Prop forward Eddie Battye reckons Sheffield Eagles’ players will embrace the Summer Bash experience at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.
The Eagles take on Andrew Henderson’s London Broncos at the home of Blackpool FC in the final game of the day (4.45pm), on a bumper weekend of Championship rugby league which is being broadcast live on Sky Sports.
All 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs will be in action in the inaugural event and Battye, an ever present for the Eagles this season, is relishing the prospect of the new experience.
“It is a big event and we all want to be part of it,” Battye told the Star. “The Championship has been an exciting league this year so hopefully there will be a big crowd, the weather will be nice and we can show what we can do.
“They are all good competitive games. I don’t think there is one game there that will be a pushover, so it should be tight competitive fixtures and that’s what the fans will want to see.”
This afternoon’s fixtures will be kick-started by the League One Cup Final between Swinton Lions and North Wales Crusaders, before three Championship fixtures, resulting in a revolving dressing room door at Bloomfield Road.
Battye is used to sharing dressing rooms, with the vast majority of the Eagles’ fixtures coming off the back of Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium, and he believes, despite the congestion, that the format will work.
“The games will be turned around quickly, but we are used to playing double-headed games at The Keepmoat,” confirmed the 23-year-old. “I think it is a good thing for the league. Obviously it is the first time it has happened, so the proof will be there to see afterwards.”