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#3208661 More on the Canadian team wanting to play in the UK

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on Yesterday, 05:56 AM

To adress your points.

1. I agree that going 4 weeks without a game can cause a vacuum. They will need to be pretty creative to keep the enthusiasm going. Maybe their local comp can be played and promoted over these weekends.

2. So you an expert on the level of the local RU game in Canada? Are teams in the local comp better than the likes of Donny, Newcastle, Hunslet, York on skills, stamina, creativity etc.

3. I maynot be a marketing guru but I would offer this advice to the group behind the bid. DO not promote the Donny team as being full of plumbers and sparkies that only play the game for a bit of tun. Promote them as semi professional players that maybe stars of the future.

And to those who feel they are more qualified than the Rothschilds in offering advice as to how these bidders should spend their money, it reminds of my time working for Wakey Met. The Council would be succesful in attracting funding for specific physical regeneration projects. Our team would go out to the community with artist skectches, plans, designs to show the community what may be built. Many in the community would just say 'The money should go on filling in potholes'. We tried to explain that the money was for a specific project, not potholes, but they never understood that. Just like some on here.

Well said. Some people are so consumed in their own ideals that they don't see the illogic in their requests. It's particularly said when they will dump all over the proposed project because it's not what they would do with their money, even though that isn't an option.

#3208554 NRL Grand Final

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 05 October 2015 - 08:44 PM

Bloody amazing finish, even better with the Brisbane defender collapsing to the ground with head in hands just as the winger leapt in the air. Beautiful drama, will be hard for this week not to be a bit of a let-down!

[Lowes mode]It's not fair that we put these guys under so much pressure. [/Lowes mode]

#3207858 SL Grand Final must sell out

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 04 October 2015 - 11:19 PM

It should probably be Wembley. But an immediate priority for the sport should be funding a purpose-built 60K+ RL stadium somewhere in heartland territory. Old Trafford is a serious player injury waiting to happen.

Yeah, great solution. Build a stadium that is smaller than OT, will cost hundreds of millions of pounds and only just a few games a year.

Great idea...

#3207203 Tweaking the middle eights

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 04 October 2015 - 10:27 AM

My view is that whilst it has been exciting, it hasnt been packaged that well and has felt slightly fragmented. That said its year 1 and hopefully that will be less of an issue in year 2 as people understand whats happening.

I think we need to be tighter and clearer on the branding. Calling it Super 8s suggested a new comp, i saw a few times on twitter clubs having to remind fans that these games were included in their tickets, so obviously this was causing a problem. Million pound game title is rubbish.

In terms of cap, im not sure what the right answer is, in principle let people spend up to sl cap as they will play sl teams, but i suppose clubs know what they can afford and it shouldnt be for the richest club to decide.

Fixtures could have been a bit better organised, by cramming inter-divisional games at the start, you did see seeded teams have a tough run.

Tweaks may be needed, we need to be better at telling the story of what is happening (we have struggled under any system with this) but nothing too major imho.

I agree with the branding issue.

The Super League top 8s should still just be called the SL. It's the same competition continuing.

"Super 8s - The Qualifiers" is a terrible name. You're not qualifying for the Super 8s. It's the middle group, so it's not really super. It should just be "The SL Qualifiers". It's a qualifying group for the SL.

"The Million Pound Game" title has to go. The fact that Phil Clarke said during commentary that Danny Addy's conversion was like one of the NFL half time kicks for the fans to win a million just shows you how much £1m really is in the context of the sporting world. They give it away to fans in some sports! It's a drop in the ocean. Don't advertise how little money we get in the sport! Call it the Final Qualifier.

Neutral venue for the game also. Belle Vue was not a fitting venue for that game. Have it as part of the Finals Day like old times with the Shield and League 1 finals.

Salary Cap needs to be adjusted with a limit similar to SL, but perhaps with a limit in line with turnover as well to protect some clubs.

Final signing date needs bringing back, maybe to the end of May.

#3207167 More on the Canadian team wanting to play in the UK

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 04 October 2015 - 10:04 AM

I believe there are more realistic options. Maybe another French club or a combined Irish team made up of their best players based in Dublin. I just think this Canadian club will fail because of the distance. And the last thing Rugby League needs is a failure.

That's not our choice though. These guys aren't asking us where we think they should spend their money.

We either accept their offer and give it a go, or say "sorry guys, this is ridiculous, but if you wanna move to France and spend it on a French team, we're all ears..."

#3207156 NZ should really be playing Scotland in this series

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 04 October 2015 - 09:48 AM

and also, since they have no domestic players, clubs or league structure, who exactly would have been doing all this learning?

Isn't the hope from this to inspire people to take up the sport and set it up? Like Lebanon in 2000.

#3206535 scrap the eights

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 03 October 2015 - 04:54 PM

Thoroughly enjoying season of rugby league. Hull have been gash, again, but this year has seen more moments and drama than most I remember, and you wouldn't have had many of those in the old system.

There are winners and losers. Leigh's cup triumphs vs their total collapse. Bradford's heartache. Wakefield's joy. Halifax and Sheffield have established themselves more. Huddersfield are still just a game away. Cas have entertained without many of last year's heroes. Rovers set records.

It's been a great year. Enjoy your rugby FFS!

#3206469 3 Oct: Million Pound Game - Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Bradford Bulls KO 2....

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 03 October 2015 - 03:48 PM

Under what system does Lowes think Bradford deserved to go up? This was probably their best chance. They wouldn't have gone up through licensing this year over Leigh, they could have lost in a GF to them, they didn't finish top of the league so first past the post wouldn't work. So why is it a disgrace?

Incredibly sore loser. What a poor way to finish a great game.

#3203809 scrap the eights

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 30 September 2015 - 05:18 PM

I don't see the problem with having too many games as an issue for spectators. They don't complain about a 38-game season in football with 2 domestic cups, a European Cup and internationals on top. Neither do they in union.

From a playing stand point, yes. It's overload. But if you can find a way to combat that, then I don't see why we wouldn't want to get more money from willing paying customers. That's just good business sense, surely?! If you love Rugby league, why wouldn't you want to watch more? I'd love to go see Hull twice a week if it was viable! I'm a Hull fan and a rugby league fan!

#3200540 25 Sept: Super 8s - Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos KO 8pm

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 25 September 2015 - 09:09 PM

Wow , Ablett drops the ball under the posts ... That call wins the game for hudds or gives Leeds a final chance ...

Aye and I think the Sky team thought the same. Definitely not a penalty in my view, but dull credit to Leeds. Certainly wasn't given to them, but they shouldn't have even had that marginal chance IMO.

#3192149 11 Sept: Super 8s - Wigan Warriors v Hull FC KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 12 September 2015 - 03:05 PM

Does anybody on here have the ability to put stills from last night's game presentation from Sky onto here?

I've just been sent a text showing the Hull players' photographs in the line up shot before kick off and it looks rather obvious that Masimbaashe Matongo's head has been photoshopped onto a white Hull shirted body complete with very white neck.

Now, given that Matongo's skin is about as dark a colour as skin can be, was this simply not such a great idea or is it a bit of appalling carelessness where somebody should get a reprimand for lack of sensitivity?


#3191946 Glenn Stewart

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 12 September 2015 - 11:23 AM

i would love widnes to sign pelissier, he is class

Another foreigner blocking the path of a young Widnes academy player...

#3191535 11 Sept: Super 8s - Wigan Warriors v Hull FC KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 11 September 2015 - 07:45 PM

How much chewy does Lee Radford have in his mouth?!

#3191485 Is Toulouse in the 2016 League One ?

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 11 September 2015 - 06:59 PM

they should be in Super League as soon as possible. The current system is ridiculous.

Can we not have yet another thread about whether the system is stupid or not?

#3187983 5 Sept: Qualifiers - Halifax v Salford Red Devils KO 3pm (TV)

Posted by Wellsy4HullFC on 05 September 2015 - 03:28 PM

God, this game is frustrating! Halifax build great position time after time but cannot capitalise... in fact, they're worse than that: they concede tries when they're on the opposition line!

Where's that head banging on the wall emoticon...