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After successfully defeating Dewsbury Celtic at Crow Nest Park on Saturday 24-42 the Bramley team and supporters spent an anxious 30 minutes in the Celtic clubhouse awaiting the all important result from South Wales of the Crusader Colts v Warrington Wizards.
There were cheers all round as Chairman Martyn Cheney got the call that that the Crusaders had edged a narrow 24-22 win over title rivals Warrington. As a result Bramley Buffaloes finished the regular league season league champions for the third successive year under impressive coach, Paul Cook, who was clearly delighted with the outcome.
Going into the final weekend of league matches, Bramley needed a win against Dewsbury and then had to rely upon Crusader Colts either beating or drawing against Warrington, as it transpired Bramley won comfortably against a very physical Dewsbury side and Crusader Colts did their bit.
Bramley had Scott Pendlebury and Mark Butterill missing from the team that performed so well the previous week against Crusader Colts, whilst Shaun Flynn passed a late fitness test and had to settle for a place on the bench. Steven Gill and Kevin O