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Steve Slater

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#3112752 Man of Match League Table

Posted by Steve Slater on 27 April 2015 - 01:40 PM

The first league table for the Social Media Consistency Award is now ready, and includes points awarded for the first 11 competitive games of the season, up to and including the Challenge Cup game at North Wales Crusaders.

Hunslet (H) Hitchcox 3pts, Irwin 2pts, Wood 1pt.
Doncaster (A) Ellis 3pts, Bostock 2pts, Wood 1pt.
Bradford (H) Wood 3pts, Ellis 2 pts, Sharp 1pt.
Halifax (A) Moore 3pts, Sharp 2 pts, Baldwinson 1pt.
Leigh (H) Bostock 3pts, Wood 2pts, Irwin 1pt.
Whitehaven (Cup)Sykes 3pts, Bostock 2pts, Sharp 1pt, Irwin 1pt.
Dewsbury (A) Blackmore 3pts, Marginet 2pts, Sykes 1pt.
London (H) Cording 3pts, Sharp 2 pts, Bostock 1pt.
Sheffield (H) Cording 3pts, Hitchcox 2pts, Ellis 1pt.
Batley (A) Baldwinson 3pts, Moore 2pts, Bostock 1pt.
N.Wales (Cup) Sharp 3pts, Bostock 2 pts, Moore 1pt.

Therefore the current leader board stands as such:

1- Andy Bostock 11pts
2- Will Sharp 9pts
3- Paul Wood 7 pts
4- Andy Ellis 6 pts
Gaz Moore 6 pts
Jamie Cording 6 pts
7- Jy Hitchcox 5 pts
8- Sam Irwin 4 pts
Jordan Baldwinson 4 pts
Paul Sykes 4 pts
11-Ben Blackmore 3 pts
12-Remy Marginet 2 pts

#3107749 NW Crusaders v Fev game thread.

Posted by Steve Slater on 17 April 2015 - 09:28 PM

Ideal game for Mendeika to make his comeback.

#3100294 Rovers v London and Sheffield match threads.

Posted by Steve Slater on 04 April 2015 - 08:37 AM

Andy Hay kept faith in the players who did a good job last week and they let him down badly, too busy patting themselves on the back. I've feeling there will be changes on Monday, likely Moore, Ellis and Bussey all coming back, Mendeika an outside chance, although the club were trying to arrange a reserve game for him next week. He might play on Monday instead after that show.

#3097757 Dewsbury v Rovers match thread.

Posted by Steve Slater on 31 March 2015 - 08:35 AM

Never been a fan of Blackmore but it seems he had a good game tonight well done every one #UTR

Prior to Friday night, comparing Ben Blackmore to Tommy Saxton was nigh on impossible- Tommy had the best all-round game we'd ever seen in a winger, but his finishing wasn't the best and Ben was undoubtedly better at that, but also made daft mistakes. Andy Hay seems to have pulled off a master stroke though by dropping him for the Wakey D/R players, because since he came back he's been brilliant in the last two games. True, he made another mistake at Rams but made up for it ten fold with his play from dummy half and first receiver from our own half. He was giving the props a rest and making vital yards in abundance. He also broke through several times creating try scoring opportunities, a couple of which were converted. 

The support play was excellent and is getting better every week, and I feel he will create more tries in weeks to come once his team mates learn to back him up more.

After the game Andy Hay said pre-season training had been focused more on defence, but the last few weeks have been centred around ball handling and support play, hence the improvement, although he might have to re-address the defence again. The full-time squads will have had time to practice all these aspects from the off and in close season.

#3096409 Dewsbury v Rovers match thread.

Posted by Steve Slater on 28 March 2015 - 10:09 AM

Really good result but the only thing that concerns me is that we have conceded well over 20 points again. I think we need to tighten our defence if we want to be successful this season.

10-2 penalty count against them before the ref must have realised and decided to give Fev one or two, then I think he gave them 4 in succession from which they opened up a match winning gap before he had another brain furt and reverted back to previous inefficiency, from which they scored their 2nd half try. Half the penalties awarded to either side were totally unnecessary. It's about time we had differential tap where you couldn't kick to touch for minor offences to stop side being piggy-backed upfield when they don't really deserve it.

#3090254 Leigh sunday

Posted by Steve Slater on 17 March 2015 - 11:19 AM


Refs don't win or lose matches. Players do that.

Refs don't win or lose matches. Players do that.
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Don't they indeed?. Refs have more influence regarding results than the players have.



There was a 5-1 penalty count against Featherstone in the second half until Fev got a few back at the very end. This was probably because Leigh were getting on top and forcing offences against them, but some refs let them go and some don't. I also noticed a couple of repeat sets from kicks that collided with a Fev player within a couple of feet and it can be argued they didn't play the ball. Maybe similar things went against Leigh but the fans who gain from it don't notice them as much. It was the repeat sets that killed Fev off in the second half and never let them get back in the game after the early try from the kick, and you can't say that every ref would have called every offence the same.

#3086274 Leigh sunday

Posted by Steve Slater on 10 March 2015 - 09:16 AM

I know that Leigh dominated the All-Stars 13 last season, but to suggest that some of those were better than ours was rubbish. What they are, is a TEAM, they play like a team, and back up like a team, and they have an outstanding pair of half-backs. I thought it was phenomenal the way they broke from their own half with support on either side in numbers, yet when we break there is hardly anyone up in support to pass to. I don't know how we can stop their support play other than using football tactics as soon as the break starts, maybe by running across their support runners to delay them?

We did have our moments against them though and showed signs of dominating them in the forwards, like the cup game at their place before Dale & Bostock got injured, and when we came back at them at Headingley.

The pack have been very good so far, and Bozzy, who missed most of last season, is every bit as good as Barlow. So if Fev can keep it tight, and try to make it a forward battle we have a good chance, if we try to match them in the backs we can forget it.

#3081541 Today V Bulls

Posted by Steve Slater on 02 March 2015 - 12:19 PM

Gaskell's display was one of the finest I've seen in years, he was Ridyard and Brierley combined. After his first try our defence was watching him too much and gave them space out wide, especially for their 2nd & 3rd tries. Their opening try of the 2nd half inside barely a minute was a real killer, and Glaskell's 60 yard effort was out of this world.
We matched them up front though, but the second rowers and centres have no penetration out wide, so the passing needs to be smarter and more fluid.
Forget it and move on, it would have been a far more even contest without Gaskell, and we won't be facing him next week.

#3077630 fev youngsters

Posted by Steve Slater on 23 February 2015 - 07:28 PM

The intensity of the competition is not conducive for bringing on youngsters, every game this year is a must win and the bar has been raised regarding quality. Also there's no easy NRC fixtures that gave Zac his chance. Last years injury crisis worked out well for Pick and Teasdale, but we're not likely to be so unlucky with injuries again. I'm sure Teasdale will get his chance, but with the front row performing well and two more props still to come in how will Nicholson, Cooper and Ormondroyd get a game? What Rovers need is a DR arrangement with a Championship 1 club, other than that one or two will need to go out on loan.

#3074962 Minimum Ground Standards To Enter Super League

Posted by Steve Slater on 19 February 2015 - 09:02 PM

Wakefield got into Super League in 1998 on the promise that they would upgrade thier ground to a decent standard.
We are still waiting.

And they got into Super League in 1998 by spending the money they should have used to upgrade their facilities, to meet the minimum SL standards of the day, on their playing budget instead. If they wanted to do this and just win the GF without applying for promotion to SL that was up to them, but to blatantly ignore Stadium minimum standards in order to pay for the strongest squad and then apply for SL was surely equivalent to a breach of Salary Cap? Other clubs they were competing with were playing by the rules and upgrading their stadium.

#3074907 Fev 28 Huns 14

Posted by Steve Slater on 19 February 2015 - 07:42 PM

If I'm honest I personally don't think your a top 4 team this season top 6 is more realistic

I don't know where you got that from in view of the fact that Fev still finished 2nd last year despite what was probably the biggest injury crisis in the history of the club? They appear to have recruited well and 4 players that could well be top class in this division are still to come in, to go with half a dozen still bedding in. They will nicely compliment the bulk of last year's squad. Every position seems adequately covered, while I don't know whether some other clubs will struggle should they lose one or two stars.

I think the table will be won by the best team though and not the best assembly of stars. Leigh will get a flying start out of the blocks because they play well together and their support play is phenomenal, with outstanding half backs (unless of course they get injured).

#3072116 What's your top six 2015

Posted by Steve Slater on 14 February 2015 - 09:00 PM

The key thing for us will be keeping relatively injury free. If we have a nightmare like last season we will struggle for top 4 if we stay fit we will be able to rotate the squad a little and I reckon we can pinch 3rd.

I think Dewsbury showed last night it will be a very tough league again this year.

If we don't get any injuries it will be difficult to hold on to everyone. The 19 man squad looks good for the Hunslet game, and that's without Minns, Ormondroyd, Cooper, Nicholson and Walmsley. But expected first teamers Carvell, Verlinden and Maitua will hopefuly feature in the near future, and Mendeika not long after that. Competition for places will be tight, and some might have to go out on loan. 

I think Rovers might find it tough early on, but once the new faces gel and everyone is available they will climb into the top 4 by the end.

#3067845 Past player

Posted by Steve Slater on 06 February 2015 - 11:09 PM

I can remember him signing from Otley, he was a small well-mannered and well-spoken guy with short dark hair and a close-cropped beard if I recall correctly. I can remember him being in competition with Dave Kellett for the no.6 berth, but can't remember if Mick Smith was injured at the time or whether he'd moved to centre by then. Both Chris and Dave Kellett packed in around the same time, Dave with a bad injury, but can't remember what happened to your Dad. Mel Mason then forced his way in to the first team and the rest is history.

#3065681 Learn from the three mistakes

Posted by Steve Slater on 03 February 2015 - 04:11 PM

Don't get me wrong we all make mistakes but some are bigger than others.Our club has made three howlers this season which need to never happen again Number 1 the re turfing of the pitch.Obviously this needed to be done earlier and I know that Fev could have played their home games at certain clubs to re turf early but didn't.for what ever reasons it wasn't re turfed early enough which has resulted in massive finance losses from revenue lost to all the lost home friendlies.Number 2 Knowing the situation about the length of time it takes to get visas for overseas players why do we sign the Aussies too late which causes longer time for the Aussies to gel into the workings of the new team.Number 3 why organise a New Years eve party in the club house and advertise it the day before when everyone except the homeless have obviously made their arrangements.this obviously results in loss revenue due to one man a tramp and his dog turning up.ive just recently watched a film called Dumb and Dumber surely if we contacted them they couldn't do a worse job.

Back to the original starter post: True, everyone is entitled to their opinion but the comparison to Dumb and Dumber was way off the mark. Apart from the embarrassing period when Rovers' financial backer thought he could turn them into a "moneybags club" the BOD, volunteers and non-playing staff have far exceeded the coaches and players in terms of achievement over the past 5 years. They contributed the hard work and finances (pre and post Feisal) to assemble superb facilities, and the best squad in the division by a "country mile". It's not their fault that the best, most expensive squad only managed to win one knock-out trophy in the 4 years they ran away with the league. Whether they made any mistakes over the pitch is debatable, but if so they were only minor compared to the bigger picture, and doesn't their previous record allow them to do so without criticism? 

#3047248 Super eight or relegate?

Posted by Steve Slater on 19 December 2014 - 09:28 PM

for Godsake.
It's not the fans of the game holding the game back, it's the lack of them. Can't you see that? The fans we have spend what they have. What we need are new ones.
If your depressed about it, go see someone. It will only get worse convincing the happy ones among us that the end is nigh.

But you won't get any new fans unless London, or any future expansion clubs, can be successful. The only way that could happen would be if they got twice the Sky money and twice the salary cap of Leeds, Wigan, Saints, Wire etc. Would these giants of the game be willing to take a cut in order to let these new clubs have more and take away their continual success?