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Evil Homer

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#3151959 French Update

Posted by Evil Homer on 03 July 2015 - 04:48 PM

Alexandre Mickalezyk has come back from Sydney Roosters after 6 months with their U18 and U20 teams and should be available for the Cats U19s squad for Widnes July 12. Anyone know how he did over there? Hard to find much info.

As far as I can tell he played 5 of 9 matches for the U18s team.

#3150866 Warrington Wolves rebrand

Posted by Evil Homer on 02 July 2015 - 07:05 AM

TBH 'Wolves' was one of the few acceptable nicknames, it's relatively anglicized and people at least seemed to buy into the mascot, which is more than can be said for most of the mid-90s timewarp brands that are still around. The corny ###### like 'Wildcats', 'Giants', 'Warriors', 'Centurions' etc is what really needs to go.

#3149839 Pelissier-Boudebza

Posted by Evil Homer on 29 June 2015 - 09:31 PM

....jus to clear this up a bit ....Catalans are getting rid off better players due to the fact that their"imports" are on huge contracts and they can't afford these French youngsters/players....put it this way ...if tom lineman was let go to Warrington because Steve micheals was on double his salary and hull couldn't offer him the same deal because they hadn't the wage cap space...what would hull fans say to that????..

They haven't got rid of any star players like Lineham. Every club loses youngsters to other teams and cannot accommodate them all in a first team squad, it's a fact of life. If a player like Boudebza was at Catalans he would be third/fourth choice and probably not have played SL at all this season, or played once. Barthau played 22 times in 5 years, he's 25 now and his career has barely got started. Like I said, Catalans cannot sign every single French player and nor should anyone want/expect them to.

#3149238 European Championship B - Ukraine vs Russia

Posted by Evil Homer on 28 June 2015 - 08:35 PM

Do you know the ground its been played at ?

Makis Stadium

#3146650 Wakefield Stadium

Posted by Evil Homer on 24 June 2015 - 06:26 PM

Carter has said it won't be at Cas. Barnsley or Dewsbury have been rumoured.

Has to be Barnsley IMO. The potential to attract new fans and get some traction out of an already saturated market. Playing at Dewsbury would achieve nothing, not to mention the stadium isn't close to being SL standard.


Wakefield could even consider playing at Rotherham, great new stadium there that would be perfect for RL.

#3146257 Time to bring back Great Britain....yaaaaawwwwn!

Posted by Evil Homer on 24 June 2015 - 01:15 AM

Ahhhh ANY Welsh, Irish or Scottish player. Having a GB tour tour aspire to once every 4 years alongside World Cups, Confederation Cups, 4/5 Nations etc to aspire to for their respected countries can in no way harm the development in the home nations IMO.

Or they can just aspire to win the World Cups, Confederation Cups, 4/5 Nations etc with their actual countries without needlessly bringing back 'tours' which would be far less meaningful and relevant than those competitions.

#3146062 Time to bring back Great Britain....yaaaaawwwwn!

Posted by Evil Homer on 23 June 2015 - 05:32 PM

Again to people talking about the GB "brand" - who is this brand appealing to? No Irish person will ever support a team called "Great Britain" with a jersey based on the union flag and GSTQ as an anthem! I literally can't imagine a worse way of promoting the sport here!

Apparently it appeals to dinosaurs who can't let go of the past even at the expense of logic and rational judgment.

#3144669 Malta vs Belgium - coming to Headingley 21st June

Posted by Evil Homer on 21 June 2015 - 05:53 PM

Malta win 35-34 with a late drop goal to win it. Sounds like it must have been a relatively good advert for international RL. Anybody got an estimate of how many were actually in to watch it?

Probably a few hundred at the start, grew to around 1000-1500 by the end.

#3139556 12 Jun: St Helens v Wigan Warriors KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Evil Homer on 12 June 2015 - 07:51 PM

Sweepstake on how many times Eddie mentions Bradley Wiggins in the second half? I'll go with 17.

#3135880 5 Jun: Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Evil Homer on 05 June 2015 - 09:03 PM

I would rather catalans had an Australian coach who values French players than a French coach who's obsessed with Australians.


Extend that to the chairman.

#3135874 5 Jun: Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Evil Homer on 05 June 2015 - 08:56 PM

As someone said previously, if Catalans could pass properly they'd have won this. If they continue playing like this with their dreadful away form, they won't get in to the top eight


It's the fault of the Australian players. Dureau, Henderson and Pomeroy were the ones making mistakes that lead to tries, yet the French players will be blamed and dropped. Huge problems at the club until this culture is resolved.

#3135787 5 Jun: Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Evil Homer on 05 June 2015 - 08:23 PM

The team is so much better when Pelissier is on the field, it's crazy. No doubt he will be taken off in 5 minutes.

#3134583 Marquee Player rule approved

Posted by Evil Homer on 03 June 2015 - 08:05 PM

What are the attendance comparisons like before and after Graham. Bradford's relegation and being in free fall prior to Burgess leaving makes that comparison redundant.


That's a ridiculous attempt at finding a correlation. If the competition is stronger with more high-quality, international-class players then interest will be higher, it's ludicrous to suggest otherwise.

#3134463 Marquee Player rule approved

Posted by Evil Homer on 03 June 2015 - 05:38 PM

It might well do but it still won't bring any extra supporters in.

Yes it will, you don't think the competition would be better off if the likes of Graham or Burgess were still here?

#3134037 Italy RL - FIRL/LIRFL split (Merged threads)

Posted by Evil Homer on 02 June 2015 - 10:17 PM

A very good post, your points are fair but it would be remiss not to point out that without CONI any body on Italian soil cannot refer to itself as a federation. It has no recognition at all.
LIRFL ask for a democratic unification process that follows the constitution as set out by the all sports governing body.
This in turn potentially opens funding streams not previously available and allows the game to be grown in the proper manner with full support of the state.
It does seem like a very challenging situation but surely if you have an organisation committed to working on Italian soil then that should be welcomed and a potential unification considered?

It should be welcomed, but the LIRFL may have done themselves no favors by accepting a collaboration with RU rather than fighting for RL as an independent sport. If CONI think that RL and RU are the same sport then they need to be informed that they are wrong, and LIRFL did not help matters by accepting their wrongful terms.