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matt newsholme

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In Topic: Life in the Championship won’t be easy, says Bulls coach

09 October 2014 - 05:56 PM

Nothing as been confirmed yet about the home and away bit. But its been muted the champ clubs will play 4 home games and 3 away games. With more SL clubs at home than away but that's just what the RFL say may happen but nothing's been confirmed so in theory yes we could end up playing 4 SL clubs away from home ( that's if we make the top 4 next season of course) which I'm having my doubts whether we will or not. Just waiting for some quality signing announcements from the club fingers crossed lol.

Format after split has been confirmed. The fixtures are home and away fixtures are predetermined according to finishing position. There's a document floating around that spells it out in detail. Someone produced a possible fixture list on one of other threads for a given set of finishing positions.

In Topic: Bradford Bulls cancel Offerdahl contract

08 October 2014 - 07:21 AM

Thats a long preseason in anyones books

Not as long as it looks. Bradford are trying something new with pre season this year. Rather than one continuous block of training, we are starting earlier but breaking it up into a series of targeted blocks with regular breaks in between.

In Topic: Life in the Championship won’t be easy, says Bulls coach

07 October 2014 - 02:54 PM

I seem to recall reading somewhere that Featherstone were also planning or at least looking into having a full time team.
Correct me if I'm wrong, and if I am I apologise.

They were before they fell out with pro biz guy. Think full time plans went by wayside when he went.

In Topic: Cougars begin legal action; propose expanded Championship (merged threads)

30 September 2014 - 06:06 PM

The extra fixtures can be mid week games if necessary. The extra game not being included in the fixture planning dosn't make much sense to me. Keighley had two or three extra unplanned gams this season when they progressed quite far in the Chllenge Cup

Fixture congestion apart it's the issue of the clubs having to put an extra home game on with associated costs that would be an issue. Season tickets have been sold on basis of 14/15 home games. Clubs can't now ask fans it she'll out for an extra game, so their left having to put a game on and let season ticket holders in for free. Other 12 championship clubs aren't going to vote for a solution that potentially leaves them out of pocket. Plus disrupts everyone's seasons by one team having a bye every week.

Only solution that works is either reinstating original points deductions or financially compensating keighley IMO.

In Topic: Cougars begin legal action; propose expanded Championship (merged threads)

30 September 2014 - 06:23 AM

Why is keighleys proposed solution of playing a 13 team competition so that they are not punished for the mistakes of others not ?

Well for a start you have to find two extra weeks to play the 13th team home and away. Then one team has to have a bye at summer bash weekend. And finally clubs are already selling season tickets and have budgeted on basis of a 14 game season, possibly giving away a 15th game anyway. Your expecting them to put on a 16th home game and absorb cost into season tickets already sold. Just isn't practical. Only solutions that make sense are batley being relegated in keighleys place, keighley taking financial compensation and dropping down, or Oldham winning promotion and being refused on ground criteria. Suspect third option is what RFL are hoping will happens and is why they are stalling.