Barrow Raiders Ladies feature in the Championship semi-finals this Sunday at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium against Widnes Vikings Women.
With a 2:00pm kick-off, it’s the last home game of the season for the Ladies side who are just one game away from the Championship final.
Skipper Jodie Litherland and her side finished the regular season with a 24-10 victory over Stanningley, and preparations are well underway for this weekend’s knock-out clash.
“It’s a really big game for us and the club this weekend,” said Litherland.
“We have beat Widnes at home and they beat us away so it’s all to play for. It’s always a hugely competitive game and we can’t wait for the challenge.
“We have really loved the opportunity to be part of the club this year and loved playing at Craven Park. We’ve made it a fortress with not losing a game, which we hope we can continue on Sunday and book our place in the final.
“The season has been a bit disappointing for me at this moment really, I won’t lie. I made my ambitions pretty clear at the start and I wanted and expected us to win the League Leaders’ Shield and the grand final.
“Missing out on the league leaders by one point has been hard to take but I think that gives us the extra motivation going into the finals. We started really strong and had some great results but then we had a little dip in form when we played Leigh and Widnes away. Maybe the pressure got to us and we know we didn’t perform but I think we’ve now come out of that on the other side, learned from it and hit another bit of form going into this game.
“If we reach the final and potentially win it I think it will be a success.
“I think the transition to Raiders has taken us to a better level. Training is better, facilities, the physios, Shaun and Tinny have been fantastic and we’ve attracted a few really talented players which I hope will continue to happen the longer we are with the club.
“The team have really taken to the more professional level and the ambitions of the club and I’m mostly proud of our performances. Off the pitch this is the best tightly knit sports team I’ve ever been a part of. The bond we have is special. There is a real buzz around the place and I can’t wait to continue to be part of that and help achieve the ambitions of the club. Hopefully we get a decent crowd down on Sunday.
“Tuesday training was a big session, everyone was buzzing for the week ahead and we looked really sharp and switched on. The best I’ve seen us train in a while.
“One more tonight before we get ourselves prepped for game day. We all know what’s expected of us and it’s about turning up on Sunday with the right mentality, giving our all out there by showing our togetherness and putting our bodies on the line for each other and getting the result.”
Tickets are £3, while children can attend for free for this weekend’s clash.