Many have blamed the system for Leigh's tailing off in the qualifying 8's, but could it also be the fact that their midfield general who has hardly missed a game in their two years of dominance was missing? Sounds ludicrous I know judging by the quality within their squad, but they've barely had to play without him before.
That's one basic flaw with the million pound game- If Bradford or Wakefield pick up a virus in their camp they could have several players missing, and whoever had the best side wouldn't necessarily be the best side on the day.
See the post I put in the Man of the Match thread Phil. I should have started a new topic really.
I spoke to Andy yesterday and he said he wasn't necessarily retiring, just taking a year out to go to Uni on a teacher training course. This is exactly the same as Matty Dale did last year. Andy told me Matty has now qualified and fixed himself up with a job in a school.
This time last year Matty told me he was only taking a year out and might come back,so you never know?
I don't know if Jon Sharp is aware of Matty, but if not someone needs to tell him.
Rob - join facebook and sign up to fev rovers page - all info thats posted on here is from there anyway including deanos list - this place has died a death hence why its the last to know anything
the chairman is on the facebook page as well as the CEO and both comment and clear up the rumours
This is why some people "are in the know"
We arent gurus - just moved with the times - 95% of members signed here are on the facebook page anyway
Facebook is in and this forum is sadly out - you should be thanking people like me and deano, MTK et al anyway for still being on here and providing you with info because you probably wouldnt know anything if we all didnt sign in here
Facebook is the best tool for gleaning up to date news and rumours, although in many cases the former can turn out to be the latter. This forum, however, is the better place for organised and thoughtful debate.
There is an awards night so it should be presented then so the players can focus on the semi. The supporters club also have an award so it would be better to do them atthe same ceremony
I asked Pat about it Phil, but they are pretty full with their schedule so would prefer this trophy to be presented on the pitch before the Workington semi. I asked Jon Sharp's permission and he is in favour of this, he says it won't hinder preparations and will add to the motivation factor for the winner.
Next year could well develop into a season similar to 2009, which I for one enjoyed more than 2011 onwards (apart from the Cas & Wigan games), because the expectations were not as high and didn't end with huge disappointment.
Let's all sit back, enjoy our rugby, and see what the squad will develop into!
Saturday's rain shouldn't have too much effect.......hope you don't turn up on Sunday as the game is Friday night
Yes I know, I'm going if I can find the car keys. These senior moments are getting more frequent. Heard the weather forecast and the fact the game's on Friday completely slipped my mind...........I'd better look in the fridge for the keys.
Bostock is a bit of enigma, he has grown on everyone over the years and is now a firm fans favourite. Trouble is, new coaches need time to appreciate him and can't often look beyond work rate and statistics. Then after a while it dawns on them how much he lifts the side when he enters the field from off the bench, then he becomes a key part of the 17 once again. If he is leaving to go back to his home town club you can't really be bitter, all you can do is wish him all the best, but I hope its not because the new coach doesn't rate him because of work rate, as was the case with Bastian and Hay at first.
The kids are alright. Trouble is they can't put in back to back performances yet. They need at least one experienced prop to counter the likes of Alex Rowe, Richard Moore et al, but they have been unavailable most of the season. With a bit of stability amongst the experienced forwards for next season they'll come on leaps and bounds.
Everyone needs to get a grip! Top4 was lost due to poor goalkicking in the home defeat to Dewsbury, a game in which Fev scored more tries than the opposition.
Goalkicking again played a major part against Sheffield, with an interception conceded at the depth because they were chasing the game due to missed conversions. Does anyone actually believe they would have still lost to Whitehaven if top4 was still on? The defeat against Halifax was also more to do with suspensions and stomach bugs than anything else.
If top 4 had been achieved AH would still be coach though, and whether that would have been a good or a bad thing remains to be seen? JS will be handicapped without the extra prize money, but the manner of Sunday's win at Workington suggests he is bringing some fight into the team when things are getting tough, something that has been sadly lacking for most of the season.
I just love reading the debate and Ox is talking from a position of strength, but he does need to concede that Fax made the top 4 because they had he best coach, probably in the division. That doesn't make other clubs' players rubbish. Marshall would probably have made the top 2 with the Fev squad.
The guy who masterminded our downfall last Saturday, Grant Gore, is on D/R but being released by Widnes at end of season. He would be a good addition to any club that needs a good tactition and kicker. Would need a pacey stand off alongside him though.