2013 RFL Championship

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Kinstone Press Championship 2013
2013 RFL Championship
League RFL Championship
Duration 26 Rounds (Followed by 4 round playoffs)
Number of teams 14
Highest attendance 3,890

Featherstone Rovers v Sheffield Eagles (28 August 2013)

Lowest attendance 375

Hunslet Hawks v Whitehaven RLFC (10 March 2013)

Average attendance 1,199
Aggregate attendance 187,103
Broadcast partners United Kingdom Premier Sports
2013 Season
Grand Final winners Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles
League Leaders Shield Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Runners-up Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles
Top point-scorer(s) Fevcolours.svg Liam Finn (308)[1]
Top try-scorer(s) Sheffeagles colours.svg Menzie Yere (30)[1]
Promotion and relegation
Relegated to Championship 1 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks
Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights
< 2012 Seasons 2014 >

The 2013 Rugby Football League Championship, which will be known as Kingstone Press Championship due to sponsorship by Kingstone Press Cider, is a semi-professional rugby league football competition played in the UK, one tier below the first tier Super League. The 2013 season is the first season to consist of a 14-team division. This was achieved by scrapping relegation for the 2012 season and having four teams promoted from the Championship 1.[2]

Relegation to Championship 1 is restored for the 2013 but as in previous years, 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 2015–17 seasons.

All of the teams in the 2013 Co-operative Championship will also compete in the 2013 Challenge Cup where they will enter in the third round. All of the teams will also compete in the 2013 National League Cup which starts before the Co-operative Championship with the finals held mid season.

Teams[edit]

This year's competition features the same 10 teams as it did in 2012 plus the top four teams from the 2012 Championship 1 season, which are Barrow Raiders, Doncaster RLFC, Whitehaven RLFC and Workington Town.

Legend
  Reigning champions
  Defending Northern Rail Cup Champions
  Promoted
Team & Current Season Stadium Capacity Location
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders Craven Park 7,600 Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs loverugbyleague.com Stadium 6,000 Batley, West Yorkshire
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams Tetley's Stadium 3,500 Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium 15,231 Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Bigfellas Stadium 6,750 Featherstone, West Yorkshire
Faxcolours.svg Halifax The Shay Stadium 6,561 Halifax, West Yorkshire
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks South Leeds Stadium 4,000 Leeds, West Yorkshire
Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars Cougar Park 7,800 Keighley, West Yorkshire
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions Leigh Sports Village 12,700 Leigh, Greater Manchester
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles Bramall Lane 32,702 Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions Leigh Sports Village 12,700 Leigh, Greater Manchester
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven Recreation Ground 7,500 Whitehaven, Cumbria
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town Derwent Park 10,000 Workington, Cumbria
Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights Huntington Stadium 3,428 York, North Yorkshire

Season Standings[edit]

2013 RFL Championship
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Bns Pts
1 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 26 22 0 4 940 362 +578 4 70
2 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 26 22 0 4 806 474 +332 1 67
3 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 26 19 2 5 817 476 +341 1 62
4 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 26 18 0 8 752 495 +257 4 58
5 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 26 16 1 9 670 394 +276 7 57
6 Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster RLFC 26 12 1 13 593 594 -1 6 43
7 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 26 12 0 14 492 620 -128 6 42
8 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 26 11 0 15 483 681 -198 6 39
9 Haven colours.svg Whitehaven RLFC 26 11 0 15 485 774 -289 4 37
10 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 26 9 0 17 516 738 -222 7 34
11 Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 26 8 0 18 492 719 -227 9 33
12 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 26 8 0 18 482 792 -310 9 33
13 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks (R) 26 6 0 20 529 704 -175 12 30
14 Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights (R) 26 6 0 20 493 727 -234 8 26
  Teams qualifying for the Play-offs
  Teams in relegation position

This table is correct as of 1 September 2013. Source: rugbyleaguechampionships.co.uk and BBC Sport.

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.[3]

Season Results[edit]

The regular league season sees the 14 teams play each other twice (one home, one away) over 26 matches. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season goes through to the play-offs to determine the winners of the Championship.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stats Centre". Love Rugby League. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Relegation is scrapped from Championship this campaign". Keighley News. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Points System". Rugby League Championships. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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