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#3152026 2 Jul: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Padge on 03 July 2015 - 07:00 PM

I meant it as a genuine compliment, Padge, it wasn't sarcasm.

 

Fair enough, and I apologise for having taken it the wrong way.




#3151576 Hull FC and Hull KR to merge...

Posted by Padge on 02 July 2015 - 10:20 PM

Is this just a cost saving exercise?

 

I'm not sure of the benefits as it will narrow the pool of players likely to get to Super League, rather than increase it. I can only see a benefit if they use the money saved to invest in the academies emerging areas like North East, Midlands etc to raise the standard and potential pool there

 

Its actually the other way around, you have two teams of good players bolstered by average and below average players who you must pay.

 

Instead you get all the best players in one team and don't need to carry the ones you know won't make it to make up the numbers.




#3151525 2 Jul: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Padge on 02 July 2015 - 08:53 PM

An almost flawless game from Warrington. Well deserved win.




#3151440 2 Jul: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Padge on 02 July 2015 - 08:05 PM

Wigan have been appalling in attack.

 

Disagree, Warrington have been superb in defence.




#3150641 Wigan Warriors to play home games in London (merged)

Posted by Padge on 01 July 2015 - 05:53 PM

Naturally! Let's see if I can get into the typical mindset:

 

 

Standard RL Moaner: The involvement of Lend Lease makes our game look cheap. I'll have nothing to do with it.

Standard RL Moaner: Coutts? Coutts? That's a posh Southerner bank that is. I'll have nothing to do with it.

Standard RL Moaner: Wigan? I'll have nothing to do with it.

DeadShotKeen: The NRL is ace with knobs on and everything else smells of poo, especially Superleague. I'll have nothing to do with it.

 

How am I doing so far?

 

Very much on the ball.

 

You can add," it'll all end in tears after they have made the game a laughing stock"

 

And "Typical Wigan looking after the themselves and not everybody else"

 

And "Why should the RFL pay for Wigan to have an office in London"




#3149853 Pat Richards to...

Posted by Padge on 29 June 2015 - 10:12 PM

Shurely shome mishtake, must be signing for Leigh.




#3149379 Could P & R be against Leigh's interests?

Posted by Padge on 29 June 2015 - 07:06 AM

Can it not be sustained by input from the owner?

 

We have been told continually by certain posters in the know (but don't know anything when you ask the questions) that DB is not going to subsidise the club. They will run at break even without his input.




#3148659 Time to bring back Great Britain....yaaaaawwwwn!

Posted by Padge on 28 June 2015 - 06:54 AM

Mr Lewis made the wholesale changes to the structure, Henson is expressing a point of view as a would be paying customer in Aus, he is calling for a reversal of that policy, anybody with any business sense listens to the target market.

 

The target market isn't just RL fans.




#3148064 Time to bring back Great Britain....yaaaaawwwwn!

Posted by Padge on 26 June 2015 - 11:07 PM

my vision for England/GB  tour side

 

...First have a  3 team Euro Nation Cup during the year

England, France and Wales (wales, Scotland and Ireland play for 3rd spot)

 

ENGLAND v WALES

FRANCE V ENGLAND (Bastille Day)

WALES V FRANCE 

 

No final first past the post.

 (all UK  AND Irish reps playing for potential spots)

 

Before the tour starts in Australia

 

FRANCE V GB in Paris for a hit out.

PNG V GB in Port Moresby for a one off test (new stadium)

 

Tour

 

Aus V GB Brisbane

Aus V GB Sydney

Aus V GB Melbourne

NZ V GB Christchurch

 

My vision for a GB touring side.

 

Don't bother.




#3146540 Paul Wellens Retires

Posted by Padge on 24 June 2015 - 03:05 PM

I have given Wellens some stick over the years, turning circle of a tanker, slow as a cart horse etc. However, he has been a great servant for the S.t Helens club and has made a massive contribution to their success over many years, undoubtedly talented, passionate (remember the "that's not good enough" interview) and sporting gentleman. I hope he has a good future in his new career and that all goes well with his operation.




#3146533 Crowdwatch round 19

Posted by Padge on 24 June 2015 - 02:41 PM

I knew putting cap in my list was going to bite me, but I included it for completeness! :biggrin:

 

You failed to mention draft systems.

 

IMHO the biggest club comp success stories we have seen in recent years over here is the growth of European competitions in Football and RU, and Cricket T20 looks like it has done well for them. 

 

On top of that, the three sports mentioned have huge investments in their international games.

 

At some stage, we may realise that if we take international competition (including international club comps) seriously, it won't really matter whether our playoffs consist of 4 or 8.

 

Add draft to franchise.

 

We get the importance of international competition over here, its the insular dingbats down under that don't get it.

 

Part of the thinking behind having a European dimension to SL is to try and help the French national team to become stronger, that way we can at least have some competitive international games on this side of the globe. OK so far the results are not there but some class French players are starting to appear.




#3146295 Crowdwatch round 19

Posted by Padge on 24 June 2015 - 07:27 AM

Celtic crusaders grew their crowds, developed their juniors, built their team and won promotion  to the Championship and but for a late goal would have come top and been promoted to SL over Salford in the P & R system.
 
Geography was no barrier
 
P & R was no barrier
 
Money was the only barrier.........


But licensing was the key. Not p&r.


#3146294 Time to bring back Great Britain....yaaaaawwwwn!

Posted by Padge on 24 June 2015 - 07:18 AM

Why don't Oldham fans just move on if what you say is true?


Looking at their attendances it would appear that their fans have indeed "moved on"


#3145201 Centralisation

Posted by Padge on 22 June 2015 - 12:18 PM

No point discussing with Scotchy , the clubs are in competition with each other for 80 minutes twice a year , the rest of the time they are in competition with other sports , video games, cinema , boys , girls , hanging around on street corners , sport on TV , everything on TV , but not each other

 

Have you posted that seriously, please tell me you haven't.




#3140479 Wigan Warriors to play home games in London (merged)

Posted by Padge on 14 June 2015 - 03:28 PM

Some people seem to have missed what Wigan are up to here, this isn't about trying to get Londoners to take a two hour train journey to Wigan after they have been amazed at watching a Rugby League game live.

 

This is about sponsorship. The big sponsors are London based, getting these guys to come north to experience rugby league live and show them what we have to offer is a tough task. So Lenighan has decide to do it the other way around, we take the game to them. Why do you think this is being kicked off where it is.

 

This is a business move not a sporting move.