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25-28/07/13 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread


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#1 John Drake

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:24 AM

Discuss all this week's Kingstone Press Championship games here.

 

THURSDAY 25 JULY
Whitehaven v Dewsbury Rams    19:30 (Premier Sports)

 

FRIDAY 26 JULY
Sheffield Eagles v Keighley Cougars    19:30

SUNDAY 28 JULY
Batley Bulldogs v Workington Town    14:00
Doncaster v Barrow Raiders    15:00
Halifax v York City Knights    15:00
Hunslet Hawks v Leigh Centurions    15:00
Swinton Lions v Featherstone Rovers    15:00
 


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:19 AM

PREVIEW

 

Thursday July 25
Whitehaven v Dewsbury Rams (7.30pm)

 

Whitehaven coach Dave Woods could name an unchanged side as he looks to boost the club’s chances of finishing in sixth place in the Kingstone Press Championship table with victory over Dewsbury Rams.
Woods, whose side beat York City Knights 20-4 on Sunday, said: “We trained on Tuesday and everyone’s all right.
“This is a good opportunity for us to put some distance between ourselves and Dewsbury, but we’ll need to play well to get the points off them.
“It would be good to have that gap, there’s still a long way to go.”
Rams coach Glenn Morrison has described his side’s trip to Cumbria as “another Grand Final” as Dewsbury seek to secure their place in the top eight.
The Rams are currently seventh, but are only four points ahead of ninth-placed Doncaster.
Morrison said: “This is another Grand Final game because Whitehaven are around the same place as us in the table.
“We’re still in with a chance of the play-offs and this is going to be a really tough one.
"Whitehaven is not the best place to go on a Thursday night, but we’ve got to make the best of it.”
Lucas Walshaw (ankle), Tommy Gallagher (ankle), James Craven (back) and Brad Watkinson (knee) are all facing a race against time to be fit for Thursday’s clash.


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#3 Derwent

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:00 PM

Apparently the Haven v Dewsbury game is NOT being shown live by Premier Sports, they are showing it as a delayed broadcast at 10pm instead

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#4 gingerjon

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:43 PM

Seems you're right.  Linfield in the Europa League is on instead.


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#5 TheTerminator

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:38 PM

Apparently the Haven v Dewsbury game is NOT being shown live by Premier Sports, they are showing it as a delayed broadcast at 10pm instead

And now the Haven game is a 'Freeview' feature. What a great way to reward those who are fully paid-up subscribers to their channel.....

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 01:38 PM

Friday July 26

Sheffield Eagles v Keighley Cougars (7.30pm)


Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has challenged his team to bounce back from successive defeats by starting a busy period with a win that would take them back to the top of the Kingstone Press Championship.
Sheffield face three games in 10 days after defeats against London Broncos and Leigh Centurions.
Aston said: “I don’t want pity. Let’s move on, dust ourselves down and be better.”
James Haley could have played his last game of the season as Keighley Cougars coach Paul March waits on news of the extent of Haley’s shoulder injury.
March said: “He dislocated his shoulder last week and he’s probably looking at a few weeks out.
“It could even end his season, depending on what ligaments and muscles have been damaged.”
Gavin Duffy and Richie Barnett will compete for Haley’s place in the three-quarters, while Daley Williams faces a late fitness test.
March added: “We’ve spoken all year about trying to get an 80-minute performance together.
“When we do that, people will see we’re a team that can dominate along with the top five, but until then we’re scraping down where we are.
“We’ll need to be good on Friday because Sheffield will punish everything, and they’ll want to start well after last week.
“It’s up to us to be stand up and be counted. It’s a big game and I’m sure the players will be ready come Friday.”

Sunday July 28

Batley Bulldogs v Workington Town (2.00pm)


Bulldogs coach John Kear is set to check on Ash Lindsay ahead of a match that Batley are desperate to win.
Kear’s men have suffered five consecutive defeats since their last triumph – a 30-4 victory over Workington Town in the Northern Rail Cup.
Since then Sheffield, Leigh, Featherstone, Whitehaven and Doncaster have all got the better of Batley – and Kear has been left fuming.
He said: “In the first half (against Doncaster) it appeared as though we made no effort.”
Workington coach Gary Charlton is preparing for a difficult eight days, with three games against top five opposition starting with Sunday’s trip to Mount Pleasant.
Town look likely to be without Shaun Briscoe (knee), but Jamie Thackray could force his way into contention.
Charlton said: “It’s going to be tough, but hopefully we’ll have a few blokes back on the field.
“We just have to man up, go down there and try our best, and see where that takes us.”

Doncaster v Barrow Raiders (3.00pm)

Doncaster coach Tony Miller is aiming for a third consecutive win after steering his side to victories over Batley Bulldogs and Hunslet Hawks in the last fortnight.
Miller’s side could move into the top eight on Sunday if other results go in their favour.
And the Doncaster coach will be hoping for more of the same after last week’s impressive demolition of Batley.
Miller said: “We were very impressive and everybody worked hard for each other.”
Barrow Raiders coach Darren Holt will give late fitness tests to Kurt Haggerty (wrist) and Dan Toal (head), and is hopeful both will be cleared for action at the Keepmoat Stadium.
But Holt has sent out a warning message to his troops, despite last week’s 28-26 win over Hunslet.
Holt said: “There are some players who… have just done the wrong things at the wrong time and that can’t keep happening.
“They either learn from their mistakes, or they simply won’t be playing. It has to be that way from here on in.”
He added: “If we ever manage to get an 80-minute performance on the pitch, then I feel sorry for whoever we are playing against.”

Halifax v York City Knights (3.00pm)

Halifax coach Karl Harrison is preparing to be without influential stand-off Scott Murrell for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship fixture with York City Knights.
Harrison’s men are four points off league leaders Featherstone Rovers and need a win to keep in touch with the top two.
But Harrison rates Murrell, who suffered a broken hand three weeks ago, as having only a 20 per cent chance of facing the Knights.
Harrison said: “It is all a question of how much pain Scott feels with the injury. We’ll assess him nearer the time.”
Matty Nicholson remains sidelined for York, but is edging closer to a return from shoulder surgery and could feature within the next three weeks.
James Ford (knee) is also missing as coach Gary Thornton aims to bounce back from last week’s 20-4 home defeat against Whitehaven.
Thornton said: “It was a very, very frustrating performance. We tried hard defensively, but we just couldn’t crack them open.”

Hunslet Hawks v Leigh Centurions (3.00pm)

Paul McShane could make his debut for Hunslet Hawks after joining on a dual-registration deal from Leeds Rhinos.
And Hunslet coach Barry Eaton looks set to be given another major boost with the probable return of Andy Yates. David March (hamstring) is the Hawks’ only doubt.
Eaton, whose side lost 28-26 at Barrow on Sunday, said: “Our composure with the ball is affecting our defence.
“We’re conceding tries on the back of poor ball control. We’re scoring enough points to win games, but if you’re making errors in your own half you’re giving teams ammunition.
“If we can maintain possession better, we’ll probably defend better. That’s our challenge for the rest of the season.”
Leigh Centurions travel without Sam Hopkins, who faces a number of weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury, as they prepare for a  hectic fortnight.
Coach Paul Rowley said: “We’re entering a tough period of four fixtures – against Hunslet, Halifax, Swinton and Sheffield – in 12 days, so we need to be strong both mentally and physically.
“We’ll give Hunslet plenty of respect because we know their capabilities, but we also know what we’re capable of.”

Swinton Lions v Featherstone Rovers (3.00pm)

Swinton Lions coach Gary Chambers will be without Ian Watson (suspended) for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship fixture with Featherstone Rovers.
The Lions have not won in over a month, having lost against Sheffield, Keighley and Workington since securing an away victory at Hunslet.
They are currently bottom of the table, but hope to draw inspiration on Sunday from celebrations marking the 50thanniversary of Swinton winning the title in 1963.
And Featherstone coach Ryan Sheridan is refusing to underestimate the Lions, despite their league position.
Sheridan said: “Swinton will be another tough match.
“It’s been a bit of a rocky road getting back to the top of the table, but our performances have been building and we’ve worked hard to get there.
“The key for us now is applying a big-game mentality to each match we play from now on.”
Sam Barlow could make his Featherstone debut after joining on loan from Halifax.


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#7 Derwent

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 02:43 PM

Great result for Town, beat Batley 18-16 at Mount Pleasant, cracking effort


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#8 Keith T

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 03:10 PM

And Batley failed to score a try in the second half playing down the infamous slope!!!!

I remember when .............................

"It is impossible not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Workington Town, the fall guys this season for the Super League's determination to retain it's European dimension, in the shape of Paris. While the French have had every assistance to survive, the importance of having a flagship in a heartland area like West Cumbria has been conveniently forgotten." - Dave Hadfield - Independent 25th August 1996.


#9 mark richardson

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 07:51 PM

Well done to your lads Keith. ..but I think we can match you with our surprise win over Fev
Great weekend.

#10 weighman

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 09:15 PM

Good win for the Dons today 32-4 v Barrow.



#11 Keith T

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 09:20 PM

Well done to your lads Keith. ..but I think we can match you with our surprise win over Fev
Great weekend.


How very dare you go and beat a top team mark? Well done mate.

I remember when .............................

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#12 mark richardson

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:44 AM

Cheers Keith. Lets hope we can stay up with your lot and next season we can get back to discussing rugby and not dual registration.

 

Good luck for the rest of the season.



#13 dkw

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:44 AM

How very dare you go and beat a top team mark? Well done mate.

Us beating a top 5 time is excellent, made all the sweeter by the reaction of some Batley fans on there forum. Poor mites, just cant handle being beaten by a "smaller" club can they.



#14 OttO

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:42 AM

Us beating a top 5 time is excellent, made all the sweeter by the reaction of some Batley fans on there forum. Poor mites, just cant handle being beaten by a "smaller" club can they.

 

They're nearly as bad as Haven fans whinging cos us Townies have the cheek to post on "their" forum! As far as I can tell this is an open forum and forum members are allowed to post in any sub-forum as long as they stay within the rules.


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#15 Gav Wilson

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:30 AM

Great result for Town, beat Batley 18-16 at Mount Pleasant, cracking effort

 

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