James Mulligan looking for Finals Day glory

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The growth of the physical disability rugby league game has been going from strength to strength, in particular for Castleford Tigers PDRL. This Saturday, PDRL Finals day heads to Manchester for the conclusion of the season with Cas aiming to finish their 2022 campaign on a high.

The side went on a remarkable 9-game winning run before losing on the final day of the regular season to Leeds Rhinos, but confidence is high among the group, and Winger James Mulligan, like the rest of the team, is buzzing ahead of the season finale.

“Confidence is high after a great season and we’re all really excited ahead of the day as a whole. We’re extremely confident and the defeat sort of came at the right time for us. It showed us that we’re not unbeatable and we can strive to be better and do better.” 

Sport can be a real lift to people across the board, and the PDRL game is no different. James has found that being part of the side has helped him settle into a move from the South of England and the club and community is a key reason for choosing Castleford as his destination.

“Being part of the PDRL has been amazing. The whole team and coaching staff have been brilliant and helped because I’m moving up from the South. I’m moving up for a fresh start and a new adventure. Being a Castleford Tigers fan, and knowing the town a bit, moving to Cas made sense.”

The PDRL team were rewarded for their outstanding season so far at the Castleford Tigers Supporters Club awards night. They picked up the club’s special achievement award, with Mulligan claiming that it came as an unexpected surprise.

“Getting the award was outstanding for everyone, nobody was expecting it and we were all so surprised when they announced it! It’s great for the team to get recognition from the supporter’s club.”

The Castleford Tigers Foundation is part of many key initiatives in the community of the town and the growth of PDRL, LDRL and the youth system would not have been possible without them. This is something that James was very passionate about and spoke about his gratitude to their efforts from a PDRL perspective.

“The whole foundation from top to bottom has been brilliant, it’s been outstanding. We’re getting recognition and the promotion of the PDRL game out there. It’s been fantastic to see where we’ve come from thanks to the foundation.”

The Finals day will be held at the Belle Vue Sports Village in Manchester on Saturday September 10, with the final two fixtures streamed live on Our League. The format of the competition is as follows:

Game 1: Castleford vs Wigan – 11:00am

Game 2: Warrington vs Bradford – 11:30am

Semi-final 1: Wakefield vs lowest placed qualifier – 12:00pm

Semi-final 2: Leeds vs highest placed qualifier – 12:30pm

5th Place Play-off: Game 1 Loser vs Game 2 Loser – 13:00pm

3rd/4th Place Play-off: Semi-final 1 Loser vs Semi-final 2 Loser – 13:30pm

Final: Semi-final 1 Winner vs Semi-final 2 Winner – 14:00pm

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