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#3108806 Rod Studd

Posted by cookey on Yesterday, 07:23 AM

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.

#3100322 3 Apr: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread (Good Friday)

Posted by cookey on 04 April 2015 - 09:08 AM

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.

#3100310 2/3 Apr: The Super League Match Thread (Easter Part One)

Posted by cookey on 04 April 2015 - 08:53 AM

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.

#3099450 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by cookey on 03 April 2015 - 07:35 AM

So those who liked Y,thought Y did well and those that dislike X,thought X did badly.


If you want to know the outcome,look at the betting on the 650 individual constituancies - or more precisely,look at it a couple of days before the election.

#3095269 What a statement

Posted by cookey on 26 March 2015 - 08:05 AM

Yes,just congratulate Sky and hope Leigh/Salford make a success out of it.Nothing else needs to be said.

#3075824 21 Feb: WCS: Wigan Warriors v Brisbane Broncos KO 7.45pm (TV)

Posted by cookey on 21 February 2015 - 10:52 AM

Now expecting 20,000 plus,north stand sold out,very limited availability in east and west stands.

#3075717 20 Feb: WCS: Warrington Wolves v St George Illawarra Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by cookey on 21 February 2015 - 08:02 AM

Stop desperately trying to find some fault from your armchairs and celebrate a highly successful game/evening with more to follow.

#3074731 21 Feb: WCS: Wigan Warriors v Brisbane Broncos KO 7.45pm (TV)

Posted by cookey on 19 February 2015 - 01:29 PM

Wigan website now stating almost 18,000 tickets sold.As predicted weeks ago,I expect around 20,000 there on the evening.


Hospitality sold out,gala dinner sold out,over 1,000 fans attend training session,merchandise virtually gone and still no doubt,the usual suspects will claim it's a waste of time,no ones interested,it's a friendly,they'll lose a fortune etc,etc.Shortly,Newcastle Magic will be a failure because it's a week too soon or a week too late,no one wants to go to Newcastle,why isn't accommodation included in the £20 match tickets,I would go only it's my birthday etc,etc.

#3074561 20 Feb: WCS: Warrington Wolves v St George Illawarra Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by cookey on 19 February 2015 - 08:22 AM

The pricing is fine,the crowd will be fine,the game will be fine.


After the event,the people who have tried to put the game down,will move onto their next critique and forget their criticisms of this game.I see they are already stating that a NRL season opener at Wembley is a no goer/no hoper/stupid etc,etc.Obviously based on absolutely no knowledge/facts/information etc.The same people demand more innovation,international rugby,high profile etc from RL.


To throw in an idea,why don't a couple of the NRL sides,play a game in Hong Kong/Dubai,on their way back to Australia from the World Series games - a large part of the travelling costs would already have been covered.

#3067960 Rugby League Ruined By Refs

Posted by cookey on 07 February 2015 - 09:43 AM

Absolutely,the two idiots Hemmings and Stevo question every decision,simply because they haven't anything intelligent/constructive to add themselves.At least RU commentators concentrate on what has happened,not what didn't.

#3063763 Only 330 tickets left

Posted by cookey on 31 January 2015 - 09:24 AM

I do wish one or two of you would solve world poverty or the Palestinian question - I'm sure you could do it overnight - rather than constantly complaining about some aspect of rl.


People aren't happy with a sell out crowd,at a new and impressive rl stadium.I'm sure the same people were complaining of taking a rl game to a football ground,or how run down Elland Rd is etc,etc.Frankly,they are utterly clueless as to availability,costs,contracts,stakeholders requirements,sponsors etc.


Most have achieved absolutely nothing in life but insist they have the solutions for everything,including world poverty/peace.

#3062172 Only 330 tickets left

Posted by cookey on 28 January 2015 - 08:46 AM

I'm sure we can all make some suggestions as to where you might care to visit,depending on individual preferances.


City centre of Leeds is pretty good nowadays.Wives will want to see the Victoria Quarter - I let it! Book either West Yorkshire Playhouse or the Grand Theatre for an evening.


Short drive out to Harrogate/York.Take a drive through Ilkley,Skipton to the Dales,taking in say Burnsall/Grassington.


I'm sure alternative suggestions will follow! Enjoy the trip.

#3058985 WCC - sell outs?

Posted by cookey on 22 January 2015 - 09:38 AM

West Stand now sold out,just 1500 tickets remain.This game could financially destroy Saints - or make them well over £150,000!


Very limited availability at Warrington.


Watching the History Channel,in medievil times,villages used to dig a pit,fill it with stagnant water and husbands were allowed to duck their wives in it,if they spoke too much - just saying.

#3056889 WCC - sell outs?

Posted by cookey on 18 January 2015 - 10:03 AM

Amazing,four pages of positivity,then along comes Saintslass.

#3054808 WCC - sell outs?

Posted by cookey on 12 January 2015 - 10:00 AM

According to the Saints fans forum,their game is heading for a sell out,with 'over 13,000 tickets sold and ' a few thousand' remaining.Only single seat tickets and standing remaing.Hospitality sold out.


Also seem to be selling well at Warrington and Wigan.


And that's without the Russell Crowe influence,when he arrives.Should be a great weekend for all involved/speccies/tv coverage.


From elsewhere,I understand the Newcastle weekend is going exceptionally well,with a lot more weekend tickets sold than previously - seems people are spending the full weekend in Newcastle,hope Gateshead maximise the oppourtunity.