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Job Not Over For Dons Boss

12 September 2012

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Dons coach Tony Miller says his side have plenty left to play for this season as they head into a Co-operative Championship One qualifying play-off game against Barrow Raiders at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday (3.00pm). 

Doncaster clinched promotion to the Championship after finishing top of the regular season table, one point ahead of opponents Barrow, but Miller is hungry to add the Championship One title to the League Leaders crown they have already earned.

Pole position going into the play-offs secured the champions' prize pot of £50,000 for Doncaster but Miller knows the other five clubs involved in the play-offs will relish getting one over on his side.

“The whole club has worked hard all season and it certainly hasn’t been easy to get to the top this season,” said Miller.

“But it’s a reflection of the great progress the club has made over the past three years and I’m really happy for everyone involved with the club to have clinched the Champions’ prize.

“It’s a very proud moment for me to finish top of the table as well but it’s not possible without the dedication of the players and the support of a great staff and I’m made up for the lads, but we’ve still got a job to do ahead of us.

“We celebrated after the game on Sunday but we’ve refocused this week and we’re putting the hard yards in again in preparation for what I hope will be a run all the way to the title. There’s a trophy and additional prize money to play for and I’d like to see us win both as a great award for the players.”

Dons go up against Barrow with the losing side guaranteed to have a second chance of making the play-off final but Miller is hoping his side can avoid putting that pressure on themselves by progressing to the season-ending game at the first chance.

“We’re in a fortunate position as we have the buffer of having two bites at the cherry,” he said. “We know Barrow are a very strong team and it will be a tough game but I’m confident we can progress this week and book our place at Warrington.

“We want the title and we’re determined to get it.”

Tickets for the Co-operative Championship One play-off game between Doncaster and Barrow Raiders at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday September 16 (3.00pm) cost from £12 adult, £10 concession and £2 juniors and can be purchased on the gate.

Tickets to the Co-operative Championships Finals Day on Sunday September 30 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington cost from just £16 adult, £8 concessions and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by clicking HERE 

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