The ins and outs of the Super 8s

The ins and outs of the Super 8s

25th July 2017

Kingstone Press League 1 returns to action this weekend as the Super 8 phase of the competition begins with the visit of Workington Town to Kingston Park Stadium (KO 3 pm)

Newcastle Thunder have qualified for the chance to be part of the end of season promotion play-offs for the first time in three seasons, after taking nine wins from a possible 15 in phase one and now sit in sixth place, as the round of seven matches kicks off.

The Super 8s are promising to serve up some exciting with these the main details Thunder fans need to know.

Who’s involved?

The Super 8s are contested by the teams who finished in the top half of the Kingstone Press League 1 table following the first round of fixtures.

These teams are Barrow Raiders, Doncaster RLFC, Keighley Cougars, Newcastle Thunder, Toronto Wolfpack, Whitehaven, Workington Town & York City Knights.

What is the format?

Teams play each other once, home or away to determine the League champions and the four teams who will play off for promotion in September.

Points are carried over from the first phase of the competition with wins and draws in the Super 8 again paying two or one point.

League Champions? I thought there was a play off between First and Second for the first promotion spot?

There was indeed and memorable, Rochdale Hornets upset the Toulouse juggernaut in 2016 by beating them to that first promotion spot and the title. This year the team that finishes top of the pile earns the trophy and promotion to the Championship automatically.

Where are Thunder at the start?

Newcastle Thunder are sitting in sixth place, one win adrift of Doncaster and York in fourth and fifth and well placed to challenge for those play off spots.

I’m a Thunder season ticket holder and I’m happy that I’ll not be getting my season ticket refund

Hold on there!  Thunder aren’t in the play offs yet. The money back guarantee was on finishing in the top five and the promotion play offs at the end of the Super 8s, not just making this stage, so it’s still all to play for!

Ah! So are these games included in the 2017 season ticket?

The Super 8 home games are included in this year’s season tickets, with your season seat still being reserved for you.

Excellent! So who are Thunder playing where?

Having finished sixth, Thunder’s fixtures are comprised of three home games and four away, with Barrow Raiders, Keighley Cougars and Workington Town visiting the North East and the club’s road trips taking the team to Doncaster, Toronto, Whitehaven and York.

So at the end of the Super 8s, what happens?

The team top of the table following the last round of games on September 17th will be crowned League 1 champions and will be promoted to the Kingstone Press Championship. The teams placed second to fifth will then take part in the promotion playoffs.

The team ranked second will play at home against the team ranked fifth, while the team ranked third will play at home against the team ranked fourth.

The winners of these two games will then play each other, with the team that finished highest in the League 1 table enjoying home advantage.

Great, so when does it start?

All the dates for the Super 8s can be found here, Thunder look forward to seeing fans at Kingston Park this Sunday against Workington. 

The ins and outs of the Super 8s