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#3034804 Ref attacked in amateur rugby league game

Posted by OMEGA on 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.

#3033585 15/11/14 - 4N Final - New Zealand v Australia KO 7.45am (GMT)

Posted by OMEGA on 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!

#3031625 Is it me ?

Posted by OMEGA on 12 November 2014 - 09:07 AM

It's in an on-line Blog....or has it appeared in the paper's hard copy too?
just be thankful Hodgson wasn't engaged to a Royal door at the time......then you'd have to find another imaginary bogie-man conspiracy. I believe the Mike Tindal (sic) kissing a woman in New Zealand was pretty much a Lead story on every media outlet in the UK for quite some time....even those cheeky sods at the Beeb covered it
Players on tour doing stupid things is news worthy. Drunken ruperts being complained about in the letter page of the Guardian isn't......

Yeah but even Union is trumped by Royals at the BBC, what a dilemma though, I suspect the whole BBC News department had a collective lie down afterward

#3031361 'Well Run' clubs

Posted by OMEGA on 11 November 2014 - 04:34 PM

It'd be more impressive if they hadn't done that by just getting creditors to agree to write off their debts.
Any fool make money by buying goods and services and not paying for them.

No creditors have written off any debts, where've you got that from?

Creditors agreed to back off on WUPs and took the option of payment over a 15 month period instead, Wakefield have honoured those agreements and are set to be debt free within months.

Sounds like petty rivalry or an inbred dislike of Trinity is preventing you from just saying "well done"

#3029635 Has England improved since 2008? Can we win the next World Cup?

Posted by OMEGA on 08 November 2014 - 04:23 PM

You missed off the Exiles games and the loss to Italy

#3029607 England V New Zealand

Posted by OMEGA on 08 November 2014 - 03:30 PM

I've sat down open minded and with some degree of interest in this game based mainly on the pre-match hype about Julian Savea and the appearance of Kyle Eastmond for England.

The studio analysts have waxed lyrical about the handling ability of Sonny Bill Williams and the running ability of Eastmond, Rockadaguna and co. Unfortunately all I've seen is a kick fest and poor defence.
There has been a try scored which looked something like you might see tomorrow morning in an under 11's game where the defence was absolutely abysmal.

I'm doing my best to continue watching the game but unfortunately my Sky+ has now caught up with the actual program itself so I am unable to fast forward through the boring bits which account for around 70% of the game.

Poor old Sam Burgess I'm not sure any amount of money will compensate him!

#3028804 International Game Should Dump Australia & move on

Posted by OMEGA on 07 November 2014 - 07:51 PM

The RUWC is not the third largest World Sporting event it comes after the Commonwealth Games and the Gay Games to name but two.

Don't fall for the Union rhetoric and propaganda!

#3027434 MacNamara supping in the Last Chance Saloon

Posted by OMEGA on 05 November 2014 - 09:05 AM

Sheens' introduction of Hunt was very unorthodox and was remarked on at the time as being unusual, seeing as it involved a reshuffle in a match the team was losing at the time. Hindsight's great, but if we'd replaced a forward with a halfback, the internet would have melted with 'McBanana' comments.
McNamara wasn't an obvious choice and I wondered at it when the decision was made, but we've had big-name coaches guide GB or England to embarrassingly half-assed performances in the last 20 years and what he's achieved is remarkable by comparison.
He got England to what was actually a draw (and a fairly easy Widdop conversion away from a win) against Australia. In Australia. Against Australian match officials. In a match which would have knocked Australia out of the competition. Okay, it wasn't perfect in the second half, but we were continually kept in our own half as much by dodgy refereeing as by Kangaroos play.
So, a 'top' coach, then. Tony Smith, anyone? I think what he's done at Warrington is impressive, but when he got the England job, they had more preparation than any national team in recent memory and sweated to get past a schism-riven Papua New Guinea that were beaten by a big margin in their other matches.

There was an obvious tactic in play for Australia which you didn't need to be Jack Gibson to work out even before the Ausie team was named. Super fast play the balls for Aus, slow play the balls for us, put our big men on the ground no matter what, lots of early lateral movement when they attacked us and a long kicking game.

They knew they couldn't compete for size and power so not only did they not even try they actualy accentuated the negative by going the other way. In the latter stages of the game, when they introduced Hunt, they went into overdrive with footwork, increased tempo of play and going wide early. That was preplanned and designed to wring out any last energy resources our big fellas had after 60 minutes of their earlier tactics.
We didn't cope with it, but almost snatched a result anyway.

Putting aside the ref controversy, McNamara was Outcoached in this game.

#3027356 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by OMEGA on 04 November 2014 - 11:26 PM

 I've just shown the last play of the match to my mother.


I stopped reading at that point!

#3027238 Ian Kirke joins Wakefield

Posted by OMEGA on 04 November 2014 - 06:21 PM

Wakefield have quietly built a rather formidable pack since the last few weeks of the season.

Back Row

#3027106 Ian Kirke joins Wakefield

Posted by OMEGA on 04 November 2014 - 02:53 PM

I'm much happier with signing Kirke than I would have been with Bailey

#3026963 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by OMEGA on 04 November 2014 - 11:05 AM

The English Coach said the same thing about Halls lack of celebration, something to do with not showing emotion in case it was 20 metre tap restart?
Surely if you thought you scored in the 79th minute you would be going off in celebration, not still following the ball over the dead ball line trying to have another go at it.

It's irrelevant whether he thinks he's scored!

Why don't you understand that, or maybe you do but are pathologically incapable of accepting or believing it because it means Australia cheated to stay in the Tournement.

The ball was live and in play
The ball is over the try line and in contact with the ground
Hall has a finger on top of the ball
That's a TRY!

End of argument!

No amount of twisting and contorting the rules, a million statements to the contrary from Ausie apologists will change those simple facts.

#3025152 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by OMEGA on 02 November 2014 - 08:04 AM


Where the down ward pressure here?

Watch the replay and the ball clearly bounces straight up indicating that no downward pressure is being applied to the ball (part of the Ausie Referees explanation of the Hall decision)

There is clear separation between the arm and the ball as is evidenced by the shadow from his arm on the ball. There seems to be contact with the finger tips and possibly the palm of the hand but it's on the underside or at best the side of the ball not on top therefore there can be no downward pressure.

Same video referee two completely different decisions, why?

To the Rugby League purist both are legitimate tries but if the Australuan referees want to start making up rules then they need to be held accountable.

#3025102 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by OMEGA on 02 November 2014 - 07:43 AM


Whether or not he meant it, whether or not he played for it, if it was an accident or a price of brilliance from Ryan Hall is totally irrelevant.

Greg Inglis tried to shovel the ball dead and fluffed it and Ryan Hall gets part of his hand on the top of the ball while it is in contact with the ground over the try line. There's no more analysis required, at that point it is a try!

Searching for some distorted interpretation of the rules in order to find reason to disallow it is wrong plain and simple!

There is no clause within the rule book, no addendum to the grounding rule and no allowance for personal interpretation of the LAW of the game which governs the awarding of a try in these circumstances.

It was a try!

#3023898 01/11/14 - New Zealand v Samoa KO 3am (GMT)

Posted by OMEGA on 01 November 2014 - 05:10 AM

I'll maintain, Perenara has favoured NZ with some questionable penalties and interpretations in the final quarter including the very last pass which was never forward