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#3016890 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by Hornetto on 20 October 2014 - 02:14 PM

She's wrong. It is an 11 hour flight and 8 hours back. That plus getting to / from the airport plus associated mucking about means that it is about 24 hours of travelling there and back.

And you're right.


I'll leave you to it.


See you in Toronto.

#3014178 Jarryd Hayne quits Parramatta to join NFL

Posted by Hornetto on 15 October 2014 - 06:38 AM

Hope he's looking forward to getting three or four carries a game. But if he thinks he can hack the crushing boredom, good luck to him.

#2999508 Match Day 2015...

Posted by Hornetto on 20 September 2014 - 06:01 PM

Saturday games would be very bad in our house. I usually miss a couple of games a season - and plan those around away games. But I'd be likely to miss at least four home games - maybe more - on Saturdays. Again, already having bought a season ticket, it'd be a bit of a kick in the spuds (We have family darn-sarf and visit on Saturdays, then drive back Sunday for games).


Hence, I'd have to plan the games I'd usually miss around home games - which means that Hemel/Oldham - whoever - would get my matchday spends instead.


So I'd be a no.

#2979837 Rochdale Hornets announce a record profit

Posted by Hornetto on 19 August 2014 - 06:43 AM

I do hope this turns out to be a bit more than a backslapping thread!


Do you know the turnover this profit arose on and the details on the team spend, salary cap and central funding i.e. figures central to the success of a Rochdale Hornets in supporters hands as against the old Hornets struggles?


What's the clubs ambition? Does the profit go into a rainy day fund??

Turnover is vanity - profit is sanity.


The immediate ambition as stated at the AGM is to be 'a flagship Championship club'.


All profits reinvested in the co-operative.


Back-slaps all-round

#2977852 Rochdale Hornets announce a record profit

Posted by Hornetto on 15 August 2014 - 04:31 PM

Not all doom and gloom. 



#2976531 Back to our future...

Posted by Hornetto on 13 August 2014 - 02:38 PM

May I take this opportunity to say how well you played Sunday,can't believe your in bottom 3 with way you play the game in a open style,& special mention to the small but very vocal supporters that got behind your team. I think you've been very unlucky this year with relegating 5 clubs,in my opinion it's crazy but that's the RFL for you. Anyway good luck in championship 1 next season I hope you bounce straight back up,your a good friendly club that is well run & lives within its means,GOOD LUCK!!

Cheers Graham, I was one of the people you spoke to. Thought it was a great game. Hopefully we'll be back soon. I'll bring a brolly next time.

#2975226 Super championship mega dual reg mania

Posted by Hornetto on 11 August 2014 - 10:31 AM

Promotion and relegation is so deeply ingrained in British sporting culture that people get a bit hung-up on it. If we have it, all good. If a competition doesn't have it, being the best you can be in the competition you're in is no less valid a goal.


But we can only play within the structures we have, so people can either rail against them and expend a whole load of energy hating the thing we purport to love, or just get behind their club/team - regardless of where they get their players from - and support them to be as good as they can be.


If people opened their minds to the fact that 'the way we've always done things' might not be the best way to actually do things, the world becomes a more interesting place. Indeed, an awful lot of Rugby League people do tend to have the debilitating habit of walking backwards into the future.

#2975186 Too quiet on the Western Front!

Posted by Hornetto on 11 August 2014 - 09:39 AM

Staying up was always mission impossible with five coming down - and plenty of people said we wouldn't win a game all season, but seven wins thus far has been a decent effort. The battering of Fev being the pick of the bunch.


Of the teams in the bottom four we have the most wins and fewest defeats - and if we can finish third bottom or better, any other season we'd've stayed up. A season of competing at a significantly higher standard (it is a surprising jump in pace and intensity) will stand us in good stead. And if we can get third bottom or better we'll get a small parachute payment too to compensate for relegation due to the restructure. Whatever happens we'll be coming back better-off, on and off the field. And, while the 'miracle' we all hoped for hasn't come off, I wouldn't have swapped this season for anything


Would we beat Oldham if we played you this week? Yes, by some distance.


Next season? Who knows.


Keeps life interesting.

#2975124 Super championship mega dual reg mania

Posted by Hornetto on 11 August 2014 - 07:50 AM

And how does that make you feel watching Rochdale develop these Saints players for a season? A lot of Hornets resources being used to ease the Saints purse strings, and for what? The player goes back to Saints after a few months and the young Rochdale junior left to take his place is totally disillusioned at having had his career path blocked by a DR player.

Well, we're bringing through Rochdale lads AND making DR work for us... so it works for us.


We had a couple of DR players last season who signed for us this season as 'ours'. so it works both ways if you're prepared to find a way to make it work. A coach/club will always have to find ways to keep players happy/engaged.

But as we've had much the same DR guys on a regular basis, it 'feels' ok to me.


But I've watched a lot of NSW Cup, so I'm a bit more comfortable with the concept of a partner club.

#2972425 Super championship mega dual reg mania

Posted by Hornetto on 06 August 2014 - 03:14 PM

How much do people think it costs to run an U20s/U23s reserve side? It's more than you think.


And finding a: people to staff it on a semi-voluntary basis and b: players to commit to a full season is harder than you think.


Seems some people have never looked under the bonnet of a Rugby League club - particularly one running on limited resources/budget.


Untimately, good young (semi) professionals will always need somewhere to play/develop. 


If you start to think of Dual Reg as 'loans, but from the same club' all your bad thoughts will go away:  we've had lads who've had more game time with us than they have with Saints this season, so when Saints recall them, they're effectively borrowing them from us!

#2970473 Close shave and a perhaps closer finish?

Posted by Hornetto on 03 August 2014 - 05:08 PM

Given we had lads dropping like flies today, and Ryan Millard and Woz Thompson helped from the field, and that we played the second half with basically one and a half subs I thought it was a hard-won, gritty showing today.

#2966857 27/07/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Posted by Hornetto on 28 July 2014 - 07:54 AM

It's definitely tight. Five being relegated is going to lose some teams to CC1 who really deserve to keep a place. Barrow are the only real no hopers if this was just two down.

And don't forget, the team finishing 5th in CC1 could get promoted via the playoffs! How that side could add more value to the Championship than the team finishing 5th bottom is beyond logic. Whilst I'd love us to pull of a miracle and stay up, relegation holds no fears for us. We know what to expect in that division and we'll return better-off in every sense for having had a season at a higher level. Pretty much everyone said we wouldn't win a game, but in any other year we'd be looking to stay up.


For one, maybe two teams who've pinned their hopes/budgets on staying up, relegation will be much harder to take. I'm glad I'm not a Sheffield/Keighley/Whitehaven supporter, those guys must be cacking it. 


We were talking yesterday about finishing outside the bottom two so we could say that we were only relegated by the restructure  ;)

#2953074 Fev make bid for Huddersfield Big 3

Posted by Hornetto on 01 July 2014 - 04:29 PM

Hornets play Featherstone on Sunday, and our FanBlog has pulled forward our match preview to cover this story http://theseladscanr...blogspot.co.uk/ - probably nothing new to most people, but a view of how it looks to outsiders.

#2950752 29/06/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Posted by Hornetto on 27 June 2014 - 05:17 PM

Crusaders' hopes of getting at least a bonus point not helped by the arrival of Jarrod Sammut on dual registration at Fev.

Fev are opposed to Dual Reg, you know...


So much for their 'memorandum of understanding' and all their empty clanging last year.

#2934020 How close are your politics to that of the major parties?

Posted by Hornetto on 23 May 2014 - 04:58 PM

80% Labour.


Strange, because I'm a socialist...