Ronnie the Rhino flanked by (left) Freddy the Fox and Leo

West Yorkshire club mascots battle to see who’s the sporting best

  • Ronnie The Rhino finishes in first place
  • Rivals tested in each other’s sports

Ronnie The Rhino has shown he’s the top ‘animal’ among West Yorkshire’s famous club mascots.

He finished top of the podium after completing a series of sporting challenges arranged by First Bus.

The operator organised the competition to keep mascots of the teams it partners with on their toes during the closed season.

Each of the mascots got the chance to play their own game but then had to see how well they coped with rival sports.

Leo from Leeds Knights Ice Hockey took second place with Freddie The Fox of Halifax Town in third.

Bradford City FC made its training pitch at Woodhouse Grove available for the sporting contest which involved three challenges: scoring with an ice hockey puck, football dribbling skills and scoring a try in rugby.

Billy Bantam of Bradford City also took part together with Huddersfield’s two big clubs, Terry The Terrier of Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants’ very own Big G.

The top three came first in the challenge involving their own sport and managed to finish better than their rivals in the other tests.

Lucy Mottram, Marketing Manager for First Bus in West Yorkshire, said: “It was clear from the start that they all wanted to win, but it was good-humoured rivalry and lots of fun so we appreciate the mascots making the time to take part.

“We look forward to helping fans get to the games next season.”