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Gerri Monside

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#3082049 That clip of Rangi Chase...

Posted by Gerri Monside on 03 March 2015 - 12:20 PM

Had a look last night and it was close to 1 million "re-loops" on Vine.  As I'm not down with the kids I'm assuming that means close to 1 million views.  That's nothing short of fantastic.  When I saw it live at full speed, I thought "poor defending".  Having seen it again & in slow-mo, I'm really not sure how you can defend against a play like that.  Credit where it's due, it's a piece of magic.




#3058448 worst import ever ?

Posted by Gerri Monside on 21 January 2015 - 12:05 PM

Who was the Aussie, signed by Millward for St Helens?  Clearly obese and only tackled pies.

Barry Ward?




#3056496 The Allams flexing their muscles?

Posted by Gerri Monside on 16 January 2015 - 10:17 PM

Indeed.

 

I can't believe what I'm about to type but.....

 

To be fair to the Allams  :ohmy:  :rolleyes: , they arrived when the Football club, and thus the SMC, already ruled the roost and had an amount of scorn for their co tenants. History tells you it's the fault of the previous people who ran Hull FC as, when the Stadium was built, they were offered a 50% running of the SMC for a fee but seeing as they were effectively fly by nights they declined allowing the soccer team full control.

 

(By the way, you forgot to mention putting "Tigers" and "Tigress" signs over all the toilets at the stadium.)

 

 

 

Indeed the set up of the SMC was a farce of epic proportions and our board at the time showed a catastrophic lack of vision / ambition / strategic planning. However the "benevolent philanthropist of this parish" (for it is he), could have put things right when he took over. Instead, he went off on a mission to make the stadium his own & god forbid anyone that had the temerity to get in the way.

 

On your last point - I now use those "special pants"..... so it's not an issue!  ;)




#3056440 The Allams flexing their muscles?

Posted by Gerri Monside on 16 January 2015 - 06:49 PM

Yet another little step on the road for the Allams in their attempts to push us out or make the situation so untenable that we walk of our own volition. First we had the "rebranding" of the stadium - which seemed to involve removing all references to RL. Then the charging for permission to display anything in the corporate suites. And now this. Oh and I hear on the grapevine that they're putting up the price of the flat, tasteless, yellow liquid that they have the audacity to call beer to £4.20. 

It may well work for football, where I assume there are far fewer "walk-ups" - but it will do nothing but antagonise the RL supporters. Personally, it'll make it very hard for me to get to a game. I've got the M62 Friday Funhouse to contend with, which usually results in getting to the ground just before kick-off. I don't have a pass (as I can't guarantee getting to every game) - so how exactly am I supposed to get into the ground? Get the ticket posted to me? With our parlously inefficient postal service? 

I would remind Mr Allam, that this was supposed to be a community stadium. Built for the people and the city of Hull. To benefit all of the sports teams that chose to use it. To bring a focal point to the community. To put Hull on the map by holding concerts, international sporting events. It was never, ever intended to be the plaything of the chairman of the football club. To do with as he wishes. It was never meant to be used in favour of the football team and to the detriment of the RL team.  

What is happening there now is tantamount to discrimination in its basest form




#3002028 RIP Greg Mackey

Posted by Gerri Monside on 24 September 2014 - 09:42 PM

Desperately sad news. In the space of a few weeks, I've lost two of my heroes. First Tony Dean, a minstrel of a player - the original cheeky halfback, always with a smile on his face & a always took a quick tap - even if it was given to the opposition. A gent & character off the field too. Had the pleasure of meeting him a few times in Hull hostelries after  games & he always had everyone in hysterics.

Then Today's news about Bluey. I guess we knew it was coming, but it doesn't soften the blow. He was a real hero to me in a pretty magical few years in the black & white. Hard as nails, with a great pair of hands, good kicking game & fantastic rugby brain. I'll never, ever forget his performance in the 91 premiership final, which brought me  to my knees in joy. Incidentally, I'm ever thankful for the Widnes fans I was stood with, for picking me back up again that day. I'm genuinely sad that he's gone. A great player,  held in very high regard by all who came across him. R.I.P.




#2982227 Empty Seats On The Telly.....

Posted by Gerri Monside on 24 August 2014 - 03:53 PM

This year was the first time, as a neutral, I've left the ground with a very melancholy feeling about the final. I think melancholy  is the right word, not disappointment because the game itself wasn't bad & the spectacle is always great. Maybe worried might be a more fair reflection. The feeling actually started in our usual pre-match watering hole of the Allsop Arms which, though busy, was nowhere near as "rammed" as it has been in previous years. The same was true of the tube ride & to a certain extent the walk up Wembley way. There seemed far fewer food outlets etc. Then inside the stadium, there was the mass of empty seats and a more subdued atmosphere than usual. For me, despite the best efforts of Hull FC, the challenge cup final is THE event of the rugby league calendar and its such a shame to see it in the state it is now. Yesterday was perhaps the most dramatic illustration as many have stated on here: fewer neutrals, fewer "lower league" shirts, fewer amateur shirts & even fewer fancy dress.

 

I don't know what the answer is, but rescheduling would definitely help. A more practical gap between semis & final (4-5 weeks), more intensive promotion & less "bargain basement discounting" should also be considered.

 

Despite my melancholy/worries, I'll still be going again next year as it is, and always will be, the best date in the rugby league calendar. 




#2954734 04/07/14 - Hull FC v Warrington Wolves KO 8pm

Posted by Gerri Monside on 04 July 2014 - 07:21 PM

Worst traffic conditions I've faced in a long time. 2h took me as far as swinton - at which point I bailed out. Another hour & half to get home. And now I'll have to rely on humberside'a inciteful, thought provoking & well balanced commentary


#2937536 31/05/2014 - London Broncos v Hull FC KO 3pm

Posted by Gerri Monside on 01 June 2014 - 08:44 AM

Enjoyable day in the sun in London yesterday & I'll settle for the result.  Just about everybody missed the sending off (including me - I only found out about it in the bar at half time!) so no surprise that people were confused. Not a great display of officiating from George Stokes - or the touch judges to be honest. However, it's a difficult job so that's all I'll say on the matter.  Young Callum looks like he's got a bright future. Took his tries well & doesn't look out of his depth at all.  Just hope he isn't built up to be the next worldbeater only to be crucified when/if he has a run of "poor" games. Good turnout from the faithful yesterday & we'll have boosted the Bronco's finances in bar takings alone...

Can't see London avoiding the drop, but I sincerely hope they survive and stay at the Hive. It's a cracking little ground, with good sight lines and ridiculously easy access (by tube at least). There's masses of potential as its surrounded by playing fields - would be great to see juniors, touch rugby etc played there before a game.

Feel for London though, they're doing it tough at the moment. You know its bad when your regular mascot doesn't show up & you have to get one of the programme sellers to do it.




#2932894 The Magic Weekend Match Thread

Posted by Gerri Monside on 21 May 2014 - 12:18 PM

Here's what my eyes saw;
 
7 games of rugby league in which every player in every team gave all they had on the day.
2 days of superb skill and athletlicism delivered by players who don't cry if someone forgets their birthday and are not paid more than the Prime Minister
Fair bit of drama
A fantastic stadium bathed in colour
Lots of smiles and happy people
Brilliant "fancy dress"
Some good live music and a fair bit of partying
True friends wearing and supporting a variety of team colours all sat together.
Banter and laughs with stewards
Banter and laughs with Metro Tram staff.
A unique sporting event.. Quote from DJ Spoony - "All sport should be watched this way - a truly fantastic experience" - Yes it is!
Extreme consumption of alcohol even at £4.20 a pint - how do they fit all that liquid in?
Some ejections from the ground
A few unsavoury drink related incidents.
 
You might be able to tell - this event for me is the bees knees - just love it.
 
Sustaining and continuing the event will ensure the crowds will increase - word of mouth - its great, just get there and all that.


Pretty much my view of the whole thing. Been to all of the Manchester events and (results aside for me) they're nothing short of excellent. Always good weather, always meet a great bunch of people from all clubs. Fantastically easy access to the stadium. Beer & food prices are ok & in-line with what you'd expect from a major venue.

My one concern, and its very minor at the moment, is that this year there seemed to be more of an element of the "stag" about it. Not a problem per se, unless loads more see it this way. There were certainly some seriously trollied superheroes, minions, popes and nuns as I left. All very good natured, but I'll never look at Superman the same way after seeing him throwing up outside.....somebody must have slipped a Kryptonite into his ale.....

Seriously, though, it's a great event & I hope it continues for many more years.


#2922618 See the mice in their million hordes

Posted by Gerri Monside on 29 April 2014 - 12:37 PM

Red Dwarf reference.  I think that Oxford likes to use cultural references of varying levels of obscurity although none of them seem to help him get his point across.  I seem to remember one thread where he said that anyone on here should be ashamed at not knowing that Dennis Waterman once played Dally Messenger in a TV film.

*pedant mode* It was Harold Wagstaffe IIRC *pedant mode off*




#2921781 BBC coverage

Posted by Gerri Monside on 27 April 2014 - 11:37 AM

Not been mentioned on here yet, but I thought Ben Thaler's explanation of the VR decisions came across very well.  Gave a clear explanation of what he was looking for and how he arrived at the decision.  Far better than the Sky effort...... "and the decision is.....try"....




#2898473 Koukash confirms wife’s interest in purchasing Bulls

Posted by Gerri Monside on 13 March 2014 - 01:20 PM

And I know I'm firmly in the significant minority in this one, but I find it difficult to buy in to the hype surrounding Koukash and his money / aims / motives & dreams. I have an in built suspicion of the "saviours" that miraculously appear when a club is on its 'arris and put forward spectacular plans which generate media & supporter interest proclaiming a life-long love of the game. Then when the initial hubbub settles you usually find out that the interest isn't really that strong and the motives are somewhat less than philanthropic. I hope for everyone's sake that I'm wrong - and I'd be happy to be proved so, but I can't get over the feeling that something isn't quite what it seems.


#2898469 Koukash confirms wife’s interest in purchasing Bulls

Posted by Gerri Monside on 13 March 2014 - 01:09 PM

Be a Good Cup Final wouldnt it?  First time the 2 Chairmen walk out holding hands!
 
Great news if she pulls the deal off & thats from a Salford fan.

[Pedant mode]It wouldn't be the first though. Gary & Kath Hetherington walked out together as respective chairs of Leeds & Hull for the 2005 cup final/


#2888550 Bradford Bulls deducted 6 points & purchasers withdraw

Posted by Gerri Monside on 25 February 2014 - 09:38 PM

What a sorry, sorry mess. Claim & counter-claim. Statement and counter-statement. Insolvency, debt, HMRC. New buyers. Buyers pulling out. RFL bailouts. Proper process. Personally, I wonder where all this will end but I'm confident in only one thing : there will be  no winners in this, merely degrees of losing. Like all of us on here, I'm a rugby league supporter through & through and this sort of debacle hits right to the core.  We have a fantastic product which offers unparalleled levels of skill, bravery, athleticism, speed and strength. We have players who still respect (yes, really respect) the match officials, who do a thankless task and even admit occasionally they get it wrong. We are a sport that loves to innovate and isn't afraid to change or re-invent itself in the undying hope that one day it will receive the credit, exposure and participation levels that it so richly deserves. We have fans who support their clubs to the end, who are happy to mingle with their opponents and engage in banter, joshing and even heated debate in the same pub / club / bus / train / ground and yet rarely descend into the brutal, factionist hooliganism that is evident in some other sports.

Frankly, our sport and we ourselves deserve far, far better than we are being offered at the moment. We are being let down & sold short. This has to end.




#2882738 Reasons to be Cheerful

Posted by Gerri Monside on 17 February 2014 - 10:11 PM

There really are some very positive, forward looking, enthusiastic posters on here at times. For every doom monger and nay-sayer, there can be a passionate enthusiast with confidence & good stuff to say.  I think the world cup maybe gave some of the more positive, but less vocal, among us a chance to come forward with those views. Despite the Burgess news today, there is plenty to feel positive about. Good set of attendances on day 1, improved TV deal, "interesting" if not complicated league structure which might bring a bit more interest to all of the clubs.  Yes, there are grounds for optimism. And as for today's news - there was rugby league before Sam and there sure as hell will be rugby league after him!