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#3104459 11 Apr: Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats KO 1.30pm

Posted by OMEGA on 11 April 2015 - 04:46 PM

Can I be the first poster who supports Wakefield to say sorry to the rest of the people associated with the game for that embarassing debacle!

Injuries or no, that's unacceptable from a professional team

#3101357 State of origin europe.

Posted by OMEGA on 06 April 2015 - 10:50 AM

I have no interest in 600 year old, geographically inaccurate rivalries being played out in modern sport.
Especially as I don't live in either of the counties concerned and have no affinity to the Pennines.
You cannot artificially create rivalries.

I do!

I live in Yorkshire and I'm proud of it, I love nothing more than kicking Lancashire *****!
There's nothing artificial about that

I'm sure people in Melbourne and Adelaide could have felt much the same as you do when Origin started

#3101353 State of origin europe.

Posted by OMEGA on 06 April 2015 - 10:48 AM

It's been tried before. Isn't the definition of madness doing the same things over and over and expecting different results?

Unless you do it differently!

The problem with this concept, everytime it's been tried before, is that they've played at it with no conviction or serious backing. They've allowed clubs or individual players to undermine it and treat it with contempt which has lead to fans being uninterested leading to failure.

Make it a genuine Test trial, set player against player with a representitive shirt on the line!

Tell Ryan Atkins that if he batters Kallum Watkins, outplays him and proves over three games that he's the better choice for England then he'll get selected by a selection committee that sits after the series is over!
No exceptions!

#3098889 Stadium Updates thread

Posted by OMEGA on 02 April 2015 - 09:04 AM

And here we are again focusing on Headingley .Can we have updates on other stadiums please?

What you don't seem to realise or fail to recognise is that it's your and other Rhino fans protestations that are fueling the debate about Headingley. The rather arrogant stance and bigoted view adopted by Leeds fans in the face of realities being voiced by away fans is quite staggering!

#3098882 Stadium Updates thread

Posted by OMEGA on 02 April 2015 - 08:54 AM

The point being missed here is that it doesn't matter why Headingley can't be fully developed, it doesn't matter whether Leeds care enough about away supporters to provide them with a suitable place from which to view the game.

Whatever the reasons

Parts of Headingley are not fit for purpose and while ever that remains the case it will never be a premier stadium, it will never be seen as the best stadium and from an away fans point of view it will remain one of the worst in the game.

So what!
Say the Rhino fans and that's fine but don't then champion Headingley as a good stadium because it's not,
It has too many deficiencies in its current state to be considered that!

If ever Leeds Rhinos think enough about EVERY paying spectator to do something about access, parking, cover, sight lines etc then maybe one day they'll have a stadium that competes with Warringtons, Wigans and Hull FCs, beyond that they may get a stadium that befits a club who sees itself as the best in the game.

#3084132 6 Mar: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v St Helens KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by OMEGA on 06 March 2015 - 09:17 PM

How is that a forward pass

Hall passes it just before the 10m line and Riley catches it just before the 10m line!

Cummins is talking ###### mentioning momentum that had nothing to do with it!

#3077894 bbcrugby

Posted by OMEGA on 24 February 2015 - 12:38 PM

Nobody has made any claims about union being morally superior and I don't see what moral superiority has anything to do with this anyway.
I also don't see why you or anybody else would have a problem with the simple fact that union named their sport "rugby" before we did, thus they do have first claim to "rugby" being used as the name for a sport.
What does the Ellis story have to do with anything?

You don't understand or you're being intentionally obtuse.

I'll try to make this easy for you:

Once upon a time there was a worm called Rugby
One day in 1895 a fat cat factory owner carelessly chopped poor Rugby in half
What happened next was remarkable as instead of dying both halves of Rugby continued to live
One half went to live up North while the other lived down South
Years later Southern Rugby tried to pinch the name 'Rugby' all for himself
Some ignorant buffoons even tried to claim that Southern Rugby had more right to the name
However, Northern Rugby protested that he too was part of the original Rugby and had just as strong a claim to the name.

And they all lived unhappily ever after


#3068800 Crowd watch - 1st week

Posted by OMEGA on 08 February 2015 - 07:05 PM

At least 2,500 Wakefield fans at Castleford
Lots of Trinity walk ups outside the ground were paying in on the day, that still leaves a good 8,000 Castleford fans which is a great effort from both sets of fans.

#3062768 Sports England - Active People Survey

Posted by OMEGA on 29 January 2015 - 02:21 PM

There needs to be a serious look at how inviting our game is to young children and their parents also to people who want to get involved in the running of a club or forming new clubs.

In the last 2 -5 years I've had first hand experience of the animosity of established clubs towards a new club, the hurdles placed in the way of getting things done that seem unnecessary and sometimes placed there on purpose. The hostile atmosphere created at away matches which too often takes the form of verbal abuse of young children and results in parents saying "no thanks". Finally what starts as a labour of love a grand intentions ends with well meaning and capable administrators giving up.

Until we sort out the amateur game and remove the self interested officials that run it, I'm afraid we will struggle to grow the sport and its number of participants.

#3060421 This piece doesn't reflect well on the RLIF and its new boss

Posted by OMEGA on 25 January 2015 - 09:04 AM

Sep Blatter could be available shortly!

The RLIF needs to become THE ruling body world wide and have the power to enforce their decisions.
The NRL and the SL must not be allowed to introduce rules and interpretations without sanction from the RLIF a and when introduced they should uniformly come into effect world wide.

The neutral refs debacle should never be allowed to happen again, the best NEUTRAL referee available should always be appointed irrespective of whether Australia think he's good enough.

I'm with Roughy on the Mascord article, Im no fan of Wood but Mascords writing is increasingly agenda driven and is typical of the arrogant attitude shown by many from the Southern Hemisphere towards the rest.

#3056438 The Allams flexing their muscles?

Posted by OMEGA on 16 January 2015 - 06:48 PM

The beer price and decision not to man the turn styles aren't the point really, it's the fact that the SMC a chose not to consult one of their two major tenants.

#3055200 cas ground

Posted by OMEGA on 13 January 2015 - 12:09 PM

they sold it back at a favourable price to the clubs: it was a figure of speech. Also they charged a how can I put it, highly favourable rent, which also included stadium and pitch maintenance.
does 'favourable price' do it? It was a good piece of social policy by the council. The council didn't have to buy PO ROAD.
Castleford RLFC didn't benefit from this largesse.
Do you not find it odd that this doesn't get mentioned by those currently slagging of the Tigers and Wakefield MDC  including the original poster?

No they didn't and that's the popular misconception.

They sold it back at full cost and landed Trinity with a hefty bill for health and safety work, Wakefield certainly benefited from the Council buying the ground at the time but they paid the price and then some when they got it back.

#3050471 Bulls Chairman responds to League Express accolade

Posted by OMEGA on 30 December 2014 - 10:09 PM

Absolutely. Good post.
Mr. Carter has steadied the ship slashing salaries on the pitch with the club now spending a "mile off" what other SL clubs are spending (source Mr. Webster) and on the terraces has resided over the lowest attendances at Belle Vue for over a decade (source Mr. Butcher).
Just my opinion like, but based on the above Mr. Sadler risks making the award to Mr. Carter blowing up in his face if Wakefield bomb next year, as so many posters have expressed here and on RL fans they will. 
The safer award can be made to a big club favourites to smash their way through the minnows to the top of the Championship.

Carter took a business that was hemoraging money and made the tough calls that were needed to prevent Administration. He worked hard at keeping the club going and by that I mean doing things like painting, serving coffees, labouring on those doing ground improvements etc...
He did that while also running the club as its Chairman, attending meetings, negotiating with creditors and forging relationships with suppliers old and new. He inspired his workforce to work harder, more conscientiously and for longer because that's what was needed to breath life back into the corpse he'd inherited.

While all that was happening in the background he engaged with the fan base in a brutally truthfull manner which frustrated a great many but fostered a genuine feeling of trust in him. Some said that Carters honesty about how threadbare and precarious the clubs position was actually damaged the clubs image even further and was hurting the efforts to rebuild.

The new Chairman had to dismantle the team, and let's not diminish the act of getting significant transfer fees for players in a system where transfer fees are very rare. The loss of so many significant players was always going to make selling season tickets a very tough job and so it proved. We were still searching for players 6 weeks into the season and kicked off our SL campeign with 4 players who'd only been in the country for 3 days.
Sponsorship and hospitality was also hit hard and then the hammer blow of having the stadium capacity cut by 65%.

That we survived at all is a minor miracle but wait. . .
We not only survived but flirted with the play offs until the penultimate game of the season.
We rebuilt the stadium with the help of dedicated and inspired supporters who believed in Michael Carter.
Today 30/12/14 we have sold 250% more season tickets than we did in the whole of last season.
Best of all under Michael Carters stewardship of the club has Posted a PROFIT OF £350,000 ! !

So the survival and resurgence of Wakefield a Trinity cannot just be put down to slashing salaries and spending less on players. What needed to be done was done no matter how hard the decisions but there's been some inspired leadership and old fashioned business sense coupled with hard graft and realism by loyal employees and volunteers.

No short cuts were sought or taken!

#3045713 RL Hard Men

Posted by OMEGA on 15 December 2014 - 09:56 PM

Well that explains that mystery; Now I've only got who killed Kennedy and why people like applauding kicks to solve! :D

Good luck with the JFK mystery, personally I think it was a conspiracy between disaffected Cuban dissidents, the mafia, various generals and admirals from the US military and a number of politicians including Lyndon Johnson the vice president, All wrapped up and packaged nicely by the CIA

You've got no chance with the other one that's an unsolvable mystery

#3044492 RL Hard Men

Posted by OMEGA on 13 December 2014 - 12:48 PM

What year was that  because I certainly missed it....

Boxing Day pre season game 2013

Poore was making his debut for Wakefield and Bailey obviously thought he was fresh meat!

When Ryan TMFMIRL tried to inflict his wind up act Justin Poore just smashed him all over the park leaving Bailey face down in the turf with blood pouring from various cuts about his face.

Poore was sent off so Leeds got the advantage from Baileys usual clown act but there was no doubt who the hard man was and he wasn't wearing a Leeds shirt. Interestingly, if I remember correctly, Bailey didn't play against Wakefield again that season.

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