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The Parksider

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Whitehaven short of players

01 February 2015 - 09:06 AM

Haven have cancelled their Newcastle Thunder game unable to raise a team.


On their website they herald and post their new overseas star from PNG, but there are only 13 other players featured in the "team" - not squad for the imminent season.


Anyone know who they are dual registered with?? I assume that they are to rely heavily on this and somehow the DR club aren't releasing lads at the moment?


Or are there deeper problems?

Toulouse news

27 January 2015 - 09:25 AM

Recently Blake Solly hinted at something happening, and now Sylvain Houles hints at a call from the RFL to enter the championship in 2015.


I'd guess the usual moans about "what happened last time" will come up ignoring Toulouse were part time and many of their best players could not travel. Houles has noted that the team is mostly full time already. All Aussies? Dunno, looks like a mixture just like HKR.


He states the full time club are currently developing the ground and the business plan will be sustainable. What's not to like?


I'd suspect for Toulouse the barrier of not being able to spend the same as the SL clubs Houles and his chairman will want to replace, and for Championship clubs the imposition of a club being parachuted into the middle division if we are to take Sylvain literally.


And I think we should, can't see most CC1 clubs being able to afford or handle trips to Toulouse to be cannon fodder.

Where our pro's come from?

13 December 2014 - 08:59 AM

This year there's 74 imports from down under. In terms of where the British players come from who are established in the first teams squads and can be counted as senior players now and feature regularly, there's a list below. It's not an exact science, There's a few who come from RU, we have a few French here, a few who started late in life but in terms of the main way players come to our game they tend to be born in an RL area, learn playing for a local junior club, get picked up by a pro club, and are honed into SL professionals. Here's the 2015 numbers and places they started out:


25 from the Wigan area

24 from the "Calder" area Cas, Ponte, Wakey, Fev, Normanton

17 from the Leeds area

15 from the Hull area

14 from the St.Helens area

13 from the "bradhuddersfax" area

8 from the London area

7 from the Oldham area

6 from the Warrington area

5 from Wales

4 from Salford area

4 from west Cumbria

3 from the Dewsbury area

2 from the Widnes area

1 from the Barrow area


There are a few difficulties when clubs are so close to each other picking up where they played amateur. A couple of possible Leigh lads who made it are listed as born in Wigan and is Golborne Wigan or Leigh? and a few Hunslet lads are down as Leeds born so there's no point being "exact" about boundaries as no town is an island with a moat around it.  I'm sure if Hunslet were SL top dogs we'd get all the north Leeds lads.


Of course lads home towns may have Amateur clubs but only semi-pro Championship so players may play local then move a short way (sometimes a long way) to an SL club for their career. Braddhuddersfax may be a good example where whoever is top dog, will pick up the best local kids.


The eyebrow raising stats? London's growing contribution that may get knocked back like Wales. The strength of Oldham JARL despite the senior clubs massive fall from grace. How far Widnes have fallen as a town that raises quality RL players, nothing from south yorkshire after many years of their presence in the game, pick your own eyebrow raiser.


The overall impression is although the game was free to become a national one and they play it all over England and did so in south Wales, the playing strength of the game remains Humberside, west Yorkshire and over the hill to Oldham, then across to West Lancashire.


Unlike soccer and RU our junior ARL roots are limited and we fight for the same kids, most of whom are a car drive from anything from two to half a dozen SL clubs.


Anyway there you go, I enjoyed doing that. If you disagree with the stats please do your own fully before moaning to me.