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The Kingstone Press Championship - Week 1 Match Thread


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Poll: Which game are you most looking forward to? (50 member(s) have cast votes)

Which game are you most looking forward to?

  1. Sheffield Eagles v Rochdale Hornets (7 votes [14.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.00%

  2. North Wales Crusaders v Barrow Raiders (15 votes [30.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.00%

  3. Dewsbury Rams v Featherstone Rovers (16 votes [32.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.00%

  4. Halifax v Swinton Lions (2 votes [4.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.00%

  5. Keighley Cougars v Whitehaven (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Leigh Centurions v Batley Bulldogs (7 votes [14.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.00%

  7. Workington Town v Doncaster (3 votes [6.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.00%

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#1 John Drake

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 12:27 PM

The Kingstone Press Championship - Week 1

 

Discuss this week's games here.

16/02/14 - Sheffield Eagles v Rochdale Hornets KO 2pm     
16/02/14 - North Wales Crusaders v Barrow Raiders     KO 2.30pm     
16/02/14 - Dewsbury Rams v Featherstone Rovers KO 3pm            
16/02/14 - Halifax v Swinton Lions KO 3pm            
16/02/14 - Keighley Cougars v Whitehaven KO 3pm
16/02/14 - Leigh Centurions v Batley Bulldogs KO 3pm
16/02/14 - Workington Town v Doncaster     KO 3pm


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#2 Hornetto

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 02:44 PM

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#3 thehullram

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 02:56 PM

Hopefully the weather won't ruin the opening weekend.

 

Really looking forward to Rams v Fev, could be a big crowd for the opener



#4 Chronicler of Chiswick

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:40 PM

Crusaders - Barrow for me, assuming it goes ahead - the weather here's been terrible and the forecast for Friday into Saturday's no better. Even if it's dry from then on, I can't see the pitch recovering in time.



#5 Saintslass

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:42 PM

Such a shame I won't be able to watch one of these games on TV.  Alas, alas.

 

Cru v Barrow should be an interesting one after Cru's win against Doncaster in their friendly.  The Cru may end up being fairly competitive this season, if they manage to stay injury free in the key positions.



#6 JCrabtree

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 12:23 AM

With both enjoying successful preseasons, Featherstones visit to Dewsbury I set to be of equal calibre to the clash the two had at last yers fixture. Add onto that the 6 point opener between Leigh and Batley and all signs point to a fantastic start to this years championship. I'm certain many will be sure to keep an eye on Cru too.

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 08:31 AM

Looking forward to heading to Owlerton for the first time since I was a kid. Trip down memory lane!
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#8 gogledd

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 10:13 AM

North Wales Crusaders v Barrow. Firstly, lets hope the game is on; apparently the Racecourse pitch has not been in a good state and quite a few football games have been cancelled due to the poor playing surface. Second, if it goes ahead lets hope people come out to watch the game and they're not put off by the weather. Last and by no means least, lets hope anyone travelling down from Barrow has a safe journey and enjoys their return to the Racecourse after a season hiatus.  A warm welcome to all travelling supporters. Croeso cynes I pawb.



#9 Chronicler of Chiswick

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 10:32 AM

Update on the Crusaders' game - apparently Mold Road was shut this morning as bits came off the stand roof in the gale last night.



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 12:17 PM

Sunday 16 February
Kingstone Press Championship Match PreviewS

Sheffield Eagles v Rochdale Hornets (2.00pm)


Sheffield Eagles look set to include Jon Ford and Will Hope when they open their Kingstone Press Championship campaign on Sunday.
The pair joined the Eagles on season-long loan deals from Salford Red Devils and will now try to help Sheffield defend their title, but Rochdale Hornets coach Ian Talbot is hopeful of causing a shock result on Sunday.
Talbot said: “Hopefully Sheffield will underestimate us. It’s probably the toughest start we could imagine, but what a fantastic scalp it would be. If we could get a win, that would be a brilliant way to start the season.”
He added: “This year is a massive challenge for us. We’re everybody’s favourites to finish bottom, never mind be relegated. We go into the season under no illusions, but we’re also under no pressure.
“We’re not throwing a massive budget at finishing top of the table. We’re playing pressure free, and hopefully we’ll pick up some points and see where we are come the end of the season.”
Talbot has no major injury concerns and will select a Rochdale team from a fully fit squad.

North Wales Crusaders v Barrow Raiders (2.30pm)

North Wales Crusaders forward Jono Smith is battling to be fit for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship opener against Barrow Raiders.
Smith has a knee problem and will be assessed by coach Clive Griffiths before a final decision is made on his availability.
Griffiths said: “The hard part will be picking a team to start against Barrow. Now it gets serious and we’re looking forward to the start.”
Barrow are set to be without Aaron Lloyd, who broke his hand in last week’s friendly win against BARLA Great Britain, and Chris Rowe, who has also suffered the same injury.
But Raiders coach Anthony Murray still has plenty of choices to make, with players across his squad impressing during last week’s convincing victory.
Murray said: “I’ve got a massive (selection) headache for this first game, but it’s nice to be in that position.”

Dewsbury Rams v Featherstone Rovers (3.00pm)

Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison will check on the fitness of Jobe Murphy (ankle) and Callan Beckett (hamstring) before finalising his team for Sunday’s opening Kingstone Press Championship fixture against Featherstone Rovers.
Morrison said: “We’ve had a good pre-season, we’ve got some good games under our belt and we’re going into this match with a bit of confidence.
“With five teams getting relegated this year you don’t want to drop any points, and even a bonus point could be the difference between a top-eight finish and a relegation spot.”
He added: “Featherstone have got a new coach and some new players, but judging by their pre-season results they look like being the team to beat. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready to go come Sunday.”
New Featherstone coach John Bastian is without Matty Nicholson (knee) and Liam Walmsley (broken arm).
But Bastian remains confident ahead of the start of the new campaign.
Bastian said: “We’ve had some good results against some good quality teams in pre-season, but the real stuff starts this week.”

Halifax v Swinton Lions (3.00pm)

Halifax coach Karl Harrison has stressed the need for his side to start the new season with a win, despite winger Rob Worrincy being ruled out with a quad injury.
Harrison said: “It’s an important season and we can’t afford to mess about. We need to hit the ground running.”
Swinton Lions are likely to be without Richie Hawkyard (concussion), Freddie Walker (shoulder) and Ben Warrilow (shoulder) for the trip to The Shay.
Lions coach Ian Watson said: “We’ve got a nice start to the season, facing Halifax and then Sheffield, but these games will be a bit of a benchmark for us. We want to be playing against those types of teams, and for us it’s probably a good thing.
“We’re going straight in against one of the top teams and we’ve got to be ready from the first minute.”
Last week Watson watched the Lions narrowly lose their only pre-season friendly, falling 24-18 against Oldham.
But Watson insists: “That game was invaluable to us in terms of having a hit out and getting some things in place. We’ll be much better for it.”

Keighley Cougars v Whitehaven (3.00pm)

Keighley Cougars duo Lewis Graham (broken hand) and Gavin Duffy (ankle) both look set to miss Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship fixture against Whitehaven.
But Cougars coach Paul March is hopeful Ash Lindsay will recover from a dislocated shoulder before Sunday’s match.
March said: “We’re already fighting injuries and this year, with the new structure coming, we need to be raring to go.
“It’s going to be a tough start for us, but I’m hoping Ash will come through and be there come Sunday to hopefully help us get off to a winning start.”
March added: “We underachieved last year. We lost our first seven games on the bounce, and we need to be more consistent this year. If we can make the play-offs and then challenge some of the big boys, that will be a good season for us.”
Whitehaven travel with Shaun Ainscough (suspended), but coach Dave Woods can otherwise pick from full strength.
Woods said: “There’s a lot riding on this year. You need to make you’re finishing games and killing teams off if you’re ahead, and if you’re getting beat you need to do everything to get a bonus point.”
He added: “We’ve had a bit of a look at Keighley. They’ve a very good hooker in James Feather, a smart half-back in Paul Handforth and plenty of big forwards, too. They’ll be very difficult opposition, especially at Cougar Park.”

Leigh Centurions v Batley Bulldogs (3.00pm)

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley says his team could not have faced a more difficult opening fixture to the new Kingstone Press Championship season.
Rowley said: “It couldn’t get any tougher. Batley have got a good record at Leigh Sports Village, they enjoy coming to us and they’ll be looking forward to it as much as we are.
“This will probably be the most interesting game of the opening round. It’s a tough game for us to start with, but a good one.”
He added: “They’ve had a few changes in their squad, but they’ll be very similar in terms of their style and approach.”
Batley Bulldogs have been dealt a blow on the eve of the new season after Ben Black underwent a knee operation that will keep him out of action for the next three weeks.
But Bulldogs coach John Kear is adamant his side can start the season well on Sunday.
Kear said: “Our attitude and application during pre-season has been first class.
“We’ve been slightly hampered because we’ve had such a turnover of players and training hasn’t been the easiest due to the weather, but we’ve improved in each trial game and we’ll go to Leigh ready for the formidable challenge.
“They’ve a strong squad and that’s been boosted by some good signings, but we’ll be confident too.”

Workington Town v Doncaster (3.00pm)

Workington Town trio Jason Mossop (hamstring), Elliott Miller (knee) and Brett Carter (dead leg) will all be assessed before Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship fixture against Doncaster.
Town coach Gary Charlton has warned his players not to relax at any point during the coming season.
Charlton said: “If you’re down by 10 per cent in any game this year then you’ll get a touch up. That’s how good the teams are in this competition.
“Every week will be a challenge, and every point will matter come the end of the season.
“There’s going to be so much fighting to keep out of that bottom five, but we’ve trained hard and we’re looking forward to getting going.”
Doncaster coach Paul Cooke also has plenty of injury concerns ahead of the trip to Cumbria.
He said: “We’ve picked up some injuries last week (against North Wales). We’ll have to make checks on Brett Waller, Lee Waterman, Kyle Kesik and Scott Spaven to name just four. It’s not ideal for us because they look like being medium-term injuries.”
But Cooke has praised his squad’s commitment and effort during the off-season.
He said: “We’ve changed a great deal as a club. We’ve brought in a new play-book and brought in new calls and different set-plays. The players have been very receptive to that, and we’ve also worked very hard on our defence.”
He added: “We know we’re in for a battle on Sunday. It’s not going to be the greatest pitch, it’ll be nice and tight and we know they’re going to give it to us. Mentally we’ve got to be well-prepared and physically we’ve got to take that into the game.”


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#11 dkw

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 03:57 PM

So ex Doncaster player Jamie Bloem is reffing the Workington v Doncaster game this weekend. In what way do the RFL think that is a good idea? The RFL are actually putting Bloem in a very difficult situation that it didnt need to. Bloem is on a hiding to nothing, if he hammers town then our fans get upset and question his impartiality. If he hammers Donny then there fans will be upset and question if he was trying to prove he`s not biased by giving us everything. Its a hard enough sport to referee without putting extra pressure on a ref like that. Considering he`s the only ex pro player in this position it just makes no sense at all to give him a Donny game to ref.



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 11:55 PM

 From North Wales Crusaders facebook page - 'Quick update on the weather situation for Sunday. Despite bad rain earlier this week the Ground staff had a good day of prep today, so we're hopeful for a game to go ahead. We know Friday will be bad, hopefully Sat better. Final decision will be made 8 am Sunday if needs be.'



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 03:08 AM

Jamie Bloem officiated at the North Wales Crusaders .v. Doncaster game last season and had a good game. Unfortunately he was badly let down by his touch judges. The following week I saw him again, but this time he was officiating at Hunslet Warriors .v. Eccles. Apparently he gets held responsible for the poor decisions of his touch judges!



#14 gogledd

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 12:02 PM

So ex Doncaster player Jamie Bloem is reffing the Workington v Doncaster game this weekend. In what way do the RFL think that is a good idea? The RFL are actually putting Bloem in a very difficult situation that it didnt need to. Bloem is on a hiding to nothing, if he hammers town then our fans get upset and question his impartiality. If he hammers Donny then there fans will be upset and question if he was trying to prove he`s not biased by giving us everything. Its a hard enough sport to referee without putting extra pressure on a ref like that. Considering he`s the only ex pro player in this position it just makes no sense at all to give him a Donny game to ref.

I wrote to the RFL about this situation occurring when he first reffed at the Racecourse. I did eventually get a reply from the RFL ensuring me of the neutrality of referees wherever they hail from.  They seemed to completely miss the point about inferred bias or the perception of supporters but most of all totally ignored the fact they could have made it much easier on Mr. Bloem by giving him a fixture not involving Doncaster!



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 12:52 PM

following the Bulldogs over to Leigh - reading their RLFans.com forum some of the Leigh fans appear to think itll be a cakewalk - will be nice to go there and wipe the smiles off their faces.
What we're dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law

#16 Chronicler of Chiswick

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 03:30 PM

 From North Wales Crusaders facebook page - 'Quick update on the weather situation for Sunday. Despite bad rain earlier this week the Ground staff had a good day of prep today, so we're hopeful for a game to go ahead. We know Friday will be bad, hopefully Sat better. Final decision will be made 8 am Sunday if needs be.'

Fingers crossed - I'm getting cabin fever stuck here.



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 02:04 PM

Sheffield Eagles v Rochdale Hornets called off.

 

 

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#18 Bartholemew Smythe

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:45 PM

following the Bulldogs over to Leigh - reading their RLFans.com forum some of the Leigh fans appear to think itll be a cakewalk - will be nice to go there and wipe the smiles off their faces.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion..........The `some` might be incorrect but we`ll find out tomorrow.


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#19 mark richardson

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:16 PM

Buford t Justice.....Youll struggle to wipe the smile off bartholemew smythes face as he is in a constant state of mirth laughing at his own jokes as everyone else looks on feeling sad.

#20 Chronicler of Chiswick

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:12 AM

Crusaders - Barrow definitely ON.


Edited by Chronicler of Chiswick, 16 February 2014 - 09:13 AM.





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