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In Topic: The playoffs

14 September 2014 - 02:18 PM

Why on earth did the RFL give up a Championship Final after 83,190 turned up at Odsal for Wigan-Trinity in 1960. Presume they thought a two Division system would some how compensate gate wise this loss. It never hampened did it? With the new system quickly jetisoned a new Top 16 play off never bought as Finals fell to 18,000 a decade later.

In Topic: French updates

10 September 2014 - 11:14 AM

A select aude team to play the dragons in a friendly in January, 7 players from each team to make the squad of 21,


Like this. Wonder if they'll play it at Stade Domec. When the Dragons held their Team Presentation evening a few years back in Carcassonne nearly 1000 turned up.


It would be good if we could attract more big events to fill out the calendar. The Lord Derby Cup was here last season. The only international this year against Wales is at Albi.


Would an Aude Cathare-Cumbria match up have any legs? Both regions same geographical size; West Cumbria & the Aude department similar populations. Both have three semi pro clubs to draw from. Whitehaven played a friendly against the ASC here the other year. Both areas steeped in league history need challenges like this.

In Topic: 06-07/09/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship 1 Match Thread

09 September 2014 - 01:55 PM

It's certainly been an underwhelming season for Skolars, particularly as, after last year, expectations were high. The fact that they got nine bonus points from 15 losses shows that they may not have been far off, but lapses in concentration in defence has hurt them. Joe's previous teams have looked a lot more organised than this one often has. The loss of Dylan Skee and James Anthony was felt much more than anticipated too. Also Rob Thomas and Mike Worrincey were gaps to fill during the season.


As to competition for players. I think there will be with Hemel to a certain degree, but Oxford seem to have been looking elsewhere. I think for both Skolars and Hemel, player supply depends more on the future existence of the Broncos academy and picking up players who don't make the grade there. Hemel's juniors are a mess presently and realistically London and East of England open age players aren't of a high enough standard.

Cheers. Yes the name of Skee rings a bell from last year as an organiser. I particularly remember Skolars giving Halifax a more than decent game may be in the NRC in recent times too. I saw Skolars play in Toulouse a few years back and quite impressed.

In Topic: Harry Jepson

09 September 2014 - 01:44 PM

What is the synergy between these teams and regions they represent and semi pro clubs? London now well ahead with Skolars, Hemel & Oxford nearby. Coventry's arrival raises the stakes in the Midlands from next year. NE has Thunder too & West Country with GAG.


Recognise that some are not  fans of short seasons but in some ways may reflect changes in the way we & other sports may organise themselves in the future. They have a place too with Masters & Tag in growing developing clubs? Medway big on the Wheelchair game as an example.

In Topic: French updates

09 September 2014 - 11:38 AM

The elite structure is the same as last year,
Lezignan are the team to watch this year with Toulouse,
Carcassonne lost their friendly last week against Palau 28 16,
They play Palau in the first game of the championship also,
Nothing mentioned over here about super 13,
The academy has been doing a commando camp last weekend and talks of Monaghan taking the place of David Waite as the dragons attack coach, he was interviewed last night according to the local paper, or to be interviewed this week,


Alan - Monaghan coming over sounds interesting.


Re-the Elite1/2  structure I think they've little option of trying to bring the two together. It was never going to work over night. St Gaudens & Albi look on the surface to be making up some lost ground. The former have former international Gilles Dumas as the new club President while up in the Tarn the much travelled Eric Anselme seems to have got things moving forward. It would be good to get them back up into  Elite 1 in the next few years. Although over the years a lot of clubs have gone it's interesting that a decent core of what where top sides are still functioning if lower down. Lyon, Carpentras, Villefranche, Tonniens and even Roanne.


Yes Pia and Le Pontet have gone but for me Palau a decent replacement for the Donkeys. Palau with four former Dragons players beat the ASC Saturday in that friendly with Luke Towers, Tyrone Pau & Vinnie Anderson in the Canaris line up. I've said this before in the build up to the Dragons in SL four of the 12 Elite 1 clubs were based on Perpignan and had between them on average twenty overseas players. Today St Esteve, Palau and the improving Baho at Elite 2 field all French players.


I thought the idea of having a French Elite based around soccer clubs & Bein Sports involvement was stretching credibility. Bein Sport television better used getting Toulouse Olympique to the SL starting gate with Avignon-Provence following. Is the present contract with the Dragons up for re-newal next year; fingers crossed that they up the ante.