Goals: Brown 0/1
Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
Attendance: 7,263
Referee/s: Matthew Thomason
  Elimination play-offs   Qualifying / Elimination semi-finals   Elimination final   Grand Final
                                 
  QSF: 15 September 2011  
1  Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 35  
2  Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 20         GF: 2 October 2011
       Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 40
  EPO1: 8 September 2011     EF: 22 September 2011      'Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 4
  3  Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 22        Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 10  
  6  Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 32   ESF: 18 September 2011      Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 20
     Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 12  
EPO2: 9 September 2011      Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 50
  4  Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 36  
  5  Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 20
   
Key:         Losing team progressing     Winning team progressing


Statistics[edit]

The following are the top points scorers in the Championship during the 2011 season. Statistics also include tries and goals scored in the play-offs.[1]

Most points

Player Team Tries Goals DGs Points
Mick Nanyn Leigh Centurions 22 104 0 296
Liam Finn Featherstone Rovers 14 115 1 287
Simon Brown Sheffield Eagles 2 95 1 199
Steve Tyrer Widnes Vikings 12 69 0 186
Danny Jones Halifax RLFC 6 65 0 154
Jamie Rooney Barrow Raiders 6 63 1 151
Paul Handforth Batley Bulldogs 4 59 0 134
Darren Nicholls Toulouse Olympique 13 40 0 132
Dominic Brambani Dewsbury Rams 6 39 1 103
Jamie Ellis Leigh Centurions 22 7 0 102

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Butcher; Daniel Spencer. Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2011-12. League Publications Limited. ISBN 978-1-901347-24-1.