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In Topic: Gateshead Thunder at Kingston Park?

20 November 2014 - 04:03 PM

Nice tidy stadium, I've visited it a few times when watching Gateshead FC.

As long as their terms aren't punishing then it's a good move for Thunder

In Topic: Ref attacked in amateur rugby league game

18 November 2014 - 08:59 PM

Sadly it was and still is only a matter of time.

Having coached junior rugby league for a number of years I have to say that I eventually walked away disgusted at the behaviour of parents, players and coaches during and after the games.

I've seen my 12 and 13 year old players regularly verbally threatened and on one occasion actualy grabbed hold of by the opposing coach for no other reason than he was a big lad.

I've seen a parent head butted by a 14 year old while in the clubhouse after a game, incidentally it was an East Leeds player.

I've witnessed bullying, racial and homophobic abuse by drunken open age players towards kids as young as 11 at a so called festival of rugby league laid on to showcase the game to kids who don't play regularly, worse still when reported the host club did nothing.

IMO Yorkshire Juniors need a complete clean sweep of their committee and a new board elected as those in place are entrenched in their ways, blind or intentionally looking the other way and in some cases downright biased towards their own clubs.

The standard of refereeing leaves a lot to be desired and some performances by officials can be frustrating to the extreme but in many cases they're just young kids gaining experience and there's no future for the game without their like.

In Topic: Long Road Back

18 November 2014 - 09:31 AM

There is that about Saints.  Until just recently a former player was our physio but he has now left the club.  I don't know who is taking over.  But with a former player in charge of the bars, a former player as a coach, a former player as an assistant coach and a former player as a business ambassador then it does all look cozy.  However, all those former players all suit their roles and in terms of the coaching staff, if Cunningham and Longy (and later Wello, who is guaranteed a coaching role and who wants one when he hangs up his boots) turn out to be coaches of the same quality as they were players then Saints will have raised three additional British coaches into the game, so there isn't really a negative to it.
If it all goes wrong, however!  That could be interesting ...

I agree that if they all work out and become very good at their jobs then it's a positive thing. The negative would be if Long is replacing someone who's better qualified and doesn't deserve to lose their job to accommodate a friend of the new coach. The same can be said of Wellens in a year or two as well as the Bar Manager etc..

In Topic: Long Road Back

17 November 2014 - 08:26 PM

Sounds like a jobs for the boys appointment
Recipe for disaster

In Topic: 15/11/14 - 4N Final - New Zealand v Australia KO 7.45am (GMT)

16 November 2014 - 11:45 AM

The Ausie media and experts are cranking up the excuses in an effort to protect their fragile psyche.

The Kiwi halfback’s performance against Australia on Saturday night shows he has the ability to be one of the best in the business. To turn in a game like that when there is silverware on the line is the sign of real talent — but with that compliment there is a caveat that he did it against a second-string Kangaroos side.

On the same site, Fox Sports use the following other excuses:
Missing players
Player burn out
Poor Referee
Only one Referee

That's rich given the decisions of the Sutton Brothers against both England and NZ in the Final

They're pathetic!