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#3116595 Danny Jones

Posted by Saintslass on 03 May 2015 - 09:15 PM

Does anyone know how to set up a "Justgiving" page for him? I just tried & failed.  There also needs to be a minutes silence and collection at every RL game next weekend.  This is desperately sad. I really am struggling to find the words at the moment.

Sussex Merlins are having a minute's silence and taking a collection at their games this coming weekend, which I think is a lovely gesture for an amateur side to make given their general need for funds.

#3116512 Danny Jones

Posted by Saintslass on 03 May 2015 - 08:00 PM

Does anyone know how to set up a "Justgiving" page for him? I just tried & failed.  There also needs to be a minutes silence and collection at every RL game next weekend.  This is desperately sad. I really am struggling to find the words at the moment.

RL Cares have confirmed they are supporting the family. 

#3116501 Danny Jones

Posted by Saintslass on 03 May 2015 - 07:55 PM

I didn't know him; I've never met him but I am shocked by this and cannot imagine what his family and all those close to him are going through.  It is very, very sad.  RIP Danny Jones

#3116043 3 May: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 03 May 2015 - 03:21 PM

Spot on as usual.


Beating Barrow will be a tough ask but somehow they have to do it. 1 point from 3 games isn't good. 1 point from 4 games will be unthinkable from a team predicted to be at the top of the league.

You guys did it though.  Good effort. 

#3115606 Oh dear Saints no.

Posted by Saintslass on 02 May 2015 - 09:21 PM

What annoys me is that he's a NSW Cup player and is nowhere near good enough for FG over here, so why do Saints, one of the top teams and defending champions, think he's good enough for them? Surely there are kids as good as him in the UK?

He played three games for us last season and scored a try in each.  He then broke his jaw and we didn't see him again.


We are in a tricky situation.  We do not have a young fullback who is ready for first team in that position.  Our under 19s fullback is 17 and not ready.  We only have under 19s to draw from as for financial reasons the clubs abandoned under 21s.  We don't have reserve teams or feeder clubs.  We have to make decisions on teenagers.  Meanwhile, we lost our first choice fullback for the season and our stand in has just had a hip operation.  We moved our best winger there for a couple of games and he did a decent job but we lost his strike on that side and while we did play a young winger for those two games we still missed our best winger on that wing.


McDonnell will do a job for us.  He's decent under the bomb, he knows what to do with the defensive line, he knows how to chime in to the line, he's no slouch, he's played for the club before and we need a fullback now, not next season.


Sometimes, needs must.  No, he isn't a world beater but he will help us out and I'm sure he will do a good job for us.

#3115494 Not so Premier Sports

Posted by Saintslass on 02 May 2015 - 03:09 PM

You have to balance the pros and cons - Sky would be a more professional service, but there's no way they'd show as many NRL matches per weekend.


We also don't know if, this weekend, they'd have shown anything more than the ANZAC Test, so we might have missed the entertainment of Samoa v Tonga.

That's exactly it.  PS always get in there and show rugby league whenever there is a chance.  They have been happy to screen experimental shows, like the current version of Backchat.  To me, while frustrating to miss good RL action obviously, the benefits of having them on board way outweigh the negatives of the occasional drop out - and keeping in mind just how much rugby league is on PS the drop outs ARE occasional.


I get so much more frustrated by whinging rugby league fans who don't know a good thing when they see it but would be the first to moan when that good thing has gone. The moaning drives me bonkers.

#3115489 Not so Premier Sports

Posted by Saintslass on 02 May 2015 - 03:02 PM

I do wish people would stop moaning about Premier Sports.  It's getting really dull and totally unnecessary because we all know what the arrangement is for PS and how reliant it is upon transmission facilities outside their control.  Why not just be glad that we actually get coverage in the first place.  People will be moaning if they get tired of whinging rugby league fans cancelling their subscriptions and threatening to cancel their subscriptions at every turn and just give up screening the NRL completely.

#3114987 1 May: St Helens v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats KO 8pm

Posted by Saintslass on 01 May 2015 - 04:38 PM

Massive shame but Saints by 30.... :(

We should be so lucky!  I just can't see it.  We have McDonnell in our team tonight (a debutant by all accounts) and no Roby, so I can't see us being exactly a cohesive unit somehow.  I have no idea whether we will play our rookie hooker tonight or stick another square peg in a round hole.

#3114629 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 30 April 2015 - 09:17 PM

I see your rubbish and counter it with a massive cut in corporation tax.  2010 = 28%, 2011 = 26%, 2012 = 24%, 2013 = 23%, 2014 = 21% and now 20%.  The total is now £5.5bn per year LESS income for the government because of those tax cuts.


All nice and neatly funded by cutting things that really matter such as schools, the NHS, libraries and so, so many more services that really matter.

I was talking about 2010, in case you haven't noticed, in response to your comments about, er, 2010.

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#3113450 Are the RFL learning new tricks?

Posted by Saintslass on 28 April 2015 - 08:38 PM

I'd like to know how they pulled that one off.  I'd imagine arranging it would have been a bureaucratic nightmare!  Surprised they only had to wear hard hats.  Good effort and great that it's snuck on to the BT site. 

#3112986 Salford apply to RFL to have this Friday's game postponed (merged threads)

Posted by Saintslass on 27 April 2015 - 08:31 PM

I wonder if Hull might regret saying no if Salford win?

#3110762 Wakefield Stadium Update

Posted by Saintslass on 23 April 2015 - 08:43 PM

The previous administration at Wakefield made a big mistake by refusing point blank to consider a ground share with Cas.  They didn't need to merge; just to play out of the same venue, thus saving both clubs considerable funding problems.  There was never going to be a day when one local authority would sanction two stadia in their own borough, not even before the events of 2008.  Wakefield don't own their ground so they have nowhere to go unless they rent from someone else so they should still be thinking of joining forces with Cas should the ground they are applying for actually come off.

#3109228 6th round cc

Posted by Saintslass on 20 April 2015 - 06:08 PM

Jeez.  Some rugby league fans will moan at anything and don't half come across as ridiculously paranoid.


I thought the draw was done really well.  Shame the number 10 fell off but hey, that's life.  Number 10s can fall off. 


I have to confess to being very pleased with the draw for Saints.  After coming up against Superleague opposition away for at least the last three seasons it is a bit of a relief to have Championship 1 opposition at home.  I will look forward to watching York as they aren't a team I have opportunity to watch play usually.

#3108558 17-19 Apr: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round 5 Match Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 19 April 2015 - 03:40 PM

Game over at Bradford I think: 30-44 with 4 tries for Mantellato!

I think Bradford just expired in the last 10 minutes.  I think the problem even for the fulltime Championship sides will be that even though they train fulltime, they will be unused to playing at the pace of the Superleague for the full 80 minutes.  Bradford needed HKR to lose a couple of key players to help their cause!

#3108435 Sutcliffe and Williams for England

Posted by Saintslass on 19 April 2015 - 01:16 PM

What England needs most of all IMO is a talented organising half, something none of the above appears to be (as yet anyway).