Another significant effort from the 'amateurs' to help spread the game abroad.Always nice to hear.I hope there is some sort of follow up to these trips to determine how effective these tours are in progressing the development of the game.
Excellent day for the Championship.The Clubs,players and sponsors should all have enjoyed it.It's truely amazing how much any game seems better without hearing Hemmings/Stevo trotting out their usual garbage - Studd very refreshing again,together with Wells and Kear.
The BBC's coverage of rugby league is far more intelligent,interesting,informative and entertaining than that of Sky.Kear and Noble are streets ahead of Stevo,whilst Peacock,Wilkin and Crabtree are equally miles ahead of the amateur clowns of 'Tez and Baz'.So much better,like all other sports,to have one professional introduce the match and another to commentate on it,whilst the BBC don't fill their commentary box with numerous 'experts' all trying to justify their presence.
Perhaps most importantly,they separate the roles of commentator and expert analyst,whilst frankly Sky have a free for all,with apparently Stevo not understanding his job description,even if he had the power of language/vocabulary to fulfill it.The two speedway commentators/analyst to a better job of talking about four blokes following each other around a track four times,than Hemmings/Stevo do!
Don't worry,I'm sure the usual people will know the correct solution after the event,they always do.I'm yet to find anybody to tell me the winner of the 2.00pm at York at 1.45pm,yet loads know the winner by 2.15pm!
Frankly,that wouldn't help,unless you are in some way constructive.Personally,I think their coverage is fine and as we have all discussed,their commentary/analysis/presentation,is far better than Sky nowadays.
They are under no obligation to show rugby league and no doubt you would be the first to complain if they decided to stop showing it.
It's been mentioned on here in passing and is also mentioned on another site,that both Hemmings and Stevo are leaving at the end of the season.However,I can't find any confirmation/link of this.
Stevo seems to have virtually no support what so ever.The best I've seen for him,was along the lines of 'he was a very good player,is passionate about the sport so leave him alone.Not a great endorsement for a tv commentator/analyst.Frankly,he is far and away the worst analyst on British tv sports.For the sake of the game Stevo,just go,graciously.
Hemmings is ludicrously over exposed.Basically he is/was a regional news presenter,who was massively over promoted - well done to him,bad news for rl.
We just need to be like every other sport in the country.One commentator,one analyst and one presenter per game.A couple of other experts/analysts before and after the game and the job is done.There are far too many people,trying to justify their existence.
I could even just about put up with Hemmings as the studio presenter,with Studd and Arthur each doing one game per week.Wells and Carney are fine,Clarke isn't everyones cup of tea but at least adds seems intelligence and professionalism,whilst Tez and Bez are an embarassment to the British education system.
Hopefully,the rumours for next year are correct.Certainly,the presentation needs a shake up one way or another.
A good weekend for RL and a good weekend for Kingstons Press Championship 1.
Well done to the RFL,the Sponsors,the new Clubs and new spectators.
Who would have thought a few years ago,that there would be a full list of third tier fixtures,with Newcastle getting over 1500 for a win over Barrow,home counties Hemel edging capital London,new side Coventry pipping academical Oxford and Welsh raiders SW,losing out to Gloucester.
A few people are going to have to try really hard to find something to complain about.
Stop moaning,a good weekend for rugby league,hope KR,Salford and Catalans get rewarded with good crowds and enjoyable games.
What more do you people want? 20,000 at Hull,24,000 at Wigan,good games,three leagues of rugby league,6,000 for Bradford,win for London,Newcastle beat Barrow with over 1500 watching,first game/win for Coventry,games all around the country etc and still you wake up in the morning and desperately think of something to complain about.