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getdownmonkeyman

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#3164236 Joe Greenwood V Ben Currie, who's better?

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 25 July 2015 - 09:30 AM

Greenwood and Currie are a fine example of two very different types of players playing the same position.

Citing their body shape as a primary example; Greenwood is closer to a prop, Currie a threequarter. I think this is where their approach to playing stems from. Greenwood more direct using strength, Currie using speed/step.

In fairness to king street tiger, I too would put Holmes ahead of them. He looks like he would make the transition to International level comfortably; low mistake rate, high tackle completion rate.

On Bateman, he is an old school loose forward for mine. His passing ability is sublime.


#3158580 Who is at fault ?

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 15 July 2015 - 12:32 PM

The fault lies fairly and squarely with the clubs who decided to get rid of the 'reserves'.

 

Are you referring to the scrapping of the U18s and U20s? If so, it was one of poorest decisions ever made under the SL umbrella. Which if memory serves, was a cost-cutting exercise opposed by two, possibly three clubs.

 

There should be no way of clubs watering down their obligations to the Academy. In fact, I am surprised it is not mandatory to run them as part of having a SL licence.




#3127352 22 May: Salford Red Devils v Warrington Wolves KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 22 May 2015 - 09:09 PM

Special mention for George King. Did some big minutes for a young man.


#3126374 Higham re-joins Leigh (merged threads)

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 21 May 2015 - 12:05 PM

Maybe Higham was annoyed at Clarke spending most of his time on the bench, but getting paid more than him!

 

Impressive. You are party to two players' salaries.

 

I would speculate that Higham was offered a two and a bit year deal from Leigh. With the preference from Leigh that the 'bit' duration being key, due to their current injuries.

 

In fairness to Higham, he has a two year deal from Leigh, which is an offer that he would highly unlikely receive from Warrington.

 

The timing is off from Warrington's perspective, but is pretty damn good from Higham's.

 

C'est la vie.




#3114311 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 30 April 2015 - 11:48 AM

Yes.

 

I was a card-carrying Labour voter until 2003 having been a robust supporter of the party.  The 1997-2001 Labour government was outstanding and just what I wanted in a Labour administration, bringing in everything from the minimum wage to properly funding many areas of the NHS that had been ruined for years.  2001-2003 saw Blair fully develop his god complex and the Iraq invasion was the final straw, my membership card went back in the post the day after the vote with Robin Cook's speech still in my head.  I then went to the Lib Dems who were far closer to my views on most areas, I accepted they were a bit off on other areas, mainly woolly far-left ideas, but they were the closest party.

 

In the run-up to 2010, I was delighted with the Lib Dem policies being put forward and was quite proudly "with Nick", especially after the live debates.  Then the election came and I was a bit disappointed that they chose to go with the Tories but thought that they'd be a strong moderating voice to the Tories, making the Coalition centrist in nature.  The Coalition Agreement even got me accepting that it wasn't that bad really.  Then within a week of being in power it started going downhill, the Lib Dem ministers began to abandon their principles, signing up to everything from tuition fee increases to ending school building programmes.  They were abandoned as my party of choice quite quickly but by then it was too late.

 

At a local level, I'm still voting Lib Dem though.  The County and District councillors round this way that are Lib Dem are good people who have done lots for us in the Lib Dem ethos of centre-left approach.

 

I'm now stuck because Labour are openly pleading for wavering Tories to come vote for them rather than reaching out a hand to disaffected left of centre people like me who really want a Labour party back rather than Tory-lite.  If the SNP put a candidate up in Suffolk South then I'd vote for them, the debate would have already ended for me.  As it stands, I'm still probably going to suck it up and vote Labour on a "least worst" option with my ethical stance lightened slightly by the knowledge that this is such a robustly Tory constituency that my vote won't matter that much anyway.

 

I am still struggling to get my head around the idea why Labour are chasing disgruntled Tory voters, when there will be a swathe of disenchanted LibDem voters to hoover up. 

 

I could never imagine disgruntled Tories ever turning to Labour.

 

The most disappointing aspect from the Coalition, is how the LibDems reinforced how we truly are a two party country. I thought they could affect change from within. They have reinforced my initial thoughts on how it was merely their fifteen minutes, whilst ignoring how far back they set the themselves.

 

Here is a question to voters of all persuaion: Has any party stated a policy where you have thought to yourself 'Now that is a great idea'


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#3107208 16 Apr: Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 17 April 2015 - 06:34 AM

Could somebody please help... I was assured that this was the "Year of the Wolf", or is it next year...?
 
;)


Good grief.


#3104872 Manchester Pubs

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 12 April 2015 - 11:20 AM

How could I forget the Britons Protection. Across the way from Bridgewater Hall. A short walk from the Peveril of the Peak.


#3085341 Do you miss them?

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 08 March 2015 - 05:16 PM

Steve May always made worthwhile contributions to threads. His (self-imposed?) exile is a shame.


#3083502 RIP Ray

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 05 March 2015 - 09:21 PM

A gesture, whatever it may be, would be a true reflection of the esteem in which Ray was held on here. 




#3074832 Can you believe what you read in the papers?

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 19 February 2015 - 05:25 PM

To take this on a slight tangent, I have pretty much given up on the printed press. I take in my news from a variety of sources: Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and Russia Today (purely for an alternative perspective).




#3050790 2014

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 31 December 2014 - 09:15 PM

Reading through the above posts, makes me realise how inconsequential seemingly 'big' problems are upon reflection. 

 

I have my health, have kept all my friends and family in this year, so have absolutely no grounds to grumble.

 

To those who haven't had the best year; here's to turning the corner in 2015. 

 

To those who have had a good 'un; here's to more of the same.

 

I'll raise a glass to both parties when the clocks chime.




#3048273 so what's he bringing you this year

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 23 December 2014 - 10:14 AM

A jumper. 

 

Because I am a middle aged man with a job, so I tend to buy presents rather than receive them.

 

I thought it was just me. I find the positive, that is not being disappointed when nothing drops down the chimney.

 

PS

 

I will caveat the above, being a middle aged man with some disposable income, I usually get the things I want myself




#3044286 Australian schoolboys?

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 12 December 2014 - 10:01 PM

Darn, got delayed stuck in traffic coming back from down south so missed tonight's match. Can anybody post the team sheets again as per the first match please?

 

https://twitter.com/...6279297/photo/1




#3040148 Fui Fui Moi Moi confirmed at Leigh

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 02 December 2014 - 12:32 PM

So MoiMoi's salary is known to all and sundry. It does make you wonder how all these salaries are known within the game. The HR/Legal departments in ALL RL clubs must have the loosest-lipped employees in any industry.




#3039825 Professional Northerners

Posted by getdownmonkeyman on 01 December 2014 - 03:47 PM

Lancastrians consumed by this particular 'occupation':

Peter Kay
Paddy McGuiness
Wayne Hemingway
Jane Horrocks
Lisa Stanfield