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Big Doug

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#3007985 Grand Final heartbreak!

Posted by Big Doug on 05 October 2014 - 06:10 PM

Hard lines guys. In all truth I thought that Hunslet just shaded it but you gave them one big fright. You needed to respect the ball a little more and you might have been the winners.
Look forward to playing you next season.


#3007561 Good Luck

Posted by Big Doug on 04 October 2014 - 10:23 PM

All the best in your final on Sunday. If you do manage to win next season will be an even bigger increase in standard than we at Hornets had to face last season. And we found it a massive leap.
If you are not victorious we will have the prospect of renewing old rivalries.
May the best team win.


#3000598 Match Day 2015...

Posted by Big Doug on 22 September 2014 - 04:03 PM

If the club want to try Saturday so be it. The choice between going to watch Mayfield or Hornets on a Saturday would see me and my mate choosing Mayfield every time so that would be two lost for a start. Remember Mayfield are playing in the tier below Hornets next year after gaining promotion all for £2.

 

The club needs to set out good reasons for making a change not just asking what people think. Even the Scots were given the pros and cons.

 

If you took the trouble to look round at the supporters at Mayfield and at Hornets you would find a large number of the same faces. These people are trying to support the continuation of Rugby League in Rochdale. With Hornets getting around 500 per home game we can ill afford to risk loosing any more supporters.

 

The statement that we might attract more players to sign if we played on a Saturday is just not a credible argument.

 

For part of the season we would also have to fit in with the Dale which would no doubt mean that we would be chopping and changing the days. Another reason to stay as we are.

 

The only good reason would be that the players would have a day longer to get over the knocks before work on Monday. It would not appear to be a problem for all the other clubs.




#2952106 Fronting up

Posted by Big Doug on 29 June 2014 - 10:57 PM

I could not agree more with you (Ormskirk Net and Bettlebum)
It was only after 70 minutes that we put Handforth on his back. He run the show just as every 7 has done against is this season. Our attack is so predictable. Our restart never changes. If we are unable to defend on our own line lets play a territory game and play in their half.
We have a possible young talent in Sheridan let's play him on his true position. If I was him I would not play if it was going to be on the wing.
We all knew that this season was going to be hard but our displays have not been good enough. I will tolerate getting beaten every week so long as our tactics are right and 100 % is given.
I have no doubt that I will be shouted down by those who support the team but do not allow criticising the team or coach.
It's now time for the Board to make changes starting with the coach. We should have appointed Mat Calland when we had chance.


#2921644 Standard Cup Final

Posted by Big Doug on 26 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

The standard of whitebank is not the point. Building links with the local amateur scene is a must!


If the standard of Whitebank is not improved quickly it will be part of the local amateur set up


#2896640 Verdict so far?

Posted by Big Doug on 10 March 2014 - 03:51 PM

We have now played three games and been defeated three times. In each game we have gone down to expected defeat's.
I think most fans expected it. The team are giving their all and in my opinion we should support them and not start getting on their backs.
If we had been loosing and playing badly in Championship 1 then I would be critical. We are in a completely different ball game. Faster teams bringing more physicality to each match. I will support the lads all the way if I see 100% effort np mater what the result.
As Hornetto says there will be clubs who are going to end up in the bottom 5 who will be bricking it.


#2882331 promotion

Posted by Big Doug on 17 February 2014 - 11:35 AM

Not wanting to shoot down your hopes of promotion but would you get promoted with the ground as it is. I think the RFL would have a standard and you would not meet it.




#2842362 Wembley

Posted by Big Doug on 25 November 2013 - 04:33 PM

Is it about time that we kicked Wembley into touch. The Stadium was only three quarters full. It costs everyone a fortune to travel there and then we are exploited by everyone once there.
£4.50 a pint £8.50 for a beef sandwich. Etc.
I have got to agree with everything that Anita posted.
The interviews with the players after each match whichever country it was had one constant theme. Everyone spoke with an Australian accent.
England blew it big time. When disciplin was needed the lights went out with Burgess and then Sinfield shot out of what was a thin right wing defence.


#2836982 West is best

Posted by Big Doug on 17 November 2013 - 07:12 PM

At least the NCL Committee will not have to listen to the appeal submitted last Friday by Wests just in case they lost the final today.

 

Hang your heads in shame Wests.

 

If you want to understand what true sportsmanship is just have a look at a re run of todays World Cup game Samoa v Fiji. They knocked lumps out of each other for 80 minutes and after the match formed a ring of players. Both sets of players stood side by side in a moment of prayer. Fiji had won Samoa had been defeated. No apeals that a mistake hade been made. True men who accepted the result of a game that was the most important game they had ever played or would play. 

 

As I say hang your heads in shame Wests.




#2774950 Cup Final

Posted by Big Doug on 25 August 2013 - 08:14 PM

What did you think about BBC's coverage of the final. I thought it was just one cock up after another. They had more presenters than Wigan and Hull had players. I would imagine that the guy in charge of the Audio was given a bollocking.
Premiers coverage of the Hornets game was much better by 4 people.


#2760355 Todays results

Posted by Big Doug on 03 August 2013 - 03:43 PM

Waterhead 22 v 54 Mayfield

Onwards and Upwards




#2745521 PROMOTION TO PREMIER FORECASTS

Posted by Big Doug on 13 July 2013 - 05:30 PM

East Leeds

Wigan St Judes

Mayfield




#2745510 Mayfield show Hornets the way forward

Posted by Big Doug on 13 July 2013 - 05:19 PM

What a fantastic performance by the Field. They battered Hunslet from first to last. The final touch was Lewis Sherridan touchline conversion to bring up the 80 points. Others with great performances were Mark Biggins who took the ball up at pace all afternoon and Joe Quianici for his 4 or was it 5 tries and a whole string of bone crunching tackles. No wonder Hunslet got on their coach and made an early exit home to Yorkshire. 




#2738318 Hornets Fronting Up!

Posted by Big Doug on 03 July 2013 - 08:37 PM

A good meeting. All questions were asked and all questions were answered. A good turn out of suporters. IT and the players representatives given the chance to have their say and explain their positions.

We all came away happier than before we went.

Just a pity that the kill joys were not there to ask the questions and hear the answers.