Said this before, but I ref junior rugby and it is ten times harder than it looks. If you think you can do better, go and have a go. After 10 minutes you will have a different view.
As a spectator you actually get a better view of the game most of the time than the ref and as a supporter you see things from one viewpoint. You can't penalise every offence because you wouldn't have a game. You have to make hundreds of split second decisions every game.
Some refs are better than others, refs make mistakes, have good games and bad games, they always have and they always will.
If we are going to sign Fieldhouse then that explains Grayston's departure, unless he fancied another season on the sidelines. GM has done him a favour releasing him early to give him the best chance of signing for another club. We will see how he gets on at Batley.
Again, why are you dismissing people's opinions in this way? What's Wakefield Ram's affiliation to the club?
Just to be clear, I have no affiliation to the club other than supporting the team for 40 years. There's no party line to toe. Players come, players go, I'm not quite sure why Grayston's departure is such a big deal.
The Championship is a very competitive league. If GM decides he has better players than Grayston, then that is his decision. We are 5th in the league, so it would appear his judgement is not completely flawed.
We have had this same scenario before and will again. That's the nature of professional sport but some seem to regard this as a sinister plot.
Grayston showed promise, he wasn't a world beater, but he was GMs signing. He has gone, can we get on with the rest of the season now?
Usual comments from usual suspects. Grayston has potential, but was not outstanding. The Championship is a ruthless competition. This is not a league for developing young players. His defensive positioning looked a bit suspect and the simple fact is there are better players. I hope he finds another club and let's see how well he does.
Personally I doubt Fev, Halifax, Leigh, etc.. will be lining up to sign him. But no doubt the moaners and conspiracy theorists will be harping on about this for weeks to come.
Oh and by the way, Darrne Rogers left the club on good terms.
Ok, we all know that this was a publicity stunt to raise the players and clubs profile again but nevertheless he has used his time well while being suspended I think.
Anyway, if Zak is watching his foul language then perhaps the fans should watch theirs at matches as well.
So Leeds PR team made him go and meet some gay people and have a picture taken and suddenly the world is a better place, Zak's realised his prejudice was misplaced and has become a better person. And they all lived happily ever after........
Have received a letter from club asking if I want to be a member of a committee.
To be honest, think how the money is spent is up to the coach. As a Squadbuilder member, all I would like is occasionally to be told that "Squadbuilder has helped secure XXXXX's contract" or if you have a Sponsors Evening to get invited to that.
Don't think I should be telling GM that he needs to sign a prop/winger/half back. Expect he would have a pretty good idea himself.
Its unfortunate that we were unable to keep kyle long term but that my friends is the nature of the game for clubs such as ours and Batley .When you make what you feel is a fair and affordable offer to a player and then another club comes along and blows you out of the water there is little you can do about it except accept it and move on . We have to also accept that some similar positioned clubs have a greater income generated from their supporters and good luck to them . Our lottery and squadbuilder in recent years has been on a downward spiral as has our sponsorships . It is quite amazing that our club can be competative in this divisions company considering how our income compares to some of the other clubs .Considering the ground improvements made and ongoing, and the calibre of players we have been able to attract a huge amount of respect and gratitude is due to the people running our club and the time ,effort and money that they have committed in the face of many adversities should be applauded.
If it were possible to be made public the lengths that the management have gone to in order to try to keep our best players and indeed add to the squad then perhaps a little more understanding may be forthcoming from certain quarters . Some of the comments earlier on this thread concerning kyle briggs are to say the least disappointing and wildly off the mark .
I am assured that the club will strive to improve both on and off the field and as much support that fans can supply will be greatly appreciated , whether it be financial support large or small or alternativly for those with limited resources just by supporting .
Without criticising anyone at the club I have been a member of Squadbuilder since it started and have been told frankly nothing about how the money has been used. No information, no real recruitment drives to try and get more members. Maybe looking at what other clubs do differently might be worthwhile. Likewise with the Lottery, how much promotion does the club do? Appreciate that clubs time is very limited for promotion but lottery and Squadbuilder does not seem to be pushed very hard.
With due respect to Beckett, he is still developing. We need another centre who can break tackles and be a threat and Beckett is not that yet. Looks a good signing and remember there is a lot of money up for grabs the higher we finish.
Who did you have sent off for cleaning Ryan Brierley with a high shot ?
Cleaning out? He managed to get to his feet straight after the sending off and score in the second half. Sending off sufficient or more likely sending off unjustified. And your coach had to be restrained as well. But let's not detract from Leigh's weekly appearances at the Disciplinary Committee. More appearances than anyone else regardless of who is the opposition or who is the referee.
Why are we considering Friday evenings to play our games?
To think. all those years ago, as crowds began to dwindle, didm"t we change from the traditional Saturday afternoon to Sundays because that day would bring in more spectators?
When I started watching back in the 1970s there was nothing open on a Sunday, three TV channels and it was played in Winter. All of these made watching RL about the most exciting entertainment available.
People have a lot more choice now on a Sunday and it's Summer so the weather opens up more activities. Leeds may be a big club but they have established Friday night for their home games and have great attendances. There's not as much choice on a. Friday night and it starts the weekend off well. So credit to the club for trying something.