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Member Since 09 May 2007
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In Topic: 12-14/09/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship 1 Play-Offs Thread

12 September 2014 - 06:36 AM

Good luck Hunslet.


And, Gatesehead, what a shocking piece of gamesmanship - getting Hemel more concerned with the logistics than the game. Hope you get your @r5e kicked.

In Topic: Todd Carney - ready to go to france for 4 years

12 September 2014 - 06:32 AM

Oz's loss is SL's gain - immediately the best half-back in Super League.

In Topic: Todd Carney - ready to go to france for 4 years

11 September 2014 - 12:49 PM

Great news - he's supremely talented and can't wait to see him rip it up in Super League. Like Jamie Soward, a player I'd travel to watch.

In Topic: Defenceless, but richer!

09 September 2014 - 01:41 PM

This is because the RFL, in their infinite wisdom, decided that Championship1 clubs will NOT play every other club twice, with each club playing 26 games.

From the RFL web site (http://www.therfl.co...ure-to-usher-in):

The 14 League 1 clubs will each play 22 games – 11 home and 11 away, playing each other once and nine teams twice with fixtures scheduled on a geographical basis.

I think it's fair to say that the 'northern' half of that division will be a significantly stronger/tougher 'geographical' group, so a better team could miss out on an opportunity to compete for promotion to a poorer 'southern' side (it's feasible that the strongest 'southern' side - probably Skolars -  could win all of it's 'geographical' games, whilst the 'Northern' teams would be capable of beating each other.


And where is the 'geographical' line drawn? Could North Wales find themselves in the Southern pool?


Assuming Hunslet (as a proxy for any of the top three) go up, you'd be looking at:


Oldham, York, Hornets, Swinton, Keighley, Barrow, Gateshead


Hemel, All-Golds, Oxford, Skolars, South Wales, Coventry - and Crusaders?


Given that it's an hour from Rochdale to Wrexham and two and a half to Gateshead, how would that work in terms of 'geographic proximity'?


All seems a bit ill-considered to me...

In Topic: Defenceless, but richer!

09 September 2014 - 07:00 AM

I actually quite like the look of it to be honest but whether you like it or loath it this video explains it well enough.



It doesn't fully explain how promotion from League 1 works. There's no automatic promotion. 1st plays 2nd in a promotion decider. Winner goes up, loser drops into the playoffs with 3rd, 4th and 5th. Winner of that playoff series also goes up. So you could finish top of the division and not go up - and the club finishing 5th could go up.


Hardly 'fair' as the video suggests.