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Swansea Jack

Member Since 18 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active Sep 26 2015 08:26 AM

#3179361 Gwendraeth Valley Raiders

Posted by Swansea Jack on 20 August 2015 - 08:31 AM

Gwendraeth Valley Raiders (Llanelli) reach play offs of Conference League South in their first year.


They have an excellent stadium for this level, two bars, a café and a superb playing surface.


#3169605 1 Aug: CCSF2 - Hull Kingston Rovers v Warrington Wolves KO 12.45pm

Posted by Swansea Jack on 02 August 2015 - 09:14 AM

IMO Albert Kelly is a miracle on two legs. He is all over the field and makes a major contribution in defence. He is my Man of Steel.

I hope that Albert, players and supporters of HKR enjoy their day at Wembley Sing well.

#3138557 I discovered Rugby League at the age of 48

Posted by Swansea Jack on 11 June 2015 - 08:27 AM

I discovered Rugby League in my fifties when I saw Widnes v. Wigan in the Vetch Field in Swansea. I am now an enthusiastic supporter and was overjoyed when the Celtic Crusaders began in Bridgend in 2006. Sadly no Welsh Marvan Koukash appeared from the valleys.


I attend the Grand Final each year and will be at the England v. New Zealand game in Wigan


I hope that you continue to enjoy our great game.

#3103646 Last nights Oldham v NW Cru game

Posted by Swansea Jack on 10 April 2015 - 07:57 AM

Congratulations to North Wales Crusaders from the South. We still have fond memories of our visits to Wrexham and Chester,

#3072989 Batley Bulldogs and Super League

Posted by Swansea Jack on 16 February 2015 - 08:42 AM

Good on yu. Ignore the carping.

#3067962 6 Feb: St Helens v Catalans Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Swansea Jack on 07 February 2015 - 09:48 AM

I went to the match.  I was so cold by the end of the match that I was shivering and that's with three layers of almost everything on.  I then came home from the match, about half an hour later than I usually get home from a match because that must have been the longest rugby league match I have been to.


It was a typical first game really, with some potentially great plays not coming off due to misreads or handling errors showing ring rustiness.  There was some feisty stuff and some frustration with the ref who got a little bit carried away with himself just before halftime.  But that helped the fans to become involved, which is always a challenge when the Dragons visit because not having opposition fans doesn't really help with the atmosphere.


The crowd was decent for a freezing night in February at just over 12,000 and the build up to the game was great.  Pity about the injury in the first minute.  That threw everything out of sync really.  I'm pleased that the player is ok.


From a Saints POV we have to get a handle on our emotions and play our way into the season.  I was very very impressed with our defence.  Our attack needs work. 


As I predicted, if we won this game then it would be close, and it was.  It would have been a lot closer if the Dragons had had both their halfbacks playing.


Not a particularly enjoyable game due to all the stoppages and the frustrating errors but it was good to be back at Langtree Park again, and it's great that the new season has started.

At last. A sensible review of the game. Instead of all the tedious critism of the referee.

#3059625 WCC - sell outs?

Posted by Swansea Jack on 23 January 2015 - 01:08 PM

If you make out something isn't a big thing then people will treat it as such, what happens if we don't fill the stadia selected, move it to smaller ones?

That is negative. Remember Robert the Bruce. PERSEVERE>

#3057863 WCC - sell outs?

Posted by Swansea Jack on 20 January 2015 - 12:15 PM

Dear O dear I'm regretting buying tickets and travelling around the world for a game of such little importance after reading some of these posts, Maybe i'm i'm missing something hear I thought the game was a big deal. 

One thing you need to understand is ticket sales indicate interest so i'd say its very important to the game in both country's that this event is well supported.

Please ignore the negativity on this forum. Welcome to the UK. I am glad that you chose to travel this distance..

Enjoy the game.

#3056224 WCC - sell outs?

Posted by Swansea Jack on 16 January 2015 - 09:51 AM

I really, really fail to understand why some folk insist on being negative about this and persevere in devaluing what is going to be a great sporting spectacle. We should be shouting from the rooftops in celebration of this event. Once again it is RL that is going the extra yard to provide it's players greater challenges and it's fans a fantastic opportunity to see some of the worlds best players gathered together in close proximity for one weekend. I'd like to see a lot more advertising of the event admittedly, however, it is time to start being positive everyone.....please.

I am with you all the way. IMO Rugby League's biggest handicap is it's fans. I live in Union land where I  do not see this negativity.

#3030684 15/11/14 - 4N Final - New Zealand v Australia KO 7.45am (GMT)

Posted by Swansea Jack on 10 November 2014 - 01:08 PM

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Four Nations and I am looking forward to the Final. I am cheering for New Zealand.

#3025764 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by Swansea Jack on 02 November 2014 - 06:40 PM

this forum goes on and on about the referee and the last minute decision. Which in my opinion was a very difficult decision to make at the time.
We could have won that game. Daryl Clark was rightly voted the Man Of Steel but in this game his inexperience at this level told. In the fast half in the left corner he chose to retain the ball with two men outside him In the final minutes he tried to offload under the posts instead of tacking the tackle and a quick play the ball. At International level you MUST take your chances. He will learn

#3012788 11/10/14 - SLGF: St Helens v Wigan Warriors KO 6pm (TV)

Posted by Swansea Jack on 13 October 2014 - 08:39 AM

I thought that was a great gf. So tense until the second saints try. Even drama after that

My wife and I really enjoyed the game and the atmosphere. The idea of providing the fans with free flags added to the colour and  atmosphere. I criticise the RFL for lack of marketing but this was a good idea.

#2986896 Sinfield Quits International Rugby (Merged threads)

Posted by Swansea Jack on 02 September 2014 - 08:18 AM

I don't really understand the issues with Sinfield. I don't think he has ever let his country down, and he plays halfback every week for one of the best teams in the comp.


Well said. Has been a credit to Rugby League.

#2982760 London Broncos in the New York Times

Posted by Swansea Jack on 26 August 2014 - 08:18 AM

Shows what can happen when a club invites a journalist along to a match!  Well done Broncos. 


The social media side of the Broncos has improved beyond imagining since the club moved to The Hive.

Excellent article. Come on Broncos. Looking forward to the Championship in 2015. Hope it is shown regularly on Sky.

#2982752 Jamie Peacock Re: Tyres

Posted by Swansea Jack on 26 August 2014 - 08:08 AM

Thanks for the clip and the insight. Very interesting. I hope that this man never retires.